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Monday August 22

09:01
How Netgear's Orbi plans to eradicate Wi-Fi...

Netgear's Orbi Wi-Fi system is more than just router, utilizing two devices to blanket your whole home in Wi-Fi.

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09:00
Apple, Samsung Capture All Of Industry's...

Continuing to operate on razor thin margins, smartphone manufacturers other than Samsung and Apple are bleeding money. Apple accounted for 75 percent of the smartphone's profits in the second quarter this year, down from 90 percent a year ago, according to Canaccord Genuity. Samsung, which has reported strong sales thanks to its Galaxy S7 series of smartphones, accounted for more than 30 percent of the industry, the research added. ZDNet reports: While this tale could revolve around Apple vs. Samsung the larger question is this: Why would any company want to make smartphones? Let's get real. All the profits go to Apple (high end) or Samsung (high end and scale). The rest of the players in the market don't make money and get disrupted by whatever vendor is flavor of the month? Remember that Xiaomi was supposed to be the next big thing in China and elsewhere, but is now being disrupted by Oppo and Vivo. A quarter from now Oppo and Vivo will be thumped by some smartphone manufacturer...

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09:00
The best tech for college freshmen

Starting college is expensive. In addition to, you know, the tuition, you and the parentals will probably be making a large shopping trip to buy all manner of sweaters, snacks and extra-long twin sheets to round out your dorm room. And that's not cou...

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08:58
Google removing support for Chrome Apps in Mac...

Google is continuing a migration away from Chrome apps, and has revealed a plan to cut packaged and hosted apps from its standalone Web browser in the next two years.

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08:58
The Cellphone That Assembles Itself (Video)

You know that Arthur C. Clarke line about sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic? Behold a little wizardry from M.I.T. in the form of a “self-assembling” cellphone. Fast Company did a story on a lab at the university that designed a cellphone with six components. They are designed in such a way that when jostled together in a tumbler, the parts that fit together, stick together, while the parts that don’t, don’t. The possibilities for cheap assembly could be staggering—in this case, it could help put a cellphone into the hands of almost anyone. But the principles are not limited to cellphones. It’s fascinating to watch, and if you find it interesting, check out the full article.


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08:38
The slim PS4 is looking realer every day

When photos of a purported slim PS4 redesign emerged, you could hear the skeptics' cries from a mile away: fake! Photoshopped! However, it looks like this new console is very much real. Eurogamer visited the person who bought the unreleased console f...

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08:19
Sony receiver lowers the costs of Android Auto and...

It's not easy to add smartphone-based infotainment to your existing car, especially if you prefer Android Auto. Many aftermarket head units are either devoted solely to Apple CarPlay (like Pioneer's AppRadio 4) or mind-numbingly expensive (such as t...

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08:18
Apple loses ground in Indian smartphone market,...

Despite Apple attempts to push deeper into the Indian smartphone market, the iPhone is still largely failing to gain traction, according to a recent research study.

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08:08
AT&T’s New MobileShare Advantage Plan Costs...

On Sunday AT&T rolled out their new MobileShare Advantage Plans and, along with them, their online comparison tool that shows you just what the new plans will cost you. Digging in this morning it’s pretty evident that only a handful of people currently on MobileShare Value plans will actually save money with these new plans. Click through to see the math and the details.


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08:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-22: Interview with...

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Airplane Mode’s Dave Wiskus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the band, his musical journey, and finding success as an indie band.


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08:00
Analogue's beautiful, aluminum NES gets a...

The NES Classic is equal parts neat and limited -- after all, it has the correct look, but can't be expanded beyond the 30 games built into it and won't play nice with existing NES controllers. Cheap? Sure, though it's maybe not the tiny retro machin...

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07:56
Apple buys Gliimpse, apparently looking into health...

Apple has apparently acquired Gliimpse, a health startup whose stated aim is to allow any American to pull together a comprehensive picture of their health, which they would be free to share with medical professionals as desired.

The acquisition reportedly happened “earlier this year” and has yet to be noted by Apple or published on the Gliimpse web site. For its part, Apple offered its usual “non-denial” statement that it ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.’

Interestingly, Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi started out as an Apple engineer back in the late 80s, before becoming a serial entrepreneur after forming and taking public his company Sequoia Software. He said that he formed Gliimpse out of a frustration at...

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07:53
News: Apple investigating after two Foxconn...

Apple partner Foxconn said two workers at one of its manufacturing facilities died last week, The Wall Street Journal reports. A 31-year-old employee at the Zhengzhou plant that specializes in production of Apple devices climbed to the top of the building and leapt to his death after finishing his night shift on an iPhone assembly line Wednesday night. The man had been on the job only a month, prompting one fellow Foxconn employee to ask, “Why is…

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07:46
Apple and Google are teaming up to kill robocalls...

