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Monday June 13

12:35
New file system spotted in macOS Sierra [Updated]


Now that the WWDC keynote is over, Apple has published the names of the developer sessions to attendees at the conference. Previously masked by placeholder names, there are a bunch of events that folks can now plan on attending—including, apparently, a session discussing Apple's new file system for macOS.

Dubbed APFS, for "Apple File System," the session description implies that the new file system is a replacement for the aged HFS+ file system, which has been used in one form or another by OS X since its launch back in 2001....

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12:33
Sponsor: The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera...

The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.

Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures.

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12:31
News: Apple’s next tvOS update introduces Single...

During this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco today, Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, provided more details on its next-generation version of tvOS. While Cue conspicuously omitted any kind of version number, he highlighted key features in the next tvOS release, including a redesigned Apple Remote app for iOS that will provide the full capabilities of the Siri Remote, including voice…

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12:23
News: Apple announces watchOS 3

During today’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Apple’s VP of Technology, Kevin Lynch took the wraps off watchOS 3, the next generation of the company’s operating system for its wearable device. Available today as a developer preview, and scheduled for public release in the fall, watchOS 3 will significantly enhance the speed at which favorite apps load and update information on the device. The update also…

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12:06
WWDC 2016: Apple Pay coming to online transactions...

Apple’s looking to bring Apple Pay to the Web.

Among the mucho announcements during the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company will begin incorporating “Pay with Apple Pay” buttons. The new feature will be available when the latest version of macOS, Sierra, becomes available to Mac users this fall.

Federighi said the online “Apple Pay” button will require users to authenticate their identity from a TouchID device—iPhone or Apple Watch—to preserve the security of their transactions.

Since Apple Pay’s inception in October 2014, the technology has been confined to real-world brick-and-mortar locations, the method transferring over to purchases made from iOS apps. Today’s announcement pushes Apple...

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11:47
Goodbye, A5: iOS 10 ends support for iPhone 4S, iPad...

Enlarge / RIP iPhone 4S, we knew ye all-too-well. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Update: This page claims that the iPad 2, iPad Mini, and 5th-generation iPod Touch are supported by iOS 10, but Apple's developer beta site doesn't have beta builds available for those devices, and the support list used in the WWDC presentation didn't list any of them either. We've emailed Apple to confirm which page is correct and will update again when we get a response.

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple has just announced the hardware support list for iOS 10, the next version of its smartphone and tablet OS that will be released in beta form soon and in final form later this year. After a surprising...

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11:42
PSA: macOS Sierra drops support for many Macs from...

Enlarge / Older Macs like this late 2008 MacBook Pro are getting the axe in Sierra. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—For the first time since Mountain Lion was released in 2012, a new Mac operating system release will end support for older hardware. Older Macs, mostly models from 2007, 2008, and 2009, won't run this fall's new macOS Sierra.

To run Sierra, you'll need:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

Many of these Macs were already missing out on Yosemite and El Capitan-era features like AirDrop, Continuity, and the Metal graphics API.

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11:15
Apple Announces Its New Desktop OS macOS Sierra...

After playing with the names of cats and a few California landmarks, Apple at WWDC 2016 announced that its desktop operating system will now be called macOS -- and its first version update is macOS Sierra. It comes with a range of new features including Siri, the digital voice assistant. The move comes roughly a year and a half after Microsoft brought its Cortana virtual assistant to desktop platform Windows 10. Sierra also supports Apple Pay payment service via Safari web browser. Ars Technica reports about some other features of macOS Sierra: Universal Clipboard answers a longstanding complaint of Mac and iOS users -- copying and pasting now works automatically between an iOS device and a desktop Mac device. iCloud now plays an expanded sync role, too, letting you move files and folders from Mac to Mac or from Mac to iOS. Another new feature called Optimized Storage can sweep through old documents and files and push them to iCloud, clearing up local disk space for other uses. It...

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10:57
Musk Envisions Wagon Train to Mars


Elon Musk fleshed out his vision for establishing the first colony on Mars in a recent interview. As soon as 2018, Musk's SpaceX venture could launch an unmanned spacecraft to the red planet, he said, and that could be followed by future unmanned flights every two years -- timed for when the Earth and Mars orbits position the planets closest together. A cargo route to Mars would need to be established in advance of any manned trip, Musk said, and he compared the supply trips to trains leaving a station at regular intervals.

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10:51
Apple announced iOS 10 for iPhones and iPads at WWDC...

Apple Music on iOS 10, with Senior VP Eddy Cue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple today announced iOS 10, a new major version of its operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

There will be a public beta available in July, and it will be a free upgrade to all compatible devices this fall. There will also be a developer preview available today. Apple made the announcement at its WWDC keynote.

iOS 10 has a redesigned control center with interactive notifications and improvements to widgets (such as those that show calendar and weather information). 3D Touch can now do more: for example, you can press your screen to...

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10:40
Goodbye, OS X: Apple’s new desktop OS is “macOS...

As has become tradition at WWDC, Apple has announced the next version of its Mac operating system: Sierra. Of course, the real change is that, after fifteen years, Apple has finally ditched the "OS X" moniker. All things old are new again, and the new operating system will simply be called "macOS." We don't yet know if Sierra carries a "10.12" version number, but with developers getting their hands on the OS later today, we should soon have that question answered.

