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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15:12
Lithium-oxygen battery promises lighter electric cars

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

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

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

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

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

iOS Apps/Updates

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

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

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 25, 2016

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

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

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

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Text Version

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

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

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

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

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14:46
The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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13:13
Google Maps now highlights busy neighborhoods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

The post Report Says iPhone 7 May be Called iPhone 6SE appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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

Yahoo is founded in 1994

Image by JD Lasica/Flickr

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

Yahoo goes public with huge stock gains

Image by Yahoo/Flickr

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

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

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

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

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11:52
The intriguing legal ramifications of Pokémon GO

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

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

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

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

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

Design 

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

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

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

 

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11:25
ExtraBITS for 25 July 2016

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

 

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

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

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

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

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield’s Apple Car, iPhone 7 Launch Date appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:37
Making a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive

Dan Frakes:

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

Dan takes you through all the steps using Terminal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy launches 1-day Cyber Monday in July Sale, MacBook Air...

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09:29
Depression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:04
67 years of Lego sets

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

Everyone loves Lego.

[Via Coudal]

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

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

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08:55
Apple turns over car project to Bob Mansfield

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

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

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08:46
Apple Watch and a saved life

Chuck La Tournous:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Mansfield bio from his former position at Apple

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

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

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

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08:30
Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:00
Daily Deal: Screens 3 remotely controls Mac, Windows...

Virtual Node Controllers (VNCs) are apps that make "headless computers" possible. Whether you have a Mac server, a classroom full of Macs, or maybe just one Mac mini you're using as a media server, VNCs make it possible to view or control those Macs and other PCs from a remote location. Today we have one of the best VNC apps for Mac available at over 50% off -- Screens 3 is now just $12.99 instead of the usual $29.99 price. Here are some of the features packed into Screens 3:

  • Remotely access your other computers on your Mac
  • Set up an action that triggers each...
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07:58
How Pokémon Go took 20 years to become an overnight...

This is the story about the ten levels John Hanke had to achieve in his life in order to create Pokémon Go.

Here are the first four levels:

1st Level up: In 1996, while still a student, John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’. He sold the game to 3DO to move on to a bigger passion: mapping the world.

2nd Level up: In 2000, John launched ‘Keyhole’ to come up with a way to link maps with aerial photography, and create the first online, GPS-linked 3D aerial map of the world.

3rd Level up: In 2004, Google bought Keyhole and with John’s help, turned Keyhole into what is now ‘Google Earth’. That’s when John decided to focus at creating GPS-based games.

4th Level up: John ran the Google Geo team from 2004 to 2010, creating Google Maps and Google Street View. During this time, he collected the team that would later create Pokémon Go.

Read the rest. Interesting to watch this all unfold.

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07:51
∞ iOS 10’s built in magnifying glass

One of my favorite features of iOS 10 is the built-in magnifying glass, super useful if you need to read some small print or get a close-up look at something tiny.

Before iOS 10’s Magnifier, to get a close-up look at some small print, say, I would open the camera, do my best to focus close in, take a picture, then hop over to Photos, and pinch out to zoom in on the details. That is now no longer necessary.

If you’ve got access to the iOS 10 beta, give this a try:

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. You should see an item called Magnifier.
  • Tap Magnifier, tap the switch to turn it on, then exit settings.
  • Now, triple click the home button to launch Magnifier (You might also see an alert asking you to choose between Assistive Touch and Magnifier – Tap Magnifier).

Just like a magnifying glass, move your iPhone or iPad over the thing you’re trying to magnify....

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07:33
Suspect required to unlock iPhone using Touch ID in...

A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in May, following a District Court ruling in 2014.

The latest case involves a suspect accused of particularly unpleasant crimes, reports Ars Technica.

A Dallas, Texas man accused of prostituting underage girls was secretly ordered by a federal judge to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to federal court documents that are now unsealed.

The legal position of...

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07:28
iOS 10 Messages: All the New Features and How to Use...

Dan Moren takes you on a detailed tour of iOS 10 Messages. Good stuff.

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07:27
Apple will lease more than 40,000 square feet of...

