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Wednesday June 29

11:00
The PlayStation 4 revisited: small improvements for...

Engadget is re-reviewing the current generation of game consoles, each of which has benefited from major firmware updates, price drops and an improved selection of games. We've already revisited the Xbox One, and now it's the PlayStation 4's turn. Th...

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10:45
Cirrus Logic unveils Apple-authorized Lightning...

With rumors strongly suggesting Apple's next-generation iPhone will lack a traditional headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

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10:40
ACLU sues US over law limiting data discrimination...

It's no secret that algorithms can be biased against certain demographics, but the American Civil Liberties Union wants more proof -- and it's willing to go to court to get it. The organization has sued the US in the belief that the Computer Fraud an...

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10:20
VLC media player hits Windows 10 today, Xbox One...

At last, VideoLAN's VLC media player has a universal Windows 10 app... and it definitely won't be confined to conventional Windows devices for long. The developer has released a Windows 10 beta that, on a base level, embraces Microsoft's modern OS o...

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10:15
Apple issues fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3 as developers...

Both registered developers and public testers can now access the fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3, a minor forthcoming security and maintenance update for iPhone and iPad. New betas are also available for tvOS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.11.6.

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10:07
Cirrus Logic’s MFi Headset Development Kit is built...

The upcoming “iPhone 7” will, according to rumors, drop the traditional 3.5mm jack and support only Lightning-based headphones and wireless headsets. Now Cirrus Logic has released its MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help original equipment manufacturers quickly develop new Lightning-based digital headsets. 

It provides a complete high-performance, digital-headset solution and a reference iOS application to support the rapid development of these emerging consumer products, according to Carl Alberty, vice president of Audio Products Marketing, Cirrus Logic.

“The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets,” he adds. “For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-connected headphones can interact with an iOS app to create a more...

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10:07
Apple issues fourth iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and OS X...

We’re anxiously awaiting iOS 10 beta 2 after just over two weeks with the initial beta version, but Apple has released a fourth beta for any iOS 9.3.3 update testers. Changes so far haven’t been noticeable as the update is likely focused on security enhancements and bug fix improvements.

Apple last released an iOS 9.3.3 beta eight days ago, suggesting its public release is imminent. For Apple TV developers, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 4 is also now available for anyone not already testing tvOS 10 beta. Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 beta 4 is also out today. All three software releases are available to developers and public beta testers.

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09:57
Samsung’s AMOLED shipments to jump thanks, in part,...

Samsung will see its shipments of AMOLED panels to increase from 239 million units this year to 2019 thanks, in part, to upcoming iPhones, according to DigiTimes

The article says that Apple is expected to initially adopt AMOLED panels for iPhones to be launched in 2017, with Samsung Display's supply estimated at 40 million units in 2017, 80 million units in 2018 and 120 million units in 2019. Currently, the only Apple product to sport an OLED screen is the Apple Watch. 

However, the rumor mill is predicting an “iPhone 8” in 2017 with a curved OLED screen and an all-glass exterior. Advantages of an OLED screen are increased brightness, enhanced color accuracy, better screen visibility in bright environments, and more less power consumption.

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09:57
Facebook chooses friends and family over celebrities...

For Facebook nothing is more important than keeping you engaged with your news feed. That’s why the company announced Wednesday that it would prioritize posts from your friends and family in your news feed over those from Facebook pages for celebrities, politicians, and brands. The change will roll out to all users worldwide in the coming weeks.

Facebook also took this opportunity to publicize a News Feed manifesto. It’s a set of guidelines—Facebook calls them values—that informs the company’s decisions on how best to adjust the news feed for its users, Facebook news feed chief Adam Mosseri explained. Facebook has been using these guidelines for years, Mosseri added.

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09:53
∞ A history of game controllers

I remember many of these.

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09:48
Video: See the Apple Watch's new side button...

Launching and switching between Apple Watch apps will become easier than ever with watchOS 3, thanks to the new app dock accessed via the side button. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new Apple Watch app dock will work.

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09:35
How to back up your computer

There’s never a time when you should put off doing backups. I did a few months ago and sure enough, I had a hard drive crash and lost months worth of data.