Apple's Craig Federighi ran through a whole bunch of new features to be included in the revised operating system. He started by mentioning Continuity and Auto-Unlock, which now combine to let you seamlessly unlock a desktop or laptop Mac merely by bringing your Apple Watch close, using what Federighi described as "time-of-flight networking" to detect the watch's proximity. It was unclear from the presentation whether or not this feature is an Apple Watch exclusive; Federighi...

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10:35
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Does this mean LinkedIn will get more or less annoying?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:32
Apple will update tvOS with Sling, sports, apps, and...

Eddy Cue is an Apple senior vice president. (credit: Apple)

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue announced Monday that there will be new content available for the Apple TV platform.

At the company's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco, Cue showed off new support for Sling and Siri. Apple TV will also now allow "single sign-on" to cable networks, but Cue did not explain exactly how that feature would work.

Apple's new "Live Tune-In" uses Siri to allow users to simply say aloud what channel they want to watch; for example, Cue quickly popped into a soccer game on ESPN 2. That voice search feature also includes searching YouTube as well, so you can watch Steph Curry sink threes all day.

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10:10
watchOS 3.0 promises faster app loads, better...

Today at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for the Apple Watch. Apple's main focus with this watchOS update is to make the device easier and more intuitive to use.

Faster and more “familiar”

First, Apple's Kevin Lynch showed off how much faster watchOS 3 is compared to the previous version. Watch apps now launch instantly instead of taking a few seconds to load. Overall, watchOS 3 is about seven times faster than watchOS 2, which should make all activity on the watch more seamless. The OS update will also allow background app updates, which adds to increased speed and efficiency of the entire system.

Apple added a number of UI updates to the OS to make it more "familiar" and easier to use. There's a new dock where you can get information from your favorite apps without fully opening them, and a Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from...

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09:57
Google and the Birth of the People-Delivery Drone


Larry Page is rumored to be building a flying car, apparently dropping a whopping $100M into the effort. Surprisingly, this actually makes more sense to me than a self-driving car does, because it potentially solves two problems at once: You won't have to fly the thing yourself; and it eliminates the need for roads for those who commute to work. If we go to drone delivery and take into account advances in 3D printing for much of the stuff we use, then roads could become like railroad tracks -- just used for moving heavy stuff.

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09:38
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0.5, Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6, iTunes 12.4.1, Audio Hijack 3.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11.

 

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09:38
ExtraBITS for 13 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Microsoft is buying the professional network LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, Glenn Fleishman exposes two-factor authentication’s weakness, we learn why you shouldn’t share Web links via Facebook Messenger, Apple shares some big changes coming to the App Store, AgileBits launches 1Password Teams, and we find out where people are embarrassed to use Siri.

 

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08:31
Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder,...

Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

Apple is set to host a keynote presentation on Monday, where it’s highly anticipated to announce that Siri voice controls will be...

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08:13
IconFactory celebrates 20th anniversary with old-...

This could be pretty nifty.

The IconFactory has released BitCam, a small graphics app that creates a retro feel for the pictures on your iOS device.

Created to celebrate the IconFactory’s 20th anniversary, the app is done in something of a Mac OS 6 feel, complete with old camera click sounds when you take a picture and an old-school color palette to boot.

BitCam is available for $1.99 and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried BitCam and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via IconFactory and the App Store

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08:00
I said "No predictions," but...

OK, during the past week I've made at least two tweets in which I said I wouldn't make any predictions about the WWDC keynote. But I'm sorry, I have been an Apple geek since 1984, I attended many of the WWDC events in the early 1990s, and I have a vested interest in the continuing success of the company -- both as a business owner and as a shareholder. So here are my predictions for the upcoming keynote:

  • macOS 12 is announced (no more OS X 10.12.x BS), along with tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and iOS 10
  • A new, advanced Siri is demoed and announced, along with word that the 4th-generation Apple TV will act as an "Amazon Echo"-type of home intelligent assistant and that Siri will work on macOS 12. A Siri SDK will also be announced
  • New HealthKit initiatives will be announced, along with word that Apple has received FDA approval to measure blood pressure with Apple Watch
  • The Apple News app is updated to include video, and publishers are given...
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07:00
WALTR: Get an AWT exclusive 30% discount

Many past and present Apple World Today staffers are fans of Softorino's WALTR, an OS X (or shall we call it macOS?) app that speedily converts and transfers any video or music file over to your iPhone or iPad. 

It doesn't matter what music format (FLAC, MP3, ALAC), video format (MKV, AVI, MP4) or ringtone file (M4R) you have on your Mac. Just run WALTR with your iPhone or iPad attached to the Mac, and the files are converted to the proper formats for the Apple Music and Videos apps. 

Softorino has been a great supporter of Apple World Today in the past, and their support continues with this 30% discount on any WALTR license. Whether it's the single license (usually $29.95) or the $79.95 WALTR family pack, you'll be able to chop 30% off the top immediately just because you visited our site.

To take a...

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06:52
News: What to watch for during today’s WWDC Keynote

Expectations are high ahead of today’s WWDC keynote, with big improvements to Siri assumed to be a focal point of the event. Apple is expected to release a third-party Siri SDK for developers and is rumored to be putting out some kind of Siri-capable hardware device to rival Amazon’s Echo, though the latter isn’t expected to make an appearance today. “Sweeping changes” to Apple Music are also anticipated as part of the…

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06:50
Foxconn chairman tells staff to expect 'feeble...

