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Tuesday August 8

04:30
KeyboardCleanTool makes it easier to clean that...

By Frank Petrie

Deadline’s looming. Breakfast at the desk. Lunch at the desk. Dinner at the desk. Coffee and a donut from the break room at the desk as you finish the proposal of whatever you’ve been working on all day long.

Now you can relax. Maybe.

You look down at your keyboard and it’s covered with crumbs and all manner of the day’s food remnants. Cleaning this up is going to take a bit of time. Or is it?

KeyboardCleanTool to the rescue. Instead of having to meticulously clean between each and every key, the free utility allows you to completely lock your keyboard so that you can easily wipe your keyboard clean. No unplugging or shutting down your Bluetooth connection.

When finished, simply press the button once again to reenable your keyboard.

To allow KeyboardCleanTool to accomplish this, you do have to grant the app...

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04:13
Apple patent describes using the front-facing camera...

An Apple patent granted today describes how the front-facing camera, light sensor and proximity sensor found in existing iPhones could be used for health measurements.

The electronic device uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user touching a surface of the electronic device and one or more of the camera, the ambient light sensor, and the proximity sensor to receive at least part of the emitted light reflected by the body part of the user. The electronic device computes health data of the user based upon sensor data regarding the received light.

It also considers using additional...

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04:00
How to change your password in macOS Sierra

You can change the password that you use to log in to your Mac, or reset the password if you don't remember it.  The password of your user account in macOS Sierra is also known as your login password. It's the password that you use to log in to your Mac and make certain changes, such as installing software.

If you know your password and can use it to log in to your account, you can change your password in Users & Groups preferences:

  • Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Users & Groups.
  • Select your user name from the list of users.
  • Click the Change Password button, then follow the onscreen instructions. If you're using a password hint, remember to update the hint  for your new password.

If you don't remember your password, or it isn't working, you might be able to reset it using one of the methods described below. But first try these simpler solutions:

  • Make sure that you're typing the...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 8, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

The Genesis Augmented Reality Manual (Genesis Virtual Guide) is now available for the 2017 Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 as a free download on the Apple App Store. It’s a modern take on the traditional owner's manual, allowing consumers to use their smartphone or tablet to get how-to information for repairs, maintenance and vehicle features. Using 2-D and 3-D tracking technology, the Virtual Guide is able to deliver in-depth levels of information related to specific parts of Genesis vehicles. The manual will be compatible with 2018 models later this year.

Hirshmania! has introduced ...

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03:24
Apple TV tvOS simulator hacked to render at 4K...

Prolific Apple developer and hacker Steve Troughton-Smith has messed around with the tvOS Simulator and coerced it into running at twice the standard HD resolution, 3840×2160, more commonly referred to as 4K. A new hardware box has been rumored for later this year, with 4K as a headline addition.

tvOS seems fit and ready to run at this currently-unsupported resolution with text, app icons and other system assets scaling cleanly to the higher-res. We have a couple full-res screenshots after the jump …

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00:00
'Podcasting Patent' Is Totally Dead,...

A federal appeals court affirmed the April 2015 inter partes review (IPR) ruling -- a process that allows anyone to challenge a patent's validity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- that invalidated the so-called "podcasting patent." "That process was held by a company called Personal Audio, which had threatened numerous podcasts with lawsuits in recent years," reports Ars Technica. From the report: Back in 2013, Personal Audio began sending legal demand letters to numerous podcasters and companies, like Samsung, in an apparent attempt to cajole them into a licensing deal, lest they be slapped with a lawsuit. Some of those efforts were successful: in August 2014, Adam Carolla paid about $500,000. As Personal Audio began to gain more public attention, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, however, stepped in and said that it would challenge Personal Audio's US Patent No. 8,112,504, which describes a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized...

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Monday August 7

22:16
Internet thirsty for 'iPhone 8' rumors...




Silly season is officially in full swing. On Monday, blogs lit up when Evan Blass, known for his accurate smartphone hardware leaks, joined the "iPhone 8" rumor fray by posting an image of a digitally rendered device enshrouded in what appears to be an Urban Armor Gear case. Rumor mongers are interpreting the "leak" to mean case makers are betting on designs that show off iPhone's entire screen...just like every smartphone case ever made.

