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Sunday August 27

06:00
Apple promotes Red Cross offerings to help Hurricane...

Apple has posted American Red Cross links to its official website and iTunes Store landing page asking customers to assist folks impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

A dedicated website lets you contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 toward ongoing relief efforts. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.

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05:30
Ben Heck’s N64 Portable mod

After many comments, requests, questions, setbacks and badgering from our impassioned fans, the Nintendo 64 Portable is finally finished. Ben took the device to the Midwest Gaming Classic for help with the hardware. Thanks to our community of f...

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03:25
Apple opens iTunes donations for Hurricane Harvey...




After Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas on Friday, and continues to roll over the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm, Apple this weekend reactivated iTunes donations to support American Red Cross relief efforts in the area.

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03:22
States still don't know if Russians hacked...

With reports of Russians conducting wide-scale hacking campaigns against US election systems in 2016, you'd think that the individual states would know whether or not their voting systems had come under fire. However, that's not the case... and in f...

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02:42
Surfing, dancing, other new Apple Watch Workouts...




Files discovered in the latest iOS 11 beta release suggest Apple is planning to add a host of exercises to Apple Watch's Workout app this fall, including complex activities like kickboxing, fishing, equestrian sports and more.

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01:03
iOS 11 beta hints at a variety of new Workouts...

The iOS 11 beta and HomePod firmware have both been ample sources of iPhone 8 leaks thus far. Now, iHelp is back with some details on additional new features soon coming to the Apple Watch, including a handful of new Workouts.

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Saturday August 26

22:25
Drones will watch Australian beaches for sharks with...

Humans aren't particularly good at spotting sharks using aerial data. At best, they'll accurately pinpoint sharks 30 percent of the time -- not very helpful for swimmers worried about stepping into the water. Australia, however, is about to get a m...

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20:11
Quantum 'hashtags' may prove the existence...

Hashtags could soon be useful for a lot more than fostering discussion on your favorite social network. Researchers have developed a hashtag-shaped quantum chip (shown below) that could confirm the existence of the oddball Majorana particle, which ex...

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18:33
Discord chats may be crucial to lawsuits over neo-...

Discord was quick to shut down neo-Nazi servers and accounts in the wake of racist violence in Charlottesville, but that doesn't mean those conversations are gone forever. In fact, they may be instrumental to making criminal cases and lawsuits stick...

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17:00
Some early Chevy Bolts suffer from battery issues

We're sure people who were waiting for the Chevy Bolt EV were thrilled when General Motors started selling them much earlier than planned. Unfortunately, some of them might now have electric cars that could leave them stranded in the middle of nowher...

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15:28
ESPN will stream big-name boxing matches under a new...

Many eyes might be focused on a certain hyped-up boxing match this weekend, but ESPN just struck a deal that could be more important in the long run for fisticuffs fans. The sports broadcaster has forged a multi-year agreement that will make it the e...

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14:02
Trump's cybersecurity advisors resign en masse

Another Trump panel has taken a hit after eight out of 28 of its members resigned en masse. Members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which advises Homeland Security on matters of cybersecurity, have dropped out of the panel due...

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13:00
What we're watching: 'Atypical,'...

Welcome once again to Video IRL, where several of our editors talk about what they've been watching in their spare time. This month we're checking out Netflix's big release from the last week that isn't The Defenders with What Happened to Monday?, as...

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11:29
EPA will no longer sponsor the annual climate...

It's no secret that Scott Pruitt is a climate change skeptic, and the Environmental Protection Agency has been undoing Obama-era policies ever since he took office. The agency's latest move follows that trend: the EPA has announced that it's no longe...

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10:47
Apple's 'iPhone 8' rumored to top out...




Despite more powerful options being available, Apple will allegedly be going with technology capping the "iPhone 8's" wireless charging at 7.5 watts, resulting in slower speeds.

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10:00
The director of 'Final Fantasy XV' isn...

