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Saturday June 25

05:00
From expert pitchfork user to competent Mac user

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I grew up in a low-tech household. My dad only replaced something if it caught fire. We owned about 15 cars (mostly Humber 80s), and 13 of them were used to keep the other two running. Same story for tractors and any other farm equipment you care to name. Dad’s basic rule was that if he couldn't repair it, we didn't need it. We weren't anti-technology, but technology had to serve a purpose. It had to work reliably or at least be fun to repair.

Then I decided I wanted a computer. Much saving ensued, and after a while I was the proud owner of a secondhand Commodore VIC-20, with an expanded memory system, advanced BASIC, and a wonky tape drive... and no TV to plug it into. After begging an old black-and-white television from family friends, I was set for my computing...

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05:00
A $1,500 smart oven made me the perfect leg of lamb

If you'd like to cook more but tend to feel disappointed by the results, you might be interested in the June. Announced last year, the June is an intelligent oven outfitted with a camera, a scale, a bevy of sensors and the guts of a smartphone or tab...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Never leave your Apple...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the STM Dux, a see-through case with a dedicated slot for your Apple Pencil. Plus, plenty of new keyboard cases for all iPad models. Read on!

Booq

The Saddle Pro (all iPad models; $295 MSRP) is a briefcase-style bag with plenty of room for your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and accessories.

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05:00
Kensington previews two SmartFit Laptop Risers

Kensington has announced two SmartFit Laptop Risers, which will be available in August. The SmartFit Laptop Riser ($49.99) and SmartFit Laptop Riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad ($99.99) allow users to find their personal laptop height setting for optimal comfort to reduce neck and back strain while working, according to Ada Yang, senior global product manager, Kensington.

The riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad simplifies the process of charging a smart phone by eliminating the need for any cable. Every SmartFit product includes a hand chart in the box that’s designed to help you find the correct SmartFit color...

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04:54
Review: DJI's Phantom 4 sets new standard for...

Right out of the box, you can tell that DJI's Phantom 4 is a complete reimagining of the entry-level lineup. From the sleek chassis to advanced automated controls, DJI has set a new standard, leaving competitors and its own legacy models in the dust.

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04:30
Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks

Addonics Technologies has announced  two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.

The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.

There are two models. The R1825SN-2MS allows the attaching of up to eight 2.5-inch SATA hard drives or SSDs with 9-9.5 mm maximum drive height to a computer via two external mini SAS cables. The R1825SN-8ES attaches to the computer via eight eSATA cables. 

Drives, which will appear as eight independent drives when attached to any system, can be hot swapped when connecting to an eSATA...

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04:00
Troll machine: All bad advice, all the time

John Dvorak is a perpetual troll machine that defies the laws of thermodynamics. Science is at a loss to explain it. Also, science asked how we got their number and could we please stop calling because they’re working on actual science and don’t have time to be props in the Macalope’s little jokes.

Which are different than Dvorak’s jokes.

“Apple Should Spin Off the Macintosh.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

A dumb idea whose time has come. Won’t you please give dumb a chance? This year when you vote, please vote dumb.

(That’s a joke. Please do not vote dumb.)

I get suspicious over seemingly minor little changes.

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03:02
iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy...

Another week, another iPhone 7 leak. (Hey, it rhymes!) Following the set of components allegedly showing dual-SIM support, up to 256GB of storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone, Chinese repair shop Rock Fix is back with a photo of what...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Discontinued Thunderbolt...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 24, 2016

The biggest news story of the week was Brexit, and yes, there’s an Apple angle here, mostly related to Apple’s stock, which, like many other companies, was down after the Brexit vote. We’ll see how Brexit affects Apple and tech in the long term. In the meantime, you can see this week’s top Apple-related headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.

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01:20
This week on AI: 'iPhone 7' holds back,...

With WWDC wrapped up for another year, attention turned back to future product rumors -- and for once, the iPhone 7 didn't dominate the discussion.

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00:01
​Contexts: The simpler, faster window switcher for...

