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Tuesday June 21

10:13
OS X 10.11.6 beta 3 for developers hits the Mac App...

Remember OS X? macOS Sierra is the new hotness, but OS X El Capitan has at least one more update left before the big name change takes place later this year. OS X 10.11.6 isn’t quit ready for prime time yet, but Apple has released the third beta version of the Mac software update for testing.

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10:12
WSJ: This year's iPhone won't feature big...

If you're eagerly awaiting a load of new features for this year's iPhone, you might be a bit disappointed come fall. The Wall Street Journal reports that the upcoming models will offer only modest changes from the current iPhone 6S and 6S Plus rather...

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10:07
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 + tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3...

While Apple has mostly moved on to iOS 10 beta testing at this point, the minor iOS 9.3.3 update is still in beta and received its third developer release today. iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 for developers brings the build to 13Y823. Changes so far haven’t been noticeable as the update is likely focused on security enhancements and bug fix improvements.

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10:01
Check your spam folder, you might have some new...


On Tuesday, Amazon began announcing settlement payments to customers who bought e-books between April 2010 and May 2012. (Some less-literate Ars staffers, like Nate Anderson, got as little as $1, while others, like yours truly, got more than $48.)

The funds are coming from Apple as part of an antitrust lawsuit that was settled earlier this year.

“You don't have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added it to your Amazon account," reads the e-mail. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your purchase of qualifying items through Amazon, an Amazon...

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10:00
WSJ: iPhone 7 w/ similar design and removed...

iPhone 7 rumors have been notably tame this year, and that’s because the next-generation iPhone is widely expected to be a further revision to the iPhone 6 series and not a radically different design. The Wall Street Journal is the latest to report on Apple’s expected plans for the iPhone 7, describing a situation where the iPhone 7 closely resembles the iPhone 6s minus the headphone jack. WSJ reports that this will result in a thinner design that’s more water-resistant than current models.

But the report also believes the 2017 iPhone will be dramatically different, featuring an OLED display like the Apple Watch and embedding the Touch ID sensor in the display while losing the Home button…

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10:00
'Outlast 2' drops you in a desert for a...

The Outlast 2 demo made me jump and shriek in the middle of the E3 show floor, in Microsoft's rowdy Xbox space where I was surrounded by swashbuckling pirates, roaring racing games and joyous fans. With my clammy fingers gripping an Xbox One controll...

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09:44
Twitter, Vine expand video limit to 140 seconds

The duration of videos posted to Twitter has been expanded from a 30 second limit to 140 seconds --?matching the numerical 140 character limit for text posts.

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09:41
Brain-like computers may now be realistic

Power consumption is one of the biggest reasons why you haven't seen a brain-like computer beyond the lab: the artificial synapses you'd need tend to draw much more power than the real thing. Thankfully, realistic energy use is no longer an unattain...

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09:40
Twitter makes big video push with 140-second clips...

Ready for Twitter to become even more like Facebook? The platform is moving into video in a major way with 140-second clips in both Twitter proper and Vine, a new video section called Watch Mode, and video recommendations for other videos to watch. The network’s most popular users, like President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber, are getting a stand-alone app called Engage, which sounds a lot like Facebook Mentions.

Twitter is making video a huge priority by extending video length from 30 seconds to 140 seconds (staying on-brand, of course). Those longer videos are also coming to Vine, but don’t worry, the popular app for creating hilarious video loops isn’t changing its 6-second limit. Instead, you can post 140-second clips alongside your Vines.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina MacBook Pro $1,000,...

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09:19
Twitter has a new app to help celebrities chat with...

To help celebrities, public figures and other influencers more actively engage with their audiences, Twitter has a new standalone app that offers some helpful insight. The appropriately named Engage app is divided into three main sections to break do...

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09:16
New Google prompt vastly simplifies two-factor...

Two-factor authentication is getting a stronger padlock to further secure your Google account.

Currently you can further secure your account by getting a code via text message (or phone call), or with a code from the Google Authenticator app. A new Google prompt adds a third option.

Google

You’ll see a simple prompt to approve the new sign-in request.

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09:10
Instagram reaches 500 million monthly active users

From memes to selfies to shelfies to Boomerangs, it seems we can’t get enough Instagram. The social network of endlessly scrolling images and videos announced on Tuesday it had reached 500 million monthly active users, and of those, 300 million—a full 60 percent—use the app every day. 

Instagram users share 95 million photos a day, which would suggest that not everyone is posting, but people can’t help but peek at what their friends have shared. The app isn’t only popular in the United States either—80 percent of its users are outside the U.S.

