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Thursday July 7

10:08
Full moon photography using The Photographer’s...

Have you ever wondered, “Will the sun rise or set over that building? Will the full moon go behind that statue?” Well, free web pages like The Photographer’s Ephemeris and apps like my personal favorite, Photopills (affilliate link), are great for answering that question. The Photographer’s Ephemeris can be a bit fidgeting but it’s worth it to get that perfect shot.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Sport (refurb) $...

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09:28
Hands-on: New iOS 10 beta 2 Bedtime Wake Up Sounds [...

As we highlighted in our 50 new changes post, iOS 10 beta 2 is stuffed to gills with tons of new updates and features. In the following video walkthrough, we’d like to highlight another iOS 10 beta 2 change — the presence of all new Bedtime Wake Up Sounds in the default Clock app. more…

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09:26
∞ macOS Sierra public beta arrives today

Apple will roll out the public beta for macOS Sierra today, giving users their first glimpse of the next version of the newest Mac operating system.

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09:20
How will iPhone 7 launch affect lineup pricing? Can...

Could the iPhone SE get even cheaper with the iPhone 7 launch?

When Apple launches a new iPhone, it usually maintains pricing for the top models as the previous generation models get price reductions and possibly discontinued. It typically bumps the oldest models out of production entirely, keeping four to five models for sale including the new flagships.

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus introduction, for example, Apple kept the iPhone 5s and an 8GB iPhone 5c around at reduced prices. With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it discontinued the 5c and kept the 6/Plus, 6s/Plus, and 5s at reduced price points until ultimately replacing the 5s with the new 4-inch iPhone SE in March.

But this year there are some questions about what Apple will do with the iPhone lineup following the iPhone 7 launch this fall. Reports of increased storage options and a...

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09:19
Verizon Wireless Offers More for More

Verizon Wireless is offering higher data allowances and more features, but they will cost you.

 

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09:15
Android handset makers rumored to be slowing down...

iPhone 6s Plus teardown image via iFixit.com

While DigiTimes isn't exactly known for its accuracy when it comes to many rumors, the website does have a good number of electronics supply chain contacts that often share information on components that are used in the manufacture of smartphones. Those contacts have provided DigiTimes with numbers showing that Android handset makers are cutting back on component orders in anticipation of fierce competition from Apple's next smartphone -- the iPhone 7.

Supply chain sources told DigiTimes that integrated circuit orders from manufacturers of Android smartphones are slowing, in many cases because part inventories are stacking up. Chinese smartphone makers are said to be cutting their orders for underperforming handsets, and other manufacturers are taking a cautious approach regarding chip purchases as the iPhone 7 launch date...

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09:04
macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the...

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.

macOS? What happened to OS X?

Apple decide to change the name in order to fit with the names of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So no more Roman numerals (or that annoying person who insists on calling it “OS ex”).

Some trivia, if you’re interested: macOS isn’t entirely a new name. Before version 10, Apple used to call its Mac operating system Mac OS, with the last version being Mac OS 9. Apple change the name to OS X when version 10 was released in 2001.

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08:59
Apple is launching the iOS 10 public beta today

We’re just two developer beta releases into iOS 10, and Apple is already pushing a prerelease version of its next-generation iPhone software into the wilds of public testing. The public beta rolls out today, and it’s open to everyone. You can sign up for the beta program here.

Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.

The whole point of the public beta is for Apple to get feedback about bugs from a wide variety of regular folks who are interested enough (and brave enough) to be guinea pigs. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.

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08:55
PSA: The macOS Sierra public beta comes out later...

Enlarge / The first Sierra developer beta. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Both the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas are being released today for testing by the brave and foolish souls who choose to live their lives on the bleeding edge. You'll be able to download the beta from here when it posts in a couple of hours. Sierra drops support for a handful of Macs for the first time in a few years, so here's the hardware support list again if you need it:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

The first public beta build of Sierra should be identical or near...

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08:51
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

Apple revealed a lot of new features from iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at last month’s WWDC keynote. The final versions of each operating system won’t be available until the fall, and developers got first crack at them, but today the public betas are going live, and you can help Apple kick the tires.

Since this is software that’s still being worked on, don’t be surprised if you encounter a few problems. This is where Apple needs your help; the betas include Apple’s Feedback Assistant app, where you can report problems to the company. Apple updates the betas the same way it updates final OS software, so you can keep checking for problems and give feedback.

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08:38
Apple releasing first public betas of iOS 10, macOS...

Fulfilling a promise it made at WWDC in June, Apple is expected to release the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra on Thursday, giving an early glimpse at software that won't be finished until sometime this fall.

