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Tuesday September 6

06:51
New Apple Music $99/year gift cards brings price...

Good way to give someone a year of music. I suspect Apple will move a ton of these this holiday season.

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06:48
∞ Apple Campus 2 updated drone footage

I look forward to these monthly updates from Matthew Roberts. Still a long way to go. Can’t wait to see this in person.

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06:45
All 25 of Apple’s dongles in one place

Great post from Andrew Leavitt. As John Gruber points out, there will be one more come tomorrow.

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06:42
Questionable Vietnamese leak claims 'iPhone 7...

The "iPhone 7" will, among other things, drop Space Gray from the range of iPhone colors, and shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second, a Vietnamese tech site said, claiming to have had hands-on time with a fully-functional 4.7-inch model.

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06:40
Everyone seems to hate online reader comments. Here’...

Margaret Sullivan, columnist for The Washington Post:

When NPR announced last month that it would no longer feature comments from readers on its website, general rejoicing followed.

“Good riddance — and everybody else should do the same” was the tone of the response I saw on Twitter. USA Today columnist Rem Rieder, noting that other news organizations are moving away from comments as well, wrote, “Their disappearance is welcome.” And even NPR’s ombudswoman, Elizabeth Jensen, wrote that the move made sense to her, since such a small slice of the audience was participating.

I disagree. I find value in reader comments that can’t be adequately reproduced elsewhere. The argument that the conversation has migrated to Facebook and Twitter is flawed. Those are good places for discussion, but they are no substitute for having discussion take place where the story itself lives. I’m convinced that many smart readers with something to contribute will not follow a story...

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06:37
Strategy Analytics: the iPhone 6s was the world’s...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Apple’s iPhone 6s was the world’s top-selling smartphone model in the second quarter of 2016. Apple currently accounts for two of the three top-selling smartphone models shipped worldwide, according to the research group.

Strategy Analytics estimates the iPhone 6s model shipped 14.2 million units and accounted for 4% share of all smartphones shipped worldwide in quarter two 2016. It’s wildly popular in dozens of countries globally, due to its attractive hardware design blended with rich features such as 4K video, large multi-touch display, and fingerprint security,” says Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.

The research group says the iPhone 6 shipped 8.5 million units worldwide for second position and 2% marketshare during quarter two 2016, followed by Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in third place with 8.3 million and 2% share.

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06:29
Sales of the Apple Watch dipped in the second...

Shipments of wearable devices such as the Apple Watch reached 22.5 million in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16) according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Despite a decline in shipments for one of the largest vendors, the overall market for wearable devices grew 26.1% year over year as new use cases are slowly starting to emerge.

Apple was the only vendor among the market leaders to post a year-over-year decrease in shipment volumes, primarily because it did not launch a new model on the anniversary of its first generation Watch. 2Q16 was the first full quarter of Apple's reduced price strategy on the Sport model, which slightly helped the company rebound from its post-holiday slump. The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) says Apple Watch sales will rebound with a vengeance when the second generation smartwatch is...

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06:15
Apple TV ‘Events’ channel refreshed wtih local time...

We’re just over 24 hours away from the kickoff of Apple’s big iPhone 7 keynote, and the company is reminding Apple TV owners that you can easily view the show from home with the Apple Events channel. The Apple TV app refreshed over the long weekend with bokeh artwork used to promote tomorrow’s Apple keynote. You can even use the channel to see a reminder for when the keynote kicks off in your local timezone.

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06:11
New 'iPhone 7' box photos appear,...

A set of photos have materialized alleging to be of the front and side of the new "iPhone 7" box, but some packaging inconsistencies with previous Apple works cast some doubt on the authenticity of the images.

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06:00
Mobius Final Fantasy is a glossy, yet grindy twist...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

The iPhone and iPad may not play host to the newest mainline Final Fantasy entries—like the ambitious Final Fantasy XV, coming to consoles this November—but they might have the most series entries in one place. You can grab ports of Final Fantasy I through VII and ...

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05:50
Now you can vote for new emojis, and even request...

If you love emoji and want to have your say on which new ones get created, there’s now an app for that. You can even go further and make your own suggestions for a new emoji which may get created and added for others to support.

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05:46
Apple patent hints at iPhones with glass enclosures

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,439,305) for a “glass enclosure” that hints at future iPhones encased in glass bodies. In the patent filing, Apple says that one design challenge associated with portable electronic devices is in techniques for mounting structures within the portable computing devices. 