When I lived in the States, I was appalled at the ridiculously huge number of robocalls I got on a regular basis. It’s getting just as bad here in Canada. I hope these companies can band together to find an effective solution to this problem.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:45
Deals: $400 of 21" iMac; $270 off 13"...

As the back-to-school shopping season draws to a close, shoppers can snap up a 21" iMac for $899. Or pick up a 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) for $959 at B&H. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro is also marked down to $1,030 on eBay, while the 13" Air with 8GB of memory is $200 off.

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07:43
MIT is exploring phones that put themselves together

We've seen a tiny chair that can assemble itself from MIT, but now the lab responsible for that adorable experiment has their eye on a much more complicated project: self-assembling cellphones. Specifically, MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is looking at how...

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07:42
These women sent a generation of astronauts into...

I’m looking forward to seeing this movie about these amazing women. The trailer looks good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:34
iPhone-compatible ZEISS VR ONE Plus VR headset...

ZEISS has announced the official in-store launch of its $129 VR ONE Plus virtual reality headset in select Best Buy stores nationwide, and online. The VR ONE Plus will be featured as part of an hands-on display, allowing general consumers to experience its quality hardware and lenses for the first time, according to the folks at ZEISS.

The smartphone-enabled VR ONE Plus is an open-platform, software agnostic VR headset that includes a universal smartphone tray. The tray allows the VR ONE plus to accommodate most smartphones with a screen size between 4.7 and 5.5 inches, including the iPhone 6/6S and the iPhone 6 Plus. Dual operating system compatibility means the VR ONE Plus works with thousands of apps in the Google Play and Apple App stores, including many gaming apps, YouTube 360 degree videos, and Google Street View.

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07:25
VRS Design debuts case lineup for the not-yet-...

Apple hasn’t even confirmed that an “iPhone 7” is coming, but that hasn’t stopped VRS Design from announcing their case line-up for the next gen smartphone. 

In fact, the mobile accessories company claims that over 50% of iPhone users will be switching to the new iPhone 7 after its release (quoting info from a July 2016 Fortune article entitled “Here’s How Many iPhone Owners Will Buy the iPhone 7.” The VRS Design iPhone 7 case lineup includes 12 models that are available for pre-order now.

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07:24
Apple's health push continues with reported...

Earlier this year Apple purchased personal health data startup Gliimpse, a report revealed on Monday, potentially setting the stage for enhancements to CareKit, HealthKit, and ResearchKit.

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07:24
Apple bought a company that tracks chronic health...

Apple has purchased Gliimpse, a startup that helps users collect and personalize their health records, according to Fast Company. Apple confirmed the deal, which reportedly happened earlier this year, but was coy as usual. "Apple buys smaller technol...

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07:23
Apple investigating deaths of two Foxconn workers...

Apple is said to be seeking more information on the deaths of two workers from Foxconn’s iPhone assembly line in Zhengzhou, China. The WSJ reports that one death was an apparent suicide, the other an accident.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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07:13
News: Apple buys health data startup Gliimpse

Apple’s digital health team has made its first known acquisition, a personal health data startup named Gliimpse, Fast Company reports. The Silicon Valley company was started in 2013 and built its own software platform to allow people to collect, personalize and share a picture of their health data. Gliimpse was funded by Anil Sethi, a “serial entrepreneur” who spent the past decade working with health startups and got his start as…

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07:08
Hey, Siri, that’s ‘Streisand’ without a soft ’s’

A Barbra Streisand update may be coming to iPhones, iPads and even Macs soon. The singer and actress recently said she asked that Apple fix Siri, its personal digital assistant (which will debut on the Mac with macOS Sierra this fall) to pronounce her last name right, according to Billboard.

"She pronounces my name wrong," the singer/actor/director said on NPR's Weekend Edition. "With a soft S, like sand on the beach. I've been saying this for my whole career.”

She told Billboard that she took up the issue of her name with Apple CEO Tim Cook himself.

"And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on Sept. 30," said Streisand.

I’m not sure what update she’s speaking of, unless it’s the upcoming iOS 10.

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07:00
Dots & Co is a stylish puzzler that's...

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

Feeling overwhelmed by garish, freemium-fueled puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga and its successors? Two Dots is a favorite here at Macworld, as the...

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06:59
Apple scoops up Gliimpse, a personal health data...

Apple has bought Gliimpse, a personal health data startup, according to Fast Company. The acquisition apparently took place earlier this year.

