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Sunday August 21

09:30
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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09:06
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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08:00
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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07:00
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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05:30
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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Saturday August 20

23:40
3D faces based on Facebook photos can fool security...

Facial recognition systems aren't quite perfect yet and can still make mistakes especially when they're assessing the faces of people of color. Now, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina showed that companies developing security...

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21:29
Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' as...

Two days after dropping a "visual album" called "Endless," Frank Ocean on Saturday debuted his hotly anticipated album "Blond" -- "Blonde" on Apple Music and iTunes -- as a two-week windowed exclusive on Apple's streaming music service.

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20:58
Facebook's Lifestage is a video-centric social...

Facebook isn't done launching products designed to capture the Snapchat generation. Its latest attempt after Instagram Stories and live filters? A new standalone, video-centric social app for high school students called Lifestage. To be able to compl...

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19:32
Microsoft will fix Surface Pro 3 battery issues...

Microsoft was right about its hunch that Surface Pro 3 battery degradation was a software problem. The company reports that it has ruled out hardware as a cause for the shrinking battery capacity, and that it's working on a patch that should bring y...

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18:31
Biggest US total solar eclipse in decades happens...

Lunar eclipses are pretty amazing, but statistically speaking, they aren't really all that rare. Catching a full solar eclipse, on the other hand? That's hard. The moon blocks our planet's view of the sun about ever year and a half -- but these eclip...

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17:02
Get rid of Google Earth Update Helper pop-ups by...

If you’re one of the many Mac OS X users who received an installation dialog for Google Earth Update Helper asking you to enter your password, it wasn’t malware.

Instead, it seems to be a bad update transmitted through Google’s background software updater—something you probably didn’t even know you had. You can delete the Google Earth plug-in that caused it or remove the software updater entirely.

The company’s Mac software installs a background agent, which regularly checks for app updates and pushes them to your computer for Google Earth, Chrome, and other Google software. There’s no front-end to manage software updates, nor does Google provide instructions for removing this background process.

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16:55
Oracle funds a group trying to tarnish Google's...

It won't shock you to hear that Oracle is nursing a grudge after it lost its big copyright case against Google. It's pushing for a new trial, for one thing. However, the software giant is also trying to undermine its rival in roundabout ways. Orac...

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16:03
Apple Annapolis latest to get 'next generation...

Apple opened its relocated Annapolis Mall store in Maryland on Saturday with "next-generation" renovations developed under retail chief Angela Ahrendts, including a large custom TV display, interactive wooden cabinetry and a massive sales floor.

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15:28
Lyft reportedly tried to sell to Apple, Uber and...

Apparently General Motors wasn't the only potential buyer for Lyft's ride-sharing business. According to the New York Times, the San Francisco-based company has been trying to sell itself to everyone from Apple and Google to Amazon, Uber and Didi Chu...

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14:45
Six futuristic data storage technologies

By Cat DiStasio

Digital technology is taking over the world, and scientists are hard at work finding better ways to store data -- lots of it and for long periods of time. Scientists are exploring new materials for data storage as well as new methods...

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14:02
∞ A Usain Bolt Flipbook
14:01
How did Microsoft fare at Gamescom this year?

Microsoft has a ton of Xbox exclusives in the pipeline. Gears of War 4, ReCore, Dead Rising 4, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 -- the list goes on. Here at Gamescom, we've been speaking to the developers behind each title, listening to their pitches...

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13:57
∞ Metallica concert streaming live on Pandora tonight

Pandora will be streaming Metallica’s concert from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 9:00 pm CT time tonight.

P.S. WTF Apple? Time to pay attention to some music other than Pop or Rap.

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13:01
'Resident Evil 7' took just 15 minutes to...

Resident Evil 6 was a bad video game, and Capcom knows it. To save its zombie franchise, the publisher has taken a radically different approach for Resident Evil 7, throwing out the loud explosions and over the top combat for smaller, more atmospheri...

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12:00
'Outreach' is a space adventure game set...

A renewed interest in spaceflight has sparked a wave of video games looking at the harsh realities of living in space. We've had Adrift, a near-future survival epic similar to the film Gravity, and soon Tacoma, a story-driven exploration game set ins...

