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14:09
Watch the best ‘Injustice 2’ players compete for $...

In a surprising move from a channel known for sitcom reruns, cable network TBS formed an esports league (called ELEAGUE, naturally) and began regularly broadcasting matches on television in 2016. To showcase its first competitive season of Injustice...

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13:53
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12...

Notable software releases this week include Boom 3D 1.0, GarageBand 10.2, and Swift Publisher 5.0.

 

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13:53
ExtraBITS for 12 June 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, scam apps seem to be making big money in the App Store, iOS review prompts are becoming less annoying, Apple is positioning the iPad for a comeback, and the company has announced the 2017 Apple Design Award winners.

 

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13:48
'Skull & Bones' takes open world...

Ubisoft Singapore just announced its next game here at E3 2017, called Skull & Bones. It challenges players to rise to the rank of ultimate pirate kingpin while playing with their friends and against their enemies in an online open world. During...

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13:47
Drag-and-drop for iPhone enabled by tweaks in Apple...




Though the upcoming technology is reserved for iPads, drag-and-drop can be enabled for the iPhone by making a few adjustments to the iOS 11 developer beta, according to a series of tweets.

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13:47
'Transference' wants to scare you out of...

Today, we look at virtual reality mostly as a means of entertainment -- but the technology introduces some interesting questions. Can virtual experience be used to treat PTSD? Could it be used to create false memories? The idea of VR as a tool for "h...

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13:35
‘The Crew 2’ expands open-world racing to the air...

The middling reception to The Crew hasn't stopped Ubisoft from making a sequel. The open-world racing franchise returns with The Crew 2, this time with planes and boats thrown into the mix. You'll be racing through 'Motornation', a fictional version...

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13:30
Developer uncovers drag and drop support for iPhone...

One of the standout features in iOS 11 is support for drag and drop, which allows iPad users to easily move things such as links and images between applications. Though, the feature is limited to iPad users as Apple works to make the device more of a PC replacement.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith, however, has discovered how to enable inter-application drag and drop on iPhone…

more…

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13:23
Gadget Ogling: Apple at Home


Apple just pulled back the curtain on HomePod, its smart speaker that seeks to hold dominion over your home empire and all the gadgets that reside within. HomePod holds a 4-inch woofer and seven tweeters, and it has six microphones to pick up your voice commands for Siri, wherever you happen to be in the room. Apple powers it with an A8 processor, and it adapts the acoustics based on the surrounding environment. It can play podcasts, provide news and weather, and change settings on HomeKit-connected devices,
but the focus here is on music.

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13:10
Review: 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones

A few months ago, we reviewed the 1More Triple-Driver IEM, a $99 headphone that we still think is an excellent value. 1More is back with a new headphone that's been highly anticipated by headphone enthusiasts, the Quad Driver IEM ($199). We're going to try to resist the temptation to make a joke about 1More adding "1 more driver" to its headphones, especially because we know that the company's name is a reference to their quality control procedures. Still, we're glad 1More added "one more," because the Quads sound great.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:04
Top 10 QR codes supported by iOS 11

During Apple’s keynote at this year’s WWDC 2017, Craig Federighi announced iOS 11 support for the oft-forgotten quick response (QR) codes. While users stateside may not use QR codes regularly, for many in China it has become somewhat of a norm.

Onstage, Federighi announced the QR support as part of “some features of special interest to our customers in China.” Coming in iOS 11, the native camera will have built-in support for QR codes. No longer needing third-party apps to scan them, QR code adoption may see a bump in usage over the coming years.

Native support for QR codes in iOS 11 will open the doors for some interesting mobile interactions. With official support for HomeKit and some third-party app flexibility in iOS, let’s take a look at which QR code types are compatible with Apple’s upcoming iOS.

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13:03
'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' looks...

Without a doubt, the strangest Nintendo Switch rumor to surface in recent months revolved around a crossover between Super Mario characters and Ubisoft's screaming Rabbids mascots. It was doubted, argued over and eventually, all but confirmed by leak...

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12:48
'Don't Starve' studio's sci-fi...

Klei Entertainment has been putting out quality indie games like Don't Starve, Mark of the Ninja and Incognita for many years now. The developer has a reputation for solid, well-made titles with distinctive art styles and more than a little dark humo...

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12:40
Leak purports to show front and back panels of Apple...




Photos published on Monday allegedly depict the front and back panels of Apple's three 2017 iPhones, falling in line with rumors -- though there may be a reason to question their authenticity.

