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Monday July 18

SoftBank plans to buy ARM, a maker of iPhone...

The Japanese firm, SoftBank, plans to scoop up British chip designer and major Apple partner ARM Holding, for $31.4 billion, reports the BBC News. ARM employs more than 3,000 people and designs microchips used in most smartphones (including the iPhone).

According to the BBC, ARM will keep its headquarters in Cambridge and at least double the number of its staff over the next five years. However, according to re/code, other companies could enter the fray with the result being a bidding war for ARM. Apple, arguably ARM’s most important client, and Intel, which lost the mobile chip war to ARM, are both potential buyers, the article adds.


Regarding SoftBank’s purchase of ARM, Mark Skilton, a professor of Practice at Warwick Business School and an expert on technology and the Internet of Things,...

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News: Daily Deal: Swift & iOS Beginner eBook...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Swift & iOS Beginner eBook Bundle for only $59.99 — that’s 69% off the regular price. These two ebooks will help you prep for iOS 10 before it hits iPhones this fall, with everything you need to know to learn to code for Apple devices. Swift Apprentice will take you through getting started with playgrounds and help you practice learning core Swift 2 language concepts, and you’ll get a free…

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Apple entices its first big drug company to...

Although Apple's ResearchKit is almost two years old, the platform has mainly been reserved for clinical studies hosted by universities and medical researchers. Hundreds of thousands of people are already contributing data for studies focusing on ast...

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Leaked video highlights alleged differences between...

A new video from China allegedly shows a semi-functional functional "iPhone 7" with the same features and design as previous photo and video leaks, offering another glimpse of what Apple's next iPhone is expected to look like.

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Softbank to acquire Apple chip designing partner ARM...

In a massive deal valued at $32 billion, Japanese company Softbank announced on Monday that it will acquire ARM Holdings, the company that designs specifications for low-power mobile processors, including the A-series chips found in Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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Apple chip designer ARM set to be acquired by...

ARM, the British chip designer responsible behind the A-series processors used in Apple’s iOS devices, looks set to be bought by Japanese telecoms company Softbank.

The deal will need to be approved by shareholders, but with ARM recommending it and a valuation 43% above last week’s closing price, it looks likely to go through. It is, however, possible that other companies may make their own bid for the company.

Both Intel and Apple have been suggested as potential bidders …


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Maxthon browser reportedly collects sensitive data...

Moving to an alternative web browser is no guarantee that you'll be less susceptible to privacy and security issues. Researchers at Exatel have published a report claiming that Maxthon's browser transmits sensitive user information, whether or not y...

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Rumor: TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer of both...

Apple competitor Samsung could be on the outs for the next two generations of iPhone processors, according to a new rumor, which claims that rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of both the "A10" and "A11" CPUs.

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Walmart Pay Is Better Than You Might Expect

You might think that Walmart’s home-brew mobile payment system would be dreadful, but Josh Centers was pleasantly surprised by how well it works, despite some flaws.


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Pokémon Go launches in Canada, servers fall over as...

Good news for Pokémon Go fans in Canada: the game has officially rolled out to the country. Bad news for fans of the game everywhere: the extra load seems to have killed the servers again.

Niantic made the Canadian announcement on Twitter and on the game’s official Facebook page, but so far the company hasn’t responded to complaints that users are again unable to login. It did acknowledge the server problems experienced over the weekend …


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If you need a Thunderbolt Display replacement, check...

Once Apple announced it was no longer making its Thunderbolt Display, NEC contacted AppleWorld.Today to let us know that — hint, hint — its MultSync+EA275UHD is a fine replacement. They sent us a test unit, so here are my impressions.

Is the NEC display a suitable replacement for Apple’s monitor? Yep, considering its $300 cheaper ($699 compared to $999 for the outdated Thunderbolt Display). However, the design isn’t as elegant as an Apple display, and the screen, while crisp and sharp, pales in comparison to the screen of the 5K iMac with Retina Display (which is the display I have to compare all others to). 

Still, the NEC is no slouch by any means. It’s a 4K UHD, 27-inch, 3840 x 2160 widescreen LED-...

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Apple reportedly dropping Samsung for not only A10...