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11:30
North Face's Access Pack was made for obsessive...

A lot of backpacks and messenger bags now come standard with padded laptop sleeves. Whether that's due to most people taking a notebook or tablet with them, I don't know, but laptop bags are a thing, with an increasingly wide range of prices, shapes...

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10:25
To Protect Enterprise Data, Secure the Code


Responsibility for securing enterprise applications has been moving down the development lifecycle, and for good reason. It not only makes the enterprise more secure, but also saves companies time and money. For example, the average time to fix a vulnerability in IBM's application security solution has dropped from 20 hours to 30 minutes, according to a study Forrester Consulting released last month. Also, finding bugs earlier rather than later in the development process resulted in a 90 percent cost savings.

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09:41
Apple reportedly among companies that held potential...

While Apple made a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing earlier this year, it apparently also held talks with Lyft, another popular car request service, regarding an acquisition. According to a report from the New York Times, Lyft has recently held discussions with handful of companies to discuss a possible acquisition, with Apple being one of them.

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09:37
AT&T working on 5G deployment

The launch isn’t until 2018, but it’s good that people are working on a standard now.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: What happened at Hyperloop One?

How Hyperloop One
went off the rails
Sarah McBride,
Bloomberg

The folks at Hyperloop One are one group trying to make Elon Musk's seemingly crazy idea of a levitating pod transportation system a reality. That task hasn't been without its fair shar...

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08:45
'Oh... Sir!' is our favorite insult-em-up

Officially, it's day two of Gamescom here in Cologne, Germany. For us, though, it's day four of Nick Summers and I marching up and down a vast convention center, visiting developers to find out more about their games. It's been a stressful 100 hours...

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08:00
Pop culture's many takes on artificial...

Over the years, artists, writers, filmmakers and game studios have all tackled the concept of artificial intelligence. Often their vision is of machines that are brutally hostile to humans. Philip K. Dick envisioned androids that murder their owners....

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07:54
This week’s top stories: iOS 10 betas, iPhone 7...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10 betas, iPhone 7 leaks, Apple Watch 2, new iPad rumors, and much more.

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06:30
ICYMI: Segway's plan B and flexible concrete

Today on In Case You Missed It: Segway came to Intel's Developer's Forum to show a prototype for a self-balancing scooter that is also a robot. If the public SDK works out well, Segway hopes to release a consumer version of whatever it becomes in 2...

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06:30
Xtreem’s video drones bring HD recording, 360° flip...

Xtreem has revealed the latest additions to its line of remote controlled toys: the Sky Ranger Video Drone, Fly Eye Video Drone and Raptor Eye Video Drone. Designed for ages 12 and up, the new drones feature lightweight yet durable construction and put users’ flying skills to the test, with long transmission distances and multi-directional flip maneuvers. 

They’re equipped with a full HD video camera, users can capture photos and videos of their favorite flying adventures. Measuring 19.7 inches and weighing only 1.3 pounds, the Sky Ranger Video Drone’s first person view feature gives users a bird’s eye view of flights on their smartphone via the free app for iOS and Android. 

SkyRanger uses the 2.4GHz frequency for a wireless signal up to 230 feet and 360-degree maneuverability including up/down, forward/backward, sideways movements, flips, stunt tumbles, continuous rolling and more. A grab-and-go toy for outdoor...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Moshi's iGlaze is...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes Moshi’s iGlaze, a see-through case for the iPad Pro that’s so slim, it’s barely visible. Plus, get ready for fall with new sleeves, great folios, and everyday bags for all your tech accessories. Read on!

Brenthaven

The Collins Limited Edition Courier (all iPad models; $79.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a durable bag with a spacious main compartment for your iPad.

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06:00
The Nesta ceramic line of audio gear is in the House...

House of Marley has added its first product crafted with zirconia ceramics to its line of audio gear and lifestyle accessories: the Nesta ceramic in-ear headphones. 

The Nesta features noise-isolating design with 6mm drivers and are crafted from zirconia ceramics and ion-plated stainless steel trims. They sport angle-free woven cords with three-button remote and inline microphone, two sizes of ear gels and an ergonomic angled nozzle.

