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Thursday June 15

14:03
Vintage Analog Hardware vs Apollo and Unison Plug‑Ins

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

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

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14:03
macOS High Sierra: A First Look

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

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

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14:01
Analyst predicts sales of 41.5 million iPhones in...

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

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

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13:45
Review: AKG N60 On-Ear Headphones

It wasn’t too long ago that Active Noise Cancelling was a magic trick owned by one company, on one type of headphone, with one sound signature. Now it seems like ANC is everywhere, available in over-ear, in-ear, and battery-free in-ear Lightning headphones. AKG’s N60 on-ear headphones with ANC adds even more choice for the consumer. We trusted our ears to the N60 for a few weeks of commuting; the N60 has some minor ergonomic issues and can’t deliver complete silence, but we found it to be a solid choice if you’re a fan of on-ear headphones.
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13:37
Scott Forstall to talk about creating the iPhone

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

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

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13:19
News: Canada bans locked cellphones and unlocking...

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

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12:52
Apple Music rival Spotify tops 140 million free...




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

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12:06
Review: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K...




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

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11:59
What’s Coming in tvOS 11

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

 

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11:49
Nest is considering Apple HomeKit as iOS 11 makes...

Nest has long been a holdout on Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit platform, and many have speculated it will never add support due to its ties with Google and its competing offerings. But this week the company told us it’s at least considering adopting HomeKit following some big changes for hardware authentication requirements announced this month.

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11:18
Apple forecast to sell 41.5M iPhones in solid June...




Investors expect iPhone sales will return to growth in the current June quarter, moving up slightly from the same period a year ago, as the world waits for an anticipated "iPhone 8" this fall.

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11:00
E3 2017: 'Hitman,' 'Ark: Survival...




Three games are preparing to launch on Mac this summer, with 'Hitman' arriving on June 20, 'Ark: Survival Evolved' leaving Early Access after two years with a full release on August 8, and the first part of 'The Pillars of the Earth' game adaptation shipping August 15.

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10:51
IBM opens new 'Garages' to boost...




IBM on Thursday announced an expansion of its "Garage" concept, introducing yet more physical offices meant to speed up the creation of MobileFirst iOS apps for enterprise clients.

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10:00
IBM opening ‘Garages’ dedicated to Apple partnership...

After announcing a partnership with Apple back in 2014 to help bring enterprise apps and more to iOS, IBM today announced plans to accelerate the initiative with new ‘Garages’ that will serve as dedicated physical spaces to aid its corporate customers with the development of the MobileFirst iPhone and iPad apps: more…

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09:45
Twitter launches redesigned iOS app with new look,...




Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out a new edition of its app for Apple's iPhone and iPad, giving it a new look and interface, as well as making some functional improvements including more convenient use of Safari for viewing links.

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09:40
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker Accessory Sale, August...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Anker USB charging accessories are up to 30% off in today’s Gold Box at Amazon

August 2nd Gen. HomeKit-...

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09:00
∞ Flyby tour of Muscle Beach, CA

Even though this was presented in reverse, this is still some pretty good flying. When you finish watching it, check out the Unstabilized version and outtakes as well.

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08:30
How much faster have high-end iMacs gotten in the...

There are some really interesting and geeky stats in this story but the bottom line is, if your three years or older iMac feels “sluggish”, you’ll notice significant speed gains on the newest iMacs.

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08:15
A sociology of the smartphone

How completely the smartphone has taken over so many aspects of our lives is a remarkable story.

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08:14
Former iOS head Scott Forstall to talk iPhone's...




Scott Forstall -- Apple's former head of iOS development -- will appear at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. on June 20 to talk about the origins of the iPhone, according to an announcement.

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08:11
iPad Pro Diary: I thought I could resist the 10.5-...

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

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

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

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07:56
Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall to chat about working...

Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall, the leader of the iPhone software team Scott Forstall, will sit down with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff on June 20 to share his experience working with the late Steve Jobs on the secretive Apple iPhone project, codenamed “Project Purple.”

Preceded by Scott’s fireside chat will be a panel discussion with three engineers from the original iPhone development team: Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes. They’ll talk about their work on the device that transformed the mobile computing industry. You can't more info on the “Putting Your Finder On It: Creating the iPhone,” as well as register for the event, here.

The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. Located at 1401 N...

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07:33
Scott Forstall set to talk publicly about the iPhone...

Former iPhone software lead Scott Forstall is set to publicly discuss the origin of the iPhone next week (via MacRumors) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Forstall has generally traveled under the radar since Apple CEO Tim Cook fired him in late 2012 following the rocky Apple Maps rollout.

