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Saturday July 23

11:00
Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple


Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P -- the first Chromebook to get the upgrade -- is an impressive example of what will come with the hybrid integration of Chrome OS and Android apps. The performance is not flawless, but many of the apps work well enough to offer a nonplussed working experience.

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09:30
New in our buyer's guide: All the phones (just...

It took us a while, but now that we've reviewed the Moto Z, we think we're done testing flagship phones until the iPhone 7 or next Galaxy Note come out (whichever arrives first). With that in mind, we can now confidently say that the following phones...

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09:20
We need more books about the present

Om Malik:

As an avid reader, I am often amazed how much of our written materials are about the past (or the near past) and the future (and the near future) but never about the present. Is present too boring? Or is too real? Or is it too incomplete to merit a careful and long deliberation.

That’s an interesting point. I hadn’t really considered that before.

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09:00
Opinion: 2016 MacBook – two months later

During my first few weeks with the 2016 MacBook, this machine could do no wrong. I gladly looked passed its shortcomings, because it was beautiful — highly functional, even.

Two months in, and the infatuation stage has predictably elapsed and reality has started to set in. Was it a mistake to make the 12″ ultra-portable machine my full-time work rig? more…

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08:09
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, iOS 10...

In this week’s top stories: The latest iPhone 7 leaks and mockups, Pokemon Go mania continues, and we go hands-on with the latest iOS 10 and macOS betas.

more…

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08:00
Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage...

By Cat DiStasio

When it comes to advances in automotive technology, the search for alternative fuels is pretty exciting. Of course, you've heard about biodiesel engines converted to run on used vegetable oil that sputter out little more than water a...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Social media's effect on...

How technology
disrupted the truth
Katharine Viner,
The Guardian

Stories spread around Facebook and Twitter before they're even confirmed to be true. By the time they are or aren't, it doesn't matter. The news already made its way around the inter...

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06:00
ICYMI: Bubba Watson builds a jetpack, Facebook flies...

Today on In Case You Missed It: To celebrate the return of golf to the Olympics, PGA Tour Pro Bubba Watson is teaming up with Oakley to create the "Bubba Watson Jetpack" -- a mode of transportation sure to blow the roof off of conventional golf...

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05:37
iPhone 7 to be released during the week of September...

Evan Blass, prominent leaker and VentureBeat reporter, has revealed what he believes to be the release window for the next iPhone. If his hunch is correct, then we should expect the iPhone 7 and its various iterations to be released during the week of September 12th, 2016.

more…

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05:00
G-Technology announces enhanced storage solutions

Western Digital Corp. has announced that its G-Technology product lines are getting more capacity and increased performance to keep up with the growing needs of creative professionals and consumers capturing vast amounts of high-resolution content, including video and digital photography.

“By 2020, industry experts predict that the media and entertainment industry’s storage requirements will grow by nearly five times, and the average consumer will need an enormous 5.2TB of storage,” says Mike Williams, vice president of G-Technology. “G-Technology is dedicated to providing reliable, fast, stylish and easy-to-use storage solutions that fit the current and future needs of professionals and consumers alike.”

With high-resolution capture...

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04:30
Avira launches Mac Antivirus Pro, which is optimized...

Avira, a security software company, has launched Mac Antivirus Pro, a channel-optimized version of its AV security software for OS X devices.

Avira’s Mac Antivirus Pro was designed for channel resellers to serve business customers with mixed-OS environments. The new Pro version features simplified cross-platform software installation and a new product licensing model that allows resellers to use the same paid license...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: More iPhone 7 rumors, iCloud...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 22, 2016

The summer makes for a slow news season. The big news this week was the release of updates to the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas. Apple also put out updates for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes. While you’re waiting for those updates to install, you can catch up on the important Apple headlines from the past week. Click on the link for more information.

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00:40
This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new...

While much of the week was dominated by nearly identical "iPhone 7" leaks, we did learn a little bit more about the "Apple Car," and Apple itself released a bevy of software updates, while bringing Apple Pay to more markets.

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Friday July 22

23:28
Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google...

An Oregon man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple and Google email accounts, including a number owned by unnamed celebrities, was sentenced to six months in prison this week.

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22:53
Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week...

According to noted industry blogger Evan Blass, Apple is planning to announce its next-generation iPhone lineup at a special event scheduled for the week of Sept. 12, in line with its usual fall launch cycle.

