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Thursday August 18

Sprint joins chorus of carrier updates, reveals its...

On the heels of other carrier updates, Sprint has also revised its wireless plans, giving two phones unlimited data for $100 per month.

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Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 12

With macOS Sierra looming on the horizon — and already in public beta — its time for a new version of Parallels’ venerable Windows emulator for Macs. Optimized for macOS Sierra , Parallels Desktop 12 ($80) boosts performance for shared folders, and suspend, resume, and snapshot operations. Other new features include the ability to quickly capture Facebook or Vimeo videos, a distraction-free presentation mode both both Mac and Windows sessions, hiding desktop icons, and keeping the screen awake, and seamless Office 365 integration, Windows Server 2016 support, and more. Users also get 500GB of free online cloud backup storage from Acronis for one year.

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Nokia's VR camera gets a $15,000 discount

Nokia's trolley-dash approach to business means that it now makes health gadgets and professional-level VR cameras. The latter arm sells one product, a $60,000 VR camera called Ozo which is bought by studios like Disney and UEFA. In order to gee-up d...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: New colors for Speck'...

New iPhone cases of the week

Find the right case for your iPhone SE with this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases—including new themes for Speck’s CandyShell. Read on!


The Urbanite (iPhone SE; $35 MSRP, $26.95 on Amazon) offers impact protection without adding excess bulk to your iPhone. This sleek case features multiple layers of sturdy materials, raised edges to prevent scratches and dents to your screen, and reinforced corners for extra peace of mind. The Urbanite comes in green/black, gray/pink, or brown...

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Parallels Desktop 12 announced, will be released...

The perpetually useful Parallels Desktop has just hit version 12.

The new version arrives with support for macOS Sierra alongside a new standalone app called Parallels Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren’t necessarily tied to virtualization.

New features include a Windows 10 “always on” function wherein Windows 10 continues to run in the background and apps can be instantly launched. the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.

Parallels Desktop 12 also includes 90...

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Alleged camera module for Apple's 'iPhone...

A new image published on Thursday shows what's said to be a redesigned rear camera module for the "iPhone 7," widely expected to ship in mid- to late September.

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Smart glasses make hands-free 'Pokémon Go...

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. It's not uncommon to see dozens of people walking around parks and city streets with their heads buried in their phones, trying to catch cute cartoon monsters. Unfortunately, doing so means you're not k...

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T-Mobile One is the carrier's new unlimited...

T-Mobile has offered an unlimited data option for a while now, using it as a big differentiator between it and AT&T and Verizon. But now, it sounds like the carrier is going to do away with data buckets entirely and offer one plan that includes u...

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All change with mobile plans: after AT&T...

Following the modest upgrades AT&T announced to its mobile plans yesterday, both T-Mobile and Sprint have hit back with new ‘unlimited’ plans.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network.  And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

As with all carrier plans, there are some caveats in the small-print …


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Tim Cook, in China, seeks to stem Apple’s losses

Wall Street Journal:

With Apple’s sales tumbling, the Chinese government’s support waning and a new iPhone coming out, Mr. Cook is on a goodwill mission: meeting with government officials, touring Chinese Apple stores and speaking with local residents. Mr. Cook pledged to increase investment in China in a meeting with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing on Tuesday. He continued to the central Chinese city Chongqing on Wednesday, where he toured an Apple store with the mayor.

Side note: Chongqing is one of the five Chinese national central cities. An important place for Tim Cook to visit.

Top Chinese leaders have expressed concern over declining iPhone sales. At a meeting in May between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and technology executives in the southern Guizhou province, Mr. Li had only one question for Terry Gou, the chairman of...

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Uber's self-driving cars will start picking up...

Uber's rushing to replace its million-plus drivers with robots, and the company's early forays towards that effort start in Pennsylvania later in August. The ride-sharing service plans to roll out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh that will accept real world passengers right from the get-go, according to Bloomberg.

The cars, while fully autonomous, won’t be unleashed onto Pittsburgh streets without human supervision. The cars will have a specially-trained engineer ready to take the wheel should something go wrong. There will also be a co-pilot taking notes on how each ride goes.

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Why is the iPad Pro a ‘computer’? Because Apple’s...

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for the Washington Post:

There’s a good reason to sell the iPad Pro as a “computer” rather than a tablet. Tablet sales have been slowing. And while computers are also in a sales slump, there is growth in the “detachables” category — devices that blend the tablet and the traditional laptop and have, well, a detachable keyboard. Casting the iPad Pro this way is important to Apple to catch the eye of businesses and business people, who may want something light but still functional for work.

