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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:

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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]

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

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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
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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10:17
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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10:15
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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

Enlarge (credit: Instagram, Apple)

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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

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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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05:53
LEDVANCE announces new hub-free, HomeKit-compatible...

Lighting company LEDVANCE has announced its first HomeKit-compatible lightbulbs that work without a hub. This means you can dip a toe in the smart lighting waters by buying just a single bulb. The company says it also makes for a simpler installation process.

Installation is easy. 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. Start controlling the light. It’s that simple.

The company says that one product will available for pre-order later today, while two others will follow ‘in the near future’ …

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05:15
Poll: Of the possible iPhone 8 colors seen to date,...

Despite some reports suggesting that the iPhone 8 might be available in limited colors, we’ve now seen mockups of quite a few possibilities.

KGI suggested that it would be available in fewer colors than normal, but didn’t get more specific than that. A Macotakara report suggested that it would not be available in white. Benjamin Geskin claimed that a new mirror-like option would be introduced. Yet another image showed black, silver, white and gold – but no rose gold.

And yet another possibility emerged over the weekend …

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05:15
Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 could feature new form...

The rumor mill is currently stating that the Apple Watch Series 3 will have a new form factor.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has stated that Apple is likely to add LTE cellular support to the next-gen wearable and that this feature will be found in “at least some” models:

Apple Inc. is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device’s reliance on the iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.

While this rumor has circulated for years, if true, it would greatly help remove the Apple Watch's reliance on the iPhone. A new form factor could also help sales and assist in expanding the product's popularity.

As always, these are just rumors, but there may be some interesting new changes en route with the Apple Watch Series 3.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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05:00
HomePod firmware hints at possible Face ID scanning...

The leaked HomePod firmware might have given away yet another feature for Apple’s upcoming next-gen iPhone.

iHelp has noted a line that references support for facial recognition even when the device is laying flat on its back. The term “Pearl” is believed to be Apple’s name for Face ID:

AXRestingPearlUnlock

com.apple.accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock

Interestingly the feature is categorized as an Accessibility option. Though, several current Touch ID features and capabilities are categorized as Accessibility even though they’re applicable to just about everyone.

An earlier report through Bloomberg highlighted Apple’s forthcoming Face ID technology as well as its speed and accuracy:

The sensor’s speed and accuracy are focal points of the feature. It can scan a user’s face and unlock the iPhone within a few hundred milliseconds, the person said. It is designed to work even if the device is laying flat on a table, rather than just close up...

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05:00
Apple wants to help advertisers overcome ‘banner...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170221106) for “interaction-aware advertising for minimizing banner blindness.” The goal of the invention is to make digital ads more noticeable.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that advertisers generally configure their digital advertisements to be displayed along with media content accessed by the user. The digital advertisement is typically presented as a display banner at a fixed position in the screen of the user's device, to allow the user to view the advertisement as he or she accesses media content from the device. 

However, display advertising using fixed, or static, position banners is prone to “banner blindness,” which overtime reduces its effectiveness and efficacy for conversion. Banner blindness is used to describe a common phenomenon, where users consciously or subconsciously ignore banner-like information when they browse through content. This phenomenon is also present in the context of display banner...

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05:00
Disney meets Final Fantasy (and tedium) in Kingdom...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

The Kingdom Hearts franchise has a wonderfully captivating premise: it’s a mash-up of the Disney film catalog and the Final Fantasy gaming universe, letting you embark on charming quests across worlds inspired by everything from Aladdin to The Little Mermaid to Tron.

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04:30
Good news for CarPlay: digital music is overtaking...

Consumers who have long been interested in portable digital media and streaming internet radio are now beginning to use these outlets regularly in the car, according to Strategy Analytics

As usage of these features has now overtaken the CD player in many key demographics, this presents a key question: if CD players are falling out of favor, what will replace them? Strategy Analytics has found that the in-vehicle media landscape in the US, Western Europe and China is fragmented. The trend to portable digital media and streaming Internet radio has important implications not just for the future of in-car radio, but for the advance of Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto, notes the research group.

Strategy Analytics says broadcasters need to more rapidly embrace and promote dedicated apps for their stations. Becoming compatible with mirroring solutions such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto will ensure they...

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04:27
Comment: Might the LTE Apple Watch and ‘new form...

Bloomberg last week reported that Apple is planning to launch an LTE version of the Apple Watch last year. John Gruber then suggested that a new form factor was also in the works – though he later added a sentence somewhat walking back the idea.

That tidbit came from an unconfirmed little birdie, though, so I wouldn’t bet the house on it.

But assuming there is actually a new form factor on the way, the natural assumption would be that it would be that we’re discussing the same model. A new top-of-the-range Watch with both LTE functionality and a new design. That is the most likely bet, but I could see a second possibility here …

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04:00
Kosada's Vuo lets you easily and interactively...