Last week’s WWDC announcements pointed to some welcome changes to the upcoming macOS Sierra to improve the productivity of Mac users, but there was one part of the user experience that was seemingly ignored — window management on the Mac. Fortunately, there’s a utility that can speed up window switching, even on large-screen Macs with dozens of open apps and multiple displays — Contexts.

We’re thrilled to have Contexts as this week’s sponsor of Apple World Today. Available for just US$9 (or use coupon code AWT for a 25% discount through the end of July), Contexts is a window-switching powerhouse that gives you five distinct ways to easily find the window you’re looking for:

The Contexts main panel (center) and sidebar (right)

1 - Switch with a click. Contexts uses an auto-hiding sidebar that organizes windows...

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Friday June 24

20:56
How the UK's Brexit vote to leave Europe...

Yesterday's referendum on the United Kingdom exiting the European Union was widely expected to fail, but instead surprised markets globally by narrowly passing. The Euro and English Pound both subsequently dropped significantly, and markets worldwide recoiled in shock. Here's a look at how will this affect Apple going forward.

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20:52
Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe...

We're still not sure if we can Mark Watney our way through a Martian mission, because soil on the red planet contains heavy metals toxic to humans, including lead and arsenic. A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, ho...

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20:43
BitSummit 4 takes over Kyoto with more indie games...

BitSummit is back. The annual Japanese indie game festival recently announced its lineup of musicians and speakers including Koji Igarashi of Bloodstained and Castlevania fame, Rez creator Tetsuya Mizguchi, Tom Happ (the man behind Axiom Verge) and G...

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20:05
Neural net photography tweaks go mobile with Prisma...

We've seen DeepMind's acid trip photo creations and what it looks like when algorithms colorize black and white photos. But you need to be near a computer for the former, and do some pretty heavy lifting, scientifically speaking, to set up the latter...

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19:26
Apple's FaceTime subject of renewed VoIP patent...

Apple on Friday was slapped with yet another patent lawsuit leveled by a non-practicing entity, this time a renewed complaint dealing with VoIP technologies targeting FaceTime video and audio software.

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19:26
Facebook hires Google Fiber co-founder Kevin Lo

As Facebook continues its plan to help connect people around the world to the internet, it's finding help from Google. Recode reports that former Google Fiber exec and co-founder Kevin Lo has been hired to help Facebook make infrastructure deals for...

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18:55
DHS seeks to ask foreign visitors their social media...

Someday, departure and arrival forms in the US might have a new section asking foreign nationals for their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a proposal to add a section in those forms that reads: "Please...

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18:21
Nevada gives its first license to a daily fantasy...

Nevada's gaming board shut down daily fantasy games from DraftKings and FanDuel late last year for fairly obvious reasons: they're gambling, and they need a license to operate in the state. Now for the first time, the board has issued a license to a...

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17:41
Apple's Campus 2 to use updated Bloom Energy...

As part of efforts to generate clean energy at its Campus 2 headquarters, Apple is investing in an array of environmentally friendly fuel cells installed by Bloom Energy, the same manufacturer that supplied units for the company's Maiden, N.C., data center.

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17:32
Russia set to pass bill requiring ISPs to eavesdrop...

Most of the Russian government's attempts to wrangle the internet sound like humorous tirades -- for example, banning Wikipedia for an article on cannabis. But when they command Twitter and Facebook to store Russian users' data inside the country, we...

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16:51
tvOS 10 overview

A short, but nice overview from MacRumors on tvOS 10. I’m really looking forward to this OS release.

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16:43
Celebrate 20 years of 'Quake' with a brand...

Quake fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate these days. Wolfenstein: The New Order developer MachineGames is championing id Software's classic first-person shooter's 20th anniversary and offering fans a little something special in return: A brand...

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16:30
∞ Metallica: The Four Horsemen

Great song!

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16:00
Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display – Will the Mac...

On June 23rd, Apple announced that the aging, obsolete, overpriced Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued. No replacement display was announced, and customers have been directed to 3rd party products. What does this mean for the Mac Pro?


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16:00
Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display - Will the Mac...

On June 23rd, Apple announced that the aging, obsolete, overpriced Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued. No replacement display was announced, and customers have been directed to 3rd party products. What does this mean for the Mac Pro?


