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Friday June 24

FBI moves to keep its Tor hacking tool secret

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

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Apple’s differential privacy will be opt-in

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

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

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Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a...

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

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

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

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The clownish fight over who hacked the DNC

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

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Siri and accessibility

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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


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NASA tasks the Hubble Telescope with five more years...

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

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Uber will guarantee fares upfront, but surge prices...

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

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


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

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YouTube is bringing live broadcasting for all to its...

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

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

YouTube Creator Blog

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


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Mac: MacPaw Gemini 2

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

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Apple monitor with integrated GPU still expected...

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple still working on next-gen external display...

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

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Netflix offline viewing

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

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

Yes, please.

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iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless...

My thanks to iNVASIVECODE for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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Join our 5-day intensive iOS bootcamp. Our next available dates are:

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If you want a team of ex-Apple engineers and designers working for you, reach out.


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

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

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Honda launches 2017 Accord with Apple CarPlay option

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

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Tune in to watch President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg...

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

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

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

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WhatsApp users make 100 million calls a day

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

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

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Pluto's moon Charon features a massive, deep...

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

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Man brags about burglary on Facebook, now in jail

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

You’ve got to love stupid criminals.

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Roundup: The best external monitor alternatives to...

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

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The best tech and apps for your home office

By The Wirecutter Staff

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

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

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News: Incipio to acquire Skullcandy

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


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DARPA's 'Virtual Eye' lets soldiers...

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

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YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming...

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

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Because it’s Friday: Lintallica

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

Happy Friday, people!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 Apple Watch reportedly switching to Micro-LED...

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


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

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


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

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

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Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt...

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

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

Per Apple:

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

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

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

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

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New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and...

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

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

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

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Netflix working on offline viewing, could arrive by...

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

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Sweden debuts the world's first 'electric...

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

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Review: Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro

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

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MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease

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

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If Apple is smart, it has a Thunderbolt Display...

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

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

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

There have also been rumors of a...

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

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

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

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

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'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy...

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

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Apple may soon have an extra supplier of OLED...

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


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Apple retires its Thunderbolt Display without...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AppleInsider podcast shares hands-on impressions of...

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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Thursday June 23

Apple retires the Thunderbolt Display without...

Enlarge (credit: iFixit)

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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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∞ 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’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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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