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Monday July 4

08:24
'Top Gear' host Chris Evans bails after...

After a single season at the helm, Chris Evans is stepping down from Top Gear. The presenter, which took over from Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow partners in crime, James May and Richard Hammond, said on Twitter: "(I) gave it my best show but sometim...

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08:00
What If We've Got Big Data and Analytics All...


Every once in a while I run into a little company that comes at an existing market as if the folks already in it are idiots -- and sometimes they are right. Here's the thing: What often happens is a company breaks out in a segment, and everyone groups around that company's ideas and emulates them. Few initially stand up and say, "Wait a minute -- what if they're wrong?" Often we get so excited about building the market, we don't realize until much later that the initial attempt at solving a problem doesn't work.

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07:55
As Apple sells out of remaining Thunderbolt displays...

When Apple officially discontinued the Thunderbolt Display, directing customers to look at third-party displays, it naturally led to speculation about whether this was a temporary or permanent state of affairs. Now Reddit users are upping the speculation by pointing to a redirect on the company’s website.

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07:40
Tech Overtakes Finance Among Top Global Companies

An anonymous reader writes:Technology has stolen a march on finance, with the success of companies such as Alphabet and Microsoft helping the innovative sector surpass the traditional world of financial services among the world's top 100 companies over the past year. Technology firms in the list notched up a combined value of $3bn compared to financial firms' $2.7bn and the $2.6bn value of consumer goods companies. Apple held its position at the top of the ranking, compiled by PwC, despite losing $121bn in market value over the past year to the end of March, and the overall value of the world's top 100 firms falling four per cent -- the most significant decrease since the financial crisis, with a cash value of $668bn. Alphabet closed the gap on Apple in second place, narrowing its market capitalisation from $350bn to just $86bn, while Microsoft rounded out the top three. Facebook was in sixth position while Amazon entered the top 10 for the first time. Tech firms have better...

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07:00
Daily Deal: G Cloud Unlimited Backup 5-year...

While some Apple users choose to buy into the Apple iCloud ecosystem for backups and sync, others want more...and G Cloud's unlimited backup service is what they want. You can back up all of your photos, videos, contacts and messages -- and more -- for just $6 a year with this great Apple World Today deal.  

G Cloud is offering 5 years of unlimited backups for just $29.99, and one account works for all of your devices -- present and future. G Cloud offers: 

  • Back up anything you store on your phone
  • View all of your messages, photos, contacts, etc. online from your G Cloud account
  • Organize your photos & videos in the intuitive timeline interface
  • Locate your phone in case it’s lost or stolen
  • Keep your data safe w/ Amazon AWS...
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06:59
Get the most out of America's largest July 4...

Some of the biggest Independence Day fireworks displays in the U.S. also sync with special iPhone apps, enhancing the spectacle with sounds and visuals on your smartphone to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here's how you can take advantage of these free apps, as well as some camera enhancement apps that will allow you to take better fireworks photos.

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06:50
Celebgate iCloud phisher pleads guilty to accessing...

One of the men behind the ‘Celebgate‘ phishing attack has pleaded guilty to accessing more than 300 iCloud and Gmail accounts, including ‘at least 30’ belonging to celebrities. The plea was announced by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California.

Edward Majerczyk, 28, who resides in Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois, was named in a criminal information filed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. Majerczyk has signed a plea agreement in which he agrees to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, specifically, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Another of the Celebgate offenders, Ryan Collins, also took a plea...

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06:35
Bloodhound's land speed record attempt set for...

The team behind the Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car designed to beat the land speed record, has some good news and some bad news to share. First and foremost, it's secured new funding, meaning the crew can reform (some engineers were forced to take...

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05:54
Samsung separates OLED business, allowing an '...

Samsung Display, the largest OLED manufacturer in the world and a key display supplier for Apple's entire range of products, has reportedly spun off its OLED business as a separate entity from its money-losing LCD operations.

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04:29
London police consider using drones to pursue...

In its bid to curb the rise of drive-by snatches on the streets of London, the Metropolitan Police may turn to drones to track motorbike-riding suspects. At a recent meeting of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, Deputy Commissioner Cra...

