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Tuesday June 28

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.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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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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15:50
Dell made a 70-inch touchscreen for schools

Forget chalkboards and whiteboards in the classroom -- Dell thinks tech is the answer. It's launching a 70-inch touchscreen, the C7017T, that's designed to replace interactive whiteboards in schools and boardrooms. You probably wouldn't want this a...

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15:30
Review: Monowear Brown Leather Deployant band for...

The folks over at Monowear sent over one of its bands for me to try, and I shot a brief video showcasing the band in action. Monowear makes several band styles from leather, mesh, nylon and metal. The band it sent over is a brown leather band featuring a handy deployant clasp. The deployant clasp creates a perpetual look that makes the leather band super-easy to put on and take off. Have a look at our video review inside to see it in action. more…

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15:20
Expect a settlement in the Volkswagen emissions...

A federal judge has given Volkswagen until Tuesday, June 28th, to present a plan aimed at making amends in the diesel emissions scandal that's been dogging the company for nearly a year. Reuters and Bloomberg report that the settlement will cost VW $...

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15:10
AWT News Update: June 27, 2016

Image from the Firewatch game website. Buy the game for Mac!

Let's hear it for #Iceland in the Euro 2016 final 16, which today beat England 2 - 1 to move onto the quarterfinals. That's not Apple news, but this is:

  • Twitter announces that stickers for tweeted photos are coming soon to the iOS app
  • A French TV talk show relies on iPhones to film the remainder of an episode when a power outage knocks out cameras
  • A regional Ford dealership in Massachusetts rips off some great art from the game "Firewatch" by Panic and Campo Santo

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15:02
AI Playmate Cozmo Wants to Get to Know You


Anki on Monday introduced Cozmo, a little robot powered by an advanced artificial intelligence. Cozmo promises to be far more interactive than any toy robot that has been released to date. Although the multidisciplinary team of roboticists, animators and game developers who designed Cozmo had play in mind, they noted that the combination of technology from toys, videogames and robotics represents a major leap forward. Anki's three creators all got their start at Carnegie Mellon's Robotic Institute. Cozmo, which can nestle in the palm of your hand, has a "brain."

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14:52
Microsoft Studios shutters Xbox Fitness at-home...

Xbox Fitness has provided an at-home workout with the help of the trusty game console and Microsoft's Kinect since 2013. However, the exercise option won't be around much longer. Microsoft Studios announced that the console-driven workouts would be s...

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14:38
[Sponsor] Field Notes Reporter's Notebook

Field Notes has reinvented the classic Reporter’s Notebook, with the help of veteran reporter John Dickerson, host of CBS’s Face the Nation. The Reporter’s Notebook is an iconic American object, and sight of one being whipped out and flipped open is a sure sign that somebody is about to write down something important. They lay flat, and are great for taking notes at work or in class — as well as tracking down corruption for anonymous sources.

Available now in two-packs, and as part of a year-long subscription.

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14:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

With developers busy absorbing all the new information from WWDC, the only notable software release this week is BusyCal 3.0.1.

 

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14:37
ExtraBITS for 27 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we get a comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps, a look into what Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision can identify, and news that Bank of America is rolling out Apple Pay-compatible ATMs.

 

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14:23
This laser-powered drum machine is a stunning work...

We're big fans of homemade instruments, synthesizers and other noise makers here at Engadget. Russian artist Vtol created a massive laser-powered drum machine installation as part of Earth Lab, a joint project between the Polytechnic Museum Moscow an...

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13:58
Google brings higher-resolution imagery to Earth and...

Every few months or so, Google improves the satellite imagery on services like Earth and Maps. Now, as part of its efforts to keep making the experience better for users, the search giant is going to offer higher-resolution virtual views going forwar...

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13:57
Google may release self-designed smartphone by end...

Google is reportedly working on a new self-branded phone over which it will exert more design, software, and manufacturing control, putting the company in more direct competition with Apple's iPhone.

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13:51
DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data...

This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.

DataMan retails for $1.99 on the App Store and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve had a chance to try DataMan out and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via the App Store

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13:41
Notable apps and app updates for June 27, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Tension Software has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.

Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.

Counter 1.0 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at ...

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13:40
ZFS: The other new Apple file system that almost was...

Enlarge / A premature announcement by Sun's then-CEO Jonathan Schwartz might have doomed ZFS on OS X. (credit: Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty — Edited by Aurich Lawson)

This article was originally published on Adam Leventhal's blog and is reprinted here with his permission.

I attended my first WWDC in 2006 to participate in Apple's launch of their DTrace port to the next version of Mac OS X (Leopard). Apple completed all but the fiddliest finishing touches without help from the DTrace team. Even when they did meet with us, we had no idea that they were mere weeks away from...

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13:28
Microsoft sued for $10,000 after unwanted Windows 10...

Microsoft's pushy and occasionally misleading Windows 10 update process has had some tangible backlash. According to the Seattle Times, a small business owner from California has successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 in "compensation for lost wages...

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13:15
SummerFest 25%-Off Sale Discounts Take Control Books...

If you need help with your Mac, iOS device, or apps, or if your work would proceed more smoothly with a capable Mac app at your side, check out the multi-developer SummerFest sale. You can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles and 14 leading Mac apps.

 

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13:00
'Mass Effect Andromeda' novels tie into...

Literary pop culture powerhouse Titan Books will publish four new novels in the Mass Effect universe between August 2016 and March 2018, as outlined in its 2016 Fiction Rights Guide. The books line up with the release of Mass Effect Andromeda in Marc...

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12:30
My pointless quest to achieve perfect retro console...

​It all started about four years ago when I came into an old Sega Saturn system from the mid-90s. It was an entire console catalog that I completely skipped over back in the day. I hooked it up to my TV and soon I was knee-deep in classic fighting ga...

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12:05
Renders imagine what Apple’s new darker “Space Black...

Details of a new darker Space Black iPhone color arriving with the next-generation device this fall have surfaced, but what might the new color option look like? 

Earlier today we reported that iPhone 7— if that’s what we’re calling it— now seems likely to come in Space Black to match Apple Watch and replace the current Space Gray option. Several other reports had noted whispers of a new darker color (at one point described as a deep blue) and we noted today that it’s something we’d heard from one of our own...

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12:05
Facebook launches custom-curated event picks to...

On Monday a newly-formed team at Facebook began curating lists of "featured" events, in a bid to provide better recommendations for people looking for activities around town.

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12:00
Twitch introduces 'Cheering' emotes for...

Twitch, the popular game-streaming site, has a funding problem. Not related to the company -- it's owned by Amazon and is just fine -- but its streamers. Like on other video platforms, creators are paid based on ad views and subscriptions, and by all...

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11:40
Facebook Slideshow livens up your photos and videos

It's easy to post a ton of photos from your weekend adventures to Facebook, but let's face it: there are only so many people willing to flip through your photos one at a time. Facebook might just have a way to spice things up, though. It's trotting...

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11:15
Here's when that 'Minecraft' movie is...

Been waiting on pins and needles for news regarding the upcoming Minecraft movie? The good news is there's actually one big piece of news: a release date. The bad news? You're going to be waiting a few years still until you can feast your eyes on it....

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11:08
Gun Control and Learning to Make Data-Driven...


We live in an unprecedented age of information and computing power -- yet whether publicly or privately, we still make decisions largely on how we feel rather than based on hard information. With this massive influx of data and computing power, when it comes to issues like global warming or gun control -- and much of what is being shown as data is false -- we are more likely to decide based on how we feel about an issue than spending a comparatively little time figuring out the facts and then making what would be the right decision for us.

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11:04
Deals: $100-$250 off 13" and 15" MacBook...

The last week in June sees dramatic price reductions on 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with instant discounts, free gift offers and coupon savings of up to $250 off MSRP. Early 2015 12-inch MacBooks are also $185-$350 off at authorized resellers -- all with free shipping and no sales tax in at least 46 states.

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11:03
Facebook for iOS adds Featured Events in 10 U.S....