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08:30
macOS Sierra, iOS 10 public betas available today

Apple has opened the public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today in order to get more feedback on bugs and features from a larger number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here

The public beta program is free, but that doesn't mean that most users should run out and install the new operating systems. Beta means that not all advertised features and functionality is in the most current releases, and it also means you may very well encounter nasty bugs that you'll want to report. And never install beta OS versions on your primary devices; it's recommended that you only install the beta software if you have secondary Macs or iOS devices for testing.

That being said, there are some cool new things you can look forward to with both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The new Lock screen, and Photos, News, Music, Home and Messages apps on iOS 10...

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08:25
Apple To Release Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS...

The next version of Apple's desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, will be made available in a public beta later today. Enthusiasts can also try their hands at iOS 10, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system today. Both the new operating system versions offer a range of new features and improvements. Sierra, for instance, features Siri voice assistant which will assist users with locating files, answering queries, and search for images and information just by asking. iOS 10 lets users write a message in their own handwriting, and has a feature called "Raise to Wake" which wakes up the device when a user picks up their iPhone. Notifications have gotten more powerful, and now show photos and videos as well. You will find the macOS Sierra preview here, and iOS 10 preview here. More information on Apple's beta program here.

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08:19
Mac users can test the first macOS Sierra 10.12...

Apple is releasing the first macOS Sierra public beta today for anyone wanting to test drive Siri on the Mac or any of the other new features included. Previously, macOS 10.12 has only been available to registered developers with access to a paid account; the public beta program is a free alternative that allows non-developers to test Apple’s latest software updates before their general release.

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08:12
Apple releasing first iOS 10 public beta for non-...

Following the latest iOS 10 beta for registered developers, Apple is releasing the very first iOS 10 public beta for non-developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today. Back in mid-June at WWDC 2016, Apple first promised iOS 10 would hit public beta status sometime in July. The iOS 10 public beta will bring new features including a redesigned Apple Music app, an overhauled Messages experience, and much more.

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08:05
Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon...

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

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08:03
macOS Sierra public beta coming today: Here’s how to...

If you want to get your hands on the next version of the Mac operating system, now’s your chance. Apple on Thursday is releasing the public beta of macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

To get the beta, you must sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which requires an Apple ID. The Sierra beta installer is downloaded through the Mac App Store.

Before running the installer, be sure to back up your data. Remember, this is beta software, and it’s possible that some of the software you have may have problems.

There are a couple of conditions that Apple has if you want to use the Sierra beta:

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08:00
iOS 10 preview: Apple goes back to ignoring the iPad...

Enlarge / The iOS 10 beta on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and an iPhone 6S. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I’ve spent most of the last six months buying a house, so you’ll need to forgive me if I have houses and house metaphors on the brain. I’ve found them helpful while trying to nail down iOS 10.

Imagine iOS 6 as a fundamentally solid house in need of some major remodeling. iOS 7 was largely a cosmetic update, putting on some new siding (or maybe a nice brick façade) and giving all the rooms a nice paint job. iOS 8 with its under-the-hood changes was roughly equivalent to replacing wiring and plumbing—stuff that’s harder to see but makes a big difference in everyday usage. iOS 9 gave an extensive makeover to one particular room (let’s call it “the iPad”) that had been basically fine for a...

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08:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous protection for your...

Take your accessories everywhere you go with Wrappers' soft sleeve

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings versatile folios for typing and viewing, screen protectors for everyday use and elegant sleeves to get you organized.

Casemade

The UltraTHIN (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $54) features a folio layout and is manufactured using genuine leather lined with soft suede for a snugly fit.

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07:56
A power lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint Joint is...

Would you like to have a “power lunch” with Bozoma Saint John, global head of Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes (and who stole the show as a presenter at the Worldwide Developer Conference)? If you have deep pockets, you may have a shot.

The meal is being auctioned off by CharityBuzz and proceeds will go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The auction ends on July and is valid for two people. And note that the winning bidder is responsible for the cost of the meal.

Before coming aboard at Apple, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough, integrated and sustained consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio. Previously, she served as vice president of...

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07:41
Whisply is a new Mac compatible file transfer service

Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor, has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.  

Starting now, files can be sent out of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive — even to receivers who neither use Boxcryptor nor a cloud storage provider. Since Wispily is a web-based service, there’s no need to download software; files are sent from your browser, protected with AES-256 encryption. Boxcryptor users can use the service right inside the app.

You can give Whisply a whirl with three free file transfers. After that, a free Boxcryptor account is necessary for an unlimited number of file transfers. For users who have a Boxcryptor Unlimited Personal or Unlimited Business account,...

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07:38
B&W’s iconic Zeppelin Wireless speaker coming...

Nine months after launching the wireless version of its iconic Zeppelin speaker, offering both AirPlay and Bluetooth support, Bowers & Wilkins has today announced a white model. The company says it’s intended to appeal to those who prefer a more neutral color tone.

