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Monday July 17

05:49
∞ How to tell which of your Mac apps is 32-bit vs 64...

Why should you care whether an app is 32-bit or 64-bit?

From this Apple developer page:

At WWDC 2017, we announced new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit starting January 2018, and Mac app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit starting June 2018.

32 bits allows you 2-to-the-32nd addresses:

2^32 = 4,294,967,296

That’s 4 gigabytes of addressable space. A 32-bit computer can’t have more than 4 gigs of memory. A 32-bit program can’t directly address more than 4 gigs.

64 bits, on the other hand, gives you access to 2^64 which is equal to 2^32 times 2^32. Clearly, that’s a way bigger number. I won’t say we’ll never need more than 64-bits of addressable space, but I can’t imagine that need in my lifetime.

So how to tell which apps are 32-bit and soon to be end-of-lifed?

Easy. Go to the Apple menu, select About This Mac, then tap...

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05:39
Australia’s attorney-general meeting with Apple this...

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis will meet with Apple this week in an effort to reach an agreement to allow police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information from suspected terrorists and criminals, according to Sky News. The article says the government will be seeking voluntary cooperation as a “first preference.”

“But we will also be legislating so that we do have that coercive power if need be if we don't get the cooperation we seek,” he told Sky New. “We will be pursuing both of these avenues.”

Apparently, the new laws would be directly modeled on the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act. It adds new surveillance powers including rules that force internet providers to keep complete records of every website that all of their customers visit.

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05:30
Apple aims to get an iPad in the hands of every...

Sarah Buhr, TechCrunch:

Apple has made great strides in health in the last few years and if it gets its way, there will be an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient.

And:

Earlier this week, I went down to L.A. to take a tour of Cedars-Sinai‘s pilot program allowing patients direct access to their vitals, care team and educational tools through iPads.

And:

Without the iPad, doctors and nurses have to follow a paper trail and then write up duplicate information on a white board often found on the back wall in the patient’s room. Mistakes can happen and, as Cedars-Sinai doctor Shaun Miller told me, the staff often run out of room to write, leading to confusion or a lack of information for the patient.

And:

In another section of the hospital, new parents are utilizing unmodified iPads to FaceTime with their newborns who may be sick or premature. These babies need to be kept isolated from the outside world and the germs that come...

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05:29
Apple launches massive Apple Pay promotion in China

Apple is running the largest Apple Pay promotion in China since the service launched there almost 18 months ago, reports 9to5Mac.

The Cupertino, California-based company is offering discounts of up to 50%, and points rewards of up to 50 times the usual number, for using the service at 28 major retail outlets and 16 online stores. Analysts expect the deals to attract more consumers, and the IDC research group anticipates it will help grow the company’s share of the mobile payment market, adds 9to5Mac.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. 

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05:23
Apple Pay in China promo: Use it, get a discount

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Apple today launched a large-scale promotion in China offering special discounts for consumers who use Apple Pay, in the company’s latest bid to counter the dominance of rival digital wallets in the country.

Between July 18 and 24, Apple device owners who use the mobile payment system to make purchases in participating merchants across mainland China will receive concessions of up to 50 percent and as much as 50 times the usual number of reward points for credit cards, according to Apple’s official Chinese website.

I went to the official site and ran the results through Google translate:

Apple Pay brings as low as 50% off this season and up to 50x bank points.

Our lives are often filled with tedious, but do not have to pay so. With Apple Pay, just touch it and hear “bite”, and it will be done quickly and easily. Whether in supermarkets, cafes or...

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05:15
Unexpected iOS 11 security feature surfaces, hints...

This could turn into something interesting.

A new key-shaped icon found in the current iOS 11 beta seems to hint at an upcoming set of security features.

It’s unknown as to whether this hooks into the 1Password app by AgileBits or something on Apple’s end.

Per the user who posted the screenshot:

In the back of my mind, I knew about this feature. However, I thought I’d have to wait until apps rolled out support for it. Today, I opened the Amazon app, only to discover that I’d been logged out again for no reason. I was about to launch 1Password when I saw the password icon in the keyboard. Within seconds, I was logged in. Also tried it in a few other apps. Works great!

So, it’s known as to where the icon came from or exactly what it is, but this might be something spiffy en route in iOS 11.

Only time will tell.

Via...

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05:13
Apple runs biggest Apple Pay promotion in China...