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07:25
Report: Secret Apple team is working to make your...

Our iPhones already do a lot to keep us healthy, tracking our activity, sleep, mindfulness, and nutrition in the Health app. But according to a new report, Apple is working with hospitals and medical industry groups to bring your full medical profile to your phone, giving you full access to your digital medical chart.

CNBC is reporting that “a secretive team with Apple’s growing health unit” is working to bring clinical medical data to your iPhone. The goal is to make doctor’s visits, lab results, prescriptions, and even allergy lists available right your phone so you can access them whenever you need them.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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07:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook Shares His Experience Of Working...

In a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about his experience of working with Donald Trump. He said: I feel a great responsibility as an American, as a CEO, to try to influence things in areas where we have a level of expertise. I've pushed hard on immigration. We clearly have a very different view on things in that area. I've pushed on climate. We have a different view there. There are clearly areas where we're not nearly on the same page. We're dramatically different. I hope there's some areas where we're not. His focus on jobs is good. So we'll see. Pulling out of the Paris climate accord was very disappointing. I felt a responsibility to do every single thing I could for it not to happen. I think it's the wrong decision. If I see another opening on the Paris thing, I'm going to bring it up again. At the end of the day, I'm not a person who's going to walk away and say, "If you don't do what I want, I leave." I'm not on a council, so I don't have...

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06:57
iOS quarterly market share grows in China as Apple...




Apple is increasing the market share of iPhones and iPads in a number of key markets, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, with iOS noted as posting a strong period-on-period gain in urban China after sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus outpaced those of local rivals Oppo and Huawei.

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06:41
Apple's Tim Cook talks HomePod, AR, personal...




In an interview excerpt published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on a variety of topics, including how much time he spends thinking about what people will say about his legacy at Apple.

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06:36
News: Apple looking to expand HealthKit to store...

Apple is undertaking efforts to expand HealthKit to become a portable repository of all of a person’s medical records, CNBC reports. The idea would be to expand the iPhone beyond a place to simply record health and wellness data into a database of a user’s entire medical history — doctor’s visits, lab results, prescriptions, and more — keeping all of this data easily at hand. According to the CNBC report, another secretive team…

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06:35
IBM expands mobile-led, iOS transformation for...

IBM has announced an expansion of its mobile portfolio for enterprises as it continues to create analytics-driven and cognitive enabled enterprise iOS apps that enable organizations to accelerate digital reinvention and transform how businesses engage across industries.

Three years ago, IBM escalated its focus on mobile by partnering with Apple to deliver enterprise iOS apps that change the nature of work. Today, the partnership continues to expand, achieving several billion dollars in signings with more than 3,800 client engagements supported by market-ready and custom iOS apps designed for professions across all industries, including store associates, flight attendants, and field technicians, according to Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Industry Platforms.

In addition, new mobile client initiatives are underway to empower employees at Lufthansa Group, City Furniture, Singapore Airlines, and Japan Airlines that are equipping employees, in multiple...

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06:35
Major update to iOS Twitter app includes real-time...

Twitter has today made a major update to its Twitter app. Version 7.0 not only introduces visual changes designed to put the focus on content, it also includes three new features.

The company says the changes were driven by user feedback …

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06:30
iPads are the dominant tablet in U.S. K-12 schools

Apple iPads are the most widely used tablet computing devices in U.S. K-12 schools and are the educational tablets schools rank highest in terms of future tablet purchasing plans, according to Deployment of Tablets/Mobile Devices in K-12 Schools 2017, a new report from Simba Information, which specializes in market intelligence in the media and publishing industry. 

"Tablets, e-readers and smartphones are being purchased by schools for teacher and student use and are being brought into classrooms as part of bring-your-own-technology initiatives," says Karen Meaney, a senior analyst in Simba Information's Education Group. "However, tablet penetration in schools has slowed because of the growing popularity of Chromebooks."

Educators surveyed for Deployment of Tablets/Mobile Devices in K-12 Schools 2017 ...

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06:29
Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum

Nilay Patel, The Verge:

Walt Mossberg is retiring this year — he’s already written his last column, hosted his last Code Conference, and taped the final episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete in front of a live audience in New York. But Walt’s also assembled an impressive collection of notable gadgets over his two-decade run as a reviewer and columnist, and we asked him to talk us through some of the more notable items as he cleared out of his office.

