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Wednesday June 21

NASA goes all-out with livestreaming for this summer...

The US will experience its first continent-wide total solar eclipse in 99 years on August 21st, and NASA wants to make sure you see it... including perspectives you just couldn't get otherwise. It's promising an hours-long livestream that will cover...

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Apple seeking to lower rate paid to labels as it...

A new report from Bloomberg today says that Apple is looking to revise its deals with the record industry. Specifically, Apple is seeking to lower the share of revenue that record labels receive from Apple Music plays…


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Apple releases second betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13,...

Sixteen days after making the first releases available, Apple on Wednesday released second versions of its upcoming operating system refresh set to arrive this fall, with developers now able to access iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 and and Xcode 9.

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Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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Dailymotion is trying to clean up its act with major...

Dailymotion announced this week that it has completely redesigned its app and advertising strategy. And the company hopes to attract viewers with higher quality content created through partnerships with media and entertainment brands. Three new partn...

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macOS High Sierra developer beta 2 rolling out on...

The second developer beta of macOS High Sierra is rolling out now on the Mac App Store. macOS High Sierra includes the Apple File System, HEVC support, Metal 2, improvements to Mail, Photos, and Safari, and more. We’ll update below if any new changes are discovered in macOS High Sierra beta 2.


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Apple’s second watchOS 4 developer beta release now...

Apple’s second beta of watchOS 4 is rolling out to developers. The new operating system brings a number of changes across the platform including an app list navigation, and new text UIs throughout. We’ve gone in-depth with over 50 of the changes watchOS 4 brings.


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tvOS 11 beta 2 for Apple TV rolling out now

Apple has released the second tvOS 11 beta for registered developers to test on Apple TV. The first tvOS 11 beta included new features like Home Screen Syncing, light and dark mode automatic switching, and full AirPods support. We’ll update below if any new changes are discovered in tvOS 11 beta 2.


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Apple News publishers get access to reader...

Apple on Wednesday announced a collection of Apple News changes that directly impact publishers, including quick access to reader demographics and more advertising options, particularly support for third-party ads.

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Apple News gets support for reader demographics,...

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has introduced support for reader demographics and third-party advertisers for Apple News. News is a mobile app and news aggregator for iOS devices (and, I hope, someday for the Mac).

Publishers can now view reader demographics under the News Publisher Analytics section. The analytics provide insight into male and female readership and their age ranges for those that have read content within the News app on iOS 10.3, according to 9to5Mac.

What’s more, Apple News now supports new ad format sizes more inline with standard web ad sizes, the article adds. These include 300×250 and 728×90 sizes.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 2 to developers

Following up on last week’s release of the first iOS 11 developer beta, Apple has begun rolling out the second beta. iOS 11 is jam-packed with a ton of features, enough to be packed into our 100+ new features videos.


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New Siri icon location could hint at touchscreen...

In the course of testing iOS 11, a new graphic for Siri has been spotted -- and it renders in exactly the same spot where a home button would be on a edge-to-edge iPhone without a customary home button in the bezel.

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WannaCry ransomware causes Honda plant to shut down

WannaCry isn't done yet. Honda Motor Co. had to shut down its Sayama plant on Monday after finding the ransomware in its computer network. The plant's production resumed on Tuesday.

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Dr. Mac Interviews John Sculley

Dr. Mac spent some time with former Apple CEO John Sculley talking about old times, Steve Jobs, and if the Reality Distortion Field was real.

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Samsung puts you on the field with MLB VR videos

Are you a baseball aficionado with a Gear VR headset? You're in for a treat beyond Intel's weekly live games. Samsung and MLB have unveiled plans to release "over 20" virtual reality videos over the course of the league's 2017 season. Some of them wi...

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Diabetes monitor exec details Apple Watch...

Apple's introduction of CoreBluetooth support in watchOS 4 heralded easier glucose control possibilities for diabetics and is a "game changer" according to Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer, but an Apple partnership with the lead monitor vendor does not appear to be in the cards.

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Virgin Mobile Wants You All-In With the iPhone

Virgin Mobile is set to make you an iPhone offer you can’t refuse.

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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' hits...