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20:37
CBS is launching a streaming sports channel this year

CBS isn't going to lean primarily on All Access to fuel its streaming ambitions -- it's catering to the sports crowd, too. Company chief Les Moonves has teased plans for a "24/7" live streaming sports channel that will launch later in 2017. Most de...

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20:01
What’s new in iOS 11 beta 5? Hands-on with 20...

iOS 11 beta 5 has been released to developers, and as expected, it contains quite a few changes and tweaks. A new FaceTime dial out tone makes an appearance for the first time, along with an updated iPad multitasking splash screen, and a needed security enhancement for trusting connected computers. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for a brief look at each change. more…

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19:48
Latest third-party case leak further corroborates...

While the overall design of the iPhone 8 is all-but-confirmed at this point, another image today claims to show the device in a third-party case. The image, shared by Twitter leaker Evan Blass, shows the device in what appears to be a UAG case…

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19:27
Google employee behind 'echo chamber'...

Over the weekend, a Google employee's internally-shared 10-page document attacking a supposed "echo chamber" around diversity and inclusion went viral. Now, Bloomberg reports -- based on an email from the employee himself -- that the author of the me...

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19:18
CBS All Access is making its way around the world

More people all over the globe will be able to watch Star Trek: Discovery and CBS' other original online and TV shows without resorting to piracy. The network is launching CBS All Access in other countries around the world, starting with Canada in th...

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19:10
AT&T strikes deal to bring CBS networks,...




AT&T on Monday announced a new deal with CBS that will bring streaming and on-demand content from a number of popular networks to DirecTV Now, including CBS News, CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop and Showtime.

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18:20
The Oculus launcher now works with Steam games

Oculus' launcher software is, unsurprisingly, focused on running VR apps from the Oculus Store. But that's probably not how you get all your apps -- you may have Rift-ready games in Steam, for instance. That won't be a problem from now on. Oculus has...

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18:06
CBS reaches deal to bring The CW, Showtime, &...

When DirecTV announced its streaming TV platform DirecTV Now last year, one notable network holdout was CBS. Today, however, AT&T has announced that CBS and its various other properties will be available on DirecTV Now sometime in the near future…

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17:47
'iPhone 8' rumor roundup: X-ray shows...




An image supposedly leaked from Foxconn appears to show a wireless charging coil, stacked logic board and other components rumored for inclusion in Apple's "iPhone 8." Other recent leaks and news point to new color options, facial recognition features, potential OLED constraints and more.

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17:37
US court puts Personal Audio's 'podcasting...




The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent and Trademark Office finding to invalidate a notorious "podcasting patent" that "patent troll" Personal Audio used in lawsuits against big-name podcasters.

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17:22
The new Google Glass is on sale today (but don'...

Did you regret skipping Google Glass the first time around? You now have a second chance... if you have a specific need for it, that is. Glass for Work partner Streye is now selling the follow-up Glass Enterprise Edition starting at €1,550 (abou...

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16:26
What's on TV: 'The Carmichael Show'...

This week we're saying goodbye to several notable shows. BBC America's Orphan Black tops the list with its series finale Saturday night, but we'll also take a look at series enders for The Carmichael Show, Turn and Doubt. There are also season finale...

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16:25
Amazon owns a collection of secret brands

After decades of selling products—and knowing exactly what people are buying, and when they are buying it—Amazon has started cutting out the middle-man by selling self-produced items. Through its AmazonBasics house brand, it sells all sorts of small items, from iPhone chargers, to batteries, power strips—even foam rollers, backpacks and washcloths. It’s the sort of stuff that you might not be too brand loyal over—who really minds whether it’s a Duracell or a Panasonic battery? Amazon sees that a product is selling well, and may decide to work with manufacturers to make the product itself—it’s a tactic that is already worrying vendors, and can’t bode well for partnerships in the long run. But those are the obvious instances. Now, Amazon is selling products across a wide array of categories, using a host of brands that do not exist outside the confines of amazon.com and do not make it clear that they are Amazon-made products.

This is a common business practice and it’s smart...

