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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 
  • Use safely w/ Apple products: MFi certified
  • Get the flexibility of 40" in...
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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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06:34
Google, Apple, Mozilla, and the EFF Support...

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes BetaNews about new legal documents filed Friday:
Microsoft is fighting the US Justice Department in an attempt to quash a law that prevents companies informing customers that the government is requesting their data. The technology giant has the backing of other tech companies as well as media outlets. Amazon, Apple, Google, Fox News, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla are among those offering their support to Microsoft. The lawsuit says that blocking companies from keeping their customers informed is unconstitutional, and it comes at a time when tech companies in particular are keen to be as open and transparent as possible about government requests for data....

As EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien puts it: "Whether the government has a warrant to rifle through our mail, safety deposit boxes, or emails stored in the cloud, it must notify people about the searches. When electronic searches are done in secret, we lose our...

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05:30
Default Folder X 5.0.6

Adds support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and improves compatibility with LaunchBar. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.1 MB)

 

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05:20
Bang and Olufsen's 360-degree speakers deliver...

Earlier this week, Bang and Olufsen introduced its BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 multi-room speakers, and we just checked them out at IFA 2016. As expected, considering they both cost upward of $1,000 each, the new 360-degree speakers look stylish and un...

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04:03
Razer and Maingear partner on an all-out gaming PC

Maingear isn't playing favorites when it comes to partners for over-the-top gaming rigs. The PC builder is teaming up with Razer for the R1 Razer Edition, a tower PC that's as much about showing off as boosting your frame rates. Razer, as you might h...

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Saturday September 3

22:50
OpenOffice could shutter due to lack of volunteer...

OpenOffice, one of the most prominent free alternatives to Microsoft Office, is in big trouble. Dennis E. Hamilton, its volunteer vice president, has recently sent out a message to the project mailing list to inform members that its "retirement... is...

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21:19
These Are the Six Crypto-Currencies Approved By Apple

An anonymous reader quotes Softpedia: Anthony Di Iorio, founder of Jaxx, a crypto-currency wallet, claims that an Apple representative revealed to him the six crypto-currencies allowed on the App Store, during a private phone conversation... Di Iorio had this conversation with the Apple employee after the company removed his Jaxx iOS app from the store. The Apple employee told Di Iorio that they had to remove his app because it featured support for Dash, another blockchain technology, touted as an alternative to Bitcoin. During the conversation, Di Iorio asked what crypto-currencies Apple approves of, so he'd know what to remove from Jaxx's iOS version and get his app back on the App Store. Di Iorio says that Apple is comfortable approving apps on its App Store that handle only six crypto-currencies: Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, the DAO and Ripple. Reaction to Apple's list of approved crypto-currencies wasn't positive, at least on Twitter. Most users criticized Apple's...

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20:29
Daimler will fight Tesla with 'at least'...

It looks like Daimler's plans to fight Tesla are even more ambitious than first thought. Reuters sources understand that the German automaker is working on "at least" six electric cars, and might introduce as many as nine. The exact roster isn't pu...

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19:01
IBM's smart earphone team-up puts Watson to work

Smart earphones like Bragi's Dash aren't just for personal activities like music and running -- they could also help you get some serious work done. Bragi and IBM are partnering on ways to combine "hearables" like the Dash with Watson's Internet of T...

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17:28
Juno sends back an unfamiliar view of Jupiter's...

When someone mentions the planet Jupiter, you probably think of the image we're all familiar with: that one with a view of its equator, bands and the Great Red Spot. That's why the photos above and below the fold might look like an alien world, when...

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15:54
OurMine 'hack' bombards Variety readers...

It's already irritating when a group of self-proclaimed hackers (really, account takeover pranksters) hijack a website... it's another when they flood your inbox. The OurMine collective managed to not only compromise Variety's website through a post...

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15:39
Apple May Bring Back Billions In Profits To The U.S.

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from the San Jose Mercury News:
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to bring back billions of dollars in profit to the U.S. next year. Cook's statement, made during an interview with RTE radio Thursday, contradicts his previous public statements on the issue: He has said for years that U.S. corporate taxes are too high, and that the Silicon Valley company wouldn't be repatriating profit until its home country changed its tax code.

"Right now I would forecast that we repatriate next year"Cook said, saying that the company has "provisioned several billion" for that purpose.
An interesting side-note: Apple accounts for 40% of Silicon Valley's profits.


