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Thursday July 21

05:55
Apple ID leads Homeland Security to alleged owner of...

The use of an Apple ID for a perfectly legal purchase was the key piece of evidence that has enabled the Department of Homeland Security to identify the man they suspect to be the owner of the biggest pirate website on the net, KickAssTorrents.com (KAT).

A lengthy criminal complaint filed against Ukranian national Artem Vaulin by the U.S. Attorney’s Office explains how the Apple ID enabled authorities to identify the suspect …

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05:36
The many (possible) colors of the iPhone 7 shown in...

It seems you can hardly turn a corner in China without bumping into an iPhone 7 mockup these days. With widespread consensus on the expected design, we’re now seeing both physical mockups and renders in a range of colors, so we’ve pulled together a number of them in a gallery, together with a new video …

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05:00
Teal Pushes Drone Speed Limits


Teal Drones on Wednesday introduced what it billed as the world's fastest production drone. Aside from its drone's capabilities, the company is drawing attention because George Matus Jr., its founder and CEO, is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
The drone can fly at 70 mph in all weather conditions and has reached a top speed of 85 mph in favorable conditions. It can withstand 40 mph winds, is built to run apps, and can be controlled using a smartphone, tablet or hobby controller.

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04:33
“Take Control of Preview” Reveals Even More Features

Our latest book started as a series of TidBITS articles but more than doubled in size once we discovered and thoroughly explained all of Preview’s image editing and PDF manipulation features.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:30
Lay your iPad in the lap of luxury with the Lapworks...

As the iPad market exploded, products, the choices for a good stand became overwhelming. Some people have made a cheap stand from a few parts found at an office supply store, while others have a rudimentary stand built right into an iPad protective sleeve.

Lapworks focuses on style and function rather than portability and cost with the $29.99 Lapworks iPad and E-Reader Recliner. Even better, it’s now on sale for $19.95.

Fortunately, this stand isn't specific to the iPad, but can hold any similarly sized tablet device such as a Kindle or Nook. The stand is adjustable and can sit anywhere from 8.25 inches tall to 4.25 inches tall so you can comfortable read or display your device at any angle. It also supports the iPad in either a portrait or landscape mode. The rubber pads provide an excellent grip to prevent slipping and sliding while allowing full access to the device, including the...

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04:27
Petition urges Apple not to release technology for...

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

Apple got a patent for this infrared technology in June and bagging a patent does not necessarily mean that the company is going to use the technology in its new devices.

But there is considerable anxiety that the technology that appears designed to prevent people from recording copyrighted and prohibited material could also be used by the police to remotely disable cameras that could be recording misconduct by law enforcement.

“The release of this technology would have huge implications, including the censoring of political dissidents, activists, and citizens who are recording police brutality,” according to the petition.

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04:15
Petition launched asking Apple not to implement...

When covering Apple patents, we do so with the disclaimer that the company patents a huge number of ideas that never make it into products, but one group is taking no chances. A Care2 petition has launched a petition asking Apple not to implement a recently-granted patent that would allow iPhone cameras to be disabled remotely.

While the patent has in mind situations like concerts, where the audience can have their view blocked by a sea of cameraphones, the petition is concerned about the potential for more sinister uses of the technology …

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04:00
It may be a one-trick pony, but it's a nifty...

By Aaron Lee

Conner Productions's Seal is a one trick pony, but it's a pretty nifty trick. It's a professional template to make introductory seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). And it's free.

Seal is customizable and lets you create introduction seals for your videos,  featuring a spinning seal that comes into focus. Its easy to customize text color, background color, and other elements to craft the template to fit within a video. Conner Production has made installing Seal easy. Just run the simple installer, then fire up Final Cut Pro X. You'll find it under Title Templates, then “Conner Productions.” It’s name is “Seal.” Simply drag it onto the timeline and you're off.

