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Thursday June 22

06:24
Punchh brings Apple Pay to Restaurant Loyalty Program

Punchh — a cloud-based technology platform that builds “engagement, loyalty and superior, customized experiences in the restaurant industry” has announced that Apple Pay users visiting participating restaurants will soon be able to not only pay for their purchases, but earn and redeem rewards and loyalty points using Apple Wallet.

Punchh’s Restaurant Marketing Cloud is the first platform that bridges the gap between restaurants and customers, “empowering restaurants to shape personalized offers that attract and engage more meaningfully with loyal customers,” claims CEO Shyam Rao. Punchh’s clients include more than 85 leading restaurant chains such as Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, El Pollo Loco, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Pieology, Quiznos, and Smashburger.

Brands including Smashburger, Quiznos, and MOD Pizza will be offering Apple Pay with the Punchh integrated solution starting later this year. Users of Apple’s mobile...

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06:09
Outgoing Apple iPhone GPU designer Imagination seeks...




Just over two months after Apple told it that it would no longer be using Imagination Technologies GPU offerings, the company is seeking to sell itself off, either in chunks or as a larger whole.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack for only $119.95. This ultra-rugged 9,000 mAh backup battery will not only juice up your iPhone in a pinch — over three times over, in fact — but it also features Tile Bluetooth tracking so even if you drop it out on your adventures, you can still track it down. It’s also got fast-charging USB-C and USB-A ports and is rated for military-grade drop-hesitance. Get…

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05:59
Redditors make fun suggestions as Niantic announces...

Redditors are having fun after Niantic announced new measures to deter cheating in Pokémon Go

more…

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05:47
Patent involves iPhones that change the pace of your...

iPhones could someday change the pace of the music you’re listening to depending on your mood and behavior. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170177295) for “music synchronization arrangement.” It could also apply to the Apple Watch, but the smartphone seems the mostly likely candidate.

The invention pertains to a computing device that is capable of controlling the speed of the music so as to affect the mood and behavior of the user during an activity such as exercise. For example, the speed of the music can be controlled to match the pace of the activity (synching the speed of the music to the activity of the user) or it can be controlled to drive the pace of the activity (increasing or decreasing the speed of the music to encourage a greater or lower pace). 

One aspect of the invention relates to adjusting the tempo (or some other attribute) of the music being outputted from the computing device. For example, a songs tempo may be increased or decreased...

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05:34
Ditched by Apple, Imagination Technologies is up for...

Want to buy a graphics chip company? Imagination Technologies, the British company that designed the graphics chips used in iOS devices, is for sale after losing 70% of its value after being ditched by its Apple, its biggest customer, reports Reuters.

Analysts said potential buyers could include Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek, CEVA and various entities from China, while Apple itself could be interested. Apple announced in April it would stop using Imagination Technologies’ intellectual property within two years, ending its royalty payments. 

The tech giant is working on its own custom graphics architecture to control more of the core technology, in the same way that it already architects custom CPU silicon...

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05:30
The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech...

Enlarge / In retrospect, perhaps our favorite port logo. (credit: Flickr user jeremybrooks)

The rise and fall of FireWire—IEEE 1394, an interface standard boasting high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer—is one of the most tragic tales in the history of...

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05:30
Dash Sleeve lets you dash about with your iPad Pro...

If you don’t need a complete case for your 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, check out the Dash iPad Pro Sleeve from Waterfield Designs. Although I’d recommend a full case for hauling the tablet very far (hey, it’s expensive) this $89 sleeve is suitable for, well, dashing off somewhere with the iPad Pro in tow.

The minimalist design complements the slim, lightweight appeal of the Apple tablet. It holds an iPad Pro even with an Apple Smart Keyboard or Smart Cover attached. 

The Dash has two rear mesh pocket in which you can stash your Apple Pencil, AirPods, Lightning adapter, etc.. The slim main compartment is just wide enough for the USB Power Adapter, a portable charger and a few other necessities. A self-locking zipper secures the waxed canvas and leather accessory pouch.

Made of ballistic nylon and impact-resistant foam with a plush liner, it offers reasonable protection....

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05:26
Apple’s first retail store in Taiwan will open July 1

Apple’s first retail outlet in Taiwan will open for business on Saturday, July 1. Per the regional website, the grand opening celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. (local time) on the first floor of Taiwan's iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper. 