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04:00
Yes, Apple’s Night Shift trademark includes Mac,...

A misleading headline on Patently Apple is already leading to speculation that Apple may be planning to bring its Night Shift feature to Macs, the Watch and CarPlay. None of this is impossible, but Apple’s trademark certainly doesn’t ‘hint’ at this.

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02:25
Solar road technology comes to Route 66

Solar Roadways' dreams of sunlight-gathering paths are one step closer to taking shape. Missouri's Department of Transportation is aiming to install a test version of the startup's solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 Welcome Cente...

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Sunday July 3

23:22
Pro Football Hall of Fame brings in holographic...

Think visiting a sports hall of fame involves little more than looking at athletes' relics? The Pro Football Hall of Fame wants to liven things up a bit. It's introducing the A Game for Life exhibit, where holographic versions (sadly, not likely tr...

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21:31
How-To: create a macOS Sierra USB install drive [...

If you want the ability to perform a fresh and clean install of macOS Sierra, then you should consider creating a macOS Sierra USB install disk. Not only will this walkthrough work for the macOS Sierra Developer Preview, but it will also work for the public beta and future final releases. In the following video tutorial, we’ll show you how.

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20:53
'Minecraft' creation plays 'Pokemon...

It's no longer strange to see elaborate devices built in Minecraft, but this one is particularly eyebrow-raising. Reqaug has built a Minecraft machine that plays Pokemon Fire Red for the Game Boy Advance. It's very rudimentary at the moment (it's m...

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19:12
Astronomers scan for disappearing stars

Scientists are adept at spotting stars, even very old ones. But what about stars that disappear? A handful of researchers, led by Uppsala University's Beatriz Villarroel, aims to find out. They've been comparing sky surveys to see if any light sou...

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17:52
Cancer patient receives a 3D-printed jaw

If you lose your lower jaw to cancer, you don't have many options for prosthetics. At that size, traditional clay is so heavy and unwieldy that you can only wear it for a few hours at a time. Indiana University's Dr. Travis Bellicchi and team have de...

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16:20
Lizard Squad hacked thousands of cameras to attack...

The hacking collective Lizard Squad isn't relying solely on masses of compromised PCs to cause some grief online. Security researchers at Arbor Networks have discovered that the outfit compromised several thousand closed-circuit cameras and webcams...

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15:33
That Digital Music Service You Love Is a Terrible...

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an article from Fortune:
Rdio goes bankrupt, Pandora hangs out a 'For Sale' sign and then gets rid of its CEO, artists and labels ramp up their criticism of YouTube. Now we have Tidal in acquisition talks with Apple, while Spotify complains about Apple treating it unfairly... the digital music business is becoming an industry in which only a truly massive company with huge scale and deep pockets can hope to compete... Rdio went bankrupt last year in large part because it couldn't afford to make the licensing payments the record industry requires of streaming services. Deezer, a European service, postponed a planned initial public offering partly because its business is financially shaky for the same reason... [Rhapsody] is still racking up massive losses... Spotify has found it almost impossible to make money, primarily because of onerous licensing payments...
[A]ll the available evidence seems to show that the digital-music business...

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14:45
Regenerative tooth fillings could put an end to root...

You really don't want a root canal, and not just because it's potentially painful. Emptying the tooth of the infected tissue at its heart potentially weakens it, since you can't grow that organic material back or put toxic fillings in its place. Re...

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13:16
'Skullgirls' is coming to mobile with a...

Lab Zero's hyper-stylized fighting game Skullgirls has been available on almost every modern platform at some point in its history, but you couldn't play it on your smartphone... until now. Hidden Variable (best known for producing versions of Threes...

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11:53
Tesla will make as many EVs in 6 months as it did in...

Tesla isn't waiting for the Model 3 (or the Gigafactory) to be ready before it kicks its production into overdrive. The electric car pioneer now expects to build and deliver over 50,000 vehicles in the second half of 2016 -- that's as many as it buil...

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11:00
Ben Heck visits Berlin #MTF Hack Camp

Ben and Felix bust out the bad jokes as they visit the Music Tech Fest in Berlin as part of the #MTF Hack Camp sponsored by element14. The event brought together talented musicians, singers and hackers for a 24-hour hackathon, and in this episode...

