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Friday August 19

08:40
Apple prepares imminent reopenings of stores in...

On top of an outlet in Annapolis, Md., two more Apple stores are scheduled to reopen by the end of the month -- namely ones in Kansas City, Mo. and Glasgow, Scotland.

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08:22
Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in '...

After a call by U.S. Federal Communications Commission's commissioner, Apple and 32 other companies are banding together to make an industry-wide organized resistance against the expanding "robocall" scourge.

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08:20
How will you survive when the robots take your job?

The robots are coming, and they're taking our jobs. Or that's the concern, anyway. A recent Oxford University study surmises that over the next two decades, about 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk of being made obsolete thanks to automation. This i...

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08:00
Bigscreen's 'VR LAN party' comes to...

Bigscreen's promise to bring the environment of a LAN party into virtual reality is becoming more credible, now that it's also available in the Oculus store. The free software has been "completely cross-platform" since launch, ready for sharing with...

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07:50
Sony enters the aftermarket CarPlay scene with sleek...

CarPlay is showing up in plenty of new car models this year, but it’s much cheaper to replace the radio in the car you already own to get CarPlay for yourself. Sony is joining the aftermarket CarPlay scene this fall with its new and relatively affordable XAV-AX100 receiver.

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07:50
Rumor: Leaked iPhone 7 camera component could...

There’s a bit of truth to every leak and rumor.

A new leaked image published late Thursday shows what’s purported to to be a redesigned rear camera module for the “iPhone 7,” widely expected to ship in mid- to late September.

The module most notably features an L-shaped flex cable, which is different from the camera cables used for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and their Plus variants. It otherwise bears similarities to the cameras in the 6 Plus and 6s Plus, however, which may back rumors that all models of the “iPhone 7” will support optical image stabilization.

The optical stabilization feature, which was previously reserved for the Plus models, seems to be present across the whole iPhone 7 line. This feature can significantly reduce...

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07:41
Claymation puzzler 'Armikrog' comes to the...

There's no rule that game animations must be done in a computer. The creators of Armikrog elected to use claymation, the painstaking stop-motion process beloved in such movies as Wallace and Grommit. The title raised $974,000 on Kickstarter and was r...

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07:39
∞ Tracking Bluetooth battery usage in iOS 10

Go to the main post for some detailed instructions on installing the iOS 10 Batteries widget and using it to track your connected device battery usage. And please pass this post along.

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07:33
New lithium metal tech holds out promise of double-...

Yeah, we know, you’ve heard it all before. It sometimes feels like some revolutionary new battery technology gets promoted every other month, and the one thing they have in common is that they never seem to materialize in real-life products. But new battery tech from a MIT spinoff may actually prove to be the exception, with the company aiming to enter production next year.

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07:28
Apple joins the ‘Robocall Strike Force’ to combat ‘...

The CEO of AT&T will announce today that 33 companies including the telecom giant, Apple, Alphabet, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are joining an effort with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crackdown on “robocalls,” reports Reuters.

A robocall is a phone call that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, as if from a robot. Robocalls are often associated with political and telemarketing phone campaigns, but can also be used for public-service or emergency announcements. Some robocalls use personalized audio messages to simulate an actual personal phone call.

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson will make the announcement at the first "Robocall Strike Force" meeting at the FCC, the article adds FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in July wrote major companies about robocalls. The strike force will report to the commission by...

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07:24
How to turn on Twitter's quality filters and...

Twitter has finally come up with a solution to muzzle trolls.

The company published a blog post on Thursday announcing two new controls for filtering your notifications. Twitter notifications are the primary method through which trolls can contact and harass users.

The first new setting reduces the noise in your notifications stream. By default, anyone who mentions your Twitter username with the “@” symbol shows up in your Twitter notifications. It doesn’t matter if they’re asking a simple question, offering constructive criticism, or threatening to cut your head off. Everyone shows up.

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07:23
'Overwatch' test patch turns troll talk...

Blizzard has rolled out an Overwatch test patch that could make playing on the game's Public Test Realm (PTR) either hilarious or infuriating, depending on which camp you're in. A bunch of Reddit and NeoGAF users have noticed that when you type in "g...

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07:08
New York Times to shut down app-based NYT Now news...

The New York Times has announced it will officially pull NYT Now -- a cheaper, slimmed-down, app-based alternative to its core news services -- from app stores on the week of Aug. 29, blaming its downfall on weak demand.

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07:00
The Engadget Podcast Ep 2: One More Robot

In Episode Two: One More Robot, editors Cherlynn Low, Dana Wollman and Chris Velazco join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about how fitness trackers ruined Happy Meals, the true potential of AI and try to figure out what monster would want the backspac...

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06:57
Apple, AT&T, Google and others working with FCC...

AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson will soon announce that a consortium of 33 companies, including Apple, AT&T, Google and Comcast are joining the FCC in an effort to crack down on phone call spam made by robots, according to Reuters. In the inaugural “Robocall Strike Force” meeting, the companies will announce their initial plans on how to stop US phone owners from receiving advertorial spam run by automated machines …

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06:56
Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-car audio system supports Apple...

Sony Electronics has announced its XAV-AX100 in-car audio system, which offers Apple CarPlay as an option (and Android Auto, as well, but I know you'll prefer CarPlay). The system retails at $499.99 and will be available across North America as of late November

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

The XAV-AX100 in-car audio system packs a 55 watts x 4 Dynamic Reality Amp 2 and EXTRA BASS low boost circuitry to overcome engine noise and reproduce clear sound at any volume. It also has a 10-band graphic equalizer.

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06:52
News: Report: iPhone 7 to gain optical image...

A new report from Nowhereelse (translated link) revealed a leaked photo of a camera sensor purporting to be from the upcoming iPhone. While the report notes that that photo doesn’t reveal anything meaningful about the technical features of the camera, and that without anything comparative in the photo it’s not even possible to estimate the size of the new sensor, it does indicate that the design of the sensor connects have changed and…

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06:50
Malwarebytes reports new OS X malware that could...

No 9to5Mac reader is going to be at risk from malware that directs users to a scam website and asks them to download software, but Malwarebytes has discovered a previously unknown piece of Mac malware that could easily fool less technical users.

Thomas Reed, lead researcher at Malwarebytes, told us that he found the malware on a scam page hosted on the official Advanced Mac Cleaner website …

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06:44
WaterField launches Kickstarter campaign for iPhone...

WaterField Designs has launched its first Kickstarter campaign for the RFID-blocking, play-through, Intrepid Travel Wallet for the upcoming “iPhone 7” (and similarly-sized phones). It’s a wallet, an iPhone case and a travel attaché all in one.

It is a wallet, but also functions as an iPhone case and a travel attaché. As a wallet, its two interior side pockets hold credit cards, hotel card-keys and metro tickets and its main compartment is large enough for a stash of domestic or foreign bills and a pen. Built-in RFID-blocking capability offers a little extra security while out and about. An included zippered pouch, the Micro Wallet, fits inside the main compartment and secures coins or keys.

As...

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06:41
Apple reportedly squeezing 'iPhone 7'...

New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is putting pressure on Taiwan-based part suppliers to lower prices for "iPhone 7" components, despite reportedly ordering lower quantities.

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06:30
Apple’s Taiwan supplier reportedly fighting back...

According to Digitimes, suppliers in Taiwan are beginning to resist demands for ever-greater discounts from Apple. The article says the Cupertino, California-based company has met resistance from makers in Taiwan's supply chain to lower their quotes for parts and components for the “iPhone 7.”

Digitimes says Apple has asked downstream part and component suppliers, excluding Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Largan Precision, to reduce their quotes for iPhone 7 devices by as much as 20% even though order volumes for new phones are reportedly 30% lower than those placed a year earlier.

However, downstream suppliers, notably Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and associated companies under the Foxconn Group, have replied Apple that they couldn’t accept orders without reasonable profits.

With the assembly plant as the focus of the supply chain, upstream...

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06:30
ICYMI: Neck pillows that work and self-driving...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Ford Motor Company joined the self-driving car race, taking on Uber, which just bought autonomous truck company Otto. We're just excited to see the self-driving vehicles of the future, though those two had better h...

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06:27
Apple drops ‘Store’ from Apple Store branding

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Apple appears to be making a slight branding change to its retail business, dropping the “Store” moniker when referring to its Apple Store locations. Apple has already made the change online, and all of its store pages now refer to stores by names like “Apple Union Square” or “Apple Valley Fair” or “Apple The Grove,” instead of “Apple Store, Valley Fair” or “Apple Store, The Grove.”

It’s a change that appears to have started rolling out with the launch of the newer Apple Stores, like the Union Square location in San Francisco. Apple has always referred to that store as just Apple Union Square, and over the course of the last few days, the company has updated all of its retail store webpages to remove the “Store” branding. What was once “Apple Store, Fifth Avenue,” for example, is now just “Apple Fifth Avenue.”

This seems a logical path for Apple, adhering to their simplify-where-possible strategy and their adherence to minimalism. A bit...

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06:27
News: Frank Ocean releases new visual album ‘Endless...

Frank Ocean has released a new 45-minute “visual album” Endless on Apple Music, in advance of his upcoming album Boys Don’t Cry, which was expected to be available exclusively on Apple Music earlier this month. An Apple Music representative has indicated, however, that “more from Frank” may be coming over the weekend. Endless features new songs by the artist and is set in the same warehouse where his recent web stream…

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06:21
Frank Ocean releases a ‘visual album’ on Apple Music

Frank Ocean has released a 45-minute long “visual album” titled Endless exclusively on Apple Music. A representative from Apple’s streaming music service told Pitchfork to “keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank.” 