As noted by AppleInsider, celebrate the opening Apple invited local paper cutting artist Yang Shiyi to create a large mural that now adorns protective boards covering the store's windows. Shiyi's design integrates a series of trees and woodland creatures, some of which are using Apple products, in a wistful scene meant to invite customers in to the store, which has 14,300 square feet of floor space.

With the opening of the store, Apple will have 499 retail stores in 23 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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05:19
Facebook testing feature to protect profile photos...

Facebook is testing a new feature designed to protect profile photos from being downloaded. The aim is to make women in particular feel more comfortable about uploading their photo to the service.

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05:15
Apple releases iOS 11 beta 2 for developer community...

Apple has let the second developer beta of iOS 11 out the door, complete with the following fixes and changes:

Podcasts in iOS 11: Interface updates, support for seasons & cleaner titles, Podcast Analytics, more

Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Diabetes management, insulin delivery, CoreBluetooth, new Workout data & more

New for Accessibility: ‘Smart Invert Colors’ in iOS 11, macOS onscreen keyboard, text & photo detection for VoiceOver & more

iOS 11’s new ‘Smart Invert Colors’ is the closest thing to Dark Mode yet

iOS 11 lets you scan a router’s QR code to quickly join a network

iOS 11’s new HEIF/HEVC camera formats will save you 50% on storage

How to enable screen recording on iOS 11 without a computer

App Store now requires developers to use official API to request app ratings, disallows custom prompts
iOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but retain their settings and data

Apple...

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05:00
Apple posts dates for Apple Camp, Kids Hour summer...

I wish I’d had this during my summers when I was a kid.

Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions, entitled “Apple Camp,” which goes along with the special kid-focused Today at Apple creative workshops. Apple Camp and Today at Apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll want to grab a slot while you can.

The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp itself runs as a three-day program that includes 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. Apple offers three different sessions: Coding Games and Programming Robots; Creating Characters and Composing Music; and Stories in Motion with iMovie.

For the breakdown, campers spend the first two days on projects specific to their particular session. In the case of the iMovie session, kids learn how to develop characters and a storyline. Come the final day, campers take part in a show and tell, demoing their projects to friends, family and other campers...

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05:00
How to implement Apple's two-factor...

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. Here are the steps to take to enable it on macOS Sierra.

  • Go to Apple () menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details.
  • Click Security.
  • Click Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

Some Apple IDs created in iOS 10.3 or macOS 10.12.4 and later are protected with two-factor authentication by default. In this case, you see that two-factor authentication is already turned on.

If you already use two-step verification and want to upgrade, turn it off, then turn on two-factor authentication. To turn it off:

  • Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  • In the Security section, click Edit.
  • Click Turn Off Two-Step Verification. Click again to confirm.

(This how...

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04:38
Todoist developer launches Twist, a team messaging...

Doist, the company behind the popular task-management app Todoist, has launched Twist, a team messaging system designed to compete with Slack and Hipchat.

Twist takes a different approach to real-time team chat apps, aiming to provide a kind of cross between chat and email …

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04:30
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to address global...

Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak, will head to Washington, DC on Nov. 2 to share his vision for the future of technology with leaders from local and international business, government, and social sectors at a DC tech summit.

"The development of new technology is moving at a rapid pace, faster than ever before," he says. "If I can inspire key players in systems that affect all of us—like healthcare, business, and education—to take advantage of these shifts sooner, that's what I am going to do.”

Wozniak will be a headliner at the Future of Technology Summit (FTS 2017), where he'll be joined by other tech innovators, including Martin Eberhard, co-founder of Tesla Motors; Prof. Mary "Missy" Cummings, associate professor, mechanical engineering and material sciences at Duke university; Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media; and Chris Kemp, Former CTO at NASA founder of Stealth Space Company and co-founder of...

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04:05
Imagination Tech puts itself up for sale after...

Imagination Technologies, the British company that designed the graphics chips used in iOS devices, has put itself up for sale.

Apple currently pays Imagination 30 cents per device in the form of patent royalties on its graphics chip designs, but warned the company back in April that it planned to start using its own chip architecture within the next two years.

The impact of that notification was both immediate and dramatic …

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04:00
Rest Time 1.0 is a new macOS break reminder

Publicspace has launched Rest Time for macOS. It’s a break reminder written completely in Swift and uses Apple's latest platform technologies. 

