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21:00
Pokemon Go rolls out to iOS App Store, available in...

Nintendo and Niantic Labs on Tuesday surprised with a limited rollout of anticipated augmented reality game Pok?mon Go, making the title available for download in Australia, New Zealand and certain U.S. markets.

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19:46
'Pokémon Go' rolls out on Android and iOS

With all the news surrounding Pokémon Go's beta test and wearable, you'd be forgiven for thinking the full game was already out. Until recently, it wasn't, but that's changing if you live in the United States and have an Android device, as spo...

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19:25
Winners of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Scott C. and Nathan H., both of whom will receive a 16-zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller valued at $249.

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19:08
Coin-sized device could lead to personalized cancer...

A form of cancer therapy that uses electric fields to stop malignant cells from spreading remains controversial, because it's unclear how effective and safe it truly is. This coin-sized device developed by MIT's research center in Singapore, however,...

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19:03
Pokémon GO now available on iOS in the US, select...

Update: While the game is not yet available in the US App Store, those in Australia can download the app here. In a statement, the Pokémon Company tells US and Japanese customers to “please wait for a while” for the formal launch.

After a brief field test in May, Pokémon GO is now available on iOS. The game, which was produced in partnership with Ingress-makers Niantic Labs allows users to collect, train, and battle Pokémon characters in an augmented reality world. Initially, the game appears to be limited to the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s also now available on ...

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18:30
Nintendo betting big on mobile, potentially building...

Nintendo, which only just recently released its first game for iOS, is looking to continue its efforts on the platform. Speaking at the company’s annual general shareholder meeting, Nintendo’s general manager of entertainment planning and development, Shinya Takahashi, explained that the company is looking to dedicate a large portion of its resources to smartphones and tablets (via Polygon).

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18:22
Nintendo might build hardware controllers for iPhone...

After launching its first iOS app, Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is looking to further diversify beyond consoles and first-party handhelds with a potential move into mobile hardware, specifically a controller add-on for smartphones and tablets.

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18:13
Researchers create a microscopic game of 'Pac-...

Researchers with the Institute of Micro and Nano Systems Technology in Norway have built a one-millimeter wide recreation of the original Pac-Man maze, all for the lo-fi enjoyment of some microscopic organisms. Rather than 8-bit graphics and pixelate...

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17:10
NIH funds Zika study on US team during Rio Olympics

There's a lot of excitement building for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but also mounting anxiety around the prevalence of Zika in the South American country. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has funded a...

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17:09
Hands-on: Kanto’s YU5 powered bookshelf speakers...

Back in May I published a post highlighting my voiceover and podcasting setup. In that post, I noted that I had recently switched from the KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System to the Kanto YU5. While that may seem like an odd choice given how ridiculously good KEF’s drivers sound, I noted that the added flexibility made possible by the YU5’s connectivity options is what convinced me to make the switch.

The Kanto YU5 offers Bluetooth connectivity along with auxiliary input and stereo RCA inputs. The speakers also offer dual optical inputs, a subwoofer output, and traditional non-proprietary speaker connections. There’s even a USB-port to be found on the back of the cabinet, although it’s used for charging only.

Needless to say, the amount...

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16:39
Google's self-driving cars can read cyclists...

Google is working to expand the capabilities of its self-driving vehicle fleet, and according to its latest progress report (PDF), it's making strides in sharing the road with cyclists. One of the ways the folks in Mountain View are doing that is by...

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15:56
New Apple Health App to Serve as Organ Donation...


Apple and Donate Life America have partnered to offer an organ donation app with the next iOS 10 update. iPhone users will be able to register for the program with a couple taps of a button. They'll be able to sign up to make organ, eye or tissue donations, automatically entering their information in the National Donate Life Registry, which is managed by Donate Life America. The program can help speed organ donations to about 120,000 people currently waiting for some form of organ or tissue transplant, according to the companies.

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15:51
Twitch introduces a PlayStation Vita app

Twitch has released streaming video apps for just about every modern game system under the Sun, but the PlayStation Vita has remained the odd one out... until today. The livestream provider has rolled out a Vita app that, much like the PS3 version,...

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15:09
Scientists are teaching robots how to hunt down prey

Intelligent robots are all well and good until they start learning how to hunt prey. That's exactly what a team of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland did. They taught a robot to behave like a pr...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 5, 2016

e're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:

  • The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
  • Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 5, 2016. We hope you all had a great...

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14:52
You too can build a 33-foot-wide computer to play...

