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Sunday July 24

11:59
Apple hyping this week's opening of first-ever...

With less than a week to go before Apple opens the doors on its first retail location in Brooklyn, passersby have been notified of the grand opening with new signage advertising the long-awaited opening in New York City's most populous borough.

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11:58
Original Xbox One drops to $249

Just want an Xbox One for the lowest price possible, and aren't dead set on getting the sleeker, slightly more powerful Xbox One S? Microsoft is about to make your day. It's lowering the US price of the original, 500GB Xbox One system to $249 "for a...

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11:00
How-To: Fix iPhone videos that are mistakenly...

Have you ever started shooting a video in portrait orientation on your iPhone, only to quickly rotate into landscape mode after realizing the mistake? Once you’ve begun recording a video while in portrait orientation, it stays locked that way for the duration of the video, and vice versa.

Fortunately, inadvertent vertical videos can be quickly fixed by taking advantage of iMovie’s rotation feature on iOS. If you’d prefer to apply the fix on a Mac, you can just as easily utilize QuickTime’s rotation feature. Watch our hands-on video tutorial to see a couple of brief examples in action. more…

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10:48
'Star Trek: Discovery' gets its first...

At last, CBS is offering a glimpse of what its streaming-oriented Star Trek series will be like... if only just. The broadcaster used its San Diego Comic-Con panel to reveal that the show will be titled Star Trek: Discovery, and will revolve around...

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09:29
Solar Impulse 2 starts the last leg of its round-the...

It's all coming down to this. Well over a year after beginning its round-the-world trip, Solar Impulse 2 has embarked on the final leg of its journey. The solar-powered aircraft left Cairo early on the morning of July 24th and should reach its orig...

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08:00
The After Math: She blinded me with science

This was a pretty good week for all but VHS enthusiasts. NASA tested a new lightweight rocket material. The Kepler space telescope found a couple of potentially habitable exoplanets. Researchers built a robot out of a sea slug. And scientists at TU D...

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07:00
Tesla's plan for world domination, and more in...

Tesla is known for producing some of the world's best electric cars, but founder Elon Musk has even bigger plans for the company: world domination. Musk's new masterplan will grow the company to produce trucks and buses while using battery technology...

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05:38
iOS 9.2 – 9.3.3 jailbreak to be released soon...

If you’ve been patiently waiting for a jailbreak for the last few months, then your wait is about to come to an end. The Pangu hacking team has stated via its official Twitter account that an iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak will be released soon for 64-bit devices. more…

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04:35
Star Trek's 50th Anniversary Celebrated at...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
Leonard Nimoy's 59-year-old son released a trailer for his upcoming documentary, For The Love Of Spock. CBS released a video teaser for their upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series. And Schmaltz brewery released a "Trouble With Tribbles" beer.
It was all part of the festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of CBS's original Star Trek series at this year's Comic-Con festival in San Diego, which culminated with an all-star panel of actors from previous Star Trek TV series. William Shatner, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Scott Bakula all reminisced on the phenomenon of the show's fan culture, with Dorn telling the audience that Apple's iPad was inspired by Star Trek technology. And Brent Spiner told the audience, "We're in a time now where identity is under attack... Politicians could learn from Star Trek."

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04:02
'Star Wars' drones can do aerial stunts...

When Propel releases its official Star Wars drones this fall, fans could challenge fellow fans to a space battle in their own backyard. The RC toy company has launched small replica quadcopters of the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing, a TIE fighter and a...

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Saturday July 23

22:58
Regulator: Tesla crash shouldn't hinder self-...

If you thought that officials would halt progress on self-driving cars in the wake of a Tesla Autopilot crash in May, you're in for a surprise. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lead Mark Rosekind told guests at an event that he and othe...

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20:45
FCC chief asks telcos to offer free robocall...