Balanced with this quote from Steve Jobs:

What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves. They go ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and if enough of them say ‘yes,’ we get to come to work tomorrow. That’s how it works. It’s really simple. With the enterprise market, it’s not so simple. The people that use the products don’t...

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Edward Snowden Sheds Light on Shadow Brokers

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden on Tuesday injected himself into an escalating cyberstruggle that could affect the U.S. presidential election. The reported hack of The Equation Group might have been a warning shot from Russia, Snowden claimed. The group, which is widely believed to be a front operation for the NSA, apparently was hacked over the weekend by a previously unknown outfit called the "Shadow Brokers," which then claimed to have valuable files in its possession that would be available to the highest bidder.

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Facebook is launching its own PC gaming platform

Facebook's gaming aspirations didn't stop with Farmville and its $2 billion Oculus VR acquisition. Nope, the social network is also launching a dedicated PC gaming platform today. Said platform will lean heavily on developers using the ubiquitous Uni...

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Spotify's first documentary recalls the early...

We first heard about Spotify's Landmark series back in May and today the first installment is debuting for Android and iOS users. Landmark -- Metallica: The Early Years is a documentary-style look at the iconic heavy metal band's origins and the move...

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NPR website to get rid of comments


“We’ve reached the point where we’ve realized that there are other, better ways to achieve the same kind of community discussion around the issues we raise in our journalism,” he said, with money, and spending it efficiently, part of the issue. More than 5 million people each month engage with NPR on Twitter, compared to just a fraction of that number in the comments. “In relative terms, as we set priorities, it becomes increasingly clear that the market has spoken. This is where people want to engage with us. So that’s what we’re going to emphasize,” he said.

Interesting. This is not about trolling and the high cost of moderation. Instead, it’s recognizing that engagement is moving to social media, like Twitter.


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Apple device sales at Target fall 20% amid global...


Apple Inc.’s sales of iPads, iPhones and other devices fell 20 percent at Target Corp. stores during the second quarter, confirming Apple’s struggles with a global slowdown in smartphone demand and waning interest in its out-of-date gadgets.

Hmmm. Out-of-date gadgets?

Target CEO Brian Cornell said the weakness in Apple’s sales at the retailer was “across the product suite,” and that the company is putting plans in place to better capitalize on the new devices when they hit the shelves.

“Our guests come to us looking for those products,” Cornell said on a conference call to discuss earnings. “They’re looking for the newness and the innovation. We’re putting together plans with Apple and our merchandising teams to make sure we’re ready to take advantage of that in the back half of the year.”

Hard to tell where this is Target shifting blame for poor sales and actual evidence of an Apple-specific slump. But the out-of-date gadgets stings,...

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T-Mobile One resurrects unlimited wireless data for...

T-Mobile has unveiled a new data plan called T-Mobile One, featuring no data caps, but subscribers will experience streaming video restricted to DVD-quality and 2G tethered data without additional fees.

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AT&T eliminating data overage charges on some...

From the AT&T press release:

AT&T is continuing to simplify pricing with new plans that eliminate data overage charges for our wireless customers.

The new Mobile Share Advantage plans are available Aug. 21. Consumers and businesses alike can gain a wireless experience, without overage charges. Instead of overage charges, after customers use all of their high-speed data amounts, all data usage will be reduced to a maximum of 128 kbps for the rest of their bill cycle.

In effect, once you hit your data cap, your data speed will slow to a relative crawl.

From the fine print:

No charge for overage. After all your high-speed data allotments are used, all data usage is slowed to a max of 128 Kbps (2G speed) for the rest of the bill cycle. You will have basic data use for viewing a web page or checking email. Audio and video streaming, picture and video messaging, select apps and other services, as well as other usage, including sponsored data,...

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Pocket Casts podcast player for iPhone now works...

A few weeks ago Shifty Jelly updated its Pocket Casts podcast player for iPhone to version 6.0 with a major overhaul including a new dark mode, playback features, and multitasking, and now Pocket Casts 6.1 is out with support for Apple’s CarPlay infotainment feature.


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ICYMI: Goat-inspired robot design and apple picking

Today on In Case You Missed It: A researcher at Carnegie Mellon created the GOAT leg for robots that moves much like a pogo-stick and posted a video of its tests to YouTube. Meanwhile a robot to harvest apples might still be in prototype, but it'...

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UK Apple Pay gains support for Clydesdale Bank...

Apple Pay users in the U.K. now have access to two more banks, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, as well as a service operated by the pair, simply known as "B."

