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16:56
Tumblr's safe mode keeps racy material out of...

There's a lot of porn on Tumblr. Over a fifth of content on the site (disclaimer: it's a sister brand through Verizon's Yahoo purchase) is adults-only, if you ask the analytics firm SimilarWeb. And that's a problem if you're surfing from work or gi...

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16:40
Apple replaces Mac hardware trade-in partner PowerOn...




After working with hardware recycling firm PowerOn for more than five years, Apple this week notified customers that a new partner, Phobio, will handle all Mac trade-ins going forward.

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16:13
Twitch and Blizzard partner for broadcasts and...

Twitch and Blizzard are teaming up in a big way this year. First up, if you're a Twitch Prime member you've got some loot boxes coming your way for Overwatch. "Starting June 20th, Twitch Prime members will receive an Overwatch Golden Loot Box contain...

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15:55
Intel has less competition against Raspberry Pi

Say goodbye to Intel's Edison, Joule and Galileo compute modules. The company has unceremoniously canceled its developer kit lineup, which were meant to give it a foothold in the burgeoning Internet of Things arena, ZDNet reports. Additionally, Intel...

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15:50
Trump Wants Tech Leaders to Help Save $1 Trillion


President Donald Trump aims to save taxpayers $1 trillion over the next 10 years with a little help from America's high-tech industry. "Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens," the president said Monday at a roundtable session of the American Technology Council, composed of the leaders of 18 U.S. tech firms including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. "We're embracing big change ... and at far less cost," he declared.

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15:22
Lenovo laptop concept flexes like a yoga mat

Lenovo isn't done making exotic concept devices... far from it. The PC maker has unveiled a laptop concept whose centerpiece is a flexible screen that runs right up to the keyboard. It's not joined by a hinge, it is the hinge -- you'd fold it up like...

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15:15
PayPal launching instant money transfers directly to...

Despite the rising popularity of services like Cash and even some social networks like Facebook and Snapchat, PayPal is still the leading peer-to-peer money service on the market. Nearly every shopping site on the web offers a PayPal option during checkout, with the company handling over $7 million in transfers every hour. Now, the company aims to make it quicker and easier to transfer funds to bank accounts.

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15:08
Despite blatantly copying the iPhone 7 Plus design,...

Earlier today, OnePlus officially announced its new OnePlus 5 flagship Android device. As we noted earlier this month, the device seemingly rips off the iPhone 7 in terms of design, but that didn’t stop the company from firing shots at Apple during the device’s unveil…

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15:00
AWT News Update: June 20, 2017

We have some fascinating news stories for you from the world of Apple and other tech giants today:

  • Apple security has been successful at keeping new products from being leaked
  • Uber announces the first of many changes that hopefully will help the tarnished brand
  • Are your kids already bored of summer vacation? Send 'em to Apple Camp or the Kids Hour at the local Apple Store

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 AWT News Update for June 20th, 2017.

Apple has been very concerned about leaks of new devices, with CEO Tim Cook...

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14:57
Zepp teams up with New Balance to gamify batting...

In partnership with New Balance, Zepp just gamified its swing sensor and app. As of today, NB HitClub is available on the updated Zepp app and brings along some new features for users taking advantage of its baseball and softball swing assessments.

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14:52
Unicode 10.0 arrives with 56 new emoji characters,...




The Unicode Consortium on Tuesday released version 10.0 of the Unicode Standard, offering a preview of new text characters and emoji that will likely arrive on Apple platforms like iOS later this year.

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14:35
Analyst: ARKit developer tools may pave the wave for...

In a note to clients — as noted by CNBC — UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says may leverage augmented reality on the iPhone to help pave the way for a future smart glasses product via its ARKit developer tools.

The tech giant introduced ARKit at this month’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

Here’s Milunovich’s take: “"Advanced sensors and camera capabilities will enhance the iPhone; eventually there could be independent hardware offerings, perhaps iGlass," UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said. "We can imagine a pair of glasses with quintessential Apple design (iGlass), which enable a Hololens-type experience...

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14:34
Yes, you can actually beat 'Threes!'

Just when you thought the deceptively complex puzzler Threes! wasn't beatable, the internet comes along and proves you wrong. Three and a third years later (confirmed by the development team) the folks behind the ThreesPorn Twitter account have captu...

