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12:52
PayPal 'instantly' transfers money to your...

PayPal can be frustrating if you want to put funds in your bank account. It can take a day or more for transfers to go through, and that's a problem when rival services like Zelle can promise speedier access to your money without needing a separate a...

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12:47
Tim Cook to Trump: You need to improve citizen...

As we reported yesterday, Tim Cook was among the tech executives that sat down with President Donald Trump to discuss modernizing the technology of the United States. While some details of the meeting were known, The White House has since posted a video of the meeting, featuring comments from all tech executives in attendance…

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12:35
Mac: Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt Docking Station

If you’re a Mac user looking to set up a true power user’s workstation, then you’ll want to take a look at Kensington’s new SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, a single relatively unobtrusive expansion dock that takes advantage of all of the bandwidth available in a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to tie all of your high-performance peripherals into your MacBook Pro, and keep it powered up at the same time. With a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your MacBook Pro, the SD5000T can provide 85W of charging power and push through 40Gbps of data — more than enough for a few high-performance external hard drives and a couple of 4K displays.
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12:33
Samsung exclusives are the last thing Google Play...

Back in April, Samsung used the launch of its excellent Galaxy S8 smartphone to make a small but important announcement about a partnership with Google. Google Play Music would be the default music player on all Samsung smartphones, and Google would...

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12:25
Apple promoting Photos Memories feature in ‘The...

Apple’s latest video series promotes an iOS 10 Photos feature called Memories that automatically builds collections of related images and videos around themes like dates, places, and people. The series includes both a full-length iPhone ad as well as a new tutorial on using the Memories feature.

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12:24
Why Apple Employees Leak Company Secrets

John explores the psychology of why Apple employees leak corporate secrets.


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12:11
Kickstarter Gold brings back successful creators for...

Kickstarter is bringing back some of its VIPs for another round of crowdfunding. The new project, called Kickstarter Gold, is a return of over 65 creators who have new takes on past successful campaigns.

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11:53
When does Apple release new iOS betas?

If you’re running the first iOS 11 developer beta like me, you’re probably eagerly awaiting whatever changes and improvements come with iOS 11 beta 2. While Apple doesn’t broadcast when it will release new versions of developer software betas, the company does tend to follow a pattern for its release schedule which we’ll look at below. Apple has also shared when to expect the first iOS 11 public beta version which may be a clue.

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11:53
Sphero's new company wants to bring intelligent...

Sphero is mainly known for its connected toys, and, of course, Star Wars' BB-8 Droid (which it also turned into a very popular gadget). But the company has also been working on grander plans all the while. Today, Sphero announced that it's spinning o...

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11:45
Tim Cook Told Trump Tech Employees Are 'Nervous...

Behind the scenes at the White House tech CEO meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook told President Donald Trump that technology employees are "nervous" about the administration's approach to immigration, CNBC reports, citing a source familiar with the exchange. From the report: The source said the president told the CEOs on Monday that the Senate's health-care bill needs "more heart." That would be a second known instance of the president criticizing the GOP plan in private meetings. To that, the source said, Cook replied that the immigration approach by the administration also "needs more heart." Cook cited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is under review by the Trump administration. He also said people in tech and their co-workers were nervous about their status, and added that it "would be great" if the president could "send them a signal." Here's what executives of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft said.

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11:34
The 10.5-Inch iPad Pro’s 120Hz Refresh Rate Matters

It makes your display and Apple Pencil response faster and smoother.


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11:31
Samsung ready to relaunch the Galaxy Note line in...

Samsung isn't letting the Galaxy Note 7's battery failure hinder the release schedule for its next pen-toting smartphone. A Reuters source understands that Samsung is planning a New York City launch event for the Galaxy Note 8 in August, or roughly...

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11:10
Using a 3D render as a French ID card 'photo...

Everybody wants a decent photo ID, but French artist Raphaël Fabre took the quest to a new level. Rather than just having someone snap him, he built a 3D model of his head and torso, then created a nearly photorealistic rendering of himself for...

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11:09
Uber adds tipping & more fees for riders to...

Uber has today announced the addition of tipping along with 7 more updates to how it handles earnings for its drivers. This announcement is the first of many changes the company is looking to implement as Uber shared its “180 Days of Change” campaign in an email to drivers as well as a press release.

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11:02
Apple opens summer Apple Camp registrations,...




Apple on Tuesday opened up registrations for this year's free summer Apple Camps, which will teach kids 8 to 12 various creative and technology skills, exclusively using Apple-based hardware and software.