The chairman of Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is reportedly telling subordinates that demand for Apple iPhones will stay weak until early next year, despite an anticipated fall launch for new models.

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06:33
News: BMW including CarPlay option in 2017 M3 and M4...

On the heels of news that BMW is bringing CarPlay to its 2016 X5 M and X6 M models this summer, Bimmerpost News reports the feature will also be available in the 2017 M3 Sedan, M4 Convertible and M4 Coupe. The site points to the company’s 2017 pricing guide, which lists CarPlay as an available upgrade for each vehicle at a cost of $300. While the pricing options in the guide take effect in June, the CarPlay entry appears to indicate it won’t…

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06:20
External Link: Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2...

Microsoft has announced that it is buying the professional networking service LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The acquisition brings with it the training Web site Lynda.com, which LinkedIn bought last year. Microsoft said that LinkedIn, which boasts over 400 million users, will retain its current leadership and independence. What’s less clear is how Microsoft will connect LinkedIn with Office 365 and its other services, or if LinkedIn will remain largely separate.

 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable for only $24.95 — that’s 28% off the regular price. Completely woven from stainless steel, this is a strong, durable and tangle-free charging solution for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and it’s tough enough to use in just about any environment or take out on the go with you.

Get the Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable now for only $24.95...

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05:58
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn professional social...

Microsoft and LinkedIn announced today that the two companies would become one after Microsoft purchases outstanding shares at $196  in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash.

The new organization will give Microsoft a big social graph for professional life and is interestingly announced just hours before Apple’s WWDC.

LinkedIn also owns the popular Pulse Reader for iOS/Web.

more…

Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: LinkedIn,...

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05:55
Microsoft buys professional social networking...

Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion, bringing more than 433 million members of the social networking site under the Redmond, Wash., company's banner.

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05:46
Share Passwords Securely with One-Time Secret

If you’ve ever needed to send someone a password via email or instant messaging, you might have worried that a bad guy could somehow intercept it or discover it after the fact. For a solution, check out the free One-Time Secret service.

 

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05:15
Popular Science takes us on a tour of Apple’s...

We’re following construction progress of Apple’s Campus 2 via a series of drone videos and renders, but Popular Science got invited in for a closer look at some of the unique features of the building.

The piece starts out with some stats, among them that there are around 3,000 sheets of glass, the heaviest of which weighs 7000 pounds. And it’s the glass that’s been one of the great challenges of the project …

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged:...

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05:00
Daily Deal: IDrive Unlimited Mobile Backup Lifetime...

Maybe you don't trust iCloud or don't want to pay Apple for the right to backup your iOS data to the service. Perhaps you're thinking about defecting to the Android world and want a way to take all of that iOS data with you. Here's just the answer for you: a lifetime subscription to IDrive's Unlimited Mobile Backup service for just $10 -- that's 79% off the regular price!

Everything that's backed up by IDrive is secured with 256-bit AES encryption. With this unlimited Lifetime Mobile Backup Plan, you can back up contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and even more for up to 5 devices. Check out these details:

  • 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key
  • Back up your iOS device and...
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04:51
With Xbox One S expected today, iOS remote app...

With Microsoft expected to launch a 4K Xbox One S console today, the company has updated its iOS app, now renamed to just Xbox…

more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Microsoft, Xbox iPhone app, Xbox SmartGlass ...

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04:34
How much extra would a US-made iPhone cost? MIT has...

With two Presidential candidates saying that Apple should be making more of its products in the USA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done the sums to see just how practical it would be for Apple to manufacture iPhones in its home market.

The question, of course, isn’t a simple one: you first need to define your terms. Does it just mean assembling iPhones here rather than in China, or does it mean sourcing components from the U.S. too? The MIT analysis considered both scenarios, starting with assembly-only …

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Filed under: AAPL Company,...

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04:30
Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager is what Apple’s Disk...

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) is a new system and data management solution for managing, protecting, backing up, and restoring OS X systems.

It’s a solid release for a version 1.0 app. My favorite feature of Hard Disk Manager is its ability to create recovery media to get your Mac back on track in case of a disaster.

The Bootable Media Builder creates a bootable flash stick or external disk to boot your Mac for maintenance when OS X fails to start up or SIP (more on that in a moment) restricts writing to disks. The native OS X Recovery HD partition is used as a basis for the prepared media. If you don’t have it, the wizard won’t work. Also, the data on the disk you select will be lost. 

The Bootable Media Builder works reasonably well,...

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04:00
Why haven’t you customized your Mac OS X Toolbar?

I’m teaching a class on Mac basics at University of Texas Informal Classes and It freaks me out that not a single one of my students knew you could customize the Toolbar and Sidebar. And that’s a shame since they’re two powerful features that have been around since time immemorial and are common to all Finder windows in all versions of OS X.

If your Sidebar is still just as Apple shipped it, you’re about to see how to make it über-useful. And for those who’ve customized their Sidebar, let me show you a few of my favorite tricks for making it work smarter.

On Making Your Toolbar Work Smarter

You probably know that in the Finder, you can choose View-->Customize Toolbar to add or remove items from the Toolbar. And, if you didn’t, you do now:

 

What you probably don’t know is that you can also add any folder or file to your Toolbar by holding down the Command key and dragging the item onto the Toolbar.

In the figure...

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02:58
You aren’t going to hate a ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7...

Last week, a rumor said that Apple was getting rid of the space gray iPhone and replacing it with a ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7.  Most folks, myself included, didn’t really like the idea of Apple’s default iPhone color shifting to a blue variant.

