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Thursday June 30

16:38
AWT News Update: June 30, 2016

Fireworks image via YoVenice.com

Due to a dental appointment, setting up a cable box for my elderly parents, and other factors beyond my control, there's no podcast for today. In addition, I'll be taking a few days off to celebrate the 4th of July, so there will be no podcast for tomorrow -- July 1 -- or Monday -- July 4. 

Come back on July 5th for the latest in Apple news. In keeping with our Team AWT sub-theme of "Unplugging™" occasionally from all of our gear, be sure to get outside and enjoy the world with your family and friends. See you next Tuesday!

 

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16:33
Renderings of Space Black 'iPhone 7' has...

Ahead of an expected next-generation iPhone release this fall, graphic designer Martin Hajek ran with the latest rumor and speculation to create a detailed rendering sans headphone jack, with "Force Touch ID" and clad in a Space Black finish.

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16:25
3D renders imagine Space Black iPhone 7 w/ Force...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to release a Space Black model of the upcoming iPhone 7. Some mockups emerged of what such a device could look like following that report, and now designer Martin Hajek has shared a gallery of beautiful 3D renders.

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15:40
Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z's Streaming...

Apple is in talks to acquire rapper Jay Z's streaming music service Tidal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter." The talks are said to be exploratory and "may not result in a deal," but Apple is considering the purchase to bolster its Apple Music service.

A Tidal spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that Tidal executives had not held talks with Apple, and the terms of the deal are unknown.

Tidal, which launched in 2014 and was acquired by Jay Z in January of 2015 before a March 2015 re-launch, is a subscription-based music service that advertises high-quality lossless audio and high-definition music videos. Tidal offers two tiers of service, a standard premium option for $9.99 per month and HiFi for $19.99 per month. Tidal has 4....

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15:40
Apple in talks to buy Tidal music service

The talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, these people said. Apple is exploring the idea of bringing on Tidal to bolster its Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong ties to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna.

Apple doesn’t need more celebrities, it needs to fix what it already has.

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15:38
Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for...

A shaky rumor on Thursday claims Apple is in early talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service and Apple Music competitor purchased by rapper Jay-Z in 2015.

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15:23
Apple reportedly in negotiations to buy Jay Z-owned...

According to a new report out of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, the Jay Z owned streaming service. While specific details are unclear at this point, Apple acquiring Tidal would give it an incredible leg up when it comes to negotiating for exclusive streaming rights.

more…

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15:20
Senator Warren: Apple, Amazon, Google Killing...

Apple, Amazon, and Google are abusing their market strength to block competition from smaller companies, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). In a speech  at the America’s Monopoly Problem on Wednesday, she said the three companies are using their size to “snuff out competition,” and she’s at least partly right.


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15:06
Dark Space Gray iPhone 7 Conceptualized in New...

Following rumors suggesting Apple's iPhone 7 will be available in a much darker Space Gray color that's close to, but not quite black, designer Martin Hajek has created renderings exploring what such a device might look like.

Using the iPhone 7 design rumors pointing towards a larger camera, no headphone jack, and relocated antenna bands, Hajek has created an iPhone 7 rendering in a deep shade of gray that's close to the color of the Space Black Apple Watch.

In Hajek's concept, the iPhone 7 is a much darker shade of gray than the Space Gray iPhone 6s, appearing even darker than the black and slate iPhone 5.

Over the years, Apple...

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15:04
Report: Apple blocks Spotify app update after in-app...

Enlarge / Spotify says Apple is using its privileged position to hurt Spotify's chances against Apple Music.

Apple Music has been around for about a year now, and despite being a little late to the game, Apple boasts that it has managed to pick up about 15 million paying subscribers. Spotify has at least twice that many users, but the company is worried that Apple is using its privileged position on iPads and iPhones to push Apple Music at the expense of third-party services.

According to a report from Recode, Apple has blocked an update to the iOS Spotify app, citing "business model rules." Spotify no longer offers iOS users the...

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14:55
Last Chance for the World Class Mac Bundle: $24.99

It’s the last chance to grab  8 Mac apps in the World Class Mac Bundle. It includes iStat Menu 5—a utility I can’t imagine not having—Freeway  Pro 7, uBar 6, Painter Essentials 5, DropZone 3, Xee 3, Data Rescue 4, and Hype 3.5. Those are solid apps, and you can get them all in this bundle for $24.99. There are detailed descriptions on each app in the deal listing, so check it out.


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14:52
Dell abandons its remaining Android tablets, 6...

The weak sustainability of low-end market share has claimed a new victim. Dell has dropped its remaining Venue-branded Android tablet line and will instead focus on selling conventional PCs and hybrid "2-in-1" devices running Windows, citing over-saturation and declining demand for state-style tablets.

