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Thursday July 14

Google's first indie gaming festival comes to...

Indie game developers, Google wants to hear from you. The company has just announced the first Google Play Indie Games Festival, and you can submit your game for consideration now. The festival, which will take place Sept. 24th in San Francisco, will...

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Nest Cam Outdoor

I’m glad to see Nest released an outdoor camera—it was definitely something missing from their product lineup.

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How-To: Understand the Wireless Diagnostics app on...

Apple ships a little-known utility app that helps you analyze and diagnose your Wi-Fi connection, called Wireless Diagnostics. Open the app by option-clicking on the Wi-Fi indicator in the menu bar and select ‘Open Wireless Diagnostics …’. Although the app contains a lot of useful information, it isn’t intuitively clear what you are supposed to do with it.


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∞ What people think guitar players do all day

I laughed.

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Pilot a disembodied head on July 26th with '...

Headlander, the Adult Swim game with a '70s science fiction vibe, comes to the PS4 on July 26th. First announced last December at the PlayStation Experience, it puts you in the head of the "last organic life left in the known universe," according to...

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Apple’s Eddy Cue talks music, TV, and Hollywood

This is a fantastic interview with Eddy. Go read it.

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EU antitrust regulators charge Google

“Google has come up with many innovative products that have made a difference to our lives. But that doesn’t give Google the right to deny other companies the chance to compete and innovate,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told a news conference in Brussels.

This is in addition to the existing charge that search results favor Google’s shopping service.

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'Evolve' added over a million players by...

It looks like that last ditch effort to save Evolve actually worked. In under a week, developer Turtle Rock Studios says that its monstrous 4-versus-1 multiplayer game has picked up over a million new players on PC. Regardless of how many will actual...

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Razer's new keyboard turns your iPad Pro into a...

If you weren't fully onboard with the iPad Pro's stock cover/smart keyboard, Razer announced its mechanical alternative on Thursday. It uses Razer's new "Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches" that provide the same acuity and responsiveness that made...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Keep your iPhone by your...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings us Belkin’s Fitness Belt, an adjustable belt that holds your iPhone and other gear in place while you exercise. Plus, sturdy protection, versatile folios, extra storage, transparent shells, and much more. Read on!


The SlimShell (iPhone SE; $16 MSRP, $8 on Amazon) is a see-through shell, keeping your iPhone safe without hiding its sleek design. This polycarbonate case helps improve your grip for easier carrying, features a UV layer to prevent yellowing, and offers laser-cut openings for all...

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Nest Cam Outdoor upgrades original Nest Cam with...

Google's Nest division on Thursday announced the Nest Cam Outdoor, a version of its app-connected Nest Cam upgraded to handle the specific demands of exterior security.

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Batman: Arkham Underworld lets gamers take control...

The newest Batman mobile title for Apple's iOS extends the lore and story of the Arkham Asylum console and computer game franchise, and features the lead Batman: The Animated Series voice actor.

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DJI's Zenmuse Z3 is its first drone camera with...

It might be best known for its drones, but the launch of DJI's first camera optimized for aerial stills shows the company has ambitions beyond super-slick video footage. To achieve its ends, the Zenmuse Z3 offers up a 7x zoom by pairing a 3.5x optica...

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C-SPAN will stream convention coverage on Facebook...

Facebook inadvertently replaced C-SPAN during a Democrat sit-in on gun control, but during the Republican and Democrat national conventions, C-SPAN will stream on Facebook Live. The social network will also feature footage filmed by convention partic...

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Apteligent data report: Apple’s growth in China is...

Apteligent, which specializes in user-centered mobile app metrics, that released a new data report, “Apteligent Data Report: WWDC 2016 Edition.” It breaks down the current Apple landscape by analyzing Apple’s growth in China, overall iOS fragmentation and performance, and developer interest (or lack of) in the Apple Watch. Key findings from the report include:

Apple’s growth in China is flat for the third quarter....

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Eddy Cue on Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show: We...

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s Eddy Cue goes on the record to discuss the new Apple TV’s future, the company’s entertainment ambitions with Apple Music and TV shows, as well as its competitors and partners. The piece is a bit of an overview bio on the SVP of Internet Software and Services at the start, but Cue also addresses rumors Apple is looking to get into the TV business itself…


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Nintendo's releasing a miniature NES console...

