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14:09
Apple has apparently acquired Omnifone, a cloud-...

Apple has apparently scooped up Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider in a deal worth $10 million, according to MacRumors.com. Omnifone is the company behind MusicStation, a cloud-based global media platform that provides back-end solutions for digital music services.

Omnifone claims to be the only independent music platform provider with a footprint in 45 countries across five continents. The company’s website says it’s delivered global deals with all major labels, hundreds of independents "and all the relevant publishers and collection societies." Omnifone has — or, rather, had — had partnerships with companies like Sony, Samsung, Vodafone, and PonoMusic. Samsung, for instance, used Omnifone's technology for Milk Music. 

However, the company declared bankruptcy in May after losing Sony and Blackberry as clients. Strangely, as MacRumors notes, “It's not clear why Apple...

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14:09
'Dots & Co.' is a meditative puzzle...

Mobile puzzle game Two Dots (from developer Dots) did a ton of things right when it was released in 2014. The game took a simple mechanic -- matching two or more dots of the same color -- and added a bunch of great power-ups, varying goals, constant...

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14:06
Notable apps and app updates for July 20, 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

Pabro has introduced Manifesto 1.0. It’s a free photography app for taking burst pictures and recording video and voice when launched. Extra features include 99 super-fast burst pictures taken at launch, always horizontal capturing for visual content and pausing of video recording.

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Diane Arkenstone has launched Interactive Fairy Tales. The $2.99 app for children incorporates a dynamic mix of interactive storytelling involving a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures and people populating a series...

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13:56
Plex for Sonos

With Plex for Sonos you can now browse and play your entire Plex music collection on any Sonos device, right from the Sonos app.

Great news.

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13:53
Android may have more apps and more users, but iOS...

Google’s Android mobile software accounted for an 82% share of mobile games downloaded during the second quarter of 2016, development company Unity3D says in a new report. That compares to 17% of game downloads for iOS.

On the other hand, while Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for iOS developers. Last quarter, the Apple App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.

According to the latest statistics from mobile analytics firm App Annie, Google Play served up twice as many downloads as the App Store in Q2 2016 — yet iOS developers earned twice as much money on average. This is why iOS continues to be the first choice for most developers.

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13:53
Razer's second OSVR devkit is now available for...

If you've been looking for a lower-cost alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that doesn't skimp on hardware, you're in luck. Razer has officially started taking pre-orders for the OSVR HDK2: its second generation Open-Source Virtual Reality ha...

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13:50
∞ Ocean Ramsey and a whale shark

It’s not often you can say the pretty woman in the bikini is the second most beautiful and graceful thing in a video but I can honestly say it’s true in this case. I’d love to go diving with these amazing creatures.

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13:38
A Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite’s coverage of the...

If you are too young to have seen it live, watch it here. Or, relive the incredible memories of this day, 47 years ago, when mankind first stepped on the moon.

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13:33
This book nerd painted her staircase to look like...

This is really cool. If I had any painting or design skills or even stairs, I’d give this a try.

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13:23
News: Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider...

A new report by Macrumors suggests that Apple may be behind the recent acquisition of Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider behind the MusicStation service as well as providing the foundation for mobile partnerships through companies including Samsung, Vodafone, LG, Blackberry, Sony, and others, powering Samsung’s Milk, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Blackberry’s BBM Music services. A report earlier this month in Music Ally indicated…

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13:21
Interview with Chris Young: An inventor,...

ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.

It’s not often you hear of a person with this combination of attributes. Interesting interview.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary...

A new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass used in iPhone screens since launch promises better impact resistance for equipped devices, with the improved glass panels surviving falls from greater heights than previous versions.

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13:15
Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps,...

Tigra Trio 3-in-1 Fitness Sensor. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

Design

The Trio is designed to work for runner/walkers and cyclists, providing bike cadence, counting steps, and continuously monitoring your heart rate. Looking at the back of the device is...