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16:07
Foxconn to build new R&D center in Michigan...

After announcing a new factory headed to Wisconsin last month, Foxconn today has revealed plans for a research and development plant in Michigan. According to the South China Morning Post, Foxconn’s new plant will be “multibillion-dollar” in size and scope…

more…

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15:57
France and Germany seek to plug tax loopholes...




France is working with Germany on European Union reforms aimed at plugging loopholes U.S. technology companies like Apple use to minimize taxes, tactics that give foreign entities a leg up on local competition.

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15:38
LG's V30 flagship leaks in hands-on footage

Last month, LG teased a reveal for its V30 smartphone, a followup to its audiophile-friendly V20. While renders immediately appeared supposedly showing the upcoming phone's design, we might have just gotten a real leak. A user on Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

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15:37
AWT News Update: August 7, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast - fashionably overpriced Apple Watch bands, new Intel chips that won't be used in the iMac Pro, better transit directions Down Under, and a really good deal for superannuated iPhone users:

  • Coach announces a new line of Apple Watch bands starting at $150 for the fall season
  • Intel announced a new series of desktop processors, but it's unlikely that the speedy chips are destined for the upcoming iMac Pro
  • In the Land Down Under, transit instructions in Apple Maps have now been added for Queensland and Western Australia
  • T-Mobile creates an unlimited plan for the over-55 crowd that has Steve ready to throw his walker at AT&T

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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15:02
'Spelunky' and 'Downwell'...

Good news if you and yours have long worn out Sportsfriends' appeal -- it's been a few years, so that's understandable -- and you're hankering for another collection of unique multiplayer games. Next year, the minds behind Spelunky, Downwell, Time Ba...

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14:59
'Carpool Karaoke' showrunners discuss...




In a new interview published on Monday, the minds behind "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" talk about the bit's breakout success, transforming the segment into a full-fledged TV series and why Apple Music was the right fit.

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14:41
Amazon snags rights to Lucille Ball movie starring...

Amazon isn't done seeking Hollywood glory just because it has a couple of Oscars under its belt. The internet giant's studio wing has snapped up Luci and Desi, a high-profile biographical flick covering the relationship between I Love Lucy co-creato...

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14:40
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include ScreenFlow 7.0, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.1.1, Fission 2.3.2, and Airfoil 5.6.2.

 

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14:40
ExtraBITS for 7 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, DirecTV Now has reached a deal with CBS Networks to stream its content, and AT&T’s and Verizon’s networks both slowed down after they started offering unlimited data.

 

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14:35
T-Mobile announces new discounted Unlimited plan for...

T-Mobile announced today a new promotion that gives users 55-years-old or older a discounted wireless plan. Starting August 9th, the carrier is offering those users two lines of T-Mobile ONE Unlimited for just $60 including taxes and fees with Autopay.

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14:21
France and Germany want Apple and Google to pay...

France and Germany are looking to make major tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon begin paying their fair share of taxes. The move comes as many European leaders have expressed frustration at how these companies focus their profits...

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14:16
Apple launches its Back to School promo in Europe

Apple has launched its Back to School promotion in Europe. The deal is the same there as it is in the U.S.

Qualifying students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac (certain models of MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs) with education pricing have a choice of a free pair of Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 headphones.

The promo also offers BeatsX wireless headphones if you buy a 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro (9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini models are excluded). What’s more, students can extra to upgrade to Beats Powerbeats3 or Solo3 wireless headphones.

The Back to School deals are valid in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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14:09
Carpool Karaoke: A Celebration of the Joy of Music

Co-creator and co-executive producer Ben Winston and series executive producer and co-showrunner Eric Pankowski spoke with Billboard about the series that’s set to launch on Apple Music. They called it “A Celebration of the Joy of Music.” I get that.

I was a bit worried about the future of this show, but I’m looking forward to seeing these episodes. At least Apple finally stopped pimping Pharrel, so we won’t have to deal with him.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:54
France and Germany working to plug tax loopholes for...

France is working with Germany and other partners to plug loopholes that have allowed U.S. tech giants like Apple to minimize taxes and grab market share in Europe at the expense of the continent’s own companies, reports Bloomberg.