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: latest MacBook Air $200 off,...

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09:28
USS Enterprise boldly goes from the Smithsonian’s...

I first saw this model on my honeymoon and thought it bizarre it was relegated to the back of the museum’s gift shop. Glad to see it got the conservation and display it deserves.

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09:26
Man claims he invented the iPhone in 1992, sues...

His lawsuit says he was “the first to file a device so designed and aggregated as to have created a novel combination of media and communication tools… whose identity was, since then, hijacked and exploited by Apple’s iPhones, iPods, iPads and others”.

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09:23
Happy 9th birthday, iPhone

I was at the event when Apple unveiled the iPhone and picked mine up the day before they went on sale. In some ways it’s amazing to me that the iPhone has been around for so long, but in many ways, it seems like it’s been around forever. It changed the way I do everything—it’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t have an iPhone. A distant memory.

Cheers, iPhone.

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09:19
Latest Weibo leak once again claims to show...

With the iPhone 7 widely expected to be the first model without a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, many have wondered what headphones if any Apple will bundle with the next-gen hardware. The latest guess once again comes from Weibo (via iPhone7.nl) as we see two different photos showing the same set of Apple EarPod headphones with a Lightning connector end in place of the standard headphone connector.

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09:18
Apple’s Web site and Euro 2016

Apple changed its “Select Your Country” European web site to reflect the brackets for the Euro 2016 championship. Great idea.

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09:12
Apple Watch and wheelchair users

It’s things like this that make Apple a great company, and one that I respect. They truly want to make their products accessible and functional for all users.

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09:07
Evernote changes

Beginning today, the prices for our Plus and Premium tiers will change for new subscriptions, and access from Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices. Current subscribers and Basic users who are using more than two devices will have some time to adjust before the changes take effect. If you are impacted, look for a message from us in the coming days.

It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any fallout from this.

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09:03
Users upset by Evernote price hikes & two-device...

Changes to Evernote's note-taking service raised a storm of controversy on Twitter on Wednesday, as the company is trying to shift users away from the free Basic tier while generating more revenue from paid subscribers.

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09:02
Giveaway: Win a Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (...

Rachio is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of two 16-zone Smart Sprinkler Controllers valued at $249 each.

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09:00
Daily Deal: Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac,...

Scanning apps for iOS have become the norm, but they often do nothing more than take a photo of a document, straighten it out, and then save it to the cloud. What if you need to search a document, or if you're trying to put all of your company or personal documents online? That's where Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro and its ability to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to create editable, searchable documents comes into play. Our deal today is unprecedented: get Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac for only $29.99, a whopping 59% off the normal price of $75.  

Pretty impressive, isn't it? Prizmo 3 also works with OS X El Capitan for ultimate compatibility. What all can it do? 

  • Use the powerful image editor to enhance pictures
  • Scan several pages...
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09:00
Degreed: Lifelong learning in a free iOS app

Education has certainly changed since those days in the 70s and 80s when I spent my days (BSCE) and nights (MBA) in stuffy college classrooms with one goal -- to get a degree. Now people learn a variety of skills from a number of sources, everything from conferences and video podcasts to online courses and informal group experiences. Degreed is a new free app that is being released today for the sole purpose of bringing together the new ways of learning with the need to standardize and quantify what's been learned in order to fuel careers. 

Degreed started life as a web app, and it's still a powerful online resource. But now it's possible to get use your iPhone to "discover, track, utilize and share learning from any source." Key features of the app include:

  • Personal Degreed Profile: Connect your mobile...
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08:55
Florida man sues Apple for $10 billion for '...

A Florida man has accused Apple of infringing a 1992 patent on an “electronic reading device” that, in our view, looks nothing like the iPhone. He’s asking for $10 billion in damages. No, this isn’t an article from The Onion. It’s real life.

Thomas Ross included drawings of his device, a boxy rectangle with a screen and physical keyboard, in his court filing in Florida Southern District Court, which was obtained by The Telegraph. As you may recall, the original iPhone was the first smartphone without a physical keyboard. No matter, Ross says he was the first person “to have created a novel combination of media and communication tools.”