The company provides “Gliimpses,” your health story. The company helps users collect their medical data from web portals, then help organize it into a shared and understood health story. 

Your personal story adds color to your health data, like “hey doc, that migraine med makes me feel dizzy.” You control your Gliimpse by using your portal username and password, and we download and organize your personal health data from over 1,500-plus US health systems, pharmacies and labs on your behalf.

The acquisition is obviously designed to bolster Apple’s ever-growing efforts in digital health. What stands out about the deal is that Gliimpse is intended for patients with diseases like cancer and...

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06:52
Barbra Streisand says 'Sept. 30' iOS...

In a weekend radio interview, singer Barbra Streisand claimed that Apple will be fixing the way Siri pronounces her name in the "next update" of iOS, supposedly going out Sept. 30.

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06:52
Apple, other companies, were approached about buying...

According to a report from the New York Times, the ride-sharing company Lyft recently held discussions with handful of companies — including Apple — to discuss a possible acquisition.

Launched in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer, the company's mobile-phone application facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing by connecting passengers who need a ride with drivers who have a car. The company now operates in over 200 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, and is valued at $5.5 billion. As of January 2016, Lyft had raised more than $2 billion from investors.

According to the Times, Lyft’s discussions were most serious with G.M., which is one of the ride-hailing company’s largest investors. However, G.M. never made a written offer...

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06:49
The biochemist behind light beer, the greatest...

I’m one of those beer snobs. I’ve never had a “Lite” beer that was worth the price.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:42
Two Foxconn workers die last week; the deaths are...

Hon Hai Precision Industry, which trades as Foxconn Technology Group and which assembles Apple products, said on Monday two workers at its manufacturing facilities in China died last week, even as the company made efforts to improve labor conditions that came under scrutiny after a spate of suicides in recent years, reports Reuters.

Foxconn said a male employee, who joined the company last month, was found dead outside a building in Zhengzhou on Thursday, while a female employee died in a train accident on her way to work on Friday. The company didn’t give further details, but said it was cooperating with authorities investigating the deaths, adds Reuters.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Republic of China. It is the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer, and the...

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06:41
Last Vesper update, sync shutting down

This has been in the tea leaves for a while. Simmons has a few more details about the shutdown of the app here.

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06:41
Review concludes UK bulk surveillance powers are...

Prior to the UK's Investigatory Powers Bill being voted through the House of Commons in June, the surveillance legislation faced criticism from several top Labour MPs. Former Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May was able to get the Labou...

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06:36
Apple tweaks its retail stores job titles and layouts

Apple met with retail employees over the weekend to introduce “major new changes, including new and renamed positions, a new credo, and new store layouts,” reports MacRumors, quoting unnamed “multiple retail sources.”

Among other changes, detailed in the article, are:

  • A new sales position above Expert. These employees are considered the most knowledgable about Apple products and services. 
  • Creative Pro: A new learning position above Creative. These employees are considered the most knowledgable about Apple products and services. 
  • Technical Expert: An all-new customer support position in between Technical Specialist and Genius. These employees will be able to provide mobile repairs, a task previously limited to Geniuses, and troubleshooting for software and products like the Apple Watch and Apple TV. The position is designed to help reduce...
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06:34
Lyft is said to seek a buyer, without success

While Tim Cook has said the company is looking to make major acquisitions, on the face of it, buying Lyft doesn’t seem to make sense, given their investment in Didi Chuxing. More than likely, any talent or technology they would get from a Lyft purchase is already available to them through Didi.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
News: Report: Apple passes on Lyft acquisition

Apple was reportedly one of several companies that held talks over the last few months to consider buying ride-hailing company Lyft, but didn’t end up making an offer, The New York Times reports. Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing company in which Apple invested $1 billion in May, was also mentioned as a possible buyer, alongside General Motors, Google, Amazon, and Uber. Didi Chuxing acquired Uber’s operations in China earlier this…

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06:29
Apple buys Gliimpse, a startup aiming to create...

Fast Company reports that Apple has acquired Gliimpse, a health startup whose stated aim is to allow any American to pull together a comprehensive picture of their health, which they would be free to share with medical professionals as desired.

Our vision is personalized and shareable medical records for all 317,000,000 Americans.

The acquisition reportedly happened ‘earlier this year.’ While it hasn’t yet been noted on the Gliimpse website, Apple has issued its usual ‘non-denial’ statement that it ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.’

Founder Anil Sethi started out as an Apple engineer back in the late 80s, before becoming a serial entrepreneur after forming and taking public his...