Nesta is available in hematite (black), gold, and rose gold and is available at thehouseofmarley.com and retailers nationwide for $49.99.

Pure class: The Pad & Quill Bella Fino Leather Case for iPhone® SE

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05:30
Hunter Fan Company’s Signal ceiling fan supports...

Hunter Fan Company has rolled out their Wi-Fi enabled Signal ceiling fan, which supports Apple HomeKit technology and seamlessly with other HomeKit-enabled products.

HomeKit allows users to securely control each fan – or a group of fans – from one place using the upcoming iOS 10 Home app or Siri on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. Users can set up HomeKit-enabled products to work together based on triggers, such as having the fan's light turn on the moment the fire alarm detects smoke or creating a scene that automatically turns on the fan's light and locks your front door simultaneously. HomeKit technology provides advanced security with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the fan and the iOS device.

The Signal sports a contemporary and sleek design with satin nickel housing, reversible wooden-finished blades. It retails for $379.

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05:00
Hercules launches DJControl Instinct P8

Hercules has introduced the $129.99 DJControl Instinct P8, a dual-deck DJ controller. Coming next month, iIt has built-in audio and essential mix and remix features.

The DJControl Instinct P8 needs a Mac or PC with a USB port to connect the controller, a set of speakers, headphones and music files for beginner DJs. DJs are able to boost their mix and performance with the eight multicolored pads and the latest version of DJUCED 40° professional DJ software.

Combined with DJUCED 40°’s multilayer sampler, its eight ergonomic and responsive pads enable DJs to produce  remixes. New features include: effects controls and adjustments; dedicated Sync, Cue and Play/Pause buttons; separate modes on each deck; temporary Loop mode using the pads, or permanent Loop mode using the encoder; 3-band EQ; extended functions via the Shift button; detachable USB cable and more. The DJControl Instinct P8 includes a built-in sound card...

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04:30
Typoman: Revised now out on Steam for Mac OS X,...

Brainseed Factory has announced that Typoman: Revised is now live on Steam for Macs and PCs. A free demo version is now available. The game is priced at $14.99 with a 20% off it’s first week of launch.

Here’s how the game is described: “Typoman: Revised is a unique 2D puzzle platformer where players slip into the role of a character made of letters, struggling to make their way through a dark and hostile world. Despite a small stature Typoman has a powerful gift: Players can craft words to alter the environment. But players must choose their words wisely - they can either be a blessing ...or a curse! The game comes with a very distinct soundtrack crafted by Netherland based award-winning audio studio SonicPicnic.”

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Rumors, rumors, and more...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 22, 2016

The week started with new a beta of iOS 10, and it ended with a new beta of iOS 10. The official release of iOS 10 (and macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10) is just weeks away, so there are bugs to work out and features to finalize. There are other Apple-related headlines from the past week, however, and the important ones are in this slideshow. Click the link to get more information.

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01:51
This week on AI: Future iPads, no LTE on Apple Watch...

Though "iPhone 7" rumors continued to pour in ahead of next month's expected launch, the stars of the show this week may have been stories about what future iPads will bring, and what the second-generation Apple Watch might not.

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Friday August 19

23:32
Samsung's Milk Music service will end on...

Users of Samsung's Milk Music -- and by definition, owners of Galaxy or Note smartphones, since the service was only available on them -- are in for some sad news: It will shutter in the US on September 22nd. Fans should switch over to Slacker instea...

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20:06
Now you can unlock Chrome OS with a PIN code

Want to unlock your screen by typing in a few numbers instead of a hefty password? The experimental feature is currently being tested in the latest Chrome OS developer update, according to Google employee François Beaufort. In a Google+ post,...

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19:41
Evan Dunfee loses bronze on Japanese appeal in 50km...

When I watched the race live, I was yelling at my TV, “He pushed him out of the way!” When I heard later Dunfee had been awarded the bronze, I cheered. Now that Dunfee has had his belatedly given Bronze taken away, I’m amazed. I honestly don’t think I would have reacted as magnanimously or with as much class as Dunfee has over this.