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14:30
A VR massage chair made me both happy and sad

One of the delights on show here at IFA was Medisana's VR massage chair, which pairs one of its high end devices with an Oculus Rift. Rather than sitting in a shopping mall and viewing your fellow patrons as a robot paws at your back, you can be tran...

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13:48
Here's how the iPhone 7 Plus' dual cameras...

Apple's 2016 iPhone launch event may be just days away, but that isn't stemming the tide of leaks and rumors. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who is frequently, though not always, on the mark with Apple launches) has published a last-minute rep...

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13:30
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.5

Fixes a number of problems with converting DOC, DOCX, and ODT files. ($79 new, free update, 225 MB)

 

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13:27
Apple keynote decorations on display at Bill Graham...

Shot by Howard Brilliant for 9to5Mac

Apple flags are now flying over Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, California, as the company prepares the venue for Wednesday’s iPhone 7 announcement. Apple’s keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET, where we expect to see upgraded iPhones and a new Apple Watch introduced. Check out more shots of the scene after the break…

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12:24
Cristiano Ronaldo's latest tech endorsement is...

Sources say CR7 fell over when he saw the Nubia Z11. Absolutely no one was shocked. That's what happens when you have a reputation for being the best diver on the pitch.

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12:19
∞ Apple Music adds new playlists based on listening...

Apple on Saturday added two new playlists to its Apple Music service, which are both based on your listening habits on the service. […]

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Following iPhone 7, iPhone 4 (& few Macs) will...

Apple is about to add iPhone 4 alongside other Macs and iPods to its list of vintage and obsolete products, meaning the devices will lose support for repair services through Apple and its authorized dealers. The change is scheduled to kick in a week after Apple’s iPhone 7 event later this month, according to internal documents (pictured below).

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11:49
Acer's latest convertible Chromebook is bigger...

In May, Google announced that it would be bringing Android apps to Chrome OS, finally marrying the two operating systems in a way that makes Chromebooks that much more useful (A million-plus more apps!) All of a sudden, convertible Chromebooks sound...

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11:09
Happy Hour Podcast 083 | Eleventh hour iPhone 7...

This week Benjamin and Zac return for a special bonus episode of Happy Hour to discuss last minute iPhone 7 rumors including five color options, higher storage tiers, RAM upgrades, and much more ahead of Apple’s September 7 event. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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How an argument led to the creation of a safer...

German electronics firm Hama had been looking at self-balancing skateboards, better known as Hoverboards or Swagways, for about half a year. It wanted to get into the market and so bought every single device currently available to see how they worked...

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10:04
Inside the 2016 MacBook Pro -- CPU choices

While no update is expected at the Sept. 7 Apple event, a long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro has two obvious main processor choices -- but what it has selected to use will dictate if the computer releases sooner, or later.

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10:00
Recommended Reading: Gaming's gender problems...

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Allegra Frank,
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Earlier this week, we caught a glimpse of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in virtual reality that's set to launch the same day as PlayStation VR. The game allows the user t...

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IFA 2016 day one: Battle-worn BB-8 and Acer's...

Even though we've been in Berlin for a few days, Friday was actually the first official day of IFA 2016. And, as expected, there's a lot to see on the show floor. Yesterday, we checked out Sphero's "Battle-worn" BB-8 and its companion Force Band, a w...

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08:49
Apple's 'iPhone 7' to boast True Tone...

At this week's media event, Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone featuring waterproof capabilities equivalent to the Apple Watch, along with a new wide color True Tone display and other enhancements throughout.

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08:31
This week’s top stories: Apple’s iPhone 7 event,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple officially scheduled its iPhone 7 event for next Wednesday, September the 7th, as yet more details of the device and a second-gen Apple Watch 2 leaked this week. Head below for these and more of our top shared stories:

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08:00
Sacking Jack May Anger iPhone Headphone Fans


Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently said removing the headphone jack in the next version of the iPhone is going to "tick off a lot of people." It's been rumored for months that Apple would be scrapping the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 expected next week. Such a move could upset users who have invested in listening technology that uses the jack, Wozniak said. Ditching the headphone jack could be the prelude to another rumored new product: Bluetooth earbuds based on a very-low-powered radio chip developed exclusively by Apple.

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08:00
Six futuristic phone designs

By Cat DiStasio

Cell phone technology continues moving forward year after year, but many of the developments are incremental—a better camera, more storage space, or a faster processor. Those are just the improvements that make it to the mass m...

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07:09
Samsung's biggest challenge at IFA is keeping...

