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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

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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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13:53
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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13:52
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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13:45
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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13:04
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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13:00
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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12:45
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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10:19
Supplier ASE says Apple 'conservative' on...

Apple has been a "little more conservative" when placing supplier orders in 2016, the COO of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering revealed on Tuesday.

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10:15
British press on England’s loss to Iceland

Iceland deserves so much credit for their wins in this year’s tournament, but England played so badly. I cheer for them in the World Cup and Euro every time and they never fail to disappoint.

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10:06
Analyst: Apple’s growing iPhone base is increasingly...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Acuri says that continued focus on the upcoming iPhone (probably to be dubbed the “iPhone 7”) and its rumored lack of a major redesign is the wrong way to look at the big picture.

He thinks about a third of the iPhone installed base is currently running iPhone models that are greater than two years old. That's expected to grow to about 43% in the next four or five quarters; that's growth of between 60 million and 70 million.

"In other words, the entire growth of the base — and then some — will be from older units that are ripe for upgrades, especially to a new OLED-enabled form factor," Arcuri says. [An OLED iPhone is — according to the rumor vine — coming next year.”

The analyst estimates that the current installed base is...

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10:06
China tightens rules for mobile app developers

China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users’ activity logs, the country’s internet regulator said on Tuesday, as Beijing looks to strengthen oversight of the growing app market.

Part of China’s reasoning is to crack down on “unscrupulous” use of its platforms to “spread malicious rumors.”

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10:01
EU readies third antitrust charge against Google

Alphabet’s Google may face a third EU antitrust charge as soon as next month, this time focusing on its revenue mainstay AdWords ad placement service, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

This reminds me of Microsoft’s antitrust troubles back in the day.

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09:40
Facebook's new iOS-only features help you find...

Facebook’s iOS app leaves a lot to be desired. The News Feed is cluttered with content from people I don’t even know, to start. (Just because my friends like something doesn’t mean I want to see it.) But this week the big blue app has two new features for iPhone users, Slideshows and Featured Events, that will make the social network we can’t stop checking a little more fun to use.

Why this matters: Facebook is taking the work out of creating photo-heavy posts and finding cool events to go to, which are two of the main reasons many people even use Facebook. Making these processes easier will make the Facebook experience more, dare I say, delightful.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,200...

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09:17
Walgreens now lets you digitally clip coupons from...

Walgreens has officially supported Apple Pay since day one and was one of the first retailers to accept loyalty cards over Apple Pay, and now the retailer is expanding support for digital coupon clipping which can be redeemed through Apple Pay.

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09:15
Review: Rachio's iPhone-connected Smart...

With summer in full swing, scorching temperatures can wreak havoc on even the greenest of lawns. Rachio's second generation Smart Sprinkler Controller is designed to save you time and money by automating your existing sprinkler system with support for up to 16 zones.

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09:00
How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate...

Reader citadrianne shares a Motherboard article: There are big "no trespassing" signs affixed to most of our electronics. If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it's likely you've seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: "Warranty void if removed." In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties -- which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective -- are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional. What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act . To be clear, federal law says you can open your electronics without voiding the warranty, regardless of what the language of that warranty says.

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08:43
External Link: Amazon Introduces Page Flip for Kindle

Amazon has introduced a new Page Flip feature for its Kindle e-readers and the Kindle apps for iOS and Android, although it doesn’t appear in the Mac version. Page Flip is designed to let you save your place so you can quickly flip elsewhere in the book and then back, much as you would do by holding your spot in a paper book with a finger. Page Flip also includes a contact sheet mode that Amazon is calling a “bird’s eye view.” The Page Flip feature is available only in books that have it enabled, although Amazon claims that’s “millions of books” — supported books have a “Page Flip: Enabled” tag in their listings.

 

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08:39
Review: Minix NEO C USB-C Multiport Adapter [Video]

If you own a MacBook, then chances are you’ll need some way to connect traditional USB devices and SD Cards. And what about connecting to external displays via HDMI, or to routers and hubs via Ethernet?

