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Friday June 23

12:21
Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad...

Gmail is the de facto standard for personal email accounts, with more than more than 1.2 billion people using the free service. One criticism, however, is that Google scans your email for keywords so it can better target ads directly to you. Not anym...

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12:00
Surface Pro review: Microsoft's best hybrid...

The Surface Pro is everything we've ever wanted from Microsoft's Surface line. It fixes the few remaining problems from the Surface Pro 4, a machine that I adored. And yet it's far less exciting than its predecessors. It's the second incremental upgr...

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11:49
9to5Rewards: Nomad Goods Powerpack 9000mAh USB-C...

This week, we’ve partnered with Nomad Goods to give away one of its Powerpack 9000mAh USB-C batteries to one lucky reader. Head below to find out how you can win.

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11:42
YouTube’s mobile app will adjust to display videos...

YouTube is having a pretty busy week. The Google-owned video site announced six new shows for its new Red Originals program, its YouTube TV initiative expands to ten new metropolitan markets in the US and its new VR180 technology aims to change the w...

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11:23
Current theories might be wrong about how a galaxy...

With the help of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, researchers made a surprising discovery that goes against what we thought we knew about old galaxies and how they evolve. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a disk-shaped spiral galaxy. Typical of this shape...

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11:19
Google pledges to stop scanning emails in Gmail for...




Advertising giant Google announced on Friday that later this year it will no longer scan user emails for personalized ads in its free Gmail service, stamping out a policy that has long rankled privacy advocates.

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11:13
Instagram testing a new way to let you share photos...

Instagram has been developing a new way to share photos and videos on the social network with select friends, Instagram’s product lead Robby Stein tells The Verge.

The new feature lets you select certain friends as Favorites, then new posts can be visible to all followers or just the select group of groups you put together.

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11:11
Rivals Rev Up as Uber Hits the Skids


As Uber reels from the fallout of a sexual harassment scandal that led to the ouster of Travis Kalanick and several of his top executives, the company faces twin dilemmas: how to clean up its corporate work environment and restock its executive ranks; and how to maintain credibility with its customer base and core team of street level drivers. Uber controls more than 80 percent of the domestic ride-sharing market, by many estimates, and it competes strongly in major cities around the world. However, rival firms are now nipping at its heels.

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11:11
∞ “Aboot” Canadians

Stick with the video to the end for the classic joke about Canadians.

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11:02
'Pokémon Go' badasses can now play Raid...

Some Pokémon Go players can now start working in groups to take on powerful creatures in Raid Battles, one of the long-awaited features for the popular augmented reality game. There's a catch, though: Pokémon trainers have to be level 3...

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10:52
Proposed Italian consumer protection law unlikely to...




Hyperbolic Italian press reports notwithstanding, a controversial law proposed in Italy granting the users to use open-source software intended to grant rights to users will have little to no effect on Apple, according to AppleInsider sources.

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10:51
Taking screenshots in iOS 11: hands-on with 10+...

It’s no secret that taking screenshots in iOS 11 is now a lot more robust than it’s been in previous versions of iOS. No longer is it just about pressing Home + Sleep; in iOS 11, taking screenshots goes much deeper. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for a look at 10+ handy screenshot tips for iOS 11, including the ability to take them using keyboard shortcuts. more…

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10:50
Virgin Mobile Partners with Apple to Go iPhone-only...

Virgin Mobile is becoming the first iPhone-exclusive cellular carrier, and it’s offering a year of service for only $1. But is the deal too good to be true? And what does Apple’s involvement mean?

 

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10:39
An algorithm customizes exoskeletons to fit a person...

Scientists have been studying exoskeletons in nature for years, and they've been trying to figure out how to adapt them for human use. After all, a powered exoskeleton could change the lives of people who have mobility issues, whether due to age, inj...

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10:20
Google will soon stop scanning your emails to...

Since Gmail’s launch in 2004, one point of frequent contention was how the free service scanned emails to show tailored ads. Google has today announced that it is ending this personalization practice in Gmail later this year.

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10:18
Google's neural network is a multi-tasking pro

Neural networks have been trained to complete a number of different tasks including generating pickup lines, adding animation to video games, and guiding robots to grab objects. But for the most part, these systems are limited to doing one task reall...

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09:50
The 10 best Mac game deals in the Steam Summer Sale...