No matter how long the text is or how much the title is tweaked, it will still have a refined l feel. Seal was designed in Apple's Motion, and features organic gaussian blurs, noise, and stylistic effects.

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Wednesday July 20

21:50
Winners of the Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar and...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, John B., Katie J. and Daniel O., each of whom snagged a Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with a Custom Carrying Case.

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19:53
Liquid ingress warning in iOS 10 beta protects...

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 10 beta warns users when liquid is detected in an iPhone's Lightning port, a handy tool for saving compatible devices from irreversible water damage.

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18:59
Apple supplier Qualcomm reports 18.6% earnings...

Qualcomm reported strong quarterly earnings of $1.4 billion--an 18.6 percent increase over the year ago quarter--based on higher intellectual property licensing royalties, a jump in chip orders from China and guidance-exceeding MSM chip sales, indicating that the market for premium smartphones is continuing to grow faster than expected.

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18:43
Video shows 'iPhone 7' mockups in Space...

With iPhone rumor season in full swing, dummy "iPhone 7" models sourced from China are showing up in an increasing number of videos, the latest of which offers a peek at what production colors might look like when they see release this fall.

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17:34
Twitch streamer banned for shady betting on '...

Recently, some high-profile video game streamers have been exposed as owning third-party gambling sites where players can bet on the outcome of matches for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — an obvious conflict of interest. Last week, Twitch an...

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17:12
U.S. House of Representatives sends letter to...

Earlier today, we detailed the $3 billion value that Pokémon Go represents to Apple, while we also noted of the effects the game is having on distracted driving and calls placed to emergency officials. Now, the United States Congress has started to look into the data usage of the game. No, not data in relation to user privacy, but rather cellular data usage.

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17:10
BlackBerry CEO 'Disturbed' By Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is "disturbed" by Apple's tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm's attitude is harmful to society. Earlier this year, Chen said in response to Apple resisting the government's demands to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters: "We are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good." During BlackBerry's Security Summit in New York this week, Chen made several more comments about Apple's stance on encryption. "One of our competitors, we call it 'the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn't matter how much it might hurt society, they're not going to help," he said. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." He did say there was a lot of "nonsense" being reported about BlackBerry and its...

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16:51
Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad,...

Vaja is offering a 20% sitewide discount on its leather cases for iPhones, iPads, and even a few Android devices. I don’t often mention things like sales, but I am a huge fan of Vaja cases. My first Vaja case was for the last Motorola RAZR I owned before I got the first-gen iPhone. I then got a Vaja case for that iPhone and for the iPhone 3GS I replaced it with. They’re very well made, high quality, and gorgeous, but you pay for what you get. That’s code for “they ain’t cheap,” making a 20% discount a possible buying opportunity for me. To get the discount, use coupon code “20off” at checkout. The item pictured with this article is the iPad Pro 9.7″ Detachable Libretto Leather Case, which normally starts at $199.

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16:42
Firefox will leave Flash off by default in 2017

Add Mozilla to the ranks of web browser developers giving Flash the boot. While it previously blocked Flash over security issues, it's phasing out regular use of Adobe's often-criticized plugin, starting with one of its next major releases. As of...

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16:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit for replacing...

Apple today has been hit with yet another class action lawsuit, this time concerning the company’s process of replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with a refurbished device. This isn’t the first time Apple has been the target of scrutiny for this process and other AppleCare issues, with other lawsuits having been filed in the past.

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16:10
Apple releases Public Beta 2 for iOS 2, macOS 10.12...

If you’re hankering for the new beta of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re in luck.

Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can now install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

The public betas closely follow the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. Come the fall, it’s expected that the iOS 10 final version will bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second...

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16:09
Plex streams your music collection to Sonos speakers

If you're using Plex to store your music and video files, there's a new option for listening to those tracks around the house. The company announced today that access to your audio collection is now available inside the Sonos app. This means that you...

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15:57
U.S. seizes domains of KickassTorrents, site's...