Tom Wheeler, head honcho at the Federal Communications Commission, has fired off letters asking the country's biggest communications providers to offer robocall blocking services for free. The FCC is still fielding a barrage of complaints from people...

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19:14
'Gears of War 4' will have plenty of PC-...

The history of Microsoft-backed Xbox One games coming to the PC isn't exactly stellar. When Remedy's Quantum Break reached Windows, it was saddled with limitations that were partly dictated by the Universal Windows Platform's own limits, such as fra...

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18:35
Phones Without Headphone Jacks Are Here... and They...

A few weeks ago, we had an intense discussion on what would happen if Apple's next iPhone doesn't have a headphone port -- and what that means for the rest of the industry, as well as the pros and cons of ditching the legacy port. Over the past few months, we have seen many smartphone manufacturers launch new handsets that don't have a headphone jack. Mashable has a report today in which it says that it is already causing frustration among users. From the article: In the Android camp, phones like Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force and China's LeEco have already scrapped the 3.5mm headphone jack; to listen to music on the company's three latest phones, users need to plug in USB Type-C headphones, go wireless, or use a dongle. I'm all for letting go of old technologies to push forward, but what is happening is actually going to make things worse. The headphone jack has worked for 50 years and it can work for another 50 more because it's universal. Headphones I plug into my iPhone work...

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17:50
Ben Heck powers on the Nintendo PlayStation's...

When we got our hands on the legendary "Nintendo PlayStation" prototype last November, the device worked fine as a Sony-branded SNES console sans audio, whereas its CD drive -- the part that eventually led to the birth of the PlayStation -- failed to...

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16:21
Yahoo must explain how it got a drug trafficker...

Were you wondering how Yahoo managed to recover deleted email that was supposedly impossible to retrieve? You're not the only one. A judge has partially granted a motion that orders Yahoo to explain how it recovered deleted email from UK drug traff...

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14:52
Google Play starts showing apps' actual...

Google Play now displays the actual storage space a whole app or an upgrade will take up, so you don't accidentally download anything too big. If an update is only 2.91MB, it will show that exact figure right there in each app's detail box. That will...

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14:41
Unlocking murder victim’s phone using 3D replica of...

Law enforcement agents had seen a YouTube demonstration of a technique developed by Jain’s lab which could transform fingerprint scans into fake fingertips that could fool the sensors on smartphones.

You certainly can’t blame law enforcement for using every trick they can.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:08
Elon Musk’s Master Plan

There is no doubt that Musk is a very smart man. He went way out on a limb building the things he has over the last decade and he’s succeeded.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:49
Cyanogen reportedly cuts jobs as it changes course

The Cyanogen team formed a company with hopes of becoming the third major mobile platform, but it looks like the custom Android developer is scaling back its ambitions. Sources speaking to both Android Police and Recode claim that Cyanogen is making...

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13:23
Pokemon Go and illegal border crossing

Two youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.

The weirdness goes on.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:35
The 'Station' desk cradles your body and...

Our computers have rapidly shrunk from room-size behemoths to hulking desktops to the svelte laptops that now dominate modern offices. What haven't changed much are the tables and chairs that the computers (and we) sit on. A new integrated workspace...

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11:30
The 2016 RNC was celebratory and friendly, both...

Donald Trump has, whether knowingly or not, tapped into some deep-seated bigotry still lurking just beneath the surface of this country. I do not know if Trump agrees with the openly racist people he retweets or if he's merely aping the language and...

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11:00
Snapchat's Curious About-Face


Fleeting memories will be a thing of the past with a new Snapchat feature currently rolling out. "Memories," introduced earlier this month, allows users to save photos and photo stories to their phones, as well as share them with friends. Finding snaps or stories can be done with a simple text search. Protecting snaps and stories on a phone is easy, too. Items can be moved in and out of "My Eyes Only" mode with a few taps. Unlike most Snapchat content, content stored in Memories or sent to My Eyes Only is backed up to the app's servers.

