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Thursday September 1

05:00
Apple uses Turi acquisition resources to expand...

There’s a reason Apple buys companies from time to time.

Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products.

Apple confirmed tat the company had acquired Turi earlier in August, stating that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” albeit without providing details.

Apple has apparently started expanding the team acquired by the acquisition and is bringing in new application developers as well as data scientists into Turi’s Seattle location, where the company is based.

The new machine learning division will work alongside Apple’s product teams to...

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04:30
The M38 mini USB flash drive has promise, but still...

Overall, I like OLALA’s M38, a mini metal USB flash drive for use with the iPhone and iPad. However, I don't love it — and I wanted to love it.

The M38 lets you expand your iDevice’s memory with external storage and comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models (I’m using the latter). The OLALA drive plugs into your iPhone or iPad via the Lightning port. The M38’s Lightning plug can be retracted into the device’s body and an USB plug pops out the other side. This makes it easy to transfer data between an iOS gadget and a Mac, Windows or Linux system.

Or at least it should make it easy. My biggest gripe with the M38 is that you have to remove your iPhone or iPad’s case to plug it in, which is extremely inconvenient. 

The M38 takes advantage of OLALA’s iDisk Me software, which is a free download the Apple App Store. However, I didn’t find the app — which allows you to transfer, view and share documents, images,...

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04:15
Sony has Bose and its Quiet Comfort noise-cancelling...

Coming soon from Sony: New wireless and wired headphones, an audiophile headphone amp, and a gold-plated Walkman machined from solid copper.

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04:10
Tim Cook liquidates $65M of his AAPL stock, still...

SEC filings reveal that Apple CEO Tim Cook has sold a little over 600,000 of his AAPL shares over the past couple of weeks, netting him approximately $65M. He continues to hold more than a million shares worth some $110M.

The sell-off represents a substantial chunk of the stock bonuses he received last week as he reached his fifth anniversary as CEO …

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04:00
How to teach Maps (and Siri) where your home address...

You can teach Maps on iOS and Mac OS X, and Siri on iOS, to recognize your home address. Here’s how:

  • Open up Maps.
  • Tap on the arrow icon in the lower left side of the screen.
  • When your current location is show, tap on the arrow to the right.
  • On the info page in the lower left, tap Add to Contacts.
  • Choose Existing Contact.
  • Pick your iCloud Contact card.
  • Assign a location tag — for example, “Home.”

Now you can issue Siri commands involving Home and she (Siri is a she, right?) will know the location you mean. You can do the same with your work address and other locations.

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03:29
Tim Cook responds to tax ruling in Irish press: it...

Earlier in the week, Apple was hit by a European Commission ruling to the tune of 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland. Apple immediately refuted any wrongdoing and has already said the Irish government will appeal. Apple CEO Tim Cook has continued this tirade today in the Irish press, with a newspaper column in the Independent and a rare radio interview (with RTE’s Paschal Sheehy).

Cook does not hold back on his language. He says the 0.005% effective tax rate bandied about by the Commission is false and “total political crap”. He...

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03:00
The best calendar apps for iPhone and iPad

In the age of the iPhone, the art of managing a calendar is so efficient  that we barely have to spend any time thinking about it. Like a high-priced personal assistant, our calendars work even when we’re not staying on top of them, dutifully pulling dates from emails and messages, and making sure we never forget a friend’s birthday. The smart, sophisticated iOS interface has turned calendar-keeping from an active, urgent responsibility into a passive one, and pretty much everyone who owns an iPhone now partakes in some form of day planning.

The best iOS calendars in the field don’t just look great, they offer their own unique concepts, distinguishing themselves by how they handle and present our data. Whether it’s event input, intelligence, social integration, or notifications, calendar app makers have added a wealth of features and functionality to the stock iOS calendar, to the point where Apple has even begun to borrow popular features just to keep up. 

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01:52
Comment: Reactions to Irish tax ruling reveal divide...

I expressed surprise on Monday that Tim Cook would write what I described as a ‘tone-deaf’ open letter on the Irish tax ruling, and it’s been fascinating to see the responses.

In particular, I think there’s a significant difference in perceptions of this issue between Americans and Europeans. This difference does, I think, explain why Cook made what seemed to me to be a strategic error.

My surprise was that he focused exclusively on arguing that Apple was obeying the law, doing nothing that other large companies don’t do – and the unfairness...

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00:29
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls EU tax ruling 'total...

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the European Commission's recent ruling that left his company saddled with a 13 billion ($14.5 billion) tax bill "total political crap" in an interview published Thursday, suggesting Apple was targeted in the European Union probe.

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Wednesday August 31

21:01
Sphero's Force Band, battle-worn BB-8 arrive on...

Sphero is ready to start selling Force Bands -- wristwatch-like devices that will give you a way to control its BB-8 droids with a wave of the hand -- and they sure look much better than the toy-like demo unit we tested at CES. Besides being able to...

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21:01
HP's Elite Slice is a modular PC that actually...

I think HP's completely sick of making traditional-looking desktops and is out to make them look like anything but. In addition to a PC that looks like it was shoved inside a Bang & Olufsen speaker, the computer maker also released the Elite Slic...