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14:26
Latest Apple-1 auction fetches surprisingly low $355...




At a June 15 Christie's auction, a customized Apple-1 sold for $355,500 -- skewing toward the low end of house estimates, and below all other auctions for working Apple-1 computers.

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14:13
Unicode 10 officially released with 56 new emoji,...

The Unicode Consortium today has officially announced Unicode 10, which includes a host of new emojis for users to take advantage of. The release consists of 56 new emoji characters, a set of Typicon marks and symbols, and a Bitcoin sign. With the additions of Unicode 10, the Unicode standard consists of a total of 136,690 characters.

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14:12
New York is reviewing its voting infrastructure to...

Amid the growing investigation into Russia's interference in the US Presidential election, New York is taking the initiative to check whether anybody meddled with its voting machines. Governor Cuomo has tasked the state's Cyber Security Advisory Boar...

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14:04
Jibestream says it will support indoor Apple Maps, ...

Two companies have announced plans to adopt new Apple technologies coming this fall with iOS 11. Jibestream says it will work with clients to provide indoor mapping data to Apple Maps which is new to iOS 11, and Branding Brand says it plans to use ARKit to build augmented reality experiences for retail apps.

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13:59
Analyst: ARKit will be the basis of ‘iGlass’ smart...

Apple earlier this month unveiled its new ARKit developer platform for building augmented reality applications for iPhone and iPad. Echoing previous reports, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich issued an investor note today in which he claims Apple will release a pair of smart glasses, perhaps called “iGlass.”

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13:55
Microsoft improves Office's hands-free typing...

Microsoft has released a new app called Dictate. It's an add-in for Word, Outlook and Powerpoint and uses Cortana's speech-recognition technology to let you speak what you want to type.

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13:54
Take a look at some real world examples of iOS 11’s...

Over the past few days a new Twitter account has been showcasing work from the iOS and augmented reality developer community. Made With ARKit is an account dedicated to sharing various videos of iOS developer projects and what they are accomplishing with Apple’s new ARKit available in iOS 11.

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13:51
Uber to add option to tip drivers

I always wondered why Uber didn’t have this as an option. I mostly use Lyft now, so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s a good thing for the drivers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:50
Google has more patents than most automakers on self...

The global automotive industry is at a turning point. The automobile is undergoing a transformation, moving from a means of conveyance to becoming a data center on wheels. For car manufacturers to maintain their leverage, they have to build alliances and concentrate on R&D resources. 

Why? For one reason, Google has more patents than most automakers on connected and self-driving cars. This is according to analytic firm Oliver Wyman’s new Automotive Manager released today.

“This is one of the most exciting times in the auto industry in decades, perhaps for a century. However, the excitement also brings challenges,” said August Joas, head of Oliver...

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13:35
Apple shows off Memories feature in new iPhone 7...




Apple is continued "practically magic" advertising campaign for the iPhone 7 on Tuesday with a new ad spot called "The Archives," which emphasizes the Memories feature in Photos.

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13:32
Spotify beats iTunes to the Windows Store

Microsoft promised back at Build that that a slew of big-name apps would reach the Windows Store, and it's making good on that vow. Spotify has released a Windows Store version of its app in every country where its streaming music service is availabl...

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13:31
Apple partners with Phobio for its Recycle and Renew...

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has updated its Mac recycling program to partner with a new company, replacing longtime partner PowerOn with Phobio.

The company’s Recycle and Renew program allows you to recycle any Apple device online and at any Apple Store. For qualifying devices, you’ll receive a gift card online, and credit toward a purchase in-store. Apple will either refurbish the device for resale or recycle its materials to be reused.

Apple now directs you to Phobio's site from its Recycle and Rent page, and you can find your Mac by entering a serial number. After answering a couple of questions about condition, Phobio offers up a price estimate and lets users choose an Apple Store Gift Card, Paypal, or Virtual Visa Reward as a payment option. 

In 2010, Phobio officially launched Safetrade to deliver a service for retailers: high-value trade-ins on the...

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13:28
Made with ARKit

There’s some really fun stuff here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:22
Forty more institutions join the Apple Pay train

Another 40 institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh. You can find the complete list here.

The mobile payment service works with many of the major credit and debit cards from the top banks.On the Apple Pay page, Apple says that “we’re working with more banks to support Apple Pay” and that “if you don’t see your bank below, check back soon.