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11:00
Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple


Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P -- the first Chromebook to get the upgrade -- is an impressive example of what will come with the hybrid integration of Chrome OS and Android apps. The performance is not flawless, but many of the apps work well enough to offer a nonplussed working experience.

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09:30
New in our buyer's guide: All the phones (just...

It took us a while, but now that we've reviewed the Moto Z, we think we're done testing flagship phones until the iPhone 7 or next Galaxy Note come out (whichever arrives first). With that in mind, we can now confidently say that the following phones...

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09:20
We need more books about the present

Om Malik:

As an avid reader, I am often amazed how much of our written materials are about the past (or the near past) and the future (and the near future) but never about the present. Is present too boring? Or is too real? Or is it too incomplete to merit a careful and long deliberation.

That’s an interesting point. I hadn’t really considered that before.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Opinion: 2016 MacBook – two months later

During my first few weeks with the 2016 MacBook, this machine could do no wrong. I gladly looked passed its shortcomings, because it was beautiful — highly functional, even.

Two months in, and the infatuation stage has predictably elapsed and reality has started to set in. Was it a mistake to make the 12″ ultra-portable machine my full-time work rig? more…

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08:09
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, iOS 10...

In this week’s top stories: The latest iPhone 7 leaks and mockups, Pokemon Go mania continues, and we go hands-on with the latest iOS 10 and macOS betas.

more…

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08:00
Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage...

By Cat DiStasio

When it comes to advances in automotive technology, the search for alternative fuels is pretty exciting. Of course, you've heard about biodiesel engines converted to run on used vegetable oil that sputter out little more than water a...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Social media's effect on...

How technology
disrupted the truth
Katharine Viner,
The Guardian

Stories spread around Facebook and Twitter before they're even confirmed to be true. By the time they are or aren't, it doesn't matter. The news already made its way around the inter...

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06:00
ICYMI: Bubba Watson builds a jetpack, Facebook flies...

Today on In Case You Missed It: To celebrate the return of golf to the Olympics, PGA Tour Pro Bubba Watson is teaming up with Oakley to create the "Bubba Watson Jetpack" -- a mode of transportation sure to blow the roof off of conventional golf...

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05:37
iPhone 7 to be released during the week of September...

Evan Blass, prominent leaker and VentureBeat reporter, has revealed what he believes to be the release window for the next iPhone. If his hunch is correct, then we should expect the iPhone 7 and its various iterations to be released during the week of September 12th, 2016.

more…

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05:00
G-Technology announces enhanced storage solutions

Western Digital Corp. has announced that its G-Technology product lines are getting more capacity and increased performance to keep up with the growing needs of creative professionals and consumers capturing vast amounts of high-resolution content, including video and digital photography.

“By 2020, industry experts predict that the media and entertainment industry’s storage requirements will grow by nearly five times, and the average consumer will need an enormous 5.2TB of storage,” says Mike Williams, vice president of G-Technology. “G-Technology is dedicated to providing reliable, fast, stylish and easy-to-use storage solutions that fit the current and future needs of professionals and consumers alike.”

With high-resolution capture...

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04:30
Avira launches Mac Antivirus Pro, which is optimized...

Avira, a security software company, has launched Mac Antivirus Pro, a channel-optimized version of its AV security software for OS X devices.

Avira’s Mac Antivirus Pro was designed for channel resellers to serve business customers with mixed-OS environments. The new Pro version features simplified cross-platform software installation and a new product licensing model that allows resellers to use the same paid license...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: More iPhone 7 rumors, iCloud...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 22, 2016

The summer makes for a slow news season. The big news this week was the release of updates to the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas. Apple also put out updates for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes. While you’re waiting for those updates to install, you can catch up on the important Apple headlines from the past week. Click on the link for more information.

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00:40
This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new...

While much of the week was dominated by nearly identical "iPhone 7" leaks, we did learn a little bit more about the "Apple Car," and Apple itself released a bevy of software updates, while bringing Apple Pay to more markets.