Some assembly processes are both time consuming and cumbersome. Another design challenge is to provide an aesthetically pleasing enclosure that’s functional for the intended purpose of the device. Apple says that, with more devices being capable of wireless communications, a radio transparent enclosure would be beneficial, as it would allow components, such as antennas, to be positioned inside the enclosure. The company’s invention would provide a water-resistant and scratch-resistant enclosure.

According to the patent, the enclosure can be formed from a hollow glass tube or two glass members bonded together. A laser frit bonding process may be...

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05:30
This WITTIDesign device will get you ready for BEDDI...

Do you want/need an iPhone-enabled alarm clock, speaker, radio, USB charger, and disco ball all in one? Then you need the BEDDI from WITTIDesign. It packs a serious amount of features for a $99 device.

Okay, I’m just kidding about the disco ball; the feature is more like a lava lamp. But let me back up. The BEDDI is an “intelligent” alarm clock with features that include a wake-up light, multiple USB charging ports, a Bluetooth speaker, and multi-colored mood lighting. The latter supposedly offers16 million colors. I’ll take WITTIDesign’s word for it; I didn’t count. You can set the BEDDI to awake you by playing your own playlists of tunes (thanks to Spotify integration, though Apple Music integration would be even better). 

The device’s “intelligence” refers to much more than its alarm clock features. The BEDDI can learn your morning commute and periodically update you on how much time you have until you...

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05:30
Measurements of alleged 'Apple Watch 2'...

By adopting a thinner OLED Force Touch display with the new second-generation Apple Watch, Apple may be able to squeeze in a much thicker and more powerful battery, if new component leaks are to be believed.

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05:15
Rumor: Top 15 iPhone 7 features leaked

This may be the curtain being lifted ahead of time.

With the iPhone 7 release just over the horizon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has perhaps released that 15 major changes coming to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets:

New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots

Camera flash LEDs doubled from two to four with warm and cool colours

3.5mm headphone jack removed

Second external speaker and integrated amplifier for louder, richer...

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05:00
Apple iCar round up article released, addresses...

Beyond all the rumors and speculation and theory, these guys did the digging.

A lengthy article over on autocar.co.uk describes billions of dollars in R&D, more than 1,000 developers, an assortment of mysterious workshops and a name – the “iCar” – that could be the biggest thing to the auto industry since Karl Benz’s ground breaking Benz Patent-Motorwagen first introduced the world to the motorised carriage 130 years ago.

The piece describes a shell company, an assortment of innocuous real estate and properties and the project, termed “SG6”, as being housed in Sunnyvale, California with only city council documents pointing to it.

As of now, secretive work is being done with the same level of secrecy that goes into other future Apple projects...

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05:00
AutoCarUK: Look for the first ‘Apple Car’ to drive...

Executives from Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz expect an “Apple Car” will launch by 2021 as a precursor to a fully autonomous successor model to be introduced around 2026 as regulatory conditions are altered to allow features such as fully automated parking, according to AutoCar UK.

The article says Apple’s goal is to see 500,000 sales “iCars” a year — “an acceptable target for a company new to the automotive scene and 10 times what another one of California’s electric car start-ups, Tesla, managed in 2015.” Combined sales of the BMW i3 and i8 totaled just 29,500 last year.

AutoCar UK says an Apple-branded auto will sport “disruptive technologies” such as highly efficient electric propulsion, rapid charging, autonomous driving capability, gesture control, holographic displays, wireless internet...

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04:48
With everything we’re now expecting, who plans to...

We’ve been tracking interest in the iPhone 7 for some time now, through a series of reader polls. One day before the launch, we thought it would be a good time to provide a round-up of the results of previous polls, and to carry out one final one.

Way back in January, we asked whether you wanted a thinner iPhone at the expense of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The largest group – just under 40% of you – said that you were happy to use Lightning or Bluetooth headphones. The loss of the headphone socket now looks like a done deal, of course, but without a slimmer form factor.

Also the same month, we asked which of the rumored iPhone 7 features excited you most …

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04:30
Times are looking good for Kaby Lake Macs to arrive...

According to DigiTimes Intel has begun delivering its next-generation notebookuse Kaby Lake processors and will start shipping comparable desktop-use CPUs by year-end 2016. 