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

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13:13
Apple Pay comes to more US, UK & Chinese banks,...




Apple on Tuesday updated its roster of Apple Pay card issuers with dozens more U.S. institutions, as well as a few international additions. Uber, meanwhile, announced a long-demanded in-app tipping feature, which should be compatible with Apple Pay.

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13:10
Tidal’s ‘On Air’ podcast network features five...

Jay Z's forthcoming album isn't the only new content coming to Tidal this month. The streaming music site announced Tuesday that it is following the lead of Google Play, Deezer, and Spotify and now offering podcasts to its subscribers.

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13:01
New video + exclusive photos go hands-on with...

The purported iPhone 8 dummy unit that first surfaced in photos back in April is back today with a new close-up video appearance plus exclusive photos shared with 9to5Mac. The iPhone 8 dummy unit shows the rumored vertical camera, edge-to-edge display, and elongated Home button with no rear Touch ID.

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13:00
Microsoft Expands Linux Container Support in Windows...


Microsoft has decided to expand its support for Linux containers in the next release of Windows Server. Linux containers and workloads will work natively on Windows Server, said Erin Chapple, general manager for the server operating system. The company also will extend Window Server's Hyper-V isolation capability, which was introduced in the 2016 release of the operating system. "This means customers will no longer have to deploy two separate container infrastructures to support both their Windows and Linux-based applications," Chapple wrote.

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12:59
Archeer A110 Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker is...

Many of the Bluetooth speakers that we review here at Apple World Today are luggable -- you can pick them up and carry them, but you can't just drop 'em into a pocket. Today's review is of  the Archeer A110 Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker (US$22.98, affiliate link), which is not only slim enough to carry in your pocket, but surprisingly versatile in operation.

Archeer A110 Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Design

At just about 2 cm (.79 inches) thick, the A110 is thin. The front of the device features an all-metal design with a grey grill on one side and a bass radiator on the other side. A silver-colored metal side wraps around the device, and the back is made from a durable polyurethane material. 

The back has three buttons -- one to change modes, one for the LED lighting on the device, and another for pairing or disconnecting Bluetooth....

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12:52
PayPal 'instantly' transfers money to your...

PayPal can be frustrating if you want to put funds in your bank account. It can take a day or more for transfers to go through, and that's a problem when rival services like Zelle can promise speedier access to your money without needing a separate a...

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12:47
Tim Cook to Trump: You need to improve citizen...

As we reported yesterday, Tim Cook was among the tech executives that sat down with President Donald Trump to discuss modernizing the technology of the United States. While some details of the meeting were known, The White House has since posted a video of the meeting, featuring comments from all tech executives in attendance…

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12:35
Mac: Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt Docking Station

If you’re a Mac user looking to set up a true power user’s workstation, then you’ll want to take a look at Kensington’s new SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, a single relatively unobtrusive expansion dock that takes advantage of all of the bandwidth available in a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to tie all of your high-performance peripherals into your MacBook Pro, and keep it powered up at the same time. With a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your MacBook Pro, the SD5000T can provide 85W of charging power and push through 40Gbps of data — more than enough for a few high-performance external hard drives and a couple of 4K displays.
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12:33
Samsung exclusives are the last thing Google Play...

Back in April, Samsung used the launch of its excellent Galaxy S8 smartphone to make a small but important announcement about a partnership with Google. Google Play Music would be the default music player on all Samsung smartphones, and Google would...

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12:25
Apple promoting Photos Memories feature in ‘The...

Apple’s latest video series promotes an iOS 10 Photos feature called Memories that automatically builds collections of related images and videos around themes like dates, places, and people. The series includes both a full-length iPhone ad as well as a new tutorial on using the Memories feature.

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12:11
Kickstarter Gold brings back successful creators for...

Kickstarter is bringing back some of its VIPs for another round of crowdfunding. The new project, called Kickstarter Gold, is a return of over 65 creators who have new takes on past successful campaigns.

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11:53
When does Apple release new iOS betas?

If you’re running the first iOS 11 developer beta like me, you’re probably eagerly awaiting whatever changes and improvements come with iOS 11 beta 2. While Apple doesn’t broadcast when it will release new versions of developer software betas, the company does tend to follow a pattern for its release schedule which we’ll look at below. Apple has also shared when to expect the first iOS 11 public beta version which may be a clue.