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Friday July 22

23:28
Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google...

An Oregon man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple and Google email accounts, including a number owned by unnamed celebrities, was sentenced to six months in prison this week.

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22:53
Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week...

According to noted industry blogger Evan Blass, Apple is planning to announce its next-generation iPhone lineup at a special event scheduled for the week of Sept. 12, in line with its usual fall launch cycle.

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22:20
'Project Sonic 2017' is coming to Xbox One...

While fans will celebrate the series' 25th anniversary with a 2D throwback game in Sonic Mania, the Sonic Team (Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations) is working on something new. Tonight Sega dropped this teaser trailer for "Project Sonic," which is due f...

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20:59
Celeb hacker who stole nude images gets six months...

Andrew Helton from Oregon pleaded guilty to hacking celebs' emails and stealing explicit images earlier this year. Now, District Judge John A. Kronstadt has sentenced him to six months in prison and two years of supervised release. According to Assis...

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20:44
Paramount signs up to release more movies with DTS:X...

We got a chance to hear the audio capabilities of DTS:X at CES in 2015, but there haven't been many movies released that way so far. Now Paramount seems ready to change that, signing up with DTS to release a "collection" of films with the multi-dimen...

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20:22
'Sonic Mania' looks like the 2D sequel...

Sonic The Hedgehog is more than just a trash-talking Twitter account. To celebrate the franchise's 25 year anniversary, Sega is taking the series back to its 2D roots. Sonic Mania looks like it'll strip away all the extraneous bloat that's barnacled...

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19:05
Xenon detector finds no dark matter after 20-month...

Despite being buried a mile under the South Dakota surface and isolated in rock and water for 20 months, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter sensor failed to detect anything. While this is yet another unsuccessful attempt to observe the mys...

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18:58
FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing...

The FBI has a new trick up its sleeve for getting into locked iPhones. The agency hired Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University, to 3D print the fingers of a murder victim. The idea is to use the 3D prints to unlock the device. Should it work, it will open up new avenues for law enforcement and pose new threats to everyone, everywhere.

The post FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing Fingers appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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17:10
Crows are smart

It’s really interesting that they retain knowledge of the people in these experiments, and reacted to other crows and predators, but not pigeons.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:10
US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents, claims of which originate from a string of "kitchen sink" patent lawsuits leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet.

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16:47
Apple Has Olympic Limited Edition Apple Watch Bands...

Apple is offering limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics, but you can only get them at the Apple Store VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca. That’s in Brazil. GQ reported that Apple has Apple Watch bands commemorating 14 “major competitor” countries. But if you can’t go to Brazil, we did some digging and found a couple of alternatives at Amazon and AliExpress.

The post Apple Has Olympic Limited Edition Apple Watch Bands in Brazil, But We Found Alternatives appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:22
Deconstructing the legendary dungeons of '...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of those games that practically everyone has played and regards fondly. The landmark 1998 game was incredibly influential, and when folks put together lists of "best games of all time," it's usually within...

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15:39
Wikileaks publishes thousands of DNC emails

As if Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party needed any more fuss over emails, Wikileaks has published a trove of messages sent to and from top DNC officials. It covers a period from January of last year to May of 2016, and appear to show party off...

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15:33
Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App...

Pokémon GO launched in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand only a couple weeks ago and it’s already the most download title on Apple’s App Store ever. More countries have been getting in on the game since then, and with Japan launching Pokémon GO today it’s a safe bet downloads are going to just keep climbing. That popularity is no doubt translating into big bucks for Nintendo and Apple thanks to in-app purchases, and also potentially slimer waist lines for players who’re getting off their couches and roaming the streets looking for Bulbasaur and Pikachu to catch. If Pokémon GO’s downloads are any indication, we really do have to catch ’em all.

The post Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App Ever appeared first on...

