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Tuesday July 26

08:00
Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an...

Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom has widespread appeal to a broad constituency of photographers for viewing, management, editing, and sharing their images. Today, the company is augmenting its Lightroom brand with a new app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Lightroom for Apple TV is designed for large-screen viewing of photos in your home or studio. All of the photos that you’ve synchronized with Lightroom mobile or uploaded via Lightroom on the web are available for viewing in this app and you can present them individually, in a slideshow, or zoomed to 200 percent for fine detail.

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07:41
CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all...

You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

The auto make also added Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services to SYNC AppLink.

In December, Ford retroactively added Siri...

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07:40
Security flaw in Osram’s iPhone-controlled Lightify...

Osram’s Lightify brand of connected, iPhone-controlled lightbulbs is reportedly subject to security flaws that could allow unwanted access to your home network, according to a report from security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet).

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07:34
News: Cops bust ‘criminal enterprise’ using stolen...

Chicago police have arrested six people in connection with “an organized criminal enterprise” using stolen credit cards at various Apple stores, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suspects were using identities and credit card numbers stolen from victims throughout the country to make fraudulent purchases, police said. The suspects, all of whom were from New York state, would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and visit…

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07:14
News: Update in iOS 10 allows for autoplay of silent...

Apple is relaxing its controls on autoplay videos in Safari with the release of iOS 10, allowing silent or muted videos to start automatically. A post on the WebKit blog explains the rationale behind the changes as an effort to keep up with new display needs, as developers integrate more video elements into their sites. Some of those pages don’t work on iOS 9 due to user gesture requirements, so Apple is relaxing its restrictions. Silent or…

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07:13
AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Apple’s 2016 third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled to start this afternoon after the market closes. This quarter will include iPhone SE sales, and analysts will be watching closely to see if the company’s smartphone numbers show a year-over-year decline for a second quarter. The Mac Observer will be here to bring you the latest news and analysis from the event, so be sure to follow along with us this afternoon.

The post AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:12
T-Mobile now lets subscribers stream unlimited video...

Last fall T-Mobile introduced its Binge On feature that allows subscribers to watch unlimited video from select services over their network, and today the carrier has expanded Binge On to include video content from Apple Music. This means T-Mobile customers can watch music videos or other video content through Apple Music without worrying about hitting a data cap. The carrier already supported unlimited audio streaming through Apple Music through its Music Freedom program.

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07:05
Runkeeper gets social with new Running Groups feature

Popular Apple Watch app Runkeeper was updated on Tuesday with a new feature called Running Groups, a cross-platform social element designed to help users achieve their fitness goals.

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06:51
Apple wins patent on tech hinting at Apple Pencil...

Apple on Tuesday won the U.S. patent rights to a stylus concept that could pave the way for using an Apple Pencil with Macs, whether on Force Touch trackpads or otherwise.

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06:43
Six caught in attempted fraud at Chicago area Apple...

Chicago Tribune:

Six people from New York state have been charged in “an organized criminal enterprise” during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store in Deer Park, according to Lake County authorities.

The sheriff’s office obtained information last week that the enterprise was attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple stores in the Chicago area, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Further investigation revealed the suspects were using stolen identities and stolen credit card numbers of victims throughout the country to make the purchases, police said.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the suspects would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases.

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06:40
A cleaner, simpler Google Maps focuses on '...

Who says you can’t have form and functionality? Google Maps just received a major facelift on desktop, Android, and iOS that’s designed make it much easier to find your way about town. The new changes are rolling out now.

The first big change: Google gave Maps a cleaner, simpler look. The idea is to help you more easily observe “actionable information” like traffic conditions and transit locations. Bold outline borders for roads have been removed, for example. You’ll still see outlines for major thoroughfares, but all those side streets are just a simple white lines.

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06:39
Apple Music streaming videos added to T-Mobile Binge...

T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added 16 more video streaming services to its unlimited data Binge On program, highlighted by Apple Music, ABC, Disney, DISH Anywhere, and Nat Geo TV.

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06:38
Google rolls out new version of Google Maps – a love...

I do a lot of long drives, and over time, have made the shift to Apple Maps. Apple Maps has made obvious, continuous improvements since its rollout and it serves me well. I made a long trek this weekend and was pleased when Apple Maps weighed in, mid-route, with a suggested alternate route to save me time due to an accident ahead.

Accepting this new guidance took a single tap and the new route got me there faster. How do I know? Because Apple Maps shows me my expected arrival time, and with the new route, that expected arrival time changed. And proved accurate.

Add the Apple Watch to this mix. I love the fact that as I drive, I get steadily updated turn by turn directions on my Apple Watch, with haptic taps on my wrist to remind me of upcoming turns.

