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Wednesday July 20

07:11
Making money by abusing phone-based two-step...

This is a bit hard to follow, but it is a pretty ingenious scheme. In a nutshell, the scammer sets up a pay phone line, a phone number that people have to pay to use. They then use that number as a verification number with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. and take an action which causes that number to be called.

By automating the process, they bring in a nice little wave of money. That’s the theory, anyway. This was pieced together by a security researcher who raised the issue to get companies to put barriers in place to prevent this hack.

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07:04
BlackBerry CEO uses security summit to once more...

There must be some kind of irony award for using a security summit to attack the use of strong encryption, and BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems determined to win it. Speaking at the BlackBerry Security Summit, Chen said that he is ‘disturbed’ by Apple’s decision to work hard to keep its devices and messaging services secure, reports Patently Apple.

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07:00
The birth of a spaceport

The government may have ceded the development of rockets to companies, but Cape Canaveral Air Force Station remains a key site for space exploration. Together with the neighboring Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral played an integral part in the sp...

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06:55
Review: iDevices Socket HomeKit-enabled Light Adapter

The basic idea behind iDevices Socket is similar to other devices we’ve seen, such as Incipio’s CommandKit Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter; Socket screws in between a standard incandescent, LED, or CFL bulb and your light fixture socket, allowing you to use just about any bulb you like and turning it into a HomeKit-enabled light. Socket lets you toggle the connected bulb on or off via HomeKit, and control the brightness (provided of…

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06:52
TrendForce: iPhone production volume was up 13% in...

Worldwide smartphone production volume totaled around 315 million units in the second quarter, representing an 8.9% increase over the previous quarter and a marginal year-on-year increase of 3.2%, according to the latest report from TrendForce. Apple’s production volume was supported by sales of the iPhone SE, while Samsung saw a slight drop of 5%, adds the global market research firm.

 

TrendForce says worldwide smartphone sales gradually recovered after the market endured the off season of the first quarter. Chinese brands in the second quarter continued to enjoy strong domestic demand generated by telecom operators’ smartphone subsidies. At the same time, they also benefited from demand pickup in North America and the emerging markets. In sum, Chinese brands have become major growth drivers in global smartphone production.

“The combined production volume of Chinese brands in the second quarter reached...

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06:52
∞ 20 years ago, Steve Jobs buys an airline ticket...

Steve Jobs showing off NeXT WebObjects, buying an airline ticket on the web, something that was a brand new experience at the time.

My favorite part is when Steve calls United Airlines to verify his purchase. Ever the showman!

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06:43
The greatest resume I’ve ever seen

This sounds like an exaggeration, I know, but take a look at this resume. Not effective in a traditional sense, since it can’t be printed and won’t fit in with most job search engines, but still, great job.

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06:39
The New York Public Library’s little-known “human...

Quartz:

Just call 917-ASK-NYPL, and a live librarian will try to answer your question, using vast archives collected over 120 years.

And:

Set up in the 1960s, the line is manned by nine librarians and information assistants. The team gets a lot of calls from people who want to fact-check things they’ve heard on the news, says Caballero-Li.

What I find amazing is that this service still exists, has not been overwhelmed with demand. Fascinating read.

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06:35
Brazilian Supreme Court overturns WhatsApp ban...

Just hours after it was issued, a ban on WhatsApp in Brazil was reportedly overturned by the country's Supreme Court, which argued that the measure may not have been reasonable or proportionate.

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06:35
News: Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong

Just a few hours after going live in France, Apple Pay became available for customers in Hong Kong as well. Apple’s website lists the Bank of China, Hang Seng Bank, DBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered as participating partners at launch. Users can link Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards issued by those banks to their Apple Pay accounts, with the company promising future agreements with BEA and HKT. Apple has been ramping up its…

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06:29
Length in days of every iOS beta

This is pretty interesting, the kind of chart that bears some digging. iOS 5 is clearly the champion, with eight betas spanning more than 120 days.

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06:29
Happy Hour Podcast 076 | Pokémon Go Round Two, Apple...

This week Benjamin and Zac continue the Pokémon Go mania conversation and discuss Apple’s upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, Apple Music and iTunes Match, the latest iPhone 7 rumors, and new Macs this fall. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:29
iOS: Fixing Color Casts on Pictures

If you’ve never played around with the photo-editing tools available on your iPad or iPhone, you really should check them out! Today’s Quick Tip is about one of the easiest to use. We’ll talk about how you can adjust for unwanted color cast in your images, so you can make ’em cooler and warmer as needed!

