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Sunday September 4

17:45
Rare video shows elephants ‘mourning’ matriarch’s...

Sad but remarkable video. I don’t know if the elephants are grieving in the human sense but they are certainly acknowledging the passing of their matriarch.

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16:56
SpaceX asked to pay $50 million after losing a...

SpaceX may have to deal with more than equipment losses and Mark Zuckerberg's disappointment in the wake of its launchpad explosion. Spacecom, which owned the AMOS-6 satellite destroyed in the incident (and part of Facebook's free internet plans), i...

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15:37
How Apple does camera

Pundits keep trying to say that the iPhone will take over from the DSLR. That’s ridiculous. But the iPhone continues to be a very capable camera for the vast majority of people. Apple will make it even better on Wednesday.

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15:33
Infinitude

If you need a video to blow your mind and test your speakers, this one should do the trick.

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15:27
Razer gaming keyboard offers no-compromise comfort...

Gaming keyboards tend to be an either/or proposition. Either you get the fast action and feedback of mechanical switches, or you 'settle' for the relative comfort of membrane rubber domes. Razer doesn't think you should have to choose. It's introduci...

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15:08
Samsung urged to officially recall Galaxy Note 7 to...

A leading consumer advocacy group has urged Samsung to perform an official recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports that its battery may explode while charging.

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15:00
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo issues research paper with...

As expected, the rumor machines are running overtime in the last few days leading up to Wednesday's announcements of a new iPhone and Apple Watch. The latest is via AppleInsider, which received a copy of a new research paper provided by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. In that paper, Kuo outlines the latest that's known about the upcoming iPhone. 

The device is expected to come in 32, 128 and 256 gigabyte versions, eliminating both the undersized 16GB and popular 64GB storage tiers. But the big news comes in the area of the display, which is expected to be the same type of True Tone display used on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Coupled with a new ambient light sensor, it's expected that the newest iPhone models will have much better image quality, especially in low-light conditions.

Also as expected, the...

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13:32
Alfred 3.1

Adds three new workflow objects and brings a number of performance improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher. (£17 new, free update, 2.6 MB)

 

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13:15
DJI exec hints at future pocket-sized camera drones

It's a simple question: How would you sell my Dad a drone? Right now, most drone buyers are professionals, hobbyists or video enthusiasts. That leaves a pretty big number of people not currently browsing for a quadcopter. At least, not yet. My Dad is...

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12:31
Acer's 21-inch 'laptop' gives...

Acer's made gaming laptops before, but none of them are quite like this. The behemoth you see here is the Predator 21X, which is the most redonkulous notebook I've seen in my life. The term desktop replacement is quite literal here, as it has a massi...

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11:44
IFA 2016: It's a wrap!

And just like that, IFA 2016 has come to an end -- at least for us. While the event runs through September 7th, our editors are getting ready to head home to their respective countries. But don't worry, there's still plenty of content on the way, so...

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10:59
Telltale's second 'Batman' episode...

Telltale took its sweet time readying the first episode of its Batman adventure game series, but you won't have to wait too long to see what happens next. The studio has announced that the second episode, Children of Arkham, arrives on September 20t...

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10:13
Garmin's spendy Fenix Chronos is a tax on...

I'm a fan of Garmin's Fenix smartwatches. I've been wearing the Fenix 3 for about a year, and, for me, it has a solid balance between battery life (two weeks), training tools, smart features and good old basic horological tasks. The only addition I'd...

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09:58
'Piano black' and dark black Apple '...

A pair of stickers allegedly used to identify test iPhones have popped up on Twitter, with the pair labeling units in the rumored "piano black" and dark black colors.

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09:30
Ben Heck's Xbox One S teardown

There are few things Ben Heck loves more than tearing down the newest gaming consoles. Watch how he unboxes the Xbox One S and takes apart each component, including the controller. As Ben does his thing, we see how Microsoft kept costs down by ma...

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09:06
What to expect from Apple's Sept. 7 event:...

In just a few short days, Apple will hold its now-annual September event where it is expected to unveil new products, most notably its next iPhone. Here everything insiders need to know about the highly anticipated announcements.

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08:00
After Math: Call me, maybe

It's been a banner week for mobile devices not made by Apple (you'll have to wait until the 7th for those). Samsung, quite literally, blew its chance to gain ground on Apple, given the new iPhone's reputed lackluster feature set. Google likely killed...