The U.S. has dealt a major blow to KickassTorrents, one of the world’s most popular illegal files-sharing websites.

On Wednesday, law enforcement in Poland arrested the alleged owner of the site, 30 year-old Artem Vaulin of Ukraine.

He's been charged with criminal copyright infringement, and the U.S. Department of Justice said it was seeking to extradite him to the U.S. The DOJ also seized several domains associated with the service, although the main site appeared to be still running Wednesday afternoon.

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15:32
ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation,...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen had some seemingly irrational things to say about Apple’s stance on encryption, and Bryan and Jeff break it down. They also take a deeper look into black boxes and self-driving cars with a focus on regulating these devices and surveillance worries. Just to keep things light, they dive into Twitter harassment and social media censorship.

The post ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation, Twitter Harrassment appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:32
Gorilla Glass 5 will save your phone from even...

It's been about two years since version four of Corning's ubiquitous protective glass rolled out, and Gorilla Glass now protects some 4.5 billion devices across the planet. So, you can probably thank Corning if your phone has ever survived a tumble o...

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15:08
Surprise! Apple didn’t buy Omnifone, provider of...

Following speculation today that Apple could be behind the reported purchase of music tech company Omnifone, The Loop confirmed with sources (as did others) that Apple isn’t the buyer. 

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14:55
Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream for...

If you've been waiting for Facebook Live to offer bigger, longer broadcasts, this is your week. The social network just announced updates for its broadccasting platform that will allow longer, full screen videos with less distractions. Soon, the comp...

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14:39
∞ Apple did not buy cloud-based music provider...

There has been some speculation today that Apple purchased cloud-based music provider, Omnifone. According to my sources, that’s not the case. […]

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14:31
Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 has drop protection up to...

Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass brand, today announced the next iteration of its cover glass for mobile displays, a likely candidate for future Apple devices including the iPhone 7. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough surfaces four times better than other solutions, noting that clarity of the display and touch sensitivity are not affected.

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14:31
Apple sued over AppleCare + service plans

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is the target of a class action suit filing in California that says"refurbished" service stock replacements allotted by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders aren’t functionally the same as new, reports AppleInsider.

“The class action suit, filed Wednesday, takes offense to Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices,” the article says. “Specifically mentioned, the suit is over the clause in the AppleCare+ contract documents stating that devices replaced under the program are "equivalent to new in performance and reliability."

Lawyers for the claimants claim that refurbished means "a secondhand unit that has been modified to appear to be new" and can’t be equivalent in durability or functionality as a new unit. 

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14:31
GOP and industry agree: Tech has a messaging problem

The government and the technology industry agree: They need to do a better job educating the public. During a policy forum hosted by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) at the Republican National Convention this week, members...

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 20, 2016

Happy Moon Day! We have a handful of interesting news bits for you today from the world of Apple:

  • Apple buys a small cloud music provider, although nobody knows why...
  • Corning intros Gorilla Glass 5, which still breaks 20% of the time when dropped
  • A good number of iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 7 even if it doesn't feature a major redesign
  • The Canva app gets an iPhone companion

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 20, 2016.

Apple has made a small acquisition of a cloud music provider, probably one you’ve never heard of. The company’s name is...

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14:24
Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+...

A class action suit filing in California complains that "refurbished" service stock replacements doled out by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders are not functionally the same as new.

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14:15
Chrome 52 for Mac introduces Material Design w/ new...

Version 52 of Google Chrome is now rolling out to all users via Google’s stable channel with the usual bug fixes and security patches. For Mac, the update notably adds Material Design to the browser’s top bar and other UI elements. Other changes include removing the ability to use the backspace key as a return shortcut.

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14:09
Apple has apparently acquired Omnifone, a cloud-...

Apple has apparently scooped up Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider in a deal worth $10 million, according to MacRumors.com. Omnifone is the company behind MusicStation, a cloud-based global media platform that provides back-end solutions for digital music services.