Starting today, iOS users in 10 US cities will see the option for Featured Events in a carousel atop their list of upcoming soirees. Facebook’s curators will cull through each city’s top art, entertainment, family, festival, fitness, food & drink, learning, community, music, and sports events, and select a few with the capacity to accept some extra foot traffic.

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11:00
Rachio's 2nd-generation Smart Sprinkler...

What if you could make a $200 - $250 investment that could pay itself back in a few years? I made that investment two years ago with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, and it's saved me money on expensive and scarce water for irrigating my lawn and garden. Rachio is now shipping the second generation of the device, which adds to the utility of this water-saving smart controller.

Design

Perhaps the biggest change to the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is the external shell; it's a bit shorter than the previous box with an expanded width. Dimension-wise, the new box is a sleek 9.25 x 5.625 x 1.625 inches, and weighs just 1.2 lbs. The previous model was square in shape: 

The 2nd-Generation Rachio at top, the original model at bottom.

Like the previous Rachio, it's possible to purchase both 8-zone ($199.99) and 16-zone ($249.99) models depending on the size and complexity of your...

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10:44
Best Buy hopes to offer in-home tech advice

Best Buy can already send Geek Squad and Magnolia to your home when you need a fix or some help setting up a new TV. But what if everything is running fine, and you'd just like to improve your tech? The retailer thinks it can help there, too. It's pi...

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10:33
Hands-on: Apple TV Remote App beta for the 4th-...

The new Apple TV Remote app, which Apple TV owners have been expecting since Eddy Cue acknowledged its development, is now available for testing. Available directly as an IPA installable via iTunes, the Apple TV Remote app can be accessed by registered Apple developers.

The Remote app has been designed to, as Apple states in its release notes, bring the “best of the Siri Remote” to iOS devices. Not only will the Remote app allow users to easily navigate the Apple TV interface, it can also be used as a controller to control basic games.

How well does the new Apple TV Remote app work? Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough to see it in action. more…

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10:15
Half of US households now subscribe to VOD services

With the various ways you can consume digital media aside from television and cable channels, it should come as no surprise that now, according to a new report from Nielsen, that about half of all households in the US partake in subscription VOD serv...

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10:07
BusyCal 3.0.1

Major update brings a modern look, smoother navigation, travel time alerts, timed to-dos, and more. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade, 10.7 MB)

 

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10:07
Dreezy's debut full-length to launch as one-...

The first full-length album by up-and-coming rapper Dreezy, No Hard Feelings, will launch as a temporary Apple Music exclusive on July 15, according to Interscope Records.

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10:00
Netflix’s new “secondary” logo

I like it. And the idea of having a single letter secondary logo provides them with a lot of options, especially if they can make it synonymous with their company.

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Google's virtual reality field trips are...

Have you been slightly envious of kids going on Google's virtual reality field trips? Don't be. As part of a broader educational push, Google is making the necessary Expeditions app available to everyone. So long as you have an Android device (iOS is...

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09:46
Twitter announces stickers

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.

Get ready, these will be everywhere.

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09:24
China launches its new mainstay rocket

China is celebrating the successful launch of its Long March 7 rocket, a key component and backbone of its future space program. As Xinhua News explains, the craft is designed as the "main carrier" for the Chinese space program, capable of pushing 13...

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09:17
What will Apple call the next iPhone? iPhone 7? Pro...

What will Apple call the next iPhone? You might think iPhone 7 is the obvious answer and natural progression following the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but reports that Apple is moving to a longer, three-year refresh cycle for iPhone updates could mean a change for branding this year.  more…

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09:02
HP's new touchscreen Chromebook is ready for...

It's no secret that HP loves making Chromebooks, and today the company is expanding its lineup with the future of Chrome OS in mind. Enter the HP Chromebook 11 G5, an 11.6-inch laptop which features a touchscreen, meaning it'll support Android apps w...

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09:00
MacTech Pro NYC: Get $200 off registration from...

Apple World Today is proud to be a media sponsor of the MacTech Pro Events for 2016, and one of the biggest events is coming up soon -- MacTech Pro New York 2016. We're offering $200 off the registration fee for the event to AWT readers, so if you're considering going but haven't yet registered, now's the time to do it.