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11:53
Sphero's new company wants to bring intelligent...

Sphero is mainly known for its connected toys, and, of course, Star Wars' BB-8 Droid (which it also turned into a very popular gadget). But the company has also been working on grander plans all the while. Today, Sphero announced that it's spinning o...

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11:45
Tim Cook Told Trump Tech Employees Are 'Nervous...

Behind the scenes at the White House tech CEO meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook told President Donald Trump that technology employees are "nervous" about the administration's approach to immigration, CNBC reports, citing a source familiar with the exchange. From the report: The source said the president told the CEOs on Monday that the Senate's health-care bill needs "more heart." That would be a second known instance of the president criticizing the GOP plan in private meetings. To that, the source said, Cook replied that the immigration approach by the administration also "needs more heart." Cook cited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is under review by the Trump administration. He also said people in tech and their co-workers were nervous about their status, and added that it "would be great" if the president could "send them a signal." Here's what executives of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft said.

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11:31
Samsung ready to relaunch the Galaxy Note line in...

Samsung isn't letting the Galaxy Note 7's battery failure hinder the release schedule for its next pen-toting smartphone. A Reuters source understands that Samsung is planning a New York City launch event for the Galaxy Note 8 in August, or roughly...

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11:10
Using a 3D render as a French ID card 'photo...

Everybody wants a decent photo ID, but French artist Raphaël Fabre took the quest to a new level. Rather than just having someone snap him, he built a 3D model of his head and torso, then created a nearly photorealistic rendering of himself for...

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11:09
Uber adds tipping & more fees for riders to...

Uber has today announced the addition of tipping along with 7 more updates to how it handles earnings for its drivers. This announcement is the first of many changes the company is looking to implement as Uber shared its “180 Days of Change” campaign in an email to drivers as well as a press release.

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11:02
Apple opens summer Apple Camp registrations,...




Apple on Tuesday opened up registrations for this year's free summer Apple Camps, which will teach kids 8 to 12 various creative and technology skills, exclusively using Apple-based hardware and software.

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10:49
Uber belatedly offers tipping as part of its renewed...

After weeks of faulty course-correction punctuated with multiple board member resignations, Uber is fighting to win back public approval, starting with its drivers. The company sent an email to all its contractors today promising many overdue feature...

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10:42
South Korea wants its own Hyperloop for high-speed...

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed a deal to codevelop the future of transit with South Korea. The partnership will see the company working with both the local government, its institute of civil engineering, and Hanyang University. The...

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10:40
Acast podcast network brings CarPlay support to its...

Acast is the latest iPhone app to offer support for Apple’s CarPlay feature through today’s update. Acast is a dedicated podcast network that streams on-demand audio and podcasts including over 1400 shows to more than 56 million listeners.

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10:19
Amazon is the latest to offer clothes-by-mail to try...

Amazon just announced its latest service -- Prime Wardrobe. Adding to its growing list of fashion-focused offerings, the service makes shopping for clothes online a commitment-free experience, one of the few advantages brick-and-mortar stores still h...

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10:17
Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on...

No need to point out the irony of the presentation itself leaking.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:17
Apple Pay expands to 40 more banks around the US, UK...

New banks and credit unions across the world are continuing to adopt Apple Pay, and 40 additional institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh earlier this month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:

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10:08
Case maker gambles big on Apple's rumored...




Olixar -- the company behind a recent "iPhone 8" screen protector -- on Tuesday launched a complete series of cases for Apple's upcoming phone, banking on rumored features such as an edge-to-edge OLED display and a vertically-aligned rear camera.

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10:00
Google's Project Fi helps you pay your share of...

It's not much fun to split up a wireless family plan, especially if you're not splitting it evenly. How much do your kids owe if they're only paying some of their bill? What about that roommate who always uses too much data and drives the bill higher...

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09:56
Davies and Rea crash in WorldSBK

There’s this thing in motorcycling called “ATGATT”. All The Gear, All The Time. Watch this video of a guy getting literally run over at about 50mph and realize that anyone you see riding on the street who isn’t wearing ATGATT is taking unnecessary risks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:49
The 50 best good bad movies

What a great list. I’ll admit to seeing the vast majority of these movies and it’s hard to disagree.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:34
News: Apple has former NSA, FBI investigators...