Apple is reportedly running the largest Apple Pay promotion in China since the service launched there almost 18 months ago.

The company is offering discounts of up to 50%, and points rewards of up to 50 times the usual number, for using the service at 28 major retail outlets and 16 online stores. The major push is in response to the greatest challenge faced by Apple Pay in the country …

more…

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05:00
Rumor: Apple looking to alternate suppliers for...

Apple looks to be planning ahead for the production of its next-gen iPhone.

The company recently bought production equipment for rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) and is now leasing it to suppliers, hoping to secure a stable flow of parts for this fall’s “iPhone 8,” according to the Korea Herald and ET News.

The equipment is apparently worth “tens of millions of dollars” per one of three RFPCB suppliers. In an unexpected change, one of the three suppliers, a Taiwanese company, decided to back out of the chain, forcing Apple to assist the two South Korean firms still onboard. Sources have suggested that the Taiwanese company may have been upset by complicated production, tough quality requirements, and low profits.

Apple is said to be using RFPCBs for the new iPhone’s touchscreen panel, but the technology is also reportedly harder to manufacture than regular flexible or rigid circuit boards.

It’s said that Apple is searching for a...

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05:00
Apple files for patent for ‘switching between...

Are you an owner of multiple Apple Watches? Apple wants you to be able to switch between them with ease when it comes to syncing with an iPhone (or iPhones). The company has filed for a patent (number 20170201612) for “switching between watches or other accessories.”

The patent is for systems, methods and “non-transitory” computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as a smartphone. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. 

Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch. 

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U....

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04:44
Atari Revives Retro Gaming Console Ataribox

Just like Nintendo is resurrecting the NES Mini and SNES Mini, so too is Atari bringing back its own gaming console. Design-wise, the Ataribox takes design inspiration from the Atari 2600. One model has the familiar black and wood design, while the other has black with red accents. Both have the raised back and ribbing, with glass and wood finishes for the front. The rest of the specs are all modern. The Ataribox will come with an HDMI port, four USB ports, and SD card expansion slots, which may hint that Atari will allow sideloading. More detailed internals haven’t been released yet, but Atari promises to stuff it full of “modern internal specs” to support “current gaming content.” Pricing and release date information haven’t been released either, and Atari says they want to “get this right” before they make any more announcements.

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04:33
Apple meeting with Australian Attorney-General to...

Australia’s Attorney-General has said he will be meeting with Apple as the country becomes the latest to demand that the company cease offering end-to-end encryption, reports Sky News.

Attorney-General George Brandis says he will hold talks with tech giant Apple this week in bid to get co-operation on the Turnbull government’s proposed laws compelling tech companies to give police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information messages from suspected terrorists and criminals …

more…

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04:30
BatchPhoto is a versatile photo manipulation app for...

By Aaron Lee

Bits&Coffee' BatchPhoto is a handy, all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac and PC that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use it, you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.

Features include a user interface with a Dark-theme, one universal version for both macOS and Windows, drag & drop functionality for the graphical filters, and an Auto Crop filter for automatically cropping photos to a predefined aspect-ratio.

BatchPhoto is useful in a variety of circumstances. For instance, the photography editor at a newspaper with 10 reporters who take photographs in the field can set BatchPhoto to automatically pre-process all of their images. Each reporter can drag and drop their images to a folder on their hard drive. 

BatchPhoto will detect the new image, convert it from the...

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04:01
Former Apple creative director says Steve Jobs era...

Former Apple creative director Hugh Dubberly has suggested that Apple is in danger of being left behind by Samsung now that the company is in the post Steve Jobs era.

more…

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04:00
How to create a disk image from a disk or a...

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS Sierra to create a disk image from a disk or a connected device. A disk image (.dmg file) is a file that looks and acts like a mountable device or volume. 

With Disk Utility, you can create a disk image that includes the data and free space on a physical disk or connected device, such as a USB device. For example, if a USB device or volume is 80GB with 10GB of data, the disk image will be 80 GB in size and include data and free space. You can then restore that disk image to another volume. Here’s how:

  • Select a disk, volume, or connected device in the sidebar.
  • Choose File > New Image, then choose “Image from [device name].”
  • Enter a file name for the disk image, add tags if necessary, then choose where to save it. This is the name that appears in the Finder, where you save the disk image file before opening it.
  • Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose an option:
  • Read-only: The disk image...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 17, 2017

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

Plotagraph has launched Plotagraph+ for the iPad. The $4.99 app allows users to animate any still photo into a looping video or animated PNG for Messages.  According to its developers, it was was created with Apple’s Metal to unlock its full potential.

macOS Apps/Updates

Rixstep has announced Rixtag 2.4, a feature update to their macOS tag editor. The app allows users to edit macOS-based tags on files of any type, including regular files, directories, and more. 