It’s apparently retro month for Nintendo. After the insanely successful launch of Pokémon Go, the video game company is dipping way back in the vault for the holiday season. Starting November 11, Nintendo is bringing back a miniaturized replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

The $60 Mini Collector’s Edition NES comes with a single controller replica and 30 classic NES games built-in to the system—no cartridge necessary. You can pick-up an extra classic controller for $10.

Don’t count on using your old NES controllers—if they’re still kicking—with the new system. The new controllers are designed to plug-in to the mini NES as well as the Wii Remote Control.


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Huffington Post makes VR a staple of its newsrooms

At the rate things are going, you might have a hard time avoiding online virtual reality. The Huffington Post (owned by AOL and Verizon, just like us) is launching players for 360-degree and VR content on just about every platform it uses. You'll log...

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News: Prototype iPhone 7 molds reveal no change to...

A new set of photos from Macitynet purporting to be of molds for the next-generation iPhone suggests that the new model will come in the same set of colors as the iPhone 6s, casting some doubt on prior rumors that Apple would offer a “deep blue” color option. While these types of molds are provided to MFi program partners to fit cases and other accessories against the new body design, it’s unable to be certain that what is shown…

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ICYMI: Better walking bot and an anti-aging...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Georgia Tech overhauled its DURUS robot to walk with a human-like gait that makes it the most efficient bipedal robot. Scientists at the EPFL did some solid research into the pomegranate fruit that shows it can cou...

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Patent report: iPhones with hidden connectors, AR...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

There’s speculation that the upcoming “iPhone 7” — and perhaps the second gen Apple Watch — will be waterproof. A newly granted Apple patent (number 2016020437) hints that this could be true.

The patent is for an “electronic device with a hidden connector.” The device — an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch — would have a “self-healing” elastomer applied over one or more external electronic connectors. The self-healing elastomer may obscure the electronic connectors from the user, as well as provide environmental protection for the connector and the electronic device. 

Electronic probes such as an audio jack (though the next iPhone will reportedly ditch such a jack) or data connector may...

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Leaked 'iPhone 7' dummy units show device...

A newly-published image of alleged dummy "iPhone 7" models for accessory manufacturers suggests that Apple will ship the device in the same colors as the iPhone 6s, despite recent reports of new or altered color options.

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Cooking in the great outdoors

Camping is a wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the overly stimulating modern world. If you're fortunate, you'll venture beyond cell coverage for a distraction-free trip into the wild. It's wonderful... until you realize you can'...

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Apple TV’s universal search now works with Comedy...

Apple has added Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1 shows to the fourth generation Apple TV’s universal search and Siri search.

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

Apple has been expanding the supported services list since the new version of the set-top box launched in October. Other support services include iTunes, HBO Go, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, Watch ABC, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Fox, National Geographic, FX Now, PBS, PBS Kids, A&E, History, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, DIY, Food Network, Travel Channel FYI, and HGTV.


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News: Daily Deal: Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones for only $24.99 — that’s 37% off the regular price. These Bluetooth 4.1 earbuds are magnetized so they’re easily kept together when you’re not using them, and include a storage case so you can easily carry them around while on the go without worrying about damaging them. Get the Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones…

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Dish's new TV remote listens to your voice...

Nowadays, you can save energy by talking to your gadgets and letting them do the work for you. So it's no surprise that Dish wants to help you with that, too. The satellite provider has introduced its aptly named Voice Remote, which lets Hopper 3 and...

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One-in-four consumers adopt wireless charging on...

Hopefully, Apple has wireless charing plans for its iPhone line in the works. One in four consumers has used wireless charging on a mobile phone and more than eight in 10 has heard of the technology, according to a 2016 consumer survey conducted by IHS Markit.

The IHS Markit Wireless Charging Consumer Insights Report, a survey of consumers in the United States, United Kingdom and China, showed a continued rise in awareness over the past 12 months to 80%, increasing from 76% in 2015 and just 36% in 2014. More importantly, those who have used the technology had an overwhelmingly positive reaction: over 98% would choose the feature again. 

This steady growth in awareness and adoption of wireless charging began in 2015, with the inclusion of the technology into Samsung’s flagship Galaxy smartphones, the Apple Watch -- via the Magnetic Charging Dock (pictured) -- and other popular mobile devices. Following this surge of mainstream...

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U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the Apple vs....

The U.S. Supreme Court has released a schedule of its upcoming October term sessions on Wednesday, announcing it will hear Samsung's appeal of a contentious patent lawsuit involving Apple on Oct. 11, reports AppleInsider.