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13:14
Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

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13:13
Using CSS color keywords

One of the two oldest methods of applying color to web pages, named colors remain very useful in web design and development today. Consisting of 149 distinct keywords (shown above, with their hexadecimal equivalents) CSS named colors have a few special features

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13:07
Reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost.

This discussion has been going on for two decades.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:54
India’s government changing rules allowing Apple to...

Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology,” according to the people, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.

This is great news, although I’m not sure what happens after the three-year exemption.

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12:52
The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

As kids, we “counterbalanced” by instinct. When I was learning to ride a motorcycle, the explanation of “steer right, go left” confused the living daylights out of me.

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12:42
Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren'...

Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for rea...

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12:36
News: Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta

Apple has released the second public beta of iOS 10 through its Apple Software Beta Program. Corresponding to the third beta released to developers earlier this week, the latest public beta continues enhancements to Music, Maps, Messages, and News, the new lock screen, today widget, and notification system, and on-device intelligence for face, scene, and object recognition in the Photos app on 64-bit devices. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone…

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Take control of your email...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Airmail, a tool that helps you centralize your email accounts. Plus, apps for keeping your Mac safe from malicious attacks, improving your chess skills, helping to tame your hunger, and much more. Read on!

Airmail 3 3.01

If you use multiple email accounts, Bloop’s $10 Airmail 3 (Mac App Store Link) lets you consolidate them all in once place.

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12:22
Sonos app now works with popular Plex media server

Music streaming platform and speaker-maker Sonos today added support for the popular media server app Plex. That means that you’ll now be able to view your music library stored in Plex from within the Sonos apps. 

Plex announced the new integration within the Sonos app today on its blog: more…

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12:19
Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS...

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

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12:15
Public beta 2 now available for iOS 10 and macOS...

Beta testers, rejoice! Apple has just released the second public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

These public betas follow closely the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. In the fall, we’re expecting the iOS 10 final release to bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages....

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12:10
'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks...

A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic...

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11:46
Podcast 517: iCloud Music Library meets its Match

iTunes Match is a clever service for people who have huge music collections they want to sync to multiple devices. Apple Music is a fun streaming service for people who don't want to manage big collections of their own. iCloud Music Library is a confusing bridge between those scenarios, helping you combine your own iTunes library with Apple's streaming catalog, and now it's going to match your owned tracks more intelligently, which should help avoid problems where songs are replaced with the wrong versions. You know, ideally. Kirk breaks it all down here, and on the podcast, Glenn and Susie discuss whether this fixes the whole confusing mess or what.

To read this article in full or to leave...

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11:42
Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue...


Twitter has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified. Twitter account verification, denoted by a blue badge icon, flags individuals and organizations as authentic, the company explained. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, Twitter noted. The goal is to make it easier for users to find creators and influencers on the network.

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11:42
Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and...

Were you quick to hop on the test versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra? It's time to start updating. Apple has released the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish. The new iOS 10 beta introduces a funct...

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11:15
Moog's Minimoog Model D back in full production...

After suspending production for over 30 years on its classic Minimoog Model D analog synth, Moog has announced the instrument is back. The company had a small pilot production workshop at Moogfest in May, but now Model D production has kicked into hi...

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11:13
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

 

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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11:01
Scrivener for iOS review: A sophisticated writing...

I’m not much of a writer so I’ve never used Scrivener but many of the writers I know swear by it and have been waiting impatiently for this app for their iPads.

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10:36
Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now...

Members of Apple's Beta Software Program can now download and try the second public beta releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which were seeded on Wednesday.

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10:30
Sony's high-end 4K HDR LCD TVs start at $7,000

If you thought Sony was done announcing new TVs for the year at CES 2016, you were mistaken. Today, Sony unveiled the Z series, a new line of LCD televisions that it says is its best and brightest yet. It runs on Android TV just like the rest of Sony...

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10:28
An iPhone 7 hasn’t been announced, but you can pre-...

