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Spotify denies allegations it uses 'fake'...

Last August, Music Business Worldwide reported that Spotify placed its own music tracks into curated playlists as a way to avoid paying royalty fees on tracks the streaming company does not own. The site's sources claimed that the tracks — typi...

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Valve bans 40,000 cheating accounts after the Steam...

More than 40,000 disingenuous gamers lost access to their games, items -- and in some cases, their entire accounts -- last weekend after the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system flagged them for violations. No, that's not a typo, 40,411 players have been ni...

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Watch Lucid Air's EV reach 235MPH on the track

Electric cars are quick off the line by their very nature (they have gobs of torque available at all times), but what about top speed -- how are you supposed to know how quickly they can go when they're usually capped at an artificial 155MPH ceiling?...

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Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Las...

Apple has expanded public transit directions for Maps to several major urban areas in Nevada, most notably Las Vegas and its surroundings.

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In astronomy, women of color face the most...

There's tons of evidence that women face a gender bias in the STEM fields. Last May, one report found that Facebook rejects female-authored code more often than code written by men. A female engineer who featured prominently in a recruiting advertise...

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Starz pads its streaming library with more kids...

Starz is turning its attention to "underserved audiences" in the world of streaming video, adding a raft of children's shows and Spanish-language programs to its $9-a-month library and on-demand platforms. Bob the Builder and Thomas and Friends are a...

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iOS 11: How to turn on Type to Siri

While Google beat Apple to the punch as it released the ability to type to Google Assistant back in May, the same functionality arrived for Siri with the iOS 11 beta. Follow along after the jump for how to turn this feature on.


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China orders telecoms to block personal VPNs by...

China declared that virtual private networks were illegal back at the start of the year, and now it's giving telecoms no choice but to fall in line. Bloomberg sources understand that the government has told carriers to block individual access to VPNs...

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Easily Manage and Protect Your Apple Devices at Work...

Jamf Now is an on-demand mobile device management solution for your iPad, iPhone and Mac devices at work. We make management tasks like deploying Wi-Fi passwords, securing company data and enforcing passcodes, simple and affordable, so businesses can support their users; no IT required. Get started for free today!

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Will the 'iPhone 8' cost $1200+? Apple has...

This fall's redesigned flagship iPhone is expected to be the most expensive handset Apple has ever produced. But that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching the company push even further into premium pricing for some time.

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Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain: The...

The Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain

I usually don't get very excited about reviewing charging cables, but I made an exception for Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain (available for as little as $22.47 through Amazon -- affiliate link). This durable Lightning to USB cable is now on my crowded keychain and has come in handy more than once, and I think Apple World Today readers will like it, too!

The design of the MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain is brilliant -- a durable and lightweight aluminum casing connected to a keychain ring holds a pivoting 3-inch (7.62 cm) Lightning to USB cable. When the cable is parallel to the aluminum casing, both ends are protected from damage from your keys or other objects in your pockets. 

When you need a cable, just reach into your pocket and grab the keychain, flip to the MIXIT, and swivel the cable 90 degrees. It's a...

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Experimental drug could restore memories after brain...

An experimental drug could have major implications for patients suffering from memory disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). In tests, the drug known as ISRIB completely restored the ability to learn and remember in brain-injured mice -...

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Use your own voice for Waze navigation prompts on iOS

You can see a lot of people will set up, “Turn left, dummy!” as their voice prompts.

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Torching the modern day “Library of Alexandria”

This is such a sad story and a loss for all of us here and now but it will eventually happen.

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∞ Man falls off motorcycle

Most experienced motorcyclists know about “speed wobble”. It often happens with poorly balanced tires or some mechanical misalignment.

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Could Tech Nerf North Korea?

When a hostile country regularly lobs missiles into the ocean with the stated objective of transforming a U.S. state into a radioactive cloud, we have a problem. One "oops" and we could suddenly become a 49-state nation again. However, approaches to North Korea largely have been in-the-box thinking: economic sanctions that require China's cooperation; military and assassination options that would trigger retaliation that likely would result in a lot of us glowing at night; and revolution efforts that have little or no chance of succeeding.