This isn’t everything — there’s far too much for that. But there’s nothing quite like Walt talking about gadgets and what they mean, and we tried to pick a few that defined their moments in a way few products now seem to do.

It’s been incredible having Walt on The Verge team, and we’re all going to miss his insight, wit, enthusiasm, and charm. I hope you enjoy this look at him doing what he does best: explaining technology to people who love it just as much as he does.

Love this. Lots of history, with Walt sharing...

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06:24
Siri’s iOS 11 evolution

[VIDEO] Nice video (embedded in the main Loop post) from Mac Rumors, showing off Siri’s deep-learning powered iOS 11 voices, as well as advances in contextual awareness. Well done, worth watching.

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06:18
The 30 best Mac games of 2017 (so far)

I’m a fan of Mac gaming, look forward to the updates to the MacGamerHQ top lists. This is not a competitive list (which game is #1, etc.) but more a curated list that you can browse to see which games appeal to you.

Me? I’ve got my eye on Obduction and The Witness.

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06:12
Ikea products are now available on Amazon (False...

Kottke.org:

Ikea products have long been available on Amazon from 3rd-party resellers, but now Ikea is officially selling hundreds of their products on Amazon. Among the items that caught my eye are the iconic blue Frakta bags, the best kids’ drinking glasses ever made (we have dozens of these…love them), a kids’ foot stool, the Swedish meatball sauce packs, and those ubiquitous Glimma tea lights. Also, lots of rugs, picture frames, candles, bedding materials, and many of the other things that are good to stock up on.

Go to amazon.com and do a search for the word Ikea.

This seems like a huge step for Ikea and a win for Amazon.

UPDATE: Jason updated his page, calling into question his original take. But take a look at...

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06:08
iPhone manufacturer Foxconn eyes Wisconsin for new...

Associated Press:

A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. Scott Walker a huge political boost as he prepares to run for re-election.

A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with Foxconn. At least one other upper Midwest state, Michigan, is also pursuing the plant.

This could be a rumor, could be Foxconn simply exploring options, could be Foxconn setting up a bidding war between Wisconsin and Michigan. No matter, this has interesting implications in terms of Apple potentially building future product in the US.

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06:02
Apple is quietly working on turning your iPhone into...

Christina Farr, CNBC:

Imagine turning to your iPhone for all your health and medical information — every doctor’s visit, lab test result, prescription and other health information, all available in a snapshot on your phone and shared with your doctor on command. No more logging into hospital web sites or having to call your previous doctor to get them to forward all that information to your new one.

Apple is working on making that scenario a reality.

And:

CNBC has learned that a secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the team. And from there, users could choose to share it with third parties, like hospitals and health developers.

This day can’t come soon enough. The sharing of medical data, in a safe, secure, and privacy...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Logitech and...

New tablets? New cases.

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup features some new cases for the latest models of iPad Pro. Plus: Cables, air conditioners, earbuds, and more. Read on!

Logitech

Image by Logitech

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Ztylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for...

In our iLounge Deal today, you can pick up the Stylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for Smartphones for only $21.95 — 26% off the regular price. This handy kit helps prevent jittery photos with a secure grip and extended ergonomic stability so you can line up your shots perfectly. It can also extend to larger tripods as well for even more flexibility.

Get the Stylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for Smartphones now for only $21.95...

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05:59
Feral Interactive’s stealth HITMAN game coming to...

Feral Interactive has announced that it is bringing its stealth video game HITMAN to macOS for the first time since its launch 17 years ago, going on sale on June 20. The popular game, which inspired two movies, was previously available on Windows and a wide range of consoles.

This follows Total War: Warhammer which was brought over to the Mac back in April …

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05:58
Morning Consult poll on potential HomePod buyers vs...

Apple’s HomePod and Google Home show as a distant second to Amazon Echo. You can see the polling data here. Most of this is due to price.

That said, the HomePod is just an announcement, not yet a product in the wild, something people can actually fully experience. The fact that the HomePod is pretty much tied with Google Home, a product that is currently shipping and in people’s homes, tells me that there is a strong potential market for HomePod.

With price as a strong decision point for buyers, I suspect this data means the market will segregate into strong layers, with Amazon owning the cheap seats, Apple owning the higher tiers, and brand loyalty dividing the areas in between.

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05:39
Apple patent involves an accessory iPhone case for...

A newly granted Apple patent (number 20170170859) for an “accessory case for wireless electronic device” will only add fuel to the speculation that the upcoming “iPhone 8” will have wireless charging. 