That exclusive deal with Disney that Netflix made back in 2012 started to pay off last fall. We wondered when we might see any Lucasfilm releases at the time, but it looks like the time is ripe for spending some time with Jyn Erso and her band of plu...

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Apple News adds reader demographics & support...

Apple today has introduced support for reader demographics and third-party advertisers for Apple News.


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First look: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector...

The latest option in the slowly growing lineup of iPad Pro Smart Connector accessories is Logitech's new Slim Combo keyboard, which offers the convenience of a physical keyboard with the ability to easily detach and use as a tablet. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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A Bold Move for Apple: MacBook Air 2 for Education

An affordable notebook Mac for Middle and High School education sets the world on its heels.

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Podcast 564: Take a trip to Kaby Lake

A potpourri of news this week, from Tim Cook urging that schools teach coding to every student, Scott Forstall’s interview about the creation of the iPhone, and new iOS 11 features, including object recognition and augmented reality (AR), that will bump up camera and other third-party apps’ capabilities. Roman also critiques the new MacBook Pro models, which have a lot to offer.

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Instagram gives social media influencers the benefit...

The chaos surrounding the cancelled Fyre Festival is a perfect example of how social media influencers can misguide consumers. Instagram users were led to believe they would be rubbing shoulders with supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in...

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Save 25% on Take Control Books and 15 Mac Apps in...

Looking for tools or help with your summer writing or research projects? The multi-developer SummerFest sale will give you 25 percent off 15 Mac apps and all Take Control books.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook drops from 8th to 53rd in...

Apple's Tim Cook has slipped from 8th to 53rd place in Glassdoor's annual CEO rankings for large U.S. businesses, based on anonymous reviews left by the company's workers.

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Google Glass adds Bluetooth support for whoever...

Google Glass seemed headed for awkward retirement after the device's most recent update in September 2014 appeared to be its last. But out of nowhere, almost three years later, the augmented reality pioneer is getting its code refreshed with the usua...

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Amazon has a tiny 64GB SanDisk Ultra thumb drive on...

Today's the day for a good price on a 64GB low-profile thumb drive: Amazon is selling the SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $19. That's about half the price of other online retailers. Just make sure you keep an eye on this thing, as it is tiny. It measures 0.75-by-0.63-by-0.34 inches and snuggles right up to the side of your USB port.

The thumb drive offers 150MB/s read speed, which isn't blazing fast but adequate enough. However, we don't expect it to bear out SanDisk's claim of transferring a full-length movie (about 1.2GB in size) in under 30 second over USB 3.0. Since this drive is so small, its limited ability to dissipate heat will slow its transfer rates. If you don't work with large files, though, it should perform fine.

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Google Launches Go-To Job Aggregation Site

Google on Tuesday announced a highly anticipated launch of its new job search aggregation technology. The initiative will allow Google users to search for jobs either on mobile devices or personal computers, and to use a set of filters to obtain highly targeted results pulled from many different sites across the Web. During his keynote presentation at I/O last month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted that the company has wanted to use its machine learning capabilities to find ways to make an immediate impact on people's lives.

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring's original...

For $199, Ring Video Doorbell 2 upgrades video quality to 1080P, improves night vision, and includes a removable battery and faceplate options.

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Blue Microphones Ella Planar Magnetic Headphones...

If you’re planning to sit or lie down and listen to high fidelity songs, Ella will kiss your ears into a joyous state of bliss.

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Medium seems to continue to grow in popularity as a publishing platform, and as it does, I’m growing more and more frustrated by their on-screen “engagement” turds. Every Medium site displays an on-screen “sharing” bar that covers the actual content I want to read.

I agree completely with Gruber on this.

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HomeKit compatibility coming to Flic Hub home...

A crowd-funding campaign is underway for thee Flic Hub that promises to put switches with robust scripting anywhere in a house to control multiple devices -- and the manufacturer claims that full HomeKit support is coming soon.

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2016 Closeout Coupon Deals: 13" MacBook Pro for...

Readers this week can take advantage of the lowest prices available on Late 2016 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. Prices start at just $1,249 with free shipping and no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Dexcom CEO talks ‘game changer’ diabetes management...