When we marvel at advances in computing, we compare the mechanical calculators that filled rooms with the smartphones in our pockets. While our palm-sized miracles are magnitudes more powerful than the processors that put men on the moon, their inter...

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14:35
Google headquarters faces string of attacks

However much you might be concerned about Google's stance on privacy, it shouldn't cross into violence... unfortunately, however, one person appears to have taken those worries one step too far. Prosecutors have charged Raul Murillo Diaz with arson a...

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14:28
New features in iOS 10 Beta 2

Great walkthrough from MacRumors. A quick and concise video.

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14:23
Building a CSS 3D cube

I want to share my experience of using CSS 3D effects for the first time in a real project and to inspire you to take on challenges.

That’s quite a challenge.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:14
The next iPhone reportedly starts with twice the...

Apple maintained that a 16GB iPhone was enough last year, but the company might be singing a different tune in 2016. A Wall Street Journal source claims that the next iPhone will start with 32GB of storage -- at last, buyers of the base model won't...

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14:08
Something is very wrong with this smartphone picture

The spectacular snap was uploaded earlier this week proclaiming the photographic prowess of its flagship P9 smartphone.

Except it wasn’t.

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14:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Plenty of USB-C devices...

Oh say can you USB-C?

This week's roundup includes a lot of devices intended to utilize the USB-C port on your new MacBook. Read on!

Amped Wireless

The Artemis AC1300 High Power Wi-Fi Router ($130 MSRP; $130 on Amazon) is billed as the “ultimate router for the multi-device household.” The device has eight advanced amplifiers, two high-gain antennas and 1.26 GBps download speeds.

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13:59
'Red Dead Redemption' becomes backwards...

Still haven't experienced Rockstar's western epic Red Dead Redemption but refuse to go back to your Xbox 360 to do so? Microsoft has you covered. As of Friday, the game will finally, officially make its debut on Xbox One as a backwards compatible tit...

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13:56
Notable apps and app updates for July 5, 201

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

MakeProg Technologies has introduced Colors + Shapes 1.0. It’s a $0.99 colors and shapes matching game for kids and adults where players must match shapes with colors as they continuously move. You can increase/decrease the speed of scrolling and bouncing; the difficulty of the game gradually increases with each level. You have more than 2000 levels to play and enjoy.

Josip Pavic has launched Ditopa - A Fantastic New Brick Breaker 1.0. The brick breaker game leverages your iOS device’s touch user interface and high-end graphics engine,...

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13:56
First Internet Bank adds Apple Watch support

First Internet Bank has enhanced its mobile app to include smartwatch capabilities. Customers with an Apple Watch can securely access account information through their smartwatch, without logging in.

The smartwatch feature allows customers with a wearable device, paired with their phone, to securely and conveniently view their balances and transactions from their watch. Smartwatch functionality is immediately available through the First IB personal banking mobile app, along with other new features included in these enhancements.

A provider of online banking services nationwide, First Internet Bank of Indiana opened for business in 1999 as the first state-chartered, FDIC-insured institution to operate solely via the Internet. With customers in all 50 states, First Internet Bank offers consumers services including checking, savings, money market, health savings, certificates of deposit and IRA accounts as well as...

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13:50
Skype adds offline file sharing with 300MB limit,...

Skype is adding new features today across platforms that improve file sharing. You’ll now be able to share files, photos, and videos up to 300MB at a time with contacts even when they’re offline, and users will now be able to access and download shared files more one than once. 

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13:45
Apple To Encourage Organ Donation With Health App

An anonymous reader writes: Apple announced today that its updated Health app, which will be available as part of iOS 10, will allow people to sign-up to be organ donors. The app will use its Medical ID feature, which has been used in the past to keep track of medical and health information, to include the ability to register as a donor of organs, eyes and tissues. The registrations will be forwarded to the National Donate Life Registry, an organization managed by Donate Life of America. All you need to do is tap the registration button in the Health app to volunteer as an organ donor. That adds your status as a donor to an "emergency information" screen that can appear even when the phone is locked. Tapping another button brings up information on organ donation. The demand for organs greatly exceeds the supply, as more than 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for a transplant -- every 10 minutes a new person is added to that waiting list, according to Apple. The feature is...

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13:41
Blizzard sues an 'Overwatch' cheat...

Blizzard has about as much interest in stamping out cheaters as you do, and it's willing to go to court to keep things clean. The company has filed a US lawsuit against Bossland, a German developer whose Watchover Tyrant app is designed solely to hel...