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22:20
'Project Sonic 2017' is coming to Xbox One...

While fans will celebrate the series' 25th anniversary with a 2D throwback game in Sonic Mania, the Sonic Team (Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations) is working on something new. Tonight Sega dropped this teaser trailer for "Project Sonic," which is due f...

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20:59
Celeb hacker who stole nude images gets six months...

Andrew Helton from Oregon pleaded guilty to hacking celebs' emails and stealing explicit images earlier this year. Now, District Judge John A. Kronstadt has sentenced him to six months in prison and two years of supervised release. According to Assis...

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20:44
Paramount signs up to release more movies with DTS:X...

We got a chance to hear the audio capabilities of DTS:X at CES in 2015, but there haven't been many movies released that way so far. Now Paramount seems ready to change that, signing up with DTS to release a "collection" of films with the multi-dimen...

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20:22
'Sonic Mania' looks like the 2D sequel...

Sonic The Hedgehog is more than just a trash-talking Twitter account. To celebrate the franchise's 25 year anniversary, Sega is taking the series back to its 2D roots. Sonic Mania looks like it'll strip away all the extraneous bloat that's barnacled...

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19:05
Xenon detector finds no dark matter after 20-month...

Despite being buried a mile under the South Dakota surface and isolated in rock and water for 20 months, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter sensor failed to detect anything. While this is yet another unsuccessful attempt to observe the mys...

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17:10
Crows are smart

It’s really interesting that they retain knowledge of the people in these experiments, and reacted to other crows and predators, but not pigeons.

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17:10
US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents, claims of which originate from a string of "kitchen sink" patent lawsuits leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet.

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16:22
Deconstructing the legendary dungeons of '...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of those games that practically everyone has played and regards fondly. The landmark 1998 game was incredibly influential, and when folks put together lists of "best games of all time," it's usually within...

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15:39
Wikileaks publishes thousands of DNC emails

As if Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party needed any more fuss over emails, Wikileaks has published a trove of messages sent to and from top DNC officials. It covers a period from January of last year to May of 2016, and appear to show party off...

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15:29
How tennis balls are made

Inside the Wilson tennis ball factory. I also find these things fascinating.

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15:04
Macworld’s August Digital Edition: Everything You...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the August issue

We consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac. No longer burdened by its increasingly dated X-laden moniker, the rebranded macOS got a major addition in the form of Siri, as well as some more minor improvements sprinkled throughout the OS. Also, we uncover 8 hidden features of macOS...

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14:55
3D-printed 'Pokémon Go' cover aims for you...

Catching monsters in Pokémon Go sounds deceptively simple: find a creature, and throw an imaginary ball at it by swiping up on your phone screen. The reality is a lot more frustrating -- if you don't flick your finger in a perfectly straight l...

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14:50
AWT News Update: July 22, 2016

What's new in the world of tech today? If you have about 3 minutes, we'll let you know!

  • Pokémon Go broke records this month
  • Verizon may be acquiring Yahoo! as soon as next week
  • One Apple supplier reports higher expected revenues for the September quarter
  • Make sure your Mac and iOS devices are updated, as a recently-discovered security weakness could make it possible for malicious parties to install malware on your device by sending you a picture

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 22, 2016.

OK, we’ve talked about it on the podcast a few times, but...

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14:11
Civil Rights Office Issues Ransomware Guidance


Ransomware infections are on the rise, and healthcare organizations are ripe targets, which may be why the federal government addressed the subject last week. Ransomware attacks have risen from about 1,000 a day last year to 4,000 a day this year, Symantec has reported. Many of those attacks are for small change, but some of the larger ones have been directed at healthcare providers. For example, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center earlier this year paid hackers $17,000 to get its systems back online.

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13:53
'Pokémon Go' has most first-week downloads...

Despite only being available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand for its first week, Apple has officially confirmed that Pokémon Go had the most downloads in its first week of any in the App Store's history. Considering that the ga...

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13:40
Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that Pokemon Go has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. What's even more surprisingly is that the app was only available in a few countries at the time -- it initially launched in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Apple didn't provide the number of downloads, but one can assume it's well into the millions. Pokemon Go is expected to become even more popular as it becomes available in more countries -- the game just launched in Japan today. With millions of downloads in the first week alone, Pokemon Go is expected to generate large sums of money for Apple. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store."