Apple hasn’t even announced an “iPhone 7” yet, but that hasn’t stopped the design and branding folks at Brikk from promoting a "Lux iPhone 7" line that will include the “most opulent iPhone the world has ever seen.”

Brick says the Lux iPhone 7 will be available in three new collections: Standard, Deluxe and Bespoke. They say the Lux iPhone 7 will feature multiple models such as the Lux iPhone 7, Lux iPhone 7 Plus and Lux iPhone 7 Pro. They also say that 256GB of storage will be standard, as well as 3GB of RAM, a new A10 processor and “extremely fine detail camera equipment including the dual camera on Pro models.” Call me a skeptic, but I think Brikk is playing the odds here since Apple hasn’t announced any specs for its next smartphone.

But let’s just go with it. Here is the company’s description of its Lux iPhone 7 line-up: The Standard Collection includes 10 different color options with multiple diamond logo...

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10:26
Amiibo support is coming to 'Animal Crossing:...

Animal Crossing and Amiibo seem like a match made in heaven: cute characters, and collectable toys. Sadly, the duo's first pairing turned out to be a shallow, dull board game without much replay value. Fans longed for a full Animal Crossing toys-to-l...

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10:13
Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN...

Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.

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10:11
Letterpress word game lands on the Mac as Skype...

Remember Letterpress for iOS, the fun word game from Loren Brichter a few years ago? The app was bought by new developers and started receiving updates again earlier this year, and today Letterpress is finally available on the Mac. The mechanics of the game remain the same, but there have been some other improvements to the competitive word game recently too.

Also happening in the Mac space, Microsoft shared its plans for supporting Skype on legacy...

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10:06
macOS 10.12 Sierra public beta 2 is now available

Following the release of macOS Sierra’s third developer beta, Apple has pushed out the second macOS Sierra public beta for non-developer testers. macOS Sierra brings dozens of new features to the Mac including Siri for the first time.

more…

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10:06
Apple may soon get the green light to open retail...

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in the country after repeated delays, reports Bloomberg, quoting anonymous “people familiar with the matter.”

Modi’s cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology," the article adds. At the same time, the government will make it easier for companies like Apple to meet that criteria, the people said.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.

Last month it was reported that India wanted s a commitment from Apple to bring...

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10:00
Which printers are worth buying?

You probably don't print as much as you used to, if at all. However, on the rare occasion that you need a crisp copy of your resume to bring to an interview or want some framed photos of the kids for your office, a printer can be pretty handy. But no...

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09:57
Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 2 for iPhone, iPad...

Now that Apple’s third iOS 10 developer beta has had some time to settle, Apple has released the second iOS 10 public beta for non-developers testing the pre-release software. The latest build includes over a dozen changes from the previous release. iOS 10 includes loads of new features in the Messages app, a redesigned Apple Music experience, and much more.

more…

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09:57
Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local...

Finally clearing out legal obstacles, the cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to approve an exemption enabling Apple's first retail stores in the country, a report said on Wednesday.

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09:55
LogMeOnce introduces new features for tracking,...

LogMeOnce, which specializes in identity and password management in cloud and mobile enterprise, has announced three new features designed to make it simpler to manage, track and wipe personal and business data from the LogMeOnce app on lost or stolen devices.

LogMeOnce’s Kill-Pill and Mobile Device Management (MDM) features enable individuals, businesses and IT administrators to enroll and manage devices, verify compliance and even wipe data stored in LogMeOnce if necessary. Additionally, LogMeOnce BYOD (bring your own device) enhances office productivity and security of sensitive data by giving employees the ability to use their personal devices at work while keeping LogMeOnce data for personal and business use in separate vaults, says Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of LogMeOnce. 

LogMeOnce has introduced the following features for consumers using its Ultimate edition and organizations using either the Business or Enterprise editions:...

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09:37
Vine is a sinking ship but one worth saving

If you haven't checked in on Vine recently, you might find that the six-second video network looks a little less vibrant than it used to. The service has seen most of its high-profile creators move over to other platforms, while executives are quitti...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 27-inch 1080p Monitor $150...

