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Friday September 2

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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10:05
White House will host a 'South by South Lawn...

Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the South by Southwest festival this year, and apparently they enjoyed it so much they're bringing a mini version to the White House. The first-ever "South by South Lawn" will take place on...

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09:59
iPhone, Apple Watch combination charging dock

Matching the low-profile floating design from our Apple Watch Dock, iPhone + Apple Watch Dock adds functionality with a place for your iPhone. A combo dock ensures less clutter in a beautiful package.

This looks really nice.

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09:45
Audeze's iSine buds will upgrade your Oculus...

When I first saw Audeze's new planar magnetic in-ear headphones my eye was drawn to the slightly goofy design. But, any self respecting audio lover will probably overlook that if the sound is right. And, on first listen, it looks promising. Audeze ha...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro deals from $500,...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in Gold/Silver/Gray (refurb): ...

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09:25
A fix for Samsung exploding batteries

You’re welcome Samsung users.

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09:23
Scientists finally made a half-way decent map of...

To protect the Arctic from climate change, scientists require a detailed map which they can slowly update and reference over time. Such a resource has, until now, been difficult to produce because traditional capture methods -- low-flying aircraft, f...

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09:21
Drone video shows solid progress on Apple Campus 2

Drone footage by Matthew Roberts

Drone pilot and videographer Matthew Roberts has published his monthly update video of the construction of Apple Campus 2, and things are really coming along. The majority of curved glass is now installed on the "spaceship" building and the roof is nearly complete, so installation of the thousands of photovoltaic solar panels that will be used to help power the facility has begun. 

Earthmoving for landscaping purposes continues, and the parking structure appears to be almost complete. The magnificent employee fitness center is really coming along as well, and Roberts notes that it has an estimated cost of $70 million. Way to take care of your employees, Apple!

I recommend watching the video in 4K if you have the capability, as it's quite impressive.

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08:50
Ireland joins Apple in fight over EU tax decision

Ireland’s cabinet agreed on Friday to join Apple in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand that the European Commission has imposed on the iPhone maker, despite misgivings among independents who back the fragile coalition.

The EU clearly overstepped here.

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08:46
EagleFiler 1.7

Brings a number of improvements, bug fixes, and additions to the document organization and archival app. ($40 new, free update, 18.3 MB)

 

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08:46
More possible 'iPhone 7' packaging leaks...

More questionable photos alleging to show the back of Apple's "iPhone 7" packaging have popped up, with the most recent boxes out of Russia suggesting that Apple's as yet unannounced Bluetooth "AirPods" will be included with some models.

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07:50
Android Users More Honest and Humble Than iPhone...

The kind of software your phone is running can tell a lot about you, apparently. According to a new study by a team of researchers at the University of Lincoln, Android smartphone users have great levels of honesty and humility, agreeableness and openness personality traits but are seen as less extroverted than Apple's iPhone users. According to a report by IANS, via BGR: The researchers believe that this could be because iPhone users thought it was more important to have a high-status phone than Android users. The team from the University of Lincoln also found that women were twice more likely to own an iPhone than an Android device. However, most of the personality stereotypes did not occur in reality as only honesty and humility was found in greater amounts within Android users, the findings showed.


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07:30
Apple’s Campus 2 gets some green with solar/fuel...

Two new drone flyover videos today give us an up-to-date look at construction progress at Apple’s Campus 2 site set to become the company’s new Cupertino headquarters early next year.

more…

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07:29
Ireland’s cabinet joins Apple in EU back tax brouhaha

Ireland's cabinet has agreed to join Apple in appealing against a €13 billion (about $14.5 million) back tax demand that the European Commission has levied against the Cupertino, California-based company “despite misgivings among independents who back the fragile coalition,” reports Reuters.

The Commission's ruling this week has angered Washington, which accuses the EU of trying to grab tax revenue that should go to the U.S. government. The White House said President Barack Obama would raise the issue of tax avoidance by some multinational corporations at a summit of the G20 leading economies in China this weekend, adds Reuters.

Tim Cook has branded the...

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07:19
Comment: Sony Bravia experience is another reason...

One of the longest-running rumors about Apple – that it was working on launching a fully fledged television – finally fizzled out last year, when a WSJ report said that the company had ultimately decided against the idea. Instead, Apple is aiming at a (delayed) subscription TV service, complete with original programming.