Get 'em cheap

Image by Campo Santo

What’s even better than playing a great video game on your Mac? Playing a great game on your Mac that cost only a fraction of its usual asking price, of course. And now is the right time to make that happen, as the annual Steam Summer Sale is underway.

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09:39
YouTube TV comes to 10 more US markets like Atlanta...




YouTube TV -- Google's recently-launched live streaming service -- will soon expand to 10 more U.S. urban markets, the company announced this week.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iOttie iPhone Car Mount $14,...

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09:05
iPhone 8 real-world look simulated using dummy unit...

If you haven’t been at least a little excited by the iPhone 8 leaks we’ve seen so far, Benjamin Geskin’s latest preview based on rumors creates a rather realistic look at what we can expect later this year. Geskin has matched an alleged iPhone 8 dummy unit with a printed image under a glossy screen protector to simulate what the iPhone 8 could look like in the wild.

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08:56
Deals: $200-$345 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 2017 27...




Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on new and closeout hardware heading into the last weekend in June. Save $200 to $345 on 2016 12" MacBooks with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 2017 27" iMac at $100 off. Apple's 2017 13" Air with 256GB of storage is also $1,129 ($70 off).

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08:36
Nike SNKRS iOS app adds AR features to make...

Nike announced today that it’s now using augmented reality features through its iOS app to make exclusive sneaker releases a more interactive experience. Using its Nike+ SNKRS app popular among those trying their luck at purchasing in-demand shoe releases, Nike is integrating AR features that will make some shoe releases only available to those that unlock them through viewing real-world items via their iPhone’s camera.

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08:28
CarPlay in iOS 11: Lane guidance, interface tweaks,...

When iOS 11 for iPhone ships later this fall, CarPlay users will gain new features like lane guidance in Apple Maps, new route recommendations, and other new features. Below we’ll take a look at some of the new changes coming to CarPlay in iOS 11.

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08:19
US Postal Service releases Total Eclipse stamp

The Postal Service will soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp, which commemorates the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger.

That is very cool.

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08:06
Tesla in talks for own music service, skipping likes...




Tesla is allegedly in talks with major record labels, hoping to offer its own streaming music service for owners of vehicles like the Model 3 and Model S -- apparently skipping default integration of options like Apple Music, Pandora, or Spotify.

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08:03
Tesla looks to create a music streaming service

Music industry sources say the carmaker has had talks with all of the major labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity.

I understand most of what Elon Musk tries to do, but I don’t get this one. He should integrate all of the big services into the cars and let the customers choose. Making a new music service doesn’t seem to solve a problem for consumers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:59
BlackBerry misses forecasts

BlackBerry Ltd reported first-quarter sales that missed analysts’ forecasts due to an unexpected drop in its high-margin software and professional services sales, sending its shares down more than 10 percent in early morning trade.

BlackBerry is the perfect story of how a once powerful company thought so much of itself that it basically collapsed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Review: Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case for 10.5-...

Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Logitech makes some really nice keyboards for the iPad Pro, with the CREATE keyboard being my go-to keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. I recently purchased one of the smaller iPad Pros, and was provided with a Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case (US$129.99) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. After about 10 days of testing, here's my take on this versatile keyboard case.

Design

Right off the bat, this is something I don’t like about the Slim Combo — it is far from being slim. When the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is inserted into the “display” portion of the case and the keyboard is being used to protect the iPad Pro’s screen, the case is one inch (2.54 cm) thick. By comparison, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro is just .59 inches thick (1.5 cm) and the 12-inch MacBook comes in at .52 inches (1.32 cm).

The weight of the Slim...

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07:31
Facebook expands work with non-profits to remove...

In the same week YouTube announced that it will be working with non-profit organizations to help identify and remove extremist videos from its platform, Facebook is expanding a similar initiative …

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07:08
Final Cut Pro X documentary hits crowdfunding goal,...

Final Cut Pro X has been used for everything from ads to Hollywood movies, but the software didn’t get the easiest of rides from the industry when Apple first launched the radically-different version of the app.

Now a film editor who has used FCP X for six independent feature films has decided it’s time that the software itself took centre stage, with a documentary about its controversial introduction and journey to two million users …

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07:00
KODAK introduces iOS compatible Photo Printer Docks

KODAK has unveiled the Photo Printer Dock for use with the iPhone, iPad Android gadgets and digital camera users. It prints color 4x6 photos while simultaneously charging up to two devices.