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19:13
North Korea's 'Manbang' is a state-...

You can't watch Netflix in North Korea, but the Democratic People's Republic now has something, at least: Manbang -- a state-approved set-top box that streams live TV, on-demand video content and newspaper articles over the internet. It's a step forw...

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18:11
'Titanfall 2' multiplayer tech test is now...

Jon Shiring, the lead engineer for Titanfall 2 at Respawn Entertainment, announced via Twitter on Friday that the game's first "Multiplayer Tech Test" session is now live. The open event (no pre-orders or game codes necessary) which runs through the...

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17:52
Is it Worth it to Switch to AT&T’s New Plans?...

AT&T is doing away with its Mobile Share Value plans and introducing Mobile Share Advantage this weekend. The new plans do away with data overage fees in favor of throttling your connection when you use too much, and may save you money. But don’t rush out and change your contract without checking to see if you really are getting a deal because not everyone wins with AT&T’s new pricing.


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16:30
Google Will Kill Chrome Apps For Windows, Mac, and...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced plans to kill off Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018. Chrome extensions and themes will not be affected, while Chrome apps will continue to live on in Chrome OS. Here's the deprecation timeline: Late 2016: Newly published Chrome apps will not be available to Windows, Mac, and Linux users (when developers submit apps to the Chrome Web Store, they will only show up for Chrome OS). Existing Chrome apps will remain available as they are today and developers can continue to update them. Second half of 2017: The Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Early 2018: Chrome apps will not load on Windows, Mac, and Linux. There appears to be two main reasons why Google is killing Chrome apps off now. First, as Google explains in a blog post: "For a while there were certain experiences the web couldn't provide, such as working offline, sending notifications, and...

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16:22
Microsoft broke millions of webcams with Windows 10...

On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September.

September? WTF?!

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16:05
PSA: New Mac Malware Tries to Trick Less Savvy Users

There’s new Mac malware in the wild aimed at users who may be a bit less savvy on the nerd scale. Discovered by Malwarebytes, this malware uses interface shenanigans to trick users into permitting other malware to be installed.


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15:20
OmniFocus 2.6.2

Fixes a bug that could corrupt repeating items edited on multiple devices. ($39.99 new, free update, 28.5 MB)

 

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14:52
Apple Intelligently Delves into Machine Intelligence

It’s not surprising that Apple is warming up to the idea of machine intelligence and AI agents with its $200 million purchase of Turi. The company needs to do that to remain competitive with Google and Microsoft. But, over and above that, the beneficial side effects will have even deeper implications for Apple as a company and its future.


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14:40
The Public Access Weekly: Weird science

This week has been AI week here at Engadget, which means we've been examining the variety of ways that artificial intelligence is changing our technological landscape and our society as a whole -- from meeting the bots that play Doom to looking at...

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14:40
AWT News Update: August 19, 2016

Happy Friday! Contrary to most Fridays, which we commonly refer to as "Slow News Fridays™", there was actually quite a bit of news out there in the world of Apple today.

  • iOS 9's adoption rate hits 87% in the days leading up to the anticipated release of iOS 10
  • And speaking of which, iOS 10 developer beta 7 and public beta 6 went live today
  • The 50th anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame brings the induction of Steve Jobs - we tell you what his contributions were to the art photography
  • Apple's taking donations for the Red Cross to help relief efforts for the flooding in Louisiana

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14:16
Lyft attempted sale to Apple, Didi Chuxing, Uber, GM...

Lyft, the second-largest ride-hailing firm in the U.S., in recent months made overtures to sell itself to tech companies, automotive manufacturers and competitors, but failed to hook a buyer.

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14:15
Analyst: Apple could team up with a partner (BMW?)...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks we’ll see some results of the “Apple Car” project before the 2021 date mentioned by the Wall Street Journal.

“We believe that Apple could release some of its learnings before 2021 as it continues to develop its own car,” he says. “For example, autonomous driving software could come out earlier via an automotive partner or more advanced CarPlay features. In terms of the market, as we’ve previously written, BMW might be the best comp for what Apple could do with the car in a wildly successful long-term scenario.”