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10:49
Uber belatedly offers tipping as part of its renewed...

After weeks of faulty course-correction punctuated with multiple board member resignations, Uber is fighting to win back public approval, starting with its drivers. The company sent an email to all its contractors today promising many overdue feature...

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10:42
South Korea wants its own Hyperloop for high-speed...

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed a deal to codevelop the future of transit with South Korea. The partnership will see the company working with both the local government, its institute of civil engineering, and Hanyang University. The...

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10:40
Acast podcast network brings CarPlay support to its...

Acast is the latest iPhone app to offer support for Apple’s CarPlay feature through today’s update. Acast is a dedicated podcast network that streams on-demand audio and podcasts including over 1400 shows to more than 56 million listeners.

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10:28
Apple’s War on Product Leaks, Teaming Up with Health...

Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s ongoing fight to stop product leaks, plus they take a look at Apple’s partnership with Health Gorilla for unified medical record management and tracking.


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10:19
Amazon is the latest to offer clothes-by-mail to try...

Amazon just announced its latest service -- Prime Wardrobe. Adding to its growing list of fashion-focused offerings, the service makes shopping for clothes online a commitment-free experience, one of the few advantages brick-and-mortar stores still h...

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10:17
Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on...

No need to point out the irony of the presentation itself leaking.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:17
Apple Pay expands to 40 more banks around the US, UK...

New banks and credit unions across the world are continuing to adopt Apple Pay, and 40 additional institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh earlier this month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:

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10:08
Case maker gambles big on Apple's rumored...




Olixar -- the company behind a recent "iPhone 8" screen protector -- on Tuesday launched a complete series of cases for Apple's upcoming phone, banking on rumored features such as an edge-to-edge OLED display and a vertically-aligned rear camera.

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10:00
Google's Project Fi helps you pay your share of...

It's not much fun to split up a wireless family plan, especially if you're not splitting it evenly. How much do your kids owe if they're only paying some of their bill? What about that roommate who always uses too much data and drives the bill higher...

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09:56
Davies and Rea crash in WorldSBK

There’s this thing in motorcycling called “ATGATT”. All The Gear, All The Time. Watch this video of a guy getting literally run over at about 50mph and realize that anyone you see riding on the street who isn’t wearing ATGATT is taking unnecessary risks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:49
The 50 best good bad movies

What a great list. I’ll admit to seeing the vast majority of these movies and it’s hard to disagree.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:34
News: Apple has former NSA, FBI investigators...

Apple has hired investigators who previously worked for the NSA, FBI, Secret Service and US military in an effort to crack down on product leaks coming from the company’s employees, The Outline reports. In a briefing titled “Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple,” members of the Global Security communications and training team laid out how Apple investigators are working to prevent information from getting into the hands of the…

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09:32
'Back to the Future' fan makes Apple'...




Utilizing several third-party solutions, a "Back to the Future" film fanatic has built a custom DeLorean door and trunk controller in a dash-mounted iPad that can also provide speed information, as well as nearly all of the features that an Apple CarPlay solution would.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro $150 off, 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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09:28
Yes, it’s possible to win at Snake
09:03
Apple Camp registration opening today, new Today at...

Apple is opening registration for its annual Camp program for kids at Apple Stores starting today. Three tracks for kids 8-12 this year include sessions on iMovie, GarageBand, and coding. Apple has also introduced new Today at Apple offerings with new Kids Hour sessions covering robotics, filmmaking, and illustration for ages 6-12.

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09:01
Instagram Stories now at 250M users & adds Live...

After deciding to clone Snapchat’s Stories feature and roll it out to Instagram last August, today the company offered an update on progress, confirming the feature now has 250 million daily active users. That’s up from the 200 million it announced back in April when it officially surpassed Snapchat. In comparison, Snapchat was at around 166 million daily active users as of its last announced numbers in May.

The company is also announcing a new video replay feature that allows users to share clips of videos that were previously available as live video on Stories:

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08:50
Pay What You Want for The World’s Biggest Mac App...

We have a new Pay What You Want app bundle for you called The World’s Biggest Mac App Bundle. The full bundle is 15 apps, and you can get all of them if you beat the average price ($13.01 as of this writing). Pay less than the average—even a penny—and you get two of the apps. Beat the leader’s price at any point and you’ll be entered into the a giveaway. Check it out!


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08:37
Deals: $100-$150 off 9.7" iPad Pros; $175 off...




Shoppers this week can take advantage of closeout prices with instant savings of up to $150 off 9.7-inch iPad Pros. Or save $175 on 2015 13" MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. Kaby Lake 15-inch MacBook Pros are also $20 off with no tax outside NY & NJ.

