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Wednesday June 22

Unicode 9.0's 72 new emoji threaten to kill the...

The emojification of your online emotional life is complete. The Unicode Consortium announced Unicode Standard Version 9.0 on Tuesday, complete with 72 new emoji characters—the most important of which include rolling on the floor laughing, face palm, fingers crossed, drooling face, lying face, nauseated, and shrug.

Yes, Unicode managed to kill ROFL from text messages and Twitter replies overnight, as well as put the beloved Picard face palm reaction on the endangered list.

Other notable additions to Unicode 9.0 include emojis for selfie, fox, gorilla, scooter (both kick and motorized), as well as bacon—what took you so long, UC? Anyone interested in checking out the complete list of the 72 new emoji can find it on the Unicode site.


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72 new emoji are on the way, likely headed to iPhone...

72 new emoji will be making their way to iPhone and iPad soon, likely with iOS 10. The Unicode standards body this week ‘released’ the latest round of new emoji characters, including sneezing face, drooling face, ‘selfie’, boxing glove and ‘face palm’. You can see what these will look like in the image above, which is a mockup by Emojipedia of the new emojis in Apple’s graphic style.


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Judge Dismisses Error 53 iPhone Bricking Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit against Apple over bricked iPhones and Error 53 has been dismissed because the Judge overseeing the case saying the plaintiffs failed to prove they had been harmed. This isn't, however, the end of the line because they can amend their claims, plus there are at least two similar cases in the court system, too.

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CRISPR gene-editing approved for first human trials

A federal ethics and biosafety panel has approved the first ever human trials of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania aim to modify the immune system "T cells" in patients, helping them better fight...

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Ex-Apple engineers built an ingenious wireless...

Terrific idea. The company is called Pearl, and the product is a backup camera built into a license plate frame, designed to replace the license plate frame on the rear of your car.

Click through to the main post for details. Great idea.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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The Chinese company that won a patent ruling against...

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that won a Beijing patent office ruling that the iPhone 6 copied its own Baili 100C smartphone (pictured), apparently is no longer operating.


“[Parent company] Digione had collapsed, brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce competition, according to former employees and investors,” according to the Wall Street Journal. “Digione has been absent from China’s mobile-phone market for at least a year and Baidu has accused it of squandering its investment.”

The WSJ says calls to the company went unanswered. What’s more, visits to three registered addresses for Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services found no offices — and...

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∞ A handful of useful links tweeted by @AppleSupport

Apple’s official support Twitter account, @AppleSupport, is definitely worth following, a terrific way to get help with a nagging problem on one of your devices.

Besides direct support, the account also tweets out tips and the occasional useful link. Click through to the main post for a few examples.

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Apple TV’s universal search now supports more...

Apple’s universal search feature for the four generation Apple TV now supports A&E, History, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, DIY, Food Network, Travel Channel FYI, and HGTV. Unfortunately, the universal search list is pretty much limited to those in the U.S. 

The universal search feature uses Siri, the voice-activated “digital assistant,” and enables searches across multiple streaming video services as well as the iTunes Store. Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one at a time for a particular movie or show, you can search all simultaneously, then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it. You can also search for actors, directors, and more.

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News: Daily Deal: G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get our 2013 Speaker of the Year, the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox for only $79.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This powerful Bluetooth speaker can pump out quality, loud sound for up to six hours on a single charge, and it’s built with a rugged casing, a protective rubber base, and an integrated handle, allowing you to take it out on all of your excursions. Two full-range drivers and…

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LeBron James Used A Steve Jobs Speech To Motivate...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Well, LeBron James finally accomplished what he set out to do when he announced his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014: he brought an NBA championship to Cleveland. Going into the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were clear underdogs. And once the Cavs went down three games to one, the odds in Vegas that LeBron and co. could take back the series were as high as +900. Looking back at the Cavaliers' historic championship run and odds-defying victory, ESPN has a fascinating piece up detailing how LeBron sought to find every and anything that could help motivate his teammates and help them believe that an unprecedented comeback was indeed within the realm of possibility. And interestingly enough, one of the sources of inspiration James turned to was Steve Jobs. Specifically, James played portions of Steve Jobs' iconic 2005 Stanford University commencement speech to rally the troops ahead of game 3. "You can't connect the dots...

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Apple Pay now supported by 44 more institutions

Apple has added 44 new institutions to the banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay in the U.S. You can view the full list on Apple’s website here.

The mobile payment system is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, China, and Singapore. Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while France, Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95...

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The Chinese company alleging patent infringement by...

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that last week managed to win a Beijing patent office ruling that the iPhone 6 copied its own Baili 100C smartphone, is effectively defunct, reports the WSJ.

[Parent company] Digione had collapsed, brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce competition, according to former employees and investors. Digione has been absent from China’s mobile-phone market for at least a year and Baidu has accused it of squandering its investment.

When the WSJ attempted to track down the company behind the alleged patent, it found no signs that it was still operating …


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Effect Stack makes it easy to edit images non-...

