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If you kill the headphone jack, you need to replace...

Enlarge / Little ol' headphone jacks causing a big ol' fuss. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

As the rumors that the next iPhone will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack have intensified, I’ve been keeping tabs on the specific argument that Daring Fireball’s John Gruber made yesterday: that removing the headphone jack from the iPhone is the modern-day equivalent of removing the floppy drive from the iMac in the late '90s. It caused some pain at the time, but it was the way things were moving anyway and in the grand scheme of things it was a smart thing to do.

The people on the “get rid of the headphone jack” side of the debate normally choose...

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Headphone Jack-less iPhone 7 Rumor Gains Ground

The rumor that Apple will get rid of the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 resurfaced Tuesday. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone later this year. The iPhone's Lightning connector reportedly will do double duty as its charging port and headphone connector. The result will be a thinner device and better water resistance. If the rumor is true, the move "is right in terms of timing," said Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research. "It comes at a time when Apple needs to demonstrate it's still an innovator."

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Dropbox adds built-in document scanner, other...

This is kind of nifty, even if Evernote beat Dropbox to it.

Dropbox now features a built-in document scanner capable of capturing photos, notes, sketches and converting them into documents that can be stored in Dropbox.

Like many iOS-based scanning apps, Dropbox’s scanning tool will automatically detect the outline of the item being scanned and it offers editing tools for straightening, adjusting contrast, adding additional pages, and converting to black and white. Dropbox for Business users have additional scanning features at their disposal, including optical character recognition to convert scans into searchable text.

The program also features improved Microsoft Office integration that allows iOS users to quickly make a Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file by...

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The best uninterruptible power supply (UPS)

A UPS is one of those unsexy things you don’t know you need until you need it. If you live in an area with spotty power or frequent weather-related outages (I live in an old apartment building that frequently has power outages for seemingly no reason), a UPS can save a lot of aggravation and frustration.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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iPhone 7 said to have slightly larger earpiece...

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple would be including standard 3.5mm EarPods plus an adapter with the iPhone 7, and now a few more minor details have emerged regarding the device. According to Macotakara, the iPhone 7 will feature a slightly larger earpiece, while the ambient light switcher will also be relocated.


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SanDisk iXpand Memory Case: Add up to 128GB and...

Mobile storage leader SanDisk today announced a new iPhone case that not only protects an iPhone 6 or 6s, but also adds up to 128GB of flash storage and the ability to add a clip-on battery pack. The SanDisk iXpand Memory Case comes in four colors -- Mint, Sky, Red and Grey -- and three capacity options -- 32GB ($59.99), 64GB, ($99.99) and 128GB ($129.99).

Purchasers can download the iXpand Case app (free) to get quick access to any media or files stored in the extra memory, set up automatic transfer of all photos and videos to storage, and manage the optional battery pack. 


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'Hotline Miami 2' is ready for your user-...

The flashy, lo-res violence of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number just got a new lease on life. The long-awaited level editor companion just dropped its beta status and is ready to go live. Since the second installment was "the brutal conclusion" to the s...

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AWT News Update: June 22, 2016

Today's Apple World Today News Update features a few stories about your favorite consumer electronics company:

  • Dropbox adds a document scanner and other new features today, upping the utility of the cloud storage service
  • Traveling to Dubai's International Airport soon? Visit the two new Apple shops!
  • Google has launched Touch ID sign-on via iPhone and iPad, using the devices and Touch ID as a second step in the company's 2-step verification setup
  • Your KFC in Mumbai or Delhi might come with a side of cables and battery packs

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 22, 2016.


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Updated ambient light, proximity sensors in '...

Unlike past tick-tock iPhone refresh cycles, Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" is expected to feature a design largely similar to the current iPhone 6 series, but internal component changes like a "dual specification" ambient light sensor could render existing cases and protective films incompatible.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 22, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

BusyMac has released BusyCal 3, an upgrade to its calendar app for Mac OS X and iOS. It displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange. 

Version 3 has been completely redesigned. There’s added support for travel time, which allows users to block out the necessary time to travel to an event location. Users can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Apple Maps and Location Services. Users can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.

The menu bar app in BusyCal 3 also received a makeover. It now displays a navigable mini-month calendar with...

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Twitter Applies '140' Rule to Video Seconds

Twitter on Tuesday launched enhanced video services that will allow users to post longer videos -- up to 140 seconds. It also announced a new platform for celebrities and public figures to share their stories. Because sports, news, music and other videos increasingly are the type of content that goes viral on Twitter, the company decided to expand content parameters, noted Jeremy Rishel, head of product development for creators. "Video is becoming increasingly central to the real-time conversations happening on Twitter video."

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Reddit users helped bust a national park graffiti...

Graffiti artist Casey Nocket is learning first-hand about the consequences of sharing illegal acts online. She's facing a US-wide national park ban and 200 hours of community service after Modern Hiker and Reddit users identified her as the vandal wh...

