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Wednesday August 17

14:15
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 17, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

AKVIS has announced AKVIS Retoucher 8 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). fThe new version offers an image retouching mode for correcting small defects, the History Brush tool, new setting options, support for 4k and 5k displays, and other important changes.

AKVIS Retoucher is a tool for photo restoration and photo retouching. The software heals damaged parts of a photo, removes scratches, stains, and other defects. 

AKVIS Retoucher is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. The Home version costs $87 for new users. A demo is available for...

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14:05
'Resident Evil 7' gameplay vid proves...

Resident Evil 7 is looking as creepy as ever, if the latest trailer out of Gamescom 2016 is any indication.

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13:56
The secret lives of cadavers

Many of us are understandably squeamish about cadavers but the story of how much good we can do after our death is a good one to know. One of my favorite books is “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” (affiliate link) by Mary Roach.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:35
New algorithm finds signs of depression in your...

While Instagram data can already be used to guess your age, a new research paper shows how it might also be used to check upon your mental health. Using a set of machine learning tools and several dozen users' Instagram feeds, a team of researchers f...

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13:30
The Week in Mac Apps: A new update for Calcbot,...

New Mac apps of the week

It’s back-to-school time, and this week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a serving of calculators, great ways to create your own library, and a fun way to learn more about Linux. Read on!

1-Degree Finance: Home Budget, Expenses and Bills 1.5.2

Neroli Studio’s 1-Degree Finance helps you keep your finances organized by creating useful reports for budgeting and monitoring your financial life.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:10
World's longest aircraft takes its first flight

That aircraft you see above may look more than a little odd, but it just made history... and it might be the future of flight. Hybrid Air Vehicles has successfully flown the Airlander 10, a long-endurance airplane/airship hybrid billed as the longest...

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13:07
They were strangers at the starting line. Less than...

For me, this has been the best story of the 2016 Olympics.

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12:55
Apple is producing a documentary about Drake, Lil...

More rappers are joining forces with Apple, but Jay-Z is not in the mix.

Apple is producing a documentary about Cash Money Records, the hip-hop label that’s home to Drake, Lil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. According to Bloomberg, Apple has agreed to finance the project, and it’s expected to stream exclusively on Apple Music.

Earlier this week, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan Williams, better known in the music industry as Birdman, posted a photo on Instagram with Larry Jackson, Apple’s head of original music content. He captioned the photo, “It’s official… Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music.”

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12:42
Podcast 521: iPhone 7 rumor-palooza

The iPhone 7 isn't announced yet, but we can't wait! This week we tear into the latest rumors about its camera system and lack of headphone jack, along with a rumor about another size of iPad Pro.

Elsewhere, Facebook is blocking ad-blockers, so the ad-blockers are blocking the ad-blocker-blocker. Makes sense! CVS Pay could get awkward in Target. And Tim Cook gives good interview—hey, Tim, you should guest on the podcast sometime!

Show notes

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12:40
Chrome extension restores the backspace key to its...

Lots of very smart people work at Google, but that doesn't mean they're immune from making decisions that piss people off. Consider this recent Chrome kerfuffle: some users were recently shocked to discover that, upon updating Chrome, they could no l...

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12:27
Inside Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C and...

With Apple's new MacBook Pro expected in the coming months, AppleInsider takes a look at technologies expected to be updated, or removed, from the new portable. In many ways, one of the key changes could be the anticipated embrace of new, smaller USB-C ports with high-speed USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 data connectivity.

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12:20
AT&T unveils 'overage-free' phone...

No, the big US carriers aren't done shadowing each other's moves yet. AT&T has responded to Verizon's new phone plans with Mobile Share Advantage plans that scrap overages and increase the data you can get, but carry their share of catches. Price...

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12:11
Tesla lures away Apple’s director of Reliability...

Electric car company Tesla has hired David Erhart, Apple’s (former) director of Reliability Engineering, to lead its own liability team. His new title? Senior director of Reliability and Test at Tesla.

Erhart worked at Apple from January 2014 to August 2016. He’s also worked at Medtronic and Motorola.

Erhart has a PHD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering form the Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

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12:00
'Gears of War 4' writers are striving for...

Gears of War has never been known for its deep, imaginative storytelling. Each game is a popcorn-friendly thrill ride, pitting muscular soldiers against an army of bloodthirsty monsters. It's a simple concept: Grab an assault rifle, dive behind some...

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11:46
Target cites 20% drop in Apple product sales for...

Retail chain Target is blaming Apple in part for its latest disappointing quarterly earnings results. Yahoo Finance reports that Target management cites a 20% year-over-year decline in Apple product sales during the quarter for overall electronics sales dropping.