By Aaron Lee

Sinisa Drpa's Effect Stack is an $9.99 flexible, non-destructive image editor for macOS (10.9 or later) that allows you to easily chain multiple image filters together. And it supports all image formats supported by the operating system, including RAW images.

Effect Stack has a built-in media browser which lets you instantly browse and import photos from Photos and the no-longer-with-us Aperture and iPhoto libraries. The tool — available at the Mac App Store —  offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used. The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images — all without harming the original data.

A filter can be previewed and adjusted before adding it to the chain. All actions are reversible, user can temporarily...

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Daily Deals: Our Swift Programming Online Course...

Everybody is jumping on the Swift programming language, not just for writing Apple apps, but for most other computing platforms as well. Apple has promised the delivery of an iPad "Swift Playgrounds" app this fall, but if you don't want to wait you can get a jump with these deals on two Swift programming online courses. We have the We❤︎Swift "Swift Programming from Scratch: Interactive Learning Platform" course for just $10 (usually $40 from the instructor) and "Learn Swift Programming...

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Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a...

At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a "revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun." A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.

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The Stylus Sling for the iPad Pro is a one-trick...

The $24.99 Stylus Sling is a one-trick pony, but it’s a nifty trick. It’s a “sling” that holds the Apple Pencil on a 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The stylus … er, pencil — is one of the neatest accessories for the pro tablet, but there’s been no convenient way to carry it with you if you have a Smart Keyboard or Smart Cover attached to your Apple tablet. The Stylus Sling alleviates this problem. It stretches and attaches to your iPad Pro’s case without adding too much impact to a case’s overall profile. Then you slide in the Apple Pencil, and you’re good to go.

The pocket is sized so you grab the stylus (not just the cap) when removing the pencil. The size is just right, preventing the Apple Pencil from sliding too far down into the pocket. The USB adapter pocket holds the small adapter safe and keeps it with your Apple Pencil. And its non-stick elastic repels dust and dirt.

If you don’t use an Apple...

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iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted – possible mistake, but...

Security experts cited by MIT Technology Review have found that the kernel of the first developer preview of iOS 10 is unencrypted, allowing anyone to examine the code. All previous iOS kernels have been encrypted by Apple.

The heart of an operating system is a component known as the kernel, which controls how programs can use a device’s hardware and enforces security. Apple has previously encrypted the kernel in iOS releases, hiding its exact workings and forcing researchers to find ways around or through it. But the kernel was left unobfuscated in the preview version of iOS 10 released to developers last week for the most recent Apple devices.

As the piece notes, this doesn’t compromise the security of iOS 10, and there are both pros...

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Hey, Apple, open up a store in my end of town

This is a totally selfish column, so feel free to move on if you wish. But I want Apple to open a retail store in my end of Nashville, TN (that would be the north side).

Apple has a retail store in the west side of Music City in the Green Hills Mall. It’s one of four in the state; the others are in Franklin, Knoxville, and Memphis.

The Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, TN.

It takes me almost 30 minutes to get to the Green Hills store — and that’s if I go at a time that avoids traffic. There's a demographic in the north side of Nashville and the adjoining Sumner County who wants a retail store that’s more convenient.

May I suggest the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee, which adjoins Nashville? It's in a growing, affluent part of this region, and one that's not being served by an Apple retail store presently.


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NASA app for Apple TV adds live streaming from ISS,...

Space fans with 4th-gen Apple TVs are in for a treat, as NASA has released its popular app on the platform. It was already available for iOS, Android and Fire OS, but this is the first time you’ve been able to access it directly on your Apple TV.

You get live streaming NASA TV, including a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station, as well as on-demand access to over 10,000 NASA videos and more than 15,000 photos, either individually or as a slideshow.

If you want to get more closely involved, the app has that covered too …


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Tuesday June 21

Headphone jacks are the new floppy drives

Gruber does a great job of tearing apart Nilay Patel’s silly, whiny piece but the key argument for me is his “If it weren’t for Apple we’d probably still be using computers with VGA and serial ports. The essence of Apple is that they make design decisions “no one asked for”.” This is what Apple does. It’s what they’ve done since Steve Jobs came back to the company. They move forward. They don’t wait for the market to make the decision for them. They make the decision for the market. And, in the vast majority of the cases, the market agrees with Apple – eventually.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s MacBook security advice? Put tape...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to elaborate security. It was reported earlier this year that Facebook has spent more than $16 million on security to protect the executive from “specific threats” from users and other sources. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has also apparently hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home. Now, Zuckerberg has inadvertently revealed another security measure he takes – and it’s surprisingly simple.


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Apple Pay gains support from 44 new US banks and...

As part of continued efforts to build out Apple Pay payments platform, Apple on Tuesday announced support for 44 new bank and credit unions serving U.S. customers.

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Reason 9 Shipping, Adds Pitch Editor and New MIDI...