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21:01
Korg adds drums to its line of tiny Volca synths

Korg continues to expand its Volca series of sub-$200 synths. Today it announced the Volca Kick, a drum machine with a 16 step sequencer and analog oscillator. To keep it all in the family, it links up to the rest of the Volca line and minilogue, ele...

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18:57
Google updates Snapseed photo app for iOS w/ RAW...

Google today has updated its Snapseed photo editing app for iOS with a handful of new features and improvements. The update bumps the app to version 2.9 and brings a new face editing tool, RAW support, and more.

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18:13
NFL without cable: A cord cutter’s guide for the...

Watching sports without a big cable TV bundle has gotten a lot easier in the last year; NFL games are no exception.

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17:35
Dropbox confirms exposure of 68M account credentials...

Dropbox has confirmed reports claiming a data breach in 2012 disclosed the credentials of more than 68 million accounts, but notes an internal investigation uncovered no indication of improper account access.

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16:13
Tim Cook sells off another $29M in Apple stock

One week after receiving a windfall of restricted stock units -- and cashing in a chunk for a $35.8 million payday -- Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday sold another batch of his sizable stock cache worth nearly $29 million.

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16:07
Steve Jobs was working on a TV set

Instead, Jobs was going to focus his energy on one very specific, secret project: Apple’s reinvention of TV — including the TV set itself.

Walt Mossberg, Recode’s editor at large and an executive editor at the Verge, says Jobs called him on the night he announced he was formally handing over control of his company to Tim Cook, and told him about his TV ambitions.

“I think we figured out a way to do it, and it’s going to be fantastic,” Jobs told Mossberg, and invited him to see what he was working on.

Steve said that he had “cracked it” to his biographer. I wonder how much he shared with Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:12
Steve Jobs planned to concentrate on reinventing TV...

When Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO, he was going to focus his energy on one very specific, secret project: Apple’s reinvention of TV — including the TV set itself, according to Recode.

Walt Mossberg, Recode’s editor-at-large and an executive editor at the Verge, says Jobs called him on the night he announced he was formally handing over control of his company to Tim Cook, and told him about his TV ambitions. 

“I think we figured out a way to do it, and it’s going to be fantastic,” Jobs told Mossberg. “I want you to come out, in a few months, and I want to show it to you.’

However, Jobs died less than two months later. Mossberg says: “If you would have asked me five minutes after we hung up, I would have said he was going to reinvent the whole TV set. It would be Apple-esque, meaning it was high quality, and very easy to use. But he...

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14:59
A quick reference guide to Apple’s keynotes

I don’t know who put this site together but it’s brilliant. Ever gotten into a discussion or wondered when and where Apple announced a particular product or a service or where Apple made announcements? Well, wonder no more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:49
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 31, 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

Destruction Crew has rolled out Demolition Derby Multiplayer. In the free game, players can enjoy the total carnage of an arena mode or will go head to head with other players in one of the many racing events. The gameuses proprietary and Unity Multiplayer Technology for multiplayer matches.

Simply Learn Solutions has introduced Learn Japanese with LanGo 1.0.0. It’s a free travel phrasebook with over 1000 phrases recorded by native speakers. Users can memorize all the Japanese phrases using smart flashcards that are based on...

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14:36
Mossberg: Steve Jobs continued work on Apple...

Laying years of rumors to rest, veteran technology journalist Walt Mossberg this week confirmed knowledge of Apple's work on a full-fledged television set, saying Steve Jobs phoned him to discuss the project shortly before his death in 2011.

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14:32
Steve Jobs planned to continue to run a secret TV...

Apple has long been rumored to be developing an actual TV set, but to this day the company has instead focused its efforts on the Apple TV set-top box. A new report from Recode, however, details how Steve Jobs believed Apple finally thought of the perfect way to create a TV set two months before his death.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 31, 2016

Don't worry - it's just a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The last day of August brings just a few stories for the AWT News Update:

  • CBS announces a new "commercial-free" tier for All Access, although viewers will be treated to some ads anyway...
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is temporarily being withheld from specific markets due to exploding battery pack issues. We talk abut those issues and another problem with the flagship phone.
  • Tapbots delivers a public beta of its new Pastebot for Mac

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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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 31, 2016. Here are several of today’s Apple...

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13:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Document freedom with PDF...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us PDF Expert 2, a major update to Readdle’s popular PDF editing tool. Plus, a desktop-based Instagram client, the latest version of Parallels, Slice’s new browser extension that helps you find the best shopping deals, and much more. Read on!

AirMount

Tinker’s AirMount offers an easy way to move files between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac without having to rely on an Internet connection.

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13:31
Samsung announces Gear S3 iOS-compatible...

On Wednesday, Samsung updated its Tizen-based smartwatch offerings with the LTE-connected Gear S3 Frontier and wi-fi Gear S3 Classic, promisimg iOS compatibility for both at some point.

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13:16
T-Mobile Tweaks T-Mobile ONE Before Launch

In response to complaints about its new T-Mobile ONE plans, the (un)carrier is making some changes before launch.

 

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12:30
CBS All Access follows in Hulu's footsteps with...

