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Monday June 12

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.

more…

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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.

more…

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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.

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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.

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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 …

more…

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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

macOS Apps/Updates

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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14:52
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.

more…

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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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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20:40
WWDC17 Scholarship winner Kenny Batista shared his...




Nineteen year old app developer Kenny Batista was one of roughly 300 scholarship winners Apple invited to its Worldwide Developer Conference last week. He met up with us to talk about his experiences and joined the AppleInsider podcast this week from WWDC.

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19:57
States vow to block any vehicle emissions standards...

California isn't the only state that will openly defy the White House if it rolls back any of the vehicle emission standards set by the Obama administration. The attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington District of Columbia, I...

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19:50
Lowest Prices Anywhere: 2016 13" Touch Bar...




Those looking for rock bottom prices can save up to $400 instantly on Late 2016 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBooks are also discounted by up to $250 with prices starting at $1,099.

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18:23
The Switch version of 'FIFA 18' doesn...

If you were wondering how Switch versions of conventional sports games would compare to their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, you just got your answer. EA has detailed the Switch edition of FIFA 18, and it's evident that you're getting a full-fledged...

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16:56
Amazon star Richard Hammond involved in electric car...

It's a scary day for both The Grand Tour viewers and the motoring world at large. Amazon has revealed that show co-host Richard Hammond was involved in a crash while filming Grand Tour's second season in Switzerland. Hammond thankfully escaped with o...

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16:21
Xbox One S bundles will be $50 cheaper starting...

Microsoft's Xbox One S is getting a $50 price cut in the US tomorrow. That brings the regular, non-bundle price down to $199, which is $50 cheaper than the 1TB, gold PS4 "slim" which Sony announced last week. It's not clear, however, if this is a per...

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15:02
New iOS 11 Settings Will Stop Apps From Tracking...

An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:
Apple is giving users the option to enable much stricter location rules with iOS 11, according to MacRumors. The company began this effort last year by adding a new option to iOS 10 that grants apps access to your location only while they're actively being used. But this "while in use" setting is up to developers to actually enable. The vast majority of popular apps did integrate that new feature. Others, however -- Uber chief among them -- still force iPhone users to choose between always or never providing location data. The latter choice breaks the functionality of an app like Uber, leaving customers with really only one option. Apple seems poised to eliminate this false choice in iOS 11 by making the "while in use" restriction available for every app.


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14:48
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression is more affordable than ever with the Seaboard Block MIDI controller, the Native Instruments virtual modular synth platform gets a new line of instruments/effects and our favorite new iOS music production app KRFT is getting some major MIDI updates and more. We also have some nice freebie instruments for your Logic Pro X/Kontakt setup… more…

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14:15
World's smallest wireless earbuds launch on...

Touch earbuds, available in black or white

Sure, Apple's AirPods are great...for some people. But there are some who don't like the fit and others who don't like the dangly bits. Fortunately, there are alternatives, and now the team at Crowdcreate are launching the Touch earbuds on Tuesday on Indiegogo. 

This team has a proven track record, having designed and delivered the Dot Headset on Indiegogo two years ago. With the Touch earbuds, the company has removed the tiny buttons on the Dot and replaced them with a touch-sensitive surface. In addition, they've added Bluetooth 4.2 and a redesigned RF module, meaning that this set of buds will have industry leading range and stability.

The black Touch earbuds and charging case

The Touch earbuds will sell for $199 when they hit the...

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14:00
What EA learned from 'Mass Effect' will...

When I spoke to Electronic Arts' executive vice president Patrick Soderlund last week, Kotaku's report about why Mass Effect: Andromeda turned out so poorly hadn't been published yet. Nonetheless, when I asked him about the flawed game's development...

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13:42
Podcasts in iOS 11: Interface updates, support for...

New for Podcasts in iOS 11: Apple is bringing a handful of new podcasts features to iOS 11, both for users and creators. The new features were highlighted during a developer session on Friday and include a redesign to the Podcasts design, updates to the Podcasts spec, and more…

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13:20
In-App Purchase Scams in the App Store

Great investigative piece by Johnny Lin looking into a top-10 highest grossing app named “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” (punctuation and grammatical errors sic), from a developer named Ngan Vo Thi Thuy:

“Full Virus, Malware scanner”: What? I’m pretty sure it’s
impossible for any app to scan my iPhone for viruses or malware,
since third party apps are sandboxed to their own data, but let’s
keep reading…

“You will pay $99.99 for a 7-day subscription”

Uhh… come again?

There should be no “virus and malware” scanners in the App Store. None. iOS does not need anti-virus software. The App Store sandboxing rules mean that anti-virus software couldn’t really do anything useful anyway. And by allowing them to be listed on the store, it creates the false impression that Apple thinks you might need...

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13:11
'Star Wars Battlefront II' campaign looks...

Star Wars Battlefront II is definitely much bigger than its predecessor -- but we know that. EA's E3 presentation did its best to balance new multiplayer tid-bits (Chewbacca, the planet Naboo, Yoda, Darth Maul, Rey and more) with the highly-anticipat...