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11:40
Apple is making a documentary with Cash Money Records

Cash Money Records' deal to stream some of its music exclusively on Apple's subscription service appears to be about more than just tunes. Bloomberg reports that Drake and Nicki Minaj's record label is working with Apple on a documentary as well. The...

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11:39
Mac: Top Storey Purrfect Memory

Unless you’re somebody who’s been blessed with eidetic memory, even the best of us could use some help from time to time remembering snippets of information. This is where Purrfect Memory ($3) by Top Storey comes into play. This handy little app sits up in your Mac’s menu bar, prompting you to fill in the blanks on any phrase, list, or other set of words you want to remember, adding more and more blanks with each iteration until you’re ready to fill in the whole phrase or list by memory.

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11:20
Celebrity augmented reality 'holograms'...

Get ready for celebrity 'holograms' beyond the usual 2D illusions. RadicalMedia and Uncorporeal are partnering on 3D captures of celebrities for augmented reality and eventually virtual reality performances, giving digital stand-ins a greater presenc...

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11:00
Sonos teases upcoming ‘Future of Sound at Home’ NYC...

Almost a year ago Sonos introduced its latest flagship wireless speaker with the second-generation Play:5 (review), and now Sonos is preparing to make news again with a media event in New York City later this month.

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11:00
How we trained AI to be sexist

You'd never know from Jacqueline Feldman's background that she'd become a passionate proponent of gender equality for artificial intelligence. She went the dreamer's route at college, attending Yale for English literature and writing. She prefers cas...

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11:00
Flo contact-free smart thermometer: Fast, accurate,...

Back in February we ran a piece about a Kickstarter campaign for the Flo smart thermometer, a connected health device that promised to revolutionize taking and tracking body temperatures. Now Flo is available for sale for US$39.99, and the product is so impressive that it's an Apple World Today Top Pick for 2016.

Design

It's rare for Apple World Today to select an accessory as a Top Pick, and even more rare for us to have two accessories in two days be Top Picks! Yesterday it was the Meem cable for backing up your iOS device, while today...

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10:57
Nikon’s D3400 DSLR is made for aspiring photographers

This looks to be a nice beginner camera as long as you don’t need/want 4K recording or wifi connectivity (which is still a sore spot for me).

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10:45
Apple rumored to open first Austrian store in Vienna

Apple may be preparing to launch its first Austrian store on Vienna's K?rntnerstrasse, home to a high-traffic shopping district, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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10:40
Netflix strikes a deal with Enseo to offer its...

Tired of relaxing in your hotel room and flipping on the TV only to realize you can't binge watch your favorite shows without Netflix? Netflix knows the true horror of this realization.

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10:25
Upcoming Macs could ditch the audio jack for...

At the company’s IDF Developer Conference in San Francisco, Intel pushed for mobile devices to ditch analog audio and embrace digital headsets using USB-C. Yep. USB-C, not Lightning.

If the rumors are true — and I believe they are — the “iPhone 7” will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and go strictly with Lightning and wireless headphones and earbuds. It may be possible that Macs will go the same route with all desktops and laptops adding Lightning ports. Or perhaps Apple will promote USB-C headphones for its desktop and laptop line-up. The latter is less likely as the company would probably prefer supporting one audio standard across its entire product line-up.

At the IDF Developer Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Intel architects Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail talked about (http://www.cnet.com/news/intel-expects-usb-type-c-could-help-kill-the-3-5mm-...

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10:20
Microsoft says this might be the last console...

Earlier today I sat down with Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's head of Xbox games marketing, to talk about Xbox One, Project Scorpio and the future of console gaming. Here are Greenberg's thoughts on three key topics.

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10:17
Why tech companies are making Election Day a holiday

We Canadians are always surprised to hear that Americans don’t get time off to vote. In Canada, your employer must give you four hours off to go to the polls.

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10:10
[Sponsor] What Can You Do With 10 KB?

The Microsoft Edge team is thrilled to present 10K Apart, a web design contest in just 10 KB. We’re giving away $10,000 in prizes to your compelling web experiences that can be delivered in 10 KB. With so much of an emphasis on front-end frameworks and JavaScript runtimes, it’s time to get back to basics—back to optimizing every little byte like your life depends on it and ensuring your site can work, no matter what. Check out the official rules and enter the contest today!

(What’s a Microsoft Edge? We’re the all-new, all-modern browser for Windows, and we’re working hard to make your life easier. Check out dev.microsoftedge.com for tools to take the pain out of testing for Windows on your Mac, including...

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10:10
WaterField Designs stays on a roll with the...

Let me say upfront that, in all my years of reviewing products, there have been few from WaterField Designs that haven’t impressed me. That hasn’t changed with the WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase.

Are WaterField Design products expensive? Yes. The Bolt’s price ranges from $249 to $279 depending if you want a small (which can accommodate up to a 13-inch laptop), medium, or large size (which can handle a 17-inch notebook). You get what you pay for, and the company’s products are impeccable.

