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macOS 10.12 Sierra developer beta 7 + public beta 6...

Apple today released the seventh developer preview of macOS Sierra since showing off the software update for the Mac at WWDC 2016. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac with other features like Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.


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Review: Audeze EL-8 Titanium Over-Ear Headphones

Audeze is an American headphone company with an impressive history of technical innovation. Recently, we were impressed by their entry-level Sine, which packed planar magnetic drivers into a classy, portable package and made us feel a little more confident about a future without headphone jacks. Based on our experience with the Sine, we excited to receive Audeze’s mid-range closed-back headphone, the EL-8 Titanium ($799). Though the EL-8 "Ti" shows many of the forward-thinking design elements that make us fans of Audeze, the complete package failed to capture our hearts and minds.{/exp:char_limit}

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iPhone Charging Dock Station (Silver): $17.98

We have a deal for you today on an iPhone charging dock. I’m linking to a Silver model, but there’s also a Gold and a Rose Gold version to choose from. It uses your Lightning cable for charging. You can get it through our deal for $17.98.

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Sony readies its first aftermarket receiver with...

Expanding CarPlay's so-far limited number of aftermarket upgrade options, Sony has announced the XAV-AX100, its first receiver to support the Apple platform.

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Review: Siri-controlled August Smart Lock is a key...

Being able to automate locking and unlocking your front door is one of the easiest ways to transform your house into a smart home and enter the age of the Jetsons. Dom reviewed the first August Smart Lock (reg. $199) last year, and August has released updated hardware with a feature Apple fans will want. The updated August Smart Lock (reg. $229) features HomeKit support and a slightly tweaked design (magnetic battery cover, lock orientation...

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X-Doria Mesh Band for 42mm Apple Watch: Review and...

The black X-Doria Mesh Band on Steve's hairy wrist. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

As an early adopter of the Apple Watch, the $149 - $199 Milanese Loop watchband always called to me...but my wallet was smart and wouldn't listen to me. Fortunately, accessory manufacturer X-Doria has come out with the new X-Doria Mesh Band for the 42mm Apple Watch at a much more affordable US$49.99 price tag. Check out this short review of the Mesh Band, then enter to win a silver X-Doria Mesh Band.

Like Apple's Milanese Loop, the X-Doria Mesh Band comes in two different finishes; black and silver. It uses the standard Apple Watch band mechanism to easily install the band on the Watch in seconds with no tools, and it uses a strong magnet as a closure to tighten the loop around your wrist.

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“There were Americans everywhere”

From Canada: You’re welcome, America.

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Barbra Streisand says Apple is updating Siri on Sept...

Memories… light the corners of AI… misty programmed memories… of how to say my name…

Barbra Streisand has already given us so much. Some of the best chick flicks of all time, like The Prince of Tides and oh my God, The Way We Were. The term “Streisand effect.” Fifty studio albums. A fun new way to spell Barbara.

And now she’s getting Apple to fix Siri.

Well, a small part of Siri anyway. And she’s even told us when it’s supposedly happening: in an iOS update allegedly coming September 30.

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Microsoft app helps you coordinate with fellow shift...

Sure, the office crowd has chat apps like Slack and HipChat to coordinate what they're doing, but what if you're a shift worker who needs to swap hours? Microsoft (which already has GroupMe and Skype for Business, we'd add) might help. It's testing...

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10th anniversary Apple Music Festival to start Sept...

Apple on Monday announced the 10th anniversary Apple Music Festival, which will run from Sept. 18 through 30 at London's Roundhouse.

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The 2016 Pebble Beach Concept Lawn was nuts as always

Walk along the priciest mini car show in the world. The Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is like the smallest, most expensive car show you can imagine. A bunch of unobtanium concepts and almost-production models line an irregularl...

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Middle-earth Blu-ray set is gorgeous, but insanely...

Yes, many Lord of the Rings fans (including this writer) may be obsessive collectors, but the latest movie collection that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are releasing this far takes things into the realm of the truly crazy. The just-announced "Mid...

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Rumor: Apple will introduce an iPhone with a curved...

Apple will debut three new iPhone models next year, presumably the “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 8 Plus,” as well as a third model that will sport a curved OLED screen similar to the Edge versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones, claims the Japanese site, Nikkei (as noted by AppleInsider).