Apple Maps does a terrific job of getting me where I need to go.

Is this new version of Google Maps better? Here’s an experiment to try. Go to the announcement page, then scroll down to the video that shows...

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06:11
All the Q3 AAPL numbers analysts are expecting to...

Business Insider gave us a steer last week on analyst expectations from Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings report due later today, and the WSJ has now put together its own roundup of the consensus numbers analysts are expecting to hear.

Apple told us last quarter to expect revenue in the $41-43B range, with analysts anticipating that the company will land pretty much in the middle at $42.1B. Apple didn’t provide an estimate of earnings per share, but a Wall Street survey by Thomson Reuters forecasts the number at around $1.39 – a big drop on the $1.85 in the same quarter last year.

Analysts are pessimistic about iPhone numbers and revenues …

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06:09
Patent report: Apple Pencil on a Mac, electronic...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

The Apple Pencil is one of the niftiest accessories for an iPad Pro. Soon you may be able to use it with a Mac via a Magic Trackpad. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,400,570) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” with images (shown) showing it working with a Mac.

What’s more, the Apple Pencil may also be operated as a as a joystick, a rotational controller, or other input devices in addition to serving as a touch sensor input device. For example, on-screen content may be rotated, tilted, or otherwise manipulated using rotational controller and joystick input from the inertial sensor, per the patent.

Apple has also been granted a patent (number 9,400,526) for a “bumper...

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06:09
The Apple goes mushy

Nicholas Windsor Howard shares his thoughts on what he perceives as a decline of the OS X interface. There’s a lot to process here, a reasoned, well thought out essay.

Just a taste:

In Apple’s view, an icon depicting a camera and a photo was too literal for an application that handles photos. Therefore, when iPhoto gave way to its replacement in 2015—Photos—the previous carefully-rendered icon gave way to this bland, meaningless rainbow abstraction.

Is the move from the obvious to the minimalistically abstract a step up? A step down? Read this, decide for yourself.

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06:09
This new Outlook feature will organize your inbox...

Microsoft is finally bringing one of the best features of its Outlook mobile app to the desktop. Users of Outlook on Mac and Windows will start seeing their inbox separated out into two tabs: Focused and Other.

As the name implies, the Focused Inbox is supposed to hold all of a user’s important emails, while Other contains everything else. Users can train the system by moving email to and from the Focused Inbox, and establishing rules about certain senders and subjects.

When new messages come into the Other inbox, a banner will show up at the top of the list of focused messages letting users see how many new messages are in that section of their inbox, along with a select list of senders.

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06:08
Apple's December 2016 quarter could gain extra...

Apple has historically added an extra week to its December quarter when the 31st of the month falls on a Saturday --?which it does again this year. That extra time could add 3 million iPhone sales to the three-month period, one analyst has predicted.

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06:08
iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations

This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called “Leave this Conversation.” Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations.

The post iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount for only $12.99 — that’s 73% off the regular price. This car mount will help you easily and safely view your iPhone’s GPS while on the go, attaching firmly to your dashboard or windshield and orienting in any direction that works for you. It’s compatible with all smartphones and GPS devices, and the gooseneck, 360-degree rotation provides lots…

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05:57
Apple earnings call expectations

If you are interested in Apple’s upcoming earnings call, spend a few minutes looking through these Above Avalon charts, which lay out the numbers, making it easy to see the numbers Apple needs to hit to meet expectations.

Terrific job by Neil Cybart pulling these together.

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05:39
Apple earnings call, today at 2p PT

You can listen in on Apple’s official earnings call page.

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05:36
Fraudulent transactions attempted at Chicago Apple...

Six people from New York state have been charged in "an organized criminal enterprise" during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store (pictured) in Deer Park, Illinois, Lake County authorities told the Chicago Tribune.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the suspects would fly into O'Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases with stolen identities and stolen credit cards. Between Wednesday and Sunday, six people allegedly tried to commit fraud at the store. The six were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Authorities successfully recovered over $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products from the alleged suspects.

Hide those files and...

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05:35
Bid now on the Celebration Apple I, the computer...

From the Celebration Apple 1 auction site:

The “Celebration” Apple-1 is an original Apple-1 pre-NTI board that has many unique features, period correct power supply, original Apple-1 ACI cassette board (also populated with Robinson Nugent sockets), early Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, original marketing material, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards.

The “Celebration” Apple-1 is extremely rare not only because of the scarcity of Apple-1 computers, but according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, no known PCB boards of this type were ever sold to the public. At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.

The “Celebration” Apple-1 was authenticated by Apple Expert and Historian, Corey Cohen. Mr. Cohen believes The “Celebration” Apple-1 has the...