It was speculated at the time that there were two reasons for the decision. First, that Apple had been unable to come up with a compelling differentiator that would have given consumers a reason to buy an Apple television over the many rival products. Second, that there simply wasn’t enough money in the business...

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07:15
Latest Apple Campus 2 construction video highlights...

New aerial footage of Apple's Campus 2 shows the glass panel installation surrounding the main building near complete, and installation of more power stations across the facility.

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07:11
Netatmo’s Smart Thermostat and new Smart Radiator...

Netatmo, maker of the hyperlocal Weather Station, announced today that its Smart Thermostat and new Smart Radiator Valves officially support Apple’s HomeKit feature. The company highlights providing “the only complete heating solution in Europe that’s compatible with Apple HomeKit.”

more…

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06:48
Apple 'iPhone 7' manufacturing demands...

Global DRAM prices are continuing to climb on the strength of orders for the "iPhone 7" and demands from competitive China-based manufacturers, causing a ripple effect across the entire computing industry.

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06:34
After earlier doubts, Irish government is joining...

Reuters reports that the Irish government has today agreed to join Apple in appealing the European Commission ruling that the country must recover €13B ($15B) in underpaid tax. While Apple quickly announced its own appeal, it was not certain that Ireland would do the same.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has insisted Dublin would fight any adverse ruling ever since the European Union began investigating the U.S. tech giant’s Irish tax affairs in 2014, arguing that it had to protect a tax regime that has attracted...

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06:07
Irish cabinet votes to appeal EU's $14.5B tax...

Apple's appeal of the European Commission's $14.5 billion charge in back taxes will be aided by Ireland's cabinet, who voted on Friday to endorse the legal challenge.

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06:04
It’s alive! @Apple Twitter account gets a new look

Remember Apple’s Twitter account? Probably not. It’s been pretty inactive since its creation in September 2011. However, now @Apple is showing signs of life, probably in anticipation of the next week’s “See you on the 7th media event.” 

Apple has updated the page with the classic black logo a white background. It also has the same image that went out with the press invitations for next week’s event, at which the “iPhone 7” is expected to debut, as well as the “Apple Watch 2.”

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06:00
Daily Deal: The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle

It's a scary world out there, but this bundle is going to make you -- and your Mac -- feel a lot more secure. The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle provides seven apps and services that not only keep your online activities and local files safe, but can even improve your home security. Here's what you get for just $49.99 (regular price is $247.92):

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  • Avoid geo-location...
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05:56
OS X gets security updates to combat ‘Pegasus’

Apple has issued security updates for OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan and Safari to address a vulnerability called “Pegasus” that potentially allows nefarious agents to take over a target device with a single click. You can download the updates via the Mac App Store — and you certainly should.

As noted by AppleInsider, Pegasus leverages three zero-day vulnerabilities to remotely jailbreak and install a suite of monitoring software onto a victim's device. One of the key tools in the process is an exploit that takes advantage of a memory corruption flaw in Safari WebKit. The vulnerability allows attackers to deliver the malware payload when a target clicks on a link leading to a malicious webpage.

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05:24
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7'...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the latest in iPhone rumors leading up to Apple's Sept. 7 event. Will there be a 256-gigabyte iPhone? Will there be wireless 'AirPods'?

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05:15
Apple releases Security Update 2016-001 for OS X...

Because security updates are a good thing.

On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2016-001 for users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The fix covers assorted zero-day exploits that could allow full access to a device and updates Safari to version 9.3.5 to patch security holes in the browser as well.

The exploits require the user to open a URL from an SMS message, which then executes remote binary files in the OS that dig into the kernel and allow unauthorized software to be installed—in iOS this effectively jailbreaks your device behind your back.

Apple’s release notes state that the Mac security updates released today will prevent applications from disclosing kernel memory and executing arbitrary code with kernel privileges....

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05:02
Apple Issues Urgent Security Updates to OS X and...

Apple has issued three security updates for OS X and Safari to address vulnerabilities discovered by the watchdog group Citizen Lab and the security research team Lookout.

 

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05:00
Tim Cook pens scathing letter addressing Apple...

There apparently came a moment where, in the wake of the controversy regarding Apple’s tax rate in Ireland, Tim Cook got angry and began smashing things.

Responding to the Commission’s decision that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, Tim Cook said that “in Ireland and in every country where we operate, follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”

He proceeded to pen the following letter:

A Message to the Apple Community in Europe

Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple’s first operations in Europe. At the time, the company knew that in order to serve customers in Europe, it would need a base there. So, in October 1980, Apple opened...