CBS on Wednesday announced a new tier for its All Access streaming service, allowing people to watch TV shows without commercial interruptions -- in most cases.

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12:18
PSA: Samsung’s new Gear S3 smartwatches work with...

Earlier today Samsung revealed its latest generation of Tizen-based smartwatches, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier, and 9to5Google was on hand to test the device. While these two new devices don’t look much different compared to last year’s Gear S2 lineup, they do make some major improvements.

Obviously, the first thought with a Samsung wearable is that it is designed to go with their Andoid-based smartphones even though this one has LTE, GPS and a reported 4-day battery life.

But this time, they work with iOS…

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11:51
Tweetbot makers release Pastebot clipboard manager...

Tapbots, the makers of the popular Tweetbot Twitter client, have a new app for Mac available today called Pastebot. The Mac utility is a fully featured clipboard manager that lets you easily access recently copied items and save frequently pasted items.

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11:41
Alleged 'iPhone 7' packaging reaffirms...

With just a week to go before Apple's Sept. 7 event, yet another packaging insert claimed to be for the "iPhone 7" reveals a return to the 32-gigabyte capacity, and also reaffirms that a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter will be included in the box.

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11:30
Intel's Kaby Lake Chip Promises Deeper Internet...


Facing a shrinking market for personal computers and a stalled market for tablets, Intel on Tuesday unveiled its 7th-generation processors, code-named "Kaby Lake," which deliver more speed and power than its 6th-generation chipsets, while improving battery efficiency. Intel has positioned the new Kaby Lake chipsets as ideal for the immersive Internet. Their 14 nm+ technology delivers 12 percent increases in productivity and 19 percent faster Web performance, compared to year-ago processors.

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11:04
External Link: Tranmission Infected with Malware…...

Back in March 2016, we reported that version 2.90 of the Transmission BitTorrent client had been hacked to include the KeRanger ransomware. Though Transmission’s developers acted quickly to solve that problem, it has happened again. For less than 24 hours between August 28th and 29th, the distribution copy of Transmission 2.92 was infected with the OSX/Keydnap malware, so if you downloaded Transmission during that time, your Mac might be infected. Transmission’s developers once again resolved the problem quickly and posted instructions for eliminating OSX/Keydnap from an infected Mac, but anyone contemplating using Transmission should keep this risk in mind. Note too that several studies have identified a significant percentage of BitTorrent downloads as containing malware — stick to the well-lit parts of the Internet if you’re concerned about safety.

 

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10:51
External Link: Walt Mossberg Evaluates Tim Cook’s...

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg has taken a look at Apple under CEO Tim Cook, five years after Cook took the position. Overall, Mossberg praised Cook for guiding the company to new financial heights, refining its popular product lines, and retaining most of its senior talent. However, Mossberg deducts points for the fact that Apple under Cook has yet to introduce a game-changing product, though he admits that the Apple Watch might be that game-changer, saying that it took 3–4 years before the iPod took off. We’d also note that some of Apple’s biggest wins were actually low-hanging fruit — the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and MacBook Air all entered markets with radically inferior competition (the iPad didn’t have much to compete with in terms of tablets, but Steve Jobs set it against the entire netbook category). But there isn’t much low-hanging fruit left in the consumer electronics world.

 

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10:48
Samsung stops shipments of 'exploding'...

After multiple reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery exploding during charging, the company has delayed rollout of the new "phablet" in undisclosed markets for additional quality control testing.

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10:24
EU-imposed Apple Irish tax bill could exceed $21.2B...

A long appeal process over Apple's Ireland tax bill might have unintended consequences, with a governmental official who has opposed the ruling making claims that the tally will be closer to 19 billion euro ($21.2 billion) when the process concludes.

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10:10
∞ Our (un)reasonable expectations of Apple

Apple is in a very unique position in the tech industry in that expectations of the company are much higher than those of its competitors. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you heard someone talk about Dell or HP product releases with the exuberance that we talk about Apple. That also puts Apple in a tough position of meeting, what are sometimes, inflated expectations from Wall St. and consumers. […]

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10:05
Apple opens job positions for Turi 'machine...

Not long after confirming its takeover of artificial intelligence and machine learning firm Turi, Apple is already beginning to make related hirings, referring to the company as its "new machine learning division" in official listings.

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09:51
Apple wants to hire Seattle-based data scientists...

As noted by MacRumors.com, Apple is looking to hire data scientists and advanced app developers, based in Seattle, following its acquisition of Turi, a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.”

Here are the job summaries per the “Jobs at Apple” site: “Turi is the new machine learning division at Apple. We build tools that enable teams across Apple to develop machine learning solutions to power amazingly intelligent user experiences. We are looking for new energetic members to join our ML Applications team to collaborate with product teams on a variety of proof-of-...

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09:44
CBS adds commercial-free option to its ‘All Access’...

Whether you’re a cord-cutter or just want to watch CBS shows on-the-go without ads, the network has a new option worth checking out. CBS All Access, the broadcast channel’s streaming video service, is introducing a commercial-free option for subscribers. The new tier will come at a higher price, of course, and still include commercials during live broadcasts.