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Ex-Apple employees aim to revolutionize open-source...

A team of ex-Apple employees, led by former global data center network manager Jason Forrester, are aiming to overturn the ancient regime of proprietary standards for basic switches and routers and replace it with truly open-source standards that any user can customize.

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California's last nuclear power plant to close...

California's nuclear-powered dream has an expiration date. The state's utility conglomerate Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced yesterday that they will close the last remaining nuclear plants by 2025. They'll replace the output with renewa...

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Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major...

With this year’s upcoming release of iOS 10, Apple has focused on some very specific improvements in several core apps, introducing some major design changes and adding new capabilties both for users and developers. In today’s installment of Inside the betas we take a closer look at what Apple has done with its Maps app. Functionally, it doesn’t quite incorporate the kind of sweeping changes we’ve seen in prior years, but instead…

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Inside iOS 10: Multilingual typing eases autocorrect...

One subtly important improvement in iOS 10 is support for multilingual typing, letting people use several languages in the same sentence without unwanted autocorrections.

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Sony will pay out millions to spurned PS3 Linux users

A long-running lawsuit stemming from Sony's claim that its PlayStation 3 consoles would allow for third-party operating systems has finally come to a close. As Ars Technica reports, the class-action lawsuit could end up costing Sony millions of dolla...

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Funzees with Munzees

You've probably heard about geocaching; it's a modern-day scavenger hunt that uses GPS and a website or app to let people get out and search for well-hidden logbooks and swag. Now I've been doing this for about 14 years, and there are some downsides to physical caches. First, if you are planning on deploying a cache, you have to plan on maintaining it as well -- keeping it up when water leaks in, adding small pens or pencils, changing out log books, and more. Second, there are places where caches are verboten, like many national and state parks. Well, there's a new game in town that does away with physical caches -- Munzee (free app, QR codes available for purchase). 

Munzee consists of QR code stickers that are placed just about anywhere. With the app...

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Review: Element Case Ronin for iPhone 6/6s

What's a reasonable amount to pay for an iPhone case? While we generally give our highest recommendations to cases in the $25-$50 range, there are some excellent cheaper cases, as well. There's also a sizable segment of the population who sees cases as disposable — a quick search on Amazon reveals a number of very popular cases costing less than $10. Element Case has gone in the opposite direction with its Ronin, as evidenced by its $200 price tag. Ronin is made of top-notch materials — a top grain leather-wrapped backplate, machined bamboo or walnut wood side rails, and machined hand polished crowns. The case also comes with a top grain leather carrying pouch. Element Case makes no bold claims about protection or performance beyond basic impact resistance, as the materials and style are meant to justify the price.{/exp:char_limit}

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Samsung, Sharp plan to ramp up OLED production ahead...

With rumors continuing to suggest Apple plans to introduce an all-new iPhone design with an OLED display next year, it's likely not a coincidence that display suppliers Samsung and Sharp are both indicating they plan to expand OLED shipments before the end of 2017.

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Simple Habit aims to de-stress you with 5-minute...

Yunha Kim knows a lot about stress. She founded Locket, an app that put ads on the Android lock screen, which was eventually bought up by the shopping app Wish. Starting and running her own company, naturally, was a stressful proposition, so she turn...

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External Link: Cartographic Comparison of Apple Maps...

Maps are but representations of reality, and how Apple and Google have interpreted that reality has led to surprisingly different representations of it. Former Apple cartographer Justin O’Beirne has started a detailed comparison of the two mapping systems, looking at how each shows cities, roads, and places (points of interest, if you will). O’Beirne is careful not to anoint a winner, but a summary of his findings shows that Apple labels more cities and Google labels more roads. Plus, while the two show a similar number of places, they have only 10 percent of their places in common, thanks to Apple focusing on landmarks and Google prioritizing transit.


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Macworld’s July Digital Edition: 30 Must-Know Apple...

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

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

In the July issue

We reveal 30 must-know Apple TV secrets. Our headphone buyers guide examines three types of headphones and we recommend the best type for music lovers. Plus, take control of the OS X menu bar.


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Democrats use Twitter to amplify House sit-in over...

Democrats are currently staging a sit-in at the House of Representatives to demand a vote on gun control legislation, and Republicans aren't happy about it -- they're declaring recesses to shut off cameras (which are controlled by the House) and down...

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NASA App comes to the 4th-Generation Apple TV

Space: The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the 4th-generation Apple TV, its mission of unknown length, to explore strange new channels; to seek out new shows and new movies; to boldly go where no set-top box has gone before...

OK, so that was a little over the top, even for this blog. But I was pretty excited about the news that a NASA app has come to the latest Apple TV - so much so that I'm probably going to finally pull the plug on my "old" device and get the new box. 