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10:24
Searching for a good reason to remove the headphone...

As Snell says, “This is a tech unicorn, an unannounced feature on a nonexistent product, and it’s important to keep that in mind.” But it’s also helpful to remember, Apple has done this kind of thing many times in the past and it’s always (generally) worked out – after a period of time when tech pundits bitch, moan and complain about it.

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09:30
Six months with the Steam Controller

The gentle whine of the haptics, the new rumble support, those inner paddles that make toggling run and crouch so easy ... oh, and the one-click quick-save! I may be in the minority, but I love my Steam Controller.

The divisive Valve device has just...

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08:15
Watch your favorite games quickly conquered for...

It's the long holiday weekend, we're smack dab in the middle of the summer drought for big game releases and you want to make it to Tuesday with all your fingers intact. That basically rules out lighting fireworks or playing a new game. And, let's fa...

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08:00
The After Math: Pay up

This was a week of folks getting theirs. Brazil locked down $6 million of Facebook assets in its ongoing battle of WhatsApp. Disney shelled out $3.5 billion for the company that runs MLB At Bat. Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown squeezed $600,000 o...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar roadways, and...

Photovoltaic roads sound almost like science fiction, but they're becoming reality in the US. This week Missouri announced plans to pave a section of the historic Route 66 with energy-generating Solar Roadways tiles. In other futuristic transportatio...

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04:03
Second man pleads guilty to breaking into celebrity...

No, the convictions over celebrity account breaches aren't over yet. Chicago man Edward Majerczyk has agreed to plead guilty to using phishing scams to fool more than 300 people into compromising their Gmail and iCloud accounts, including 30 celebri...

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00:42
Review: Audeze Sine delivers planar magnetic magic...

Audeze is one of only a handful of manufacturers to produce headphones with planar magnetic drivers, a technology promising higher fidelity sound and less distortion than traditional -- and cheaper -- dynamic cans. AppleInsider was able to take an extended look at the company's latest on-ear offering, Sine.

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00:29
Actually, there is something new about Apple's...

Despite a flurry of incessant news reports maintaining that Apple is poised to bore its customers to death with a completely snooze-worthy iPhone 7 this fall, there's actually excessive evidence providing reason to believe that the portended death of iPhone 7 has been greatly exaggerated--for reasons that should be obvious.

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Saturday July 2

21:50
Walmart Pay arrives in 14 more states

When Walmart talked about a wide national release of its mobile payment service before the start of July, it wasn't kidding around. Walmart Pay has launched in 14 more states on top of a slew of rollouts earlier in the month -- it's not quite ubiqui...

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21:02
Deals: 128GB iPad Air 2 for $549; $160-$410 off 12...

While supplies last, AppleInsider readers can exclusively snap up a 128GB iPad Air 2 in Space Gray for $549 ($150 off). Or opt for a 2015 12-inch MacBook and AppleCare bundle with exclusive coupon savings of $160-$410 off MSRP. Prefer the ultraportable 11-inch Air? Select models are $70-$150 off.

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20:02
NuAns raises funds to release its Windows 10 phone...

When we took a closer look at the NuAns NEO in January, the Japanese company wasn't sure if the Windows 10 Mobile phone was ever going to make it outside its home country. Now, it looks like NuAns has decided to attempt a wider release, because it's...

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18:29
Watch Stephen Colbert challenge a 'Super Mario...

You've probably seen video game speed runs before, but on a major TV channel? Not likely... until now. In what appears to be a first for nationwide US TV, The Late Show's Stephen Colbert ran a segment that pitted a speedrunner (Super Mario Bros. 3...

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17:01
Google adds built-in Cast option to Chrome for...

Google has begun rolling out a built-in Cast option for Chrome 51. You simply have to right click a tab or click the hamburger button on the right-hand part of the desktop browser to find a line in the menu that says "Cast..." Doesn't mean the old ex...