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06:21
Close-by exoplanet may have an oxygen-rich atmosphere

At last, scientists might have spotted a rocky exoplanet with an oxygen-heavy atmosphwere... only it's not the alternate Earth you might be hoping for. Astronomers have determined that GJ 1132b (aka Gliese 1132b), a relatively close 39 light years a...

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06:00
Barbara Streisand Says iOS 10 Will Be Released...

According to Barbara Streisand, Apple will release iOS 10 on September 30th. I know what you’re thinking: what does Barbara Streisand know about Apple’s release dates? Normally, Bryan Chaffin would be the first to say “nothing.” Followed by “Gimme a break.” But she has an interesting story, and it starts with Siri mispronouncing her name.


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06:00
Daily Deal: CrossOver 15 lets you run Windows apps...

Last week we highlighted a virtual machine solution that makes it possible to run a full Windows machine on your Mac, but what if you just need to run one specific Windows app and you don't want the expense of the VM software and a Windows license? That's where CrossOver 15 comes in, and we've got it for you in the for just $19.99

CrossOver makes it possible to run specific Windows apps without Windows, and without installing Windows virus protection on your Mac -- an extra added expense with virtual machines. Not all apps run properly under CrossOver, so you'll want to check the compatibility lists first. But if your favorite...

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06:00
The Pongbot makes beer pong actually challenging

If you ever went to a party in college, chances are you've played beer pong. You throw a ball into a cup filled with beer, and a successful shot means your opponent has to take a drink. It's a way to make drinking a bit more social and competitive. I...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac &...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac & Windows for only $24.99 — 50% off the regular price. If you’re working on a big project, Aeon Timeline 2 will help you organize yourself and keep on track to meet all of your deadlines. Ideal for a wide variety of projects, this timeline tool lets you manage events, entities, relationships, dependencies and more using an intuitive interface, and you can link any events with…

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05:58
Foxconn acknowledges deaths of two workers from...

On Monday Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, disclosed the deaths of two workers from its Apple-oriented Zhengzhou factory, though there don't appear to be any immediate links to conditions at the plant. [Updated]

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05:56
CNET provides its report card as Tim Cook reaches...

Tim Cook will have been CEO of Apple for five years as of Wednesday, and CNET has given its take on his wins and losses during that tenure.

more…

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05:52
Siri will soon pronounce Barbra Streisand’s name...

Barbra Streisand’s name may be known by many for her world-renowned singing and acting career but it turns out Siri has always pronounced her name incorrectly, since its launch in 2011. In an interview with NPR, Streisand voiced her dissatisfaction about this publicly for the first time. Rather than using the correct soft ‘s’ sound for the middle of her surname, Siri announces her name using a ‘z’ pronunciation.

Apparently, this has bugged the celebrity since Siri launched and she has finally made a stink about it. She called Apple CEO Tim Cook directly and he ‘delightfully’ agreed to update Siri to use the correct pronunciation in a forthcoming update.

more…

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05:30
Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead...

One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system call...

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05:15
Department of Justice reports 400% increase in...

You need to be careful out there.

Ransomware attacks have apparently quadrupled over the last year according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency reported that the attacks have now escalated to approximately 4,000 per day. Typical ransomware payments range from $500 to $1,000, according to cyberrisk data firm Cyence Inc., but some hackers have demanded as much as $30,000 in an attack that crippled a large portion of the hospital’s computer systems.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid roughly $17,000 to unlock files in February, following an attack that crippled a large portion of the hospital’s computer systems.

In the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center hack, cybercriminals broke into a server in late January. After...

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05:06
ACLU’s principal technologist reacts to NSA hack...

It’s just ten days since I pointed to a Microsoft security leak as proof of my point that any iPhone master key created by Apple would inevitably fall into the wrong hands in time – and even more powerful support for that position now exists.

It was revealed last week that powerful hacking tools created by the NSA have been leaked, and are now being auctioned to the highest bidder. Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, summarised that argument in a single tweet.

Apple:...

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05:00
Apple releases iOS 10 Beta 7 for developers, Public...

If you recently installed the iOS Beta 6 for developers or Public Beta 5, you’re out of date.

Late Friday, Apple released iOS 10 Beta 7 for developers and iOS 10 Public Beta 6 for other users.

The update can be installed by running the Software Update feature in Settings. The new beta weighs in as a 60 megabyte download and contains unspecified fixes and changes.

If you’ve tried either of the new betas and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via Macworld

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05:00
Renaming Apple Products and Other Deck Chair Shuffles

Since Apple is busy re-arranging deck chairs rather than actually making a new product, the least they can do is fix their wacked-out product naming scheme. John Kheit has some ideas on taming those names and modernizing Apple’s approach.


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04:30
Satechi's Dual Sonic Conicals are decent, low...