If the publication is right, and Apple gets its hands on some of the first orders, we should see Mac laptops and desktops using the latest chips by the holidays. I’m predicting that Apple will announce new MacBook Pros and iMacs in October with sales starting as soon as the new machines can equipped with Kaby Lake processors. (It’s possible that new Macs will be announced at Wednesday’s media event, but I’m doubtful. When it comes to hardware, I’m only anticipating new iPhones and Apple Watches this week.)

The processors are the successor to the Skylake line of chips. Built on an improved 14nm process, Kaby Lake features, of course, faster CPU clock speed changes. It also features a new graphics architecture to improve...

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04:00
How to use Siri to get directions

It’s easy to use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” on your iPhone or iPad to get directions. Here’s how:

 

Hold down the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if your iOS device supports this feature).

Tell Siri the place you want directions to. For example. “Where is Barnes & Noble?”

Siri will show you the location on a map. If there are multiple locations, you can tap the one you want.

The location will be shown to you on a map.

Siri will then present you with directions from your current location to your destination.

Tap Start and you’re good to go.

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04:00
It's football season! These second-screen apps...

Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

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03:30
New $99 12-month Apple Music gift card introduced

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple stores and select retailers have rolled out a new 12-month Apple Music gift card, priced at $99. 

That comes out to $8.25 per month, which is about an 18% savings compared to the standard rate of $9.99. The new gift card recently hit Apple store shelves, but you’ll have to hit up another retailer if you’re looking to buy it online, notes 9to5 Mac.

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01:50
Cuba has been filtering texts containing political...

Cuba's struggles with modern telecommunications have been many. Now, it looks as though the Communist country has another problem on its hands: text message censorship. SMS sent with words including "human rights," "hunger strike" and the name of dis...

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00:29
You can now own this old robot that helped NASA test...

Believe it or not, NASA used to utilize a decidedly creepy robot to test space suits meant for real-life astronauts.

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Monday September 5

23:00
Intel buys Movidius to build the future of computer...

Intel is making it extra-clear that computer vision hardware will play a big role in its beyond-the-PC strategy. The computing behemoth has just acquired Movidius, a specialist in AI and computer vision processors. The Intel team isn't shy about it...

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22:31
Samsung's smart belt lands on Kickstarter

Remember that health-tracking smart belt Samsung showed at its CES booth in January? You can score one for yourself. Spinoff company Welt has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the launch of its namesake belt. Drop $119 ($69 or $99 if you're e...

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21:58
Netflix, chill and learn English with Fleex's...

Movies and TV shows can be useful tools to learn a new language. The actors might be speaking in an unfamiliar tongue, but with a decent set of subtitles you can follow along and begin to recognise specific words and phrases. Fleex -- a service for p...

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21:01
Michael Kors Access smartwatches' value is face...

Not gonna lie. I'm a giant smartwatch nerd, and an even bigger Michael Kors fan. So when I received the invitation to review the company's new Android Wear timepieces, I was stoked. The Michael Kors Access range falls in line with partner company Fos...

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20:11
Scientists build a laser using human blood

No, this isn't one of your childhood sci-fi dreams brought to life -- it's real. University of Michigan researchers have developed a medical observation laser where human blood is a key ingredient. When the team shined a laser into a small cavity f...

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19:10
'Duke Nukem 3D' re-release adds new levels...

If Duke Nukem Forever convinced you that cheesy one-liners, bad puns and juvenile action-hero humor is best left in the 90s, you're in luck. Gearbox Software just announced that it's bringing back the original Duke Nukem 3D in a special 20th Annivers...

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17:50
AMD ships its extra-efficient 7th-generation...

While Intel is busy revamping its laptop processors, AMD is focused on the desktop side of personal computing. The chip designer has started shipping its 7th-generation A-series processors in desktop PCs, starting with machines from HP and Lenovo. Th...

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16:59
Facebook test highlights what your friends are...

Facebook's new experimental feature shows you status updates you might have missed otherwise. Mashable has spotted a box marked "What friends are talking about," which lists a few of your friends' posts in a single box on top of your feed, in the com...

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16:57
An oral history of “We Built This City,” the worst...

If you play this song in my presence, I will smash whatever device this sound from hell is coming out of.

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16:31
Apple’s self-inflicted naming dilemma

Segall thinks more about this stuff than I do (and knows a hell of a lot more about it) so it doesn’t bother me nearly as much but he makes a good point. The S models always have had the perception of being “not as good”.

