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Saturday June 17

Bill Nye will be back on Netflix to save the world...

Bill Nye's Netflix talk show was met with mixed reviews, but it must have done well enough, because it's coming back for another season. The streaming platform has released an official teaser for Bill Nye Saves the World's second season, which the sc...

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Friday June 16

Airbnb is buying a scam-fighting background check...

Airbnb is getting more serious when it comes to keeping fraudulent listings and shady renters off the website. According to Bloomberg, the short-term rental platform is buying Trooly Inc., a startup specializing in background checks to fight off scam...

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This week on AI: Apple's 'iPhone 8'...

Following the intensity of WWDC, the heat of the iron softened to a warm glow this week, with reports all but confirming some of the features of upcoming iPhones -- as well as original video content becoming a key product at Apple.

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BBEdit 11.6.7

Fixes a number of bugs and crashes, and no longer attempts to load the built-in Consolas for BBEdit font. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)


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Uber sends apology email to its NYC riders

Uber's list of "issues" seems to grow with each passing day. Even when it tries to turn things around something goes wrong like one of its board members making a sexist remark and ending up leaving his seat. But it's still trying to convince its cust...

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'Spider-Man' is the latest big-budget...

Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego seem to be everywhere these days. Sony showed off a lengthy gameplay sequence from the upcoming Spider-Man video game at E3 this year, and the company's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, arrives in theaters t...

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Girl Scouts can start earning cybersecurity badges...

If your office in the future dodges a spearphishing attempt in the future, you might be thanking a Girl Scout. The organization partnered with Palo Alto Networks to release 18 new cybersecurity badges for members to earn over the next two years, with...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Art of Gravity makes Zen a...


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This week’s roundup includes a new game that helps you relax by smashing stuff. Plus, apps for travel, exercise, and more. Read on!

Art of Gravity

Image by Art of Gravity

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YouTube’s heatmaps show where eyes linger in VR...

YouTube's growing library of VR content is a definite asset in Google's struggle to dominate the virtual reality sphere. The video platform isn't just improving the consumer experience either, as it did when it added shared virtual viewing rooms and...

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PopChar X 8.0

Major new release of the character discovery utility enables you to create custom layouts. (€29.99 new, free update, 5.0 MB)


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Watch: 2017 vs. 2016 Apple iPad Pro comparison

Apple's newly released iPad Pro models offer a number of changes over their predecessors, but sorting out exactly what has been updated can be difficult. Thankfully, AppleInsider is here to help you make sense of it.

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France wants autonomous high-speed trains by 2023

According to reports from FranceInfo, the SNCF, France's national state-owned railway company, announced on Friday that it is actively working to develop and deploy autonomous trains that will operate along its high-speed TGV lines by 2023. The so-ca...

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Apple Daily Report for June 16, 2017

My Apple World Today compadre, Steve, is dealing with some family matters, so the usual AWT News Update (and podcast) won’t appear today. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

A special Lose your wallet page advertising a San Francisco promotion in which participants can use Apple Pay to get exclusive offers in Hayes Valley and the Marina . The offers run from June 23 to June 25, and will only be available to in-store customers using Apple’s mobile payment service for the transaction.

Charitybuzz has launched an auction in which the winning bidder will have lunch with Apple's services chief Eddy Cue at the company's newly constructed Apple Park headquarters in...

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Canada expects hacktivists will target its 2019...

It's Canada's turn to freak out about election hacking. At a news conference held today, the country's Communications Security Establishment (CSE) said it was likely that hackers would try to interfere with its 2019 elections.

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Glenn Close to star as a zombie in an Amazon pilot

Amazon has been hard at work beefing up its TV offerings lately, and there could soon be more reason to pay attention to the tech giant's original content. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmy-winning actress Glenn Close is set to star in Sea Oa...

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'Skull and Bones' is about pillaging your...

Pirates are back. As the Pirates of the Caribbean movie juggernaut refuses to let Jonny Depp rest for more than a year or two, Ubisoft's Skull and Bones takes the ship battles of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and turns them into grand-scale, five-on-f...

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Upcoming Apple Pay shopping event in San Francisco...

Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next weekend to promote the use of Apple Pay in stores and restaurants, with a number of merchants in two popular shopping areas offering exclusive discounts for customers using Apple's mobile payment platform to pay for goods and services.