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13:28
Rumor: Verizon to announce revised calling plans,...

Verizon’s assorted data plans will likely be seeing data cap improvements alongside increased price points come tomorrow.

The wireless company is expected to announce the changes alongside access to unlimited usage through a new feature dubbed ‘Safety Mode’, rollover data options, and more.

A number of current plans are expected to increase by $5 making the entry-level plan come in at $35, but it will also now come with an increased 2GB of data up from 1GB previously. Other plans will see similar tweaks.

The “M” plan will go up by $5 to $50 a month, while its data will rise from 3GB to 4GB. The “L” plan will go up by $10 to $70 a month, while data increases from 6GB to 8GB. The “XL” plan will go up by $10 to $90 a month, but you’ll get 16GB, up...

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13:24
WSJ: iPhone 7 to ditch 16GB storage option in favor...

Following several sketchy reports, The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the iPhone 7 will indeed ditch the 16GB tier. For the first time ever, the base iPhone model will come in at 32GB. While this was a move largely expected by users, a set of leaked images earlier this year led some to believe that Apple was sticking to the 16GB base.

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13:20
Korg adds '80s arcade game sounds to its iOS...

Korg's Gadget app for iOS has been providing access to and arsenal of synthesizer and drum machine sounds since 2014. With the latest update though, the company has added a new instrument that cranks up the nostalgia machine. Korg worked with Bandai...

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13:14
Google renews bid to sanction Oracle for leaking...

Google is once again seeking sanctions against a lawyer for Oracle accused of violating a court protective order by revealing Google's massive annual payments to Apple for iPhone search bar privileges.

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13:10
Securing a travel iPhone

I hope to start travelling in Europe again early next year and am interested in how to secure my iPhone. I don’t think I would go to all the trouble detailed in this post but there are definitely tips and tricks galore many of us can use to be even a bit more secure when we travel.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:03
New York speeds up access to its train ticket mobile...

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially promised that smartphone-friendly train ticketing would roll out by the end of 2016, but (unlike some trains) it's ahead of schedule. Governor Cuomo has revealed that the MTA eTix app will be...

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13:00
Hands-on with the Western Digital MyPassport Ultra...

I love how life works out sometimes; last week, I ran out of room on my old 2TB backup drive and at almost the same time, Dennis wrote a post about Western Digital updating its line of inexpensive USB 3.0 hard drives with capacities up to 4TB. When I saw the price ($139.99 introductory sale) I ordered one immediately, and now I've had a chance to test it out. While there are some limitations that are Mac firmware-related in terms of using the Western Digital MyPassport Ultra as one big honkin' drive, there's a lot to like about this product. 

Design

WD MyPassport Ultra in "wild berry"

The MyPassport Ultra follows a familiar design for small, inexpensive HDDs. It's about 0.83 inches (20.96mm) thick, 4.33 inches (110.07mm) long, and about 3.21 inches (81.57mm) wide. There's just one little port on the back of the drive where an included USB 3.0 micro-B plug plugs...

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12:50
Apple will double 'iPhone 7' minimum...

After years of public outcry that 16 gigabytes of storage simply isn't enough, Apple's next-generation iPhone will reportedly ship with a minimum of 32 gigabytes of capacity for the entry-level model.

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12:50
Verizon plans are about to get more expensive,...

Verizon is preparing to roll out new wireless plans with more data, but they'll come at a higher price, CNET says. The reported changes break down as follows:

The new "S" plan is $35 a month for 2GB (originally $30 for 1GB)
"M" is $50 a month for...

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12:49
Report: Verizon will launch new plans w/ higher...

Verizon is planning an announcement tomorrow and CNET reports that it’s part of a big overhaul of its plans that will see increased data caps come alongside price hikes and other new features. Customers will also reportedly soon get access to unlimited usage through a new feature dubbed ‘Safety Mode’, rollover data options, and more. 

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12:33
Researchers want to block HIV with a '...

Despite the best efforts to date, a vaccine for HIV remains beyond our reach. It seems every time researchers get close, the virus mutates to stay a step ahead, creating a biological arms race. But a team of scientists at the University of Texas beli...

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12:19
Symantec Scrambles to Fix Flaws After Google Sounds...


Symantec last week confirmed that it had developed fixes for a series of eight vulnerabilities found in its portfolio of security products for enterprise and consumer customers, after an outside researcher identified the problem. A researcher from Google's Project Zero alerted the company, but there was no evidence of the vulnerability being exploited in the wild, said Adam Bromwich, Symantec's vice president for security technology and response.