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15:58
Apple's iTunes, App Store, iBooks Store suffer...

Customers looking to purchase apps, music or e-books through found themselves out of luck on Friday as a handful of Apple's internet services were hit by an hours-long outage, the third such downtime to hit Apple's services this month.

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15:56
6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac...

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.


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15:54
6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac...

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.


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15:26
'Destiny' distances itself from PS3 and...

It was bound to happen, the question was just a matter of when. The "it" I'm referring to, of course, is developer Bungie cutting off support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Destiny. In a post on Bungie.net, the company says that start...

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15:25
Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.


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15:25
Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.


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15:23
iOS 10: Hands-on with the new Lock screen [Video]

One of the biggest changes found in iOS 10 will be one of the first things you see upon installing the update. Indeed, the Lock screen in iOS 10 has received what amounts to an overhaul and a rethinking of its functionality. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore the iOS 10 Lock screen’s ins and outs. more…

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15:05
The Week in iOS Apps: Revolution!

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup of apps includes a game that lets you re-enact a critical moment in recent world history. Read on!

Exify

Exify ($2, iPhone and iPad) is the latest photo-editing app. It gives you quick access to exposure and lens information, image size and color space, and a magnifier for pixel-level details, among other details and features. Add a watermark, set a copyright, and more to make each image distinctly your own.

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14:46
App Store outage for some users preventing logins,...

Reports are coming in that a list of App Store and iTunes services are currently down for users. Those affected are prevented from logging into their accounts, downloading and updating apps, or streaming previously purchased content. Apple’s system status as of 05:33 PM EST doesn’t list any services as being out, but tweets directed at Apple’s official support account seem to indicate otherwise.

more…

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14:41
Brexit newspaper front pages
14:21
The Mill's shapeshifting Blackbird can mimic...

Securing exotic, high-performance vehicles for a video shoot can be an expensive and arduous ordeal. Between dealing with availability of the vehicle, location, and filming, setting up the perfect shot for movies or commercials is extremely difficult...

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14:16
Apple's differential privacy in iOS 10 is opt-...

The new data collection method set to roll out in iOS 10 will require users to opt in, and will be limited to four specific system functions, according to Apple.

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14:01
G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-...

We have a deal for you today on G Cloud, a 5-year unlimited backup plan for iPhone and Android devices for $29.99. G Cloud allows you to backup and restore your device from within their dedicated app, and you’re able to view that content online, as well. It’s being stored on AWS, Amazon’s cloud service, using military-grade 256-AES encryption. You can get this 5-year subscription through us for $29.99.


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14:01
G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-...

We have a deal for you today on G Cloud, a 5-year unlimited backup plan for iPhone and Android devices for $29.99. G Cloud allows you to backup and restore your device from within their dedicated app, and you're able to view that content online, as well. It's being stored on AWS, Amazon's cloud service, using military-grade 256-AES encryption. You can get this 5-year subscription through us for $29.99.


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14:00
AWT News Update: June 24, 2016

Lots of fun Apple-related stories for a lazy, post-Brexit summer afternoon. 

  • Don't worry about the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued; its successor with a built-in GPU may be coming this fall
  • The 2017 Honda Accord will be here on Monday, and you can get Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if you order the Accord with a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen
  • Twitter will soon let you read tweets from specific locations on the iPhone and iPad apps

Be sure to join Team AWT and support Apple World Today!

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13:52
Oculus stops preventing VR games from working with...

In a big move for openness in the VR landscape, Oculus has stepped back from its position of blocking its games from working on the HTC Vive. The company quietly issued an update for its desktop software today which strips away the headset exclusivit...

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13:46
Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets...

It seems that with almost every major iOS update, Apple’s Photos app gets something new and significant, and in fact this one component has possibly seen the most frequent number of updates over the past few years, with Apple continually building on the photo management experience — iOS 5 introduced iCloud Photo Stream and basic photo editing, with iOS 6 came Shared Photo Streams, then iOS 7 gave us an entirely new “Collections” layout along…

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13:40
Apple Won't Collect Your Data For Its AI...