Endless features new songs and takes place in the same warehouse where Ocean has been hosting a web stream. The new songs feature contributions from Jonny Greenwood, James Blake, and more.

Ocean is an American singer, songwriter and rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean embarked on his musical career as a ghostwriter for several prominent artists, including John Legend, Justin Bieber...

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06:19
Driverless cars: When coding decisions determine...

Andrew Leavitt:

Are you familiar with “The Trolley Problem?” It’s an ethical thought experiment with a central moral dilemma.

An observer must decide whether to switch a trolley track when either choice will result in negative consequences for innocent bystanders. If he intervenes more lives are saved [practical] but he has then taken an active role in who lives or dies [immoral]. If he leaves the switch alone he is moral but more lives are certainly lost. There is no unequivocal “right choice” – especially as the scenario becomes more complex.

Interesting post that touches on Aasimov’s three laws of robotics and MIT’s moral machine web experiment.

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06:13
Australian banks can’t negotiate over Apple Pay — at...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s anti-trust regulator, says it won’t grant the country's three biggest banks interim approval to collectively negotiate with Apple Inc to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones, reports Reuters.

Last month those banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, e lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law.

The ACCC said that its decision not to...

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06:11
∞ Amazing falling burger shot, all captured with a...

[VIDEO] The first 10 second of this video are the end result. The rest of the video shows how it was done. I love the mechanics behind this shot, the fact that some of it was hand designed and 3D printed, and the obvious care that went into this. Bravo!

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06:07
News: Australian banks denied interim approval for...

Australia’s anti-trust regulator has refused to grant interim approval for the country’s three largest banks to collectively negotiate with Apple to support their own mobile payment apps on the iPhone platform, Reuters reports. The three banks filed a joint application last month requesting permission from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to negotiate as a group to persuade Apple to give them access to its NFC…

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06:04
Australia denies banks approval to jointly negotiate...

Reuters:

Australia’s anti-trust regulator on Friday said it would not grant the country’s three biggest banks interim approval to collectively negotiate with Apple Inc to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones.

Australia’s three biggest banks, including the number one lender National Australia Bank (NAB), last month lodged a joint application seeking permission to negotiate as a bloc from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The ACCC said that its decision not to grant the banks the interim ruling was not indicative of whether the full ruling, expected in October, would be successful or not.

And:

Apple, which operates its own Apple Pay mobile wallet, does not allow third-party electronic payment apps to be loaded onto to the hugely popular smartphones. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple’s phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law....

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06:01
Smartphone batteries with twice the life may arrive...

A type of lithium battery that could make gasoline-powered cars obsolete is on track to be commercialized, according to MIT News. The "lithium metal" batteries, developed by MIT spin-off SolidEnergy, can reportedly pack the same energy as a standard...

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06:00
Telepaint still holds up as a unique and addictive...

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.

Truly unique—and totally addictive—puzzle games don’t hit the App Store every day. But Telepaint is an adorable puzzle-platformer with a clever, touch-friendly twist: Instead of furiously tapping your screen to jump, duck, and slide past obstacles, you use a portal system to get your little paint bucket protagonist safely to his paint brush buddy.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: SaferVPN Premium Lifetime...

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a Lifetime Subscription to SaferVPN Premium for only $49 — that’s 97% off the regular price. This safe and simple VPN service works across multiple devices to protect your personal data, logins, banking details and more regardless of where you happen to be connecting from, while high-speed global services and unlimited location switching let you enjoy access to your favorite content without…

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05:56
iOS and Android Combined for Record 99% of...

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that the smartphone industry continues to be a virtual two-horse race between iOS and Android. The operating systems combined for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period.

That’s amazing to me. Just a bit more than nine years ago, neither company (Apple for iOS, Google for Android) had a horse in this race. And now, everyone else is gone or, at best, window dressing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
Comment: As optical image stabilization seemingly...

Zac made the point yesterday that just because the iPhone 7 is sounding like a second S-year model, that doesn’t mean that mass-market buyers – ‘normals’ – won’t be wowed by it. Apple has an enviable ability to take relatively mainstream features and make them sound magical, and a report by French site NWE seems to make one rumored feature sound more likely.

While the dual-camera system slated for the larger iPhone 7 Plus is an obvious talking point, it’s also been suggested that the smaller model may get the optical image stabilisation (OIS) currently limited to the iPhone 6/6s Plus.

A claimed photo of the camera module for the 4.7-inch iPhone has four slots around it, similar to those...

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05:35
Twitter: An update on our efforts to combat violent...

Twitter’s blog:

Earlier this year, we announced we had suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating our longtime prohibition on violent threats and the promotion of terrorism and shared the steps we are taking as a company to combat this content. Since that announcement, the world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe. We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform.

