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Friday June 24

05:29
Oculus claims exclusive games are good for the VR...

Many have argued -- including our own Sean Buckley -- that the steady stream of platform-exclusive virtual reality games is a bad thing. Oculus has been by the far the most aggressive in pursuing such deals, but its head of content Jason Rubin claims...

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05:10
Control Your Apple TV from CiderTV’s iPhone Widget

CiderTV is an interesting suite of remote apps for your Apple TV, but what makes it particularly worth installing is the Today View widget offered by the iOS app.

 

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05:01
What Apple’s Forthcoming APFS File System Means to...

Apple has announced that a new file system, APFS, is included in macOS Sierra for developers to test and will become the Mac’s default file system in late 2017. But what does that mean to the rest of us?

 

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05:00
BitTorrent Dips Toes Into Ad Stream


BitTorrent on Thursday announced a revamp of its Bundle offering as a pilot project, giving it a new name, "BitTorrent Now." The service now accepts ads. BitTorrent Now's first streaming app is available for Android. Apps for iOS and Apple TV are in the works. "BitTorrent Now ... adds our first mobile streaming apps, and it adds an important new business model for our creative partnerships: ad-supported streaming," said Christian Averill, BitTorrent vice president of marketing.

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05:00
Apple's next big thing? How about the Apple...

Forget the Apple Car. I want an Apple Hoverboard. Luxury automotive brand Lexus has partnered with experts in super conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards ever developed, so why not our favorite tech company?

The Lexus Hoverboard operates using magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement, according to says Mark Templin, executive vice president at Lexus International. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to "allow Lexus to create the impossible," he adds.

The Hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape and uses materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to natural bamboo. Imagine how iconic an Apple Hoverboard would look.

Templin notes that the Lexus Hoverboard is a prototype and won't be on sale. So, there you go, Apple. At the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference, CEO Tim Cook announces "one more thing," then Phil Schiller floats out on the...

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05:00
Daily Deal: Banish your keychain with the KeySmart...

Every once in a while we hear about a deal on something that doesn't necessarily have to do with tech, but can help our readers out in day-to-day life. That's the case with today's deal on the KeySmart Rugged ($29.99), a key organizer that can help you get rid of the usual keychain craziness. 

KeySmart Rugged can carry anywhere from 2 to 14 keys in a single, easy to carry organizer. Attach it to your car key fob or clip it to a belt loop, and you're ready to keep your keys organized without the usual jangling tangle! Visit KeySmart's website, and you can accessories to your KeySmart Rugged, like USB drives, bottle openers, wrenches and screwdrivers, and more.

The KeySmart Rugged is new and you will not find it on the KeySmart website. Available in black, red...

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04:35
Google creates VR montage of Pride parades around...

Google has launched a new project to bring Pride parades around the world to people who can't physically be there. The tech titan calls the initiative #prideforeveryone and deployed employees from 25 different countries to capture their local LGBTQ c...

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04:30
The Helix Dock can eliminate cable clutter for Apple...

If you’re an Apple Watch owner who’s tired of cable clutter, especially when you’re traveling, the Helix Dock for the Apple Watch from StandzOut is a handy, inexpensive ($19.99) solution.

The charge cord that comes with the Apple smartwatch is long enough to be versatile and can accommodate many docks. However, it’s a bit longer than necessary in many cases.

The Helix Dock enough room to wrap Apple Watch’s two-meter or one-meter charging cable, turning two meters of cable into two inches. You just wrap the Apple Watch charging cable around the barrel located inside the housing and place the charging pad up top. Plug in the adapter, and you’re good to go. It keeps the charging cable and USB charger neatly contained. Made of injection molded polycarbonate plastic, it’s reasonable rugged.

The Helix Dock works with all official Apple Watch charging cables. It comes in black,...

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04:00
If you need to protect your files, the Doc(Protect)...

By Aaron Lee

If you're a creative professional who needs to protect your files from unlicensed computers, Excel Software's DocProtect for Mac OS X (10.7 or later) is a useful tool. It allows you to ensure docs are only viewable on licensed computers.

The software cn protect an EPUB file — industry standard digital publishing format — by embedding a reader and licensing process in the protected document. Your EPUB file is presented within a reader window that you can name, size and control the resize characteristics.

DocProtect 4 provides improved PDF protection that supports the latest versions of Adobe Reader. For spreadsheets and PDF files, you should first use Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat to restrict features like copy, export or save. Then use DocProtect to wrap a protective license around the document and turn it into a protected executable.

What's more, you...

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03:56
Adele does U-turn, allows ’25’ album to stream on...