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12:37
A closer look at the Xbox One X

Here it is, in the flesh: the Xbox One X. Billed as the "world's most powerful console," and formerly known as "Project Scorpio," the new member of the Xbox family has finally made its debut at E3 2017. And while Microsoft is placing huge emphasis on...

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12:33
Google's smart keyboard recognizes your hand-...

Google's Gboard is gaining some additional smarts that could help save some valuable typing time... even if you're just looking for an emoji. The company has updated the Android version of its clever keyboard with a handful of features that better r...

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12:30
Inside High Sierra: HEVC promises to keep quality...




Support for HEVC, also known as H.265, was announced at the WWDC Keynote by Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi. AppleInsider examines the technology from a user's standpoint, said to be needed to as well keep 4K videos down to a manageable size.

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12:15
Low-grav shooter ‘LawBreakers’ comes out August 8th...

LawBreakers, the low-gravity team shooter made by Boss Key Productions, just got a release date for both its PC and recently-announced PS4 versions: August 8th, retailing for $30. But before then, the game will have another beta (sadly, still only fo...

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12:03
Watch Ubisoft's E3 2017 event right here at 4PM...

The events keep on rolling here at E3 2017 and now it's almost time for Ubisoft to take the stage. The company will make its announcements at 4PM ET/1PM PT today and you can keep it locked hear to follow the news as its announced from the Orpheum The...

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11:55
Newly leaked iPhone 8 parts give glimpse into...

We may have just gotten another glimpse at the rumored upcoming iPhone 8’s design. A redditor shared some images from what they say is “a friend in the industry,” and what manufacturers have been receiving over the last week, and they do line up with some previous rumors

more…

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11:47
NASA will put on a colorful cloud show for the East...

East Coast-ers should take a look up tonight, because NASA is putting on a show. As part of an experiment to track how particles move in space, researchers are releasing bright, color-changing vapors into the sky.

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11:40
Apple To Soon Let Podcast Creators and Advertisers...

Big changes are coming to the podcasting world: Apple is going to let the people who make podcasts learn what podcast listeners actually like -- and what they ignore. A new version of Apple's Podcasts, which is by far the most popular podcast app, will provide basic analytics to podcast creators, giving them the ability to see when podcast listeners play individual episodes, and -- more importantly -- what part of individual episodes they listen to, which parts they skip over, and when they bail out of an episode. From a report: New extensions to Apple's podcast feed specification will allow podcasts to define individual seasons and explain whether an episode is a teaser, a full episode, or bonus content. These extensions will be read by the Podcasts app and used to present a podcast in a richer way than the current, more linear, approach. Users will be able to download full seasons, and the Podcasts app will know if a podcast is intended to be listened to in chronological order...

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11:32
The Xbox One X vs. the original Xbox One: What'...

While Project Scorpio was teased at last year's E3, it was only yesterday that we finally got a good look at Microsoft's latest console, now named the Xbox One X. It's the company's answer to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, bumping up the system's graphics...

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11:26
Honda's Clarity Electric launching with Apple...




The 2017 Clarity Electric, equipped with Apple CarPlay, will ship to "select" dealerships in California and Oregon beginning Aug. 1, Honda announced on Monday.

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11:17
Zelle takes on Venmo from within your bank's app

From Venmo and PayPal to Facebook Messenger, Google Wallet and even iMessage, there are plenty of ways to send money to your friends online. But these all require your contacts to have accounts set up to receive funds, which often causes friction whe...

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11:13
News: Audeze iSine now available in Apple-exclusive...

Back in January, we reviewed the innovative Audeze iSine 10 in-ear planar magnetic headphones and thought they were pretty amazing. In fact, we think Audeze’s Sine and iSine headphones are still the best expression of what can be done with headphones and the Lightning jack. For those still on the fence, Audeze just announced a new colorway for the iSine10 which will be exclusive to Apple’s online store and retail locations. The new Black/Steel…

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11:12
Video: how to install RAM on a 27-inch iMac

On Friday my new 27-inch iMac arrived (I’ll have a full review coming soon). It came stock with only 8GB of memory. However, I wanted more, but didn’t want to pay Apple $200 for 16GB of RAM or $600 for 32GB.

The answer? I ordered 32GB of RAM from MacSales/OWC, which cost me under $300. I installed it myself.

If you want more memory, this is the route I suggest you take. It’ll save you $300, and the memory installation is relatively easy as I show in this video.