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07:30
Elevate your selfie game with this pocket-sized drone

Selfie drones? Sigh. We've only ourselves to blame. That said, the gadget fan inside of me is shamelessly drawn to the meretriciousness of the idea. The general problem of the aerial selfie is a nut that's been cracked already, but we're all for more...

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07:00
Amtrak's next-gen high-speed trains, and more...

When it comes to high-speed rail, the US lags behind many other nations - but that's set to change, as the government just gave Amtrak a $2.45 billion loan to launch a new generation of high-speed trains within the next five years. Magnetic levitatio...

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06:34
Google, Apple, Mozilla, and the EFF Support...

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes BetaNews about new legal documents filed Friday:
Microsoft is fighting the US Justice Department in an attempt to quash a law that prevents companies informing customers that the government is requesting their data. The technology giant has the backing of other tech companies as well as media outlets. Amazon, Apple, Google, Fox News, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla are among those offering their support to Microsoft. The lawsuit says that blocking companies from keeping their customers informed is unconstitutional, and it comes at a time when tech companies in particular are keen to be as open and transparent as possible about government requests for data....

As EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien puts it: "Whether the government has a warrant to rifle through our mail, safety deposit boxes, or emails stored in the cloud, it must notify people about the searches. When electronic searches are done in secret, we lose our...

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05:30
Default Folder X 5.0.6

Adds support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and improves compatibility with LaunchBar. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.1 MB)

 

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05:20
Bang and Olufsen's 360-degree speakers deliver...

Earlier this week, Bang and Olufsen introduced its BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 multi-room speakers, and we just checked them out at IFA 2016. As expected, considering they both cost upward of $1,000 each, the new 360-degree speakers look stylish and un...

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04:03
Razer and Maingear partner on an all-out gaming PC

Maingear isn't playing favorites when it comes to partners for over-the-top gaming rigs. The PC builder is teaming up with Razer for the R1 Razer Edition, a tower PC that's as much about showing off as boosting your frame rates. Razer, as you might h...

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Saturday September 3

22:50
OpenOffice could shutter due to lack of volunteer...

OpenOffice, one of the most prominent free alternatives to Microsoft Office, is in big trouble. Dennis E. Hamilton, its volunteer vice president, has recently sent out a message to the project mailing list to inform members that its "retirement... is...

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21:19
These Are the Six Crypto-Currencies Approved By Apple

An anonymous reader quotes Softpedia: Anthony Di Iorio, founder of Jaxx, a crypto-currency wallet, claims that an Apple representative revealed to him the six crypto-currencies allowed on the App Store, during a private phone conversation... Di Iorio had this conversation with the Apple employee after the company removed his Jaxx iOS app from the store. The Apple employee told Di Iorio that they had to remove his app because it featured support for Dash, another blockchain technology, touted as an alternative to Bitcoin. During the conversation, Di Iorio asked what crypto-currencies Apple approves of, so he'd know what to remove from Jaxx's iOS version and get his app back on the App Store. Di Iorio says that Apple is comfortable approving apps on its App Store that handle only six crypto-currencies: Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, the DAO and Ripple. Reaction to Apple's list of approved crypto-currencies wasn't positive, at least on Twitter. Most users criticized Apple's...

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20:29
Daimler will fight Tesla with 'at least'...

It looks like Daimler's plans to fight Tesla are even more ambitious than first thought. Reuters sources understand that the German automaker is working on "at least" six electric cars, and might introduce as many as nine. The exact roster isn't pu...

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19:01
IBM's smart earphone team-up puts Watson to work

Smart earphones like Bragi's Dash aren't just for personal activities like music and running -- they could also help you get some serious work done. Bragi and IBM are partnering on ways to combine "hearables" like the Dash with Watson's Internet of T...

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17:28
Juno sends back an unfamiliar view of Jupiter's...

When someone mentions the planet Jupiter, you probably think of the image we're all familiar with: that one with a view of its equator, bands and the Great Red Spot. That's why the photos above and below the fold might look like an alien world, when...

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15:54
OurMine 'hack' bombards Variety readers...

It's already irritating when a group of self-proclaimed hackers (really, account takeover pranksters) hijack a website... it's another when they flood your inbox. The OurMine collective managed to not only compromise Variety's website through a post...

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15:39
Apple May Bring Back Billions In Profits To The U.S.