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08:40
Cirrus Logic announces dev kit for building Apple’s...

Cirrus Logic today announced a new development kit that makes it easy for companies to develop headphones using Apple’s Lightning connector. The announcement comes ahead of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 this fall which is expected to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for the first time.

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08:31
Samsung projected to ship 40M OLED panels to Apple...

As the world's largest supplier of OLED displays, Samsung is expected to play a key role in Apple's rumored 2017 iPhone redesign, shipping an estimated 40 million panels to the company next year, according to new research.

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08:14
Yahoo Sports app for iOS gets a redesign w/ new...

Yahoo is updating its Sports app today, which offers a selection of personalized news streams, scores, notifications and video content. The company notes the new design is inspired by recent updates to its Homepage and News site, which should make for a more consistent experience between the desktop news sites and Sports mobile app.

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08:09
Deals: 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB) for...

With the holiday weekend approaching, deals on MacBooks and accessories are ramping up. Snap up a 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM for $799.99 or opt for a 2015 12" MacBook, which is $335 off with a free 3-piece accessory bundle. Need a case or screen protector? Case-Mate is taking 30% off the entire store.

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07:32
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone home button to incorporate...

Apple may be looking to introduce Force Touch features to the home button on the next-gen iPhone.

Citing a report released by analysts at Cowen and Company, a number of supply chain “field checks” have indicated that Apple may do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple’s Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple’s most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.

Although Cowen and Company has a mixed track record, it’s worth noting that this corroborates other rumors about...

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07:02
Apple supplier Flexium expects sales rebound in July...

An Apple flexible circuit board supplier, Flexium, is anticipating a sales rebound in July, supporting the notion that "iPhone 7" manufacturing is underway and that Apple is at least doing a significant ramp-up for launch.

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06:23
On its 9th birthday, Apple's iPhone finds...

No, the sky is not falling -- Apple will be fine. But as the company's cash cow comes off of its first-ever declining sales, the multi-billion-dollar question for the iPhone is: What can (or should) Apple do to return the iconic product to growth?

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06:10
Hey, good lookin’: Apple’s near the top of the World...

Business and engineering/IT students in the world's 12 largest economies have chosen their favorite employers — and Apple’s near the top of the list. More than 267,000 millennials in Universum's Talent Survey have ranked the companies they find most desirable for employment.

On the engineering/IT side, Google retains its top position, followed by Microsoft, Apple, BMW and IBM, which took over GE's spot at 5. On the business rankings, Apple which moved up 5 spots from 7th to 2nd place is challenging Google for the top position, followed by EY and Goldman Sachs. PwC fell three places to 5th place.

Universum is an insight driven research, consulting and activation firm specialized in employer branding. For more info, click here.

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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05:59
Man marries his iPhone
05:57
Wi-Fi Alliance announces expanded 802.11ac standard

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the expansion of the 802.11ac standard to include new features that provide a higher-performance connectivity experience. Most Apple products offer 802.11ac compatibility, including Macs, the AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The expanded 802.11ac could see implementation in future versions of the latter two devices, which are overdue for an upgrade.

New features in the expanded 802.11ac standard include:

  • MU-MIMO: Networks with MU-MIMO are capable of multitasking by sending data to multiple devices at once rather than one-at-a-time, improving overall network efficiency and throughput
  • 160MHz channels: Wi-Fi Certified ac increases the maximum channel bandwidth from 80 MHz channels to 160MHz channels, potentially doubling transmission speeds
  • Four spatial streams: Device...
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05:56
BoseBuild speaker aims to teach kids how speakers...

With schools about to break up the the summer holidays, now would be a great time to line up some activities to keep them entertained – and Bose has come up with an interesting-looking option. The BoseBuild speaker is a $149 Bluetooth speaker that kids build themselves from prefabricated parts. Instructions are provided by a companion iOS app.

The build itself looks pretty basic, but there are a whole bunch of activities along the way that teach kids how a speaker works – from the fundamentals of how sound is created through to frequencies and waveforms …

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05:55
Watch the evolution of Apple and Microsoft in...