The “premium” handset will be 5.5 inches, perhaps larger, and have a screen bent on two sides. Nikkei didn't specifically mention OLED technology, but making a curved screen effectively requires it; the Galaxy S7 Edge uses a Super AMOLED panel, notes AppleInsider.

The prediction lines up with a July forecast by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who thinks a 2017 iPhone will have a curved glass body and will switch from current models’ LCD displays to an OLED display. The latter will make it more flexible and...

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Pretend Rdio never died with this Spotify theme

Remember Rdio? I do. A beautiful music streaming service that was eventually outmuscled by Spotify, Google Play Music and the like. If you miss its light, well-considered design like I do, you might be interested in "Spotio," a new Spotify theme by d...

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The 2016 Apple Music Festival in London will be held...

Apple has announced its 2016 Apple Music Festival, a free annual concert series that will be held Sept. 18-30 at the London Roundhouse. The performing acts haven’t yet been named. Last year Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood and Ellie Goulding, and others performed.

Residents of the UK can win tickets to the gigs. Apple Music members around the world can watch the performances for free. Ticket applications will be opening soon, Apple says. You can follow @AppleMusic on Twitter and Snapchat for up-to-the-minute information and join the #AMF10 conversation.

Originally known as the iTunes Festival, the event started at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007, and has seen over 550 artists perform in front of more than half a million fans and tens of millions more online and on-demand. Past performers include Adele, Beck, Coldplay,...

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From the Olympic Non-Robbery to Ford Getting Out of...

There were three stories that caught my eye last week that I think deserve some additional discussion. One is the alleged robbery of U.S. Olympians followed by questions of whether it really happened because their phones weren't stolen. There may be a legitimate reason for that, and it suggests a lot of folks will be getting huge cellphone bills next month. Another eye-catching story is that Ford is getting out of the car business. The third is an NSA leak that has me wondering if we should reclassify the NSA as a criminal organization.

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Joule proves sous vide cooking doesn't have to...

Despite the recent rise of affordable sous vide machines, the cooking concept has always skewed a little nerdy. Preparing food in vacuum-sealed bags in a temperature-controlled water bath sounds like something only culinary geeks would do, even if it...

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The new Streisand Effect: Barbra calls Tim Cook to...


Those of us with difficult last names are accustomed to quietly bearing the indignities of constant mispronunciation, especially from digital assistant programs like Apple's Siri. My last name (Geuss) is pronounced "Gice," but that pronunciation is so far from being phonetically logical in English that if people get close—calling me Guess or Goose—I generally don't correct them. Siri insists on calling me "Megan Juice," which is not even close (and is also a beverage). I let it slide. After all, what recourse do I have?

None. That's how much recourse I have. But I am no Barbra Streisand.

Streisand, it seems, went on NPR this...

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Here’s the Not So Secret Roadmap for 4K UHD TV

The old, unconsidered notion about 4K UHD TV is that it’s a gimmick by the TV industry. The assumption has been that 4K resolution can’t be utilized unless one sits really close, and the familiar HDTV is good enough. In fact, the industry is about the business of implementing a gradual, exciting technology roadmap. While this means that 4K UHD TV will be gradually including more advanced technology elements than simple resolution improvement, it also means buyers will have to be careful when and how they migrate away from older equipment. It’s all on Friday’s Particle Debris column, page 2.

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Composite photos of Olympic athletes

These are really well done.

[Via Kottke]

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Twitter's night mode comes to iOS

It was only a matter of time before Twitter brought its night mode to iOS, and sure enough, it's here. The social network has started rolling out a settings tweak that, like on Android, lets you shift to a darker color scheme to avoid straining your...

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Samsung adopting Apple-like plan to sell refurbished...

Samsung is reportedly planning a dip into first-party sales of refurbished phones, pursuing a strategy similar to Apple in an effort to boost profits.