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News: Apple releases third developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released third betas for iOS 11 and tvOS 11, addressing a number of issues in the prior developer previews The release notes continue to list a large number of known issues that are still pending. A new beta for watchOS 4 has not yet appeared. Apple released the second set of betas on June 21, followed by very minor updates a week later, immediately prior to the release of the public bets for iOS 11 and tvOS 11.


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Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 11, High...

Apple has updated three of its developer betas including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and tvOS 11, but left WatchOS 4 behind on beta 2, for now.

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Amazon’s Smart Home Consultations offer in-home...

Over recent months, Amazon has quietly started rolling out a new in-house installation service that aims to offer installation of Alexa products, as well as other devices. The effort is detailed in a new report from Recode, drawing similarities to Best Buy’s Geek Squad installation and repair service…


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Waze for iOS adds Voice Recorder feature for custom...

The Google-owned ‘Waze’ navigation app for iOS today gets an update that introduces a new Voice Recorder feature previously only available to Android users.


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tvOS 11 developer beta 3 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the third tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.


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What I learned hanging out with corpses around the...

For many of us “in the West”, we are definitely weirded out by death in general and dead bodies specifically. This is a fascinating interview and I’m looking forward to checking out the book.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 3 to developers

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 3 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.


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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released iOS 11 developer beta 3 for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.


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Amazon has unveiled an early peek of Prime Day deals

Amazon’s Prime Day is just hours away, and the online retailer wants to keep anticipation high. To that end, the company has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the deals you can expect throughout the 30-hour extravaganza.

As is typical for Amazon, the company’s preview includes some generic promises, such as up to 40 percent off gaming laptops—but a handful are truly excellent deals. We’ve picked the top three that jumped out to us. Keep these on your radar, and when Prime Day sales truly kick off at 6 P.M Pacific / 9 P.M. Eastern on Monday evening, we’ll be tracking the best of the Prime Day tech deals on


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EverWeb: The Leading Website Builder for Mac and...

Once upon a time, there was a Mac app developed by Apple that made creating beautiful and functional websites easy. Sadly, Apple dropped iWeb in 2011, leaving a lot of customers high and dry without an easy way to create and maintain their websites. Fortunately there was a Canadian company called RAGE Software that stepped in with an app called EverWeb that not only provided the same ease of use as iWeb, but went far beyond iWeb in terms of capability. EverWeb is this week’s sponsor of Apple World Today, and we can’t wait to tell you about the features available in this powerful application.

If you’re a former iWeb user who is ready to move on and update your old website, you’ve come to the right place. The app is similar in look and feel to iWeb, and you can either follow simple instructions to rebuild your iWeb site with EverWeb or get a quote on having your existing site converted.

For most people, simple online...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $150 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Vote for Your Favorite Mac Word Processor

What Mac app do you rely on for word processing? Vote for your favorite app in our poll this week, and we’ll report on the results next week.


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News: Apple to open second renewable-powered data...

Apple is planning to open a second data center in Denmark, to be run entirely on renewable energy, Reuters reports. The center is expected to power online services like the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for European customers. “The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we’re adding,” said Erik Stannow,…

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iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats...

Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

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First Tesla Model 3 rolls off assembly line

Elon Musk was there to snap a pic of the first one.

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Twelve South has some great deals coming up on...

In all the years that I've been writing about design shop Twelve South, I'm not sure that I've ever given any of their products less than a stellar review. The products are beautiful, well-made and designed with Apple fans in mind. Well, Twelve South is taking advantage of tomorrow's Amazon Prime Day to give you up to 25 percent off on some of their products.

Amazon usually doesn't let vendors know exactly when their deals will go live, so keep an eye on the links below during the day to get the best pricing. Here are the links, which are all Amazon Affiliate Links (your purchase also provides Apple World Today with a small amount of income):

Twelve South ActionSleeve for Apple Watch

ActionSleeve in all colors and sizes

Twelve South HiRise 2 in black


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News: Apple opening office near Imagination...