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Now doctors need to be hackers, too

As far as anyone knows, there hasn't been a real-life hack attack on someone's pacemaker. Which is surprising. Security researchers have shown us that it's a very real possibility. Even the FTC has been urging connected-medical-device makers to adopt...

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Review: NIFTY Mobile Charger

There are a lot of accessory categories in the iPhone and iPad ecosystem that have become commoditized to the point where they often have so few distinguishing features that they're not worth reviewing. In the last year or so, external battery packs have solidly landed in this category, and as a result we've moved most of them into our Gear section, providing a few photos and a basic overview of their specs. However, every once in a while, a product comes along that offers something extra, and is thus still worth a closer look; NIFTY's new Mobile Charger is a good example of a battery pack that goes beyond the basics, both in design and capabilities, offering not only basic 2.1A charging for an iPhone or iPad through the standard USB port, but also offering ultra-fast USB-C charging for the iPad Pro and MacBook, and even the ability to charge two devices at once.{/exp:char_limit}

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Nintendo's New Lineup Electrifies E3

Nintendo previewed an impressive lineup of gaming content at E3 2017 this week, by many accounts. Its collection of new titles and targeted versions of some of the industry's hottest third-party content seemed to validate surprisingly strong sales of the Nintendo Switch console. Moving easily from a living room big screen to a mobile gaming device, the Switch already has gained a significant following. Nintendo unveiled a stream of new titles from some of its most renowned video game franchises, while adding new games that are designed to work specifically for the Switch, which offers a unique gaming experience.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to take you on a '...

Kickstarter games are, pardon the cliché, a dime a dozen. Everyone and their business partner wants to get in on the crowd-funded interactive entertainment business, even if things don't always work out. Coleco failed on Indiegogo, but came to...

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'The Lost Legacy' takes 'Uncharted...

Deep in the mountainous region of India's Western Ghats, Chloe and Nadine are in trouble. The two treasure hunters have a clue to the whereabouts of the Tusk of Ganesha, a mystical artefact, but keep stumbling into an Indian rebel leader called Asav....

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Swing your arms to move in the VR shooter '...

Movement is a tricky thing in virtual reality. If you move too quickly, you risk getting sick and disoriented. Because of that, most developers have opted for teleporting in VR games: the act of pointing to a spot that you can see, and instantly warp...

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Hands-on: $499 gesture-controlled DJI Spark drone...

The first DJI Spark orders are now on their way to customers, and AppleInsider offers a first look at what comes in the box with the diminutive new gesture-controlled flying camera, which aims to make it simpler than ever to fly a drone.

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Hands-on: 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro – pricey, but...

The 2017 iPad that Apple launched earlier this year was inexpensive, but it was also about dealing with various compromises. The display, for instance, lacked anti-glare and lamination properties of more modern iPads, and the speakers weren’t nearly as good as the latest Apple hardware.

But price can be a compelling feature as well, and the 2017 iPad’s $329 entry point appealed to the masses.

The new iPad Pro, however, concedes nothing to price. It’s an all-in product that cuts no corners. Its starting price is basically double the standard iPad at $649, and can quickly balloon up to entry-level MacBook Pro and iMac territory.

But is the updated iPad Pro, with its newly available 10.5-inch form factor and 120Hz ProMotion display, worth it? Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for more details....

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Samsung's art-inspired Frame TV will be...

Samsung's The Frame TV, which looks like a piece of artwork when not in use, will be available for purchase this Sunday, the company said in an announcement. It comes in two sizes along with a handful of optional, interchangeable bezels.

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New FDA policies could hasten approvals of '...

The FDA is making an effort to keep up with the digital world. The commissioner of the FDA said in a statement yesterday that the agency would be outlining ways to streamline the regulation of digital health devices.

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'Aztez' let me live my fantasy of being an...

When I heard someone had made a beat-em-up game based on the Aztec civilization and that I would be getting the chance to play it at this year's E3, I couldn't have been more excited. As someone of Mexican descent who's passionate about his culture,...

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'Circle of Saviors' made me equal parts...

Circle of Saviors is more fun than it should be. The cooperative hack-and-slash VR game glues you to a single spot, and you wield a shield and sword using HTC Vive controllers. Your buddy is armed with a crossbow (which is actually a Vive controller...