Omnifone claims to be the only independent music platform provider with a footprint in 45 countries across five continents. The company’s website says it’s delivered global deals with all major labels, hundreds of independents "and all the relevant publishers and collection societies." Omnifone has — or, rather, had — had partnerships with companies like Sony, Samsung, Vodafone, and PonoMusic. Samsung, for instance, used Omnifone's technology for Milk Music. 

However, the company declared bankruptcy in May after losing Sony and Blackberry as clients. Strangely, as MacRumors notes, “It's not clear why Apple...

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14:09
'Dots & Co.' is a meditative puzzle...

Mobile puzzle game Two Dots (from developer Dots) did a ton of things right when it was released in 2014. The game took a simple mechanic -- matching two or more dots of the same color -- and added a bunch of great power-ups, varying goals, constant...

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14:06
Notable apps and app updates for July 20, 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

Pabro has introduced Manifesto 1.0. It’s a free photography app for taking burst pictures and recording video and voice when launched. Extra features include 99 super-fast burst pictures taken at launch, always horizontal capturing for visual content and pausing of video recording.

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Diane Arkenstone has launched Interactive Fairy Tales. The $2.99 app for children incorporates a dynamic mix of interactive storytelling involving a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures and people populating a series...

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13:56
Plex for Sonos

With Plex for Sonos you can now browse and play your entire Plex music collection on any Sonos device, right from the Sonos app.

Great news.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:53
Android may have more apps and more users, but iOS...

Google’s Android mobile software accounted for an 82% share of mobile games downloaded during the second quarter of 2016, development company Unity3D says in a new report. That compares to 17% of game downloads for iOS.

On the other hand, while Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for iOS developers. Last quarter, the Apple App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.

According to the latest statistics from mobile analytics firm App Annie, Google Play served up twice as many downloads as the App Store in Q2 2016 — yet iOS developers earned twice as much money on average. This is why iOS continues to be the first choice for most developers.

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13:53
Razer's second OSVR devkit is now available for...

If you've been looking for a lower-cost alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that doesn't skimp on hardware, you're in luck. Razer has officially started taking pre-orders for the OSVR HDK2: its second generation Open-Source Virtual Reality ha...

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13:50
∞ Ocean Ramsey and a whale shark

It’s not often you can say the pretty woman in the bikini is the second most beautiful and graceful thing in a video but I can honestly say it’s true in this case. I’d love to go diving with these amazing creatures.

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13:38
A Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite’s coverage of the...

If you are too young to have seen it live, watch it here. Or, relive the incredible memories of this day, 47 years ago, when mankind first stepped on the moon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:33
This book nerd painted her staircase to look like...

This is really cool. If I had any painting or design skills or even stairs, I’d give this a try.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:23
News: Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider...

A new report by Macrumors suggests that Apple may be behind the recent acquisition of Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider behind the MusicStation service as well as providing the foundation for mobile partnerships through companies including Samsung, Vodafone, LG, Blackberry, Sony, and others, powering Samsung’s Milk, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Blackberry’s BBM Music services. A report earlier this month in Music Ally indicated…

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13:21
Interview with Chris Young: An inventor,...

ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.

It’s not often you hear of a person with this combination of attributes. Interesting interview.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary...

A new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass used in iPhone screens since launch promises better impact resistance for equipped devices, with the improved glass panels surviving falls from greater heights than previous versions.

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13:15
Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps,...

Tigra Trio 3-in-1 Fitness Sensor. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

Design

The Trio is designed to work for runner/walkers and cyclists, providing bike cadence, counting steps, and continuously monitoring your heart rate. Looking at the back of the device is...

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13:14
Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

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13:13
Using CSS color keywords

One of the two oldest methods of applying color to web pages, named colors remain very useful in web design and development today. Consisting of 149 distinct keywords (shown above, with their hexadecimal equivalents) CSS named colors have a few special features

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:07
Reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost.