This is a nice collection, showing off the change in look of Apple elements like the Finder, the dock, and system icons, along with shots of similar Windows elements (if that’s your thing).

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05:52
Apple doubles down on photography with new Shot on...

Some of these shots are gorgeous.

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05:48
How Apple hopes to win the streaming war

Spotify is the big dog in this game, but Apple has significant resources from which to draw. One way Apple can up their game is by focusing on ways to improve both iTunes and the Apple Music app. Lots of room for improvement, and small changes there will leverage far more than any single exclusive content deal.

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05:20
Exploring Apple Watch faces on your iPhone

[VIDEO] Juli Clover, writing for Mac Rumors:

In iOS 10, there’s a new Face Gallery in the Watch app, which is designed to let users customize their Apple Watch faces in watchOS 3 right from their iPhones. Tweaking an Apple Watch face from an awkward angle on a wrist and on a tiny screen can be a hassle, making the Face Gallery a welcome addition to the Watch app.

This is a great idea. Watch the video embedded in the main post to get a sense of how this works.

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05:15
∞ Nine years ago today, the very first iPhone went...

Happy birthday, iPhone.

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05:10
The craziest patent claim yet: $10B for child-like ‘...

Just when I thought that patent trolls couldn’t get any crazier in their claims against Apple, a Florida man has proven me wrong. The Telegraph reports that Thomas Ross is claiming a cool $10B for what he claims is infringement of a patent application he made back in 1992.

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05:00
Makulu's LinDoz Is a Smooth Windows-Cinnamon...


If you want a classy distro with the look and feel of the Microsoft platform, the MakuluLinux LinDoz edition will feed your nostalgia. MakuluLinux developer Jacque Montague Raymer released MakuluLinux 11 LinDoz edition earlier this month after a year and a half in the making. Forked from the Original Aero Edition, it first appeared with the MakuluLinux 9 series. Its retread replacement with the LinDoz edition offers little in the way of new features but does polish the tarnish from earlier efforts.

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05:00
How to become a Maestro of your Mac keyboard

The good ol’ OS X Dictionary defines maestro as, “a great performer, especially a musician.” While Keyboard Maestro isn’t a musician, it’s definitely a great performer when it comes to saving time and effort. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to name another app that saves me as much time or as many keystrokes every day as Keyboard Maestro.

The Swiss Army Knife-on-steroids thing is overdone, so I’m gonna call Keyboard Maestro the Leatherman Multi-tool on crack of Mac utilities. Simply put, Keyboard Maestro makes macros. But to call it a mere macro-maker does it a supreme disservice. Yes, it’s a macro-maker, but it’s much more than that.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t pause at this point and explain what I mean by, “macro.” As far as I’m concerned, a macro is any sequence of actions on your Mac that can be saved, and then invoked and...

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04:55
Apple patent offers way to block camera from taking...

This invention is a jammer to prevent picture taking or video recording. Good idea?

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04:30
Incipio’s USB-C product line-up makes life more...

Incipio’s latest USB-C product lineup supports charging solutions and adapters that are great for users of the 12-inch MacBook, which has only one USB-C port. I’ve tested ‘em all; they work just fine. Instead of serving up a dozen mini-reviews, I’ll just provide a round-up of the USB-C items here:

The 3.1 USB-C TO USB-C Cable lets you connect devices utilizing USB-C into newer laptops, desktops, and chargers that also use a USB-C connector. It’s reversible and costs $24.99 .

The $14.99 USB-C TO USB-A Adapter lets you easily connect your standard USB devices and accessories into the new MacBook. Simply insert the USB-C end of the adapter into your laptop, and you’re ready to connect your USB device including...

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04:13
Uber claims credit for drop in drunk driving; using...

Uber is claiming at least part of the credit for a 32% fall in drunk driving in Atlanta over a 3.5-year period, while also announcing that it is using its app to monitor driving standards and notify drivers when they are at risk of negative feedback.

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04:00
Hands-on: NFC-enabled ATMs make it easy to withdraw...

We tried out one of Bank of America's NFC-enabled ATMs to see how quickly we could snag cash using Android Pay.

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03:00
WD expands storage capacity of several of its My...