The patent is for a removable phone case that can be coupled to an electronic device using both wired and wireless paths. The case may include circuitry that receives wireless power from external equipment. The circuitry that receives the wireless power may receive wireless power at microwave frequencies. Received power may be supplied to the electronic device through wired and wireless paths.

The removable case may also include circuitry that wirelessly communicates with external equipment. An array of antennas may be used to support beam steering. In acoustics, beam steering is used to direct the...

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05:30
Synology introduces DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817

Synology has launched the DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817, a, respectively, scalable 5-bay and 8-bay desktop NAS. DS1817 is the first value series equipped with built-in 10GbE LAN ports and an expandable RAM module, delivering “future-proof, high-speed storage for professionals and growing small/medium-sized businesses,” according to Katarina Shah, product manager.

DS1817 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz processor with RAM module expandable up to 8GB. Thanks to the built-in 10GbE interfaces, DS1817 can achieve sequential throughput performance exceeding 1,577 MB/s reading and 739 MB/s writing when using RAID 5. The built-in 10GBASE-T ports and 1GBASE-T LAN ports pave the way for businesses to upgrade to a 10GbE environment, and provide the support of Link Aggregation and failover, says Shah.

DS1517 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz...

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05:26
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the top selling...

Samsung phones may have topped the iPhone in the latest smartphone ratings from Consumer Research, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the top-selling phones in the U.S.

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveal that in the three months ending in April, iOS and Android continued to increase their market share in most regions. 

In urban China, Android captured 83.4% of smartphone sales, up 4.3 percentage points from 79.1% a year earlier. However, Android failed to achieve growth in the U.S., falling 5.9 percentage points to 61.7%, compared to 67.6% a year earlier.

“Android partner brands Samsung, LG, and Moto experienced year-on-year declines in the US,” reports Lauren Guenveur, Global Consumer Insight Director for...

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05:17
Apple wants to turn your iPhone into a one-stop shop...

Tired of having to fill out the same-but-different medical/insurance forms every time you visit a new doctor? According to CNBC, Apple feels your pain (pun intended) and is working to turn your iPhone into a “one-stop shop” for all your medical info. 

The article says the tech giant wants its smartphone to become the central bank for health information and is looking to host clinical information, such as labs and allergy lists, and not just wellness data. To that end, Apple is reportedly talking to hospitals, researching potential acquisitions and attending health IT industry meetings.

Apple is looking at startups in the cloud hosting space about potential acquisitions that might fit into this plan, says CNBC, quoting an unnamed “half-dozen people familiar” with the company’s secret team working on the scenario. Essentially, Apple would be trying to...

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05:15
Apple looking to make HealthKit an industry standard...

Apple wants to build a comprehensive database for every iPhone user that can be accessed for doctors visits, lab results, medications, and more.

According to CNBC, Apple is said to have a “secretive team” within its health unit that has been communicating with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about storing clinical data on the iPhone. With all of their medical data at their fingertips, iPhone users would have a better overall picture of their health, which could also be readily shared with doctors.

The aforementioned team has been hiring developers familiar with the protocols surrounding the transfer of electronic health records as well as negotiating with assorted health IT industry groups. One group that’s apparently been contacted, the “Argonaut Project”, promotes the adoption of open standards for health information, and “The Carin Alliance,” a group aiming to give patients more control over their medical data. It’s been noted that Apple VP of...

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05:00
Wistron CEO hints at improved waterproofing,...

Sometimes an executive blathers and gives something interesting away.

In this case, Winstron CEO Robert Hwang, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, confirmed that the upcoming iPhone will be waterproof and feature wireless charging.

Per Nikkei, Hwang’s comment noted that Apple’s next-gen iPhones will feature additional waterproofing as well as wireless features:

“Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.”

Hwang has also noted that Wistron’s India facility is currently making “a small number” of handsets for Apple. He states the growth in manufacturing will hinge on relations between Apple and the Indian government.

He went on to say that Wistron as a whole will ship more smartphones in 2017 than 2016. Through increased used of automation, the...

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04:46
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus remain top-selling phones in U...

The latest Kantar data shows that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remained the top-selling phones in the USA for the three-month period ending in April, with a combined market share of 20.1%. Total iPhone share grew 5.8 points year-on-year to hit 36.5%.

Samsung didn’t fare so well, though there was also some mixed news for Apple …

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04:30
New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is better,...

