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Thursday July 13

12:19
‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan’ Comic-Con editions pair Blu-...

San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 20th through the 23rd and today, Fox Home Entertainment announced it will have some exclusive merch available in limited quantities. New editions of five of its films will include vinyl copies of their soundtracks a...

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12:14
Hands-on: Khomo’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro case with built...

If you’re a 10.5-inch iPad Pro user who regularly uses a Smart Keyboard, then Khomo’s iPad Pro + Smart Cover companion case should definitely be on your radar. It’s a case that compliments either the Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard, providing rear iPad Pro protection that Apple doesn’t currently offer.

If, however, you’re in search of a full case with a built-in Apple Pencil holder, then Khomo has another solid sub-$20 offering for you. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for all of the details. more…

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11:54
Xbox Live update makes co-op live streams a reality

Xbox Live keeps adding and updating features in response to its multiplayer community. Last year, the service added support for "clubs" along with improved friend-finding options. According to Xbox Live's Major Nelson, Live users will get a host of n...

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11:42
Analysts cast doubt on iPhone 8 ‘super cycle’

While many analysts have predicted a “super cycle” for the iPhone 8, there have been a handful of reports recently giving more weight to a possible delay as Apple is said to be in ‘panic mode’ in regards to wireless charging and 3D features in addition to other component challenges. The latest report from Barclays analysts suggests that a new bezel-less OLED display won’t be enough to convince many users to upgrade.

more…

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11:35
Google Play Music's New Release Radio is...

Google has officially announced New Release Radio, a station on Google Play Music that provides users with a daily selection of new songs they may like based on their listening history. The feature has actually been out in the wild for almost a month...

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11:30
Facebook's Oculus to fight Apple's AR and...




Facebook's Oculus is apparently in the early stages of developing a standalone mobile headset, with use cases like watching a movie on a plane, without needing a connected computer or smartphone.

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11:14
‘Gran Turismo Sport’ will finally launch on October...

The long awaited Gran Turismo Sport finally has a launch date -- October 17th for North America and the 18th for Europe. Originally slated for launch in November of last year, the game's release was delayed last August so as not to sacrifice quality...

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11:06
Microsoft Makes Room for Ubuntu at Windows Store


Microsoft has announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distro as a free download in the Windows Store. It can be installed on any Windows Insider build, said Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner. There are some distinct advantages to using the Windows Store version of the Ubuntu Linux Distro: The software can be downloaded faster and more reliably due to the use of a sophisticated block-based download mechanism; and the store version has been enhanced to support running multiple distros side-by-side and simultaneously.

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11:02
EE extends six-month Apple Music promo, exempts...




Starting July 19, U.K. carrier EE will extend its offer of free six months of Apple Music to all its "pay monthly" and SIM-only customers, the company's CEO said on Thursday.

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10:54
It's unlikely that the TRAPPIST-1 planets...

Earlier this year, NASA made headlines when they reported the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away. Three of the TRAPPIST-1 planets are within the star's habitable zone. But now, it's looking unlikely that life will be foun...

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10:30
The world of high fashion finally has its answer to...

To give you an idea of the kind of customer LVMH is after, all you need to look at is Louis Vuitton's new $2,900 Android Wear smartwatch. The French company, which owns brands like Dior, Fendi, Givenchy and Prada in addition to LV, is the epitome of...

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10:16
Nine Inch Nails' latest video taps into gaming...

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor's current interest in video games goes beyond remastering the Quake soundtrack for vinyl and using Kinect on tour. The video for NIN's new single "Less Than" uses the retro PlayStation VR game Polybius as its m...

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10:07
'Baby Driver' cut in real time with Avid...




Hit film Baby Driver was cut essentially in real time on set on a MacBook Pro, cutting way back on the need for expensive post-primary photography re-shoots.

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10:02
Review: MEEM Memory Lightning Backup and Charging...

We're living in an increasingly mobile world, with more and more of our important data now living primarily on iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices, and in fact the popularity of iOS and the iPad means that many users don't even own a desktop or laptop computer, much less regularly use one, leaving everything from important business documents to precious memories stored solely on mobile devices. For the most part, services such as iCloud have been the common solution for ensuring that your data is safely backed up separately from your devices, but iCloud isn't a solution for everybody, which is where MEEM Memory's new MEEM for iOS comes in — it's a mostly automated solution that can ensure your data is safely backed up to local storage every time you plug your iPad or iPhone in to recharge it.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:01
China might not block personal VPNs after all

With China making "unapproved" virtual private networks illegal at the start of the year, we previously reported that the nation planned to completely block public access to VPNs by February 1st. Now, just a few days later, China's Ministry of Indust...