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07:35
New Mac backdoor program steals keychain contents

Researchers have identified a new Mac backdoor program that’s designed to steal credentials stored in the OS-encrypted keychain and give attackers control over the system.

Dubbed OSX/Keydnap by researchers from antivirus vendor ESET, this is the second backdoor program targeting Macs found by antivirus firms in the past few days.

It’s not clear how Keydnap is distributed, but it arrives on computers in the form of a zip archive. Inside there’s an executable file with an apparently benign extension such as .txt or .jpg that actually has a space character at the end. The file also has an icon indicating an image or text file.

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07:20
Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John auctioning ‘power...

Plenty of Apple execs have auctioned meet ups and keynote tickets for charity over the years, and now Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John is joining the club. Saint John, who joined Apple through the Beats Music acquisition, made her on-stage debut last month during the Apple Music demo at WWDC 2016.

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07:13
How to skip the airport's US Customs line with...

An iPhone app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows users to submit entry information over the internet after landing, allowing them to skip the line at the airport and potentially re-enter the country much faster than usual.

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06:49
The 'iPhone 7' effect: Android makers...

With the next-generation iPhone expected to launch in just a few months, a new supply chain report claims that Android device makers are trimming their chip orders, apparently hoping to avoid direct competition with Apple's latest model.

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06:33
Apple Watch and Usher Syndrome

From an extensive post on the Molly Watt Trust blog (raising awareness of Usher Syndrome):

I have Usher Syndrome, which means I was born deaf and in the last ten years I have lost most of my sight. What I see in good light is like looking through a small letterbox. The bits out to the side and above and below are a white, misty haze. In dim light, or at night: I am almost completely blind.

Fantastic post on the benefits of Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Beautifully presented, definitely worth a read.

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06:30
Some iOS 10 beta 2 users with 2FA switched on report...

A small number of iOS 10 beta 2 users who have two-factor authentication switched on report that they are being locked out of their Apple accounts, unable to perform a password reset. Apple Support is telling them that because 2FA is in use, Apple is currently unable to help.

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06:28
Apple Pay comes to Switzerland, Visa and MasterCard...

Apple Pay has made its way to Switzerland.

This marks the second European launch after the United Kingdom and iPhone users in Switzerland can now set up their Visa and MasterCard bank cards in Apple Wallet to start using contactless payments at merchants as of today. Apple Pay requires an iPhone with integrated NFC chip such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPhone SE.

Switzerland iOS users can take advantage of over 100,000 contactless terminals in the country but it requires bank support. Right now, Bonus Card, CornerCard and SwissBankers have signed up to support Apple Pay. Users can find out if they have an eligible bank card by trying to add the account in the Apple Pay app.

Even if Apple Pay has yet to arrive in your country, Apple has said that...

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06:25
Apple rival Samsung posts high Q2 profits on...

Korea's Samsung on Thursday reported its highest quarterly profits in two years -- likely based on smartphones, despite intense competition from Apple and Chinese firms like Huawei.

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06:22
FAQ: How to use Auto Unlock with watchOS 3 and macOS...

Auto Unlock is now available in macOS Sierra Developer Preview Seed 2, and on Tuesday, we demonstrated how it works with our hands-on video. Yet, there are still many lingering questions about Auto Unlock, such as hardware requirements, range requirements, etc. In the following post, we address some of the questions that you’ve posted in the comments and submitted via email. more…

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06:21
Understanding Tesla Autopilot

Marco Arment:

A few Tesla vehicles have had accidents with Autopilot enabled recently, and I’ve gotten countless questions about these incidents and the nature of Autopilot from people who aren’t Tesla owners. Tesla and the media haven’t clearly communicated what these features do (and don’t do) to the public, so I’ll try to help in whatever small way I can as a Model S owner for a few months so far.

This is a terrific walkthrough on Tesla’s autopilot, a glimpse into what’s coming for cars in general, as well as a reality check on where autonomous driving stands. Things are changing fast as we move towards autonomous vehicles all around us.

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06:15
Marvel’s new Iron Man is a black woman

Time:

There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic-book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel tells TIME.

Read on for my thoughts on this.

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05:49
∞ Force touch in Control Center in iOS 10

I’ve been using iOS 10 since WWDC and have now updated all my devices to iOS 10 beta 2. My experience with this beta has been solid and marked by little pockets of discovery.

One of those discoveries, here since beta one, I believe, is the addition of Force Touch to Control Center. Read on for the details.

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05:21
Apple’s Cookie Monster/Siri commercial is one of the...

Apple’s TV commercial in which the Cookie Monster uses Siri is one of the top 10 “Breakthrough ads” from the second quarter of 2016, according to Ace Metrix, a company that measures the impact of video advertising. “Likeability” and “attention” are the attributes of the ads on the list.