Adele said last year that her long-awaited follow-up album ’25’ would not be available for streaming, telling Time magazine that ‘music should be an event’ and streaming was ‘a bit disposable.’ However, Billboard revealed that she had now changed her mind, and the album is indeed available to stream today on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play and other services.

The decision may have been influenced by ratings …

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03:06
iOS 10 and macOS Sierra: Networking for the modern...

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts with a keynote, but the rest of the week is about sessions that go into much more depth with Apple's software. During a session named Networking for the Modern Internet (video requires Safari, or you can look it up in the iOS WWDC app), Apple Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist Stuart Cheshire took the stage to explain new networking features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Soon the engineer revealed what developers can do to take full advantage of ECN, IPv6, international text in networking, cellular versus Wi-Fi, and network quality of service.

IPv6

Last year, Apple told iOS developers that...

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Thursday June 23

22:56
Apple retires the Thunderbolt Display without...

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Apple has yet to announce an updated version of 2011's Thunderbolt Display, but pretty soon it won't be selling the old one either. The company will sell through any existing stock in the online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, but it doesn't plan to continue manufacturing the current model.

According to a statement given to TechCrunch, Apple is pointing its users toward third-party monitors. There are plenty of these and they come in all different sizes and screen resolutions and panel qualities and prices, though...

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21:32
Adele's '25' hits Apple Music,...

Grammy Award-winner Adele's latest album, "25," was made available for streaming through a variety of services at midnight on Friday, including Apple Music and Spotify, some seven months after initial release.

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20:30
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has officially told several news sites that it plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, which has been available online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in 2011. "We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson. Rumors suggest that Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor later this year, featuring an upgraded 5K resolution and discrete GPU. The new Thunderbolt Display may even launch alongside next-generation Skylake Retina MacBook Pros, which too are rumored to be released later this year. fyngyrz writes: So, bought into the whole Thunderbolt monitor thing from Apple? Might want to collect a few right now, while you still can. It appears that the Thunderbolt monitor is going the way of...

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20:20
BitTorrent announces new BitTorrent Now app for...

BitTorrent today has announced that it is bringing a new app to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV that allows users to stream a variety of videos and music, mostly from independent and generally unknown artists and filmmakers. The app doesn’t let you access the insurmountable amount of illegal content available on various torrent sites, but rather on-demand streaming content that’s perfectly legal.

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19:45
Huawei working on internal OS to avoid "the...

Huawei, the second largest Android phone maker in market share behind Samsung, is "secretly developing an alternative mobile operating system" in a bid to hedge its bets against Google's increasingly assertive control over Android.

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18:57
YouTube is bringing the ability to live stream video...

YouTube today announced that it is bringing the ability to live stream content to its mobile apps on iOS and Android. YouTube’s announcement comes just a few days after Twitter integrated Periscope live streaming into its own app and as Facebook is heavily pushing live streaming capabilities.

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17:38
Apple features 'Lifeline' in latest...

In an addition to its developer resources mini-site on Thursday, Apple posted a profile of "Lifeline" developer 3 Minute Games, highlighting how the studio found success with the iOS App Store's paid business model.

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17:06
Hotel Tonight updated with expanded Touch ID support...

Popular last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight has announced this evening that it is making it even easier for iPhone users to quickly book hotels. In a press release, the company announced that it is updating its iOS with expanded support for Touch ID, which it says allows users to book hotels in “5 seconds flat.”

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16:54
∞ Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple on Thursday told The Loop that it is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.

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

Judging from the last part of the statement, it doesn’t seem likely that Apple will replace the display in the near future.

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16:31
Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display, no...

After going years without update, Apple has decided to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, marking an end to the company's current first-party monitor product line and sparking speculation that a high-resolution replacement is in the offing.

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16:25
Apple officially discontinues Thunderbolt Display,...

Earlier this year, we reported that Apple was planning a new Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU and today the company has taken the first step towards making that a reality. According to TechCrunch, Apple has announced that it is officially discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.

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16:16
Inside APFS: new Apple File System detailed at WWDC...

The new Apple File System announced at WWDC highlights how the company is planning for the future. Here's a look under the hood at what the company will use to replace HFS+ on Macs, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

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15:57
Why does a tire company publish the Michelin Guide?

Obviously, there are several examples from the beginning of the Age of the Car of how automobile travel created entire industries. The Michelin Guide may be the one that has gone the furthest past its original intent to something more popular than the original tire company could have ever imagined.

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15:48
Life in the “danger zone”

When I was a little kid, I got the chance to go on an American aircraft carrier outside of Halifax’s harbour (it was too big to dock). I’ve always wanted to go back onboard as an adult.