BMW sold 1.9 million vehicles worldwide in 2015. At a $75,000 average selling price, hat would represent a $142.5 billion revenue opportunity. The bottom line is that the car, while it could still be scrapped...

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13:59
Analyst: upcoming MacBook Pro will reignite Mac sales

With a MacBook Pro expected in the next couple of months, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes a trend of year-over-year Mac revenue declines in three consecutive quarters is set to reverse. 

He predicts the new MacBook Pros to be available in October or November, following the (anticipated) September release of the “iPhone 7.” The analyst thinks the revved laptop will result inreaccelerated growth. Daryanani maintains an Outperform rating and $117 price target on Apple; the current price is $109.19.

The new pro laptops are expected to be thinner, have a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users like video gamers. The touch screen strip will, if rumors are true, be a sort of secondary display above the keyboard and replace the...

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13:51
Apple is taking donations to help victims of...

Apple has opened up donations to the American Red Cross at iTunes and its app stores to help victims of the flooding in Louisiana.

You can donate in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200. The full amount of each donation will go to the Red Cross. However, charitable givers can't use any existing iTunes credit.

The flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said (http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/18/us/louisiana-flooding/).

"Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now," said Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics. "This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it...

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13:44
Apple-1 'celebration' auction bids hit $...

A motherboard that appears to be one of the first ever produced for the Apple-1 is up for auction on CharityBuzz, and has been valued at nearly $1 million.

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13:42
Apple releases new public and developer betas of iOS...

Apple has released the 10th sixth public beta and seventh development beta of iOS 10. The finished version is due this fall.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care. The developer beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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13:15
The Week in iOS Apps: Getting to know Google Duo

Duo is for video

Google’s new video-calling app is a challenge to Apple’s FaceTime. Read on!

Google Duo

Google Duo (free, iPhone only) is the latest iteration of Google’s video-calling app—this time, it’s disconnected from Google’s underused social network (this feature had previously been available as part of the Google Hangouts app) and instead designed to be more of a challenge to Apple’s FaceTime offering. You make calls using your contacts list, and can chat with anybody who has the app—regardless of whether they’re on the iOS or Android platform.

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13:11
ZeroLemon Slim Juicer Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s...

We have a deal for iPhone warriors, the ZeroLemon Slim Juicer Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s. It has a 3,100mAh battery built into it, and you can charge and sync through the case. You can get this device through our deal for $21.99.


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13:03
Remember That 360-Degree Swing? Crazy Man Adds...

A week or so ago I posted YouTuber colinfurze’s 360-degree “backyard” swing. It’s an insane contraption that allows him to swing 360 degree over and over again without any safety gear. Well, that apparently wasn’t crazy enough for Mr. Furze, because the dude decided what it really needed was a paramotor. That’s a motorized propeller for ultralights. You know, to help make the 360-degree swing faster. Man, do I love this guy! Check it out.


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12:59
The Mac OS Watch

I always regretted not getting one of these.

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12:54
How The Associated Press uses robotic cameras to...

“The need to place cameras on hanging truss over the field of play in venues with no catwalks or roof access led us to working with several companies to find a way hang a camera and then be able to pan, tilt, focus and transmit images in real-time,” said David Phillip, a photographer for The Associated Press who set up the AP’s robotic and remote cameras for the 2016 Olympics. “The process is on-going as we continue to work on improving the performance and design.”

There has been some outstanding images and video from the Olympics.

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12:48
Apple opens Red Cross donations towards Louisiana...

Apple on Friday launched donations to the American Red Cross via iTunes and the App Store, spurred by the flooding in Louisiana which has forced thousands of victims out of their homes and caused widespread property damage.

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12:39
Pandora readies for on-demand streaming

Pandora has the best music algorithm in the business—the choice of the next song is almost always spot on. The app is easy to use and the service always works. I’m a paying subscriber of Pandora and I can wait for the on-demand service to hit. I’ll definitely be subscribing to that.

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12:28
The International Photography Hall of Fame and...

The Hall is also inducting documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, 20th century photographer Ernst Haas, Photoshop co-creators John and Thomas Knoll, photographer Annie Leibovitz, digital printing pioneer Graham Nash, and photographer Sebastião Salgado.