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09:53
SoundCloud is in deep trouble

But as security ominously filed into SoundCloud’s meeting rooms at its offices around the world during the all-hands video conference broadcast from its Berlin headquarters, the startup’s staff discovered they wouldn’t be getting the answers they wanted. Instead, sources at SoundCloud tell TechCrunch that founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway “until Q4” — which begins in just 50 days.

Under the current climate, I don’t see how SoundCloud can stay alive.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:42
Amazon working on new Echo with better speakers in...




Apparently in response to Apple's HomePod announcement, Amazon is reportedly working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will improve on the original in virtually every respect.

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09:40
Drone footage shows Apple Park nearing completion

The latest 4K drone footage from Matthew Roberts of Maverick Media shows the state of Apple's new headquarters campus in July of 2017. Roberts did some close flyovers of the Steve Jobs Theater, which some are expecting to be used for the first time in September when the next generation of iPhones is unveiled.

Other views show continuing work on the atrium (which has huge opening glass doors) and some outside shaded areas for employees, the circular pond inside the "spaceship" which is about ready to have water added, the huge visitor center / Apple retail store that is across the street, and the historic barn that was rebuilt on the site near the employee fitness center.

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09:39
Netflix leads the streaming pack with 18 Emmy...

Today, the nominees for the 69th annual Emmy Awards were announced. Netflix was the clear leader out of primarily streaming services, with eighteen total nominations in the major categories.

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09:36
∞ Mark Knopfler on guitars

I just love Mark’s guitar playing.

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09:34
External Link: Verizon Users: Change Your PIN...

In the latest high-profile security breach, PINs associated with 6 million Verizon accounts were exposed on an unsecured server, along with subscriber names and cellphone numbers. The information came from call logs from people who had contacted Verizon customer service in the last 6 months. Verizon asks for a PIN when you call in to make account changes, so an attacker with that information could not only make unwanted changes to your account, but also hijack your account in such a way as to intercept text messages used for two-factor authentication. (Better 2FA options include a system like Apple’s, which relies on an Apple-managed communications channel to devices you own, or an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, Authy, or 1Password.) If you use Verizon and particularly if you know you have contacted the company recently, log in to your Verizon account or call Verizon (yeah, we get the irony) to change your PIN as soon as possible.

 

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose QuietComfort Headphones $...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:32
It's the end of days for the New 3DS in Japan

Late last month, we reported that while the Nintendo 3DS wasn't dead, it didn't really make sense to buy one anymore. After all, the Switch serves the purpose of both console and handheld gaming. Now, it appears as if Nintendo might agree with us: Th...

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09:25
MacGamer HQ announces ‘The 100 Best Mac Games Today...

MacGamer HQ has released its list of "The 100 Best Mac Games Today". It provide a summary of the games, system requirements, pricing, and more.

“Some still believe there are no good games to play on Mac, but Mac gaming has come a long way,” says Ric Molina of MacGamerHQ. Nowadays, seven out of the 10 most-played games on Steam have a Mac version and all the best indies support it too. This Best Mac games list is nothing but a sample of all the possibilities Mac gaming has to offer.”

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08:48
Postive Grid announces new amps, pedals

The BIAS Mini is a compact and portable size amplifier that comes in two versions, Guitar and Bass—each one specially designed to be the most versatile amplifier on the planet for the gigging musician.

And

The BIAS Twin Delay, Modulation, and Distortion pedals are Positive Grid’s new line of professional effects stompboxes designed for maximum tone versatility. All three pedals feature the same incredible tone of the award-winning BIAS Pro pedals in a compact 2-button pedal format.

I love Positive Grid’s software, but I haven’t tried their hardware gear yet. From what I’ve seen, it’s great sounding though.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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08:21
Photo app Infltr briefly goes free in official Apple...




Apple is now offering free redemption codes for Infltr -- a camera/editing tool for the iPhone and iPad that usually costs $2 -- to users of the Apple Store iOS app.

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08:20
∞ Amazon to take on HomePod with next-gen Echo

Devindra Hardawar, writing for Engadget:

Amazon is working on a new Echo that will improve on the first speaker in practically every way, a source tells Engadget. And, not surprisingly, it’s aiming to take some of the hype away from Apple’s HomePod.

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08:02
As Apple prepares premium-priced 'iPhone 8,...




Premium smartphone maker Vertu, known for extremely expensive devices made with high-end materials, has announced it will no longer build handsets. The move comes as Apple is expected to release its most expensive iPhone ever, though not quite to the exorbitant prices Vertu charged.

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07:40
Comment: Until holodecks arrive, AR not VR will be...