By tagging files with descriptive tags, Rixtag is designed to make...

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03:16
Report: All three new iPhones yet to start mass...

We’ve been hearing various reports since the start of the year that the typical production schedule for the iPhone lineup is not happening this year, and these claims have only been boosted in recent weeks. Today, Economic Daily News is reporting that all three new iPhones — the major-redesigned iPhone 8 and the ‘7s’ iterative updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — are yet to start mass production.

The report says that the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones are expected to ramp up in August, a month behind the normal new iPhone production timelines. Moreover, the OLED 5.8-inch iPhone (with bezel-less screen and all-new chassis design) may not be available until November.

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Sunday July 16

23:22
Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy metal...

Environmental scientists dream of eliminating pollution with natural resources, but that's tricky when it comes to heavy metals. Plants won't work for cleaning polluted water, and only some of them grow large enough to absorb those toxic materials....

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21:55
Amazon working on mobile messaging service to rival...




Amazon last week began querying customers over potential features they would like to see included in a new mobile messaging platform called "Anytime," which according to reports boasts text and video chat, voice calling, group tasks and social networking functionality.

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21:01
IBM's new mainframe keeps everything encrypted...

Data breaches are bad enough by themselves, but they're made worse when companies don't bother to (or can't) encrypt all their info. It's tantamount to giving hackers the keys to the kingdom. But what to do? IBM thinks it has a simple solution: encry...

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21:00
Amazon's Alexa lands on the HTC U11, and it...

As promised, HTC is finally making it possible for owners of its U11 smartphone to install Amazon's Alexa. Starting today, those in the US who need yet another voice interface can download the HTC Alexa app from the Google Play Store -- we're told lo...

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20:03
Facebook rebuffs Pakistan request to link accounts...

Pakistan has gone to great lengths to track technology users in the name of censorship and security, but it's not going to get very far with Facebook. The social network has turned down a government request to link phone numbers to accounts in a bid...

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18:11
Google wins fight with Labor Department over pay gap...

Google appears to have emerged mostly triumphant in its fight with the Department of Labor over supplying pay gap data. An administrative law judge has ruled that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs overstepped its boundaries by askin...

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16:57
Flat microscope for the brain could help restore...

You'd probably prefer that doctors restore lost sight or hearing by directly repairing your eyes and ears, but Rice University is one step closer to the next best thing: transmitting info directly to your brain. It's developing a flat microscope (th...

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15:29
Porsche installs its first high-speed electric car...

Porsche knows that electric vehicles are the future, and it just took a big step to prepare for that future. The performance car brand just opened a new office in Berlin, and the new facility includes the company's first two ultra-fast 800-volt charg...

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14:01
HTC's phone keyboard is pestering users with...

It's one thing to voluntarily put up with ads on your phone in return for a lower price or free apps, but it's another to have ads delivered without warning... and unfortunately, HTC owners are dealing with that right now. An updated TouchPal keyboar...

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12:54
Three Geeks at Macstock 2017 – Mac Geek Gab 666

For episode 666 your two favorite geeks are joined (raided!) by Guy Serle and the episode becomes a mix of Mac Geek Gab and the MyMac podcast. Recorded live at Macstock 2017, Guy, Dave, and John talk through all sorts of things, including some stellar quick tips just for you. Download, press play, and enjoy!


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12:30
The best fireproof document safe

By Nick Guy

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read t...

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11:06
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. more…

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10:58
The frantic swordfighting of 'Nidhogg 2'...

If you're a fan of in-person two-player games, there's a good chance you've heard of Nidhogg. Its frenetic swordfighting is easy to pick up, difficult to master and oozing with Atari 2600-style visual charm. There's only been so much you could do wi...

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10:14
Om Malik’s look at the Leica TL-2 camera

While I’m not a good photographer, Om really is. He’s taken some great shots from around the world that I’ve really enjoyed seeing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:29
Ashley Madison will pay $11.2 million to data breach...