While our work is not done, today we are announcing that we have suspended an additional 235,000 accounts for violating our policies related to promotion of terrorism in the six months since our February 2016 post. This brings our overall number of suspensions to 360,000 since the middle of 2015. As noted by numerous third parties, our efforts continue to drive meaningful results, including a significant shift in this type of activity off of Twitter.

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05:33
AppleInsider podcast talks iPad upgrade cycle,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk iPad upgrade cycles, compare simplicity of iPods and Apple Watch, and catch you up on all the latest 'iPhone 7' news.

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05:31
Listen to Groove Music while you play 'Forza...

One of the cooler features from the Anniversary Update for Xbox One is Background Music. As the name implies, you can use music from practically any source as your soundtrack for a lot of different activities on the console. If you're a fan of Groove...

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05:24
With iOS 10 release a few weeks away, iOS 9 adoption...

Christian Zibreg, writing for iDownloadBlog:

Various editions of iOS 9 are currently installed on 87 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, a one-point gain versus a month ago.

And:

By comparison, Google’s official stats have Android 6.0 Marshmallow powering 15.2 percent of smartphones and tablets, with the two-year-old Lollipop (5.0-5.1) OS found on more than one-third of Android hardware (35.3 percent).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
Sprint, T-Mobile offer revamped data plans ahead of...

Say what you want about the open market, at least it spurs competition.

Following Wednesday’s announcement as to changes to its mobile plans, wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new “unlimited” plans of their own.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

The Mobile One plan apparent offers the following:

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network. And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

The fine print has the $40 per line rate as being applicable only if you’re buying four lines for $160 a month. Otherwise,...

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05:05
Virgin Media's next price hike will come in...

Virgin Media customers across the UK will today begin receiving letters notifying them of an upcoming price increase. The company says that from November 2016, line rental costs will rise from £17.99 to £19 per month and annual Line Renta...

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05:00
Daily Deal: Add up to 200GB of storage to your...

You can never be too rich, too good-looking, or have enough storage. We can't help you get money or good looks, but with this Apple World Today Daily Deal, anyone with a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with an SD card reader built in can add up to 200GB of storage. To start this upgrade, all you need is the Nifty MiniDrive R13, available in the AWT Deals Shop for just $33.99. 

Take the Nifty MiniDrive R13, go buy yourself a MicroSD storage card like this 200GB SanDisk Ultra ($78.95) , pop it into the Nifty MiniDrive, then slide that into the SD slot on your MacBook. Guess what? You suddenly have a heck of a lot...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to feature GPS, other...

The next-gen Apple Watch may still be somewhat dependent on the iPhone.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to launch a next-gen Apple Watch this fall with integrated GPS and improvements to health tracking.

Apple shipped its first watch in April 2015, hoping for a new blockbuster product amid slowing iPhone sales, which contribute almost 60 percent of revenue. While the company shipped 1.6 million watches from April to June, that was less than half as many as during the same period in 2015, according to IDC.

Since its inception, wireless network carriers have been urging Apple to create an Apple Watch variant that can connect to data networks without the aid of the iPhone, thereby untethering it. Apple had been in talks this year with...

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04:57
Watch astronauts install a space taxi dock on the ISS

Boeing and SpaceX are working on manned spacecraft that will send astronauts to the International Space Station as early as 2017, but before that happens, they need a place to dock. Crew aboard the space station are about to install the first of two...

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04:56
Taiwanese supply-chain kicks back on Apple’s demands...

Apple has a fierce reputation for driving a hard bargain with its component suppliers, using its size and status to demand ultra-competitive pricing. But according to Digitimes, suppliers in Taiwan are starting to resist demands for ever-greater discounts.

Apple is said to have asked downstream part and component suppliers […] to reduce their quotes for iPhone 7 devices by as much as 20% even though order volumes for new phones are reportedly 30% lower than those placed a year earlier. Major downstream suppliers, notably Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and associated companies under the Foxconn Group, have replied Apple that they could not be able to accept orders without reasonable profits at this time.

The two sides each appear to be bringing persuasive arguments to the table …

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04:45
T-Mobile and Sprint Announce Unlimited Data (for...

Cellular carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new unlimited data plans, but there are catches involved, and the prices often end up being higher than the previous plans.

 

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04:30
BAFTA opens film awards up to streaming-only releases

The Golden Globes, Emmys and BAFTA TV awards have long accepted streaming-only releases for consideration, while rules for the top film accolades haven't changed. Both the Oscars and BAFTA film awards have traditionally only been open to titles that'...

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04:26
This crazily expensive levitating Apple Watch...

You’re officially the person with everything if you’re seriously planning to lay out $249 on a levitating Apple Watch charger – though Kickstarter backers can get one for slightly less at $199, or $159 if you’re very quick.