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11:00
Apple's App Store Guidelines Now Allow...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple made several changes to the App Store Review Guidelines during WWDC last week, including an easing of the prohibition against downloading and executing code on an iOS device. The ban on executable code remains intact, but rule 2.5.2 now also provides that: "Apps designed to teach, develop, or test executable code may, in limited circumstances, download code provided that such code is not used for other purposes. Such apps must make the source code provided by the Application completely viewable and editable by the user.


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11:00
The Xbox One X will be great ... next year

Who wants to buy the Xbox One X, most powerful console ever made? Microsoft will have no problem persuading hardcore gamers to shell out another $500 on November 7th. But, as we've argued, it's a tough sell for most shoppers. There simply isn't a com...

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10:41
Uber's second-in-command leaves the company

Uber is rumored to be looking at a shakeup of its executive team as part of its attempt at reforming its broken corporate culture, and you might have just seen the first signs of that shakeup today. The ridesharing company has confirmed that senior b...

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10:32
It doesn't matter that Apple's '...




A report claiming Apple's "iPhone 8" won't supporting some next-generation connectivity generated some confusion about the new device's prospects -- but it really won't matter. AppleInsider explains the technology, and why the next crop of iPhones won't be impacted if Apple limits connectivity speed.

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10:22
Tweets will be official presidential records if the...

America's 45th president has a habit of writing and then deleting his social media posts and US Representative Mike Quigley wants him to stop. As such, Quigley on Monday introduced legislation to force the National Archives to include "social media"...

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10:15
FileMaker 16’s Invisible Brilliance

With FileMaker 16, FileMaker Inc. has released a significant update to one of the world’s most popular database platforms. William Porter looks at some highlights of FileMaker 16 and explains why they matter to users and developers — and potentially to the rest of the Internet.

 

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10:14
2017 iMac Configuration Quirks: Don’t Get Burned!

An alert TidBITS reader tipped us off to some quirks in Apple’s online store when configuring the just-updated iMacs. Depending on which model you start with, you might end up with a worse configuration for the same price, or you might pay more for the same configuration.

 

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10:11
Hearing Crickets at Apple's WWDC and a Pin Drop...


The two mammoth events last week were the Apple developers conference keynote and ex-FBI chief James Comey's appearance at a Senate committee hearing. Now I'm sure a lot of folks didn't have the time to watch both events -- and particularly for the Comey event, I'm sure the coverage has the right and the left believing very different realities. Apple is becoming more and more like a typical tech firm -- that is, long on technology and short on magic. This year, its initial big focus was on how fast the Apple Watch can launch apps.

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09:39
Apple prepares to open first Taiwan store in iconic...




Apple's first store in Taiwan is coming soon to the ground floor of Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers, the company announced over the weekend.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 1/2 from $...

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09:21
Watch: Control Center gets overhauled (again) in iOS...




Control Center in iOS 11 is both expanded and customizable, offering quick access to more key iPhone features than ever before with just a swipe up from the bottom of the screen. AppleInsider shows you how it works.

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09:18
Get Spigen’s super slim Kuel QS11 Magnetic Car...

This week’s sponsor is Spigen and the company’s new Kuel QS11 Magnetic Car Phone Mount available now for a limited time for $9.99.

The new QS11 mount makes improvements to Spigen’s already popular line of car mounts by streamlining the design of the mount itself and adding a super strong magnetic attachment for the fastest possible mounting of your iPhone or other device in any vehicle.

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09:04
News: Apple eliminates ability to use custom prompts...

After rolling out the ability to use its StoreKit API to simplify in-app review prompts in iOS 10.3, Apple’s App Store Review guidelines now say the company will no longer allow custom prompts going forward. The new process allows the user to leave a rating and/or review without ever leaving the app and eliminates the need for developers to write their own code to create the review prompt, but there are also drawbacks. Apple now limits the maximum…

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08:57
External Link: Scam Apps Are Making Big Money in the...

How does an app from a no-name developer earn $80,000 per month on the App Store? Johnny Lin decided to find out. The app “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” claims to scan your iPhone for viruses and malware, charging a whopping $99.99 for a 7-day subscription (it seems to have disappeared now). Of course, thanks to iOS sandboxing and other security features, malware isn’t a significant issue in Apple’s mobile operating system. Lin details how unethical developers are taking advantage of App Store tools and policies to bilk unsuspecting iOS users, and he offers some suggestions for how Apple can solve the problem. It’s baffling that Apple approved apps like this in the first place — perhaps it’s a side effect of faster app review times. Until Apple removes these scam apps and improves its app review policies, spread the word to make sure family and friends don’t get ripped off!

 

Read the full article at TidBITS...

