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Tuesday August 30

11:13
Can new Macs and macOS Sierra beat the overall...

With macOS Sierra coming this fall and major updates to the Mac line expected in October, can Apple reverse slumping desktop and notebook sales and once again beat the industry trend? I’m betting it can.

Worldwide PC (as in “personal computer,” not Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.2% year over year in 2016, followed by a decline of 2.1% in 2017, according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC)...

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11:01
IDC: the tablet market will rebound next year as the...

If IDC  is correct, this is good news for Apple; the research group predicts that the tablet market will rebound next year and the iPad will come out of its months-long slump.

The bad news: the decline of the worldwide tablet market is set to continue for the remainder of 2016 as year-over-year growth reaches an all-time low of -11.5% and shipments of 183.4 million units, according to forecast data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Positive growth is set to return in 2018 and continue through 2020 with shipments reaching 194.2 million tablets as detachable tablets continue to steal share from traditional computers.

"Appealing to the commercial audience will be key as detachable tablets aim to take a larger piece of the traditional PC market," says Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide...

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10:52
Actress/businesswoman Jessica Alba will serve as a...

Actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba will serve as a mentor on Apple's upcoming reality television show Planet of the Apps, according to Variety. She joins actress Gwyneth Paltrow, hip hop artist will.i.am, and tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk.

In March Apple announced that it was working on a new show that will spotlight the app economy. Will.I.Am will be working with two TV veterans, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, to get the project off the ground. The show was described by Apple content senior VP Eddy Cue as “perfectly tailored for Apple.” 

According to the Cupertino, California-based company, Planet of the Apps isn’t just a show, it’s a launch pad and accelerator for exceptional developers. Those accepted will have a chance to receive:

  • Mentorship: Hands-on guidance from some of the world’s best experts in tech and...
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10:46
Úll conference 2016

Úll is an incredible conference that I attended for three straight years. The presenters are always great and it would be hard for me to say that there is a better organized conference anywhere in the world.

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10:43
Turkey’s prime minister to Apple: just move here

In the wake of the European Commission ruling that Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey extended an open invitation for Apple to move its international operations to his country.

"Apple should move to Turkey," , Mehmet Simsek wrote on Twitter (as noted by AppleInsider). "Happy to provide more generous tax incentives. Won't have to deal with EU bureaucracy.”

Currently, Apple has two stores in Istanbul and may be planning a third. The first one opened in Istanbul in the Zorlu Mall in April 2014. The second store opened in the Akasya Mall in...

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10:38
The best places to buy and sell a used iPhone

With a new iPhone arriving soon, many people will look to sell their old iPhone for some quick cash. But which places offer the best return and the smoothest process? To find out, Tom’s Guide tested seven services that buy and sell used iPhones.

I’m sure a lot of people will take advantage of this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:27
Nextdoor Tackles Racial Profiling at Street Level


Nextdoor last week rolled out to all 110,000 of its neighborhoods a new form-based process for making crime and safety reports. Implementation of the tool reduced incidents of racial profiling by 75 percent in areas where it was tested, according to CEO Nirav Tolia. Some Nextdoor members had begun using the site to post problematic messages targeting racial minorities. For example, Oakland members posted vague warnings about suspicious activity focusing on black citizens walking down the street, driving a car, or knocking on a door.

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10:25
The best customer service reply ever

The Web site said his flight was delayed for 47 years, so he sarcastically asked customer service what he should do to pass the time. The answer is priceless.

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10:13
Apple, Australian banks battle over Apple Pay

Apple in a recent filing with Australia’s antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country’s three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:04
Turkey's deputy PM encourages Apple to move in...

On Tuesday the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey extended an open invitation for Apple to move its international operations to that country, in the wake of a E.U. ruling ordering Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from the company.

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09:53
Sonos partners with Spotify, Amazon to control...

I was really hoping Apple would be part of this group, but no. Spotify users can just open their app and connect to the Sonos system.

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09:50
Low-end Intel Kaby Lake processors detailed, MacBook...

Intel has shed some specific details for the first time about the new seventh generation Kaby Lake processors suitable for the MacBook and MacBook Air, but as expected, processors suitable for the MacBook Pro have yet to materialize.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Stainless Steel 42mm Apple...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Save big on the Space Black Stainless Steel 42mm Apple Watch (Geek Squad refurb): $200 shipped (Orig. $599)

Belkin’s travel size 3-outlet surge...

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09:29
Deals: $150-$290 off 15" MacBook Pros; 12...

Shoppers this week can snap up a 15" MacBook Pro at up to $290 off or take advantage of $335 off a 2015 12" MacBook in Space Gray with exclusive coupon savings. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage space is also $300 off on eBay while supplies last.

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09:16
Jessica Alba latest star signed to Apple’s upcoming...