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from the San Jose Mercury News:
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to bring back billions of dollars in profit to the U.S. next year. Cook's statement, made during an interview with RTE radio Thursday, contradicts his previous public statements on the issue: He has said for years that U.S. corporate taxes are too high, and that the Silicon Valley company wouldn't be repatriating profit until its home country changed its tax code.

"Right now I would forecast that we repatriate next year"Cook said, saying that the company has "provisioned several billion" for that purpose.
An interesting side-note: Apple accounts for 40% of Silicon Valley's profits.


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14:30
A VR massage chair made me both happy and sad

One of the delights on show here at IFA was Medisana's VR massage chair, which pairs one of its high end devices with an Oculus Rift. Rather than sitting in a shopping mall and viewing your fellow patrons as a robot paws at your back, you can be tran...

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13:48
Here's how the iPhone 7 Plus' dual cameras...

Apple's 2016 iPhone launch event may be just days away, but that isn't stemming the tide of leaks and rumors. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who is frequently, though not always, on the mark with Apple launches) has published a last-minute rep...

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13:30
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.5

Fixes a number of problems with converting DOC, DOCX, and ODT files. ($79 new, free update, 225 MB)

 

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13:27
Apple keynote decorations on display at Bill Graham...

Shot by Howard Brilliant for 9to5Mac

Apple flags are now flying over Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, California, as the company prepares the venue for Wednesday’s iPhone 7 announcement. Apple’s keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET, where we expect to see upgraded iPhones and a new Apple Watch introduced. Check out more shots of the scene after the break…

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12:24
Cristiano Ronaldo's latest tech endorsement is...

Sources say CR7 fell over when he saw the Nubia Z11. Absolutely no one was shocked. That's what happens when you have a reputation for being the best diver on the pitch.

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12:19
∞ Apple Music adds new playlists based on listening...

Apple on Saturday added two new playlists to its Apple Music service, which are both based on your listening habits on the service. […]

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11:57
Following iPhone 7, iPhone 4 (& few Macs) will...

Apple is about to add iPhone 4 alongside other Macs and iPods to its list of vintage and obsolete products, meaning the devices will lose support for repair services through Apple and its authorized dealers. The change is scheduled to kick in a week after Apple’s iPhone 7 event later this month, according to internal documents (pictured below).

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11:49
Acer's latest convertible Chromebook is bigger...

In May, Google announced that it would be bringing Android apps to Chrome OS, finally marrying the two operating systems in a way that makes Chromebooks that much more useful (A million-plus more apps!) All of a sudden, convertible Chromebooks sound...

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11:09
Happy Hour Podcast 083 | Eleventh hour iPhone 7...

This week Benjamin and Zac return for a special bonus episode of Happy Hour to discuss last minute iPhone 7 rumors including five color options, higher storage tiers, RAM upgrades, and much more ahead of Apple’s September 7 event. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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11:00
How an argument led to the creation of a safer...

German electronics firm Hama had been looking at self-balancing skateboards, better known as Hoverboards or Swagways, for about half a year. It wanted to get into the market and so bought every single device currently available to see how they worked...

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10:04
Inside the 2016 MacBook Pro -- CPU choices

While no update is expected at the Sept. 7 Apple event, a long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro has two obvious main processor choices -- but what it has selected to use will dictate if the computer releases sooner, or later.

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10:00
Recommended Reading: Gaming's gender problems...

With VR mode,
'Dead or Alive'
goes from creepy
to harassment
Allegra Frank,
Polygon

Earlier this week, we caught a glimpse of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in virtual reality that's set to launch the same day as PlayStation VR. The game allows the user t...

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09:00
IFA 2016 day one: Battle-worn BB-8 and Acer's...

Even though we've been in Berlin for a few days, Friday was actually the first official day of IFA 2016. And, as expected, there's a lot to see on the show floor. Yesterday, we checked out Sphero's "Battle-worn" BB-8 and its companion Force Band, a w...

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08:49
Apple's 'iPhone 7' to boast True Tone...

At this week's media event, Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone featuring waterproof capabilities equivalent to the Apple Watch, along with a new wide color True Tone display and other enhancements throughout.