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14:49
Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app...

Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

The letter was sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple...

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14:40
RIP Paper, the ad-free Facebook News Feed app no one...

I knew it was coming. The last time Facebook updated my favorite app, a little-used, under-the-radar gem called Paper, was in March. March of 2015. But the news today that Facebook has pulled Paper from the App Store still stings, because it was Facebook’s finest work.

If you never used Paper—and you certainly weren’t alone—think of the app as the most gorgeous version of your Facebook News Feed combined with all your favorite news outlets. At the top of your News Feed was a carousel where recently posted photos would cycle in and out, almost like a constantly changing version of your profile cover photo. Beneath the carousel were all the latest stories from your friends and family, but instead of scrolling down to view them, you would swipe through each story like a cascading series of cards. Photos were full-screen and had a parallax-like effect, so you could tilt your...

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14:19
Apple partners with NASA for short film ‘Visions of...

Apple today has announced that it is partnering with NASA to produce a short film to celebrate the Juno spacecraft reading Jupiter’s orbit. The film is available on iTunes and Apple Music for free and is called “Visions of Harmony.”

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14:15
Tesla being investigated after fatal crash linked to...

The May crash occurred when a tractor trailer drove across a divided highway, where a Tesla in autopilot mode was driving. The Model S passed under the tractor trailer, and the bottom of the trailer hit the Tesla vehicle’s windshield.

“Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied,” Tesla wrote.

This is tragic, but you have to maintain control of your car. Perhaps it happened so quickly that the driver wouldn’t have been able to avoid it either.

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14:14
Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short...

To commemorate the impending arrival of NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, Apple and the space agency released a new short film on iTunes and Apple Music on Thursday featuring original music by artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple executive Trent Reznor.

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14:12
Nike Names Apple's CEO as Lead Independent...

CNBC has tweeted breaking news about Nike this afternoon.

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14:07
Apple’s Change From OS X to macOS Hardly ‘Muddies...

On June 30, an article was published at Computerworld claiming that Apple’s change from “OS X” to “macOS” will “do nothing for the Mac except accelerate its downward spiral as a fringe hardware product… and muddy the waters.” John Martellaro takes a look at this article with a critical eye and sets the record straight.


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13:58
Tim Cook is named Nike’s lead independent director

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named Nike’s lead independent director. He’s been a Nike director since 2005, is chair of the Board’s Compensation Committee and serves as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

An independent director (also sometimes known as an outside director) is a board member who doesn’t have a material relationship with a company or related persons, except sitting fees. They don’t own shares in the company. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ stock exchange standards for independent directors are similar. Both require that "a majority of the board of directors of a listed company be ‘independent’.” And both allow compensation for directors of $120,000 per year or less.

The general consensus among stockholders is that independent directors improve the performance of a company through their objective view of the company's health and operations. They don’t have to pander to other management personnel in order to retain their...

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13:45
Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director...

Nike on Thursday appointed Apple CEO and longtime board member Tim Cook as its "lead independent director," while announcing company founder Phil Knight's retirement from the board.

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13:41
Nike appoints board member & Apple CEO Tim Cook...

According to Nike’s website, the company today has appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook as lead independent director. While it’s unclear exactly what this means at the moment, Cook has been on Nike’s board of directors since 2005.

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13:40
Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media...

New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an Apple TV (3rd Generation) to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the Apple TV. I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have Netflix and Amazon Prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter "Z" (A very poor design choice in the Apple TV). Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience. I would prefer an 'open...

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13:19
Facebook pulls Paper for iPhone from the App Store,...

Facebook will be pulling its alternative iPhone app Paper from the App Store today, The Verge reports, before the service is totally shut down on July 29th.

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13:17
Nothing Ghostly About Devialet's Phantom Gold...


Devialet, the French company that has built a reputation in the audio market for high-end wireless speakers, on Tuesday announced its newest addition: the $3,000 Phantom Gold. The Phantom Gold looks something like a futuristic Faberge egg, and it's priced like one, too. That said, it has some ear-pleasing and ear-splitting specs.
Devialet has given it a power boost to 4,500 watts. That enables it to crank out sound at motorcycle levels of 108 decibels, and it does it with minimal harmonic distortion of just 0.0005 percent.

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13:13
Apple Music and NASA Team Up on Short Film and...

Apple and NASA have collaborated on a short musical film [Direct iTunes Link] called "Visions of Harmony," which is designed to celebrate NASA's Juno spacecraft reaching Jupiter's orbit. First launched in 2011, Juno is expected to enter Jupiter's orbit on the evening of July 4, giving us our closest ever look at the gas giant and the secrets hidden beneath its dense cloud cover.

