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Saturday July 16

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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Moto G4 and G4 Plus review: Bigger and (mostly)...

When it comes to getting the most smartphone for your dollar, the Moto G line has been your best choice for the past few years. We adored the previous model, which came in at a mere $180. Now with the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Motorola is literally aiming...

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News: Katy Perry releases surprise single ‘Rise’...

Music sensation Katy Perry has just released “Rise” her first new single in over two years, exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes, reports Entertainment Weekly. The new single, released for the 2016 Rio Olympics, came as a surprise to music fans, and is described as an “uplifting track with a dash of electronic influence” written by the pop star herself. Perry described the track as something she was eager to finish sooner…

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The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds Anniversary

Some new apps that aren't Pokémon Go

Forget Pokémon for a second: Angry Birds 2 is one year old. How shall we celebrate? Read on!

Angry Birds 2

In celebration of its first birthday, Angry Birds 2 (freemium, iPhone and iPad) has been updated with 80 news levels, a “Ring of Fire” to make “those bad piggies feel the burn,” as well as birthday hats for all your favorite characters. Need more? Here’s the trailer for game’s birthday celebration.

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How-To: Enable hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ voice...

At this year’s WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the only feature I really cared about seeing making its move onto macOS: Siri. The voice assistant had finally found its way onto the next obvious platform. While I was excited to see it available, I wasn’t ecstatic to see it would take a keyboard shortcut or icon click to launch it. That requirement made it feel like a step back in a world where nearly all of Apple’s devices had begun moving to hands-free Siri activation. Thanks to a tip on Reddit, however, that is no longer the case if you’re willing to do a little work upfront…


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Don't believe the 'Pokémon Go'...

When the Pokémon Go obsession reached full saturation this week, privacy concern whispers became full-blown hysterical shrieks when a researcher's blog post accused the game's maker of taking over its users' Google accounts. As it turned out,...

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The end of plastic cards nears: Over 70,000 ATMs...

Following Bank of America’s announcement that customers could withdraw cash from ATMs using Apple Pay, FIS and Payment Alliance International have today announced a new partnership that will allow users to perform cardless withdrawals using Touch ID, proving that the end of plastic cards is fast approaching.


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The moment CSS started making sense

The CSS-Tricks team share their moments when CSS made sense. It’s funny, we have have these types of moments, whether it’s design, coding, music or whatever—sometimes it just clicks.

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CBS News launches new Apple TV app with live...

While Apple may not be planning to launch a bundle of TV channels any time soon, networks can still launch their own apps in the tvOS App Store. Today, CBS announced a new CBS News app for the fourth-gen device. The company has long offered a standard CBS app with its “All Access” subscription service, but the CBS News app focuses purely on live streaming content from the CBSN feed.


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'Star Wars: Rogue One' sizzle reel loves...

If you fell in love with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gorgeous melody of practical sets and VFX, then good news: Rogue One seems to be following in its footsteps. A new sizzle reel released at Star Wars: Celebration looks behind the camera to highli...

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MetroPCS expands sales of Apple's iPhone line...

T-Mobile's prepaid MetroPCS brand on Friday began nationwide sales of Apple's current iPhone range, plus the iPhone 5s, following a soft launch in Florida.

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FIS, Payment Alliance International announce plans...

Touchless transactions complete with Touch ID compatibility are en route to a point of sale station near you.

FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.

FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.

On the other side, Payment Alliance International is the...

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Google will help you register to vote in the...

Google is no stranger to lending a hand with voter registration, and ahead of the November election in the US, the company is helping once again. Starting Monday, when you search "register to vote," the results will includes details on the process, w...

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Barclays lowers AAPL target to $115 on overall...

While maintaining an "overweight" rating, a Barclays analyst reduced the firm's price target for Apple stock from $121 to $115 on Friday, citing soft demand for smartphones along with expectations that Apple won't rise above the fray.

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US government releases proposed guidelines for smart...