By Aaron Lee

Kosada's Vuo is designed as an alternative to Apple's Quartz Composer (a node-based visual programming language provided as part of the Xcode development environment in macOS for processing and rendering graphical data). Aimed at media producers, VJs, interactive artists, and media-making non-programmers, it enables users to interactively create and mix audio, video, and 2D + 3D effects.

Vuo is the Finnish word for flow, and that's what Vuo is about. It’sdesigned for media production of heavy-duty graphics effects, professional stage production, multimedia installations, audio integration, and interactive data displays, while still being simple enough for casual experimentation. As mentioned, it's an alternative to Apple’s Quartz Composer, a popular visual programming tool used in settings from live performances to studio post-production.

Designed for efficiency, Vuo implements CPU and...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 7, 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

iTranslate Converse is a new, free speech translation app that turns your iPhone into a translation device. It’s designed to make a voice translation in any environment, even when there's background noise or when you speak fast.

Rovio has introduced a new feature to Angry Birds 2 — player clans. This means that you can now team up with friends, complete strangers, or both in order to achieve a common goal. Clan members will also be able to chat with each other in-game, adding a social aspect to clans. Angry Birds 2 is free, but does offer in-app...

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03:17
Foxconn exec says ‘estimated iPhone 8 is not cheap’...

Over the weekend, there were a couple interesting stories about the upcoming iPhone 8 originating from Weibo. A Foxconn vice president posted to his public social feed that the iPhone 8 will not be cheap, as yields of the OLED display are low (40% failure rate) due to the ‘special design’ (the custom top notch).

Separately, photos of a new iPhone 8 rear case color appeared online although the validity of the image is not clear. In addition to the usual black and white, the photos depict an OLED iPhone in a copper gold color. More photos after the break …

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00:34
Why Steve Jobs Loved the IPod Shuffle

"Right after the keynote in which Steve Jobs introduced the iPod Shuffle, I went backstage with one question in mind: What makes an iPod an iPod?" remembers Steven Levy. mirandakatz writes
Apple recently announced that it's officially discontinuing the iPod -- sad news for anyone who'd prefer to not have to lug around an entire phone to listen to music. At Backchannel, Steven Levy offers a requiem... The Shuffle, he writes, was unique in that it was an iPod stripped down to a single basic function -- and, as Steve Jobs told Levy in 2005, it made the perfect [cheap] gift for inculcating young kids in the ways of Apple.
"I will go buy them one of these for 100 bucks apiece," he told Levy, referring to why the Shuffle was an especially appropriate gift for his daughters, six and nine at the time. "They'll probably lose them in 60 days. But they'll get into it this way."
Jobs called the Shuffle "every bit an iPod -- just a different iPod," saying that the definition...

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Sunday August 6

20:55
Asteroid family is as old as the Solar System itself

To date, astronomers haven't seen asteroid families (that is, asteroids with a common source) in the Solar System older than about 3 billion years -- well after the star system came to be 4.5 billion years ago. However, they'll have to rethink their...

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18:40
Body sensor collects vital data by making you sweat

Medical sensors that sample your sweat are great, as they can accurately gather some of the data you'd get from blood without having to poke through your skin. There's just one problem: this usually means going for a run or otherwise doing something...

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17:20
Watch: 'iPhone 8' cameras might record 4K...




Leaked code suggests both front and rear facing iPhone 8 cameras could be capable of recording 4K video at 60 frames per second, while a new feature dubbed "SmartCam" dynamically adjusts capture settings according to scene type.

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17:03
Find 'Rick and Morty' rants with a quote...

Rick and Morty is chock-full of quotable moments, so it would only make sense that someone would eventually find a way search every single word, wouldn't it? Sure enough, it's here. The creators of the Simpsons and Futurama search tools (Paul Kehrer,...

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15:29
You can confuse self-driving cars by altering street...

While car makers and regulators are mostly worried about the possibility of self-driving car hacks, University of Washington researchers are concerned about a more practical threat: defacing street signs. They've learned that it's relatively easy to...

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14:02
Lockheed Martin previews a future of tiny space...

Current space telescopes are... big. You can't really avoid it given the need for giant lenses and bulky sensors. Lockheed Martin wants to fix that -- the aerospace firm has just released the first images from SPIDER (Segmented Planar Imaging Detecto...

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12:31
UK issues stricter security guidelines for connected...

Nervous about the thought of your connected car falling victim to hacks, especially when self-driving cars hit the streets in earnest? So is the British government -- it just issued tougher guidelines for the security of networked vehicles. It want...

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12:18
Apple's 'iPhone 8' may do facial...




Code found in Apple's HomePod firmware may suggest that the "iPhone 8's" facial recognition system -- internally dubbed "Pearl" -- will be able to scan someone and unlock a device while it's resting on a flat surface, instead of forcing users to pick it up and aim the camera.

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11:35
Are you convinced that Face ID will be a suitable...