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08:31
This week’s top stories: Apple’s iPhone 7 event,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple officially scheduled its iPhone 7 event for next Wednesday, September the 7th, as yet more details of the device and a second-gen Apple Watch 2 leaked this week. Head below for these and more of our top shared stories:

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08:00
Sacking Jack May Anger iPhone Headphone Fans


Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently said removing the headphone jack in the next version of the iPhone is going to "tick off a lot of people." It's been rumored for months that Apple would be scrapping the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 expected next week. Such a move could upset users who have invested in listening technology that uses the jack, Wozniak said. Ditching the headphone jack could be the prelude to another rumored new product: Bluetooth earbuds based on a very-low-powered radio chip developed exclusively by Apple.

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08:00
Six futuristic phone designs

By Cat DiStasio

Cell phone technology continues moving forward year after year, but many of the developments are incremental—a better camera, more storage space, or a faster processor. Those are just the improvements that make it to the mass m...

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07:09
Samsung's biggest challenge at IFA is keeping...

Samsung has a huge presence at IFA. Its booth takes up an entire floor in City Cube, the newest and shiniest exhibition hall at the Messe Berlin. The company's show area is so big, it's in its own separate building. Samsung also held not one but two...

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07:03
iPad Air 2 goes out of stock at major distributors...

We have received a tipoff that major distribution channels for resellers have run out of iPad Air 2 supply, ahead of the iPhone 7 event next week on Wednesday. This means that resellers are running dry of iPad Air 2 units to sell onto customers. This is usually indicate of an upcoming refresh.  As shown from the screenshots, new stock of iPad Air 2 is estimated far beyond the September 7th date of the Apple event, which would suggest that Apple is changing up the iPad lineup in the next couple of weeks.

However, this doesn’t really make sense with other reports that been swirling. We haven’t heard anything about Apple readying new iPads for launch this year. The latest report from KGI on the matter said to not expect an iPad refresh until 2017 …

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06:30
ICYMI: Sorting crops with artificial intelligence

Today on In Case You Missed It: Google's Tensor Flow machine learning technology helped create a device to sort through massive amounts of cucumbers at a farm in Japan, sorting the vegetables by quality grade so that humans don't have to do it ma...

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05:30
DEVONthink 2.9.4

Brings a number of sync-related reliability improvements to the personal information manager. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new)

 

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05:00
The best 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'...

Sphero's BB-8 quickly became the most sought-after Star Wars toy when it was revealed last year. Now, the company is introducing a "Battle-worn" edition of the droid at IFA 2016, featuring a murky appearance that makes it further resemble the charact...

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04:47
KGI: iPhone 7 to feature 2.4GHz A10 chip, IPX7...

A weekend report from KGI is shining some last minute details on the iPhone 7. As well as reaffirming everything we’ve already heard, such as the design resembling the iPhone 6s with tweaked antenna lines, the report includes some specific details about certain changes.

KGI says that the iPhone 7 will include the new Apple A10 SoC, which will be CPU clocked at up to 2.4GHz, a dramatic increase over the existing A9 silicon. The iPhone 7 will also come in two new color options which KGI describes as “dark black” and glossy “piano black”, replacing space grey. There are also changes to the speaker system, Force Touch sensors, waterproofing and more. Many details after the jump, including an explanation of what the iPhone 7 dual-camera system comprises …

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple Sept. 7 iPhone event,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Sept. 2, 2016

Apple on Thursday released security updates for El Capitan, Yosemite, and Safari. If you haven’t updated, go get them now, and then come back here to read the important Apple headlines of the week. Just click the link to get more information.

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01:36
This week on AI: 'See you on Sept. 7,'...

The "iPhone 7" unveiling date was finally made official by Apple this week, but talk persisted about 'exploding' Samsung phones, and an epic EU $14.5 billion tax edict that may have to be paid to a mostly unwilling Ireland.

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Friday September 2

23:42
A tiny space pebble just put a huge dent in an ESA...

The European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite has new 40cm dent on one of its solar wings -- and it was caused by a tiny millimetre-size piece of space debris. The impact was discovered with the Sentinal-1A reported a slight power redu...

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23:18
Apple Music subscribers on iOS 10 & macOS Sierra...

Just days away from Apple’s September 7th iPhone event, users are beginning to see personalized music mixes appear within Apple Music. Originally shown on stage at the this year’s WWDC by Bozoma Saint John, Apple Music subscribers on iOS 10 and macOS will soon be able to listen to music playlists custom tailored to their tastes and interests.

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20:52
'Firewatch' comes to Xbox One on September...