France will propose the “simpler rules” for a “real taxation” of tech firms at a meeting of European Union officials due mid-September in Tallinn, Estonia, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview in his Paris office, adding that Europe-wide initiatives are proving too slow.

“Europe must learn to defend its economic interest much more firmly -- China does it, the U.S. does it,” Le Maire said. “You cannot take the benefit of doing business in France or in Europe without paying the taxes that other companies -- French or European companies -- are paying.”

Speaking of Europe...

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13:52
Apple's 2017 Back to School for Europe offers...




Apple on Monday launched its 2017 Back to School promotions for a number of European countries, offering free wireless Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad Pro on top of existing educational discounts.

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13:51
Brain-controlled VR game hints at a hands-free future

We may be a long way off from a Holodeck-like virtual reality where your body is the controller, but Neurable might have the next closest thing. It recently unveiled a prototype peripheral that adds brain control to VR experiences. The device repla...

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13:30
What we're listening to: Nine Inch Nails,...

Welcome back to IRL, our series dedicated to the things that Engadget writers play, use, watch and listen to. This week, we're focusing on music and podcasts, from Tumblr-Wave to Trent Reznor. First up, Managing Editor Terrence O'Brien uncovers some...

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13:26
Coach refreshes Apple Watch band lineup with six new...




Coach has updated its Apple Watch band collection for the fall, with six new combinations of colors and designs.

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13:26
Apple expands Back to School promotion to Europe,...

A month after launching the promotion in the United States, Apple today has launched its Back to School promotion in Europe. The deal is the same there as it is in the U.S., offering free Beats headphones with select Mac and iPad Pro purchases….

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13:14
Xbox One is getting a completely new customizable...

Microsoft just updated its suite of products for online gamers a month ago, adding a few quality-of-life features to Xbox Live and its streaming service Mixer (previously Beam). But today, they've announced an even bigger overhaul, revamping the user...

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13:01
Uber co-founder says Kalanick will not return as CEO

After a series of missteps including a videotaped argument with one of his company's drivers and a scathing written account of Uber's sexist, toxic culture, the company's then-CEO, Travis Kalanick, took a leave of absence, then stepped down from the...

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12:42
MIT uses radio waves and AI to more accurately study...

Sleep tracking has moved to the bedroom, with apps, peripherals and wearables that use movement or your device's microphone to figure out when you're sleeping or awake. Those with sleep disorders, however, are still stuck with large, disruptive array...

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12:39
France and Germany to address tax loopholes used by...

France and Germany will follow the lead of other countries and look into tax loopholes used by Apple and other tech companies, according to a new report today from Bloomberg. Both countries plan on introducing proposals to address the tax issues next month:

more…

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12:33
Apple Maps transit coverage grows in Australia, may...




Apple's Australian Maps transit coverage has expanded to large sections of the states of Queensland and Western Australia, and may be poised to come to Ireland in the near future.

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12:23
iPhone 8 x-ray shots show wireless charging coil in...

New photos claiming to show an x-ray view of the upcoming iPhone 8 have surfaced on social media site Weibo. Based on a large dark spot in the center of each image, the new photos further support the rumor that the new model will feature some form of wireless charging.

more…

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12:21
Venmo adds QR codes to make finding friends easier

Venmo wants to make it easier for you to find your friends. Instead of searching for their exact quirky handle, the payment service just added QR codes to user profiles. Just click the "Scan Code" option in the app's menu, which lets you capture othe...

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12:10
Anker's ludicrously popular Soundcore bluetooth...

In case you missed it during the lead up to summer, Amazon is offering the Anker SoundCore bluetooth speaker on sale again—and this time it’s even cheaper. Right now, the SoundCore is available for $27 with the coupon code UVQH8VHF, or two dollars cheaper than when we last saw it on sale in May. That’s a great price for this speaker, as it matches the same all-time low that we first saw last fall.

The first-generation SoundCore features two 3-watt speakers and a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, and it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and an auxiliary line-in connection. It has reception range of 66 feet, and its 4,400mAh battery is supposed to provide a playtime of about 500 songs per charge. This portable speaker is also fairly light and compact, weighing 0.78 pounds and measuring 6.5 x 1.5 x 2.1 inches.