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05:00
FairWare Hackers May Take Ransoms, Keep Stolen Files


The latest ransomware intrusion that targets Linux servers, dubbed "FairWare," may be a classic server hack designed to bilk money from victims with no intent to return stolen files after payment in bitcoins is made. The attack reportedly targets a Linux server, deletes the Web folder, and then demands a ransom payment of two bitcoins for return of the stolen files. The attackers apparently do not encrypt the files but may upload them to a server under their control. Victims first learned about FairWare when they discovered their websites were down.

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04:30
How to use Siri to send text messages

You don’t have to use the virtual keypad on your iPhone or iPad to send text messages. Siri can do it for you. Here’s how:

 

  • First, of course, decide what message you wish to send. Say something like, “Send Doug an email” or “Text my sister.” Siri will create a new message and ask you what you want the message to say. 
  • Dictate your message.
  • To make sure it’s the proper message, tell Siri to “Read my message,” and she’ll read it back to you. 
  • You’re then asked if you wish to send the message. Say, “Send,” and it’s sent.

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04:26
Samsung issues global recall of Galaxy Note 7,...

After a week of analysis of 35 dramatic battery failures, Samsung has issued a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7 "phablet" -- but the process will take some time, and how it will be executed is not known.

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04:25
China opens antitrust investigation into Apple-...

The WSJ reports that China has opened an antitrust investigation into the acquisition of Uber China by local rival Didi Chuxing. The deal went ahead a few months after Apple invested $1B in Didi Chuxing.

more…

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04:00
LampChamp: it’s a light bulb, it’s a USB charging...

Many of us have multiple gadgets and devices, so it’s sometimes hard to keep ‘em all powered up. The LampChamp from Nemo Ventures helps alleviate the problem as you can use it to turn a lamp into a USB charging station for, say, an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

It’s easy to use. You install it by simply removing an existing light bulb, screwing in the LampChamp, and replacing the bulb. Now you can use to power your smartphone, tablets, eReaders — heck, pretty much anything with a USB port. 

The 2 AMP USB Charger stays on all the time, while an on/off switch controls let you power up or power down the light bulb. 

Sure, the LampChamp is a one-trick pony, but when you’re lounging around the house and having problem finding a convenient outlet to charge your iDevice, it’s a pretty nifty trick.

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02:13
Five years in, dormant @Apple Twitter account looks...

An @apple Twitter account has existed for more than five years, but until today has been completely dormant, with blank profile and header images. That’s now changed: there’s an Apple logo for the profile image, and the iPhone 7 event graphic as the header. So far, though, no tweets.

It’s looking likely that Apple plans to start tweeting in time for next week’s launch of the iPhone 7, with some speculating that the company may live-tweet the event …

more…

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Thursday September 1

22:12
New OS X security updates patch same zero-days as...

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Late last week, Apple released iOS 9.3.5 to patch three zero-day bugs that could be used to access personal data on an infected phone. Dubbed "Trident," the bugs were used to create spyware called Pegasus that was used to target at least one political dissident in the United Arab Emirates.

Today, Apple has released updates for Safari 9 and OS X El Capitan and Yosemite that collectively patch the three "Trident...

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21:57
Apple activates official Twitter account ahead of...

It seems Apple has finally decided to curate an official corporate presence on Twitter, as evidenced by the activation of a long-dormant verified account bearing the company's name on Friday.

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21:35
Google rumors point to 'Pixel' phones, 4K...

The answer to the question of what Google will call its next Nexus phones may turn out to be not Nexus at all. Android Central first reported a name change last week, while tonight Android Police notes sources saying there will be two devices, one 5-...

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20:56
Montblanc unveils a $725 'Augmented Paper...

Like smart watches, it was only a matter of time before smart pens went from being novel gadgets to high-end luxury items. Enter Montblanc's new Augmented Paper pen and notebook, which the German company debuted this week at the IFA conference in Ber...

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20:13
Google's Project Ara modular phone is...

Google's big plans for Project Ara might never pan out. According to Reuters, the big G has decided to shelve its modular phone initiative. Earlier this year, the company said it will be releasing a developer phone with interchangeable components in...