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LG’s Ultra-Thin Bezel 1080p LED Monitor has a HDMI input and is 50% off today:...

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09:26
Facebook Messenger surpasses 1 billion users per...

No matter how you look at it, that’s impressive.

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09:02
These artists went beyond Google Sheets to make a...

Spreadsheets typically equate to boring, menial work. Who wants to talk about data entry? Google has taken some interesting measures to go beyond spreadsheets' intended use (namely Google Sheets) and has created art instead.

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08:42
Rumor: Apple may use technology similar to Huawei’s...

It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.

Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.

Huawei is not the first to use a dual-camera setup, and other vendors have used somewhat different combinations of cameras to achieve varying goals. The LG G5 uses two cameras to achieve different focal lengths,...

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08:40
Pokémon Go poised to add $3 billion to Apple revenues

Pokémon Go, the craze that is getting people out of their houses and onto the streets in search of little monsters, could add as much as $3 billion in incremental revenue to Apple's bottom line in the next few years, according to Needham analyst Laura Martin. 

In an note to investors, Martin said that one game -- Candy Crush -- generated over $10 billion per year in revenues during 2013 and 2014. Pokémon Go is a much bigger hit already, with about 10 times the number of players. At this time, the game is estimated to have about a 6 percent market share in the United States. If the game expands to many more countries where Apple has App Stores and market penetration peaks around 20 percent, the company could pull in about $3 billion in revenue over the next 12 to 24 months.

That level of additional income might have the effect of also boosting...

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08:38
Amazon explores using street lights as delivery...

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones already have a glaring problem: how do you keep them charged and sheltered when dedicated facilities are likely to be few and far between? The company has an idea. It recently received a patent for a "UAV docking st...

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08:33
BlackBerry CEO says Apple's security stance...

Despite having similar on-device encryption and claiming to protect users' data vigorously, BlackBerry CEO John Chen slammed Apple chief Tim Cook in a Tuesday sppech, sugesting that Cook was putting his company's reputation "above the greater good."

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08:26
Ecotricity disputes Tesla's fastest charger...

Tesla and Ecotricity, a British energy provider using renewable sources, have a rocky relationship. Years ago the two came together to work on Tesla's Supercharger network in the UK, but disagreements led to a feisty lawsuit and an out of court settl...

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08:21
Skype no longer supporting Windows Phone or older...

Microsoft is making some changes to its Skype app going forward, and it may end up making some Android and Windows Phone users frustrated. Today, Microsoft announced it would continue to support Skype across iOS 8, Android 4.03 and Windows 10 Mobile,...

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08:12
News: India clears the way for Apple to open retail...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet is finally clearing the way for Apple to open retail stores in India after a series of delays hampered the company’s plans for expansion into the country, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the discussions said the cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption to the country’s requirement that single-brand retailers obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, overruling…

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08:06
Survey: One in five may be poised to make jump to...

If it comes to pass, a potential 20.7 percent shift to Apple's "iPhone 7" would roughly match the migration to the iPhone 6 after six months of release, according to a new online poll.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Sync, dock and charge your iPhone with...

It's a dock! It's a charging cable! It's the Flexible Gooseneck Lightning Cable, and it's on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $13.99. 

This Made-For-iPhone certified cable is surrounded with a flexible spiral-wound metal casing that not only protects the cable, but allows it to be used as a flexible stand. Plug the USB end into your MacBook Air or Pro, and you can have your iPhone facing you at eye-level as it charges. Use it with the included USB car charger and the iPhone can be at your fingertips when needed. You can even use it as a tripod for taking photos!

  • Dock your iPhone or iPod at eye level
  • Take photos & videos...
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08:00
SwiftKey's first Microsoft-era keyboard...