Artist's rendering of Juno in Jupiter's orbit, image via NASA

According to the new "Destination: Jupiter" section of Apple Music, Apple has collaborated with NASA and the Juno team to offer "education and inspiration throughout the historic journey."

"Visions...

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13:07
JVC ships promised KW-V820BT receiver with support...

JVC on Thursday launched the KW-V820BT, its first aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay.

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12:48
Sling TV unveils new single-stream and multi-stream...

Sling TV — available on the fourth generation Apple TV — has unveiled new single-stream and multi-stream services, “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue.” Sling Orange now includes BBC America and is still priced at $20 per month. Sling Blue now features NBC, USA, Bravo, NBC Sports Network, Syfy, BBC America and costs $25 per month for new customers. 

In addition, Sling has introduced a multi-service discount that brings Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $40 per month. Additional NBCUniversal networks are available in Sling Blue’s Extra packs, including E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Oxygen, Golf and NBCUniverso. 

Current Sling TV subscribers will be able to access all of Sling TV’s live streaming television directly from the fourth generation Apple TV. What’s more, Dish and Apple are offering a bundled deal that would let potential customers purchase a new Apple TV for $89 ($60 cheaper than the regular retail price) if they pay...

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12:37
With iOS 10, ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently activates on...

Apple is bringing some clever intelligence for Siri with iOS 10, in addition to the publicly-announced features like third-party app integration. Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve discovered a clever enhancement for Siri on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10. When using ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation in a room with multiple nearby devices, only one device will respond.

Although both devices initially wake up, once one starts recognizing voice input, it appears to send a message to other nearby devices to cancel out the operation. This means that only one device keeps listening and prevents the naive havoc that happened on iOS 9, where all devices would try to answer the ‘Hey Siri’ question causing a confusing cacophony of sound from every nearby iPhone and iPad. You can see an example of this behavior in the video after the jump …

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12:36
Lightning/wireless only headphones? Then Apple...

If Apple really is ditching the 3.5mm jack in the next generation iPhone (and I think it is) and relying solely on Lightning and wireless headphones, perhaps they should kick things up a notch and release their own (earbud) versions of the Vi.

Earlier this month LifeBEAM launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Vi, a $199 AI (artificial intelligence) personal trainer, to market. It “lives” in cutting-edge earphones that reboot the way people interact with fitness wearables, by providing real-time coaching based on a user's own physiology, according to Omri Yoffe, CEO and co-founder of LifeBEAM. The company has partnered with Harman/Kardon, which has made some fantastic speakers and other products for Mac devices, to power Vi's earbuds.

Vi is changing the workout experience through what Yoffee calls “Awareable” technology — wearables that combine accurate biosensors with the processing power of AI and cloud based data aggregation....

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12:25
Spotify lawyers up against Apple for rejecting its...

The music streaming war is heating up.

Spotify claims that Apple is blocking competition after the App Store rejected an updated version of its iOS app. According to a letter Spotify sent to Apple’s legal team on June 26, Apple’s rejection stems from an anti-competitive practice to boost Apple Music. The letter was sent to some members of Congress this week and was originally reported by Recode.

“We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors,” wrote Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell. Apple claimed that the new Spotify app was rejected because it violated “business model rules.”

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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12:21
Spotify: Apple is using its app store as a weapon...

The folks at the streaming music service, Spotify, say Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app, reports re/code. A letter sent this week by Spotify attorney Horacio Gutierrez to Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, said Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter says Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.” The lettersuggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple’s rules governing subscription services that use its App Store, says re/code.

At the heart of the brouhaha is the 30% cut that Apple takes...

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12:20
Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon and Google Are...

Elizabeth Warren, an American academic and member of the Democratic Party, believes that Google, Apple, and Amazon are trying to use their size to "snuff out competition." In a speech about the perils of "consolidation and concentration" throughout the economy, the Massachusetts senator singled out the three of tech's biggest players. From a report:Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platform to "lock out smaller guys and newer guys," including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon. Google, she said, uses "its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;" Apple "has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services" that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon "uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.""...

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12:19
China's Media Regulator is Suing Apple over...

It's being reported in China that Apple is being sued by China's media regulator over rights to an obscure patriotic film, a Beijing court said yesterday, in the latest legal battle for the US tech giant in one of its crucial overseas markets.

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12:06
Apple to receive an award from The American Council...

Apple will be receiving the Robert S. Bray Award from the American Council of the Blind (ACB) the company's continued innovations in accessibility. The award is given to a company or person who has improved communication technology or devices or which has expanded access to such devices for all blind people.

"The American Council of the Blind applauds Apple for its innovative approach to product accessibility, giving people who are blind equal access to mainstream technology," says ACB President Kim Charlson, ACB president.