The Bolt has a designated, laptop compartment for a Mac notebook, PC laptop, Surface Pro, or other device. The gadget is accessible through a quick-access zipper, which speeds up things when you pass through TSA airport security.

The Bolt is designed to accommodate everything for short business trips without the need for an extra bag. Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly for...

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10:09
Perhaps the TiVO Roamio can serve as inspiration for...

The TiVo Roamio (love the name) OTA 1TB is a great gadget to watchlive, recorded, on-demand and over-the-top television. Perhaps Apple should be "inspired" by some of its features and include them in an high end version of its Apple TV set-top box. 

The $399.99 Roamio offers a host of cool DVR features combined with favorite streaming services. It’s sorta like an Apple TV, Roku and cable box rolled into one. 

With four tuners and 1TB of storage, the OTA 1TB can access and record up to 150 hours of high-definition programming and up to four shows at once, from popular local networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and Univision, where available with an HD antenna. The TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB also gives users access to their content and subscriptions from video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video and YouTube, among others. An Apple TV DVR with such features and storage would be perfect for storing movies purchased on iTunes. 

We have multiple...

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10:08
Apple adds 37 new banks and credit unions to the the...

Apple has added 37 new banks and credit unions to the the list of financial institutions supporting Apple Pay. You can find the list here (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204916).

The mobile payment system is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, China, France, Singapore, and Switzerland. Apple has hinted that Spain is 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 France, Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Also, at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple said it would be brining online payments to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra through a new "Pay with...

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10:00
As emoji grow more popular, the “language” also...

  • Emoji in iOS 10.

    Andrew Cunningham

Emoji have become important. They’ve permeated our conversations and our messaging apps and our popular culture to a degree that no one could have anticipated just a few years ago, and when your phone or computer gets an update, new emoji are often featured prominently in the release notes or even announced in their own...

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10:00
Instagram adds event video channels to the '...

Instagram wants you to know it's more than just photos; it's about videos too. That's why the app has been investing quite a bit in surfacing them more in its Explore tab. Earlier this year, it added a video channel for easier to find clips and furth...

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10:00
Rumor: iPhone 7 could have a 256GB top storage tier

It will be SO nice when Apple finally has its event to announce the newest iPhone, since the rumor mills are running overtime right now. Those wacky folks at DigiTimes are citing industry sources and saying that the iPhone 7 (or whatever it's called) will come in a 256GB version

DigiTimes is actually the third site to report this news; Taiwanese research firm TrendForce and website MyDrivers have both conjectured about a bigger storage tier for the iPhone 7 in the past. DigiTimes says that "NAND flash vendors have increased chip prices citing strong demand for new smartphones particularly the iPhone 7 featuring up to 256GB of storage, according to industry sources."

The increased top storage tier is good news for those who use their iPhones to store mass quantities of photos, videos and other media. In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that the bottom end capacity for the iPhone 7...

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09:59
AT&T boosting data plans, dropping overage...

Carriers often try to attract switchers and new subscribers during new iPhone season, and AT&T is doing its part today by upgrading its mobile plans with some modest data upgrades at reduced costs. AT&T is also announcing that its new plans no longer include overage charges for exceeding data caps. AT&T subscribers won’t automatically be moved to these new plans, so current customers will want to compare these new rates and potentially save money with more data.

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09:46
Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts...

The seemingly inevitable demise of the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack has placed the technology world in need of a successor, and Intel this week laid out its case as to why it thinks the reversible USB-C port is the best option for accessory makers.

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09:35
How imperfections could bring down the world’s most...

The opening photo of this long article is fantastic. I saw David many years ago in Florence and was absolutely captivated by the statue.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: LG 34” UltraWide Display $310,...

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09:30
Kanye West, incest and Twitter's First...

NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.

On Nov. 11th, 2014, Kim Kardashian's ass broke the internet. Her iconic posterior, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude, graced the cover of Paper magazin...

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09:19
Retailer Target pins missed financial goals on...

Target's executives revealed in an earnings conference call that Apple sales at their stores dropped 20 percent, calling it one of the major reasons for missing earnings guidance, and forcing a revision for the next quarter as well.

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09:10
∞ Apple’s Black Hat presentation

It’s great they made the video available.

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09:07
EE's Max handset plans include free EU roaming...

EE hasn't done a great deal to mix up its tariff options this year, and you know what that means. Correct... we've got a complicated new pricing structure to chew through. The carrier has revamped its pay-monthly handset plans specifically, splitting...

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09:02
Uber takes legal action over new rules in London

In January, it decided against imposing a five-minute wait time for rides on customers of services such as Uber, which allows customers to book and pay for a taxi on their smartphones, but said that it would bring in measures including compulsory language tests.