While I’m generally more of a hard-SF fan, I’m not above a little lighthearted fun where sci-fi is concerned – so I can enjoy a good Star Trek episode as much as the next person. And there are a couple of Star Trek toys I think most of us would like to see: replicators and holodecks.

Replicators as the kind of ultimate Amazon Prime, putting anything you might want into your hands instantly. Holodecks as a way to experience any sights and activities you could ever wish, without even having to leave the building.

But while VR might be the first stepping stone toward holodecks, I think it’s augmented reality rather than...

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07:35
Apple's unified iPhone userbase could help...




Apple's hegemony over its hardware and software platforms could boost not just the company's own augmented reality efforts, but the AR industry in general -- in a way that hasn't been managed by Google so far.

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06:43
News: Apple considering rear 3D laser for ARKit...

A new report from Fast Company reveals a previously undisclosed technology that Apple is working on for the company’s upcoming “iPhone 8” in the form of a rear-facing 3D laser sensor system that would be used to provide a more accurate autofocus for photography as well as enabling better depth detection for augmented reality apps. The report’s source suggests that the new VSCEL laser system is “probably intended for the…

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06:33
Send a text and SFMOMA will reply with some art. Try...

From the SFMOMA site:

Text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

For example, I texted the words “send me cake” and got a text back (in about 30 seconds) with a pic of Wayne Thiebaud’s “Dessert Tray”.

SFMOMA has about 35,000 pieces in their collection, only a fraction of that on display at any moment. This gives you random access to the entire thing. Fun!

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06:25
∞ Another peek at ARKit’s future

This video shows a more sophisticated bit of ARKit, letting you walk around a room and quickly map out the floorspace. While this app might not widely useful, it does show the tip of a pretty large iceberg.

For example, imagine walking/measuring around your entire house and ending up with a reasonably precise set of up to the minute blueprints. You might feed those into another app and place/rearrange furniture to get a sense of what will fit and what works where. You might use the numbers to order the precise amount of carpeting you need, or take your app to a store to make sure that bookshelf will fit in that corner.

Take a look. ARKit is a big deal.

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06:19
Feature Request: Help us identify where audio alerts...

macOS is very flexible when it comes to alerts. System Preferences allows us to choose on an app-by-app basis whether we want alerts that stay on the screen until dismissed, banners that display for a few seconds and then auto-dismiss, or no alerts at all.

We can choose whether or not apps play sounds. We can decide whether or not we want their alerts to show up in the Notification Center. And we can tell the Mac whether or not to add a badge to the app icon, for example to show how many unread emails we have.

So you might think that with all these different options at our disposal, there isn’t anything more that we could want. But there is just one more thing I want – and I want it rather a lot …

more…

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06:12
∞ Amazon Prime Day’s chess move against Apple’s...

The chess move? Amazon used the heavily promoted Prime Day to sell as many Amazon Echo devices as they possibly could, in part in an effort to disrupt Apple’s entry into the market with December’s HomePod rollout.

Brian Sozzi, writing for The Street:

Amazon said that it sold three times as many Echo devices worldwide midway through Prime Day. Imagine what the grand total looks like seeing as Amazon was hawking the smart speaker for a low, low price of $89.99. What this means to Apple is rather simple to understand: Amazon has managed to stuff more homes with Echos in front of Apple’s major HomePod launch. Hence, if you bought a discounted Echo why in the world would you want a HomePod, too?

While I do agree that Amazon is doing everything they can to maximize...

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06:06
Apple Park drone footage may be ending, with...




The latest drone footage from Apple park shows the march of progress towards completion, but it is not clear how many more videos there will be of the campus. with Apple reportedly cracking down on drone pilots in the area.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can get the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds for only $29.95 — that’s 75% off the regular price. Designed to be sweat and water resistant, these earbuds automatically pair to your iPhone when pulled apart so there are no complicated setup procedures, and provide a smooth fit and unrivalled sound quality in their size. The built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of playtime, and you…

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06:00
12 sweet cases for the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Cover it up

Image by Case-Mate

Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro hits a sweet spot for many—it’s big enough to offer productivity gains, yet small enough to still be pretty portable. If you’re using the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as a laptop replacement and toting it all over town with you, you’ve probably realized this by now: You need a case or some sort of protection for it. It’s still an iPad, after all, not a laptop, and that big, bright, 10.5-inch screen is easily damaged. But don’t worry—we’ve got your back. Here are some of the coolest cases on the market.