CBS All Access with ads goes for $5.99/month while the ad-free version will cost $4 more each month. The pricier $9.99/month plan enters Netflix territory, although CBS focuses on recently aired content. For comparison, Hulu’s ad-free tier (which includes broadcast network shows but not CBS) costs $11.99/month.

CBS All Access is available on a variety of devices including iPhone, iPad,...

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09:35
Misfit debuts Apple-exclusive Ray fitness tracker...

Wearable device maker Misfit on Wednesday unveiled new color options for its Shine 2 and Ray fitness trackers, the latter of which is slated to arrive at Apple's retail stores this fall in Apple-inspired colors.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12” iPad Pro (refurb) $600,...

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09:27
BMW adds Apple's CarPlay as $300 upgrade for...

People able to afford a BMW can now get Apple CarPlay on virtually any new model as a $300 upgrade option, according to the automaker's website.

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09:00
Trade-in time: Gazelle offering 45-day grace period...

In anticipation of Apple's iPhone 7 launch on Sept. 7th, Gazelle this week is offering up to $360 in cash for used iPhone trade-ins with an extended 45-day price lock that lets you hang on to those devices until Oct. 14th.

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08:59
Instagram 9.2 update brings pinch-to-zoom to photos...

On the heels of its recent Stories update, Facebook-owned Instagram has added low light improvements for photos and videos captured within the Stories interface. But even more notable is the fact that you can now use pinch-to-zoom on photos and videos in the feed, on profiles, and in the Explore tab. more…

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08:31
Apple transforms Turi into dedicated machine...

Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products, 9to5Mac has learned.

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08:30
Apple's new 2TB iCloud storage tier will give...

Just one week before Apple is expected to show off the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company launched a 2TB iCloud storage tier for $20 a month.

That’s a significant amount of space, but Apple is reportedly gearing up to add a 256GB option to its upcoming iPhone lineup. As 9to5Mac noted, Apple typically offers iCloud storage plans that are eight times the size of the iPhone’s internal storage options. The iPhone 6s tops out at 128GB, and the previous iCloud storage max was 1TB.

Does that confirm a 256GB iPhone? No. Apple has a 256GB iPad already, so maybe its cloud storage options are finally catching up with Pro-level usage. The new Desktop and Documents feature coming in macOS Sierra is poised to eat up tons of iCloud Drive space...

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08:20
Transmission Malware On Mac, Strike 2

New reader puenktli writes: Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first 'ransomware' ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client is again at the center of newly uncovered OS X malware. Researchers at security website We Live Security have discovered the malware, called OSX/Keydnap, was spread through a recompiled version of Transmission temporarily distributed through the client's official website. OSX/Keydnap executes itself in a similar manner as the previous Transmission ransomware KeRanger, by adding a malicious block of code to the main function of the app, according to the researchers. Likewise, they said a legitimate code signing key was used to sign the malicious Transmission app, different from the legitimate Transmission certificate, but still signed by Apple and thereby able to bypass Gatekeeper on OS X.


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08:17
DxO One iPhone camera gets new Wi-Fi modes, lens...

DxO on Wednesday announced new remote control and "Mobile Smart Lighting" features for its iPhone-connected DxO One camera, along with several accessories, such as a waterproof shell and a lens adapter.

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08:08
Snowman and The Game Band release game trailer for...

Snowman is the game studio that came out with the addictive and beautiful game "Alto's Adventure" a few years ago. Not a studio to rest on its laurels, Snowman and another game studio -- The Game Band --  are now hard at work on "Where Cards Fall," described as "A dreamlike journey through youthful uncertainty." While that description leaves a lot to the imagination -- which is a good thing -- the game trailer released yesterday certainly piqued my curiosity. 

Where Cards Fall is expected to arrive in 2017. In the meantime, you can enter a drawing for one of 25 custom Where Cards Fall t-shirts by signing up for a email newsletter about the game...

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07:50
Happy Hour Podcast 082 | iPhone 7 event expectations...

This week Benjamin and Zac detail upcoming emoji, Apple’s $15 billion tax problem, new home automation gear, iOS 9.3.5 and an App Store approved jailbreak app, and predictions for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 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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07:48
Latest rumor pegs secure iris scanner for Apple...

Rather than waiting until 2018, Apple could introduce eye-scanning technology to securely identify users next year, if a new supply chain rumor is to be believed.

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07:22
Irish lawmakers gearing up for $14.5B Apple tax bill...

While a prominent Irish businessman is decrying the $14.5 billion tax edict applied by the European Commission with strong language, members from Ireland's government have started the appeal discussion -- but the process may take more time than expected to garner sufficient support from a wide body of lawmakers.

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07:19
BMW now includes a $300 CarPlay option on almost all...

CarPlay has been a long time coming to BMW, but it now looks like the system is available as a $300 option across almost all models.

We saw back in May that it was on the way to the X5 and X6 M, and a month later the same option appeared for the M3 and M4, suggesting that BMW might have been reserving it for higher-end models. As of today, though, ‘Apple CarPlay Compatibility’ appears as an entertainment option across most of the range …

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07:11
Irish cabinet may get more time to decide on Apple’s...