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08:49
Streamz smart streaming headphones eliminate the...

The last few days we've seen some amazing projects coming from the crowdfunding platforms. Today a new project launched on Kickstarter for Streamz, which are voice controlled smart streaming headphones. Streamz have built-in storage expandable up to 256GB, use Wi-Fi, have a built-in graphic equalizer, and can stream music from Spotify and Pandora without the need for an intervening iPhone.

The base specs for Streamz are pretty impressive:

  • Internal 4GB storage expandable to 256GB through SDXC slot
  • HD 96kHz/24 bit DAC (Hi-Res Audio)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Internal microphone and rechargeable battery
  • Built-in OLED color display

The designers have also figured out how to use Google Drive to automatically transfer new music you've installed onto your iOS or macOS devices...

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08:36
Honda Clarity all-electric arrives August 1st as...

The Honda Clarity EV, Honda’s new all-electric model for its Clarity line, is officially arriving August 1st as the latest vehicle to come with Apple’s CarPlay in-dash platform stock.

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08:35
News: Apple allowing resellers to cut prices on...

Apple is allowing resellers to slash prices on its older iPhone models to break into India’s cell phone market, Bloomberg reports. While Apple’s official website is only currently selling the iPhone 6S and SE in India, resellers like Amazon and Flipkart are offering the iPhone 5, 5S, and 6 for a substantial discount over what other parts of the world would pay. Varuni T.V., a business professor in India, recently bought her first iPhone…

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08:14
AAPL drops in wake of broader tech selloff, claims...




Apple shares are down over $10 since Friday, reportedly part of a broader selloff of U.S. technology stocks, but also reflecting concerns over upcoming iPhones using slower cellular modems than their rivals.

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07:58
News: Ad loophole in App Store search is letting...

A new post on Medium shows just how easy it is for scammers to use Apple’s App Store Search Ads to dupe users into paying hundreds of dollars for undelivered services from useless apps. Author Johnny Lin came across one app in particular — “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” — that raised his attention with multiple misspellings and poor grammar in its listing, but still somehow managed to take in $80,000 a month in…

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07:43
The early 10.5-inch iPad reviews are in, and the...

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

It’s been a week since Apple announced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the early reviews are now in. While reviewers do express a few reservations along the way, the overwhelming tone is positive.

Phrases like ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’ and ‘the biggest step forward the category has made yet’ suggest that tech writers are finally taking seriously Apple’s claim that an iPad is for many a realistic replacement for a PC.

There is disagreement about just how far that claim stretches, and eyebrows raised over the all-in price of a device that makes little sense without a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, but those are the only real reservations found.

Great collection of reviews. You might also want to take a look at...

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07:28
Comment: Apple needs to clamp down on App Store...

A quite stunning story came to light over the weekend of a scam app charging people a staggering $400 per month through an in-app purchase disguised as a free trial – for an app that does nothing in the first place.

Taking advantage of App Store search ads to achieve visibility, the app claims to be a virus and malware scanner, and for anyone naive enough to install it presents a dialog box offering a ‘free trial’ that actually charges them $99.99 for a 7-day subscription …

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07:11
News: Apple’s feud with Qualcomm could leave iPhone...

Apple’s aversion to solely using Qualcomm modems in its new iPhones will likely leave the devices unable to take advantage of 1-gigabit-per-second download speeds offered by cellular providers, Bloomberg reports. While AT&T, Verizon and other wireless carriers have upgraded their networks to be capable of gigabit transfers — which are up to 100 times faster than previous speeds — only Qualcomm’s modems can currently handle downloads…

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06:55
Apple allowing retailers to slash pricing on older...




The business realities of India as a market have pushed Apple to allow authorized vendors to cut prices dramatically in India on older phones, dating as far back as the iPhone 5.

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06:54
WaterField announces case for the Apple Magic...

WaterField Designs has extended its Magic Keyboard Slip Case line with a custom-fitted size for Apple's new Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. 

The $39 Keyboard Slip case protects the device from dings and spills with light padding enveloped in a waxed canvas or ballistic nylon shell. The case includes a rear mesh pocket to hold the Lightening-to-USB Cable or other small accessories.

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06:33
Foxconn head says Apple & Dell are key partners...




Apple, Dell, and Kingston are currently the three other partners in a Foxconn-led group bidding for Toshiba's memory unit -- though still more tech firms may sign on with just days to go, according to Foxconn's chairman.

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06:32
∞ Who tweeted this? “Weekend read: Inside a Mac...