But, just as he did with the MacBook Pro’s rumored upcoming OLED display, Mockup designer Martin Hajek is back with some beautiful iPhone 7 renderings in a deep blue color. All of a sudden, this deep blue...

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00:29
Some Dish subscribers will miss NBA and NHL playoff...

There's bad news for some folks hoping to catch the NBA or NHL finals today. The Tribune network, which owns WGN and affiliates for FOX, CBS and other networks, is no longer available on Dish. As usual with such disputes (which often involve Dish), t...

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Sunday June 12

22:55
NASA aims to predict dust storms on Mars

If NASA is going to send people to Mars, it needs to predict the planet's weather. You don't want to land in the middle of a ferocious storm that wipes out your entire mission. Thankfully, the space agency just took a step toward making that happen...

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18:44
Some low hanging fruit for Apple to pick at WWDC 2016

On Monday, Apple will finally reveal an assortment of new technologies and initiatives it's been working on over the past year. Here's a look at some of the ideas Apple likely--or hopefully--has on its agenda.

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15:32
Siri response raises hopes for 'dark mode...

A curious response from Apple's Siri indicates the virtual assistant will soon support "dark mode" settings, suggesting forthcoming integration with OS X, or a highly anticipated introduction of dark mode functionality on iOS.

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14:32
Facebook to users: Download Moments or say goodbye...

Facebook is becoming ever more aggressive at pushing users toward its expanded universe of services. First, it worked to push users toward its Messenger app instead of using the chat feature in the standard Facebook mobile app and site. Now, it’s coming for your synced photos.

As TheNextWeb reported Saturday, Facebook is notifying users who automatically synced photos between their phones and Facebook that it’ll soon delete those photos—unless you download the Facebook Moments app, that is.

To read this article in full...

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13:24
BMW will support CarPlay in its 2017 M3 and M4

Earlier this year, a leaked pricing list indicated that BMW was set to bring CarPlay support to its X5 M and X6 M models this year, a first for the company. Now, BMW’s pricing list for the 2017 M3 and M4 have emerged, and it again lists CarPlay as an option for customers.

more…

Filed under: CarPlay Tagged: CarPlay ...

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12:34
New York Thieves Wearing Apple Store T-Shirts Steal...

An anonymous reader quotes this article from a TV station in New York about a "brazen daylight heist" made possible by wearing the right t-shirt:
Two thieves put on Apple store employee T-shirts and headed past the Genius Bar to the repair room, grabbed what they could and walked out with more than $16,000 worth of stolen iPhones... Police said just one hour before, the same thieves may have stolen three iPhones 6's worth $1,900 from the Apple Store on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in the West Village... Earlier this year, three thieves pulled off two similar, but much more lucrative heists, at the Upper West Side Apple Store at Broadway and 67th Street, a training center for Apple employees. Once again, they dressed as Apple employees and stole a total of $49,000 worth of iPhones.


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12:30
Liveblog: Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote starts Monday at...

Enlarge / Developers wandering the halls of the Moscone Center during WWDC 2015. (credit: Megan Geuss)

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: a two-hour keynote extravaganza in which Apple unveils and describes its major software and platform updates. We'll be liveblogging the whole thing as usual, and you can join us on Monday June 13 at 10:00am Pacific (1:00pm Eastern) to find out more about the replacements for El Capitan, iOS 9, and more.

Current rumors indicate that Siri will be a focus for both iOS and OS X—developers will finally be given access to an API for Apple's assistant, and it will supposedly be available on the Mac for the...

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09:34
Feds Ask Supreme Court To Void Apple's $400...

An anonymous reader quotes the San Jose Mercury News technology blog: "The $400 million awarded to Apple in a patent-infringement case against Samsung is a moving target... On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a "friend of the court" brief to the Supreme Court, asking justices to void the $400 million award and send the case back to a lower court to determine if a new trial is needed... Samsung has argued that it should be liable only for profits attributable to a specific design that violated a patent, not an entire phone, and that the law should be interpreted to impose liability related to "components of the phones, rather than the phones themselves, according to the brief. The department came down on Samsung's side on the component argument, and blasted a federal circuit court ruling that had upheld the jury award.
Ironically, earlier this week Steve Wozniak was praising Samsung for its innovation, both in virtual reality headsets and with a Samsung camera that...

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09:00
STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack

STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack

With all the talk about the 12-inch MacBook, it's hard for some people to remember that Apple makes an amazing 15-inch MacBook Pro. With the power of the top-end MacBook Pro comes a necessity to keep it protected while in transit, and that's why the STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack (US$99.95) is a perfect product for the current or prospective MacBook Pro owner.

Design

Over the years we've seen some good and bad backpack designs for laptops. The best ones are usually sleekly designed with no dangling straps or unnecessary frills, and that's the case with the Haven backpack. It comes in four different colors -- black, Frost Grey, Moroccan Blue, and steel -- and is made of a tough 300 denier dobby.

The inside of the backpack is lined 200 denier poly that creates a smooth surface for easy...