Ireland's cabinet may be given more time to decide on whether to back the finance minister's recommendation that Dublin appeal the European Commission's ruling against its tax dealings with Apple, reports Reuters.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday he "disagreed profoundly" with the Commission's order that Apple should hand over to Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros ruled to be illegal state aid. He will seek approval for an appeal from the cabinet today.

Yesterday the European Commission ruled that Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014. The Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. 

The commission suspects Ireland was...

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07:05
A collection of lesser known iOS 10 features

David Chartier pulled together this list of important, but lesser known, features coming in iOS 10. Solid list.

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07:00
Griffin’s iTrip Clip lets you wirelessly connect any...

Griffin Technology has announced its iTrip Clip, a Bluetooth audio adapter that converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones. This could come in handy if the “iPhone 7” does indeed ditch the traditional audio jack as rumors claim. 

“iTrip Clip ensures users can continue using their favorite 3.5mm headphones, with no worries about if their new smartphone eliminated the headphone jack," said Andrew Biddle, Category Manager of Power at Griffin. “Not only can our iTrip Clip make any pair of headphones wireless, it also puts the convenience of a Bluetooth sound system into any car.”

The iTrip Clip connects wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.1. Connecting any headphones, earbuds or AUX cables to the compact, self-powered adapter lets users listen to music and video, or make calls, without cables. The iTrip Clip sports play, volume, and...

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06:58
Netflix renews Stranger Things for Season 2

[VIDEO] Variety:

Season 2 will debut in 2017 and will consist of 9 episodes, in comparison to the first season that spanned 8 episodes.

The news comes hardly as a surprise, as the supernatural drama has become arguably the buzziest series of the summer. Insiders tell Variety that work on the second season has already been underway for quite some time.

Really glad to see this.

Teaser trailer in the original Loop post.

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06:51
Collection of Apple TV remote tips and tricks worth...

My favorite tip:

Press the Home and Play/Pause buttons until the lights on Apple TV begin blinking. Let go and the system will reboot.

Solid list of tips, worth a scan.

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06:45
Peter Cohen: How to add Bluetooth to a car with a...

This is old school. But still, pretty interesting, and good to know if you’ve got a car with a cassette deck and no Bluetooth. Still plenty of those on the road.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:42
Rumor: Mirle’s curved glass chassis tech could be...

Mirle Automation, a Taiwanese firm, has developed equipment for making a 3D curved glass chassis, and has entered the supply chain for the 2017 iPhone series, according to a Commercial Times report.

The article says Mirle has obtained orders for the newly-developed equipment from Foxconn Technology and Lens Technology with shipments scheduled to kick off in the fourth quarter of 2016. Foxconn is one of Apple’s manufacturing partners.

Earlier this month the Japanese site, Nikkei (as noted by AppleInsider) claimed that Apple will debut three new iPhone models next year, presumably the “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 8 Plus,” as well as a third model that will sport a curved OLED screen similar to the Edge versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones....

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06:41
Apple’s little known secret to success

Tim Bajarin, writing for Tech.pinions:

One of the things that most consumers do not know about Apple is their supply chain and manufacturing is one of the best in the world. Tim Cook, when he was in charge of the chain, created one of the most efficient supply and manufacturing systems in the market. Cook managed this side of Apple’s business for over 10 years before he was elevated to the role of CEO. Even today he has an eagle eye on this part of their business and understands the supply chain better than any other CEO in the tech world today.

But what really makes Cook and Apple stand out is that, when they design hardware, they only marginally look at what type of equipment they will use to make this product. Creating a product that is great, easy to use, and extremely well designed is the first priority.

Once that is in place, they get serious about how they can manufacture the product in mass quantities and in the most cost-effective way. However, Apple...

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06:37
Monster’s lawsuit against Beats has gone very poorly

The Verge:

Monster’s claims that Beats Electronics fraudulently ended their relationship were dismissed in a Los Angeles Superior Court today, leaving Beats and Apple off the hook. The judge ruled that Beats was allowed to end their partnership, meaning its actions were not, as Monster and its CEO Noel Lee claimed, a “sham” designed to take control of their shared headphone line.

The case continues, but not in a way that Monster’s going to be happy about: Beats is now countersuing for attorneys’ fees, claiming its termination agreement with Monster should have prevented this lawsuit — or really any other lawsuit — from being filed in the first place. Apple declined to comment, and Monster attorney Philip Gregory did not return a request for comment.

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06:35
Using Siri to control 3rd party apps in iOS 10

Nathan Olivarez-Giles, writing for The Wall Street Journal:

You’re going to have a lot more to talk about with Siri this fall. In iOS 10, Apple Inc.’s upcoming iPhone and iPad operating system, you’ll be able to control third-party app functions using the company’s voice-activated assistant for the first time.

Among the first apps to yield to Siri are big names like WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Square Cash and Slack, along with lesser-known ones including Looklive and The Roll.

I’ve tried out Siri’s new abilities in demos with developers over the past few days. After getting an early look at a more capable Siri, it’s clear that this long-overdue feature is important to making Siri more useful in everyday life. Still, controlling third-party apps is merely a first step toward Siri living up to Apple’s promise as a new way to control our devices.

We are at the cusp of a new age, an age that will see Siri play an ever-increasing role in our lives. Adding...