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12:18
Apple, Google, others work on “robocall” crackdown

More than 30 major technology companies are joining the U.S. government to crack down on automated, prerecorded telephone calls that regulators have labeled a “scourge.”

Yes, please. I don’t know much about the technology with robocalls or how advanced it is. I’m just wondering if this is going to be a whack-a-mole situation.

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12:10
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 glass screen more easily...

Reviewers and YouTube examiners are discovering that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Gorilla Glass 5 screen is susceptible to screen scratches. However, the Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning disagrees with the test results, and has fired back.

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12:07
∞ Apple updates iOS 10 developer beta

iOS 10 beta 7 was released today. I haven’t seen any of the other operating system updates yet. If you have a previous beta version installed, just go to Settings > General > Software Update to download the new version.

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12:00
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free

Thanks to Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s 100% cloud-based, so you’ll always have the latest version and it can be accessed from any device, anywhere. It’s time to simplify work and keep people more connected than ever before.

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11:51
China's Xiaomi Gearing Up For US Debut

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Xiaomi is preparing to enter the U.S. smartphone market "in the near future," employing the same online sales and social media marketing tactics that helped the six-year-old startup become China's largest privately funded startup. Xiaomi can no longer afford to ignore the world's largest smartphone arena by revenue, company vice president Hugo Barra said in an interview. Its international expansion is taking on new-found urgency as growth at home slows and rivals such as Huawei erode its market share. "The U.S. is a market that we definitely have in our sights," Barra said on Bloomberg Television. "We will lead with social media, with the channels that allow us to get in touch with the young generation that are enthusiastic about new technology. We are definitely going there." Barra, who oversees the Chinese company's international expansion, has signaled Xiaomi's U.S. debut before. But the smartphone vendor is now in a better position...

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11:41
International Photography Hall of Fame adds Apple co...

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum -- based in St. Louis, Missouri -- on Friday announced the posthumous induction of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, citing the iPhone's contributions to the photo world.

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11:31
Setting Up and Using Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone, once a premium feature of Apple’s MobileMe service, is now an essential tool in helping you find lost devices and protecting your privacy should a device be lost or stolen. Josh Centers explains how to set up and use Find My iPhone.

 

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11:12
Apple Watch 2 Roundup: Specs, Features, and...

After a minor mid-year refresh with new bands and models earlier this year, a full-fledged Apple Watch 2 upgrade is expected to arrive in the coming months. Here’s what we know so far… more…

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10:38
News: Apple releases iOS 10 beta 7 to developers

Only five days after the release of the sixth beta of iOS 10, Apple has released another beta of iOS 10 to registered developers. While the release notes don’t suggest any specific reason for the rapid release of a seventh beta, it presumably fixed some issues in beta 6, and the list of known issues continues to shrink from prior betas as iOS 10 nears its likely release date next month. A corresponding public beta of iOS 10 is also available…

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10:37
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-19: FCC’s Anti-...

The FCC wants to stop spam robocalls, and now it has a strike force to help make that happen. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to examine the FCC’s plan and share their thoughts on trying to stop unsolicited marketing calls. They also take a first look at Microsoft’s new Evernote to OneNote importer for the Mac.


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10:36
Apple releases another iOS 10 beta

Did you install the recently-released iOS 10 beta (version 6 for developers, Public Beta 5 for anyone in the Apple Public Beta Program? Well, it’s time again to update it. Apple on Friday released iOS 10 beta 7 for developers, and iOS 10 Public Beta 6 for beta testers in the general public.

The update is available by running Software Update in the Settings app. Since it’s only a 60MB download, this update is probably filled with bug fixes and optimizations. If you are running dev beta 6/Public Beta 5, you should install it.

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10:26
Pandora goes after on-demand streaming to compete...

Pandora is aiming to expand its territory in the music streaming wars.

The internet radio service is set to start offering two paid subscription tiers as early as next month, according to The Wall Street Journal. These tiers for on-demand streaming would complement Pandora’s free radio stations and make the company better suited to rival Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other music services. 