Federal authorities have just released a set of recommended guidelines to define the minimum technical requirements that law enforcement agencies expect from smart guns. The proposed baseline specs cover just pistols for now, and are open for public...

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Nintendo's NES Classic Targets Gaming Geezers

Nintendo on Thursday unveiled its latest gaming console: the NES Classic Edition, a mini replica of the original home console that can connect directly to a TV via an HDMI cable. The system features 30 built-in games from the 8-bit era, including fan favorites such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby's Adventure. "We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo's original system, said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America.

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Yelp gets 'Pokémon Go' fever and adds...

The Pokemon Go juggernaut continues its infestation of everyday services. Yelp has added a PokéStop filter to its search functions so you can make sure you're eating or shopping near one of the item-dropping locations.

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Notable apps and app updates for July 15, 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.

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There's writing, and then there's screenwriting. Screenwriting is a completely different animal, with a specific format that includes the script, scene descriptions, motivation of the character, and more. Slugline ($39.99) is a combination of a simple distraction-free text editor with a powerful outlining tool and more.

Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help to keep you organized, while structure templates provide a way to make sure your screenplay contains the elements that will help it sell. When you're done, the screenplay can be printed or sent to your agent (or that famous producer) in PDF format. ...

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Video: See all the best new features in Apple's...

Apple's forthcoming macOS Sierra update will focus on continuity and iCloud, further blurring the lines between the company's Mac lineup and its portable devices, like iPhone and iPad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at what's new in macOS Sierra.

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CBS launches new Apple TV-exclusive news app with...

The new CBS News app has been redesigned specifically for the fourth generation Apple TV, and will show off its new features during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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News: Elgato updates Eve firmware with support for...

Elgato has released a firmware update for its Elgato Eve Weather sensor to enable the accessory to be configured to trigger HomeKit scenes. Prior to iOS 9.3, Apple did not provide a way for actions or data from Bluetooth-based HomeKit accessories to be used as triggers in HomeKit automation. So, for example, you could not set up a scene to activate when unlocking or opening a door or changing a temperature reading. With iOS 9.3, Apple released a new…

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The best gaming mouse

By David Murphy

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

After spending eight hours researching 24 top gaming mice, putting in 11 hours testing seven semifinalists an...

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Review: Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartPlug for Apple HomeKit

HomeKit has attracted many well-known home automation accessory vendors into its ecosystem, and it has encouraged other established accessory makers to make their first forays into building home automation solutions. However, a third aspect of HomeKit is that it's made it possible for smaller, relatively unknown companies to use Apple's HomeKit standard as a seal of approval. Smart plugs and bulbs that we might not otherwise give much consideration to become worth a closer look once they're including HomeKit support — providing both value in being able to participate in the same ecosystem with other accessories, as well as adding confidence that the accessory has undergone scrutiny and certification by Apple. Koogeek is a good example of this — a small accessory maker with only a Bluetooth scale and blood pressure monitor to its name upon entering the home automation space with its new HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi SmartPlug ($78). {/exp:char_limit}

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Katy Perry debuts new single exclusive to Apple...

Breaking a relatively long musical hiatus, pop singer Katy Perry on Friday released a new single, "Rise," currently available exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes.

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White House pledges $400 million for 5G research

Following yesterday's FCC vote to adopt new rules to guide the development of 5G technology, the Obama Administration is pledging support for research. More specifically, the White House announced a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative...

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Daily Deal: Master Game Development with our Pay...

One of our missions here at Apple World Today is to help our readers to jumpstart the next generation of great iOS and macOS games. That's why we've partnered with StackCommerce and the owner of Mammoth Interactive -- John Bura -- on this incredible Pay What You Want Hardcore Game Dev Bundle. If you've ever considered a career developing exciting games for mobile or desktop Apple systems, this development bundle can get you pointed in the right direction. The best part of this deal? You pay what YOU want for the training!  

As with the other PWYW (pay what you want) deals we've offered, you can pay just what you feel the training is worth to you. Pay the average ($15.14 at the time this post was written) and unlock all of...