Apple has hired investigators who previously worked for the NSA, FBI, Secret Service and US military in an effort to crack down on product leaks coming from the company’s employees, The Outline reports. In a briefing titled “Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple,” members of the Global Security communications and training team laid out how Apple investigators are working to prevent information from getting into the hands of the…

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09:32
'Back to the Future' fan makes Apple'...




Utilizing several third-party solutions, a "Back to the Future" film fanatic has built a custom DeLorean door and trunk controller in a dash-mounted iPad that can also provide speed information, as well as nearly all of the features that an Apple CarPlay solution would.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro $150 off, Bose...

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. more…

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09:28
Yes, it’s possible to win at Snake
09:03
Apple Camp registration opening today, new Today at...

Apple is opening registration for its annual Camp program for kids at Apple Stores starting today. Three tracks for kids 8-12 this year include sessions on iMovie, GarageBand, and coding. Apple has also introduced new Today at Apple offerings with new Kids Hour sessions covering robotics, filmmaking, and illustration for ages 6-12.

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09:01
Instagram Stories now at 250M users & adds Live...

After deciding to clone Snapchat’s Stories feature and roll it out to Instagram last August, today the company offered an update on progress, confirming the feature now has 250 million daily active users. That’s up from the 200 million it announced back in April when it officially surpassed Snapchat. In comparison, Snapchat was at around 166 million daily active users as of its last announced numbers in May.

The company is also announcing a new video replay feature that allows users to share clips of videos that were previously available as live video on Stories:

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08:37
Deals: $100-$150 off 9.7" iPad Pros; $175 off...




Shoppers this week can take advantage of closeout prices with instant savings of up to $150 off 9.7-inch iPad Pros. Or save $175 on 2015 13" MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. Kaby Lake 15-inch MacBook Pros are also $20 off with no tax outside NY & NJ.

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08:33
News: Tim Cook floats teaching coding in schools...

During his meeting with President Donald Trump and some of the nation’s top tech CEOs, Tim Cook said the government should consider making coding a requirement in schools, Recode reports. The breif remarks — which came during Trump’s gathering to discuss how Silicon Valley can help modernize the government — echo previous statements Cook has made about his belief that it’s a disservice to kids not to be teaching them to code…

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08:27
Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 8 in August, ahead of...




Samsung will hold a New York City launch event for the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of August, about a month ahead of the announcement of Apple's new iPhones, according to one report.

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08:23
Apple announces Apple Camp and Kids Hour summer...

These are incredibly popular programs that fill up fast so if you have an eligible child, sign them up ASAP.

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08:15
This website reveals how JPEG photos were edited in...

Obviously, this only works on those shots edited in Adobe’s Lightroom but I often wonder what photographers do to their shots in the edit. This tool will help.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:13
Apple product security team briefing shows 99% drop...




A new report sheds some light on Apple's anti-leak department, with employees for the Global Security Team coming from the NSA, FBI, Secret Service, and U.S. military supervising an operation that deals with more people per day in the production lines in China than the TSA does in airports.

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08:13
Scott Forstall, original iPhone engineers, at the...

From the Computer History Museum schedule of events:

How did iPhone come to be? On June 20, four members of the original development team will discuss the secret Apple project, which in the past decade has remade the computer industry, changed the business landscape, and become a tool in the hands of more than a billion people around the world.

Scott Forstall, the leader of the original iPhone software team will take part in a fireside chat with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff. A panel with three of the engineers who worked on the original iPhone, Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes, will describe how the iPhone came to be.

That’s tonight at 6p PT. If anyone goes, please do take some video, share online. Wish I could be there.

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07:58
What’s coming in tvOS 11, and what is still needed

Josh Centers posts about what’s new in tvOS 11, but then goes further, digging into what’s still needed.

I’d go further, and add the ability to support multiple Bluetooth interfaces, as I’ve written about here:

  • Pair two sets of AirPods to a single Apple TV: This would allow my wife and I to listen on headphones, each with a different volume level, a blessing for people with different hearing needs and for parents with sleeping infants.

  • Pass the audio through to HDMI while AirPods are active: This would allow someone with a hearing deficit to listen at a louder volume while the room gets the regular volume.

Terrific read.

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07:48
Olixar claims to reveal iPhone 8 design w/ new cases...