This discussion has been going on for two decades.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:07
Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

Plex today announced the public availability of Plex Music on Sonos. It still officially bears the “beta” label, but it works just fine in our quick tests. Now you can access your Plex Music Library from any Sonos device, and that includes remote access. If you have Sonos at your lake house and your Plex library is on your Mac at home, good news: it’ll stream across the Internet. It also works to stream friends’ libraries, too, as long as you’re both linked together via the Plex back end (and as long as your friend has their Music sharing enabled in Plex). Additionally, because Plex is built to transcode music, you can play any file, including those that Sonos doesn’t natively support. To add Plex, launch your Sonos controller app on your Mac or iPhone (or Android), select “Add Music Service,” choose Plex, sign in and you’re all set!

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12:54
India’s government changing rules allowing Apple to...

Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology,” according to the people, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.

This is great news, although I’m not sure what happens after the three-year exemption.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:52
The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

As kids, we “counterbalanced” by instinct. When I was learning to ride a motorcycle, the explanation of “steer right, go left” confused the living daylights out of me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:48
iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

The post iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:42
Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren'...

Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for rea...

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12:40
If a Black Box in Apple’s Autonomous Cars Recorded...

One of the most important issues with the autonomous driving cars of the future is the partitioning of liability. To that end, new legislation proposed in Germany would require a data recorder to log when the car is under autonomous or driver control to aid in the assignment of responsibility. But such a box has privacy considerations. And it might be hacked. Would such a data recorder deter buyers? Could Apple overcome all this?

The post If a Black Box in Apple’s Autonomous Cars Recorded Everything, Would You Care? appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:36
News: Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta

Apple has released the second public beta of iOS 10 through its Apple Software Beta Program. Corresponding to the third beta released to developers earlier this week, the latest public beta continues enhancements to Music, Maps, Messages, and News, the new lock screen, today widget, and notification system, and on-device intelligence for face, scene, and object recognition in the Photos app on 64-bit devices. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone…

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12:34
Screens 3 for Mac VNC: $12.99

Check out Screens 3, a virtual network client (VNC) that allows you to login to and control a Mac, Windows or Linux box from your Mac. There’s some of that built into OS X, but Screens 3 adds support for Windows and Linux devices. It also allows you to set up an action that triggers each time you disconnect (for instance, “Log Out Your User,” etc.). There are other features you might find useful, too, so check out the deal listing for more info. You can get Screens 3 for Mac through our deal for $12.99.

The post Screens 3 for Mac VNC: $12.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Take control of your email...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Airmail, a tool that helps you centralize your email accounts. Plus, apps for keeping your Mac safe from malicious attacks, improving your chess skills, helping to tame your hunger, and much more. Read on!

Airmail 3 3.01

If you use multiple email accounts, Bloop’s $10 Airmail 3 (Mac App Store Link) lets you consolidate them all in once place.

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12:24
WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas: What You...

Apple added support for Google’s WebP image format to Safari in the beta versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which could make websites load faster. “Could,” in this case, assumes Apple keeps WebP support in the shipping versions of its operating systems, and Web developers adopt the format for their site images.

The post WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas: What You Need to Know appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:22
Sonos app now works with popular Plex media server

Music streaming platform and speaker-maker Sonos today added support for the popular media server app Plex. That means that you’ll now be able to view your music library stored in Plex from within the Sonos apps. 

Plex announced the new integration within the Sonos app today on its blog: more…

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12:19
Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS...

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

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12:15
Public beta 2 now available for iOS 10 and macOS...

Beta testers, rejoice! Apple has just released the second public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

These public betas follow closely the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. In the fall, we’re expecting the iOS 10 final release to bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages....

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12:10
'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks...

A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic...