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have had to make as much as $399 million of that payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone's rounded-corner front face, bezel, and gridded icons. It said that awarding total profits from the sale of its devices with those designs, even if...

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New York driver crashes car into tree while playing...

A driver in New York state ran his car off the road and into a tree last night as a result of playing “Pokémon Go.”

Police in Auburn, a town near Syracuse in upstate New York, were called to a traffic accident shortly before 11 p.m.

“The driver admitted to actively playing the Pokémon Go game while driving causing him to become distracted and run off the roadway into a tree,” the police said in a statement.

The car was badly damaged in the accident and police say the driver is lucky he was not seriously injured.

“This is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention,” the police said.

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Major US Aerospace company bans Pokémon Go from...

With Pokemon Go encouraging millions of users to walk around and catch Pokémon throughout the day, its popularity has also caused disruption to public venues and businesses. Several museums have already had to send out announcements banning the use of the game out of respect. We received an amusing tip from a reader that a major aerospace company in the US has also blacklisted the game on its work phones.


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The new Moto E is the largest one yet

Motorola's entire smartphone lineup is getting a refresh in 2016. Following the new Moto Z and Moto G families, the company has unveiled the Moto E3, an update to its most affordable handset. It sports a 5-inch HD display, up from the 4.5-inch panel...

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Apple TV gains universal search for VH1, MTV, &...

Chance Miller, for 9to5Mac:

Apple has slowly been adding apps to its universal search feature since the fourth-gen Apple TV was introduced, and over the past week 3 more apps have gained support. As noted on Apple’s support page for universal search, VH1, MTV, and Comedy Central now appear in search results.

Go to the main post for more and a link to Apple’s official support page.

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Meet the people who create the playlists at Apple,...

Reggie Ugwu, at Buzzfeed, pulled together a fantastic feature, bringing you behind the scenes at Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.

When he’s choosing your music for you, Carl Chery, 37, is in Culver City, California, sitting at his desk in an office with no signage, trying to decide whether Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” (jumpman, jumpman, jumpman) has jumped the shark. Or sometimes he’s at home in his one-bedroom apartment on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, walking around in his living room with new Gucci Mane blasting from a Beats Pill. Or at the gym going for a morning run on the treadmill, thinking about your gym and your treadmill, listening through headphones for changes in tempo and tone: Will this song push you through the pain? Is that one too long on the buildup?

I’ve always wondered how they pull these playlists together. This piece answers a lot of questions.


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Nintendo's Classic Mini is a tiny NES with 30...

That dusty old NES in your attic might be rife with nostalgic memories, but it's a pain to drag out of its box whenever you get the hankering for a rousing game of Super Mario Bros. 3. Nintendo totally gets it, as well as the fact that you might want...

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Meet the mastermind behind Pokémon Go


Off the meteoric success of its augmented reality-meets-GPS game Pokémon Go, which launched for iOS and Android on July 6, maybe Niantic founder John Hanke just became the most powerful PokéMaster of all.

TIME spoke with Hanke, who’s been traveling in Japan, to chat about the game’s runaway success, the impact of augmented reality (AR) at this scale, and what he finds interesting about the medium going forward.

What an incredible ride this has been. I found this interview with John Hanke to be a fascinating read.

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AnandTech: A first look at Apple’s macOS Sierra

Brandon Chester, writing for AnandTech, digs into the macOS Sierra beta. Before you dig in, remember that this is a beta, and an early one. Keep that fact in mind as you read. Also realize up front that Brandon did not update his Apple Watch to the latest beta. As he says in his conclusion:

By this point I’ve covered many of the tentpole features of macOS Sierra. Right now it’s a bit difficult to test some of the other features announced at WWDC that relate to continuity between macOS, iOS, and watchOS due to the fact that all these platforms are in beta and, in the case of watchOS, a beta that you can’t return from. Unfortunately, I feel that those features end up being the most interesting ones, because they’re only made possible by Apple controlling the software and hardware stack across all their devices.

That said, I found this an interesting read, as AnandTech reviews inevitably are.


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How Apple could improve Family Sharing

Jason Snell:

Family Sharing feels very much like a version 1.0, a first crack at the idea that people with their own Apple IDs also have intermingled real lives that should probably be intermingled digitally. Nearly two years after the release of iOS 8, however, not a whole lot has changed in the realm of family sharing. And it’s got some glaring deficiencies that really need to be addressed.