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05:16
Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS...

One of the options available when using Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is to have a code sent to you via SMS. The US National Institute for Standards and Technology, which sets the standards for authentication software, says that text messaging is not sufficiently secure, and that its use for two-factor authentication will in future be barred …

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05:00
FBI Launches Probe Into DNC Email Hack


The FBI on Monday confirmed it has opened an investigation into claims that the Wikileaks email dump of nearly 20,000 DNC emails over the weekend might be linked to the Russian government. Hackers connected to Russian intelligence agencies allegedly have been working to help tilt the U.S. presidential election. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, made a bombshell allegation on Sunday, claiming that the hack of thousands of DNC emails that revealed efforts to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign was the work of Russian intelligence.

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04:30
Art View is worth a look for Creative Cloud users

If you're a Creative Cloud or Creative Suite user, you should check out Code Line's Art View, a Quick Look enhancement that offers "quick answers to common questions."

It allows graphic designers to preview, inspect, and reveal dependent font and image files from within Apple's Quick Look preview feature. Art View works independent of other applications, so users who don't have graphics applications installed are still able to take advantage of its features.

The tool provides users with previews of design files that normally aren't compatible with Quick Look. It also provides info like what fonts, images and colors were used, and reveals dependent files.

Graphics files are visual by nature. By expanding the types of files that can be seen in Finder windows, dialog boxes and other applications, Art View helps improve the workflow of designers and people that work with them.

Art View is available as a free, 15-day demo and is available for purchase online...

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04:25
Patent to allow Apple Pencil to work with a Mac...

A patent application geared to allowing the Apple Pencil to work with Mac trackpads has today been granted.

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04:09
Google Maps continues attempt to tempt back iOS...

While Apple Maps got off to a rocky start, with many of us opting to use Google Maps instead, it did manage to gradually win back our confidence – with three times as many users as its Google rival by the end of last year. But Google is working hard to tempt back iOS users with an improved user-interface and a new way to highlight where the action is when visiting a new city.

The most visible difference is that many road outlines have been replaced with solid color. This small change makes a surprisingly big difference to the clarity of the maps, as seen above. But it’s the new ‘areas of interest’ feature that may provide the greatest temptation to switch apps …

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04:00
BalanceBall offers an interesting, perhaps healthy,...

A study by Kansas State University says that people who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Which means you need to be taking more standing breaks (at least once every 30 minutes) -- and perhaps using "healthier" chairs such as the BalanceBall from GaiamThe research involved 63,048 middle-aged men but US scientists say the findings are likely to also apply to women.

Chairs such as the BalanceBall Chair are designed to provide core strengthening, comfort and ergonomic back support and help to improve spinal alignment and reduce nerve compression. Studies on the benefits are inconclusive (see http://tinyurl.com/3kfkvrp), but if you decide to give one a try, the Gaiam product is reasonably price and well-designed. 

The Gaiam chair is designed for heights of 5...

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03:00
Apple's Electric Car Project To Be Led By Bob...

An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield will lead Apple's electric car project, according to the Wall Street Journal. TechCrunch reports: "Mansfield stepped down from the Apple executive board in 2013, yet stayed around the company to work on, what Apple called, special projects. In this role he was reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. One of Mansfield's projects turned out to be the Apple Watch. Now it seems he will head-up Apple's car ambitions -- a project Apple has yet to publicly confirm. During Mansfield's tenure he lead the engineering teams responsible for numerous products including the MacBook Air, iMac, and the iPad."


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Monday July 25

22:34
'Battlefield' TV show has an Oscar-winning...

The Battlefield TV series is inching closer to fruition. Electronic Arts recently revealed that Michael Sugar, one of the producers behind last year's Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Spotlight, will be working on the show. Along with production house...

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21:48
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' app update...

Nintendo's debut smartphone game is making efforts to get you back into its weird and wonderful social world by offering more opportunities for wardrobe items and accessories without excessive in-app payments. According to an update teaser inside the...

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20:28
AT&T's chief is heading up a robocall...

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will lead a "strike force" that aims to combat robocalls. Apparently, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler didn't only remind him last week that carriers like Ma Bell can and should offer free call blockers to their subscribers, h...

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19:59
Chicago police arrest 6 people involved in string of...

Six New York residents were charged today after authorities discovered they were attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple retail locations in the Chicago area. According to the Chicago Tribune, the six people were charged in “an organized criminal enterprise.”

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19:29
Solar Impulse completes its round-the-world journey

In March 2015 Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi and tonight it has successfully returned, completing a 40,000km+ round the world trip. It managed the feat "without using a drop of fuel," becoming the first to manage the feat thanks to sunlight,...