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Amazon’s ready to own the future of grocery shopping

"When I look at the menu," Jeff Bezos allegedly said, "you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had." He was explaining to Matt Rutledge, founder of Woot, why Amazon had bought his online anti-retailer for $110 million. Bezos justifi...

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Cook Gives Up a Few Crumbs of Apple Auto Info

News about Apple's plans for the automotive market have been dripping slowly from the company for months, and CEO Tim Cook this week released a few more drops from the faucet. Apple's auto efforts are zeroing in on autonomous systems, he said. Self-driving is a core technology that Apple considers very important to its auto plans, but it's very challenging from an artificial intelligence perspective, Cook noted, characterizing it as "the mother of all AI projects." A major disruption is ahead for the transportation industry, he predicted.

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Snipers, tanks and turrets don't exist in...

First-person, team-based shooters like Overwatch, Monday Night Combat and Team Fortress 2 all share a collection of common tropes. Players typically compete to move payloads or hold objectives, with teams built from a collection of classic character...

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Microsoft is shipping a $129 Bluetooth keyboard with...

Apple finally brought Touch ID to the Mac with the new MacBook Pros last fall, but there’s still no official way to log in to a desktop Mac with your fingerprint. Microsoft is introducing a new macOS-compatible Modern Keyboard with what it calls a hidden fingerprint reader.


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Apple hires two Sony executives to head video...

Apple today announced that Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two of television’s most creative and successful executives, are joining Apple in newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programming. Erlicht and Van Amburg will lead video programming worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue. They join Apple from Sony Pictures Television where they have served as presidents since 2005, and have been responsible for some of the most popular and widely acclaimed programming of the past decade, including favorites such as Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, The Crown, Rescue Me and many more.

Apple is getting serious about video content.


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Podcast helped free a Swedish man after 13 years in...

If you're in prison for murder, may I suggest getting yourself onto a podcast? It worked for Kaj Linna, a Swedish man just released from prison after a podcast got him a retrial.

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9to5Rewards: Olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 7...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Wellbots, a US-based online retailer that specializes in smart products like drones, robots, wearables, home automation devices, connected toys and more.

The company has the Olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (pictured above and below) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 


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Apple's eGPU developer's kit is promising...

After hammering on Apple's external GPU developer's kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users.

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Mini-review: The 2017 MacBook comes into its own

Andrew Cunningham

The MacBook Air has been one of Apple's most popular, most enduring laptop designs, but that wasn't always the case. When the first version of the laptop was released back in 2008, you had to pay too high a price for its thinness and lightness. And I'm not just talking about the literal price of the thing, either, although its $1,799 starting price was steep by any standard.

No, the main problems were that its anemic port selection made it annoying to use with the accessories of the day, while the available processors and hard drives made for a really slow, frustrating computer. It was way thinner and lighter than anything else you could get at the time, but most of the compromises weren't worth it.


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Jeff Bezos crowdsources ideas for his philanthropy

It's no secret that Jeff Bezos has made a massive amount of money from Amazon, so much so that he's the second richest man in the world according to Bloomberg. And now, he's ready to give his money away -- and wants you to help tell him how.

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'Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite' and '...

Other than an impressive Monster Hunter World preview, the Capcom booth at E3 2017 is also home to demos for two big releases due later this year. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 picks up where the first bundle left off, jumping into the 16-bit era with...

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Amazon buys Whole Foods sent a shock wave through the grocery industry Friday when it announced plans to buy Whole Foods Market and formally enter the world of bricks-and-mortar retail.


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Fight Zombies in a 1930s adventure serial with...

There was a time when video games about surviving a zombie horde was novel. They presented an exciting challenge wherein the player was pitted against a seemingly endless stream of mindless enemies. The Resident Evil series, the original Dead Rising...

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FDA developing pilot program to streamline approvals...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week released a statement on how the government agency is aiming to streamline innovation of digital health and medical technology through a new approach to regulating devices:


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Bixby's voice features aren't finished,...

Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby generated untold levels of hype before the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched, but the version we actually got to use still feels half-baked. While the company still hasn't locked down when Bixby's voice search and contr...

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The Size of iPhone's Top Apps Has Increased by...