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16:39
iPhone batteries: A cautionary tale

Late last week, Mrs. Sande (my wife, not my mom) pointed out to me that her iPhone 5s screen was popping out. What she meant by popping out was that the screen was being pushed out in areas by something and was literally bulging above the top of the display. Knowing her charging habits for that iPhone, I immediately knew what was happening. This image from mommytasking shows a really bad case of the bulges:

Image of an iPhone 5 with a bulging battery popping a screen. From mommytasking 

The lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries that power a lot of our mobile electronics these days have a problem with being plugged in all the time. I've seen it with older MacBooks with removable battery packs -- usually someone would...

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16:09
Considering an iOS 10 downgrade? Here are a few...

Many developers are currently enjoying iOS 10, and I suspect that not less than a few non-developers are enjoying it as well. But with the news that an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak might soon be released, it may be time for some of you currently on iOS 10 to start thinking about downgrading. more…

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15:45
Heavy Metal and natural language processing

This is absolutely fascinating.

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15:28
China successfully refuels a satellite in orbit

China is now one of the precious few countries that knows how to refuel satellites in space. The nation's Tianyuan-1 system (launched aboard the Long March 7) has successfully topped up at least one satellite in orbit. Officials aren't describing the...

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14:00
Bjork's VR album is a work in progress, just...

Bjork Digital is almost Bjork: The Theme Park. The installation, which opened in Tokyo earlier this week, includes a movie theater showing a two-hour-long showcase of the artist's videography. Around the corner from there, you'll find several album t...

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13:34
Linux Grabs More Than 2% of Desktop Market Share

LichtSpektren writes: W3Counter's stats for June 2016 are in, and Linux desktop accounts for 2.48% of all web visits from tracked websites... (Android is counted separately from "Linux desktop.") Meanwhile, NetMarketShare shows Linux with a 2.02% share of the desktop market. And StatCounter shows a more detailed breakdown of the top 7 operating systems, with Windows 7 at 42.02%, Windows 10 at 21.88%, OSX at 9.94%, Windows 8.1 at 8.66%, Windows XP at 6.5%, and another 4.06% for "Unknown" (which is roughly tied with "Other") -- beating Windows 8.0 at 3.52%. In May they also reported another thought-provoking statistic: that Firefox's browser usage had surpassed that of IE and Edge combined for the first time.


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12:45
FBI talks to Hillary Clinton about her private email...

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton broke rules with her private email server. However, the FBI still wants to know whether or not she played fast and loose with classified messages... and it just got a first-hand account of events. Clinton's staff...

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12:40
Review: Garmin's Fenix 3 HR is an iOS-connected...

Garmin's highest-end smartwatch in some ways sets a gold standard for fitness trackers, but for the layman, it can be simultaneously overwhelming and lacking in creature comforts.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Star Wars returns!

July the Fourth be with you

This week’s roundup includes the latest Lego: Star Wars game—plus, a bunch of other fun new offerings for the long holiday weekend. Read on!

Disney LOL

Disney LOL (free, iPhone and iPad) lets users and their kids consume all kinds of Disney content—GIFs, Vines, and short videos ranging from classic cartoons to Marvel superheroes to Star Wars characters and adventures. 

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11:30
Adidas gets creative with shoes made from recycled...

There's a strong momentum behind the Adidas brand right now. That's largely due to the increasing popularity of the company's running and lifestyle products, with Kanye West's Yeezy line being chief among them. Still, amid its flourishing business, A...

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10:00
Gadget Ogling: Artsy Audio, Stress Detectives, and...


I don't think any product range beats speakers for running the design gamut from gorgeous to ghastly. There are so many to choose from, in all shapes, sizes and colors, that there's something for everyone -- plus a few things no one should buy. But what if your sound system were a piece of art, literally? Case of Bass has created a boombox print that houses a speaker system in a shadow box behind it. It streams audio over Bluetooth. It's something different, and it's fun.

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10:00
Withings Body Cardio: A stylish scale for fussy...

A scale is an odd thing to review. For one thing, it's one of the few gadgets you have to be completely naked to test. It also sends you down a rabbit hole of fitness tech, with too many apps and too many connected devices that do too many things. Th...

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08:46
This week’s top stories: Space Black iPhone 7 leaks...