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05:40
∞ Latest Apple Park drone footage, the homestretch

[VIDEO] As you’ll see in the video embedded in the main Loop post, things are really coming along. The focus this month is the landscaping. Keep an eye on the details, like all the shrubs and trees, and the landscape leveling/grading. And, about 2:45 in, you’ll see they’ve moved the historic Glendenning Barn into place.

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05:23
Google tax ruling in France could help Apple in its...

A French court has ruled against the country’s own tax authority, and decided that Google need not pay a €1.11B ($1.27B) tax bill. Although the ruling so far applies only to Google and only in France, it sets a precedent that could influence other cases in Europe.

In particular, the case has striking similarities to that involving Apple …

more…

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05:03
How a MacBook Pro was used to cut the movie Baby...

Editor Paul Machliss has cut some difficult movies. You’ve seen his work if you’ve ever seen the quick edits in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The World’s End, both personal favorites.

From the linked Premium Beat article:

For the film to work just right, Machliss had to be on set editing to verify that the timing of each shot was perfect: “To make it work you had to sort of be there at the moment of creation . . . I was there every day of every moment of every take. Edgar would do a take and yell ‘Cut!’ and then from the other side of the set go ‘How was that Paul?’ . . . and sort of wait until you went . . . ‘Yes it’s good.’ Then he felt he could move on. The advantage, of course being, we knew that six...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use specialized laser with...

It’s a rumor, so part of it must be true…

Apple is said to be working on implementing a specialized rear-facing laser system in its upcoming “iPhone 8” that will facilitate augmented reality applications, like those produced with ARKit, as well as faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities.

Per a source close to the story, Apple will apply VSCEL technology to the rear-facing camera. This system, in turn, calculates distance to a target using light pulses and time of flight (TOF) measurements, would allow for extremely accurate depth mapping, a plus for AR applications.

Apple’s current system ARKit utilizes complex algorithms derived from optical information provided by the iPhone’s iSight camera.

It’s thought that the rear-facing laser will also aid in faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities. Similar systems have been employed in digital SLRs and compact cameras for years, but have only recently made their way to small form factor...

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05:00
Toolfarm offer free storyboarding plug-in (for a...

Toolfarm.com is offering a limited number of free one-year subscriptions to Martini, PowerProduction Software’s storyboarding plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Magix VEGAS Pro. The regular price is $49.95.

Martini is a post-production plug-in. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini it creates shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot. Loaded with hundreds of classic and unique shot styles, Martini's interface guides editors through the creation of composite shots.

Editors can select a style, such as basic over-the-shoulder shots, two and three shots, and close-ups, as well as fight scenes, chase scenes, and other pre-composed multiple shot sequences. Then, editors can choose from hundreds of pre-loaded interiors, exteriors, custom digital location photos, and...

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04:35
Apple patent involves facial recognition on devices...

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) is 99% sure that, despite some rumors, Apple isn’t ditching Touch ID on the upcoming “iPhone 8” in place of facial recognition identification. However, the next generation smart phone may boast both technologies. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170199997 for “embedded authentication systems in an electronic device.” (Interestingly, the graphics for the article also show a Mac. Hmmmm.)

The authentication system may include one or more sensors operative to detect biometric information of a user. The sensors may be positioned in the device such that the sensors may detect appropriate biometric information as the user operates the device, without requiring the user to perform a step for providing the biometric information such as facial recognition instead of providing a fingerprint sensor in a separate part of the device housing). 

electronic devices are used to store personal information. One approach for preventing...

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04:30
Need a keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad? Check out the...

Working while traveling is no easy task, but ZAGG’s Rugged Messenger wireless Bluetooth keyboard makes it a bit easier for owners of Apple's 9.7-inch iPad. It’s a durable, detachable case for the tablet that offers a keyboard, multi-device pairing, wireless connectivity, and a kickstand. Since Apple doesn’t offer a keyboard for the non-pro tablet, this will be a must-have accessory for some folks.

The Rugged Messenger’s rechargeable battery purportedly lasts up to two years between charges; we’ll have to take ZAGG’s word on that, as I’ve only been using the case for four weeks. What’s more, a sleep/wake function helps preserve the battery when the keyboard is not in use. 

The Island-style keys offer a relatively natural typing experience, and the Rugged Messenger conveniently folds flat to cover the keyboard. However, keyboard backlighting would have been nice for those who...

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04:30
How to create a blank disk image for storage using...

Using the Disk Utility in macOS Sierra, you can create a blank disk image for storage. A disk image (.dmg file) is a file that looks and acts like a mountable device or volume. You can fill an empty disk image with data, then use it to create disks, CDs, or DVDs.