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13:28
NASA astronauts head underwater to simulate Mars...

Once a year, NASA's astronauts make a big change -- trading their vocation of conducting scientific experiments in space for one of underwater research. For the next two and a half weeks, an international team of 'Aquanauts' will be living on the oce...

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13:03
Security bugs put Apple devices running iOS and Mac...

Multiple security vulnerabilities were revealed by Cisco's Talos security team earlier this week, identifying areas at risk of possible exploits in iOS devices and Mac OS X. Some experts believe the exploits to be complex to pull off and likely not w...

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12:49
Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch...

The extraordinarily popular Pok?mon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pok?mon" hit one week after U.S launch.

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12:37
Report: Apple Car launch date slips back a year to...

Apple has not confirmed if it’s even working on a car, but rumors continue to come out at full speed.

This week, The Information revealed that Apple’s forthcoming car has been pushed back to launch in 2021. The original rumors claimed that Apple hoped to have its Apple Car on the road by 2020. According to The Information, Apple’s super-secret team working on the car, known internally as Project Titan, has faced some roadblocks putting a vehicle together. Project Titan’s top executive left back in January. 

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12:36
The iPad paradox

This is one of the reasons why Apple created the retail stores – so customers could go in and try out the hardware and software. One of the downsides of devices like the iPad is they are “nice to have” not “I need that”. So the buying experience has to be experiential – that is, you have to try it before you buy it.

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12:36
Scientists find a way to make cells respond to...

Through the use of synthetic biology researchers have been able to program cells to perform unique functions, like produce drugs in response to disease markers. In order to create more complex cellular circuits, several MIT engineers have now found a...

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12:25
Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of...

Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s...

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12:10
Download the Chffr app for free to help self-driving...

Self-driving cars are undoubtedly part of the future of owning an automobile, and George Hotz's company Comma.ai is making it easier than ever to get involved.

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11:59
Apple: Pokémon Go breaks App Store record for most...

Without giving away official download numbers or stats (or ever featuring the app), Apple has officially shared that Pokémon Go has broken the record for the highest number of downloads during launch week on the App Store. The popular iOS app has ranked #1 on both the Free and Top Grossing Top Charts in the App Store since its launch earlier this month.

more…

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11:44
Status update: The rise of the social-media...

If you've read recent headlines about high-profile tech CEOs getting hacked, you probably felt a stab of dark amusement at the thought of internet fat cats finally getting a taste of what the rest of us have had to drink.

A single group, called OurM...

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11:35
∞ Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record

With all of the press it’s received in the past couple of weeks, it will come as no surprise that Pokemon Go has been a huge success. In fact, Apple told me today that the game has set a new App Store record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in history. That is impressive. […]

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11:20
TBS is giving 'Overwatch' its own $300,000...

Esports are taking over mainstream broadcast networks as an Overwatch tournament is coming to TBS.

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11:11
Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand '...

Apple has reclaimed the top spot in the 2016 edition of the FutureBrand Index, which each year ranks the world's 100 biggest corporations according to their "perception strength," based on a survey of 3,000 consumers and professionals across 17 countries.

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11:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 22, 2016

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 and Updates

Scrivener for iOS

I've tried a pile of writing apps over the years, one of which was Scrivener from Literature & Latte. The Mac app has racked up a ton of awards over the year and has become a favorite of many best-selling authors, but until now the app wasn't available for iOS. Scrivener for iOS $19.99 is universal (iPad and iPhone), syncs with the Mac version, and is perfect for tasks ranging from writing novels to scripts for ads. It's not for beginners, and it has a bit of a learning curve, but Scrivener for iOS will definitely keep writing pros happy.

UVLens

Skin cancer is no joke, and...

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11:00
This Week in iOS Apps: Relax!

Relax!

This week’s roundup includes apps for music, coloring, watching movies, and playing games. Relax and read on!

Canva

Canva (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets users create pro-level graphics using easily tweaked templates and photo editing tools; the latest update brings the app to the iPhone, along with hundreds of new layouts designed for use on the phone.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:57
External Link: On MacBreak Weekly, Adam Discusses...