Ashley Madison is still picking up the pieces two years after the massive data breach that exposed millions of users' information. The parent company of the cheat-on-your-spouse website continues to deny any wrongdoing, but it has agreed to settle th...

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09:00
Unlocking the secrets behind the hummingbird’s frenzy

Typically amazing video and images in this piece. Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:45
Free: 355 issues of Galaxy, the groundbreaking 1950s...

If you are even a casual fan of science fiction, you’ve got to check out some of these issues. The writing can seem dated at times but you’ll still enjoy some great sci-fi.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your...

For me, it realistically is my last chance to see even a partial eclipse.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:15
∞ People can’t even text and walk, so why do they...

Powerful PSA from South Africa.

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08:13
Amazon reportedly prepping new messaging app called...

As it continues to expand its own ecosystem, Amazon may have a new messaging app on the horizon. According to a new report from AFTVnews, Amazon is working a messaging app called Anytime that carries a strong focus on group communication.

more…

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08:00
A service that turns pictures of keys into working...

This is a little scary but not surprising. As they say, it’s a reminder that locks aren’t as secure as we think they are.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
After Math: Are you not entertained?

It's been an exciting week for the entertainment industry. Netflix is leading Emmy season with 18 nominations, Oculus permanently dropped the price of its VR headset and Whiz Khalifa has been crowned the new king of YouTube. Numbers, because how else...

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06:30
Ben Heck's ultimate sub-$400 media center

In what may be a strange change of pace for The Ben Heck Show, instead of voiding warranties, Felix is following them as he puts together the components necessary to build an Arch Linux-based media center. There are a number of considerations to...

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03:35
Tesla will open '2 or 3' more...

It's no secret that Tesla wants to open Gigafactories around the world to keep up with demand for electric cars and storage batteries, but how many of those will open in the US? Now we know: Elon Musk has confirmed that "2 or 3" additional factories...

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00:18
Review: Koogeek P1 Smart Plug an affordable way to...




We may be in a renaissance of HomeKit peripherals after iOS 11 ships, but if you're ready to get in now, the Koogeek P1 Smart Plug is a decent starting point -- but not perfect.

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Saturday July 15

22:56
Hit indie FMV game 'Her Story' gets a...

Did you enjoy Her Story, the indie title that revived the use of full-motion video in games? You're not alone: Sam Barlow's game sold over 100,000 copies, a lot for a small-budget release, and won its share of acclaim, including multiple awards. An...

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20:52
Disney's immersive 'Star Wars' hotel...

No, you're not dreaming: Walt Disney World plans to open an insanely ambitious immersive Star Wars hotel that sounds like something out of Westworld. Every guest will experience a completely unique story throughout their stay, which will "touch every...

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20:08
GM is renting cars to Uber drivers in Australia

GM is expanding the presence of its Zipcar-style service Maven in Australia. The company has begun testing Maven Gig in Sydney through a pilot program with Uber a few months after it started trialing the main Maven service in Melbourne. Unlike the pr...

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18:27
Amazon may unveil its own messaging app

The messaging app field is as hot as ever with Apple, Facebook and Google (among others) slugging it out... and Amazon appears to want in on the action. AFTVnews claims to have customer survey info revealing that Amazon is working on Anytime, a mess...

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17:01
Sprint hopes smartphone leases will woo new...

Sprint has revealed yet another two new programs in an effort to lure subscribers away from other carriers. Back in June, it introduced a promo offering other carriers' customers a year of free data. Now, it has launched Sprint Flex and Sprint Deals,...

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16:15
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' behind the...

After offering up a quick look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi in April, Disney gave us a further taste at its D23 Expo today with a new behind the scenes reel. More than anything, it sets the mood for what looks to be a particularly dramatic film. Accor...

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15:29
The world of 'Toy Story' is coming to...

Kingdom Hearts 3 has been slow in coming, but you'll at least get a reward for your patience. Square Enix took to Disney's D23 stage to announce that the action role-playing game will have our heroes visit the world of Pixar's Toy Story -- yes, you'l...

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14:05
Disney's 'Powers United VR' puts you...

If it wasn't already clear that Disney is big on wearable gaming, it is now. It just introduced Powers United VR, and it's pretty much what you'd expect if you dreamed up a superhero virtual reality game. You step into the suit of one of multiple l...