What do you get to watch? Live streaming NASA TV of launches, a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station, and on-demand access to over 10,000 NASA videos. There's even more -- you can look at a library of over 15,000 photos individually or as a slideshow.

Even more fun: track satellites on 2D or 3D maps, and find out when the ISS or other satellites are going to be passing overhead. If you need an update on the Juno mission (arriving at Jupiter on July...

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Opinion: Search Ads in the App Store introduce...

Since iOS 10’s first beta hit last week, testers have been seeing signs of Apple’s Search Ads in the App Store. Officially announced a week earlier, Search Ads were marketed as being a way to help customers “discover or reengage” with an application. Something I wondered immediately after the original announcement was how Apple would regulate the Search Ads in a highly competitive market. After having used iOS 10 for over a week now, I’m not any less concerned.


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Instagram adds a translation feature for text inside...

On the heels of announcing it amassed 500 million users, Instagram is adding a new feature to help its global audience better understand each other. The filter-driven photo and video app will get a translation tool "in the coming month." When it arri...

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Dropbox introduces new productivity tools including...

New capabilities were launched by cloud storage service Dropbox on Wednesday, including an update to its official iOS app that allows users to quickly scan text-based documents and convert them into files.

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Docker Tunes Up Engine Orchestration

Docker on Monday announced Docker Engine 1.12 with built-in orchestration, which allows automated deployment and management of Dockerized distributed applications and microservices at scale in production. Users can select Docker Swarm mode to turn on built-in orchestration, or they can use their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine. Docker 1.12 is currently a release candidate. General availability is scheduled for July.

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Warrantless data searches narrowly miss Senate...

A Senate amendment that would have allowed the FBI to search a suspect's phone and online records without a court order came very close to becoming a reality today. The legislation, introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in...

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SanDisk’s Memory Case puts a Lightning flash drive...

When I reviewed SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB flash drive for iPhone back in April, I noted it was one of the best yet. Today the company is launching a new product that essentially offers the same functionality— extra storage for files that you can access from a companion iOS app— but in the form factor of a sleek iPhone 6/6s case.


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Game studio claims it lost $450,000 to key resales

Game key resales are theoretically ideal for players -- you can buy that must-have title at a discount from someone who wasn't going to use it anyway. However, SpeedRunners developer TinyBuild would beg to differ. It's accusing G2A of facilitating a...

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NASA app for Apple TV adds live streaming from ISS,...

I can get completely lost in NASA imagery and putting it on the Apple TV so I have access to larger images sounds great.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Apple leaves iOS 10 kernel open to scrutiny

Security researchers examining the first iOS 10 Developer Preview beta have discovered that Apple has taken the unusual step of leaving the new operating system’s kernel open to examination, according to a new report by MIT Technology Review. The iOS kernel — the heart of Apple’s mobile operating system — has always been encrypted in the past, making it more difficult for security researchers to reverse engineer the software to look…

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Podcast 513: Still coming down from WWDC

Last week we talked about the WWDC keynote, and this week...we're still talking about the WWDC keynote, plus a lot of little things that have been illuminated since then. The death of slide-to-unlock, for example. More about the ability to "delete" Apple apps. How silly we were to believe the iMessages for Android rumor even for a second. Clarification on the subscription rules. And maybe a dark horse in the running for the role of Echo competitor: the iPad?!

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Chinese firm in iPhone 6 patent dispute 'barely...

Shenzhen Baili -- the company that recently won a Chinese patent ruling over the iPhone 6 -- is now a shadow of its former self, a report said on Wednesday.

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'Resident Evil 7' is going back to its...

Capcom's Resident Evil 7 brings some substantial revisions to the series. The seventh major installment takes the franchise into virtual reality, but that's just the start of the changes you'll see when it launches on PS4 early next year. The studio...

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Long-Term Goals, Short-Term Annoyances

Neven Mrgan sums it up in a tweet:

Removing the iPhone headphone jack is a fine long-term goal.
Complaining about the short-term annoyances is also fine. These
are compatible.

Removing the analog headphone jack is inevitable, and the transition is inevitably irritating. This is what makes Apple different. They will initiate a painful transition for a long-term gain. Other companies will avoid inducing pain at all costs — and you wind up using VGA until the mid-2010s.

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Dropbox is changing its free tier with a major update

Dropbox made some major changes to its free tier on Wednesday, including support for read-only folders, as the company released a crush of new features aimed at enhancing its users’ productivity. 

The biggest change users will notice: In order to automatically upload photos from their smartphones, they must install the Dropbox app on at least one Mac or PC. People who don’t mind manually uploading their photos to Dropbox won’t need to change anything.

Dropbox won’t say how many people it expects the auto-upload change to impact. The change is aimed at helping people improve the way that they manage photos, but the company wouldn’t give additional information. It seems like the change is an attempt to get a group of users who are using Dropbox only for smartphone photo backup to either dive deeper into the storage service or ditch...