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15:40
SanDisk Made an iPhone Case With Built-In Storage

An anonymous reader writes: SanDisk has made its iXpand Memory Case to alleviate the problem that Apple creates when they release an iPhone in 2016 with only 16GB of on-board storage. The iXpand Memory Case is an iPhone case with flash storage built directly into the case itself that connects/charges via the Lightning port. You won't need a new phone and you won't need to carry around an extra charging dongle, which is the case for many other third-party cases and accessories. Since Apple doesn't make expanding your storage with third-party devices easy, you will need to download/install the companion SanDisk iXpand Memory Case app on your iPhone, which will automatically back-up your camera roll and password-protect your photos and files. If you need some extra juice, you can spend an extra $40 to receive a 1900mAh battery pack that attaches to the case. The iXpand Memory Case is only available with the iPhone 6 and 6s and is available with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of extra flash...

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15:33
CBS and Paramount release 'Star Trek' fan...

While Paramount and CBS's lawsuit against Axanar Productions is still ongoing, the two studios have finally produced a set of guidelines meant to govern fan-made Star Trek productions in the future. While the guidelines might be a good start, and a s...

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15:01
Chicago allows Airbnb to operate under restrictions

Alternate housing fans touring the Windy City, rejoice. Chicago's city council passed two measures yesterday to allow short-term rentals, permitting users to post their spaces on Airbnb so long as they play by new rules. Only so many living areas can...

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14:34
Led Zeppelin Wins “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit

On Thursday, after a week’s worth of testimony and arguments, the jury came back with its verdict in a case that’s been decades in the making. At trial, Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified as well as Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe’s estate, who demanded in his lawsuit a rewriting of rock ‘n’ roll history. The jury also heard from a Spirit bandmember, musicologists and other witnesses and experts opining on such subjects as whether Led Zeppelin had heard “Taurus” before composing their popular song and whether the two songs were substantially similar.

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14:31
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $300 on a...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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14:06
Apple releases Safari 10 beta for OS X El Capitan...

Apple issued beta versions of Safari 10 for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Thursday, granting developers access to new features like enhanced Safari Extensions, a redesigned Bookmarks interface and more.

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14:03
Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers...

One of the most significant changes predicted in reports leading up to Apple’s official unveiling of iOS 10 was a completely redesign of the Music app, so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see this element of Apple’s iOS 10 reveal. Although, like the changes made to Maps, the new design of the Music app suggests that the company is gradually shifting over to an entirely new design paradigm. Apple’s iOS Music app has followed…

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14:00
AWT News Update: June 23, 2016

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Just a couple of fun little Apple news bits for the day:

  • LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers owe part of their dramatic comeback and ultimate championship to late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs
  • Apple Music gets one step closer to release in South Korea
  • Apple is polling customers on streaming video and Apple TV topics

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 23, 2016.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers can owe part of their ultimate win to some of the inspiration provided to the team by LeBron James, who wanted to make his teammates...

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13:59
House sit-in shows the power and potential of...

Forget the final few minutes of the NBA Finals. Forget BuzzFeed tying rubberbands around a watermelon until it exploded. Forget a woman trying on a Chewbacca mask in a car. Sure, these are all moments that have been livestreamed, sometimes to million...

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13:45
Safari 10 beta now available to developers on OS X...

Following the release of the first developer beta of macOS Sierra last week, Apple today has made the Safari 10 beta available for users on El Capitan and Yosemite. This means that developers can test the upcoming version of Safari without having to update their entire operating system.

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13:38
Apple Music coming soon to South Korea, local music...

Apple could be on the verge of filling a major hole in its Apple Music international coverage, as reports on Thursday claim contracts have been signed to bring the streaming service to South Korea.

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13:17
Chicago decides not to clamp down on ride-sharing...

As is the case in many cities around the world, the debate over regulation of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft rages on. In Chicago, the city council voted down a measure this week that would've required fingerprint background checks for driv...

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: 8 new cases for the iPhone...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a handful of new cases for Apple’s newest iPhone—including slim wallet cases, see-through shells, ultra-grippy options, and much more. Read on!

Belkin

The Shield Petals (iPhone SE; $30 MSRP) features a colorful floral design—which certainly brightens up this otherwise plain polycarbonate hard-shell case.

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13:00
Nest Protect (2nd-generation) CO/Smoke Detector: No...

The 2nd-generation Nest Protect CO and Smoke Detector

I recently had to have my hot water heater replaced, and of course that meant that a county inspector had to come and sign off on the permit. While he was doing that, he asked me if our house had a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. "Sure," I replied, "It's in the basement near the furnace and hot water heater." Well, it turns out that changes in the building code have made it so at least one CO detector needs to be 15 feet away from each bedroom. This ended up being the perfect opportunity for me to try the 2nd-generation Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector ($99).