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12:15
Ashley Madison is currently under investigation by...

Infamous infidelity website Ashley Madison is now under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, according to a report from Reuters.

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12:11
Hands-on with Auto Unlock in macOS Sierra beta 2 [...

Auto Unlock was one of the biggest features announced at WWDC 2016 that didn’t make it in the initial round of developer betas back in mid-June. Today, thanks to the highly anticipated release of the latest macOS Sierra beta, developers get their first hands-on look at Auto Unlock. Watch our video inside to see it in action. more…

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11:57
Apple TV Remote app beta for iPhone gains new game...

Alongside the upcoming tvOS 10 update for Apple TV, Apple will also release a new Remote app for iPhone that will replicate many of the functions of the Siri Remote. With a new update released Tuesday, the Remote app now also features a game controller mode.

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11:56
Netflix will stream CW shows a week after their...

Last month, rumors began circulating that those CW shows that were streaming on Hulu would make it to Netflix a lot faster. Well, those reports were accurate as the streaming service and the CBS and Warner Brothers network made the deal official toda...

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11:39
First look: Register as an organ donor with Donate...

Apple's newly released second beta of iOS 10 makes it easy for iPhone users to register with Donate Life America as an organ donor. Here's where to find it and how it works.

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11:31
BlackBerry is finally moving on from its Classic...

BlackBerry is embracing change in a big way, finally moving forward from its BlackBerry Classic smartphone. The writing's been on the wall for quite some time, but as of today the company has made very clear its intention to strike the phone from its...

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11:18
Developer Beta 2 is out for iOS 10, macOS Sierra,...

Developers, don your Upgrading Gloves, because Apple has new betas out for its upcoming operating systems. On Tuesday, Apple released Developer Beta 2 for all four OSes getting upgrades this fall: iOS 10, macOS Sierra (10.12), tvOS 10, and watchOS 3.

Anyone registered in Apple’s $99/year Developer Program can get access to the new betas from the Downloads section of the developer site, or by upgrading devices directly. iOS 10, for example, is available as a configuration profile, and once you install that on a registered iPhone or iPad, updates come in over-the-air in Settings > General > Software Update.

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11:10
Streaming services like Apple Music have the...

U.S. consumption of music continued to grow in the first half of 2016, even as sales of most formats declined, according to Border City Media’s state-of-the-industry data service, BuzzAngle Music. With the pace of audio streaming more than doubling activity tracked over the same period last year, total industry consumption was up by 6.5%.

Interestingly, YouTube and Vevo are no longer the biggest music streaming games around. According to BuzzAngle, on-demand music streams on digital video platforms increased just 23% in the six month period ending in June, compared to on-demand streams by audio music platforms such as Apple Music more than doubled – up 108% year-on-year. The means music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have the dominant streaming format for the first time in history.

BuzzAngle says there were 209.4 billion total on-demand streams in the US market in the six-month period. That’s...

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11:06
Verizon to hike prices, but boost data caps &...

Verizon will soon raise the prices on all of its standard plans, but with the tradeoff of higher data caps and various other perks, according to a report.

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11:05
iOS 10's Health app will help you become an...

Apple just ramped up its quest to turn your iPhone into a life-saving health device, but this time the life being saved isn’t your own. With iOS 10, the company is adding an option to the built-in iPhone Health app so you can sign up for a national organ donor registry.

Apple

Apple’s partnership with the nonprofit organization Donate Life America allows you to quickly sign up to become an organ donor in the iOS Health app. In case of emergency, medical professionals will be able to see your organ donor status on your iPhone’s Medical ID card, which is accessible from your lock screen.

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10:17
Apple granted patent for ‘location support for...

Apple wants your iOS device — mainly your iPhone — to assist you when emergency calls (such as those to 911) are made. The company has applied for a patent (number 9,386,414) for “location support for emergency calls.” 

The invention involves a system and method for submitting a location of a mobile device to a public service for providing emergency assistance are described. For example, an iPhone can determine that a user is making an emergency call and can then enable a location determination function of the mobile device and determine a location of the smartphone.

The mobile device can determine the location in multiple attempts, including, in a first time window, attempting to determine a location with low uncertainty and, if the attempt fails, determining a location with high uncertainty in a second time window. The iPhone can then submit the location to a dispatcher through a mobile network operator.

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10:01
Apple issues second developer betas of iOS 10, macOS...