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14:00
Best and worst gaming laptop brands 2017

Choosing the right notebook is hard, but selecting the perfect gaming laptop is even more challenging. In addition to specs like the processor, graphics card and storage drives, you need to consider the special sauce that each manufacturer adds to it...

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13:47
Lenovo made an augmented reality headset for '...

Here's something you probably weren't expecting out of a Disney fan event: a Star Wars augmented reality headset. Lenovo and Lucasfilm have teased headgear that uses your smartphone to bring the space epic into the real world. There's precious litt...

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12:28
Watch Disney's D23 video game event at 4PM...

You probably don't think of a Disney fan expo as a go-to source for video game news, but you might need to reconsider this year. The media giant is livestreaming a Video Game Showcase starting at 4PM Eastern, and it promises better looks at Disney-th...

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12:21
Fedora 26 Powers Up Cloud, Server, Workstation...


The Fedora Project has announced the general availability of Fedora 26, the latest version of the fully open source Fedora OS. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Three distinct editions target different users. Fedora Atomic Host edition is an operating system for running container-based workloads. Fedora Server edition installs the Fedora Server OS on a hard drive. Fedora Workstation edition is a user-friendly operating system for laptops and desktop computers, suitable for a broad range of users.

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12:09
How to: turn your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate...




As it stands, straight out of the box, Apple's iPad is a decent reading tool -- but it could be far better. Join AppleInsider for an examination of some apps and services we've been using for a while to really make the device a universal, digital book reader.

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12:03
∞ The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

I used to be a competitive league bowler – I had my own custom fitted ball and everything – and had to learn these patterns. My problem was being terrible at adjusting to the changes over time.

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11:48
How Apple’s secretive gym is shaping its activity-...

This is an all too short article.

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11:00
Behind Netflix's Emmy nominations haul are more...

After passing 100 million subscribers, overtaking cable TV in customer numbers in the US and expanding to over 190 countries, Netflix is starting to cement something else: sustained prestige.

A record haul of 91 Emmy nominations puts Netflix -- whic...

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10:18
Apple unveils smart home experiences in its retail...

This is one of the primary reasons Apple created the Apple Retails Stores – to show off their products and technology.

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09:36
AgileBits isn’t forcing 1Password data to live in...

As usual, there is a lot of hair on fire reporting from the tech and Mac media on subjects they don’t understand and/or are too lazy to actually do any research or real reporting. Fleishman does a great job on both.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Spotify's other playlist...

Spotify Sweats Over
Bandwidth Problem as
Labels Vie for
Playlist Spots
Andy Gensler ,
Billboard

Spotify was forced to defend itself against allegations it uses fake artists to cut costs last week, but the streaming service is facing another playli...

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09:08
Apple reportedly shifts App Store policy to stop...

Apple has seemingly recently shifted its policy regarding adblock apps on the App Store. The company, according to the developer of several major adblock apps that reached out to 9to5Mac after its app updates were rejected, has reversed its policy on VPN-based adblock applications, which install certificates on the device itself to block advertisements both in Safari and in other third-party applications.

more…

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09:03
This week’s top stories: iOS, tvOS, watchOS, &...

In this week’s top stories: New iOS11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra betas, iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s Back to School deal, new apps and updates, and much more.

more…

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08:00
New in our buyer's guide: The OnePlus 5 and two...

This month's buyer's guide additions fill almost every product category: We've got a smartphone, VR headset, games console, notebook and a 2-in-1. Those last two both come from Microsoft in the form of the Surface Laptop and the new Surface Pro. At t...

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07:00
How Valve inspired Neill Blomkamp to start his own...

Neill Blomkamp has a question: "If you could break apart films and treat them a little bit more like software, what would that look like?"

Whether it's blindly following Amazon Instant recommendations or waiting for a film to hit Netflix instead of...

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05:10
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Water bears are hard to kill, we got a peek at Disney's Star Wars theme parks and it's time for EVO.

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05:00
Mac mini: Features, specifications, and prices for...

The Mac mini is Apple’s entry-level desktop Mac. It’s slower than Apple’s other desktop computers—the iMac and the Mac Pro—but it remains fast enough for general-purpose use. Apple targets first-time Mac users with the Mac mini, but longtime Mac users like the price and use the Mac mini as a server or an entertainment Mac connected to a TV.