Final Fantasy XV took a long time coming. After a decade of delays, it's not surprising that both Square Enix and the game's director, Hajime Tabata, are saying they aren't finished with Noctis and his bro squad. With not even a whisper of Final Fant...

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08:43
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 pricing &...

In this week’s top stories: The announcement of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 inches closer, Apple releases new betas, more whispers about the iPhone 8’s price tag, and much more. Read on for a full recap of this week’s news. more…

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08:30
Recommended Reading: Meet the brothers behind '...

Turned Upside Down
Adam Sternbergh,
Vulture

Netflix darling Stranger Things returns for a second season this fall and the hype is already building. Vulture caught up with the Duffer brothers, the twins who created the nostalgic series that's equal...

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07:37
Facebook and Instagram both experiencing widespread...

Both Facebook and Instagram are down for many users this morning. While neither social network has yet acknowledged the outage, a slew of user have taken to Twitter to complain while Down Dector also shows a massive spike in complaints as of this morning…

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07:05
Judge throws out lawsuit aiming to put Apple at...

Apple is facing an increasing number of lawsuits centered around allegations that it is responsible for accidents caused by users who are driving while distracted by their smartphone. One case, however, as reported by Law360, has been thrown out by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Maureen A. Folan…

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07:00
'Dishonored' gets unleashed in 'Death...

Our next taste of Dishonored isn't DLC -- it's an entirely new standalone title called Death of the Outsider, which lands on September 15th. That might seem like an odd move for developer Arkane Studios, but it probably makes sense. Dishonored 2, lik...

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06:14
New images show Apple SUVs with expanded LIDAR...

Images have recently emerged showing new Lexus SUVs being used by Apple that feature an updated array of sensors and cameras on top. While Apple has been using such vehicles for some time now, these new cars seemingly feature a much more elaborate and advanced sensor setup.

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll take a look back at some of the big stories from earlier this week -- remember the eclipse? -- and some of Friday's big stories including our review of the Samsung Chromebook Pro.

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04:30
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Aug....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of August 21-16.

A new rumor says that Apple will announce new iPhones, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a new Apple TV on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Another rumor says the “iPhone 8” will come with 64GB, 256GB and 512GB of RAM.

Apple’s next U.S. data center will be built in Iowa. The tech giant has announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services....

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01:54
Redbox deals with Sony and Lionsgate bring discs...

This year Redbox is trying to make a resurgence, adding kiosks after a few years of shrinking availability. Of course, if it's going to draw people in for disc rentals over streaming, it will need to provide the movies they're looking for and renewed...

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00:15
Hands on: PDFpen 9.1 for macOS adds more tools for...




Users get improved controls, and can decide what other people see in the latest version of the PDF manipulation and markup tool.

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Friday August 25

23:32
Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and...




The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is in the weeks before Apple introduces new models, like the "iPhone 8," which is expected to debut this fall. Here's a guide to help you sell your old device for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBackWorld, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.

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21:04
This week on AI: The 4K Apple TV is nigh, $999...




A fifth-generation Apple TV was all but confirmed for Apple's September press event, bringing the product up to part with rivals like Roku. The event's main attraction, meanwhile, could prove to be one of the most expensive smartphones ever released.

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20:31
Nike's self-lacing HyperAdapt goes on sale...

If you're still chasing the Marty McFly dream, Nike's self-tightening shoe is coming around for the second time this weekend. While a few pairs of the $720 HyperAdapt 1.0 were available late last year, the company is rolling more out around the world...

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19:21
Korg's revives another classic synth in its...

Korg has a habit of reviving old synths via an app for iPad and iPhone, and this week the audio company revealed its latest creation. Korg claims the new, $20 iMono/Poly app for iOS reproduces every feature of the original Mono/Poly analog synth, fir...

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18:41
MIT researchers use drone fleets to track warehouse...

Imagine a warehouse buzzing with tiny drones that automatically track and monitor inventory from afar, leaving workers free to manage and move material. That's the new system developed by MIT researchers, which could prevent mismatches and help emplo...

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18:25
Your Personal Information Is Now the World's...