Propellerhead shipped Reason 9 on Tuesday. The newest version of the digital audio workstation and sequencer adds two main features: Players automate and process MIDI input, and Pitch Edit, a pitch editor designed for vocals (think Melodyne or Auto-Tune). There are other new features, too, including Bounce In Place, new visual themes, and reverse MIDI clips. On the content side, Reason 9 adds more than 1,000 new "cutting-edge" sounds, and Pulsar dual channel LFO, a rack extension that was previously available only as a stand-alone $49 purchase. I love Reason, especially for sequencing. It's powerful software, and Propellerhead makes it ever-more capable with each new release. Reason 9 is priced at €405/US$449, while upgrades from any previous version are €129/$129. Propellerhead also has a stripped down version called Reason Essentials 9 priced at €120/$129. The software shipped today and is available now. 


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Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives

Nilay Patel, “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”:

But just face facts: ditching the headphone jack on phones makes
them worse, in extremely obvious ways. Let’s count them!

And let’s compare them to arguments against removing floppy drives from the iMac in 1998.

1. Digital audio means DRM audio

Restricting audio output to a purely digital connection means that
music publishers and streaming companies can start to insist on
digital copyright enforcement mechanisms. We moved our video
systems to HDMI and got HDCP, remember? Copyright enforcement
technology never stops piracy and always hurts the people who most
rely on legal fair use, but you can bet the music industry is
going to start cracking down on “unauthorized” playback and
recording devices anyway.


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Apple Pay adds over 40 new banks and credit unions...

Just two weeks after coming to over 30 new banks and credit unions, Apple Pay today has added an additional 44 new institutions in the United States. The new banks come a few days after Bank of America announced that it was rolling out support for ATM withdrawals using Apple Pay and come as Apple announced several new countries for the mobile payment service at WWDC.

Below are the new banks and credit unions that now work with Apple Pay:


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Google Makes It Easier to Do the 2-Step

Google on Monday began rolling out a new two-step authentication feature, Google Prompt, targeting enterprise employees. The new option consists of a pop-up that displays a mobile user's name and profile image, and that specifies the location and device involved in the attempted sign-in. The device owner is asked whether to allow or deny the sign-in. Enterprise end users still have other choices for two-step authentication. They can use a Google Security Key or enter a verification code sent to their phone.

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Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile...

A WSJ report on Tuesday claimed that the next iPhone won't have the 3.5mm headphone port. A handful of smartphones such as LeEco's Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2 that have launched this year already don't have a headphone jack. The Verge's Nilay Patel has an opinion piece in which he argues that smartphone companies shouldn't ditch headphone ports as it helps no consumer. He lists six reasons: 1. Digital audio means DRM audio :Restricting audio output to a purely digital connection means that music publishers and streaming companies can start to insist on digital copyright enforcement mechanisms. We moved our video systems to HDMI and got HDCP, remember? Copyright enforcement technology never stops piracy and always hurts the people who most rely on legal fair use, but you can bet the music industry is going to start cracking down on "unauthorized" playback and recording devices anyway.2. Wireless headphones and speakers are fine, not great. 3. Dongles are stupid, especially when...

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Happy 20th Birthday to The Icon Factory!

I wanted to take a moment to wish The Icon Factory a happy 20th birthday! It's an amazing accomplishment for any company to stay in business that long, but to transform yourself from an icon-designer to a major design firm, user interface consultant, and app maker is astounding. Icon Factory posted a company timeline/history that is a great walk down memory lane, especially for Mac users. I have a soft spot in my heart for this company because it was such a shining star in the Mac world when that company was at its nadir in 1996. Icon Factory made awesome icons that helped make my Mac more fun—it might sound like a small thing, but I remember it to this day. So thanks, Icon Factory, and happy birthday! May the next 20 years be even more interesting than the first. - Bryan


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Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted in...

In a bold move -- or an egregious error -- Apple has left the kernel of its recently released iOS 10 beta exposed, laying bare potentially exploitable security flaws ahead of a wide public release this fall.

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Apple Starts To Shell Out $400 Million To Customers...

An anonymous reader writes: Starting today, millions of e-book purchasers will get either credits or checks for twice their losses, said legal firm Hagens Berman, which helped litigate the class action lawsuit. CNET reports: "Apple is on the hook for $400 million in damages plus an additional $30 million to pay the legal fees for Hagens Berman and $20 million to the state attorney generals who became involved in the case. On an individual basis, each plaintiff in the suit will receive $1.57 in credit for most e-books they bought and a $6.93 credit for every e-book purchased that was on the New York Times bestseller list. Consumers who purchased e-books from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are eligible to receive credits deposited directly in their accounts or checks sent through the mail. In August 2011, a lawsuit filed by two individuals accused Apple of conspiring to fix e-book prices with five publishers: Hachette Book Group,...

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Would a $60B purchase of Amex (AXP) make sense for...