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08:33
News: Tim Cook floats teaching coding in schools...

During his meeting with President Donald Trump and some of the nation’s top tech CEOs, Tim Cook said the government should consider making coding a requirement in schools, Recode reports. The breif remarks — which came during Trump’s gathering to discuss how Silicon Valley can help modernize the government — echo previous statements Cook has made about his belief that it’s a disservice to kids not to be teaching them to code…

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08:27
Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 8 in August, ahead of...




Samsung will hold a New York City launch event for the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of August, about a month ahead of the announcement of Apple's new iPhones, according to one report.

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08:23
Apple announces Apple Camp and Kids Hour summer...

These are incredibly popular programs that fill up fast so if you have an eligible child, sign them up ASAP.

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08:15
This website reveals how JPEG photos were edited in...

Obviously, this only works on those shots edited in Adobe’s Lightroom but I often wonder what photographers do to their shots in the edit. This tool will help.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:13
Apple product security team briefing shows 99% drop...




A new report sheds some light on Apple's anti-leak department, with employees for the Global Security Team coming from the NSA, FBI, Secret Service, and U.S. military supervising an operation that deals with more people per day in the production lines in China than the TSA does in airports.

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08:13
Scott Forstall, original iPhone engineers, at the...

From the Computer History Museum schedule of events:

How did iPhone come to be? On June 20, four members of the original development team will discuss the secret Apple project, which in the past decade has remade the computer industry, changed the business landscape, and become a tool in the hands of more than a billion people around the world.

Scott Forstall, the leader of the original iPhone software team will take part in a fireside chat with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff. A panel with three of the engineers who worked on the original iPhone, Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes, will describe how the iPhone came to be.

That’s tonight at 6p PT. If anyone goes, please do take some video, share online. Wish I could be there.

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08:09
Apple Teams with Health Gorilla for Unified Health...

Apple wants to make it easier for health care providers and iPhone owners to track health data.


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07:58
What’s coming in tvOS 11, and what is still needed

Josh Centers posts about what’s new in tvOS 11, but then goes further, digging into what’s still needed.

I’d go further, and add the ability to support multiple Bluetooth interfaces, as I’ve written about here:

  • Pair two sets of AirPods to a single Apple TV: This would allow my wife and I to listen on headphones, each with a different volume level, a blessing for people with different hearing needs and for parents with sleeping infants.

  • Pass the audio through to HDMI while AirPods are active: This would allow someone with a hearing deficit to listen at a louder volume while the room gets the regular volume.

Terrific read.

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07:48
Olixar claims to reveal iPhone 8 design w/ new cases...

Yesterday one of the first screen protectors allegedly for iPhone 8 leaked claiming to show the device’s expected design and other features. It was made by case manufacturer Olixar, and today the company is one of the first to reveal an entire line of cases for the upcoming iPhones. It’s also started accepting preorders for the cases that it says depicts both the front and back of the iPhone’s new design accurately.

We’re told by the company selling the cases, MobileFun, that Olixar has created them using “information and schematics they’ve acquired through their factories and contacts in the far east.”

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07:43
Apple I sells at auction for $335k, the lowest price...

An Apple I sold at Christie’s last week for $355,500, the lowest price yet seen for a recent sale of a model in working condition …

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07:40
AWT TV Episode 12: June 19, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  Visit us online at https://appleworld.today and be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel here on YouTube.

On tonight's show, Marty and Steve talk about a bunch of things... including how Steve finally admitted that he needs a MacBook to get work done, how the 10.5-inch iPad is working, and a lot more. Steve is using the Logitech Slim Combo keyboard with the 10.5-inch iPad and isn't too thrilled about it. 

Marty is still waiting for gigabit fiber to his home...and Steve found out that Comcast is...

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07:38
News: Apple working with Health Gorilla startup on...

Apple’s health team has been working with tech startup Health Gorilla to add diagnostic data to HealthKit, CNBC reports. Apple is making a big push to expand HealthKit to become a portable repository of all of a person’s medical records, and two people familiar with the initiative said Health Gorilla is working to integrate with “hospitals, lab-testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp and imaging centers” to add blood work and…

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07:37
Pioneer introduces first-ever Lightning-powered...

Pioneer is launching a new accessory called Rayz Rally that amplifies audio calls from your iPhone over a pocket-sized speaker. Rayz Rally connects to the iPhone through the Lightning port and doesn’t require a separate battery to work.