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SoundCloud serves up new music based on your...

Nearly every music streaming service has a feature that gives you new music to listen to based on audio habit. Spotify has Discover Weekly, Pandora compiles a custom station and Apple Music is making recommendations a big part of its redesign for iOS...

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PS4's 'Detroit' couldn't have...

"When you set your story in a specific city, it's a very sensitive thing to do," said David Cage, the director of the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human. "You don't want to do it if you're not respectful of the place, of the peopl...

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The marvel of microchips

Half a century ago, Westinghouse buried a time capsule at the 1964 New York World's Fair. In it were "Molecular Blocks," a company invention that squeezed "the functions usually performed by an entire assembly of electronic components" into "small so...

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Dropbox app gets doc scanning & more, but now...

Dropbox is getting some notable updates today for both the mobile apps and desktop that bring a number of new productivity tools and features to the service. It’s also changing its mobile camera uploads feature for basic users to require they have the desktop app installed or a paid Pro account.


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The Week in Mac Apps: Dress for the weather with...

New Mac apps for the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us Swackett, a weather app that tells you what to wear and what to pack for the day based on the forecast. Plus, a couple of casual games for your spare time, an app to secure your iMovie library, notetaking tools to get you organized, and much more. Read on!

Backups for iMovie 1.0.1

MEA Mobile’s $10 Backups for iMovie (Mac App Store Link) keeps those precious moments you capture on video safe and sound. The app creates snapshots of the iMovie content stored on your Mac, making sure that all your videos and ongoing projects can be recovered at any time. Backups for iMovie also automatically tracks available storage and deletes old snapshots to prevent them from accidentally filling up your hard drive.


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Google will teach you to write Android apps

Learning to make your own Android apps isn't easy, especially if it's your first time programming anything. Do you find a tutorial and hope for the best? Sign up for classes at the local college? Google might have a better way. It's introducing an An...

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macOS Sierra Preview Roundup: Mac catching up with...

Apple announced macOS Sierra as the successor to OS X El Capitan last week at WWDC 2016, introducing new features like Siri for Mac, Apple Pay for Safari, Auto Unlock, Universal Clipboard, and new iCloud features that will ship to customers later this fall. After nine days with the first developer beta preview, more than a dozen publications have published an initial round of previews of macOS Sierra including some new details about Apple’s upcoming Mac software update.


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External Link: Looking Inside Apple’s Advanced...

Advanced Computer Vision, a technology coming to the Photos app in macOS Sierra and iOS 10, scans your photos for searchable keywords and to assemble themed collections, called Memories. Kay Yin has analyzed what currently exists of Advanced Computer Vision, compiling a list of 7 facial expressions, 33 Memories categories, and 4432 different scenes and objects that Photos can recognize. Despite not being trained to recognize specific landmarks, like St. Martin’s Maho Beach, it can still identify them, first determining that Maho is a beach and then paring down the results from that.


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Amazon launches thinner, lighter $80 Kindle e-reader...

Amazon on Wednesday announced its latest entry-level black-and-white Kindle reader priced at $79.99, featuring a more rounded design than previous models, for easy holding in one hand or at any angle.

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'Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives'

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple's upcoming iPhone won't have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The news has already upset many people. The Verge's Nilay Patel wrote on Tuesday that the decision of getting rid of the legacy headphone port is "user hostile and stupid." Apple commentator John Gruber makes a case for why Apple's supposed move is not a bad idea at all. He writes:Patel misses the bigger problem. It's not enforcement of DRM on audio playback. It's enforcement of the MFi Program for certifying hardware that uses the Lightning port. Right now any headphone maker in the world can make any headphones they want for the standard jack. Not so with the Lightning port.He adds that the existing analog headphone jack "is more costly in terms of depth than thickness," and by getting rid of it, Apple could use the extra real estate to stuff in more battery juice. Addressing Patel's point that the move of ditching a deeply established standard will "disproportionately impact...

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Charge your phone with KFC's new take-out box

Suppose you've just fired up Yelp to hunt down the nearest KFC, texted your friends to get their order and then posted a sweet victory Snapchat of your crispy haul. That probably just took a chunk from your smartphone battery -- but don't worry dudes...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: PowerBeats2 Headphones $120,...

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BET gets its own mobile streaming service

Viacom is making good on its promise to parcel out its channels as individual services for cord cutters. It's launching a BET Play app that lets you watch the network's black culture programming for $4 per month on your Android and iOS devices. You'l...

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Apple's HomeKit smarthome platform picks up new...

Even though it was first announced in 2014, Apple's HomeKit is only now starting to establish a solid foothold in the home automation market. The platform should make some real strides towards the end of 2016, not the least because of new kinds of supported accessories and control options.

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Dropbox enhances its productivity tools across the...

Dropbox just dumped a ton of new productivity features on users of its file storage and collaboration service that are all aimed at making it easier for people to get work done within its applications. 