Apple is opening an office near Imagination Technologies just months after severing ties to the company, The Telegraph reports. The move to open its own graphics technology development office a “stone;‘s throw away” from Imagination’s headquarters has led to speculation that Apple is intent on poaching away the British company’s top employees. In April, Apple announced its plans to part ways with the company that previously…

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Desktop, Screensaver, and Browser Tab Eye Candy for...

Apple provides some fantastic images for use as Desktop backgrounds and screensavers, but if you like seeing pretty pictures regularly, you’ll get bored with Apple’s tiny collection. Happily, Mac developers have tapped massive Internet photo sites to give you an inexhaustible set of beautiful photos to dress up your Desktop, screensaver, and browser windows.


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As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook...

Facebook has launched a six-week summer sale on the Oculus Rift headset -- and while there is no official support for it from the company, it can be used in conjunction with High Sierra and the SteamVR beta.

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iPhone 8 rumors: Wireless charging may be delayed...

Updated July 10, 2017 with some speculation from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. He thinks wireless charging will be delayed and the new iPhone will start at—wait for it...$1,200! Go to the “What’s the latest?” section just below for more details. 

Poor iPhone 7—we’re only halfway through its first year and it’s already totally overshadowed by whatever is coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

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Eddy Cue offers new Apple Park lunch auction after...

Apple's head of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new charity auction for a lunch meeting at Apple Park -- less than a month after another fetched over $200,000.

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News: iTunes Store losing its dominance in movie...

Apple’s market share of digitally renting and selling digital movies through iTunes — as high as 50 percent as recently as 2012 — has fallen to between 20 and 35 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports. While third-party tracking is basically nonexistent in the digital movie business, various studios have reported a serious decline in Apple’s dominance in the industry. An Apple rep didn’t dispute the estimates, but pointed…

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Charitybuzz offering a fundraising auction for lunch...

Charitybuzz, an organizations that benefits charities, has launched an auction in which the winning bidder will have lunch with Eddy Cue, vice president of Internet Software and Services, at the company's new Apple Park (the “spaceship” headquarters) in Cupertino, California. 

The fundraiser supports Autism Movement Therapy. It’s a nonprofit organization focused on serving the autism and special needs community through providing a structured movement and music program as well as providing advocacy and community outreach to create understanding and bring dignity to the spectrum community across the globe.

The folks at Charitybuzz say that “this is a rare opportunity to see “Apple Park” and engage in a one-on-one, in-depth conversation with one of the most innovative...

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Apple’s retail stores in India may not open until...

Apple may not open retail stores in India before 2020 even though it’s currently scouting for locations, according to The Economic Times. Why? The Cupertino, California-based company has yet to receive approval from the government for its retail foreign direct investment (FDI) plans, though such approval is expected, the article adds. 

Apple wants to open premium retail stores at prime locations either in a mall or high street in New Delhi and Mumbai. The Indian stores will be nearly double than that of its average global store size of 8,500 square feet and will be the biggest single brand electronics store in the country, nearly 7-10 times that of rival Samsung, according to The Economic Times

The desired size of the stores may also be contributing to the delay. 10,000-15,000 square feet of prime...

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Lunch with Eddy Cue being auctioned a third time,...

There have been two previous opportunities to have an expensive charity lunch with Eddy Cue: once back in 2014, and against just a few weeks ago. The most recent auction raised $225k for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, and the new one is currently estimating a conservative $50k, with bidding starting at just $5k …


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Analyst: HomePods, AirPods, Apple Watches to be...

Last week, analysts at Raymond James — an American diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities — conducted a survey of 500 consumers in June that showed that 14% of those surveyed fully intend to buy Apple’s HomePod wireless speaker system when it becomes available in December.

In their report — as noted by Forbes — the analysts found that there was high demand for the Apple Watch and AirPods.

 Finally, the analysts at the firm conclude that despite their expectations of flat iPhone sales in the June quarter, other Apple products like the Watch and AirPods could make up for the slack in the June quarter. Incidentally, AirPod demand is said to be exceeding supply by six months, according to Raymond James.

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Cat simulator

Now you can have customizable cat audio purring nicely, with the occasional meow, all on your phone or desktop.