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07:35
∞ Bicycle parking station in Rotterdam

[VIDEO] Apologies to whoever sent this my way, lost the original link, so no hat tip. Video in original Loop post. That said, I absolutely love this. Not sure if this was some sort of bot post (the voiceover is clearly automated), but the video itself is excellent. Great bike-parking setup.

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07:24
Apple granted AR patent for interior design and...

Apple has today been granted a patent for augmented reality apps for interior design and animated movie posters. The patent award comes the day after we learned more about plans for an AR app in partnership with Swedish furniture company Ikea.

Apple recently announced ARKit as part of iOS 11, providing hands-on demos at WWDC …

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07:17
Judicial review of Apple's Irish data center...




The Irish High Court could make its decision on a review of Apple's plans for an Athenry data center as soon as this Friday, according to a report.

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07:01
New “creation of the iPhone” book hits shelves, some...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The book claiming to explore the secret history of the iPhone, The One Device, is now on sale in physical form ($19 at Amazon). You can also preorder the ebook for Kindle and iBooks as well; it will be released digitally on Thursday.

The book in question is The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. Looks like the Kindle version is available now, though it seems like this might only be in the US.

Authored by Brian Merchant, the book promises to detail the ‘untold account’ of how the iPhone was made. It features anecdotes from ex-Apple executives and top employees about the development of the secret project, as well as an ‘undercover’ trip to Foxconn and more. Early reviews of ‘The One Device’ are mixed.

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07:00
Pioneer's Lightning-connected Rayz Rally...




The Pioneer Rayz Rally is an external wired iPhone speaker, powered through the device's Lightning port, and is suitable for both small areas, and conference rooms.

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07:00
Leaked Recording: Inside Apple's Global War On...

Reader citadrianne writes: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. The briefing, titled 'Stopping Leakers -- Keeping Confidential at Apple,' was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team. According to the hour-long presentation, Apple's Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Administration (NSA), law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, and in the U.S. military. Top-notch...

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07:00
Apple announces Apple Camp and Kids Hour summer...

Need to help your kids battle the summer boredom blues? You may be in luck: Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions called (appropriately) Apple Camp, which goes along with the special kid-focused Today at Apple creative workshops. Apple Camp and Today at Apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll need to sign up sooner than later. The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp

The first of Apple’s summer offerings, Apple Camp, is a three-day program that involves 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. Apple offers three different sessions: Coding Games and Programming Robots; Creating Characters and Composing Music; and Stories in Motion with iMovie.

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06:59
Apple is the top global vendor in IT

In the Gartner Global Top 100: IT vendors, Apple is the largest vendor with more than $218 billion in IT revenue — approximately $79 billion larger than the No. 2 vendor, Samsung Vendor Group. The top global 100 vendors in IT in 2016 are based on their revenue across IT (excluding communication services) and component market segments.

As enterprises increasingly digitalize their products and services, digital giants (Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) can become involved in, or even take over, the digital experience, according to the research group. Gartner predicts that by 2021, 20% of all activities an individual engages in will involve at least one of the top seven...

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06:57
Report details Apple’s efforts to increase product...

A fascinating report from The Outline shares highlights from an internal presentation about Apple’s efforts to increase product secrecy; a leak of an internal meeting about leaks. The briefing apparently described how Apple security teams prevent information from ‘leaking to competitors, counterfeiters and press.’

One of the most interesting tidbits is that Apple believes there are now more leaks coming from its employees on campus than the supply chain. In 2016, Apple reportedly leaked 4 housings out of 65 million produced in factories …

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06:54
In iOS 11, App Store editorial comes out of the...

Jason Snell, Six Colors:

while the App Store has indeed had an editorial team for quite a while, Apple’s approach to App Store editorial has been nearly invisible. Editors select apps to highlight and might write short bits of text for use in collections, but for the most part the job has seemed to be more about curation than words.

This is not meant to disparage curation—it’s an important job and one of the ways the App Store can highlight the hard work of app developers who are making polished, impressive products.

Damn right! Curation is a skill and highly polished curation a valuable skill.

With iOS 11, though, Apple’s really showing that it has redefined what the App Store editorial team is for. In the redesigned App Store app in iOS 11, app highlights go way beyond buttons that would present an app’s App Store page when you tapped. The new Today tab is populated with full-fledged feature articles, with screen shots, videos, animations, pull quotes...

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06:52
News: Apple adds $99 annual Apple Music subscription...