Apple doesn't like collecting your data. This is one of iPhone maker's biggest selling points. But this approach has arguably acted as a major roadblock for Apple in its AI and bots efforts. With iOS 10, the latest version of company's mobile operating system, Apple announced that it will begin collecting a range of new information as it seeks to make Siri and iPhone as well as other apps and services better at predicting the information its owner might want at a given time. Apple announced that it will be collecting data employing something called differential privacy. The company wasn't very clear at the event, which caused confusion among many as to what data Apple is exactly collecting. But now it is offering more explanation. Recode reports:As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji...

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13:40
The Public Access Weekly: Same love

It's Pride Weekend in San Francisco, which means there will be over a million extra rainbow clad lovelies parading, dancing and celebrating in the streets and that's always fun. There's nothing San Francisco loves more than shutting down a street fo...

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13:25
Apple's differential privacy algorithm will...

The brief mention of differential privacy at WWDC earlier this month seemed to be in line with Apple's image. When senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi talked about the ways in which the company would continue to prioritize user privacy,...

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13:01
FBI moves to keep its Tor hacking tool secret

In the legal back-and-forth surrounding the FBI's hack and subsequent arrest of 1,500 users of a dark web child pornography site called Playpen, the FBI has now moved to classify the Tor Browser exploit they used, Motherboard reports, citing reasons...

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12:52
Apple’s differential privacy will be opt-in

As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes.

I’m completely fine with this. Apple is trying to walk a very thin line between not accessing user data and getting information to make its device and services more effective for users. As long as we know what’s going on, everything is good.

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12:40
Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a...

The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow governm...

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12:28
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch gets new apps for...

The number of default Apple Watch apps will grow with the upcoming release of watchOS 3, gaining Reminders, Home, Find My Friends, as well as a separate heart rate app, and also adding watch face complications for each.

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12:15
The clownish fight over who hacked the DNC

A war of words has erupted over whether the DNC hack was an act of espionage by the Russian government, between soundbite-ready security firm CrowdStrike and a lone hacker who's unkindly claiming credit. And the conspiracy theory fans went wild.

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11:38
Siri and accessibility

A wonderful article from Steven Aquino. It certainly puts the difficulties we have with Siri, and other technologies, into perspective.

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11:35
Apple’s use of differential privacy in iOS 10 to...

Apple is making many of its services smarter in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra through the use of differential privacy which enables artificial intelligence to become smarter while still balancing privacy. Given Apple’s strong position on protecting user privacy, Recode requested more details on how the company’s use of differential privacy would work. Apple so far has resisted collecting a lot of user data that could make Siri, iCloud, and other services smarter.

more…

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11:29
NASA tasks the Hubble Telescope with five more years...

Despite its successor launching in 2018, NASA is extending duty for the Hubble Space Telescope for another five years. The imaging spacecraft will continue to capture breathtaking photos from orbit until 2021 with the Space Telescope Science Institut...

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11:25
Uber will guarantee fares upfront, but surge prices...

Everyone hates Uber’s surge-pricing, except for Uber of course. Now the crazy-making lightning bolt that indicates you’re about to spend a fortune to get home is going away, replaced by a fare guarantee that tells you exactly what you’re going to pay for the ride. But that doesn’t mean the surge is gone.

Uber’s new up-front fare feature, which is slowly rolling out for UberX rides in some U.S. cities and in India, is exactly like the pricing you already see for UberPool rides. Just put make sure your pickup location is accurate, then enter your destination and Uber will calculate your exact fare.

Uber

How it works, according to Uber: “Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment. And when fares go up due to increased demand, instead of surge lightning...

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11:17
YouTube is bringing live broadcasting for all to its...

YouTube will soon throw open the gates to live broadcasting inside its mobile apps. The mobile live streaming feature will be baked into the iPhone and Android apps, putting it in direct competition with Twitter-owned Periscope and Facebook Live.

The announcement on the YouTube Creator Blog didn't mention a specific launch date. However, the details show a service that is similar to other live platforms, with the ability to allow live chat, make the stream public, and notify subscribers.

YouTube Creator Blog

Just like other live-streaming platforms, YouTube will offer live commentary and the ability to ping your subscribers.

...