The post iOS: Fixing Color Casts on Pictures appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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06:19
Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman director and creator of...

Variety:

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

“Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life.”

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06:14
Poll says the iPhone 7 won’t be a hot seller (though...

Apple has traditionally released a redesigned, updated version of its smartphone every other year. However, according to the rumor mill, the “iPhone 7” will look pretty much akin to the iPhone 6 and 6S. The rumor mill also claims that 2017’s “iPhone 8” will be a major overhaul of the smartphone in design and technology.

Quartz recently polled 525 US iPhone owners using SurveyMonkey Audience and found that many likely wouldn’t upgrade to a new phone this year if Apple doesn’t release a redesigned iPhone. “Under the current upgrade cycle, the average customer is upgrading their phone every two years, which means in a six-year period, they buy three new phones,” says Quartz.  “If they switched to upgrading every three years, they would only buy two new phones in that same period. That could badly hurt Apple’s earnings.”

Personally, I’m expecting the iPhone 7 to be a hit even though I suspect its design will indeed be akin...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: TigerVPN Full Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a Lifetime Subscription to TigerVPN for only $49 — that’s 93% off the regular price. Designed to keep your browsing safe, TigerVPN guarantees that your Internet activity stays anonymous and encrypted from interceptions by hackers, identity thieves, and merely curious data sniffers, and on top of that you can even use your preferred encryption protocol. With 40 nodes in 25 countries around the…

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05:59
Apple Pay expands to Hong Kong

Apple Pay has expanded to Hong Kong. It’s the ninth country/major region to get support for Apple’s mobile payment service, following the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, and France.

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards issued by Hang Seng Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), DBS Bank (Hong Kong), HSBC, Standard Chartered, and directly from American Express work with Apple Pay. Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). 

CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future. What’s more,...

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05:24
Pokémon Go madness: $3B value to Apple as players...

If you were of the view that the Pokémon Go hype has gotten completely out of hand, the evidence file just got thicker. Nintendo’s value has more than doubled since the game was launched, notes The Verge.

Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go earlier this month, Nintendo’s market capitalization has more than doubled, ending Tuesday trading at a fantastic $42.5 billion. Such has been the appetite for Nintendo stock, in fact, that on Friday it broke the single-day trading record in Tokyo this century, with $4.5 billion of stock changing hands.

Yep, that makes the games company – which only sees indirect benefits from Pokémon Go – worth more than Sony, at around $40B. And if that weren’t crazy enough, one analyst has even made the unlikely claim that the game could be worth $3B in revenue to Apple …

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05:00
The Internet of Medical Things, Part 3: Safety First


Though quick to capitalize on connected health devices and the coming Internet of Medical Things, hardware manufacturers may be moving too slowly when it comes to building the necessary protections into the back end. The National Security Agency last month told participants in a defense technology summit in Washington that it was looking into hacking connected medical devices. The agency's interest is confined to researching the possibility of hacking IoMT devices, for now, and the fruit of its labor may be just another tool in the toolbox.

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04:30
If Apple ever reconsidered making its own TV set,...

A few years ago the common scenario for the rumored Apple HDTV (the "iTV") was pretty much a traditional television set with (depending on which reports you believed): Siri voice control; gesture control; 3D (perhaps without glasses); use of an iDevice as a remote control; and a la carte TV programming.

Of course, the iTV never arrived. However, if Apple ever reconsidered the idea and really wanted to think different, it could serve up a modular TV or perhaps a glass screen powered by a Mac.

 

A 2012 article by Bloomberg Businessweek noted that Israel-based NDS, a TV services provider, believes the future of the television is modular. The company showcased a large matrix of six flat-screen TVs, without bezels, that combined to form a honkin' big TV wall. The displays could be broken up, airing a video in varying sizes near the middle of the wall, with personalized and content-relevant widgets off to the side. With some cinematic 4K content, for example...

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04:25
PSA: Scrivener for iOS is out now, check out our...

It’s been a long time coming, but the iOS version of the popular writing app Scrivener is now available in the App Store.

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04:22
Poll says only 9% of U.S. iPhone owners planning to...

An online poll of U.S. iPhone owners found that only 9.3% were planning to upgrade to the iPhone 7 due to the expected design being so similar to the iPhone 6/6s. That contrasts with 25.2% who would upgrade for a brand new design.