In this week’s top stories: Space Black iPhone 7 leaks, more MacBook Pro rumors, and Apple dukes it out with Spotify as reports emerge that Apple is in negotiations to acquire Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Head below for all the handy links to these and our other top shared stories from the past week: more…

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08:30
Six technologies changing the future of food

By Cat DiStasio

Food production, processing and transportation account for a tremendous amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and enormous amounts of food are wasted each year in some parts of the world while other regions suffer from shortages. Fortu...

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07:55
Happy, Fourth of July

Yours Truly and Steve are enjoying some time off for the Fourth of July weekend, so AWT will be “closed” through Monday. Have a great Independence Day everyone.

And come back tomorrow for the latest in Apple news. In keeping with our Team AWT sub-theme of "Unplugging™" occasionally from all of our gear, be sure to get outside and enjoy the world with your family and friends today.

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Life lessons from Mario

Mario is living the
American dream
Rob Harvilla,
The Ringer

This week The Ringer has been discussing that unique group of people and things that we can all agree are enduring and iconic parts of culture. We're talking the likes of Google Maps, Woz...

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06:00
ICYMI: Lung cancer detector and smart tape measure

Today on In Case You Missed It: A new device is being tested to detect lung cancer by having patients breathe into it. A new tape measure that syncs to a mobile app can calculate distances by simply running it over an item, or using a laser to ca...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Thunderbolt Display rumors,...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 1, 2016

You can tell that the nation is now in full election mode, because politicians are taking swings at Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook has always been politically active, though no one expected him to host a Republican fundraiser. Politics aside, this slideshow has the top Apple-related headlines for the week. Click on the link for more informations

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02:37
Get served by this tennis-instructing drone

If tennis is your game and you're looking for help that a ball-spitting machine can't provide, luxury gym chain Virgin Active has your back. They've built a drone to drop your racquet's prey from above so you can work on your awful smash without any...

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02:02
Apple releases 4 animated emoji iOS 10 Messages...

One of iOS 10’s cool new features is the ability for developers to create sticker pack animated emojis for iMessage using the Messages API.   Apple is showing how it is done, so to speak…

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02:01
This week on AI: No 3.5mm jack on 'iPhone 7,...

"iPhone 7" rumors resurfaced with a vengeance this week -- but there were also interesting developments in the music streaming world, particularly with claims that Apple is interested in buying one its rivals, Tidal.

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Friday July 1

22:24
Apple releases animated emoji sticker packs for iOS...

As promised, Apple on Friday released the first official animated sticker packs for use with iOS 10 Messages, making the GIF-like graphics available to developers through iTunes.

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20:57
'Galaxy Note7' name confirmed by leaked...

Can't wait for Samsung's next entry into the plus-sized phone category? A tweet from Evan Blass aka evleaks reveals three colors of what will apparently be called the Galaxy Note7 (no space?), in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral. There have...

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20:25
Apple Maps to gain Japan transit data in iOS 10

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.

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19:40
Scientists use light to nuke cancer cells in mice

In the great fight against cancer, scientists look for solutions that are both effective and less ravaging than current treatments like chemotherapy. One experimental concept, optogenetics, uses light to reduce or eliminate cancer cells. Researchers...

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18:51
Panasonic's $699 UHD Blu-ray player arrives in...

If you thought Ultra HD Blu-ray players were already pretty expensive, Panasonic would like to have a word. Whereas Samsung's player and the recently released unit from Philips aim for a mainstream crowd with $400 price tags, Panasonic is targeting a...

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17:19
NASA's New Horizons probe is officially set to...

After capturing and transmitting the most detailed images of Pluto we've ever seen, NASA's New Horizons space probe is getting a new mission. NASA announced today that the probe had received funding to continue its exploration of the outer reaches of...

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16:42
Major weakness in Google's key storage breaks...

Higher end Android phones using premium Qualcomm chips have been seeking to court the attention of enterprise users, but new research shows that Android encryption is easy to defeat because the devices store their disk encryption keys in software, unlike Apple's iOS.

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16:32
ESPN2 will televise the 'Street Fighter V...

Professional gaming continues its slow creep into the mainstream, landing airtime for another tournament on a prominent sports channel. ESPN2 will air the world championship matches for Street Fighter V live from the Mandalay Bay events center on Jul...