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19:41
Amazon quietly ends its student loan discount program

Just a few weeks ago, Amazon and Wells Fargo announced a program that would give Prime Student customers a modest 0.5-percent interest rate discount on new student loans. It appears that partnership is already over -- the promotion's original landing...

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19:08
New OS X & Safari updates patch security exploit...

Last week, Apple issued a surprise security fix for iOS that patched a vulnerability that allowed attackers to remotely gain control of a user’s device if they simply clicked a link. Now, Apple has issued the same security patch for users of OS X 10.11.16 El Capitan and 10.10.5 Yosemite.

more…

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19:00
Logitech's Prodigy line takes aim at gaming...

These past few years, Logitech's been branching out into "serious" gaming gear with its G series, to better compete with companies like SteelSeries and Corsair. However, Logitech is still best known for simple computer peripherals that most people wo...

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18:30
Steve Jobs' vintage wardrobe is up for auction

What's an Apple fanboy or fangirl supposed to do once they've filled their basement with vintage Apple hardware? Start filling up the closets with Steve Jobs' old clothes, of course. As TechCrunch reports, a whole wardrobe of the late Apple founder's...

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17:43
NFL puts tracking sensors inside footballs

The sensors, which rest just under the ball’s laces, can capture information like velocity, acceleration and distance, and send that info back to computer monitors in just half a second. The League has been using the sensors during preseason games this summer, but hasn’t yet decided if the sensors will be used in the regular season.

It is amazing how much data leagues and teams can get.

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17:32
Intel's budget Apollo Lake CPUs make a low-key...

On top of its fast, 4K-hungry seventh generation Core CPUs, Intel has also unveiled its next batch of chips meant for low-end hardware -- though, for some reason, it did so very quietly. Anandtech has the details on the new "Apollo Lake" CPUs, which...

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17:06
'Pegasus' iOS malware package also found...

Apple in a patch last week blocked a particularly nasty malware package called "Pegasus" from infiltrating iOS devices, and the company is now doing the same for its OS X desktop operating system.

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16:48
YouTubers call out ad guidelines as a form of...

According to YouTube, the platform's Advertiser-Friendly Content Guidelines are intended to protect brands and their advertisements from appearing alongside content those advertisers might find questionable. And for many of the platform's creators, m...

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16:31
A CSS smiley face with dynamic googly eyes

In the previous article I demonstrated how to make an element rotate to follow the position of a cursor or a touch on the screen. At the time, I explained that the technique was not necessarily limited to a single element: in this article, I’ll show how to apply the code to two elements simultaneously, in the form of eyes that follow the mouse / touch position.

Who doesn’t love googly eyes.

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16:22
Tech's biggest names are working to regulate AI...

Artificial intelligence is hitting its stride, already giving us machines that can drive themselves, talk to us, fight in our wars, perform our surgeries and beat humanity's best in a game of Go or Jeopardy. Five companies at the forefront of the tec...

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16:10
Updated App Store review guidelines cover app...

In the buildup to iOS 10's launch, Apple on Thursday published a set of updated App Store review guidelines covering new features set to debut as part of the forthcoming OS, including an expansion of app subscriptions.

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16:01
Apple releases Security Updates for El Capitan,...

You probably remember that last week, Apple urged all iOS 9 users to update their devices to iOS 9.3.5, which contained an essential security fix. (If you haven’t done that, go do it now!)

On Thursday, Apple provided another set of security updates, this time for the Mac. Security Update 2006–001 for El Capitan, and Security Update 2006–005 for Yosemite are rolling out now, so keep an eye on the Mac App Store and update as soon as you can. Also available is Safari 9.1.3, which is for El Capitan, Yosemite, and OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks.

To read this article in full or to...

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15:59
Recently patched iOS security flaw also affects OS X

Last week Apple rolled out a patch for iOS that closed a security flaw that could give attackers control over a device by having a user click a single link. Now, Apple is patching the same hole in the Safari web browser on the desktop, with new updat...

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15:30
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on a Verilux...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals atTheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends atThe Wirecutter. N...

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15:17
Apple is hunting down unused, dysfunctional apps

Apple has vowed to remove from the App Store any programs that no longer work, don't follow current review guidelines or are simply outdated. Starting September 7th, Apple will review and remove apps that crash on launch, and the company will contact...

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15:13
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 1, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

MAXON has released Cinema 4D Release 18 (R18), the next generation of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software. It sports new tools tailored to the needs of creative professionals and designed to help users master the challenges of digital production for TV, film games, architecture, advertising and design.