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15:29
How tennis balls are made

Inside the Wilson tennis ball factory. I also find these things fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:24
Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th

Apple announced Friday that it will hold its quarterly call with analysts on Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be keenly watching results and guidance looking for signs in renewed growth for Apple. In the March quarter, Apple reported year-over-year declines in revenue and iPhone sales.

The post Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:13
Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99

If you share your car with other people, you’ll want to check out today’s deal for the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger. It plugs into your car’s AC outlet (or cigarette lighter), and features two 2.4A USB ports, one 3A USB port, and one USB-C port. You can get it through us for $19.99.

The post Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:04
Macworld’s August Digital Edition: Everything You...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the August issue

We consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac. No longer burdened by its increasingly dated X-laden moniker, the rebranded macOS got a major addition in the form of Siri, as well as some more minor improvements sprinkled throughout the OS. Also, we uncover 8 hidden features of macOS...

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14:55
3D-printed 'Pokémon Go' cover aims for you...

Catching monsters in Pokémon Go sounds deceptively simple: find a creature, and throw an imaginary ball at it by swiping up on your phone screen. The reality is a lot more frustrating -- if you don't flick your finger in a perfectly straight l...

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14:50
AWT News Update: July 22, 2016

What's new in the world of tech today? If you have about 3 minutes, we'll let you know!

  • Pokémon Go broke records this month
  • Verizon may be acquiring Yahoo! as soon as next week
  • One Apple supplier reports higher expected revenues for the September quarter
  • Make sure your Mac and iOS devices are updated, as a recently-discovered security weakness could make it possible for malicious parties to install malware on your device by sending you a picture

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

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 22, 2016.

OK, we’ve talked about it on the podcast a few times, but...

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14:22
Just Breathe. Apple’s watchOS 3 beta Will Show You...

I’m someone who runs at a pretty fast clip. When the Apple Watch first came out and everyone was touting its health benefits, I didn’t think that a device on my wrist was going to help remind me to walk, stand or exercise more. Apple’s new Breathe app, however, has changed all of that.

The post Just Breathe. Apple’s watchOS 3 beta Will Show You The Way. appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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14:11
Civil Rights Office Issues Ransomware Guidance


Ransomware infections are on the rise, and healthcare organizations are ripe targets, which may be why the federal government addressed the subject last week. Ransomware attacks have risen from about 1,000 a day last year to 4,000 a day this year, Symantec has reported. Many of those attacks are for small change, but some of the larger ones have been directed at healthcare providers. For example, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center earlier this year paid hackers $17,000 to get its systems back online.

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13:53
'Pokémon Go' has most first-week downloads...

Despite only being available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand for its first week, Apple has officially confirmed that Pokémon Go had the most downloads in its first week of any in the App Store's history. Considering that the ga...

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13:40
Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that Pokemon Go has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. What's even more surprisingly is that the app was only available in a few countries at the time -- it initially launched in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Apple didn't provide the number of downloads, but one can assume it's well into the millions. Pokemon Go is expected to become even more popular as it becomes available in more countries -- the game just launched in Japan today. With millions of downloads in the first week alone, Pokemon Go is expected to generate large sums of money for Apple. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store."

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13:39
After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised...

The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here’s how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory.

The post After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised for Glory appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:28
NASA astronauts head underwater to simulate Mars...

Once a year, NASA's astronauts make a big change -- trading their vocation of conducting scientific experiments in space for one of underwater research. For the next two and a half weeks, an international team of 'Aquanauts' will be living on the oce...

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13:03
Security bugs put Apple devices running iOS and Mac...

Multiple security vulnerabilities were revealed by Cisco's Talos security team earlier this week, identifying areas at risk of possible exploits in iOS devices and Mac OS X. Some experts believe the exploits to be complex to pull off and likely not w...

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12:49
Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch...

The extraordinarily popular Pok?mon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pok?mon" hit one week after U.S launch.