Research firm Sensor Tower shares an analysis: As the minimum storage capacity of iPhone continues to increase -- it sits at 32 GB today on the iPhone 7, double the the iPhone 5S's 16 GB circa 2013 -- it's not surprising that the size of apps themselves is getting larger. In fact, Apple raised the app size cap from 2 GB to 4 GB in early 2015. What's surprising is how much faster they're increasing in size compared to device storage itself. According to Sensor Tower's analysis of App Intelligence, the total space required by the top 10 most installed U.S. iPhone apps has grown from 164 MB in May 2013 to about 1.8 GB last month, an 11x or approximately 1,000 percent increase in just four years. [...] Of the top 10 most popular U.S. iPhone apps, the minimum growth we saw in app size since May 2013 was 6x for both Spotify and Facebook's Messenger. As the chart above shows, other apps, especially Snapchat, have grown considerably more. In fact, Snapchat is more than 50 times larger than...

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CarPlay standard on all trim levels of 2018 Subaru...

Subaru has announced pricing for its latest Crosstrek compact SUV today. Details about the 2018 model include the news that CarPlay will be standard with all of the available trim levels.


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Ex-Bungie developers crafted the most promising VR...

It's hard not to love Quill, the swashbuckling mouse heroine of Moss, an upcoming PlayStation VR game from Polyarc Games. She's adorable, with huge ears, a fetching adventurer's bandana and an ever-so-tiny backpack. And she kicks butt -- thanks to a...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Studio Wireless...

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.


Daily Deals: Beats Studio...

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Watch: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K...

All of Apple's 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider's video review.

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Atari is indeed working on a new console, says CEO

When Atari first revealed its Ataribox project at E3 this year, the announcement was met with skepticism as to whether the teaser was even real. The company hadn't made a home game console in more than 30 years and yet it was choosing 2017 to get bac...

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Happy Hour Podcast 124 | iOS 11 tidbits, new iPad...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the good and the bad of the first iOS 11 beta, drag and drop on iPad and how it could come to the iPhone 8, 10.5-inch iPad Pro reviews, and Planet of the Apps impressions after episode one. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Charity auction offers lunch with Eddy Cue at Apple...

Apple services chief Eddy Cue has followed CEO Tim Cook in offering a lunch date to the winner of a charity auction, with the latest Charitybuzz lot aiming to raise funds for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation through the sale of a meeting with the executive at the new Apple Park headquarters.

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Breaking Bad execs move to Apple to lead original...

Enlarge / The fourth-generation Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple just made its most serious move into original video content we've seen to date. The company announced it hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents from Sony Pictures Television, to fill newly created positions that oversee "all aspects of video programming." Erlicht and Van Amburg are credited with elevating Sony's television business by developing shows including Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, and The Blacklist. Erlicht and Van Amburg will report to Apple's Eddy...

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Amazon devours Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7B...

A blockbuster deal announced Friday morning will see e-commerce giant Amazon buy organic and all-natural food vendor Whole Foods in an all-cash deal -- and other retailers and grocers are seeing massive stock drops because of it.

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Eddy Cue auctioning Apple Park lunch meet up for...

Last month it was Tim Cook auctioning lunch at Apple Park for charity (which raised $688,999), and now it’s Eddy Cue’s turn. The SVP of Apple’s Internet Software and Services is working with Charitybuzz to raise money for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.


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A Ferrari, some people standing on a carpet, and...

Can’t help but watch this over and over. Here’s hoping no one got hurt.

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iPad Pro Diary: I thought I could resist the 10.5-...

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

Upgrading more often than the average person is an occupational hazard of gadget addicts – and even more so of tech writers. But I do at least try to resist when an update is a relatively minor one.

I’d hoped that would be the case with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. After all, I already owned the 9.7-inch Pro, so already had some of the more advanced features like True Tone. And 10.5 inches isn’t that much bigger than 9.7 inches, right?

Still, I had to be sure, so I wandered into the Regent Street Apple Store to try one out

There’s something about this so-called goldilocks iPad Pro, something compelling, in the same way as AirPods are compelling, but calling out from an already mature product line.


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Jeff Bezos wants ideas ideas for philanthropy, so he...

New York Times:

On Thursday, Mr. Bezos sent a tweet to his more than 222,000 followers asking for suggestions for philanthropic giving. He specifically asked for ideas that could help the world in the near term, a contrast to long-term personal investments he has made in for-profit companies with social impact, like Blue Origin, a space firm, and The Washington Post.

Here’s the Tweet:

Request for ideas…

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017

Amazing times we live in. Have a world changing cause worth supporting? Send Jeff a reply.