Updates to the Dropbox app for iOS allow users to scan documents directly into the cloud storage service, and get started with creating Microsoft Office files from that app as well. The company also increased the ease and security of sharing files through Dropbox, and made it easier to preview and comment on files shared through the service.

These launches mean that Dropbox will be more valuable to people as a productivity service, and not just a folder to hold files. It’s especially important as the company tries to capture the interest of business users, who have a wide variety of competing storage services they could subscribe to instead. 


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Dropbox's iOS app will scan the scraps of paper...

Dropbox makes no bones about the shift the company has undergone in the past few years. Rather than focusing on end-user products (like the now-defunct Carousel photo app and Mailbox email app), Dropbox now wants to be the glue that allows people to...

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Happy Hour Podcast 072 | iOS 10 dark mode, Apple’s...

This week Benjamin and Zac recap iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3, plus break down dark mode rumors, how Apple’s new Home app works, the latest iPhone 7 news, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Microsoft puts your company intranet on your iPhone

Look, we know: accessing your company's intranet is about as exciting as watching paint dry. However, wouldn't you rather have the option of using it from your phone, instead of having to sit at a computer? Microsoft thinks so. It just launched Sh...

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Drug trafficker gets 20 years thanks to emails he...

A UK man has been convicted of 20 years for drug trafficking conspiracy thanks to Yahoo emails in draft he thought were deleted, according to Motherboard. While already in jail, Russell Knaggs devised a scheme to have an accomplice write a draft emai...

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Facebook CEO appears with tape-covered camera,...

It’s not the most complicated fix in the world, but apparently Mark Zuckerberg stands by it.

The Facebook CEO, who has apparently had more than $16 million on security spent on him for protection from “specific threats” and has hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home, shared an image on Facebook celebrating Instagram’s 500 million monthly user milestone in which the camera and microphone of a MacBook Pro in the background are covered with taps. While some tried to argue that it wasn’t Zuckerberg’s desk, it’s been seen in a variety of other images of Zuckerberg and in various live streams, so it seems like a safe assumption.

It’s a pretty simple security measure that definitely doesn’t rack up to millions in dollars being spent on bodyguards.


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∞ First look: macOS Sierra

I’ve been using macOS Sierra on a 13-inch MacBook Pro for about a week now, and I’ve been very impressed with the improvements Apple has made to the OS. Instead of giving you a walk through of all of the features in Sierra, I want to focus on Apple’s strategy and attention to detail in the new OS. [...]

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News: Judge throws out ‘Error 53’ lawsuit against...

A judge has thrown out the class-action lawsuit against Apple over ‘Error 53’ messages that temporarily left some users’ iPhone locked, Fortune reports. After users who had third-party repairs to their iPhone’s Touch ID sensor began seeing their phones rendered useless upon updating to iOS 9 in February, Apple quickly released a patch to fix the issue and offered to reimburse customers who has been forced to pay for out-of-warranty…

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The macOS Sierra developer preview: Different name,...

Enlarge / macOS Sierra is a big branding change for a typical iterative OS release. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

When Apple runs through its operating system announcements at WWDC, the OS X part of the show is pretty much the only instance when the company spends any time talking about a product name.

The Mac has long since ceased to be Apple's most important product, but the company has kept up the tradition of slapping a secondary name on each OS release, something separate from the version number and the "OS X" or "Mac OS X" branding. Often, those names are used to set expectations about the release. Snow Leopard is a refinement of Leopard. Mountain Lion is a refinement of Lion. El Capitan is a refinement of Yosemite.

It's tempting to read the "macOS" rebranding as some grand statement...

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MacOS Sierra first look: Siri, show me the new stuff

As of last week, OS X has a new name. It's macOS now -- macOS Sierra, specifically. The newest version of Apple's desktop operating system arrives next month in the form of a public beta, with the final build coming out sometime in the fall. All sign...

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Brexit: Where UK tech companies stand on the EU...

The political mud-slinging that has defined Britain's EU referendum has almost come to a close. At 7am tomorrow morning, polling stations will open and UK citizens will be allowed to vote on whether to leave or stay in the European Union. Arguments h...

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Rumor: 2016 iPhone to see subtle changes, 2017 model...

This year’s iPhone probably won’t feature a radical redesign save for the removal of the headphone jack.

Still, the dramatic changes may come next year.

A new report states that the 2017 2017 iPhone will be dramatically different, featuring an OLED display like the Apple Watch and embedding the Touch ID sensor in the display while losing the Home button…

For years, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has expressed a desire for the iPhone to appear like a single sheet of glass, according to sources close to the story. The current design ideas for the 2017 iPhones are expected to push the handsets in that direction by eliminating much of the bezel around the display, with the OLED screen.

Other rumors for this year’s iPhone consist of...