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12:00
YouTube hopes messaging will keep viewers glued to...

When I heard that Google was adding direct messaging to YouTube, the first thing I thought was "great, Google has another messaging app." After juggling Google Talk, Hangouts, Allo and Google Voice messages with mixed success, the idea of yet another...

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11:55
Review: Mantiz MZ-02 enclosure is a stylish...




A few of the external GPU solutions are aimed at the gamer crowd -- and look like it too. The Mantiz MZ-02 is one of a new generation of enclosures, aimed at boosting graphics performance with the addition of a PCI-E GPU to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped machine and eschewing any stereotypical gamer branding.

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11:47
Obama's science advisors are reportedly still...

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a group meant to provide the president and White House officials with scientific and technological analyses and advice, has largely emptied out since Donald Trump took office. But as STAT News repor...

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11:41
Gender representation of comic book characters

Female characters appear in superhero comics less often than males — but when they are included, how are they depicted?

I thought there would be a lot of people that would like to read this.

[Via Khoi]

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11:30
Michelin’s 3D-printed tire is as stunning as it is...

Looking at Michelin's new concept tire (dubbed the "Vision") is like staring at a mesmerizing painting of future wheels. The blue webbed structure looks nothing like a typical black tire, but feels just as sturdy. It also boasts a unique set of advan...

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11:21
Intel details new batch of i9 processors, none...




Intel has expanded its Core series of processors with nine new X-series models, but none of them are likely to be in the iMac Pro, given what Apple has said about the system.

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11:17
The next version of Firefox will include support for...

Mozilla has been working on VR for a while now, with support for Oculus Rift in the Firefox nightly builds as far back as 2015. Currently announced at the end of July and set to start rolling out live on August 8th, the latest version of Firefox (55)...

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11:10
∞ Apple Music is getting much better

I use Apple Music every single day, so I see all of the good and bad parts of the service. I also get to see the significant improvements Apple has made over time, and while there is still work to be done, the service is getting much better. […]

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11:09
While You Wait: 4 Potentially Higher-Status...


At a rumored $1,400 sale price the coming iPhone 8 likely will test just how much people are willing to pay for a new phone -- particularly, how much parents are willing to fork over for their kids. While iPhones once conveyed status and sense of luxury, similar to a brand like Cadillac, pretty much everyone and their brother has iPhones today. The first few customers who get their hands on the latest model will be envied for about a week -- but the phones will be extremely common by the end of the first month. Interestingly, there are some phones that may have more status than the iPhone.

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11:02
CBS, Showtime and The CW are coming to DirecTV Now

This is a little convoluted, so bear with us: CBS will soon be available on DirecTV Now, the pay-TV provider's streaming service. CBS offers its own streaming service, CBS All Access, the exclusive home for Star Trek: Discovery. If you subscribe to D...

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10:55
Hotspot Shield accused of snooping on its users’ VPN...

A new filing against the company HotSpot Shield, that makes a VPN app exemplifies the user privacy difficulties with VPN services and apps. Even when downloaded from Apple’s own App Store, VPN providers can often present as much a benefit as they do risk.

more…

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10:38
YouTube’s video sharing and messaging feature is now...

Earlier this year, YouTube launched a new private video sharing functionality for the service on mobile. After first launching in Canada and then expanding to the rest of North America, the Shared tab is now rolling out globally.

more…

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10:38
Apple joins Instagram just to show off iPhone photos

Back in 2015, Apple wanted to show off the camera chops of its then-flagship iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones, so it decided to tell the world the old fashioned way. A new ad campaign plastered gorgeous photos of natural and human beauty up on posters...

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10:26
Developer betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra,...

Developers who are getting their products ready for iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 or watchOS 4 can now download and install the fifth beta of each operating system. 

macOS 10.13 High Sierra build 17A330h: Note that a drive with this beta installed on it will not mount and cannot be selected as a startup disk on systems running prior versions of macOS. It will appear when the boot selector is loaded by holding the Option key during startup.

iOS 11 build 15A5341f: One change here; the Messages in iCloud feature was removed from beta 5, with Apple stating that the capability will ship in a future update to iOS 11.

tvOS 11 build 15J5347f: No major changes

watchOS 4 build 15R5345g: Once again, no major changes from earlier beta versions.