We learned at the start of the month that actress Gwyneth Paltrow would serve as a mentor on the upcoming Apple-produced ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV series, and today we can add Jessica Alba’s name to the growing list of star power behind the show. Variety reports Alba will also serve as a mentor on the series:

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09:02
New Apple patent would allow touch-sensing surfaces...

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could potentially be applied to building touch-sensing surfaces, including screens, using material concepts first developed by Liquidmetal Technology.

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08:36
Griffin preps for 'iPhone 7' without...

Griffin has added to its stable of wireless adapters and is catering to the needs of potential "iPhone 7" users with a 3.5mm headphone jack to Bluetooth adapter, dubbed the iTrip Clip.

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08:35
Belkin launches $99 PowerHouse Charge Dock for...

Ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement at Apple’s event next week, and the Apple Watch 2 expected this fall, Belkin today launched a new charging dock that accommodates both devices in a single stand.
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08:29
Sonos speakers to get voice control in 2017, with a...

Sonos is giving its speaker experience a boost with app improvements, deeper Spotify integration, and Alexa's assistance.

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08:26
With $231B in cash, Apple's $14.5B Irish tax...

While a $14.5 billion payment of back taxes could bankrupt many major corporations, it's pocket change for a company as cash flush as Apple. As a result, analysts surveyed by AppleInsider on Tuesday said they aren't concerned about the European Commission's decision, regardless of how an appeal ultimately plays out.

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08:00
Review: Belkin unveils PowerHouse charging dock for...

Belkin's sleek powerhouse charging dock for iphone and Apple Watch. Image ©2016 steven sande

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today released the PowerHouse ($99), a combined charging solution for Lightning-equipped iPhones and Apple Watch. The device combines a built-in Apple Watch magnetic charging module with an integrated Lightning connector for the iPhone, allowing owners of both devices to charge the two simultaneously.

Design

The PowerHouse features a very clean design, with a white polycarbonate base and a dark gray rubberized material covering the charging surfaces. An included AC power adapter plugs into the back of the PowerHouse, allowing quick charging of both the iPhone and Apple Watch. A short "arm" with the Apple Watch magnetic charging pad on it protrudes from the right side, allowing a Watch with any band to easily slip on and off for charging.

One feature...

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07:50
Apple Ordered To Pay Up To $14.5 Billion in EU Tax...

Apple has been ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill, in a crackdown on fiscal loopholes that also risks inflaming tensions with the United States Treasury. According to the European Union regulator, Apple benefited from selective tax treatment that gave it an unfair advantage over other businesses. In the meanwhile, Apple has refuted such accusations, saying that EU's conclusion has "no basis in fact or law." EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, "If my effective tax rate would be 0.05 percent falling to 0.005 percent -- I would have felt that maybe I should have a second look at my tax bill." Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law -- the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where...

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07:44
Users launch class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 “...

Apple’s “Touch Disease” issue on some of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets has just become a class action case.

The company has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable.

Per the complaint, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a metal “shield” or “underfill” to protect the relevant parts, as it did on versions of the iPhone 5.

“The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” according to the complaint filed in...

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07:37
∞ Ask Siri to give you a hint

Say this to Siri:

Give me a hint.

Rinse and repeat. My favorite response was this one:

01000111 01101111 01110100 01100011 01101000 01100001

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07:32
Sonos is bringing voice control to the speaker...

Earlier this month we mentioned that Sonos is hosting a media event in NYC today, and now we’re hearing what the speaker company is announcing. It turns out it does have something to do with voice as I suspected: starting in 2017, Sonos speakers will work with Amazon Echo. Alexa voice control is gaining Sonos support to “play, pause, skip, or control the volume on any Sonos home sound system using the power of their voice.”

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07:32
Alleged prototype device info sticker reaffirms 32...

An alleged photo of a prototype info sticker for a device codenamed ‘D10’ has appeared online, via The_Malignent on Twitter. As previously reported, the ‘D10’ corresponds to a prototype iPhone 7 device. As seen by the other information in the sticker, this particular prototype has 32 GB of storage. This is obviously new for the iPhone lineup and corroborates other reports that Apple will finally end production of 16 GB flagship iPhones this year.

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07:31
Apple working on refreshed Mac lineup, updates for...

Mark Gurman, Jungah Lee, writing for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is developing new features for the iPad to cater to professional users, along with new Mac laptops and desktops, according to people familiar with the matter.

Upcoming software upgrades for the iPad include wider operating-system support for Apple’s stylus accessory, while hardware performance improvements are also in development, according to the people. The refreshed Mac hardware line includes new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop, and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro laptop.

The company hopes to ship the updated iPad software next year, while the Macs are expected as soon as late 2016, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products. Apple has not updated any Macs, besides the 12-inch MacBook, since last year. The company declined to comment.

This can’t come soon enough for me...

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07:21
Target fails at Apple merchandising

Follow this link, look at the picture. Typical Target merchandising. This approach works well for most Target merchandise, but it misses the mark in showing Apple products in the light in which they were meant to be seen.