After releasing $99 gift cards that provide a full year of Apple Music, Apple appears to now be making that option available online for existing subscribers, Ukranian website Tehnot has spotted. The process for getting the annual subscription is convoluted, with users having to subscribe to the $10 a month option first, then go back into their account and change the option over to a $99 annual rate. The option was previously only available by purchasing…

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06:48
Apple claims recent Supreme Court ruling makes...




Apple has escalated its legal attack on Qualcomm, declaring the iPhone broadband chip license agreement is invalid, and the manufacturer is illegally double-dipping in its demand for a royalty payment for chip technology in conjunction with charging for the chips.

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06:44
World’s first water park for people with disabilities

Mashable:

A new water park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island was designed for people with a wide range of disability identities — and it’s mind-blowingly accessible. The park, which opens June 17 in San Antonio, Texas, is fully wheelchair-accessible and hopes to welcome people with disabilities through careful consideration in design.

And:

The tropical-themed park features six major attractions, including an accessible river boat ride and a wide variety of splash pads — surfaces with geysers, water cannons, and rain curtains. Splash pads, unlike pools, are more accessible to people with mobility-related disabilities, but still provide the full water park experience.

And, notably, anyone with a disability is welcomed into the park for free.

This is amazing. Clearly, this was a labor of love, created with accessibility as a goal, rather than financial gain. Park founder Gordon Hartman did this for his daughter Morgan.

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06:35
New FDA plan could mean big boost for Apple and...

Yahoo Finance:

When AAPL released the Apple Watch, it included a heart rate sensor. It has proven extremely accurate in testing, recently coming within 2% of the numbers reported by an electrocardiograph (EKG). However, AAPL has never marketed it as a medical device, because doing so would mean FDA certification.

Once under FDA regulation, the company would have to get each Apple Watch certified, in a process that could require months. Having to go through FDA certification would also reveal AAPL’s products before release — something the secretive company would hate — and could delay rolling out software updates.

But:

The FDA just announced its new Digital Health Innovation Plan, and it could change everything.

Noting that digital technologies used in consumer devices “have the power to transform health care,” the agency is trying to streamline the process needed for FDA approval. With a fall target for the pilot program, the FDA says it’s...

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06:35
Kensington ships SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking...

Kensington has announced the general availability of its $349.99 SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for macOS. It provides a bridge allowing more mobile and thinner devices access to a suite of gadgets on the user’s desk. 

The SD500% accommodates a single cable carrying up to 40Gbps of data in one compact port that supports dual 4K video and a complete array of desktop accessories connected at eight times the speed of USB 3.0, while also providing up to 85W of laptop power delivery to macOS systems. With Zero Footprint Mounting, users can mount the...

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06:24
iPhone’s success measured against other iconic...

As we head toward the 10th anniversary of the iPhone later this month, the WSJ has put together a chart (below) comparing the sales trajectory of the smartphone against other iconic products. A second chart compares the 2006 pre-iPhone Apple with the 2016 one …

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06:15
Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for iPhone and iPad...

Get ready for a new Futurama fix because Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is coming to the App Store on June 29th. The iPhone and iPad game teams up the TV show’s voice actors, writers, and animators for what they’re calling new episodes rolled into a video game. The developer, Tinyco, has a teaser video out featuring the heads of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Stephen Hawking, and George Takei that also shows off a little of the game play. Like we said when we first heard about the game, shut up and take my money.


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06:10
Apple patent hints at a flexible newspaper/magazine...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,684,341) for a flexible display that can be used as a self-updating digital newspaper. (By the way, the image shown is not of the device, but of a malleable LG plastic display; I included it to show one possible iteration of the Apple device.)

The invention relates to an apparatus and method to communicate multimedia documents or content to a mobile or fixed device over a wireless network. In particular, the mobile or fixed device may be configured as a digital periodical or advertising device to transmit and receive converted multimedia documents or content delivered using multimedia messaging service over a wireless network. A request to retrieve information from a server over a wireless network is triggered based on flexing the flexible display device and other gestures.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that wireless communications has enabled widespread easy access to mass media and multimedia information via mobile...

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06:06
Apple's 'iPhone 8' orders, Samsung...




Supply chain reports suggest that Apple's and Samsung's rapacious demand for smartphone components will deeply impact parts available for other manufacturers, with industry-wide shortages expected in the second half of 2017.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want – The World’s...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Pay What You Want World’s Biggest Mac App Bundle, with fifteen top apps that help make your Mac faster, smarter, safer, and even more fun. Pay whatever you want for Tembo and Dropzone 3 and if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the full bundle, including Data Rescue 4, CrossOver 16, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and more. Plus, beat the top price being offered and you’ll get…

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05:55
Apple intensifies its legal assault on Qualcomm

Apple has doubled down on its legal assault on Qualcomm, arguing to a U.S. federal court that license agreements that secure the chip maker a cut of every iPhone manufactured were invalid, reports Reuters.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit again Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. The same month, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones...