While Apple’s orders for the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s/Plus were split between the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung, we heard back in February that TSMC was to be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7.  A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.

The report appears in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, via Digitimes.

TSMC is already the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A10 chip which will power the upcoming iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016. The Taiwan-based foundry will continue to be the sole supplier of Apple’s next-generation A11 processor that will be built on a 10nm FinFET process, the report indicated, without citing its sources.

TSMC is believed...

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CloudMounter simplifies managing cloud accounts on...

In these days of high-speed Internet connections and low-capacity SSD drives in laptops, cloud storage services are becoming more and more popular. Like me, you may have several different cloud accounts. This is where Eltima’s $29 CloudMounter app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) comes in handy.

It allows you to manage most all of your clouds from a single point of access and mount various cloud services and web servers to your Mac as local disks. I say “most” because there’s no iCloud support. However, you can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in the Finder as if they were located on your computer.

The way CloudMounter works is simple. The main window of the app is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and...

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See the sun do a somersault, courtesy of NASA's...

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took a photo of the sun every 12 seconds on July 6th, and the results aren't quite what you'd expect. A time-lapse video of the images makes it look like the sun is doing a somersault, because the SDO was spinning 36...

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Samsung is buying a stake in a Chinese car maker

Now that the smartphone market is cooling off, Samsung needs another way to keep raking in cash... and it's going in an unusual direction to make that happen. The tech giant is buying a stake in Chinese automaker BYD that, at least at first, will hel...

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Sunday July 17

Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6

Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability while bringing a handful of improvements to individual apps. ($149.99 new, free update)


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Twitch is taking auditions for an internet-wide...

Twitch may have started as a broadcasting service laser-focused on beaming your gaming exploits out to the world, but it certainly isn't staying that way. Now, the Creative banner has been expanded to include comedy, music, theater, voice acting and...

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SpaceX picks its first rocket to fly a second time

Sure, SpaceX promised to reuse a rocket sometime in September or October... but which rocket? At last, we know. As part of a NASA presentation, SpaceX has revealed that it will be using the second Falcon 9 to make a successful landing (in this case,...

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Why you might not have a perfect Uber passenger...

This wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Very funny.

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What the Heck Is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is the phenomenon of the summer, but what the heck is it? Josh Centers explains how the game works and why it’s causing some weird behavior.


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Ben Heck's Hackmanji board game, part 3

The last piece of the Jumanji-esque puzzle falls into place as Ben, Karen and Felix complete the Hackmanji puzzle board -- and with your help. Putting the finishing touches on the board involves combining the mechanical with the electronic as Ben...

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Google, Tesla, and Facebook Attract 'Hordes of...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
"We just came from Oracle, then we go to HP, Google; we're going to do Tesla, Intel, eBay and Yahoo. And Apple, I forgot Apple..." says one San Francisco resident, describing a tour he's providing for his friend from Tokyo. In fact, Silicon Valley's iconic tech companies have discovered tourists are now dropping in on their headquarters. "It was nice to walk between the buildings, take some pictures and see the employees enjoy their lunch break," wrote one visitor to Google's campus, before complaining that Google hadn't also provided them with bathroom access. "We got told not to use the Google bikes as they are for employees only, which was a bit of a shame," another visitor complained.

"Hundreds of people a day visit the Facebook sign and Google's Android sculpture garden in Mountain View," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup, "with many stopping at other tech giants as well, snapping photos and shooting video..." In fact, Tesla,...

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Gaming headset review roundup: Five options, one...

As much as we'd all love surround sound in every room where we have a TV, it isn't always feasible. Be it budgetary reasons or living in an apartment with roommates who don't share your enthusiasm for late-night explosions, sometimes 5.1- or 7.1-chan...

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After Math: Fun and games

This was a big week for diversions. Nintendo is sitting pretty thanks to its overnight smash hit, Pokémon Go -- not to mention the excitement surrounding its upcoming NES Classic Edition mini-console. Additionally, MoviePass rolled out its rev...

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Flying cars and an...

The Tesla Model X is the best car in its class - but it's also prohibitively expensive with a MSRP of $83,000. That's set to change, as Tesla just launched a new version of its electric SUV that is $9,000 cheaper. If you're holding out for a flying c...