Yesterday one of the first screen protectors allegedly for iPhone 8 leaked claiming to show the device’s expected design and other features. It was made by case manufacturer Olixar, and today the company is one of the first to reveal an entire line of cases for the upcoming iPhones. It’s also started accepting preorders for the cases that it says depicts both the front and back of the iPhone’s new design accurately.

We’re told by the company selling the cases, MobileFun, that Olixar has created them using “information and schematics they’ve acquired through their factories and contacts in the far east.”

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07:43
Apple I sells at auction for $335k, the lowest price...

An Apple I sold at Christie’s last week for $355,500, the lowest price yet seen for a recent sale of a model in working condition …

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07:40
AWT TV Episode 12: June 19, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  Visit us online at https://appleworld.today and be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel here on YouTube.

On tonight's show, Marty and Steve talk about a bunch of things... including how Steve finally admitted that he needs a MacBook to get work done, how the 10.5-inch iPad is working, and a lot more. Steve is using the Logitech Slim Combo keyboard with the 10.5-inch iPad and isn't too thrilled about it. 

Marty is still waiting for gigabit fiber to his home...and Steve found out that Comcast is...

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07:38
News: Apple working with Health Gorilla startup on...

Apple’s health team has been working with tech startup Health Gorilla to add diagnostic data to HealthKit, CNBC reports. Apple is making a big push to expand HealthKit to become a portable repository of all of a person’s medical records, and two people familiar with the initiative said Health Gorilla is working to integrate with “hospitals, lab-testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp and imaging centers” to add blood work and…

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07:37
Pioneer introduces first-ever Lightning-powered...

Pioneer is launching a new accessory called Rayz Rally that amplifies audio calls from your iPhone over a pocket-sized speaker. Rayz Rally connects to the iPhone through the Lightning port and doesn’t require a separate battery to work.

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07:35
∞ Bicycle parking station in Rotterdam

[VIDEO] Apologies to whoever sent this my way, lost the original link, so no hat tip. Video in original Loop post. That said, I absolutely love this. Not sure if this was some sort of bot post (the voiceover is clearly automated), but the video itself is excellent. Great bike-parking setup.

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07:24
Apple granted AR patent for interior design and...

Apple has today been granted a patent for augmented reality apps for interior design and animated movie posters. The patent award comes the day after we learned more about plans for an AR app in partnership with Swedish furniture company Ikea.

Apple recently announced ARKit as part of iOS 11, providing hands-on demos at WWDC …

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07:17
Judicial review of Apple's Irish data center...




The Irish High Court could make its decision on a review of Apple's plans for an Athenry data center as soon as this Friday, according to a report.

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07:01
New “creation of the iPhone” book hits shelves, some...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The book claiming to explore the secret history of the iPhone, The One Device, is now on sale in physical form ($19 at Amazon). You can also preorder the ebook for Kindle and iBooks as well; it will be released digitally on Thursday.

The book in question is The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. Looks like the Kindle version is available now, though it seems like this might only be in the US.

Authored by Brian Merchant, the book promises to detail the ‘untold account’ of how the iPhone was made. It features anecdotes from ex-Apple executives and top employees about the development of the secret project, as well as an ‘undercover’ trip to Foxconn and more. Early reviews of ‘The One Device’ are mixed.

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07:00
Pioneer's Lightning-connected Rayz Rally...




The Pioneer Rayz Rally is an external wired iPhone speaker, powered through the device's Lightning port, and is suitable for both small areas, and conference rooms.

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07:00
Leaked Recording: Inside Apple's Global War On...

Reader citadrianne writes: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. The briefing, titled 'Stopping Leakers -- Keeping Confidential at Apple,' was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team. According to the hour-long presentation, Apple's Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Administration (NSA), law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, and in the U.S. military. Top-notch...

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07:00
Apple announces Apple Camp and Kids Hour summer...

Need to help your kids battle the summer boredom blues? You may be in luck: Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions called (appropriately) 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 need to sign up sooner than later. The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp

The first of Apple’s summer offerings, Apple Camp, is a three-day program that involves 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.

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06:59
Apple is the top global vendor in IT

In the Gartner Global Top 100: IT vendors, Apple is the largest vendor with more than $218 billion in IT revenue — approximately $79 billion larger than the No. 2 vendor, Samsung Vendor Group. The top global 100 vendors in IT in 2016 are based on their revenue across IT (excluding communication services) and component market segments.