Apple has agreed to lease more than 40,000 square feet of office space in Bengaluru, India, where the company plans to set up a development center, reports The Economic Times, quoting three unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The article says the new facility is at Galleria, office space that belongs to Standard Brick Tile Company in North Bengaluru. The Apple facility will reportedly be spread over two floors and house a “high-end” development center.

In May, Apple announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company said it would establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. 

Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative...

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07:24
News: Rumors claim new iPhone will be released Sept...

Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 23, 2016 Well-known leaker Evan Blass has sent out a series of tweets claiming the new iPhone will be released on Sept. 16, which would be slightly earlier than recent history. Apple released the iPhone 6s/6s Plus on Sept. 25 of last year — also a Friday, which is typical. Meanwhile,…

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07:21
iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16

Apple’s still unannounced iPhone 7 will reportedly be announced a little earlier than usual this year and hit store shelves on Friday, September 16th. Word of the release date comes via Venture Beat’s Evan Blass, who has a track record for predicting Android smartphone rollouts.

The post iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:19
Apple leases 40,000 square feet for development...

Apple has signed a lease for over 40,000 square feet of office space for its planned Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, a report said on Monday.

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07:15
ARM: The $32B Pivot and Revolution

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note:

In the old days, circuits were prototyped by hand using a primitive breadboard. After the circuit was debugged and pronounced fit, it was translated into masks for printed circuit boards.

As integrated circuits grew to comprise thousands and then millions of logic elements, breadboards were virtualized: The circuit-to-be was designed on a computer, just as we model a building using architectural Computer Assisted Design (CAD).

A multibillion industry of software modules that could be plugged into one’s own circuit specifications soon emerged. Companies such as Synopsys, Cadence, and Mentor Graphics offered circuit design tools, and an ecosystem of third-party developers offered complementary libraries for graphics, networking, sensors… The end result is a System On a Chip (SOC) that’s sent off to semiconductor manufacturing companies commonly called foundries.

This was the fertile ground on which ARM has...

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06:49
Verizon to buy struggling Yahoo for $4.83 billion

Verizon on Monday announced a deal to buy the search engine pioneer Yahoo for $4.8 billion, granting Verizon over one billion total monthly search users in conjunction with another large internet advertising network that it will be adding to the AOL network.

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06:44
Hillary 2016 app sees gamification of political...

Seems there’s nothing that can’t be turned into an iPhone game these days – including playing your part to help Hillary Clinton get elected, should that be your thing. Hillary 2016 is an app released last night by the Hillary for America campaign.

The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the presidency is us. Download the new Hillary 2016 app to take small actions every day that’ll add up to helping win this election—and make history. Test your knowledge, get special access, and compete against your friends (and Hillary supporters across the country!) to do the most good.

The gamification aspect provides ‘daily challenges’ which offer digital and real-life rewards, and allow Clinton supporters to compete against their friends …

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06:43
News: Photos claim to show alleged ‘iPad Pro 2’

Two photos allegedly leaked by workers in the Chinese supply chain purport to show a new 12.9” ‘iPad Pro 2,’ Apple Insider reports. An anonymous source said the photos came from an Apple supplier currently working on an iPad Pro model scheduled to enter production in late September — but as noted, the images don’t provide much to verify their authenticity. While the pictures show devices bearing a previously unseen model…

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06:42
External Link: Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8 Billion

Long-suffering Yahoo will sell its core business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion, a far cry from the $44.6 billion that Microsoft offered in 2008 and that Yahoo’s board rebuffed. Yahoo shareholders will retain roughly $41 billion in investments in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, plus a portfolio of about 3000 patents valued at about $1 billion. Yahoo began as a Web directory in 1994, later moving into search and then content, but with some stumbles and competition from the likes of Google, Yahoo got lost in the weeds. Marissa Mayer, an early Google employee and later high-ranking executive, was hired as CEO in 2012, but even bold initiatives like the purchase of Tumblr couldn’t stop Yahoo’s downward spiral. Verizon acquired AOL a little over a year ago, and the company has said that it will integrate Yahoo with AOL. It’s the end of an era, and we’re curious to see what Verizon will do with the Yahoo properties, notably Flickr, Tumblr, and Yahoo Finance.