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08:44
This nine-year-old girl is WWDC’s youngest attendee

She started coding at seven. When I was nine, I couldn’t even spell “programming”, let alone do it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:13
External Link: Two-Factor Authentication’s Weak Point

Two-factor authentication makes your accounts more secure by requiring something else in addition to a password to log in. However, its weak point was recently exposed, as attackers gained access to Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson’s Twitter account despite his use of two-factor authentication. Many two-factor systems rely on codes sent via SMS text messaging, but unfortunately, cellular carriers turn out to be easy targets for social engineering. Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld, explains the vulnerability and how to better secure your cellular accounts against troublemakers.

 

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00:34
It Took 33 Years To Find the Easter Egg In This...

Jason Koebler writes: Gumball, a game released in 1983 for the Apple II and other early PCs, was never all that popular. For 33 years, it held a secret that was discovered this week by anonymous crackers who not only hacked their way through advanced copyright protection, but also became the first people to discover an Easter Egg hidden by the game's creator, Robert A. Cook. Best of all? Cook congratulated them Friday for their work.
The article attributes the discovery to a game-cracker named 4am, who's spent years cracking the DRM on old Apple II games to upload them to the Internet Archive. "Because almost all of the games are completely out of print, all-but-impossible to find, and run only on old computers, 4am is looked at as more of a game preservation hero than a pirate."


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Saturday June 11

23:50
Review: Philips Hue White Ambiance kit delivers bang...

Philips' latest entry into the Hue smartbulb line should strike a good balance between cost and features for most people, even if there are some rough edges the company could stand to polish.

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22:50
WhatsApp can quote messages you want to respond to

WhatsApp now has the ability to quote messages you want to reply to, which sounds especially useful for group chats with friends or family. Only problem is, it's unclear if everyone already has access to it. It first came out a day ago or so as an ex...

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20:30
NSA Couldn't Hack San Bernardino Shooter's...

The FBI did turn to NSA when it was trying to hack into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, according to an NSA official. But to many's surprise, one of the world's most powerful intelligence agencies couldn't hack into that particular iPhone 5c model. "We don't do every phone, every variation of phone," said Richard Ledgett, the NSA's deputy director. "If we don't have a bad guy who's using it, we don't do that." According to Ledgett, apparently the agency has to prioritize its resources and thus it doesn't know how to get into every popular gadget. According to the report, the agency is now looking to exploit Internet of Things, including biomedical devices. The Intercept reports: Biomedical devices could be a new source of information for the NSA's data hoards -- "maybe a niche kind of thing ... a tool in the toolbox," he said, though he added that there are easier ways to keep track of overseas terrorists and foreign intelligence agents. When asked if the entire scope of the...

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20:05
'Star Wars: Battlefront' gets Lando and...

You won't have to wait too much longer to fill the Cloud City-sized hole in Star Wars: Battlefront's content. EA has revealed that the promised Bespin DLC will arrive on June 21st for Season Pass holders, and two weeks later (July 5th) for everyone e...

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18:34
Cyanogen 13.1 adds Microsoft features to OnePlus One...

You'll find an important update waiting on your OnePlus One, if you haven't installed it yet: Cyanogen OS 13.1. The OS' latest version is "MOD ready," which means the manufacturer can tweak parts of the Android-based platform it couldn't before. In f...

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17:01
Your original Moto 360 isn't getting Android...

Android Wear is turning 2 years old, but it won't be a happy anniversary if you're one of the platform's earliest adopters. Following a similar warning by LG for the G Watch, Motorola is saying that the original Moto 360 won't get Android Wear 2.0 w...

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16:41
New Apple Campus 2 tour highlights 'breathing...

A new tour of Apple's Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino -- due to start operations in early 2017 -- offers a close-up glimpse of the building's progress, and some of its unique architectural details.

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16:32
Default Folder X 5.0.5

Adds support for Geneious and the recently released Alfred 3. ($34.95 new, free update from version 5, 8.1 MB)

 

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16:05
Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6

Adds new Guided Upright tool to straighten images and fix horizons. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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10:21
Siri query returns response about Mac OS X Finder...

Just a few days before Apple is widely expected to unveil Siri for Mac, a prompt to the voice-driven personal assistant on iPhone is mentioning the OS X file management application, Finder.

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10:00
Drops and Spills Don't Faze Samsung Galaxy S7...


The water- and shatter-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Active on Friday became available exclusively from AT&T through its website or at its brick-and-mortar stores. Consumers who have eligible service can get the Galaxy S7 Active for $26.50 monthly for 30 months on AT&T Next, or $33.13 monthly for 24 months on AT&T Next Every Year. With a new two-year wireless agreement, customers who opt for AT&T Next also can get a free Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, with qualified wireless service provided for both devices.

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09:30
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Most Tablet Specs Suck?

Slashdot reader Qbertino describes himself as a "happy tablet user," moving from an old HTC Flyer to his Yoga 2. But he notes that most other tablets "have laughable battery times," and "I've yet to find a tablet that does not give me storage or memory problems in some way or other, lasts for a day or two in power and doesn't feel chintzy and like it won't stand a month of regular everyday use and carrying around..." He asks why none of the manufacturers seem willing to offer more than one gigabyte of RAM -- and why they're so stingy with storage. "Where is the rugged 16GB RAM / 1TB Storage / 20-hour battery tablet?"

So leave your educated opinions in the comments. What are your thoughts on the current tablet market? And are they the ultimate all-purpose "convergence" device that Apple and Ubuntu seem to think they are?


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08:30
Apple Is Fighting A Secret War To Keep You From...