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the second pre-release beta builds for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10, arriving more than three weeks after the platforms were announced at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

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10:01
Comcast adding Netflix to X1

Said the pair in a statement: “Comcast and Netflix have reached an agreement to incorporate Netflix into X1, providing seamless access to the great content offered by both companies. We have much work to do before the service will be available to consumers later this year. We’ll provide more details at that time.”

Smart move from Comcast.

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10:00
macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 2 for developers hits the...

Roughly three weeks after releasing the first developer preview of macOS Sierra at WWDC 2016, Apple has pushed macOS 10.12 beta 2 through the Mac App Store for testing. macOS Sierra brings Siri to the Mac for the first time. Some new features like Apple Pay for Safari and Auto Unlock haven’t been available for testing yet so today’s release will be interesting.

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09:46
Apple releases watchOS 3 beta 2 to developers

Three weeks after having released the first preview for watchOS 3, Apple has started pushing out the second beta version to developers. watchOS 3 beta 2 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center. Release notes are not yet available, but should be up fairly soon.

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09:46
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 2 for iPhone and iPad...

Apple released the first beta version of iOS 10 for developers to test last month at WWDC 2016. The public beta version won’t be ready until later in July and the release version is due out this fall, but registered developers can update to iOS 10 beta 2 starting today.

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09:45
Apple releases tvOS 10 beta 2 for Apple TV to...

Apple has just released the second beta for tvOS 10 today to all current testers and developers. Users looking to update their devices can check through the Software Update section on the Apple TV, or grab the Configuration Profile from Apple’s Developer center if they’d like to install it for the first time.

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09:42
Alleged spy spot of iPhone 7 once again shows...

Today yet another alleged spy spot of iPhone 7 shows a redesigned antenna and camera consistent with past leaks. It’s unclear if the component is legitimate, but the photo was published by techtastic.nl, a site that in the past has had accurate leaked photos of iPhone packaging and components found floating around the China.

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09:40
Comcast Will Let Netflix Onto Its X1 Platform

Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode:Cable giant Comcast will allow popular web video streaming service Netflix onto its X1 platform. (Editor's note: both the companies confirmed the move to the publication.) Sources said the deal to be on the cable giant's set-top box would be akin to the arrangement that Netflix has cut with smaller cable operators in the United States and bigger ones across the globe. Netflix also has deals with Apple, Roku and Google's Chromecast; its app is offered on these Internet TV services. It also is embedded in smart televisions.It's an enormous step, given the long and sometimes contentious history between the two companies against a backdrop of increased consumer usage of internet-delivered video. From the report:Back in 2012, for example, Peter Kafka reported that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was "once again accusing Comcast of violating 'net neutrality' principles by favoring its own web video service over those from Netflix, HBO and Hulu, when it comes...

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09:38
PBS and lies about fireworks coverage

A Monday night production, “A Capitol Fourth” was not live as-advertised, as it was “spliced in with video from previous years’ spectacles.”

Lying on air doesn’t seem like a PBS thing to do.

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09:36
Apple Q3 likely to disappoint in wake of Brexit,...

Apple's stock price is down over 1 percent in Tuesday trading in the wake of a Citigroup investor memo, calling for the company's sales to slide below Wall Street predictions when it announces third-quarter results on July 26.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15” Retina MacBook Pro $1,600...

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09:12
BlackBerry will stop making its Classic smartphone

BlackBerry Ltd will stop making its Classic smartphone, 18 months after launching it in an effort to entice users who prefer physical, rather than touch, keyboards, the Canadian technology company said on Tuesday.

Who?

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09:05
Spin Studio: Great Marketing at a Great Price [...

Finally, top quality marketing and creative design services delivered in a timely manner at a reasonable cost. That’s what you can expect from Spin Studio.

From compelling go-to-market initiatives, to comprehensive marketing strategies, to website or retail packaging design, and much more, Spin Studio brings creativity and innovation to each of our clients.

Spin Studio will become a valued and trusted resource you’ll rely upon to consistently provide your projects with exceptional knowledge and capabilities, timely turnaround, and unparalleled quality.

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08:24
Apple Maps feature to support Japanese transit data...

This could be pretty nifty if you’re traveling to Japan this fall or next year.

Apple in a recent update to its Japanese website confirmed local transit data will arrive in Maps when iOS 10 launches this fall, further expanding the feature’s reach into Asia.

The feature was quietly announced in an update to the Japanese version of Apple’s iOS 10 preview webpage. When Maps debuts this fall on Apple’s next-generation operating systems, which also include macOS Sierra and watchOS 3, customers in Japan will be able to search for public transport options, compare fares, view subway station maps and more, the company says.