Apple first introduced its mobile payments solution in 2014 and has been gradually expanding it both domestically and internationally since then, most recently announcing a handful of new features and countries at WWDC this month. What’s interesting to note, however, is that Apple is bringing in just $0.15 per every $100 spent using Apple Pay. Brian Nichols of InvestorPlace points out that rate is much lower than the 2 percent to 4 percent rates collected by companies like MasterCard and Visa. The solution suggested by Nichols? Make Apple Pay an actual transactor of payments…


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California judge dismisses ‘Error 53’ lawsuit...

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria has dismissed the California class action lawsuit against Apple regarding the “Error 53” brouhaha, reports FORTUNE. He said claims the iPhone users’ “lost data” was not separate from claims over a defective iPhone—and Apple had already addressed that by fixing the software and offering to cover any repair claims.

Chhabria also nixed the false advertising claims, saying the iPhone owners had not shown any evidence that Apple had known about the Error 53 defect while marketing the device. “[T]he mere fact that a company has designed a product doesn’t mean it automatically knows about all of that product’s potential design flaws,” he wrote.

However, a similar lawsuit is underway in Seattle. The lawsuits involve Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders an iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID...

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Gadget Ogling: Pliable Phones, Clever Kicks, and...

Lenovo has peeled back the curtain on a smartphone that you can wrap around your wrist, sporting a full-color screen. The "CPlus," as Lenovo calls the prototype, runs Android and has a 4.26-inch display. It will be available in 12 colors if and when it goes on sale. It's clear bendable smartphones will be a viable consumer product in the near future, though I'm still struggling to imagine ever wanting to wear a phone on my wrist. I don't wear a watch, so something with a far bigger screen would require a great deal of adjustment.

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iOS 10: A look at 30 additional new features [Video]

Last week we covered 75 new iOS 10 features, and this week we are showcasing an additional 30 new features to be found on the iOS 10 beta. more…

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Apple adds new channels to Apple TV universal/Siri...

Apple’s universal search feature for the Apple TV today gains new supported channels allowing users to search for content within the apps directly from the Apple TV’s main search function and Siri.


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YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera: $179

Check out the YoCam, a small camera that is waterproof up to 20 feet (IP68). It takes photos or video, and has video stabilization, too. It weighs just 1.9 ounces, and it has a companion app for iPhone and Android devices for processing images. You can get YoCam through our deal for $179.

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Judge tosses lawsuit over 'Error 53'...

A U.S. District Court judge in California has tossed one of two lawsuits against Apple over "Error 53" glitches, triggered when an iOS device's Touch ID technology is altered by an unofficial technician.

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Apple TV universal search integrates content from A...

Apple on Tuesday announced expanded support for Apple TV's universal search feature with the addition of nine new channels, including popular networks DIY, Lifetime and the Travel Channel.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 21, 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

Ingeniousapps has introduced Neon LED Keyboard Glow Keyboards. The app allows users to colorize their keyboard by customizing the background, key style, key color and more. Neon LED Keyboard is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

BizNitz Inc. has launched BizNitz 1.2. The free app is designed to connect homeowners, contractors, and independent handymen. BizNitz provides a contact point for homeowners to get household jobs done and includes the services of both professional contractors and knowledgeable locals...

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Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user...

Apple has described its coming iOS 10 update as the “biggest iOS release ever” with CEO Tim Cook going so far as to call it the “mother of all iOS updates” — and after a week of poring over the first iOS 10 beta, it’s clear they’re not wrong. While it’s not as big of a visual design overhaul as iOS 7 was, it looks like iOS 10 is still going to take the mobile operating system in some very interesting new…

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PlayStation Vue comes to your Roku player

Come next week, you'll be able to watch your PlayStation Vue programming from pretty much anywhere. Sony announced on Tuesday that the streaming platform is available on Roku devices and will roll out to the Android OS next week.

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Apple Should just Confirm the iPhone 7 Headphone...

The only big design change we can expect to see in the iPhone 7 when it ships this fall will be the lack of a headphone jack. That's what the latest report claims, and it also says it'll be 2017 before a major redesign comes. Considering this report comes from the Wall Street Journal, Apple should just go ahead and officially confirm the headphone jack is gone.

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Facebook is paying media companies millions to...

Earlier this year, Facebook went all in on Live Video, placing it in a place of prominence in its app as well as promoting it rather heavily on the web. Now it appears that the company is even going so far as paying media companies and celebrities mi...

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Feds finalize rules for commercial UAVs

The Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that they had completed the first set of operational rules for commercial UAV flights in the US. Any UAV under 55 pounds and flying for "non-hobbyist purposes"...

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What We’ve Learned About Apple’s New File System,...

It wasn't discussed in the WWDC keynote. But Apple's has been developing a new file system for all its devices called Apple File System. It's been a hot topic of discussion over the last week. Here are some of the notable things we've learned since the first day of WWDC along with some context.

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Ex-Apple engineers made this $499 rearview backup...