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16:30
What's on your HDTV: 'The Iron Giant,...

This week there will be a number of 9/11 retrospectives, as we remember the day of the attack on its 15th anniversary. CNN and the History Channel will air specials Sunday night, while the NFL Network will focus on the day during the season premiere...

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16:03
Nintendo issues DMCA takedown for hundreds of fan...

Whenever we see a high quality fan-game using a major gaming company's IP, we always think the same thing: it's only a matter of time. For hundreds of Nintendo fan projects, that time has come. Today, the Japanese gaming giant issued DMCA takedown re...

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15:29
Carbon nanotube transistors promise faster, leaner...

The computing industry sees carbon nanotube transistors as something of a Holy Grail. They promise not just faster performance and lower power consumption than silicon, but a way to prevent the stagnation of processor technology and the death of Moo...

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15:00
Apple Hikes Order Volume For iPhone 7 Parts In Wake...

An anonymous reader writes: In wake of Samsung's recall of the Galaxy Note 7, Apple has reportedly hiked orders for parts and components required for the production of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Mac Rumors reports: "Apple shipped on average 30 million iPhone 6s units a month in the second half of 2015. The company originally predicted shipments of the iPhone 7 this year would reach only 60 percent of that number over the same period, but supply chain sources are today reporting that Apple has boosted its original prediction by 10 percent. The hike in order volumes suggests Apple is increasingly upbeat about demand for the new devices among existing iPhone owners seeking to upgrade, despite relatively subdued interest in the iPhone 7 models compared to the pre-launch buzz of previous years. Another potential factor in Apple's upward revision is Samsung's global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last week, which followed numerous complaints that the device caught fire...

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14:45
Russian YouTuber imprisoned for playing '...

A Russian YouTuber has been imprisoned and could be looking at some serious jail time, all for catching a Poliwag in a church and posting footage of it online. As the Guardian reports, Ruslan Sokolovsky's video has been viewed over 900,000 times sinc...

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14:31
Google might be readying a successor to the Nexus 7...

Android tablets over the years have typically been hit or miss, but Google found a place in the crowded market with the Nexus 7, particularly the 2013 model. The combo of a low price, great display, solid hardware and a form factor that stood out as...

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13:53
John McAfee sues Intel for the right to use his own...

In the six years since John McAfee sold the eponymous antivirus company he founded to Intel for billions of dollars, the software creator has made the headlines for a variety of reasons. He's already claimed that he could snoop on encrypted WhatsApp...

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13:49
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.1, Default Folder X 5.0.6, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.5, DEVONthink 2.9.4, iFinance 4.1, and EagleFiler 1.7.

 

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13:49
ExtraBITS for 5 September 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we now know the full scale of the 2012 Dropbox hack, the BitTorrent client Transmission has been infected with malware again, and Walt Mossberg evaluates Tim Cook’s run as Apple’s CEO.

 

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13:04
Netflix orders a series from 'Mythbusters...

Still missing Mythbusters? It's not about to come back any time soon, but you might get the next best thing. Netflix (which has a habit of resurrecting fan favorite shows) has greenlit White Rabbit Project, a series from Mythbusters Build Team vete...

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12:23
Vietnamese site claims it has used a real iPhone 7,...

A poster on a Vietnamese Apple website is claiming to have used a working iPhone 7 unit, ahead of the device’s official unveiling on Wednesday at Apple’s press media event. The writer shares his experience handling Apple’s iPhone 7 (not the Plus model) and most of he what he says mirrors previous reports. Apply some skepticism here though: there are no photos for evidence.

There are few new alleged tidbits amongst the usual discussion of an iPhone 6s-esque design. One standout claim is that the iPhone 7 can record 4K video at 60 frames per second. This is up from 4k @ 30 fps on the current iPhone 6s and is a significant upgrade as no phone on the market today can do this …

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12:16
Bragi intros cheaper wireless Headphone earbuds days...

Audio gear maker Bragi on Monday announced the Headphone, a new set of fully wireless earbuds being marketed as less expensive than the Dash, and ideal for people buying smartphones without a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, like Apple's impending "iPhone 7."

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12:15
The best of the rest at IFA 2016

Now that we've said goodbye to IFA 2016, it's time to bring you highlights of the most interesting devices at the event. In this particular edition, you'll find some that aren't smartphones or wearables. We're talking virtual reality massage chairs,...