TidBITS publisher Adam Engst made one of his occasional appearances on the TWiT show MacBreak Weekly, joining hosts Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko, and developer Daniel Jalkut. After a wide-ranging discussion of issues with Apple’s online stores, the group talked about Apple’s Planet of the Apps reality show, Eddy Cue’s claims that Hollywood has nothing to fear from Apple, and Apple’s new music royalty rate proposal, which sounds like a flat tax designed to hurt Spotify. Well worth a listen!

 

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10:52
'Splatoon' isn't dead, but it's...

Today at 5 a.m. EDT, the final Splatfest commenced for players of Nintendo's squid-kid shooter Splatoon. Players were asked to choose one of two teams representing the in-game hosts, Callie and Marie. At the end of the festival, members of the team w...

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10:49
Apple releases country specific Apple Watch bands...

These are cool, I’d love to have some of these.

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10:46
Verizon will cut off customers using over 100GB of...

“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars. “These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device.”

I have no idea how someone could use 100GB of data a month.

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10:42
Apple’s FY 16 third quarter results conference call

Here’s a sneak peak of what Apple will announce: Billions in earnings and profits and tens of millions of iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches sold. The stock price will then drop by two percent and the tech media will once again predict the death of Apple.

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10:38
Why Alphabet's Nest doesn't (and probably...

The Nest smart home thermometer, designed by one of the 'fathers of the iPod' Tony Fadell, was on sale shortly after its debut at Apple retail stores. So why doesn't HomeKit support it? AppleInsider explains.

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10:35
Verizon close to buying Yahoo

With the wireless industry maturing, Verizon has been buying up internet and advertising technology companies, including AOL, and presenting itself as the best bet to take on Google and Facebook Inc. in mobile advertising. Yahoo has millions of users, a collection of websites including Flickr, Tumblr and Yahoo Finance and Sports and some useful digital-ad tech like Flurry and BrightRoll. Together with AOL, the new Yahoo under Verizon may have a better chance of competing in a digital ad market dominated by two big players.

It’s interesting to me that all of the companies Yahoo bought basically disappeared from consumer consciousness after the purchase. I’m not sure if Verizon can raise the profile of those companies or not, but it will be interesting to watch this play out.

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10:34
Review: Netatmo Tags for Welcome Smart Home Camera

While Netatmo is probably still best known for its Urban Weather Station system for monitoring temperature, rainfall, and wind, the company has also been actively working on expanding its Netatmo Welcome smart home camera that it introduced last year, adding improved facial recognition along with enhancements such as FTP and Dropbox storage for users who would prefer to save videos to their own server or the cloud. Now, in addition to software enhancements, Netatmo is building Welcome into a home security hub with its new Netatmo Tags ($99), a set of durable door and window security sensors that tie into the Welcome system.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:28
Verizon is reportedly close to buying Yahoo for $5...

Remember when Verizon bought out AOL (Engadget's parent brand) last year? Then get ready for deja vu: the communications giant is reportedly in closing talks to purchase Yahoo later this year. Sources familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg and Re...

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10:18
How-To: Use Final Cut Pro X’s move event feature to...

Since the 12″ MacBook is significantly limited when it comes to attaching external peripherals, I generally do all of my editing work in Final Cut Pro X with events stored directly on device. Being that I shoot 99% of our videos in 4K, you can probably imagine how quickly my MacBook’s storage is exhausted.

Needless to say, I’ve become accustomed to archiving events on a bi-weekly basis to save on space. In this hands-on tutorial, I’ll share my easy-to-use workflow for archiving Final Cut Pro X events and media to an external drive. more…

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10:07
Comcast's Rio portal is a good way to keep up...

The Olympics are starting in a little over a month and Comcast has devised a way to watch pretty much every minute of them. Xfinity X1 customers -- roughly half of Comcast's user base -- will have access to a special "Front Row to Rio" portal through...

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10:00
The Public Access Weekly: Video killed the radio star

My Twitter feed is currently abuzz with the news that the last remaining VCR manufacturer has given up the ghost and called it quits, which means the CRT television with the built-in VHS slot that I have in my bedroom is officially vintage (...Wait,...

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09:55
eMarketer: Apple’s share of the U.S. smartphone...

eMarketer, a research firm, has released a report on U.S. and UK market share for the iPhone and iPad. It shows that the iPhone’s market share is creeping back up (at least globally), while the iPad’s market share continues to decline.

According to eMarketer, Apple’s share of smartphone users in the US is expected to remain static in 2016, accounting for a 43.5% share, from 43.3% in 2015.  Android, by comparison, will see its share of US smartphone users rise slightly to 52.0%, up from 51.7% the previous year. 