Twitter, by comparison, has about 320 million monthly users, so Instagram is seeing in one day almost as many people as Twitter gets in a month. 

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09:03
Former Apple employees reveal iPhone-connected...

Bryson Gardner, Joseph Fisher and Brian Sander think that cars should be upgraded like software. That's why the three ex-Apple employees founded Pearl Automation Inc., a company that announced a new iPhone-connected backup camera this week.

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09:01
Giveaway: Win an iPhone case and keyless lock bundle...

Dog & Bone is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of two bundles consisting of an iPhone case, LockSmart and LockSmart Mini.

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09:00
The best air conditioner

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

After five summers of researching, testing, and recommending window air conditioners, we've learned t...

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08:53
News: China tightening restrictions on mobile games...

Starting July 1, mobile games sold in China’s App Store will have to meet the approval of the country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, China’s IT Times reports. The new regulations are a hurdle even for larger companies with the proper connections and resources, but are expected to have a devastating impact on smaller developers who could struggle to come up with the $2,000-$5,000 fee charged…

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08:49
∞ Thoughts on WWDC, Apple Music

Apple had an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference last week, on almost all fronts. From the new keynote venue and Apple Bash, to the reaction of developers, and the software that was announced, Apple did a great job. [...]

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08:36
Microsoft SharePoint for iOS arrives on Apple's...

Microsoft has launched a free iOS client for its SharePoint enterprise collaboration suite, making it easier for businesses to consolidate inter-office communication and collaboration on the go.

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08:35
Tumblr officially joins the live video party

It's official: today, Tumblr joins Facebook, Twitter and Amazon as the latest platform to add live video streaming. In a post on Live Video dot Tumblr dot com, Yahoo's quirky social network laid out the crucial details.

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08:30
Gene Munster: Apple Pay in Safari may spell trouble...

With so much financial scrutiny on Apple at this point in time, it's comforting that there is at least one Apple fanboy on Wall Street -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Munster believes that Apple's move to include Apple Pay integration in both macOS and iOS Safari web browsers this fall will be responsible for a shift in online payments from PayPal to Apple Pay.

As noted on Street Insider, Munster thinks that the inclusion of Apple Pay in both mobile and desktop Safari, coupled with a "simple integration process for merchants" will make it easy for consumers who had used PayPal online secure payments in the past to switch to Apple Pay. 

About 30 percent of PayPal's total payment volume is currently done on Apple devices, and Munster believes that by the holiday season up to 40 percent of the internet...

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08:22
35 interface innovations that rocked our world

This is posted by Xerox, so take the choices with that in mind. That said, this is a pretty solid list, an enjoyable read. I only wish there was a bit more depth (or a “read more here” link) for each one.

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08:19
Tim Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser

This is a delicate dance, Apple saying no to Trump, but continuing to lend support to both sides of the aisle.

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08:13
Apple opens registrations for children's Apple...

Apple on Tuesday began taking reservations for its annual summer "Apple Camps," which invite children aged 8 to 12 to participate in workshops at the company's retail stores, where they're exposed to Apple products while learning various high-tech skills.

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08:12
New Photos app detects 4,432 kinds of objects and 7...

MacRumors:

Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered a few lines of code within the framework of Apple’s beta of the macOS Sierra Photos app, possibly detailing both the specific facial expressions that the app recognizes and every single searchable object users can find in both Sierra and iOS 10.

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08:10
Engadget giveaway: Win a Robin 'cloud phone...

In case you weren't paying attention, the unique Nextbit Robin phone launched earlier in the year and this week, two lucky readers will get one of their own. The company's founders and staff have a storied work history spanning Android, Cyanogen, Mot...

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08:02
With Game Center app gone, invites are managed by...

Apple Insider:

As detailed by Apple at a session during its Worldwide Developers Conference last week, games will have access to new tools for inviting friends to multiplayer games via the Messages app.

Apple told developers that those already using existing Game Center invitation APIs won’t need to make any code changes for iOS 10. Messages-based invites will automatically replace the old method of inviting friends to play, and anyone can be invited via the Messages app and iCloud.

This is an interesting left turn for Game Center and the Messages app. Messages looks to be a delivery mechanism for a richer set of iOS-specific messages.

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08:00
Nest can slash people's energy use during peak...

In California, energy companies have to switch all customers to Time of Use (TOU) rate plans by 2019. Under TOU, energy prices change throughout the day -- it won't be easy to monitor rates and adjust cooling and heating manually every hour or so. To...