At this point, it’s unclear whether Apple is simply holding back significant design changes for a special 10th anniversary iPhone, or is – as a Nikkei report suggested – switching to a three-year major refresh cycle. But the Quartz survey indicates that the latter would be a dangerous move …

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04:00
8 insider tips to help you become a Pokémon Go master

Pokémon Go: You’re no scrub.

You’ve read our beginner’s guide (not to mention our guide on how to dominate the game without spending a dime), and you own the neighborhood gym. But there’s always room for improvement—that’s what being a trainer is all about—so we’ve pulled together some insider tips that will help you on your quest to catching ‘em all. 

1. Get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon

When you first open up Pokémon Go, you get to choose one of three starter Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.

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04:00
Mount up, boys and girls, with the Koala Mount 2 for...

By Aaron Lee

While most people wouldn't admit to doing it at work or in public, there's no shame in spending some quality time in your "library" at home. When you're sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or tablet it usually ends up precariously balanced on the edge of the bathtub, sink or laying on the floor.

This treatment is fine for a newspaper, book or magazine, but not your pricey and potentially easily damaged technology. Hands-free bathroom viewing is now possible with the Koala Mount 2 — for iPads smaller than the 12-inch iPad Prot. Simply attach the mount to any convenient vertical surface (walls, tile, mirrors) in the bathroom, slide in your tablet, and read or even watch TV without having to hold your screen.

Of course, the mount is useful for much more than that. Whether you are using your iPad or tablet to follow a new...

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03:00
Kinsa announces Elmo-themed Smart Ear Thermometer...

Kinsa today has announced the launch of its Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer and companion application. The device announced today is a visual update on their original Smart Ear Thermometer sporting an Elmo themed design instead of the original blue. The Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer takes one-second readings, combines them with acknowledged symptoms from within the app, and then uses that data to create actionable next steps.

Available through the companion app, Sesame Street’s Elmo gives children empathetic words such as “feel better soon” and sympathizes with them when they aren’t feeling well.

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Tuesday July 19

21:32
Safari 9.1.2

Fixes multiple vulnerabilities in WebKit. (Free)

 

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21:32
Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Resolves multiple memory corruption that could lead to remote code execution for the two older operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:58
Apple Pay adds support for 13 new US banks and...

Piling on to what has already been a big day for Apple Pay, Apple on Tuesday announced a U.S. expansion of payment services that includes support from 13 new banks and credit unions, bringing the total up to nearly 1,375 financial institutions.

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18:39
Despite 9% growth, Microsoft Surface sales remain...

Microsoft announced quarterly operating profits of just $3.1 billion on revenues of $20.6 billion, hit hard by slow sales of Office, a 17 percent drop in cloud profits, an $870 million decline from Windows Phone and tepid Surface sales that grew by 9 percent year over year but remained below $1 billion.

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17:01
Apple airs two 'Shot on iPhone' videos...

Apple on Tuesday added a pair of videos to its ongoing "Shot on iPhone" series, this time throwing a spotlight on smartphone's imaging software by showcasing stunning slow motion and time lapse footage.

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16:50
'Mr. Robot' gets a nationwide VR...

That online season premiere isn't the only elusive Mr. Robot video that you can watch this month. USA Network and Within are partnering on a Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experinece that will be simulcast across the US on July 21st at 1:45PM Eastern, th...

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16:49
‘Making A Murderer’ announces six new episodes on...

The new episodes of Making A Murderer will provide an in-depth look at the post-conviction process of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have their life sentences upheld.

Like many people, I was glued to the TV set watching this series.

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16:31
Apple shares two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos showing...

Apple yesterday shared two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ TV advertisements and today it has followed them up with yet another pair of videos. While yesterday’s videos focused on animals, today’s videos break that trend.

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16:25
Gawker Media founder faces personal bankruptcy

Gawker Media LLC founder Nick Denton faces personal bankruptcy after a U.S. judge refused on Tuesday to extend protections shielding him from liabilities resulting from a lawsuit over the invasion of privacy of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

This story completely ruined Denton.

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16:15
Apple Pay officially launches in Hong Kong w/...

Following its launch in France earlier today, Apple Pay is now live in Hong Kong, as well. This rollout was previously teased by Apple at WWDC last month, but now users in Hong Kong can officially take advantage of the company’s mobile payment solution.

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16:09
Apple Pay debuts in Hong Kong with American Express...

Just hours after Apple Pay launched in France, Apple on Tuesday activated the in-house mobile payments service for customers in Hong Kong with initial support for Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

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16:04
Here's how 'Batman v Superman' got...