In addition, users maintain creative control over photos with the free KODAK Printer Dock App. You can edit photos for an extra sparkle with filters, stickers and more. You can download your favorite shots stored on social media, even grab a screenshot from your videos and print it. 

You connect the KODAK Photo Printer Dock to the printer by directly plugging your devices to the dock or connect via Wi-Fi through the KODAK Printer Dock App. The Dock features five-pin micro USB for Android (with an additional custom iOS adapter for iPhone) and USB Host for printing from iPhone, iPad, Android, Digital Camera or USB Memory Stick.

There’s one cartridge for all models of the KODAK Printer Docks; colors...

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06:47
Review: Oree’s wooden keyboard and trackpad offer a...

Regular readers will know that I’m a sucker for wooden products. I’ll take hardwood flooring over any other surface, a real wood desk over glass, metal or anything else you can offer me. Decking over a lawn. And so on.

Over the years, I’ve tested quite a few wooden products, including a Mac dock, a number of iPhone cases, Watch chargerAirplay speaker,...

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06:30
The Symbus USB-C is a pricey, but useful, accessory...

There are a plethora of hubs for use with the 2016-2017 MacBook Pros and 12-inch MacBooks, but sometimes you just need a compact dock with specific functions. Enter Moshi’s $124.95 Symbus USB-C Hub.

It charges and connects your USB-C loving Mac laptop to an HDMI monitor (4K@30Hz, 1080p@60Hz). There’s a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired data transfer up to 1000 Mbps and two USB-A Gen 1 ports for connecting a keyboard, mouse, hard drive, etc.

The USB ports have a transfer data rate of 5Gbps. Both provide fast charging in addition to the data delivery. Aside from those four ports, there’s a DC power port on the back that connects to a standard power pack and cord for the dock.

The Symbus can handle 4K video output, as well as digital surround sound. The aluminum-encased hub also boasts fast-charging of a laptop (up to 65 W) and features Moshi’s proprietary Smart LED that allows you to see the charging status...

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06:25
Apple UK offers iTunes charity cover of 'Bridge...




Apple's U.K. website is promoting a new charity single on iTunes, proceeds from which will go to help support people impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, which is believed to have killed some 79 people and left many homeless or destitute.

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06:05
One Stop Systems introduces the Magma ExpressBox 3T-...

One Stop Systems (OSS) has introduced the $999 ExpressBox 3T-V3, an expansion chassis with three full length PCIe slots. The EB3T-V3 is fully Thunderbolt certified and features plug and play installation.

It can support any combination of x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCIe cards. The chassis features a hot-swappable cooling fan, and users can control fan speed and noise. The EB3T-V3 can provide up to 300W of power.

The Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3 features a new PCIe Gen 3 backplane to better match the throughput available with Thunderbolt 3 and the majority of PCIe cards on the market, according to Steve Cooper, CEO of OSS. The expansion chassis contains three PCIe slots connected to the computer through a Thunderbolt 3 cable. You can add up to three PCIe cards to Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3.

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06:00
Pay What YOU Want for these 15 Mac apps in our Daily...

What's better than a deal on 15 top Mac apps? How about a deal where YOU decide how much you want to pay for those Mac apps? That's the idea behind our Pay What You Want deals, and this week we're offering what we call The World's Biggest Mac App Bundle. With the deal, you get 15 apps worth $604, and you decide what to pay.

Choose to pay an amount less than the average price paid, you get 13 of the 15 apps -- the only two you won't receive are Tembo and Dropzone 3. Beat the average price, you get all 15 apps. And if you beat the Leader's price, you get entered into our fun summer giveaway!

Here are the apps you can get:

Data Rescue 4

Data Rescue 4 (...

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05:59
Apple webpage supports victims of the deadly...

Apple has set up a webpage urging visitors to contribute a fundraiser for victims of last week’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London. The number of people dead or presumed dead remains at 79, but the true number could be higher. 

Speculation has focused on the role that cladding apparently used in a recent refurbishment of the tower may have played in the fire, which appeared to spread quickly up the exterior of the tower in the early hours of June 14. With the inquiry now in its second week, police have started taking witness statements from those who were in the tower.