Rest Time schedules breaks “intelligently,” taking into account user activity and device status. It does so without requiring privileged access, preserving your privacy and Internet security. Rest Time lives under an icon in your Mac's menu bar and pays attention to how long you’ve been working.

It requires macOS 10.11 or later. The single user version of Rest Time is available for $9.95 from the publicspace web store. The store also offers family, small business, business and enterprise licensing and customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 22, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Aron Nelson has launched Backtrack Golf. The $9.99 app allows you to follow your child as they play on the golf course with your iPhone and more. In addition to showing your child's location, it also marks places where they stop and hit and shows the yardage between marked spots. 

Bound is launching a new fiction series called Purgatorio. It’s written by award-winning author John Shirley, and is based on the "Midnight Star: Renegade" mobile game universe developed by Industrial Toys and author John Scalzi. Bound is a new, free...

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03:00
Why the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a typing champ

If there’s a defining quality to the iPad Pro, it’s that the device seeks to go beyond the traditional touch interface of iOS to seek out additional ways of getting work done. For people who are comfortable with pencil, pen, and paper, the Apple Pencil brings a new dimension to using an iPad. And for those of us who are most comfortable with a keyboard beneath our fingers, the iPad Pro—with its Smart Keyboard, the first Apple keyboard designed for iOS—was a sign that Apple realizes that sometimes, even an iPad needs to behave a bit more like a laptop.

There are probably innumerable reasons why Apple decided to expand the size of the second-generation iPad Pro, replacing the old 9.7-inch model with a new 10.5 one. But one benefit of the slight expansion—the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is 10.6 millimeters wider than the old model—is more room for typing, whether it’s physical keys on the Smart Keyboard or the virtual keys of the built-in software keyboard.

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03:00
Over-the-air DVR: Do you really need it?

Who needs an over-the-air DVR? Here's our guide to deciding.

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00:01
Imagination puts itself up for sale after being...

Once the world learned that Apple will design its own GPU for upcoming iPhones and iPads instead of using Imagination Technologies PowerVR tech, the UK company quickly lost 70 percent of its value. While it's still in "dispute" with Apple over the br...

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Wednesday June 21

23:45
'Pokémon Go' will flag creatures caught...

Niantic has decided that forcing Pokémon Go cheaters to a life of catching Pidgeys isn't quite enough of a punishment. Now, any Pokémon caught using "third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay" will be marked with a slash in p...

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21:41
Todoist team offers a less distracting take on Slack

Slack's team chat can be extremely helpful for coordinating with your coworkers, but it can also be supremely distracting. Do you really need a constant stream of alerts and unrelated funny GIFs when you're trying to get work done... or avoiding wor...

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20:21
ESA throws its weight behind satellite-based 5G...

The European Space Agency has joined forces with 16 European space companies to demonstrate and champion satellite-based 5G internet. They're calling their new initiative "Satellite for 5G," and they signed their agreement at the Paris Air and Space...

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19:12
Self-driving shuttles are coming to the University...

The University of Michigan is a hotbed for self-driving car research, so it stands to reason that students and faculty should use self-driving vehicles to get around, right? The university clearly thinks so. Mcity (the university's public-private p...

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18:29
Apple explains how to customize and share Photos...




Expanding its "How to Shoot on iPhone 7" tutorial series, Apple on Wednesday posted a pair of videos explaining how to customize and share Memories clips generated by the Photos app in iOS 10.

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18:14
Apple continues focus on Photos Memories feature...

Apple yesterday kicked off a new video series promoting an iOS 10 Photos feature called Memories, which automatically builds collections of related images and videos. This evening, Apple has shared another pair of tutorial videos for Memories focused on sharing and customization…

more…

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18:04
Emojis for zombies, T-Rex and Colbert are almost here

Your phone chats are about to get more... fantastical. Right on cue, the Unicode Consortium has released its promised batch of emoji and text characters. The finalized set of 56 emoji (up from 48 when we last reported) includes a slew of outlandish...

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18:01
First Taiwan Apple store to open on July 1




Apple on Wednesday officially announced a grand opening date for its first retail outlet in Taiwan, noting the Apple Taipei 101 outlet will open its doors to customers on Sat., July 1.

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17:25
Apple cleaning hundreds of thousands of titles from...




As part of an extensive housecleaning operation, Apple has over the past year removed hundreds of thousands of clones, 32-bit titles, spamware and other software from the App Store ahead of this fall's iOS 11 launch.