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New video of purported iPhone 7 shows larger camera...

As we get closer to the expected launch, sometime in early September, the leaks for the iPhone 7 just keep coming. Following a brief clip last week, a poster on Weibo has uploaded an extended video of a purported iPhone 7 unit — we’ve embedded it after the jump.

The video shows an iPhone 7 casing (4.7 inch model) that corroborates previous rumors: new larger camera, redesigned antenna lines, missing headphone jack in lieu of an additional speaker grille. The video compares the purported iPhone 7 design to an iPhone 6s, with which it shares many design characteristics …


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'The Solus Project' is Xbox One's sci...

We've seen a few games graduate from the Xbox Game Preview program and become full-fledged Xbox One titles, but perhaps none as intriguing as The Solus Project. Earth is a goner, so humanity takes to the stars, with what's left of the human race hang...

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Saturday July 16

Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements,...

Atlas' first Wristband was an ambitious but ultimately failed attempt to build a fitness tracker geared toward strength training, instead of just cardio-oriented activities like running and cycling. The second-generation model makes some modest improvements, but doesn't solve some of the fundamental complaints we had.

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Two more Chromebooks are ready to test Android apps

Nearly two months after Google confirmed the Play Store and more Android apps are coming to Chrome OS, it finally added support for the feature on some new hardware. The Acer Chromebook R11 and Chromebook Pixel have joined ASUS' Chromebook Flip -- wh...

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Ben Heck tears down the legendary Nintendo...

We got a good, close look at the Nintendo PlayStation last year and even talked to Sony veteran Shuhei Yoshida about it, but have you ever wondered about everything inside the ill-fated game console? Ben Heckendorn, aka Ben Heck, is happy to show yo...

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The Pentagon is developing cyber warfare tools to...

US Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers has created a dedicated unit tasked with developing a suite of malware and digital weapons that can be used to wage (a digital) war against ISIS. The Pentagon originally gave Cyber Command the daunting ta...

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Editorial: Sorry Android bloggers, but Samsung'...

Android fan blogs, led by The Verge, shouted to their audiences this week that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 managed to surpass sales of Apple's iPhone 6s, based on a Kantar survey of U.S. buyers. The story illuminates some interesting contradictions and exposes other misleading narratives about the smartphone market.

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'Pokémon Go' expansion marred by a...

Good news! Pokémon Go is available in 26 more countries... if you get a chance to play, that is. Trainers can now grab the mobile game across a wider swath of European nations (such as the Netherlands and Sweden), but temporarily went down ami...

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Tesla hopes existing tech improves its semi-...

Many have speculated that Tesla could have prevented the Autopilot-related Florida crash if its cars had lidar (visible light detection and ranging) to better understand the world around them, not just cameras and radar. However, Tesla might have a w...

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Exploring the limits of good taste with Xbox Design...

A gamepad is the part of a game console people have the most intimate relationship with. You're holding it in your hands for hours on end, and you know it so well you can control its every function without even looking at it. When the action gets int...

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'Star Wars: Battlefront' add-on will tie...

EA and DICE are determined to wrap up Star Wars: Battlefront's year of add-ons with a bang. The developers have used Star Wars Celebration to reveal that the fourth DLC pack will revolve around the Rogue One storyline. Rogue One: Scarif will let yo...

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24 hours with Fujifilm's X-T2 mirrorless camera

The long-awaited Fujifilm X-T2 finally made its debut last week, bringing with it a completely revamped set of specs compared with its predecessor, the X-T1. One of the highlights of the new compact shooter is its 4K video support -- a first for Fuji...

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Apple Patents Tech to Foil Concert Pirates

A patent for an infrared system that could be used to shut off iPhone cameras and microphones at live performances is one of dozens awarded to Apple last month. The system could assist the music and movie industries by automatically disabling camera functions at movies or concerts. However, the technology could have other applications as well -- for example, turning an iOS device into a museum or city tour guide, or a source of product information at a retail outlet.

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Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Samsung Galaxy...

Last week we reviewed (and accidentally damaged) Samsung's newest rugged phone, the Galaxy S7 Active. Though we learned the hard way not to push the envelope with drop tests, we were impressed that the S7 is every bit as high-end as the regular S7. W...