To create an empty disk image:

  • Choose File > New Image > Blank Image.
  • Enter a file name for the disk image, add tags if necessary, then choose where to save it. This is the name that appears in the Finder, where you save the disk image file before opening it.
  • In the Name field, enter the name for the disk image.
  • This is the name that appears on your desktop and in the Finder sidebar, after you open the disk image.
  • In the Size field, enter a size for the disk image.
  • Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose the format for the disk:

If the disk will be used with Mac computers, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive,...

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04:17
Patent trollin’: Uniloc sues Apple one more time

Another day, another lawsuit. AppleInsider reports that Uniloc, a “patent troll,” has filed yet another suit — actually two, against Apple claiming, naturally, patent infringement.

Filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern Texas District Court, they relate to intellectual property reassigned from 3Com and involve AirPlay and Continuity.

Previous lawsuits allege infringement of patents reassigned from Hewlett-Packard and 3Com that involve a method by which a temperature sensor is used to monitor battery heat during charge and discharge events. Current is subsequently limited to prevent overheating and extend the life of the battery. Uniloc claims the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch all use temperature sensors to moderate battery charge and draw, and infringe the patents. 

A “patent troll” is an individual or...

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04:07
Latest 4K Apple Park drone video shows visitor...

Matthew Roberts’ latest drone footage of the Apple Park campus reveals the visitor center taking shape, the reassembled historic barn, the lake/pond looking almost ready to be filled with water and a lot more trees in place …

more…

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 13, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Microsoft has released a free app called Seeing AI. It’s designed for people with visual impairments and narrates the world around you by turning the visual world into an audible experience.

macOS Apps/Updates

Koingo Software has released MacCleanse 6, an update of the macOS tool to save disk space while erasing tracks of computer use.

The latest version includes under-the-hood improvements to improve security, performance and compatibility with the latest version of the Mac operating system, as well as the upcoming macOS High Sierra. A free 15-day trial is...

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03:26
Amazon’s next Echo will reportedly compete more...

The sound quality of the HomePod has been a key focus for Apple in its marketing for the smart speaker device, openly comparing it to the inferior audio of the Amazon Echo at WWDC. However, the HomePod isn’t launching until the end of the year and Amazon isn’t standing still.

Engadget sources report that the next Echo will include multiple tweeters inside, which should result in a dramatic improvement in sound. It also seems like the device will look more like a HomePod than the current Echo, substituting hard plastic cylinder for ‘cloth-like’ rounded shell.

more…

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03:00
The unpleasant reality behind PlayStation Vue's...

The end of PlayStation Vue Slim is a reminder that streaming bundles have a limited ability to keep prices down

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02:19
Apple has been working on rumored 'iPhone 8...




An Apple patent application published Thursday details a method of unlocking a mobile device using facial image and depth data gleaned from specialized sensors and cameras, lending credence to rumors that the company is developing facial recognition systems to augment, or replace, Touch ID fingerprint scanning.

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Wednesday July 12

22:17
Lowest Prices Ever: 2016 15" Touch Bar MacBook...




While supplies last, AppleInsider readers can snap up a 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray for $1,999 with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or save $500 to $800 on models with more storage space or additional RAM (the lowest prices we've ever seen) with our exclusive coupon. Quantities are limited and many configurations are expected to sell out.

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20:49
AI lawyer can help you with a thousand different...

Over two years ago, Joshua Browder, now a junior at Stanford University, created a chatbot that could contest parking tickets in New York City and London. By June of 2016, DoNotPay had successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets -- a 64 percent su...

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19:36
Google won't have to pay $1.3 billion in back...

Back in February, France took Google to court demanding back taxes of $1.7 billion. But it wasn't clear whether the search titan, whose European headquarters is based in Ireland, would be subject to continental taxes. A French court just decided in G...

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19:27
Massive iceberg breaks away from Antartica

Experts said a 5,800-square-kilometer (2,239-square-mile) section of Larsen C was confirmed to have broken away between Monday and Wednesday by NASA’s Aqua MODIS satellite.

Holy crap, that’s huge.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:17
Verizon customer info leaked online

The security issue, uncovered by research from cybersecurity firm UpGuard, was caused by a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server due to “human error.”

The error made customer phone numbers, names, and some PIN codes publicly available online. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service.

Wow!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:38
Samsung's $500 soundbar offers 32-bit audio,...

It's difficult for soundbars to stand out: they have to be very intelligent or sweet-sounding to rise above the rest. Samsung is clearly betting on that second strategy to stand out. It just started shipping the MS750 Sound+ Soundbar it unveiled back...

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17:39
LG will reveal the V30 on August 31st

LG just dropped a big hint as to what's next for its smartphone roster. The company has sent out a "save the date" teaser that hints at a V30 launch in Berlin on August 31st, right before the start of the IFA technology trade show. The image doesn'...