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OS X: Renaming a Bluetooth Device

If one of your Bluetooth devices (like your Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse) has a name you aren’t fond of, how do you change it? The process is a bit different than it used to be, so we’re going to go over what you’ll do!

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NuDock Power Lamp Stand can charge an iPhone, Apple...

MiTagg has released the NuDock Power Lamp Stand (, a $299.99 iPhone and Apple Watch Power Dock with Smart LED Lamp — and an optional NuKi Portable Battery. 

It sports a solid “Aerospace Aluminum” construction with a polycarbonate base that’s coated in a soft-touch rubber finish. The NuDock has three USB charging ports.

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Redbooth project management/collaboration platform...

Redbooth, an all-in-one project management and collaboration platform, has launched its new Apple TV app that’s designed to leverage the power of the platform to encourage group discussion, collaboration and planning around the screens in our offices and homes from lesson planning and backlog prioritization meetings to trip planning and a wedding countdown. 

The free app — available at the Apple TV app store — displays an optimized version of Redbooth. It’s a collaboration app designed specifically for the Apple TV, says Dan Schoenbaum, CEO for Redbooth. Combined with Redbooth’s apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, this affords maximum flexibility when editing tasks, adding comments and staying connected to your team’s work, he adds.

Schoenbaum says the initial version of Redbooth for the Apple TV includes some of the following capabilities:

Optimized for large screens: Rather than projecting the standard Redbooth...

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Apple Pay now supported by Clydesdale Bank and...

Apple Pay users in the U.K. now have access to two more banks, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank. You can a complete list of supporting financial institutions by clicking here.

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

Also, at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple said it would be brining online payments to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra through a...

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Apple has three consecutive quarters of slowing...

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 344 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a 4.3% increase over the same period in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. However, the second quarter was Apple’s third consecutive one of slowing iPhone demand. That should pick up with the introduction of the “iPhone 7,” according to the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me).

Overall sales of mobile phones contracted by 0.5% with only five vendors from the top 10 showing growth. Among them were four Chinese manufacturers (Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and BBK Communication Equipment) and South Korea's Samsung. 

All mature markets except Japan saw slowing demand for smartphones leading to a decline in sales of 4.9%. In contrast, all emerging regions except Latin America saw growth, which led to smartphone sales growing by 9.9%.

In the second quarter of 2016, Samsung had nearly 10% more market share than Apple. Samsung saw sales of its Galaxy A and Galaxy J series smartphones...

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AMD crashes Intel's party: Powerful Zen CPUs...

A block away from Intel's Developer Forum in San Francisco, AMD brought together a select group of media and analysts to make one thing clear: Its long-awaited Zen processor actually exists, and it's on track to ship early next year for desktops. Sur...

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Whyd is a colorful take on voice-controlled wireless...

Just two years ago, Whyd was trying to mix up the music streaming world, with a service that let you collect tracks from around the internet, and put them in one place. Today, it's moving into hardware with a multi-room wireless speaker. Don't worry,...

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News: Daily Deal: Nifty MiniDrive Air

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Nifty MiniDrive Air for only $33.99 — that’s 15% off the regular price. Allowing you to add up to 200GB of storage to your MacBook without resorting to a bulky external hard drive, the Nifty MiniDrive is a microSD card adapter that seamlessly plugs into your MacBook, sitting flush with the side so you can leave it in all the time. Integration with Time Machine lets you automate backups, or you…

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Early Macs, 'Think Different' posters...

After Monday's closure of the New York City Tekserve retail and service location, nearly the entire array of Apple collectibles accumulated over two decades by the company will be sold in a live auction, with online bidding underway.

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Could Amazon or Alphabet beat AAPL to be the first...

Back in 2014, some of the biggest investors in the U.S. suggested that Apple could be the first company to achieve a trillion dollar valuation by market cap, having gotten two-thirds of the way there that year before later slipping. Investment site Motley Fool yesterday acknowledged that the company could indeed be just ‘one home-run product’ away from this, but made the seemingly-unlikely argument that Amazon may get there first …


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Uber will offer free rides in its self-driving cars...

After months of testing, Uber's self-driving cars are ready to pick up their first passengers. Bloomberg reports that the ride-hailing company will allow customers in Pittsburgh to request one of its autonomous Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles via t...

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AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes...

Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was...

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The creator of Google's self-driving car now...

Bloomberg has taken a look at Uber's future in the autonomous vehicle world and uncovered a small, but important detail. The website is reporting that Uber has purchased Otto, the driverless freight truck startup that was launched a few months back....