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16:33
Kuri home robot can tell your pets from people

Mayfield Robotics' Kuri isn't out yet, but that isn't precluding the company from giving it some big upgrades ahead of the robo helper's late 2017 debut. Kuri can now recognize cats and dogs -- it'll know the difference between your pet and your sign...

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16:18
Apple’s first Taiwan retail location officially set...

Earlier this month, Apple announced its first ever Taiwan retail store, revealing that it would be located in the Taipei 101 skyscraper. Now, Apple has officially confirmed a grand opening for the store: July 1st.

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16:11
Apple ramping up App Store cleaning efforts, has...

Apple has made it clear recently that it is doing a lot to improve the overall quality of the App Store and a new report from TechCrunch dives deeper into Apple’s efforts. The report explains that Apple this year is putting a heavy focus on clone and spam applications…

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15:46
eBay will match prices from Amazon and Walmart on...

eBay announced a new Price Match Guarantee today, ensuring many of its items will cost the same or less than those offered by other major retail competitors. It's the company's latest move in the ongoing business battle with giants like Amazon and Wa...

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15:05
Virgin Mobile Becomes World's First iPhone-...

BrianFagioli quotes a report via BetaNews: Goodness gracious, Virgin Mobile USA has made quite the bold moves today. The cellular service provider has become the world's first iPhone-exclusive carrier. In other words, it will no longer offer Android at all. Crazy, right? This is through a partnership with Apple, and Virgin will offer many versions of the device, including iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and SE. The craziness doesn't stop there, however, as there is even something much more exciting -- Virgin Mobile USA is offering unlimited talk, text and data for a dollar. No, that is not a typo -- a single buck will get you unlimited everything for up to a year! This is through a new scheme called "Inner Circle."


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15:02
Scientists may have solved a key barrier to fusion...

We've been working towards nuclear fusion, a near-limitless source of clean energy, for the past six decades, and now scientists have made a major breakthrough. A new article published in Physical Review Letters details how to solve a dangerous issue...

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14:45
Having trouble connecting your DJI Spark to iPhone?...

DJI’s latest drone, the Spark, got some serious attention when it was announced last month, for good reason too. The adorably tiny drone is advertised as something for beginners that doesn’t require much in terms of setup. Currently, though, there are some issues with the Spark’s WiFi connection. If you’re experiencing these problems, here’s how to fix it.

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14:41
GE is working on a massive 3D printer for jet engine...

3D printing is coming of age in numerous ways. On a large scale, MIT researchers built a 50-foot-wide, 12-foot tall igloo in just 13 hours. They've also debuted the first completely 3D-printed rocket engine. On a much smaller level, our own Sean Buck...

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14:32
News: Apple releases second set of betas for iOS 11...

Apple has released a second round of betas for iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11, addressing a number of issues in the initial developer previews released during WWDC. As only the second betas of major new OS releases, however, the release notes continue to list a large number of known issues that are still pending. iOS 11 beta 2 also enables the new Do Not Disturb while Driving feature, which was not implemented in the first beta, as well as Hindi dictation…

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14:30
Nike will team up with Amazon to fight fake kicks

Amazon has realized that counterfeit products posing as the real deal annoys consumers and dilutes trust in its marketplace. That's likely why it came down harshly on vendors last fall, requiring a hefty $1,000 to $1,500 fee and tons of paperwork to...

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14:23
Apple eyes streaming terms on par with Spotify'...

Apple's iTunes and Apple Music agreements with record labels' are set to expire at the end of the month and both sides have been negotiating new terms. Today, Bloomberg reports that Apple is looking to reduce record labels' share of streaming revenue...

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14:15
Apple wants record companies to accept a smaller...

Apple wants record companies to accept a smaller cut from Apple Music streaming revenues, according to a Bloomberg report.  

Currently, deals started at a 58% cut for labels compared to Spotify, which negotiated its payout from 55% down to 52%. Apple’s deals expire at the end of the month but might extend if negotiations stall. The tech giant wants to pay an amount closer to what Spotify pays, according to Bloomberg.  

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14:06
NBC is the next big TV network to jump into eSports

Seemingly every big TV network wants in on eSports. NBC Sports has revealed that it's launching an international two-on-two Rocket League tournament this summer. It'll start online July 22nd with regional qualifiers using Faceit's eSports platform, b...