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Microsoft updates Windows Maps as Here support is...

Microsoft's mobile ecosystem is in rough shape, so it didn't help when Nokia sold its Here mapping software to a German auto consortium. That group promptly pulled Windows support, leaving users with few navigation options. However, the software gian...

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No, Apple shouldn’t spin off the Mac into its own...

Writing for PC Mag, the controversial John C. Dvorak says that Apple should spin off the Mac into its own company. Sorry, but that’s a bad idea — and it certainly won’t happen.

The pundit says that Apple hasn’t made any major updates to its Mac laptop line-up in over a year. And with personal computer sales flagging, the “computer division of Apple will eventually become a genuine albatross around the company's neck,” he says.

“So it's better off as a standalone company focused on computers, pretty much like it was pre-2001 when the iPod showed up,” writes Dvorak. “The new Mac company would be assured success by contracting with Apple for access to the Apple stores for its primary sales channel. It could also contract with Apple for the use of its industrial design team. If Apple maintained the majority of the shares of the new company, it could roll out an IPO and...

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News: Chinese company in iPhone patent fight is all...

The company that won a major patent ruling against Apple in Beijing last week barely even exists, The Wall Street Journal reports. Last week the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models infringe upon the design of Baili’s 100C phone. Since that ruling, phone calls to the company in question — Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services Co. — ring unanswered. The company’s websites are gone and visits…

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Amazon's redesigned Kindle is whiter, thinner,...

It’s time for the luxurious $290 Kindle Oasis to shuffle out of the spotlight. Amazon’s tweaked the design of the base Kindle e-reader ($80 on Amazon) for the first time in years to give the book-reading masses slightly better specs.

The highlight isn’t a more vibrant screen or face-melting page speed—it’s the color. The entry-level Kindle is now available in white, as is the $120 Kindle Paperwhite. Black’s still available, but the lighter hue looks seriously slick.

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iOS 10 kernel breaks with tradition, is unencrypted

MIT Technology Review:

Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise.

They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Crucial pieces of the code destined to power millions of iPhones and iPads were laid bare for all to see.

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Formula E will pit drivers against gamers in virtual...

The joys of motorsport are in watching the perfect fusion of mechanical engineering and human ingenuity, right? Apparently not, as Formula E's leaders have decided that the competition will now expand to include virtual races. In an interview with Re...

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VR startup Magic Leap brings C-3PO and R2-D2 into...

I love every bit of Magic Leap I’ve seen so far. Still no products, but they’ve done some impressive demos.

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LeBron James invoked Steve Jobs to lift team out of...

Good story, especially the part where Kevin Love independently does his own Steve Jobs channeling.

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News: Apple adds nine more apps to universal search...

Apple has beefed up its universal search feature in Apple TV, adding support for HGTV, A&E, Food Network, History, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI and Travel Channel. That brings the total number of searchable apps to 31, all of which are listed on Apple’s website. Using Siri or Search in Apple TV will now provide results from all of those apps and iTunes when users go looking for a movie or TV show. Earlier this month Bravo, E!, Syfy…

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Kernel of iOS 10 Preview Is Not Encrypted -- Nobody...

Security experts are claiming that iOS 10 preview, which Apple made available to enthusiasts last week, is not secure. iOS 10 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. It will be available to standard customers later this year (likely around September). According to security experts, iOS 10's kernel is not encrypted. MIT News reports: Why Apple has suddenly opened up its code is unclear. One hypothesis in the security community is that, as author Jonathan Levin puts it, someone inside the company "screwed up royally." But he and security researcher Mathew Solnik both say there are reasons to think it may have been intentional. Encouraging more people to pore over the code could result in more bugs being disclosed to Apple so that it can fix them.


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FIFA vs PES: The battle to make the best soccer game...

FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer? It's a debate that's been around almost as long as I've been playing soccer (or football, to me and the rest of the world) games. Since their introductions in 1993 and 1996, respectively, EA and Konami's series have been...

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Inside iOS 10: Control Center expands to three panes...

Apple's quick-access Control Center has seen a number of significant improvements in iOS 10, most notably the ability to swipe over for new menus dedicated specifically to music controls and smart home accessories.

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Waves wants to bring 3D audio to any headphones...

Waves is a heavyweight in the digital audio world with its audio plugins for recording, mixing and live sound being a staple among many pros. The company’s latest venture, however, is more of a consumer experience aimed at listening rather than creating music with a new desktop and mobile app that wants to bring 3D audio to any headphones using head tracking.


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Unicode 9.0's 72 new emoji threaten to kill the...

The emojification of your online emotional life is complete. The Unicode Consortium announced Unicode Standard Version 9.0 on Tuesday, complete with 72 new emoji characters—the most important of which include rolling on the floor laughing, face palm, fingers crossed, drooling face, lying face, nauseated, and shrug.