Campo Santo's wilderness mystery Firewatch became an instant indie classic when it was released back in February, but only on PC and PS4. The San Francisco-based studio is fixing that gap in its game's playerbase with an Xbox One launch on September...

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20:32
Apple Music's curated music discovery feature...

Apple on Friday activated "My New Music Mix" for iOS 10 beta testers, an upcoming Apple Music feature that suggests curated tunes based on previously played music.

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20:00
[Sponsor] FilmTouch

If you’re in the film industry and you receive callsheets, go get the FilmTouch iPhone app. It’ll change your life; sort of.

If you’re not in the film industry, take care of that first before you get the app.

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19:56
This mummy's skull was recreated via 3D printer

Using a mummified head found in the collections of the University of Melbourne, scientists were able to reconstruct the skull of a deceased 25-year-old woman from via 3D printer.

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18:51
Apple, others offer support in Microsoft fight to...

Microsoft on Friday received the backing of Apple and other major technology, media and pharmaceutical companies in its legal fight to dislodge laws preventing it from informing customers of government requests for user data.

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18:48
Pokémon Go is getting a buddy system

Despite its initial success, Pokémon Go has been struggling to maintain its popularity. The game's active users have shrunk by more than 10 million from its mid-July peak, which makes keeping the remaining players engaged that much more import...

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17:51
Google's Project Muze creates unwearable...

Google shouldn't enter the fashion business any time soon, if the partnership between Berlin-based Zalando and Google is any indication.

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17:10
Clinton's First Email Server Was a Power Mac...

An anonymous reader shares with us an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: As she was being confirmed as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton contacted Colin Powell to ask him about his use of a Blackberry while in the same role. According to a Federal Bureau of Investigations memorandum published today (PDF), Powell warned Clinton that if it became public that she was using a Blackberry to "do business," her e-mails would be treated as "official" record and be subject to the law. "Be very careful," Powell said according to the FBI. "I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data." Perhaps Clinton's troubles began when she switched from a Blackberry-hosted e-mail account to an account on her Clintonemail.com domain -- a domain hosted on an Apple Power Mac "G4 or G5" tower running in the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York residence. The switch to the Power Mac as a server occurred the same month she exchanged messages with Powell. The Power Mac,...

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16:54
Adorable robots help travellers at Tokyo's...

Getting lost in an international airport is never fun -- but if you're lost in Japan's Haneda this month, you'll at least be able get help from an adorable talking robot. From now until the 14th, Hitachi is testing its EMIEW3 humanoid robot in the ai...

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16:32
Apple posts promoted-only tweet teasing Sept. 7 event

In what is thought to be the first public interaction to originate from Apple's official corporate Twitter account, the company on Friday posted a promoted-only tweet inviting users to tune in for next week's special event.

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15:57
Hackers temporarily reactivate suspended Twitter...

When Twitter takes an offensive account offlinen it usually stays down for good, but a hacking group now claims that it's discovered a way to reactivate and take control over inactive and suspended accounts. A group called "Spain Squad" briefly react...

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15:12
External Link: Full Scale of Dropbox Hack Revealed

File sharing service Dropbox is warning users who created accounts before 2012 to change their passwords, due to a breach that occurred that year. (Obviously, if you've already changed your password, there's no need to do so again willy-nilly.) Dropbox previously disclosed the attack, but the full scope of the breach has only recently become known: 5 GB of documents containing email addresses and hashed passwords for over 68 million users. If you used a high-quality password and didn't reuse it on other sites, there is little cause for alarm, thanks to Dropbox’s strong password hashing, but you should change your password if prompted.

 

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15:09
Samsung explains how the US Galaxy Note 7 recall...

It's been less than 24 hours since Samsung announced its worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7, and owners are probably wondering exactly what's next. The major US carriers have already provided information on what they will do for customers (AT&...

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14:56
Next 'Call of Duty' lets you craft guns...

Activision is raising the bar for its annual miniconvention celebrating its Call of Duty shooter franchise, Call of Duty XP. This year's has panels, eSports championships and performances by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, but the real attention is on ne...

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14:45
The Public Access Weekly: Spiders in space

Next week is going to be a big, big deal with an Apple event and a Sony event on Sept.7th which is going to make for a pretty brutal four-day work week around here. While we're busy prepping for that, don't miss all the #IFA2016 action from our edi...