Seems likely that’s a big part of why Target missed their Apple product sales projections.

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07:19
Apple FAQ responds to investor queries about $14.5B...

Apple has posted a series of answers to questions about the European Commission's tax ruling, and appears to be unconcerned about any potential financial fallout.

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07:13
iPads are as good as sedatives at calming kids down...

Quartz:

Using iPads to distract and lower anxiety levels prior to surgeries requiring general anaesthesia proved as effective as traditional sedatives, French researchers found.

Comparing the effects of the drug midazolam on 54 children, administered orally or rectally, with 58 others who played age-appropriate games on an iPad 20 minutes prior to anaesthesia, the researchers found that both the drug and the tablet equally blunted anxiety.

I can’t help but think that an iPad would always win against a drug applied rectally. But that aside, this is good stuff.

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07:09
Twitter’s battle against ever-increasing spambots

The Verge:

Twitter spam isn’t a new phenomenon, but over the past few weeks the amount of it has certainly increased. I use the social network on a daily basis, and not an hour goes by without a tweet of mine from months or even years ago being liked by a spambot. It’s a practice that generates a notification designed to make you click into the profile, where you’re met with what’s typically a pornographic pinned tweet and a link that will likely bury your PC into malware oblivion.

Yup. I see this on a regular basis. Always wondered what the end-game for the bot creators was. Are they rolled out by the bad guys in the hopes of sowing malware seeds? If I don’t click on the link, is there any other path to harm?

Twitter claims it has a variety of systems in place to detect spam on Twitter, and that the company responds to new forms continuously to combat spammers. Twitter also relies on users to report spammers, but it’s not clear how effective this route...

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07:01
iPads as effective on kids as sedatives at calming...

If you’re a parent who’s ever wished you could just give your kids a sedative to calm them down, apparently you can – handing them an iPad has exactly the same effect.

A French medical study reported at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong found that using iPads to reduce anxiety levels in children prior to surgery was every bit as effective as the sedative midazolam. Midazolam is normally administered prior to a general anaesthetic … 

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07:00
Snazzier Fitbits Sport Beefed-Up Feature Sets


Fitbit on Monday announced two new fitness trackers with sleeker looks, more durable construction and greater data-gathering capabilities. The Fitbit Charge 2, priced at $149.95, features continuous heart-rate tracking. It uses the data to generate a cardio fitness score and provides guidance for improving it over time. The Charge 2 displays real-time exercise stats, connects to the GPS in a smartphone, and has a set of advanced sensors that make it easier to track activity throughout a day.

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06:39
Alleged 'iPhone 7' prototype sticker...

A sticker claimed to be from a returned "iPhone 7" prototype at Foxconn may reinforce rumors that Apple is raising base storage on the device to 32 gigabytes.

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06:35
Opinion: Why Apple’s statement on Irish tax ruling...

Tim Cook has today posted an open letter regarding today’s ruling that the company must pay €13B ($15B) in back tax after Ireland broke the law in offering the company a sweetheart deal. In it, he states that Apple is ‘confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed’ on appeal.

It’s honestly hard to see where such confidence comes from. The letter effectively makes three arguments, only one of which is relevant to the case …

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06:30
Possible references to MacBook Pro OLED '...

A reference to a "Dynamic Function Row" has been spotted in Apple's latest release of the Pages word processing app, potentially confirming a rumored name for the OLED touch bar on the new MacBook Pro.

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06:26
Papa John’s now lets you order pizza straight from...

Apple has been saying the future of TV is apps since it launched the Apple TV 4 last fall, and now Papa John’s is delivering on that pitch by letting you order pizza straight from your TV. The pizza restaurant is celebrating being the first national chain to bring food ordering to the Apple TV by offering customers an automatic 25% when using the new tvOS app to checkout.

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06:24
Leaked SIM trays suggest 5 color options for iPhone...

With the iPhone 7 (or whatever it ends up being called) set to be launched next week, we already know a lot about Apple’s new phone. The iPhone 7 will largely look the same as the iPhone 6s with tweaked antenna lines and new cameras (dual cameras on the larger 5.5 inch phone). It also seems like Apple is preparing to add a new color option to the lineup, a ‘Space Black’ color variant.

A photo from Macotakara suggests that Apple will not be replacing the Space Grey color but instead add a glossy ‘Space Black’ shade as an additional color option. This would mean Apple would sell a total of five different coloured iPhone 7 units.

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06:18
Apple’s public response to the EU tax ruling

From Tim Cook’s 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 a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees.

At the time, Cork was suffering from high unemployment and extremely low economic investment. But Apple’s leaders saw a community rich with talent, and one they believed could accommodate growth if the company was fortunate enough to succeed.

We have operated continuously in Cork ever since, even through periods of uncertainty about our own business, and today we employ nearly 6,000 people across Ireland.