A startup called Pearl Automations is today launching preorders for a new accessory that adds a rearview backup camera to just about any car using an iPhone or other smartphone as a monitor. The company is notably made up of a large group of ex-Apple engineers and the accessory is just the first in a line of products it plans that will add various smartphone connectivity features to vehicles.


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AWT News Update: June 21, 2016

Today's the first full day of summer after the summer solstice at 3:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday afternoon, and we have some hot news to go along with the hot weather:

  • OWC announces that they're putting 10TB Enterprise class drives into their RAID solutions
  • Drobo launches the Drobo 5D Turbo Edition, AKA Drobo 5Dt
  • People who bought Kindle books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are getting refunds from Amazon today, funded by Apple
  • Twitter and Vine go to a 140-second video length limit
  • That drastically different iPhone 7 you through you were going to get this year? Aint' gonna happen, says the Wall Street Journal.

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Samsung pours $1.2 billion into the Internet of...

Samsung is willing to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to the Internet of Things. The electronics giant is spending $1.2 billion on IoT development in the US over the next 4 years, sharing it between startups and its own work. This is...

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New FAA drone rules open up US skies to limited...

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday released new drone regulations that will allow limited commercial, research, and rescue flights, among other purposes.

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How to get your Amazon credit from Apple's...

You might have a few extra dollars to spend on Amazon this week, all courtesy of Apple.

On Tuesday, Amazon started issuing refunds as part of Apple’s price-fixing settlement. If you purchased a qualifying ebook from Amazon, you will be automatically receiving credits in your account. All you need to do is sign in to your account and click on this link to see how much you got.

“Eligible customers do not need to do anything to receive these credits. If you are eligible, we have already calculated your credit for you and added it to your Amazon account,” according to Amazon’s webpage explaining the settlement.


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How a Steve Jobs speech inspired the 2016 NBA...

Here’s an interesting excerpt from an ESPN article on how LeBron James inspired his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to a comeback upset over [Eddy Cue’s] Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Championship. As a native of Cleveland, this is particularly interesting to me: more…

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Ex-Apple networking engineers working on open source...

A group of ex-Apple networking engineers, led by Jason Forrester, who had worked on a secret internal project to free the company’s reliance on cloud services from outside vendors has left to start a new networking startup called SnapRoute (, reports recode. Apple isn’t involved.

However, unnamed “sources familiar with the startup’s origins” say its founders worked on part of a project that Apple had dubbed Project McQueen, according to recode.

SnapRoute is working on a “developer friendly and operations focused protocol stack that runs on all commoditized network hardware with any open Linux operating system. The company’s team has operated networks at web scale, working on Apple products like Siri, Maps, and iMessage, according to the “our story...

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Mozilla's next logo will be shaped by its users

It's time for Mozilla to get a new look and, true to its open-source roots, the Firefox developer is turning to the community for feedback on what its redesign should entail. The nonprofit has launched an Open Design process to "modernize [its] brand...

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El Capitan info-list file could hint at upcoming Mac...

This may be wishful thinking, but whenever Apple updates its Mac lines this year (I’m expecting August and September announcements), the Mac Pro might finally be among the revamped systems. A clue in an El Capitan info-list file MAY hint at just that, reports PortableOne.

The reference is labeled “AAPLJ95,1”. The entry is part of a compatibility list for Macs. The 2013 Mac Pro’s codename is AAPLJ90,1, which means that “AAPLJ95,1” could be specific to a Mac Pro that may still be in the works.

Apple’s professional desktop hasn’t been updated since late 2013. That’s approximately a century in tech years. The late 2013 Mac Pro uses Intel's Xeon E5 v2 processor family (Ivy Bridge-EP). When it launched, these were Intel's most powerful workstation processors. But they’re starting to look a bit long-in-the-tooth.


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The hostile takeover of 'Watch Dogs'...

Ubisoft, the studio behind Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, South Park, Rabbids and plenty of other off-the-wall franchises, is slowly losing itself. The company is being swallowed up by Vivendi, the entertainment conglomerate responsible for Universal...

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UE updates Boom 2, Megaboom Bluetooth speakers with...

Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears on Tuesday announced a software update for its Boom 2 and Megaboom Bluetooth speakers, letting users trigger Apple's Siri or Google Now without having to reach for their phone or tablet.

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Yahoo launches new Radar smart travel guide &...

Yahoo today launched a new iOS app called ‘Radar’ that it says will act as a smart travel guide, offering up recommendations on points of interest and pulling in trip itineraries, reservations and other travel information from Yahoo Mail. 

Whether you’re planning a trip or want to try something different in your hometown, this iPhone app brings you the best results, gleaned from across the web, and combines Yahoo’s expertise in search, communications and content to help you explore the next U.S. city of choice. Just sign in with your Yahoo Mail email address and Radar will use the upcoming flight, hotel and rental car confirmation receipts in your inbox to help you get organized for your trip. Radar also provides snackable recommendations, from must-see sights to the best restaurants in town.