Touch ID on the iPhone 8 has been one of the biggest points of contention thus far. While it was initially believed that the fingerprint technology would be embedded beneath the display itself, more recent reports have said that Apple was unable to achieve such a feat and Touch ID might be replaced with Face ID altogether, a move that has been met with some skepticism…

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10:57
Code hints the next Apple TV will support 4K and HDR

There have been murmurs of a 4K Apple TV and even hints of 4K HDR videos on iTunes, but now we have evidence tying it all together. Remember that incredibly revealing HomePod firmware? Developer Guilherme Rambo has sifted through it to discover refer...

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10:19
ScreenFlow 7.0

Major new release for popular screencast recording and video editing app improves performance with MP4 files and adds Global Library for asset files. ($129 new, $39 upgrade, 48.9 MB)

 

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09:30
The best essential oil diffuser

By Shannon Palus

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

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08:00
After Math: Showing and Growing

It was a big week for expanding one's business. Netflix revealed its new slate of anime series, LastPass doubled its premium price, and the Chevy Bolt proved it could outrun a Tesla 3 over distance. Numbers, because how else are we going to measure t...

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06:30
Ben Heck's portable Raspberry Pi photo booth

Karen has an idea for a project: With Felix's help, she'll create a portable Raspberry Pi photo booth, useful for weddings and other events. This isn't just a hardware project, though -- it also needs Linux software to allow the system to save an...

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03:35
Nanoparticles fool your body into allowing organ...

Organ transplants are frequently life-saving, but they remain a gamble when your body can reject the new organ well after the initial surgery. Yale researchers have discovered a clever solution to this: prevent your body from noticing the organ unti...

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01:14
Apple's single sign-on feature gains nearly 440...




Apple's running list of providers offering support for single sign-on streaming authentication grew exponentially this week with the addition of 438 cable and satellite television companies, including firms offering services in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Saturday August 5

22:56
Chicago police see less violent crime after using...

Law enforcement has been trying predictive policing software for a while now, but how well does it work when it's put to a tough test? Potentially very well, according to Chicago police. The city's 7th District police report that their use of predict...

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22:35
Hands on: LiquidText 3.0.11 changes how you annotate...




It's hard to go back to an more ordinary PDF annotator after using LiquidText, but it is not the ultimate PDF tool for the iPad.

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20:33
Harvard's tiny robotic arm can make endoscopic...

Minimally invasive surgery is already amazing as it is, but a team of Harvard scientists have created a device that expands its possible applications even further. They designed a tiny robotic arm that lays flat while the endoscope is moving through...

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19:02
Tesla fans reach a symbolic long-distance EV driving...

There's been a relentless quest to set electric car driving records in 2017, and a team of Italians just managed to smash a couple of those records in style. Tesla Owners Club Italia drove their Model S P100D 1,078km (669.8 miles) on one charge, set...

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17:28
Insurers increasingly use apps and drones instead of...

Hobbyists aren't the only ones using the phone and drone cameras to explore the world in new ways, as insurance companies are increasingly opting for "virtual" or "touchless" handling of claims. The Wall Street Journal cites the 2017 Future of Claims...

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The best 2v2 card combos in Clash Royale
2v2 is making it's grand return toClash Royalequite soon. 2v2 has quickly become one of the game's most popular gameplay modes, though they still have yet to make it a permanent fixture in the game. 2v2 is exciting and adds some new flavor to... | Read more »
The best games we played this week - Aug...
Another busy week has come to a close. We played a lot of excellent games this week and now it's time to look back and reflect on some our favorites. Here are our picks for the week of August 18. [Read more] | Read more »
War Wings beginner's guide - how to...
War Wings is the newest project from well-established game maker Miniclip. It's a World War II aerial dogfighting game with loads of different airplane models to unlock and battle. The game offers plenty of single player and multiplayer action. We... | Read more »
How to win every 2v2 battle in Clash Roy...
2v2 is coming back to Clash Royale in a big way. Although it's only been available for temporary periods of time, 2v2 has seen a hugely positive fan response, with players clamoring for more team-based gameplay. Soon we'll get yet another taste of... | Read more »
Roll to Win with Game of Dice’s new upda...
Joycity’s hit Game of Dice gets a big new update this week, introducing new maps, mechanics, and even costumes. The update sets players loose on an exciting new map, The Cursed Tower, that allows folks to use special Runes mid-match. If you feel... | Read more »
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The best apps for viewing the solar ecli...
If you somehow missed the news, many parts of the United States will be witness to a total solar eclipse on August 21 for the first time in over 90 years. It'll be possible to see the eclipse in at least some capacity throughout the continental U... | Read more »
The 5 best mobile survival games
Games like ARK: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles have taken the world of gaming by storm. The market is now flooded with hardcore survival games that send players off into the game's world with nothing but maybe the clothes on their back. Never... | Read more »
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Amazon has new 2017 13″ MacBook Pros on sale today for up to $200 off MSRP, each including free shipping: – 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (MPXV2LL/A): $1599.99 $200 off MSRP – 13″ 3.1GHz/... Read more
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