"Data is clearly the new oil," says Jonathan Taplin, director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. While oil was the world's most valuable resource, it has been surpassed by data, as evidenced by the five most valuable companies in the world today -- Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google's parent company Alphabet. CBC.ca reports: What "the big five" are selling -- or not selling, as in the case of free services like Google or Facebook -- is access. As we use their platforms, the corporate giants are collecting information about every aspect of our lives, our behavior and our decision-making. All of that data gives them tremendous power. And that power begets more power, and more profit. On one hand, the data can be used to make their tools and services better, which is good for consumers. These companies are able to learn what we want based on the...

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18:23
Apple's first AI research paper wins...




Apple's first publicly issued academic paper, research focusing on computer vision systems published in December, recently won a Best Paper Award at the 2017 Conference on Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, one of the most sought after prizes in the field.

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17:03
Polygram is a new social network powered by facial...

There's a new social network in town and it's packed with some pretty smart and savvy features. Polygram's main contribution to the hard-to-break-into social media world is its ability to detect facial expressions, allowing users to to respond to mes...

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16:55
Apple reportedly upgrades self-driving testbed with...




A report on Friday claims an updated version of Apple's self-driving testbed has been seen driving on Silicon Valley roads, topped with a massive LiDAR array with integrated cameras, GPS and other equipment.

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16:11
NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the...

Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

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15:54
Wireless charging for upcoming iPhones confirmed

A mobile accessories maker has confirmed that the upcoming Apple iPhones (shown in fanciful mockups) — expected to debut next month — will feature wireless charging.

RAVPower GM Allen Fung tells The Next Web that the company has a wireless charger that “will wirelessly charge the next iPhones at full speed.” The publication says it also confirmed this with a second source.

The wireless charging solution will apparently involve placing a glass-backed smartphone on a charger a la the Apple Watch. It doesn’t involve over-the-air wireless charging.

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15:29
Microsoft discontinues the original Xbox One

Microsoft has stopped selling new Xbox One consoles in the US and UK. Technically, it's listed as "sold out" on the Microsoft Store and doesn't even show up in searches for Xbox systems. It seems the original version of the console that launched in N...

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14:45
Apple wins ‘Best Paper Award’ at prestigious machine...

After Apple decided to allow its researchers to publicly share their findings, its first academic paper was published at the end of last year. Now, that research has just won a “Best Paper Award” at a prestigious machine learning and computer vision conference.

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14:32
Tesla's music streaming service pops up in...

Tesla has continued its foray into safe, eco-friendly and autonomous electric vehicles of late, as well as moves into the solar roof, municipal energy station and home-based power markets. Last month, however, was rumored that the energy company was...

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13:57
LeEco is trying to crowdfund an electric scooter

Troubled would-be Chinese tech empire LeEco is looking to launch another product, but it needs you to crowdfund it first. A Kickstarter for their electric powered standup scooter will go live on August 28th, if you're willing to take the risk.

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13:50
iOS 11 beta code references ‘Apple Pay Cash card’...

Since its announcement at WWDC 2017, details on Apple’s upcoming person to person payment service has been sparse. Not having made any appearances in the latest iOS 11 betas, expectations have been set that we’ll see an official launch later this year.

While we may have to wait, iHelp BR has uncovered some further details on what we may come to expect with final Apple Pay Cash release. Code references in the Apple Pay framework point to the fact that users may have to authenticate the service using a driver’s license or photo ID.

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13:23
Google Connects Mobile Searchers to Depression...


The National Alliance on Mental Illness on Wednesday announced that Google on mobile now provides people who search for the term "clinical depression" with a direct link to the PHQ-9 questionnaire used by medical professionals in the United States to evaluate patients for the disorder. People can conduct a self-assessment by filling in the questionnaire online. When someone conducts a Google search on mobile for information on "clinical depression," a link to "check if you're clinically depressed" will appear in the depression knowledge panel.

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13:20
Feed the Taylor Swift hype machine for a better...