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07:46
Company filled with former Apple employees debuts...

About 50 former Apple employees are working at a start-up called Pearl, which is making smart accessories for vehicles, according to Verge. The company was co-founded by three former Apple engineers, a crew that helped lead the design and development on several generations of iPods and iPhones.

There are currently 70 Pearl employees who have been working for over two years on its first product, a rearview camera that debuts today. The $499.99 RearVision is available for pre-order. It comes with a camera frame, car adapter, and phone mount. It’s compatible with most 1996 and newer vehicles. Use requires the Pearl app running on an iPhone 5 (or newer) with iOS 9 (or newer) or “select” Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0 and Lollipop 5.0 (or newer). Currently, the RearVision is only available in the U.S....

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07:38
New rules may put up barriers to games on Apple...

Developers looking to publish games on Apple's Chinese App Store will reportedly face a tougher time starting July 1, when all new mobile games must be pre-approved by the Chinese government.

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07:34
News: Supreme Court patent ruling bodes well for...

The Supreme Court has upheld new government procedures for challenging patents, The Wall Street Journal reports. The upheld ruling is a big win for companies like Apple, which are constantly bombarded by patent lawsuits. The 2011 law in question put in place a quicker and cheaper process for challenging patents, placing the decision-making power in the hands of the patent office instead of a federal judge. Opponents of the law argued that the new…

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07:30
Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may...

The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.

Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of...

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07:30
Longtime Apple news site MacNN shutting down

It's a tough world out there right now in the Apple news business. We're painfully aware of that fact here at Apple World Today, and yesterday brought news of a longtime Apple news site - MacNN - getting ready to shut down for good. 

According to MacNN editor Charles Martin, the site has been operating for 21 years but will be closing up shop on July 1, 2016. Said Martin, "We've joked before that Apple becoming a huge mainstream company is the worst thing that ever happened to us, but it's true: there's less need for an Apple-specific news site when news about Apple is plastered everywhere, on every site, all the time."

Apple World Today rose from the ashes of TUAW, Apple Daily Report and Macsimum News, all sites that were thriving at one point in time but faltered as Apple's fortunes rose and mainstream news sites started...

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07:29
Apple taking sign-ups for Apple Camp for kids

If you have a child ages 8 to 12, you can sign ‘em up for Apple Camp by clicking here. Apple Camp is a three-day program held at your local Apple retail store.

The program is designed to “broaden their [the kids] creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books, and more using Apple products.” Kids will learn visual block-based coding for games, applying logic skills such as pattern recognition and problem solving. Then they’ll use what they’ve learned to program their own robots to perform tasks, challenges, and much more.

Campers will learn how to create their own movies. They’ll storyboard ideas, shoot video, and delve into other aspects of the filmmaking process. Then they’ll edit their videos in iMovie on a Mac.

Campers will also create their own interactive books and learn about the elements of writing a story, from idea to storyboarding. They’ll draw...

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07:23
GigSky expands international iPad data plans to 140...

Last year GigSky announced that it would offer iPad cellular data plans in around 90 countries by leveraging Apple’s new carrier-agnostic Apple SIM now included in the device. Today the company is expanding availability of those plans to 140+ countries, giving more iPad users the ability to purchase data plans through GigSky without going through a local carrier.

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07:21
Twitter stretches Vines and video posts to 140...

Starting today, Twitter users will get just as many seconds of video as they do characters of text. According to an announcement, Twitter is opening up 140-second videos to everyone on the service. Likewise, some Vine creators will also be able to ex...

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07:20
PSA: Make sure your Airport Utility app is set to...

We all know the importance of keeping on top of security updates, but there is one kind that might escape your attention if you don’t have it set to check automatically: those for your AirPort base station. Whether you have an AirPort Express, Extreme or Time Capsule, they all have firmware updates to plug security holes and fix other issues.

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07:17
GigSky expands coverage for the iPad with Apple SIM...

GigSky, an international wireless carrier and mobile technology company, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in over 140 countries, including “all top travel destinations,” as well as Ecuador, Argentina, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Isle of Man, and The Virgin Islands — up from more than 90 countries and territories.

The recent release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which features an embedded Apple SIM, makes it even easier for customers to access GigSky's short-term data plans directly on an Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel, according to GigSky CEO Ravi Rishy-Maharaj. All data packages are prepaid, with what he terms "no asterisk" pricing.  

Customers select the data they need, for just the time they need it. There are extra fees or taxes, and no contracts.  For details on enhanced coverage and pricing, click here.