I stayed away from the first-generation model, as it had a reputation for being quirky and annoying. For example, you were supposed to be able to shut off a false alarm by waving your arms at it - that apparently didn't work that often. The design of the previous...

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12:56
Physicists create a 'quantum ruler' to...

A group of physicists from the Russian Quantum Center and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have come up with a new method of creating a special entangled quantum state, one that could be used as "a high-precision ruler" for measuring la...

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12:46
Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad...

Apple's forthcoming iOS 10 update will improve multitasking on the iPad by offering a new split-screen mode in Safari, allowing users to have two tabs open side-by-side simultaneously.

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12:42
Top 10 WWDC 2016 features from iOS 10, macOS Sierra...

We’ve done roundups on all of the new features schedule to hit Apple’s four platforms — iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. But after seeing hundreds of features, the amount of new items can all start to blend together. With this in mind, we’ve put together a compilation of 16 top features (4 each) from each of Apple’s four platforms. more…

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12:33
Report: Apple preparing for upcoming Apple Music...

A report today from The Korea Herald says Korea could be next to get access to Apple Music as officials from a music copyright organization in the country confirm it’s made deals with Apple for the launch.

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12:30
The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual...

Storytelling in virtual reality has yet to take shape. While the simulated world of gaming has proved the visual capabilities of the medium, few have taken a crack at the art of building a compelling narrative.

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12:27
Sketchy 'iPhone 7' pricing rumor points to...

A questionable rumor on Thursday reiterated the claim that Apple will sell 256-gigabyte versions of its upcoming "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus," while further suggesting there could be an even more expensive "Pro" lineup.

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12:08
Soon your drone can avoid collisions using radar

Drones are all fun and games until their rotors casually meet your body. To avoid injuries, lawsuits and costly repairs, techies have built collision avoidance systems so your unmanned aerial vehicle automatically swerves away from people and obstacl...

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11:42
There's a connected hearing aid, and it...

With every new gadget seemingly connected to the internet to automate your life, the question arises if a lot of those items are really useful. Now there's a hearing aid that connects to the Internet of Things, and before you dismiss it, this device...

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11:20
Adele's new album is finally coming to Apple...

Music streaming services can finally say “Hello” to Adele.

Recode has confirmed that Adele’s latest album 25 will be coming to Apple Music, Spotify, and all the other music streaming services on Friday starting at midnight. The album originally came out seven months ago, back in November 2015.

25 instantly became one of the best-selling albums ever, moving over three million copies in a single week. The album’s first single, “Hello,” was made available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify, as a promotional effort.

Adele was said to have been personally involved in the decision to withhold 25 from streaming during its initial release. And that decision seemed to have paid off. Since the release of 25,...

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11:15
Does the world need another first-person, team-based...

"I'm not the only asshole who had this idea a few years ago," Cliff Bleszinski says in between sips of a sugar-free Red Bull. He's perched in the lounge area of his studio's E3 meeting space, on the other side of a thin wall where a dozen journalists...

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10:56
Boston Dynamics made a robot dog that can do your...

While it may not be as heartwarming as Cal Worthington's dog, Spot, Boston Dynamic hopes its newest quadrupedal robot, SpotMini, will find a place in your home. The SpotMini is a smaller version of BD's existing BigDog line of robotic pack animals. I...

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10:53
Review: August Doorbell Cam is a modern doorbell...

Smart doorbells are an interesting category of connected appliances. There’s an undeniable cool factor in bringing your home to the Jetsons era when you add a video camera, mic, and speaker to your doorbell. I’ve been testing the August Doorbell Cam ($199), which replaces your existing doorbell and lets you see and communicate with visitors from your iPhone, and it’s not just the smart doorbell features that have interested me…

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10:32
President of Sage Bionetworks joins Apple’s health...

Stephen Friend, co-founder and president of Sage Bionetworks, is joining Apple's health care team, reports Business Insider. Sage Bionetworks launched in 2009 as part of his vision “to drive open science and fundamentally change the relationship between patients and their doctors.”

Friend will continue to work with Sage at a strategic level. There’s no word on what his title or duties at Apple will be. Sage Bionetworks has been a partner on most of the high-profile apps to come out on Apple's health-focused platforms, ResearchKit and CareKit.

In March the company released a data set that captured the everyday experiences of more than 9,500 people to help speed scientific progress toward treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease. The dataset, which consists of millions of data points collected on a nearly-continuous basis through the iPhone app mPower, is...

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10:22
FAA fines Amazon for two more shipments of unlabeled...