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12:38
iStumbler on Sale for $10

iStumbler is a great WiFi network monitoring and troubleshooting utility for the Mac. You can use it to see what networks are nearby, track which channels and frequencies each network uses, view encryption status, and even get the coordinates for nearby base stations. As if that’s not enough, it also tracks Bonjour and Bluetooth devices. iStumbler is a handy tool that usually costs US$25, but right now it’s on sale for $10—more than half off. You can pick up a copy at the iStumbler website.

The post iStumbler on Sale for $10 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:37
Report: Apple Car launch date slips back a year to...

Apple has not confirmed if it’s even working on a car, but rumors continue to come out at full speed.

This week, The Information revealed that Apple’s forthcoming car has been pushed back to launch in 2021. The original rumors claimed that Apple hoped to have its Apple Car on the road by 2020. According to The Information, Apple’s super-secret team working on the car, known internally as Project Titan, has faced some roadblocks putting a vehicle together. Project Titan’s top executive left back in January. 

To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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12:36
The iPad paradox

This is one of the reasons why Apple created the retail stores – so customers could go in and try out the hardware and software. One of the downsides of devices like the iPad is they are “nice to have” not “I need that”. So the buying experience has to be experiential – that is, you have to try it before you buy it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:36
Scientists find a way to make cells respond to...

Through the use of synthetic biology researchers have been able to program cells to perform unique functions, like produce drugs in response to disease markers. In order to create more complex cellular circuits, several MIT engineers have now found a...

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12:25
Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of...

Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s...

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12:10
Download the Chffr app for free to help self-driving...

Self-driving cars are undoubtedly part of the future of owning an automobile, and George Hotz's company Comma.ai is making it easier than ever to get involved.

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11:59
Apple: Pokémon Go breaks App Store record for most...

Without giving away official download numbers or stats (or ever featuring the app), Apple has officially shared that Pokémon Go has broken the record for the highest number of downloads during launch week on the App Store. The popular iOS app has ranked #1 on both the Free and Top Grossing Top Charts in the App Store since its launch earlier this month.

more…

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11:44
Status update: The rise of the social-media...

If you've read recent headlines about high-profile tech CEOs getting hacked, you probably felt a stab of dark amusement at the thought of internet fat cats finally getting a taste of what the rest of us have had to drink.

A single group, called OurM...

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11:35
∞ Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record

With all of the press it’s received in the past couple of weeks, it will come as no surprise that Pokemon Go has been a huge success. In fact, Apple told me today that the game has set a new App Store record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in history. That is impressive. […]

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11:23
iPhone 7 will be Waterproof, Include Lightning...

Apple’s iPhone 7, expected to ship this fall, will include “professional class waterproofing” and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. That’s according to Deutsche Bank analysts following Apple’s production closely.

The post iPhone 7 will be Waterproof, Include Lightning Headphone Dongle appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:20
TBS is giving 'Overwatch' its own $300,000...

Esports are taking over mainstream broadcast networks as an Overwatch tournament is coming to TBS.

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11:11
Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand '...

Apple has reclaimed the top spot in the 2016 edition of the FutureBrand Index, which each year ranks the world's 100 biggest corporations according to their "perception strength," based on a survey of 3,000 consumers and professionals across 17 countries.

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11:00
This Week in iOS Apps: Relax!

Relax!

This week’s roundup includes apps for music, coloring, watching movies, and playing games. Relax and read on!

Canva

Canva (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets users create pro-level graphics using easily tweaked templates and photo editing tools; the latest update brings the app to the iPhone, along with hundreds of new layouts designed for use on the phone.

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11:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 22, 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 and Updates

Scrivener for iOS

I've tried a pile of writing apps over the years, one of which was Scrivener from Literature & Latte. The Mac app has racked up a ton of awards over the year and has become a favorite of many best-selling authors, but until now the app wasn't available for iOS. Scrivener for iOS $19.99 is universal (iPad and iPhone), syncs with the Mac version, and is perfect for tasks ranging from writing novels to scripts for ads. It's not for beginners, and it has a bit of a learning curve, but Scrivener for iOS will definitely keep writing pros happy.