Since the Apple Watch itself charges inductively, the designers of the LIFT charger decided to take things one step further by using magnets to suspend the charger above its powered base, allowing it to float freely in mid air …

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04:00
New York Times closing free NYT Now app at the end...

The New York Times has announced that its NYT Now app is to be withdrawn as of 29th August. The app, which provided a curated selection of stories from the paper aimed at younger readers, was launched at South by Southwest back in 2014.

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04:00
CrashPlan makes backing up easy, inexpensive

Be honest now: do you back up the data on your Mac? I know a LOT of folks who don't; they're asking for disaster. If you need a simple way to save your data — aside from or, better yet, in addition to Apple's Time Machine feature in Mac OS X — check out CrashPlan from Code 42.

It's a solid online backup service because it offers unlimited storage space (you read that right) and lets you upload files of any size. Setting up CrashPlan is a breeze and can be implemented in three easy steps.

Speaking of "three," Code 42 has three different ways of providing backup. You have the option to back up to local drives and computers, offsite drives and computers or online to CrashPlan Central. You can combine all three, which is what I recommend.

Code 42 addresses data security and privacy concerns by employing a multi-layered security model that includes transmission security, account security (access), password security, encryption security and secure messaging. On the...

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04:00
You’ll get a charge out of these Ravpower products

Ravpower makes — as you might guess from the company’s name— charging and battery products. It’s released two that will be of interest to Mac users, especially those of us who own 12-inch MacBooks.

Ravpower’s $15.99 10400mAh Portable Power Bank boasts a 3.5A output that lets you quickly charge tablets and smartphones at the same time. I use it to charge my iPhone 6s Plus and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The Portable Power Bank’s 2A input takes less time (almost 50%) to charge itself compared to traditional 1A chargers.

iSmart charging technology on both ports automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current to match connected devices. For example, it delivers a 1A charging out for phones that have 1A charging input. The Portable Power Bank’s 10400 mAh capacity can, for example, charge an iPhone 6s Plus three to four times and an iPad mini once before you...

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04:00
The 2016 Pokemon World Championships kick off today

The 2016 Pokemon World Championships are being taken to the next level as they kick off today. This year, the event is to be closed to the general public, so if you're not actually competing in the tournament, the only way you're going to be able to...

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03:02
NASA plans to hand over the ISS to a private...

NASA is dead set on leaving Low-Earth Orbit to go to the moon, Mars and other farther destinations. That means extending the space station's funding beyond 2024 is out of the question. Now, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator Bill Hill has revealed w...

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02:59
Australian banks denied interim decision over Apple...

The Australian banks have been denied permission to act as a monopolistic cartel in the country, preventing them from negotiating collectively with Apple over Apple Pay terms for the time being as reported by Reuters. Australian banks are resisting adoption of Apple’s mobile payment solution (available in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s), referring to hefty fees and loss of customer control.

Apple says that the banks are being anti-competitive by blocking the introduction of innovative payment technologies like Apple Pay. The banks want to force Apple to open up the NFC chip to third-party developers, which Apple says would cripple the security standards of its platform.

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02:00
23andMe helps identify genetic links to common skin...

The team at 23andMe is clearly going out of its way to show that huge amounts of volunteered genetic data can boost medical research. Scientists at both 23andMe and Stanford used data from consenting customers to conduct the largest ever genetic stu...

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01:05
Kick Cancer's ass and raise money for sick kids...

Nazis, like zombies, are pretty much the perfect video game enemy because there are zero redeemable qualities about them. But those might have some competition now that there's a game where you fight cancer. Not literally, but an enemy named "Cancer"...

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00:04
Samsung Note 7 teardown reveals waterproof components

iFixit, famous destroyer of gadgets for the good of all humankind, has busted out its arsenal of teardown tools to take apart a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In the team's quest to see every single component inside the phone, they found several sealed compo...

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Thursday August 18

22:21
NYT's curated news app will shut down next month

Just about two and a half years after launching its NYT Now mobile experiment at South by Southwest, the New York Times has announced it will be "officially shelving" the app. After August, NYT Now will no longer be be available for download, but man...

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21:29
Satellite imagery can be used to predict regions of...

A new study in the journal Science shows how a combination of satellite imagery and machine learning algorithms can be used to predict poverty in regions of the world where data is otherwise unavailable. While it has long been accepted that nighttime...

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21:12
Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless...

Some four years after his last full studio release, R&B singer Frank Ocean on Thursday debuted a new visual album called "Endless" exclusively on Apple Music.

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21:10
Frank Ocean's new visual album is live on Apple...

Endless, Frank Ocean's followup to his acclaimed 2012 debut Channel Orange​, is available now exclusively on Apple Music as a 45-minute visual album. Rolling Stone says Endless is a separate project from Ocean's next traditional album, but we should...