Apple has been in Cork since 4 years before the very first Mac was introduced. They’ve been in Cork through thick and thin. No possible argument there.

And:

Over the...

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06:11
Rumor: 'iPhone 7' will come in five colors...

With just over a week until Apple is expected to take the wraps off of its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the device will actually come in two shades of black --?a traditional matte, as well as a glossy option resembling the late 2013 Mac Pro desktop.

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06:10
Apple’s $14.5 Billion EU Tax Ruling: An FAQ

Bloomberg put together an FAQ about the EU tax ruling. Here are a few of the questions and answers:

Q: Can Apple afford to pay the bill?
A: Easily. As of last month, Apple had $232 billion in cash, with about $214 billion of that being held overseas.

Q: Who receives the money if Apple ends up paying?
A: The money gets paid to Ireland, which puts those funds into an escrow account and leaves it there until any appeal process has fully concluded.

Q: Is the EU singling out Apple or forcing other companies to obey too?
A: It’s not just Apple. The EU authority has already ordered the Netherlands and Luxembourg to recover as much as 30 million euros ($33.3 million) apiece in back taxes from Starbucks Corp. and a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unit. Vestager is also probing Amazon Inc. and McDonald’s Corp.’s affairs in Luxembourg and has signaled she’s...

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06:03
Apple Slapped with €13 Billion Tax Bill, Cook...

Apple has long used Irish loopholes to lower its tax liability, but the European Commission has had enough. However, Tim Cook won’t fork over the funds without a fight.

 

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06:02
Apple Ordered to Pay Up to $14.5 Billion in EU Tax...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. was ordered to repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker’s tax bill.

The world’s richest company benefited from a “selective tax treatment” in Ireland that gave it a “significant advantage over other businesses,” the European Union regulator said Tuesday. It’s the largest tax penalty in a three-year crackdown on sweetheart fiscal deals granted by EU nations.

And:

Apple and the Irish government have both vowed to fight the decision, which also risks stoking a fight with the U.S. over taxation policies — with the U.S. having already complained that Europe is unfairly targeting American companies and threatening global tax reforms.

And:

“I disagree profoundly with the commission’s decision,” said Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Ireland’s tax system is founded on the strict application of the law “without exception,” he...

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06:00
OIO's Amp Speaker Case brings theater sound to...

Except for the iPad Pro models that have four speakers located around the perimeter of the device, most iPads provide woefully inadequate sound to match the beautiful streaming video they can receive. A new Indiegogo campaign from OIO launched today wants to change all that. The Amp Speaker Case will work with the iPad Air 1 and 2, as well as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and is designed to bring a theater-like sound experience to the iPad. 

The Amp is designed as a case, with two big honeycomb acoustic panels that flip out when you're ready for easy listening. It has a 900 mAh 7.4-volt rechargeable battery built in for up to 7 hours of great sound, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2dP support, a pair of ultra-low profile electromagnetic exciters, and microfiber cloth covering the speakers.  

A case with big speakers needs a nice stand to go with it, and that's also included in the Amp's design. Want to watch your favorite movie, use your iPad as a...

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05:59
Google bakes Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google’s Chromecast is almost three years years old, but the company’s only now getting around to building Cast support directly into Chrome for PCs and Macs.

Update: Google recently announced that the Cast feature is now live for all Chrome users.

Google recently updated a help page for Chrome that says users on Chrome 51 will soon see a Cast option in their menu options. In addition, Google’s adding the ability show the contents of a Chrome tab in a Google Hangout.

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05:30
Apple patents hint at AR/VR head mounts, a media...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,429,759) for a “head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display” that refers to an augmented/virtual reality system for the iPhone. 

The invention involves head-mounted display systems and methods of operation that allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a iPhone with a separate head-mounted device. The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device can be worn on the user's head. 

Finally, Apple may also be working on a new “media production application,” as hinted at by a newly granted patent (number 9,431,057). The app receives a script of a media project and parses the script to identify (i) story sections of the media project and (ii) characters in the media project. It automatically creates data structures for the story sections and the characters, and...

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05:26
Tim Cook responds to $14.5B Irish tax bill with open...

After being hit with a $14.5 billion tab for alleged unpaid back taxes, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published an open letter to the "Apple Community" on Tuesday, saying he is "confident" that the decision from the European Commission will be reversed.

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05:07
Apple’s anticipated switch to OLED iPhone screens...

While Apple is widely expected to switch from LCD to OLED displays for future iPhones from either 2017 or 2018, one company is suggesting that the move made be a purely temporary one.