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News: iPhone 8 rumored to come in four colors, may...

Tech blogger Benjamin Geskin claims the iPhone 8 will come in four colors, including a new mirror finish. Geskin posted images of a reflective case on a current iPhone to illustrate his point, but said an unnamed source hinted at a black or silver reflective backing joining some of Apple’s existing colors. If his information proves reliable, that would mean Apple is scaling back on its available colors since the iPhone 7 is available in five…

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Amazon Prime Day starts tonight, 9p ET

Amazon has started its own take on copying Black Friday to July with its third annual Prime Day sale, which kicks off tonight at 9p ET.

Read more on Amazon’s official Prime Day site.

As is, this model is not compelling for me, but could be I’m really missing out on some great bargains. Just seems like a yard sale, pawing through endless pages looking for buried treasure.

But perhaps I’m missing the value. Anyone out there excited by this? Tweet at me, let me know what I’m missing.


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Gruber: Speculation regarding the pricing of and...

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:

I created a bit of a stir the other day when I suggested the OLED iPhone “Pro” could start at $1,500.

Let’s take a serious look at this. $1,500 as a starting price is probably way too high. But I think $1,200 is quite likely as the starting price, with the high-end model at $1,300 or $1,400.


You can’t talk about iPhone specs and pricing without considering scale. It’s not enough for Apple to create a phone that can be sold for $649/749/849 with 35 percent profit margins. They have to create a phone that can be sold at those prices, with those margins, and which can be manufactured at scale. And for Apple that scale is massive: anything less than 60–70 million in the first quarter in which it goes on sale is a failure — possibly a catastrophic failure.

In short, new iPhones aren’t defined by what Apple can make for a certain price, but by what Apple can make for a certain price at a certain incredibly high...

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Shocked commuters gawp as woman brings iMac and...

A picture is worth a thousand words:

A lady has brought her iMac onto the train! Has she not heard of a laptop?? wtf!!!

— David Hill (@davidhill_co) July 4, 2017

I do find the whole thing entertaining, but not too hard to see this happening. Could be she needed the larger screen or, perhaps, this might be the only computer to which she had access and a project deadline that forced her hand.

They had me at gawp.


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Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics...

Apple has reportedly opened an office in St. Albans in the U.K., just a few miles away from the Kings Langley headquarters of its outgoing mobile graphics partner, Imagination Technologies.

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Who would Tim Cook pick as a successor?

John Martellaro, Mac Observer:

There might come a day when, heaven forbid, Apple CEO Tim Cook cannot perform his duties for some reason. As a result, like every corporation, Apple has a succession plan for its CEO. What might Apple’s look like?

Interesting speculation.

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Antihero, a strategic digital board game, comes to...

Video game publisher, Versus Evil, in partnership with independent developer Tim Conkling, have made the strategic digital board game, Antihero, available on macOS and Windows systems.

Set against the backdrop of a gas-lit Victorian underworld, players assume the role of a Master Thief, and employ underhanded and ruthless tactics to dominate the city and outwit their opponents. The game includes a story-driven single player campaign and a Skirmish-vs-AI mode to help would-be thieves practice their skullduggery skills before going face to face with online opponents.

Antihero also includes two online game modes. Casual Matches are asynchronous affairs; players can take their time to their next move, and have multiple games running simultaneously. In Live Match, players face their opponents in real-time, with a turn-timer upping the pressure dramatically! Experienced thieves can set up custom “House Rules” to tailor matches to their tastes.

A 10% launch discount...

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Comment: Could the iPhone 8 really cost $1200-1400?

There’s been much speculation about the price of the iPhone 8. There have long been reports that the price may exceed $1000 – and even those who think it won’t quite reach this level do expect it to be very close.

When we wondered whether a thousand dollars might be a psychological barrier, there were mixed views. Fewer than 15% of you said you’d ‘happily’ pay a 4-figure sum. Around 30% of you said you’d reluctantly pay it, and almost half said that was just too much.