A recent screenshot showed a bird’s-eye view of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, complete with train lines and the locations of entrances and exits,...

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08:07
Deals: $350 off 13" MacBook Air (Early 2015); $...

Post-holiday deals are rolling in this week with Apple authorized reseller B&H discounting the 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB) to $849. Or snap up a Wi-Fi 128GB iPad Air 2 in Space Gray for $549, an offer exclusive to AI readers. Apple's current 15-inch MacBook Pro is also $399 off on eBay, bringing the price to $1,599.99.

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07:54
Huawei caught using DSLR photo to promote dual-lens...

With Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7 Plus" rumored to feature a dual-camera design for better pictures, competing smartphone maker Huawei has pushed to market their own two-lens system. But in an attempt to suggest the Leica-branded lens can produce DSLR-quality images, the Chinese company actually used a picture shot with a full-fledged DSLR, not its new smartphone.

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07:52
Review: Lifespan Under Desk Treadmill is a solid...

As someone who’s been involved in IT for the last 15 years, sitting while working comes with the territory. Since transitioning from IT to full-time blogging, it’s just been more of the same.

Shooting video tends to get me out of my chair on most days, but I still find myself sitting for inordinate amounts of time. Having a good exercise routine is crucial, as many of my colleagues will attest to, but even with regular exercise, it can still be fatiguing to sit for most of the working day.

This is why I ended up researching, and ultimately acquired, a standing desk. Standing desks are great as I noted in my full review of the UpDesk Power Up, but after a month or so of regularly standing for portions of my work day, I craved something more.

Enter the ...

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06:57
Applebot exhibits aggressive behavior towards...

Applebot, the RSS fetcher for the Apple News service, faces problems when it visits websites that uses encryption certificates from the Let’s Encrypt certificate authority, notes Slight Future.

As a relatively new certificate authority (CA), the Mozilla-backed Let’s Encrypt CA isn’t expected to work everywhere on day one. Most issues have been resolved, however, and everyone and their grandmother can now access websites with these encryption certificates like any other website. However, the Applebot gets stuck in a loop and swarm-behavior that resembles a small-scale-denial-of-service-attack when visiting websites that deploy certificates from Let’s Encrypt.

Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight suggestions. Bots can be thought of as simple,...

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06:56
Google's baking Chromecast support directly...

Google’s Chromecast is almost three years years old, but the company’s only now getting around to building Cast support directly into Chrome for PCs and Macs.

Google recently updated a help page for Chrome that says users on Chrome 51 will soon see a Cast option in their menu options. In addition, Google’s adding the ability show the contents of a Chrome tab in a Google Hangout.

The change means you no longer need to have the Cast extension installed to send open tabs from the browser to a television. However, the extension will still work if you want to use it as a quick access option instead of digging around in the menu.

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06:34
Apple using lower parts quotes, new suppliers to...

A variety of Apple suppliers -- including some stalwarts -- are reportedly being hit by lower price quotes from the company, which is likewise said to be searching for new suppliers to maintain high profit margins on its products.

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06:05
Poll Update: The battle of the two Steves was played...

When I posted my opinion piece yesterday, I did so knowing that fans of the old 17-inch MacBook Pro are in a tiny minority. Most people are happy enough with a 15-inch screen when mobile, and most also seem content to use a mix of on-board storage, external drives and the cloud, so I also didn’t expect to see much support for my own preference for 2TB of on-board storage.

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06:01
∞ Apple Campus 2: July drone aerial footage

We’re getting closer and closer to exterior finish, especially with the R&D facility. At some point, all the work will shift to the building interiors. I hope Matthew figures out a way to film that progression as well.

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05:55
When a song in iCloud music is suddenly “no longer...

Kirk McElhearn:

Record labels and artists are free to choose whether to allow their music to be available on streaming services. There are still some holdouts: Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, King Crimson, the Traveling Wilburys, Pete Townshend, and others are totally averse to streaming. And some artists only stream their music on certain services, as exclusives. This includes Taylor Swifts’ 1989, Adele’s 25, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, most of Prince’s music, and much more.

But things get complicated when music that you have added to your iCloud Music Library from Apple Music is pulled. Labels can withdraw the right to stream certain songs and albums at any time, but you won’t be notified. You may see albums and songs in your library, but their titles are a slightly lighter color (depending on the view), and their iCloud status is No Longer Available.

Interesting post.