Western Digital Corporation has launched its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity. 

 

The drives include WD Backup automatic backup software1 with cloud-ready Dropbox integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. My Passport Ultra 4TB portable hard drives have a three-year limited warranty and are available now from the WD store and at select retailers and distributors. The My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drive has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $159.99. The My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal 4TB hard drives will be available next quarter.

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Tuesday June 28

20:55
IMAX will build your home theater for a mere $400k

For anyone tired of paying up for 3D IMAX movie tickets, the company is now offering in-home, high-definition, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, officially calibrated IMAX theater systems. All you need to bring is about half a million dollars and a spa...

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20:21
The new 'Doom' gets its first update on...

The new Doom is on the cusp of getting its first major update, and it appears to be worth checking out -- especially if you have fond memories of the original games. The upgrade arrives on June 30th with the option of a classic dead-center weapon vi...

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19:33
Google is giving you power to control the ads you...

Google has launched a new portal you can use to personalize the ads you see, and it has begun notifying users about it through either Chrome or Gmail. You can add topics of interest and your age and gender to see advertisements the cater to you on Se...

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19:03
Twitter launches Dashboard app for small business...

To help business owners connect with their fans and soothe angry patrons, Twitter is launching yet another stand-alone app with a specific audience in mind. Twitter Dashboard is the social network's attempt to streamline engagement for business accou...

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18:28
Further Zika studies increase the chances of a...

The hopes for a Zika vaccine are seemingly getting stronger by the day. To start, Harvard researchers have successfully tested two vaccine candidates in mice -- reportedly the first instance of such a treatment working in an animal. One of them rel...

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18:25
Apple's 'iPhone 7' again rumored to...

Rumors surrounding Apple's "iPhone 7" are flying in fast and furious as September quickly approaches, with a report on Tuesday claiming the next-generation handset will replace the mechanical home button with a capacitive Force Touch version.

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17:54
'Batman: Return to Arkham' delayed...

The cheery news that Batman: Arkham Knight players get a weird new costume has been overshadowed by an update that Batman: Return to Arkham, a remastered collection of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, would be delayed. A post by a WB st...

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17:26
Apple Music banks on content creation to win artist...

Operating in the background of the music industry's slow pivot to streaming distribution, Apple is quietly financing music videos, documentaries and other unique opportunities in hopes of scoring fresh exclusives for Apple Music.

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17:17
'System Shock' remake is now live on...

Welcome back to Citadel station. We hope your somnolent healing stage went well. We also hope you've ventured over to the official Kickstarter for Nightdive Studios' reboot of the seminal FPS/RPG hybrid System Shock, because it looks like one hell of...

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17:06
Analysts corroborate reports claiming the iPhone 7...

Yesterday we reported on an anonymous tip we received claiming the iPhone 7 will feature a Home button that uses haptic feedback to simulate a click. The source claimed that it would use the same approach as Force Touch. Now, analysts from Cowen and Company are corborrating that report (via Business Insider).

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17:05
Florida Man Sues Apple For $10+ Billion, Says He...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via MacRumors: A Florida resident that goes by the name of Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone. MacRumors reports: "Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that "embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992." Ross applied for a utility patent to protect his invention in November 1992, but the application was declared abandoned in April 1995 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after he failed to pay the required application fees. He also filed to copyright his technical drawings with...

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16:55
Sony ends Ustream game broadcasts on PlayStation 4

When Sony released details about the PlayStation 4 ahead of its 2013 launch, it promoted a feature letting gamers broadcast their playing on the streaming service Ustream. Today, Sony announced that that partnership was over: On August 1st, PS4 playe...

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16:29
Artificial intelligence could be used to stop car...

Chances are, you don't spend a lot of time thinking about the logistics of international shipping -- but you shouldn't be surprised that transportation hubs are ripe for export fraud. Part of the reason for this is that there's simply too much intern...

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16:27
Apple Music execs talk strategy behind securing...

Apple has been betting big on exclusive content when it comes to growing Apple Music and a new report from Rolling Stone details just how far the company is willing to go in partnering with labels and artists. In the report, Apple’s head of original music content Larry Jackson expressed the reasoning behind Apple’s motivation and how it goes about working with labels.