Wondering what SwiftKey has been up to ever since Microsoft bought it early in the year? It's not necessarily what you'd expect: meet Swiftmoji, a predictive emoji keyboard app for Android and iOS. The software uses both the context of what you're ty...

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08:00
Facebook Messenger tops one billion monthly users

Facebook has just announced yet another milestone: more than 1 billion people now use its Messenger service every month. Combine that with WhatsApp, which reached the billion-user point back in February, and it appears that the company now owns two o...

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07:55
Apple Pay arrives in Hong Kong with support for...

Apple Pay has just rolled out in Hong Kong in a big way.

The service, which has gone online, is supported with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards issued by Bank of China, DBS Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Hang Seng Bank. Additionally, cards issued directly by American Express are also supported.

In the future, Apple says that Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go cards will also be supported with Apple Pay in Hong Kong, though no timetable has been given.

Earlier today, Apple Pay also expanded to support a handful of new banks in the United States.

Full details regarding Apple Pay support in Hong Kong are available on Apple’s website, including a list of supported retailers. With the Hong Kong launch,...

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07:47
India’s on-off decision on Apple Stores reportedly...

We’ve been hearing conflicting reports on whether or not Apple will be allowed to open retail stores in India ever since Tim Cook met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last September. A new Bloomberg report suggests that Modi may be about to finally give the go-ahead.

While India is currently a very small market for Apple, Cook has repeatedly described the country as the next China. The huge population and growing middle-class means that India has enormous future potential for Apple, but a law has so far prevented the company from opening official Apple Stores there …

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07:41
Brush up on hundreds of topics with the Tinycards app

Plenty of people have turned to the popular language-learning app Duolingo to become well-versed in a different tongue. The company knows how to hammer knowledge into your brain. That's why it's bringing us Tinycards, a special app meant for learning...

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07:40
Pokemon Go could add $3B to Apple revenues, analyst...

Apple could potentially reap $3 billion in incremental revenue from Pok?mon Go over the next couple of years, an analyst argued in a Wednesday investor memo, helping to buoy the company's stock price.

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07:36
Deals: $140-$254 off 13" MacBook Pros with...

With back-to-school shopping well underway, shoppers can snap up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare at up to $254 off with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. Or opt for an Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) for $799 with free Parallels. Pok?mon Go fans in need of Pok?Coins can also save 15% on $100 iTunes gift codes.

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07:19
Twitter opens account verification to the masses

Until now, that blue checkmark next to your Twitter account name could only be awarded by Twitter, using a mysterious internal award process.

Now that’s changed. For the first time, people can apply for that blue checkmark themselves.

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07:19
Google used DeepMind AI to cut its power bill

Google's grand experiment in using artificial intelligence to save power is paying off. The search firm's Demis Hassabis tells Bloomberg that the DeepMind AI has cut electricity use at Google data centers by "several percentage points" thanks to its...

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07:11
Making money by abusing phone-based two-step...

This is a bit hard to follow, but it is a pretty ingenious scheme. In a nutshell, the scammer sets up a pay phone line, a phone number that people have to pay to use. They then use that number as a verification number with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. and take an action which causes that number to be called.

By automating the process, they bring in a nice little wave of money. That’s the theory, anyway. This was pieced together by a security researcher who raised the issue to get companies to put barriers in place to prevent this hack.

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07:04
BlackBerry CEO uses security summit to once more...

There must be some kind of irony award for using a security summit to attack the use of strong encryption, and BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems determined to win it. Speaking at the BlackBerry Security Summit, Chen said that he is ‘disturbed’ by Apple’s decision to work hard to keep its devices and messaging services secure, reports Patently Apple.

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07:00
The birth of a spaceport

The government may have ceded the development of rockets to companies, but Cape Canaveral Air Force Station remains a key site for space exploration. Together with the neighboring Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral played an integral part in the sp...