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05:47
Apple encourages iPhone users to become organ donors

Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every iPhone, reports CNBC.

CEO Tim Cook told The Associated Press that the lack of organ donors hit home when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs endured an "excruciating" wait for a liver transplant in 2009. Apple is adding the option to enroll in a national donor registry by clicking a button within the iPhone's Health app when iOS 10 is released this fall.

The Health app, introduced with iOS 9, gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data, including heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol and more. You can also create an emergency card with important health information — for example, your blood...

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05:44
Apple tweaks iOS Health app to encourage organ...

From the Associated Press:

Apple is adding the option to enroll in a national donor registry by clicking a button within the iPhone’s Health app, which can be used manage a variety of health and fitness data.

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05:40
The beta cascade: Why Apple’s latest OS’s require...

Dan Moren, writing for Macworld:

My Apple Watch, much as I like it, is hardly an indispensable part of my everyday life. And ready I was to go ahead and install the watchOS 3 beta when I ran up against a bit of a brick wall—because in order to install the watchOS 3 beta, I also needed to install the iOS 10 beta on my iPhone.

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05:32
Apple will promote enrollment in national organ...

Starting with the launch of iOS 10 this fall, Apple will encourage users to become organ, eye and tissue donors by including an enrollment form in the iPhone's native Health app.

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05:28
Apple, the music industry rest home

The case for an Apple acquisition of Tidal.

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05:15
Illinois man charged with CelebGate iCloud hacking...

US Department of Justice:

An Illinois man was charged today with felony computer hacking related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 300 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

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04:33
Foxconn, Pegatron & other Apple suppliers...

Digitimes report claims that Apple suppliers are facing pressure from Apple to reduce costs, with major players like Foxconn and Pegatron affected. Apple is in some cases adding suppliers into the mix to help drive down pricing. It was recently reported that Sharp was gearing up to compete with Samsung and LG for the OLED displays Apple is expected to use for future iPhones.

Currently, Largan is facing strong competition from Japan-based Kantatsu over camera module orders, while Foxconn and Pegatron are seeing Apple adding new ODM partners such as Wistron for the production of its new iPhone.

Taiwan’s printed circuit board (PCB) players are also...

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04:30
Satechi Multi-Port USB Charging Station saves...

If you’re like me, you probably have several devices charging at any given time. This requires multiple USB ports and/or chargers, which results in a bit of desktop clutter. Satechi’s $29.99 Multi-Port USB Charging Station helps alleviate this problem. 

With 60W of power and integrated smart auto-detect technology, it sports four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports, so you can safely charge several gadgets simultaneously. And, yes, I said Type-C, which means the Multi-Port USB Charging Station works with Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, which has a solo USB-C port. (And I suspect upcoming MacBook Pros will also have USB-C connectivity.)

The Satechi solution has a compact design (4.5 x 2.75 x 1.13 inches), so it doesn’t take up too much desktop or countertop space. It’s also small enough that you can toss it in a backpack when you’re traveling....

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04:07
Apple promotes organ donation with iOS 10, sign up...

Apple will promote organ donation with its newest mobile operating system, iOS 10, when it ships in the fall. Via the Associated Press, Apple will include a new simple sign-up button inside the Health app to enable users to register to become an organ donor in a national donor registry. It appears the integrated sign up option will only be available to US iPhone customers, at least at launch.

Tim Cook told the AP that he hopes Apple’s efforts will help improve the availability of organs to those that need them, saying that the problem “hit home when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs endured an excruciating wait for a liver transplant in 2009”.

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04:00
Grammarian Pro2 is better than Pages’ Proofreader...

One of the advantages Microsoft's Word has over Apple's Pages is a good grammar checker. Pages' Proofreader feature just isn't as comprehensive. If you want to add better grammar checking features to Pages, try Grammarian Pro2 X ($49.95) from Linguisoft. It checks grammar and spelling errors interactively (as-you-type) or batch checking (all-at-once).

You use the Grammarian Pencil Menu or Grammarian Input Menu to access Grammarian Pro2's checking features. With your document window that you want to check frontmost, select the Check All or Check Selection menu item in the Grammarian Pencil Menu or Grammarian Input Menu.

When you check a document, it flags the different types of errors in one pass. Grammarian Pro2 X also automatically corrects (AutoCorrect) certain spelling errors interactively such as "teh" for "the." What's more, Grammarian Pro2 X automatically types predetermined phrases (AutoType) such as "btw" for...

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01:44
Spongy electronic 'nose' can sniff out...