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05:49
Watch: Siri will translate for you in Apple's...




Beginning this fall with iOS 11, Apple's voice-driven personal assistant, Siri, will gain the ability to translate to multiple foreign languages. Here's a peek at how it will work.

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05:48
FDA’s Digital Health Innovation Plan could help...

A new initiative from the Food and Drug Administration could spur Apple Watch sales by making it easier to certify digital health devices, according to Yahoo! Finance.

Previously,  under FDA regulation, Apple would have to get each Apple Watch certified, in a process that could require months. Having to go through FDA certification would also reveal the company’s products before release and could delay rolling out software updates. However, the FDA’s Digital Health Innovation Plan, and it could change everything.

Among other things, the move move could pave the way for the rumored Apple Watch for diabetics, “blowing open the market for Apple’s smartwatch from tech early adopters to hundreds of millions...

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05:44
Apple accuses Qualcomm of double-dipping, wants end...

In a new development in its legal battle with Qualcomm, Apple is arguing that the patent deal which forces the company to pay a licence fee for every iPhone manufactured is invalid. It is accusing Qualcomm of double-dipping by charging once for a licence fee for use of its patented technology and again for the chip which uses that technology.

Apple had previously accused Qualcomm of exacting revenge against the Cupertino company, but this is the first time it has specifically attacked the basis of the licence deal between the two companies …

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05:37
Judge dismisses discrimination lawsuit against Apple

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple a win on Friday in an employee's discrimination suit alleging the tech giant forced him to transfer stores for reporting his co-workers’ racist remarks, reports the Law 360 website.

Philly resident Cori Fisher worked at the Philadelphia Apple Store from 2010 to 2016, first as an Apple Store “expert” and later as a “specialist.” According to allegations contained in his lawsuit, the Apple Store racially profiled black customers. Fisher claims that he witnessed a store manager asking a cop to get some black teenagers out of the store, and he says that the Apple Store told its...

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05:15
Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds...

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

Apple’s work on the updated driver could indicate that the company is looking to move beyond its current hardware and may adopt support for NVMe hardware, which has been found...

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05:08
Sporadic reports of ‘Verification failed’ messages...

We’re seeing sporadic reports of ‘Verification failed’ messages when attempting to login to iCloud on devices, with one user told by Apple that the issue is affecting a limited number of users …

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05:00
IKEA partnering with Apple to develop AR-based app...

This could prove nifty.

IKEA has partnered with Apple and is working on an augmented reality app that shows what certain IKEA furniture will look like inside your home.

Executive Michael Valdsgaard offered the following:

When it launches, the app will let customers choose which IKEA product they want and then use an iPhone or iPad powered by ARKit to see how the IKEA furniture looks in their own home before it’s purchased. IKEA has been doing this for years now, including an early version which required users to scan pages of an IKEA catalogue to view AR furniture, but the company said that Apple’s platform will greatly increase the consistency and quality of the experience.

Valdsgaard said that the app will support between 500 and 600 IKEA products at launch with more being added afterwards. The augmented reality experience will even directly play into the development and launch of new products, as Valdsgaard explained that the company plans to...

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04:30
How to add a Touch Bar to your new iMac

Apple’s revamped iMac didn’t come with the option of a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar as I anticipated. However, you can add one thanks to the Duet Display app.

The app — well, actually, it’s two apps: one for your Mac and one for your iOS device — allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as an extra display. I use it as a secondary display — with a “virtual” Touch Bar — with my iMac.

First, install duet for iOS. The latest version is 1.4.1 and requires iOS 8.0 or later. 

After installation, you'll see the icon n your iDevice’s home screen. Tap on it to open when you want to use duet.

Next, you need Duet for Mac. It’s available at the product website for $9.99 and requires macOS 10.12.2...

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04:28
Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow launches June 29,...

After first announcing a new mobile Futurama game back in February, and teasing it with an initial trailer last month, TinyCo has revealed that Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be launched on the app store on June 29.

The company has also created a new trailer for the game (below) featuring Stephen Hawking, George Takei, Bill Nye, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson …

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Kensington’s Thunderbolt 3 dock offers hidden...

While early Thunderbolt accessories were thin on the ground, widespread adoption of the combined USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port means there’s now no shortage of docks available to add in all the ports you might want in a desktop setup.