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09:00
Intel To Manufacture Rival ARM Chips In Mobile Push

An anonymous reader writes: Chip maker Intel has entered an unlikely partnership with British semiconductor firm ARM in an effort to boost opportunities for its foundry business. The licensing agreement, which was confirmed at the Intel Development Forum in San Francisco, means that from 2017 Intel's Custom Foundry will manufacture ARM chips -- used by smartphone giants such as Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung. On the announcement of its latest earnings report, Intel was clear to highlight a shift in focus, away from the traditional PC market, to emerging areas such as the Internet of Things and mobile -- a sector dominated by one-time arch rival ARM. It seems that Intel has now decided to surrender to the latter's prominence in the field.


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09:00
Google for Education gets a host of updates as the...

Google's Chromebook has been particularly successful in the education market -- and that's helped drive its broader software platform, Google for Education. It's similar to the business offerings Google offers, with access to Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Sli...

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08:58
Happy Hour Podcast 080 | Apple TV guide, Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac catch up on new Apple exec interviews, Apple TV’s rumored guide feature, Apple Watch 2 plans, iPhone 7 details, 2017/2018 iPad rumors, and the latest MacBook details. 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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08:40
FreedomPop offers unlimited WhatsApp chats in over...

Don't want to pay a fortune for mobile service, but can't stand the thought of being unable to message your friends? FreedomPop thinks it can help. The sometimes-free carrier has launched an offer that gives you free, unlimited WhatsApp messaging i...

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08:30
TfL slides into your Twitter DMs with weekend travel...

In an extension to its partnership with Twitter, Transport for London (TfL) has announced a new pilot that will send a direct message every Thursday that will warn of weekend closures and maintenance on the city's travel routes.

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08:20
Twitter and YouTube wouldn't delete an...

Internet giants have been increasingly willing to take down extremist content, but their previous reluctance is coming back to haunt them. The UK recently convicted radical cleric Anjem Choudary (and co-defendant Mohammed Rahman) of rallying support...

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08:16
Rumors: Apple orders 10nm TSMC 'A11' chips...

As expected, TSMC has secured orders to produce 10-nanometer "A11" processors for next year's iPhones, according to sources. Separate sources meanwhile hinted on Wednesday that this year's "iPhone 7" will indeed have up to 256 gigabytes of storage.

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08:00
Daily Deal: The Mac User's Photography Bundle...

Snapheal CK at work, getting rid of powerlines! 

We're living in a great time for photography. Take a digital photograph that would have been tossed into the trash can a decade ago, and now we have amazing Mac apps with which to fix, enhance, and stylize those photos into breathtaking images. Today's Daily Deal is just what every Mac-owning photographer needs: a bundle of nine top photography apps for OS X for just $29.99.

What do you get in this bargain bundle of goodness? Do you have the time to read all of these descriptions? Here we go!

Snapheal CK

  • Erase extra objects & fix imperfections
  • Use the smart pixel identifications algorithm & cutting edge technologies to solve your photo problems
  • Fix blemishes &...
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08:00
Can big data and AI fix our criminal-justice crisis?

America, land of the free. Yeah, right. Tell that to the nearly 7 million people incarcerated in the US prison system. The United States holds the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita incarceration rate of any nation on the planet --...

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07:49
iTunes 12.5 and iOS 10 music app add lyrics to song...

Kirk McElhearn walks you through the process of showing lyrics on your Mac and iOS device. Love this.

Lyrics have been part of iTunes for a long time. Here’s Kirk on what’s new here:

You have always been able to add lyrics to files in iTunes, but iTunes didn’t display them other than in the Info window. On iOS, you could display them by tapping album artwork, if you had added lyrics to your files. So what’s new is the display in iTunes, in the Up Next popup, or in the MiniPlayer.

In addition, iTunes and iOS will now search for lyrics that you haven’t added to your tracks. This is new, and involves some sort of licensing, most likely with Gracenote.

So it’s a pretty big deal.

Agreed.

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07:49
News: Apple’s assembly sites in China hit zero-waste...

Apple has reached one of its biggest environmental goals in China, bringing all 14 of its final assembly sites into zero-waste compliance, the company said in a press release. All waste from the facilities is now either reused, recycled, composted or burned to create power. The company also announced a commitment from supplier Lens Technology to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy by 2018, making an “unprecedented” power…

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07:45
Deal with Cash Money (Drake’s label) expands Apple’s...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc., the world’s richest company, is making a documentary with Cash Money Records, one of the world’s most successful hip-hop labels.