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14:33
Decluttr expects iPhone trade-ins to peak this week

Recommerce site Decluttr.com says it’s experienced a surge in iPhone 6 trade-ins as consumers anticipate the launch of Apple’s “iPhone 7” next week. The company is reporting a 73% boost in the past month alone, and is predicting an influx of the iPhone 6 and 6s models will be traded-in following Apple’s press conference scheduled for Sept. 7.

The site, which offers cash for unwanted smart phones, DVDs, CDs, video games and electronics, believes the increase comes from consumers’ desire to make additional cash to purchase the upcoming iPhone. Data from Decluttr has shown that once a new Apple model is announced, the predecessor can lose up to 12% of its value the week after the announcement, so consumers frequently act fast to get the highest trade-in value. Typically, smart phones can lose up to 65% of their value after just a month of being released...

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14:31
This is how much an exploit merchant charges to...

NSO Group, the exploit seller recently linked to a potential activist hack, charges just $650,000 to hack a group of 10 iPhones or Android devices, along with a $500,000 setup fee, the New York Times reports. For that cash outlay you'll get complete...

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14:29
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 2, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Media Luna has rolled out Gio - The Rolling Ball Game 1.0. In the $1.99 game, players roll the ball over the correct colored cubes to build a path in order to move ahead. Roll the wrong way, and it's time to start over.

 

Motomo has introduced WoofLinks 1.0. The free app is actually four apps in one: a walk tracker, a connections list, a friend finder, and an instant messenger. WoofLinks has a "WoofDar" tab, sort of like a radar that lets users see what kinds of dogs are currently in a specific area, such as a park or beach, and more.

Apimac has...

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14:27
AWT News Update: September 2, 2016

Just a reminder -- due to the US Labor Day weekend, the next AWT News Update episode will appear on Tuesday, September 6. 

  • Some rather bogus looking "iPhone 7 boxes" from Hungary and Russia show that the devices come with wireless AirPods, but we'll just wait and see. Earlier bogus boxes showed them coming with "EarPods with Lightning Connector".
  • Just in time for the "iPhone 7" announcement, we're starting to hear rumors about the "iPhone 8" or "10th Anniversary iPhone". The big feature? An iris scanner for authentication.
  • Apple's Twitter account may have been finally activated after being set up in 2011, just for the purpose of either live-tweeting or live streaming the event next Wednesday.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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14:18
Google officially ends its Project Ara modular phone...

Google has shut down its modular smartphone initiative, Project Ara, a spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat today. This follows an earlier report from Reuters that claimed Google was finished with Project Ara. We've reached out to Google for confirm...

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13:51
Brave browser lets you tip your favorite sites in...

Brave, the browser meant to block ads and trackers by design, has launched what might be a fairly controversial service: the ability to tip websites via bitcoin.

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13:30
iFinance 4.1

Brings a number of improvements and enhancements to the financial management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 24.4 MB)

 

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13:26
Lindsay Lohan's 'GTA V' suit against...

After a lengthy legal battle against Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar Games' parent company, Lindsay Lohan's case has been dismissed.

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13:17
Google's Snapseed photo editing app for iOS...

I've been pretty happy with Google's free Snapseed photo editing app for iOS, and today's update to version 2.9 just made me a lot happier. The company added non-destructive RAW support for those who want to edit images from their DSLRs, a new tool for editing faces, and more.

The face editing tool is pretty amazing, adding more clarity to eyes and smoothing skin to an adjustable set of levels. It's really well done -- take a somewhat stark looking portrait and run it through the Face tool, and it's like the subject was given a pro makeup job before the photo was taken. Pores and wrinkles are less obvious, and the entire face looks much smoother.

A new Text tool offers a way to add text and "bubbles" to your photos, all with various opacities, colors, typefaces, and location. There's even a way to invert the text, making the photo show "through" it. 

The sample photos below...

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13:00
Amazon Alexa support coming to LG's SmartThinQ...

When LG launched its SmartThinQ hub at CES this year, you couldn't help but notice that it was a dead ringer for Amazon's Echo but, well, dumber. That's because the device could play music and control LG SmartThinQ appliances, but wouldn't obey your...

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12:40
The first Xbox 'Play Anywhere' games are...

Through much of 2016, Microsoft has been working on an initiative to make your game library work across multiple devices, be it the current Xbox One, future consoles (like Project Scorpio) or a Windows 10 PC. As such, the company has a program called...