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06:30
Station 1.0 is a new multilevel Dock for Mac OS X

True North Software has debuted Station 1.0, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders. 

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is increased through logical groupings, which helps increase the number of items that can be added to the app without having to shrink the launcher size. 

Related items can be grouped together into a single folder. For example, one folder can contain work related items and another folder gaming items. Station can also launch all the items in a launch fold simultaneously. The utility implements scrollbars when a launch panel exceeds the width or height of the screen. 

Station requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Mac App...

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06:28
Mirle readying equipment for curved glass chassis on...

Taiwanese firm Mirle Automation has developed forming machinery for curved glass chassis that should put it in the supply chain for Apple's 2017 iPhones, a report said on Wednesday.

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06:26
Apple debuts new 2TB iCloud storage option for $19....

Here’s a link to Apple’s updated iCloud storage pricing page. 2TB tiers added, across the board.

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06:23
Mossberg: The post-Jobs Apple has soared financially...

Mossberg:

Five years ago last week, the legendary Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO after an amazing 14-year run that took the technology company from the edge of disaster to the heights of glory. He personally selected his COO, Tim Cook, as the new CEO, and passed away six weeks later.

So, how has Apple changed in the first five years of the Tim Cook era? How is it different from the peak of the Jobs era?

The short answer is that the company has surged financially to heights Jobs likely never dreamed of. It has also refined its popular product line and retained most of its senior talent.

But Cook’s Apple has yet to produce the kind of new, game-changing product Jobs was famous for launching. Or, if it has, we don’t know it yet.

I think a better title for this article would have been, “Jobs’ metric of success is different than Cook’s metric of success. Both were critical.”

I think Walt Mossberg’s analysis is interesting, worth reading...

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06:06
Garmin’s new action camera can be used with iPhones...

Garmin has announced the VIRB Ultra 30, a waterproof action camera that can shoot Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps or take 12-megapixel photos. It can also be used with Mac compatible software.

The action camera gathers G-Metrix data to show how far, how high, and how fast your adventures take you. The VIRB Ultra 30’s features include voice control, a LCD color touchscreen, one-touch live streaming, 3-axis image stabilization, and more. 

The action camera accepts one microSD card and includes a high-sensitivity microphone that records even when the action camera is secured in the included waterproof case. The LCD color touchscreen was also designed to work in and out of the waterproof case to let users customize their settings and view what’s being recorded. The waterproof case also sports a water-repellant, anti-glare coated lens to capture crystal clear video in water environments and more.

The free Garmin VIRB...

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Your last chance to enter the Team AWT drawing for a...

At midnight Pacific Time tonight, entries close for the Team AWT drawing for a Drobo 5Dt Thunderbolt 2 storage device and five 2TB drives to go in it (value estimated at almost $1,200). To be eligible to enter and possibly win, you must be a member of Team AWT, our premium subscription service. For more information on the benefits provided by Team AWT, please check out this page.

Once you're a member of Team AWT, you can head over to this online entry form to officially enter the giveaway. We'll announce the winner in the next few days!

If you're curious about what the Drobo 5Dt is all about, we did a full review of it and were very impressed with the speed, expandability, and ease of use of the device. With the five...

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06:00
Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-...

Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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05:48
Leaked photo hints at Lightning EarPods, Lightning...

The Lightning port replacement for the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack rumor might have just been corroborated along with the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” name.

A leaked image of a purported packaging insert for Apple’s upcoming new phone. If the photo is to be believed, Apple will indeed be calling its larger new phone the ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, with the ‘iPhone 7’ name being taken by the 4.7 inch sibling.

The photo also indicates that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods in the box with every iPhone 7, as a consequence of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. The leak suggests Apple will also be including a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adaptor as a bundled accessory.

A number of users were expecting Apple to...

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05:31
B&O announces two new AirPlay speakers with 360-...

Bang & Olufsen has announced two new wireless speakers, featuring a conical design and 360-degree sound projection. Both speakers support Apple’s AirPlay – as well as Google Cast, DNLA and plain old Bluetooth – and are compatible with the company’s BeoLink system for multi-room setups.

B&O has a reputation for great aesthetics and hi-tech features as well as fantastic sound, and Engadget reports that you won’t be disappointed on this score …

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05:30
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible...

olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.

The Pivot is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro. The ergonomic design results in a more natural feel in the hand and features passive stabilization, minimizing camera shake in video, according to Patrick O’Neill, olloclip founder. 

You can connect your smartphone or favorite camera through the included universal clamp or 1/4-20 tripod mount.  Or use the GoPro adapter to connect your GoPro. The integrated cold shoe mount also allows for lightweight accessories such as a light or microphone to be attached.

Owners of olloclip’s Studio case can connect to Pivot using...

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05:30
Daily Deal: One year of SelectTV for $19

Thinking about cutting the cable or simply having more access to shows and movies that you currently do? Either of those is a great goal, and you're going to want to have SelectTV as a streaming source. Why? SelectTV has the world's largest entertainment library, putting Hulu and Netflix to shame. Today's Apple World Today deal is a one year subscription to SelectTV for the paltry sum of $19.