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06:55
Review: iDevices Socket HomeKit-enabled Light Adapter

The basic idea behind iDevices Socket is similar to other devices we’ve seen, such as Incipio’s CommandKit Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter; Socket screws in between a standard incandescent, LED, or CFL bulb and your light fixture socket, allowing you to use just about any bulb you like and turning it into a HomeKit-enabled light. Socket lets you toggle the connected bulb on or off via HomeKit, and control the brightness (provided of…

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06:52
TrendForce: iPhone production volume was up 13% in...

Worldwide smartphone production volume totaled around 315 million units in the second quarter, representing an 8.9% increase over the previous quarter and a marginal year-on-year increase of 3.2%, according to the latest report from TrendForce. Apple’s production volume was supported by sales of the iPhone SE, while Samsung saw a slight drop of 5%, adds the global market research firm.

 

TrendForce says worldwide smartphone sales gradually recovered after the market endured the off season of the first quarter. Chinese brands in the second quarter continued to enjoy strong domestic demand generated by telecom operators’ smartphone subsidies. At the same time, they also benefited from demand pickup in North America and the emerging markets. In sum, Chinese brands have become major growth drivers in global smartphone production.

“The combined production volume of Chinese brands in the second quarter reached...

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06:52
∞ 20 years ago, Steve Jobs buys an airline ticket...

Steve Jobs showing off NeXT WebObjects, buying an airline ticket on the web, something that was a brand new experience at the time.

My favorite part is when Steve calls United Airlines to verify his purchase. Ever the showman!

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06:43
The greatest resume I’ve ever seen

This sounds like an exaggeration, I know, but take a look at this resume. Not effective in a traditional sense, since it can’t be printed and won’t fit in with most job search engines, but still, great job.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:39
The New York Public Library’s little-known “human...

Quartz:

Just call 917-ASK-NYPL, and a live librarian will try to answer your question, using vast archives collected over 120 years.

And:

Set up in the 1960s, the line is manned by nine librarians and information assistants. The team gets a lot of calls from people who want to fact-check things they’ve heard on the news, says Caballero-Li.

What I find amazing is that this service still exists, has not been overwhelmed with demand. Fascinating read.

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Brazilian Supreme Court overturns WhatsApp ban...

Just hours after it was issued, a ban on WhatsApp in Brazil was reportedly overturned by the country's Supreme Court, which argued that the measure may not have been reasonable or proportionate.

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06:35
News: Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong

Just a few hours after going live in France, Apple Pay became available for customers in Hong Kong as well. Apple’s website lists the Bank of China, Hang Seng Bank, DBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered as participating partners at launch. Users can link Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards issued by those banks to their Apple Pay accounts, with the company promising future agreements with BEA and HKT. Apple has been ramping up its…

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06:29
Length in days of every iOS beta

This is pretty interesting, the kind of chart that bears some digging. iOS 5 is clearly the champion, with eight betas spanning more than 120 days.

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06:29
Happy Hour Podcast 076 | Pokémon Go Round Two, Apple...

This week Benjamin and Zac continue the Pokémon Go mania conversation and discuss Apple’s upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, Apple Music and iTunes Match, the latest iPhone 7 rumors, and new Macs this fall. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:19
Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman director and creator of...

Variety:

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

“Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life.”

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06:14
Poll says the iPhone 7 won’t be a hot seller (though...

Apple has traditionally released a redesigned, updated version of its smartphone every other year. However, according to the rumor mill, the “iPhone 7” will look pretty much akin to the iPhone 6 and 6S. The rumor mill also claims that 2017’s “iPhone 8” will be a major overhaul of the smartphone in design and technology.

Quartz recently polled 525 US iPhone owners using SurveyMonkey Audience and found that many likely wouldn’t upgrade to a new phone this year if Apple doesn’t release a redesigned iPhone. “Under the current upgrade cycle, the average customer is upgrading their phone every two years, which means in a six-year period, they buy three new phones,” says Quartz.  “If they switched to upgrading every three years, they would only buy two new phones in that same period. That could badly hurt Apple’s earnings.”