Buying tickets to a play or concert online is an absolutely terrible experience these days. Between fighting bots and ridiculous handling fees, fans get the short end of the stick when they can't make it to the venue to buy direct. Taylor Swift is pa...

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13:18
SpamSieve 2.9.29

Adds support for macOS 10.13 HIgh Sierra and improves filtering in Microsoft Outlook 2016. ($30 new, free update, 13.7 MB)

 

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13:02
Use Google Home to stream CBS All Access to your TV

You can already use your voice to control your Spotify account with Google Home. The connected speaker also works with Chromecast as a sort of voice-enabled remote control for Netflix. Now Google Home can do the same thing with your CBS All Access an...

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12:47
Friday 5: YouTube TV shows strong potential as a...

YouTube TV just became available in my area last week, which allowed me to take it for a test drive for the first time. What I found was a service that, although definitely not perfect, has plenty of potential. In this week’s edition of Friday 5, I showcase some of the app’s best features.

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12:39
The connected person’s guide to surviving an alt-...

On Wednesday, alt-right group "Patriot Prayer" got its permit for a weekend rally on federal land inside San Francisco. It was issued despite strong opposition from Mayor Ed Lee and city officials, state lawmakers, and House Democratic leader Nancy P...

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12:21
VW engineer sentenced to 40 months in prison for...

Former Volkswagen engineer James Liang is taking the fall for his employers sins. Liang has been sentenced to 40 months in federal prison, and has been ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for his part in the German automaker's deception about diesel emiss...

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12:00
Microsoft, Red Hat Offer Enterprise Support for...


Microsoft and Red Hat this week expanded their nearly 2-year-old alliance to bridge the gap between Windows and open source computing with the launch of several new initiatives to help enterprise customers more easily adopt container solutions. Through the new collaboration, customers will gain access to native support for Windows Server containers operating on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift.

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12:00
Samsung Chromebook Pro review: One misstep spoils...

My co-workers mercilessly chide me every time I review a Chromebook. "They're all the same!" they laugh. I then patiently explain the many variations on the Chromebook formula that exist. From no-frills $200 bricks with lousy screens that simply get...

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11:38
iRig Keys I/O packs in a full audio interface for $...

IK Multimedia has years of experience making audio products and software for the mobile musician. From microphone preamps to audio mixers and MIDI interfaces (and more), the company seems dedicated to its niche. The music device manufacturer has just...

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11:22
Google Chrome may soon have an option to keep...

A member of Google's Chrome development team announced today that it's working on a mute button for websites. In a post, François Beaufort said, "This will give you more control about which website is allowed to throw sound at you automaticall...

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11:20
iOS 11's Apple Pay Cash setup may require...




People wanting to fully utilize Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11 may have to scan a photo ID, such as a driver's license, according to the latest beta code discovery.

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11:03
9to5Rewards: Plox Levitating Star Wars Death Star...

Another week has come to a close, which means it’s 9to5Rewards time. This go around we’ve partnered with Plox to give away its Levitating Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth Speaker. This thing is a must-have for any fan of the franchise and has a $200 value. Head below to find out how you can win.

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11:02
YouTube begins isolating offensive videos this week

In June, Google announced that it would begin isolating YouTube videos that weren't directly in violation of its standards but contained "controversial religious or supremacist content." And starting this week, those efforts will begin to take effect...

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10:51
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Swift curriculum...




Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the Capital Factory tech incubator in Austin, Tex., on Friday, using the occasion to make the announcement that over 30 U.S. community college systems will start to offer Apple's 'App Development with Swift' curriculum in the 2017-2018 school year.

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10:39
Apple removes apps from Iran following US sanctions

Apple has been cracking down on Iranian apps over the last few weeks, removing those that offer food delivery, shopping and ride-hailing services, among others from its App Stores. Due to US sanctions on Iran, companies like Apple are limited in the...

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10:38
Facebook announces new memory features & ‘On...

In addition to recent changes to the Newsfeed and other aspects of the app, Facebook today has announced new “On This Day” features for its mobile applications. In a blog post, the social network announced new features for easily “recapping your memories” baked right into the News Feed.