New MoGraph features in R18 include the Voronoi Fracture object for procedural object fracturing and the ReEffector tool that works like a layer system for Effector setups. New interactive knife tools enable precision cutting across multiple surfaces while the new 3D object tracking capability...

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15:01
Winning

He attached a tiny remote controlled tugboat to his Kayak to tow him around.

This is awesome.

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15:00
Uber wants to be New York's L train shutdown...

New York commuters are bracing for the 18 month closure of the L train that will disrupt the daily commute of 225,000 people. Scheduled to shut down in 2019, the artery between Manhattan and Brooklyn will be undergoing repairs for damage done by Hurr...

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14:55
Samsung expected to issue recall due to exploding...

Following reports of exploding batteries in its latest smartphone, Samsung is expected to announce an “unprecedented” recall of the Galaxy 7 Note less than a month after it first debuted.

Be safe Samsung people.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:45
Samsung reportedly gearing up to announce a Galaxy...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 debuted to almost surprising critical acclaim earlier this month, but since launch we've seen occasional reports of devices exploding while being charged. The company said yesterday that it delayed Note 7 shipments while it lo...

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14:36
Verizon finally adds free unlimited slow data to all...

When Verizon first unveiled its revamped prices in July, several new features seemed really lame. The most egregious was the company's "Safety Mode," which was included only on its XL and XXL plans for free. Customers on other packages had to opt in...

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14:25
Xerox shows off a machine that can print on any 3D...

Xerox's new printer works on almost any object -- even if it doesn't have a flat surface. Instead of being able to print on paper, it can print on helmets, bottle caps, water bottles, and anything else made of plastic, metals, ceramics and glass. You...

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14:08
Fitbit Adventures lets you run the New York City...

Fitbit's app rolled out with several new updates today, squarely focused on offering ways to experience virtual outings in the form of Fitbit Adventures.

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14:05
Fiat Chrysler adds Apple's CarPlay to 2017...

Through a new Uconnect 4.0 dash interface, Fiat Chrysler is adding three 2017-model vehicles to its lineup supporting Apple's CarPlay platform: the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger.

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14:01
AWT News Update: September 1, 2016

You can tell that there's an Apple event coming soon, because news about the company is pretty nonexistent! We have just two news items for you today, making for a very quick listen:

  • An inadvertently-sent email confirms that new Beats products will be announced at next week's event
  • Apple starts up a new blog showing how third-party app integration with Siri works in iOS 10

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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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 1, 2016. Not surprisingly for the week before a major Apple event, it’s a really slow news day today, so we have just a couple of notes for you.

We now know...

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13:51
Trapped Florida mosquitoes found to contain Zika...

After several mosquitoes were trapped and examined in Florida, it was determined that they had been carrying the Zika virus.

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13:50
Apple To Remove Abandoned Apps From The App Store

Apple has issued an email to its community of developers indicating that it will remove apps that are outdated or no longer work. "We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don't follow current review guidelines, or are outdated," Apple wrote. TechCrunch reports: In addition to search ads and extensions in many different apps in iOS 10, Apple plans to remove all these useless apps that clutter the App Store search pages. And Apple is not going to stop at abandoned apps. The company will also fight spammy app names. For instance, if you search for "Instagram" on the App Store, one of the first results is an app that is called "[app name] Photo Collage, Picture Editor, Pic Grid, F...
and then it gets cut off. With this SEO strategy, app developers can trick App Store searches. If you search for "pic collage," chances are you're going to find this app. Apple wants clean names to make App Store searches relevant...

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13:38
Nvidia, Baidu Team on Cloud-to-Car AI Platform


Nvidia and Baidu have agreed to collaborate on the incorporation of artificial intelligence in a cloud-to-car autonomous vehicle platform, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Wednesday. The companies plan to integrate Baidu's cloud platform and mapping technology with Nvidia's self-driving computing platform. They will work together to create solutions for high-definition maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control and automated parking. The companies demonstrated the Drive PX 2 system -- the world's first in-car AI supercomputer development platform.

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13:34
AliceX is a VR service offering the 'girlfriend...

AliceX is a new service that seeks to offer companionship with real models through its virtual reality streaming service.