The Satechi Dual Sonic Conicals (v 2.0) are decent-sounding, low cost ($29.99) speakers that will appeal to owners of computers with crappy speakers, though they’re certainly not targeted to those who want audiophile quality sound.

For example, I find the speakers on my 27-inch iMac more satisfying than the Dual Sonic Conicals. But for 30 bucks, the Satechi speakers — available in black or white — aren’t bad, though the sound is a bit hollow and the bass distorts at high volumes. Also, the speakers have a couple of things going for them.

The cable features an in-line volume control, allowing easy volume adjustment. The Conicals small, sleek and attractive in a minimalist way with their cone shape and rubberized matte white finish.

For better and worse, they’re powered by your USB port instead of an AC outlet. Better if you’re running out of electrical outlets. Worse if you’re...

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04:25
Apple introducing three new positions & poetic...

Apple is complementing its redesigned and renamed Apple Stores with changes to the staffing roles, according to sources. We first heard last week that the changes would be announced on Sunday, along with a new credo.

Hearing that there is a big deal Apple Retail Store meeting Sunday. Details coming soon to @9to5mac #credo

— Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) August 17, 2016

Three new positions are being introduced as of February 2017, while other roles are being renamed …

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04:00
Get your kicks with sticks with World Cup Air Hockey

By Frank Petrie

World Cup Air Hockey — available in free and US$0.99 versions at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is a fine, fun virtual hockey game. It first allows you to pick the country that you represent and your opponents country. Once done, you then choose from three game modes: Practice, Tournament and Head-to-Head. Of these three, I find my self playing mainly practice as it's straightforward.

Your objective is to be the first player to score seven goals. Again, you can either confine your high scores to your device or put them out on the network and see how they measure up t others.

Head-to-Head mode mode lets you take on an opponent, a living one at that, and play each other on the same device. Your viewing angle is switched to an over-the-head mode, thereby allowing both players a good view of the action....

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Sunday August 21

18:27
Apple shakes up retail workforce with new and...

In an "all-hands" meeting for retail staff this weekend, Apple reportedly introduced a slew of significant changes including three new job titles, renamed existing positions, and even an updated corporate credo it wants workers to follow.

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12:10
Bloomberg’s Report on Apple Watch 2

I have a few problems with Bloomberg’s report on the upcoming Apple Watch 2, credited to Mark Gurman, Alex Webb, and Scott Moritz. Starting with the headline: “Apple Hits Roadblocks in Cutting Watch Ties to iPhone”.

Apple Inc. has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would
connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent
on the iPhone, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall
boasting improvements to health tracking.

The updated versions will also be able to integrate GPS-based
location tracking, according to the people, who asked not to be
identified because the plans aren’t public. An Apple spokeswoman
declined to comment.

The use of present tense in the headline (“hits roadblocks”) instead of past...

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10:57
Massachusetts will tax ridesharing services to...

State and city governments have been trying to protect the taxi industry from ridesharing services for a while, but Massachusetts is taking an unusual route. Its governor recently enacted a law (the first known in the US) that will charge ridesharin...

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09:30
Ben Heck's Hackbot Wars, part 2: Weapons

It's time for the "Hackbotz" to assemble! In this second part of the series, we see the bots being weaponized for ballon destruction. With their experience in thrifty salvaging, The Ben Heck Show team has scavenged parts to enhance their robots. K...

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09:06
MGG 619: Security Breach!

Listener Jason had a security breach on his home network. Learn what he did that allowed this to happen, and what you can do to prevent it. Lots of other tips in this episode, too, like removing phantom app storage, enabling iCloud for iBooks after the fact, starting up in Safe Mode with a wireless keyboard, and much more.


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08:00
After Math: All of them

This was an interesting week for understanding core concepts. Here are some examples. Every Eddie Bauer store was hacked, all of Twitter's users now get quality filters, AT&T entirely eliminated overage charges (but only for some of its plans) an...

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07:00
Self-driving taxis and buses, and more in the week...

The age of the self-driving car is finally here: Uber just announced plans to launch its first fleet of autonomous taxis this month, and self-driving buses are now hitting the streets of Helsinki. Airbus is shooting even higher with plans to build an...

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05:30
Finding compatible USB-C accessories is a crapshoot

By Andrew E. Freedman

USB Type-C is mainstream now. HP and Apple put the new standard on their high-end laptops exclusively, while a number of others are using both USB 3.0 and USB-C. Samsung added USB Type-C to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which ensu...

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Saturday August 20

23:40
3D faces based on Facebook photos can fool security...