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15:36
Police confirm DVD player found in Tesla Autopilot...

A day after we learned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a fatal crash involving Tesla's Autopilot feature, more details have emerged. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to Reuters that a portable DVD...

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15:06
Apple Pay promotion offers discounts, rewards on...

As part of a recently launched iOS App Store promotion, select third-party retailers like Hotel Tonight, Uber, Grubhub and Ticketmaster are discounting in-app purchases processed through Apple Pay.

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15:05
Apple Is Suing A Man That Teaches People To Repair...

New submitter alzoron writes: After the failure of New York's Fair Repair Act, independent third-party unauthorized Apple repair shops seem to be under attack. Louis Rossmann, owner of Rossman Repair Group, INC has uploaded a somewhat vague video alluding to his Youtube site, where he posts videos about repairing out of warranty repairs, possibly being shut down. Several sources (Reddit, Mac Kung Fu, 9to5Mac) have been speculating about this and whether or not Apple is behind this. Game Revolution reported on the video (Link is to cache version of the site since the report has since been removed), breaking down each section of the video. 6:52: Louis informs viewers that they can download YouTube videos. 7:41: Louis mentions that YouTube channels have a "finite lifespan," often because a large corporation has the power and money to shut them down. 8:42: Louis shares that he's happy when he's lived a difficult life so that he can be strong for the immense challenge that is ahead. 10:...

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15:05
Man Who Teaches People How To Repair Their MacBooks...

New submitter alzoron writes: After the failure of New York's Fair Repair Act, independent third-party unauthorized Apple repair shops seem to be under attack. Louis Rossmann, owner of Rossman Repair Group, INC has uploaded a somewhat vague video alluding to his Youtube site, where he posts videos about repairing out of warranty repairs, possibly being shut down. Several sources (Reddit, Mac Kung Fu, 9to5Mac) have been speculating about this and whether or not Apple is behind this. Game Revolution reported on the video (Link is to cache version of the site since the report has since been removed), breaking down each section of the video. 6:52: Louis informs viewers that they can download YouTube videos. 7:41: Louis mentions that YouTube channels have a "finite lifespan," often because a large corporation has the power and money to shut them down. 8:42: Louis shares that he's happy when he's lived a difficult life so that he can be strong for the immense challenge that is ahead. 10:...

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15:05
The Public Access Weekly: I want to believe

Yes, we did accidentally rickroll y'all this week in the Trent Reznor/Juno post. Our (hilarious, unintentional but not really regrettable) bad. Thanks to the attentive commenters who alerted us to the error. Also, for those of you keeping track of...

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14:41
BMW partners with Intel to get autonomous cars on...

BMW has already said it wants to get autonomous cars on the road by 2021, but the automaker doesn't have all the technological know-how to make that a reality. To get there, BMW today announced a partnership with Intel and computer vision / sensing c...

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14:14
Verizon will reward customers for referring new...

Need a little extra pocket money? Is Verizon your cell phone carrier? You might be able to hit the company up for a little boost in your cash flow then, provided you bring a few new customers along with you.

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13:49
Alibaba announces new system to track and remove...

If you've ever shopped at Alibaba, you know to tread carefully: the online marketplace has long had a problem with merchants peddling counterfeit goods. It's given the site a bad reputation, creating tension between Alibaba and major brands. Today, t...

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13:40
Android’s full-disk encryption just got much weaker—...

Privacy advocates take note: Android's full-disk encryption just got dramatically easier to defeat on devices that use chips from semiconductor maker Qualcomm, thanks to new research that reveals several methods to extract crypto keys off of a locked handset. Those methods include publicly available attack code that works against an estimated 37 percent of enterprise users.

A blog post published Thursday revealed that in stark contrast to the iPhone's iOS, Qualcomm-powered Android devices store the disk encryption keys in software. That leaves the keys vulnerable to a variety of attacks that can pull a key off a device. From there, the key can be loaded onto a server cluster,...

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13:26
US Senate finally dumps BlackBerry

The US Senate's Sergeant at Arms (SAA) announced earlier this week that staffers would no longer be able to request new BlackBerry OS 10 devices for official work. That includes the Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport and Classic. In their place, the SAA is offe...