The event runs from 8:30 AM (registration) until 6 PM, and will be held at the Skyline Hotel NYC at 725 Tenth Avenue (at 49th Street). Sessions Chairs for this year's MacTech Pro NYC include Craig Cohen from HCS Technology Group, Andy Espo, the CEO of Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting, and MacTech Magazine's Neil Ticktin. 

Topics include:

  • Managing and User-Proofing Security as Malware Threat Grows
  • Mac Admins Approach to Linux Servers Administration
  • Networking: Discover, Map and Reporting Essentials
  • ...
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08:52
Twitter photo stickers coming soon to iOS app

Twitter on Monday announced plans to launch stickers in its mobile apps, letting users customize their uploaded images with premade graphics.

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08:39
'No Man's Sky' soundtrack is going on...

It's not often a soundtrack associated with a video game, let alone one that's not been released yet, is taken on tour and played to audiences all over the world. That's exactly what's happening with British band 65daysofstatic's No Man's Sky soundtr...

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08:38
Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for...

In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.

The pictures also show the absence of horizontal antenna lines on the back of the handset wherein the aforementioned lines are now only present at the chassis edges.

Other changes shown in the leaks...

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08:18
Dolby's wide color range technology comes to...

Amazon has already dipped its toes into the waters of high dynamic range video, but it's now ready to get its feet wet. The internet giant has started integrating Dolby Vision HDR into its video subscription and purchase services. Watch the right sho...

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08:15
Space Black is the new Dark Blue: Another rumor gone...

iPhone 5 (left) vs. iPhone 5s (right) "space gray", via Mike Cronin on Youtube

Don't know about you, but I think the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 are getting out of hand. Just last week we heard that from the Japanese blog Macotakara that Apple was going to be making a "Deep Blue" version of the next-generation smartphone. Now they've backtracked, telling AppleInsider that it's just a "much darker" version of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

Those quotes came from AppleInsider, which stated that Macotakara blogger Danbo had reached out with the new rumor. It sounds more like Danbo pulled this one out of his nether region. 

I'm offering this rumor up as further proof that the world has gone mad. Does it...

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08:11
Developers begin answering questions about upcoming...

It’s deeply technical, but it’s worth the read.

An blog posted over on Adam Leventhal’s blog and picked up by the mighty Ars Technica describes a talk about the new Apple Filing System given during a Q&A session over at WWDC. During the session, Dominic Giampaolo and Eric Tamura, two members of the APFS team, gave an overview to a packed room, wherein, with the help of other team members, they patiently answered questions about the upcoming file architecture.

This isn’t the shortest article in the world, but it shows how a lot of praise is going towards encryption, while a fair amount of criticism seems to be emerging around data integrity.

Still, if you want to know what’s on the horizon for the new macOS operating systems, this is worth your time....

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08:10
Twitter is bringing searchable, emoji-like ‘#...

Messaging apps like WeChat, Line, and Path have made stickers as popular as emoji, and now Twitter is joining in on the fun with searchable ‘#Stickers’ that you can add to your tweet pics.

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08:00
Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding...

There has been a big push in computer science education in the last few years. The UK has made it part of its national curriculum, President Obama has pledged $4 billion toward a national computer science initiative and a slew of toys and games desig...

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07:46
Amazon helps teachers share free digital education...

Part of the promise of digital education is the ability to share knowledge between schools, but that's not easy when there isn't a central hub for making that happen. Amazon, however, thinks it can help. It's launching Inspire, a free service that...

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07:26
Twitter's searchable stickers can add pizzazz...

Post a lot of photos to Twitter but feel like they're lacking something? Twitter's changing that with today's announcement of #Stickers, which will let you spice up your pictures with props, emoji and more.

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07:24
Episode of French TV show shot on iPhones after...

A recorded episode of the French TV show On n’est pas Couché (We are not Asleep) was filmed with iPhones after a power outage at the studio took out the TV cameras.

You can watch the video below of the moment when the power went out, together with footage of filming continuing using iPhones …

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06:59
Pyle debuts iPhone Lite Me Selfie Case with built-in...