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News: Apple hires two top executives from Sony...

Apple is continuing its push into original TV programming, announcing today that it has hired two senior television executives from Sony Pictures Television into new positions that will oversee all aspects the company’s video programming efforts. The two new execs, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg have both served as presidents at Sony Pictures Television since 2005 and have been responsible for a number of hits such as Breaking Bad, Better…

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‘Next big thing’ coming soon to Pokémon Go, hints...

A two-sentence notice on Niantic’s support website hints at a major update to Pokémon Go.

Heads Up: Gyms will soon be closing temporarily for remodeling. Any Pokémon you’ve assigned to Gyms will be returned to you at that time.

While that might not seem much of a clue, it is when viewed in context …


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Apple Watch watchOS 4 wishes you a happy birthday

[VIDEO] A cool feature, true, but what really stuck with me watching this video (embedded in main Loop post) was how bright, vibrant, and smoothly animating that screen is. Far, we’ve come.

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Bob Seger catalog now streaming on Apple Music

Bob Seger's iconic music catalog makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes 12 platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger's debut album, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man. 

The albums are streaming on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify iHeart Radio, Napster, and Slacker Radio. Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Seger was named Billboard's 2015 Legend of Live honoree at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards.

Earlier this month, Seger announced he and his Silver Bullet Band will embark on a North American Runaway Train Tour starting in August.  The tour was announced June 1st on the heels of his highly anticipated Pine Knob Music Theatre show in Detroit selling out in 9 minutes during the fan club pre-sale.  Special guest, Nancy Wilson of Heart, will appear on select dates.

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Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair...

Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Televisions executives previously responsible for programming like "Breaking Bad" and "The Goldbergs"

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News: Daily Deal: Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Case with Airo Shock Protection for only $34.99 — that’s 41% of the normal price. This tech-savvy case will protect your iPhone from drops of up to 45 feet using Airo Shock technology to absorb tremendous amounts of impact without adding any bulk to your iPhone. The raised front lip prevents the screen from hitting the round, and the case only adds 2mm to the thickness…

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Outstanding Deal: Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera...

Ask most iPhone photographers what changes they'd like made to their favorite camera and they tell you they wish the camera could take macro or wide angle shots. Those capabilities aren't built into the iPhone yet, but fortunately there are accessory lenses. Don't get caught spending $100 or more on expensive lenses for an iPhone you'll only have for a few years -- instead, you can get this Acesori 5-piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit for $10.

You get five pieces (actually more if you're counting...) -- three lenses (a 180° fish eye lens, a Macro Lens for ultra closeups, and a wide angle lens for taking landscape photos and video. Add to that...

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Neil Cybart: Detailed thoughts on the HomePod

Neil’s a smart guy and this is a fantastic read. A few tastes:

Apple is not overselling the device’s speaker capabilities. In a somewhat controlled environment resembling a typical living room, HomePod’s sound output clearly stood out from that of Amazon Echo and Sonos Play 3. In fact, it made the Amazon Echo sound like a cheap toy, and the Sonos Play 3 sounded so inferior, I wondered if something was wrong with the Sonos.


HomePod’s value isn’t found in asking Siri for sports scores or controlling the kitchen lights. HomePod’s value is found in an A8 chip controlling a series of microphones and speakers.

HomePod is a computer capable of mapping a room and then adjusting its sound output accordingly. This is another way of saying that HomePod is able to capture its surroundings and then use that information to tailor a specific experience to the listener. It is easy to see how collecting data and then using that data to improve the experience will...

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Jamie Erlicht, Zack Van Amburg join Apple to lead...

Apple is ramping up its efforts to create original TV programming. Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two successful TV execs, are joining the company in newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programming. 

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg

Erlicht and Van Amburg will lead video programming worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. They join Apple from Sony Pictures Television.

Under their leadership, the studio’s slate of original primetime series more than tripled, growing to include many of TV’s most acclaimed shows. They have extensive expertise producing television for global audiences and creating programming for a wide range of services, including shows for Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. Their roster of programs — which have won 36 Emmys and dozens of Golden Globes, AFI and WGA awards — have included fan favorites such as Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, ...

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Apple hires two top Sony Television executives to...

Apple has hired two top Sony Television executives Jamie Ehrlicht and Zack Van Amburg, to take up new positions as co-heads of video programming worldwide for Apple. The company announced the hirings in a press release.