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10:21
A quadrocopter could be used to explore Saturn'...

Back in 2014, NASA proposed using drones to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Well, three years later, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has a pitch for the aeronautics agency. Like NASA suggested a few years ago, Hopkins' craft is a quadrocopter...

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10:07
Google Assistant for iOS now available to iPhone...




Google is expanding the availability of its Google Assistant app for iOS into more markets, with the app starting to roll out to Germany, France, and the United Kingdom three months after it initially became available to use in the United States.

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10:06
Apple releases fresh colors for Beats Solo3 Wireless...

Apple has launched new color options for its Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. The updated palette is reportedly going to be exclusive to Apple Stores, Target, and John Lewis in the UK.

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10:01
Apple’s Swift coding course heads to 30 community...

In May, Apple launched a free app development curriculum that includes around 180 hours of training as well as lesson plans, exercises and instruction guides. Today, the company has announced that over 30 community colleges across the US have incorpo...

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09:39
Astronomers capture best image yet of a star other...

See that photo above? It might look a lot hazier than the HD photos you're used to, but it's the best and most detail image of a star other than our own sun that we've captured thus far. A team of astronomers led by Keiichi Ohnaka have used ESO's Ver...

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09:31
Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,199 ($200...




Shoppers can save hundreds instantly on a variety of 13" and 15" MacBook Pros this weekend. Apple's Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro is now $2,199 ($200 off), while remaining 2016 models are up to $1,000 off. Apple's 13" Touch Bar with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage is also $600 off with no tax collected in 48 states.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker $...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:18
The best portable AC power supply

By Mark Smirniotis

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

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09:16
Four new Beats Solo3 colors coming to Apple, Target...




Furthering an emphasis on fashion, Apple is reportedly launching four new colors for its Beats Solo3 headphones, available through first-party outlets, big-box retailer Target, and John Lewis in the U.K.

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09:06
Court throws out lawsuit blaming lack of texting...




A California judge has thrown out a suit brought against Apple by the father of a college student killed in a road accident by a texting driver, one where it was claimed Apple had failed to incorporate technology into the iPhone that would prevent it from working while the user is driving.

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09:00
Watson is helping heal America's broken...

The American criminal-justice system's sentencing system is among the fairest and most equitable in the world ... assuming you're wealthy, white and male. Everybody else is generally SOL. During the past three decades, America's prison population has...

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08:49
KFC's bizarre VR game isn't ready to...

Fast food franchise KFC is known for its oddball stunts, including special smartphone editions (and wacky chicken-themed accessories). But its latest, a VR escape room cum work training experience, is one of its oddest yet. So, I took the bait and ac...

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08:46
Xfinity Mobile offering $200 off current iPhones...

Last week, Xfinity Mobile fully launched its new wireless plans after previously releasing the new service in select cities. Starting today, the company is giving new customers $200 off all current iPhone models and more.

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08:42
Facebook adds more ways to relive memories in your...

Facebook's On This Day has become one of its more popular features, so it's adding a handful of similar memory-centric compilations to your Feed.

Along with showing you the Facebook activity you were a part of in previous years, the site will now gr...

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08:39
Google Voice is having trouble delivering text...

If you're a Google Voice users, there's a chance you're not receiving text messages this morning. As spotted by Android Police, a thread in the Google Voice support forums indicates that a number of users are having problems receiving messages. They'...

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08:21
Microsoft boasts about Xbox One X sales without...

Microsoft has been counting the days until the release of its powered-up mid-generation console, the Xbox One X, on November 7th. The company even announced a stylized but otherwise identical Scorpio edition to commemorate the launch. Apparently, tha...

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08:14
Google Assistant app now available on iPhones in...

If you've been hankering for a chance to play with Google Assistant but don't own an Android phone, Google Home or hate the Allo messaging app, we have good news: Google announced today that the standalone Assistant app has begun rolling out for iOS...

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08:03
Listen to Siri’s voice evolve from iOS 9, 10, and 11

Jump to this page, scroll down almost all the way to the bottom, then click the various play buttons to hear how Siri’s voice has changed with each new major iOS release.