As enterprises increasingly digitalize their products and services, digital giants (Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) can become involved in, or even take over, the digital experience, according to the research group. Gartner predicts that by 2021, 20% of all activities an individual engages in will involve at least one of the top seven...

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06:57
Report details Apple’s efforts to increase product...

A fascinating report from The Outline shares highlights from an internal presentation about Apple’s efforts to increase product secrecy; a leak of an internal meeting about leaks. The briefing apparently described how Apple security teams prevent information from ‘leaking to competitors, counterfeiters and press.’

One of the most interesting tidbits is that Apple believes there are now more leaks coming from its employees on campus than the supply chain. In 2016, Apple reportedly leaked 4 housings out of 65 million produced in factories …

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06:54
In iOS 11, App Store editorial comes out of the...

Jason Snell, Six Colors:

while the App Store has indeed had an editorial team for quite a while, Apple’s approach to App Store editorial has been nearly invisible. Editors select apps to highlight and might write short bits of text for use in collections, but for the most part the job has seemed to be more about curation than words.

This is not meant to disparage curation—it’s an important job and one of the ways the App Store can highlight the hard work of app developers who are making polished, impressive products.

Damn right! Curation is a skill and highly polished curation a valuable skill.

With iOS 11, though, Apple’s really showing that it has redefined what the App Store editorial team is for. In the redesigned App Store app in iOS 11, app highlights go way beyond buttons that would present an app’s App Store page when you tapped. The new Today tab is populated with full-fledged feature articles, with screen shots, videos, animations, pull quotes...

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06:52
News: Apple adds $99 annual Apple Music subscription...

After releasing $99 gift cards that provide a full year of Apple Music, Apple appears to now be making that option available online for existing subscribers, Ukranian website Tehnot has spotted. The process for getting the annual subscription is convoluted, with users having to subscribe to the $10 a month option first, then go back into their account and change the option over to a $99 annual rate. The option was previously only available by purchasing…

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06:48
Apple claims recent Supreme Court ruling makes...




Apple has escalated its legal attack on Qualcomm, declaring the iPhone broadband chip license agreement is invalid, and the manufacturer is illegally double-dipping in its demand for a royalty payment for chip technology in conjunction with charging for the chips.

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06:44
World’s first water park for people with disabilities

Mashable:

A new water park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island was designed for people with a wide range of disability identities — and it’s mind-blowingly accessible. The park, which opens June 17 in San Antonio, Texas, is fully wheelchair-accessible and hopes to welcome people with disabilities through careful consideration in design.

And:

The tropical-themed park features six major attractions, including an accessible river boat ride and a wide variety of splash pads — surfaces with geysers, water cannons, and rain curtains. Splash pads, unlike pools, are more accessible to people with mobility-related disabilities, but still provide the full water park experience.

And, notably, anyone with a disability is welcomed into the park for free.

This is amazing. Clearly, this was a labor of love, created with accessibility as a goal, rather than financial gain. Park founder Gordon Hartman did this for his daughter Morgan.

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06:35
New FDA plan could mean big boost for Apple and...

Yahoo Finance:

When AAPL released the Apple Watch, it included a heart rate sensor. It has proven extremely accurate in testing, recently coming within 2% of the numbers reported by an electrocardiograph (EKG). However, AAPL has never marketed it as a medical device, because doing so would mean FDA certification.

Once under FDA regulation, the company would have to get each Apple Watch certified, in a process that could require months. Having to go through FDA certification would also reveal AAPL’s products before release — something the secretive company would hate — and could delay rolling out software updates.

But:

The FDA just announced its new Digital Health Innovation Plan, and it could change everything.

Noting that digital technologies used in consumer devices “have the power to transform health care,” the agency is trying to streamline the process needed for FDA approval. With a fall target for the pilot program, the FDA says it’s...

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06:35
Kensington ships SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking...

Kensington has announced the general availability of its $349.99 SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for macOS. It provides a bridge allowing more mobile and thinner devices access to a suite of gadgets on the user’s desk. 

The SD500% accommodates a single cable carrying up to 40Gbps of data in one compact port that supports dual 4K video and a complete array of desktop accessories connected at eight times the speed of USB 3.0, while also providing up to 85W of laptop power delivery to macOS systems. With Zero Footprint Mounting, users can mount the...