Spot on. Read the post for more examples/suggestions.

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Pokemon Go launches in the UK, is now the biggest...

The Pok?mon Go deployment rolls on with the game appearing in the U.K. App Store overnight on Thursday, one day after the title went live in Germany.

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Europe widens antitrust probe into Google's ad...

The European Commission is doubling down on its efforts to dig into whether Google has broken rules around restriction of consumer choice with its search and price comparison products. It maintains that the company abused its search position to promo...

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Pokemon Go Devs Scramble to Fix Big Privacy Goof

Just days after okemon Go sent Nintendo shares soaring in Tokyo, the game's developers were scrambling to close a massive privacy hole. The iOS version of the mobile game -- which superimposes figures onto real-world environments through augmented reality technology -- apparently had a default setting that required users to grant broad permissions to access their Google accounts. The blockbuster game reportedly had been downloaded more than 15 million times from the App Store and Google Play as of Wednesday.

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Moshi's Muse is a solid, scratch-free case for...

Moshi's $44.95 Muse 12 is a fine case for Apple's 12-inch MacBook. It's main attraction is that it's specifically designed to never scratch the laptop.

The Muse is a slim fit carrying case for a laptop that was certainly designed to be taken with you. The Muse's zipper-less and Velcro-free design allows you to insert and remove the Apple laptop without scratching its finish. Some other cases have metallic zippers that slide or even run against the sides of the laptop when inserting the laptop inside the sleeve. And that's a bad, bad thing.

A padded exterior protects against minor scrapes and bumps, while a soft Terahedron microfiber interior removes fingerprints while it's cradling your device. The Muse features a SlipGrip opening that acts as a safety catch to prevent the MacBook from accidentally slipping out of the case, — even when turned upside down. Its outer pocket is convenient for storing adapters and cables...

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Apple celebrates Bastille Day with clever ‘Shot on...

Apple is celebrating Bastille Day on its homepage with a clever twist on the usual Shot on iPhone campaign. The Apple France homepage displays a series of blue, white and red images formatted to look like the French flag. It’s a clever way to incorporate a Bastille Day commemoration, which signifies the start of the French Revolution on 14 July 1789, and demo the photographic capabilities of the iPhone. The images are credited with the names of the people that took them.


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Latest leaks depict iPhone 7 in Silver, Space Gray,...

We have a pretty clear idea about what to expect for the iPhone 7 at this point. One rumor that has been floated a few times is the addition of a fifth color, matching the dark Space Black appearance of Apple Watch. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus yet on whether this new color will come to fruition.

However, a new image from MacityNet sadly refutes this possibility, suggesting that the iPhone 7 will ship in the same four colors as the iPhone 6s: silver, space gray, silver, gold and rose gold. The dummy unit also shows off a previously-unseen new design for the camera bulge …


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The OS X Dashboard could learn some tricks from...

The Mac OS X Dashboard it could learn some tricks from Panic Software's Status Board for the iPad (pictured). 

In other words, there would a predefined grid for widgets to fit it. The widgets — at least some of them — could resize to fit inside larger or smaller areas of those grids. 

Also, the Dashboard in this incarnation would have a customizable background image. That way folks can create their own "themes." By the same token, you'd be able to have multiple Dashboard screens not just one.

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Pokémon Go app surpasses Twitter’s daily user base,...

Welcome to a world that loves Pokémon Go.

Per a report from SimilarWeb, Pokémon Go has now topped Twitter’s daily users with users spending more time in the app than Facebook according to various tracking terms.

The app has also surpassed the Tinder dating app in terms of installs and is closing in on Twitter’s daily active users. By Thursday, July 7th, the app had been installed on more Android smartphones than the dating app, the firm had said.

Today, SimilarWeb tells us that Pokémon Go did manage to surpass Twitter in terms of daily active users on Monday, and now sees 5.92 percent of the U.S. Android population engaging with the app on a daily basis.

The app is even seeing notable numbers of active users in countries where...

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This is National Ice Cream Month; celebrate...

July is National Ice Cream Month. Since I’m an ice cream connoisseur, I love learning about my favorite dessert and finding online recipes (I make my own ice cream), so here are some apps worth checking out.

For Mac OS X:

Super Ice Cream Maker (99 cents) is filled with ice cream recipes and packed with graphics. You can pick from a large selection of ice creams, learn how to decorate your creation with springs and more.