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10:17
Researchers develop method for real-time speech...

Researchers at the University of East Anglia, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University and Disney have created a way to animate speech in real-time. With their method, rather than having skilled animators manually match an animated character's mouth to re...

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10:17
Verizon offers Apple Music discounts with...




U.S. carrier Verizon is offering people in its new Up rewards program discounts on Apple Music -- with the tradeoff of handing over personal tracking data.

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10:15
External Link: DirecTV Now Gains CBS Networks

AT&T's live TV service DirecTV Now has reached an agreement to live stream content from CBS Networks, including local CBS stations and The CW in several markets, as well as (on premium tiers or for additional fees) CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Showtime. CBS is notoriously reluctant to join streaming services, generally preferring its own solutions, like CBS All Access.

 

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10:04
tvOS 11 developer beta 5 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the fifth 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.

more…

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10:02
Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 5 to developers

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 5 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

more…

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10:02
Fifth betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS...




Two weeks after its last update, Apple has updated all four of its developer betas, with fifth releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and WatchOS 4

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10:00
watchOS 4 beta 5 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the fifth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

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10:00
YouTube adds in-app direct messaging and sharing...

Don't look now, but Google has yet another messaging service -- sort of. Today, YouTube announced that it is rolling out a new in-app direct messaging feature, much like what you'll find in Instagram. Google's been testing and teasing this feature fo...

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09:55
Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 5 with more...

We’re getting closer to iOS 11 being ready to ship, and Apple has just released the fifth developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

more…

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09:47
T-Mobile's latest plan gives seniors a discount...

You can't really sugarcoat it: senior citizens get a raw deal when it comes to cellphones. Carriers tend to either assume that you don't use data (and want a basic cellphone) or else give you a modest discount at best. T-Mobile thinks it can do bette...

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09:36
Intel ‘Core X-Series’ w/ up to 18-core processors...

Intel today officially announced specs and a release date for its new X-series desktop processors that will include 12- to 18-core models that could find their way into future Macs. Intel plans to make 14- to 18-core processors from the lineup available starting in September, just in time for Apple’s upcoming iMac Pro slated for a December launch:

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 from $299...

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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09:08
News: Apple reportedly interested in deal for...

Apple is one of a handful of companies pursuing a deal with Indian movie production house Eros, Reuters reports. Apple’s video content strategy has been disorganized to say the least, and iTunes Store is losing its dominance in movie rentals and sales. A source familiar with the matter said the discussions are in a very early stage for what could be a $1 billion deal. Eros owns the rights to several Bollywood hits and has recently expanded into…

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09:07
Apple opens new Instagram account, populates it with...

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Apple isn't the most social tech company in the sense that it doesn't use Facebook, Twitter, or other social media much. But that's changing, at least a bit, with the launch of @Apple on Instagram. The company recently created this new account on the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, and it appears to be a way for Apple to show off iPhone photography for now.

There are currently nine posts on the new Instagram account, all of which are slideshows of iPhone photographers' work. In the "hello" introduction post, Apple describes the slideshows and short videos...

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09:05
Apple starts hiring for ninth Japanese store, based...




Apple is preparing to launch a new store in Kyoto, Japan, newly-published job listings reveal -- just its ninth in the entire country, despite a years-long presence there.

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08:56
Apple is on Instagram sharing “Shot on iPhone” pics

Apple says to “tag #ShotoniPhone to take part.” This has been a great campaign for Apple and being on Instagram will only make it more widespread.

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08:55
Copper-colored 'iPhone 8' pops up on...




More posts from Chinese social media have popped up, purporting to show a new copper color for the forthcoming "iPhone 8" -- but it is unclear if the pictures are legitimate parts or mockups.

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08:54
Deals: 2017 13" MacBook Pro for $1,399 ($100...




Kicking off the week, Apple authorized resellers are knocking $100 off Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pros. Shoppers can also pick up Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 for $69.95 today only. Apple's high-end Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics is $500 off with no tax outside NY and NJ as well.