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16:10
iOS 10 cracks open Apple's Siri voice...

Two years ago, Apple introduced App Extensions to enable third party developers to add system-wide features using a secure new architecture. This year, iOS 10 brings App Extensions to Siri, enabling developers to teach Siri how to expand its capabilities.

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16:04
'Overwatch' Competitive Play mode launches...

Want to prove to the world that you're a top-notch Overwatch player? You now have your chance. After a quick public beta test, Blizzard is launching the team shooter's Competitive Play mode on PCs. As before, this isn't just about participating in se...

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15:40
Curiosity finds evidence that Mars was once rich in...

Mars may have had a much more Earth-like atmosphere rich in oxygen, according to JPL's Curiosity team. Using its laser-firing instrument in the Gale Crater, the intrepid rover found rocks with manganese oxide, which requires oxygen to form. On Earth,...

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15:27
Apple expands iPhone "Trade Up" program to...

Apple on Tuesday quietly updated its "Trade Up with Installments" webpage to reflect program changes that lower the cap on maximum trade-in value, but expand credit options to cover monthly carrier fees.

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15:13
Mozilla made a game to teach you the basics of...

Sure, people will tell you that encryption is important to maintaining your online privacy, but how do you wrap your head around the concept? Mozilla wants to help. It's introducing a web-based game, Codemoji, that illustrates how ciphers work throug...

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15:00
AWT News Update: June 28, 2016

Get away from the bad news of the world for a while, and listen in on some rather good news from the world of Apple on today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • Apple's opening the watchOS 3 beta to its own retail employees who use wheelchairs to help test out new accessibility and Activity features
  • The COO of the biggest chip assembly and testing firm on the planet says Apple has been "conservative" with orders
  • Walgreens will now let Apple Pay users digitally clip and use coupons
  • The Amazon Kindle app for iOS gets a new feature

The text version of the podcast can be found below. To play the podcast, simply click the "play" arrow on the player found here:

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

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14:55
Evernote limits basic accounts to two devices and...

Evernote is enacting a new two device limit for its free Basic plan. It’s also raising the prices for its Plus and Premium plans, as it looks to invest in improvements over the long term.
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14:49
Combat AI beats the Air Force's top tactical...

A new artificial intelligence flight combat system dubbed ALPHA has taken on one of the Air Force's top tactical experts and won. Retired USAF Colonel Gene Lee — an experienced combat instructor with "considerable fighter aircraft expertise" &m...

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14:33
Apple retail employees invited to evaluate watchOS 3...

In efforts to improve watchOS 3 prior to release this fall, Apple has invited retail store employees to test a new activity tracking feature specifically designed to improve the Apple Watch experience for users in wheelchairs.

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14:21
South Korea antitrust regulator investigating Apple

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating “some matters” relating to tech giant Apple…

Couldn’t be any more vague.

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14:20
New rules for Chinese App Store mean mandatory...

Chinese App Store users and developers will soon have to submit to upcoming Chinese regulations that dictates both app stores and providers must maintain a record of user activity for 60 days.

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14:19
Apple’s new “Shot on iPhone” campaign

I like what Apple is doing with Shot on iPhone. If nothing else it reminds us that we all have a great camera in our hands most of the day.

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14:14
Apple expands Shot on iPhone series with new...

Apple is breathing new life into its award-winning Shot on iPhone ad campaign. According to TechCrunch, the company is launching a new series of images in the campaign that focus on color. The campaign is called Colors and will put images shot with an iPhone on billboards across many countries.

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Microscopic camera could be injected into your body

You may have seen some very small cameras in your day, but nothing like this. University of Stuttgart scientist have developed a 3D-printed, three-lens camera that's just 100 micrometers (0.004 inches) across. That's small enough that you could injec...

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Will a new dark black color for iPhone 7 encourage...

The next iPhone might be more of a minor, in-between year upgrade if the latest reports are to be believed, and that could even inspire a branding change this year. But could a new dark black color option rumored for iPhone 7 be enough to encourage an upgrade for you?