With the upcoming watchOS 4 update for Apple Watch slated to bring new features for diabetes management devices, we took some time to speak with Dexcom’s CEO Kevin Sayer this week about what it means for users. When Apple revealed watchOS 4 at its Worldwide Developers Conference this month, it featured Dexcom, makers of the G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) popular among iPhone users, on stage as an example of an Apple Watch app that will benefit from new features in the release.

Sayer shared details on how exactly Dexcom devices will improve from these new features in watchOS 4, and more specifically why CoreBluetooth support will be a “game changer” for Apple Watch users with diabetes.

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∞ Flight of a lifetime – Air Canada 787 Dreamliner...

This is a surprisingly complicated procedure involving dozens, if not hundreds of people.

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Why the 10.5-Inch iPad Pro’s 120Hz refresh rate...

Jeff Butts wrote a great, easy to understand, article on the refresh rate of the new iPads.

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Sega is bringing many of its classic games to iOS

Sega has announced a new retro gaming service for mobile called Sega Forever. It will be released for iOS and Android systems on Thursday.

Sega Forever will support games from the following classic systems: SG-1000, Master System, Genesis, Game Gear, Saturn and the Dreamcast. The first few games released on the service will also be, Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon.

You can play the games for free, if you’re willing to put up with ads. However, for $1.99 you can get each game with no commercials.

Sega says Sega Former will support offline play. You’ll also be able to use Bluetooth controllers to play the games.

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Scott Forstall’s Computer History Museum Fireside...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss Scott Forstall’s fireside chat at the Computer History Museum last night and how it would be nice to see someone with his charisma on stage at Apple events.

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Seems Apple won’t get Toshiba’s memory chip business...

Toshiba has chosen a consortium formed by Bain Capital, Mitsubishi, and Japanese government investors as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, reports Reuters. This ends the efforts of a Foxconn-led consortium that included Apple to seal the deal. 

The selected bid is valued at 2 trillion yen, or over $17.9 billion. Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and has been seeking outside investors in it. Apple was apparently interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products.

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∞ New Apple iPhone 7 ad

This is really great.

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Chris Lattner leaves Tesla after six months

“Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all,” Lattner, who worked at Apple Inc for more than a decade before joining Tesla in January, tweeted. “I’m interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!”

That didn’t last long.

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Toshiba selects winning bidder for chip business,...

Toshiba has chosen a consortium formed by Bain Capital, Mitsubishi, and Japanese government investors as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, effectively locking out a Foxconn-led consortium including the likes of Apple and Dell.

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Uber CEO resigns

Earlier on Tuesday, five of Uber’s major investors demanded that the chief executive resign immediately. The investors included one of Uber’s biggest shareholders, the venture capital firm Benchmark, which has one of its partners, Bill Gurley, on Uber’s board. The investors made their demand for Mr. Kalanick to step down in a letter delivered to the chief executive while he was in Chicago, said the people with knowledge of the situation.

I’m surprised, yet not surprised. I hope Uber can fix all that’s gone wrong over the past year.

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Periscope launching ‘Super Hearts’ as a way to tip...

Periscope is rolling out a new update to the live broadcasting app that lets you tip broadcasters as a way to support their work.

The new tipping feature is included in with new ‘Super Hearts’, which viewers can purchase then send to broadcasters during a live stream. In return, broadcasters can cash out Super Hearts monthly as a new revenue stream.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands $6, Bose...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Inside iOS 11: Apple's 'Do Not Disturb...

Beginning this fall, iOS 11 will debut a new safety feature for Apple's iPhone: "Do Not Disturb While Driving." AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out -- here's how it works.

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How to upgrade RAM in the (Mid 2017) 5K iMac and...

I recently acquired the base model Mid 2017 5K iMac, and I have a post in the works that explains my reasoning for that decision. In a nutshell, I believe that this machine, at $1799, is by far the best bang for your buck as far as Macs go.

That said, it’s not perfect. One of the weakest points of the base model 5K iMac has to do with its stock RAM configuration. With only 8GB of RAM, the system struggles right out of the gate, and will start writing lots of data to disk in fairly short order. Thankfully, it’s ridiculously easy and relatively cheap to upgrade the 5K iMac’s RAM. In this brief video tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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Reviewing the first iPhone in a hype typhoon

I was working for one of those four guys at the time – David Pogue. So I got to see a demo of the iPhone in Pogue’s car as we drove him to the airport the week before the iPhone launch date. Apple was pissed when they found out.