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14:04
AWT News Update: June 21, 2017

It's the first full day of Summer, and the living is really easy -- there's not too much to report from the world of Apple today:

  • Graphic files in iOS 11 seem to indicate where an embedded home button would appear on a bezel-less iPhone 8
  • One Wall Street analyst thinks that Apple is still having issues with that embedded home button and that the iPhone 8 will ship late
  • It's beta day! Beta 2 of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 all sowed up today, along with a new beta of Xcode 9.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the...

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13:56
Gear: Logitech Rugged Combo Kids iPad Case

The iPad continues to make huge inroads into schools and other educational environments, but one obvious challenge faced by school administrators, particularly in grade schools, is the fact that the devices are still pretty fragile. Without a decent case, iPads need to be used under close supervision or risk frequent damage. This is where Logitech’s Rugged Case comes into play. Designed and marketed exclusively for classroom applications, the…

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13:53
Apple hunting after lower royalties for Apple Music...




Apple is reportedly in negotiations to reduce the royalties it pays for content on Apple Music and the iTunes Store -- specifically, trying to bring amounts closer to what rival Spotify pays.

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13:34
Apple's paranoia about leaks is misplaced

Apple's inability to keep its secrets is so bad that even its internal presentation about confidentiality was leaked. But according to internal videos obtained by The Outline, the company is serious about secrecy. It reportedly conducted an hour-long...

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13:29
NASA goes all-out with livestreaming for this summer...

The US will experience its first continent-wide total solar eclipse in 99 years on August 21st, and NASA wants to make sure you see it... including perspectives you just couldn't get otherwise. It's promising an hours-long livestream that will cover...

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13:21
Apple seeking to lower rate paid to labels as it...

A new report from Bloomberg today says that Apple is looking to revise its deals with the record industry. Specifically, Apple is seeking to lower the share of revenue that record labels receive from Apple Music plays…

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13:20
Apple releases second betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13,...




Sixteen days after making the first releases available, Apple on Wednesday released second versions of its upcoming operating system refresh set to arrive this fall, with developers now able to access iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 and and Xcode 9.

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13:11
Dailymotion is trying to clean up its act with major...

Dailymotion announced this week that it has completely redesigned its app and advertising strategy. And the company hopes to attract viewers with higher quality content created through partnerships with media and entertainment brands. Three new partn...

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13:06
macOS High Sierra developer beta 2 rolling out on...

The second developer beta of macOS High Sierra is rolling out now on the Mac App Store. macOS High Sierra includes the Apple File System, HEVC support, Metal 2, improvements to Mail, Photos, and Safari, and more. We’ll update below if any new changes are discovered in macOS High Sierra beta 2.

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13:06
Apple’s second watchOS 4 developer beta release now...

Apple’s second beta of watchOS 4 is rolling out to developers. The new operating system brings a number of changes across the platform including an app list navigation, and new text UIs throughout. We’ve gone in-depth with over 50 of the changes watchOS 4 brings.

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13:06
tvOS 11 beta 2 for Apple TV rolling out now

Apple has released the second tvOS 11 beta for registered developers to test on Apple TV. The first tvOS 11 beta included new features like Home Screen Syncing, light and dark mode automatic switching, and full AirPods support. We’ll update below if any new changes are discovered in tvOS 11 beta 2.

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13:05
Apple News publishers get access to reader...




Apple on Wednesday announced a collection of Apple News changes that directly impact publishers, including quick access to reader demographics and more advertising options, particularly support for third-party ads.

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13:03
Apple News gets support for reader demographics,...

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has introduced support for reader demographics and third-party advertisers for Apple News. News is a mobile app and news aggregator for iOS devices (and, I hope, someday for the Mac).

Publishers can now view reader demographics under the News Publisher Analytics section. The analytics provide insight into male and female readership and their age ranges for those that have read content within the News app on iOS 10.3, according to 9to5Mac.

What’s more, Apple News now supports new ad format sizes more inline with standard web ad sizes, the article adds. These include 300×250 and 728×90 sizes.

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13:03
Apple releases iOS 11 beta 2 to developers

Following up on last week’s release of the first iOS 11 developer beta, Apple has begun rolling out the second beta. iOS 11 is jam-packed with a ton of features, enough to be packed into our 100+ new features videos.

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12:50
New Siri icon location could hint at touchscreen...




In the course of testing iOS 11, a new graphic for Siri has been spotted -- and it renders in exactly the same spot where a home button would be on a edge-to-edge iPhone without a customary home button in the bezel.