But John Gruber has been stirring up speculation that the price may be even higher …


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BusyCal 3.1.9 and BusyContacts 1.1.9

Both apps fix a crash related to Exchange Delegate Access, and BusyCal improves syncing of iCloud events with attachments. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)


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Hey, Imagination, welcome Apple to the neighborhood

Apple is renting a 22,500 square-foot office in St Albans, a “stone’s throw” from Imagination’s headquarters, where it plans to use the office to develop its own graphics technology as it ditches Imagination, reports the Telegraph

This has led to fears that it will poach talent from the British company. And it will certainly increase tensions between the feuding firms.

Imagination disclosed in April a warning from Apple that it would cease to be a customer within two years, ending its royalty payments. However, the Cupertino, California-based company tells Bloomberg that it first issued a warning in 2015.

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News: Daily Deal: iKlips miReader 4K

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the iKlips miReader 4K for only $46.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This 4K card reader and storage device changes the meaning of “external drive” featuring a Lightning connector, a micro USB port, and a micro SD slot so you can quickly and easily share files between all of your devices, and it’s fast enough to let you record, view, and edit 4K videos, raw DSLR shots, and…

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Daily Deal: Get the minimalist Neutron C Magnetic...

Mounting your iPhone in your car can be an easy affair with the Neutron C Magnetic Car Mount. Attach the mount to your car's dashboard, and your iPhone connects in a flash. The Neutron C keeps your iPhone at hand with the ability to spin it a full 360° to the best possible angle. The best part? You can get the Neutron C Magnetic Car Mount for just $16.99 in one of our Apple World Today daily deals.

The Neutron C has these great features:

  • Allows for quick & exact attachment & detachment of devices
  • Offers full rotational viewing
  • Incorporates magnetic shielding which protects magnetically sensitive electronics
  • Camera mount screw input on the back allows it to be attached to tripods
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HBO’s The Defiant Ones. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre,...

HBO’s The Defiant Ones is a four-part series about the background and intertwined lives that led Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Beats and then Apple’s doorstep.

Episode One is in heavy rotation on HBO, with Episode Two airing tonight. Or, you can binge all four episodes on HBO Go.

There’s a lot to enjoy here, especially if you are a fan of the music industry. Pairs nicely with the excellent Straight Outta Compton.

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Apple investing $921 million in a second Denmark...

Apple will invest $921 million in a data center located in Denmark that will power the company’s online services for European customers, reports Reuters. Due to become operational in the second quarter of 2019, it will be the tech giant’s second data center in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.

It will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Stores, Messages, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power," Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters. ”The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent...

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Federico and John and the app used by celebs to...

Federico Viticci and John Voorhees have a podcast called AppStories which I quite like. This particular episode is an interview with David Lawrence, the mastermind behind Rehearsal, an app that is used by top Broadway and Hollywood actors (like Kevin Bacon, Clark Gregg – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers, etc.) to learn their lines.

This is a fascinating listen. One takeaway is that the acting community has settled on iOS as an unofficial standard, enough of one that Rehearsal has never been ported to Android.

Side note, David Lawrence played the Puppetmaster for three seasons on the original Heroes series. Here’s a link to the interview . Enjoy.


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Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud...

Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones may not feature inductive...

Apple’s 2017 iPhone models might not feature inductive charging after all.

Per a tweet by Mac guru John Gruber, a tipster has indicated that that the new charging technology “might be late” and not launch until iOS 11.1 is released.

Gruber has likened the delay of wireless charging to the delay of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 plus. While Apple demonstrated Portrait Mode when the handset was being unveiled, the feature wasn’t made available to the public until iOS 10.1, a month after the device’s release.

It’s also been rumored that the next-gen iPhone could include a form of “long-range” wireless charging, although recent reports have stated this might be an inductive charging feature. Leaked schematics have hinted that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging capabilities based on the Qi technology.

CEO Robert Hwang of Wistron, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, let it slip last month that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging,...

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could also arrive in new...

Apple’s next-gen iPhone handset is now rumored to arrive in four difference colors, including a new reflective “mirror” version that’s never been seen before.

The rumor comes from a tweet posted by Benjamin Geskin, who said the handset will come in four total colors, one of them new. He also posted an iPhone 6s mirror-like case to to offer an idea of what the reflective design might look like.