UVLens

Skin cancer is no joke, and...

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10:57
External Link: On MacBreak Weekly, Adam Discusses...

TidBITS publisher Adam Engst made one of his occasional appearances on the TWiT show MacBreak Weekly, joining hosts Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko, and developer Daniel Jalkut. After a wide-ranging discussion of issues with Apple’s online stores, the group talked about Apple’s Planet of the Apps reality show, Eddy Cue’s claims that Hollywood has nothing to fear from Apple, and Apple’s new music royalty rate proposal, which sounds like a flat tax designed to hurt Spotify. Well worth a listen!

 

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10:52
'Splatoon' isn't dead, but it's...

Today at 5 a.m. EDT, the final Splatfest commenced for players of Nintendo's squid-kid shooter Splatoon. Players were asked to choose one of two teams representing the in-game hosts, Callie and Marie. At the end of the festival, members of the team w...

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10:49
Apple releases country specific Apple Watch bands...

These are cool, I’d love to have some of these.

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10:46
Verizon will cut off customers using over 100GB of...

“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars. “These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device.”

I have no idea how someone could use 100GB of data a month.

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10:42
Apple’s FY 16 third quarter results conference call

Here’s a sneak peak of what Apple will announce: Billions in earnings and profits and tens of millions of iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches sold. The stock price will then drop by two percent and the tech media will once again predict the death of Apple.

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10:38
Why Alphabet's Nest doesn't (and probably...

The Nest smart home thermometer, designed by one of the 'fathers of the iPod' Tony Fadell, was on sale shortly after its debut at Apple retail stores. So why doesn't HomeKit support it? AppleInsider explains.

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10:35
Verizon close to buying Yahoo

With the wireless industry maturing, Verizon has been buying up internet and advertising technology companies, including AOL, and presenting itself as the best bet to take on Google and Facebook Inc. in mobile advertising. Yahoo has millions of users, a collection of websites including Flickr, Tumblr and Yahoo Finance and Sports and some useful digital-ad tech like Flurry and BrightRoll. Together with AOL, the new Yahoo under Verizon may have a better chance of competing in a digital ad market dominated by two big players.

It’s interesting to me that all of the companies Yahoo bought basically disappeared from consumer consciousness after the purchase. I’m not sure if Verizon can raise the profile of those companies or not, but it will be interesting to watch this play out.

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10:34
Review: Netatmo Tags for Welcome Smart Home Camera

While Netatmo is probably still best known for its Urban Weather Station system for monitoring temperature, rainfall, and wind, the company has also been actively working on expanding its Netatmo Welcome smart home camera that it introduced last year, adding improved facial recognition along with enhancements such as FTP and Dropbox storage for users who would prefer to save videos to their own server or the cloud. Now, in addition to software enhancements, Netatmo is building Welcome into a home security hub with its new Netatmo Tags ($99), a set of durable door and window security sensors that tie into the Welcome system.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:28
Verizon is reportedly close to buying Yahoo for $5...

Remember when Verizon bought out AOL (Engadget's parent brand) last year? Then get ready for deja vu: the communications giant is reportedly in closing talks to purchase Yahoo later this year. Sources familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg and Re...

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10:21
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones...

Scientists are working with the FBI to 3D print fingers so they can unlock smartphones. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the potential privacy and security issues related to 3D printing copies of our fingers. They share their thoughts on a report claiming the iPhone 7 will sport pro-grade waterproofing.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones with 3D Printed Fingers, Uber-waterproof iPhone 7 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:18
How-To: Use Final Cut Pro X’s move event feature to...