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18:51
NVIDIA's latest pro video cards help you...

Did you think NVIDIA's newest Titan X was a monster of a video card? You haven't seen anything yet. The GPU maker has unveiled its latest Quadro workstation cards, the Pascal-based P5000 and P6000, and they both pack power that makes your gaming-gr...

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18:35
Report: Eye scanning capabilities coming to the...

Touch ID brought major changes to how people unlock their iPhones, but it doesn’t appear as if Apple is stopping there. We initially reported that Apple was developing an eye scanning technology back in 2014, but a new report today says the capability could be launching to the public as soon as 2018.

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18:17
Oculus update preps Rift for room-scale VR, motion...

When virtual reality fanatics argue about what headset is best, two arguments tend to prevail: "The Oculus Rift is more comfortable," and "only the HTC Vive does roomscale VR." Soon, that second argument won't matter as much. Thanks to a recent updat...

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18:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Razer introduces its...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us something that iPad Pro power-users will surely love: Razer’s mechanical keyboard. Plus, lightweight folios, carry-alls, and more. Read on!

Case Logic

The LoDo Attaché (all iPad models; $55 MSRP, $51.46 on Amazon) features plenty of room for all your Apple gear. This cotton canvas bag includes a padded compartment for your iPad, an external pocket secured by a magnetic closure, and additional storage...

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17:59
Amazon, British government agree to drone delivery

The world’s biggest online retailer, which has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries by 2017, said a cross-government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority had provided it with the permissions necessary to explore the process.

I just don’t know about this whole thing.

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17:59
Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud...

Six people from New York were arrested and charged last week for their part in an "organized criminal enterprise" that allegedly sought to defraud a Chicago area Apple Store using stolen identities and credit cards.

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17:38
Amazon teams up with the UK to make drone delivery a...

Amazon has found a staunch ally in the British government in its quest to use drones for delivery. This new partnership with the UK gives the company a chance to test its drones the way it can't in the US. For one, the UK is allowing Amazon to deploy...

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16:49
What's on your HDTV: 'Sharknado,'...

Apparently Syfy has some Shark Week jealousy, as it's leading up to the debut of Sharknado 4 with a week full of shark movies. That's one alternative to the prime time DNC coverage on the networks this week, but also of note is the return of MADtv on...

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16:45
Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook’s...

Apple tapped hardware engineering legend Bob Mansfield to head its Project Titan car project. If true, it’s a signal that Apple CEO Tim Cook is committed to the project and serious about bringing a car to market.

The post Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook’s Commitment appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:23
US Special Forces are getting a 'missile sub...

Although Lockheed Martin has come under fire for the controversial F–35 fighter jet program, the aerospace company's Submergence Group just announced a $166 million defense contract with the US Special Operations Command to build a new "missile...

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16:11
New WebKit policies in iOS 10 to allow autoplay of...

In a bid to improve user experience, Apple's mobile Safari web browser in iOS 10 will autoplay silent videos and pause those with sound, a change that enables automatic playback of GIFs -- at least those converted to video -- while halting potentially disruptive content like ads.

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16:06
Opinion: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t jailbreak your...

Most people know that I’ve been a staunch jailbreak proponent over the years, but my enthusiasm for jailbreaking has been waning as of late. Much of this has to do with the amount of features, jailbreak-inspired or not, that Apple stuffs into new iOS software each summer.

That’s not to say that I’d knock anyone who chooses to jailbreak, because that’s your prerogative. But there are some things that should give potential jailbreakers pause when it comes to the latest iOS jailbreak. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play devil’s advocate… more…

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16:00
PhD student uses a robot to make VR feel more real

Between the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, we've come a long way towards being able to step in to virtual worlds -- but touching those false realities is a different matter. Solving this means finding a haptic technology that can adapt to needs of a c...

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15:40
Illinois politician resigns after fighting social...

Politicians tend to quit over scandals or sheer public outcry, but fake social networking accounts? That's new. Illinois House representative Ron Sandack has resigned after spending weeks battling with "cyber security issues" -- namely, people crea...

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15:35
Macs account for three of the top 10 laptops...

The data experts at SpecOut, a consumer tech research site powered by Graphic, has developed a list of the top laptops for students entering college in 2016. Apple has three of the top 10 entries. 

Those entries are (in ascending order): the 13-inch MacBook Air 2015 Base Model (best in the $800 to $1,100 category); the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2015 Base Model (best in the $1,100 to $1,400 category); and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2015 Flagship Model (best in the $1,400 and up price category). n each price category, the laptops are ranked by Smart Rating, a ranking system based on specs, expert ratings and display and dimensions considerations. In the case of a tie, the computers are listed according to price.