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13:17
Play 'Overwatch' for free next weekend

If for whatever reason you still aren't sold on Overwatch, Blizzard's popular team-based shooter, you'll want to clear your schedule for next weekend. Blizzard announced on Thursday that it's putting on an Overwatch Free Weekend from September 9th to...

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13:07
New Beats products to be announced at Apple's...

In addition to the next-generation iPhone and a new Apple Watch, Apple is also expected to unveil new products under the Beats brand at next week's media presentation, an inadvertently sent email has revealed.

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13:03
More App Store changes coming September 7

We love helping customers discover innovative, useful, and exciting apps on the App Store. With more than 2 million apps available and around 100,000 new and updated apps submitted each week, there’s something for everyone. To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we’re implementing two suggestions from the developer community starting September 7, 2016.

Phil Schiller continues to make improvements.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:59
Audeze crammed audiophile tech inside its in-ear...

Audeze knows a thing or two about planar magnetic headphones and the company is taking on a new form factor with its latest release. The iSine 10 and iSine 20 are the company's first in-ear headphones that employ the aforementioned audio technology....

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12:55
Apple updates App Store review guidelines for auto-...

Apple today posted an update to its App Store review guidelines document for developers. The updated information pertains directly to App Store subscriptions, SiriKit, and iMessage apps including Sticker Packs.

Previously, clarification about what developers could and could not do with regard to the new subscription enhancements announced just prior to WWDC 2016 was a bit ambiguous, but with today’s document update, guidelines become a lot more black and white. more…

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12:55
Samsung says Apple's Supreme Court position...

Preparing for its upcoming battle with Apple at the U.S. Supreme Court, Samsung this week submitted a written argument suggesting that Apple's position could open the door to deep abuses of the American patent system.

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12:44
Apple leaks plans for new line of Beats headphones...

Apple might have just leaked plans for a new line of Beats headphones to launch alongside the iPhone 7, according to an email that was reportedly sent out mistakenly by Apple’s Beats PR team and posted online by igen.fr.

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12:42
Sony's new e-paper watch actually looks like a...

Earlier this week, Sony introduced its FES Watch U, an e-paper timepiece that it is crowdfunding in Japan. And today, at IFA 2016, we had the chance to see it in person for the first time. As we pointed out before, the FES Watch U is a much more poli...

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12:27
'Gears of War 4' Horde 3.0 trailer has a...

Gears of War 4 features Horde 3.0, an updated version of the series' classic five-player co-op mode, and today fans got the first taste of its gameplay with a bonus helping of hip hop courtesy of Run the Jewels.

First, the gameplay: Horde 3.0 pits f...

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12:12
Apple could bring home billions in taxes if US...

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In an interview with Irish public broadcaster RTÉ, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday that the company planned on bringing billions of dollars held overseas back to the United States to be subject to American taxes...

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12:11
Tim Cook says EU tax ruling is 'total political...

Apple and other giant tech companies have long stashed cash overseas where they've paid less taxes on it, but the days of that happening could be numbered. Earlier this week, the EU said that Apple must pay back a whopping $14.5 billion plus interest...

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12:07
Apple will implement App Store improvements on Sept...

Apple on Thursday announced to its developer community some changes to make the App Store experience better for customers. Starting on September 7, Apple is instituting two suggestions made by its developer community.

Quality apps

First, Apple will perform a bit of quality control of the apps already in the App Store. An app will be removed from the App Store if the company deems it “problematic” and “abandoned” after an evaluation process and contacting the developer, who has 30 days to update the app to keep it in the App Store.

Apple will remove apps that crash when launching, though the company’s documentation doesn’t state what devices are being used to test this.

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12:03
Stolen Dropbox passwords are circulating online....

I used the Have I Been Pwned site to check several of my email addresses to check if they have been compromised. Sadly, some had been and I made changes ASAP.

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12:03
Apple to begin removing old, unmaintained apps from...

Enlarge / Apple is cleaning its (app) house ahead of this fall's big releases.

Apple is making a few small tweaks to its App Store Review Guidelines for developers ahead of the release of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this fall. The changes, which Apple is currently telling registered developers about via e-mail, are meant to cut dead wood out of the App Store and to make it easier for users to find better apps. These are the latest in a series of App Store changes implemented since Apple worldwide marketing SVP Phil Schiller was given the reins back in December of 2015.

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12:02
Accessory makers race to launch new wireless &...