Personally, I’m expecting the iPhone 7 to be a hit even though I suspect its design will indeed be akin...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: TigerVPN Full Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a Lifetime Subscription to TigerVPN for only $49 — that’s 93% off the regular price. Designed to keep your browsing safe, TigerVPN guarantees that your Internet activity stays anonymous and encrypted from interceptions by hackers, identity thieves, and merely curious data sniffers, and on top of that you can even use your preferred encryption protocol. With 40 nodes in 25 countries around the…

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05:59
Apple Pay expands to Hong Kong

Apple Pay has expanded to Hong Kong. It’s the ninth country/major region to get support for Apple’s mobile payment service, following the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, and France.

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards issued by Hang Seng Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), DBS Bank (Hong Kong), HSBC, Standard Chartered, and directly from American Express work with Apple Pay. Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). 

CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future. What’s more,...

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05:24
Pokémon Go madness: $3B value to Apple as players...

If you were of the view that the Pokémon Go hype has gotten completely out of hand, the evidence file just got thicker. Nintendo’s value has more than doubled since the game was launched, notes The Verge.

Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go earlier this month, Nintendo’s market capitalization has more than doubled, ending Tuesday trading at a fantastic $42.5 billion. Such has been the appetite for Nintendo stock, in fact, that on Friday it broke the single-day trading record in Tokyo this century, with $4.5 billion of stock changing hands.

Yep, that makes the games company – which only sees indirect benefits from Pokémon Go – worth more than Sony, at around $40B. And if that weren’t crazy enough, one analyst has even made the unlikely claim that the game could be worth $3B in revenue to Apple …

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05:00
The Internet of Medical Things, Part 3: Safety First


Though quick to capitalize on connected health devices and the coming Internet of Medical Things, hardware manufacturers may be moving too slowly when it comes to building the necessary protections into the back end. The National Security Agency last month told participants in a defense technology summit in Washington that it was looking into hacking connected medical devices. The agency's interest is confined to researching the possibility of hacking IoMT devices, for now, and the fruit of its labor may be just another tool in the toolbox.

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04:30
If Apple ever reconsidered making its own TV set,...

A few years ago the common scenario for the rumored Apple HDTV (the "iTV") was pretty much a traditional television set with (depending on which reports you believed): Siri voice control; gesture control; 3D (perhaps without glasses); use of an iDevice as a remote control; and a la carte TV programming.

Of course, the iTV never arrived. However, if Apple ever reconsidered the idea and really wanted to think different, it could serve up a modular TV or perhaps a glass screen powered by a Mac.

 

A 2012 article by Bloomberg Businessweek noted that Israel-based NDS, a TV services provider, believes the future of the television is modular. The company showcased a large matrix of six flat-screen TVs, without bezels, that combined to form a honkin' big TV wall. The displays could be broken up, airing a video in varying sizes near the middle of the wall, with personalized and content-relevant widgets off to the side. With some cinematic 4K content, for example...

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04:25
PSA: Scrivener for iOS is out now, check out our...

It’s been a long time coming, but the iOS version of the popular writing app Scrivener is now available in the App Store.

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04:22
Poll says only 9% of U.S. iPhone owners planning to...

An online poll of U.S. iPhone owners found that only 9.3% were planning to upgrade to the iPhone 7 due to the expected design being so similar to the iPhone 6/6s. That contrasts with 25.2% who would upgrade for a brand new design.

At this point, it’s unclear whether Apple is simply holding back significant design changes for a special 10th anniversary iPhone, or is – as a Nikkei report suggested – switching to a three-year major refresh cycle. But the Quartz survey indicates that the latter would be a dangerous move …

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04:00
8 insider tips to help you become a Pokémon Go master

Pokémon Go: You’re no scrub.

You’ve read our beginner’s guide (not to mention our guide on how to dominate the game without spending a dime), and you own the neighborhood gym. But there’s always room for improvement—that’s what being a trainer is all about—so we’ve pulled together some insider tips that will help you on your quest to catching ‘em all. 