To my ear, each rev gets higher in pitch, with the iOS 11 version of Siri sounding like a different person entirely than the Susan Bennett voiced Siri we came to know and love.

The iOS 10 version of Siri is a recognizable voice to me, as recognizable as a friend’s voice. The new version sounds a bit impersonal.

From the text above the samples:

For iOS 11, we chose a new female voice talent with the goal of improving the naturalness, personality, and expressivity of Siri’s voice. We evaluated hundreds of candidates before choosing the best one. Then, we recorded over 20 hours of speech and built a new TTS voice using the new deep learning based TTS technology. As a result, the new US English Siri...

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08:00
Celebrities are vanishing from social media to make...

Platforms like Instagram and Twitter have taken the relationship between celebrities and fans to new heights. Those who follow famous people on social media feel closer to them than ever before, since these networks act as a window into the lavish pe...

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07:56
∞ Apple Park drone video

[VIDEO] Getting pretty close. Will the September event be held here? Video embedded in the main Loop post.

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07:56
Apple stockpiling 'massive' supply of...




Since July, Apple has reportedly been working to secure a "massive" quantity of camera lens modules for this fall's new iPhones -- something that could be aided by one of its suppliers launching a new factory by the end of September.

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07:55
Apple makes deal with more than 30 college systems...

Apple press release:

Apple today announced the App Development with Swift curriculum will now be offered in more than 30 community college systems across the country in the 2017-2018 school year, providing opportunities to millions of students to build apps that will prepare them for careers in software development and information technology. The Austin Community College District (ACC), one of the nation’s largest higher learning institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this fall.

This is a pretty big get for Apple. Though Swift is open source, it seems fair to say that if you grow up learning Swift, you’re going to want to develop in Swift, and that means building apps for the Apple ecosystem, not to mention a likelihood of buying Apple products. Good stuff.

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07:38
Cleveland residents take AT&T broadband...

In March, two organizations -- Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance -- alleged that AT&T had been practicing "digital redlining" in lower income Cleveland neighborhoods. The report released by the groups presented ev...

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07:31
Will iOS and macOS continue individually? Or will...

Some folks disagree -- including Apple CEO Tim Cook, but I think that in time, macOS and iOS will merge into one operating system. I’ve expressed this opinion in the past, but a new Macworld column by Jason Snell, “iOS and macOS: What does the future hold?” inspired me to bring the subject up again.

Jason himself was inspired by some tweets by Steve Troughton-Smith with linksto a Ars Technica story about Fuschia, Google’s next-generation operating system project.

Troughton-Smith wrote: “We’re far enough into the age of...

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07:19
'Black Mirror' season four looks as bleak...

Black Mirror is coming back to depress us all, and Netflix has revealed the cast and directors for season four's episodes. If you thought the last season was perhaps a little too happy-go-lucky, the teaser below might reassure you that showrunner Cha...

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07:16
Google’s AMP creator and tech lead on Apple...

From this Twitter thread between Laurie Voss and Google’s AMP tech lead, Malte Ubl:

I personally asked for this feature. I have also asked all other browser vendors, of course.

— Malte Ubl (@cramforce) August 24, 2017

Malte says he asked for the sharing translation from AMP back to the canonical URL. Read the whole thread. Interesting.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:08
New York Times: iPhone 8 to be priced “around” $999

Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

The iPhone is now in a precarious position. Gone is the thrill of downloading yet another app. It isn’t as exciting anymore if the screens of the gadget get bigger or the device becomes thinner. And the middle age of the iPhone is reflected in its sales, which dipped for the first time last year. It doesn’t help that Apple also faces fierce competition, especially in markets like China and India where people are flocking to cheaper smartphones that are increasingly capable and attractive.

Doomed! Why does the New York Times lead their Apple coverage in such a negative way?

But I digress.

Chief among the changes for the new iPhones: refreshed versions, including a premium model priced at around $999, according to people briefed on the product, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

John Gruber...