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06:24
iPhone’s success measured against other iconic...

As we head toward the 10th anniversary of the iPhone later this month, the WSJ has put together a chart (below) comparing the sales trajectory of the smartphone against other iconic products. A second chart compares the 2006 pre-iPhone Apple with the 2016 one …

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06:10
Apple patent hints at a flexible newspaper/magazine...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,684,341) for a flexible display that can be used as a self-updating digital newspaper. (By the way, the image shown is not of the device, but of a malleable LG plastic display; I included it to show one possible iteration of the Apple device.)

The invention relates to an apparatus and method to communicate multimedia documents or content to a mobile or fixed device over a wireless network. In particular, the mobile or fixed device may be configured as a digital periodical or advertising device to transmit and receive converted multimedia documents or content delivered using multimedia messaging service over a wireless network. A request to retrieve information from a server over a wireless network is triggered based on flexing the flexible display device and other gestures.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that wireless communications has enabled widespread easy access to mass media and multimedia information via mobile...

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06:06
Apple's 'iPhone 8' orders, Samsung...




Supply chain reports suggest that Apple's and Samsung's rapacious demand for smartphone components will deeply impact parts available for other manufacturers, with industry-wide shortages expected in the second half of 2017.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want – The World’s...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Pay What You Want World’s Biggest Mac App Bundle, with fifteen top apps that help make your Mac faster, smarter, safer, and even more fun. Pay whatever you want for Tembo and Dropzone 3 and if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the full bundle, including Data Rescue 4, CrossOver 16, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and more. Plus, beat the top price being offered and you’ll get…

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05:55
Apple intensifies its legal assault on Qualcomm

Apple has doubled down on its legal assault on Qualcomm, arguing to a U.S. federal court that license agreements that secure the chip maker a cut of every iPhone manufactured were invalid, reports Reuters.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit again Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. The same month, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones...

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05:49
Watch: Siri will translate for you in Apple's...




Beginning this fall with iOS 11, Apple's voice-driven personal assistant, Siri, will gain the ability to translate to multiple foreign languages. Here's a peek at how it will work.

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05:48
FDA’s Digital Health Innovation Plan could help...

A new initiative from the Food and Drug Administration could spur Apple Watch sales by making it easier to certify digital health devices, according to Yahoo! Finance.

Previously,  under FDA regulation, Apple would have to get each Apple Watch certified, in a process that could require months. Having to go through FDA certification would also reveal the company’s products before release and could delay rolling out software updates. However, the FDA’s Digital Health Innovation Plan, and it could change everything.

Among other things, the move move could pave the way for the rumored Apple Watch for diabetics, “blowing open the market for Apple’s smartwatch from tech early adopters to hundreds of millions...

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05:44
Apple accuses Qualcomm of double-dipping, wants end...

In a new development in its legal battle with Qualcomm, Apple is arguing that the patent deal which forces the company to pay a licence fee for every iPhone manufactured is invalid. It is accusing Qualcomm of double-dipping by charging once for a licence fee for use of its patented technology and again for the chip which uses that technology.

Apple had previously accused Qualcomm of exacting revenge against the Cupertino company, but this is the first time it has specifically attacked the basis of the licence deal between the two companies …

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05:37
Judge dismisses discrimination lawsuit against Apple

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple a win on Friday in an employee's discrimination suit alleging the tech giant forced him to transfer stores for reporting his co-workers’ racist remarks, reports the Law 360 website.

Philly resident Cori Fisher worked at the Philadelphia Apple Store from 2010 to 2016, first as an Apple Store “expert” and later as a “specialist.” According to allegations contained in his lawsuit, the Apple Store racially profiled black customers. Fisher claims that he witnessed a store manager asking a cop to get some black teenagers out of the store, and he says that the Apple Store told its...

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05:15
Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds...

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

Apple’s work on the updated driver could indicate that the company is looking to move beyond its current hardware and may adopt support for NVMe hardware, which has been found...

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05:08
Sporadic reports of ‘Verification failed’ messages...

We’re seeing sporadic reports of ‘Verification failed’ messages when attempting to login to iCloud on devices, with one user told by Apple that the issue is affecting a limited number of users …

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