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17:13
Report: iPhone 8 could pack ‘rear-facing 3D laser’...

As has been said many times in the past, ARKit is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Apple is going all-in when it comes to augmented reality. With the iPhone 8 set to come later this year, it makes sense that it too would feature advanced AR features. Now, Fast Company reports that the device will feature a rear-facing 3D sensor to aid with AR and other camera technology…

more…

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17:02
Uniloc continues legal assault against Apple with...




So-called "patent troll" Uniloc added to its quickly growing list of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Wednesday, filing two separate actions targeting AirPlay and Continuity features.

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16:52
HBO is giving you one day to stream 'Insecure...

For one day toward the end of July, everyone will get to experience the joy of HBO's Insecure absolutely free. Starting at 6AM ET on July 23rd, viewers can pop over to the network's website or YouTube channel to binge all eight half-hour episodes of...

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16:00
Apple's 'iPhone 8' to feature rear-...




Apple is reportedly working to implement a specialized rear-facing laser system in its upcoming "iPhone 8" that will facilitate augmented reality applications, like those produced with ARKit, as well as faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities.

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15:59
Part shortages thwart the PC's sales recovery

So much for the PC industry bouncing back after years of decline. Analysts at Gartner and IDC estimate that computer shipments fell between 3.3 and 4.3 percent in the second quarter, resuming an otherwise unbroken slump. However, the drop wasn't due...

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15:24
iOS 11: How to customize AirPods controls

AirPods have many great aspects, but the fully wireless earphones’ bare-bones controls are not one of them. Fortunately, Apple has brought expanded customizable controls to AirPods with iOS 11. Let’s take a look…

more…

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15:20
Latest Gartner & IDC data shows Mac sales start...

Gartner and IDC are today out with their latest releases concerning the state of the PC industry. Following the release of the new MacBook Pro models earlier this year, data showed Apple gain on other manufacturers and now Mac sales are again starting to flatline, though other vendors are falling at a faster rate…

more…

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15:20
Astronomers spot the smallest star so far

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found the smallest star ever discovered. It's just slightly bigger than Saturn and while its mass is similar to that of TRAPPIST-1 -- which NASA recently found seven Earth-sized planets rotating around...

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14:54
Apple rival Huawei debuts KFC-branded Android phone...




Apple's main competition in China -- Huawei -- has taken the unusual step of releasing a Kentucky Fried Chicken edition of the Enjoy 7 Plus to mark the 30th anniversary of the restaurant chain arriving in the country.

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14:54
The internet needs us to save net neutrality

Today, thousands of websites and organizations are showing their support for net neutrality in hopes of preserving the open internet. Consider Engadget among them. The Federal Communication Commission, as chaired by former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, is...

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14:45
Fantastical 2.4 for Mac

Speaking of companies I respect, check out the new Fantastical for Mac. It’s just packed with great new features.

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14:43
AWT News Update: July 12, 2017

Talking eyes for the blind, iPhone 8 hysteria, a new Google app for Mac, and texting art; that's what you'll find on the Apple World Today podcast today:

  • Microsoft puts the Seeing AI app in the App Store, offering visually impaired iPhone users a way to have the world around them described accurately
  • Yet another pair of Wall Street analysts thinks the iPhone 8 will be late. Our question? Who cares?
  • Have a lot of photos or other files to back up? Google's Backup and Sync app for Mac has been updated
  • You're invited to look at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's collection through a new text message service

Many thanks to our sponsor this week, EverWeb!

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:42
OmniGraffle 3 for iOS

Design, create, sketch, and diagram. An incredibly powerful app for both beginners and professionals.

There are very few companies I respect as much as The Omni Group.

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14:29
Any Alexa device can control your Fire TV

You'd think that Amazon would have made it possible to control a Fire TV from external Alexa devices as soon as it was an option, but no -- you've had to use the Fire TV itself if you wanted to play a video using your voice. At last, though, sense ha...

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14:26
Apple’s Mac has 6.9% (or maybe 7.2%) of the global...

Mac sales were down in the second quarter of 2017, but Apple’s share of the global personal computer (PC) market rose to 6.9% from 6.7% in the year-ago period, according to Gartner

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.1 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 4.3% decline from the second quarter of 2016, according to preliminary results by the research group. The PC industry is in the midst of a 5 year slump, and this is the 11th straight quarter of declining shipments. Shipments in the second quarter of this year were the lowest quarter volume since 2007.

Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs during the second quarter of 2017, down slightly from 4.3 in the second quarter of 2016. The company ranks fourth among global PC makers, trailing HP (20.8% market share), Lenovo (19.9% market share) and Dell (15.6% market share). 

In the U.S. the Mac has 11.8% market share, down from 12.3% in the second...

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14:25
Analysts say supply chain evidence points towards 3-...

A day after a report claimed that Apple is operating in a “panic” trying to make key iPhone 8 features ready for launch time, analysts today are predicting a delay for the device itself. As noted by CNBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts released a report today claiming that the iPhone 8 will ship 3 to 4 weeks later than anticipated…

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14:24
Apple’s back to school promo

Get Beats wireless headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college. And save more with Apple education pricing.

Personally, I don’t like Beats headphones, but I guess it’s something free.

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14:12
Screen recording in iOS 11

iOS 11, however, will let you record the screen directly on your device, keeping your Mac out of the equation entirely. Here’s how it works in the developer and public betas.

This is a really handy addition in iOS 11. I’ve recorded my iOS screen with my Mac before, but now I’ll be able to do it right on the device.

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14:06
Tech firms protest net neutrality changes

Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc, Alphabet Inc and dozens of other major technology companies protested online on Wednesday against proposed changes to U.S. net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others.

It’s hard to believe we’re still arguing about this.

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14:06
Amazon's next Echo will be more like Apple...

It's been over two years since Amazon debuted the Echo, which kickstarted the current wave of voice-controlled, virtual assistant-powered speakers. And while the company has added more devices to the Echo family, with the tiny Dot, portable Tap and s...

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14:06
Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship with free...




After selling out numerous times, Verizon Wireless now has inventory of Apple AirPods with free 2-day shipping, beating Apple's 6-week wait.

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14:05
Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware...




Despite the debut of a slew of new Mac products in June, Apple's PC sales dipped in the second quarter of 2017, though greater losses from competitors helped buoy the tech giant's overall market share, according to estimates from market research firm Gartner.

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13:59
How to use PayPal as a payment option for iTunes and...

There’s a new way to pay for your iTunes digital purchases: PayPal.

Apple has added PayPal as a payment option to the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Apple Music memberships. You can link your PayPal account to your Apple ID and use it to pay for apps, music downloads, movie rentals, and other content and services, like upgrading to a paid iCloud Storage plan. Here's how to do it when it becomes available.

  1. Tap/click here to sign in to iTunes using your Apple ID or Touch ID.
  2. Go to Payment Information and tap on PayPal and then Account.
  3. Follow the steps to authenticate your PayPal. After it’s confirmed, all future purchases will be charged to your PayPal account.

Once your...

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13:47
Microsoft upgrades Paint 3D's drawing and magic...

Microsoft's Paint 3D was introduced as part of the Windows 10 Creators update last October. The company wants to make 3D modeling as easy and accessible as using a 2D drawing program. The free Windows 10 app gives you the power to create, share and p...

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13:44
New on Daring Fireball: Display Ads

After the Deck Network closed at the end of March, I spent a long while thinking about what I could do to replace it. I’m a slow thinker.

What I finally decided was the most obvious replacement possible: selling Deck-like ads on my own, directly to advertisers, much like I do with the weekly feed sponsorships. It started in June with spots from Field Notes and Rogue Amoeba. So far in July, I’ve added MailChimp and Jamf. These are all longtime supporters of Daring Fireball, and I thank them greatly for helping to get this new thing off the ground. (Rogue Amoeba deserves special thanks: they’ve been the first sponsor of every single ad opportunity I’ve experimented with at DF over the years, including the debut week of the feed sponsorship.)

So here’s the deal. I don’t know...

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13:43
Enough already with this ‘iPhone 8 panic’ nonsense!

You’ve probably noticed that Apple World Today hasn’t posted any articles on the “panic” over the upcoming iPhone 8. That’s because it’s a non-story. But let’s back up.

A source (unnamed, of course) told Fast Company that June was a tense month for the engineers and designers on Apple's iPhone team with "a sense of panic in the air," The article says that group is working around the clock to fix software problems related to wireless charging and 3D sensing.

And there’s also “panic” in the air because, while new iPhones are typically released in September, some industry watchers think the next model might appear as late as November.

Let’s apply some common sense here. Yes, Apple usually releases new smartphones in September, but it doesn’t...

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13:29
Google Drive is ready to back up all the files on...

Google Drive just became more useful as a means of protecting those files you can't afford to lose. A few weeks later than promised, Google has released its Backup & Sync app for Macs and Windows PCs. As before, this is a simpler option for saf...

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13:15
Belkin Sport-Fit Pro Armband for iPhone 7 Plus:...