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OverType, a typewriter simulator on the web

This will make the older readers smile and the younger readers say, “How did you put up with this!?”

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Is Pokemon success sustainable?

James Surowiecki from The New Yorker takes a look at a question that many people have been asking for the last week—Is Pokemon success sustainable? There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, but I think it’s too soon to know for sure.

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The sound so loud that it circled the earth four...

Along with the “Tunguska Event”, this is another of those phenomena that fascinated me as a kid.

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This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Pokémon GO...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Pokémon GO mania continues, Apple recruits developers for its ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, and much more.

iPhone 7 |

We kick things off with the latest iPhone 7 reports, including one alleged leak of the device on video, and yet more leaks claiming to show Lightning EarPods as Apple’s ‘AirPods’ trademark surfaces once again.


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'Star Wars' VR experiment comes to HTC...

You don't have to wait much longer to live out you dreams of wielding a lightsaber in virtual reality. HTC and Lucasfilm have revealed that Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, their VR gaming experiment, will be available on July 18th through Steam. An...

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Google is still working on a standalone headset

Yesterday Recode published an article suggesting Google has killed a VR project that would have directly competed with high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift. While it may be true that this particular project has been shuttered, sources within the co...

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Netflix launches Flixtape: Like a mixtape, but for...

Flixtape is a short playlist of Netflix titles based around a theme, a mood, or message. It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix.

I’m not sure how much use this will actually get, but in a world of constant sharing, why not.

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When Yahoo ruled the valley

They were called surfers, and they were a collection of mostly 20-somethings — including a yoga lover, an ex-banker, a divinity student, a recent college grad from Ohio hungry for adventure — all hired by a start-up called Yahoo to build a directory of the world’s most interesting websites.

I remember this so well. I can’t imagine building a directory of the most interesting Web sites by hand, but they did it.

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Pokémon Go comes to 26 new European countries, Japan...

Since its initial launch last week, the insanely popular Pokémon Go has gradually been rolling out to more countries. Most recently, the app launched in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Now, it has been announced that the title is available in 26 new countries across Europe.


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Apple News is getting is own user agent analytics in...

Apple News steps out of the shadows and allowing publishers track their success without having to pay up for an Apple Developer account and agree to iAds, according to Slight Future.

Users of the Apple News service have been indistinguishable from the ones surfing through web views of in-app browsers — until now. The Apple News User-Agent in iOS 9 was also the default for in-app browsers and didn’t contain anything to separate it from other apps. It notably didn’t contain the Safari component, at least setting it apart from the Safari web browser.

However, in iOS 10 Public Beta 1, a new User-Agent was introduced that, for the first time, advertises that the request is coming from the Apple News app. It seems pretty clear that iOS 10 will use a unique User-Agent for the Apple News app. 

User agents are unique to every visitor on the web. They reveal a catalogue of technical...

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Facebook isn't trying hard enough to increase...

Facebook released its annual diversity report on Thursday and, sadly, little has changed from last year. 52 percent of its US employees are white, 38 percent are Asian, 4 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are Black, while 67 percent of its global st...

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GlaxoSmithKline launches a rheumatoid arthritis...

GlaxoSmithKline -- a science-led, global health care company -- has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple’s ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to conduct clinical research, according to Bloomberg.

Glaxo wants to record the mobility of 300 participants over three months and will also ask the patients to input both physical and emotional symptoms, such as pain and mood, the article adds. The app Glaxo created from ResearchKit comes with a guided wrist exercise that uses the phone’s sensors to record motion, giving the drugmaker a standardized measurement across all users. The company will use the results to help design better clinical trials, reports Bloomberg.

ResearchKit turns iPhone into a tool for medical...

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Apple wants to simplify the way music-streaming...

Apple has submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to simplify the way music-streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers -- in a way that could make it more expensive for rivals like Spotify and YouTube to keep offering free streaming, according to Billboard.

Currently, streaming services -- such as Apple Music -- pay songwriters and publishers between 10.5% and 12% of their overall revenue, and labels and other owners of recording copyrights negotiate their own terms. The money is divided into public performance and mechanical royalties, then paid to collecting societies and publishers.