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13:22
Opinion: Unpacking Apple, Beats Music and a possible...

Yesterday the WSJ reported that sources indicate Apple is in ongoing exploratory talks to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music subscription business while carefully noting sources say talks may not lead to a deal. While Apple reportedly talking to Jay Z’s Tidal does not equal Apple actually buying Tidal (yet), the idea of Apple buying Tidal anytime soon and within two years of spending $3 billion on Beats in part to build its Apple Music streaming service comes as a surprise to many — not unlike the Beats episode…

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13:09
How-To: Show the size of folders in the Finder on...

The Finder’s list view is my favorite way to view the folders and files within the macOS Finder, because it provides a wealth of information via columns that can be sorted on.

One thing that you won’t find when using the Finder’s default list view is the cumulative size of the Folders contained within. But there’s an easy way to view the sizes of Folders directly within the Finder; watch our video tutorial to see how. more…

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13:00
Cybersecurity forecast: Heavy smug

When you think of rockstar hackers and infosec pundits, I'm sure it's easy to imagine people who are humble, kind and patient, and never look down on anyone who would reuse a password.

OK, maybe infosec types aren't known for doing benevolence all t...

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12:50
DVD player found in Tesla involved in fatal crash

A digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when its driver was killed in a collision with a truck in May, Florida Highway Patrol officials said on Friday.

“As to the video, there was a witness who came to the scene immediately after the accident occurred, and we can’t verify it at this point,” said Paul Weekley of Tampa, the lawyer for the truck driver. “But what we have been told is that he saw a Harry Potter video still playing when he got to the scene.”

Again, tragic loss of life, but come on. You are responsible for your car.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:31
UN rights council condemns the disruption of...

The United Nations Human Rights Council has had enough of state-sponsored attempts to restrict internet access and punish people who use the internet as a space for free expression. The council on Friday passed a resolution that reaffirms and expands...

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12:15
External Link: Why the iPhone Headphone Jack Should...

One of the hot-button debates in the Apple community revolves around rumors that Apple is planning to drop the headphone jack from the next iPhone. Many have argued that it’s the natural course of things for Apple, a company that prides itself on minimalism. But on Six Colors, Jason Snell has countered every one of the arguments against the headphone jack. In short, removal of the headphone jack wouldn’t make the iPhone thinner or audio quality better, and it would just inconvenience users.

 

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12:09
Why Apple Might Buy Tidal

Why would Apple purchase a struggling music streaming service? Josh Centers explains why Tidal might be key to Apple’s future.

 

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12:07
Apple says Spotify wants 'preferential...

It didn't take long for Apple to respond to Spotify's claim that it's using App Store approvals a way to handle competitors. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell described the allegation as "troubling" and that Spotify...

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11:57
NetMarketShare: OS X down, iOS up in June

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X dipped in June, while iOS rose.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 8.19% of the global market share in June, down from 8.52% percent in May (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.79% as of June.

iOS had 27.24% of the mobile operating system market share in June, up from 23.10% in May. This compares to 65.58% for Android, 3.26% for Windows Phone, and 1.81% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t...

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MoviePass tests new prices, aims to reach a $20 plan

MoviePass, the subscription service that lets you see one theatrical film every 24 hours, has come under fire after testing out new pricing options with some customers, which are significantly more expensive and restrictive than existing plans. The c...

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11:24
Apple attorney: Spotify wants preferential treatment...

Yesterday Spotify accused Apple of making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app, hinting that the move was due to competition with Apple Music.

Now, in a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez (as noted by Buizzfeed), Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the allegations, saying: “We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.”

“Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and...

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11:22
Apple is in talks to buy Tidal (or maybe not)

The Wall Street Times says Apple is in talks to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music service. The article says the Cupertino, California-based company is considering the possibility to beef up its own Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong tied to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna.

However, the New York Times’ Ben Sisario tweeted that “two highly placed sources tell me Apple isn’t buying Tidal.” I think Sisario’s right on this one.

Tidal is a subscription-based music streaming service that combines audio and high definition music videos with curated editorial. The service claims to have over 25 million tracks and 85,000 music videos.