Since Geskin only identified one color as new, it’s thought that the other colors might be similar to the six different shades currently offered on the iPhone 7 handset.

Currently, the iPhone 7 comes in jet black, black, silver, gold, rose gold, or (Product)Red. The red version launched earlier this year as a special edition, while the jet black shade was new for the iPhone 7 series.

Apple previously offered a space grey model of iPhone, but replaced it with matte black starting with the iPhone 7.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become...

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How to select your startup disk and start from it in...

If you install macOS Sierra on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or other storage device, your Mac can start up from that device instead of your built-in startup disk. fter installing the operating system on a properly formatted storage device, choose one of the following methods to use that device as the startup disk for your Mac. 

Use Startup Disk preferences

When you use Startup Disk preferences to select a startup disk, your Mac starts up from that disk until you choose a different one.

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Startup Disk.
  • Select your startup disk, then restart your Mac.

Use Startup Manager

When you use Startup Manager to select a startup disk, your Mac starts up from that disk once, then returns to using the disk selected in Startup Disk preferences.

  • Hold down the Option key immediately after turning on or restarting your Mac.
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Panolapse is effective time lapse software for macOS

By Aaron Lee

The Panolapse time lapse software for macOS boastsadvanced features to support professional photographers. The program simulates camera motion using software-based perspective-correction. It also packs tools for deflickering, animating panoramas, and auto-exposure.

The deflicker tool enhances smoothness of a video sequence by analyzing pixel-level brightness of each image, and then averaging out the brightness of each frame over time. The Panolapse software has support for animating 360-degrees equi-rectangular panoramic image files, enhancing its movement simulation capabilities.

Panolapse's RAWBlend feature can automatically tune the brightness of a series of images over time to create a smooth gradation. RAWBlend works by analyzing an image's metadata, calculating its light value from the image file's embedded camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO...

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Apple makes aggressive move seemingly aimed at...

Apple appears to be making an aggressive move to poach more staff from Imagination Technologies, the British chip designer behind the GPUs used in iOS devices. The Telegraph reports that Apple has set up its own GPU design team in offices just a few miles from Imagination’s campus.

The Silicon Valley giant has planted its flag by renting a 22,500 square-foot office in St Albans, a stone’s throw from Imagination’s headquarters. It plans to use the office to develop its own graphics technology as it ditches Imagination, leading to fears that it will poach the British company’s most talented staff …


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Only 10% use their handheld device or app to control...

Apparently, we’re not using our iPhones and Siri to their full capability. Parks Associates has announced new Internet of Things (IoT) research examining the market for smart home devices and services. The research group finds that only Only 10% of users use their personal assistant device or app to control smart home devices.

"The groundwork for the consumer IoT – networked products that are connected to the Internet and have an accompanying virtual object in the cloud – is in place," says Brad Russell, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Ubiquitous high-speed connectivity, mass smartphone ownership, and cloud services have enabled incredible innovation in consumer products and services and disrupted traditional marketplaces. Companies now need to identify and deploy the best strategies and innovations...

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How iOS 11 changes location tracking on your iPhone...

In iOS 11, Apple offersa better way to know what apps are users, which will hopefully lead to apps that are better behaved. This is seemingly an outcome from Uber (and potentially other apps) gathering information from users when the app isn’t in use (although in Uber's case, they may not have crossed a line).

Apple’s guidelines for background location services allow for updates of specific needs, such as with navigation or fitness apps. But there’s no realistic way for Apple to know precisely how apps are tracking data, so the company has to rely on outside reports. A couple of academic...

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Apple Music helps on-demand audio streaming hit...

iTunes may be struggling a little when it comes to video content, but Apple Music has helped U.S. audio streaming hit a record high of 7.5B weekly streams. The stat was achieved in March, according to Nielsen’s mid-year report on the music industry …


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Parallels Desktop 12.2.1

Maintenance update for the virtualization software fixes a number of bugs. ($99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 256 MB)


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Apple announces plans for second data center in...