Similar to those services, Pandora’s on-demand subscription will cost $10 a month. Pandora’s second paid subscription offering will be an upgraded version of its no-ads radio service, Pandora One, which will give listeners the chance to skip more songs and enable offline listening. Pandora One is currently $5 a month, and the price is set to remain the same after the added features.

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10:17
How to watch Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour...

This is going to be a bittersweet concert. From all indications, Downie, the Tragically Hip’s lead singer and soul of the band, is putting on amazing performances on his last tour.

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10:17
Pandora planning to take on Apple Music with on-...

Long a radio-only service, Pandora is preparing to delve into the world of on-demand streaming as soon as September, a report said on Friday.

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10:10
Steve Wozniak: Tim Cook’s doing a good job at Apple

Steve “Woz” Wozniak, Apple's co-founder, says Tim Cook is doing a fine job as the CEO of Apple. 

"I am very happy with the way Apple is going," he said at a media roundtable Wednesday in Singapore as part of Paypal FinTech Xchange 2016. "When Steve Jobs died there was a tendency for a lot of people to say, 'Oh no, Apple has lost a key force and will be in decline and won't be innovative.' I said wait for a couple of years, don't be judgmental.”

Woz was impressed with how Cook and Apple as a whole handled the recent case of the FBI wanting access to an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino shooting case.

“I very much admire Tim Cook for standing up for the privacy of individuals because my whole life, Apple has meant to me a question of who is more important, the human or the technology," he said. “Apple has always favoured the human. We...

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10:06
Apple issues 7th developer & 6th public betas of...

With iOS 10 expected to launch in just a matter of weeks, registered developers were provided with a seventh pre-release beta of the upcoming platform update on Friday, and public testers received their sixth release.

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10:03
AT&T, Apple, Google To Work On 'Robocall...

Last month the FCC had pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to develop technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. It had demanded the concerned companies to come up with a "concrete, actionable" plan within 30 days. Well, the companies have complied. On Friday, 30 major technology companies announced they are joining the U.S. government to crack down on automated, pre-recorded telephone calls that regulators have labeled as "scourge." Reuters adds: AT&T, Alphabet, Apple, Verizon Communications and Comcast are among the members of the "Robocall Strike Force," which will work with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The strike force will report to the commission by Oct. 19 on "concrete plans to accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions," said AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, who is chairing the group. The group hopes to put in place Caller ID verification standards...

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09:59
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 7 for developers + public...

Apple has released iOS 10 beta 7 for developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone likely sometime next month, and we’ll dig through the seventh developer version of the iOS 10 beta below. The update follows just five days after the last release on Monday. The sixth public beta version of iOS 10 is also available.

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09:57
Steve Jobs to be inducted into the Photography Hall...

In honor of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum's  (IPHF) 50th anniversary and World Photo Day, the IPHF announced its 2016 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees. Eight photographers or photography industry visionaries that embody the spirit, artistry and innovation of modern photography have been selected for induction, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who is described as a “technology pioneer.”

Inductees were selected by a nominating committee made up of IPHF representatives and leaders in the photography industry. To be eligible, inductees must have made a notable contribution to the art or science of photography, having a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography.

"As we look ahead to the next 50 years of the IPHF, we are honored to continue to recognize and celebrate photographers and industry professionals that have made...

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The best headlamps

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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After three years of continually testing headlamps, and adding 12 new models to our test pool, we still think...

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Crafting a story for 'Titanfall 2'

Titanfall 2 represents a huge opportunity for Respawn Entertainment. When the first game launched in 2014, the Xbox One was still in its infancy, and struggling from Microsoft's disastrous messaging. Titanfall received plenty of accolades for its hum...

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Apple, Google, FCC Team up to Stop Spam Robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission is ready to crack down on robocalls, and Apple, Google, and AT&T are on board with the plan. The FCC’s new Robocall Strike Force aims to reduce the number of spam robocalls and unsolicited calls, and it looks like at least 30 companies are ready to join in and help.


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Invite all your Twitch friends to a stream or...

Twitch's social network-like Friends feature just got more useful if you want more company for streaming or broadcasting. A new feature called "Activity Sharing" will notify your entire Friends list if you're doing something interesting so they can j...