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11:46
Podcast 517: iCloud Music Library meets its Match

iTunes Match is a clever service for people who have huge music collections they want to sync to multiple devices. Apple Music is a fun streaming service for people who don't want to manage big collections of their own. iCloud Music Library is a confusing bridge between those scenarios, helping you combine your own iTunes library with Apple's streaming catalog, and now it's going to match your owned tracks more intelligently, which should help avoid problems where songs are replaced with the wrong versions. You know, ideally. Kirk breaks it all down here, and on the podcast, Glenn and Susie discuss whether this fixes the whole confusing mess or what.

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11:42
Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue...


Twitter has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified. Twitter account verification, denoted by a blue badge icon, flags individuals and organizations as authentic, the company explained. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, Twitter noted. The goal is to make it easier for users to find creators and influencers on the network.

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11:42
Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and...

Were you quick to hop on the test versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra? It's time to start updating. Apple has released the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish. The new iOS 10 beta introduces a funct...

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11:15
How to Apply for Twitter Account Verification

Previously only available by private invitation, Twitter now allows users to apply for account verification. Note that you still need to be noteworthy or otherwise provide a compelling reason for Twitter to approve your verification, but at least now you can ask instead of having to sniff around at cocktail parties and coffee shops for someone who knows someone. To get verified your account must first be in proper shape. Read along and we’ll help get you there.

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11:15
Moog's Minimoog Model D back in full production...

After suspending production for over 30 years on its classic Minimoog Model D analog synth, Moog has announced the instrument is back. The company had a small pilot production workshop at Moogfest in May, but now Model D production has kicked into hi...

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11:13
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

 

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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11:04
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car...

Germany wants black box recorders in autonomous cars. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Germany’s plans and what that means for anyone considering buying a self driving car. They also explain WebP, Google’s image format Apple is supporting in the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas.

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11:01
Scrivener for iOS review: A sophisticated writing...

I’m not much of a writer so I’ve never used Scrivener but many of the writers I know swear by it and have been waiting impatiently for this app for their iPads.

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10:36
Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now...

Members of Apple's Beta Software Program can now download and try the second public beta releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which were seeded on Wednesday.

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10:30
Sony's high-end 4K HDR LCD TVs start at $7,000

If you thought Sony was done announcing new TVs for the year at CES 2016, you were mistaken. Today, Sony unveiled the Z series, a new line of LCD televisions that it says is its best and brightest yet. It runs on Android TV just like the rest of Sony...

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10:28
An iPhone 7 hasn’t been announced, but you can pre-...

Apple hasn’t even announced an “iPhone 7” yet, but that hasn’t stopped the design and branding folks at Brikk from promoting a "Lux iPhone 7" line that will include the “most opulent iPhone the world has ever seen.”

Brick says the Lux iPhone 7 will be available in three new collections: Standard, Deluxe and Bespoke. They say the Lux iPhone 7 will feature multiple models such as the Lux iPhone 7, Lux iPhone 7 Plus and Lux iPhone 7 Pro. They also say that 256GB of storage will be standard, as well as 3GB of RAM, a new A10 processor and “extremely fine detail camera equipment including the dual camera on Pro models.” Call me a skeptic, but I think Brikk is playing the odds here since Apple hasn’t announced any specs for its next smartphone.

But let’s just go with it. Here is the company’s description of its Lux iPhone 7 line-up: The Standard Collection includes 10 different color options with multiple diamond logo...

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10:26
Amiibo support is coming to 'Animal Crossing:...

Animal Crossing and Amiibo seem like a match made in heaven: cute characters, and collectable toys. Sadly, the duo's first pairing turned out to be a shallow, dull board game without much replay value. Fans longed for a full Animal Crossing toys-to-l...

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10:13
Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN...

Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.

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10:11
Letterpress word game lands on the Mac as Skype...

Remember Letterpress for iOS, the fun word game from Loren Brichter a few years ago? The app was bought by new developers and started receiving updates again earlier this year, and today Letterpress is finally available on the Mac. The mechanics of the game remain the same, but there have been some other improvements to the competitive word game recently too.