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15:12
Lithium-oxygen battery promises lighter electric cars

Lithium-air batteries are supposed to lead to lighter, longer-ranged electric cars thanks to their high power-to-weight output, but they have some showstopping flaws: they not only degrade rapidly, but waste a lot of energy input as heat. Neither is...

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15:08
Way-Back-When Video: 1995 and Power Computing with...

Oh my goodness, but do I love this video? Yes! Yes, I love this video! It’s from some show called The Computer Chronicles in 1995, and it features our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus (starting at 8:17) introducing the first Mac clone from Power Computing. He was working for Power Computing in those days as head of PR. Check out that ponytail and jacket he’s sporting (Squeeeeeeeee!). This video also has a segment with Jack Colt from DayStar demoing a multi-processing Mac clone that was a massive powerhouse in its day, as well as a segment on Oracle, and then an interview with Tim Bajarin. Oh, and they’re showing off some new fangled thing called Java. What blast from the past! Jim Tanous of TekRevue sent me the link because he loves me.

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15:07
Notable apps and app updates for July 25, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

PayStudio has introduced notably* 1.0. The free business app was developed to help service and trade professionals go digital and save time and money while managing their businesses on the go. notably* enables estimating, invoicing and inventory management. Users can iMessage or email estimates directly to their customers with an embedded estimate accept button and much more.

Apalon has debuted Coloring Book for Me. It’s a free digital version of coloring books. Coloring Book for Me offers a variety of specially designed images, like mandalas, flowers, and animals...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 25, 2016

The lull before the storm (tomorrow's Apple earnings call) resulted in a shorter than usual podcast today:

  • Two more cities now have transit directions/schedules in Apple Maps
  • As expected, Verizon will be purchasing Yahoo for $4.8 billion
  • Apple's earnings call happens at 5 PM ET tomorrow

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 25, 2016.

Another two cities have had transit information added to Apple Maps for iOS and OS X. Residents and visitors to Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego, California will now find that they can plan trips using the transit systems...

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14:48
'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' gets its...

A new theatrical trailer is out for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the film companion to the upcoming video game. This is the first time audiences can hear the CG movie's star-studded English-language voice talent.

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14:46
The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone

The iPhone’s display is made of Corning’s gorilla glass. It’s durable, but not indestructible. As a result, most iPhone customers (try to) protect their investment with a case. Should Apple try to make the iPhone shatterproof?  Is it possible? Will a case be, someday, unnecessary? Or is an iPhone that can be damaged preferable in some respects?  Page two of Friday’s Particle Debris explores.

The post The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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14:13
'No More Ransom' helps you fight...

Ransomware is one of the most chilling type of malware floating around the internet: an attack that locks a user's files hostage behind an encrypted paywall. Universities, hospitals and even seats of government have fallen victim to these kinds of at...

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14:03
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Host and...

Ken Ray is the host and producer of several notable podcasts, including the Mac OS Ken shows. It’s not surprising that Ken started out in radio broadcasting. Early on, he was a behind the scenes person at a small radio station in Boston. There, he became operations director and learned a lot about radio tech without the on-air disc jockey pressure. He learned the station’s digital editing suite, and that led to producing some commercials and radio shows. Later, at ZDTV radio, he had the opportunity to interview some high-profile people: Jesse Jackson and Ray Kurzweil. It’s not hard to see how, after he fell into the world of Apple, he brought all his skills to bear into a whole suite of modern-day podcasts, including work with Rod Roddenberry, Gene’s son.

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13:47
Audi is trying to beat Tesla at its own game

Audi's ramping up its electric car plans and hopes to have three models by 2020. It'll also form a new subsidiary to work on autonomous cars.

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13:39
Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $22.49

We have a deal for you today on a metal-clad MFi-certified Lightning cable. The Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is 19-inches long and designed to be portable, in addition to being tough. As you can see in the image, it can be rolled up into a compact roll. You can get this cable through our deal for $22.49.

The post Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $22.49 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:27
Here’s how the rumored ‘iPhone 7’ release date...

Two dates surfaced over the weekend regarding when the so-called iPhone 7 could be introduced and available to purchase. Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, tweeted Friday night that the next iPhone would be released during the week of September 12th, then added on Saturday that he indeed meant the actual retail release and that “it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.”

We noted in our coverage this morning that a two-week period typically occurs the time between the iPhone announcement and release date, which suggests a late August to early September Apple event assuming the September 16th date is accurate. So how does that date compare to past iPhone releases? Below we’ve compared every...

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13:13
Google Maps now highlights busy neighborhoods

In a new update hitting desktop, Android and iOS today, the Google Maps team has done a little design housekeeping to clear some of the clutter and create a cleaner look across the board. While doing away with certain elements like road outlines, the...