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12:57
Google reveals when it'll stop supporting Pixel...

Wondering when you should upgrade your Nexus or Pixel? Google has updated its support page to reflect when it will no longer offer telephone and online support for the devices, and you can use that info to make a decision. In the past, the big G prom...

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12:54
'Anthem' is BioWare's brand-new open...

The team behind Mass Effect has something new up its sleeves. BioWare today revealed Anthem, a new open-world franchise seemingly set in a futuristic, jungle-ridden universe. The teaser shows a mech of some kind and a big beastie screeching into the...

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12:45
‘A Way Out’ is a splitscreen-only prison break game

It's been a while since we heard anything about Hazelight, the Stockholm-based studio led by Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons' director Josef Fares. The team broke cover at The Game Awards in 2014, a brief teaser trailer in tow that showed two men travel...

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12:34
'FIFA 18' will continue 'The Journey...

One of the best additions to FIFA 17 was 'The Journey', a mode that put players in the shoes of a fictional young star called Alex Hunter. Today at EA's E3 press conference, it was confirmed that FIFA 18 will pick up his story after the events of the...

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12:31
'Madden 18' story mode looks a lot like...

The rumors were true: EA is bringing FIFA 17's story mode to the realm of American football. EA has revealed that Madden 18 will include a Longshot campaign that sees you fill the cleats of Devin Wade, a "forgotten prospect" hoping to make the cut i...

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11:35
Watch EA's E3 2017 event live right here at 3PM...

The big names aren't waiting until next week to reveal what they have for us at E3 2017. EA is kicking things off today with its event at 3PM ET/12PM PT. We're expecting details on games like Star Wars: Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Madden 18, NBA Live 18...

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11:23
Report details how scammers are abusing App Store...

Prior to WWDC last week, Apple highlighted that it has now paid developers over $70 billion through the App Store, with $21 billion of that occurring the last year. A new post on Medium from Johnny Lin, however, highlights that not all of that $70 billion is necessarily legitimate…

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11:10
Inside The Mill’s mind-bending alternate reality art...

I stepped inside a small, dark room in a large, airy loft space in New York's Soho district early Wednesday morning. Our host fitted me with an HTC Vive and told to explore the world around me. Within moments, I was trapped in a glass box, surrounded...

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10:20
This week’s top stories (WWDC 2017): HomePod, iOS 11...

In this week’s top stories: This week was all about Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference where the company officially unveiled iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, its HomePod Siri speakers, new iPad Pro and iMac models and much more.

more…

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10:20
Review: Apple's new Kaby Lake 13" MacBook...




After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor -- and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to buy one?

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09:45
We're live from E3 2017 in Los Angeles!

Oh, how time flies. We are back in Los Angeles to cover the world's biggest gaming event, E3. As ever, you can expect the next week to be full of news about the latest video games and, of course, upcoming consoles like Microsoft's "Project Scorpio."...

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09:38
America's Five Biggest Tech Stocks Lost $97...

An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:
The so-called "big five" -- Apple , Alphabet Class A shares, Microsoft , Facebook and Amazon -- lost more than $97.5 billion in market value between the close on Thursday and the close on Friday, according to FactSet, dragging the Nasdaq to its worst week of the year. Shares of Apple fell nearly 4 percent on Friday, while the other four companies fell more than 3 percent. For most of the day, only 3 stocks in the S&P 500 tech sector were in the green: IBM , Teradata and Western Union . Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all traded more than 2 times their 30-day average volume... "They're just plain overbought," said David Bahnsen founder, managing director and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management firm. "They are extremely stretched from a valuation standpoint."
CNN notes the drop occurred "after a Goldman Sachs analyst questioned this year's run-up in the industry's five biggest names...

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09:00
Recommended Reading: Netflix trims its library of...

'The Get Down,' 'Sense8'
Cancellations Signal
That Netflix's Originals
Are 'Destructible'
Daniel Holloway,
Variety

In the span of about a week, Netflix cancelled both The Get Down and Sense8 -- two noteworthy series from its slate of original show...

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07:45
Tim Cook visits Boston Apple retail store, attends...

Tim Cook yesterday gave the commencement speech at MIT, speaking on the importance of humanity and citing Steve Jobs several times. Following the commencement address, Cook headed to Apple’s Boylston Street retail location, as well as Fenway Park for a Red Sox game….

more…

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07:30
Visa dreams of turning your entire home into a cash...

In a world where you can pay for goods with the tap of your phone, send money to anyone with an app and do most of your shopping online, credit cards seem a bit long in the tooth. Visa is looking to toss them almost completely, replacing them with a...

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07:07
You can now watch Apple’s full WWDC 2017 keynote on...

As WWDC week comes to a close, Apple overnight uploaded its full keynote address to YouTube. While the video has been available on Apple’s website for a few days, the upload to YouTube makes it easier to find for those who didn’t get a chance to watch the live stream.

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