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AT&T’s New Cell Plans Eliminate Data Overage Fees

AT&T has unveiled a new set of mobile plans that trade data overage fees for a speed cap.


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Deus Ex Go turns the stealthy shooter into a sharp...

The history of mobile gaming is littered with middling-to-awful attempts to turn beloved, big-budget console and PC game franchises into touchscreen experiences, but Hitman Go was the rare example to the contrary—and Lara Croft Go was even better. 

Both titles came out of Square Enix’s Montreal studio, and showed the mega-publisher learning to build new experiences that captured the essence of the original franchise in novel and compelling ways, rather than cram an existing experience onto phones and tablets. Hitman Go turned the methodical assassination simulator into turn-based puzzle affair with board game-like charm, while Lara Croft Go evolved the premise even further and gave us a brilliant...

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Chick-Fil-A announces full Apple Pay support, will...

You can now snag Chick-Fil-A with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay has expanded to all Chick-Fil-A locations. According to today’s tweet, however, Apple Pay will be accepted at all Chick-Fil-A locations as of this Friday, August 19th. The mobile payment platform will be supported in-store and in the drive thru.

Chick-Fil-A’s adoption of Apple Pay comes after the company has experimented with QR-based solutions in the past. Those solutions ultimately failed, according to employees, much like other QR-based offerings we’ve seen. Chick-Fil-A has, however, supported Apple Pay in its recently revamped app on iOS.

Apple still has Chick-Fil-A listed as “coming soon” on its Apple Pay web site. Other entities listed as coming soon including Forever 21, Johnny Rockets...

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The real reason Apple dumbed down the iPhone 7 camera

I agree 100% with Chris Smith’s post on BGR about how the iPhone 7 is about to become inferior to the larger iPhone 7 Plus in a very significant way.

I greatly prefer the 4.7-inch form factor iPhone and won’t buy the larger “Plus size” iPhone because it’s too bulky and it can’t be used with one hand. Plus, my iPad Pro and MacBook usually aren’t far away for when I need a larger screen.

In his article Smith lists some of the possible excuses Apple might trot out for omitting the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7:

  • It’s too bulky

If Apple removes the...

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The Linux Foundation Gives PNDA a Home

The Linux Foundation on Tuesday added PNDA -- the Platform for Network Data Analytics -- to its project menagerie. PNDA provides an open source, scalable platform for next-generation network analytics. It integrates data from multiple sources on a network and works with Apache Spark to crunch the numbers in order to find useful patterns in the data more effectively. The project is now available in its initial platform release. Early PNDA supporters include Cisco, Deepfield, FRINX, Intersec, Moogsoft, NGENA, Ontology, OpenDataSoft and Tupl.

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Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank add Apple Pay...

The total number of UK banks and card companies supporting Apple Pay has reached 20, as Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank announced that they now support the mobile payment platform. Though originally separate, the two banks were merged in 2005, retaining separate branding but operating as a single legal entity, CYBG


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The AirScale is a convenient combination of luggage...

It’s a scale. It’s a device charger. It’s both in one. “It” is the AirScale from Oasix, a combination luggage scale and USB power bank that will appeal to road warriors. It can weigh luggage up to 88 pounds and can re-charge an iPhone or iPad.

The $59 AirScale sports an easy-to-read digital display showing luggage weight (in your choice of metric or imperial units) and battery power on your mobile device. The goal is to help you keep track of your baggage’s weight and avoid overweight baggage fees, while never running out of juice for your iOS devices.

Thanks to its 6500mAh battery, it can handle 2.5 recharges for most smartphones. And that’s just what it did with my iPhone 6s Plus. It did a quick recharge, thought not quite the 2.4 x times faster speed that the folks at Oaxis tout.

The AirScale is easy to carry thanks to its detachable strap and ergonomic design. It only weights 0.34 pounds and measures...

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How to see everything you've ever watched on...

Streaming is a curious beast. One minute you'll be enjoying the 80s vibe of Stranger Things (go watch it if you haven't already) and the next you'll be struggling to pick something from that overwhelming catalog. Sometimes, though, you'll stumble on...

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Future iPhones could feature Intel processors, say...

Analysts are suggesting that Apple might in future buy the A-series chips it uses in iPhones and iPads from Intel, following an interesting turnaround by the chipmaker this week, reports Fortune.

Intel has long offered foundry services in which they manufacture chips designed by customers, but that service has so far been limited to chips based on its own architecture. As of this week, however, the company has announced that it will also be able to produce ARM-based chips. This would allow Intel to compete with TSMC and Samsung for Apple’s iPhone and iPad chip business …


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The USB-C Quick Charge Cable helps eliminate cable...