Facial recognition systems aren't quite perfect yet and can still make mistakes especially when they're assessing the faces of people of color. Now, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina showed that companies developing security...

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21:29
Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' as...

Two days after dropping a "visual album" called "Endless," Frank Ocean on Saturday debuted his hotly anticipated album "Blond" -- "Blonde" on Apple Music and iTunes -- as a two-week windowed exclusive on Apple's streaming music service.

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20:58
Facebook's Lifestage is a video-centric social...

Facebook isn't done launching products designed to capture the Snapchat generation. Its latest attempt after Instagram Stories and live filters? A new standalone, video-centric social app for high school students called Lifestage. To be able to compl...

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19:32
Microsoft will fix Surface Pro 3 battery issues...

Microsoft was right about its hunch that Surface Pro 3 battery degradation was a software problem. The company reports that it has ruled out hardware as a cause for the shrinking battery capacity, and that it's working on a patch that should bring y...

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18:31
Biggest US total solar eclipse in decades happens...

Lunar eclipses are pretty amazing, but statistically speaking, they aren't really all that rare. Catching a full solar eclipse, on the other hand? That's hard. The moon blocks our planet's view of the sun about ever year and a half -- but these eclip...

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17:02
Get rid of Google Earth Update Helper pop-ups by...

If you’re one of the many Mac OS X users who received an installation dialog for Google Earth Update Helper asking you to enter your password, it wasn’t malware.

Instead, it seems to be a bad update transmitted through Google’s background software updater—something you probably didn’t even know you had. You can delete the Google Earth plug-in that caused it or remove the software updater entirely.

The company’s Mac software installs a background agent, which regularly checks for app updates and pushes them to your computer for Google Earth, Chrome, and other Google software. There’s no front-end to manage software updates, nor does Google provide instructions for removing this background process.

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16:55
Oracle funds a group trying to tarnish Google's...

It won't shock you to hear that Oracle is nursing a grudge after it lost its big copyright case against Google. It's pushing for a new trial, for one thing. However, the software giant is also trying to undermine its rival in roundabout ways. Orac...

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16:03
Apple Annapolis latest to get 'next generation...

Apple opened its relocated Annapolis Mall store in Maryland on Saturday with "next-generation" renovations developed under retail chief Angela Ahrendts, including a large custom TV display, interactive wooden cabinetry and a massive sales floor.

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15:28
Lyft reportedly tried to sell to Apple, Uber and...

Apparently General Motors wasn't the only potential buyer for Lyft's ride-sharing business. According to the New York Times, the San Francisco-based company has been trying to sell itself to everyone from Apple and Google to Amazon, Uber and Didi Chu...

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14:45
Six futuristic data storage technologies

By Cat DiStasio

Digital technology is taking over the world, and scientists are hard at work finding better ways to store data -- lots of it and for long periods of time. Scientists are exploring new materials for data storage as well as new methods...

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14:02
∞ A Usain Bolt Flipbook
14:01
How did Microsoft fare at Gamescom this year?

Microsoft has a ton of Xbox exclusives in the pipeline. Gears of War 4, ReCore, Dead Rising 4, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 -- the list goes on. Here at Gamescom, we've been speaking to the developers behind each title, listening to their pitches...

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13:57
∞ Metallica concert streaming live on Pandora tonight

Pandora will be streaming Metallica’s concert from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 9:00 pm CT time tonight.

P.S. WTF Apple? Time to pay attention to some music other than Pop or Rap.

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13:01
'Resident Evil 7' took just 15 minutes to...

Resident Evil 6 was a bad video game, and Capcom knows it. To save its zombie franchise, the publisher has taken a radically different approach for Resident Evil 7, throwing out the loud explosions and over the top combat for smaller, more atmospheri...

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12:00
'Outreach' is a space adventure game set...

A renewed interest in spaceflight has sparked a wave of video games looking at the harsh realities of living in space. We've had Adrift, a near-future survival epic similar to the film Gravity, and soon Tacoma, a story-driven exploration game set ins...

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11:30
North Face's Access Pack was made for obsessive...

A lot of backpacks and messenger bags now come standard with padded laptop sleeves. Whether that's due to most people taking a notebook or tablet with them, I don't know, but laptop bags are a thing, with an increasingly wide range of prices, shapes...

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10:25
To Protect Enterprise Data, Secure the Code


Responsibility for securing enterprise applications has been moving down the development lifecycle, and for good reason. It not only makes the enterprise more secure, but also saves companies time and money. For example, the average time to fix a vulnerability in IBM's application security solution has dropped from 20 hours to 30 minutes, according to a study Forrester Consulting released last month. Also, finding bugs earlier rather than later in the development process resulted in a 90 percent cost savings.