Last week, the FAA announced a $350,000 fine for Amazon after the retailer mishandled chemical shipments that resulted in injuries to UPS workers. Today, the agency hit the company with two more fines totaling $130,000 for similar incidents. In 2014,...

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10:18
Apple polls customers for feedback on streaming...

Apple is hunting for feedback on streaming video, presumably to help decide on a future direction for the Apple TV and/or video in general, AppleInsider learned on Thursday.

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10:06
Apple hires Sage Bionetworks president to work on...

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Friend has transitioned from his role as President of Sage Bionetworks to Chairman of the Board, and the promotion of Lara Mangravite to President. As chairman of the Board, Dr. Friend will continue to work with Sage at a strategic level while stepping away from responsibility for day to day operations. Dr. Friend has accepted a position with Apple Inc. where he will work on health related projects.

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10:01
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10:00
Instagram adds more video channels to your '...

Back in April, Instagram added a channel feature to the "Explore" feed inside its apps. Those video channels are getting a lot more options today, displaying content based on the topics that interest you most. In fact, there are 23 different categori...

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09:57
Rumor: Unconfirmed leak points to 256GB iPhone 7, “...

The iPhone 7 rumors are coming in at full force following WWDC and an unconfirmed leak from a Chinese web site shows alleged iPhone 7 pricing that has a new 256GB model will almost retain pricing of the current top of the line 128GB model.

A new 256GB model would replace the current 128GB as the top of the line as well as live up to previous rumors of Apple seeking a higher storage capacity. The rumored pricing below is allegedly showing a lineup that would include 32GB, 64GB, and 265GB models for the iPhone 7 and 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB models for the iPhone 7 Plus and a new iPhone Pro line.

This isn’t the first time an “iPhone Pro” has been mentioned and would fit into Apple’s recent release of an iPad Pro as well.

There was also a period when reports out of the...

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09:40
BitTorrent Adds Music, Video Streaming Options With...

Dan Rys, reporting for Billboard:As streaming continues to consolidate its foothold as a major force in the music-listening community, more and more players are getting into the increasingly crowded space. Today, BitTorrent announced it is adding an ad-supported streaming option to its BitTorrent Bundle offerings, which is officially re-launching as BitTorrent Now. But before anyone thinks the company is throwing its hat into the ring alongside Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal (or even Netflix and Hulu), BitTorrent Now isn't designed as a full-catalog competitor. Rather, its streaming component will be part of the distribution framework established with BitTorrent Bundle in 2013, giving artists who use its direct-to-fan platform the option to allow fans to stream their releases rather than download them. BitTorrent Now is currently available as an app on Android devices, with iOS and Apple TV apps on the horizon "shortly," according to a rep.

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09:36
AP: VW will shell out $10.2 billion to settle...

Volkswagen is set to pay $10.2 billion to settle claims in the emissions-dodging scandal, the AP reports. Last year, Volkswagen was caught using software that disguised the true emissions output of 600,000 of its diesel vehicles sold since 2008, and...

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09:33
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech solar Mac keyboard $...

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09:30
Streaks: A hands-on review of the Apple Design Award...

One of the winners of an Apple Design Award at last week's WWDC event was Streaks ($3.99), and for good reason. The app does one job very well -- it tracks up to six tasks that you want to accomplish, gently nudges you to complete them, and then shows you how you've done each day.

The joy of this app is that it's not overdone or overcomplicated like most "to-do-list" apps. Instead of letting you set up a huge, unreachable grocery list of tasks that you're bound to never accomplish, it maxes out at six tasks. Each task can be assigned a well-designed, clean icon so you know at a glance what task you're looking at, and there are hundreds of icons to choose from.

You can choose to reach your goal on specific days of the week, a certain number of days per week (for example, I really don't need to check my blood pressure every day, so I just do it three times per week), or every...

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09:28
Instagram’s text translation

In the coming month, you’ll see a translation button on feed stories and profile bios written in languages different from your own. The Instagram community has grown faster and become more global than we ever imagined. And we’re excited that you’ll soon be able to understand the full story of a moment, no matter what language you speak.

Sounds like a great feature.

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09:24
Charvel’s new flagship guitars

I’ve always loved Charvel.

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09:20
T-Mobile thanks customers with hour of in-flight...

T-Mobile on Thursday launched a pair of initiatives aimed at American travelers. In the first, the carrier is giving an hour of Gogo in-flight internet service to all domestic U.S. fliers, including what the company calls "those long-abused AT&T and Verizon customers."

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09:10
Solar Impulse makes first sun-powered Atlantic...

The Solar Impulse has become the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic on sun power alone. Piloted by Bertrand Piccard, it arrived in Seville, Spain this morning at 1:38AM ET, and was dramatically greeted by the nation's Patrulla Águila aerobat...