Although the number of overall iPad users continues to increase, Apple has been losing share in the US tablet market. After falling below 50% for the first time in 2015, Apple's share of the tablet market is expected to drop to 47.8% in 2016.  By 2020, eMarketer estimates that 44.0% of tablet users in the US will be using an...

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09:44
Wristly: 94% of Apple Watch owners are still...

A new quarterly report from Wristly says that 94% of Apple Watch owners are still satisfied with the smartwatch. 

Compared to the April satisfaction survey, the latest quarterly satisfaction rating shows some slight improvements at 94% total satisfied vs 93% previously. The folks at Wristly believe that this positive uptick could be due to positive sentiments for the upcoming watchOS 3. For the new survey, 50% of the panel of 800 say they are “Very Satisfied” verses 46% last April. Meanwhile, 44% are “Satisfied” verses 47% in April.

Regardless of the level of satisfaction, the vast majority of Apple Watch owners continue to wear it most of the time day after day. A large 14% stated that they even wear it at night to track their sleep or use the gentle taptic alarm. And in this study, only 1% of Wristly...

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09:43
Eye-tracking software can gauge your intent and...

One of the singular things about virtual reality is the freedom to look in any direction. But that's also one of its biggest narrative problems. How does a storyteller retain control when the viewer is free to decide where to look? The answer, it see...

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09:31
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free

Thank you Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s 100% cloud-based, so you’ll always have the latest version and it can be accessed from any device, anywhere. It’s time to simplify work and keep people more connected than ever before.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch from $249, Jaybird...

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Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale takes up to $200 off Apple Watch,...

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09:30
BloomSky SKY2 and STORM Weather Station and Camera...

Apple World Today fans are probably aware of my addiction to weather. I have my own weather station collecting real-time weather data 24/7/365, and I probably have more weather apps on my iPhone and iPad than any other type. A new, inexpensive, and very innovative weather station and weather camera launched on Kickstarter today from BloomSky. The product is actually two units; the SKY2 -- a newer version of the existing SKY1 weather station and camera, and the STORM, a new unit that works hand in hand with the SKY2 providing wind, UV and rainfall data.

The SKY1 already has over 100,000 users worldwide, providing accurate weather data and high-definition photography (and time-lapse...

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09:21
A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks

We all know it's generally a bad idea to access unsecured networks via WiFi, but it's not every day your phone warns against it. According to Florida-based Apple beta tester Jeb Stuart, iOS 10 will do exactly that.

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09:00
The best portable solar battery charger

By Mark Smirniotis

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

After considering 70 models and testing portable solar battery chargers for over 30 hours, we think the An...

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08:55
Apple will release Olympic-themed Apple Watch bands...

Apple is gearing up for the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro like everyone else in the world, and the company’s contribution is a little something special: limited edition nylon Apple Watch bands that pay tribute to 14 competing nations.

Unfortunately, you can’t buy them anywhere Apple Watches are sold, or even order them online. Apple is selling these special straps only in Brazil, in just one store: the VillageMall Apple Store in Barra de Tijuca. That means if you happen to be in Rio to catch the games and pick up one of these Olympic-themed bands, which will retail for $49, you could probably make a killing by reselling what is likely to be a sought-after collectible (or you could just wear it around and show your love of country or something).

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08:54
How and why to verify your Twitter account

The equally vaunted and ridiculed blue checkmarks on Twitter are no longer exclusive to elites or those with connections who have an “in” at Twitter. The company this week opened the verified account designation up to all users and put some rules in place for consideration. Many of Twitter’s 310 million monthly active users don’t qualify for verification, but the company is opening the secretive and invite-only process up to anyone.

Accounts of public interest, particularly those maintained by individuals and organizations in “music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas” are all up for consideration, according to Twitter. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience,” Tina Bhatnager, Twitter’s...

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08:46
Twitter adds more college sports to its video...

Twitter is adding new video streaming deals almost daily, and today it announced an agreement that pads its college sports lineup. Following last week's Pac-12 deal, the social network is teaming up with Campus Insiders to stream over 300 "live colle...

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08:38
First drone pilot jailed for flying contraband into...