Since the 12″ MacBook is significantly limited when it comes to attaching external peripherals, I generally do all of my editing work in Final Cut Pro X with events stored directly on device. Being that I shoot 99% of our videos in 4K, you can probably imagine how quickly my MacBook’s storage is exhausted.

Needless to say, I’ve become accustomed to archiving events on a bi-weekly basis to save on space. In this hands-on tutorial, I’ll share my easy-to-use workflow for archiving Final Cut Pro X events and media to an external drive. more…

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10:07
Comcast's Rio portal is a good way to keep up...

The Olympics are starting in a little over a month and Comcast has devised a way to watch pretty much every minute of them. Xfinity X1 customers -- roughly half of Comcast's user base -- will have access to a special "Front Row to Rio" portal through...

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10:00
The Public Access Weekly: Video killed the radio star

My Twitter feed is currently abuzz with the news that the last remaining VCR manufacturer has given up the ghost and called it quits, which means the CRT television with the built-in VHS slot that I have in my bedroom is officially vintage (...Wait,...

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09:55
eMarketer: Apple’s share of the U.S. smartphone...

eMarketer, a research firm, has released a report on U.S. and UK market share for the iPhone and iPad. It shows that the iPhone’s market share is creeping back up (at least globally), while the iPad’s market share continues to decline.

According to eMarketer, Apple’s share of smartphone users in the US is expected to remain static in 2016, accounting for a 43.5% share, from 43.3% in 2015.  Android, by comparison, will see its share of US smartphone users rise slightly to 52.0%, up from 51.7% the previous year. 

Although the number of overall iPad users continues to increase, Apple has been losing share in the US tablet market. After falling below 50% for the first time in 2015, Apple's share of the tablet market is expected to drop to 47.8% in 2016.  By 2020, eMarketer estimates that 44.0% of tablet users in the US will be using an...

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09:44
Wristly: 94% of Apple Watch owners are still...

A new quarterly report from Wristly says that 94% of Apple Watch owners are still satisfied with the smartwatch. 

Compared to the April satisfaction survey, the latest quarterly satisfaction rating shows some slight improvements at 94% total satisfied vs 93% previously. The folks at Wristly believe that this positive uptick could be due to positive sentiments for the upcoming watchOS 3. For the new survey, 50% of the panel of 800 say they are “Very Satisfied” verses 46% last April. Meanwhile, 44% are “Satisfied” verses 47% in April.

Regardless of the level of satisfaction, the vast majority of Apple Watch owners continue to wear it most of the time day after day. A large 14% stated that they even wear it at night to track their sleep or use the gentle taptic alarm. And in this study, only 1% of Wristly...

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09:43
Eye-tracking software can gauge your intent and...

One of the singular things about virtual reality is the freedom to look in any direction. But that's also one of its biggest narrative problems. How does a storyteller retain control when the viewer is free to decide where to look? The answer, it see...

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09:31
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free

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

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch from $249, Jaybird...

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09:30
BloomSky SKY2 and STORM Weather Station and Camera...

Apple World Today fans are probably aware of my addiction to weather. I have my own weather station collecting real-time weather data 24/7/365, and I probably have more weather apps on my iPhone and iPad than any other type. A new, inexpensive, and very innovative weather station and weather camera launched on Kickstarter today from BloomSky. The product is actually two units; the SKY2 -- a newer version of the existing SKY1 weather station and camera, and the STORM, a new unit that works hand in hand with the SKY2 providing wind, UV and rainfall data.

The SKY1 already has over 100,000 users worldwide, providing accurate weather data and high-definition photography (and time-lapse...

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09:21
A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks

We all know it's generally a bad idea to access unsecured networks via WiFi, but it's not every day your phone warns against it. According to Florida-based Apple beta tester Jeb Stuart, iOS 10 will do exactly that.

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09:00
The best portable solar battery charger

By Mark Smirniotis

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

After considering 70 models and testing portable solar battery chargers for over 30 hours, we think the An...

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