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News: Apple Music Festival set for Sept. 18-30

Apple has announced that its annual Apple Music Festival will fun from Sept. 18-30 this year at London’s Roundhouse. The lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but U.K. residents will soon be able to apply to win tickets through Apple Music and Apple’s media partners. As always, Apple plans to make performances available for free to Apple Music users live and on demand. The event has been held in London annually under the iTunes Music…

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Android 7.0 Nougat arrives today

Typically, Google releases new versions of Android alongside new Nexus hardware, but the company is breaking with tradition this year. Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out as an over the air update starting today. The update is available to anyone using...

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Brydge has deals on its iPad keyboards through...

Brydge makes some pretty impressive iPad keyboard cases. In the past, we have reviewed the Brydge Air and Brydge Mini, both of which received top ratings (the Mini actually picked up a "Top Pick of 2015" award). We like their products a lot, and so it brings us a lot of pleasure to pass along deals from Brydge.

Between now and August 31, 2016, here's what you can get:

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Apple’s vindicated in FBI fight after NSA hacking...

After the unprecedented breach of hacking tools and exploits stolen from the US National Security Agency’s elite hacking unit, some privacy advocates see it as clear vindication of Apple in its fight with the FBI earlier this year.


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Twitter’s official iOS app gains a highly requested...

iPhone and iPad users have long requested that Twitter add a dark mode to its iOS app and today it’s finally happening.

Twitter’s ‘night mode’ feature was introduced earlier this year on Android, and today Twitter shared that the feature is rolling out to iOS as well. Hopefully that means both iPhone and iPad (and add streaming to my feature request list next if so).


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News: Report: Apple planning three iPhone models for...

Nikkei Asian Review claims Apple is planning to release three iPhone models next year, including a premium device that will feature a curved display. A source familiar with Apple’s plans said, “There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides,” noting the first two phones will feature the flat screen found on…

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Annual Apple Music Festival kicks off in London on...

Apple announced today that its Apple Music Festival will be kicking off in London next month at The Roundhouse. The annual music event features several nights of free concerts, but tickets are limited to UK residents who apply. Apple Music also streams the concerts online to promote the $10/month music subscription service, also access is usually free.


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∞ “American Woman”: The incredible origins of the...

This is such a great story from one of the greatest Canadian bands ever.

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PlayStation Plus membership prices rise in September

PlayStation Plus memberships will cost more starting on September 22nd. On that date, a one-year membership in the US will rise from $50 to $60, while three-month memberships will rise from $18 to $25. The price of a monthly plan will remain the same...

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Apple’s retail store changes

Apple held all-hands meetings with retail employees this weekend to introduce major new changes, including new and renamed positions, a new credo, and new store layouts, according to multiple retail sources.

I’m glad to see Apple retail continuing to change as the company changes. For most people the stores are the first contact with Apple and they should reflect what the company is doing.

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Apple announces Apple Music Festival in London

Apple Music Festival 10 returns to London in September for 10 exhilarating nights of live music. Residents of the UK can win tickets to the gigs. Apple Music members around the world can watch the performances for free. Ticket applications will be opening soon. Follow @AppleMusic on Twitter and Snapchat for up-to-the-minute information and join the #AMF10 conversation.

These festivals are truly special. I’ve attended a number of them in London over the years and loved each one. The Roundhouse is a classic music venue and shows off the best for Apple and the bands performing.

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iPhone 7 successor may introduce pricier ‘5.5-inches...

Rumors that Apple is planning three new iPhones  — the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro — seem to have come and gone this year with the Pro model no longer expected, but Nikkei Asian Review reports that the three-tier lineup may actually be in the cards for next year. Citing an anonymous source, the report claims Apple’s rumored curved OLED iPhone expected to be released in 2018 could be a pricier model than the current 5.5-inch tier now.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 4 $300, 13″ MacBook...

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


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Apple may launch three new iPhones in 2017, limiting...

Apple is preparing not two but three new iPhone models for 2017, the third of which will have a curved OLED screen similar to the Edge versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones, a report claimed on Monday.

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Microsoft's latest acquisition hints at AI...

Hate the song and dance involved in finding just the right time to hold a meeting? Microsoft does too. It's acquiring Genee, whose centerpiece is an AI-powered virtual assistant that helps you schedule events in sync with your itinerary. Email bot...

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Pad and Quill Back to Work Giveaway. $700 value! [...