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News: Qualcomm claims its technology is ‘at the...

After Apple expanded its lawsuit against the wireless chip maker earlier this week, Qualcomm has responded with claims that its “innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices,” MacRumors reports. Apple claims Qualcomm is “double-dipping” by forcing manufacturers to pay unreasonable licensing rates and royalties to gain access to its chips. Qualcomm fired back that…

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Moshi Travel Stand for Apple Watch is perfect for...

Planning on a vacation sometime this summer? Chances are good that you'll be taking your Apple gear with you, and if that gear includes an Apple Watch, then you need to get the Moshi Travel Stand (US$34.95, affiliate link). Keeping your Apple Watch charger "puck" and cable under control, the Moshi Travel Stand looks great in the process.


Like most third-party Apple Watch stands, the Moshi Travel Stand uses your stock Apple Watch charger cable. Simply take the round magnetic charging head, pop it into the round hole on the end of the aluminum "arm" that pops up from the Travel Stand's base, then run the cable down to the base. There's a flexible silicone sheath that you can wrap the long USB cable behind, with just a few inches of left over cable sticking out.

When you're ready to go, just take the Apple Watch off of the stand, then fold the...

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Pinterest updates Lens feature with new design,...

Pinterest launched its Lens feature earlier this year first as a beta, then to all users in March. In another update to Lens today, Pinterest is bringing a new design, improved camera tools, and new categories including fashion.


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JOBY GorillaPod & GripTight Smartphone Mounts: $...

The best camera is the one you have with you, and odds are that’s an iPhone. Today we have a great deal on on the JOBY GorillaPod stand and several GorillaPod mounts, too. The GorillaPod stand has flexible legs so you can set it on uneven surfaces or attach it to other things, and the mounts hold your iPhone with or without a case. They’re all available for US$14.99 each, so that’s between 24% and 74%, depending on which you get.

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News: Apple still undecided on fingerprint scanner...

In a new memo, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claims Apple’s fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 8 is “still being worked out,” Apple Insider reports. The company is still considering three options: Putting a pinhole in the glass to use an optical or ultrasonic sensor, using a capacitive or infrared “film” sensor embedded in the display, or simply thinning the display’s glass over a sensor area. However…

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Snapchat update introduces new Snap Map location...

Snapchat is rolling out a new feature it calls Snap Map which lets you view Snaps by location and view Stories from around the world.

With the Snap Map, you can view Snaps of sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more from all across the world

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Rare footage of Bruce Lee’s only ‘real’ fights ever...

I knew Lee had fought “for real” many times but didn’t know any of it had been filmed. This is obviously an exhibition and Lee is showing off but you can still see how incredibly fast and agile the man was.

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Scott Forstall finally weighs in on the flat versus...

Last night’s Computer History Museum interview with Scott Forstall was loaded with rich storytelling and candid anecdotes, and the whole thing is absolutely worth watching if you haven’t yet. Museum historian John Markoff even asked the question that was on everyone’s mind before the interview started: What does Scott Forstall think about modern iOS design?


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Man vs Apple

Interesting story of one man’s fight against Apple.

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Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone-exclusive, promises...

Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile USA announced this week that as of June 27, it will only sell the iPhone -- and through the end of July, offer the first year of an "Inner Circle" unlimited plan for $1.

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News: Ex-iOS head Scott Forstal talks about the...

In a rare interview with the Computer History Museum, former iOS head Scott Forstal revealed that the original iPhone would never have existed without Steve Jobs’ dislike of one particular Microsoft employee. The technology that would eventually create the entire smartphone industry as we know it started as a tablet project conceived by Jobs after a particularly irritating encounter, Forstal said. “We had been working on a tablet project…

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iPad Pro Diary: A few issues, but the 10.5-inch iPad...

I said last time that while the difference between a 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch screen didn’t sound like much on paper, it actually makes a surprising difference in real life. It’s not a 12.9-inch model, of course, and you don’t get things like the three-pane email view you do on that, but it really does feel significantly bigger.

I have, though, discovered that the larger size does have one downside: accessory compatibility.