Ever wonder about how Batman's gadgets ended up with such cool interfaces? They owe it all to Perception, a graphics company asked to create unique displays and control screens for several of the electronics in Batman's inventory in Batman v Superman...

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15:47
Now you can ask Twitter directly to verify your...

Do you have an army of imposters online pretending to be you? Probably not, but now you can still request for a verified Twitter account.

On Tuesday, Twitter launched an official application process so that any account can be verified and receive a blue checkmark badge next to its username. Twitter users interested in applying should have a verified phone number and email address, as well as a profile photo that reflects the person or company branding.

Verified accounts get to filter their mentions to only see those from other verified accounts. But that seems to be the only real feature or perk that comes from having a blue badge–aside from bragging rights, of course. Additionally, verified accounts can’t be private, and the username must remain the same or you will have to seek verification all over again. If you are rejected, you can reapply after 30 days. Previously, the verification process was never...

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15:40
App Store increases lead over Play Store in revenue...

App analytics company App Annie is today out with a new report concerning the second quarter of 2016. At the beginning of this year, we covered the firm’s wrap-up report for 2015, noting that Apple’s App Store brought in 75% more revenue than the Play Store, despite a large difference in downloads. Now, the gap has gotten even bigger as the App Store continues to grow.

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15:28
'Rock Band Rivals' rocks out with two new...

Rock Band Rivals was announced last month during E3 as the first paid expansion for Rock Band 4. It quickly generated buzz ahead of its October release, but there were scant details as to what the expansion would actually provide. Now the cat's out o...

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15:19
G-Technology and Seagate each announce new storage...

In what appears to be a simultaneous move today, both G-Technology and Seagate have announced upgrades to their hard drive lineups bringing capacities up to 10TB each. Seagate today has introduced a new lineup of hard drives titled the Guardian Series, while G-Technology has decided to move towards upgrading their current portfolio’s max capacity.

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15:00
Safari Browser May Soon Be Just As Fast As Chrome...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: The Safari browser included in Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra software is testing WebP, technology from Google that allows developers to create smaller, richer images that make the web faster. Basically, it's a way for webpages to load more quickly. The Next Web reports: "WebP was built into Chrome back at build 32 (2013!), so it's not unproven. It's also used by Facebook due to its image compression underpinnings, and is in use across many Google properties, including YouTube." Microsoft is one of the only major players to not use WebP, according to CNET. It's not included in Internet Explorer and the company has "no plans" to integrate it into Edge. Even though iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are in beta, it's promising that we will see WebP make its debut in Safari latest this year. "It's hard to imagine Apple turning away tried and true technology that's found in a more popular browser -- one that's favored by many over Safari...

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14:59
BratWurst Bot takes orders, then cooks and serves...

Do you like sausage? I mean, really, really like it? Then we have the robot for you: BratWurst Bot -- an autonomous machine that takes customer orders, cooks sausages and serves bratwurst without any human interference. Making its debut at the Stallw...

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14:47
90 iPads setup and deployed in 90 minutes

Fraser Speirs documented his experience of rolling out 90 iPads. Impressive.

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14:30
Republican platform highlights the importance of...

In the wake of countless scandals, from Bush-era warrantless wiretaps to Obama-age metadata collection, the Republican party has decided to put renewed focus on citizen privacy. Multiple sections of the party's platform, which lays out its agenda for...

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14:22
UBS: iPhone SE’s success will result in a drop in...

In a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — UBS Analyst Steven Milunovich says a 500-person study by the research group indicates that 16% of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE.

Approximately 9% of domestic iPhone sales were of the 64GB model, and 7% were of the 16GB version. Milunovich believes the “unexpected” success of the SE will have a detrimental effect on Apple's bottom line. The analyst’s new estimates call for the iPhone average selling price to drop to $637 — a number he believes is well below Wall Street consensus of about $660.

The new phone was unable to take away the iPhone 5’s share, the model it most closely resembled. Localytics says this suggests that small-screen lovers haven’t yet been convinced to upgrade from their 5 models to the new iPhone SE,...

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14:22
Facebook details a way to offer laser-based internet...

Have you wondered how Facebook might offer high-speed internet access using lasers? The company's Connectivity Lab is happy to show you. It just published a research paper explaining laser beam technology can deliver up to 2Gbps to remote places....

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14:17
Notable apps and app updates for July 19, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Static Z Software has released Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac. It enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio. 

 

Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of your Mac's audio to their specific taste or to properly calibrate to the frequency response of their speakers.