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12:48
WannaCry ransomware causes Honda plant to shut down

WannaCry isn't done yet. Honda Motor Co. had to shut down its Sayama plant on Monday after finding the ransomware in its computer network. The plant's production resumed on Tuesday.

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12:30
Samsung puts you on the field with MLB VR videos

Are you a baseball aficionado with a Gear VR headset? You're in for a treat beyond Intel's weekly live games. Samsung and MLB have unveiled plans to release "over 20" virtual reality videos over the course of the league's 2017 season. Some of them wi...

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12:29
Diabetes monitor exec details Apple Watch...




Apple's introduction of CoreBluetooth support in watchOS 4 heralded easier glucose control possibilities for diabetics and is a "game changer" according to Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer, but an Apple partnership with the lead monitor vendor does not appear to be in the cards.

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12:11
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' hits...

That exclusive deal with Disney that Netflix made back in 2012 started to pay off last fall. We wondered when we might see any Lucasfilm releases at the time, but it looks like the time is ripe for spending some time with Jyn Erso and her band of plu...

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12:05
Apple News adds reader demographics & support...

Apple today has introduced support for reader demographics and third-party advertisers for Apple News.

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12:02
First look: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector...




The latest option in the slowly growing lineup of iPad Pro Smart Connector accessories is Logitech's new Slim Combo keyboard, which offers the convenience of a physical keyboard with the ability to easily detach and use as a tablet. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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12:00
Podcast 564: Take a trip to Kaby Lake

A potpourri of news this week, from Tim Cook urging that schools teach coding to every student, Scott Forstall’s interview about the creation of the iPhone, and new iOS 11 features, including object recognition and augmented reality (AR), that will bump up camera and other third-party apps’ capabilities. Roman also critiques the new MacBook Pro models, which have a lot to offer.

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11:55
Instagram gives social media influencers the benefit...

The chaos surrounding the cancelled Fyre Festival is a perfect example of how social media influencers can misguide consumers. Instagram users were led to believe they would be rubbing shoulders with supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in...

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11:49
Save 25% on Take Control Books and 15 Mac Apps in...

Looking for tools or help with your summer writing or research projects? The multi-developer SummerFest sale will give you 25 percent off 15 Mac apps and all Take Control books.

 

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11:43
Apple CEO Tim Cook drops from 8th to 53rd in...




Apple's Tim Cook has slipped from 8th to 53rd place in Glassdoor's annual CEO rankings for large U.S. businesses, based on anonymous reviews left by the company's workers.

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11:38
Google Glass adds Bluetooth support for whoever...

Google Glass seemed headed for awkward retirement after the device's most recent update in September 2014 appeared to be its last. But out of nowhere, almost three years later, the augmented reality pioneer is getting its code refreshed with the usua...

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11:28
Amazon has a tiny 64GB SanDisk Ultra thumb drive on...

Today's the day for a good price on a 64GB low-profile thumb drive: Amazon is selling the SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $19. That's about half the price of other online retailers. Just make sure you keep an eye on this thing, as it is tiny. It measures 0.75-by-0.63-by-0.34 inches and snuggles right up to the side of your USB port.

The thumb drive offers 150MB/s read speed, which isn't blazing fast but adequate enough. However, we don't expect it to bear out SanDisk's claim of transferring a full-length movie (about 1.2GB in size) in under 30 second over USB 3.0. Since this drive is so small, its limited ability to dissipate heat will slow its transfer rates. If you don't work with large files, though, it should perform fine.

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11:14
Google Launches Go-To Job Aggregation Site


Google on Tuesday announced a highly anticipated launch of its new job search aggregation technology. The initiative will allow Google users to search for jobs either on mobile devices or personal computers, and to use a set of filters to obtain highly targeted results pulled from many different sites across the Web. During his keynote presentation at I/O last month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted that the company has wanted to use its machine learning capabilities to find ways to make an immediate impact on people's lives.

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11:12
Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring's original...

For $199, Ring Video Doorbell 2 upgrades video quality to 1080P, improves night vision, and includes a removable battery and faceplate options.

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11:09
Dickbars

Medium seems to continue to grow in popularity as a publishing platform, and as it does, I’m growing more and more frustrated by their on-screen “engagement” turds. Every Medium site displays an on-screen “sharing” bar that covers the actual content I want to read.

I agree completely with Gruber on this.

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10:58
HomeKit compatibility coming to Flic Hub home...