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12:45
Nike's latest soccer cleat is its most data-...

In soccer, like most other sports, footwear plays a major role in helping athletes perform at their best. Your shoes say a lot about who you are as a player, and you need them almost as much as you need the ball to play. This week, soccer pros all ov...

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12:37
With iOS 10 Safari, Apple improves the animated GIFs...

iOS 10 includes a lot of new flagship features, from iMessage apps to a Siri SDK, as well as a lot of small tweaks and enhancements. The WebKit blog is highlighting one of these small feature changes, which makes watching animated GIFs on the web way better with iOS 10.

A lot of GIFs today are actually encoded as videos as GIF itself is a very bad format for animated content despite its popularity. However, Apple has imposed many restrictions on how videos behave in iPhone Safari such as requiring user interaction for playback to start until now. Up until iOS 9, many websites displayed GIFs as elements but were held back by the limitations Apple enforced. With iOS 10, silent videos can now autoplay in the page, perfect for animated GIFs …

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12:27
The web’s most popular cameras and their settings

Interesting look at what cameras are popular among the millions and millions of photos the company has looked at. You can also check out the most popular lenses and camera settings.

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12:23
Facebook and Twitter helped catch suspected...

Big social networks have been doing more to quash extremist content and views lately, but rarely are they praised for having a real impact on investigation. On a television interview last night, a judge confirmed that Facebook and Twitter cooperated...

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12:21
Report Says iPhone 7 May be Called iPhone 6SE

Since this fall’s iPhone is expected to stick with the same body design as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s a new report claims instead of iPhone 7 Apple will call the new model iPhone 6SE. The source for the next iPhone’s name comes from supply sources in China, and doesn’t seem like a good fit considering Apple already sells an iPhone SE.

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12:01
9 big moments in Yahoo's troubled history

Yahoo is founded in 1994

Image by JD Lasica/Flickr

In early 1994, Stanford University grad students Jerry Yang and David Filo launch the website, Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web. Within months, they rename it Yahoo.

Yahoo goes public with huge stock gains

Image by Yahoo/Flickr

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12:00
Lights in the sky: Inside San Francisco's...

San Francisco is well-known for its bridges. The Golden Gate Bridge needs no introduction, but the other bridge, the Bay Bridge, has often paled a bit in comparison. It's known for horrible traffic as commuters pass back and forth between San Francis...

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11:53
Apple Maps mass transit information for Vancouver,...

Apple on Monday added public transit directions for Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego, California for users of the Maps apps on iOS and OS X.

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11:52
The intriguing legal ramifications of Pokémon GO

Recently, there has been a virtual tsunami of articles about the so-called hidden dangers of using the Pokémon GO app. The vast majority of them concern potential violations of the privacy rights of both consumers and landmark-owners. The media’s Chicken Little-like take on this is that augmented reality apps are opening the door to a dystopian future.

However, what has not been widely discussed is the impact of all this on the developers of augmented reality apps.

There are so many things to consider, it’s almost mind boggling.

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11:30
Weather made simple with the iPhone-compatible...

Two of the biggest barriers to having a personal weather station in your backyard have just disappeared. BloomSky's SKY1 ($249.00 for the solar powered kit, soon to be supplanted by the SKY2 being funded by a Kickstarter campaign) is a remarkably fun and useful app-attached weather station that's not only inexpensive, but easy to set up as well. In this review, I'll take a look at this spherical weather station/webcam and its capabilities, and where its successor (SKY2 with STORM) may make up for a few inadequacies.

Design 

When it comes to personal weather stations, you can't beat the design of the SKY1 and SKY2 -- they're relatively small, designed like little 'bots that keep an eye on the sky and the current weather...

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11:25
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.0.3, Tinderbox 6.6.2, Evernote 6.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9, BusyCal 3.0.4, PopChar X 7.6, Safari 9.1.2, and Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite).

 

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11:25
ExtraBITS for 25 July 2016

The dog days of summer tech news are upon us, so we have only two ExtraBITS for you this week: Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion and Adam Engst makes an appearance on MacBreak Weekly.

 

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10:58
Redbox makes second go at online streaming, Google...

Better known for its DVD and Blu-ray rental kiosks, Redbox is reportedly braving a second foray into online streaming. Google, meanwhile, is rolling out a new "Wi-Fi only" option for data-conscious users of its Maps mobile app.

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10:52
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield’s...

A new report claims Bob Mansfield is in charge of the Apple Car project. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bob running Project Titan, plus they have some things to say about a report tagging September 16th as the iPhone 7 release date.