Take a wild guess as to the author of that tweet. Give up? Check the main Loop post…

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06:23
How to make $80,000 per month on the Apple App Store

Johnny Lin, Medium:

I scrolled down the list in the Productivity category and saw apps from well-known companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Microsoft. That was to be expected. But what’s this? The #10 Top Grossing Productivity app (as of June 7th, 2017) was an app called “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN”.

Watch as Johnny Lin follows the money. This is no isolated incident.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:20
How to modify your AirPods double-tap gesture in iOS...

In a nutshell, you need to update your AirPods firmware, then use the updated Settings to customize the right and left AirPods double-tap gesture. Great tip with detailed instructions.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
Foxconn CEO: Apple is in on the bid for Toshiba’s...

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou confirms last week’s news that Apple that will join its bid for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business. He says saying that Apple’s board and CEO Tim Cook have signed off on the deal, though he didn’t specify financial details.

Gau says Amazon is close to joining and includes Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Google among the list of potentially interested investors.  

Toshiba hopes to choose a chip unit winner on June 15 if the legal fight with Western Digital doesn’t interfere. 

Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and seeking outside investors in it. Apple could be interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other...

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06:16
AAPL shares continue to slide in pre-market trading...

AAPL shares have continued to fall in pre-market trading after losing almost 4% in value on Friday. At the time of writing, pre-market trading shows a further decline of 1.6%.

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06:16
∞ Watch Tim Cook’s MIT commencement speech

[VIDEO] From the dean’s introduction of Tim Cook (about 5:47 in, video embedded in main Loop post):

It only seems natural that he should have wound up at the helm of the company that has changed the texture of our lives more than perhaps any other company in the history of the world.

Hyperbole? Perhaps. But there’s a core of truth there. I can’t think of a company that has changed the world in quite the same way.

The speech itself is terrific, inspirational, worth your time. I especially enjoyed Tim’s passionate words about Steve Jobs.

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06:00
Frustrated by winmail.dat files? Letter Opener saves...

Anyone who has owned a Mac has run into them — those mysterious winmail.dat files. You try double-clicking on those files and nothing happens, leaving you to wonder what someone from the world of Windows was trying to send you. Fortunately, there is a solution available in the form of Letter Opener for macOS, macOS Mail and iOS (free trial for macOS and iOS with in-app premium purchases).

What are winmail.dat or MSG files? They’re email messages from Microsoft Outlook that cannot be read natively by Macs. Mac users also occasionally receive XPS files, which are Windows document files that need to be converted to PDF format before they’re readable. Particularly if you’re a Mac user in an all-Windows environment, those winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files can be frustrating.

How easy is Letter Opener to use? On iOS devices, just tap and hold on the winmail.dat file, then select “Copy to Letter Opener” to open...

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06:00
Deal of the Day: Get The Complete Swift 3 Hacking...

Last week's Apple World Wide Developer Conference pointed out just how important the development community is to Apple and to the economy as a whole. One of the best ways to become part of that community is to learn Apple's programming language Swift, so we're going to make it painless for everyone to get the training they need. Our Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle is on sale this week for $35.

For that $35, you get lifetime access to five courses valued at $700. Packed into those courses are 744 lessons designed to take you from newbie to pro. Here's what you get:

Swift Coding Challenges: Real Problems, Real Solutions

  • Access 70 lectures & 4.5 hours of content 24.7
  • Use the...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle for only $35 — that’s 95% off the regular price. This collection of five courses will take you through everything you need to know to master advanced Swift 3 coding techniques, including building amazing Apple Watch apps, coding challenges that take you through real problems and real solutions, making desktop macOS apps with Swift 3, and going through the process…

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05:47
Executable code allowed in iOS 11 apps for...




The new developer's guidelines promulgated by Apple for iOS 11 have made a big change, allowing developers to include executable code in apps used for educational purposes, or for developer's tools.

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05:41
$1B hedge fund founder thinks Amazon will beat Apple...

It’s been widely predicted for many years now that AAPL will become the first company in the world to achieve a market capitalization of a trillion dollars, but one credible commenter thinks Amazon may get there first.

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05:15
iFixit offers 32GB RAM upgrade kit for Apple’s 2017...

This will definitely come in handy.

iFixit recently noticed that the RAM in Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display was upgradable and is already offering a kit to take advantage of this fact.