Ravpower’s USB-C Quick Charge Cable helps eliminate cable fray for 12-inch MacBook owners. And I suspect it will be handy for those who buy the next gen MacBook Pros that I expect to roll out no later than October. 

It’s a Lightning to USB cable made of thick, sturdy PVC; you’ll have to consciously try to tear or break it. The USB-C Quick Charge Cable packs an authorization chip issued by Apple to ensure compatibility with any Lightning enabled iPad or iPhone. I’ve found it to be totally reliable for charging or uploading/downloading files. 

The USB-C Quick Charge Cable is plenty long at 6.6 inches (two meters). Yet it’s small enough to fit most case outcuts — although it doesn’t work with the LifeProof case for the iPhone 6/6s.

I’ve tried lots of Lightning cables, and this is one of the best. You can grab a USB-C Quick Charge Cable...

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NASA will answer your questions about its journey to...

NASA has a ton of Mars-related projects that it hopes would culminate in sending humans to the red planet within the next 25 years. There's the stationary InSight lander that it plans to launch in 2018 and the next-gen rover that will succeed Curiosi...

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Netflix moved cord cutting forward; it's also...

Netflix's vast video library makes it easy to cut the cord, but you can't see what's available unless you use its native app.

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Google Chrome tests out a more personal New Tab page

A recent change to the Chrome Dev build on Android could indicate a new feature coming to the browser soon. Android Police points out that users are seeing a Google Now-powered content list on their devices, and I was able to pull it up easily after...

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Airbnb takes down its experimental Trips app for...

Airbnb has pulled down an unreleased app it was testing from Google Play shortly after people caught wind of its existence and what it can do. The experimental application represents the future of the company, you see, one that goes beyond vacation h...

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Wednesday August 17

NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft will blast off...

It's official: OSIRIS-Rex is blasting off to meet a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu on September 8th, NASA has confirmed at a press briefing. The spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral and travel for two years before it reaches its destination. O...

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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac released with macOS...

Virtualization software Parallels on Thursday issued its latest release, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, with a host of new features including support for Apple's upcoming macOS Sierra, a standalone Toolbox app and performance improvements.

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Wikiverse turns Wikipedia into a visual universe of...

I've spent (too) many lazy evenings hopping from one Wikipedia entry to the next, reading things that could be useful for trivia night. It's fun enough, but this website that visualizes Wiki as a universe could make the experience even better for a l...

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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac arrives w/ macOS Sierra...

Parallels Desktop for Mac, the popular software that lets you easily run Windows and other Intel operating systems (including other images of macOS) as virtual machines on your Mac, is today releasing the latest upgrade to version 12.

On top of getting Parallels ready for the release of macOS Sierra, version 12 introduces a number of great new features and an over 25 percent performance improvement, according to the company.


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Parallels for Mac has a new version, but no huge...

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Like clockwork, Parallels releases a new version of its desktop virtualization software for Mac computers every year. They often coincide with major new versions of the Windows and Mac operating systems, requiring major software changes to bring new Windows features to Apple computers or to make sure everything keeps working properly.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is thus being announced today, but there isn't much to be excited about. While Parallels can run just about any operating system in a virtual machine, its primary purpose is letting Mac users run Windows applications. For that use case, last year's Parallels Desktop 11 release is still good enough.

There was an obvious reason to upgrade to Parallels 11 last...

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Parallels Desktop 12 launches with macOS Sierra...

Every August, those of us in the tech blogging business await news from Parallels about the latest edition of the company's virtual machine application, Parallels Desktop. Today, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launched with a suite of new tools as well as with improved performance to make running guest operating systems from Windows 10 to Chrome OS on a Mac a breeze. 

Parallels Desktop 12 is already compatible with macOS Sierra as a host operating system, and Parallels has announced performance improvements of up to 25 percent in certain operations. The company realizes that a lot of users don't back up their virtual machines, so each Parallels Desktop 12 license now includes a one-year subscription to Acronis True Image to make incremental backups of those VMs an automatic process.

For the first time, users will be able to purchase and download Windows 10 directly from Parallels Desktop, making setup...

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McDonald's pulls plug on Happy Meal activity...

McDonald's Happy Meals might be beloved for their included toys, but the food inside is just as unhealthy as most of the menu at the Golden Arches. As the Rio Olympics approached, the franchise hoped to reverse its kids combo's poor nutritional reput...

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Gene editing helps spot evolutionary link between...