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21:02
Frank Ocean releases new visual album ‘Endless’...

In what appears to be a supplement to his upcoming “Boys Don’t Cry” album, Frank Ocean today has released a new visual album “Endless” exclusively to Apple Music. It was originally reported that “Boys Don’t Cry” would drop two weeks ago on Apple Music, but as has been the case many times throughout the wait for the album, it didn’t actually release. Instead, we have a visual album.

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20:27
All Eddie Bauer stores in the US hit with malware

If you shopped at an Eddie Bauer store in the first half of 2016, you may want to keep a close eye on your personal and banking information. The clothing store chain has reported that -- like a growing number of retailers of the last few years -- it'...

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19:49
Is Donald Trump Actually Trying to Win?

Nate Silver, “Trump Is Doubling Down on a Losing Strategy”:

So it’s not surprising that Trump has undertaken a major shakeup
of his campaign, hiring Bannon and promoting the pollster
Kellyanne Conway. Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has effectively
been demoted. But rather than make a much-expected “pivot” toward
general election voters — as Manafort had reportedly been pushing
for — the new plan is to “let Trump be Trump,” doubling down on
the strategies that Trump used to win the nomination, including an
emphasis on nationalism, populism and “brutal fights with
Clinton”. […]

If you trust the polls, this seems like a fundamental strategic
error. Trump is running worse than Mitt Romney among almost all
demographic groups; white men without a college degree are the
most prominent exception. But there aren’t...

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19:06
Facebook's point-based recruiting system isn...

Two years ago, Facebook proposed a system to make its workforce less universally white or Asian and male. The plan was to incentivize its in-house recruiters to hire diverse candidates, literally giving them more points for Hispanic, black and/or fem...

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18:32
Australian banks denied interim approval to...

An Australian antitrust regulator on Friday temporarily denied a request from the country's three largest banks to collectively negotiate with Apple over the installation of third-party digital wallet software on iPhones.

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18:20
Twitter announces new tools to let users better...

Twitter today has announced an update to its iOS app that gives users more control over what they see in their timeline and who is able to interact with them. Announced on the official Twitter blog, the changes come to notification settings and a new quality filter setting. The update specifically brings more control to users who are not lucky enough to be verified on the service.

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17:52
Financial aid will soon be offered to attend coding...

It can be pretty expensive to attend coding bootcamps even if you make a decently comfortable living. The U.S. Department of Education is looking to change this, launching a new initiative that'll help eligible low-income students pay for them using...

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17:08
Google is opening a dedicated space for startups in...

With its close ties to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Google naturally has its hands in the region's huge startup economy. To further its involvement, the company has announced plans to open a 14,000 square foot space right in the heart of San Fra...

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16:44
Latest Gartner data shows iOS vs Android battle...

While Apple has seen declining sales of its iPhone over recent quarters, new data from Gartner provides another look into the decline facing Apple and the smartphone market in other regions. Overall, the data shows that smartphone sales worldwide grew 4.3 percent year-over-year, though Apple saw a 7.6 percent decline itself. When it comes to operating systems, iOS and Android continue their dominance.

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16:36
US Judge rejects Uber's $100 million class-...

A US district court judge in San Francisco has rejected Uber's attempt to settle a class action lawsuit between the company and roughly 385,000 drivers in California and Massachusetts. Uber announced in April that it would settle with the drivers for...

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16:19
Wii U balance boards help paraplegics better use...

Able-bodied people maintain their balance in part by the sensory feedback receive through our feet. People with severed spinal columns don't receive those sensations which, even though they are being supported by a mechanical exoskeleton, makes stand...

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15:42
For its 50th anniversary, Best Buy unveils 50 deals...

Years after the demise of competing chain Circuit City, Best Buy is still the most reliable destination to pick up HDMI cables or try out VR platforms after more niche stores close for the evening. To celebrate half a century in business, the megasto...

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15:32
AWT News Update: August 18, 2016

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We have some fun Apple news highlights for you today, as well as a good rumor! Well, no rumors are good, but it's an interesting one...

  • An amazing 35-piece collection of rare Macs and other Apple-related products is up for auction
  • Kanye West's pop-up stores in the US, Canada, and Australia will take Apple Pay
  • Battery life issues appear to be the reason why the next Apple Watch won't have cellular capability
  • A "Store" is missing from your local Apple Store
  • We conjecture about the iPhone 7 (or whatever it's going to be called) camera and how a two-lens camera might work to improve iPhone photos

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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15:15
Comcast begins gigabit internet trial in Chicago

Comcast has already revealed its plans to bring gigabit internet service to Atlanta and Nashville, and now it's now offering the option in Chicago on a trial basis. Like those other two cities, the cable company will use a DOCSIS 3.1 modem to deliver...