Also happening in the Mac space, Microsoft shared its plans for supporting Skype on legacy...

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10:06
macOS 10.12 Sierra public beta 2 is now available

Following the release of macOS Sierra’s third developer beta, Apple has pushed out the second macOS Sierra public beta for non-developer testers. macOS Sierra brings dozens of new features to the Mac including Siri for the first time.

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10:06
Apple may soon get the green light to open retail...

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in the country after repeated delays, reports Bloomberg, quoting anonymous “people familiar with the matter.”

Modi’s cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology," the article adds. At the same time, the government will make it easier for companies like Apple to meet that criteria, the people said.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.

Last month it was reported that India wanted s a commitment from Apple to bring...

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10:00
Which printers are worth buying?

You probably don't print as much as you used to, if at all. However, on the rare occasion that you need a crisp copy of your resume to bring to an interview or want some framed photos of the kids for your office, a printer can be pretty handy. But no...

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09:57
Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 2 for iPhone, iPad...

Now that Apple’s third iOS 10 developer beta has had some time to settle, Apple has released the second iOS 10 public beta for non-developers testing the pre-release software. The latest build includes over a dozen changes from the previous release. iOS 10 includes loads of new features in the Messages app, a redesigned Apple Music experience, and much more.

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09:57
Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local...

Finally clearing out legal obstacles, the cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to approve an exemption enabling Apple's first retail stores in the country, a report said on Wednesday.

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09:55
LogMeOnce introduces new features for tracking,...

LogMeOnce, which specializes in identity and password management in cloud and mobile enterprise, has announced three new features designed to make it simpler to manage, track and wipe personal and business data from the LogMeOnce app on lost or stolen devices.

LogMeOnce’s Kill-Pill and Mobile Device Management (MDM) features enable individuals, businesses and IT administrators to enroll and manage devices, verify compliance and even wipe data stored in LogMeOnce if necessary. Additionally, LogMeOnce BYOD (bring your own device) enhances office productivity and security of sensitive data by giving employees the ability to use their personal devices at work while keeping LogMeOnce data for personal and business use in separate vaults, says Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of LogMeOnce. 

LogMeOnce has introduced the following features for consumers using its Ultimate edition and organizations using either the Business or Enterprise editions:...

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09:37
Vine is a sinking ship but one worth saving

If you haven't checked in on Vine recently, you might find that the six-second video network looks a little less vibrant than it used to. The service has seen most of its high-profile creators move over to other platforms, while executives are quitti...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 27-inch 1080p Monitor $150...

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09:26
Facebook Messenger surpasses 1 billion users per...

No matter how you look at it, that’s impressive.

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09:02
These artists went beyond Google Sheets to make a...

Spreadsheets typically equate to boring, menial work. Who wants to talk about data entry? Google has taken some interesting measures to go beyond spreadsheets' intended use (namely Google Sheets) and has created art instead.

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08:42
Rumor: Apple may use technology similar to Huawei’s...

It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.

Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.

Huawei is not the first to use a dual-camera setup, and other vendors have used somewhat different combinations of cameras to achieve varying goals. The LG G5 uses two cameras to achieve different focal lengths,...

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08:40
Pokémon Go poised to add $3 billion to Apple revenues

Pokémon Go, the craze that is getting people out of their houses and onto the streets in search of little monsters, could add as much as $3 billion in incremental revenue to Apple's bottom line in the next few years, according to Needham analyst Laura Martin. 

In an note to investors, Martin said that one game -- Candy Crush -- generated over $10 billion per year in revenues during 2013 and 2014. Pokémon Go is a much bigger hit already, with about 10 times the number of players. At this time, the game is estimated to have about a 6 percent market share in the United States. If the game expands to many more countries where Apple has App Stores and market penetration peaks around 20 percent, the company could pull in about $3 billion in revenue over the next 12 to 24 months.

That level of additional income might have the effect of also boosting...

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08:38
Amazon explores using street lights as delivery...