Apple wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according to a copy of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Boardfiling obtained by Billboard. The company’s proposal to the Copyright...

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Notable apps and app updates for July 16, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Pterosaur Design has introduced Doppler Ball 1.0. A modern interpretation of classic paddle-style games from the 1970s and 80s, the free app challenges the player to use a humming, hyperactive ball to knock down blocks and clear levels. 

Davka Corporation has published the Soncino Hebrew-English Talmud. The $5.99 app brings the world of the Talmud to your iOS device. You can search the entire Talmud in seconds in Hebrew or English, quickly locate relevant results, and view full texts instantly.


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Recommended Reading: How reliable are internet movie...

'Ghostbusters' is a
perfect example of
how internet movie
ratings are broken
Walt Hickey,

The reboot of the 1984 classic hits theaters this weekend, but the criticism of the new Ghostbusters has been flying for months. FiveThirtyEi...

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Hatoful Boyfriend is the ultimate bird dating...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Dating simulators are one of those distinctly Japanese styles of games that has never really broken into the mainstream here, but a small number of them make their way over (or are community-translated) for the hardcore fans of the niche. Still, even if you would probably never check out a typical dating sim otherwise, you should consider playing Hatoful Boyfriend

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Nest introduces the Cam Outdoor, new Nest Aware...

Nest Labs, Inc. has introduced the Nest Cam Outdoor, additional features to the Nest Aware service, and a brand new way to interact with the entire range of Nest products through the Nest app.

With a new, completely weatherproof industrial design created for permanent outdoor use, Nest Cam Outdoor extends security outside the home. Customers can keep an eye on their homes 24/7 with full high-definition (1080p) video quality anytime, anywhere and in any weather. Customers also get features such as activity alerts and Talk and Listen.

Subscribers to the Nest Aware service will receive person alerts, allowing Nest Cam to distinguish between a person and another activity and let you know when someone comes into view. Nest Aware features including person alerts are available on all Nest Cam and Dropcam cameras.

The redesigned Nest app delivers new software features and makes existing Nest products even better, including earlier versions of Nest Cam, according to...

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First Look at Scrivener for iOS

One of the premiere tools for creative writers, Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, is breaking away from the desktop with a powerful mobile version.


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StarTech USB-C Multifunction Adapter designed to...

StarTech has released its USB-C Multifunction Adapter, which is designed to enable mobile professionals to add crucial functionality to port-limited laptops such as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. 

According to the folks at StarTech, the adapter “can instantly turn a USB-C laptop into a convenient workstation, in the office or on the go.” Through a single USB Type-C connection, users can expand their laptop with HDMI and VGA output ports, a Gigabit Ethernet network port and a USB 3.0 port. The adapter is ideal for mobile professionals who work on their laptops in random locations such as hotels, airports, meeting rooms or in small office workspaces.

The USB-C Multifunction Adapter is bus-powered, so doesn’t require an additional power supply. It’s available at CDW,,

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ICYMI: Sound wave sewer checks, the feminized phone...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A town in Maryland is checking for clogs in sewer lines with a sound wave system funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. And a Chinese-made smartphone is geared towards women in the most condescendi...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Recharge your iPad Pro with...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us the Power Sleeve, a sleeve with an embedded Lightning cable that allows you to leave your other charger at home. Plus, multi-purpose folios, backpacks, and much more. Read on!


The Power Sleeve (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $30 MSRP) sports a durable canvas exterior combined with a soft neoprene interior.

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WaterField Designs debuts the Bolt laptop backpack

WaterField Designs has devoted the $329 Bolt Laptop Backpack, which is designed to accommodate both work and after-work gear in a stylish, professional bag that befits the office, airport, or gym, according to company owner Gary Waterfield.

It sports a designated, laptop compartment for a Macbook, PC, Surface Pro or other device that’s accessible through a quick-access zipper allowing business travelers to ease through TSA airport security, he adds. The Bolt Laptop Backpack — available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with full-grain leather accents — is designed to accommodate everything for short business trips without the need for an extra bag. 

Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly for hands-free carry. A spacious main compartment—gold-lined to light up contents—is accessible via two waterproof zippers. The rear zipper leads to a shock-absorbing, foam-lined laptop...

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World's smallest MacBook lock announced in time...

Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.

Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion. The MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.

Gazelle Certified MacBooks - Perfect for back to school, get 'em now!

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Savant rolls out new line of home tech products

Savant has announced the availability of a new line of direct to consumer products, starting with the entertainment-focused Savant Remote. The remote combines the features of a universal remote with the power of home automation.

It allows consumers to control devices such as cable boxes, an Apple TV, Sonos, Roku, and even lighting. Designed in collaboration with award-winning San Francisco design studio Ammunition, led by renowned industrial designer Robert Brunner, the Savant Remote addresses the major sources of frustration with traditional and universal remotes, controlling more than 380,000 of today’s most popular entertainment devices, as well as lighting, according to William Lynch, CEO of Savant.

Using voice control or a touchscreen, users can switch between favorite channels, services (cable, DirecTV, Sonos, Apple TV, Blu-ray, etc.) or activate their Savant Scenes. The Remote also provides personalized...

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MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable...

MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station. The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours. 

The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables. 

Charging is conducted at high speeds, and each portable battery fully charges a phone of the same batter size in only 1.5 hours. Once charged, each lightweight pod can be removed and taken anywhere consumers need to charge their mobile device.

Each Novi Pod houses a built in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. The Novi Pods hold 2,600 MAH of charge.


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The week in Apple news: iPhone 7 rumors, WWDC 2016...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 15, 2016

This week the big news wasn’t made by Apple. It was made by Nintendo and Niantic, with the release of Pokémon Go. Maybe you’re taking a break from the Pokémadness to catch up on Apple news. For that, we thank you. Here are the important Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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This week on AI: Pulling the curtain back on '...

"iPhone 7" leaks returned with a vengeance this week, giving us what may be a near-final glimpse of the product. News didn't stop there however, with word about a TV series co-produced by Apple, a French research center, and of course the hype juggernaut that is Pokemon GO.

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Twitch makes it easy to find streams in your language

It's simple enough to search for streams on Twitch, but if you want to explore all the broadcasts available in a particular language, you'll find the website's new feature quite useful. The company has just launched Multi-Language Filters, which you...

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Friday July 15

Apple proposes flat streaming music royalties for...

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that would simplify streaming royalty rates paid to songwriters, and significantly increase the rates paid by Spotify and other services that offer free, ad-supported music streaming.

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Apple's idea for music royalties could stick it...

The Copyright Royalty Board, a three judge panel that sets licensing rates, is trying to figure out what the statutory rate music download and streaming services will pay publishers between 2018 and 2022. Now, the New York Times and Billboard report...

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Apple proposes new royalty structure for streaming...

Apple’s suggested royalty structure would make accounting simpler and more transparent, but it would also make it more costly to run a free service, since streaming companies would have to pay a minimum rate, rather than a percentage of revenue. The current system arguably benefits Spotify and YouTube, since their free tiers don’t generate much revenue compared to paid services.

A big double hit for Apple here: First they look better to musicians and the industry, and second they get to screw Spotify.

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Watch out for fraudulent 'Pokémon Go' apps

It's official: Pokémon Go has become a major phenomenon: It's getting people interested in augmented reality, inspiring filmmakers and even helping players cope with anxiety. Unfortunately, it's also creating targets for malware developers. Ac...

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GlaxoSmithKline targets arthritis in first...

Apple's ResearchKit was quickly adopted by clinical studies at a series of universities and hospitals, but a new iOS app focused on rheumatoid arthritis from pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline marks the first time a drug company has made use of the framework.

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Turkish President Erdoğan addresses nation via...


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Watch the Evo 2016 fighting game championships right...

Need a place to watch this weekend's Evo fighting game championships? Look no further. The event runs through Sunday, with finals for Street Fighter V starting that night at 10 p.m. Eastern live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Other games this y...

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Astronomers map 1.2 million galaxies in colossal 3D...

After spending a decade measuring the stars, scientists just released a 3D map spanning 1.2 million galaxies. But it also measures the universe's expansion over time, giving credence to the theory that dark energy played a role in its increasing size...