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14:50
Jabra's headphones can be prescribed by a...

Doctors can now prescribe fitness-tracking headphones as part of of a patient's health management regime. Jabra announced today that ts newly announced Sport Pulse wireless headphones are now part of TrainerMD's HIPPA-compliant 360 Health Program. Th...

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14:35
iOS and Android Combined For Record 99% of...

An anonymous reader writes: The research firm Gartner has crunched some numbers and found that Android and iOS accounted for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, which is compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period. What some may view as even more shocking is that Android accounted for 86.2% of the market share in the second quarter, up from 82.2% a year ago. Meanwhile, iOS lost some ground as it dropped to 12.9% market share from 14.6% in the year-ago period. It's no surprise that Windows and BlackBerry have been losing market share. They dropped to 0.6% and 0.1% market share worldwide respectively. Just six years ago, BlackBerry and Symbian operating systems were industry leaders. Now, they're industry losers. Which third-party operating system has what it takes to take on the establishment?

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14:30
Tricking out your dragon in 'Scalebound'

Scalebound is one of my most anticipated Xbox One games. It's a classic Platinum title, mixing over-the-top, combo-heavy combat with a gargantuan dragon that's willing to help you out in a pinch. Throw in a strange, luscious new world and some enormo...

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14:18
Uber CEO talks about company’s self-driving car...

Travis Kalanick has to get Uber’s bet on self-driving cars right.

“It starts with understanding that the world is going to go self-driving and autonomous,” he told Business Insider in an interview.

“So if that’s happening, what would happen if we weren’t a part of that future? If we weren’t part of the autonomy thing? Then the future passes us by basically, in a very expeditious and efficient way.”

As much as I may not like autonomous cars, from a business perspective, it’s hard to argue with his reasoning.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
AIs fight to the death in 'Doom' contest...

Google DeepMind took a leap forward last year when its artificial intelligence agent mastered 49 Atari 2600 games. The learning system, or "deep Q-network" (DQN), that DeepMind designed achieved this mastery through general experience, rather than sp...

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13:40
Airbus reveals ambitious plan for autonomous flying...

If a self-flying taxi scheme didn't come from the world's second largest aeronautical company, we might think it was a prank. However, Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, a...

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13:33
Despite anti-Apple tirades, Apple Pay will be...

Not one to shy away from the spotlight, Kanye West has announced that this weekend he’ll be opening up 21 pop shops around the world, some of which will be exclusively accepting Apple Pay thanks to a partnership with Square. Square’s contactless readers will be available in the U.S., Canada, and Australia so that customers can focus on paying for their items as quickly as possible. West claimed that the last pop-up shop had generated $2 million in sales in New York City alone, so a high revenue weekend like this could be great exposure for Square’s technology.

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13:20
Wirecutter's best deals: $65 off an OXO coffee...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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12:58
Relocated Annapolis Apple store to open on Saturday...

Although two of Apple's Maryland retail locations are currently out of commission, one of them will reopen this Saturday, Aug. 20, according to the company's website.

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12:57
The next Apple Watch reportedly won't have...

Apple is widely expected to introduce the next generation of the Apple Watch before the end of the year, and today Bloomberg has some details on what to expect -- and what's getting left out. While the next-gen Watch is expected to include GPS capabi...

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12:32
Uber India lets users hail a ride from their browser

Uber's found that one size does not fit all when it comes to bringing its business to other parts of the world. Take India, where the company has had to implement cash payments, panic buttons and axe surge pricing. Now, to combat the country's weaker...

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12:27
Uber to Begin Testing Self-Driving Cars in Pittsburgh

Max Chafkin, reporting for Bloomberg:

Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of
the world’s experts in autonomous vehicles. The city is home to
Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics department, which has
produced many of the biggest names in the newly hot field.

That’s a bit of a whitewashing. What happened is that Uber approached Carnegie Melon to create a “strategic partnership”. Uber’s strategy, it turned out, was to identify CMU’s best engineers and hire them away. As I wrote at the time, their “partnership” was like that between a fox and a henhouse.

The goal: to replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with
robot drivers — as...

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12:26
New ‘AnsweringMachine’ Cydia release adds enhanced...

As someone who used to be heavily into jailbreaking, I’ve seen quite a few interesting and noteworthy tweaks come across my desk. Coincidence or not, Apple has mirrored the functionality of several tweaks over the years, adopting them as stock iOS features.

Needless to say, after seven or eight years of jailbreaking, it takes a lot to impress me, but that’s exactly what developer Elias Limneos was able to do. In fact, his new tweak, entitled AnsweringMachine, looked so intriguing that it convinced me to jailbreak my iPhone just to take it for a test drive.

One feature of the tweak allows users to receive transcribed voicemails, similar to the Voicemail transcription feature in iOS 10. Have a look at our hands-on video to see it in action....