Pyle Audio has announced the $49.99 Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus case is designed to help users create better selfie images while protecting the smartphone in a slim fitting case.

You can slide your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus inside the case, which sports bright LED lights along the frame that can be turned on or off at the press of a button. This multi-functional protective case also features a built-in power bank with a 1750 mAh rechargeable battery, so you can use it as a backup charger when battery life is low. One-button operation allows users to adjust brightness and add a blinking or strobe light effect around the phone.

The Woodline Case from Pad&Quill: Kevlar meets wood in a stunning new iPhone case

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06:57
iPhone 7 now seems likely to come in Space Black to...

While a previous Macotakara report suggested that the iPhone 7 would be available in a deep blue color, replacing Space Gray, the blog is now suggesting that this is not the *case*.

I have heard another information that space grey would not be disconnected, but would be possibly updated to much darker color. Also, the new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black.

This tallies with something heard from one of our own sources …

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06:35
French talk show resorts to iPhones to continue...

Following a sudden power outage in the studio, part of the Saturday episode of a popular French talk show was reportedly shot on Apple's iPhone.

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06:17
watchOS 3 first look

Serenity Caldwell takes you on a tour through Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch OS update.

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06:12
Rumor: Apple's space gray 'iPhone 7'...

Apple's space gray color option for iPhones could return to a darker shade, closer to black with the upcoming "iPhone 7," according to a new report.

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06:08
Apple, the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade,...

Apple gave a terrific one-of-a-kind gift to employees who participated in Sunday’s annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade.

I love that Apple supports this. A nice looking band.

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06:02
What Apple’s new APFS file system means to you

Michael Cohen, writing for TidBITS:

Among the tidbits Apple revealed to its developer audience at the recently completed Worldwide Developers Conference was a new file system for the whole range of its products. Dubbed “APFS” (an acronym that Apple doesn’t completely spell out even in its developer documentation), the file system is meant to replace HFS+, the file system that in turn replaced 1985’s HFS (Hierarchical File System) in 1998.

Important change, arcane acronym.

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06:00
Sky Force Reloaded scores a hit with its freebie...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun-ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Many free-to-play games are laid-back, casual affairs meant to fill small moments during your days—including recent Freemium Field Test picks like Uncharted: Fortune Hunter and Bejeweled Stars. But occasionally, you’ll find something a bit livelier and action-packed; the kind of game that pulls more inspiration from...

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05:42
More Chinese patent battles likely upcoming for...

Apple’s record as the biggest target in the world for patent claims doesn’t look likely to change any time soon. The WSJ reports that three Chinese companies top the rankings for the most international patent filings: Huawei, Qualcomm and ZTE.

Last year, Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker and the leader in the telecommunications-equipment market, was the largest filer of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which makes it easier for companies to file patents in multiple countries […]

Patents are also playing a role in the harsher mobile landscape Apple and Samsung are...

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05:27
The essential guide to using Siri on a Sierra Mac

Jonny Evans digs into the process of using Siri on your Sierra-installed Mac, including preferences and lots and lots of examples.

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05:00
Daily Deal: Pre-order the Complete iOS 10 Developer...

Apple's latest mobile operating system won't be here until September or so, but it's already generating a lot of excitement with developers who want to take advantage of its new APIs to create more powerful and easy-to-use apps. For a limited time, pre-order The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course for just $29 from the Apple World Today Deals Shop and get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course as well. 

The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course will normally sell for $499 if you purchase it directly from the trainers at Mammoth Interactive, and The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course weighs in at $999. Altogether, the package is worth $1,498 -- but they want to pre-sell the iOS 10 to get the word out and slashed the price to $29. 

Order...

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04:55
Apple’s latest UK tax bill: £12.9M, the equivalent...

With a long-running EU investigation into the legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Europe still showing no signs of reaching a conclusion, the size of last year’s UK tax bill isn’t likely to help its cause. Apple’s latest accounts show that it paid just £12.9M ($17M) in UK corporation tax despite making an estimated £2B ($2.6B) profit in the country.

As the Mail Online notes, this is the equivalent of just two hours’ profits on its global sales …

more…

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