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12:20
Microsoft fixes Anniversary Update's login...

Windows 10 users had many good reasons to install the Anniversary Update at the beginning of August, even if most changes were incremental. Less loved were the handful of serious bugs that came with it, from breaking webcams to systemwide crashes whe...

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12:00
Should we be worried about election hacking?

When you know you're gonna lose, one surefire way to cast doubt on your loss is to say the whole thing was a setup.

That's exactly what Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did when he found out that he was trailing Democratic nominee Hillar...

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11:52
Apple Watch is almost completely sold out ahead of...

We noted last month that Apple Watch inventory was shrinking ahead of Apple’s expected fall event, and now it appears that almost all stainless steel Apple Watch models are sold out online and in limited supply in stores. Only one version of the steel Apple Watch is available to order online, and seven of the aluminum Apple Watch Sport models are sold out as well. This could mean a few things for Apple Watch 2 news at Apple’s September 7 ‘iPhone 7’ event.

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11:40
Clueless Georgia official placed on election...

When it comes to US government officials who might know a thing or two about cybersecurity, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp doesn't rank highly. He was behind a massive private data leak that affected millions of that state's citizens, which in...

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11:35
Announcing the winner of the Drobo 5Dt giveaway

May I have the envelope, please...

The winner of our Team AWT Drobo 5Dt giveaway for one of the mass storage devices and five 2TB drives to go in it is one of our new Team AWT members, Ken Rohland of Lebanon, Pennsylvania! Congratulations, Ken, and thank you for supporting Team AWT.

As you can imagine, Ken was pretty ecstatic about his win when we told him earlier today. He said "Oh, wow! I can't believe this! I've been looking at Drobos for years and never took the plunge...Do you want a video of me jumping up & down right now?

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11:20
What we expect from Apple's big iPhone event

Apple is holding a big press event next week, and it's a pretty safe assumption at this point that we're getting a new iPhone. We're not expecting a radical reimagining of the device, but there might be a few surprises here (like no headphone jack!)...

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11:19
Assortment of Steve Jobs's personal property...

An online auction has started containing a large amount of Apple founder Steve Jobs' personal effects, including a leather jacket worn in a famous picture taken underneath the IBM logo.

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11:00
IFA 2016 day zero: Selfie-phones and barista robots

We're edging ever closer to the official start of IFA 2016 (that's today as you read this), but the pre-show events continue. Huawei, ZTE and others brought new phones, and Sony showed its hand -- even if some of that was familiar. There was also a s...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Kids' stuff

For the kids

This week’s roundup includes apps that help kids do math, read, and even build stuff. Can we build it? Yes we can! Read on!

Bob the Builder: Build City

Bob the Builder: Build City ($3) lets your child choose from multiple vehicles to build landmarks, construct buildings, and fix the roads. Kids can use their imaginations—and there are no in-app purchases for parents to worry about.

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10:49
'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered'...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will eventually include all 16 default multiplayer maps from the original game, Activision announced during a livestream at the Call of Duty XP fan event in Los Angeles. The game will launch with 10 "fan favori...

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10:40
Read the FBI's Clinton Investigation documents...

The FBI released documents today about its investigation into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a home email server during her time as Secretary of State. After the investigation, the Department of Justice decided not to file charges. C...

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10:25
Alcatel's new budget smartwatch is designed for...

A few years back, Alcatel surprised plenty of people by announcing its own smartwatch, the originally-named, uh, Watch. Now, the company has arrived at IFA 2016 with the follow up, that takes much of the same technology but puts it in far nicer cloth...

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10:16
Hey, Apple: It’s time to rethink iCloud

iCloud is a great idea – in theory. In practice, there are far too many issues for far too many people.

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10:14
About the security content of Security Update 2016-...

This is another of those DO IT NOW! security updates.

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10:11
What to expect at Apple’s iPhone 7 & Apple Watch...

Now less than a week away from Apple’s ‘See you on the 7th’ iPhone 7 event, there’s a lot we know about the device and other product announcements Apple has planned for next week. A dual-camera system for iPhone, a new and improved Apple Watch 2 with GPS, new wireless headphones, and much more. Here’s what we expect to see at Apple’s iPhone event next week… more…

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10:10
Google updates Snapseed photo app for iOS w/ RAW...

Snapseed is my favorite iOS photo editing tool. It’s remarkably powerful yet still very easy to use.

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10:09
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