In a first for the UK, a drone pilot has been jailed for flying illegal substances into prisons. Daniel Kelly was sentenced to 14 months in jail after using a quadcopter to deliver "spice," a psychoactive substance, and tobacco to inmates on multiple...

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08:29
Intel announces Kaby Lake processors, chips may...

The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.

The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.

Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.

Kaby Lake is a semi-tock with optimized microarchitecture, offering support for...

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08:26
Verizon will cut off unlimited data users who use...

Verizon's continuing its ongoing mission to pare down the number of customers on unlimited data plans by migrating them to ones with hard limits. Recently, the company came up with a way to get rid of its biggest data hogs.

Verizon is notifying customers using an “extraordinary” amount of data per month that they must move off their unlimited data plan by August 31. If they don’t switch, the carrier will disconnect their accounts, though they’ll have 50 days to reactivate them on a limited plan, as first reported by Droid Life.

Verizon ceased offering unlimited data plans in 2011.

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08:23
Amateur diving data could help climate change studies

Recreational divers could play a significant part in studying the effects of climate change on oceans thanks to the decompression computers worn by many SCUBA enthusiasts.

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08:22
'Solid' forecast from Apple chipmaker...

September-quarter guidance by Apple supplier Skyworks may back the idea of healthy "iPhone 7" production, despite some previous hints to the contrary, according to a new investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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08:08
New report sees China overtake U.S. in iOS game...

The Chinese app market is the world leader at this point in time, the U.S. coming in second and Japan rounding out third place.

A few months ago, App Annie reported on China passing Japan in iOS game revenues, and the firm had predicted that China would jump over the US next. This has now happened and App Annie’s newest report on iOS revenues in Q2 has revealed even more explosive growth for the country. The site noted that China managed to generate nearly double the iOS App Store Games revenue it had just a year earlier in Q2 2015.

The firm found that locally developed games in China dominated sales and were a large reason for the strong year-over-year growth. “Specifically, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) like Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward...

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08:01
New video from China compares rose gold finish in...

Another comparison video apparently showing Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7" rear shell has appeared on Chinese social media, apparently comparing the rose gold casing of the new model to the finish of the iPhone 6s.

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08:00
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 gives you gaming...

After debuting the fastest high-end and mid-range video cards ever seen, the GTX 1080 and 1070, we expected a lot from NVIDIA's new lower-tier entry, the $249 GeForce GTX 1060. And the stakes were raised even higher after AMD launched the Radeon RX 4...

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07:46
News: Apple to sell limited-edition Olympic Apple...

Apple is planning to jump on board the fashion trends for the 2016 Olympic Games with a lineup of special edition Apple Watch bands representing the flags of fourteen of the major countries who will be participating in the Games. A new report in GQ reveals that the new limited-edition nylon bands will be sold exclusively at the Apple Store, VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca for $49 beginning in early August, and will include bands for the U.S.A., Great…

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07:37
Apple confirms Taiwan to get its first Apple Store...

Apple has confirmed to Reuters that it will open its first retail store in Taiwan, as job listings are spotted for all the usual retail positions. The store is expected to open in the capital, Taipei, but the precise location or date are not yet known.

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07:23
Ridable luggage

[VIDEO] Fascinating. Seemingly well constructed, practical, ridable luggage. Not sure of the audience for this, but I would love to give this a try, just to get a sense of how practical this is. Amazing to me that they fit the battery and motor inside, with plenty of packing room left over, yet all within the confines of a bag that fits the standards for an on-flight bag.

This is an IndieGogo campaign, not quite fully funded with a month left to go. At $995, this is an expensive gadget, but clearly they’ve found more than $40K worth of takers so far.

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07:05
Apple Watch sales down 55% since last year, overall...

Seeking Alpha [Free reg-wall]:

For the first time, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline of 32%, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), which was down substantially from the 5.1 million shipped a year ago. Apple held the top rank by shipping 1.6 million watches. However, it was the only vendor among the top 5 to experience an annual decline in shipments. In fairness to Apple, the year-over-year comparison is to the initial launch quarter of the Apple Watch, which is in many ways the same product offered in the most recent quarter with price reductions.

Also in fairness to Apple, I see this as a bit of pent-up demand, the lull in anticipation of new hardware.

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07:03
9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years...

Apple VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson has  shared a story via ABC7 News about a nine-year-old boy whose hearing was restored thanks to a new type of bone-conduction hearing aid controlled by a companion iPhone app. Highlighting accessibility and inclusion, Jackson wrote that ‘technology can transform lives [and] 9-year old Joshua is a great example.’