The MacBook, with its single USB-C port, is quite limited when it comes to connectivity, but an external adapter can help. Enter Minix’s NEO C USB-C Multiport Adapter. It features two USB 3 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI port, SD Card slot, and a microSD slot. It also features a USB-C input for pass-through charging.

Is it a good choice for MacBook owners? Watch our hands-on video coverage for the details. more…

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08:37
Mysterious, tech-laden van on Golden Gate Bridge...

This could be either an Apple mapping van or a self-driving car prototype.

During a drive over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, a modified van was spotted.

Among the collection of gadgets on the roof are the spinning Lidar laser sensors often used for self-driving cars. There are also cameras on the roof. And there’s a large antenna above the rear wheel. Yet this car has no obvious markings or insignia to identify it – not even a license plate.

It’s unclear as to which company’s van this might be, but a special web site Apple keeps tracks the movements of its mapping vans. The site lists San Francisco as one of many locations for the period of June 20 through July 3. Still, the list of locations has been virtually...

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08:36
New Apple patent backs company's interest in...

An Apple patent application published on Tuesday backs the company's apparent interest in using micro-LED technology in future products, one possibility being the Apple Watch.

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08:33
Nancy Pelosi says ‘Poor Tim’ Cook fundraising for...

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not happy with Tim Cook’s fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan today. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Democratic Party leader commented when asked about the event this morning that the Apple CEO is being advised poorly:

“Poor Tim. What a nice guy he is, but somebody gave him bad advice,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said at the end of an animated 15-minute phone interview Monday evening. “He probably doesn’t think that much about politics.”

Politico reported the Cook political fundraiser last week, which benefits Paul Ryan as well as other Republican Party members seeking reelection in the House of Representatives.

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08:30
Why it's critical that you join Team AWT

Apple World Today has been around for almost 17 months now, and we've made some great strides in becoming your favorite source for Apple-related news and reviews. Financially, we're still struggling, and that's why we're making an appeal to our readers today to become members of Team AWT or to increase your monthly giving.

Despite adding limited advertising and the Apple World Today Deals Shop, we're still not making a decent living. Our primary source of income is readers like you, who signed up through Patreon to support the site with a monthly donation. The biggest boost to our income came last August when we were very close to shutting down. As you can see from the chart below, each month since then we've seen lower income through attrition. We're currently at about 50% of our Patreon goal -- what is needed to make the website sustainable -- and that must change.

If you...

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08:06
Apple's iPhone install base features growing...

As Apple's iPhone install base continues to grow, so too do the number of customers who are likely to upgrade to a new handset, representing what one investment firm has dubbed a "powder keg" that could propel shares of AAPL higher.

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07:23
China: app stores by Apple, other companies, must...

 Apple’s China woes continue. App stores operators such as the Cupertino, California-based company must establish the identity of users, while monitoring and reporting postings that contain banned content, reports Bloomberg. The legitimacy of developers who post apps for download must also be verified, according to new rules posted on the Cyberspace Administration of China’s website.

All app stores and providers are now required to keep a record of users’ activity for 60 days. The regulations mark one of the most comprehensive efforts so far to oversee mobile applications, which are mushrooming in popularity alongside smartphone use. Bloomberg says they’re part of a broader effort by President Xi Jinping’s government to clamp down on content deemed sensitive.

Earlier this month Apple's China branch was fined 50,000...

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07:20
Here One smart wireless earbuds block unwanted noise...

Noise-cancelling headphones are great when you just want to eliminate all outside noise, as you might on board a plane, but there are times when you want to be able to block most outside noise, but not all. Being able to hear car engines while cycling, or announcements while on a train, for example. That’s what the Here One wireless earbuds are designed to do.

The company says it uses smart noise filters to provide what it calls ‘layered listening.’

Control the volume of streamed audio and ambient sound simultaneously. Safely listen to music while riding your bike, or access live commentary at a game while still experiencing the cheering crowd. Unlike normal headphones, Here One doesn’t isolate you from the world […]

Selectively filter out an airplane engine, office chatter, a siren, and more. Amplify speech to tune into every word at a crowded restaurant or party … 

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06:45
New Chinese rules say Apple's App Store must...