The app will also feature user reviews for restaurants and travel tips from places like TripAdvisor and elsewhere around the...

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Cities are collaborating on rules for Uber and Airbnb

The sharing economy,and the companies that embody it, have often waded into a fight wherever they set up shop. That's because local governments aren't nimble enough to cope with such radically new ideas, and the companies themselves often struggle wi...

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Apple's new Photos app will recognize 7...

Apple’s new update to Photos is one of the reasons we’re most excited about iOS 10, and now we’re learning more about how the app will integrate “Advanced Computer Vision.”

After Apple released iOS 10 and macOS to developers at WWDC, a developer discovered the list of hardcoded objects, scenes, and facial expressions that the Photos app will be able to recognize. According to developer Kay Yin, Photos will be able to recognize seven types of facial expressions: greedy, disgusted, neutral, screaming, smiling, surprised, and suspicious.

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Sonos Controller for iOS gains lock screen control...

Sonos has released a big update to its Controller app for iPhone and iPad that improves the experience on iOS in several ways. Because Sonos speakers stream music from services including Apple Music directly over the Internet and your iPhone or iPad is only used to tell it what to play, the lock screen has lacked playback controls; today’s update works around that on iOS 8 and later. Sonos Controller 6.3 for iOS adds lock screen controls that you can access from iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch for the first time. The new version includes some other new features for Apple’s latest hardware as well:


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Apple Camp 2016

If you’re lucky enough to be a kid who lives within range of one of these Apple Camps, sign up ASAP. They fill up fast and I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

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Inside iOS 10: New 'Bedtime' feature helps...

As part of a greater focus on user health, Apple will launch new alarms in iOS 10 for sleep, reminding users when to go to bed for a full night of rest, and also keeping track of their sleeping habits.

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Taylor Swift and 179 artists urge Congress to update...

A group of 180 artists and musicians, including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Vince Staples and Kings of Leon, want Congress to take action on the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). If you're not familiar, the copyright legisl...

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Microsoft brings mobile payments to your Windows 10...

Windows 10 users have been left out of the tap-to-pay trend while their friends use the likes of Android Pay and Apple Pay, but they're about to catch up in style. If you're a Windows Insider in the Fast Ring and use a Lumia 650, 950 or 950 XL, you c...

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Plume Podifies Home WiFi

Plume last week introduced its eponymous self-optimizing WiFi system for the home.
Plume adapts in real life to the different network demands made by various devices and ensures that each gets the fastest speeds possible, according to the company.
The recommended setup is one pod per room and connecting space, such as a hallway, plus any cable or DSL modem or any modem/router combination. Users simply download the Plume app on Android or iOS to activate the system.

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External Link: Bank of America Offering Apple Pay...

Bank of America (BoA) is rolling out Apple Pay compatibility to its ATMs, making it possible to use Apple Pay on your iPhone to withdraw cash from over 2400 ATMs that support the technology. You can't get cash from just any NFC-equipped BoA ATM, though, only those with the Apple Pay branding. So far, the system works only with BoA debit cards linked to Apple Pay.


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WSJ: Next iPhone ditches the headphone jack, other...

Enlarge / The next-generation iPhone could look a lot like the 6S and 6S Plus, according to a new report. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you were hoping for an all-new iPhone design this fall, The Wall Street Journal says you may be disappointed. Aside from the oft-rumored and controversial decision to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, this year's iPhones will allegedly share a lot in common with the iPhone 6 and 6S.

According to the usual, shadowy "people familiar with the matter," the new iPhone design will be about a millimeter thinner...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-21: Forcing Phone-...

Going to an Alicia Keys concert will get your iPhone locked away, but not by the police. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on concert goers being forced to drop their smartphones in locked bags as a condition to see the show. They also take a look at Russia's bill calling for backdoors into encrypted chat apps.

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Apple issues third developer & public betas of...

Apple on Tuesday updated both its ongoing developer and public betas, with the release of new builds of OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2 [updated].

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Microsoft's 'internet mash-up'...

Microsoft introduced the world to its online automation service just last month, but now it's announcing Flow mobile for iOS. If you missed it, the service allows you to join up myriad online apps and services (including Microsoft's own), For example...

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News: WSJ: iPhone to see modest changes this year,...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal is adding weight to several recent rumors suggesting that the next-generation iPhone, expected to be released this fall, will see only subtle changes, essentially breaking Apple’s two-year iPhone redesign cycle. Citing sources familiar with the matter, as well as other recent analysts, the WSJ is confirming with some confidence that Apple’s long-rumored plans to drop the headphone jack are likely…

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Cool crowdsourcing

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This week’s roundup brings three new accessories raising money through Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Do they have what it takes to reach full production? Read on!


Kiyojo is an iPhone mount styled as the “command center” for your Apple HomeKit devices. Fasten your iPhone mount to any magnetized surface, then turn off your lights, lock your doors, and lower your thermostat all in one place. Once it ships, it will retail for $100, but you can get it with a $59 pledge during its Kickstarter campaign.