Digitimes quotes Innolux chairman and CEO Wang Jyh-chau arguing that OLED is not suitable as a permanent replacement for LCD. While the company – an LCD manufacturer – might be expected to make this case, Innolux is not suggesting that Apple will return to LCD, rather than it will adopt a third display technology: microLED (mLED) …

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05:03
Rumor: Apple planning ‘AirPods’ wireless headphones

Apple is preparing a pair of wireless headphones dubbed "AirPods," two new iPhone models and a total of no less than 10 Apple Watch models — at least that’s what a series of regulatory filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission — as noted by AppleInsider --  hints. 

Apple was granted "active" certification status for a wireless headphone product called “AirPods," alongside three other models to be marketed under the Beats brand. Last month, MacRumors revealed that an "AirPods" trademark filing discovered last October seemingly confirmed Apple's work on upcoming wireless earphones in lieu of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7. 

Also, Russian trademark filings discovered...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple working on professionally-gear iPads,...

Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.

The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.

Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally...

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05:00
VMware says, “We’re not dead,” updates Fusion and...

Enlarge / VMware Fusion 8.5 for Mac, with tab support. (credit: VMware)

Today, VMware announced upgrades to its desktop virtualization products for Windows, Mac, and Linux. But this time existing users won't have to pay for the new software.

VMware and its rival Parallels have been charging for upgrades every year, and last year both companies required users to upgrade if they wanted VMWare and Parallels to fully support Windows 10. But none of the operating system changes this year are likely to break anything in last year’s virtualization software. This makes it hard to convince customers that they should pay again.

VMware has...

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05:00
VMware Fusion 8.5 announced at VMworld, free upgrade...

As expected, the recent announcement of Parallels Desktop 12 preceded the release of VMware Fusion 8.5 by only a little over a week. VMware's Mac virtual machine environments -- Fusion and Fusion Pro, have been updated to version 8.5, bringing support for macOS Sierra host and guest machines (with Siri integration and tabbed VM windows), Windows 10 Anniversary, and Windows Server 2016.

The announcement was made today at VMworld, and is a bit different from the usual upgrade announcement in that VMware is not charging a fee for the upgrade. Both Fusion 8.5 and VMware's Windows VM environment -- WMware Workstation 12.5 -- will be available for free to registered existing customers. 

VMware's announcement was doubly exciting for...

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05:00
4 worthy alternatives to Sunrise Calendar

At the end of the month, the sun will set on Sunrise, one of the most beloved calendar apps. That will leave a scheduling void for Android and iOS users who prized the app for its intuitive interface, third-party app integration, and support for Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, and iCloud.

Though Sunrise leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, there are some worthy alternatives that can take its place. Here’s a look at four of the best.

Fantastical 2
Fantastical

Fantastical 2 offers a split-screen view that lets you see your month and a list of your appointments all at once.

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04:58
EU tax investigation concludes, Apple hammered with...

On Tuesday, the European Commission handed down its biggest tax penalty yet, ordering Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes -- but both Ireland and Apple are appealing the ruling.

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04:51
Apple: the Australian banks’ electronic payments...

Apple has issued a formal response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s anti-trust regulator, saying that giving Australian banks what they want would be doubly harmful to consumers. The country’s three biggest banks want approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones.

Last month those banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of...

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04:46
Tim Cook responds to Irish tax ruling in public...

Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple.com for customers, in response to the European judgement that Ireland must recover 13 billion euros in tax revenue from Apple, covering the period 2003-2014. In the public posting, Cook lambasts the judgement as having serious consequences on European business. It says the ruling suggests Apple received a special deal on our taxes which has “no basis in fact or in law”. Cook says Apple is being compelled to pay back taxes to a government that states Apple does not owe any additional money.

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04:44
EU Commission: Apple must pay $14.5 billion in back...

Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014, the European Commission has ruled, reports the BBC. This was confirmed this morning.

“The Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple,” says the EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager. “This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid.”

Ireland Finance Minister Noonan said the country "disagrees profoundly" with the back tax ruling by the European Commission. Apple has said that it will appeal the European Commission tax decision. And CEO Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple.com addressing the issue.

The Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg...

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04:30
How to use Siri to set a timer on an iOS device

I’m an ice cream addict. Twice a week I make a big batch of the world’s greatest dessert. In doing so, I have to time the mixing process for 30 minutes. I use Siri to set a timer on my iPhone to tell me when the mixing time is completed.

You can do the same to remind yourself to make a phone call, turn the oven on (or off), head out to pick up the kiddos from school, and more. Here’s how to do it:

  • Hold down the Home button on your iPhone (or iPad) to activate Siri.
  • Say something like "Set a timer for 30 minutes."
  • Siri will confirm that the timer was created and started.
  • Open the Clock app and click on the Timer icon if you want to watch the countdown.

Even with the timer set, you can continue to use your iPhone as usual. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

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04:05
Apple formally responds on Australian banks’ Apple...

A month after Australian banks demanded the right to have their own apps access the NFC chip used for Apple Pay, Apple has issued a formal response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The company argues that giving Australian banks what they want would be doubly harmful to consumers.