We’ve seen Thunderbolt 3 docks from BelkinOWC, LenovoElgato, CalDigit,...

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Scosche RH1060 are superb Bluetooth stereo headphones

Scosche's RH1060 Reference Grade Bluetooth headphones, at $199, are pricey, but they're the best all-around headphones I've ever used except for Apple's AirPods.

During use, I was astounded by the music quality. I'm not an audiophile, but the audio performance is impeccable. The bass is deep, the mid-range is warm and clean, the treble crisp, and the highs sound natural.

The RH1060 features 40mm drivers designed with a custom blend of mylar, precision wound copper voice coils and rare-earth neodymium magnets to create an extremely accurate musical reProduction.  A ported sound chamber Provides the exact air space necessary for optimal component performance.

The RH1060 was equally impressive when watching videos. These are not Surround Sound headphones, but I definitely had the experience of immersive sound.

The Scosche headphones are extremely...

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New book about the creation of the iPhone ‘The One...

The book claiming to explore the secret history of the iPhone, The One Device, is now on sale in physical form ($19 at Amazon). You can also preorder the ebook for Kindle and iBooks as well; it will be released digitally on Thursday.

Authored by Brian Merchant, the book promises to detail the ‘untold account’ of how the iPhone was made. It features anecdotes from ex-Apple executives and top employees about the development of the secret project, as well as an ‘undercover’ trip to Foxconn and more. Early reviews of ‘The One Device’ are mixed …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 20, 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

A new mobile phone app, Summer Eats Minnesota, piloted in Minneapolis showing kids where to get free nutritious meals has expanded across Minnesota. Hunger Impact Partners, a local nonprofit aimed at nourishing children so they get a healthy start in life to support academic performance and healthy outcomes led the development and expansion.

macOS Apps/Updates

Briksoftware has released FNable 2.0, a feature update of the function key enabling software for macOS. It serves as the caps lock for your FN key.

FNable runs in the background and can change your...

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Monday June 19

23:05
25 great Mac games under $10 each

Good, cheap fun

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The Mac gaming library expands with each passing week, bringing an array of new experiences to sink your teeth into—and if you want to game on the cheap, that’s truly no problem at all. Let this collection serve as a prime example: Each game on this list sells for $9.99 or less, and all are certainly worth more than that.

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20:58
Drone Racing League season two starts tomorrow on...

In case you were looking for a new sport to follow now that the NBA and NHL seasons have ended, ESPN is giving something different a shot, and it's not esports. The second season of the Drone Racing League -- now branded Allianz World Championship Se...

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20:31
Researchers map a building in 3D using WiFi-enabled...

Turns out WiFi is good for more than just sharing cat GIFs with your friends. Researchers at the Mostofi Lab at UC Santa Barbara have created a system that "sees" inside buildings using two drones and WiFi.

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20:30
The Behind-the-Scenes Changes Found In MacOS High...

Apple officially announced macOS High Sierra at WWDC 2017 earlier this month. While the new OS doesn't feature a ton of user-visible improvements and is ultimately shaping up to be a low-key release, it does feature several behind-the-scenes changes that could help make it the most stable macOS update in years. Andrew Cunningham from Ars Technica has "browsed the dev docs and talked with Apple to get some more details of the update's foundational changes." Here are some excerpts from three key areas of the report: APFS Like iOS 10.3, High Sierra will convert your boot drive to APFS when you first install it -- this will be true for all Macs that run High Sierra, regardless of whether they're equipped with an SSD, a spinning HDD, or a Fusion Drive setup. In the current beta installer, you're given an option to uncheck the APFS box (checked by default) before you start the install process, though that doesn't necessarily guarantee that it will survive in the final version. It's also...

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20:20
Ring ships Apple-compatible Video Doorbell 2, says...




Ring on Monday launched the Video Doorbell 2, a Mac-, iPhone-, and iPad-compatible smarthome accessory that makes several key upgrades over its predecessor.

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20:17
Fill your SteamVR Home lounge with gaming...

SteamVR established its Home as the service's launch screen last month, a digital lounge for players to customize as they pore through their game libraries. Now you can start filling it with collectibles you unlock while playing through their respect...

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19:58
Nintendo Switch update makes it easy to find missing...

Nintendo's latest Switch update doesn't exactly come with anything mind blowing, but it has huge list of improvements people have been asking for. One of those is the ability to find paired controllers by making them vibrate. Unless they're too far i...