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11:41
Genius Bar doesn't hire retired Apple engineer...

The Apple engineer responsible for the OS X migration to Intel was never called back after an Apple retail Genius interview, and an op-ed is again sparking age discussion about alleged age bias in Silicon Valley.

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11:30
Snapchat joins Apple on Bluetooth consortium, plots...

The latest member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is growing social media platform Snapchat, amidst rumors that the company is working on a wearable augmented reality device that will expand its presence into hardware.

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11:27
Rosetta probe belatedly finds the Philae comet lander

You have to sympathize with the European Space Agency. It's less than a month away from crashing its Rosetta probe into its host comet, and it just found the Philae comet lander -- you know, the machine the mission team stopped trying to contact back...

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11:13
Twitter chat turns up the ultimate iPhone accessory

There's nothing quite like having a conversation on Twitter the morning of Labor Day that shows you a very useful iPhone accessory you've never seen before. It all started when @halsherman retweeted this message and photo from @craftydeano:

"My wife made her own todo list app. #iosdev" -- @craftydeano on Twitter

After a side conversation discussing the old IBM Model M keyboard in the background (with @craftydeano and @undermycloud), @khaled piped up with an even better solution: 

They were out of stock at highsnobiety.com -- where @khaled had found them -- but some quick sleuthing by @craftydeano found the source: iLoveHandles.com. The Paperback adhesive notes for iPhone are just $7.95 and come in sizes for iPhone 5, 5s, 5c (and probably SE as well), iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. Each pad has 80 sheets that you can use to take notes on your iPhone and not have to worry about syncing...

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10:45
IFA 2016: All things mobile

IFA isn't as big of a mobile show it once was. Samsung and LG opted to have their big phone announcements elsewhere this year, and even Motorola had its own Lenovo-hosted soiree a few months ago. Still, we did see a few new handsets at the show, alon...

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10:15
Amazon, Apple and Google back Microsoft fight over...

Microsoft isn't going it alone in its lawsuit fighting gag orders for data requests. Amazon, Apple, Google and Mozilla have contributed to a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Microsoft's case against the US government over the Electronic Communica...

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10:00
What to expect from Apple’s September 7th event

Enlarge / The Apple logo onstage at WWDC 2016. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple’s big September product presentation is happening on Wednesday—WWDC in June is when we find out about software, but when it comes to the hardware that the company makes most of its money from, September is Apple’s biggest event of the year.

Last year’s event was especially huge and wide-ranging. Apple launched its new tvOS platform, tweaked the hardware and software of the still-new Apple Watch, introduced the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6S series, and provided software updates for everything across all of its product lines. Wednesday will still be a busy day, but relatively speaking it ought to be quieter.

The iPhone

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10:00
Bragi's new wireless headphones are cheaper,...

It took nearly two years and a Kickstarter campaign for Bragi to deliver its completely wireless smart earbuds that handle music, activity tracking and phone calls. Now the company is back with its second product: The Headphone. At first glance, Brag...

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09:59
Bragi launches cheaper $149 cord-free earbuds sans...

As previously teased, headphone maker Bragi today announced a new cheaper set of cord-free, truly wireless earbuds ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 & Apple Watch 2 event on Sept. 7 this week.

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09:15
IFA 2016 showed us how far wearables have come

The wearables world has come a long way in a very short time, and plenty of companies have had to learn their lessons out in public. The first devices they launched were often far, far too ugly to find mainstream acceptance, but now the fashion and w...

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08:42
Win LG’s new 38-inch UltraWide USB-C monitor & a...

To help introduce the new 38-inch LG UltraWide USB-C monitor, we’re teaming up with LG this month on its Dream Canvas contest that will see it give away 15 of the new monitors – alongside a $10,000 workstation to one grand prize winner.

Since the new monitor and its huge 38-inch curved display is geared towards creators like the rest of LG’s UltraWide lineup, LG is calling on artists to submit wallpaper creations that will fit perfectly on the new 3840 x 1600 LG UltraWide display. 

Here’s how it works:

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08:21
Alleged iPhone 7 GeekBench results suggest ~35%...

We have seen an alleged screenshot of a GeekBench report before for the iPhone 7 but that one turned out to be fake. Ahead of the official unveiling on Wednesday, another set of purported GeekBench results for iPhone 7 has surfaced although this one is a bit more convincing.