Joshua Gomez started losing his hearing at the age of three, and a succession of surgeries over a five-year period all failed. Conventional hearing-aids couldn’t help with his particular condition, but the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford finally found a solution … 

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07:02
Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks...

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

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06:47
Apple Support, Night Shift, and Twitter videos

As I’ve said before, I am a big fan of Apple’s @AppleSupport Twitter presence. They do a terrific job guiding folks to answers when they are stuck. They also periodically post useful tips.

In this recent tweet, Apple Support embedded a video explaining how to set up Night Shift in iOS 9.3.

I found this interesting for several reasons. First, the video itself was well done, as is most Apple video. But this is the first time I’ve noticed this approach, the rolling out of an internal video via @AppleSupport.

Obviously, Night Shift is not brand new, and this video likely was made some time ago. Has anyone seen it before? If so, can you tweet me a link?

Wondering if Apple is planning on a regular series of these sorts of videos.

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06:45
Tasky is a new task scheduler for Mac OS X

Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Tasky 1.0, a task management app for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It’s been designed to give you dedicated sections for adding tasks for Today, Tomorrow and Next Week with a built-in calendar to add or browse tasks.

You can mark tasks as complete one by one as you accomplish them. You can also add task categories and sort them in one place. 

Tasky 1.0 is available at the Mac App Store. It costs $3.99 with a 60% discount for a limited time.

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06:26
Muted expectations for next week’s AAPL earnings...

Apple has already told investors to expect a substantial year-on-year decline in Q3 earnings when it reveals the numbers next week, so it’s no surprise that analysts are mostly downbeat in their predictions for the quarter. However, there is an optimistic note in most of the analyst notes summarized by Business Insider when it comes to the outlook for 2017 …

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06:22
Apple plans its first retail store in Taiwan

Apple plans to open its first retail store in Taiwan, “a move that comes after the U.S. technology giant raised $1.38 billion in a bond offering last month on the island that is home to many companies in its supply chain,” reports Reuters.

 

The article notes that Apple is seeking "a leader for personnel training plans for the Taiwan Apple Store" and other retail positions indicating it was looking for a team in Taiwan, according to job postings. However, there are no details on when the store will open or where it will be located. With the opening of the store, Apple will have 485 retail stores in 19 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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06:17
Thought on Apple and Formula One

Interesting piece from Joe Saward, longtime Formula One blogger:

The suggestion last week that Apple may be discussing the acquisition of the Formula One group has led to a lot of interest and a lot of opinion. Traditional technology people argue it would never happen because it’s not the way Apple works. The company buys small clever companies and use the technology under the Apple brand. They don’t need the kind of advertising that F1 provides. So why would they buy it? The answer, it seems, is not to do with advertising, but rather with sales. Apple has built its empire on the iPhone and the iPad. The company has sold 800 million iPhones and, as a result, is now the biggest company in the world. But sales are slowing gradually and competition is increasing and Apple is following the Steve Jobs philosophy and looking for new ideas which reinvent the way we live.

I am relatively new to Formula One, but I am definitely a fan and totally get the attraction. The Formula...

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06:15
Apple reclaims its title as the ‘world’s favorite...

Last year Apple lost the top position of the “world’s favorite company” to Google, but our favorite tech company has reclaimed the top spot this year. Also, in the top 10 were Microsoft, Samsung, Walt Disney, Abbie (a health care company), Facebook, Toyota, Amazon, Celgene Corp. (a health care company), and Gilead Sciences (a health care company). 

To determine the list, FutureBrand — which specializes in brand strategy, identity, digital, retail, environmental, product and service design — measured global public perception of the Global Top 100 Companies by market capitalization. The ranking re-orders the Global Top 100 Companies in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength. Each year, FutureBrand looks at the 100 biggest companies by market capitalization, asks 3,000 consumers and industry professionals in 17 countries about them.

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06:10
Apple regains status as world’s favorite company

CNET:

Each year, FutureBrand looks at the 100 biggest companies by market capitalization, asks 3,000 consumers and industry professionals in 17 countries about them and produces a ranking of what it calls perception strength, rather than financial strength.

This year shows Apple regaining the top spot, after last year’s painfully abject slide into second place behind Google.