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09:00
New iTunes 12.4.1 glitch has been discovered

A new iTunes bug has been discovered that causes Apple Music playback issues related to tracks shorter than 60 seconds. MacRumors says it’s able to reproduce the issue on Macs running OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4.1. 

Specifically, when an Apple Music track shorter than 60 seconds is streamed in its entirety, without skipping ahead, the subsequent song in an album or playlist fails to play and appears to be in a state of perpetual buffering, the article says. The bug only affects tracks streamed through Apple Music, with songs and albums that have been stored locally on iTunes unaffected. The issue was unable to be reproduced on a Mac running macOS Sierra beta, nor on an iPhone running iOS 9.3.2, notes MacRumors.

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Clash Royale is even more addictive than Clash of...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

I’ve played a lot of free-to-play mobile games in my time, not only during the lifespan of this column but also in the years prior, and I honestly can’t recall a game that has completely enraptured me quite like Clash Royale. Truth be told, I didn’t believe the hype around it and I got blindsided.

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08:56
Apple’s fifth retail store in Hong Kong will open...

Apple's will open its fifth store in Hong Kong on June 30, reports AppleInsider. The New Town Plaza outlet will launch at 10 a.m. local time next Thursday in the Sha Tin district. Operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

 

This will bring the total number of retail stores in the country to 33. Apple’s goal is to have 40 retail stores open in China before the end of 2016. When the new Hong Kong store opens, the company will have 483 retail stores in 18 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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08:54
Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted, opens...

This is interesting.

According to users who’ve been testing the iOS 10 beta, Apple apparently left the operating system’s kernel unencrypted. Apple confirmed this on Wednesday, citing that the move was performed to streamline system performance.

An Apple spokesperson stated that because iOS 10’s kernel cache does not contain sensitive information, it does not need to be encrypted.

“The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” the representative said.

Apple traditionally obfuscates the kernel in order to protect its prized operating system from unwanted probing or reverse engineering, potentially by nefarious agents....

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08:52
Rumored iPhone 7 pricing shows 256GB model, 32GB...

With the iPhone 7 rumors in full force now following WWDC this month and the unveiling of iOS 10, the latest might be our first look at pricing for the device. An unconfirmed leak from Weibo (via PocketNow), where info from the Chinese supply chain has been known to appear in the past, shows alleged iPhone 7 pricing that has a new 256GB model will almost retain pricing of the current top of the line 128GB model.

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08:49
What to do when your iPhone or iPad is stolen

Mikah Sargent, writing for iMore, with a heart-sickening tale:

On the night of Monday, June 13, someone stole my 12.9-inch iPad Pro from my bag during the annual Beard Bash event. I won’t go into the gritty details, but suffice it to say my valuables (as well as those of my colleague Serenity Caldwell) were in a secure location. Unfortunately, secure doesn’t always mean nothing bad will happen, and in this case, something bad did happen: My iPad Pro was removed from my bag, Serenity’s belongings were stuffed into my bag to make it look full (I guess), and the iPad Pro went bye-bye.

Terrible.

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08:45
T-Mobile will offer unlimited data for European...

T-Mobile is continuing its practice of proving to everyone why it should be worthy of the "Un-carrier" moniker. This time around, the company is offering unlimited data with up to 4G LTE speeds throughout Europe for the rest of the summer.

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08:41
Apple to open fifth Hong Kong store on June 30 as...

Apple's will debut its fifth store in Hong Kong on June 30, reflecting the importance of both the city and the Chinese market in general.

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08:30
'Vampyr' and the gender politics of 1918...

Vampyr, the next game from Dontnod Entertainment features a white, male protagonist. For any other studio, this is de rigueur, something dictated by the gaming industry's presumed demographic. But for the team behind Life is Strange and Remember Me,...

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08:27
Bad ‘iPhone 7’ knockoffs continue hitting the web

We haven’t seen a radically different iPhone 7 design leak at this point yet, and that’s likely because the iPhone 7 or whatever Apple calls in this fall is widely expected to be another addition to the iPhone 6 series as far as design goes. But that hasn’t stopped the steady stream of bad knockoffs and mockups from surfacing online and in many cases being passed off as the real thing. Some of these iPhone 7 “leaks” are nice to look at but that’s about it.

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08:22
WWDC clues hint at Apple’s post-iPhone era

Great read from Neil Cybart. He walks through three distinct business models, from the Mac as digital hub, to the no central hub model (with iPad, iPhone, Mac, and iPod being equals), to the iPhone as hub model.

Very interesting, all with some numbers to back up the logic and a peek at the Neil’s take on the post-iPhone future.