Gene editing technology isn't just useful for curing the world's ills, it seems. University of Chicago scientists have used the CRISPR technique to discover a key evolutionary connection between fins and hands. Researchers edited fin-related zebraf...

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Washington, DC apartment building offers an '...

While developers in San Francisco are subsidizing Uber rides for residents, one forthcoming apartment building in Washington DC's Mount Pleasant neighborhood is offering to make the actual experience of waiting even more comfortable. As the Washingto...

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AT&T debuts data plans without overages ahead of...

AT&T on Wednesday revealed new data plans skewed in favor of its higher-end tiers, though also finally eliminating overage fees for heavy users.

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LG adds brighter, more portable projectors to...

For the very truly dedicated cord-cutters out there, LG has just announced two new portable, battery-powered projectors that can be set up blissfully free of any audio, video or power cables. The two models in LG's Minibeam lineup will debut next mon...

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Astronomers witnessed a white dwarf going nova

When a star explodes, astronomers usually scramble to point their telescopes in its direction, hoping to catch a glimpse of the aftermath. While this is a fine way for learning about the results of a nova or supernova, much less is known about the ev...

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French mayor bans 'Pokémon Go' in his town

In what is either great technological misunderstanding or extreme territorialism, mayor Fabrice Beauvois wants every digital pocket monster out of his village. He mailed a decree to Niantic, creators of the mobile game Pokémon Go, demanding th...

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Companies Can't Legally Void the Warranty For...

Reader Jason Koebler writes: Manufacturers that threaten to void the warranties of consumers who jailbreak or root their phones are violating federal law.Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, manufacturers cannot legally void your hardware warranty simply because you altered the software of an electronic device. In order to void the warranty without violating federal law, the manufacturer must prove that the modifications you made directly led to a hardware malfunction."They have to show that the jailbreak caused the failure. If yes, they can void your claim (not your whole warranty—just the things which flowed from your mod)," Steve Lehto, a lemon law attorney in Michigan, wrote in an email. "If not, then they can't."


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Driverless buses to hit Finnish city's streets

Finland has been testing autonomous EasyMile buses on public roads for a little while now, but away from the hustle and bustle of its big cities. Now the Scandinavian country is ready to try out the adorable, driverless people-movers on the mean stre...

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Apple Pay at Chick-Fil-A

Starting this Friday, August 19, you'll be able to use Apple Pay on your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for food and beverages at your nearby Chick-Fil-A restaurant. The fast food chain has been on Apple's list of "coming soon" retailers for a while, but until now there's been no confirmation that it was actually going to happen.

Roger Fingas at AppleInsider sent a tweet to the chain's Twitter channel, and received the following response:

@loneswords Yes, as of August 19th, Apple Pay and Android Pay are available for payment both in-restaurant and in the Drive Thru.

— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) August 17, 2016


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Live-action 'Pokemon' film snags '...

There's a live-action Pokemon film on the horizon, and Variety reports Legendary has two great writers in its sights to help pen the feature: Alex Hirsch of Gravity Falls fame and Nicole Perlman, who helped pen Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Beam Up and Tour the Classic Star Trek Enterprise Set

If you’ve ever wanted to roam the corridors on Captain Kirk’s Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, now is your chance. Or, more accurately, now you can explore a faithful reproduction of the set where the classic Trek was filmed. James Cawley spent years recreating the set from original Desilu (now Paramount) plans for his high quality fan series Star Trek: Phase II, and now he’s teamed up with CBS so everyone can see the bridge, sick bay, engineering room, and more just as the actors did in 1966. You’ll have to make a trip to Ticonderoga, New York, and tours end on October 31. Tickets run about $25, and remember the Prime Directive: treat the set with love.

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Conversing with Extraterrestrials in Paramount’s...

One of my favorite actresses, Amy Adams, plays a linguist, charged with understanding the alien visitor’s language. It seems the arrival of very smart science fiction films like Ex Machina, Interstellar and The Martian are inspiring a new breed. This looks to be one of them. Coming November 11th.

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Intel's Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a...

Intel on Tuesday presented its virtual reality vision -- a vision that mixes virtual and real worlds into a kind of merged reality -- to developers attending a conference in San Francisco. Mixing reality and unreality sometimes can be a recipe for disaster, but Intel thinks it will be a formula for success. At the center of Intel's vision is its Project Alloy mobile headset and its cutting edge RealSense software. The Alloy head-mounted device departs from other VR devices in that the headset housese all sensors and computing power.

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Apple Pay rolling out to all Chick-Fil-A locations...