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Apple Unlikely to Make Big Changes for Next iPhone

The next iPhone isn't going to look much different from the last year's iPhone 6s, or 2014's iPhone 6. According to a WSJ report (paywalled; alternate source), Apple will release two new iPhone models with screen sizes 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, and both the models will look pretty much similar to the last two year's models. There won't be any 3.5mm headphone port in the new iPhone, though, the report adds. The Cupertino-based company plans to introduce major design changes in its next iPhone, using OLED display and eliminating the home button to use the display for fingerprint scanning. From the report: For years, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has expressed a desire for the iPhone to appear like a single sheet of glass, according to people familiar with the matter. The current design ideas for the 2017 iPhones are expected to push the handsets in that direction by eliminating much of the bezel around the display, with the OLED screen.


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Former Apple engineers found Pearl, introduce...

While Apple still has yet to publicly acknowledge its car project, a number of former Apple employees have formed a startup called Pearl, which was co-founded by three former Apple engineers. The crew, which helped design several generations of iPods and iPhones in years past, has hired approximately 70 employees and begun working on a rearview camera that’s being unveiled today.

The camera, known as RearVision, functions as a set of rearview cameras that fit around your license plate and sync with your smartphone. The differentiator is the attention to quality and detail that Apple is known for.

The RearVision unibody frame is made of painted die cast aluminum alloy, a material the team chose for its durability and all-weather-resistance. Along...

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This year's 'iPhone 7' will lack...

Though Apple has historically introduced a major redesign of its iPhone every two years, this year's upgrade will look largely the same, with the largest change being the elimination of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, a new report claims.

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OS X 10.11.6 beta 3 for developers hits the Mac App...

Remember OS X? macOS Sierra is the new hotness, but OS X El Capitan has at least one more update left before the big name change takes place later this year. OS X 10.11.6 isn’t quit ready for prime time yet, but Apple has released the third beta version of the Mac software update for testing.


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WSJ: This year's iPhone won't feature big...

If you're eagerly awaiting a load of new features for this year's iPhone, you might be a bit disappointed come fall. The Wall Street Journal reports that the upcoming models will offer only modest changes from the current iPhone 6S and 6S Plus rather...

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 + tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3...

While Apple has mostly moved on to iOS 10 beta testing at this point, the minor iOS 9.3.3 update is still in beta and received its third developer release today. iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 for developers brings the build to 13Y823. Changes so far haven’t been noticeable as the update is likely focused on security enhancements and bug fix improvements.


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Check your spam folder, you might have some new...

On Tuesday, Amazon began announcing settlement payments to customers who bought e-books between April 2010 and May 2012. (Some less-literate Ars staffers, like Nate Anderson, got as little as $1, while others, like yours truly, got more than $48.)

The funds are coming from Apple as part of an antitrust lawsuit that was settled earlier this year.

“You don't have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added it to your Amazon account," reads the e-mail. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your purchase of qualifying items through Amazon, an Amazon...

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WSJ: iPhone 7 w/ similar design and removed...

iPhone 7 rumors have been notably tame this year, and that’s because the next-generation iPhone is widely expected to be a further revision to the iPhone 6 series and not a radically different design. The Wall Street Journal is the latest to report on Apple’s expected plans for the iPhone 7, describing a situation where the iPhone 7 closely resembles the iPhone 6s minus the headphone jack. WSJ reports that this will result in a thinner design that’s more water-resistant than current models.

But the report also believes the 2017 iPhone will be dramatically different, featuring an OLED display like the Apple Watch and embedding the Touch ID sensor in the display while losing the Home button…


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'Outlast 2' drops you in a desert for a...

The Outlast 2 demo made me jump and shriek in the middle of the E3 show floor, in Microsoft's rowdy Xbox space where I was surrounded by swashbuckling pirates, roaring racing games and joyous fans. With my clammy fingers gripping an Xbox One controll...

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Twitter, Vine expand video limit to 140 seconds

The duration of videos posted to Twitter has been expanded from a 30 second limit to 140 seconds --?matching the numerical 140 character limit for text posts.

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Brain-like computers may now be realistic

Power consumption is one of the biggest reasons why you haven't seen a brain-like computer beyond the lab: the artificial synapses you'd need tend to draw much more power than the real thing. Thankfully, realistic energy use is no longer an unattain...

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Twitter makes big video push with 140-second clips...

Ready for Twitter to become even more like Facebook? The platform is moving into video in a major way with 140-second clips in both Twitter proper and Vine, a new video section called Watch Mode, and video recommendations for other videos to watch. The network’s most popular users, like President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber, are getting a stand-alone app called Engage, which sounds a lot like Facebook Mentions.