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10:37
Making a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive

Dan Frakes:

I’ve long recommended creating a bootable installer drive—on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or USB stick—for the version of OS X you’re running on your Mac. It’s great for installing the OS on multiple Macs, because you don’t have to download the ~5GB installer onto each computer, and it serves as a handy emergency disk if your Mac is experiencing problems.

Dan takes you through all the steps using Terminal.

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10:27
Yahoo snapped up by Verizon in $4.8 billion deal

It’s been a long slow decline for Yahoo but the CEO who presided over it will make out like a bandit to the tune of a quarter billion dollars in salary and bonuses during her tenure. Personally, my biggest question will be what will happen to Flickr, the popular but also fading photo sharing service.

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10:24
Forget iPhone 7 rumors! Let’s move on to the 2017...

The rumor mill is certainly in overdrive lately. We haven’t even seen the “iPhone 7” (or is it the iPhone 6SE?), and there new rumors about 2017’s “iPhone 8” (or will it be the “iPhone 7”). According to DigiTimes, next year’s Apple smartphone — which, for simplicity’s sake, I’ll simply refer to as “iPhone 2017” — may sport an iris sensor.

A successor to Touch ID, it would allow your smartphone to “recognize” you by your eye rather than your fingerprint. The iris is a thin, circular structure in the eye, responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and thus the amount of light reaching the retina. Eye color is defined by that of the iris.

And since we’re talking about the iPhone 2017, it will reportedly sport a major design overhaul whereas this year’s model won’t. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks it will have a curved glass body and will switch...

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10:24
Twitter adds weekly MLB & NHL games to live...

Twitter has reportedly secured the rights to stream weekly games from both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, significantly boosting its nascent entry into live sports.

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10:22
Windows RIP: Thankfully It Died With Windows 8


As we approach the end of the free Windows 10 upgrades this month and get used to the anniversary edition, it suddenly hit me the Windows we knew died with Windows 8 -- what we got with Windows 10 really isn't what we've come to know as Windows. Hell, looking at Microsoft's latest financials, Microsoft really isn't Microsoft any more, either. Both are so different from what they were just last decade, they are like a brand new product and company. We're on the eve of big Windows changes.

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09:52
Ford commits to Apple CarPlay, offering it with SYNC...

Ford just made a big commitment to Apple CarPlay. The company announced Monday that all 2017 models equipped with its SYNC 3 infotainment system will come with the ability to run Apple's phone-to-car interface. 

With CarPlay enabled, anyone running an iPhone 5 or later can connect their phone to their vehicle dashboard for displaying directions, using phone functions, listening to music, and accessing Siri. When we looked at CarPlay for iOS 9.3 in April, we especially liked the overhauled version of Apple Music that includes the New and For You sections, as well as Maps’ Nearby feature.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air from $700...

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09:29
Depression

Many people suffer from depression—some people are in so deep, they don’t even know it. Sometimes it takes strong people like Robert Macmillan telling their story to make you realize that you’re not alone. If you know someone suffering from depression, help them.

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09:14
Rumor: New iPhones with secure iris scanners coming...

The successor to Touch ID could be "Iris ID," as a new report claims that Apple is looking to bring secure eye scanning technology to the iPhone in the next two years.

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09:09
Report: Apple special projects guru Bob Mansfield...

Everyone wondering what exactly is going on with Apple’s rumored car project will rejoice at the latest development: Apple is reportedly bringing back legendary hardware engineering head Bob Mansfield to oversee Project Titan and the development of an electric vehicle.

Mansfield started working for Steve Jobs in 1999 and was still employed by Apple but had stepped away after developing the MacBook Air, iMac, and iPad. Those successful products are plenty for one lifetime. Mansfield had transitioned from leading the hardware engineering department to overseeing special projects three years ago. One of those projects? The Apple Watch. Mansfield is now back in the swing of things after some time away, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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09:04
67 years of Lego sets

There are many of us—errr, people—who build stuff with Legos at all ages. Having grown up with loads of hand-me-down Legos (and having a Lego Wall-E sitting on my desk right now), I started to wonder how Legos evolved from the sets I remember from my childhood to what they are today.

Everyone loves Lego.

[Via Coudal]

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09:00
Suspect Required To Unlock iPhone Using Touch ID in...

An anonymous reader shares a report on 9to5Mac: A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in May, following a District Court ruling in 2014. The legal position of forcing suspects to use their fingerprints to unlock devices won't be known with certainty until a case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but lower court rulings so far appear to establish a precedent which is at odds with that concerning passcodes. Most constitutional experts appear to believe that the Fifth Amendment prevents a suspect from being compelled to reveal a password or passcode, as this would amount to forced self-incrimination -- though even this isn't certain. Fingerprints, in contrast, have traditionally been viewed as 'real or physical evidence,' meaning that police are entitled to take...