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09:41
Apple reportedly among companies that held potential...

While Apple made a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing earlier this year, it apparently also held talks with Lyft, another popular car request service, regarding an acquisition. According to a report from the New York Times, Lyft has recently held discussions with handful of companies to discuss a possible acquisition, with Apple being one of them.

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09:37
AT&T working on 5G deployment

The launch isn’t until 2018, but it’s good that people are working on a standard now.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: What happened at Hyperloop One?

How Hyperloop One
went off the rails
Sarah McBride,
Bloomberg

The folks at Hyperloop One are one group trying to make Elon Musk's seemingly crazy idea of a levitating pod transportation system a reality. That task hasn't been without its fair shar...

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08:45
'Oh... Sir!' is our favorite insult-em-up

Officially, it's day two of Gamescom here in Cologne, Germany. For us, though, it's day four of Nick Summers and I marching up and down a vast convention center, visiting developers to find out more about their games. It's been a stressful 100 hours...

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08:00
Pop culture's many takes on artificial...

Over the years, artists, writers, filmmakers and game studios have all tackled the concept of artificial intelligence. Often their vision is of machines that are brutally hostile to humans. Philip K. Dick envisioned androids that murder their owners....

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07:54
This week’s top stories: iOS 10 betas, iPhone 7...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10 betas, iPhone 7 leaks, Apple Watch 2, new iPad rumors, and much more.

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06:30
Xtreem’s video drones bring HD recording, 360° flip...

Xtreem has revealed the latest additions to its line of remote controlled toys: the Sky Ranger Video Drone, Fly Eye Video Drone and Raptor Eye Video Drone. Designed for ages 12 and up, the new drones feature lightweight yet durable construction and put users’ flying skills to the test, with long transmission distances and multi-directional flip maneuvers. 

They’re equipped with a full HD video camera, users can capture photos and videos of their favorite flying adventures. Measuring 19.7 inches and weighing only 1.3 pounds, the Sky Ranger Video Drone’s first person view feature gives users a bird’s eye view of flights on their smartphone via the free app for iOS and Android. 

SkyRanger uses the 2.4GHz frequency for a wireless signal up to 230 feet and 360-degree maneuverability including up/down, forward/backward, sideways movements, flips, stunt tumbles, continuous rolling and more. A grab-and-go toy for outdoor...

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06:30
ICYMI: Segway's plan B and flexible concrete

Today on In Case You Missed It: Segway came to Intel's Developer's Forum to show a prototype for a self-balancing scooter that is also a robot. If the public SDK works out well, Segway hopes to release a consumer version of whatever it becomes in 2...

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06:00
The Nesta ceramic line of audio gear is in the House...

House of Marley has added its first product crafted with zirconia ceramics to its line of audio gear and lifestyle accessories: the Nesta ceramic in-ear headphones. 

The Nesta features noise-isolating design with 6mm drivers and are crafted from zirconia ceramics and ion-plated stainless steel trims. They sport angle-free woven cords with three-button remote and inline microphone, two sizes of ear gels and an ergonomic angled nozzle.

Nesta is available in hematite (black), gold, and rose gold and is available at thehouseofmarley.com and retailers nationwide for $49.99.

Pure class: The Pad & Quill Bella Fino Leather Case for iPhone® SE

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Moshi's iGlaze is...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes Moshi’s iGlaze, a see-through case for the iPad Pro that’s so slim, it’s barely visible. Plus, get ready for fall with new sleeves, great folios, and everyday bags for all your tech accessories. Read on!

Brenthaven

The Collins Limited Edition Courier (all iPad models; $79.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a durable bag with a spacious main compartment for your iPad.

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05:30
Hunter Fan Company’s Signal ceiling fan supports...

Hunter Fan Company has rolled out their Wi-Fi enabled Signal ceiling fan, which supports Apple HomeKit technology and seamlessly with other HomeKit-enabled products.

HomeKit allows users to securely control each fan – or a group of fans – from one place using the upcoming iOS 10 Home app or Siri on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. Users can set up HomeKit-enabled products to work together based on triggers, such as having the fan's light turn on the moment the fire alarm detects smoke or creating a scene that automatically turns on the fan's light and locks your front door simultaneously. HomeKit technology provides advanced security with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the fan and the iOS device.

The Signal sports a contemporary and sleek design with satin nickel housing, reversible wooden-finished blades. It retails for $379.

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05:00
Hercules launches DJControl Instinct P8

Hercules has introduced the $129.99 DJControl Instinct P8, a dual-deck DJ controller. Coming next month, iIt has built-in audio and essential mix and remix features.