The results suggest a significant performance boost associated with the new Apple A10 chip in the iPhone 7, with a headline score of 3379 for single-core and 5495 for multi-core. This is about 35% higher than what a typical iPhone 6s unit reports.

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08:11
'Fallout 4' immortalizes a player's...

Games have paid tribute to late celebrities and fans in the past, but rarely like this. When Reddit user NoohjXLVII (aka Andy) posted about the tragic losses of his father and his brother, as well as using Fallout 4 as a coping mechanism, Bethesda r...

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07:36
Happy Labor Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

There’s some killer stuff ahead in the Apple universe this week, including a planned media event, forthcoming details about the next-gen iPhone and other devices.

Still, it’s Labor Day, the end of a really fun long weekend and the perfect time to disconnect a bit and spend time with friends, family and really tasty food.

We’ll be back tomorrow with full coverage of everything in the Apple/Mac universe.

Until then, have an amazing Labor Day and we’ll see you guys tomorrow.

And, finally, this came out of Dragon Con in Atlanta and proves that Sesame Street, Muppets and amazing geekiness can never really die…

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07:31
Apple offers discounted annual Apple Music...

Apple is now selling 12-month Apple Music gift cards for $99 in the U.S., allowing people willing to commit for that span to save a significant amount on their subscription.

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07:04
Wacom's latest smartpads marry pen and paper...

Despite the many high-tech devices on display here at IFA, sometimes all you want is a pen and paper to jot down notes or draw a quick sketch. Still, there's no reason not to marry ink and tech, which is the driving idea behind Wacom's latest line of...

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06:56
Elgato soon to expand its HomeKit Eve peripheral...

Elgato appears to be growing its stable of home automation devices, with the the first HomeKit compatible motion sensor spotted, called the "Eve Motion."

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06:55
Have a great Labor Day!

Today is Labor Day here in the U.S. of A. Apple World Today will be running on a very limited schedule as Steve and I celebrate the holiday with our families. Whether you’re off work today or not, we wish you a fantastic Monday.

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06:17
Apple reportedly boosts 'iPhone 7' parts...

Apple recently increased parts orders for the "iPhone 7" -- expected to be announced on Wednesday -- in what may be a sign that it doesn't think iPhone sales will decline as harshly year-over-year as originally forecast, a report claimed on Monday.

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05:58
Intel Kaby Lake CPUs suitable for MacBook Pro...

Supply chain reports sourced from laptop manufacturers claim that they are in receipt of laptop-class Kaby Lake processors earlier than expected -- with the new chip possibly suitable for a MacBook Pro refresh.

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05:27
Apple engineer who got Mac OS running on Intel chips...

The NY Times reports that JK Scheinberg, the engineer famously responsible for getting what was then Mac OS running on Intel machines, was rejected for an Apple Store Genius job.

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05:17
How to watch the live stream of Apple's 9/7...

The next iPhone may or may not be a revolution, but it will be televised—well, live streamed to be more exact. Apple plans to live-stream the keynote taking place on Wednesday, September 7, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Bookmark this page on Apple.com and you’ll be all set. There’s even a link that will download a calendar invite so you can be reminded when it’s time to tune in.

Apple also fired up its long-dormant Twitter account with a single promoted tweet (a clever trick to keep it off the account’s timeline) about the event. If you retweet this, you’ll get a reminder via Twitter shortly before the event starts.

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05:00
Daily Deal: Last chance on the Lumina Touch Light-Up...

Spend a lot of time in your car at night or in poorly lit rooms? Wouldn't be nice to have a Lightning charge cable that could help you find the ports you need to plug into? That's exactly what the Lumina Touch Light-Up Cable is for, lighting up when you touch it and then shutting itself off once you've got a good connection. Today is the last day and the last chance to get a Lumina Touch Light-Up Cable in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for only $9.99 (with free shipping!). 

  • Activate the automated touch light w/ your fingertips
  • Use consistently; strong PVC jacket cord & strain relief won’t tear
  • Sync & charge your phone simultaneously 
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05:00
Dell + EMC: History Is Made


I've been involved in mergers and acquisitions for decades, and I used to run an acquisition cleanup team while at IBM. I've seen so many bad acquisitions that it is generally far easier to point out the good ones. What is somewhat ironic, given my background, is that the best largely have been executed by Dell, using a process initially developed by IBM. One of the most painful mergers I was involved with was the one between HP and Compaq -- which I aggressively tried to kill, fearing neither firm would survive it intact.