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11:12
Mac: MacPaw Gemini 2

It’s pretty much inevitable in this digital age that you’ll eventually find your Mac cluttered up with duplicate photos, documents, and other files that have just somehow become misfiled in different directories, exported for sharing, and more. Making sense of all of this can be a challenge, but fortunately there’s MacPaw’s Gemini 2 ($20), an intelligent duplicate finder that can help you recover a ton of space on your Mac by ferreting out duplicate — and even similar — files, and smartly choosing which ones to keep and which to throw away. Gemini 2 can quickly scan through your Mac’s home folder, shared folders, even external hard drives, or even network shares to track down identical files that you’ve left laying around.
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10:57
Apple monitor with integrated GPU still expected...

Apple officially announced yesterday that its Thunderbolt Display is dead. The monitor was never updated to match the much thinner design of the current iMacs, it featured a MagSafe 1 connector and required a MagSafe 2 adapter, and its resolution was far inferior to Retina iMacs so it was no surprise to see it finally discontinued.

Apple typically replaces a discontinued product with a newer version, though, so yesterday’s move could be interpreted as a sign that the company is fully exiting the external display business. Not so fast, says one voice however…

more…

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10:48
This DJI Phantom 3 drone hit a Quebec woman in the...

Picture this: You're out enjoying a sporting event, just minding your own business. All of a sudden a 2.7-pound DJI Phantom 3 drone falls from the sky and beans you squarely in the head. What do you do? You file a lawsuit.

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10:46
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye...

It’s official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means for Apple in the display market, plus they have something to say about John C. Dvorak’s claim that it’s time for Apple to spin off the Mac into its own company.


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10:46
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye...

It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means for Apple in the display market, plus they have something to say about John C. Dvorak's claim that it's time for Apple to spin off the Mac into its own company.


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10:39
Nura: Headphones that learn and adapt to your unique...

Nura is a new headphone that integrates unique soundwave technology to automatically measure your hearing (from the outer ear all the way to the brain) and adapt music perfectly to you. In order for headphones to deliver the right sound, they must be matched to the listener. Nura even recognizes you when you put them on.

This is an absolutely fascinating concept. I haven’t tried them, so I don’t know how accurate it is or how they sound, but watching the video on the top of the page, I love the strategy the company is going for.

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10:27
Apple still working on next-gen external display...

Despite killing the Thunderbolt Display without a replacement this week, Apple is still working on a successor --?one that will reportedly have its own separate integrated graphics card, likely to push a high-resolution Retina display.

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10:26
Netflix offline viewing

Following similar moves by Amazon, Comcast and others, Netflix is now working on a feature that will allow subscribers to download certain programs for offline viewing, according to industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz. And Taitz thinks there will be a landscape shift when the new Netflix feature arrives.

“We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product,” says Taitz. “My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers.”

Yes, please.

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10:21
iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless...

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10:15
Genes, germs and bacon: A look inside my own DNA

There are times in your life when bad news smashes into your gut like a sledgehammer into the solar plexus. "You've got those double dots next to your CYP1A2*F, which means that we class you as a fast metabolizer." But the man on the other end of the...

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10:14
Honda launches 2017 Accord with Apple CarPlay option

Honda on Friday announced that the 2017 Accord, going on sale June 27, will be available with an upgrade supporting Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

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09:58
Tune in to watch President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg...

This afternoon, President Obama will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a panel of other young entrepreneurs at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford's campus in Palo Alto. While the discussion is scheduled to focus on business,...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 11-inch MacBook Air $700, 2-...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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The latest 11-inch MacBook Air drops to just...

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09:25
WhatsApp users make 100 million calls a day

Today, more than 100 million voice calls are made every day on WhatsApp – that’s over 1,100 calls a second!

Wow. I don’t even know what else to say.

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09:21
Pluto's moon Charon features a massive, deep...

While humans are still a long way away from going canyoneering on the moons of Pluto, we can at least start scoping out the terrain. In images shot last summer by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, we can see one immense and interesting feature of Charo...

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09:19
Man brags about burglary on Facebook, now in jail

“It was just one dumb decision after another,” Michelle Hammontree, communications director for Pinecrest said.

You’ve got to love stupid criminals.