It’s been noted that the base 3.0 GHz model tops out at 16GB of RAM and that the only way to jump to 32GB of RAM is to purchase the pricier 3.4 GHz model. In order the snag the 32GB configuration, you’d have to pay an extra $200 for the faster model, plus another $600 to scale up to 32GB of RAM.

iFixit’s 32GB RAM kit is available for $299.95 before delivery and includes the following items:

32 GB (2x16GB) of DDR4-PC2400 2400MHz RAM

Replacement Display Adhesive Strips

iMac Opening Wheel

iMac Service Wedge

Plastic Cards

Spudger

Tweezers

Phillips #00, T5, T8, and T10 Bits

Driver Handle

iFixit has labeled the upgrade as “potentially dangerous” given that it requires you to handle a power...

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05:00
Rumor: Samsung currently manufacturing 80 million...

In spite of past arguments and legal troubles between Apple and Samsung, it’s estimated that Samsung will deliver around 80 million OLED screens suitable for the next-gen iPhone before the end of 2017 —but a later than expected date for mass shipments for the phone is still expected.

Per DigiTimes, which cited “sources from the upstream supply chain”, Samsung and other component manufacturers have geared up for supplying components for not just the “iPhone 8,” but the “iPhone 7s” family as well.

Apple’s order of roughly 80 million OLED screens will occupy about half of Smasung’s manufacturing capacity for the final six months of 2017. The rest of the capacity will meet Samsung’s own needs, although it’s thought that some units will remain in reserve should Apple need them.

DigiTimes expects that Apple will ship around 50 million of the “iPhone 8” before the end of 2017 —but will only have about three million on hand for the start of sales. The report claims...

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05:00
Remember the SuperDrive? Protect it with this Sleeve

Apple may show little love to the external SuperDrive -- an external optical drive that allows you to install software, play, and burn both CDs and DVDs -- since the company wants you to go completely with digital media, but Waterfield Designs brings the love with the $25 SuperDrive Sleeve.

The 6 x 6 inch sleeve allows you to take the SuperDrive to work, on vacation, or wherever you want or need to use an optical drive with a newer Mac. The case offers excellent protection in a slim ballistic nylon case with shock-absorbing neoprene padding. You can toss it into a purse or bag and be on your way.

The SuperDrive Sleeve comes in one color: black. It's a one-trick pony, but a pony that will prove useful over time. In case you haven't noticed, Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives on most, if not all, its Mac line, so the external SuperDrive will become increasingly important.

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04:53
The early 10.5-inch iPad reviews are in, and the...

It’s been a week since Apple announced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the early reviews are now in. While reviewers do express a few reservations along the way, the overwhelming tone is positive.

Phrases like ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’ and ‘the biggest step forward the category has made yet’ suggest that tech writers are finally taking seriously Apple’s claim that an iPad is for many a realistic replacement for a PC.

There is disagreement about just how far that claim stretches, and eyebrows raised over the all-in price of a device that makes little sense without a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, but those are the only real reservations found …

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04:30
iMac Pro promises ‘all new speakers’, not so the ‘...

In the webpage touting the upcoming iMac Pro, Apple says it has “all new speakers” and adds: 

“iMac Pro is as epic to your ears as it is to your eyes. Its enhanced stereo speakers deliver broad frequency response, rich bass, and more volume. So you’ll be able to hear that crashing cymbal, multilayered effect, or sample-based sound, all with remarkable fidelity.”

Alas, the non-pro iMacs don’t get enhanced speakers? An Apple rep tells me that the “updated iMac functionality is the same as the previous generation; the only change is that they’re made with more recycled plastic (60%).”

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04:00
∞ Review: 10.5-inch iPad Pro

I’ve been using Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro for five days now and there is a lot to like about the device. When you factor in what’s coming this fall in iOS 11 and the features built specifically for iPad, you have a device that’s more compelling than it’s ever been before. […]

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04:00
Review: The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is much more “pro”...

Andrew Cunningham

Nothing Apple has done in the last three years has reversed the iPad’s sales decline, or stopped it, or even really slowed it down all that much. But 2017 has made clear that if the iPad keeps falling, it won’t be for lack of trying.

On the software side, you’ve got iOS 11, an update that makes iOS 9’s multitasking additions look rudimentary and quaint. It adds a distinctly Mac-like application dock and dramatically changes how the device runs and interacts with multiple apps at the same time. The changes allow for much-improved "window" and file management, and you can easily drag-and-drop content between apps.

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03:58
Apple part of Foxconn’s Toshiba bid ‘for sure’;...

Foxconn’s bid to acquire a share of Toshiba’s chip unit seems to be turning into something of a Who’s Who of the tech industry. After confirming that Apple’s participation in the bid had now been approved by Tim Cook and the full board, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has named other companies who may join …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 9, 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

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Eltima Software has released SyncMate 6.7, an updated version of the synchronization tool for macOS. 