This morning, Apple announced plans to open a second data center in Denmark. The first unit in Viborg opens later this year (pictured in above render) and the new announcement sees a second facility being built in Aabenraa, expected to go online in 2019.

It will run on 100% renewable energy and power Apple’s internet services across Europe, including iTunes Store, Siri, iMessage and Maps.


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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.13

Updates the decluttering service for clipping articles from the Web for all editions of DEVONthink. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)


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Prime Day 2017 Roundup: The best deals on Apple...

Last year's Amazon Prime Day marked the largest day of sales for the ecommerce giant. This year additional retailers, such as Adorama and B&H, are offering their own aggressive discounts, often beating Amazon's prices on Apple hardware, AppleCare bundles, accessories and more. We're rounding up a list of the hottest Prime Day bargains with updates throughout the week.

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Bookends 12.8.2

Brings a new Cited toggle option to the reference management tool’s Inspector. ($59.99 new, free update, 37.3 MB)


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iTunes' share of video sales and rentals market...

Facing increased competition from the likes of Amazon and Comcast, Apple's once commanding market share lead in the online video sales and rental industry has been more than halved, according to a new report.

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Apple’s market share for renting, selling movies...

Apple’s market share for renting and selling movies on iTunes is down to between 20% and 35% after being over 50% about five years ago, reports The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

Market share gains were recorded by Comcast and Amazon through its Prime service over the same time period. Across the industry, video on demand movie rental revenue in the U.S.fell 4% to $1.8 billion in 2016, while digital movie purchase sales slowed to a 21% growth rate.

Apple didn’t deny the market share statistics, but told the Journal that it focuses on providing users with content from subscription services like Netflix and HBO through the App Store. The Apple spokeswoman also said that movie rentals and purchases have increased over the last year, hitting their highest level in more than a decade.

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Rumor: Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8' will...

This fall's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8" is rumored to come in four different shades, including a new reflective version that has not been seen on any previous iPhone models.

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Duo sets record for driving an electric car coast-to...

It's relatively easy to drive from one end of the US to the other in an electric car now that there are enough charging stations. But driving quickly across the country is another matter -- and that makes the recent achievement of Bradly D'Souza and...

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Smart home gadget ends a violent dispute by calling...

Inadvertent smart speaker commands aren't always bad. New Mexico police report that a smart home device (incorrectly labeled at first as a Google Home) intervened in a domestic violence incident by calling 911. When Eduardo Barros asked "did you call...

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China starts 200-day simulation of living on another...

The US definitely doesn't have a monopoly on long-term simulations of living on another planet. Four Beijing University students have begun a 200-day isolation experiment, Lunar Palace 365 (why not Lunar Palace 200?), where they'll live solely on the...

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Apple sees iTunes market share slip as competition...

Despite its increasing focuses on Services revenue, Apple is struggling to draw users to the iTunes Store for movie purchases and rentals. According to a new in-depth report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s market share for renting and purchasing movies has fallen to between 20 percent and 35 percent, despite once being well over 50 percent as recently as 2012…


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∞ 2017 Sand Marble Tournament race 1

This is wonderfully silly.

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The best kitchen scale

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This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commis...

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Winners of the International Drone Photography...

Drone photography brings a fascinating new perspective to photography. Some of these images are stunning.

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Softorino YouTube Converter 2 makes downloading...

While I wouldn’t call it “effortless” (there are a couple of minor annoyances), I’ve been using SYC 2 for a couple of weeks and really like the ease of use. I download a lot of videos for offline viewing and this app makes it a simple process.

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The most important object in computer graphics...

I knew the teapot was a popular object to do in CGI but had no idea why or its history.

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Honda bets on luxury over range with the electric...

In 1998 Honda introduced the first hybrid to North American roads. The Insight looked like a futuristic CRX and should have heralded the automaker as a leader in the green-car space along with Toyota and its Prius. Except it didn't. The Prius took of...

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How eclipse chasers are putting a small Kentucky...

If you are lucky enough to be able to get to the path of totality, you owe it to yourself to witness this almost literal once in a lifetime event.

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Trump talked to Putin about creating a 'Cyber...