Gillette’s “This Father’s Day, Go Ask Dad” earned the highest Breakthrough ad of the quarter. The 2:36 digital ad tugged at the heartstrings by having fathers teach their sons skills such as tying a tie and shaving. Viewer verbatim responses used words like “touching,” “heartwarming” and “cry” in abundance when describing the ad. Ads from Procter & Gamble corporate and Unilever’s Dove Skin, in second and third place on the list. The top five list of biggest Breakthrough ads was rounded out by ads from Google and Apple smartphones.

With the exception of Johnsonville and Apple, each ad was described with words like “inspirational...

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05:17
Pokémon GO tops the app charts as Australian police...

Well, that escalated quickly. Just a day after Pokémon GO launched on iOS, it is already topping the free app charts. It is currently available only in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, though it is expected to hit the UK soon.

The augmented reality game works by encouraging players to go looking for things in the real world, which is not without its hazards. Australian police have to warn players not to get too carried away while trying to catch a Sandshrew …

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05:11
iOS app plus e-ink display lets you skip the baggage...

Online check-in is great when travelling hand-baggage only, but doesn’t save much time when you have hold baggage. The waiting in line you used to have to do at check-in you now do at the baggage-drop instead.

But luggage-maker Rimowa has a solution. Its latest luggage range has a built-in e-ink display the exact dimensions of an airline baggage-tag, and your airline app can transmit the correct details to the bag via Bluetooth. A dedicated drop area then lets you skip the queues …

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05:04
See the things you’ve searched for, visited, and...

This link will take you to a page that shows you the Google services that are tracking you, along with a history for each of those services.

It would be interesting to see a list of all the data Google has harvested from me. I’d also like to see the same thing from Facebook and Apple.

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05:00
Patent report: iCloud collaboration, user...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160196247) that shows the company is considering ways to make collaborating on iCloud documents easier. The patent is dubbed, appropriately, “collaborative document editing.”

Once you’ve saved a document on iCloud Drive, you can now share it with a friend or colleague. In Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, choose Share > Share Link via iCloud, or click the Share button in the toolbar. You can choose to allow the person you share the document with to edit the document. If you only want them to see the document and not make changes, choose Read Only from the Permissions menu. You can protect the document by clicking Add Password and...

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05:00
Sidewalk Labs: Taking It to the Streets in Columbus


Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, recently began negotiating a plan to help restructure the public transportation system in Columbus, Ohio, after the city won the Obama administration's national competition to ease traffic gridlock issues. Sidewalk Labs will leverage its cloud-based transportation data to help Columbus implement a public bus and parking system that will help ease traffic congestion and provide greater access for low-income communities.

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05:00
Your heirs may not get your digital goodies when you...

You may not know it but when you "buy" digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you're not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realize this, it's unlikely they'll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change. 

Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don't truly own them. I've bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes I can't give bequeath them to my kids.

That stinks.

As noted in a 2012 Wall Street Journal someone who owns 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could leave them to descendants. However, legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated.

"I find it hard to imagine a situation where a family would be OK with losing a collection of 10...

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04:31
Server Ranger is a new website and server monitoring...

LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0, a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more. 

Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.

Server Ranger also includes an Overview window (which can be displayed on a separate screen or “AirPlayed” to an Apple TV), a Single Server mode, a log window with timestamps and export capability and a detailed view, which uses charts to display the server's recent performance at a glance.

The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for $29.99 at the Mac App Store. Server Ranger has no in...

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04:30
UFC 200 will be on DirecTV and streaming to Sony TVs...

Need a reason to get excited about UFC 200 this weekend even though the headlining match has been called off? You should know that it will be available in 4K, through a couple of outlets. DirecTV is delivering the match in 4K on channel 106, while ow...

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04:30
You may think you don’t need a product like MacScan...

I’ve never had any problems with malware, adware, ransomeware or any sort of nasty-ware on any of the many Macs I’ve owned. However, a study by the Bit9 + Carbon Black Threat Research Team says that five times more OS X malware appeared in 2015 than in the previous five years combined, so I guess precautions are needed.

 

SecureMac’s MacScan is one well-regarded solution. The latest version is 3, which continues to provide the functionality from earlier versions of MacScan, while addressing the need to protect against a new generation of malware.

MacScan 3 has been completely re-architected and rewritten, designed specifically for OS X 10.8 and higher, including OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).  The scan engine is faster, and you have more complete scheduling control over scans...

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04:24
Apple Pay comes to Switzerland

Apple has announced that Apple Pay, is mobile payment system to customers in Switzerland, offering initial support for both Visa and Mastercard credit cards, as well as Bonus Card, Cornercard or Swiss Bankers credit and prepaid cards.

However, as noted by AppleInsider, wners might not be able to actually use the service anytime soon, however, as only eight major chains are listed as participating retailers, not including Apple's own Apple Store. Aldi, Avec, C&A, k kiosk, Mobile Zone, P&B, Spar, and TopCC are accepting Apple Pay transactions at launch, while Lidl plans to integrate the payments solution in the near future. 