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09:13
Roundup: The best external monitor alternatives to...

Apple surprised many this week by abruptly discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display without announcing a replacement. But, as Apple pointed out, "there are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users." With that said, AppleInsider has compiled a list of the top Thunderbolt-alternative displays for Macs that are available today.

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09:00
The best tech and apps for your home office

By The Wirecutter Staff

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

You don't need the thinnest, lightest, or most elegantly designed items for your home office. You wan...

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08:58
News: Incipio to acquire Skullcandy

Mobile device accessory maker Incipio Technologies has announced plans to acquire Skullcandy, which specializes in audio solutions, and gaming products through its Astro Gaming brand. This is the fourth in a spate of recent acquisitions by Incipio, with the company having acquired Incase and Clamcase last year, and Braven back in 2013.

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08:42
DARPA's 'Virtual Eye' lets soldiers...

Intel's virtual FreeD replay tech used in the NBA and other sports is cool, but it requires a lot of cameras and GPU horsepower. DARPA, the US military's science fiction arm, thinks the same technology could give soldiers and rescuers better situatio...

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08:39
YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming...

Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.

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08:39
Because it’s Friday: Lintallica

Remember: Puppets and metal, they can be a thing.

Happy Friday, people!!!

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08:36
Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple...

Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.

Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.

Earlier this year, the mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested that the Apple...

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08:27
Apple’s CarPlay set to return in Honda’s 2017 Accord...

Honda was noticeably slow to the CarPlay scene despite being committed from day one to support Apple’s infotainment feature in 2014. The automaker eventually delivered with CarPlay in the 2016 Accord and Civic, and 2017 Ridgeline, and today Honda announced CarPlay will be returning in the 2017 Accord, one of the most popular cars on the road. Honda’s new Accord is hitting showroom floors on Monday and will start at $22,355.

The 2017 Accord carries over the expanded LED exterior lighting and premium features and technologies of the 2016 model, including the available 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen offered with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto...

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08:26
2017 Apple Watch reportedly switching to Micro-LED...

According to the latest story by Digitimes, Apple will reportedly be moving away from OLED screen technology for Apple Watch … at the same time as the iPhone 8 (for 2o17, iPhone 7 will continue to use LCD) adopts OLED. The supply chain source says Apple is instead developing Micro LED panels for Apple Watch, to debut in late 2017.

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08:26
Uber’s latest test offers good news & bad: fixed...

The Verge reports that Uber is testing a new version of its app that offers customers good news and bad. On the plus side, it will specify a fixed fare up-front, so you know exactly what you’ll be paying. On the downside, it will be much less obvious when surge-pricing is in effect …

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08:23
'Halo 5: Guardians' is getting Warzone...

With the Halo Wars 2 beta freshly ended, Halo fans are likely looking for something solid to sink their teeth into. Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has come forward with exactly that: The big Warzone Firefight update, which launches on Jul...

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08:21
Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt...

Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:

Per Apple:

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

The display, albeit pretty nifty, has been criticized as being...

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08:15
Video: See how Photos in iOS 10 can recognize faces...

Starting with iOS 10, the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad will automatically scan your pictures for faces and places, making it easier to find the shots you're looking for. It'll even group them into collections, and quickly automate creation of a view to relive your memories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it all works.

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08:00
New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and...

Ever dream of working in a kitchen with Gordon Ramsay breathing down your neck? With the new Gordon Ramsay Dash game, which lands on iOS and Android next week, you can get a taste of cooking in a stressful environment under the chef's watchful eye. I...

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07:36
RZA teams up with Atari on a new video game-inspired...

RZA already made one big announcement this summer, and the member of the Wu-Tang Clan doesn't appear to be done yet. The rapper/producer announced this week that he's teaming up with Atari on a new album that takes inspiration from the audio in the c...

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07:20
Netflix working on offline viewing, could arrive by...

Netflix is developing a long-awaited option to download some content for offline viewing, according to an executive described as an industry insider.

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07:12
Sweden debuts the world's first 'electric...

Fossil fuels are bad for the planet, and freight haulage is one of the more carbon-intensive activities that operate today. That's why Siemens and Scania have teamed up to trial what's being called the world's first "electric highway." Much like an e...