The Mac mini models that Apple currently sells were originally released in October 2014. Three years is a long time to call a computer “new.” (The current Mac mini was released 1,000 days ago on July 12.) Apple has made no mention of its plans for the Mac mini, unlike the company’s other neglected desktop computer, the Mac Pro.

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05:00
Most U.S. broadband households watch Internet video...

Parks Associates has announced new connected entertainment research deliverables showing that over 50% of U.S. broadband households now watch Internet video on a television screen. 

"For years, the television has been the stronghold for the traditional TV industry," says Brett Sappington, senior director of Research at the IoT [Internet of Things] research firm.”Today, more televisions are connected to the Internet than ever, either directly or through connected devices like game consoles or streaming media players, such as Roku or Apple TV. The fact that one-half of broadband households watch Internet video on a television shows that we are well past a tipping point. The market has fundamentally changed.”

According to Parks Associates' research:

  • 88% of computer-based viewing is from non-linear sources.
  • 72% of non-pay-TV subscribers subscribe to an OTT video service, which is their primary...
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04:30
Apple patent is for ‘pedometer with lag correction’

Future Apple Watches may be even more accurate in measuring your walking and running workouts. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,702,899) for systems, methods and computer-readable storage mediums for a “pedometer with lag correction.”

In some implementations, a method comprises: determining, by a first pedometer of an electronic device, a first step count based on sensor data provided by a motion sensor of the electronic device; determining, by a second pedometer of the electronic device, a second step count based on a window of the sensor data; responsive to determining that a step was detected by the second pedometer, determining a third step count based on the window of sensor data; and determining a corrected step count based on the third step count.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that digital pedometers and odometers are of increasing interest to both the fitness community and the general population as a way to track calorimetry and other...

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04:00
Mac Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for...

The Mac Pro is Apple’s workstation. It’s designed for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine, and is ideal for applications that use as many processing cores as possible—video-editing applications, image-editing software, 3D programs, and the like.

Here’s the problem with the Mac Pro: Apple hasn’t really done much with it since it was released in December 2013. It got a speed bump in April of this year, but that’s it. At that time, Apple acknowledged that they’re rethinking the Mac Pro, but it’s not coming this year.

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04:00
Weekly on-demand audio streaming surpassed seven...

A significant streaming milestone was reached in March when weekly on-demand audio streaming surpassed seven billion thanks to services like Apple Music, according to Nielsen. For the first six months of the year, there have been 184.3 billion on-demand audio streams — a 62% increase over the same period in 2016.

Meanwhile, overall on-demand streams (including video) have surpassed 284 billion streams this year, an increase of 36.4% over the same period in 2016. There was, however, a decrease in album sales (-18.3%), albums + TEA (track equivalent albums) sales (-19.9%), digital album sales (-19.9%) and physical album sales (-17%), highlighting consumer listening habits and an industry focus on single releases.

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01:51
Facebook Live gets its first Emmy nod for an ACLU...

2017 is truly the year of online video services at the Emmys. Following announcements that Netflix, Hulu and Amazon all nabbed a hefty number of nominations, Facebook has revealed that some of its Live events also scored an Emmy nod. Stand for Rights...

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Friday July 14

22:57
Apple's Pitch To Indian Developers: Think Local...

An anonymous reader shares an article: With just under half-a-million registered Apple developers in the country, India is among the most active markets when it comes to making apps for Apple's platforms, but the iPhone-maker took its time before getting involved with the local ecosystem in a meaningful way. Things started to change earlier this year, when Apple setup App Accelerator - a first-of-its-kind initiative, in namma Bengaluru, India earlier this year. More than three months later, the company's efforts are starting to shape up. Gadgets 360 spoke to many developers who have signed up for the App Accelerator, and they are pleased with how things are going so far. Registration to the App Accelerator - which is capable of hosting 500 developers per week - as well as attending the sessions, is free and open to everyone. At the App Accelerator sessions, which range between two to four hours, "evangelists" from the company are getting developers up to speed with the newest...

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21:21
Review: Amazon Echo Show is 'good enough'




Arguably the best home assistant gets even better with the launch of Amazon's latest Alexa-powered accessory, dubbed the Echo Show, arriving months before Apple's competing HomePod arrives in December. It's also Amazon's most expensive model at $229.99, compared to $179.99 for the original Echo and $49.99 for the Echo Dot.

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21:19
This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' rumors galore...