The 24-story high-rise was home to 125 families. However, visitors may also have been in the building when the flames took hold.

Here’s a note from Apple’s page: “Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London, the record industry came together to record a single for the victims of the disaster. Over 50 artists gave their time...

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05:55
Foxconn CEO insists that his investment group still...




Refuting speculation that the deal to buy Toshiba's memory division is effectively done. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou declared on Friday that he expects that his company still has a '"50 percent chance" of winning.

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05:30
How to view 'Live Photos' in macOS Sierra’...

The Live Photos feature of recent iPhones is a lot of fun. It captures 1.5 seconds of movement surrounding a 12-megapixel still image (think the “moving newspaper" photos in the Harry Potter films). If you want to play the video portion of a Live Photo in macOS Sierra, here’s how:

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Open any album where a Live Photo is contained
  • Open any Live Photo by double-clicking on it.
  • Hover the mouse cursor over the Live Photo to play the video portion of the picture in Photos on Mac.
  • A Live Photo is signified by a small concentric circle and “Live” text in the corner of the picture.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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05:29
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's new...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor review the latest Apple hardware, discuss Apple Watch and what it could mean to be at the center of health, and also where Amazon could go based on buying Whole Foods.

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05:00
Rumor: Upcoming iMac Pro could see server-class...

Apple’s forthcoming iMac Pro may get some even meatier specs than anticipated.

The workstation-class computer, which features support for up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM could be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed “Purley.”

The hint towards this comes from sourcing in the information files for the current macOS High Sierra developer beta, which states that the iMac Pro will use Intel’s new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

This hints that the iMac Pro could incorporate Intel’s server-grade Xeon processors, rather than using Intel’s recently announced Core-X series of Skylake and Kaby Lake chips that still use the LGA2066 socket.

The blog added that the new iMac Pro appears to be coming with a Secure Enclave,...

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04:30
Apple patent involves iPhone/CarPlay interaction

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170180547) for “generating a dynamic user interface representing an arbitrary content provider back-end.” It involves the interaction between iPhones and iPads and the company’s CarPlay technology.

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

The invention would allow hird-party apps on an iPhone or iPad to show their content — such as audio content, video content, music stations, audio books, and so forth — to an in-vehicle CarPly computing device via a standardized format for content items that’s decoupled from the user interfaces of the third-party apps. 

In this way, the in-vehicle device can display the content items in an in-vehicle user interface without granting providers of the content items...

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04:23
Mac malware continues to grow, reports McAfee, but...

McAfee tells us that the growth in Mac malware seen last year has continued into this year, growing 53% in the first quarter alone. The total number of instances of malware detected has reached over 700,000.

As before, though, the headline number isn’t as alarming as it might appear …

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04:01
Apple inviting UK website visitors to help victims...

As it often does after a disaster, Apple is inviting website visitors to contribute to a fundraising appeal – this time for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in which 79 people are either confirmed or presumed to have lost their lives.

The 24-floor residential tower block, devoted to social housing, caught fire overnight on 14th June after a fridge-freezer burst into flames. Design features that should ensure a fire is contained within a single apartment for 60 minutes somehow failed, and the fire spread, aided by flammable cladding on the exterior of the building …

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04:00
SnipNotes is a new note-taking app for the Mac

Felix Lisczyk has introduced SnipNotes for macOS, which extends the existing iOS app. It combines a configurable clipboard manager with an intelligent note-taking app.

Users can save any content from their clipboard, websites and more. SnipNotes categorizes notes automatically based on their content and provides a set of actions for each type. SnipNotes takes advantage of many Mac technologies such as Handoff and the new Touch Bar.

It requires macOS 10.12 or later. SnipNotes 1.0 for macOS is on sale for $3.99 until July 9 and $8.99 afterwards. The app is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 23, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Feral Interactive has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is now available on Mac App Store.

Here’s how the game is described: “The sinister science fantasy universe of Warhammer 40,000 springs to brutal life in a pitiless war pursued by six rival races across the inhabited worlds of Sub-Sector Aurelia. Fight for the survival of your kind in Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution, three outstanding games linked by the relentless combat of implacable enemies.”

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II costs US$19.99. It requires macOS 10.11.5 or higher.

Publicspace has introduced Vitamin-R...

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01:20
Virgin Media: Change your Super Hub 2 password or...