The execs oversaw blockbuster TV shows including Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and The Crown. It seems like Apple is now taking original content production seriously.


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Survey: 19% of Apple buyers want a HomePod

According to a new survey, 19% of those who already own Apple products want a HomePod as their smart home speaker. The $349 system is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. 

It will be available in both space gray and white. The HomePod also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

The survey had 2,000 participants and across that entire population, Amazon took first and second place with 17% interested in the Echo and 12% for the Dot. HomePod and Google Home tied for third with 11%. Note that these numbers represent what device respondents felt were best for their life, not an intention to buy. 

Forty-one percent of those surveyed expressed interest in buying a HomePod; however, most added that cost was the most important deciding factor. Apple’s smart speaker goes on sale in December.

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Startup making paper out of stones, not trees


To make a ton of regular paper requires 100 tons of water, TBM says, while its Limex paper is made without water. In place of 20 trees, it uses less than a ton of limestone, as well as 200 kilograms of polyolefin. The five-year-old startup recently raised an additional 1 billion yen ($9.1 million) from an existing backer, and aims to list its shares by 2020.

Limestone is plentiful, water, obviously, not. Surprisingly, paper use is growing rapidly, demand said to double by 2030. This is an interesting play.

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AppleInsider talks 10.5" iPad Pro experience,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk iPad Pro 10.5", which iPad offers the best value, iOS 11, augmented reality, and much more.

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Apple nixes Target Display Mode support for 2017 4K...

You might be irked about this.

While the 2017 iMacs are getting good reviews, they’re currently unable to support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

Target Display Mode, which first debuted on the 2009 27-inch iMac, allowed users to turn an iMacs internal display into an external monitor, a feature some users felt would help prolong the life of the iMac after it went obsolete.

The feature was continued in the Mid-2010 refresh of the iMac, and then extended across the entire iMac lineup etween releases in Mid 2011 and Mid 2014. However, the feature was not supported in the Late 2014 5K iMac, apparently due to the fact that a single Thunderbolt 2 cable could not drive the full resolution of the new ultra high resolution display. No iMacs since have supported Target Display Mode.


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CIA has been hacking dozens of wifi routers for...

The latest documents posted by WikiLeaks reveal that the CIA has been hacking wireless routers for years. One particular hack, known as CherryBlossom, allowed the agency to monitor all Internet activity of a target, and even redirect their browser to government-created phishing sites …


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European Commission abolishes roaming charges,...

This’ll come in handy if you’re hitting the road soon.

A new European Union law came into effect on Thursday that abolishes roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad. The new rules mean that European citizens traveling within the EU that call, text, and browse the internet on their mobile devices will be charged the same price they pay in their home country.

Prior to this, roaming charges were added to the cost of calls, SMS text messages, and web browsing when outside users traveled in the EU and had to connect to another cellular network. This, in turn, led to what amounted to notorious/exorbitant fees for relatively moderate data usage.

The European Commission offered the following statement:

“Each time a European citizen crossed an EU border, be it for holidays, work, studies or just for a day, they had to worry about using their mobile phones and a high phone bill from the roaming charges when they came home. The European Union is...

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Why I chose the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro over the 10.5...

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the current darling of the Apple tablet line-up and my Apple World Today compadre, Steve Sande, loves it. However, I’ve gone with the revamped 12.9-inch version.

Why? Up to now, I’ve not found the iPad Pro to be a suitable laptop replacement, despite what CEO Tim Cook may think. However, with iOS 11, I feel this may change. If so, I want my new “laptop” to have as much screen real estate as possible.

Most of my work is done on a new 27-inch iMac — which is, BTW, the best Mac ever — but sometimes I do need to conduct my AWT editorial duties when traveling. Not a great deal of the time, but enough that I’ve always needed a Mac laptop. We’ll see if that changes...

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Slide in AAPL stock price continues into 5th day,...

Apple shares dropped a further 0.6% yesterday, making five straight days of decline. There has also been an increase in the number of investors ‘shorting’ AAPL – effectively betting that the share price will fall.

But while some are pointing to the dramatic scale of the total loss in market capitalization, others say that the numbers need to be viewed in context.

One commentary noted that the total loss in value experienced by the five largest U.S. tech companies in one week was enough to have bought Boeing …


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Satechi’s Aluminum Monitor Stand works great with...