Cash Money is home to Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake, with whom Apple already has an exclusive deal. Co-founder Bryan Williams, who performs under the stage name Birdman, posted a picture to his Instagram account on Tuesday alongside Larry Jackson, the head of Apple’s original music content, with both executives holding their chins pensively. The photo celebrated Apple agreeing to fund a documentary for the label, according to people familiar with the deal. It is not, as many had speculated after the photo, an agreement to secure all of Cash Money’s new albums exclusively, the people said.

This is Apple continuing to dip their toes in the water.

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07:45
BBC picks new weather partner after 93 years with...

Although it's been almost a year since the BBC announced its 93-year partnership with the Met Office was coming to an end, the broadcaster didn't have replacement lined up at the time. During those months, it has considered bids from various new prov...

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07:45
Intel praises killer USB-C audio features in war...

You may like your earbuds and its 3.5mm jack, but you’ll downright love USB-C headphones, Intel says. At the company’s IDF developer conference in San Francisco, Intel’s once again pushing hard for mobile devices to ditch analog audio and embrace feature-filled digital headsets.

Replacing the vaunted 3.5mm jack has evolved into a contentious issue ever since rumors surfaced that Apple would use a lightning connector for audio in the next iPhone. Similarly to the passion that surrounds Windows XP and...

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07:41
Apple Pay's August expansion surge continues...

Apple continues pushing forward with its deployment of the Apple Pay service, adding 37 new banks and credit unions to the already expansive list of supporting financial institutions.

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07:40
Apple steps up environmental efforts in China

Apple doesn’t talk about its supply chain very often, but the company does love to tout its environmental efforts. On Tuesday, Apple announced that its supplier Lens Technology has committed to using 100 percent renewable energy to manufacture glass for Apple, by the end of 2018.

Lens Technology is expected to use wind power to reach this goal. Currently, it produces glass for Apple at two factories in Changsha, Human province, in southern China. By using clean wind power, the firm will avoid releasing nearly 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.

“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, in a press...

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07:39
Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-...

According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the...

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07:38
Facebook opens up Messenger to ad bots

Right now, Facebook lets Messenger bots from brands like Expedia and HP help you make a purchase, but they can't try to sell you a new product. However, a policy change means those automated assistants will soon be able to send subscription messages,...

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07:35
Apple to boost China investments as demand slows

Reuters:

Apple Inc will boost its investment in China, one of its largest but increasingly challenging markets, and build its first Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday.

Cook made the pledge during a trip to China, at least his second in four months, as demand for Apple’s iPhones has plummeted in the world’s second-largest economy and the government remains wary about foreign technology.

Apple’s new research and development center will be built by the end of the year, Cook told Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, one of China’s most senior officials, according to CCTV, the official Chinese state broadcaster.

The center will unite Apple’s engineering and operations teams in China and is also intended to deepen the company’s ties to partners and universities, it said in a statement.

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07:34
TunesKit launches a DRM removal solution to remove...

TunesKit Studio has debuted TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a new DRM removal product for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows you to remove DRM from any Apple Music track and old iTunes M4P songs.

TunesKit Apple Music Converter can convert the DRM-ed Apple Music files from M4P to DRM-free MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B and FLAC while preserving the original ID tags and metadata, including track number, title, artist, album, genre and duration, etc. By striping DRM from Apple Music songs with this powerful DRM cracker, Apple Music users can freely transfer the unprotected Apple Music songs, albums and playlists to any device to enjoy, including the iPod, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Lenovo, Zune, and other MP3 players, according to the folks at TunesKit.

The Apple Music converter costs $34.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.

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07:31
Apple earns a dollar per customer per day

Solid read, based on analysis by Horace Dediu.

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07:26
One Chat for Mac OS X is a new, all-in-one chat/...

AppYogi Software has introduced One Chat 1.0, their new social networking app developed for Mac OS X. It’s designed to combine chat and messaging services into one simple app.

One Chat gives mobile users the opportunity to access their WhatsApp, FaceBook Messenger, Telegram, Skype, Slack messages. Users can read and reply to messaging chats via their Macs, create new groups, get all their notifications in one place, share photos and videos without having to shuffle them between the phone and the computer; and do all this on a large, easily readable screen without issue.

One Chat can be configured using a unique QR code that will be displayed in the One Chat app itself. Once that has been scanned on to a Mac, the user can access their WhatsApp and other messaging content on the computer directly.

One Chat requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $19.99 and is available at...

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07:19
Konami strikes out on its own for 'Metal Gear...

Thought you'd heard the last from the Metal Gear franchise? Despite creator Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami to form his own studio, Kojima Productions, Konami has been hard at work on its own entry into the long-running series: Metal Gear Surviv...

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07:18
∞ Microsoft: What’s a computer? Just ask Cortana.

[VIDEO] A few week’s ago, Apple put out this iPad Pro commercial, notably asking the question, “What’s a Computer?”