That’s the question we’re asking in today’s poll just as new reports this week, including our own, add yet more evidence that a darker color option is at least being considered for iPhone 7 this fall.

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Apple Patents a Way To Keep People From Filming At...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has patented a system that prohibits smartphone users from taking photos and videos at concerts, movie theaters and other events where people tend to ignore such restrictions. The patent has been award to Apple today and was first spotted by Patently Apple. QZ reports: "It outlines a system which would allow venues to use an infrared emitter to remotely disable the camera function on smartphones. According to the patent, infrared beams could be picked up by the camera, and interpreted by the smartphone as a command to block the user from taking any photos or videos of whatever they're seeing. The patent also outlines ways that infrared blasters could actually improve someone's experience at a venue. For example, the beams could be used to send information to museum-goers by pointing a smartphone camera at a blaster placed next to a piece of art." The report also mentions that the patent could in theory be used to help police limit smartphone...

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13:44
Apple revamps iPhone Trade-up program by lowering...

Apple today has drastically simplified the iPhone trade-in program that allows eligible smartphones to be traded in for credit towards the purchase of a future device. Today’s changes allow customers to use the trade-in credit to help lower the cost of the a new iPhone purchase or to reduce monthly payments made to a carrier.

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13:28
The free story mode for 'Street Fighter V...

Earlier this month, we had a chance to try the first story mode Capcom has ever put into a Street Fighter game. It's a free update for Street Fighter V owners, but there was one detail missing: a release date. Now, we know that the update will arrive...

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13:13
Florida man sues Apple for over $10B, claiming...

A new lawsuit is reportedly asking for over $10 billion in damages from Apple, on the basis that the company is infringing on an "Electronic Reading Device" concept invented over 20 years ago.

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Zipcar tests pay-per-mile pricing system for short...

Zipcar currently charges per hour to rent a vehicle from its fleet for a short time. The company is also testing pay-per-mile pricing in a few US cities, but there's no indication as to whether or not the new structure will be widely available in the...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Get ideas for your next trip...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Camtinerary, a trip-planning tool that pulls in reviews from other websites to help you have the best vacation ever. Plus, you’ll find tools to clean up your browser clutter, keep your photos neatly organized, eliminate distractions to stay focused, and much more. Read on!

Binaries 1.1.0

Ant Workshop’s $9 Binaries (Mac App Store Link) is a skill game that tests your dexterity, placing you in control of two virtual marbles that you negotiate through a series of challenging levels.

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NASA's newest rocket booster is ready for deep...

NASA fired up a massive booster in Utah this morning. The powerful machine was put through its second and last qualification test in the desert before it's ready to facilitate the flight of the world's most powerful rocket to date.

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12:33
External Link: Evernote Raises Prices, Downgrades...

Note-taking service Evernote has made some changes that are sure to be unpopular with users. First, while the free Basic tier is sticking around, it will now be limited to only two devices, whereas you could previously sync with unlimited devices. Second, both paid tiers are going up in price: Plus climbs from $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year to $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year, while Premium rises from $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year to $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Amid a variety of executive departures and the elimination of a string of unprofitable projects, Evernote is hoping to increase revenues.

 

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12:23
Iraqis use off-the-shelf drones to battle ISIS

Let's say you're leading an Iraqi militia. You want to reconnoiter ISIS fighters' positions, but you don't have the budget for military-grade UAVs or helicopters. What to do? For the Iraqis themselves, the answer is simple: buy everyday drones. A...

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12:01
Evernote's free plan no longer lets you sync...

Popular note-taking and organizational app Evernote is in the process of making a few changes. Starting today, if you use its free plan, you'll only be allowed to sync your notes between two devices. Anything more than that and you'll be expected to...

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12:00
Twitter's new stickers are more useful than...

Now you can add a ton of fun stickers to your Twitter photos, and there’s a hidden benefit.

On Monday, Twitter started rolling out searchable stickers for iOS and Android. You can add these oversized emoji by tapping on the smiley face right after uploading a photo. Stickers are organized by various categories, including accessories (think, sunglasses and devil horns), food, animals, and activities.