A demo of Sound Control requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, and costs $9. A demo can be found at Static Z Software online.

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14:05
Thanks to VW, BMW's 2017 diesels will be delayed

BMW confirmed Monday that US sales for its model-year 2017 diesel vehicles will be delayed because US regulators are taking longer than expected to certify the models. Bimmer, which sells diesel-powered 3-Series, 5-Series, X3, and X5 vehicles in the...

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13:59
Deezer opens up streaming music service to all US...

Deezer on Tuesday opened up its plans to the entire U.S., putting the on-demand music service in true competition with Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music for the first time.

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13:47
The LG Action Cam LTE undergoes a minor evolution

The LG G5 has a lot of expensive "Friends." LG's series of accessories meant to be used with the phone have included to date a VR headset, camera grip, 360 camera and Hi-Fi audio module. The latest to join the fold is the LG Action Cam LTE, which has...

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13:38
∞ How old school floppy drives worked

Really interesting and really nerdy video about how floppy disks works. Kids, ask your parents what a “floppy disk” is.

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13:36
Apple's iOS App Store now generating 4x...

A new report examining mobile app revenues shows strong growth for Apple in China and from music and video streaming titles, and another big jump in the revenue lead that its iOS App Store maintains over Android's Google Play.

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13:35
Apple enticing retail shoppers to sign up for Apple...

A promotion starting this week in the U.K. and U.S. to boost adoption numbers for Apple Pay gives users $5 in iTunes credit to users willing to sign up for and pay with the service inside Apple's own retail stores.

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13:31
News: Apple Stores providing $5 iTunes Gift Cards...

Apple is adding an additional incentive for Apple Store customers in the U.S. and U.K. to activate Apple Pay by offering a $5/£5 iTunes Gift Card, according to a new report by Macrumors. Customers making an in-store purchase will be asked by Apple Store staff whether they will be paying with Apple Pay, and customers who do not already have Apple Pay set up on their iPhones and wish to do so will be taken through the process by the Apple Store employee…

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13:30
Microsoft's earnings show its future is in the...

While Microsoft's phone business remains in freefall, its cloud offerings are stronger than ever. For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, the company's Intelligent Cloud (which covers all of its cloud services) revenue jumped seven percent compared to...

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13:20
Kia brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to older...

For many, the biggest problem with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is getting it in the first place. Unless you buy a very recent car, you're likely stuck buying an aftermarket head unit to drag your vehicle into the smartphone era. Kia thinks it ca...

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13:15
These are the latest banks to add Apple Pay in the U...

Following the announcement that the service is now available in France, Apple Pay in the United States has also expanded to a handful of new banks and credit unions. According to Apple’s support document, the service is now supported by an additional handful of locations across the country.

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13:15
AWT News Update: July 19, 2016

Blue checkmarks, tripod mounts, free iTunes gift cards, and grumpy Brazilian judges are all on our short 'n sweet AWT News Update today:

  • Twitter streamlines its verified accounts program
  • Studio Neat is back with a new Kickstarter for its latest Glif
  • Pay with Apple Pay, get a $5/£5 iTunes gift card
  • WhatsApp, blocked? Yes, in Brazil.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 19, 2016.

Want that little blue checkmark on your Twitter image so that you look like “somebody”? Twitter today announced that they’re opening up their verified accounts program to folks...

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13:01
Kepler space telescope spots two planets that might...

After recovering from a shutdown scare back in April, NASA's Kepler telescope continues its mission scoping out the stars for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars, crude criteria to find ones that might support life. The spacecraft just spotted fo...

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13:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Portable power

Portable power

This week’s roundup includes a few ways to make sure you can power your iPhone on the (Pokémon) go. Read on!

Hardgraft

The Rest Station (£48/$63 MSRP) is a leather and felted-wool coaster upon which you can place your Apple Watch or iPhone. You can charge your Apple Watch on the device, but mostly this product will make your accessories look really nice when you’re not carrying them around.

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12:59
Unexpected success of iPhone SE expected to drop...

A new survey has suggested 16 percent of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE -- a number that investment firm UBS believes will push down the average selling price of the iPhone more than expected.

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12:57
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2 and tvOS 9.2...

In addition to Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update on Monday, Apple also released updates for iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

The watchOS 2.2.2 update includes bug fixes and security improvements.

To update your Apple Watch, you first need to update to iOS 9.3.3, and the watch needs to be connected to the charger and it has to have at least a 50 percent charge....

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12:49
Apple tests Google's WebP for accelerated image...