The Belkin Sport-Fit Pro Armband for iPhone 7 Plus. 

A while back I did a review of an armband for an Apple Watch...and when I mean armband, I mean something that's meant to be strapped to your upper arm. I thought it was a little odd -- I mean, first there's the fact that Apple Watches have a wristband, and second, an Apple Watch is kind of worthless unless there's an iPhone nearby (at least until Apple adds a cellular modem to it). Belkin's Sport-Fit Pro Armband (US$39.95) is a better idea, in theory giving sports-minded Apple fans a way to carry the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus while engaging in all sorts of athletic activity. As you'll find in this review, this accessory has a serious issue that makes use of your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in a normal manner almost impossible.

Design

The design of the Sport-Fit Pro Armband is actually pretty simple; it's...

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13:12
New Microsoft artificial intelligence app for iPhone...




Microsoft on Wednesday released Seeing AI, an iPhone app that attempts to analyze its surroundings and describe them audibly for people with impaired vision.

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13:08
Outlook for iOS updated with redesigned navigation,...

Microsoft has today announced an update to its Outlook app for iOS that brings a variety of changes and improvements. The two new headline features are redesigned conversations and navigation, while an improved search will be coming soon.

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13:08
Moon Express details plans to mine the moon with...

Spaceflight company Moon Express has released its plans to mine the moon with robots and it aims to get started by 2020. The company was founded in 2010 with the aim of winning the Google Lunar Xprize -- a competition to get privately funded spacecra...

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13:05
Gear: Oittm AirPods Charging Dock

Although you can recharge your AirPods using just about anything with a Lightning connector, if you’d like to have a proper home for Apple’s wireless earbuds, you may be interested in Oittm’s new AirPods Charging Dock. Designed specifically to both house, charge, and protect your encased AirPods, it features a soft silicone interior so that you can slide the AirPods case in without worrying about scratches, and provides a design…

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12:53
Amazon may give developers your private Alexa...

With new rivals on the market, Amazon has to do something to help its Alexa devices compete. Until now, Amazon has not given third-party developers access to what you say to the voice assistant. Google Home, though, does. According to sources reporte...

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12:49
News: Apple announces 2017 Back to School Promo,...

Apple has announced its annual Back to School Promotion for 2017, once again providing free or discounted Beats headphones with select Mac or iPad purchases. This year’s promotion is similar to the deal Apple offered last year, although it notably excludes the iPhone from the list of eligible products. This year, qualifying educational customers purchasing just about any Mac model can choose to receive a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear…

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12:35
Disturbing, fake YouTube shows fool kids for more...

We want our kids to use the internet, sure, but we want them to do it safely. No one wants young children to deal with inappropriate content, like fake Peppa Pig or Doc McStuffins videos. Unfortunately, it's increasingly difficult to police all of th...

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12:27
Gadget Ogling: Show and Tell, Fidget Folly, and...


The Echo Show is the first in Amazon's line of smart speakers to incorporate a screen, and it seems very much more "speaker with a display" than "tablet with better audio and microphones." It has all the functionality of Echo, including access to Alexa, Amazon's voice-operated assistant. The screen can, for example, provide a more detailed weather outlook than what Alexa spouts out, and it can keep you more on track when you're working through a recipe by displaying each step as you need it. It can display song lyrics too.

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12:23
Bank of America predicts 3-4 week 'iPhone 8...




After a supply chain visit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the latest firm to predict a launch up to a month later than usual for the as-yet unannounced "iPhone 8" and an accompanying drop in sales through the end of the calendar year -- but still a blockbuster 2018 ahead for Apple.

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12:20
Combined Google Photos and Drive ‘Backup and Sync’...

After a brief delay last month, Google’s Backup and Sync desktop app for Mac is now available for download. With this revamped client, only one application is needed to back up files on a desktop to Google Photos and Drive.

more…

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12:17
Samsung’s latest acquisition could give Bixby its...

Despite unveiling Bixby in March, Samsung's digital assistant remains an elusive beast. An ETA was predicted for June, but we're now in the throes of summer and Bixby is still in hiding. However, the Korean manufacturer's latest acquisition sounds li...

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12:00
Audi’s AI future tackles autonomous driving one...

If you want a self-driving car, you need artificial intelligence. At its first Audi Tech Summit, the automaker unveiled Audi AI, its long-term plans to stay ahead of -- or at least keep pace with -- its competitors.

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11:40
Microsoft improves conversations and searches in its...

Microsoft's mobile Outlook app can be helpful if you want an alternative to your phone's built-in email client, but it doesn't always nail the tasks you handle every day -- say, following an email thread. Thankfully, Microsoft knows it. The company...

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