An otherwise quiet week was dominated by rumors about Apple's "iPhone 8" -- including features it won't have as much as those it will. The company separately released new public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, and announced new data centers in Denmark and China.

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20:12
Google will nudge SMS two-factor users to try its...

Google rolled out a new look and feel for two-factor authentication earlier this year, and soon it will encourage people still using the text message-based system to try it out. Google Prompt pops up a notification on authorized mobile devices with i...

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18:47
Friday 5: Fantastical 2 – a better way to manage...

When not using Apple’s built-in default option, Fantastical has long been my go to Calendar app on macOS. The app was just recently updated to version 2.4, a major feature upgrade encompassing things like attachment support, advanced undo/redo, travel time, and more.

But it’s not just the latest upgrades that make this app a worthy default Calendar app replacement. Have a look at five of my favorite Fantastical 2 features in this week’s edition of Friday 5 for more details. more…

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18:16
Samsung's latest app livestreams your mobile...

Even with the advent of Twitch, broadcasting mobile gameplay footage has been finicky for awhile. Samsung wants to make it easier with its new Game Live app for recent Samsung Galaxy handsets, as spotted by SamMobile. So long as your device is runnin...

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17:44
Apple no longer accepting VPN-based ad blockers to...




Apple is reportedly limiting App Store distribution of VPN/root certificate-based ad blockers capable of blocking adds in other third-party apps, and will instead support only first-party content blockers offered through Safari.

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16:47
Seminal sci-fi magazine 'Galaxy' is now...

The next time you watch a big blockbuster sci-fi film like Alien: Covenant, you can thank the original pulp magazines. The written form of the popular genre got its start in comic book-sized magazines like Amazing Stories, Astounding Science Fiction,...

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15:33
YouTube experimenting with GIF-like video previews

According to a post on its help forum, YouTube began to experiment with video previews on the desktop a couple of weeks ago, albeit in limited fashion. But now the company seems to be ready for a wider rollout, as some users have started seeing the f...

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15:00
Kaspersky in the crosshairs

Kaspersky is in what you might call "a bit of a pickle."

The Russian cybersecurity firm, famous for its antivirus products and research reports on active threat groups is facing mounting accusations of working with, or for, the Russian government.

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14:42
Despite recent struggles, SoundCloud says it's...

After last week's reports that SoundCloud would layoff 40 percent of its staff and consolidate its offices, the company is spreading the word that it's here to stay. SoundCloud tweeted earlier this week that it wouldn't be going anywhere, a message i...

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Alteryx CCO Olivia Duane Adams: Women Do Think...


Analytics is "about having a sense of curiosity -- the ability to look at data and say, 'what is it telling me?'" said Olivia Duane Adams, chief customer officer at Alteryx. "I define analytics as 'the ability to ingest any and all relevant sources of data that might help answer a question being asked.' Analytics is the ability to use all the data you have to answer a question, or at least to drive insight to get to a better answer. Analytics is everywhere, and that's because data is everywhere."

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14:21
Tune into the EVO 2017 fighting game championships...

If you don't have any plans to go outside this weekend, here's something you can do. The EVO 2017 fighting game championships, which feature titles including Street Fighter V and Super Smash Bros., are kicking off today, with the finals set to take p...

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14:03
Life with Bixby is equal parts futuristic and...

In the future, the voice of Bixby -- Samsung's virtual assistant -- will ring forth from refrigerators and smart speakers and who knows what else. No wonder the company is taking its time with it. For those who really can't wait, Bixby's voice interf...

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13:48
Australian bill would make tech companies decrypt...

Weeks ago, the Australian government introduced a new strategy at the Five Eyes security conference to combat terrorism: Force tech titans like Google and Facebook to decrypt communications from users suspected to be extremists or other criminals. It...

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13:45
Apple buying, leasing equipment for suppliers to...




Apple recently bought production equipment for rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) and is now leasing it to suppliers, hoping to secure a stable flow of parts for this fall's "iPhone 8," according to a report.

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13:44
Review: Not-so-obvious smart home with Leviton’s...

Before I had even moved into my new apartment a few months ago, I was already dreaming of ways to integrate HomeKit throughout the space. The number one priority being how to turn it into a not-so-obvious smart home. I didn’t want blinking LEDs littering my apartment, and I didn’t want guests having to question how exactly to turn on a light switch. It needed to appear like a regular apartment, but be HomeKit compatible.