While the difference in external dimensions is much smaller than the boost in screen size, the casing is just that little bit larger, and that’s rendered one of my most-used accessories unusable and a second one rather awkward to use …


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Apple Opens Registration for Apple Camp, Today at...

Apple Camp, which is Apple’s annual summer creative learning series for kids, is open for registration.

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Chris Lattner, Poached From Apple To Become Tesla...

Tesla said last night Chris Lattner, the vice president of Autopilot software, has left the company about six months after the electric car-maker hired him away from Apple. From a report: Lattner had led the software development team in charge of Autopilot. Tesla executive Jim Keller is now in charge of Autopilot hardware and software. The company announced it had also hired OpenAI research scientist Andrej Karpathy, who will serve as Tesla's new director of artificial intelligence and Tesla Vision. "Chris just wasn't the right fit for Tesla, and we've decided to make a change," the company told reporters in a statement. "We wish him the best." Lattner tweeted last night, "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all. I'm interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!" Lattner is a widely respected figure in the industry. He is the main author of LLVM as well as Apple's Swift programming language. We interviewed him earlier this year.

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2016’s Game of the Year ‘Hitman’ Now Available for...

2016’s Hitman was a fantastic sleeper hit, eventually rising to “Game of the Year” status. It’s an engaging combination of stealth, action, strategy, and even comedy but, until now, it was only available for PC and consoles. Thanks to the porting efforts of Feral Interactive, Hitman is now available for macOS, and it’s even on sale, too! Head over to Steam to check it out and download the free demo, but be sure to verify the game’s system requirements before you buy, as it currently supports only recent Macs with AMD graphics cards.

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'Sega Forever' brings classics like Sonic...

Publisher Sega is reviving its console glory days with free, ad-supported re-releases of some of its most popular and iconic titles on Apple's iOS, complete with online leaderboards and wireless Made for iPhone controller support.

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PayPal dominates mobile payment brands, but Apple...

PayPal -- followed closely by Amazon brands -- retains its Brand of the Year designation, leading mobile payment brands for the third consecutive year. However, up-and-coming brands Venmo (owned by PayPal), Square, and Apple Pay are making “significant gains,” according to new research from The Harris Poll's 29th annual EquiTrend Study.

The study measures brand health over time. Harris Poll's study reveals the strongest brands across the media, travel, financial, automotive, entertainment, retail, restaurant, technology, household and nonprofit industries based on consumer response.

The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three factors -- familiarity, quality and purchase consideration -- that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. Brands ranking highest in equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend "Brand of the Year" award for their respective categories. This year,...

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Chrome OS gains in the classroom; iOS dominates...

Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform, has launched its Kahoot! EdTrends Report, which addresses the latest education tech trends in the U.S. K-12 market. The report says Google is getting a stronghold in U.S. classrooms, with Chrome OS growing quickly on computers, while Apple's iOS dominates on mobile devices and tablets. 

In a survey conducted in May 2017, Kahoot! asked nearly 600 U.S. educators about the devices they and their students use in the classroom. The number device for both was the Google Chromebook.

It had the highest number of users among teachers (44%) and students (46%). A Windows laptop was the second most popular choice among teachers and iPad was second among students. Based on the survey results, Microsoft is still the dominant operating system on computers in U.S. schools among teachers with Chrome OS catching up quickly. 

According to the survey, 42% of teachers said they use...

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Well This is Awkward: Uber Tips Coming to a City...

Riders will have the option to add a tip after they rate their driver, for up to 30 days after the trip.

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News: Apple Camp registration for kids’ summer...

Apple has opened up registration for its summer Apple Camp classes aimed at kids 8 to 12, with sessions set to begin in July. There at three courses available at Apple Stores across the US and in select other locations, all of which utilize Apple products and software. The Creating Characters and Composing Music course will encourage kids to create their own stories by sketching characters with an Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, then creating a musical…

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macOS Mail: Including Original Attachments in Replies

Need to mark up a PDF email attachment and send it back as a reply in Mail? Melissa Holt shows you how.