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FIS Cardless Cash to enable Touch ID banking at 70,...

While select banks have already begun rolling out card-free ATMs for iPhone users with Apple Pay, a new partnership between FIS Cardless Cash and ATM network Payment Alliance International promises to bring similar security and card-free convenience to iPhone users via an app that authenticates via Touch ID.

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Amazon Video for Android adds support for SD cards

Amazon just pushed a small, but important update to its Android video app: starting today, users can choose where downloaded files are stored. It sounds insignificant, but for heavy users, this is a really big deal -- until now, Amazon Video would on...

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During military coup, Turkey's President...

Turkey has been thrown into chaos after a military coup seized control of the government, declared martial law and began censoring media networks, but its president appeared on CNN T?RK, using Apple's FaceTime to issue a statement.

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∞ Macs: September doesn’t seem right to me

John Gruber on the lack of Mac updates an when they could be coming:

Something unusual is certainly going on. We have to get updated MacBook Pros and Mac Pros soon (September?), right?

I agree completely that there has to be updates coming for various products in the Mac lineup at some point, but September just doesn’t seem right to me. Assuming Apple keeps September as its iPhone event, as its done over the past few years, the company will want to keep the focus on iPhone and nothing else.

If there is a distraction, it would be for the release of iOS, which is complementary to the iPhone. Macs don’t fit in there at all. One of two things would happen: Either the Macs would take away from the importance of the iPhone release, or the Macs would get ignored completely. Neither one of those scenarios are good for...

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Google was reportedly developing a standalone VR...

Google's virtual reality ambitions have slowly but steadily progressed over the last few years. It started with the cheap, humble cardboard headset, but Google formally announced Daydream, a new Android-based VR platform at I/O this year. However, it...

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During coup attempt, Turkish president appears via...

In what may be another first for our connected world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed what appeared to be a Facetime call to a national news broadcast early on Saturday while the world tried to figure out if a military coup against him had succeeded.

Erdogan appeared on a journalist's iPhone, held up to the camera so viewers could see and hear what he had to say. He claimed that he remained in control and urged the public to take to the streets to oppose the coup attempt.

Erdogan's use of modern technology to speak to the nation comes with a heap of irony. He has been keen to shut off access to the Internet during sensitive times and go after those who try to get around such bans and those who insult him. Reporters Without Borders says Erdogan has "systematically" censored the Internet.


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Apple's likely 'AirPods' headphone...

New evidence suggests that Apple is once again hiding behind a shell corporation as it seeks ownership of a new trademark --?in this case, for an anticipated product named "AirPods," which could be the name for a new set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds.

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Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during...

As Turkey's armed forces seized control of the country today, an odd scene unfolded on CNNTurk as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared live on the screen of an iPhone. News reports indicated he was safe but did not confirm his location, while Erdo...

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'Pokémon Go' gets in your face with an...

With Pokémon Go fever gripping the nation, it was only a matter of time before someone took the game's augmented reality features and evolved them, as it were, with VR and mixed reality. And CapitolaVR has done just that, creating a Pok&eacute...

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NASA's Mars 2020 rover will search for signs of...

After building out its next Mars rover in mixed-reality simulations, NASA is ready to announce the near-final design that will depart for the red planet in the summer of 2020. Unlike Curiosity, which is still on its extended tour, the Mars 2020 rover...

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Inside Apple Campus 2 and its vast expanses of sedak...

I don’t know much about construction or architecture but I know, from all I’ve read, that Apple’s new campus is a remarkable feat of engineering and will be an amazing building once its completed.

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Space X delays its Hyperloop competition until next...

Contestants in Space X's upcoming hyperloop pod competition now have some extra time to prepare their entries. The Elon Musk-owned company announced on Friday that the design contest will be moved back to late January, 2017. This decision comes in re...

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More confirmation of Apple’s wireless ‘AirPods’...

Earlier this year, we reported that Apple was developing revamped, cord-free headphones to launch alongside the iPhone 7, which is said to lack a 3.5mm connection. It has been speculated in the past that Apple applied for a trademark of the term “AirPods,” and now more confirmation has been uncovered.