Apple Pay is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, China, and Singapore. Apple has hinted that...

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04:04
Barclays hopes that ‘poor man’s Apple Watch’ might...

When Apple Pay officially went live in the UK almost a year ago, it was supported by every major bank except Barclays, which waited a further nine months before joining in. The reason was because Barclays was trying to push its own mobile payment service, bPay – which is actually just a contactless card chip embedded into a variety of physical objects.

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04:00
Rimowa's electronic luggage tag is the future...

Nowadays if you're flying with carry-on luggage, you can easily skip the check-in lines by doing it all online ahead of time. Sadly, it requires a few more steps if you have to check your luggage -- you still need to go print out your tag at the airp...

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04:00
The Hot Cookie USB coffee warmer is not so hot

I like my coffee hot. Really hot. Since I sip on a cup of java for a long period of time, I thought the cool-looking Hot Cookie could replace the Thermos mug I keep on my desk. Unfortunately, it can't.

The yummy-looking Hot Cookie is a coffee/tea warmer that's powered by a USB port on a Mac or PC. The idea is a great one. Plug in the Hot Cookie, sit your mug atop it, and it will keep your coffee or tea nice and warm.

In reality, however, it only keeps them Lukewarm (at best), even though it's supposed to keep your drinks at 50 degrees C for up to 30 minutes. No go. My drinks cooled down only slightly slower than if they weren't sitting on the USB cup warmer at all.

I really wanted to like the Hot Cookie. It's big enough (8.5 x 1 x 5 inches) to handle bigger mugs, and, as I said, it's one good-looking gadget. However, as a drink warmer, it's one cuppa disappointment.

The Hot Cookie is available at Amazon...

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03:08
Apple Pay launches in Switzerland with MasterCard...

Apple is continuing its expansion of its NFC mobile payments service, Apple Pay, today. This time around, Apple Pay has made its way to Switzerland, the second European launch after the United Kingdom. iPhone users in Switzerland can now setup their Visa and MasterCard bank cards in Apple Wallet and start using contactless payments at merchants from today. Apple Pay requires an iPhone with integrated NFC chip: iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPhone SE.

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02:42
Hitomi observed the Perseus galaxy cluster before it...

Japan's most powerful x-ray satellite Hitomi got lost in space shortly after it launched, but it managed to beam back data that can help us better understand galaxy clusters. The space telescope got a chance to peer into a cluster of galaxies and its...

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01:45
Barclays' bPay Loop turns regular watches into...

At this point, Barclays now plays nice with Apple Pay and last month, formally shunned Android Pay in favour of its own app for the platform. In addition, the bank has a range of devices that put contactless payments on your wrist, keychain and anyth...

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01:35
NASA's Curiosity rover took a 'safe mode...

On July 2nd, humanity's rugged little Mars explorer, Curiosity, automatically shut itself down and restricted most of its functions over the holiday weekend. Fortunately, scientists successfully secured communications with the rover, so all is not lo...

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00:42
Facebook will start testing offline videos in India

In an attempt to avoid the dreaded buffering symbol in regions where mobile internet access is spotty or prohibitively expensive, Facebook is about to start testing a new video download feature for a group of users in India. As TechCrunch reports tod...

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Wednesday July 6

23:51
No one wants to test self-driving cars in Ontario,...

Governments may be racing to approve self-driving car tests on their roads, but that doesn't mean that companies will always line up. Case in point: Ontario. The Canadian province greenlit autonomous vehicle testing on its public roads as of Januar...

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22:56
Samsung's highest profit in two years comes...

Samsung just had a great quarter, and it's all because people are snapping up Galaxy S7s. The Korean chaebol has revealed that it's expecting its second quarter operating profit to reach 8.1 trillion won ($7 billion), thanks to its smartphone busines...

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22:42
Apple Pay launches in Switzerland with Visa and...

As promised in June, Apple on Thursday introduced its in-house payments solution Apple Pay to customers in Switzerland, offering initial support for both Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

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22:00
Fujifilm's X-T2 camera pairs a familiar design...

Based on recent conversations with Fujifilm camera users, I know many of them couldn't wait for the X-T1 successor to be announced. And well, that day is finally here. Today, Fujifilm introduced its new X-T2 mirrorless shooter, a major upgrade over t...

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20:28
Samsung's world-first UFS memory cards are...

We've heard arguments for and against removable storage on smartphones, but we can all agree on the fact that the more the merrier. And we're not just talking about memory space here, as the speed becomes more crucial when it comes to capturing highe...

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20:03
Spector captures printed fonts and sends the details...

When a designer sees typography they like or a color that might be useful for a project, the first move is usually to snap a picture with their phone. I can say that because I'm a designer myself, frequently capturing textures, hues and letterforms f...