Microsoft has an answer, a new commercial (shown in the main post) that reminds me of the “I’m a Mac. And I’m a PC” ads of a decade ago, though this time with the roles reversed.

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07:12
Intel expects USB-C could help kill the 3.5mm audio...

Stephen Shankland, writing for CNET:

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Intel architects Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail sketched out a coming USB audio standard that could help push the 3.5mm jack aside. The new specification, due this quarter, adds features to ensure a USB headphone doesn’t drain too much battery power and defines how buttons for pausing music or lowering volume work.

This is an interesting fork in the road for the 3.5mm audio jack. One rumored path is the elimination of the 3.5mm jack from the upcoming iPhone 7, in combination with a potential lightning to 3.5mm headset adapter for legacy headsets.

This UDB-C push would be another path, another adapter for legacy headsets.

Seems to me, all roads lead to wireless headphones as the future. The short term is the replacement cycle, similar to what we went through with the elimination of the floppy drive, the CD/DVD drive, and the changeover to the lightning cable....

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07:03
News: Report: Apple going with ‘iPhone 7’ name for...

Citing a “reliable information source,” Macotakara is reporting that the new iPhone coming next month will be called “iPhone 7” despite months of speculation that the company would hold back that designation as it moves from a two-year to a three-year refresh cycle. The report also claims the expected dual-camera model will be named “iPhone 7 Plus,” backing previous reports that rumors of an “iPhone Pro”…

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07:00
Kobo's new Aura One e-reader is big and...

Whether you read before bed, in the bathtub, during your commute or at the beach, Kobo wants to be there for you. The e-reader maker just released the $229 Aura One, a 7.8-inch waterproof slate that features a colored backlight for better nighttime r...

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06:57
Apple Pay comes to dozens of additional U.S. banks...

Apple has added a second round of new Apple Pay banks and credit union partners in the United States for the month of August. These are the latest banks to work with Apple’s mobile payment service:

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06:54
Apple opens iTunes carrier billing to Japan,...

Apple has launched carrier billing options in Japan, giving residents there an alternative to using credit or gift cards when making purchases from iTunes, Apple Music, or the App Store.

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06:53
FreedomPop’s new SIM offers unlimited WhatsApp usage...

Carrier FreedomPop has long been trying to tempt wireless users to its low-cost services by offering free and low-cost data and voice packages. Today, the company sweetens the deal with the launch of a new WhatsApp SIM that offers free unlimited access to the messaging app without a data plan.

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06:49
Apple and environmental progress in China

From the linked official Apple press release:

Apple® today announced a significant commitment by major supplier Lens Technology to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy. This unprecedented commitment, combined with zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites, furthers Apple’s efforts to help manufacturers lower their carbon footprint and reduce waste in China, helping to advance China’s transition to a new green economy.

Lens Technology has committed to power all of its glass production for Apple with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018, as part of Apple’s industry-leading supply chain clean energy program announced last year. Lens is the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production, and will meet its goal through an unprecedented power purchase agreement with local wind projects.

Lens Technology is the first Chinese supplier to sign such a power purchase agreement, a notable first step in...

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06:46
Automatic’s latest car adapter includes subscription...

In a move that seems tailor-made for parents who want to ensure their kids are driving safely when they borrow the car, the latest car adapter from Automatic logs driving style even when you’re not in the car. Data is transmitted via a built-in 3G connection, with no data plan or subscription required …

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06:45
Fitbit's new Charge 2 and Flex 2 wearables leak

Fitbit's Charge and Flex sports trackers are two and three years old, respectively, so a recent trademark listing stoked rumors that new models would come soon. We can now see what the Flex 2 and Charge 2 probably look like, thanks to a leak from Tec...

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06:37
Uber takes legal action against TfL over new taxi...

It's safe to say that Uber isn't particularly happy with the changes to London's private hire regulations. The Transport for London (TfL) board approved new measures earlier this year, but only recently did the authority publish the finer details, wh...

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06:34
Apple’s Reliability Director is going to Tesla to...

With some high profile exceptions, it is generally accepted that Apple ships some of the most reliable high-tech products out there – at least if you believe the customer satisfaction reports. Things are far murkier for Tesla in that department, especially at its relatively early age. more…

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06:33
Apple partnering with Cash Money Records on an...

Apple has entered into an agreement with Cash Money Records — whose artists include Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Young Money and Birdman — to create a documentary about Cash Money and Birdman, which will air exclusively on Apple Music, reports Bloomberg. However, the deal is NOT an agreement to secure all of Cash Money's new albums exclusively, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the deal.”

Apple has previously worked with with Drake in the past. His latest album, Views, was an Apple Music exclusive for a week when it launched in April.