Ice-Cream Mania ($1.99) is a game in which you manage your own ice cream stand and work to become an ice cream tycoon. 

Ice Cream Uncle mini (free, though it does tout in-app purchases) is a game in which you smell ice cream on...

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Microsoft starts downgrading OneDrive's free...

Heads up: if you didn't sign up to keep the 15GB worth of OneDrive storage Microsoft gave out in 2014, you'll soon see a big change in your account... if you haven't yet. Redmond is not only killing your 15GB camera roll back-up bonus, it's also slas...

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Android push has higher volume of emoji messages...

On July 17th, the world will be celebrating one of the most fantastic days of the year: World Emoji Day. Okay, maybe not the whole world, but the folks at Appboy certainly will be.

The mobile-first marketing automation platform has been conducting ongoing research into the wide world of emojis and how they are impacting modern-day mobile marketing and consumer engagement. Here are some highlights from their just-released data:

The number of active campaigns containing emojis have increased by 557% in the last 12 months, and 114% year-to-date. This translates to over 700 million emoji messages being sent last month versus 145 million 12 months ago and 400 million in January of this year. 

Of the 500 people Appboy polled on emoji sentiment, over 63% claim they have a positive view, and 87% use them in their personal messages (68% stated receiving one or more emojis each day). Fifty-one percent have a positive...

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Apple Launching Reality TV Show Called 'Planet...

theodp writes: The Verge reports Apple is making good on an earlier threat to create a reality TV show about app developers. An open casting call has been issued for "Planet of the Apps," with the goal of finding "100 of the world's most talented app creators" -- news which VentureBeat suggests must be making Steve Jobs' ghost weep. Apple has teamed up with Propagate, a new production company created by the producer of "The Biggest Loser." The description of the show says: "Join us on the search for the next great app in a new original series. Those selected will have the chance to receive hands-on guidance from some of the most influential experts in the tech community, featured placement on the App Store, and funding from top-tier VCs." The show is expected to be released in 2017.


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Pokémon Go now available in the UK for iPhone and...

Pokémon Go is now officially available in the UK! Download it for free in the UK App Store here. The official rollout in the United Kingdom follows Pokémon Go’s expansion to Germany yesterday and brings even more people into the scope of the smash hit title, which is now the most successful mobile game of all time.


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Wednesday July 13

Apple TV gains Siri + universal search for VH1, MTV...

Apple has slowly been adding apps to its universal search feature since the fourth-gen Apple TV was introduced, and over the past week 3 more apps have gained support. As noted on Apple’s support page for universal search, VH1, MTV, and Comedy Central now appear in search results.


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Apple TV adds Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 shows to...

As part of a continued buildout of Apple TV services, Apple this week integrated programming data for Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 into tvOS universal search, allowing users to easily surface content hosted by those apps.

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Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal over Apple...

Back in March, the Supreme Court stated that it would hear Samsung’s appeal in the company’s never-ending design patent battle with Apple. While Apple had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, saying that Samsung “had its day in court,” it was revealed on the court’s website today that the case will be heard on October 11th. The Supreme Court had initially announced its decision to hear the case in March, but a date was unknown until tonight.


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Users reporting issues downloading & updating...

Update: Netflix has addressed the issue on Twitter:

We are aware of an issue where some users cannot download the latest Netflix version on iOS devices. We are investigating the issue.

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) July 14, 2016

According to a variety of posts from Twitter user and confirmed by my own testing, Apple’s App Store appears to be suffering from a handful of issues tonight. Users are unable to update a variety of apps. The issues most notably seems to be affecting Netflix and Snapchat.


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Supreme Court to hear Apple v. Samsung appeal on Oct...

The U.S. Supreme Court released a schedule of its upcoming October term sessions on Wednesday, announcing it will hear Samsung's appeal of a contentious patent lawsuit involving Apple on Oct. 11.

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Rumor: Apple latest bidder for Formula 1 race series

According to rumors aired on Wednesday, Apple might be in the market to take ownership of embattled high-speed racing series Formula One as a means to increase automotive industry visibility ahead of "Apple Car."

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Google Photos for iOS update brings new cropping...

Following the update to Hangouts for iOS yesterday, Google today has pushed a new update to Google Photos for iOS. The update brings the app to version 1.12.1 and includes a few useful changes and speed improvements.


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FBI no longer investigating the D.B. Cooper case

This is one of the most famous cases in American history. To some people D.B. Cooper is a criminal, but to others he is a folk hero. I watched the History Channel on the case this week and they had some compelling evidence, but ultimately not enough to close the case.