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08:49
“Doom Side of the Moon”

From Revolver:

It all started as a joke. The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt was smoking weed and talking with his bandmates about how absurd it is that every group that plays slow riffs or evokes feelings of dread get labeled “doom,” even if they sound nothing like pioneers of the genre: Black Sabbath, Pentagram Saint Vitus, Cathedral.

“Man, what if we did a heavy metal Pink Floyd cover band, called it Doom Side of the Moon, and did doom versions of Floyd songs!” he quipped.

Great idea and it turned out really good. You can listen to the album on Apple Music.

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08:47
News: Report: Apple working on multiple prototypes...

While Apple has committed a considerable investment toward its augmented reality project, the Financial Times reports the company still has multiple prototypes for its rumored AR glasses. People familiar with the project said some of Apple’s AR glasses are separate units that rely on their own internal displays to overlay a virtual world on top of the real one, other methods rely on an iPhone inserted into a headset to create the effect. Some…

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08:46
Daily Deal! Get the Layze Flexible Universal Car...

When you're driving around town getting directions from Siri, hopefully your iPhone is sitting in a nice car mount, plugged in and easily accessible. What?! You just keep it in your lap, throw it on the dashboard, or drop it into the seat console? That's just wrong, and you know it! Everything will be fine and dandy if you buy this Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount, available in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for $12.99. 

The Layze Car Mount sticks to your dashboard or windshield with a strong suction cup, and your iPhone is held in a shock-resistant clamp at the end of a flexible gooseneck. Instead of sliding off of your lap or dashboard, your...

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08:35
iMac 1 TB Fusion Drives Have Smaller SSDs

If you’re in the market for an iMac, beware the 1 TB Fusion Drive because it includes a significantly smaller SSD than the one embedded in the 2 TB and 3 TB Fusion Drives.

 

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08:13
Viral YouTube video of plane-to-plane AirDrop bogus...




A viral video allegedly depicting a pilot sending a photo of another plane a long-distance AirDrop has been refuted by the recipient's airline, and has been deleted.

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08:04
News: Report: Cellular Apple Watch coming later this...

After last year’s speculation about a cellular Apple Watch didn’t come to fruition, a new Bloomberg report claims the device will be released later this year. Citing people familiar with the development, at least some new Apple Watches will come equipped with LTE chips and be able to perform tasks like downloading new songs or accessing apps without a tethered iPhone. Intel is said to be supplying the modems—not surprising since…

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07:51
Review: TwelveSouth’s new BookBook Vol 2 case for...

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with cases for iDevices. My general view is that we pay a lot of money for a beautifully-designed device, so it seems a great shame to hide them away inside a case.

On the other hand, there are some cases that are beautiful in themselves. For example, my iPhone 6 lived in a Mujjo Leather Wallet Case most of the time. That was mostly, though, for the convenience of being able to carry a couple of cards with me when I wanted to go out without my wallet. My iPhone SE travels naked.

My iPad spends a lot of its time attached to a Brydge keyboard, which also protects the screen, but doesn’t sit inside a case. My MacBook Air does still live inside a...

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07:47
Apple joins Instagram to push 'Shot on iPhone...




Apple on Monday created an official account on Facebook's Instagram, leveraging it for a long-running campaign promoting the iPhone's camera technology.

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07:37
News: iPhone 8 fingerprint sensors reportedly...

Code extracted from Apple’s new HomePod and posted on iOs developer Guilherme Rambo’s Twitter account seems to show a “SmartCam” feature in the iPhone 8 that will automatically select the best shots while photographing particular subjects. The setting names cover a variety of commonly photographed objects or scenes, including babies, pets, documents, brightly lit stages, fireworks, foliage, sports, snow, the sky, sunsets and…

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07:12
Pre-orders for Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Color Light...




Sylvania has launched pre-orders for its Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb, and is adding more HomeKit bulbs, and accessories in the near future.

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07:08
Verizon launches Up loyalty program with free Apple...

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can score up to four months of free Apple Music and other perks using the new Verizon Up reward program. Verizon Up lets subscribers earn free rewards just for being a customer.

more…

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07:05
Genesis ditches conventional car manual for...