Yes, Unicode managed to kill ROFL from text messages and Twitter replies overnight, as well as put the beloved Picard face palm reaction on the endangered list.

Other notable additions to Unicode 9.0 include emojis for selfie, fox, gorilla, scooter (both kick and motorized), as well as bacon—what took you so long, UC? Anyone interested in checking out the complete list of the 72 new emoji can find it on the Unicode site.


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72 new emoji are on the way, likely headed to iPhone...

72 new emoji will be making their way to iPhone and iPad soon, likely with iOS 10. The Unicode standards body this week ‘released’ the latest round of new emoji characters, including sneezing face, drooling face, ‘selfie’, boxing glove and ‘face palm’. You can see what these will look like in the image above, which is a mockup by Emojipedia of the new emojis in Apple’s graphic style.


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CRISPR gene-editing approved for first human trials

A federal ethics and biosafety panel has approved the first ever human trials of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania aim to modify the immune system "T cells" in patients, helping them better fight...

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Ex-Apple engineers built an ingenious wireless...

Terrific idea. The company is called Pearl, and the product is a backup camera built into a license plate frame, designed to replace the license plate frame on the rear of your car.

Click through to the main post for details. Great idea.

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The Chinese company that won a patent ruling against...

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that won a Beijing patent office ruling that the iPhone 6 copied its own Baili 100C smartphone (pictured), apparently is no longer operating.


“[Parent company] Digione had collapsed, brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce competition, according to former employees and investors,” according to the Wall Street Journal. “Digione has been absent from China’s mobile-phone market for at least a year and Baidu has accused it of squandering its investment.”

The WSJ says calls to the company went unanswered. What’s more, visits to three registered addresses for Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services found no offices — and...

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∞ A handful of useful links tweeted by @AppleSupport

Apple’s official support Twitter account, @AppleSupport, is definitely worth following, a terrific way to get help with a nagging problem on one of your devices.

Besides direct support, the account also tweets out tips and the occasional useful link. Click through to the main post for a few examples.

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Apple TV’s universal search now supports more...

Apple’s universal search feature for the four generation Apple TV now supports A&E, History, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, DIY, Food Network, Travel Channel FYI, and HGTV. Unfortunately, the universal search list is pretty much limited to those in the U.S. 

The universal search feature uses Siri, the voice-activated “digital assistant,” and enables searches across multiple streaming video services as well as the iTunes Store. Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one at a time for a particular movie or show, you can search all simultaneously, then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it. You can also search for actors, directors, and more.

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News: Daily Deal: G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get our 2013 Speaker of the Year, the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox for only $79.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This powerful Bluetooth speaker can pump out quality, loud sound for up to six hours on a single charge, and it’s built with a rugged casing, a protective rubber base, and an integrated handle, allowing you to take it out on all of your excursions. Two full-range drivers and…

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LeBron James Used A Steve Jobs Speech To Motivate...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Well, LeBron James finally accomplished what he set out to do when he announced his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014: he brought an NBA championship to Cleveland. Going into the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were clear underdogs. And once the Cavs went down three games to one, the odds in Vegas that LeBron and co. could take back the series were as high as +900. Looking back at the Cavaliers' historic championship run and odds-defying victory, ESPN has a fascinating piece up detailing how LeBron sought to find every and anything that could help motivate his teammates and help them believe that an unprecedented comeback was indeed within the realm of possibility. And interestingly enough, one of the sources of inspiration James turned to was Steve Jobs. Specifically, James played portions of Steve Jobs' iconic 2005 Stanford University commencement speech to rally the troops ahead of game 3. "You can't connect the dots...

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Apple Pay now supported by 44 more institutions

Apple has added 44 new institutions to the banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay in the U.S. You can view the full list on Apple’s website here.

The mobile payment system is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, China, and Singapore. Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while France, Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95...

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The Chinese company alleging patent infringement by...

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that last week managed to win a Beijing patent office ruling that the iPhone 6 copied its own Baili 100C smartphone, is effectively defunct, reports the WSJ.

[Parent company] Digione had collapsed, brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce competition, according to former employees and investors. Digione has been absent from China’s mobile-phone market for at least a year and Baidu has accused it of squandering its investment.

When the WSJ attempted to track down the company behind the alleged patent, it found no signs that it was still operating …


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Effect Stack makes it easy to edit images non-...

By Aaron Lee

Sinisa Drpa's Effect Stack is an $9.99 flexible, non-destructive image editor for macOS (10.9 or later) that allows you to easily chain multiple image filters together. And it supports all image formats supported by the operating system, including RAW images.

Effect Stack has a built-in media browser which lets you instantly browse and import photos from Photos and the no-longer-with-us Aperture and iPhoto libraries. The tool — available at the Mac App Store —  offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used. The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images — all without harming the original data.

A filter can be previewed and adjusted before adding it to the chain. All actions are reversible, user can temporarily...