When the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was announced, I decided to replace my 27-inch iMac AND 12-inch MacBook with one machine. After seven months of working with the MB Pro and a LG UltraFine 5K display, I’ve decided to go back to the iMac — one of the new ones. 

It’s not that the set-up with the MacBook Pro didn’t work. However, the LG display looks clunky compared to the gorgeous, spacey screen on the iMac (so, yes, I’m an Apple fanboy) and it took several peripherals to overcome the lack of connectivity ports on the laptop. That said, the revamped MacBook Pro with Touch Bar introduced at last week’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is a decent upgrade — though folks who...

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04:03
Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as Apple’s ‘Constitution...

In a wide-ranging interview, Tim Cook has spoken about Steve Jobs‘ DNA as Apple’s ‘Constitution,’ why he thinks HomePod will be a success, wanting to ‘scream’ in excitement about augmented reality, how he thinks taxes should be applied to repatriated overseas earnings, his experience of working with Donald Trump and how he responds to the view that Apple is no longer an innovative company.

His comments are an excerpt from a detailed interview out next week …

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04:00
Kanex MultiSync Keyboard is a less expensive...

I haven’t yet had a chance to test the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. However, if you don't want to shell out $129 for Apple’s keyboard, the $59.95 Kanex MultiSync Keyboard for Mac and iOS is a viable replacement for use with the new iMacs if you don’t like the Magic Keyboard 2.

The wireless keyboard features a sleek design with a Mac layout and can connect up to four Mac and iOS devices at once. Pairing with your macOS and iOS gadgets is easy via Bluetooth 3.0 technology. With its aluminum finish and stainless steel, the MultiSync Keyboard looks great with the new all-in-one and is rugged. And it resembles Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, but with...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 15, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

ChackApps has introduced TicktsUp. It’s a free (for a limited time) app to scan and save your purchase receipts. Simply select the new ticket option, enter a short description, choose a category, and scan the receipt by taking a photo. TicktsUp will automatically recognize the edges of the ticket and now it is saved and accessible. You can save your receipts and/or warranty on your mobile device.

macOS Apps/Updates

Eltima Software has updated Uplet, a bulk image uploader for Instagram, to version 1.3. It enables uploading any number of pictures to an Instagram account at...

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Wednesday June 14

20:02
Watch: What's new with the 2017 10.5-inch and...




As part of last week's refresh, Apple released an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro plus an all-new 10.5-inch iPad, with a much smaller side bezel, a new ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the A10X Fusion Processor. AppleInsider compares the new versions against earlier iPad Pro models.

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19:46
Benchmark tests show new iPad Pro models outperform...

Apple earlier this month refreshed both its iPad Pro and MacBook Pro lineups with faster processors and other performance improvements. The company heavily markets the iPad Pro as a PC replacement, and new benchmarks from blog BareFeats show that the tablet may even outperform the more expensive MacBook Pro in some cases…

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19:02
Report claims Apple expanding CareKit, working on...




Apple appears to be working on a digital medical record initiative to simplify getting all of a patient's information to every caretaker that needs it, and will take advantage of the iPhone's near-ubiquity in U.S. health care to do it, according to a new report.

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18:18
Report: Apple has secret team working to turn iPhone...

It’s no secret that Apple has a growing interest in the health industry as it continues to expand health tracking capabilities with the iPhone and Apple Watch. Now, a report from CNBC claims that Apple is looking to turn the iPhone into “one-stop shop” for all medical record information.

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18:05
E3 2017: Nexon's 'Durango' exiting...




Nexon's survival title "Durango" has made an appearance at the 2017 E3, showing off a combination of isometric role-playing and survival in a creature-infested post-apocalyptic world.

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17:39
Mystery internet company challenges NSA’s mass...

Thanks to a newly-declassified document, we know that an unnamed tech company refused to comply with NSA orders to let the agency spy on the company's client users. It's the first known case of an organization from the industry outright rejecting suc...

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17:14
Schiller refutes book's account that he...




A forthcoming book's accuracy about the early development of the iPhone has come under fire by Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller and Tony Fadell, with both denying a story that Schiller vigorously demanded a physical keyboard during development of the original iPhone prototypes was accurate.

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16:47
Elon Musk brings his Mars plan before the scientific...

In this month's issue of New Space, Elon Musk outlined his plan to colonize Mars. His article discusses how to bring down the cost of Mars flights as well as some of the specs of necessary equipment.

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16:12
Wisconsin location reportedly under consideration...




Sources claim that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has set its sights on Wisconsin as a location for its U.S. plant -- but governmental sources in the state note that any firm deal is still some time away.