It's no secret that Apple makes a ton of money by charging 'astronomical' fee for replacing and fixing display and other components of iPhone and iPad (as well as Mac line). For instance, the company charges $599 for replacing the display on the iPad Pro tablet. Which sounds insane when you realize that you can almost certainly purchase a new iPad Pro under $700. And this is what most people do. A Huffington Post article notes that this behavior has contributed significantly in "generating heaps of e-waste." Citing many advocates, the publication claims that Apple has "opposed legislation that could help curb it." From the report: The Huffington Post spoke with politicians in two states who support such legislation, and confirmed through government filings that Apple has lobbied on the issue. Four states -- Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and New York -- have considered adopting "right to repair" amendments, which would update existing laws regarding the sale of electronic...

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08:24
This week’s top stories: WWDC 2016 preview, MacBooks...

In this week’s top stories: WWDC coverage kicked into full gear ahead of Apple’s event on Monday, we discussed USB-C and upcoming MacBook Pros, and Apple announced welcomed subscription and revenue changes for the App Store.

Apple’s plan to become an energy company by selling off its excess renewable electricity was revealed this week, and we also showed you how to drive a 4K display at 60 Hz with the new 2016 MacBook in this week’s top video.

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07:15
Ahead of WWDC, Siri spotted talking about the ‘...

Siri is widely expected to make up a big part of Monday’s WWDC keynote (alongside iOS 10, macOS 10.12 and more) but it seems like it is already inadvertently tipping the hat on what is going to be announce. Brian Roemelle found that by asking the voice assistant about “windows” on his phone, Siri would start referencing the “Finder” app in its responses.

Obviously, iOS doesn’t have a Finder app but OS X does. It seems like Siri is unintentionally leaking the unveiling of Siri for Mac ahead of schedule, or perhaps even a brand new Finder app for iOS 10 …

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06:49
OS X Hidden Treasures: Copy and Paste

Copy and paste is an easy technology to take for granted, but there’s more to it than you may think. We explain the basics, and beyond, of copy and paste on the Mac.

 

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06:23
External Link: Why You Shouldn’t Share Links via...

In a post on Medium, security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire explains how any developer could see the URLs you share in private Facebook messages. Even if you’re only linking to cat pictures, URLs sometimes contain sensitive information that you’re unaware of, such as names, locations, and even hidden keys. When De Ceukelaire reached out to Facebook, the company said that this was “publicly-documented and intentional behavior.” Long story short: be cautious about using Facebook Messenger, particularly for any sensitive communications!

 

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06:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Gorgeous games

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This week’s roundup includes two iOS games that offer extraordinary imagery—Never Alone and Steamkraft. Read on!

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LikeSo ($1, iPhone and iPad) helps improve your public speaking skills: Speak into your iOS device and the app calculates how often you use “filler” words—“um,” for example—and scores you accordingly. The goal? To prepare you for interviews, presentations, auditions, and more.

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03:30
My predictions for the WWDC keynote announcement

Apple will kick off its 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference with a keynote Monday at 12 a.m. (Pacific). Following are my predictions about what will be announced and previewed:

 

  • Upcoming versions of macOS (which I think will replace the OS X moniker), iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Of course, this prediction is a no-brainer. 
  • Introduction of a Siri software development kit. 
  • Hints at Apple’s virtual reality plans.
  • The introduction of new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, though they won’t ship until August. The MacBook Air name will be displayed and we’ll simply have MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
  • The launch of a 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display.
  • However, my crystal balls says that we won’t see new iMacs, Mac minis, Mac Pros, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, iPhones, or iPads — or any Apple Car news. New iMacs, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, iPhones, and iPad Pros will arrive in the fall and an Apple video streaming service will arrive before the...
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03:00
A Tour of Campus 2, Apple's Upcoming...

Dave Knott writes from a report via Popular Science: Popular Science has an article detailing Campus 2, Apple's upcoming headquarters, including a video with a tour of the complex which is still under construction. The Spaceship, as many have nicknamed it, is over one mile in circumference and when it is completed later this year it will house 13,000 employees. Its exterior will largely be composed of thousands of huge curved glass planes; the floors and ceilings will be constructed from hollow concrete slabs that allow the building to "breathe," bolstering its eco-friendly qualities. Campus 2 will run entirely on renewable energy, with rooftop solar panels providing an output of 16 megawatts of power and acting as the campus's primary energy supplier. Upon completion, the main building will have four stories above ground and three below, with numerous other facilities including seven cafes, a fitness center and a 120,000 square-foot theater where Apple will hold its famous product...

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01:43
This week on AI: App Store shakeup, new Apple Watch...

Newsmakers mostly held their collective breath ahead of next week's WWDC in San Francisco, but Apple surprised developers by announcing some major changes to the App Store, some of which will take effect as soon as Monday.

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00:00
Google Announces Support of the Controversial TPP

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced in a blog post Friday their support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP). Recode reports: "The trade agreement includes key provisions about the global passage of digital data, intellectual property and copyright -- measures that have drawn criticism from both the political right and left, including several outspoken tech groups. Google's endorsement isn't exactly full-throated, but its stake clearly demonstrates another key area of support with the Obama administration, to which Google is close." Google's SVP and general counsel Kent Walker wrote: "The TPP is not perfect, and the trade negotiation process would certainly benefit from greater transparency. We will continue to advocate for process reforms, including the opportunity for all stakeholders to have a meaningful opportunity for input into trade negotiations." The company has already shown support of the TPP behind the Internet Association, which...