Apple is testing support for Google's WebP image format in the beta Safari code for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, something that could potentially speed up page loads.

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12:39
SpaceX wants two more landing pads for Falcon Heavy...

What's better than watching one of SapceX's Falcon 9 reusable rockets land? Watching three of them land. At the same time! Okay, that spectacle isn't here quite yet, but Elon Musk's rocket company is working on it: SpaceX recently announced that it's...

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12:38
Hackers Claim Credit for Pokemon Go No-Go


Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that has become an overnight sensation, experienced sluggish performance over the weekend, possibly from a hacker attack on its login servers. Shortly after Pokemon Go devs tweeted that the game was rolling out to 26 additional countries, this tweet appeared: "Trainers! We have been working to fix the server issues. ... We'll post an update soon." The next day the Pokemon Go team announced that the issues causing the server problem had been fixed.

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12:20
'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked' gets a...

If you own a PlayStation 4 and have been patiently waiting to play Don't Starve: Shipwrecked, then you're in luck. The nautical-themed expansion will be released on August 2nd on the PSN store, with a 10 percent launch discount to boot. Though that A...

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12:15
Apple retail stores offering $5/£5 iTunes gift card...

Apple is once again kicking off an Apple Pay promotion in its own retail stores that will see it offer $5/£5 iTunes gift cards to customers that use the iPhone and Apple Watch based payments service (via Macrumors).

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12:07
Recent supposed 'iPhone 7' leaks come from...

Revelations from China suggest all of the recent alleged "iPhone 7" hardware photos and videos do not show authentic parts, but instead mockups based off of a single design sourced from an alleged Apple manufacturing partner.

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12:03
Deezer's $10 music streaming service is open to...

Before now, if you wanted to subscribe to Deezer in the US, you needed to own Bose or Sonos audio gear or be a Cricket customer in order to do so. Just over a month after the streaming service shed podcast app Stitcher, it's opening up the $10 monthl...

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12:03
Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS improves on selection tools...

Photoshop used to be synonymous with photo editing, but Pixelmator is also making a name for itself and without the Adobe price tag. And the mobile version isn't lagging too far behind its Mac counterpart, either.

On Tuesday, Pixelmator for iOS released its latest 2.3 version, which incorporates improved selection tools for editing just specific parts of your photos. The app update adds a Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool, as well as new Color Selection and Invert Selection options. Pixelmator is $4.99 in the App Store, and version 2.3 is available as a free update to existing app users.

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11:55
Here's all the gear you need for a Pokémon Go...

Here's all the gear you need for a Pokémon go adventure

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Pokémon Go is hotter than a Charizard right now, but the game asks a lot from players. It’s a huge battery hog, and long sessions require a lot of physical endurance. Here’s what you need in your Go bag to make your time in the field last, based on my year of experience playing Ingress, its predecessor.

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11:42
Atom-scale storage holds 62TB in a square inch

Storage tech doesn't get much better than this. Scientists at TU Delft have developed a technique that uses chlorine atom positions as data bits, letting the team fit 1KB of information into an area just 100 nanometers wide. That may not sound like...

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11:15
Twitter opens up application process for verified...

The little blue checkmark on certain Twitter profiles has long been an elusive identifier to obtain. Verified accounts are often awarded to personalities on Twitter to identify them as "authentic," and you'll generally see them on profiles owned by m...

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11:13
Video gives up-close look at $150 iPhone 7 mockups...

This iPhone 7 “leak” doesn’t claim to show a real iPhone 7 at all, but rather an up close look at the Chinese-made clones of the upcoming device that have recently flooded the rumor mill.

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11:10
Nextworth sees a spike in folks looking for Apple...

Nextworth.com, an online site that buys consumer electronics items for cash — is seeing a spike in people searching for Apple Watch trade-in prices. The report could mean good news for Apple, although it indicates that, while current owners are likely to upgrade, Apple still has a problem keeping devices on people's wrists long term.

Among the findings from the Nextworth study:

  • Two in three Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade. 
  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents reported wearing the smartwatch daily when they first purchased it, but within three months, only 45% did the same. 
  • Fifty percent plan to buy a smartwatch as a gift within the year.

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11:02
Watch the first trailer for Telltale's new...

It's the Caped Crusader, but now how you've seen (or played as) him before. Telltale Games has released its first trailer for BATMAN, an adventure game series about the iconic superhero in Gotham. Unlike the well-received Arkham games by developer Ro...

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11:00
Army Special Operations Command Ditching Android For...