And:

Those of drier countenance and Android phones will realize quickly that Google is no longer one of the 100 largest companies by market capitalization. It’s now part of Alphabet, so Apple didn’t have to contend with last year’s winner.

It did, though, have to compete with Alphabet, whose self-driving car must have suffered a software malfunction — as it only propelled the company to 21st place.

Of course, this must be mostly down to the idea that many consumers might not have heard of Alphabet at all.

I still find the move to Alphabet confusing. It’s a...

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06:06
News: Report: iPhone 7 will include Lightning...

A new research note from Deutsche Bank (via Business Insider) reports that the next-generation iPhone will include a “Lightning-to-audio dongle” in the package rather than a set of Lightning-equipped EarPods. Although the research note confirms several other recent rumors about the upcoming iPhone, including the elimination of the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of a Lightning connection, it cites supply chain sources claiming that Lightning…

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06:00
Daily Deal: The JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle

Whether you're new to the world of web development or want to acquire new skills to help in your career, our deal this week is one you need to take a close look at. The JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle from the Corporate Bridge Group is usually available as a $1,499 package aimed at providing a 12-part comprehensive JavaScript training course, but we've worked a deal to get this training to you for only $59. 

The 12 lessons in this bundle go from basic to advanced concepts, including Sammy.js, Agility.js, Ember.js, Node.js, jQuery, AJAX, Extjs, AngularJS, Knockout.js, and JSON. Here are some additional details on the training bundle:

  • Access 12 comprehensive video lectures 24/7
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Screens 3 for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering Screens 3 for Mac for only $12.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. This user-friendly remote access tool lets you access your Mac from anywhere you have an Internet connection using any other Mac, Windows, or Linux PC or even your iPhone or iPad using the companion iOS app (sold separately). You can even set up actions to automatically trigger each time you disconnect from your Mac, configure…

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05:59
Apple confirms plans to open first Apple Store in...

Apple on Friday revealed that it's planning to launch its first store in Taiwan, finally coming to the island where a number of its suppliers are headquartered.

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05:57
Apple to sell Apple Watch bands in Brazil to...

When the Olympic games start in August, Apple will sell Apple Watch bands that reference the national flags of 14 major competitors, reports GQ.

 

Alas, you can only get your hands on one if you're in Brazil for the games. If you are, head on over to the Apple Store at VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca. It's the sole location selling the straps, which will be available in early August. and will cost $49 each.

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05:46
Evernote 6.8

Adds Google Drive integration, plus makes it easier to share a notebook and manage permissions. (Free with paid subscriptions, 54.2 MB)

 

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05:45
Stagefright malware for iOS and OS X: Just be sure...

Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld:

Talos found that maliciously constructed data saved as BMP, Digital Asset Exchange, OpenEXR, and TIFF image files could outwit the operating and allow code to be written and executed, including opening up a system to remote exploits. The ancient lossless image format TIFF using, however, is the worst culprit as Apple’s OSes will access a TIFF image to render a format in many cases without a user specifically opening a malicious file.

And:

The TIFF flaw affects unpatched current releases of every Apple OS: iOS 9, tvOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, as well as 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite.

Bottom line, this is a proof of concept at the moment. Apple has released protective updates for recent OSes, not yet for Mavericks or Yosemite. As always, keep your software updated.

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05:39
Deutsche Bank claims iPhone 7 will ship with...

A Deutsche Bank research note based on supply-chain sources claims that Apple will sell the iPhone 7 with a Lightning-to-audio dongle, rather than providing Lightning headphones, reports Business Insider.

It also suggests that the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM. All of the note’s other predictions echo things we’ve heard many times before: similar design to the 6s; dual cameras on the Plus, improved camera on the standard model; better sound, possibly stereo; better waterproofing; and a touch-sensitive Home button.

Supply-chain sources aren’t always the most reliable source of information on Apple’s plans, as Tim Cook himself has observed,...

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05:24
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch battery life...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates in public betas, the reason the GPS watches seem to last longer that a day, liquid damage avoidance in iOS 10, apparent delays for the "Apple Car," and much more.

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05:13
Disable Find My Mac by Resetting NVRAM

It turns out that Find My Mac can easily be disabled by resetting NVRAM, which could be bad news, if your Mac has been stolen, or good news, if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t reset before being sold or turned in.

 

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