Samsung has a huge presence at IFA. Its booth takes up an entire floor in City Cube, the newest and shiniest exhibition hall at the Messe Berlin. The company's show area is so big, it's in its own separate building. Samsung also held not one but two...

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07:03
iPad Air 2 goes out of stock at major distributors...

We have received a tipoff that major distribution channels for resellers have run out of iPad Air 2 supply, ahead of the iPhone 7 event next week on Wednesday. This means that resellers are running dry of iPad Air 2 units to sell onto customers. This is usually indicate of an upcoming refresh.  As shown from the screenshots, new stock of iPad Air 2 is estimated far beyond the September 7th date of the Apple event, which would suggest that Apple is changing up the iPad lineup in the next couple of weeks.

However, this doesn’t really make sense with other reports that been swirling. We haven’t heard anything about Apple readying new iPads for launch this year. The latest report from KGI on the matter said to not expect an iPad refresh until 2017 …

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06:30
ICYMI: Sorting crops with artificial intelligence

Today on In Case You Missed It: Google's Tensor Flow machine learning technology helped create a device to sort through massive amounts of cucumbers at a farm in Japan, sorting the vegetables by quality grade so that humans don't have to do it ma...

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05:30
DEVONthink 2.9.4

Brings a number of sync-related reliability improvements to the personal information manager. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new)

 

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05:00
The best 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'...

Sphero's BB-8 quickly became the most sought-after Star Wars toy when it was revealed last year. Now, the company is introducing a "Battle-worn" edition of the droid at IFA 2016, featuring a murky appearance that makes it further resemble the charact...

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04:47
KGI: iPhone 7 to feature 2.4GHz A10 chip, IPX7...

A weekend report from KGI is shining some last minute details on the iPhone 7. As well as reaffirming everything we’ve already heard, such as the design resembling the iPhone 6s with tweaked antenna lines, the report includes some specific details about certain changes.

KGI says that the iPhone 7 will include the new Apple A10 SoC, which will be CPU clocked at up to 2.4GHz, a dramatic increase over the existing A9 silicon. The iPhone 7 will also come in two new color options which KGI describes as “dark black” and glossy “piano black”, replacing space grey. There are also changes to the speaker system, Force Touch sensors, waterproofing and more. Many details after the jump, including an explanation of what the iPhone 7 dual-camera system comprises …

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple Sept. 7 iPhone event,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Sept. 2, 2016

Apple on Thursday released security updates for El Capitan, Yosemite, and Safari. If you haven’t updated, go get them now, and then come back here to read the important Apple headlines of the week. Just click the link to get more information.

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01:36
This week on AI: 'See you on Sept. 7,'...

The "iPhone 7" unveiling date was finally made official by Apple this week, but talk persisted about 'exploding' Samsung phones, and an epic EU $14.5 billion tax edict that may have to be paid to a mostly unwilling Ireland.

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Friday September 2

23:42
A tiny space pebble just put a huge dent in an ESA...

The European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite has new 40cm dent on one of its solar wings -- and it was caused by a tiny millimetre-size piece of space debris. The impact was discovered with the Sentinal-1A reported a slight power redu...

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23:18
Apple Music subscribers on iOS 10 & macOS Sierra...

Just days away from Apple’s September 7th iPhone event, users are beginning to see personalized music mixes appear within Apple Music. Originally shown on stage at the this year’s WWDC by Bozoma Saint John, Apple Music subscribers on iOS 10 and macOS will soon be able to listen to music playlists custom tailored to their tastes and interests.

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20:52
'Firewatch' comes to Xbox One on September...

Campo Santo's wilderness mystery Firewatch became an instant indie classic when it was released back in February, but only on PC and PS4. The San Francisco-based studio is fixing that gap in its game's playerbase with an Xbox One launch on September...

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20:32
Apple Music's curated music discovery feature...

Apple on Friday activated "My New Music Mix" for iOS 10 beta testers, an upcoming Apple Music feature that suggests curated tunes based on previously played music.

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20:00
[Sponsor] FilmTouch

If you’re in the film industry and you receive callsheets, go get the FilmTouch iPhone app. It’ll change your life; sort of.

If you’re not in the film industry, take care of that first before you get the app.

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19:56
This mummy's skull was recreated via 3D printer

Using a mummified head found in the collections of the University of Melbourne, scientists were able to reconstruct the skull of a deceased 25-year-old woman from via 3D printer.

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