The Cash Money Records documentary would mark another step in Apple's effort to develop television programming. It has signed up Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk and will.i.am as judges for its Planet of the Apps reality show, which will see app developers...

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06:32
News: Apple making a documentary with hip-hop label...

Apple is making a documentary with Cash Money Records, home to hip-hop stars like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake, Bloomberg reports. Cash Money co-founder Bryan Williams posted a picture of himself standing alongside Larry Jackson, the head of Apple’s original music content, to celebrate the new deal. People familiar with the arrangement said Apple is funding a documentary about the label, not securing all of Cash Money’s new albums…

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06:22
Apple to open its first retail store in Austria

As noted by 9to5Mac, Austrian newspaper derStandard is reporting that Apple is close to finalizing contracts to open its first Apple Store in the country. It will be located on the upmarket shopping street Kärntner Straße in Vienna, but no opening date is mentioned in the article.

Kärntner Straße (pictured) is the most famous shopping street in central Vienna. It runs from the Stephansplatz out to the Wiener Staatsoper at Karlsplatz on the Ringstraße. The first record of Kärntner Straße is from 1257, as Strata Carintianorum, which refers to its importance as a trade route to the southern province of Carinthia.

With the opening of the store, Apple will have 488 retail stores in 21 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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06:15
Microsoft back to mocking the iPad in its latest...

Microsoft has a lot of form for using Surface ads to make fun of the iPad, even if it has to mislead to do so. More recently, it seemed to be targeting Macs rather than iPads, but its...

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06:14
Rumor: The ‘iPhone 7’ won’t come in a ‘pro’ version

Despite earlier rumors, the upcoming iPhone upgrade will simply be dubbed the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.” There won’t be an “iPhone 7 Pro,” according to a Macotakara report — as noted by AppleInsider. I agree.

The higher-end smartphone is expected to have a dual lens camera. Depending on which rumor you believe, the next gen iPhone will be waterproof, dustproof, and support wireless charging.

According to the global research firm TrendForce, the major hardware highlights include expanded storage for all models and dual-camera specifically for the 5.5-inch model. The iPhone 7 — pictured here in fanciful mock-ups — will be generally consistent with its predecessor appearance-wise, according to the...

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06:02
External Link: Tekserve Auctioning Historic Mac...

Legendary New York City Apple shop Tekserve has closed its doors for retail business and will be auctioning off items from the store on 23 August 2016. The jewel of the auction will be Tekserve’s Macintosh collection, which is valued at between $12,000 and $14,000. The collection of 35 computers includes a first-generation Macintosh signed by Steve Wozniak, a NeXTCube, a 20th Anniversary Macintosh, an original iMac, a G4 Cube, and more. The collection also includes miscellaneous other bits of technology, like cameras, radios, and typewriters.

 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Apple MFi-Certified Lightning...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a three-pack of Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cables for only $21.99 — that’s 61% off the regular price. These are official Apple cables, and in this deal you’ll get three for one great price, giving you extra for charging your iPhone, iPad, or iPod on the go or at home, work, and school.

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05:56
Apple announces 'significant'...

Apple has announced a “significant commitment” by major supplier Lens Technology to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy. This unprecedented commitment, combined with zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites, furthers Apple’s efforts to help manufacturers lower their carbon footprint and reduce waste in China, helping to advance China’s transition to a new green economy, according to Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

Lens Technology has committed to power all of its glass production for Apple with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2018, as part of Apple’s supply chain clean energy program announced last year. Lens is the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production, and will meet its goal through an unprecedented power purchase agreement with local wind projects, says Jackson.

Lens Technology engages in the research and development, production, and sale...

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05:50
Apple says all 14 final assembly sites in China now...

Apple has announced that all 14 of its final assembly plants in China are now zero-waste compliant, meaning that none of the waste is sent to landfill. Waste products are instead recycled, re-used, composted or burned to generate energy.

Typically, paper and cardboard are sent to paper mills for recycling, glass & metal is melted for re-use, plastic is recycled into packaging materials and food is composted …

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05:48
'iPhone 7' expected to continue Apple...

This September's expected debut of the iPhone won't see a change in Apple's existing naming patterns, with a recent report denying the existence of the "iPhone 7 Pro," and declaring that the new models will simply be called the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus."

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05:34
First Apple Store in Austria on the way, says paper...

Austrian newspaper derStandard is reporting that Apple is close to finalizing contracts to open its first Apple Store in the country, on the upmarket shopping street Kärntner Straße in Vienna. Kärntner Straße (shown below) is described as ‘a magnet for international brands,’ with most major retail chains having a presence there.

The company is said to be taking over the flagship premises occupied by fashion company Esprit …

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05:15
Tekserve closes fabled New York store, will auction...

An amazing collection of Apple and Mac history is going on the auction block next month.