If you need a sleek stand for Apple’s revamped iMac, Satechi’s $39.99 Aluminum Monitor Stand is a fine choice. This accessory is both functional and good-looking and is also great for using with laptops or monitors. 

The Aluminum Monitor Stand raises iMacs, monitors or laptops for a more comfortable viewing angle. This helps reduce eye and neck strain by promoting good posture. The stand also improves ventilation for your Mac, as well as opening up some desktop real estate by adding an additional platform to organize a tablet, laptop, charging station, smartphone, office supplies, printers or other device. 

It can support up to 31 pounds. The 27-inch iMac weighs 21 pounds, so the Aluminum Monitor Stand can handle pretty much any Mac or...

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19% of Apple owners ‘very interested’ in buying...

A survey of more than 2,000 people shows that 19% of those who own existing Apple devices are ‘very interested’ in buying the HomePod. This compares to 13% interest across the population as a whole.

Across all intending smart speaker buyers, the HomePod was equal-third in the rankings …


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The best Mac games of 2017 (so far)

By Ric Molina of MacGamer

At MacGamer HQ, we’ve a detailed post on the best Mac games of 2017. Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac.

But this year, oh boy, it could go down as the best year for Mac gaming since OS X was released. Really.

The release of MacOS 10.12.4 in April seems to have provided the Metal upgrade developers needed to finish some of the top ports. Within weeks of its release, we saw F1 2016, Total War: Warhammer and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy released, and that promises more exciting releases for the next several months.

Our list of the best Mac games of 2017 (so far) include Mafia 3, Total War: Warhammer, F1 2016, Obduction, Dawn of War 3, Torment: Tides of Numenera, The Witness, Guardians of the Galaxy, Day of Infamy, Yooka-Laylee, Owlboy, Hollow Knight, Night in the Woods,...

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Notable apps and app updates for June 16, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Matrix News has introduced Matrix News 1.0. It’s a $0.99 “speaking” RSS reader and radio player app. Matrix News allows you to view all of your preferred news sources and play your favorite radio stations from a single place.

Spiny Software has launched its automatic bird song identifier, ChirpOMatic. The $1.99 app is designed to make bird song identification accessible to all.

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Qoppa Software has announced...

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For Father’s Day: 14 fabulous movies to stream with...

These films showcase touching relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters.

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Thursday June 15

18:17 debuts original mini-shows from NBC and... debuts its first original shows today -- the first of a few it will be rolling out over the coming weeks. The company has signed original content deals with entertainment groups Viacom, NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines.

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Apple Music for Android updated w/ bug fixes and...

Apple today is rolling out a minor update to its Apple Music app on Android. The update brings the app to version 2.1 and brings under-the-hood improvements. The update is available now on the Play Store.


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Spotify Continues To Grow Faster Than Apple Music...

Joe Rossignol reports via Mac Rumors: Spotify today announced it now has over 140 million subscribers worldwide, including users that only listen to the free ad-supported tier. Spotify last said it had over 100 million subscribers in June 2016, so it has gained around 40 million listeners in one year to remain the world's largest streaming music service. Spotify didn't update its number of paying subscribers, which stood at over 50 million worldwide as of March 2017. By comparison, Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference last week announced that Apple Music now has 27 million paying subscribers, just weeks before the streaming music service turns two years old. Apple Music doesn't have a free tier, and Apple doesn't regularly disclose how many users are using the free trial.


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With power & software improvements, how close is...

Last night, a set of benchmarks emerged showing just how powerful Apple’s iPad Pro lineup has become, even beating the top-tier MacBook Pro in some instances. Apple continues to market the iPad Pro as a PC replacement, and with the improvements in iOS 11, it seems the device is as close to that as ever before.

Could/has the iPad Pro replace your laptop or desktop?


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Art, History and 3D Printing

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, last month debuted its Reboot Reality exhibit, which includes numerous installations with an interactive component. Visitors can don Occulus VR headsets to appreciate classical works of art in virtual reality -- a completely new museum experience. There long has been a debate on what constitutes "art" -- and opinions have differed as to how music, film, radio and TV fit in. In recent years, there have been compelling arguments both for and against the designation of video games as "art."

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Apple Airport not on latest 'Vault 7' list...

The latest dump of "leaked" documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the "Cherry Blossom" firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company's factories -- but Apple Airport hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort.