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Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone only

Virgin Mobile USA says it’s going “iPhone only.” A note on the company’s website has this to say:

“There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else. At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone. Because life in the Inner Circle is about living big, expanding your horizons and pursuing your passions. And it starts with an iPhone you’ll adore.   Pre-order your iPhone now, or head to an Apple Retail Store on June 27th to be one of the first members of the Virgin Mobile Inner Circle!”

If you sign up to be a member of the “Inner Circle,” you’ll be able to unlock exclusive offers from Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, and Virgin Hotels. Virgin Mobile offering a year’s “unlimited"talk, text and data for $1. However, your data usage may be “deprioritized” if you go over 23GB a month. Plus, your service could be terminated if your roaming usage exceeds 100MB data...

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'Hitman' arrives on Apple's macOS,...

Feral Interactive has shipped 'Hitman' on macOS, complete with all installments of the episodic assassination-based game playable on Mac for the first time. The launch is accompanied by the release of a demo from developer IO Interactive, providing access to one episode from the series for free.

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IDC: smart watch shipments will see a boost in...

IDC forecasts that watches will account for the majority of all wearable devices shipped from now through 2021. However, the research group says that basic watches (devices that don’t run third party apps) will continue out-shipping smart watches (devices capable of running third party applications such as the Apple Watch.

Numerous traditional watch makers are shifting more resources to building hybrid watches, according to IDC. However, the research group says that smart watches, however, will see a boost in volumes in 2019 as cellular connectivity becomes more prevalent on the market.

Total shipment volumes of wearable devices — which includes wrist bands, earwear, and clothing — are expected to maintain their forward momentum. According to IDC, vendors will ship a total of 125.5 million wearable devices this year, marking a 20.4% increase from the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016. From there, the wearables market...

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Uber founder Travis Kalanick out as CEO following...

Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned from his role as CEO overnight, The New York Times reports, following shareholder pressure and months of controversies. Despite Kalanick giving up his role as CEO, the Uber founder will remain on the company’s board of directors.


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News: New photos compare size of alleged iPhone 8...

New photos that 9to5Mac received from Israeli tech blogger Shai Mizrachi show an alleged iPhone 8 dummy model next to an iPhone 7 Plus, allowing for the first real idea of its size. Like the purported iPhone 8 in previous photos, the device features a black glass back, silver trim and a vertical dual camera that appears larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus despite being in a smaller handset. An accompanying video shows the device from all angles…

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Apple still undecided on fingerprint tech for '...

The OLED-embedded fingerprint technology for Apple's "iPhone 8" is "still being worked out," an analyst claimed on Wednesday, with the company only deciding on one of three options by the end of June.

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Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offering a year of ‘...

Virgin Mobile USA has announced that it is going iPhone-only from June 27.

There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else. At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone. Because life in the Inner Circle is about living big, expanding your horizons and pursuing your passions. And it starts with an iPhone you’ll adore.

The carrier seems extremely keen to get your business, offering a year’s ‘unlimited’ talk, text and data for a single payment of just one dollar …


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Under fire from major investors, Uber CEO Travis...

Following an indefinite leave of absence, and at the request of five major investors, Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has resigned -- but will remain on the board of directors, and still owns a majority of the company's voting-eligible stock shares.

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Tim Cook gets as 93% approval rating from Apple...

An anonymous poll of Apple employees earns CEO Tim Cook a 93% approval rating, earning him the No. 53 ranking among U.S. companies surveyed for Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards. Glassdoor is a jobs and recruiting site.

Cook had been steadily climbing in the rankings until this year. In 2013, he placed 18th; in 2014, 18th; and in 2015, 10th. Last year he came in the eighth position. Despite plummeting 45 places, his approval rating was only down 3% from last year.

The top 10 Highest Rated CEOs in 2017 in the U.S. are, per Glassdoor: Benno Dorer of the Clorox Company (99% approval rating), Jim Kavanaugh of World Wide Technology (99% approval rating), Michael Mahoney of Boston Scientific (99% approval rating), Craig Thompson of Memorial Sloan Kettering (99% approval rating), Martin Rankin of Fast Enterprises (99% approval rating), Jen-Hsun Huang of Nvidia (99%...