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Apple prepares imminent reopenings of stores in...

On top of an outlet in Annapolis, Md., two more Apple stores are scheduled to reopen by the end of the month -- namely ones in Kansas City, Mo. and Glasgow, Scotland.

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08:22
Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in '...

After a call by U.S. Federal Communications Commission's commissioner, Apple and 32 other companies are banding together to make an industry-wide organized resistance against the expanding "robocall" scourge.

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08:20
How will you survive when the robots take your job?

The robots are coming, and they're taking our jobs. Or that's the concern, anyway. A recent Oxford University study surmises that over the next two decades, about 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk of being made obsolete thanks to automation. This i...

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08:00
Bigscreen's 'VR LAN party' comes to...

Bigscreen's promise to bring the environment of a LAN party into virtual reality is becoming more credible, now that it's also available in the Oculus store. The free software has been "completely cross-platform" since launch, ready for sharing with...

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Sony enters the aftermarket CarPlay scene with sleek...

CarPlay is showing up in plenty of new car models this year, but it’s much cheaper to replace the radio in the car you already own to get CarPlay for yourself. Sony is joining the aftermarket CarPlay scene this fall with its new and relatively affordable XAV-AX100 receiver.

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07:50
Rumor: Leaked iPhone 7 camera component could...

There’s a bit of truth to every leak and rumor.

A new leaked image published late Thursday shows what’s purported to to be a redesigned rear camera module for the “iPhone 7,” widely expected to ship in mid- to late September.

The module most notably features an L-shaped flex cable, which is different from the camera cables used for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and their Plus variants. It otherwise bears similarities to the cameras in the 6 Plus and 6s Plus, however, which may back rumors that all models of the “iPhone 7” will support optical image stabilization.

The optical stabilization feature, which was previously reserved for the Plus models, seems to be present across the whole iPhone 7 line. This feature can significantly reduce...

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07:41
Claymation puzzler 'Armikrog' comes to the...

There's no rule that game animations must be done in a computer. The creators of Armikrog elected to use claymation, the painstaking stop-motion process beloved in such movies as Wallace and Grommit. The title raised $974,000 on Kickstarter and was r...

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07:39
∞ Tracking Bluetooth battery usage in iOS 10

Go to the main post for some detailed instructions on installing the iOS 10 Batteries widget and using it to track your connected device battery usage. And please pass this post along.

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07:33
New lithium metal tech holds out promise of double-...

Yeah, we know, you’ve heard it all before. It sometimes feels like some revolutionary new battery technology gets promoted every other month, and the one thing they have in common is that they never seem to materialize in real-life products. But new battery tech from a MIT spinoff may actually prove to be the exception, with the company aiming to enter production next year.

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07:28
Apple joins the ‘Robocall Strike Force’ to combat ‘...

The CEO of AT&T will announce today that 33 companies including the telecom giant, Apple, Alphabet, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are joining an effort with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crackdown on “robocalls,” reports Reuters.

A robocall is a phone call that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, as if from a robot. Robocalls are often associated with political and telemarketing phone campaigns, but can also be used for public-service or emergency announcements. Some robocalls use personalized audio messages to simulate an actual personal phone call.

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson will make the announcement at the first "Robocall Strike Force" meeting at the FCC, the article adds FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in July wrote major companies about robocalls. The strike force will report to the commission by...

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07:24
How to turn on Twitter's quality filters and...

Twitter has finally come up with a solution to muzzle trolls.

The company published a blog post on Thursday announcing two new controls for filtering your notifications. Twitter notifications are the primary method through which trolls can contact and harass users.

The first new setting reduces the noise in your notifications stream. By default, anyone who mentions your Twitter username with the “@” symbol shows up in your Twitter notifications. It doesn’t matter if they’re asking a simple question, offering constructive criticism, or threatening to cut your head off. Everyone shows up.

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07:23
'Overwatch' test patch turns troll talk...

Blizzard has rolled out an Overwatch test patch that could make playing on the game's Public Test Realm (PTR) either hilarious or infuriating, depending on which camp you're in. A bunch of Reddit and NeoGAF users have noticed that when you type in "g...

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