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08:17
John Dvorak: Apple should spin off the Macintosh

No.

The Mac is an incredibly valuable part of Apple’s ecosystem. If people were, en masse, leaving the Mac for iOS, that might make some (albeit small) amount of sense. But the Mac is an integral part of Apple’s big picture strategy.

Spin off the Mac? I don’t think so.

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08:14
iOS 10 beta still encrypts user data, but not the...

The iOS 10 developer betas come with an unencrypted kernel. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has made encryption and user privacy a pillar of the iOS platform in recent years, but earlier this week, security researchers made a curious discovery: as reported by the MIT Technology Review, the operating system kernel in the iOS 10 betas released at WWDC last week is unencrypted. This makes it much easier to dig into the code and look for security flaws.

There was some speculation as to why Apple had done this or whether the company had even released an unencrypted kernel on purpose. After declining to comment initially, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to...

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08:10
Apple shows interest in expanding True Tone color...

While True Tone technology is currently exclusive to Apple's latest flagship iPad, a new patent application signals it has interest in expanding the color management capabilities to other devices, potentially ranging from as small as an Apple Watch to as large as an iMac.

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08:10
Check out the BBC's new 'Robot Wars'...

After a long hiatus, the much-loved gladiatorial game show Robot Wars is returning to the BBC. The new series, which will consist of six hour-long episodes, is bringing back the old House Robot gang to smash, drop and ultimately humiliate contestants...

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08:06
Petition urges Apple not to drop the headphone jack...

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition urging Apple not to ditch the headphone socket from the next version of the iPhone, notes the BBC.

Persistent rumors claim Apple plans to omit the 3.5mm socket to make their next smartphone thinner and more waterproof, with more room for the battery. Without a 3.5mm jack, the iPhone would use headphones with Lightning connectors and/or wireless headphones.

Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple (heck, the company hasn’t revealed any details about an iPhone 7). However, Sum of Us, a website "fighting for people over profits", which organized the petition, said: "Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste that likely won't get recycled."

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08:02
iOS 10 turned iMessage into an app discovery secret...

Caitlin McGarry, writing for Macworld, digs into iOS 10′s new iMessage app. An all around interesting read, but one particular paragraph stuck out.

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08:00
BitTorrent Now is an open, ad-supported music and...

Chances are, most people still think of BitTorrent as a tool to pirate the latest Game of Thrones episode -- but for several years now, the company has been using its peer-to-peer internet technology as a platform for independent musicians, filmmaker...

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08:00
BitTorrent Now is a radically different take on...

If you haven’t been paying attention to BitTorrent over the last few years and still equate the company with piracy, its plan to become a legitimate media company may come as a surprise. But BitTorrent, the company behind the peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol of the same name, just launched a streaming app that has already won over artists, musicians, and filmmakers. The app is available today on Android and coming soon to iOS and Apple TV.

BitTorrent Now emphasizes emerging artists, so content discovery is a high priority for the company. I’ve never heard of most indie bands from Brooklyn (despite living in Brooklyn), so how will I know which ones to listen to? BitTorrent has a team curating recommended projects inside the app, and there will also be a trending tab to see what’s popular with other BitTorrent users and on social media. You...

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07:51
∞ Links to macOS Sierra reviews

Here are some posts worth reading, each with an individual take after spending some quality time with the macOS Sierra beta.

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07:41
Science fund lets kids learn 3D printing, gene...

President Obama declared June 17 to the 23rd to be the National Week of Making, and what better way to celebrate than funding research for kids? The National Science Foundation (NSF) created a $1.5 million "early-concept grant" for five youth-oriente...

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07:40
Apple Says iOS Kernel Cache Left Unencrypted...

The iOS 10 kernel, which Apple released to enthusiasts last week, is not encrypted, according to a report. Security experts expressed their surprise and puzzlement over this in a report by MIT News. The iPhone maker, after remaining tight-lipped over the matter for a week, has now offered an explanation. In a statement to The Loop, Apple said: The kernel cache doesn't contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we're able to optimize the operating system's performance without compromising security.It is worth mentioning that Apple is talking about kernel's cache, whereas MIT News' original report talks about kernel code.


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07:39
Sir Jony Ive awarded honorary Doctor of Science by...
07:39
Fueled by Apple Watch, smartwatch prices surge as...

Though prices on activity trackers continue to drop, average selling prices on wearable devices still saw a major increase in the first quarter of 2016, boosted in large part by the availability of the premium-priced Apple Watch, according to new research.

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07:27
The Apple Watch helps wearables revenue accelerate...