When you're trying to detect extremely dangerous chemicals, you don't want to mess around -- even a tiny amount can spell big trouble. It's a good thing, then, that Belgian researchers have developed what could be the most sensitive gas sensor to dat...

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01:03
After 1.7 billion miles Juno nails its Jupiter orbit...

Like most space exploration, this mission is another amazing achievement.

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00:44
Microsoft's Play Anywhere reaches PC and Xbox...

You won't have to wait too long to see how well Xbox Play Anywhere works in practice. Microsoft has confirmed to Polygon that the cross-purchase, cross-play feature will go live on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs on September 13th. You'll...

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23:29
China finished the world's largest single-...

For the past 53 years, Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has been the king of radio telescopes. No more. China has just finished construction of its Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which is 64-percent larger. That makes it the...

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22:16
Juno has begun its tour of Jupiter after a five-year...

Juno's five-year journey has come to an end, and soon, it will start taking measurements and capturing images of the largest planet in our solar system. The spacecraft, which aptly carries Lego figures of the Roman god Jupiter, his wife the goddess J...

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20:56
Prince Online Museum revisits the musician's...

The late, great Prince may have declared that the internet was over, but he was its biggest fan in some ways. His websites were frequently grand projects that pushed the limits of both web design and digital music. And now, it's easy to see this ef...

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20:41
Cyborg locusts with tattooed wings can sniff out...

"Men, bring out the sniffer locusts." That's something a bomb squad chief could say in the future, thanks to a team of engineers working to turn the insects into cyborgs that can be sent anywhere to sniff out explosives. It won't be an easy feat -- t...

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19:37
Lasers and microwaves lead to better quantum...

If you're going to craft a quantum computer, you need to corral lots of quantum bits (qubits) to perform calculations... and Penn State researchers have found a way to make that happen. They've developed a technique that relies on lasers and microwa...

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17:44
How to watch NASA's Juno spacecraft enter...

NASA launched its Jupiter-exploring Juno spacecraft on August 5, 2011, but thanks to some patriotic timing, it's arriving at the gas giant today on July 4th. That'll give space fans some additional fireworks, as NASA and JPL will be broadcasting the...

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17:40
Apple sued by Chinese media regulator over streaming...

A subsidiary of China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) is suing Apple and streaming service Youku Tudou for causing "huge economic losses" through infringement of exclusive online distribution rights to a war film first aired in 1994.

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16:49
What's on your HDTV: UFC 200, 'Carmageddon...

Tonight, fireworks are all over network TV. Later this week, there's more US Olympic trials action from both track & field and gymnastics, while fighters hit the mat for a UFC 200 card headlined by Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. Royal Pains is say...

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15:21
Second hacker pleads guilty to role in celebrity...

A Chicago man implicated in a phishing scheme targeting more than 300 iCloud and Google Gmail users, including the personal accounts of numerous Hollywood celebrities, faces up to five years in federal prison after signing a plea deal last week.

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14:29
[Sponsor] Algoriddim: 2016 Apple Design Award Winner

We founded Algoriddim 10 years ago with the mission of making DJing accessible to everyone. Expanding our mission to open the world of DJing to blind users, we recently made djay Pro fully accessible for the visually impaired, removing barriers of musical creativity. We’re incredibly honored to receive an Apple Design Award for the second time, especially since this award was focused on accessibility. We hope this will inspire even more developers to make their software accessible, especially since it requires relatively little effort and can make a big difference in people’s lives.

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14:05
China bans news sites from using social media as a...

The Cyberspace Administration of China put national news outlets on notice this weekend, warning them not to base reports on social media sources without strict verification of the facts. The statement came less than a week after the appointment of a...

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13:29
Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is dead: These are the...

If you’ve been holding out for a new standalone desktop display from Apple, you’re either going to take news of the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued as a sign of good things to come, or as a cue to finally purchase a new 4K or 5K display from someone else. For most, especially considering Apple itself is recommending you purchase a third-party display, the latter option is going to be the more likely.

While Apple didn’t recommend any specific third-party alternatives during its discontinuation announcement of the Thunderbolt display last week, we’ve done the work for you and put together our top picks for the best 4K & 5K displays for Mac available to buy right now.

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12:30
Samsung's designer Serif TV reaches the US for...

How much do you value design over sheer value for money? You're about to find out. Samsung's Serif TV is now available for US pre-orders through the Museum of Modern Art at a price of $1,499 -- given that this is only a 40-inch set, you're clearly...

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