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04:21
Apple Music gains discounted $99/year membership...

Apple Music just became more affordable for everyone. Apple stores and select retailers have rolled out a new 12-month Apple Music gift card, priced at $99. That comes out to $8.25 per month, which is about an 18% savings compared to the standard rate of $9.99. Or you could look at it like you’re getting about 2 months of service for free when you pre-pay for your upcoming year.

The new gift card recently launched at Apple stores, but you’ll have to hit up another retailer if you’re looking to buy it online.

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04:15
Apple reportedly boosts iPhone 7 production orders...

Apple is apparently increasing production orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will be officially unveiled at the company’s fall media event on Wednesday September 7, according to a new report by Digitimes.

Although Digitimes makes often unreliable claims, it is more accurate with supply chain reporting like this one. The report says Apple has boosted production for iPhone 7 components by about 10%. A reason for the spike in production is not given but it implies Apple is more confident about iPhone 7 sales this year than it was initially.

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04:08
Resurfaced Tim Cook interview raises wildcard...

It’s difficult for Apple to keep secrets this close to an iPhone launch. At this point, we probably know most of what there is to know, but a May interview with Tim Cook resurfaced on Daring Fireball could indicate that Apple has one surprise in store.

If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable … 

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Sunday September 4

23:02
Des Moines' city council is trying to 'opt...

The City Council of Des Moines, Washington is working hard to cut down on its residents' access to Pokémon Go, even going so far as to make attempts to "opt out" of the game.

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21:43
Last call: Get 10% more cash when you sell your old...

Time is running out to lock in a 10% cash bonus on iPhone trade-ins ahead of Apple's expected iPhone 7 announcement. Sell your iPhone (for up to $330) or iPad (for up to $594) to BuyBackWorld and lock in a price worth 10% more with a bonus coupon now through Sept 6.

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20:58
LG makes an 'aggressive' investment in...

LG has certainly dabbled in robotics, but it's now ready to commit to autonomy for the long haul. The Korean tech giant says it's "aggressively investing" in robots, with its appliances group leading the way. There's no timetable just yet. However, t...

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19:48
NASA's sun-loving spacecraft catches a double...

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees a lot of interesting sights in its geosynchronous orbit, including intense solar flares and other celestial bodies crossing the sun's surface. On September 1st, for instance, it filmed both the Earth and moon bl...

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19:00
New iPhones and Apple Watches coming; here’s how to...

We know Apple is going to announce the iPhone 7/Plus and an updated Apple Watch next week and that’s really exciting. However, one small downside of the upcoming announcement is the impending drop in value of your soon-to-be-outdated Apple devices, whether they are your daily drivers or an older device that’s been sitting in your desk.

Every year newer models push the older iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks farther and farther down the path of obsolescence. But there’s good news: you still have time to sell your devices and we’ll help you maximize the money you get for them too... more…

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18:44
NSO Has Been Selling a Smartphone-Surveilling...

The New York Times continues their coverage of the commercial spytech industry, noting its services "are in higher demand now that companies like Apple, Facebook and Google are using stronger encryption to protect data in their systems, in the process making it harder for government agencies to track suspects... For the last six years, the NSO Group's main product, a tracking system called Pegasus, has been used by a growing number of government agencies to target a range of smartphones -- including iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerry and Symbian systems -- without leaving a trace...to extract text messages, contact lists, calendar records, emails, instant messages and GPS locations." Slashdot reader turkeydance quotes their article:

That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like -- just check out the company's price list. The NSO Group is one of a number of companies that sell...

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18:23
Fox Sports Go is streaming on Chromecast and Roku too

Just in case you need another way to watch college football, Fox Sports Go has launched apps on a few more platforms. There's now an app available for Roku, as well as the ability to stream on Chromecast (at least on Android and from the web, I didn'...

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17:45
Rare video shows elephants ‘mourning’ matriarch’s...

Sad but remarkable video. I don’t know if the elephants are grieving in the human sense but they are certainly acknowledging the passing of their matriarch.

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16:56
SpaceX asked to pay $50 million after losing a...

SpaceX may have to deal with more than equipment losses and Mark Zuckerberg's disappointment in the wake of its launchpad explosion. Spacecom, which owned the AMOS-6 satellite destroyed in the incident (and part of Facebook's free internet plans), i...