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18:58
Longbow Research inaugurates Apple stock coverage...

Investment firm Longbow Research initiated Apple stock coverage this week, assigning a 12-month target price of $125 and forecasting a rosy outlook for the Cupertino tech giant on expected strong iPhone user growth.

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18:51
Clearing 'Trials of the Blood Dragon' demo...

Game demos typically are little more than a bullet point in a publisher's marketing plan designed to give folks an early taste of what a game might end up being while simultaneously driving pre-order numbers northward. But for Trials of the Blood Dra...

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17:54
NASA's Kate Rubins is set to sequence DNA...

The three newest ISS crew members are blasting off to space in a Soyuz from Kazakhstan tonight. Russia's space agency is sending out Anatoly Ivanishin, Japan's representative is Takuya Onishi, while NASA's is biologist-slash-astronaut Kate Rubins, wh...

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17:44
Google could be working on two new Android Wear...

Sources close to Android Police claim Google is hard at work right now on two Android Wear devices of its own. According to the report, the watches are fundamentally different from one another, with one acting as a larger and sportier option and the...

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17:38
Man potentially facing charges for using gun-shaped...

Last year, police departments started speaking out against a wave of gun-shaped iPhone cases that were gaining popularity. If common sense wasn’t enough, police departments warned that using such cases was a “terrible idea” and puts people in danger. Nevertheless, a London man could be facing charges for  having a gun-shaped iPhone cased while at London Stansted Airport this week.

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17:20
Summer camp for billionaires

There are some heavy hitters attending this event every year.

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16:56
Apple's second iOS 10 beta includes unencrypted...

Apple turned heads in June when it released a preview version of iOS 10 containing an unencrypted kernel cache, a significant shift in software security policy meant to streamline system performance, and analysis shows the company is building on those efforts with the second beta release.

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16:27
American Airlines to test automatic security...

It's bad enough that US airports engage in security theater that seldom makes you safer. However, it's made that much worse by the delays -- having to wait for agents to X-ray your bags is frustrating when you're desperate to get to your gate. Americ...

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16:26
Pinterest’s shot at camera search

Taking advantage of the rise in mobile photography, Pinterest says its image-discovery app in coming months will let users point their smartphone cameras at something, and the app instantly will search within its vast online showroom of 75 billion images for a visually similar match of the items in the photo.

This idea has been around for a long time, but the technology has never really been there to allow it to succeed. Honestly, I’m still not sure it’s there, completely. It’ll be interesting to see how Pinterest tackles all of the little problems involved in making this work.

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16:20
Microsoft Targets The iMac With New All-In-One...

New submitter Miche67 writes: Two reports say Microsoft is working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under the Surface brand. If that's true, it would put it in competition with HP and Dell, which have their own AIO lines, as well as put it in competition with Apple's iMac. Network World reports: "Both DigiTimes and Windows Central picked up on the story, each citing their own sources. DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based publication with connections to the PC industry over there (but also a very mixed record of accuracy) said the new devices would come in the third quarter of this year. Windows Central, which is a little better when it comes to rumors, said it did not have a solid release date." Business Insider was able to find a patent filing by Microsoft for a desktop PC that supports the rumored AIO design. "The device is evidently targeting a 'modern and elegant' design and is meant to be something akin to a premium appliance or furniture," Windows Central wrote. Intel's release date of the new...

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15:44
US Attorney General will not bring charges in...

There has been a lot of indications that the investigation surrounding US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers during her time as Secretary of State is wrapping up. Now, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has released...

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15:19
Walmart Pay now available at all Walmart locations...

Walmart on Wednesday announced it recently completed the nationwide rollout of in-house mobile payments service Walmart Pay, a system promised to one day support third-party digital wallets like Apple Pay.

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15:15
AWT News Update: July 6, 2016

Neither rain, nor floods, nor lightning, nor balky cloud storage partners at Libsyn can keep this podcaster from making his appointed rounds. Today we have a nice little 4-minute blast of Apple and industry news for you:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook joins other corporate elites at the Sun Valley retreat
  • Safari Technology Preview 8 adds internal code to support Apple Pay for Websites
  • Verizon raises rates, adds some features

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 6, 2016.

When we go to conferences, they’re usually fun little affairs like MacTech Pro or 360|iDev, where anybody...

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15:00
Nintendo looks into making VR safe for kids

Nintendo's shareholder meeting didn't just hint at possible smartphone controllers. Company veteran Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo's tentative research into virtual reality has included investigations into making VR kid-friendly. As he...

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14:56
Apple’s Tim Cook & Eddy Cue attend Sun Valley...

Yet again, Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho this year. Cook has attended the event over the past few years, last year keeping close with fellow tech executives including Bill Gates, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann.

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14:40
US rowers will get antimicrobial outfits to survive...