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Daily Deals: Our Swift Programming Online Course...

Everybody is jumping on the Swift programming language, not just for writing Apple apps, but for most other computing platforms as well. Apple has promised the delivery of an iPad "Swift Playgrounds" app this fall, but if you don't want to wait you can get a jump with these deals on two Swift programming online courses. We have the We❤︎Swift "Swift Programming from Scratch: Interactive Learning Platform" course for just $10 (usually $40 from the instructor) and "Learn Swift Programming...

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Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a...

At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a "revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun." A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.

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The Stylus Sling for the iPad Pro is a one-trick...

The $24.99 Stylus Sling is a one-trick pony, but it’s a nifty trick. It’s a “sling” that holds the Apple Pencil on a 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The stylus … er, pencil — is one of the neatest accessories for the pro tablet, but there’s been no convenient way to carry it with you if you have a Smart Keyboard or Smart Cover attached to your Apple tablet. The Stylus Sling alleviates this problem. It stretches and attaches to your iPad Pro’s case without adding too much impact to a case’s overall profile. Then you slide in the Apple Pencil, and you’re good to go.

The pocket is sized so you grab the stylus (not just the cap) when removing the pencil. The size is just right, preventing the Apple Pencil from sliding too far down into the pocket. The USB adapter pocket holds the small adapter safe and keeps it with your Apple Pencil. And its non-stick elastic repels dust and dirt.

If you don’t use an Apple...

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iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted – possible mistake, but...

Security experts cited by MIT Technology Review have found that the kernel of the first developer preview of iOS 10 is unencrypted, allowing anyone to examine the code. All previous iOS kernels have been encrypted by Apple.

The heart of an operating system is a component known as the kernel, which controls how programs can use a device’s hardware and enforces security. Apple has previously encrypted the kernel in iOS releases, hiding its exact workings and forcing researchers to find ways around or through it. But the kernel was left unobfuscated in the preview version of iOS 10 released to developers last week for the most recent Apple devices.

As the piece notes, this doesn’t compromise the security of iOS 10, and there are both pros...

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Hey, Apple, open up a store in my end of town

This is a totally selfish column, so feel free to move on if you wish. But I want Apple to open a retail store in my end of Nashville, TN (that would be the north side).

Apple has a retail store in the west side of Music City in the Green Hills Mall. It’s one of four in the state; the others are in Franklin, Knoxville, and Memphis.

The Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, TN.

It takes me almost 30 minutes to get to the Green Hills store — and that’s if I go at a time that avoids traffic. There's a demographic in the north side of Nashville and the adjoining Sumner County who wants a retail store that’s more convenient.

May I suggest the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee, which adjoins Nashville? It's in a growing, affluent part of this region, and one that's not being served by an Apple retail store presently.


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NASA app for Apple TV adds live streaming from ISS,...

Space fans with 4th-gen Apple TVs are in for a treat, as NASA has released its popular app on the platform. It was already available for iOS, Android and Fire OS, but this is the first time you’ve been able to access it directly on your Apple TV.

You get live streaming NASA TV, including a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station, as well as on-demand access to over 10,000 NASA videos and more than 15,000 photos, either individually or as a slideshow.

If you want to get more closely involved, the app has that covered too …


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Tuesday June 21

Headphone jacks are the new floppy drives

Gruber does a great job of tearing apart Nilay Patel’s silly, whiny piece but the key argument for me is his “If it weren’t for Apple we’d probably still be using computers with VGA and serial ports. The essence of Apple is that they make design decisions “no one asked for”.” This is what Apple does. It’s what they’ve done since Steve Jobs came back to the company. They move forward. They don’t wait for the market to make the decision for them. They make the decision for the market. And, in the vast majority of the cases, the market agrees with Apple – eventually.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s MacBook security advice? Put tape...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to elaborate security. It was reported earlier this year that Facebook has spent more than $16 million on security to protect the executive from “specific threats” from users and other sources. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has also apparently hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home. Now, Zuckerberg has inadvertently revealed another security measure he takes – and it’s surprisingly simple.


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Apple Pay gains support from 44 new US banks and...

As part of continued efforts to build out Apple Pay payments platform, Apple on Tuesday announced support for 44 new bank and credit unions serving U.S. customers.

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Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives

Nilay Patel, “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”:

But just face facts: ditching the headphone jack on phones makes
them worse, in extremely obvious ways. Let’s count them!

And let’s compare them to arguments against removing floppy drives from the iMac in 1998.

1. Digital audio means DRM audio

Restricting audio output to a purely digital connection means that
music publishers and streaming companies can start to insist on
digital copyright enforcement mechanisms. We moved our video
systems to HDMI and got HDCP, remember? Copyright enforcement
technology never stops piracy and always hurts the people who most
rely on legal fair use, but you can bet the music industry is
going to start cracking down on “unauthorized” playback and
recording devices anyway.


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