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12:24
Research data suggests Apple iPhone marketshare...

Research data released on Thursday further reinforces the belief that Apple's smartphone marketshare is eroding not just in international markets, but in the U.S. as well.

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12:08
Twitter suspends 235,000 accounts for promoting...

For years, Twitter was the free speech bastion it aspired to be, maintaining a hands-off approach enabling a liberated forum yet allowing hate speech to flow across its channels. Amid criticism and pressure to stop extremist groups from using its ser...

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11:55
Uber Revs Engine in Self-Driving Race


Uber on Thursday announced plans to begin testing semi-autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh later this month. Its first partially self-driving Volvo XC90 vehicles reportedly will be assigned at random to customers who use the company's app. Each of the prototype cars will have an actual human on board to act as copilot and monitor the vehicle's performance from the driver's seat. The passengers who are provided transport in one of those vehicles reportedly will receive a free ride. Uber, which launched in 2014, has its headquarters in Pittsburgh.

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11:46
US government cedes control of the internet in...

On October 1st, the US Government's National Telecommunications and Information Administration will hand over control of the internet's domain name system to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a "multi-stakeholder" nonpr...

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11:24
Report: Battery concerns will keep LTE out of the...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

There may come a day when your Apple Watch doesn't need to be tethered to your iPhone to work, but that day won't be soon. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple's plans to put cellular modems in the next version of the Apple Watch have been put on hold because of concerns about battery life. While Apple is still reportedly "studying lower-power cellular data chips" for inclusion in future generations, the next watch will still rely on your iPhone for its data connection.

That said, the report indicates that Apple does plan to ship GPS functionality in the new Apple Watch. This will be of particular ...

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11:23
Sprint's new Unlimited Freedom plan is...

Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's new unlimited data plan, Sprint is launching a new Unlimited Freedom plan for $100.

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11:04
Roadblocks for new Apple Watch

The source of the delay is that current cellular chips consume too much battery life, reducing the product’s effectiveness and limiting user appeal, according to three of the people. Apple has begun studying lower-power cellular data chips for future smartwatch generations.

This is an incredibly difficult problem, but anything that negatively affects battery life will be a non-starter for a lot of users. Most days, I have plenty of battery life remaining when I go to bed, but I wouldn’t want to be in a situation where I was running out of power early in the day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:02
Store no more: Apple retail stores drop the ‘Store’...

Apple is making a slight branding change to its retail business, dropping the "Store" when referring to its Apple Store locations, according to MacRumors. Apple has already made the change online, and all of its store pages now refer to stores by names like "Apple Union Square" or "Apple Green Hills.”

MacRumors says it’s a change that appears to have started rolling out with the launch of the newer Apple stores such as the Union Square location (pictured) in San Francisco. Apple has always referred to that store as just Apple Union Square, and over the course of the last few days, the company has updated all of its retail store webpages to remove the "Store" branding, the article adds.

Apple has 488 retail stores in 21 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

...

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11:00
Watch Segway's personal robot in action

What if you could have a personal robot helper that transforms into a self-balancing scooter? That's the appeal of the Segway robot, an adorable device which first debuted during CES. We were able to take a close look at it this week during Intel's D...

| Read more »
10:53
‘Bloomberg’: the Apple Watch 2 will feature GPS...

In July the Canalys research group forecast that 7.5 million smart watches with cellular connectivity — including a second generation Apple Watch — will ship in 2016, rising to 53.6 million in 2020. However, Apple “has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone,” reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

Apple has almost certainly planned to add cellular capabilities to the next-generation watch so that it doesn't require an accompanying iPhone. A Wall Street Journal report noted that the company “is working on adding cell-network connectivity and a faster processor to its next-generation Watch, according to people...

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10:49
AT&T Mobile Share Advantage mimics T-Mobile,...

With AT&T’s Mobile Share Advantage, the telecom giant follows a new trend: Customers who switch to this new shared mobile plan (available August 21) will be spared bandwidth overage fees. Instead, the firm said, after available bandwidth is used up, its Mobile Share Advantage customers will be throttled to 128Kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.

The Mobile Share plans pool bandwith among devices that can include smartphones, feature phones, tablets, gaming devices, wearables, laptops, hotspots, and other hardware. A monthly charge per device is paired with a charge for a tier of bandwidth. 

Why this matters: AT&T joins T-Mobile and Sprint among the big four U.S. carriers in shifting to throttling instead of causing customers to rack up fees at $10 per gigabyte above plan totals. That’s good news for consumers, though it’ll be interesting to see whether they’ll tolerate throttling or break down and buy more bandwidth, sending more...

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10:47
Apple Watch with built-in cellular data unlikely to...

Though Apple apparently wants to place a cellular radio in a future Apple Watch model, technical limitations may prevent the capability from appearing in this year's expected update, a new report claims.

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