Under new Chinese regulations, Apple will have to track the identities of App Store users while flagging anything that might violate the country's censorship laws, according to a Tuesday report.

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06:44
Episode of French TV show shot on iPhones after...

[VIDEO] Fantastic moment. Watch the video in the original post. I’d love a captioned version so I could follow along, but you’ll get the basics even if you don’t speak French.

From the 9to5Mac article:

The incident was reported by Pure Médias, which says that power was lost for three hours. Emergency lighting kicked in, but the TV cameras were still not able to function, so the decision was made to continue recording using iPhones.

This is reportedly the first time a broadcast TV show has ever been shot on iPhone in the country, though we have of course seen ads, documentaries and even movies shot entirely with iPhones – as well as Apple showing what amateurs can do with the iPhone through its Shot on iPhone campaign.

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06:36
Keyboard Maestro 7.2

Gains more text-processing capabilities and fixes various bugs. ($36 new, free update, 19.5 MB)

 

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06:34
Twitter’s temporary follow feature

Buzzfeed:

Twitter is built on a follow model, which is great for some use cases, but also means you’re going to miss a lot of great stuff from people you don’t follow. Unless you followed certain Democratic lawmakers, you likely missed lots of action from the House floor during the sit-in this week. But there’s a solution to that: A Twitter that temporarily inserts relevant tweets from the right people at the right moment into your timeline would be a much more useful Twitter. Amazingly, this Twitter already exists but is buried puzzlingly deep within the platform’s user interface.

This is, indeed, an obscure feature. It’s buried in the Moments tab and not presented consistently.

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06:29
Apple is second in the 2016 ‘Top 100 Global Brand...

Facebook and Apple took the top two spots in the second annual NetBase Brand Passion Report 2016: Top 100 Global Brand Love List, which reveals the brands consumers expressed the most love for on social media. The report leveraged the social analytics technology of NetBase a company that specializes in enterprise social analytics, to examine more than 265 million posts, ranking the most loved brands in technology, consumer goods, automotive, food and beverage, financial services and energy companies globally.

“Most consumer purchases are won over by emotion-- the more passion the consumer has for the brand, the less they rely on price as the deciding factor...

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06:20
Apple granted patent for way to stop iPhones from...

One of the things that really spoils live concerts these days is that half the people there don’t seem to want to watch it live at all – they’d rather watch it through their phone screen, holding the device up and blocking the view of those behind them. This is a problem Apple is seeking to solve in a patent first applied for in 2011 and granted today …

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06:20
The new iOS Remote app for Apple TV

[VIDEO] Terrific walkthrough of the newly updated Remote app that lets you use your iPhone to control your Apple TV.

On the down side, you won’t be able to control your TV’s volume using the app (I wonder why?)

On the up side, you’ll have a much larger screen space, more precise control of playing content, and a much better keyboard for typing in passwords and the like.

Watch the video to see all this in action.

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06:16
Patent report: Macs and Apple TVs with ‘3D, gaze-...

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

Apple has repeatedly denied plans for adding touch screens to its Mac line (though I think it will happen), but a newly granted patent (number 9,377,863) hints at an iMac with a “3D, gaze-enhanced virtual touchscreen.” The invention probably takes advantage of technology that Apple acquired when it bought a company called PrimeSense, an Israeli gesture recognition company, in 2013.

This patent,...

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06:12
Credit card sized iPhone stand that fits in your...

This well designed flat card slides out of your wallet and quickly unfolds into a stand for your phone, perfect for in flight entertainment. Originally released as part of a 2013 Kickstarter, this new version is updated to accommodate iPhones in cases as well as Android phones.

Great idea.

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06:03
How to use Tabs in macOS Sierra

A solid article that shows off the use of tabs in macOS Sierra, tabs that you’ve long used in Safari and, likely less often, in the Finder.

One of the best things about Sierra tabs is that developers get them for free, so you’ll be able to use tabs in all your favorite apps.