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07:00
Sonnet launches dual-slot SxS Pro Card Reader

Sonnet Technologies that launched the SxS Pro Card Reader, the second in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface.  It will be available Aug. 28 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399.

The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the 2,750 MB/s bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. Sonnet's latest Pro Card Reader, the industry's first SxS card reader with Thunderbolt 3, can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at their maximum speeds, and is also compatible with SD and XQD media cards when used with Sonnet SDHC Adapters and Sony XQD ExpressCardAdapters, respectively. 

Compatible with Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Sonnet reader is also compatible with Mac computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter...

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07:00
Apple Is Pulling Apps By Iranian Developers From The...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple is pulling apps created by Iranian developers that are specifically designed for people in Iran from its App Stores to comply with US sanctions, The New York Times reports. Apple does not sell its products in Iran and an Iranian version of the Apple App Store doesn't exist, but smuggled iPhones are popular among wealthy Iranians. Iranian developers have created thousands of apps for these users and offer them on App Stores in other countries including the US App Store. For the last few weeks, Apple has been removing Iranian food delivery and shopping apps, and on Thursday, it removed Snapp, an Uber-like ride hailing app that is popular in Iran.


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One week with Microsoft Cortana

"Never mind it. Never mind," I cursed, looking down on the poorly formed monstrosity that gazed back at me with a singular pulsing eye. No, not at me -- through me. This was not my trusty Google Assistant, with whom I shared a deep logistical and day...

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06:46
Judge tosses lawsuit against Apple involving a fatal...

A California judge has tossed with prejudice a suit filed by the father of a college student who was killed by a texting driver that alleged Apple negligently designed iPhones to be operable while callers are driving, reports Law360.

In January, MLG Automotive Law — a Newport Beach, California-based firm concentrating on representing the legal interests of businesses and people in the automotive industry — filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, seeking to enjoin the company from selling further iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards. The lawsuit alleges that Apple puts profit before consumer safety.

According to the filing, the company has had the technology to prevent texting and driving since...

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06:43
Review: Chipolo, the first Bluetooth tracker that...

Bluetooth trackers have been a handy way to keep tabs on our valuables for some time now. Attach one to a bag, or slip one into your wallet, and you can then use your iPhone to help you track them down if you mislay them.

The ‘wallet’ part of that idea has, though, worked rather better in theory than practice. Even supposed slimline trackers have so far been too bulky to slip unnoticed into a wallet, which is the problem Chipolo set out to solve with its new Card tracker, which goes on sale today …

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06:37
Bloomberg: Apple planning 4K upgrade for Apple TV

Mark Gurman and Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg:

Apple is planning to unveil a renewed focus on the living room with an upgraded Apple TV set-top box that can stream 4K video and highlight live television content such as news and sports, according to people familiar with the matter.

The updated box, to be revealed alongside new iPhone and Apple Watch models at an event in September, will run a faster processor capable of streaming the higher-resolution 4K content, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t yet public.

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In order to play 4K and HDR content, Apple will need deals with content makers that can provide video in those formats. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has begun discussions with movie studios about supplying 4K versions of movies via iTunes, according to people familiar with the talks.

This September event is going to be jam packed and riveting. So many rumors, so much still to unveil. I...

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06:34
Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee given five year sentence...




Jay Y. Lee, the head of the Samsung Group, has been sentenced to 5 years in jail by a South Korean court after a six-month trial, convicted for bribery and other charges relating to a national scandal that saw the downfall of former Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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06:30
Western Digital releases My Book Duo with up to 20GB...

Western Digital has unveiled the My Book Duo storage system that comes in a high end version with 20TB of storage. 

It comes with RAID-optimized WD Red hard drives inside to deliver high-speeds of up to 360 MB/s sequential reads1, and RAID-optimized firmware that’s designed for two-disk array systems with auto management of drive operations to help ensure read/write cycle data integrity. The My Book Duo storage system features a USB Type-C port, so it’s a fine fit for 2016/2017 MacBook Pros and MacBooks and the 2017 iMac.