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Lowest Price Ever: 32GB Apple TV for $99 ($50 off)...

While supplies last, shoppers can save $50 instantly on Apple's 4th generation 32GB TV, bringing the price down to $99 with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. At under $100, this is the lowest price we've seen to date from an Apple authorized reseller.

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2017 4K, 5K iMacs won't support Target Display...

Apple has definitively stated that new 2017 iMacs will not support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

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Report claims Nest open to HomeKit compatibility,...

A new report claims that Google's smart thermostat and smart home hardware vendor Nest is considering a move to support HomeKit -- but few hard details are available and new information suggests that compatibility isn't coming any time soon.

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AWT News Update: June 15, 2017

The super-speedy iPad Pro

Already halfway through the month of June? Tell us it's not true! At least we have some good news to keep you from getting too depressed. 

  • Apple World Today has just posted a video "first look" at macOS High Sierra that all Mac owners should watch
  • Those new iPad Pros are not only fast, but they're actually faster in many ways than Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro
  • IBM is setting up "Garages" where developers will create apps for the Apple-IBM MobileFirst initiative.
  • Alphabet's Nest may be looking at supporting Apple HomeKit after an announcement last week at WWDC that software authentication of accessories will now be accepted

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Vintage Analog Hardware vs Apollo and Unison Plug‑Ins

Jacquire King speaks the same way he produces and mixes records: he’s direct, to-the-point, and avoids unnecessary hype. It’s an approach that has served the 50-year-old Washington, D.C. native well, from his previous perch at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios to his Grammy-winning work with Kings of Leon, Buddy Guy, and Tom Waits.

This video demonstrates perfectly why I love Universal Audio so much for recording and mixing. They care so deeply about matching their plug-ins to the analog counterparts that you can’t tell the difference. I use an older Apollo twin and UA plug-ins in all of my recordings.


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macOS High Sierra: A First Look

Last week we brought you a video highlighting some of the features of the upcoming iOS 11 release. Today, we're happy to show you a similar video that covers several of the marquee features of macOS 10.13 "High Sierra". 

Like the video? Be sure to give it a "thumbs-up" on YouTube. You can get notified of all of our video releases by subscribing to the Apple World Today YouTube channel

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Analyst predicts sales of 41.5 million iPhones in...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri forecasts shipments of 41.5 million iPhone units in the current June 2017 quarter. This would be an increase from the 40.4 million smartphones the tech giant sold in the June quarter of 2016.

While the "iPhone 8" could be announced in the September quarter, Arcuri doesn't expect it to find its way into the hands of consumers until the December quarter. He thinks the timing of the launch is largely irrelevant, as he sees the handset being a "powder keg" for sales and the company's stock price.

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Review: AKG N60 On-Ear Headphones

It wasn’t too long ago that Active Noise Cancelling was a magic trick owned by one company, on one type of headphone, with one sound signature. Now it seems like ANC is everywhere, available in over-ear, in-ear, and battery-free in-ear Lightning headphones. AKG’s N60 on-ear headphones with ANC adds even more choice for the consumer. We trusted our ears to the N60 for a few weeks of commuting; the N60 has some minor ergonomic issues and can’t deliver complete silence, but we found it to be a solid choice if you’re a fan of on-ear headphones.

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Scott Forstall to talk about creating the iPhone

The iPhone 360 explores the story of iPhone, from its prehistory, inception, and launch, to its evolution and impact. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary year of the iPhone launch in 2007, iPhone 360 includes integrated initiatives across the Computer History Museum to create new collections of artifacts and oral histories, scholarly research and insights, dynamic events, and educational content and curriculum.

Scott has been very quiet since leaving Apple a few years ago, so this should be an interesting discussion.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Canada bans locked cellphones and unlocking...

The Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that as of Dec. 1, 2017, all cell phones and other mobile devices sold in Canada must be provided unlocked. Further, as of that date, Canadian cellular carriers will also be prohibited from charging any fees for individual and small business wireless service customers to have their mobile devices unlocked....

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Apple Music rival Spotify tops 140 million free...

Keeping ahead of Apple in on-demand streaming, Spotify on Thursday revealed that it has over 140 million active users worldwide, including both Premium customers and people on its free ad-supported tier.

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Review: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K...

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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What’s Coming in tvOS 11

Despite no mention during the WWDC keynote, tvOS 11 is on the way. Just don’t get your hopes up.


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