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15:37
How Apple does camera

Pundits keep trying to say that the iPhone will take over from the DSLR. That’s ridiculous. But the iPhone continues to be a very capable camera for the vast majority of people. Apple will make it even better on Wednesday.

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15:33
Infinitude

If you need a video to blow your mind and test your speakers, this one should do the trick.

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15:27
Razer gaming keyboard offers no-compromise comfort...

Gaming keyboards tend to be an either/or proposition. Either you get the fast action and feedback of mechanical switches, or you 'settle' for the relative comfort of membrane rubber domes. Razer doesn't think you should have to choose. It's introduci...

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15:08
Samsung urged to officially recall Galaxy Note 7 to...

A leading consumer advocacy group has urged Samsung to perform an official recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports that its battery may explode while charging.

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15:00
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo issues research paper with...

As expected, the rumor machines are running overtime in the last few days leading up to Wednesday's announcements of a new iPhone and Apple Watch. The latest is via AppleInsider, which received a copy of a new research paper provided by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. In that paper, Kuo outlines the latest that's known about the upcoming iPhone. 

The device is expected to come in 32, 128 and 256 gigabyte versions, eliminating both the undersized 16GB and popular 64GB storage tiers. But the big news comes in the area of the display, which is expected to be the same type of True Tone display used on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Coupled with a new ambient light sensor, it's expected that the newest iPhone models will have much better image quality, especially in low-light conditions.

Also as expected, the...

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13:32
Alfred 3.1

Adds three new workflow objects and brings a number of performance improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher. (£17 new, free update, 2.6 MB)

 

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13:15
DJI exec hints at future pocket-sized camera drones

It's a simple question: How would you sell my Dad a drone? Right now, most drone buyers are professionals, hobbyists or video enthusiasts. That leaves a pretty big number of people not currently browsing for a quadcopter. At least, not yet. My Dad is...

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12:31
Acer's 21-inch 'laptop' gives...

Acer's made gaming laptops before, but none of them are quite like this. The behemoth you see here is the Predator 21X, which is the most redonkulous notebook I've seen in my life. The term desktop replacement is quite literal here, as it has a massi...

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11:44
IFA 2016: It's a wrap!

And just like that, IFA 2016 has come to an end -- at least for us. While the event runs through September 7th, our editors are getting ready to head home to their respective countries. But don't worry, there's still plenty of content on the way, so...

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10:59
Telltale's second 'Batman' episode...

Telltale took its sweet time readying the first episode of its Batman adventure game series, but you won't have to wait too long to see what happens next. The studio has announced that the second episode, Children of Arkham, arrives on September 20t...

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10:13
Garmin's spendy Fenix Chronos is a tax on...

I'm a fan of Garmin's Fenix smartwatches. I've been wearing the Fenix 3 for about a year, and, for me, it has a solid balance between battery life (two weeks), training tools, smart features and good old basic horological tasks. The only addition I'd...

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09:58
'Piano black' and dark black Apple '...

A pair of stickers allegedly used to identify test iPhones have popped up on Twitter, with the pair labeling units in the rumored "piano black" and dark black colors.

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09:30
Ben Heck's Xbox One S teardown

There are few things Ben Heck loves more than tearing down the newest gaming consoles. Watch how he unboxes the Xbox One S and takes apart each component, including the controller. As Ben does his thing, we see how Microsoft kept costs down by ma...

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09:06
What to expect from Apple's Sept. 7 event:...

In just a few short days, Apple will hold its now-annual September event where it is expected to unveil new products, most notably its next iPhone. Here everything insiders need to know about the highly anticipated announcements.

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08:00
After Math: Call me, maybe

It's been a banner week for mobile devices not made by Apple (you'll have to wait until the 7th for those). Samsung, quite literally, blew its chance to gain ground on Apple, given the new iPhone's reputed lackluster feature set. Google likely killed...

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07:30
Elevate your selfie game with this pocket-sized drone

Selfie drones? Sigh. We've only ourselves to blame. That said, the gadget fan inside of me is shamelessly drawn to the meretriciousness of the idea. The general problem of the aerial selfie is a nut that's been cracked already, but we're all for more...

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07:00
Amtrak's next-gen high-speed trains, and more...

When it comes to high-speed rail, the US lags behind many other nations - but that's set to change, as the government just gave Amtrak a $2.45 billion loan to launch a new generation of high-speed trains within the next five years. Magnetic levitatio...

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