 

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06:42
Apple retains sixth place among laptop shipments in...

Apple retained sixth place among laptop shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, according to new data from the IDC research group, trailing HP, Lenovo, Dell, ASUS, and Acer.

New MacBook Pros are expected this fall and should reinvigorate Apple’s sales. Overall, personal computer shipments in the region (dubbed EMEA) performed above expectations, reaching 16.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016 — a 4.7% year-over-year decrease, notes IDC.

Laptops in EMEA posted good performance, stabilizing at -1.7%, according to the research group. In fact, notebook shipments in Western Europe went up by 4.1%, driven by the commercial segment that registered a 10.5% increase. This brought the growth of EMEA commercial notebooks into positive territory with a 3.7% year-over-year growth. In contrast, the consumer notebook market continued to decline. And desktop computers posted a 10.0% decline overall, in line with...

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06:31
Ford brings Apple CarPlay to rest of 2017 lineup...

Ford on Monday announced the expansion of support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 models equipped with SYNC 3, including vehicles already on the roads, and some only due later this year.

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06:31
Ford’s SYNC 3 expands to support Apple CarPlay

Ford is expanding its SYNC 3 connectivity platform, allowing compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto throughout its entire 2017 U.S. vehicle lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles.

“We developed one platform – SYNC 3 – and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup,” says Chuck Gray, Ford Global Director, Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering. “Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car, SUV, light truck, or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to access their favorite apps.”

Nameplates like the Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are already available as 2017 model-year vehicles at dealerships. Others like the F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive later this year. Also, apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services have been added through SYNC AppLink.

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06:09
Apple leases 40,000 sq ft offices in Bengaluru,...

Apple announced back in May that it would be opening an iOS App Design & Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India – and the Economic Times reports that it has now agreed to lease more than 40,000 square feet of office space to house the facility.

Citing ‘three people familiar with the matter,’ the report says that the center will be spread over two floors at Galleria in North Bengaluru. Bengaluru – formerly called Bangalore – is known as ‘...

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06:03
Rumor: Apple's 2016 iPhone will be dubbed the...

Without a redesigned chassis, this year's iPhone upgrade won't earn the "iPhone 7" moniker, a new rumor claims, suggesting that the latest model will instead be known as the "iPhone 6SE."

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable for only $22.49 — that’s 24% off the regular price. Wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel and backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty, this Lightning cable can withstand all types of outside elements from electricity spikes to happy puppies looking for a chew toy. In addition to the toughness of the cable itself, the connectors are in a sealed one-piece…

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05:36
iPhone 7 release date reportedly set for Friday,...

As rumors about what the ‘iPhone 7’ update will include have reached wide consensus (similar design to iPhone 6s, redesigned antenna lines, new cameras, removal of headphone jack), news about availability and release date are starting to surface. Evan Blass, @evleaks, said he believes the iPhone 7 will be released week of September 12. Over the weekend, he strengthened his claim by indicating that his claim is referring to the retail release date, specifically that the new iPhone will go on sale on Friday, September 16th …

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05:18
Lightroom for iOS 2.4 Changes Mobile Photo Workflow

Lightroom for iOS 2.4 adds two significant features to the mobile photo editing app for iPad and iPhone: support for raw format images and local selections for adjusting specific areas of a photo. This means photographers who shoot in raw can import, edit, and sync their photos between mobile and desktop Lightroom libraries without annoying workarounds.

 

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05:04
As promised, CarPlay compatibility now available on...

Ford announced back in January that all 2017 models would offer CarPlay compatibility through its Sync 3 infotainment system, and the company has today confirmed that this applies across its full range of vehicles: cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles. You will, of course, have to purchase Sync 3 as an option if it is not included as standard in your chosen vehicle.

The first 2017 models are already on sale at dealerships, including the Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer, with others due later this year. In addition, the company has promised to bring CarPlay to 2016 models equipped with Sync 3, though the wording – ‘opportunity to upgrade’ – sounds...

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05:03
Apple's June quarter predicted to be '...

Tuesday's earnings report from Apple is expected by Wall Street analysts to be essentially a non-event -- nothing serious enough to make the stock price jump, but also nothing negative enough to see shares slide significantly.