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones already have a glaring problem: how do you keep them charged and sheltered when dedicated facilities are likely to be few and far between? The company has an idea. It recently received a patent for a "UAV docking st...

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08:33
BlackBerry CEO says Apple's security stance...

Despite having similar on-device encryption and claiming to protect users' data vigorously, BlackBerry CEO John Chen slammed Apple chief Tim Cook in a Tuesday sppech, sugesting that Cook was putting his company's reputation "above the greater good."

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08:26
Ecotricity disputes Tesla's fastest charger...

Tesla and Ecotricity, a British energy provider using renewable sources, have a rocky relationship. Years ago the two came together to work on Tesla's Supercharger network in the UK, but disagreements led to a feisty lawsuit and an out of court settl...

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08:21
Skype no longer supporting Windows Phone or older...

Microsoft is making some changes to its Skype app going forward, and it may end up making some Android and Windows Phone users frustrated. Today, Microsoft announced it would continue to support Skype across iOS 8, Android 4.03 and Windows 10 Mobile,...

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08:12
News: India clears the way for Apple to open retail...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet is finally clearing the way for Apple to open retail stores in India after a series of delays hampered the company’s plans for expansion into the country, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the discussions said the cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption to the country’s requirement that single-brand retailers obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, overruling…

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08:06
Survey: One in five may be poised to make jump to...

If it comes to pass, a potential 20.7 percent shift to Apple's "iPhone 7" would roughly match the migration to the iPhone 6 after six months of release, according to a new online poll.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Sync, dock and charge your iPhone with...

It's a dock! It's a charging cable! It's the Flexible Gooseneck Lightning Cable, and it's on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $13.99. 

This Made-For-iPhone certified cable is surrounded with a flexible spiral-wound metal casing that not only protects the cable, but allows it to be used as a flexible stand. Plug the USB end into your MacBook Air or Pro, and you can have your iPhone facing you at eye-level as it charges. Use it with the included USB car charger and the iPhone can be at your fingertips when needed. You can even use it as a tripod for taking photos!

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08:00
SwiftKey's first Microsoft-era keyboard...

Wondering what SwiftKey has been up to ever since Microsoft bought it early in the year? It's not necessarily what you'd expect: meet Swiftmoji, a predictive emoji keyboard app for Android and iOS. The software uses both the context of what you're ty...

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08:00
Facebook Messenger tops one billion monthly users

Facebook has just announced yet another milestone: more than 1 billion people now use its Messenger service every month. Combine that with WhatsApp, which reached the billion-user point back in February, and it appears that the company now owns two o...

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07:55
Apple Pay arrives in Hong Kong with support for...

Apple Pay has just rolled out in Hong Kong in a big way.

The service, which has gone online, is supported with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards issued by Bank of China, DBS Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Hang Seng Bank. Additionally, cards issued directly by American Express are also supported.

In the future, Apple says that Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go cards will also be supported with Apple Pay in Hong Kong, though no timetable has been given.

Earlier today, Apple Pay also expanded to support a handful of new banks in the United States.

Full details regarding Apple Pay support in Hong Kong are available on Apple’s website, including a list of supported retailers. With the Hong Kong launch,...

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07:47
India’s on-off decision on Apple Stores reportedly...

We’ve been hearing conflicting reports on whether or not Apple will be allowed to open retail stores in India ever since Tim Cook met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last September. A new Bloomberg report suggests that Modi may be about to finally give the go-ahead.

While India is currently a very small market for Apple, Cook has repeatedly described the country as the next China. The huge population and growing middle-class means that India has enormous future potential for Apple, but a law has so far prevented the company from opening official Apple Stores there …

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07:41
Brush up on hundreds of topics with the Tinycards app

Plenty of people have turned to the popular language-learning app Duolingo to become well-versed in a different tongue. The company knows how to hammer knowledge into your brain. That's why it's bringing us Tinycards, a special app meant for learning...

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