1. Get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon

When you first open up Pokémon Go, you get to choose one of three starter Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.

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04:00
Mount up, boys and girls, with the Koala Mount 2 for...

By Aaron Lee

While most people wouldn't admit to doing it at work or in public, there's no shame in spending some quality time in your "library" at home. When you're sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or tablet it usually ends up precariously balanced on the edge of the bathtub, sink or laying on the floor.

This treatment is fine for a newspaper, book or magazine, but not your pricey and potentially easily damaged technology. Hands-free bathroom viewing is now possible with the Koala Mount 2 — for iPads smaller than the 12-inch iPad Prot. Simply attach the mount to any convenient vertical surface (walls, tile, mirrors) in the bathroom, slide in your tablet, and read or even watch TV without having to hold your screen.

Of course, the mount is useful for much more than that. Whether you are using your iPad or tablet to follow a new...

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03:00
Kinsa announces Elmo-themed Smart Ear Thermometer...

Kinsa today has announced the launch of its Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer and companion application. The device announced today is a visual update on their original Smart Ear Thermometer sporting an Elmo themed design instead of the original blue. The Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer takes one-second readings, combines them with acknowledged symptoms from within the app, and then uses that data to create actionable next steps.

Available through the companion app, Sesame Street’s Elmo gives children empathetic words such as “feel better soon” and sympathizes with them when they aren’t feeling well.

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21:32
Safari 9.1.2

Fixes multiple vulnerabilities in WebKit. (Free)

 

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21:32
Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Resolves multiple memory corruption that could lead to remote code execution for the two older operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:58
Apple Pay adds support for 13 new US banks and...

Piling on to what has already been a big day for Apple Pay, Apple on Tuesday announced a U.S. expansion of payment services that includes support from 13 new banks and credit unions, bringing the total up to nearly 1,375 financial institutions.

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18:39
Despite 9% growth, Microsoft Surface sales remain...

Microsoft announced quarterly operating profits of just $3.1 billion on revenues of $20.6 billion, hit hard by slow sales of Office, a 17 percent drop in cloud profits, an $870 million decline from Windows Phone and tepid Surface sales that grew by 9 percent year over year but remained below $1 billion.

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17:01
Apple airs two 'Shot on iPhone' videos...

Apple on Tuesday added a pair of videos to its ongoing "Shot on iPhone" series, this time throwing a spotlight on smartphone's imaging software by showcasing stunning slow motion and time lapse footage.

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16:50
'Mr. Robot' gets a nationwide VR...

That online season premiere isn't the only elusive Mr. Robot video that you can watch this month. USA Network and Within are partnering on a Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experinece that will be simulcast across the US on July 21st at 1:45PM Eastern, th...

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16:49
‘Making A Murderer’ announces six new episodes on...

The new episodes of Making A Murderer will provide an in-depth look at the post-conviction process of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have their life sentences upheld.

Like many people, I was glued to the TV set watching this series.

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16:31
Apple shares two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos showing...

Apple yesterday shared two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ TV advertisements and today it has followed them up with yet another pair of videos. While yesterday’s videos focused on animals, today’s videos break that trend.

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16:25
Gawker Media founder faces personal bankruptcy

Gawker Media LLC founder Nick Denton faces personal bankruptcy after a U.S. judge refused on Tuesday to extend protections shielding him from liabilities resulting from a lawsuit over the invasion of privacy of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

This story completely ruined Denton.

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16:15
Apple Pay officially launches in Hong Kong w/...

Following its launch in France earlier today, Apple Pay is now live in Hong Kong, as well. This rollout was previously teased by Apple at WWDC last month, but now users in Hong Kong can officially take advantage of the company’s mobile payment solution.

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16:09
Apple Pay debuts in Hong Kong with American Express...

Just hours after Apple Pay launched in France, Apple on Tuesday activated the in-house mobile payments service for customers in Hong Kong with initial support for Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

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