Pad and Quill has partnered with The Loop to offer you a chance to win a $700 Back to Work giveaway. One winner will receive a Luxury Briefcase, Leather Ipad pro case, Woodline case for the Iphone, and a Classic leather band for the Apple Watch.” Sign up for your chance to win!

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Zakk Wylde on Ozzy, Dio, and Axl

Zakk is the reason I picked up the guitar again after a few years away from playing. He is an incredible guitarist—acoustic and electric— and having met him a number of times, he is a great person. I learned how to play almost every song he released, just so I could see how he did chord progressions and timing.

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New Parallels Desktop 12 Improves Speed, Gains Take...

A major upgrade to Parallels Desktop brings improved performance and new features, plus a brand-new Take Control book.


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

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

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Apple, Samsung Capture All Of Industry's...

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

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The best tech for college freshmen

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

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Google removing support for Chrome Apps in Mac...

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

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The Cellphone That Assembles Itself (Video)

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

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The slim PS4 is looking realer every day

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

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Sony receiver lowers the costs of Android Auto and...

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

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Apple loses ground in Indian smartphone market,...

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

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

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

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

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

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Analogue's beautiful, aluminum NES gets a...

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

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Apple buys Gliimpse, apparently looking into health...

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

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

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

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News: Apple investigating after two Foxconn...

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

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Apple and Google are teaming up to kill robocalls...

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

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

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

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MIT is exploring phones that put themselves together

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

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These women sent a generation of astronauts into...

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

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iPhone-compatible ZEISS VR ONE Plus VR headset...

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

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


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VRS Design debuts case lineup for the not-yet-...

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

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

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Apple's health push continues with reported...

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

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Apple bought a company that tracks chronic health...

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

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Apple investigating deaths of two Foxconn workers...

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


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News: Apple buys health data startup Gliimpse

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

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Hey, Siri, that’s ‘Streisand’ without a soft ’s’

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

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

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

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

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

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Dots & Co is a stylish puzzler that's...

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

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

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Apple scoops up Gliimpse, a personal health data...

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

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

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

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

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Barbra Streisand says 'Sept. 30' iOS...

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

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Apple, other companies, were approached about buying...

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

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

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

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The biochemist behind light beer, the greatest...

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

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Two Foxconn workers die last week; the deaths are...

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

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

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

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Last Vesper update, sync shutting down

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

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Review concludes UK bulk surveillance powers are...

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

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Apple tweaks its retail stores job titles and layouts

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

Among other changes, detailed in the article, are:

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

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

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News: Report: Apple passes on Lyft acquisition

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

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Apple buys Gliimpse, a startup aiming to create...

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

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

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

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

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Close-by exoplanet may have an oxygen-rich atmosphere

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

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Barbara Streisand Says iOS 10 Will Be Released...

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

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

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

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The Pongbot makes beer pong actually challenging

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

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

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

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

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Foxconn acknowledges deaths of two workers from...

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

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CNET provides its report card as Tim Cook reaches...

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


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Siri will soon pronounce Barbra Streisand’s name...

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

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


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Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead...

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

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Department of Justice reports 400% increase in...

You need to be careful out there.

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

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

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

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ACLU’s principal technologist reacts to NSA hack...

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

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


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Apple releases iOS 10 Beta 7 for developers, Public...

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

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

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

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

Via Macworld

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Renaming Apple Products and Other Deck Chair Shuffles

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

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Satechi's Dual Sonic Conicals are decent, low...

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

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

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

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

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Apple introducing three new positions & poetic...

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

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

— Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) August 17, 2016

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


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Get your kicks with sticks with World Cup Air Hockey

By Frank Petrie

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

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

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

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Apple shakes up retail workforce with new and...

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

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Bloomberg’s Report on Apple Watch 2

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

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

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

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

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Massachusetts will tax ridesharing services to...

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

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Ben Heck's Hackbot Wars, part 2: Weapons

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

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MGG 619: Security Breach!

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

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After Math: All of them

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

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

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

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Finding compatible USB-C accessories is a crapshoot

By Andrew E. Freedman

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

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Last season didn't go the way you wanted it to in fantasy football. You were super happy following your drafts or auctions, convinced you had outsmarted everyone. You were all set to hustle on the waiver wire, work out some sweet trades, and make... | Read more »
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