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∞ USS Hornet Museum

A friend took my son and I to the USS Hornet Museum this week and it was an amazing time. The amount of history on this aircraft carrier was impressive.

Here’s how the Hornet describes itself:

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iPhone 7 said to feature 14% larger battery compared...

At this point there’s a general consensus regarding many features we expect to see with the iPhone 7, but one thing that many people have been wondering about is the battery size. A sketchy report out of China earlier this year claimed the battery would “slightly” larger, but now we have new information that suggests a bigger increase.


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Decision in EU probe of Apple's Irish tax deals...

Following a meeting with European Commission chief Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he expects the EU antitrust regulator to reach a decision in its investigation into Apple's Ireland tax agreements by September or October.

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Review of the Twelve South ParcSlope

The nice folks at Twelve South have a bunch of really cool and clever accessories for Macs and iOS devices. I’ve always been a big fan of their products.

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Polaroid Swing Gives New Meaning to Moving Pictures

Polaroid Swing, a new iOS app for creating animated photos, on Tuesday debuted at the App Store. Polaroid Swing lets a "phonetog" capture 1-second videos posing as images that become animated when a phone is tilted, or when they're swiped or tapped. The app presents three options. You can view a feed with Swing images from your friends and artists using the app. You can view your profile, where your Swing pictures and other information reside. Finally, there's an option to capture a Swing image.

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Notable apps and app updates for July 13, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Jeffrey Yim has debuted Crazy Skies 1.0. Gamers will fly high into the sky with collectible pets as they dodge deadly traps while collecting coins and compete to get the highest score in the world. Crazy Skies is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos. 

You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Bare Bones Software's...

New Mac apps of the week

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we get a glimpse at BBEdit’s latest update, plus so much more—like tools for sharing screenshots, reminder apps, and launchers. Read on!

AppStarter 2.2

Afinta’s $5 AppStarter (Mac App Store Link) launches all your apps from one convenient place—the menu bar. You can also customize its window so that it displays only the apps you want, and then organize your apps by category and create custom icons.

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Kantar: the iPhone accounted for 29% of U.S....

In the three months ending May 2016, Samsung accounted for 37% of smartphone sales in the U.S., and Apple’s iPhone accounted for 29%, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, sales of their respective flagship models reveal a much closer competition, with the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge accounting for 16% of sales and the iPhone 6s/6s Plus at 14.6%, according to the research group. 

What’s more, when Kantar looked at where these purchases are coming from, just 5% of Samsung purchases came from those switching away from Apple, while 14% of Apple purchasers came from those switching away from Samsung. In both cases, the majority of sales came from customers repurchasing and upgrading within their preferred brand. Among those intending to change devices within the next year, 88% of current Apple users and 86% of current Samsung users intend to stay loyal.

Great Britain reveals a closer race between the...

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Latest iOS 10 beta enables support for live...

The latest iOS 10 beta appears to open up live streaming support for apps, as Apple originally promised during June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Sprint launches new tool to help parents decide when...

Sprint today has launched a new website to help parents decide when it is the right time to buy their kids a smartphone. The website features a handful of facts to consider, as well as videos and a quiz to help parents make the decision.


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Rumor: Battery in Apple's 'iPhone 7'...

A new rumor claims that although the next-generation iPhone is expected to be the thinnest model ever, Apple will still manage to squeeze in a 1960mAh battery, coming in just over 14 percent larger than the battery in the iPhone 6s.

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AWT News Update: July 13, 2016

The drought of Apple news continues, but we have some app-related stories today that should get you excited:

  • ABC adds features to its streaming video service that should be attractive to potential cable cutters
  • Facebook Messenger gets 3D Touch support
  • Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW file support
  • Camera+ for iPad has been updated to version 2, adding "The Lab", a new photo editing suite (see image at top of page)

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 13, 2016.

ABC has made its streaming video service more attractive to potential cable cutters...

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Adobe Lightroom now lets you edit RAW files on your...

This could be a big deal for Lightroom users who want to edit photos while away from a computer.