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Friday June 10

20:54
SodaStream will replace some obsolete Keurig Kolds...

Now that your Keurig Kold machine is suddenly obsolete, SodaStream is stepping up to replace that fizzy, carbonated hole in your life. The company is offering a free Fountain Jet sparkling water maker -- either out of the goodness of their hearts or...

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20:23
Facebook pushes users to download its Moments app

Facebook is urging people to download yet another one of its apps after shoving users towards Messenger. This time, the social network has begun sending out warnings that their synced photos will be deleted by July 7th if they don't install the Momen...

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19:48
Google clarifies how search autocomplete works

In yet another odd development of the 2016 campaign season, Google's autocomplete feature -- not the actual search results, just autocomplete -- has come under scrutiny of potential bias. A YouTube video posted by SourceFed (with a followup, posted h...

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19:32
Apple prepares San Francisco venues for WWDC 2016

As it does every year, Apple on Friday began to decorate the two main San Francisco venues that will host this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, installing banners, flags, utility equipment and more.

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19:24
Deals: $140-$450 off 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook...

This weekend, shoppers can save $200-$450 on 15-inch MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare -- plus score a free Canon printer. Or snap up a smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro, also with three years of AppleCare, for $140-$270 off MSRP. On top of that, those in the market for an iPad can grab the new 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $699.

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18:57
The soccer madness of 'Rocket League' goes...

Earlier this week, the team at Psyonix teased that we'd have even more details about Rocket League's huge upcoming June patch and now those are here. On June 20th, fans will be able to knock oversized soccer balls into equally oversized nets against...

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18:09
Someone’s getting fired

Activist DeRay Mckesson on being hacked:

After regaining control of his Twitter account, Mckesson explained that the hacker or hackers were able to take over by convincing Verizon to reset his SIM. With the SIM reset, the person responsible was able to receive text messages intended for Mckesson and therefore bypass the two-factor authentication the activist used to keep his account secure.

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18:01
'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington is in...

Kit Harington, the actor best known as the fearless, misunderstood warrior Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, plays a dastardly villain in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. He portrays the face of the Settlement Defense Front, a radical organization hellbent...

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17:30
Apple starts decorating Moscone West with logos for...

Apple has started decorating its venues for WWDC 2016, which kicks off on Monday, with workers starting to apply a massive Apple logo onto the side of Moscone West. Apple will use Moscone West for all of the week apart from Monday; the WWDC keynote will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Apple usually puts up banners teasing the announcements in the theme of the invites to build excitement for the show, often revealing tidbits about the new software OS’s. Apple has put a small logo up at Bill Graham but due to the split venue (and late scheduling), there’s a chance the banners tradition will not continue this year until after the Monday keynote at 10 AM …

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17:17
Airplane Mode: Circus Monkeys

The band’s new album dropped today. They’ll be one of the bands playing at the Beard Bash on Monday in San Francisco, so you can grab the album before the show.

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17:05
Amazon to offer streaming music service

Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple Inc and Spotify, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The service will be offered at $9.99 per month, in line with major rivals, and it will offer a competitive catalog of songs, the sources said. Amazon (AMZN.O) is finalizing licenses with labels for the service, which likely will be launched in late summer or early fall, the sources said.

I sure hope Apple has its shit together because Amazon is a master at the cloud.

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16:40
Your cell phone number could be hijacked unless you...

DeRay Mckesson is a widely known activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and a former candidate in the race for mayor of Baltimore. He’s a high-profile target, and someone finally figured out a way to crack his popular Twitter account—by hijacking his cell phone number, and getting it reassigned to a phone under their control. This was used to push out a message in his account in support of a candidate who he says represents the antithesis of his beliefs. Those tweets have since been deleted and Twitter has restored account access to Mckesson.

A recent acquisition by a site of what’s alleged to be 32 million Twitter passwords, coupled with other breaches, password-stealing malware, and other techniques may have led to his password being compromised.

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16:36
Bluetooth 5 to debut next week with 4X speed, 2X...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group on Friday pegged an official June announcement date for Bluetooth 5, a next-generation near-range wireless transmission technology set to feature substantial performance gains over the existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol.

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15:00
The Public Access Weekly: The Safety dance

This week we're pleased to announce that we've rolled out HTTPS, making our site a more secure place to visit. (And yes, it's about time!) Also this week: Lenovo Tech World happened, Gawker announced its bankruptcy and Warcraft hits theaters. While...

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14:44
Apple preparing changes to MacBook lineup this month

Whether it's entirely new hardware, a spec bump, or simply price adjustments, Apple apparently has something different in the works for its MacBook lineup this month, AppleInsider has been led to believe.

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14:28
Report: Amazon planning standalone subscription...

Reuters reports that Amazon is preparing to take on Apple Music, Spotify and the other music streaming services with a similar, full-fledged competitive subscription music service. That would be a step up from the limited catalog of music it currently offers to subscribers of its Prime shipping service that bundles perks for various Amazon services for a monthly or yearly fee.

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14:21
Apple rumored to announce Apple Pay for the web at...

Building on rumors claiming Apple Pay would see website integration this year, a report on Friday says Apple is planning to officially announce the new payment feature at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote next week.

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14:07
Amazon preparing standalone streaming music service...

Putting it in more direct competition with rivals, Amazon is readying a standalone music streaming service independent of regular Prime subscriptions, a report claimed on Friday.