Tekserve, once the go-to third-party repair shop for Apple products in New York City, announced last month that it would be closing shop on August 15 after being in business since 1987. Now that Tekserve has officially closed shop, Apple fans will have the opportunity to purchase some museum-worthy vintage Apple and NeXT gear through auction.

An assortment of the auction items are valued at relatively low prices and there’s even a Tekserve store sign up for grabs.

Some of the more interesting items up for auction include a melted Macintosh that the repair shop kept, several Think Different Apple posters from the iconic ad campaign, an iPod mini...

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05:00
Intel licenses ARM to use chip manufacturing capacity

Intel has announced that it’s licensing technology from rival ARM Holdings Plc.

The two chipmakers unveiled the agreement Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The accord will let Intel offer third-party semiconductor companies its most advanced 10-nanometer production lines for manufacturing the complex chips usually used in smartphones.

Intel, which receives most of its profits from its processor business, has failed to gain ground in the emerging smartphone market, which until now has been dominated by ARM. Under Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich, Intel is trying to persuade other chipmakers to use its factories for their production. Adding licenses for ARM’s technology could open up that business to fabricating chips based on those designs for companies...

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05:00
The Growing Scourge of Cyberbullying, Part 2


The digitization of everything has decreased the degrees of separation between everyone. While that interconnectedness has solved many problems, old and new, digitization has worsened one age-old problem: bullying. An online bullying epidemic is now pushing parents, teens, teachers and technology companies to try even harder to mitigate the misery inflicted on its victims.
The connection between bullying and suicide is deeper than once believed, an updated report from the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates. Suicide was identified as the No. 2 cause of teen deaths.

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04:44
‘Reliable source’ says this year’s iPhone will...

With everyone (ourselves included) using the term ‘iPhone 7’ to refer to this year’s iPhone, it can be easy to forget that the name isn’t a given. With the new iPhone expected to be only a minor iteration on the iPhone 6/6s design-wise – effectively a second ‘S’ year – there have been suggestions that Apple might use some other naming scheme to reflect the fact.

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04:32
External Link: Developer Survey Dings Mac App Store

DevMate, a development and distribution platform for Mac developers, conducted a survey of 679 Mac developers to get their thoughts on the Mac App Store. Interestingly, 42 percent of respondents sell on both the Mac App Store and outside of it; however, those who sell both ways see roughly equivalent revenue from both channels. Overall, developers were overwhelmingly negative in their appraisal of the Mac App Store, leading to astonishingly low Net Promoter Score ratings. What ticks developers off the most? The Mac App Store’s unclear and unwieldy review process, the 30 percent transaction fees, the lack of upgrades and trials, and no two-way communication with customers. If only an interviewer would ask Tim Cook about these findings!

 

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04:16
As Apple expected to adopt Lightning for audio,...

With Apple looking all but certain to be dropping the 3.5mm headphone socket in favor of audio via the Lightning socket of the iPhone 7, Intel backs the move to digital audio but suggests Apple is using the wrong connector, at least in its iOS devices.

The chipmaker has announced that it will be adding digital audio to the USB-C spec later this year, reports CNET, and that this will be ‘the right connector for audio’ …

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03:59
Intel enters licensing technology deal with ARM...

Intel has announced a licensing technology deal with rival ARM Holdings. The two chipmakers, whose designs and technology dominate in computing and mobile, unveiled the agreement Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The accord will let Intel offer third-party semiconductor companies its most advanced 10-nanometer production lines for manufacturing the complex chips usually used in smartphones. Currently, Apple produces custom-designed ARM-based chips manufactured by companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. However, with Intel and ARM's new licensing deal, Apple (and other manufacturers) could decide to use Intel to fabricate its chips. 

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21:35
Apple touts environmental progress in China, says...

Apple on Tuesday announced ongoing advances in an effort to make its Chinese supply chain environmentally friendly, throwing a spotlight on Lens Technology, the first Chinese supplier to commit to a clean energy process for components manufactured for Apple products.

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18:50
Intel foundries to manufacture ARM-based smartphone...

Intel on Tuesday announced it has reached an agreement with rival ARM Holdings to produce 10-nanometer ARM chip designs at its advanced fabrication facilities, a strategy targeting smartphone chipmakers.

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17:11
Video of Apple's Black Hat 2016 presentation...

The full video of Apple's presentation at this year's Black Hat security conference was posted to YouTube on Tuesday, offering viewers a deep dive into iOS security mechanisms, from backbone synchronization service iCloud to new systems like HomeKit.

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16:45
Retail head Angela Ahrendts attends opening of new...

Yesterday evening, we shared a handful of first-look images and videos of Apple’s new retail location in the World Trade Center, but the store officially opened to the public earlier today. Given the landmark size and location of the store, Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts was in the house for the opening.

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