The storage system also has two additional USB Type-A hub ports to allow for additional accessories, including drones, action cameras, card readers, keyboards, mice, USB drives or phone syncing and charging. The My Book Duo storage system is available in 20TB, 16TB, 12TB, 8TB, 6TB and 4TB capacities. It also comes with password protection and 256-bit AES...

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06:15
Micromat launches Drive Scope for macOS

Micromat has announced a new macOS drive utility called Drive Scope. The software utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (also known as S.M.A.R.T.) — which is built into most hard drives — to report on the health of internal and external hard drives connected to Macs.

The program displays a wide variety of information about supported hard drives, including critical health information, and is able to warn of impending drive failures prior to data loss. According to Micromat product manager Christian Pickman. Drive Scope provides an extension to the already-capable SMART check in the company’s Techtool Pro. 

“We've added a wide variety of information for any connected SMART enabled drive, the ability to trigger internal SMART tests in the drive, and overall just provide more information about the internals of your Mac's hard drive,” he says. “And it's all pulled straight from the drive using tools built in to the macOS, compared to other utilities...

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06:01
Apple removes Iranian apps from the Apple App Store

Apple has removed several Iranian apps from international Apple App Stores, saying the move is in line with U.S. sanctions against the country, reports The New York Times

Apple has no official presence in the country. Because of American sanctions against Iran, iPhones are not legally available for sale there, and there’s no Iranian version of the Apple App Store. 

However, that hasn’t stopped the sale of “millions” of iPhones smuggled in from places like Dubai and Hong Kong, reports the NYT. And Iranian app developers have created “thousands” of apps for local users and offering them through App Stores outside Iran, the article adds. 

However, in a message to Iranian developers whose apps were affected by the new ban, Apple said: “Under the U.S. sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers...

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06:00
Become an iOS App Developer with The Swift 3 Master...

Want to learn how to write code for iOS apps? There's no better time to start, since we have The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle available for $36 -- that's 93% off the usual pricing. In this online course, you'll learn iOS programming in Swift by building at least 31 apps! Altogether, the course encompasses 85 hours of training in four specific areas and a total of 596 lessons. 

  • Hacking With Swift 3 - Beginner to Pro: Build 17 Apps
  • Swift 3: Exploiting the Latest iOS 10 Features
  • iOS 10 and Xcode 8: Complete Swift 3 and Objective-C Guide
  • Learn iOS Development with Swift 3 and Xcode 8: Build 14 apps

You have only a short time to get this deal, but can take the courses any time...

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05:54
Apple's Swift curriculum coming to over 30...




Apple on Friday said that over 30 U.S. community college systems will offer its "App Development with Swift" curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year, expanding on the original six the company announced in May.

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05:42
Apple says leading US community colleges adding App...

Apple says the App Development with Swift curriculum will now be offered in more than 30 community college systems across the country in the 2017-2018 school year, providing opportunities to millions of students to build apps that will prepare them for careers in software development and information technology. 

The Austin Community College District (ACC), one of the nation’s largest higher learning institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this fall.

Created by engineers and educators at Apple, the full-year App Development with Swift course teaches students how to build apps using Swift, an open source programming language that emphasizes safety, performance and modern software design patterns. The course is designed to take students with no programming experience and enables them to build fully-functional apps of their own design.

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05:30
Jumsoft releases Flat Icons Lab for macOS

Jumsoft has introduced Flat Icons Lab 1.0, a multipurpose productivity assistant app for macOS that features nearly 300 original icon designs, presented in 13 categories. 

Flat Icons Lab offers icons in a high-resolution PNG format, so they’re usable with the tools available on any Mac right out of the box. What’s more, they’re adaptable across many forms of media: presentations, documents, print, websites and more.

Flat Icons Lab requires macOS10.11 or later. Available as a standalone product, it’s offered at the introductory price of $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It’s also available as a new product pack for the owners of Jumsoft's Toolbox for Keynote and Toolbox for iWork. 

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