It allows syncing Mac computers with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTP devices, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and Microsoft Services, including Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. SyncMate 6.7 offers a more reliable and fast sync mechanism, according to the folks at Eltima.

SyncMate requires macOS 10.8.5 or later. Version 6.7 is free for all SyncMate 6.x users. All registered users of previous versions of can upgrade with a 50% discount. For new users the cost is $39....

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Sunday June 11

21:38
Boom 3D v1.0

Major new release of the volume booster and equalizer app adds 3D virtual surround audio. ($16.99 new, $6.80 upgrade, 22.2 MB)

 

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HITCASE PRO 2.0 knocks it out of the Kickstarter...

HITCASE PRO 2.0 on a ChestR Mount

Just when I thought I'd seen every iPhone case on the market, HITCASE decided to come out with a case that pretty much does everything. The HITCASE PRO 2.0 (pre-order, CA$99 to CA$299 depending on the accessories you pick) is waterproof to 33 feet (10m), shockproof for drops up to 16 feet (5m), and works on the iPhone 6/6s/7/7 Plus. But that's just the start of this case system, which quickly bypassed its goal of CA$50,000 on Kickstarter and is expected to start shipping later this month.

HITCASE PRO 2.0 also comes with a Railslide mount system that works with six different HITCASE mounts and is also GoPro mount compatible. Planning on free solo climbing El Capitan? You'll need both hands free, which is why you might want the adventure pack that comes with ChestR mount. There are suction cup mounts, a StickR case mount, and even a lanyard mount...

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14:40
'Assassin's Creed Origins' arrives...

Gladiator battles, pyramids and hippos. Yes hippos. Assassin's Creed Origins will tell you the story of how the assassin brotherhood began, with Bayek, an Egyptian sherif. While the rumors of an Egypt-based title have been around for weeks, we finall...

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14:40
'Metro: Exodus' brings post-apocalyptic...

Microsoft has plenty of Xbox One X exclusives to show at E3, but here's one you might not have expected: a brand new Metro game. 4A Games has taken the wraps off of Metro: Exodus, the next installment in the post-apocalyptic franchise. There's precio...

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14:37
Apple announces its first Taiwan retail store,...

Apple today has announced its first ever retail store destined for Taiwan. The company made the announcement on its Taiwan website, while Tim Cook also teased the new location in a tweet this afternoon, calling the store Apple Taipei 101.

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14:19
'Forza Motorsport 7' makes the jump to 4K...

It's official -- Forza Motorsport is back. Microsoft unveiled the latest iteration of its flagship racing series at E3 2017, and as you'd expect, it's upgraded for the current era with nods to Project Scorpio -- excuse me, Xbox One X -- Windows 10 an...

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14:06
Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X, the most powerful...

Say hello to the Xbox One X, Microsoft's successor to the Xbox One. Previously known as "Project Scorpio," it was first teased at last year's E3, and we caught a glimpse at its powerful hardware a few months ago. The big takeaway? It's significantly...

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13:48
'Need for Speed: Payback' and the business...

Need for Speed and Burnout are completely different franchises. Both are arcade racers, sure, but the former kind of starts and stops with outrunning the cops in Lamborghinis and other supercars at extremely high speeds. The latter used unlicensed kn...

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13:30
We're live from Microsoft's E3 2017 Xbox...

Microsoft will answer three important questions today: How much Project Scorpio, its high-powered Xbox One, will cost; what the console's name will be; and when we can actually buy it. Lucky for you, you can follow along with your favorite members of...

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13:28
Watch Microsoft's Xbox E3 2017 event live right...

Microsoft is getting down to business a little early this year and kicking off its E3 announcements on Sunday. We're on the scene in Los Angeles ready to bring you all of the news as its announced -- including the latest on Project Scorpio. However,...

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13:05
For 'NBA Live 18,' it's about...

Long after its groundbreaking launch in 1995, EA's flagship basketball game has had a troubled run this decade but NBA Live 18 shows that it may be able to turn things around. After missing last year entirely (following a hiatus between the 2010 and...

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12:30
American military backs an entirely new kind of...

Virtually every processor you see is based on the same basic (Von Neumann) computing model: they're designed to access large chunks of sequential data and fill their caches as often as possible. This isn't the quickest way to accomplish every task,...

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11:43
'FIFA 18' isn't out yet and I'm...