The Rio Olympic and Paralympic games sound like more of a nightmare every day. After the National Institute of Health announced that they will study American athletes for probable Zika infection, textile engineers at Philadelphia University have made...

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14:39
Apple Pay holdout Walmart launches own ‘Walmart Pay...

As one of the major Apple Pay holdouts among retailers, Walmart today officially launched its own digital payment solution called Walmart Pay nationwide.

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14:27
After hiatus, in-the-wild Mac backdoors are suddenly...

After a taking hiatus, Mac malware is suddenly back, with three newly discovered strains that have access to Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

The first one, dubbed Eleanor by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender, is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac's file system and webcam, making it possible for attackers to download files, install new apps, and watch users who are in front of an infected machine. Eleanor communicates with control servers over the Tor anonymity service to prevent them from being taken down or being used to identify the attackers.

"This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it's hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system,"...

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14:20
Amazon may open its first East Coast bookstore in NYC

Given how Amazon has done its best to put the brick-and-mortar bookstore out of business, it's still odd to see the company building retail locations of its own. But CEO Jeff Bezos said the company would keep doing it after opening a store in Seattle...

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14:12
I now pronounce you man and MacBook; this guy wants...

I "love" my Apple products, but this is taking things a little too far: attorney Mark "Chris" Servier is attempting to take Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis to court for denying him the right to marry his MacBook.

He’s the same guy who once tried to sue Apple because the online pornography he (accidentally) discovered on his Mac destroyed his marriage. This time around Servier claims that he wants to prove that marriage between same-sex couples stand on the same footing as a human marrying an inanimate object (like his MacBook.)

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14:01
Apple is top dog when it comes to enterprise mobile...

Apple is king of the hill when it comes to enterprise mobile security; however, Samsung is catching up through the strength of its KNOX platform among others, according to a new research report released by Tech Pro Research – a joint venture between TechRepublic and ZDNet.

The report found 84% of respondents saw Apple smartphone security as at least “good” with 37% opting for “very good” and 14% “excellent,” For tablets, the scores were similar; 82% of the more than 250 respondents opted for at least “good,” with 33% and 13% for “very good” and “excellent.”

Samsung ranked second in terms of smartphones, with BlackBerry, Microsoft and Google completing the two five. For tablets Microsoft took second place, ahead of Samsung, Google, and Dell. The survey also found that 61% of respondents view mobile devices as less secure...

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14:00
Your smartwatch is also recording your PIN

With all the personal data it collects, your wrist-mounted wearable computer is almost definitely going to betray you at some point, whether that's a reminder to get up and do another 5,000 steps this afternoon or accidentally giving away your ATM PI...

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13:59
Apple's Tim Cook & Eddy Cue return to...

For the fifth time in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly attending the annual Sun Valley retreat in Idaho, which plays host to rich elites from the corporate and political worlds.

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13:50
Apple tops the PwC Global Top 100 list for the fifth...

Apple retains pole position for the 5th year in a row in PwC’s Global Top 100 ranking; however, a $121 billion (17%) decrease in market cap sees the gap with second ranked Alphabet narrow from $350 billion last year to just $86 billion Alphabet, a subsidiary of Google, briefly dethroned Apple in February 2016.

PwC notes that Apple is also returning cash to shareholders with another $42 billion handed back to investors in dividends and share repurchases in calendar year 2015 ($56 billion was distributed in 2014). Google doesn’t pay dividends or undertake share buybacks.

Technology has overtaken the financial sector this year, underlining the resilience and innovative features of tech companies. The global top three are now technology companies: Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft, closely followed by Facebook in sixth position.

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13:40
Walmart Now Lets You Pay With Phone At All 4,600 US...

An anonymous reader writes: Walmart will now let customers make purchases with their phone at all 4,600 of its stores in the U.S. The feature is called Walmart Pay and it works by letting the cashier scan a QR code on a customer's phone screen to complete their payment. The technology is different than Apple, Samsung, and Android Pay, which involves tapping your phone next to a payment terminal with NFC. The company wants to make shopping easier and faster, and with its own payment app, Walmart can get insights into consumer behavior, though it says it won't use the data without a shopper's permission. Walmart says no payment information is stored on users' phones or at registers -- card information is stored on Walmart servers. Note: Samsung Pay also uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) to make purchases. When a smartphone with Samsung Pay is held against a register with a magnetic stripe terminal, the phone emits a magnetic signal that simulates the magnetic strip found on the...

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13:38
Notable apps and app updates for July 6, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Playground Health has released Playground, which is designed to leverage the iPhone and Apple Watch in conjunction with your existing Facebook friends to create fun and social games between friends and family. In addition to competitive and cooperative challenges, the app allows users to join over 50,000 communities, including cities around the world and universities in the United States.