A fortnight ago, the ACCC denied the banks an interim ruling, but said that it would be considering the matter more fully.

Apple initially dismissed the idea on security grounds, also claiming that the banks were acting as an illegal cartel. It has...

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9to5Academy is proud to offer the web’s best online courses at the lowest prices–everything from web development to design, and much more. That’s why we’re excited to announce a storewide 40% off sale on all the courses in our Academy, running through August 31, 2016.

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04:00
Art Text lets you create high quality art on your Mac

By Frank Petrie

Time for another OTP (One Trick Pony). But this one is from a line of ponies that goes almost back to the very early days of GUI [graphical user interface] computing.

When the Macintosh ushered in the ability for the average person to produce "professional" looking newsletters and such, that was a game changer, Suddenly, civic organizations, church groups, computer clubs and what-have-you, could produce great looking flyers in an instant. And websites, too.

The pieces of software that made this possible were text apps. They allowed you to change fonts, play with the text's orientation, add drop shadows and the like. Today, most people are familiar enough with graphics programs that they can knock out what they need from within those.

But there are still many people with computers who don't use their machines that extensively. They know how to answer emails, browse the web and maybe tweet. That's about it and they're...

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03:49
Trademark filings indicate iPhone 7, multiple Apple...

Apple’s September product unveiling event is now confirmed as being held on September 7 at a keynote in San Francisco. Rumors are expecting a new iPhone 7 to be launched, largely resembling an iPhone 6s with dual cameras as a new flagship feature. Russian trademark filings discovered by mobiltelefon.ru confirm that Apple is readying new iPhones with model numbers A1778 and A1784.

The filings also describe a series of new Apple wearable devices, which appear to be different versions of Apple Watch 2 and maybe tweaked Apple Watch 1 hardware too. Most interestingly, it also confirms the existence of ‘AirPods’ – official wireless headphones to be used in tandem with the iPhone 7 …

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03:11
EU regulators order Ireland to recover 13 billion...

EU antitrust regulators have today ruled that Ireland’s tax arrangements with Apple are illegal. It is demanding that the country get Apple to pay back up to 13 billion euros in back taxes, around 15 billion dollars. Last night, it was reported to be in the region of 1.1 billion dollars so this is a substantial increase in the final ruling. The bill is probably subject to appeals but a ruling in the order of billions is a huge deal, even for Apple.

Update: Apple has said that it will appeal the European Commission tax decision, via Reuters.

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01:59
Apple linked to 'AirPods,' unannounced...

A series of regulatory filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission on Monday suggests Apple is readying a pair of wireless headphones dubbed "AirPods," two new iPhone models and a total of ten Apple Watch models.

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Monday August 29

20:39
Apple calls Australian banks' request to...

Apple in a recent filing with Australia's antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country's three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

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19:40
Bragi teases ‘big’ announcement happening next week...

Earlier today, Apple officially sent invites to its iPhone 7 announcement event that will be held next week on September 7th. Shortly after Apple’s announcement, wireless headphone company Bragi announced that it has its own big news coming next week, lending some to believe that Apple might be in the picture…

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18:55
Ahead of Apple’s upcoming 5K offering, LG unveils...

LG today has taken the wraps off of a pair of new 21:9 monitors that it will show off at the IFA conference in Berlin this week. Both of the displays offer the UltraWide technology that LG has become known for over the years, while one also features USB-C support. The first comes in at 38-inches with the model number 38UC99, while the second comes in at 34-inches and carries the 34UC79G identifier.

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18:43
LG delivers three new super-sized ultrawide monitors

LG has continued to push the limits of 21:9 aspect ratio monitors over the years and its latest three additions are something to behold. Ready to debut at IFA and coming to the US this fall, they include the "world's largest" 38-inch curved 38UC99 mo...

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18:40
C Programming Language Hits a 15-Year Low On The...

Gamoid writes: The venerable C programming language hit a 15-year low on the TIOBE Index, perhaps because more mobile- and web-friendly languages like Swift and Go are starting to eat its lunch. "The C programming language has a score of 11.303%, which is its lowest score ever since we started the TIOBE index back in 2001," writes Paul Jansen, manager of TIOBE Index. With that said, C is still the second most popular programming language in the world, behind only Java. Also worth noting as mentioned by Matt Weinberger via Business Insider, "C doesn't currently have a major corporate sponsor; Oracle makes a lot of money from Java; Apple pushes both Swift and Objective-C for building iPhone apps. But no big tech company is getting on stage and pushing C as the future of development. So C's problems could be marketing as much as anything."

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17:20
European Commission To Issue Apple An Irish Tax Bill...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland rejected the accusation; both have said they will appeal any adverse ruling. The source said the Commission will recommend a figure in back taxes that it expects to be collected, but it will be up to Irish authorities to calculate exactly what is owed. A bill in excess of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) would be far more than the 30 million euros each the European Commission previously ordered Dutch authorities to recover from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg from Fiat Chrysler for their...