As Apple Pay continues to expand to more banks in the United States and around the world, it’s slowly coming to more retail locations, as well. Next on the docket for Apple Pay support appears to be Chick-Fil-A, according to a tweet from the restaurant chain.


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Target Blames Apple for Lower Sales

Target released its 2nd quarter results on Wednesday, including a 1.1% decline in revenue year-over-year. In a conference call with analysts, executives cited a 20% decrease in sales of Apple products during the quarter as one of the principle reasons for its overall performance.

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Hulu cozies up to Marvel, starts working on a '...

Netflix has been milking its relationship with Marvel with great success, churning out critically acclaimed -- and badass -- series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Now Hulu's getting in on the action, too. As first reported by Deadline, the streami...

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AWT News Update: August 17, 2016

Lots of great Apple news and rumors today that we've already covered on the website, but we have a few other stories we thought you'd find fascinating:

  • Target blames Apple for a drop in store sales during the previous quarter
  • AT&T announces new Mobile Share Advantage plans with more more data for less money, but be sure to read between the lines
  • Intel wants device manufacturers to adopt USB-C as an audio output standard
  • Apple adds 37 new US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay
  • Automatic goes Pro, adding a free 3G connection to it for car data logging and location tracking (see image above)

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Apple Pay support coming to Chik-fil-A restaurants...

After months of waiting, chicken-loving iPhone owners will be able to check out using at Chik-fil-A locations using Apple Pay on Aug. 19, the restaurant chain announced on Wednesday.

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Pinterest is betting big on video ads for brands

While showcase site Pinterest is still releasing features in line with its image-focused brand, it's finally expanding its advertising options beyond still photos. Today it's introducing promoted video ads, letting users expand its cinematic pins int...

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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 17, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

AKVIS has announced AKVIS Retoucher 8 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). fThe new version offers an image retouching mode for correcting small defects, the History Brush tool, new setting options, support for 4k and 5k displays, and other important changes.

AKVIS Retoucher is a tool for photo restoration and photo retouching. The software heals damaged parts of a photo, removes scratches, stains, and other defects. 

AKVIS Retoucher is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. The Home version costs $87 for new users. A demo is available for...

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'Resident Evil 7' gameplay vid proves...

Resident Evil 7 is looking as creepy as ever, if the latest trailer out of Gamescom 2016 is any indication.

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The secret lives of cadavers

Many of us are understandably squeamish about cadavers but the story of how much good we can do after our death is a good one to know. One of my favorite books is “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” (affiliate link) by Mary Roach.

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New algorithm finds signs of depression in your...

While Instagram data can already be used to guess your age, a new research paper shows how it might also be used to check upon your mental health. Using a set of machine learning tools and several dozen users' Instagram feeds, a team of researchers f...

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The Week in Mac Apps: A new update for Calcbot,...

New Mac apps of the week

It’s back-to-school time, and this week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a serving of calculators, great ways to create your own library, and a fun way to learn more about Linux. Read on!

1-Degree Finance: Home Budget, Expenses and Bills 1.5.2

Neroli Studio’s 1-Degree Finance helps you keep your finances organized by creating useful reports for budgeting and monitoring your financial life.

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World's longest aircraft takes its first flight

That aircraft you see above may look more than a little odd, but it just made history... and it might be the future of flight. Hybrid Air Vehicles has successfully flown the Airlander 10, a long-endurance airplane/airship hybrid billed as the longest...

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They were strangers at the starting line. Less than...

For me, this has been the best story of the 2016 Olympics.

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Apple is producing a documentary about Drake, Lil...

More rappers are joining forces with Apple, but Jay-Z is not in the mix.

Apple is producing a documentary about Cash Money Records, the hip-hop label that’s home to Drake, Lil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. According to Bloomberg, Apple has agreed to finance the project, and it’s expected to stream exclusively on Apple Music.

Earlier this week, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan Williams, better known in the music industry as Birdman, posted a photo on Instagram with Larry Jackson, Apple’s head of original music content. He captioned the photo, “It’s official… Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music.”


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Podcast 521: iPhone 7 rumor-palooza

The iPhone 7 isn't announced yet, but we can't wait! This week we tear into the latest rumors about its camera system and lack of headphone jack, along with a rumor about another size of iPad Pro.

Elsewhere, Facebook is blocking ad-blockers, so the ad-blockers are blocking the ad-blocker-blocker. Makes sense! CVS Pay could get awkward in Target. And Tim Cook gives good interview—hey, Tim, you should guest on the podcast sometime!

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Chrome extension restores the backspace key to its...