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GoPro already made a small VR camera and you can see...

So far, GoPro's foray into VR cameras has been strictly for professionals. Earlier this year Nick Woodman, the company's CEO, hinted that a smaller, consumer-friendly VR camera could be in the works -- but that's all we knew. Except, it turns out, it...

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Jaunt adds Dolby's cinematic sound to its VR...

Immersive, 360-degree video is great, but there's a worry that while the pictures will surround you, the audio will not. Dolby and Jaunt are looking to remedy the situation by launching a dull-sounding but important way for you to find clips that sou...

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FTC reportedly looking at Apple for anti-competitive...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission reportedly is investigating Apple Music and the App Store for anti-competitive behavior related to subscription services. 

The FTC could use Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to force Apple to change its App Store business practices, Rutgers University law professor Michael Carrier told IBD. As the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy, tit could decide that Apple's App Store policies represent an unfair method of competition that benefit its own services, and that they also harm consumers by preventing third-party services from publicizing cheaper payment methods, Carrier said.

Oxford Leather iPad Pro® 9.7 Case: New from Pad...

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The best connected home might be one built for you

Outfitting your home with Internet of Things devices can still be a pain. Figuring out which pieces of hardware from different companies work together is a trip down a confusing rabbit hole. But for those in the market for a connected home, is increa...

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Spark problems due to server upgrades to prepare for...

Some users of Spark, a free email app, says they’ve been locked out of their Apple IDs overnight. Developer Readdle says the problem is due to server upgrades it’s been making.

In a tweet, the company says there’s no breach or data leak. They’ve been “rolling out new faster servers to iCloud users in order to prepare Spark for the Mac version.”

Spark is a “smart,” unified inbox that collects all of your emails and automatically categorizes them for easy processing. It supposedly works with any email address (though I haven’t tried it). You can connect to your Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook or any other IMAP email server without worrying.

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Sainsbury's trials one-hour grocery deliveries...

Since Amazon arrived in the UK and started shipping packages (and groceries) either same-day or next-day, brick and mortar retailers have been forced to step up their game. Sainsbury's, one of the big four supermarkets, has already taken one big step...

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BitTorrent Now comes to iOS devices and the Apple TV

BitTorrent’s streaming music and video app (BitTorrent Now) has been released for iOS devices and the Apple TV. If you’ve got an Apple TV, you can find the app in its App Store. The version for iPhones and iPads can be obtained at the Apple App Store.

BitTorrent has content available from filmmakers including The OnionSuper Deluxe, and IHEARTCOMIX. With BitTorrent Now, fans can find films from artists they love on their iPhone during their commute and then stream later on the couch in front of their Apple TV. They’ll also have the ability to follow artists they love, create playlists, and see what’s trending on social or in the BitTorrent community.

The app is free. Content is mainly ad-supported, although publishers can request that users login to view their work, or alternatively publish their material for a fee...

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Spark developer says some users locked out of Apple...

A number of users of the popular email app Spark reported being locked out of their Apple IDs overnight, something developer Readdle later linked to server upgrades it was making.

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Getting lost in the woods isn't so bad with...

A walk through the woods. It sounds wonderful. Birds chirping, deer frolicking off in the distance, the majesty of the trees, the opportunity to get lost and drink river water that ties your stomach in knots. Hiking doesn't have to be a combination o...

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Katy Perry releases surprise single ‘Rise’...

Apple Music has made a big play for exclusives as a way to attract more people to join its $9.99/month streaming service. Apple Music has even paid for major music videos in exchange for exclusive release windows. Earlier today, Katy Perry released a surprise single for her fans called ‘Rise’ exclusively available on Apple’s content platforms.


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AT&T envisions drone-based LTE coverage

AT&T has big dreams for its new national drone program, including the use of UAVs to provide LTE coverage in crowded or remote locations. In a blog post by company Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan, he said AT&T is expecting many "different...

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