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16:59
Alphabet executive steps down from Uber board as...

Alphabet executive David Drummond, leads a number of Google investment arms including GV, recently stepped down from Uber's board as the two companies work to bring their respective self-driving car projects to market.

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16:26
Macworld’s September Digital Edition: iOS 10’s Swift...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and Standard. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The Standard Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the September issue

We take for a spin iOS 10’s Swift Playgrounds, the learn-to-code iPad app that feels like a puzzle game. And, read how the Apple Watch saved one man’s life.

To...

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15:51
Report: Apple could release new Macs in October

Now that Apple’s next event is officially on the books for September 7, speculation can build about what won’t be announced, and when Apple might get around to updating those things: namely Macs, but also the iPad Pro. Bloomberg is reporting that, according to anonymous sources, Apple plans to refresh several Mac models and introduce new software features for the iPad Pro at an event in October.

This is plausible—Apple often has one event in September for new iPhones and another in October for new iPads. Last year broke this cycle, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro announced alongside the iPhone 6s in September 2015, and the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE announced in March 2016. But with so many of its products...

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15:32
Rumor (and my take on it): Apple's big upgrade...

Apple is developing new Mac laptops and desktops, which we should see in October, and has some big plans for the iPad Pro, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” As other rumors have suggested, a thinner MacBook Pro with a flatter keyboard is in the pipeline.

The standout feature will be a digital function key display above the keyboard that allows for common tasks to be done more quickly for whatever program is being used. Bloomberg says that iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from AMD and MacBook Airs with USB-C ports are also coming.

A collaboration with LG Electronics is reportedly in the works to produce a high-resolution 5K standalone monitor, the article adds.

Software upgrades for iPad, including broader stylus support, are also coming, according to Bloomberg....

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15:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 ‘...

Last week, repair guide website iFixit published a detailed blog post discussing an issue plaguing a growing number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Referred to as “Touch Disease,” a hardware problem causes iPhone displays to become unresponsive and feature a thin gray flickering line along the top.

Now, a trio of iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over the issue, claiming that Apple has refused to repair devices that are affected for free…

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15:23
Appeals court dismisses FTC lawsuit over AT&T...

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of a 2014 Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against AT&T, which had accused the company of misleading marketing in throttling data plans it sold to the public as "unlimited."

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15:17
Apple to debut standalone 5K monitor, MacBook Air...

Apple is working to release a fresh batch of Mac hardware including a standalone 5K display made in partnership with LG, MacBook Air and iMac refreshes, and new iPad Pro software catering to professional users, according to a report on Monday.

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15:00
Report: New MacBook Air, iMac & 5K display...

We already know a lot about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and MacBook Pro refreshes, but a new report today from Bloomberg details a bit more about what the company has up its sleeve for the rest of the year. The report claims that in addition to the new iPhone and MacBook Pro lineups, Apple is planning to refresh the iMac and MacBook Air and will also introduce a new 5K display, as we’ve reported in the past, in partnership with LG. On the software side of things, Apple is reportedly working on a variety of new features for the iPad Pro.

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14:59
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 29, 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

Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac. 

Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or  professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.

Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site, where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English,...

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14:30
AWT News Update: August 29, 2016

Apple announces the September 7 event for the "iPhone 7", so today's show speculates on what we're likely to hear about:

  • The new iPhone might include a wireless charging technology, based on interest in Energous just after today's Apple announcement
  • The Apple Watch 2 is expected to have 35% more battery capacity, but don't expect longer battery life
  • It's unlikely that any new Macs will be announced at the event
  • Siri starts giving snarky responses when you ask about September 7

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 29, 2016. Here are several of today’s Apple news highlights...

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14:20
∞ Gene Wilder flips his shit

[VIDEO] Fan of Gene Wilder? These scenes will make you laugh, take you through some old times.

Not sure who he is? These scenes go to the heart of Gene Wilder.

Enjoy.

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13:54
Apple updates macOS Sierra beta (yes, again)

Following on the heels of the news of the September 7 Apple event, the company on Monday released a new macOS Sierra beta for developers and the participants of the Apple Public Beta Program.

After performing a data backup, dev beta 8/Public Beta 7 is available in the Mac App Store, under Updates. The update is 2.14GB.

Last Friday, Apple released a new beta of iOS 10, as well as a beta update for tvOS 10. Users of iOS 9 should make sure they update to version 9.3.5...

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13:51
∞ Gene Wilder, star of Young Frankenstein, Willy...

I feel a great, gaping hole in my heart. Gene Wilder meant a lot to me. Very, very sad.

Hit the main post for some appreciation links. Damn.

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13:50
Apple issues eighth macOS 10.12 Sierra beta to...