At first glance, stickers may seem like an obvious move by Twitter to replicate Snapchat’s silly filters. But Twitter has actually given stickers a useful application. You can tap on any sticker to see other photos in the Twittersphere that have also used that same sticker. That way, stickers become searchable, similar to hashtags, and serve to connect Tweets and photos together.

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11:42
Twitter confirms it's launching an AR division...

Following its acquisition of Magic Pony earlier this month, Twitter confirmed to me on Tuesday that it had hired Alessandro Sabatelli as its new Director of VR and AR. He will head up the Augmented Reality team within Twitter Cortex, the company's up...

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11:29
Inside tvOS 10: New Apple TV Remote app for iPhone...

Alongside the forthcoming tvOS 10 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple will also be releasing an all-new Remote app for iOS that will replicate the functionality of the Siri Remote in almost every way.

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11:22
Man says his drawings inspired iOS devices, sues...

Another day, another lawsuit. Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming the company infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD), reports MacRumors.

This image courtesy of MacRumors.

The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated” and that the device inspired the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He's seeking a jury trial and is seeking restitution of $10 billion and a royalty of up to 1.5% on Apple's worldwide sales of “infringing” devices. 

No word on why Ross waited so long to sue. After all, the iPad arrived in 2001, and the iPhone debuted in 2007. No word on why Ross waited nine years to sue. After all, the iPhone debuted in 2007. What’s more, Apple came out with the Newton -- a personal digital assistant -- in 1993, and was working on...

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11:19
Pinterest wants you to shop for an item by taking...

If you've ever spotted someone wearing a pair of cool boots and wanted to know where to get a pair just like those, you'd be interested in a new feature coming from Pinterest. At an event in San Francisco, the company has just given a sneak preview o...

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11:00
The best cold-brew coffee maker

By Nick Guy & Kevin Purdy

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

We looked at nine cold-brew coffee makers, analyzed dozens of at-home brewing methods...

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11:00
Review: Pad & Quill Bella Fino case for iPhone SE

Pad & Quill’s cases for iPhone and iPad leverage years of experience making top-quality leather and wood products. Today we’re looking at the $49.99 Bella Fino case for iPhone SE, 5 and 5s, a combination wallet and phone case that typifies the craftsmanship and design savvy of Pad & Quill’s products.

Design

While some of Pad & Quill’s products use wooden or polycarbonate frames to hold the iPhone in place, the Bella Fino uses a super-sticky 3M adhesive pad to keep your phone inside the case. That pad is on one side of a leather bifold wallet; on the other side are three credit card slots and a larger money slot.

Pad & Quill Bella Fino iPhone case. Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

The exterior of the Bella Fino is made of beautiful hand-stitched leather in one of two finishes, a dark brown “Dark Chocolate” and lighter “Whiskey”. The...

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10:57
Alleged 'iPhone 7' chassis shows...

Yet another leaked "iPhone 7" part suggests that Apple will use the space previously occupied by the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack to feature a symmetrical speaker design at the bottom of the device.

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10:48
Twitter launches Dashboard on iOS, a new app for...

Twitter is launching a new iOS app today called Dashboard that it hopes will better help businesses manage their accounts. For Mac users, there’s also a web component to Twitter Dashboard.

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10:41
Code.org brings 'Frozen' and 'Star...

If you have a few tots in your life who might be inclined to learn computer programming if their favorite Disney characters were involved, you might want to introduce them to Code.org. Both Star Wars and Frozen characters are now being integrated int...

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10:37
Roundup: Everything we know about the rumored...

For some, Apple’s next major important product unveiling might not be the iPhone 7. It could be the rumored upcoming MacBook Pro expected to sport a new touchscreen OLED strip to replace the function key row on the keyboard. That will likely be a standout new hardware feature that Apple will want to highlight and launch during a public event, but it likely won’t be the only notable hardware upgrade for a new 2016 MacBook Pro.

Head below for our roundup of everything we know so far about Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro…

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10:22
Bose helps kids build their own speaker with a $149...

Fresh off of the introduction of its new QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones, Bose is back with another new product. This time around it's the Speaker Cube, a build-it-yourself Bluetooth speaker geared toward kids eight years old and older. The produ...

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