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07:04
News: Apple to pay $400M to consumers over e-book...

Starting today, millions of people who bought e-books from Apple will receive credits or checks as part of a $450 million settlement, the law firm Hagens Berman confirmed in a press release. Customers who bought e-books published by HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 are eligible for payments amounting to $400 million in total....

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07:03
Browser-based Apple Pay predicted to chip away at...

Convenience and brand recognition should help Apple Pay on the web pose a serious threat to PayPal right out of the gate, a new analysis predicts, forecasting that Apple's new browser-based payment service will see a major overlap with PayPal acceptance when it launches this fall.

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06:56
Instagram's expansion continues as it tops 500...

With 1.6 billion users, Facebook is used to big numbers. Even Whatsapp has one billion people using it every month. Instagram, on the other hand, isn't quite as big as its counterparts, but that doesn't mean it's not expanding at a decent clip. In a...

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06:48
Twitter extends video uploads to 140-seconds as...

Twitter for iOS today will see the ability to upload and share much longer videos than before while still holding on to the short clip approach. The social network is announcing that video uploads to Twitter will extend in total duration from just 30 seconds to a full 140 seconds, or 2 minutes 20 seconds. Twitter users may recognize the ‘140’ number as the character limit generally (but not always) assigned to tweets — which is based on the 160 character limit of SMS minus usernames — so Twitter is really embracing the number here.

Speaking of numbers, Instagram is sharing today that its photo and video sharing service has hit a new growth milestone at 500 million monthly active users (with 60% active daily) plus some other interesting stats about its app.

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06:46
Karhoo takes its taxi-comparison app to more UK...

Six weeks after its launch in London, Karhoo is taking on the rest of the UK. The ride-hailing app, which lets you compare different taxi companies simultaneously, is yet another alternative to Uber, Hailo and Kabbee. The difference is that Karhoo wa...

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06:31
Acura built an electric NSX to tackle Pikes Peak

Acura's eagerly anticipated next-gen NSX is finally going into production for 2017, but the car will hit the road before then -- sort of. The company will race a highly modified version at the Pikes Peak hill climb event on June 26th. However, unlike...

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06:29
Microsoft's Sharepoint app for iOS is here

Microsoft announced earlier this year that its popular SharePoint collaboration software was getting a full-featured mobile app. Starting Tuesday, iPhone users can take a crack at it. 

The SharePoint mobile app brings the key features from the popular enterprise collaboration software to users’ smartphones, so they have an easier time of accessing things like company bulletins, SharePoint applications and shared workspaces while on the go. 

That’s important for Microsoft, since launching a mobile app makes SharePoint more relevant for a workforce that is increasingly trying to access work data on their smartphones. It’s facing competition from multiple angles, with different companies coming in to challenge Microsoft’s dominance of the productivity software space. 

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06:23
Tumblr appears to be launching a Periscope-style...

A webpage discovered by a tech consultant and confirmed as official by TechCrunch indicates that Tumblr is planning its own Periscope-style live video platform later today.

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06:11
Inside watchOS 3: Customize your Apple Watch display...

With the upcoming watchOS 3 update, tracked workouts with Apple Watch will not only display more information in the midst of an exercise, but the type of information shown can be completely customized by the user.

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06:09
Patent report: gesture entry techniques, on-demand...

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:

You may one day be able to access your iOS device via a gesture that you determine, as well as by the current authentication methods. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,372,970) for “gesture entry techniques” for for entering and saving a gesture on a touch-sensitive display device such as an iPhone or iPad.

In one embodiment, the iDevice displays an array of visible graphical elements and may detect a gesture based on a user's touch of the visible graphical elements as well as on hidden areas not displayed to the user. For example, the iOS device may detect a user's touch over hidden dots between the visible graphical elements or through hidden lines connecting the visible graphical...

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06:01
Adobe updates Creative Cloud with deep Stock...

Adobe on Tuesday released a set of substantial updates to its Creative Cloud family of products and services, including tight Adobe Stock integration and advanced technologies like facial recognition and content-aware photo cropping.

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06:01
Adobe Photoshop adds Content-Aware Crop and font...

Adobe usually announces significant updates to Creative Cloud every six months, and its delivering another right on schedule. While the changes are scattered across all of the apps in the company's software subscription and its stock photo service, w...

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06:00
Adobe Creative Cloud update brings Content-Aware...

Today Adobe is shipping updates to its Creative Cloud desktop apps for CC subscribers including new features in Photoshop plus enhancements to After Effects CC, Adobe

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06:00
Misfit's Speedo Shine swim tracker gets an...