The area I struggled with the most was the light switch. Through weeks of hunting I came across ones that required hubs, had obnoxious LEDs, or looked like alien light switches. Then came Leviton with its HomeKit compatible Decora Smart Switch and Dimmer. At first glance, they don’t even appear to be “smart,” which couldn’t be more perfect for my setup.

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13:29
Juicero admits its hype machine is still too...

The next chapter of Juicero's troubled saga will include staff layoffs, according to a company letter obtained by Fortune. The company's CEO, Jeff Dunn, told employees that along with a focus on its second generation juicer, and bringing down its cos...

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13:22
Apple Daily Report for July 14, 2017

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

While U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents can search an American traveler's iPhone, they're not allowed to search any data stored in the cloud, the CBP said recently in response to questions by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

The Australian government has proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.

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13:21
Rumor: Apple buys production equipment to avoid...

The Korea Herald reports that Apple has spent “tens of millions of dollars” to buy production equipment to avoid delays in circuit boards for the upcoming “iPhone 8.”

The equipment produces the rigid flexible printed circuit board or RFPCB that connects the phone’s chips to other components of the device. The Cupertino, California-based company doesn’t have a production facility, but sources tell The Korea Herald that the tech giant will lease the machines to suppliers to speed up the process. 

Apple did have three RFPCB suppliers lined up to provide the 100 million units the company will need this year, but one allegedly dropped out. The exact reason why the Taiwanese supplier withdrew from the deal with a big client Apple isn’t know, but sources tell The Korea Herald that the firm may have felt a pinch on the tricky production and strict quality requirements along...

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13:10
Here's our first look at Spielberg's...

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One will be making a big splash at San Diego's Comic-Con next week, but ahead of that Entertainment Weekly has given us our first look at the film. And, well, it looks a lot like the worn out, nostalgia-f...

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12:51
Researchers find coral reefs in a place they shouldn...

While the waters of the North Atlantic and South Pacific tend to have what hard corals need to survive, the North Pacific doesn't, and it has been thought that deep-sea coral reefs were a near impossibility in that part of the ocean. But researchers...

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12:50
Live in NYC? Test Apple HomeKit for free with with...




If you're a ConEdison customer, iPhone user and Mac owner in New York City and you want to dabble in HomeKit with your existing Apple hardware, you can turn your "dumb" window air conditioner into a smart device for free with an accessory and some relatively simple hacks.

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12:32
Twitter will livestream the Electronic Music Awards...

If festival season has left you tapped out financially and physically, Twitter has a way for you to watch this year's Electronic Music Awards. Come September 21st, the microblogging service will broadcast electronic music's Grammy's from a "custom mu...

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12:29
Report: Amid iPhone 8 production struggles, Apple...

According to a new report out of The Korea Herald, Apple is taking matters into its own hands to ensure that key iPhone 8 parts are ready in time for the device’s release. The report says that Apple has recently purchased production equipment that allows it to produce a key component of the iPhone 8 due to one supplier backing out of its agreement…

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12:18
AgileBits Isn’t Forcing 1Password Data to Live in...

A news report referring to AgileBits’s aggressive shift to subscription-based licensing for 1Password overstates a requirement to store passwords at its 1Password.com site.

 

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12:15
Review: Pictar iPhone Camera Grip

Apple's iPhone cameras have gotten to the point that it's the only camera many people even use anymore — certainly most of us here at iLounge have given up on compact point-and-shoot cameras in favour of our always-at-the-ready iPhones, and with the iPhone 7 Plus, some of us can't even see the point in digging out DSLRs anymore. However, despite the impressive quality of the cameras in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, one thing that we often miss is the feel of a more traditional camera and its controls, which is where Miggo's Pictar comes into play — it's an add-on camera accessory for iPhones that provides a traditional grip along with a shutter button and three control wheels for adjusting settings such as exposure and zoom.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:13
Verily's answer to Fresno's mosquito woes...

Last year, executives of Alphabet's life science arm, Verily, discussed a project aimed at controlling invasive mosquito populations, the results of which are now going into effect. To combat the mosquito species that carries viruses like Zika and de...

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11:54
Satellites may predict when a volcanic eruption will...

We've discussed how satellites are being used to research natural disasters, including monitoring the Earth's movement to predict landslides. Now, scientists have begun using satellite data to predict when volcanic eruptions' lava flow will end.

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