Your $19 subscription will let you:

  • Access a massive library of TV shows, movies, live channels, radio stations & more from over 150 countries
  • Watch 10,000 movies & 250,000 TV episodes absolutely free, & unlimited video on demand from any device
  • Enjoy over 1,000 curated channels, w/ latest episodes from top networks, as well as classic TV from the...
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05:23
Purported 'iPhone 7 Plus' packaging shows...

An insert claimed to be for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7 Plus" would --?if legitimate -- not only confirm the product's name, but also reveal that it will come with a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter in the box.

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05:15
Corning announces “Gorilla Glass SR+” product for...

Back in 2015, Corning announced that it was working on “Project Phire”, a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire. On tuesday, the company announced that the result of that project is ready to launch.

Now called “Gorilla Glass SR+,” Corning’s latest product is a composite material for wearable devices. It’s been designed to cut down on visible scratches while continuing to deliver all of the features of the original Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass SR+ apparently offers scratch resistance similar to sapphire with 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection. Corning says these optical improvements enable better battery life and improved outdoor readability.

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05:02
Dropbox made you change your password because 68...

Dropbox’s move last week to ask users who had signed up before mid-2012 to change their account passwords followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

The online storage company confirmed late Tuesday reports that 68 million user email addresses and hashed and salted passwords from an incident in 2012 had been compromised.

Dropbox said that the password reset the company completed last week covered all of the affected users so that the Dropbox accounts are protected.

Last week, the company asked users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since then, describing it as a preventive measure and not because there was any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed.

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Transmission BitTorrent client found to be spreading...

The malware beast raises its head once again.

Transmission, a popular BitTorrent client, has been discovered to once again be distributing Mac-based malware under version 2.92, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware.

Researchers at security firm ESET have been following a malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site.

As of now, a version of Transmission containing the malware is in the wild according to ESET.

Fortunately, Transmission has already removed the download, but users who downloaded the client between this past Sunday and Monday should check for signs that their Mac has been comprised.

In addition to stealing credentials, the...

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Camera Guard for Mac OS X blocks webcam and...

ProtectStar has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you. 

When Camera Guard is installed, a single click secures the camera and microphone. This safety tool then on reports all applications and processes that try to gain access to the camera and microphone. The user then decides if they wish to allow access. All accesses and warnings are protocoled in a log file. 

The personal settings of the Camera Guard are also protected by a PIN number. It’s equipped with special hacker protection in order to prevent the software itself from being manipulated.

Camera Guard Professional 2016 requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher. It normally costs $29.90, but is being offered for $19.90 in the first week of launch. There’s also a free version of Camera Guard available...

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05:00
Zen's Place in the Computing World


AMD, which has been clawing its way out of the doldrums, recently showcased its octacore, 16-thread Summit Ridge desktop processor featuring its Zen core in a performance match-up against Intel's octacore Broadwell-E Core i7-6900K CPU. The two similarly configured processors were locked at 3 GHz for the test, in which they ran the multithreaded Blender rendering application, in a demo presented earlier this month in San Francisco. AMD's Summit Ridge outperformed the Intel processor.

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04:30
Online purchases via Apple Pay and Android Pay to...

New findings from Juniper Research claim that the value of digital and physical goods purchased through mobile “OS-Pay” platforms will increase by fifteen times in the next two years.

A combination of in-app purchases and website retail payments is projected to drive annual spend via Apple Pay and Android Pay to $8 billion in 2018, up from $540 million this year, according to the research group. The new Juniper study found that the integration of OS-Pay into apps will prove to be a “no brainer” for developers looking to reduce buyer friction, where password entry on smartphones remains cumbersome. 

Staples, for example, has already reported that over 30% of its iOS app users make in-app purchases through Apple Pay. Meanwhile, despite the continued contraction of the consumer tablet market, more than 85% of remote goods...

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04:07
Court rejects Monster founder’s claim that Beats...

AP reports that an LA judge has dismissed a claim by Monster founder and former Beats shareholder that the company tricked him out of his share of the company prior to its acquisition by Apple. Noel Lee had claimed that double-dealing and misrepresentation by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine cost him a between $30M and $150M.

Lee filed the lawsuit back in January of 2015, making two main claims against Beats. The first alleged that the company entered a ‘sham’ deal with a smartphone maker, selling 51% of the company to HTC before later buying it back. The sale triggered a clause in the contract that ended the partnership between Beats and Monster …

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04:00
Ideally is a good Mac app with even more potential

I always have a soft spot in my reviewer's heart for "one trick ponies." Sometimes all I need from an app is one, single function. And for it to do it very well and simply, so that I can move on with my work.

But now OTPs are crowding the market. Plus, some bigger apps have rolled several (or many) OTPs into their apps (a corral of OTPs?). This can make for a bloated desktop and Menu Bar.

That brings us to Ideally for Mac OS X, which offers a fast way to make notes and keep notes' related files in one place.

The app is easy to use. Hotkeys, swipe gestures, animations, 'Drag&Drop' help you navigate between views that look like a notepad. Everything's right at your fingertips in your menu bar. 

Ideally also allows you to zip, email, preview files right inside the app, which is great, as there's no need to bounce between desktop or file system."