Lots of very smart people work at Google, but that doesn't mean they're immune from making decisions that piss people off. Consider this recent Chrome kerfuffle: some users were recently shocked to discover that, upon updating Chrome, they could no l...

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Inside Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C and...

With Apple's new MacBook Pro expected in the coming months, AppleInsider takes a look at technologies expected to be updated, or removed, from the new portable. In many ways, one of the key changes could be the anticipated embrace of new, smaller USB-C ports with high-speed USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 data connectivity.

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AT&T unveils 'overage-free' phone...

No, the big US carriers aren't done shadowing each other's moves yet. AT&T has responded to Verizon's new phone plans with Mobile Share Advantage plans that scrap overages and increase the data you can get, but carry their share of catches. Price...

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Tesla lures away Apple’s director of Reliability...

Electric car company Tesla has hired David Erhart, Apple’s (former) director of Reliability Engineering, to lead its own liability team. His new title? Senior director of Reliability and Test at Tesla.

Erhart worked at Apple from January 2014 to August 2016. He’s also worked at Medtronic and Motorola.

Erhart has a PHD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering form the Illinois Institute of Technology.


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ACM 373: Apple’s Engineering Demands, Fake iPhones,...

Apple is relentless with its design ideas regardless of what the hardware engineers say. Bryan and Jeff explain why that’s a good thing for consumers, plus they show you how to spot fake iPhone 7 photos, and look at Intel’s decision to start making ARM processors.

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'Gears of War 4' writers are striving for...

Gears of War has never been known for its deep, imaginative storytelling. Each game is a popcorn-friendly thrill ride, pitting muscular soldiers against an army of bloodthirsty monsters. It's a simple concept: Grab an assault rifle, dive behind some...

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Target cites 20% drop in Apple product sales for...

Retail chain Target is blaming Apple in part for its latest disappointing quarterly earnings results. Yahoo Finance reports that Target management cites a 20% year-over-year decline in Apple product sales during the quarter for overall electronics sales dropping.


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Apple is making a documentary with Cash Money Records

Cash Money Records' deal to stream some of its music exclusively on Apple's subscription service appears to be about more than just tunes. Bloomberg reports that Drake and Nicki Minaj's record label is working with Apple on a documentary as well. The...

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Mac: Top Storey Purrfect Memory

Unless you’re somebody who’s been blessed with eidetic memory, even the best of us could use some help from time to time remembering snippets of information. This is where Purrfect Memory ($3) by Top Storey comes into play. This handy little app sits up in your Mac’s menu bar, prompting you to fill in the blanks on any phrase, list, or other set of words you want to remember, adding more and more blanks with each iteration until you’re ready to fill in the whole phrase or list by memory.

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Celebrity augmented reality 'holograms'...

Get ready for celebrity 'holograms' beyond the usual 2D illusions. RadicalMedia and Uncorporeal are partnering on 3D captures of celebrities for augmented reality and eventually virtual reality performances, giving digital stand-ins a greater presenc...

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Sonos teases upcoming ‘Future of Sound at Home’ NYC...

Almost a year ago Sonos introduced its latest flagship wireless speaker with the second-generation Play:5 (review), and now Sonos is preparing to make news again with a media event in New York City later this month.


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How we trained AI to be sexist

You'd never know from Jacqueline Feldman's background that she'd become a passionate proponent of gender equality for artificial intelligence. She went the dreamer's route at college, attending Yale for English literature and writing. She prefers cas...

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Flo contact-free smart thermometer: Fast, accurate,...

Back in February we ran a piece about a Kickstarter campaign for the Flo smart thermometer, a connected health device that promised to revolutionize taking and tracking body temperatures. Now Flo is available for sale for US$39.99, and the product is so impressive that it's an Apple World Today Top Pick for 2016.


It's rare for Apple World Today to select an accessory as a Top Pick, and even more rare for us to have two accessories in two days be Top Picks! Yesterday it was the Meem cable for backing up your iOS device, while today...

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Nikon’s D3400 DSLR is made for aspiring photographers

This looks to be a nice beginner camera as long as you don’t need/want 4K recording or wifi connectivity (which is still a sore spot for me).

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Apple rumored to open first Austrian store in Vienna

Apple may be preparing to launch its first Austrian store on Vienna's K?rntnerstrasse, home to a high-traffic shopping district, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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Netflix strikes a deal with Enseo to offer its...

Tired of relaxing in your hotel room and flipping on the TV only to realize you can't binge watch your favorite shows without Netflix? Netflix knows the true horror of this realization.

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