Fitness bands are relatively accurate when it comes to recording step counts, running mileage, and even bike rides, but finding a waterproof activity tracker that can keep up in the pool is a tall order. The original Speedo Misfit Shine, released last year, was designed to count laps, no matter the stroke style, up to 50 meters underwater. Now the two companies are back with a second-gen version of the popular swim tracker, the appropriately named Speedo Shine 2.

The $120 Speedo Shine 2, now available to preorder, doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor. It’s slightly thinner but retains the same aluminum coin-sized face, which can be clipped to a swimsuit or snapped inside a plastic band you wear on your wrist. It has the same swim lap-tracking capabilities, sleep-monitoring function, and 6-month battery life thanks to a coin cell...

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06:00
Meet Ghostbot, a chatbot that will make online...

If you’ve ever set up an online dating profile only to be bombarded by creepers sending you inappropriate photos, or started exchanging text messages with someone you met on Tinder only to find they’re completely insane, then Ghostbot is a chatbot you’ll actually use.

Why this matters: Chatbots, which are smart assistants built into other apps that can handle tasks for you automatically, definitely sounded cool in theory. But then we saw their practical applications in Facebook Messenger this spring and were decidedly underwhelmed. Ghostbot is built on top of Burner, an...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Chatlight Video Chatting Light

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Chatlight Video Chatting Light for only $19 — that’s 36% off the regular price. This versatile LED light fits onto just about any device, and provide illumination so you can carry on video chats after dark. The built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 90 minutes of light on a single charge, and Chatlight can be fully recharged from a standard wall outlet in just 15 minutes. Get the Chatlight Video…

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06:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed, autonomous bus starts shuttling...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Local Motors is testing a self-driving, electric mini-bus that lets passengers communicate with the bus about the weather and where they're located as they are shuttled from one part of town to another. The bus was...

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05:58
After 21 years, end of the road for MacNN

MacNN:

From when the company was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and irrelevance, to the crowning of Apple as the most valuable and influential tech company in the world, MacNN has been there. As of July 1, Apple will carry on — but MacNN will not, we’re sorry to say.

Damn.

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05:56
macOS Sierra’s new system requirements

Stephen Hackett presents the list of Macs that can run macOS Sierra out of the box, with an unofficial option if your machine just falls off the list.

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05:53
Why Apple can take a bigger stand against Trump than...

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for The Washington Post:

[Apple] is arguably in a unique position among tech companies to take big political stands. Not only does its size insulate it against some backlash, but it is also protected because expressing political opinions does little damage to the reputation of its products.

That’s not true for many other tech titans.

Read the main post for the details. Interesting.

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05:44
Apple releases firmware update for AirPort Base...

Apple has released firmware updates for its wireless AirPort Base Stations. According to release notes it fixes a vulnerability in which a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution.

A memory corruption issue existed in DNS data parsing. This issue was addressed through improved bounds checking, according to Apple.

The firmware update is available for the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n; AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. You can obtain the update via the AirPort Utility app that’s found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder on your Mac — or by using Launchpad.

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05:34
Got kids aged 8-12? Apple Camp enrollment opens...

If you’re looking for something to entertain kids aged 8-12 over the summer, and the chance for them to learn some useful tech skills into the bargain, you may want to register them for this year’s Apple Camp. Apple holds annual workshops at its retail stores intended to help kids make creative use of technology. This year’s workshops are focused on coding & robotics, movie-making and story-telling.

Campers can work with visual blocks and solve puzzles while programming Sphero robots. They can learn filmmaking skills: storyboarding, shooting video, and editing soundtracks. Or they can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. At Apple Camp, kids and their creativity are the heroes … 

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05:18
Apple fixes serious flaw in AirPort wireless routers

Apple has released firmware updates for its AirPort wireless base stations in order to fix a vulnerability that could put the devices at risk of hacking.

According to Apple security, the flaw is a memory corruption issue stemming from DNS (Domain Name System) data parsing that could lead to arbitrary code execution.

The company released firmware updates 7.6.7 and 7.7.7 for AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The AirPort Utility 6.3.1 or later on OS X or AirPort Utility 1.3.1 or later on iOS can be used to install the new firmware versions on AirPort devices, the company said in an advisory.

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05:00
Hyperloop One team dreams of connecting Europe and...

Hyperloop One has teamed up with the city of Moscow and a local company to explore bringing the Hyperloop to Russia. The trio will investigate how and where such high-speed transportation can be integrated into the country's existing transport networ...