There was a brief period of time last year when I was playing Pro Evolution Soccer more than FIFA. It was hard to wrap my head around that, considering EA's franchise had been my number one choice since it was known as FIFA International Soccer back...

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10:55
Malware downloader infects your PC without a mouse...

You think you're safe from malware since you never click suspicious-looking links, then somebody finds a way to infect your PC anyway. Security researchers have discovered that cybercriminals have recently started using a malware downloader that inst...

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10:44
Microsoft's Project Scorpio could cost $499

There's no doubt that Microsoft's Project Scorpio will be expensive given its 4K-ready hardware. But just how expensive? Apparently, Geoff Keighley knows. The well-connected gaming persona now has "confidence" that Project Scorpio will sell for $499...

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10:25
'Star Wars Battlefront II' is a friendlier...

It's hard to talk about EA's multiplayer Star Wars shooter without accidentally stumbling over your words and mentioning the company's other large-scale war series: Battlefield. It's only natural. Long before Disney gave Electronic Arts the exclusive...

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10:02
Watch: 2017 MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake CPU vs. Apple...




Released in late 2016, the redesigned MacBook Pro without Touch Bar came with Intel's previous-generation Skylake processors. This month, they were refreshed with next-gen Kaby Lake processors, and AppleInsider put the two models head to head to compare their performance.

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10:00
The passion behind the prison break in 'A Way...

There's one scene in A Way Out that operates as a continuous tracking shot, seamlessly following two convicts as they tear through the interior of a large hospital, leaping over gurneys and slinking through air vents with a cadre of police officers h...

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09:29
Uber considers sidelining its CEO

Uber has been taking steps to clean up its toxic corporate culture, such as firing employees and hiring experts, but the most dramatic changes might be right around the corner. Both Reuters and Recode have learned that Uber's board is holding a meeti...

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08:00
After Math: Missed connections

It was sort of an eventful week for things that almost happened. A 40-year-old astronomy anomaly turned out to really just be a passing comet, a pair of people spent two full days in their second life, and even Republicans are getting tired of Trump'...

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06:45
Orphan Black has changed the game for TV visual...

Orphan Black is a great TV show even without the amazing visual effects. Fellow Canadian Tatiana Maslany should have won a dozen Emmy awards over the show’s five-year run.

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06:30
Ben Heck’s Logic Gate board game: Adventures in LCD...

After deciding to use an LCD screen for the Logic Gate board game, Ben gets to work on programming the Pic32mz series microcontroller in MPLab X IDE. Using the programming software and Direct Memory Access (DMA) transfers, Ben learns how to displ...

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06:03
Watch EA's E3 2017 event in under 13 minutes

The action at E3 2017 has officially started. EA tipped its hand yesterday with an event full of big announcements. If you weren't able to catch the news on Madden 18, FIFA 18, Battlefront II, A Way Out, Anthem and more already, don't worry. We've di...

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05:30
External Link: iOS App Review Prompts Become Less...

Many apps nag users to leave reviews in the App Store, causing significant irritation. Apple addressed this annoyance in part by creating its own review prompt interface in iOS 10.3 and has now gone the rest of the way by requiring developers to use it. With Apple’s solution, apps are allowed to bug you for reviews only three times per year, you can leave a rating from the prompt without leaving the app, and once you leave a rating, that app can never bother you for a review again. In iOS 11, you’ll be able to turn off even these minimal prompts.

 

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04:23
First look: GoPro's upcoming QuikStories...




GoPro wants to automate the process of offloading, editing and creating videos on mobile devices from footage captured by its Hero 5 action camera, and QuikStories is its answer. AppleInsider got a sneak peek at the forthcoming software at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., this week.

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03:21
SpaceX could send its biggest rocket to space in...

SpaceX is preparing a used booster for relaunch on June 17th, but it's apparently getting its heavy lift rocket ready for lift off sometime this year, as well. According to company chief Elon Musk's response to one of his Twitter followers, all three...

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00:37
'Kingdom Hearts 3' trailer shows combat,...

Our long wait for Kingdom Hearts 3... is probably not close to ending. Still, fans can enjoy a new trailer that Square Enix premiered tonight at the LA performance of the Kingdom Hearts World Tour. There's plenty of gameplay and combat, as Sora, Dona...

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Saturday June 10

22:33
Chevy Bolt EV goes on sale nationally a month early

Chevrolet has been slowly rolling out the Bolt EV to more states ever since the car's introduction last December. Originally, the Bolt was supposed to go on sale in all 50 states as of September 2017, but General Motors has moved up its plans. GM rep...

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