Some pundits paint the Apple Watch as a failure, but that’s not the case. In the first quarter of 2016, worldwide revenue for wearable devices surged 133% to nearly $6 billion (at retail) year-on-year, fueled by connected watches, notably as Apple Watch passes its first birthday, according to Futuresource Consulting

While Apple’s smartwatch sales aren’t up to some analysts’ early forecasts,  Apple already ranks among the largest watchmakers in the world in revenue terms, behind giants Swatch and Rolex, and ahead of Fossil, Citizen, Casio, Richemont, LVMH and other well-known heavyweights in watch making. This serves as a stark reminder of Apple's global reach and pull and how smartphones have redefined market success, in terms of scale and rate of adoption, according to Futuresource.

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07:22
Alibaba founder says fake goods have 'no place...

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has written an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, restating his stance on pirated goods. Last week, while speaking at an investor conference, the WSJ quoted Ma as saying that counterfeit products are "of better quality and...

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07:02
BioLite camp stove add-on can cook wood-fired pizza

BioLite's latest add-on for its BaseCamp stove is perfect for outdoorsy types sick of eating chili and hotdogs while exploring the great outdoors. It's an oven that goes right on top of BaseCamp, and you can use it to make wood-fired pizza, flatbread...

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06:45
Perhaps we’ll see Thunderbolt Displays and iMacs...

Whenever Apple FINALLY gets around to updating the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, perhaps it will be even bigger and perhaps curved. Of course, the same could be said for an iMac update.

According to new data from the IDC research group, the presence of curved monitors is on the rise, with 1.2% market share in the first quarter of 2016. That’s not a lot of market share, but it represents year-over-year growth of 495%.

According to IDC, of the top 10 screen sizes, 23.8-inches wide and 31.5-inches wide saw the largest year-over-year growth, posting 91.4% and 183.2%, respectively, in the first quarter of the year. How about a Thunderbolt Display in two sizes? Or an “iMac Pro” with a 31.5-inch display?

Finally, monitors with TV tuners are expected to grow 1.3% year-over-year to 5.7% market share in 2017, up from 5.1% in 2015. Perhaps a future Thunderbolt Display and/or iMac will include such features. 

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06:44
News: Apple confirms iOS 10 kernel was left open to...

Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that the opening up of the iOS 10 kernel was an intentional decision on its part, citing performance optimizations as the main motivator for the move. Speaking to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson noted that “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security.”...

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06:39
Pluto might still have an ocean underneath its icy...

Thanks to New Horizons, we now know just how complex Pluto's surface is, with its mountain ranges, deep cracks, volcanoes, canyons and heart-shaped plain. Scientists think those tectonic features are the result of a subsurface ocean slowly freezing o...

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06:37
Apple designer Jony Ive receives honorary doctorate...

Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, was one of nine "distinguished" people to receive an honorary doctorate on Wednesday from the University of Oxford.

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06:35
T-Mobile offering free unlimited data to Simple...

If you’re one of the 2.5M Americans planning a European vacation this summer, T-Mobile has a pretty sweet deal for its Simple Choice customers: free unlimited data throughout July and August.

The Un-carrier today announced it’s unleashing summer travel, giving customers unlimited high-speed data, up to 4G LTE speeds, throughout Europe all summer long […]

Starting July 1st all the way through August 31st, T-Mobile’s giving Simple Choice customers unlimited high-speed data across all of Europe (except Andorra) – all at absolutely no additional cost – so you can share, Skype, snap and scope every moment of your European holiday … 

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06:18
Patent report: next gen Apple Pencil, devices that...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20160179222) that hints at a future versions of the Apple Pencil. It’s for a “stylus with touch sensor” (yep, Apple used the term “stylus”). Your finger’s location on the Apple Pencil would allow you to perform advanced device interactions. It would also support motion gestures such as running finer up or down the stylus to scroll.

 

The invention involves touch input that may include touch gestures in which a user's fingers move along the length of the stylus and may include rotational information indicative of how the stylus is being rotated between the user's fingers. The stylus may have a force sensor that monitors how firmly the stylus is...

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06:18
What iOS 10 can tell us about the new iPhone

There was a time when WWDC belonged to the iPhone. From the S cycle to the Retina display, FaceTime, and the App Store, some of the earliest iPhone breakthroughs were unveiled at Apple’s annual developer’s conference, with long stretches of keynote time devoted to specs and speed instead of software.

These days there’s a better chance of an Android app making an appearance on the big stage than a new iPhone. But even as WWDC has consciously shifted away from splashy hardware releases, the iPhone is still very much the star of the show. The iOS portion of the presentation is both the longest and the most significant, not just because it spotlights major changes and feature upgrades, but also in how it sets the tone and direction Apple’s next round of products will take.

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