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04:34
Looks like Apple is finally preparing to call time...

I mentioned in an opinion piece back in April that while Apple still sells a single non-Retina MacBook Pro model, it does its best to tuck it away out of sight – not mentioned at all on the main MacBook Pro page, and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

We’ve been hearing reports of the model being withdrawn from display in Apple Stores for a week or so now, and checks by both AI and ...

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04:30
Griffin’s BreakSafe cable is a must-have item for...

I like the 12-inch MacBook as a “secondary” Mac — but I don't like the fact that it ditches the MagSafe adapter. Yes, I know that the single USB-C port is vital in keeping the laptop’s eye-popping svelte design, but the MagSafe connector on other Mac laptops disengages with the slightest amount of pressure. This has saved many a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable. 

That’s why the $39.99 Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable is a must-have item for owners of the 12-inch MacBook. Its quick-release magnetic connector plugs into the diminutive laptop's USB-C port. Like the original MagSafe, it safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when under stress or strain — such as when you trip on it.

Plug the adapter into the MacBook, then connect the magnetic end of the cable into the adapter. (The...

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04:06
Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent...

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies.

The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies.

The ruling will be of particular benefit to Apple …

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04:00
SanDisk's Dual USB Drive is a great accessory...

If you own one of Apple's teeny MacBooks (check out my review here) you probably have a love/hate relationship with the single USB-C port.

It's very small (which facilitates the ultra-thin design of the laptop) and supports higher wattage charging, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) data transfer and DisplayPort 1.2 all in a single connector that’s one-third the size of a traditional USB port. That's cool. On the other hand, it's the only port that Apple includes on the laptop. And some of us aren't willing to trust "the cloud" as our only means of data transfer.

That's where SanDisk's Dual USB Drive comes to the rescue. It's the first Dual Flash Drive to include one reversible USB Type-C connector and one USB 3.0 connector. This makes it easy totransfer content to and from a MacBook and other...

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Monday June 20

23:59
Ultimate Ears updates Boom 2 & Megaboom speakers...

Popular Bluetooth speaker company Ultimate Ears announced today that it is adding Siri and Google Now integration to its lineup of speakers. With this feature, users can access their music directly from the speaker, making it even easier to change songs, artists, and more.

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19:24
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19:14
Apple to begin paying out $400M to customers...

Three years ago, Apple was found guilty of anticompetitive behavior centered around ebook pricing and price-fixing. The case was in limbo for years as Apple appealed and tried to fight the ruling, but earlier this year the Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal, putting Apple on the hook for $450 million. Law firm Hagens Berman today issued a press release revealing that payouts will begin being sent to affected customers tomorrow, June 21st.

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18:03
Apple customers to receive $400M iBooks settlement...

Customers impacted by Apple's alleged iBooks price fixing scheme will this week receive settlement payments in the form of store credit or checks for up to $6.83 per e-book, the law firm representing plaintiffs in the case announced on Monday.

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17:15
The Week in iPad Cases: Booq's Booqpad has room...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the Booqpad, a carry-all folio that packs more than just your iPad. Plus, leather bags and functional cases that will help you stay productive throughout your busy day. Read on!

Booq

The Booqpad (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $60 MSRP) is a folio-style case that features a removable polycarbonate shell, which keeps your iPad safe if you ever need to use it without the folio cover.

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16:11
The Dock in watchOS 3 breathes new life into the...

The Dock in watchOS 3 was arguably the biggest new feature to hit the Apple Watch at WWDC 2016. It’s a feature that allows you to find and switch to your most used apps. It takes the best of the Glances model from previous versions of watchOS and merges it with an updated and actionable interface.

The Dock promotes using apps in a way that no such feature on the Apple Watch has until now. In my opinion, it breathes new life into the Apple Watch, providing practical functionality that was missing in previous iterations of watchOS. Have a look at our hands-on dive into the Dock as we explore this exciting new feature. more…

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15:14
Apple's differential privacy analyzes the group...

Apple's incorporation of differential privacy in its data collection efforts marks the first wide scale use of the technique, according to Prof. Aaron Roth, the University of Pennsylvania mathematician who "literally wrote the book" on it, as Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, said at WWDC on June 13.

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14:49
The secret world of Foley

You may not know what “foley” is but you’ve likely heard it in every live-action movie you’ve seen in the past 100 years. It’s a fascinating but unfamiliar job on a movie, one that is critical to the “realism” of what we see on screen. This video does a great job of showing the work that goes on behind the scenes with foley artists.