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Our 8X Telephoto Smartphone Lens brings the world...

iPhone cameras are great for wide angle views, panoramas, and portraits, but even the iPhone 7 Plus with its 2X "telephoto lens" lacks the capabilities of DSLR zoom and telephoto lenses. We've got a deal on a removable 8X telephoto smartphone lens for $12.99 that brings everything up to eight times closer so you can see details that are invisible to your normal iPhone camera lens.

The great thing about this lens? It works on any smartphone, iPhone or not. It uses a novel spring clip that works to hold the lens securely to your iPhone while you compose and take your photo, yet can be removed in seconds. 

It's available in black or white, and priced at $12.99 you can afford to buy two or more lenses and give them to...

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News: Daily Deal: JOBY GorillaPod & GripTight...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the JOBY GorillaPod & GripTight Smartphone Mounts for only $14.99 — that’s 74% off the regular price. The universal mounts will help you get the most out of your iPhone camera and take awesome photos and videos, with JOBY’s classic GorillaPod flexible tripod that you can contort into just about any position and even wrap around poles and tree branches to capture fascinating angles.…

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Former Apple exec leaving Tesla after six months

Chris Lattner, the senior director of Apple's Developer Tools Department, departed the company in January to go to work for Tesla. However, he’s bidding adieu to the electric car company.

Heannounced his departure from the company in an impromptu post to Twitter. He said: "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all. I'm interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!"

Lattner was the leading figure behind Apple’s Swift programming language. However, when going to Tesla, he said that says he’ll “remain an active member of the Swift Core Team, as well as a contributor to the swift-evolution mailing list. Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as 'Project Lead' for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for"

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∞ Watch the interview with Scott Forstall and...

[VIDEO] Last night, the Computer History Museum hosted Pulitzer Prize journalist John Markoff as he interviewed forrmer iPhone engineering team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a second interview with Scott Forstall.

This is a historic interview. This team worked on technology that changed the world. They made the decisions that informed the design you know and love. And they worked with Steve Jobs.

The interview is full of wonderful anecdotes, well worth your time. I’ve embedded a YouTube video in the main Loop post. But if it gets yanked, give this link a try.


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Some teens earning $20k+ fixing iPhones in their...

While some teenagers may enjoy time off over the summer break, others take up summer jobs. These have traditionally been low-paid hourly jobs, but some are making in excess of $20,000 by fixing iPhones


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Tim Cook Falls 45 Spots in Annual Employee Ranking...

The CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook rank higher, but the vast majority of Apple employees still approve of Cook’s leadership.

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This is pretty interesting.

This week, the Computer History Museum posted a full two hour round table lecture/discussion about the creation and release of the original iPhone in 2007. The panel, moderated by John Markoff includes Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz as well as a follow-up conversation with Scott Forstall.

If you’re interested in the full history of the device that changed computing and the world around it, take a gander and please let us know what you think in the comments.

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Qualcomm hits back at Apple’s latest filing, says...

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm drags on. After Apple accused the chipmaker of ‘double-dipping‘ by charging once for a chip and again for a patent license, Qualcomm has hit back.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook pushes for mandatory coding...

This is sort of nifty.

On Monday, at a technology summit with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country’s schools.

Cook, who was among other tech executives, was among the representatives for the first gathering of the White House’s American Technology Council. Over the course of the meeting, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggested making more use of commercial technology, while Palantir CEO Alex Karp pointed to ways “big data” could be used to catch fraudulent federal spending. Palantir specializes in large-scale data analysis.

The American Technology Council, led by Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, was formed in May with the mission statement to “transform and modernize” government in the use of IT and digital services. Other firms represented at the meeting included the heads of Adobe, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and Qualcomm as well as investor Peter Thiel.


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Let’s see some love for iBooks, iBooks Author

In a June 19 article for The MacObserver, Andrew Orr asked Apple to not give up on iBooks in iOS 11. I’ll second that and add iBooks Author to the mix.

iBooks is a free ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBook Store. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac.

Orr was a little distressed to see no mention of iBooks at the recent Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. He’d like to see Apple make it easier to self-publish books in iTunes, offer monthly iBooks subscriptions, and more.

iBooks Author hasn’t received an update since January's 2.4.1 security update, and hasn't received a feature update since last September's version 2.4.  And yet, the software is used as much as it ever was, including in Apple's own new coding curriculum for...

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Tim Cook falls from #8 to #53 in employee ratings of...