The United States Army's Special Operations Command is ditching its Android phones for the "faster" iPhone, according to a report. The source cited in the story says that Android phones were freezing unexpectedly, which was one of the reasons they decided to give the iPhone 6s a spin. Gizmodo adds: The smartphones allow members of the Special Operations Command to access rich information about the battlefield. There's also quickly accessible information, like a weapons and ammunitions guide. Other apps can help with high altitude jumps; another can detect radiation. While DARPA helped develop the program on Android due to the operating system's open platform, Apple's hardware is apparently superior enough to warrant the switch.


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10:57
Apple is number five on Tenet Partners’ 100 Most...

Apple places number five on Tenet Partners’ “100 Most Powerful Brands of 2016.” Ut’s proceeded by Coca-Cola, Hershey, Bayer, and Walt Disney. It’s the same spot the company held in 2015.

All ranked companies must be: a corporate brand (not a product or divisional branding), publicly traded in the U.S. for more than five years; and tracked by the CoreBrand Index for more than five years. The Index calculates the average for a sector or a custom benchmarking list. The performance of each company is displayed relative to the industry average.

Tenet Partners says Apple is "one of the fastest-rising brands among the companies tracked" in the index. In 2016, all of Apple's metrics rose, with overall reputation climbing the most since last year's assessment.

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10:49
Camera+ for iPad

Version 2 sports the world class, professional photo editing that you users of Camera+ for iPhone have been enjoying via The Lab. But the iPad version takes photo editing to a new level by supporting selective brushing of the various edits and filters. And those of you who own an Apple Pencil will appreciate it even more because we’ve also added Pencil support, enabling you to get very fine, precise control over brushing with it.

Camera+ has a lot of tools and is certainly worth a look if you are into photography on your iPad.

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10:31
The Kafon Drone clears minefields 20 times faster...

The manufacture, dissemination and use of anti-personnel mines were effectively banned in the late 1990s when 133 nations signed the Ottawa Treaty. But despite that international agreement, an estimated 100 million mines remain buried beneath former...

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10:30
Nico360: Tiny, live-streaming VR camera goes live on...

A lot of you know me as a huge fan of 360° spherical photos. I used to take them with some of the apps that are available for the iPhone (like Google Street View and Sphere), then graduated to the Ricoh Theta S camera late last year. Today a new 360° camera went live on Indiegogo, and it promises to bring a whole new level of portability and affordability to spherical photography. The Nico360 has already jumped past its funding goal with a little over a month left, and all of the initial Super Early Bird Perks (available for $99) are sold out.

That's OK, since you can still get one for $129 along with a battery pack/selfie stick. So what's so cool about the...

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10:28
Brazilian judge orders indefinite block of WhatsApp...

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the country's five cellular carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, disrupting access to the popular chat/VoIP app for tens of millions of people.

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10:28
AARP Fraud Watch Network says scammers are pushing...

There’s a new scam that attempts to get people to pay back taxes by purchasing iTunes gift cards and sharing the code on the back of the card. AARP Fraud Watch Network is alerting consumers about this new scam and providing tips to help consumers protect themselves and their money against fraudsters.

A potential victim is contacted by an impostor claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service informing them that they’re behind in state and federal taxes, and that the potential victim will be arrested if they don't pay back taxes immediately.

The caller directs the potential victim to purchase an iTunes gift card and put the amount they supposedly owe in back taxes, and then call back and provide the 16-digit code that is on the card to complete payment. Finally, the con artist sells the codes on the online black market and pockets the cash.

However, the IRS only accepts checks, cash and credit cards as forms of payment. And Apple sells iTunes gift cards...

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10:21
SpotCrime is coming to the Apple TV

SpotCrime – an online source for crime data – is introducing a new app that will make near real-time crime data available on Apple TV.

“Apps undoubtedly are the future of TV,” says SpotCrime Founder and President Colin Drane. “Given Apple TV’s innovative use of apps to personalize the home TV experience and the public’s unquenchable demand for more information about crime activity, I believe SpotCrime’s new Apple TV app not only will make crime data more readily available to be shared, but ultimately will drive greater awareness and new measures that will lead to a reduction in crime.”

Using SpotCrime’s Apple TV app, viewers will be able to see up-to-date details about actual crime incidents. Through its proprietary model, SpotCrime pulls crime incident data from multiple sources, including state and local police departments and validated news sources, to produce a comprehensive record of local crime information...

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10:07
UBS: Apple sold 1.7 million Apple Watches in the...

Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, an increase of 100,000 units compared to its estimate of 1.6 million sales in the March quarter, reports MacRumors.com.

UBS forecasts that Apple smartwatch sales will rise to two million in the September quarter, contributing to a total of 10.35 million units in the 2016 fiscal year. If those estimates are accurate, that would make Apple Watch the most popular smartwatch for the second consecutive year, ahead of Samsung among smartwatches and only behind Fitbit and its fitness trackers in the broader wearables market.

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the...

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10:02
Amazon Singles Classics brings stories from...

If you're looking for some new reading material on your Kindle or inside Amazon's reading app, you're in luck. The online retailer announced Singles Classics: a collection of essays and stories from "well-known authors" that were published in "top ma...

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10:00
Apple brand power climbing, holds lead over all tech...

Apple is standing fast for a second consecutive year as the fifth most powerful brand in the U.S. and the top ranked technology company, beating rivals Microsoft, Google and Sony.

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10:00
STM Atlas: A classy wallet case for iPhone 6/6s Plus

STM Atlas Wallet Case for iPhone 6/62 Plus. Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

When it comes to wallet cases for the iPhone 6/62 Plus that I've reviewed, there are some that have been both impressively useful and stylish, and some that were exactly the opposite. Today we're taking a look at the STM Atlas (US$34.95), a low-profile wallet case that looks great and provides protection for your big iPhone, all while not costing you an arm and a leg.

Design

The exterior of the Atlas is the most eye-catching feature. STM -- a company well-known for the excellent bags it produces -- used a textured fabric that has a good feel to it and looks quite nice, too. Inside, the case features a polycarbonate shell to hold the iPhone 6/6s Plus and has a microfiber lining.

One thing I've found with many cases like this is that they tend to pop open. STM uses two small...

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09:56
Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS

There are some great new features in the latest version for iOS including:

  • Quick Selection Tool – this is an awesome and super accurate new selection tool that lets you swipe over areas to select them.
  • Magnetic Selection Tool – this tool snaps precise selections around objects and is really fun to use.
  • Selection improvements – there’s also a ton of improvements to the overall selection experience (including an Invert Selection feature).

I use Pixelmator as my only image editor and love it.

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09:41
'Rise of the Tomb Raider' comes to the PS4...

Rise of the Tomb Raider has spent much of the last year as one of the best Xbox One exclusives out there, but soon PlayStation 4 owners will get in on the fun. As part of a 20-year Tomb Raider celebration, it was just announced that Lara Croft's late...

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09:33
Twitter signs deal with NBA

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the NBA to stream exclusive non-game programing, pushing deeper into sports streaming as it seeks new ways to attract users.

Twitter also signed a deal with the NFL this year. I’ll have to wait and see what kind of content comes out of this deal, but on the surface, I’m not sure this appeals to me.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech Mac/iOS gear 50% off...

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09:22
The best ice cream maker

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This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

When the mercury starts climbing, nothing screams "summertime" quite like homemade ice cream. Aft...

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09:20
Only two new iPhone models shipping this fall, not...

Despite some rumors to the contrary, Apple is planning to launch just two new iPhone models this fall, just as it has done for the last two years, a well-known leak source said on Tuesday.

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09:09
Salesforce deals with Android fragmentation

“Due to the wide array of available Android devices, we are targeting our support to a select number of Android devices to continue improving our overall Salesforce1 for Android user experience,” the company said in the support document.

Translation: Android is so fucked up, we were forced to take steps to make it work for us.

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09:04
'Very low' expectations for Apple earnings...

Ahead of its June quarter earnings report next week, a number of factors have put Apple in a position to exceed investor expectations, making it a good time to buy into the company's stock, one analyst believes.

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09:00
Skype for Linux Alpha Draws Cheers, Jeers


Microsoft last week introduced a new Web-based Skype for Linux client in alpha. Based on WebRTC, it uses Microsoft's next-generation calling architecture. It lets users share files, photos, videos and new emoticons. Users will be able to call others using the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. However, they won't be able to make or receive calls using earlier versions of Skype for Linux. Microsoft also introduced an alpha version of Skype based on WebRTC for users of Chromebooks or the Chrome browser on Linux.

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09:00
Republican party embraces next-gen wireless and IoT

In 2012 the GOP's official platform didn't say much about broadband. In fact, in the 62-page, roughly 30,000-word document detailing the party's various policy stances, the word "broadband" only appeared once. In 2016, things are a little different....

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