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14:35
August, Canary, Withings, D-Link, Ring & others...

These products from August, Canary, Withings, Kuna, D-Link, Ring & others will be next to gain support for Apple’s HomeKit in the coming months. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, August, Canary, D-link, Doorbell, homekit, iOS 10, iPhone 7, Kuna, Ring,...

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14:25
Apple's 'iPhone 7' rumored to ship...

A rumor circulating at Computex Taipei 2016 claims Apple plans to bundle a Lightning-to-3.5mm plug adapter with its standard EarPods headphones when "iPhone 7" ships this fall, hinting at a move away from the 3.5mm jack format.

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14:05
iPhone 7 may include EarPods w/ headphone jack +...

Since the first rumors emerged claiming Apple would ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone release, many have been speculating on what exactly Apple will include as a solution. According to a new report from Macotakara, it’s not Lightning-suited EarPods that Apple is planning to include, but rather the standard 3.5mm EarPods and an adapter.

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14:04
More evidence of iOS 10 'dark mode'...

Further explorations of iOS 10's code may back expectations that the mobile OS will get a "dark mode" in later betas, and/or a cellular connection toggle in its Control Center.

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13:52
Tim Cook reportedly holding a fundraiser for U.S....

Apple may have refused to offer tech support for this year’s Republican national convention due to a dislike for Donald Trump, but a new report claims CEO Tim Cook next week will host a fundraiser for sitting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (pictured) and other House Republicans.

Cook will help raise money for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, California, along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.

Cook is hosting the fundraiser on his own accord; Apple doesn’t have a corporate political action committee like Facebook, Google and other tech...

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13:49
Notable apps and app updates for June 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Using public wifi hotspots when you’re on the go with an iPhone, iPad or Mac? equinux VPN Tracker World Connect is designed to make any Internet connection secure. Plus, it automatically detects the best VPN destination for your need.

VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.

VPN Tracker World Connect for iOS is free to download on the App Store. VPN Tracker for Mac is available for download...

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13:33
Tim Cook to host fundraiser for House Speaker Paul...

After Apple refused to back this election cycle's Republican national convention, a report on Monday claims CEO Tim Cook next week will host a fundraiser for sitting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other House Republicans.

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13:30
AWT News Update: June 20, 2016

We start off the week with a couple of good rumors and a nice free ice-cold drink:

  • One new rumor still shows the 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual SIM cards for the iPhone 7
  • MyCokeRewards comes to Apple Wallet and Apple Pay
  • It looks as if the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro is on the verge of bing removed from stores. 
  • Sweden's Spotify reported that it now has twice the number of paying customers that Apple Pay does

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 20, 2016.

Rumors are fun, although sometimes the reality is far from what we hear about months in advance. Take, for example, new rumors today from Engadget...

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13:17
This simple plugin lets you post to Instagram from...

I’ve only just started to use Instagram more seriously. The “need” to post from the iPhone was a real pain. If you use both Instagram and Lightroom, this $10 donationware plugin will really come in handy.

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13:03
Linux Snap Package Format Goes Multi-Distro


Snapcraft -- the Linux package format Canonical developed for Ubuntu -- now works on multiple Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora and various flavors of Ubuntu.
They're being validated on CentOS, Elementary, Gentoo, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt and RHEL. "Distributing applications on Linux is not always easy," said Canonical's Manik Taneja, product manager for Snappy Ubuntu Core. "You have different packaging formats, base systems, available libraries and distribution release cadences."

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12:58
Watch out, WebMD: Google's teamed with leading...

Feeling nauseous? Perhaps a bit feverish? Google's launching a new feature on mobile and its Google search app that promises to provide answers without forcing you to dig through dozens of overwhelming (and possibly misleading) medical forums, let alone consult established sites like WebMD. 

In the coming days, when you ask Google about your symptoms, the search engine will return a list of related conditions. For instance, if you search for “headache on one side,” Google will offer up a list of informational cards with possible answers for what's ailing you. Tap a card, and it’ll provide further information on the condition and treatment.

Google takes pains to emphasize that it's trying to make it easier for you to find good medical information on the web, but it's also making sure you don't use the web as a substitute for professional advice. In its blog post,...

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12:57
CW shows could leave Hulu, head to Netflix sooner

One of the worst parts about getting your TV fix through services like Netflix and Hulu is that your favorite show can disappear on any given day, with little warning. If you're a fan of the CW (home to shows like Arrow, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-...

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12:53
Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook to fundraise for...