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08:55
Apple turns over car project to Bob Mansfield

Bob Mansfield had stepped back from a day-to-day role at the company a few years ago, after leading the hardware engineering development of products including the MacBook Air laptop computer, the iMac desktop computer, and the iPad tablet. Apple now has Mr. Mansfield running the company’s secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative, code-named Project Titan, the people said.

Mansfield is a very smart guy and is well respected inside and outside of Apple.

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08:46
Apple Watch and a saved life

Chuck La Tournous:

I’ll begin this story the same way I began the phone call to my wife: “I’m OK, but…”

I’ve known Chuck for a long and he’s a friend. I’m glad you’re okay!

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08:45
News: WSJ: Apple brings in trusted executive...

Apple has brought in one of its most highly regarded former executives to head up its secret automobile project, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bob Mansfield, who joined Apple in 1999 and was a top executive under Steve Jobs, lead the development of some of Apple’s biggest products, including the MacBook Air, iMac and iPad. After announcing his retirement in 2012 only to reverse course and stay with Apple working “on future products”…

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08:43
Pokemon Go launches in France and Hong Kong as...

With a backdrop of Nintendo losing half of its Pok?mon Go-induced stock gains, and a France and Hong Kong launch, the game's developer has also revealed expansion plans for the game.

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08:35
Apple retiree Bob Mansfield tapped to lead Apple Car...

Bob Mansfield bio from his former position at Apple

Bob Mansfield was always a happy face at Apple events in the past, when he showed off some of the amazing hardware that his team had invented. Mansfield retired a few years ago, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has asked him back to lead the "Project Titan" team that's developing the fabled Apple Car.

Mansfield's former domain included the hardware engineering of the MacBook Air, the iMac, and the iPad. Now he'll be running the show for Apple's autonomous electric vehicle project. Apple hasn't officially spilled the beans about Mansfield's return, but Apple employees apparently noticed recently that all senior Project Titan managers were reporting to Mansfield. 

This is a good sign for Apple, if not for Mansfield. The last week saw reports that the intro date of the Apple...

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08:30
Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR

It’s really cool seeing a Charmander, Flareon, or Pikachu right in front of you when you’re playing Pokémon GO. The augmented reality, or AR, that lets you see a Pokémon on the sidewalk in front of you is pretty fun, but turning it off can save a little battery life and makes the game easier to play, too. Read on to learn how to turn off Pokémon GO’s AR feature.

The post Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:21
Apple shakes up electric vehicle team, places Bob...

After taking a reduced role at Apple for the last few years, hardware engineer and former executive Bob Mansfield has returned to prominence at the company, and is now in charge of the company's ambitious electric vehicle project, according to a new report.

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08:18
Deals: 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) $999; $...

Back for a limited time only, Apple's 2015 12" MacBook with a 1.3GHz processor is $550 off with free Parallels at B&H. Or snap up an iPad Pro at up to $100 off with no tax outside of NY. Apple electronics are also up to 80% off this week on eBay.

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08:14
News: CarPlay to be available in all 2017 Ford models

Following through on its pledge from earlier this year, Ford has announced its entire 2017 line of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles will offer Apple CarPlay, with future, over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi to keep it up-to-date with the latest technology. CarPlay will work with Ford’s in-house SYNC 3 connectivity platform, making it “smartphone-ready” and providing access to Siri voice controls, Apple Maps, Apple Music,…

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08:12
WSJ: Apple recruits retired hardware expert Bob...

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has recruited Bob Mansfield out of retirement and back to the company to lead the ‘Project Titan’ Apple Car team. Mansfield previously lead Apple’s hardware team before moving to a special projects role where he worked on the Apple Watch before retiring and moving to an advisor role. Pulling Mansfield out of retirement to work on the Apple Car effort suggests the company strongly intends to bring an electric vehicle to market.

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08:08
Rumor: Apple to release next-gen iPhone on Friday,...

The latest iPhone 7 rumors are in, complete with reporter and leak enthusiast Evan Blass claiming the next-gen handset will be released the week of September 12th. Blass specifically cited that the new iPhone will hit the shelves on Friday, September 16th.

This would put it a bit earlier than usual, as the previous generation of iPhone was released on September 25th last year, the iPhone 6 debuted on September 19th in 2014 and the 2013 iPhone 5s was September 20th.

With a sooner-than-usual release date for retail availability, this also pushes the expected date for Apple’s media press announcement.

The typical window is a two-week wait between announcement and release. This is not feasible in the 2016 calendar assuming a Friday...

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