The augmented reality apps keep coming. Car-maker Genesis has ditched a conventional owners’ manual in favor of an AR app for its 2017 G80 and G90 models.

The app provides 135 how-to videos for common user maintenance procedures, with augmented reality features to identify car parts and launch the guides …

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06:54
Apple launches its official Instagram account

Apple has created an official, followable Instagram account. The account will exclusively feature curated and credited photos from iPhone users all over the world.

According to Mashable. Apple says product photo galleries, commercials, or other company marketing will never appear on the account (although Apple's separate ads will probably remain). The tech giant’s account is stocked with nine videos; there’s one introductory post and seven artist-narrated galleries.

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06:52
Apple launches official Instagram account, shares ‘...

Apple has run ads on Instagram for some time. Starting from today, it is taking the platform more seriously, having started making its own posts. The account is sharing photos and videos taken on iPhones as part of its Shot on iPhone campaign.

The Apple Instagram account has the handle you’d expect, @apple, and is verified to confirm its legitimacy. Apple has slowly adopted social media, although it still is yet to write a real tweet.

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06:43
Apple could buy into Bollywood video content with...




Apple is reportedly among several companies in talks to buy up the complete film and music library of Eros Group, an Indian movie production studio with a number of famous Bollywood hits.

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06:41
Job listings point to new Japanese Apple Store in...

Apple looks set to be opening a ninth Apple Store in Japan. The company is currently recruiting all the usual store positions in the city of Kyoto …

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06:18
HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ light bulb available...

The HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb from LEDVANCE is now available for pre-order at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $44.99. Delivery is expected in September.

Aaron Ganick, head of Smart Business Americas, LEDVANCE, says it’s the first light bulb you can buy that can be controlled via Siri and Apple’s® Home app and doesn’t require buying a separate hub or smart socket, or need a Wi-Fi router to function like other products. 

To install, you screw in the Bluetooth-enabled bulb into any lamp in your home, apartment or dorm room. Sync it with the Home app on your Apple device that is already an integral part of your busy life, then you can start controlling the light. ...

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06:15
Foxconn exec's social media post claims high...




A social media posting by a known Foxconn executive claims that the supply chain for the "iPhone 8" is having difficulty with producing acceptable quantities of the OLED screen for the device, and is claiming a 40 percent defect rate because of custom cuts in the substrate that Apple is demanding for the device.

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06:03
Apple’s single sign-on feature in tvOS, iOS now...

Apple has added support for 438 cable and TV companies, including ones in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to its single-on feature in tvOS and iOS, as noted by AppleInsider

The expansion focuses on smaller regional providers, but also brings more U.S. territories into the fold with Guam's Docomo Pacific and the Virgin Islands' Innovative Cable TV now listed as supporting services. Note that an official support document covering single sign-on availability, last updated in July, says only 24 providers support the feature. 

However, AppleInsider reports that iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners running the latest version of iOS 10 or tvOS 10 can access what appears to be a revised carrier listing from the Settings app. The complete searchable catalog can be...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Windscribe VPN, Lifetime Pro...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a Lifetime Pro Subscription to Windscribe VPN for only $49.99 — that’s 94% off the regular price. Windscribe goes beyond just being a VPN, also providing a desktop application and browser extension that helps to protect your online privacy, unlock websites, and remove ads and trackers from your everyday browsing. The simple configuration means you don’t have to mess with settings and options…

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05:54
Rumor: Apple may buy the content library of an...

The Eros Group, an Indian movie production house, may sell its entire content library to Apple, reports Reuters , quoting unnamed sources. The article adds that Amazon and Netflix are also considering a bid.

The Economic Times’ claim the deal could top $1 billion; Reuters sources expect a far lower amount, saying that “Apple was unlikely to splurge on Indian content.” If the tech giant does scoop up Eros, it would be competing with Netflix’s targeted push into the Indian media market. 

The Eros Group is a motion picture production and distribution company, based in Mumbai. Founded by Arjan Lulla in 1977 it’s considered as one of the leading production and distribution company in India. The company co-produces, acquires and distributes Indian language films in multiple formats...

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