The DJControl Instinct P8 needs a Mac or PC with a USB port to connect the controller, a set of speakers, headphones and music files for beginner DJs. DJs are able to boost their mix and performance with the eight multicolored pads and the latest version of DJUCED 40° professional DJ software.

Combined with DJUCED 40°’s multilayer sampler, its eight ergonomic and responsive pads enable DJs to produce  remixes. New features include: effects controls and adjustments; dedicated Sync, Cue and Play/Pause buttons; separate modes on each deck; temporary Loop mode using the pads, or permanent Loop mode using the encoder; 3-band EQ; extended functions via the Shift button; detachable USB cable and more. The DJControl Instinct P8 includes a built-in sound card...

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04:30
Typoman: Revised now out on Steam for Mac OS X,...

Brainseed Factory has announced that Typoman: Revised is now live on Steam for Macs and PCs. A free demo version is now available. The game is priced at $14.99 with a 20% off it’s first week of launch.

Here’s how the game is described: “Typoman: Revised is a unique 2D puzzle platformer where players slip into the role of a character made of letters, struggling to make their way through a dark and hostile world. Despite a small stature Typoman has a powerful gift: Players can craft words to alter the environment. But players must choose their words wisely - they can either be a blessing ...or a curse! The game comes with a very distinct soundtrack crafted by Netherland based award-winning audio studio SonicPicnic.”

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Rumors, rumors, and more...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 22, 2016

The week started with new a beta of iOS 10, and it ended with a new beta of iOS 10. The official release of iOS 10 (and macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10) is just weeks away, so there are bugs to work out and features to finalize. There are other Apple-related headlines from the past week, however, and the important ones are in this slideshow. Click the link to get more information.

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01:51
This week on AI: Future iPads, no LTE on Apple Watch...

Though "iPhone 7" rumors continued to pour in ahead of next month's expected launch, the stars of the show this week may have been stories about what future iPads will bring, and what the second-generation Apple Watch might not.

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Friday August 19

23:32
Samsung's Milk Music service will end on...

Users of Samsung's Milk Music -- and by definition, owners of Galaxy or Note smartphones, since the service was only available on them -- are in for some sad news: It will shutter in the US on September 22nd. Fans should switch over to Slacker instea...

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20:06
Now you can unlock Chrome OS with a PIN code

Want to unlock your screen by typing in a few numbers instead of a hefty password? The experimental feature is currently being tested in the latest Chrome OS developer update, according to Google employee François Beaufort. In a Google+ post,...

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19:41
Evan Dunfee loses bronze on Japanese appeal in 50km...

When I watched the race live, I was yelling at my TV, “He pushed him out of the way!” When I heard later Dunfee had been awarded the bronze, I cheered. Now that Dunfee has had his belatedly given Bronze taken away, I’m amazed. I honestly don’t think I would have reacted as magnanimously or with as much class as Dunfee has over this.

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19:13
North Korea's 'Manbang' is a state-...

You can't watch Netflix in North Korea, but the Democratic People's Republic now has something, at least: Manbang -- a state-approved set-top box that streams live TV, on-demand video content and newspaper articles over the internet. It's a step forw...

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18:11
'Titanfall 2' multiplayer tech test is now...

Jon Shiring, the lead engineer for Titanfall 2 at Respawn Entertainment, announced via Twitter on Friday that the game's first "Multiplayer Tech Test" session is now live. The open event (no pre-orders or game codes necessary) which runs through the...

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17:52
Is it Worth it to Switch to AT&T’s New Plans?...

AT&T is doing away with its Mobile Share Value plans and introducing Mobile Share Advantage this weekend. The new plans do away with data overage fees in favor of throttling your connection when you use too much, and may save you money. But don’t rush out and change your contract without checking to see if you really are getting a deal because not everyone wins with AT&T’s new pricing.


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16:30
Google Will Kill Chrome Apps For Windows, Mac, and...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced plans to kill off Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018. Chrome extensions and themes will not be affected, while Chrome apps will continue to live on in Chrome OS. Here's the deprecation timeline: Late 2016: Newly published Chrome apps will not be available to Windows, Mac, and Linux users (when developers submit apps to the Chrome Web Store, they will only show up for Chrome OS). Existing Chrome apps will remain available as they are today and developers can continue to update them. Second half of 2017: The Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Early 2018: Chrome apps will not load on Windows, Mac, and Linux. There appears to be two main reasons why Google is killing Chrome apps off now. First, as Google explains in a blog post: "For a while there were certain experiences the web couldn't provide, such as working offline, sending notifications, and...

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16:22
Microsoft broke millions of webcams with Windows 10...

On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September.

September? WTF?!

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