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04:32
Pokémon Go to get new monsters & lure features,...

Comic-Con participants got a heads-up on future development of Pokémon Go from Niantic Labs founder John Hanke, reports Engadget.

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04:30
Satechi Desk Mat & Mate adds a splash of...

Satechi’s Desk Mat & Mate is a workspace accessory for adults and children. Available in eight colors, it protects any surface area from scratches and spills while also doubling as a comfortable resting surface for your hands while writing, typing, using the mouse or coloring.

The 24.4 x 13.8-inch Desk Mat & Mate covers a large surface area able to fit most keyboards and mice, while also allowing for a smooth transition between devices for a steady workflow. Made of synthetic leather, the smooth surface can be wiped down, protecting the desk from scratches, dents and every day wear and tear. 

Additionally, the back of the mat is made of non-slip polyester so it can be repositioned without damaging the surface of the desk. The Satechi Desk Mat & Mate is available for $34.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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04:01
Unlikely photos of claimed ‘12.9-inch iPad Pro 2’...

We’ve been sent a couple of photos of what are claimed to be from a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 under development by Apple. The pair of photos, said to be from a Chinese supply-chain source, just show the settings screen.

One immediate red-flag is that the storage capacity is shown as just 12GB. While AI, which was also sent the photos, suggests that this could be just sufficient to test a prototype devices, the idea makes little sense …

more…

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04:00
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a fantastic, family...

If you're a LEGO fan or Marvel comics fan, you'll love LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from Feral Interactive. The graphics are gorgeous, the gameplay is fun, and there are over 100 Marvel super heroes involved. 

Family friendly (c'mon, you weren't expecting LEGO Hit Man, were you?) the game requires you to master comic book-style combat as well as solve puzzles.     After you download the app, double-click on the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes application icon. The game should be found in the Applications folder.

The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes pre-game Options window will appear. Click on the Play button. The game will launch with LEGO blocks exploding and the Silver Surfer soaring back and forth across the screen.

After the splash screens and videos, the Start screen will appear. Select the game input device by pressing any key on the keyboard or any button on the...

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03:30
The iPhone 7 is reportedly arriving Sept. 12

According to mobile phone blogger, Evan Blass, the iPhone 7 is coming in just under two months. I think he’s probably right.

"iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th," he wrote on Twitter. "Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th."

The rumor mills is churning with rumors about the upcoming iPhone (shown in fanciful mock-ups). Will it offer a two-model line-up or a three-model line-up, including an “iPad Pro” (I’m predicting only two models)? Will it lack a traditional audio jack or note (I’m saying it will)? Will it be waterproof and dust proof or not (I’m saying yes to both features)?

Creative Kit 2016: Six powerful Mac photography apps with over 500 creative tools

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03:00
Handful of Apple stores in China picketed in anti-U....

A handful of unofficial Apple stores were picketed and social media users encouraged each other to destroy their Apple goods, “in a rare instance of the tech firm being targeted as a symbol of perceived injustice following an international ruling against Chinese territorial claims,” reports Reuters.

“There’s not much Apple or any other foreign firm can do to prevent such patriotic protests,” Canalys analyst Nicole Peng told the publication, adding that she sees no impact to Apple’s sales from the recent protest. “These incidents happen every few years.”

This is another incident in a string of Apple problems in China. The Chinese government has decided that app stores operators such as the Cupertino, California-based company must establish the identity of users, while monitoring and reporting postings that contain banned content. Earlier...

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22:53
Roadmap says transistors will stop shrinking in 5...

Whether or not Moore's Law on complexity has always held true, you've had one constant in the semiconductor world: chip makers would always find a way to shrink transistors and create more powerful chips without increasing size or power consumption....

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21:25
What's next for 'Pokémon Go'? Custom...

As Pokémon Go continues its global assault, Niantic Labs founder John Hanke took to a panel discussion at Comic-Con to tease at what's coming next to the app -- and how the team hopes maintain this insane momentum. To start, more Pokémo...

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21:01
All 2017 Ford vehicles are getting CarPlay and...

Ford has confirmed that all of its 2017 models -- every single car, SUV, light truck and EV -- are smartphone-ready. They all come loaded with Ford's Sync 3 entertainment system and are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those who've sna...

