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Monday July 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the first four levels:

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

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

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

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

Read the rest. Interesting to watch this all unfold.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:21
iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16

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

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


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

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

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

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:18
Lightroom for iOS 2.4 Changes Mobile Photo Workflow

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday July 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19:29
MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places

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

The post MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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

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

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

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

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16:42
Alfred 3.0.3

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

 

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16:41
Tinderbox 6.6.2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14:00
Apollo 11 command module

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:59
15 classic cars that define cool

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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16:22
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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15:29
How tennis balls are made

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

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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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