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Review: Ecoxgear Sol Jam Bluetooth Speaker

Summer is prime time for new Bluetooth speakers, and Ecoxgear's Sol Jam ($150) seems to match the summer vibe completely. The IP67 waterproof speaker is topped by a solar panel which purports to use "power from virtually any light source" to continuously charge the speaker. Sol Jam packs two 10-watt speakers and a subwoofer into its rather compact frame. A sealable panel on the back of the speaker covers a 1A charging port for an iPhone. Sol Jam comes with a micro-USB cable, optional AC wall adapter for charging, and a carabiner, which can be clipped onto either side of the speaker.{/exp:char_limit}

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Advertisers set for a piece of ‘Pokémon Go’ action

This should come as no surprise. But I wonder if it will actually be worth it for the sponsors? After all, even if the retail location is a stop for Pokemon, that doesn’t mean people will shop there. Wouldn’t they be more likely to move on to the next stop?

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Pokémon Go plans sponsored Pokéstops & gyms as...

Hit mobile game Pokemon Go plans to soon implement advertising via “sponsored locations,” tapping into its ability to drive foot traffic to retail stores, reports Financial Times.


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Apple’s plan to own the entire music industry

If this analysis is true, it’s an ambitious plan. But if anyone has all the tools in place to do it, it’s Apple.

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News: Report: iPhone 7 to include increased battery...

A recent tweet from OnLeaks cites a reliable source suggesting that the battery in the new iPhone being released this fall will likely see a modest increase from the battery in the iPhone 6s, jumping to 1960 mAh from the 1715 mAh capacity of the current model. Pretty reliable (not 100% but almost…) source told me #iPhone7 battery = 1960mAh (#iPhone6s = 1715mAh)— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) July 13, 2016 These numbers presumably represent the battery…

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Pokemon Go update fixes login problems, sponsored...

The blockbuster hit Pok?mon Go was issued its second update on Wednesday, fixing login problems. In addition, code inspections seem to point to fast food chain McDonalds as a future app sponsor, potentially for in-game "Pokestop" locations.

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AT&T wants to use drones to improve your iPhone’...

iPhone-controlled drones have become popular lately for capturing stunning video like Apple’s Campus 2 in addition to offering pure recreational fun, and AT&T has a vision for how drones could go further and actually improve the LTE connection to your iPhone.

While detailing how the network is already using drones in the field, AT&T imagines a future where drones could be used as cellular repeaters to provide boosted LTE signals in temporarily packed venues and other hard-to-reach locations where towers may not be enough:


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Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch's new '...

The upcoming watchOS 3 update for Apple Watch brings a number of new functions to the wearable device's side button, including quick access to "Medical ID" data for first responders, and a new "Emergency SOS" function that can call 9-1-1 and notify loved ones.

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Facebook Lets Messenger Conversations Go Dark

Facebook last week said it would begin testing long anticipated end-to-end encryption capabilities in its Messenger app, enabling users to have secret conversations. The new level of security means that a message will be visible only to the sender and the recipient -- Facebook won't even be able to read it. Users can set a timer to limit the amount of time that a message remains visible during the conversation. Facebook has employed Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol technology to provide the encryption.

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Facebook Messenger offer 3D Touch previews on your...

Add one more to the list of Facebook apps belatedly making use of recent iPhone features. Facebook has introduced 3D Touch support to Messenger on iOS, making your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus that much more useful when you're chatting up a storm. The upda...

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Facebook Messenger gains new 3D Touch features, iOS...

Facebook Messenger has had 3D Touch support for Quick Actions from the app icon since December, and today the app has updated to expand 3D Touch features inside the app. Using the latest flagship iPhones (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus currently), Facebook users can Peek and Pop inside Messenger to quickly preview and access information using the pressure-sensitive display feature.


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Pokemon Go's mental health benefits are real

Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology's impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he's studied how people operate online. He's the founder of mental health network Psych Central, and he knows all about the latest tool...

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Podcast 516: The Pokémon invasion

The betas are heeeeeeere! But who cares, right, because everyone in the world is out trying to catch them some Pokémon or what have you. Glenn and Susie talk about the security/privacy angle (that’s since been addressed by the 1.0.1 update), as well as what a fun craze this is turning out to be. We like fun!

Oh, and eventually we get around to discussing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, both now in beta. We still feel weird talking to our Macs, all that time we spent tagging Faces in previous iPhoto versions was for naught, and iPhone battery life will take a hit (especially if you’re also trying to play Pokémon). But we love the beta program in general, and these particular public betas actually do feel pretty solid.


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Facebook Messenger gains 3D Touch, Lightroom for iOS...

Facebook on Wednesday updated its Messenger iPhone app with support for 3D Touch, while Adobe released a new version of Lightroom for iOS, making important additions such as direct import of RAW files, and support for keyboard shortcuts on iPads.