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20:21
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade ends on...

If Microsoft's pushy upgrade notifications weren't enough to compel you to install Windows 10, then maybe a looming deadline is. Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade after July 29th, a year after the OS was released and shortly before its anni...

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20:13
First photos of alleged 'iPad Pro 2'...

A pair of photos supposedly snapped by a worker in Apple's Asian supply chain show what appears to be a next-generation iPad bearing an unknown device identification number, suggesting the company is preparing production of a successor model.

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19:29
MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places

Quick Tips: All those little things you know that you don’t think about? Other people know and don’t think about them, too… so we think about them and share them, enhancing everyone’s knowledge! Then it’s on to some questions, with a surprising number about Ethernet. Go Figure!

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18:50
NASA wants more private uses of the International...

NASA doesn't just see the International Space Station as a place where government space agencies can work together in harmony -- it could be a business hub, too. The agency has put out a call for ideas that could increase commercial use of the ISS. T...

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17:23
Prisma's neural net-powered photo app arrives...

When Prisma Labs said you wouldn't have to wait long to use its Android app outside of the beta test, it wasn't joking around. The finished Prisma app is now readily available on Google Play, giving anyone a chance to see what iOS users were excited...

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16:42
Alfred 3.0.3

Brings number of fixes and improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher ($Free, £17 for Powerpack, free update, 2.6 MB)

 

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16:41
Tinderbox 6.6.2

Adds “additional polish and infrastructure” to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 54.4 MB)

 

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16:00
How-To: jailbreak iOS 9.2 – 9.3.3 with the Chinese...

Pangu today released a jailbreak tool that allows users to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on eligible 64-bit iPhones and iPads. As of now, the tool is only available in Chinese and is Windows-only. An English version should be arriving shortly.

The jailbreak will also work with older iOS versions all the way back to iOS 9.2. In the following tutorial, we’ll show you how to jailbreak your eligible iOS device step by step. more…

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15:58
Watch 'South Park' creators explain why...

Now that the long-in-development South Park: The Fractured But Whole is close at hand, Ubisoft and South Park Studios are finally opening up about its creation. To start, they've posted a behind-the-scenes video that isn't quite the usual puff piece...

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14:34
'Mystery Science Theater 3000' comeback...

You won't have to go out of your way to watch the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival. Netflix has picked up the crowdfunded make-fun-of-movies show and will be the only place to stream it in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand....

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14:00
Apollo 11 command module

This 3D re-creation of the Command Module is really cool, if terrifyingly analog. Click on the globe icon in the upper left to get a walkthrough of the various aspects of the module.

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13:29
IDC: Smartwatch sales decline for the first time

IDC’s smartwatch sales estimates for the second quarter of 2016 are in, and the news isn’t great, particularly for Apple.

According to IDC’s latest report, worldwide smartwatch sales slumped 32 percent in the second quarter of 2016, when compared to the same period last year. Much of the drop is due to an apparent decline in Apple Watch sales, according to IDC. The research firm estimates that Apple shipped 1.6 million smartwatches in the quarter, down from 3.6 million a year earlier.

Overall, smartwatch makers shipped a total of 3.5 million devices in the April-to-June quarter, IDC says. That compares to a total of 5.1 million in the year-ago quarter. 

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13:15
Ben Heck's Nintendo PlayStation prototype...

It was originally thought to be a rumor: a games console that combined Sony and Nintendo hardware. Now Ben Heck proves it does exist. Thanks to Terry and Dan Diebold, who approached The Ben Heck Show team with the console, Ben was able to give you...

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12:59
15 classic cars that define cool

There’s no doubt I’d give up body parts to own about half of the cars on this list (that 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT is sex on wheels) but it’s odd there are none from after 1970. Were there no “cool” cars made after 1970 (leaving aside the definition of “classic” car?

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12:37
Watch all of the trailers released at San Diego...

I have no interest in attending a Comic-Con but I love all the sneak peeks and trailers that come out of the show. I’m most looking forward to Suicide Squad but I think the PG13 rating means it won’t be as much “fun” as Deadpool was for me.

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