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05:51
Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions

Daniel Dilger, writing for Apple Insider:

On both macOS Sierra 10.12 and today’s El Capitan 10.11.5 (when Safari 10 is installed), Safari will support App Extensions built from a combination of JavaScript, CSS and native code written in Objective-C or Swift.

And:

More importantly, the new App Extensions architecture enables developers to distribute Safari Extensions as part of their app through the App Store.

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05:51
iOS 10 allows prioritized app downloads, making it...

Setting up a new iPhone or iPad by restoring from an iCloud backup has the virtue that you can do it from anywhere – without needing a Mac with an iTunes backup to hand – but it can be painfully slow, and it’s always the app you most want to use that seems to be the last to download.

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05:44
Apple to announce third quarter fiscal results on...

Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2016 on Tuesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. (Pacific). There will be a conference call with analysts and the press to discuss the financial results.  

A link to the live audio webcast will be provided at a later date. Apple has provided guidance for between $41 billion and $43 billion in revenue and a gross margin between 37.5% and 38% for the quarter. Operating expenses are projected to fall between $6 billion and $6.1 billion.

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05:38
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to Apple, reports Reuters. Speaking at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator's investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker, the article adds.

Domestic media reports have reported that the FTC was reviewing details of the U.S. firm's contracts with South Korean mobile telecoms carriers. The commission is South Korea's regulatory authority for economic competition. It was established in 1981 within the Economic Planning Board. 

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05:31
Microsoft pays out $10,000 for forcing Windows 10...

The forced update is a terrible strategy on Microsoft’s part. And now there’s a precedent for a potential wave of lawsuits.

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05:00
Twitter Tries to Get Stickier


Twitter fans who want to dress up pix they post to the service can do it with #Stickers, a new feature announced Monday. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun," said Sasank Reddy, a senior product manager at Twitter. "Use them to share what you're doing or how you're feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair."

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05:00
Apple should consider its own version of the Razer...

There are rumors/hopes that Apple will replace its discontinued Thunderbolt Display with a monitor that packs a built-in graphics card. I think the rumor has some validity. If not, perhaps Apple might consider releasing a GPU enclosure for its Mac line-up akin to the Razer Core

The $499.99 Razer Core (pictured) is a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) external graphics enclosure. It designed to allow users to transform a notebook (PC, not Mac) into a desktop gaming experience. It offers plug and play support with compatible graphics cards. With the Razer Core, you can upgrade or customize your preferred level of performance with support for full-length, double-wide PCIe desktop graphics cards (sold separately, of course).

The Razer Core...

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04:30
The SurfacePad: its beauty is not only skin deep

Twelve South’s $69.99 SurfacePad for the iPad mini 4 is a great product for those who are looking for a cover with features, if not necessarily a case for protection. 

The SurfacePad has an adhesive back that sticks on to the back surface of the iPad. Applying it can be a little tricky. However, the great thing about repositioning the adhesion is there is not any residue left behind. Even now, after using my SurfacePad for a solid two months, I can peal back the adhesion and see there will not be any residue remaining when I decide to change to a different case. However, I doubt that the SurfacePad will have enough adhesion left to be reused at a later time.

Once my SurfacePad was securely in place that is it, I was ready to begin anew; —  or so I thought. While the SurfacePad provides a “hidden” stand for typing, it falls easily and is not extremely functional if you add any...

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04:04
After France, Apple accused of unfair contracts with...

Reuters reports that South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive practices in the country. This appears to support an earlier unconfirmed report in Korea Times that FTC was examining the legality of Apple’s contract terms with mobile carriers.

Sources said Apple Korea has pressed carriers into buying a minimum volume of promotional iPhones and sharing the burden of repair costs […]

In April, the FTC ordered the rectification of 20 unfair provisions in contracts with its certified repair service partners. The contracts included stipulations that the repair firms could not file lawsuits against Apple Korea within a year after any dispute.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it echoes ...

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04:00
This outdoor system is one (Turtle) Shell of a...

If ever there were a speaker system built for use in the summer, it's the $79.95 Turtle Shell wireless from Outdoor Tech. It's a water and dust resistant Bluetooth boom box designed for the great outdoors. 