Tim Cook has dropped 45 places in Glassdoor’s annual ranking of CEOs, falling from 8th place in 2016 to 53rd place this year. Some 93% of employees approved of the job he was doing, compared to 99% for top-ranked Benno Dorer of The Clorox Company.

Rankings are based on anonymized ratings from company employees, with Glassdoor taking into account the ‘quality, quantity and consistency’ of reviews …


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It’s the small things — like the Itsycal utility for...

By Frank Petrie

There are many ways to streamline your workflow on your Mac The most obvious example being automation. But there are other ways, as well.

My preferred method is using the Menu Bar. You can launch apps from there, you can run AppleScripts from there, you can perform a plethora of actions from there. (If anyone knows of how to run Automator scripts from there,  please let me know.)

Some repetitive tasks are mundane, like glancing at your Menu Bar for the time, weather, and such. All you need is the information quickly.  I’ve stumbled across a free Menu Bar app that keeps me from launching my Calendar app about 80% of the time. It’s called Itsycal.

Itsycal resides in you Menu Bar as an icon that displays the current date. It is a “companion” to your Calendar app. It utilizes all of you Calendar app’s information. All you need to do is click on the date icon and...

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iPhone 8 creating worldwide shortage of DRAM &...

Component orders for the iPhone 8 are creating a worldwide shortage of DRAM and NAND chips, with competitors struggling to secure their own supplies, says a report.

Some competitors are placing orders well before they need the chips, others are paying premiums to ensure a supply and – in the worst of cases – may even be forced to reduce the specs of their phones if they are unable to buy the chips they need …


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Apple patent is for AR apps on both iOS and macOS...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,684,440) for “progressive rotational view” that hints that we may see more augmented reality apps such as Apple and IKEA are partnering on, not on just iOS devices, but Macs, as well.

Such apps will certainly be built around the ARKit that Apple introduced this month at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

Apple’s patent involves systems and methods for receiving and displaying images or sending the images for display include images having multiple key images of an object. Each key image depicts a perspective view of an item from a different angle around the object. 


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Outlook 2016 for Mac Gets Four Highly Requested New...

New features include the ability to schedule email delivery, request read receipts, and easily create calendar events from email messages.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 21, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Matrix News has launched Matrix News 1.0 and announced a limited time giveaway of it. It’s a RSS reader and radio player app that reads incoming news. Matrix News allows you to view all of your preferred news sources and play your favorite radio stations from a single place.

macOS Apps/Updates

iMobie has announced PhoneRescue 3.3, an update to their iOS data recovery software for macOS and Windows. 

It’s a recovery tool for iOS users to restore photos, messages, contacts, notes and more. Version 3.3 offers a redesigned user interface and...

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The Secret History of the iPhone Isn’t So Secret...

The highly anticipated and controversial new book about the development of the iPhone, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, is now available. Initial reviews reveal that the book isn’t the “complete” history of the iPhone that most were expecting, but that it does provide a number of new stories and insights about the inner workings of Apple and the relationships between the company’s executives and its partners during this crucial time in Apple’s history. Early press excerpts from the book caused some controversy, and its release was timed perfectly with last night’s interview with ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall. Check it out now at...

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First Look: Kensington Thunderbolt 3 dock features...

Kensington has entered the burgeoning Thunderbolt 3 dock market with its own offering, with security options and a mounting kit setting it apart from the others.

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Former Apple executive Chris Lattner leaves Tesla...

Former Swift lead Chris Lattner, who left Apple to head development of Tesla's Autopilot program earlier this year, is leaving the electric car maker after only six months of service.

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Scott Forstall Tells How the iPhone and iPad Saved...

The fireside chat was about much more than design choices, compromises, and secrecy.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick steps down

The New York Times reports that, under heavy pressure from a large group of company shareholders, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is stepping down. Despite a reputation for scandals that appeared to be accelerating -- sexual assaults by drivers, "greyballin...

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Former Epix exec pleads guilty over $7 million fraud

In 2009, Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM joined forces to launch a premium movie channel called Epix, with Emil Rensing as its Chief Digital Officer. Turns out hiring Rensing was a bad move: according to the Justice Department, he has just pleaded guilty t...

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