The app is designed, for want of a better analogy, to be a notes app with “roid rage.” Ideally has two...

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03:47
Leaked ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ packaging indicates Lightning...

An interesting image is making the rounds today: a photograph of a purported packaging insert for Apple’s upcoming new phone. If the photo is to be believed, Apple will indeed be calling its larger new phone the ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, with the ‘iPhone 7’ name being taken by the 4.7 inch sibling.

It also indicates that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods in the box with every iPhone 7, as a consequence of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. More interestingly, the leak suggests Apple will also be including a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adaptor as a bundled accessory.

Full photo of the pamphlet after the jump …

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from August 2016

August's Mac games

Summer is coming to an end, and autumn will soon be upon us—which could mean less fun in the sun, and more fun in front of your Mac. Luckily, there’s always something new to play in the world of Mac gaming, and we’ve got a fresh batch of recent releases worth checking out. 

Thrilling action-adventure game Shadow Complex Remastered and space strategy affair Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars are perhaps the biggest Mac releases of August, but don’t overlook compelling indie gems like Reigns, Metrico+, and Pan-Pan in the bunch. Just flip through the slides ahead to find out more about August’s most enticing Mac games, and nothing grabs your interest, then maybe July’s top releases will fill that void.

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03:00
Exploring a Loophole in Slack’s Team Privacy

Personal messages in Slack are confidential within Slack, but a team owner or admin can reset access via email or by changing the associated email address. Some other hosted services may have a similar weakness, so you should always be aware of your employer’s policies regarding private communications using company hardware or services.

 

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20:22
Judge tosses key claims in Monster lawsuit against...

A California superior court judge on Monday threw out key claims in a lawsuit alleging Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre swindled audio company Monster out of its investment in the Beats by Dre headphone brand just prior to Apple's acquisition in 2014.

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18:29
'TowerFall' ups the mayhem with eight-...

The developers behind TowerFall are working on more than just a game about climbing a mountain. That's right: Matt Thorson has also released an official mod that brings support for up to eight players to the charming, retro (and possibly violent, dep...

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18:07
Early demo of Siri third-party app integration find...

Ahead of an expected iOS 10 launch in September, The Wall Street Journal was able to test out Siri's ability to integrate with third-party apps, finding the feature a useful and perhaps necessary next step in the virtual assistant's evolution.

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17:50
Apple's iPad an effective sedative for children...

A research study presented Tuesday claims that iPads are just as effective as medicinal sedatives for reducing pre-surgical anxiety from nervousness about the procedure compounded by parental separation on children between ages 4 and 10.

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17:42
Washington Post open-sources its 'Trump...

Last week, after the Washington Post published its new Trump Revealed biography, the Republican Nominee was quick to give the book a harsh, "Don't buy, boring!" review. While Trump may believe the reporting in the book is inaccurate, the Post decided...

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17:31
Dropbox hack released details of more than 68M...

Dropbox recently notified users of a potential forced password reset after its security team discovered a batch of account credentials believed to have been obtained from a known 2012 data breach. While the initial announcement failed to specify the exact number of impacted users, a report on Tuesday puts the number at well over 68 million.

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16:57
Court tosses federal lawsuit over AT&T's...

The FCC may be having some success hauling AT&T out on the carpet for throttling unlimited data plans without clear warnings to customers, but the FTC isn't so lucky. A Ninth Circuit appeals court has tossed out the FTC's lawsuit against AT&...

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16:35
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass SR+ offering for...

Just a month after introducing Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones, Corning today has introduced Gorilla Glass SR+, its new cover glass for smartwatches. In 2015, Corning announced “Project Phire,” which was said to be its efforts to create a material for wearables that combines the durability of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance level of sapphire. A year later, we have Gorilla Glass SR+ and it’s ready to hit the market now…

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16:19
The new Papa John's app for Apple TV makes...

Papa John's knows a delicious pizza goes well with marathoning your favorite shows by way of the Apple TV. That's why the pizza giant has launched a new app to let you order, customize and pay a pizza order directly from the Apple TV itself.

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16:10
Google to open rider-sharing service in San Francisco

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit plans to open its ride-sharing program to Waze app users in San Francisco this fall, pitting itself against Uber Technologies Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Waze app is extremely popular in the Bay Area, so I can see this Google ride-sharing service doing very well.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:57
First hands-on with third-party app integration in...

At WWDC earlier this summer, Apple announced that iOS 10 would bring a host of new features to its Siri virtual assistant, the biggest of which being integration with third-party applications. With the public launch of iOS 10 nearing, Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the WSJ has had an opportunity to go hands-on with the more capable and more powerful Siri, calling it a “long-overdue” enhancement…

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15:41
Microsoft OneNote can help solve your math homework

Just in time for back to school season, Microsoft has made a few slick updates to Office 365, intended to help users get more out of their pen-based digital notes. Building on the beta launch of Windows Ink, OneNote has added new ink effects, a repla...

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15:40
Corning touts Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables as...

Glass maker Corning on Tuesday announced commercial availability of Gorilla Glass SR+, a composite cover material designed specifically to take on the stresses endured by wearable devices like Apple Watch.

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