However, note that it's water and dust RESISTANT, not water and dust PROOF. Drop the Turtle Shell into the pool, and it's going to end up as one very quite tortoise. Note also that, though it's described as shock proof and is, indeed, rugged, you're not going to want to, say, run over it with your Jeep.

Actually, the angular, tri-themed construction doesn't resemble a turtle that much -- though the green one does with a little stretch of the imagination (the speaker is also available in white, red, blue, pink and "sea foam"). The design is to allow it to fit into a variety of places and spaces, which it does with aplomb. 

The shell itself has a rubberized coating that can be cleaned, which comes in...

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03:30
The best third-party keyboards for iPhone and iPad

Whether it’s the slim butterfly mechanism of the new MacBook or the bouncy fabric of the Smart Keyboard, the feel and travel of the letters under our fingers has as much impact on our productivity as the speed of the processor and size of the screen.

It’s no different on our touchscreen devices, and thanks to third-party developers and iOS’s now-open keyboard API, the iOS typing experience has gone from ordinary to extraordinary. Hundreds of apps all claim to speed up, smarten, and otherwise improve upon Apple’s own QuickType keyboard. For example, the slide typing method pioneered by Swype has transformed not just how but also how much we type. But which ones are the smartest, most comfortable, and best of the bunch? 

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Monday June 27

21:21
Apple under investigation by South Korean anti-...

A South Korean government body is investigating Apple over "some matters" pertaining to the company's dealings there, a report said Tuesday local time without revealing the nature of the probe.

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19:28
Brad Neely's weird Adult Swim cartoon premieres...

Adult Swim is consistently debuting new shows season after season, but usually not on Vine, right? That's why the fact that China, IL creator Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio is available on the network is such an interesting change. Neely's u...

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18:01
Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2016 earnings on July 26

Apple on Monday announced plans to release a quarterly earnings report for the third fiscal quarter of 2016 on July 26, which is to be detailed in a following investors conference call.

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17:58
Apple schedules Q3 2016 earnings call livestream for...

Apple has announced today that it will hold its fiscal third quarter earnings call on Tuesday, July 26th at the usual time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, while the earnings release will be sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.

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17:55
Photonic Swiss watch engraving might keep...

Counterfeit jewelry is a big business. Sometimes the fakes are so convincing that it can be nearly impossible to tell if that Rolex you're eying is the real deal unless you have special equipment or an extremely trained eye. That's something the folk...

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17:53
Apple will announce third-quarter financial results...

This will be a very interesting quarter for Apple. They gave guidance in the last quarter, so their shouldn’t be any big surprises, but I’m interested to hear what Tim Cook has to say about services, iPhone, and India.

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17:48
Airbnb sues San Francisco

Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company’s free speech rights.

It’s all about taxes.

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17:43
Field Notes Reporter’s Notebook

I’ve been using Field Notes notebooks for many years, but these new ones are really nice. They’re called the Byline Edition. I must have them.

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17:38
Facebook announces Featured Events capability to...

Facebook today has announced a new Featured Events capability that will make it even easier for users to find nearby ongoings right in the Facebook app itself. While Facebook already has support for Events, with 550 million people taking advantage of it each month, the company hopes that Featured Events will give more a more personalized experience.

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17:20
What's on your HDTV: 'Shark Week,'...

It's Shark Week, again. If you're in any way familiar with Discovery's summer celebration of all things shark, then you know what to expect. There won't be any Alien Shark episodes this year, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your pers...

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16:59
Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions to the...

Building on work completed last year to enable Web Content Blockers, Apple's new Safari 10 enables a wide range of native code App Extensions that users can automatically obtain and update through the Mac App Store, contributing to faster performance, enhanced security and better reliability.

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16:39
Facebook debuts hand-picked event listings in 10...

In its latest attempt to seem a little more human and a little less algorithmic, Facebook debuted a new feature Monday that suggests interesting events picked by real, live humans in 10 major US cities -- even if those events aren't on Facebook. As T...

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