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07:07
Review: Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro

Zagg's Slim Book for the 9.7" iPad Pro ($130) is a slighter version of its Rugged Book, which we've seen in the past. As one might expect, Slim Book is a bit more svelte, acting as both a case and a keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. The case can be removed from the keyboard or the two can be used in conjunction — when linked, Slim Book can be used in separate orientations for typing, watching videos, or "book mode," which folds the keyboard behind the tablet for normal use. Interestingly, Slim Book eschews the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, as its keyboard connects via Bluetooth. Zagg claims the keyboard can provide up to two years of regular use between charges, but a micro-USB cable is still included.{/exp:char_limit}
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06:48
MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease

As anyone who follows science knows, a lot of the fields have blended together. Medical research is dependent on robotics and other technology, while computer engineers are building neural networks that mimic our brains. To get everyone working toget...

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06:29
If Apple is smart, it has a Thunderbolt Display...

Apple’s long-in-the-tooth, $999 Thunderbolt Display — last updated in 2011 — has been discontinued. What’s more worrisome is that no replacement has been mentioned.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. “It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

The spokesperson mentioned no replacement for the display, although I’m betting on a new monitor with 5K support being introduced with new MacBook Pros sometime in September or October. If not Apple is making a serious mistake.

There have also been rumors of a...

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06:25
Rumor: 2017 Apple Watch will sport micro LED...

The second generation Apple Watch — which I’m expecting in September or October — will probably feature the same type of OLED display as the first generation. However, the third gen Apple smartwatch may pack micro LED technology.

According to DigiTimes — which, admittedly, has a spotty record with Apple predictions — Apple should have micro LED panels ready by the second half of 2017. The company bought LuxVue Technology, a micro LED developer LuxVue Technology in May 2014 and set up a laboratory in northern Taiwan specifically for R&D of new display technologies, the article adds.

Apple currently relies on third-party vendors for screens in its devices. If DigiTimes is right, that will change next year. As an owner of micro-LED technology, Apple can release new high-end products with a strong differentiation, while cutting the need to acquire screens from an...

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06:23
'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy...

Minecraft isn't the only game headed to the classroom these days. Next fall, CivilizationEDU takes the storied strategy franchise to schools, too. The game "will provide students with the opportunity to think critically and create historical events,...

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06:21
Apple may soon have an extra supplier of OLED...

With Apple expected to switch to OLED screens for future iPhones, it appears that it may not need to rely completely on the two major manufacturers for long. While Samsung and LG currently manufacture most of the world’s OLED screens between them, Nikkei reports that Sharp expects to be doing the same ‘before 2018’ …

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06:03
Apple retires its Thunderbolt Display without...

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps.

The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, Apple retail stores and authorized resellers while supplies last. A successor wasn't announced.

The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560 by 1440 pixels resolution.

It isn’t clear whether Apple plans to follow with newer versions that use 5K resolution displays at 5120 by 2880 pixels, which is the display technology Apple uses on its high-end iMac. There was speculation earlier that a new version would be announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference this month...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera for only $219 — that’s 26% off the regular price. This CES-wward winning Robotic security camera helps you keep an eye on your home or office, with three motion sensors and a 360° range of visibility. You can get reports of activity in real-time or store recordings in the Amaryllo cloud to access later, and the camera can recognize faces, remind you of appointments,…

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06:00
ICYMI: Saving the ocean and ghosting on love...

Today on In Case You Missed It: The Burner chatbot would let a machine ghost on acquaintances you'd rather not text with anymore. So that's point one for the endtimes, zero for humanity. But this Dutch inventor should more than switch that around...

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05:49
Rumor: Apple developing power-efficient micro-LED...

While this year's Apple Watch upgrade is expected to feature largely the same OLED display as its predecessor, the wearable smartwatch could see a major overhaul next year, with Apple said to be investigating micro LED technology for a future model.

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast shares hands-on impressions of...

This week on the AppleInsider Neil and Victor to talk about his experiences with beta iOS 10 and watchOS 3 features. They also wrap up all the current iPhone rumors.

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