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19:12
Spotify test rents playlist slots to music labels

Spotify is already letting labels determine what you're allowed to play on its free tier. Now, however, it's giving labels the chance to insert songs of their own. TechCrunch has confirmed that Spotify is testing a "Sponsored Song" program that sli...

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18:35
Research finds deadly heatwaves will occur more often

A study published today in Nature Climate Change predicts that deadly heatwaves will become more frequent in the future. The study found that currently, around 30 percent of the world experiences life-threatening heat for at least 20 days per year. B...

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18:30
Apple's Tim Cook asked President Trump for...




At a Monday technology summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country's schools.

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17:54
NASA found ten Earth-size planets with conditions...

Remember when everyone went nuts over the seven Earth-like planets the Spitzer telescope found back in February shortly after Trump was inaugurated? If you're still keen to leave, NASA has released a batch of 219 recently-discovered planet candidates...

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17:22
Medium and the Scourge of Persistent Sharing Dickbars

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. This is particularly annoying on the phone, where screen real estate is most precious. Now on iOS they’ve added an “Open in App” button that literally makes the last 1-2 lines of content on screen unreadable. To me these things are as distracting as having someone wave their hand in front of my face while I try to read.

Here’s an annotated screenshot (and threaded rant) I posted to Twitter while trying to read Steven Sinofksy’s WWDC 2017 trip report on my iPad Pro review unit last week.

Safari already has a built-in Sharing button. It has all the options for sharing I need. And as I scroll the page, it disappears so that I can see as much...

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17:05
Steve Jobs Wanted the First iPhone To Have a...

anderzole shares a report from BGR: Brian Merchant's new book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, provides a captivating and intriguing look at how the most revolutionary product of our time was designed and developed. Through a series of interviews with Apple engineers and designers who played an integral role in the iPhone's creation and development, Merchant maps out how the iPhone came to be after more than two years of non-stop work at breakneck speed. One of the more interesting revelations from the book is that the iPhone design Apple unveiled in January of 2007 might have looked vastly different if Steve Jobs had his way. According to Imran Chaudhri, a veteran Apple designer who spent 19 years working on Apple's elite Human Interface Team, Steve Jobs wanted the original iPhone to have a back button in addition to a home button. Believe it or not, the original iPhone could have very well looked like a modern-day Android device. "The touch-based phone, which...

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17:03
Tim Cook thinks coding should be required in U.S....

Apple CEO Tim Cook was among a handful of tech execs who met with President Donald Trump today in Washington D.C. to help use technology to cut costs and further modernize the U.S. government. According to Recode, Cook thinks coding should be a requirement in schools.

Pictured: Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of "Reuters."

The CEO has pointed to efforts such as Swift Playgrounds as Apple’s way of encouraging young kids to take up coding. Cook also agreed with Trump in saying that the United States has much to do to modernize its technology infrastructure.

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17:01
Alleged 'iPhone 8' screen protector shows...




Photos and video of a screen protector -- purportedly for Apple's "iPhone 8" -- may support the idea that the device will have an edge-to-edge display, excluding only a small area for an earpiece and front-facing sensors.

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17:01
EU wants clear drone regulations in place by 2019

For years, countries have been coming up with ways to regulate the use of drones. The US recently flip-flopped on whether people have to register their non-commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the FAA at all, while China made it mandatory...

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16:57
Apple teaming up with Health Gorilla on its personal...

Apple is working with a start-up called Health Gorilla in its secretive personal health record initiative, reports CNBC, quoting unnamed sources. Health Gorilla specializes in aggregating diagnostic information, such as blood work, into one place.

Those unnamed sources say the start-up Health Gorilla is specifically working with Apple to add diagnostic data to the iPhone, including blood work, by integrating with hospitals, lab-testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp and imaging centers.

Health Gorilla connects doctors, vendors, and consumers within a single, secure platform. The platform is designed to let you, In less than ten minutes, can claim a lifetime of medical records to get a complete picture of your health history that can be securely shared with any doctor,...

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16:27
Microsoft and the UN to provide digital IDs for...

It's difficult to live without identification. In many cases, you're shut out of banking, health care, voting rights and other basics. Microsoft and partners might just give those many undocumented people (1.1 billion of them, in fact) a shot at th...

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15:55
Apple Centers Health Data Strategy on iPhone


Apple quietly has been strategizing to expand its growing healthcare business to include the management of digital health records, with the iPhone operating as a central data hub. Apple reportedly has been in talks with numerous health industry groups that are involved in setting standards for the storage and sharing of electronic medical records, in a way that would help consumers gain more control over their private medical information. The plan appears to be a natural extension of Apple's recent health industry strategy.

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