Yes, you're reading that headline correctly. In the wake of a meeting at the G20 summit, President Trump has revealed that he talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin about creating an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" that would protect against "...

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After Math: Bigger and better

It was a bumper week for big ideas. Jay-Z's latest album went platinum in under a week, despite it only existing in the ethers of the internet. RED (of high-end camera fame) revealed that it's working on a "holographic" cellphone. And Tesla is going...

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Ben Heck's mini pinball: Simulating gameplay

Ben and Felix meet with Terry from Mathworks to find out how they can use Matlab and Simulink to create a simulation of the miniature pinball table and teensy microcontroller. Terry explains how Simulink, and hardware running a real-time OS, can...

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Saturn's largest moon has enough energy to run...

Saturn's biggest moon, Titan, is one of the few viable places humans can explore first-hand beyond Mars. It's relatively safe from radiation, it's covered in liquid (though not water) and otherwise relatively safe. But could more than a handful of pe...

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MacBook Pro: Features, specifications, and prices...

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it.

The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in June 2017 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

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MacBook: Features, specifications, and prices for...

The MacBook is Apple’s ultraportable laptop, trading portability for speed and connectivity. It has a slower processor than the MacBook Pro, but it still performs well enough to keep you productive. And it has only one USB-C port. But because of its size and weight, it could be the ideal laptop for frequent travelers.

The MacBook was released at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2017. You can learn more about the MacBook by reading about its main features below.

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Saturday July 8

Algorithm spots abnormal heart rhythms with doctor-...

While not all arrhythmias are fatal or even dangerous, it's still a cause for concern. Some, after all, could cause heart failure and cardiac arrest, and a lot of people with abnormal heart rhythms don't even show symptoms. A team of researchers from...

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Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors

Virtually every central processor in your devices uses a tiered set of memory caches to speed things up by fetching commonly used data. But it's not very efficient -- in trying to accommodate everything, it's rarely the fastest at anything. MIT's CSA...

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Tesla makes its first Model 3 (update: pictures!)

After months of waiting and no shortage of hype, Tesla's first Model 3 is finally rolling off the production line. Elon Musk has revealed that the initial production unit is ready (not pictured as of this writing) pending a "final checkout." Musk wil...

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Report: iPhone 8 to come in four color choices...

Apple’s flagship iPhone this year is said to a have an OLED screen, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and much more. Now, Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin is claiming that the device will come in four colors – one of which is a new mirror-like option…


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Singer sues 'Fallout 4' publisher over use...

The Fallout game series is legendary for its use of music to set the post-apocalyptic mood, but it might have been a little too eager when creating the tone for Fallout 4. Singer Dion DiMucci has sued Fallout's publisher, ZeniMax, for allegedly using...

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Nest Founder 'Wakes Up In Cold Sweats'...

theodp writes: Fast Company's Co.Design reports that Tony Fadell, who founded Nest and was instrumental in the creation of the iPod and iPhone, spoke with a mix of pride and regret about his role in mobile technology's rise to omnipresence. "I wake up in cold sweats every so often thinking, what did we bring to the world?" Fadell said. "Did we really bring a nuclear bomb with information that can -- like we see with fake news -- blow up people's brains and reprogram them? Or did we bring light to people who never had information, who can now be empowered?"
Faddell added that addiction has been designed into our devices, and it's harming the newest generation. "And I know when I take [technology] away from my kids what happens," Fadell explained. "They literally feel like you're tearing a piece of their person away from them-they get emotional about it, very emotional. They go through withdrawal for two to three days." Products like the iPhone, Fadell believes, are more...

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Your GaymerX Foundation donations are now tax...

Indie gaming company MidBoss formed the GaymerX Foundation in 2016 after years of running an annual convention for LGBTQIA game developers and fans. According to its website, it's "focused on the preservation and celebration of queer geek and gaming...

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AI vision can determine why neighborhoods thrive

It's relatively easy to figure out whether or not a neighborhood is doing well at one moment in time. More often than not, you just have to look around. But how do you measure the progress (or deterioration) a neighborhood makes? That's where AI migh...

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro. An Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
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