Typically, internet routers are designed to protect you and your devices from malicious third parties. But when many come with a default username and password, they can leave owners open to attack. That's the message consumer website Which? is pushin...

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01:15
Code 'recipes' from IFTTT help you stay on...

It's not exactly hard to find publicly available government info and new announcements online. A bunch of new IFTTT recipes (now officially called applets) can make sure you never miss them when they become available, though. The platform has reveale...

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Thursday June 22

23:28
Nissan teases self-driving features for the next-gen...

The next generation Leaf EV will be the first with ProPilot driver assist in North American and Europe, and Nissan has just showed how that will look. Activated by a button on the steering wheel, it can control steering, braking and acceleration, but...

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21:07
Aeon Timeline 2.2.3

Fixes a bug that prevented Mac App Store and Setapp versions from syncing with Ulysses. ($50 new, free update, 50.0 MB)

 

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21:07
Airfoil 5.6.1

Updates the Instant On component to improve audio transmission from select apps, and now requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite. ($29 new, free update, 14.4 MB)

 

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21:01
IBM-powered DNA sequencing could find bacteria in...

Babies love milk. Adults love milk-based products. You know what else loves milk? Good and bad bacteria. It's the ideal medium for bacteria growth and could cause various food-borne illnesses, especially if consumed in raw, unpasteurized form. Resear...

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20:18
Tesla is laying the groundwork to build cars in...

If you've been waiting to pull the trigger on one of Tesla's electric vehicles, the upcoming Model 3 probably looks pretty appealing. The car promises 215 miles per charge, ample seating, the tech for autopilot and it starts at just $35,000. Well, un...

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19:02
YouTube TV expands to ten more US metropolitan...

YouTube TV seemed an adequate addition to the increasingly crowded streaming television market, but it launched back in April with a modest area footprint, operating in only five US cities for its first few months. Today, they're expanding availabili...

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17:38
Airbnb tests payment-splitting feature so you don...

Airbnb is testing out a feature that would allow reservations to be split among multiple people. So, if you're booking with rude friends who never pay you back or if you want to book an expensive reservation that may be too much for one credit card t...

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16:47
Sling TV extends cloud DVR to iOS devices

Sling TV's cloud DVR service is now available for iPhone and iPad. The streaming service's DVR "First Look" option costs an additional $5 per month and gives you 50 hours of DVR storage.

The iOS devices now join the growing list of DVR-supported sys...

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15:57
Tesla is reportedly trying to build its own music...

Tesla has continued to one-up its achievements as a successful proprietor of safe, green and increasingly autonomous electric vehicles. But it might venture out from the niche its carved for a much more saturated market: Streaming audio. Music indust...

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15:29
FCC may fine robocall spammer $120 million for...

Everyone hates those robocalls that target our phones to sell things we don't need. They're universally reviled, with Republicans backing legislation for ringless voicemail, the FTC offering a $25,000 reward for anti-robocall tech and AT&T and Bu...

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15:04
Google urges Congress to revise outdated overseas...

Access to data stored overseas has become a contentious issue with tech companies and the US government. Today, in a speech given to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Google's senior vice president and general counsel, Kent Walker,...

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14:41
Airbnb to target wealthy customers who prefer luxury...

Airbnb keeps expanding its core disruption with new features to help increase its audience. The company has made it easier for business travelers to find a room with the Airbnb app and has tried its hand at tour guiding with a new activity suggestion...

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14:19
Use emoji to search Kayak for travel deals

The inevitable march to replace words with emoji continues apace, with the world granting more legitimacy to the cartoony mini-images. Last month, an Israeli court ruled that they counted as enough "intent" in a civil case to turn the tide in one sid...

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13:57
YouTube's 'VR180' format works on...

At today's Vidcon event, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki rolled out a new format for videos called VR180. Intended to split the difference between 360/VR formats and standard videos, it lets creators shoot videos that are immersive when viewed in a virtua...

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13:45
The Wirecutter's best deals: Get a $100 credit...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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13:22
Local ISP claims Comcast sabotaged it into shutting...

Comcast, everyone's favorite internet service provider, is embroiled in a lawsuit for allegedly destroying a local business. According to the complaint, as the telecom giant encroached on the turf of a small ISP in Texas, Comcast cut the business's c...

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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17:36
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22:55
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