Twitter is making video a huge priority by extending video length from 30 seconds to 140 seconds (staying on-brand, of course). Those longer videos are also coming to Vine, but don’t worry, the popular app for creating hilarious video loops isn’t changing its 6-second limit. Instead, you can post 140-second clips alongside your Vines.


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Twitter has a new app to help celebrities chat with...

To help celebrities, public figures and other influencers more actively engage with their audiences, Twitter has a new standalone app that offers some helpful insight. The appropriately named Engage app is divided into three main sections to break do...

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New Google prompt vastly simplifies two-factor...

Two-factor authentication is getting a stronger padlock to further secure your Google account.

Currently you can further secure your account by getting a code via text message (or phone call), or with a code from the Google Authenticator app. A new Google prompt adds a third option.


You’ll see a simple prompt to approve the new sign-in request.

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Instagram reaches 500 million monthly active users

From memes to selfies to shelfies to Boomerangs, it seems we can’t get enough Instagram. The social network of endlessly scrolling images and videos announced on Tuesday it had reached 500 million monthly active users, and of those, 300 million—a full 60 percent—use the app every day. 

Instagram users share 95 million photos a day, which would suggest that not everyone is posting, but people can’t help but peek at what their friends have shared. The app isn’t only popular in the United States either—80 percent of its users are outside the U.S.

Twitter, by comparison, has about 320 million monthly users, so Instagram is seeing in one day almost as many people as Twitter gets in a month. 

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Former Apple employees reveal iPhone-connected...

Bryson Gardner, Joseph Fisher and Brian Sander think that cars should be upgraded like software. That's why the three ex-Apple employees founded Pearl Automation Inc., a company that announced a new iPhone-connected backup camera this week.

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Giveaway: Win an iPhone case and keyless lock bundle...

Dog & Bone is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of two bundles consisting of an iPhone case, LockSmart and LockSmart Mini.

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The best air conditioner

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

After five summers of researching, testing, and recommending window air conditioners, we've learned t...

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News: China tightening restrictions on mobile games...

Starting July 1, mobile games sold in China’s App Store will have to meet the approval of the country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, China’s IT Times reports. The new regulations are a hurdle even for larger companies with the proper connections and resources, but are expected to have a devastating impact on smaller developers who could struggle to come up with the $2,000-$5,000 fee charged…

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∞ Thoughts on WWDC, Apple Music

Apple had an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference last week, on almost all fronts. From the new keynote venue and Apple Bash, to the reaction of developers, and the software that was announced, Apple did a great job. [...]

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Apple Summer Camp Teaches Movie Making, Writing,...

It's summer camp time again at Apple's retail stores for kids who want to learn how to use their Macs and iPads to create cool movies and interactive books. The summer camps are free and run from July 11 through August 12 for kids ages 8 through 12. This year's sessions include Stories in Motion with iMovie, Interactive Storytelling with iBooks, and Coding Games and Programming Robots. They typically fill up fast, so be sure to sign up early if your kids want to go.

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iPhone Lockscreen Music Controllers Also Work on...

Today's announcement that Sonos added lockscreen controls to iOS led us (ok, it led my son) to realize that this likely meant it would also be controllable from an Apple Watch paired to the same iPhone. Sure enough, it is, and that's because whatever music is controllable from your iPhone's lock screen is also controllable from the "Now Playing" glance on Apple Watch. Note that the Now Playing section of the Apple Watch Music app is less likely to show this data, but sometimes it will appear there, too. The "Now Playing" glance, however, has proven 100% reliable in all of our tests.

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Microsoft SharePoint for iOS arrives on Apple's...

Microsoft has launched a free iOS client for its SharePoint enterprise collaboration suite, making it easier for businesses to consolidate inter-office communication and collaboration on the go.

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Tumblr officially joins the live video party

It's official: today, Tumblr joins Facebook, Twitter and Amazon as the latest platform to add live video streaming. In a post on Live Video dot Tumblr dot com, Yahoo's quirky social network laid out the crucial details.

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Gene Munster: Apple Pay in Safari may spell trouble...

With so much financial scrutiny on Apple at this point in time, it's comforting that there is at least one Apple fanboy on Wall Street -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Munster believes that Apple's move to include Apple Pay integration in both macOS and iOS Safari web browsers this fall will be responsible for a shift in online payments from PayPal to Apple Pay.

As noted on Street Insider, Munster thinks that the inclusion of Apple Pay in both mobile and desktop Safari, coupled with a "simple integration process for merchants" will make it easy for consumers who had used PayPal online secure payments in the past to switch to Apple Pay. 

About 30 percent of PayPal's total payment volume is currently done on Apple devices, and Munster believes that by the holiday season up to 40 percent of the internet...

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35 interface innovations that rocked our world

This is posted by Xerox, so take the choices with that in mind. That said, this is a pretty solid list, an enjoyable read. I only wish there was a bit more depth (or a “read more here” link) for each one.

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Tim Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser

This is a delicate dance, Apple saying no to Trump, but continuing to lend support to both sides of the aisle.

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