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn reportedly considering...

United States manufacturing has been a hot button issue as it relates to Apple over recent months. President Trump has said that the company has its “eyes open” to the possibility and now, a new report from the Associated Press claims that iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is considering a new plant in Wisconsin…

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15:54
Download all four new iOS wallpapers used on the 10....

There’s a lot to love in Apple’s new iPad Pro lineup; faster chips, 120hz ProMotion display and slimmer side bezels on the 10.5-inch model. They also debut some really pretty new wallpapers. Each iPad Pro box features a picture of the tablet showing a wallpaper; a different one for Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold models.

Unfortunately, these really nice looking wallpapers aren’t available on iOS 11 yet (and many early adopter iPad users are running the beta to take advantage of the new multitasking features) and the elusive Silver wallpaper is not included in the iPad firmware at all. We’ve sourced all four of them and have links below if you want to download the background to match the packaging …

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15:50
The Next iPhone Will Have Wireless Charging, Says...

Robert Hwang, CEO of a large iPhone manufacturing company in India, has let slip that the upcoming iPhone will have wireless charging. Hwang told reporters after the company's shareholder's meeting: "Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit." 9to5Mac reports: Just this week, new glass panels purporting to be from the upcoming iPhones have given us another glimpse into the devices' designs. Showing off an iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, and iPhone 8, the images indicated that the glass back panels would open the door for wireless charging across all the devices. According to Hwang, Wistron's India facility is currently making "a small number" of handsets for Apple. He states the growth in manufacturing will hinge on relations between Apple and the Indian government.

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15:47
'Call of Duty' goes back to what it does...

After Infinite Warfare, I was ready to give up on Call of Duty. I just didn't think the futuristic space setting was very compelling and couldn't bring myself to finish the campaign. Just when I thought I was out though, Sledgehammer Games pulled me...

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15:29
AWT News Update: June 14, 2017

The $1,599 (and up) Nativ Vita. You want it, don't you?

It's all about sound today...well, almost. We have stories about the popularity of HomePod, an alternative device from Nativ, and more:

  • A marketing survey shows that the pricy HomePod does have a lot of consumer interest, especially among those who value sound quality over price
  • Electronics manufacturer Nativ introduces the Vita, a very pricy Apple Music-compatible device with its own screen and up to 4TB of storage
  • Comments from Wistron CEO Robert Hwang seem to validate the rumors of wireless charging in this year's iPhones

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15:22
Netflix has more American subscribers than cable TV

If it wasn't already clear that Netflix has become a mainstay of the American media landscape, it is now. A combination of official data with Leichtman Research estimates shows that, as of the first quarter of 2017, there are more Netflix subscriber...

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15:10
Angry Birds Evolution turn-based RPG combat game for...

After a soft launch previously, Angry Birds Evolution, a new turn-based RPG combat game from Rovio, is officially launching in the U.S. and globally today.

The game is the latest in the popular Angry Birds franchise and, in addition to introducing a new type of gameplay for the birds, is the first title for the game made specifically for adults. As Rovio notes, that means “naughty humor, pop culture references galore and classic turn-based RPG combat.”

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15:02
As Facebook snatches Siri language chief, Apple...

A pair of notable shuffles were made over the last month when it comes to talent within Apple. Bloomberg reports that Apple has hired a former YouTube employee for social and video efforts, while VentureBeat reports that Facebook has snatched up a Siri language chief from Apple.

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15:00
Engadget at E3: How video games and film are merging...

In Door No. 1, a new virtual reality comedy show coming to Hulu, the audience becomes the director, choosing not only where to look, but also selecting certain actions and propelling the story forward in unique ways. You're at your 10-year high schoo...

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14:45
Review: O6 Eyes-Free Controller for iPhone

Although iPhone accessories have become fairly routine, every once in a while we see a unique product that draws our attention. Fingertip Lab's new O6 is one such example of "something different" for iPhone users — a "life remote" that allows you to control your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) without having to interact with the screen, providing not only the ability to control music playback, but also narrated access to notifications, emails, tweets and more — even articles you've saved to services like Pocket. It's an interesting approach to curbing the problem with distracted driving, but can also be a very handy accessibility tool for the visually impaired. {/exp:char_limit}
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14:41
Our sun used to have a twin star named Nemesis

Astronomers have long been puzzled by the fact that our sun doesn't have a companion star. After all, most similar stars are part of a binary, or even triplet, system. Now, scientists may have confirmed a long-held theory: The sun did once have a com...