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14:00
AWT News Update: June 10, 2016

It's the Friday before a big Apple announcement, which means that our stories for today are all over the map:

  • Be sure to visit Apple World Today or our presence on Twitter or Facebook on Monday for more information about the Apple announcements
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV now supports four more networks in Universal Search
  • Bluetooth 5 is going to be officially announced next week
  • Faux Apple employees are behind two thefts of iPhones in New York

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 10, 2016.

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13:19
Apple needs a reuse plan for 100s of millions of old...

As Apple prepares to show off its latest iOS 10 at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference, it faces a purported threat of Peak iPhone sales, potentially complicated by a lengthening replacement cycle for new smartphones. But there's also another problem: how to recycle or otherwise manage the increasingly large volume of old iPhones it has already sold. The problem itself could offer a solution: a second life for old iPhones.

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13:18
Why your next iPhone could have Intel inside

Intel has missed out on the iPhone party until now, ceding big business to other chip makers in the process. But that could be about to change.

Apple will use modems from Intel in some models of its next smartphone, replacing chips from Qualcomm, according a Bloomberg report Friday. An Intel modem will go into iPhones for the AT&T Wireless network in the U.S. and in some international versions, the report says.

If true, it would be a big win for Intel, especially after its decision to cancel its upcoming Atom chips for phones. Intel has kept its modem business alive, in part because it hopes to capitalize on the upcoming move to 5G networks.

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13:14
Why Apple's new MacBook Pro needs more than...

Apple is rumored to be preparing a refreshed MacBook Pro—if not for WWDC next week, then hopefully sometime this year—and even though these new models are expected to be thinner and lighter thanks to USB-C, not everyone’s excited.

USB-C has been touted as a new standard for connecting accessories and peripherals, but compatibility across the board is still hit-or-miss. And Apple putting only one USB-C port on the refreshed 2015 and 2016 MacBook models has caused headaches for Mac users. So much so that 9to5Mac even issued a public service announcement to warn us about how the “USB-C landscape as far as accessories and compatibility with your Mac is an absolute mess.”

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12:43
Coach Apple Watch bands will be available in a dozen...

A total of 12 Coach retail outlets --?four of them in New York City -- will carry the luxury fashion brand's new Apple Watch bands starting this Sunday, a day before Apple's WWDC keynote.

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12:24
Devs Light Up for Alexa


Amazon last week announced the availability of more than 1,000 different skills for its Alexa voice assistant technology. Third-party developers have created the vast array of new capabilities for the highly popular line of consumer products that use Alexa, which includes the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire. The announcement comes less than a year after Amazon released the Alexa Skills Kit, which allows outside developers to create new services to work with the voice-activation technology.

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11:47
Poll: What features and changes do you want to see...

At WWDC on Monday, Apple will unveil the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 10. With the conference being light on hardware, expectations are high for Apple to announce some major new features for iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad. The rumor mill is quieter than usual, so there’s definitely a bigger opportunity to be surprised with this year’s keynote.

We have some idea about what to expect but we want to hear what you want to see Apple announce next week. Join in the poll after the jump to have your say on what you want to see in iOS 10 …

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11:45
Hello, WWDC 2016: Follow along with our keynote live...

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s conference is just around the corner, where we’ll get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the land of iOS and OS X—and perhaps some unexpected extras. And as usual, we’ll be in the audience at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to give you all the details. While we don’t know exactly what’s in store, we have some wish lists:

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11:18
WWDC 2016 preview: How to watch & what to expect...

What will Apple unveil at its event this Monday, June 13 to kick off WWDC 2016? Below we roundup the latest reports along with some of our own information on what Apple is currently planning for the keynote.

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11:09
Manhattan DA: Apple, Google help cyber-criminals to...

Speaking at a Bloomberg legal summit, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said over a thousand criminal cases are stalled across the country as a result of Apple and Google’s decision to outfit their phones with encryption, according to FORTUNE.

He claims the tech companies have chosen to “engineer themselves out of criminal investigations,” and allowed cyber-criminals to operate with impunity. Vance wants Congress to take action to force Apple and Google to make their devices accessible to law enforcement agencies with a warrant.

“In my office alone, we now have 270 lawfully-seized iPhones running iOS 8 or 9 that are completely inaccessible,” he said, according to a copy of his remarks. “These devices represent hundreds of real crimes… that cannot be fully investigated, including cases of homicide, child sex abuse, human trafficking, assault, robbery, and yes—cybercrime and identity theft...

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10:39
Poll: What should Apple call the next version of OS...

While the name of the next software update to the Mac isn’t nearly as important as new features — like Siri and new iTunes — changing it from OS X to whatever Apple has up its sleeves will be a big deal.

There’s been plenty of evidence that OS X will become MacOS… or macOS… or something similar, but which one should win? There’s also the version number and California location name. We’ll find out on Monday when the WWDC keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1 pm ET, and take our polls in the meantime to cast your vote.

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…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
Music Marketing Lead, iTunes & *Apple*...
…Music Marketing Lead is responsible for developing robust marketing campaigns and programs for Apple Music and iTunes across the whole of Apple ecosystem. This Read more
*Apple* Valley Medical Clinic is Hiring - AP...
Apple Valley Medical Clinic is Hiring! Apple Valley Medical Clinic is an independently owned practice operating a Family Medicine Clinic, a 24/7 Urgent Care, Read more
*Apple* New Products Testers Needed - Apple...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
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