A crowd-funding campaign is underway for thee Flic Hub that promises to put switches with robust scripting anywhere in a house to control multiple devices -- and the manufacturer claims that full HomeKit support is coming soon.

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10:37
2016 Closeout Coupon Deals: 13" MacBook Pro for...




Readers this week can take advantage of the lowest prices available on Late 2016 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. Prices start at just $1,249 with free shipping and no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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10:31
Dexcom CEO talks ‘game changer’ diabetes management...

With the upcoming watchOS 4 update for Apple Watch slated to bring new features for diabetes management devices, we took some time to speak with Dexcom’s CEO Kevin Sayer this week about what it means for users. When Apple revealed watchOS 4 at its Worldwide Developers Conference this month, it featured Dexcom, makers of the G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) popular among iPhone users, on stage as an example of an Apple Watch app that will benefit from new features in the release.

Sayer shared details on how exactly Dexcom devices will improve from these new features in watchOS 4, and more specifically why CoreBluetooth support will be a “game changer” for Apple Watch users with diabetes.

We also learned from Sayer about...

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10:27
∞ Flight of a lifetime – Air Canada 787 Dreamliner...

This is a surprisingly complicated procedure involving dozens, if not hundreds of people.

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10:25
Why the 10.5-Inch iPad Pro’s 120Hz refresh rate...

Jeff Butts wrote a great, easy to understand, article on the refresh rate of the new iPads.

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10:20
Sega is bringing many of its classic games to iOS

Sega has announced a new retro gaming service for mobile called Sega Forever. It will be released for iOS and Android systems on Thursday.

Sega Forever will support games from the following classic systems: SG-1000, Master System, Genesis, Game Gear, Saturn and the Dreamcast. The first few games released on the service will also be, Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon.

You can play the games for free, if you’re willing to put up with ads. However, for $1.99 you can get each game with no commercials.

Sega says Sega Former will support offline play. You’ll also be able to use Bluetooth controllers to play the games.

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10:11
Seems Apple won’t get Toshiba’s memory chip business...

Toshiba has chosen a consortium formed by Bain Capital, Mitsubishi, and Japanese government investors as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, reports Reuters. This ends the efforts of a Foxconn-led consortium that included Apple to seal the deal. 

The selected bid is valued at 2 trillion yen, or over $17.9 billion. Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and has been seeking outside investors in it. Apple was apparently interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products.

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10:10
∞ New Apple iPhone 7 ad

This is really great.

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10:02
Chris Lattner leaves Tesla after six months

“Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all,” Lattner, who worked at Apple Inc for more than a decade before joining Tesla in January, tweeted. “I’m interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!”

That didn’t last long.

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10:00
Toshiba selects winning bidder for chip business,...




Toshiba has chosen a consortium formed by Bain Capital, Mitsubishi, and Japanese government investors as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, effectively locking out a Foxconn-led consortium including the likes of Apple and Dell.

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09:57
Uber CEO resigns

Earlier on Tuesday, five of Uber’s major investors demanded that the chief executive resign immediately. The investors included one of Uber’s biggest shareholders, the venture capital firm Benchmark, which has one of its partners, Bill Gurley, on Uber’s board. The investors made their demand for Mr. Kalanick to step down in a letter delivered to the chief executive while he was in Chicago, said the people with knowledge of the situation.

I’m surprised, yet not surprised. I hope Uber can fix all that’s gone wrong over the past year.

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09:54
Periscope launching ‘Super Hearts’ as a way to tip...

Periscope is rolling out a new update to the live broadcasting app that lets you tip broadcasters as a way to support their work.

The new tipping feature is included in with new ‘Super Hearts’, which viewers can purchase then send to broadcasters during a live stream. In return, broadcasters can cash out Super Hearts monthly as a new revenue stream.

more…

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands $6, Bose...

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09:21
Inside iOS 11: Apple's 'Do Not Disturb...




Beginning this fall, iOS 11 will debut a new safety feature for Apple's iPhone: "Do Not Disturb While Driving." AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out -- here's how it works.

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09:16
How to upgrade RAM in the (Mid 2017) 5K iMac and...

I recently acquired the base model Mid 2017 5K iMac, and I have a post in the works that explains my reasoning for that decision. In a nutshell, I believe that this machine, at $1799, is by far the best bang for your buck as far as Macs go.