With Apple’s iPhone 7 next week expected to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and make wireless and Lightning headphones a necessity, there a lot of companies racing to announce new products ahead of Apple’s event. And it’s good timing with IFA taking place this week— one of the year’s biggest tech events where many accessory companies are showing off new products ahead of the holidays. Below we take a look at all the announcements with a roundup of new Lightning headphones and wireless Bluetooth headphones.  more…

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11:57
Apple's Cook calls European tax ruling '...

The European Commission's decision to force Apple to pay Ireland billions of dollars in back taxes is "total political crap" and a reflection of anti-U.S. sentiment, company CEO Tim Cook told the Irish Independent in an interview published Thursday.

"No one did anything wrong here," Cook said. "Ireland is being picked on, and this is unacceptable."

The EC ruled on Tuesday that Ireland gave Apple illegal tax benefits by not collecting €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in taxes owed to it over a 10-year period. It was the culmination of a two-year investigation into the company's tax affairs that found Apple's effective tax rate on profit reported in Ireland was just €500 per million euros...

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11:55
IFA 2016 warm-up: Pet treats, smartwatches and more

The IFA 2016 show floor doesn't officially open until tomorrow, but companies didn't wait to show off their new products in Berlin. Yesterday, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Samsung announced a myriad of devices, including phones, smartwatches and hybrid lap...

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11:46
Facebook Messenger beams live video into your chat...

If there’s a feature that’s good for Snapchat, it’s bound to show up somewhere else. 

The latest piece of inspiration is a new feature for Facebook Messenger called Instant Video. It allows you to host a video chat inside of an existing chat conversation. 

This way, if you want to show off what you’re doing or just desire a more personal moment you don’t have to exit the chat and launch a separate video call.

The feature is rather similar to a capability found in Snapchat. This move by Facebook comes recently after Facebook-owned Instagram essentially built its own version of Snapchat inside of its social network, even calling it Instagram Stories.

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11:33
iOS 10 Siri: Use third-party apps to pay friends,...

With iOS 10 launching later this month, Apple is starting to show what you’ll be able to do with the new operating system. Announced at WWDC, Siri will be able to integrate with third-party apps in iOS 10. For the first time, users will be able to take advantage of third-party services through Siri voice search. Apple has uploaded some screenshots (embedded below) showing how third party apps will work with Siri, using popular apps like LinkedIn and WhatsApp as examples …

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11:32
App Store ‘removing problematic and abandoned apps’...

Apple has just published a list of App Store improvements that will begin to go into effect next Wednesday, September 7th. The changes seek to remove broken and forgotten apps from the App Store, apps that are currently breaking App Store review guidelines, and that are just no longer functional.

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11:28
∞ Explosion at SpaceX launch pad destroys rocket as...

The very definition of a bad test.

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11:22
The burning desire for hot chicken

I lived in Nashville for several years and loved it I ate at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack once – and only once. I’ve never understood the penchant people have for eating food that causes them physical pain.

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11:12
Apple to begin removing abandoned and problematic...

Apple on Thursday announced that it will make a pair of key changes to the iOS App Store starting next Wednesday, most notably a new effort to remove abandoned and problematic apps so they can no longer be downloaded.

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11:11
Apple wants more quality, shorter names for apps in...

Apple has sent a note to developers saying it will implement two new suggestions “to make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs” from the developer community starting Sept. 7 (which just happens to be the data of Apple’s next media event).

One of those changes is shorter app names. In hopes of influencing search results, some developers have used extremely long app names which include descriptions and terms not directly related to their app. Apple says that these long names are not fully displayed on the App Store and provide no user value. App names developers submit in iTunes Connect for new apps and updates will now be limited to no longer than 50 characters. 

Apple is also cracking down on quality. The company says that there are apps on the App Store “that no longer function as intended or follow current...

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11:10
CarPlay available on new 300, Charger and Challenger...

Apple’s CarPlay feature continues to pop up in more new cars this year including several new models with Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect 4.0 infotainment system. The latest cars to offer CarPlay include the 2017 model Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger.

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10:56
DJI drops the built-in optics in favor of your...

This morning at IFA in Berlin, DJI announced its latest creation for smartphones: the DJI Osmo Mobile. Today’s news comes just a week after it took the wraps off the upgraded Osmo+. DJI is focusing on smartphone users with a passion for cinematography on this release. The integrated stabilization system tracks a subject with just a touch of your iPhone or Android’s screen, eliminating shaky footage.

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