With just over a week to go before Apple is expected to announce an official macOS 10.12 Sierra release date, the company on Monday issued the latest beta versions of the operating system to developers and public beta testers for evaluation.

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13:50
The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

Nearly two years after it launched in October 2014, Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—continues its breathtaking growth. CEO Tim Cook announced in July that the service is now used in three-fourths of “mobile wallet” transactions made in the United States, and that more than 1 million new users join every week. Banks and retailers are still joining up, and even Kanye West’s pop-up shops are now taking Apple Pay payments. Soon, the service will available not just on iOS, but on the web, too.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:47
Apple debuts new developer and public betas of macOS...

Apple has released the eighth beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the seventh beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.

The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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13:32
Apple briefly allows, pulls jailbreak app on iOS App...

An app ostensibly for browsing Dribbble passed through Apple's App Store review process despite coming loaded with a hidden feature that allowed users running iOS 9.3.3 or earlier to jailbreak their device.

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13:27
250,000 ANZ customers are now using Apple Pay

Four months after offering Apple Pay, ANZ (the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) says 250,000 of its customers are now using Apple’s mobile payment service, reports the Australian Financial Review.

ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National Australia Bank. The bank also says its MasterCard customers will be able to add their credit cards to Apple Pay. So far, during the three months of Apple Pay availability, 20% of the eligible user base has loaded its cards to the Wallet app.

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13:23
Sept. 7 Apple event to be live streamed

While the invites have gone out to the press, Apple has updated their site with the live stream location. For those of you who are forgetful, they’ve also included a helpful “Add to your calendar” link so you won’t miss it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:21
The Peppermint Twist Is Still Cool


The Peppermint operating system is built around a concept not found in most Linux distros. It is a hybrid combination of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based infrastructure. Peppermint 7, the annual update released in June, is a lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04. It uses LXDE as the default desktop environment, and shows considerable growth since our review of Peppermint 5 two years ago. The key to this process of linking full desktop functionality to cloud apps is an in-house developed application dubbed "Ice."

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13:18
macOS 10.12 Sierra developer beta 8 + public beta 7...

Apple today released the eighth developer preview of macOS Sierra since showing off the software update for the Mac at WWDC 2016. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac with other features like Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.

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13:03
Sept. 7 Apple event to be live streamed, Siri...

As expected, Apple will be video streaming the Sept. 7 release event through its regular channels, and Siri's responses have been updated with humorous quips to "see you on the 7th."

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12:55
New lawsuit accuses Apple of turning blind eye to...

A new class action lawsuit against Apple claims that the company has been aware of the so-called "touch disease" on 2014 iPhones for some time, and unfairly refused to repair affected devices at no cost.

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12:52
Apple sued over unresponsive iPhone 6 screens

According to a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit filed on Saturday, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

I had a number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices and never saw this issue, but I have read the reports of the problem last week. I’m not sure why Apple wouldn’t fix it if there was a hardware flaw, but I guess we’ll find out in the lawsuit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:49
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.25 and Office 2011 14.6.7, Fantastical 2.2.5, Pixelmator 3.5.1, BBEdit 11.6.1, and Typinator 6.10.

 

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12:49
ExtraBITS for 29 August 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple announces the date of its next big media event, we look back at Tim Cook’s fifth anniversary as Apple’s CEO, and John Gruber reflects on the demise of the Vesper note-taking app.

 

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12:47
EU rules against Apple in Ireland’s tax dispute

Apple will on Tuesday be hit with Europe’s largest tax penalty after Brussels ruled that the company received illegal state aid from Ireland.

The company will have to pay billions of euro in back taxes to Dublin as the European Commission moves to redraw the boundaries on aggressive tax avoidance by the world’s biggest corporations.

It’s important to note that Apple has paid every penny it owed in taxes. Based on Tim Cook’s previous comments, an appeal to this decision is certain.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
'iPhone 7' sales pitch seen as key for...

The success of this year's "iPhone 7" could depend largely on Apple's ability to convince a growing number of users on pre-iPhone 6 models that it's time to finally upgrade, one analyst believes.

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12:15
The cord-cutting trend continues among pay TV...

Approximately 812,000 pay TV subscribers cut the cord from April through June of this year, according to research firm SNL Kagan — as noted by The Wrap. That’s up from the industry’s loss of 625,000 in the same quarter a year ago.

Note that April through June is typically the worst of the year for pay TV companies. The first and last three months of the year generally see the most new subscribers, so it will be interesting to see what happens from October to December.

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12:09
This App Store-approved ‘dribbble’ client will...

Update: The app in question appears to be pulled about 40 minutes after news broke.

We haven’t test this on our own devices, but Reddit certainly seems to believe this App Store-approved app claiming to be a Dribbble client can jailbreak 64-bit iPhones running iOS 9.3.3. You’ll need to already be on iOS 9.3.3, however, and downgrading from iOS 9.3.4 or higher isn’t possible.

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