Apple may not be playing ball with the Republican Party’s upcoming convention, but CEO Tim Cook is reportedly set to hold a fundraiser for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan next week. Politico reports that Apple wants to “strengthen its relationships with key Republicans” like Ryan despite its apparent opposition to Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Republican Party,...

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12:49
Review: JBL Clip 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

JBL's Clip has long been a favorite of ours, offering good sound in a small, portable package — both 2014's original Clip and last year's Clip+ earned our high recommendations. While the Clip+ added splashproof capabilities, the new Clip 2 is fully IPX7 waterproof. Clip 2 also boosts battery life to 8 hours. It's also now possible to pair two Clip 2 units wirelessly for amplified sound, rather than relying on the built-in audio cable. On the downside, JBL has added $10 to the retail price, and there's no mention of any sound quality improvements. The slightly redesigned Clip 2 comes in five different colors — black, blue, red, teal, and gray — and includes a micro-USB cable for recharging.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:33
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch allows renaming folders,...

Apple's pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology will expand in small but meaningful ways with iOS 10, including the ability to quickly rename app folders, or clear all alerts from Notification Center.

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12:32
Spotify has 100 million users but Apple Music...

According to a new report in The Telegraph, Spotify has reached 100 million active users every month and 30 percent of those users are paid subscribers. Those figures certainly sound impressive, but it’s interesting to note that Spotify reported a similar figure of paid subscribers back in March. This means that Spotify’s paid subscribers have remained pretty stagnant at 30 million in the last three months.

We have 30 million @Spotify subscribers, but none of them are in Cuba ... yet. So cool to see Cuba opening up! https://t.co/nZa67f0l8U

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12:30
'Game of Thrones' composer on making truly...

Ramin Djawadi's theme for Game of Thrones has inspired covers upon covers. The Iranian-German composer's music has helped shape the magic, power and terror on every episode of HBO's most watched series. While the show's haunting score is his most cel...

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12:10
Tumblr to launch live video with an hour of wacky...

It seems Tumblr is planning to jump on the live video bandwagon to join Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. The blog platform has posted eight updates on a subdomain that features a logo with the words "Live Video on Tumblr," accompanied by a caption that...

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11:53
Apple Music rival Spotify tops 100 million...

Spotify on Monday announced that it had surpassed 100 million subscribers, including 30 million paid customers, keeping it firmly ahead of Apple Music and other rivals in the streaming music space.

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11:46
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9, Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5, and LaunchBar 6.7.

 

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11:46
ExtraBITS for 20 June 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we get a look at Apple’s differential privacy, which seeks to gather data while protecting your privacy, and we find out who won the 2016 Apple Design Awards.

 

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11:41
Facebook Messenger's SMS push might break...

Did you think Facebook was a little too eager to have you using Messenger for SMS on your Android phone? You're not alone. Concerns are mounting that Facebook's SMS prompt might violate Google Play's policies prohibiting deceptive device settings c...

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11:25
Myths and misconceptions about macOS Sierra

It’s sadly typical that, with anything Apple announces, there’s always a segment who will rend their garments and cry to the heavens about how much they hate whatever it is Apple is doing. The reaction to macOS Sierra is no different. As Adam points out, no one is forcing you to use macOS Sierra or any of its newest announced features.

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11:16
You can now use MyCokeRewards with Apple Pay (and...

Last year Apple rebranded its Passbook app as Wallet and boosted Apple Pay by adding support for loyalty cards. Coca-Cola started accepting Apple Pay debit and credit cards at many of its vending machines around the same time, and now its loyalty card is catching up. Customers can add the MyCokeRewards loyalty card to Apple Pay and receive a free drink in return.

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11:09
Sketchy rumor suggests Apple's 'iPhone 7...

New components claimed to be bound for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 7" suggest the handset will feature dual SIM trays and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, though it's hard to place much confidence in the leaks.

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11:00
Elmo takes the spotlight in new YouTube series

Sesame Street's producers realize that kids these days are spending their days glued to devices other than their TVs. Its presence on YouTube has more than two million subscribers, and it recently launched Sesame Studios to test new ideas on web-savv...

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CSR Racing 2: Your guide to what's...
CSR Racing 2, or CSR2, as it likes to call itself, has finally arrived. The follow-up to the immensely popular drag racing game CSR Racing is the first release from NaturalMotion since the studio's acquisition by Zynga in early 2014. [Read more] | Read more »
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Created a game that you’re super enthused about, only to find yourself struggling to get it the exposure that you believe it duly deserves? With the time, energy and money that goes into development, it’s only right that games should be given the... | Read more »
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