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Killer Deals: $400 off 21" iMac (2.7GHz, 8GB,...

Midweek deals are pouring in with exclusive cash discounts at Apple authorized reseller B&H. Score a Late 2013 21-inch iMac (2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB) for $899 or Apple's fastest 2015 12-inch MacBook in Space Gray (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for $999 ($550 off). Apple's 13-inch MacBook Airs are also $100-$300 off with free gifts valued up to $99.90.

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As consumer desktop adoption declines, look for...

New consumer research from Parks Associates finds a continued decline in the adoption rate for desktop computers. 360 View: CE Adoption & Trends reveals that since 2009, nearly one-third of U.S. broadband households have abandoned desktops as a platform. This is why I think Apple will drastically streamline its entire Mac line-up.

According to Parks Associates, only 6% of U.S. broadband households rely exclusively on desktops, while an additional 6% of households use only a combination of desktops and tablets.

"Desktop adoption has declined from a peak of 91% down to 61% of broadband...

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BitTorrent News starts broadcasting live on July 18th

Fresh off the launch of BitTorrent Now, the former peer-to-peer filesharing company is ready to go live with BitTorrent News, its own in-house live-streaming TV news network starting on July 18th. Armed with a couple of decorated journalists and an a...

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BitTorrent takes on cable with live news network on...

We’re at the point in the election cycle where everyone is a little tired of cable TV’s talking heads analyzing every move presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make. BitTorrent is wading into the chaos, offering what the peer-to-peer protocol company calls a “welcome independent voice” in the form of a live-streaming news channel. Beginning July 18 at the Republic National Convention, BitTorrent News will stream live from Cleveland on the BitTorrent Live app for Apple TV and OS X.

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The Google Play Store family plan is reportedly...

Late last year, Google took its first step towards letting users share their purchased media with family members. The initial foray was a family plan for Google Play Music, which let multiple family members stream music for $14.99 a month. But now, i...

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Pokémon GO is now the biggest mobile game in U.S....

Shooting to the top of the app store on the day it was released, within 24 hours Pokémon GO beat out indie hit and Supercell’s heavily promoted blockbuster Clash Royale to become the biggest game of 2016, as measured by daily active users.

Simply incredible.

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UK children's charity says 'Pokemon Go...

Pokémon Go's biggest strength is that it's tied to the real world. Players are encouraged to explore their surroundings in order to capture new Pokémon and build out their Pokédex. But unlike the fantasy worlds of Kanto and Johto...

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Entitled. Demanding. Impatient. Arrogant. Lazy....

These are just a few of the words used by audience members during a panel about business management at Fortune’s Brainstorm Technology conference on Tuesday to describe their most recent serious conversations with millennial employees at their companies.

Yes, things have changed in the workplace, but Millennials need to grow up a little too.

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EU decision on Apple, Ireland tax deal expected...

The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland reject the accusation.

This isn’t just going to affect Apple, it will have consequences for many companies that do business in the EU.

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Twitch study shows how it helps boost game sales

Some people lose the desire to play the games they watch on Twitch. But according to research conducted by one of the company's science team members, those who feel the opposite are plenty enough to boost sales and retention rates. The study, authore...

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

Apple's ambitious Campus 2 project makes extensive use of massive glass panels built by German fabricator sedak, specifically chosen to blur the lines between office space inside and serene landscapes outside, much the same way that the company's products seek to blur the line between hardware and software.

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The Story Behind Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

The guys in the booth went nuts. They came on the speaker and said, “Hey, keep doing that. That’s really good.” So we kept at it. But all we had was this cool riff. Mars suggested we add an instrumental interlude. He played these chords that led into the jam, for which I later wrote the lyrics, “Close your eyes girl/ Look inside girl/ Let the sound take you away.”

Told by the guys who wrote the song. I just love these stories.

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Google defends its anti-piracy efforts

If you believe Trent Reznor and a good chunk of the music industry, Google (particularly YouTube) is a giant piracy machine -- it's allegedly doing little to block stolen content, and knowingly profits from it. Google isn't having any of that talk,...

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New Apple-exclusive interface arrives in ABC...

In a move to appeal to cable cutters, ABC has refreshed its streaming video service with a new user interface designed specifically for Apple's iOS and tvOS, as well as more on-demand content and an expansion of markets eligible for a local live feed.

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