That said, it’s not perfect. One of the weakest points of the base model 5K iMac has to do with its stock RAM configuration. With only 8GB of RAM, the system struggles right out of the gate, and will start writing lots of data to disk in fairly short order. Thankfully, it’s ridiculously easy and relatively cheap to upgrade the 5K iMac’s RAM. In this brief video tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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09:08
Reviewing the first iPhone in a hype typhoon

I was working for one of those four guys at the time – David Pogue. So I got to see a demo of the iPhone in Pogue’s car as we drove him to the airport the week before the iPhone launch date. Apple was pissed when they found out.

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09:04
News: Qualcomm claims its technology is ‘at the...

After Apple expanded its lawsuit against the wireless chip maker earlier this week, Qualcomm has responded with claims that its “innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices,” MacRumors reports. Apple claims Qualcomm is “double-dipping” by forcing manufacturers to pay unreasonable licensing rates and royalties to gain access to its chips. Qualcomm fired back that…

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09:00
Moshi Travel Stand for Apple Watch is perfect for...

Planning on a vacation sometime this summer? Chances are good that you'll be taking your Apple gear with you, and if that gear includes an Apple Watch, then you need to get the Moshi Travel Stand (US$34.95, affiliate link). Keeping your Apple Watch charger "puck" and cable under control, the Moshi Travel Stand looks great in the process.

Design

Like most third-party Apple Watch stands, the Moshi Travel Stand uses your stock Apple Watch charger cable. Simply take the round magnetic charging head, pop it into the round hole on the end of the aluminum "arm" that pops up from the Travel Stand's base, then run the cable down to the base. There's a flexible silicone sheath that you can wrap the long USB cable behind, with just a few inches of left over cable sticking out.

When you're ready to go, just take the Apple Watch off of the stand, then fold the...

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08:53
Pinterest updates Lens feature with new design,...

Pinterest launched its Lens feature earlier this year first as a beta, then to all users in March. In another update to Lens today, Pinterest is bringing a new design, improved camera tools, and new categories including fashion.

more…

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08:36
News: Apple still undecided on fingerprint scanner...

In a new memo, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claims Apple’s fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 8 is “still being worked out,” Apple Insider reports. The company is still considering three options: Putting a pinhole in the glass to use an optical or ultrasonic sensor, using a capacitive or infrared “film” sensor embedded in the display, or simply thinning the display’s glass over a sensor area. However…

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08:32
Snapchat update introduces new Snap Map location...

Snapchat is rolling out a new feature it calls Snap Map which lets you view Snaps by location and view Stories from around the world.

With the Snap Map, you can view Snaps of sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more from all across the world

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08:30
Rare footage of Bruce Lee’s only ‘real’ fights ever...

I knew Lee had fought “for real” many times but didn’t know any of it had been filmed. This is obviously an exhibition and Lee is showing off but you can still see how incredibly fast and agile the man was.

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08:15
Scott Forstall finally weighs in on the flat versus...

Last night’s Computer History Museum interview with Scott Forstall was loaded with rich storytelling and candid anecdotes, and the whole thing is absolutely worth watching if you haven’t yet. Museum historian John Markoff even asked the question that was on everyone’s mind before the interview started: What does Scott Forstall think about modern iOS design?

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08:15
Man vs Apple

Interesting story of one man’s fight against Apple.

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07:59
Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone-exclusive, promises...




Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile USA announced this week that as of June 27, it will only sell the iPhone -- and through the end of July, offer the first year of an "Inner Circle" unlimited plan for $1.

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07:52
News: Ex-iOS head Scott Forstal talks about the...

In a rare interview with the Computer History Museum, former iOS head Scott Forstal revealed that the original iPhone would never have existed without Steve Jobs’ dislike of one particular Microsoft employee. The technology that would eventually create the entire smartphone industry as we know it started as a tablet project conceived by Jobs after a particularly irritating encounter, Forstal said. “We had been working on a tablet project…

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07:51
iPad Pro Diary: A few issues, but the 10.5-inch iPad...

I said last time that while the difference between a 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch screen didn’t sound like much on paper, it actually makes a surprising difference in real life. It’s not a 12.9-inch model, of course, and you don’t get things like the three-pane email view you do on that, but it really does feel significantly bigger.

I have, though, discovered that the larger size does have one downside: accessory compatibility.

While the difference in external dimensions is much smaller than the boost in screen size, the casing is just that little bit larger, and that’s rendered one of my most-used accessories unusable and a second one rather awkward to use …

more…

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