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11:21
Spotify update violated Apple’s developer guidelines

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Yesterday, streaming music service Spotify went public with complaints that Apple had recently rejected an update to the company's iOS app. The company's lawyers alleged that blocking the update "raises serious concerns under both US and EU competition law" and "[diminishes] the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music." But Spotify offered up only a vague explanation for why the app had been rejected, citing "business model rules."

Today, Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell responded, saying that Spotify's app update violated Apple's app review guidelines and that the company would gladly approve and distribute the update once the problem had been fixed. The full letter is available in...

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Sony Xperia X Performance review: $700 worth of...

Oh, Sony. The company has tried time and again to craft a smartphone that would find success in the US, and time and again it has fallen short. But when Sony pulled back the curtain on a batch of new Xperia X's at Mobile World Congress earlier this y...

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11:05
Apple Slams Spotify For Asking For '...

On Thursday, Spotify made major accusations against Apple of playing unfair to its music service. The Swedish-based music company said that Apple didn't approve a new version of Spotify's iOS app because "it didn't want competition for Apple Music." The Cupertino-based company has responded to the accusations. In a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez on Friday, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the streaming music service's allegations, adding "we find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service," Sewell wrote. BuzzFeed News reports:"Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and regardless of whether or not they compete against Apple. We did not alter our behavior or our rules when we introduced our own music streaming...

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11:03
NASA to Delight Space Geeks with New Apple TV App

NASA has released an Apple TV app that is sure to keep space geeks busy for weeks. The app for the fourth-generation Apple TV has images, video, satellite tracking and even a radio station with a pop-music soundtrack.

 

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Apple counsel attacks Spotify complaints as '...

Spotify is "resorting to rumors and half-truths" in order to ask for an exemption from App Store rules, according to a letter to the company by Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell.

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11:00
Apple fires back at Spotify

Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell:

“Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and regardless of whether or not they compete against Apple. We did not alter our behavior or our rules when we introduced our own music streaming service or when Spotify became a competitor,” Sewell explains. “Ironically, it is now Spotify that wants things to be different by asking for preferential treatment from Apple.”

I absolutely love that Apple didn’t take this criticism sitting down!

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Sidewalk Labs' smart city kiosks go way beyond...

The details of an ambitious plan from Google's sister company Sidewalk Labs to create entire "smart neighborhoods" just got a little clearer. According to Sidewalk Labs' pitch deck, which was obtained by Recode this week, the plan goes far beyond tho...

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10:47
Apple Music vs. Spotify

Choosing a music service is a very personal decision and not one that somebody else can make for you. However, Daniel Bader does a good job of highlighting the good and bad of each service.

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10:42
Apple’s commitment to accessibility

Accessibility is Apple doing the right thing for its users—all users. It’s hard not to support a company that does the right things for the right reasons.

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10:35
∞ The Dalrymple Report: How Am I Going to Top That?

Jonathan Mann (no relation) joins Jim to talk about writing a new song every day, the recording process, and what it’s like to have Steve Jobs play your video at a keynote.

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Sony is back in the robotics race. The consumer company gave us AIBO, one of the most popular "entertainment" robotic dogs, in the late '90s. But due to heavy losses and a corporate restructure in 2006, the canine bot and all related AI efforts were...

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Apple issues heated response to Spotify’s ‘...

If Apple versus FBI was the big story to start the year, then it looks like Apple versus Spotify will be the hot battle of the summer. Yesterday a letter surfaced in which Spotify accused Apple of being anticompetitive with its App Store policies and holding back a Spotify update in order to benefit Apple Music. This letter is likely what prompted Senator Elizabeth Warren’s negative remarks about Apple earlier this week.

Now Apple is pushing back and without mincing words. Apple’s top lawyer Bruce Sewell has issued a three-page response to Spotify (via Buzzfeed) in which he...

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Apple authorized reseller B&H is kicking off the 4th of July weekend by slashing prices on 13-inch MacBook Airs by $100-$300 with free expedited shipping. Or save $150 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with no tax outside of NY. Plus, snap up an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 (refurbished) on eBay before they sell out.

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