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Rare US N64 disk-drive retail prototype found in...

If you subscribed to Nintendo Power in the 90's, you probably remember reading about the Nintendo 64DD, a console disk-drive add-on design to bring higher storage capacity, a real-time clock and internet connectivity to the Nintendo 64. You may also...

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The Public Access Weekly: Wake me up before you go-go

Wow, has it ever been a Pokémon-tastic week or what? In the roughly ten days since the AR games' release, it has exploded across every dark and light corner of the internet and out into the real, live world. Players are crashing their cars, f...

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AWT News Update: July 15, 2016

Lots of little Apple-related news tidbits for you as we head into the weekend:

  • CBS adds an Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search
  • Katy Perry releases a new single exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes
  • Move over T-Mobile; Sprint is offering goodies for Pokémon players
  • Apple's share price closed near a quarterly high yesterday
  • Contactless cash withdrawals leveraging TouchID coming soon from a growing number of  ATMs

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2016.

The 4th-generation Apple TV received some attention today, with several...

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Create Netflix movie and TV show 'mixtapes...

If you're looking for a weekend activity, Netflix has another option to guide your streaming habit. The company has a new Flixtape generator that takes a subject or phrase that you enter and compiles a mixtape-like playlist of three titles. You're fr...

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Steinberg releases free Smart Click metronome app...

Smart Click brings one of the most accurate metronomes to your iOS handhelds. We have paid special attention to its usability and design by providing an easy and quick way to access the app. Smart Click’s easy-to-use interface lets you focus on practicing effectively and improving your ability to play in time. And to make it even better yet this metronome app allows you to choose different time signatures and four types of accents for each beat, including the well-known Cubase click sound. Stay in time — wherever you are!

Steinberg has been in the music industry for years and years. It’s great to see them releasing apps for iOS and further expanding their reach.


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iPad Pro and tattoo artists

Tattoo artists are making a gradual conversion to digital, and the iPad Pro is proving to be a catalyst for an industry that so far has only reluctantly let go of ink pens and sketch paper. Pen and paper, after all, has been where the art in tattoo art has originated. The iPad Pro, with the help of the Apple Pencil stylus and some advanced image processing software, may be the first affordable technology that feels authentic enough to move artists away from the familiarity of pen and paper.

This makes perfect sense, but I never even thought of these artists as potential iPad Pro users when it was released.

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CBS News is coming to Apple TV as a free app

If you're a cord cutter who owns an Apple TV and is on the hunt for live news coverage, then you're in luck. CBS News has launched an app for the streaming device that will provide 24-hour news programming. It also curates video playlists and news st...

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Nest Cam Braves the Great Outdoors

Nest on Wednesday introduced an outdoor surveillance camera to complement its indoor Nest Cam. The Nest Cam Outdoor will go on sale this fall for $199. It is easy to mount on any outdoor surface, according to the company, and even has a magnetic base for attaching to gutters. The camera, which resembles a unit of track lighting, can capture 1080p video. It has live-streaming capabilities, as well as two-way audio. It has a 130-degree field of view and includes night vision support.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 will miss goal of 1...

Microsoft won't meet its high ambitions of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by 2018, owing to the decision to scale back its Windows phone business, the company acknowledged on Friday.

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Learning to trust a self-driving car

“But ultimately the operator of the vehicle is responsible for having some degree of situational awareness. When it comes to autonomous cars, it’s a system. It’s a machine. It’s not making decisions. It’s not aware of everything. It’s simply sensing its environment and responding as it has been trained.”

Great article from The New Yorker, but I completely agree with the above statement that Brian Lathrop, a senior engineer for Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory, made in the story.

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Review: G-Technology 1TB G-Drive mobile USB-C...

As a MacBook owner, USB-C peripherals are still a little hard to come by, but the accessory situation has improved significantly over the past year. One of the latest USB-C-centric peripherals to hit the scenes is an external bus-powered hard drive from the folks over at G-Technology. If you’re looking for a way to quickly offload files to and from your MacBook, the G-Drive is a good option. more…

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The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

All about tech companies and the movement to have a right to repair your broken phones, computers, tablets and other complex products. This is an important issue.

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