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14:20
Engadget at E3: VR is here -- so what's next?

For gamers, 2016 was the year of VR. But now that the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR are already on the market, with an ever-growing library of titles, where does the industry need to go from here? Most consumers don't seem that compelled b...

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14:02
Are you watching Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’...

Apple debuted the first episode of its reality series Planet of the Apps last week and followed it up with episode two this week. When first announced, the show was met with a wide variety of responses, with some criticizing the concept of the show and others saying reality TV isn’t where Apple should be directing its attention.

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14:00
'Pro Evolution Soccer 2018' continues to...

Every year, there's the ongoing debate about which football game is the best: EA's FIFA or Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer. And the truth is they're both great in their own right -- FIFA traditionally has the better graphics, PES the better gameplay --...

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13:53
Hard drive and SSD status monitor utility SMART Alec...




Long-time Mac upgrade vendor OWC will soon launch SMART Alec, a utility to keep an eye on the health reporting data from SSDs, hard drives, and Fusion Drives connected to a Mac.

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13:50
Mini-review: How much faster have high-end iMacs...

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Apple seems committed to the Mac Pro and iMac Pro for now, but the company says that its most popular desktops with pro users remains the 27-inch iMac.

Unlike phones and tablets, which can still post big performance gains from year to year, desktops age more slowly and gracefully. A typical replacement cycle in many businesses and schools is three or four years, and, as long as they don’t break, you can easily keep using them for years after that.

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13:46
Apple releases Safari Technology Preview 33 with...

Apple has released its updated Safari Technology Preview 33 for macOS Sierra and High Sierra today. The preview browser is specifically designed for developers to get an upcoming look at the new web technologies that macOS and iOS will eventually receive.

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13:45
Ohio drunk drivers ordered to install Uber or Lyft

Drunk drivers may have a new consequence for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. They'll still face stiff penalties like fines, mandatory driver's prevention programs and possible jail time, of course. However, according to The News-Herald, O...

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13:41
Podcast 563: Our iOS goes to 11

Apple confirms its working on autonomous automobiles, but is it making a car or a component? Roman and Glenn discuss Apple’s new podcast analytics, and then go through the large number of improvements scheduled for iOS 11, announced last week at WWDC. It’s going to feel like a very different system—for the better.

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13:25
'Duck Season' is equal parts nostalgic and...

When I was a kid with the original Nintendo Entertainment System, I of course played Duck Hunt. Fast forward 25 years and I did so in virtual reality, live on stage at E3 in front of the entire internet with Duck Season -- a tribute to the classic NE...

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13:19
The best wireless & portable Bluetooth MIDI...

We recently rounded up the best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro X (2017 edition), and now it’s time to get portable. At this point in time, it’s hard for me to even believe that MIDI isn’t entirely wireless on every product that features it. But it is clear that some companies have been looking to the future for some time now, so we thought it would be good to run down the best wireless MIDI keyboards for Mac and iOS…

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13:17
Box’s desktop app is fine for you, but better for...

When you think of cloud storage services, your mind probably drifts over Dropbox or Google Drive. You might not remember Box as well -- it was one of the earliest cloud providers out there and it's thriving today. Now, it's catching up with some of i...

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13:02
The Touchtype Pro is coming to the smaller iPads

Touchtype is working on the Touchtype Pro for the iPad and is conducting a crowdfunding campaign to finance it. CEO Salman Sajid says it’s the most versatile iPad Keyboard case for these reasons:

It holds the Apple Magic Keyboard. Perfect for those who want to transition to an iPad for work, but don’t want to sacrifice their typing productivity — or wrist health — to do it. The keyboard can also flip behind the iPad when not in use.

Unlike Apple’s Smart Keyboard, the keyboard holder is detachable so you can leave it behind. The cover automatically adjusts to form-fit either situation.

It not only has a place to store the Apple Pencil but also headphones or a charging cable. Most cases only have room for only the Apple Pencil.

It’s stable on your lap, allowing the iPad Pro to fulfill its destiny as a worthy laptop replacement.

The Touchtype Pro will come in two versions: 1) one for just the 10....

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13:00
‘Echo Arena’ is competitive, virtual reality frisbee...

When we saw Lone Echo at Oculus Connect 3 late last year, it solved one of virtual reality's biggest limitations by ignoring humanity's most common form of locomotion: walking. The game takes place entirely in zero gravity, asking players to navigate...

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12:55
Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple'...