 

Citing general, growing concerns about privacy protection and personal data security, Kisapp has launched Smart Ephemeral, which enables the general public to send highly-encrypted messages that vanish in seconds. And unlike most free messaging services available...

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13:37
iOS users spend lots more money on apps than Android...

iPhones and iPad users spend lots more money on apps than Android users and the gap is widening, according to new research from Citigroup Global Markets analysts Mark May and Jim Suva — as noted by Business Insider.

In 2015, they estimate that the average iOS device generated $52 in Apple App Store "bookings," or sales. The average Android phone only generated $5.70 for the Google Play store. 

That means the average Apple device spent 9.1 times more on App Store apps and in-app purchases than the average Android user spent on the Google Play app store. That ratio is up from 2014, when the average Apple device spent 7.7 times more than Android devices on apps from the main app stores. 

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13:31
Apple’s LZFSE compression algorithm goes open source

Apple has open-sourced its lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, which was introduced along with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. What is LZFSE?

It’s a proprietary compression algorithm that, according to Apple (and this explanation is heavy with tech-speak), “matches the compression ratio of ZLIB level 5, but with much higher energy efficiency and speed (between 2x and 3x) for both encode and decode operations.” ZLIB’s compression level is designed to provide a good balance between compression speed and compression ratio. 

LZFSE is only present in iOS and OS X, so it can’t be used when the compressed payload has to be shared to other platforms (Linux, Windows). In all other cases, Apple recommends LZFSE as a replacement for ZLIB.

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13:31
Facebook reveals open-source wireless platform,...

OpenCellular is Facebook's open-source wireless access platform designed to provide internet to remote areas around the world. OpenCellular is roughly the size of a shoe box and it can support up to 1,500 people as far as 10 kilometers away with a ra...

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13:20
VW's E-Golf is an undercover electric car

Some people find a certain satisfaction in proclaiming to the world that they drive a hybrid or pure electric car. Thanks to the Prius line, Chevy Volt and Tesla, it's easy to stick out among the hoards of other vehicles on the road. They are badges...

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13:19
Apple among tech companies fighting the European...

Apple is among several tech companies are fighting the European Union's so-called "Cookie Law," lobbying the organization for more refined laws that aim to strike a balance between user privacy and data collected by providers, according to AppleInsider.

The companies’ filing states that a similar law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), should be the framework for "a comprehensive set of horizontal rules ensuring high levels of data protection" for citizens of the EU. The tech companies prefer the GDPR over expansion of the ePrivacy Directive.

"We believe that simplifying and streamlining regulation will benefit consumers by ensuring they are provided with a simple, consistent, and meaningful set of rules designed to protect their personal data," the industry group said in its statement. "At the same time, it will...

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13:14
∞ Iceland welcomes home Euro 2016 team with Viking...

What a great story for Iceland.

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13:00
Tesla's Autopilot blamed for a Model X crash

Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode is coming under fire for the second time in as many weeks. Art dealer Albert Scaglione claims that the feature was responsible for a crash that rolled his Model X on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on July 1st. Accord...

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12:48
Scientists teach robots how to hunt

There is nothing that can wrong with this.

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12:44
Man who attacked Google buildings said the company...

Diaz said his motivation for attacking Google was that the company was watching him, according to an affidavit filed in a U.S. District Court. He told police he kept journals detailing the times he thought the company was watching him, the affidavit said. He also mentioned Facebook and Google CEO Larry Page during the interview.

Somehow, I don’t think we’re talking about your typical privacy complaint here.

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12:42
Verizon confirms plans including price hikes, more...

Verizon on Wednesday officially announced its rumored new cellphone plans, launching July 7, which are costlier but in some cases include perks previously found only at other carriers, like rollover data.

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12:40
Become a Starfleet cadet at the Intrepid's new...

Star Trek turns 50 this September, and while fans will have to wait until next year for a taste of the new TV show, they can still have their own immersive Trek experience this summer at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. If you've...

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12:39
Car thieves go high tech

The discovery follows a recent incident in Houston in which a pair of car thieves were caught on camera using a laptop to start a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and steal it from the owner’s driveway. Police say the same method may have been used in the theft of four other late-model Wranglers and Cherokees in the city. None of the vehicles has been recovered.

This problem is only going to get worse from here.

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12:33
Verizon raises rates, but offers more data

Verizon is hiking rates and increasing data across all its plans. For instance, the basic “S” plan will cost $35, a $5 rise, and offer double the data at 2 gigabytes and the high-end “XXL” plan will cost $10 more at $110 and offer 24 gigabytes as opposed to the previous 16 gigabyte limit.

I’ll be honest, that sounds reasonable to me.

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12:20
Australian police urge 'Pokémon Go'...

Zealous new Pokémon Go trainers around the world are out catching 'em all, but a police station in Australia is warning against actually walking into the station just to nab the items that could be lurking there.

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