Roughly a third of people in the U.S. are interested in Apple's Siri-based HomePod, though they're more likely to buy an Amazon Echo in practice, survey results suggested on Wednesday.

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12:45
Google Drive will soon back up any file or folder on...

If you use a cloud storage app on your PC, there's a good chance you use it as much for backing up your system as you do for accessing files on different devices. And Google knows it. The internet giant is reinventing its Drive desktop app as Backup...

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12:42
Wistron CEO let slip that upcoming iPhone will be...

Image: Newly leaked iPhone 8 parts give glimpse into rumored design

As we move closer to the unveiling of the next generation iPhones, more manufacturers are talking about device details. This time CEO Robert Hwang of Wistron, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, has confirmed that the upcoming iPhone will be waterproof and feature wireless charging (Nikkei).

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12:21
'Super Mario Odyssey' may look bizarre,...

There's perhaps no better example of Nintendo's creativity in game design than the Super Mario Bros. franchise. At a glance, the company's mascot seems like an unchanging, static figure. In reality, every game he stars in tweaks the Mario formula eve...

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12:03
A stroll through Apple Park reveals green landscape...

Apple Park is starting to look a lot more like a park as Apple makes rapid progress on the massive landscaping job and continues construction at the site. The images above and below give a good ground level look at the thousands of trees being planted around the main circular building on the 175-acre campus. These photos sent in by a 9to5Mac reader show how the site looked as of late last week.

While Apple announced back in February that Apple Park would be ready for employees to begin moving in by April, the site still appears to be more in construction mode and it’s unclear what Apple staff if any is actually already working at the new campus. The company is also expected to host future events at the 1000-seat Steve Jobs Theatre located at Apple Park, but chatter from construction workers is that finishing touches could go beyond the end of the year and the new iPhone unveiling...

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12:03
Microsoft’s AI earns perfect Ms Pac-Man score

Some tasks are just too complex, too nuanced to tackle all at once, like beating all 256 levels of Ms. Pac-Man on the Atari 2600 while earning a perfect score of 999,990. That's why Microsoft didn't even try to train its AI to take it on in one go. I...

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11:50
E3 2017: Supercell reveals 'Brawl Stars,'...




"Clash of Clans" and "Clash Royale" developer Supercell has revealed "Brawl Stars," an upcoming iOS multiplayer game that pits two teams of three players against each other in a top-down shooter, eliminating opponents and completing objectives in order to win the game.

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11:45
'Wolfenstein II' starts with a wheelchair...

A little over four months away from launch, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus already feels finished. The game takes place almost immediately after the events of 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order, with protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz waking up from a coma...

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11:29
Xbox One X: More Speed, More Muscle


Microsoft earlier this week announced the next version of its Xbox line of gaming consoles, ahead of E3 2017, now ongoing in Los Angeles. The new Xbox One X, which goes on sale Nov. 7 for $499, is slimmer than previous models and packed with power. With a 6-teraflop Scorpio engine, the One X has 40 percent faster graphics performance than its chief rival, Sony's PS4 Pro. The custom Scorpio engine in the Microsoft box burns chrome at 1172 MHz -- a 37 percent increase over its predecessor, Xbox One, and 28 percent faster than PS4 Pro.

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11:22
The Grammys take voting online at last

Say what you will about the Grammys and its problems, but at least the Recording Academy has been making an effort to catch up with the times. After making streaming-only albums eligible for awards this year (allowing Chance the Rapper's Coloring Boo...

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11:15
iPhone 8 rumors: New evidence points to wireless...

Poor iPhone 7—we’re only halfway through its first year and it’s already totally overshadowed by whatever is coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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11:11
E3 2017: Mac games 'Fortnite,' '...




This year's E3 conference included a number of Mac-related gaming announcements, including highly anticipated titles "Fortnite," "Railway Empire," "Tropico 6," "Unto The End," and "Tunic."

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11:03
Google Drive’s Mac uploader will soon be replaced by...

Google currently has separate desktop clients to back up to Google Drive and Photos. With the upcoming Backup and Sync for Mac, the company is replacing the Drive client with a new app that features better integration.

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11:00
How violence in video games changes with the times

Violence is the default mechanic in the video-game world. But as video-game graphics become more realistic and virtual reality headsets make games more immersive, developers are taking greater care with the way they portray murder and gore. The indep...

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10:47
'Project Cars 2' takes simulated driving...

With the likes of Forza and Gran Turismo getting their share of stage time at the big E3 events, it can be easy to overlook some of the other options. Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars is one of those and the second installment of t...

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