Apple is being recognized for the intuitive, built-in accessibility features across its various product lines--features that allow blind and low vision users to enjoy the same access as people without visual impairments.

"We put great effort into making our products accessible because we believe technology should serve everyone," said Sarah Herrlinger, senior manager for Global Accessibility Policy and...

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12:03
Sling TV splits into 'Orange' and '...

Sling TV on Thursday announced a slew of changes to its streaming service, including several new channels and the creation of "Orange" and "Blue" tiers, the latter bringing multi-stream support out of beta.

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11:20
News: Spotify claims Apple anti-competitively...

Spotify has claimed that Apple is blocking the latest update of its iOS music streaming app because it competes with Apple Music, Re/code reports. A letter sent by Spotify to Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell accused Apple of “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” as a result of its rejection to an update to its iOS app. While Apple has not publicly commented on the reasons for rejecting the update, Spotify’s…

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11:18
NYC Apple reseller and community staple Tekserve to...

Tekserve -- both an Apple reseller and a gathering place for Apple users and devotees -- has announced it will close its Manhattan store in August, ending 29 years of service.

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11:10
Gear: Griffin Survivor Power Bank

The newest product in Griffin’s tough Survivor line, Survivor Power Bank ($60) is a rugged battery which comes with a lifetime guarantee. A 10,050 mAh battery, Suvivor Power Bank boasts 6.6-foot drop protection. A single 2.1A USB charging port can fully recharge an iPhone 6s Plus three times, or an iPad Air 2 once, according to Griffin. The black matte rubber exterior includes a seal at the top to protect the power bank from water and dust.…

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11:01
∞ How to play rhythm guitar like Jimi Hendrix

This lesson is from Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra. I’ve always loved the way Jimi embellished the chords he played—this lesson shows you how to do it.

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10:56
New Apple Campus 2 Video Pans the Roof's Solar...

Matthew Roberts has posted another one of his videos showcasing the progress made on Apple Campus 2.

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10:54
Recycling your used electronics

At The Wirecutter, we believe in keeping gadgets alive for as long as possible through repairs, upgrades, upcycling, and whatever else it takes to get them to the end of their useful life. But we also understand that the time will come when we need to dispose of our electronics. So we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to putting them out on the curb. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s a lot easier than you may think.

It’s always worthwhile to know your options.

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon...

Apple, Amazon, and Google are all big players in the tech market, and Senator Elizabeth Warren says they’re stifling competition. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the Senator’s concerns and share their thoughts on competition in the tech world.


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10:50
John Gruber talks to Recode about Daring Fireball
10:47
Spotify says “Apple uses the App Store approval...

“This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law,” Gutierrez wrote. “It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.”

This could get ugly very quickly.

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10:37
Spotify Accuses Apple of Using App Store Approval...

Spotify and Apple are embroiled in a major dispute, which Spotify is today taking to the court of public opinion. Spotify submitted a new version of its app to the App Store, following a decision to eliminate the option to purchase a subscription through Apple, and Apple has rejected the update.

In response, Spotify wrote a letter to Apple's legal team on June 26, portions of which have been shared by Recode. Spotify's letter, which it shared yesterday with Congressional staff in Washington, D.C., accuses Apple of causing "grave harm" to Spotify by rejecting the app update.

The details on the rejection are somewhat murky, but Spotify claims Apple denied the app update and demanded Spotify use Apple's billing system if it "wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions." Spotify was using its...

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10:29
Spotify claims Apple rejecting latest version of its...

Spotify has become very vocal in recent weeks about Apple’s business practices for its App Store. Apple recently revamped its subscription policy for iOS developers, offering a 85/15 split if developers keep customers for more than a year, but Spotify is still not happy with proceedings.

In a letter to Washington seen by Recode, the company now says Apple is being anti-competitive by rejecting its latest update to the Spotify app in order to encourage sales of its own $9.99 Apple Music subscriptions. Spotify is making a lot of noise to suggest Apple is using illicit business practices to elevate the success of Apple Music, by crippling Spotify and other third-party services.

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10:28
Programmatically Figuring Out When VPPTokens Expire...

The JSS has the ability to upload multiple .vpptokens, and using those, you can upload separate tokens for sites and then provide App Store apps to different sites based on each having some autonomy by having their own token. This is a pretty cool feature. And using the GUI, you can see when each token expires. You can also see a list of tokens using the API. To see a full list of all the tokens, we’ll just use a basic curl command here:

curl -s -u myuser:mypassword https://kryptedjamf.jamfcloud.com/JSSResource/vppaccounts

This provides an array of output that has the number of tokens in and the id of each along with their name in and respectively, as follows

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>22test3test2

Once you know the id of a token, you can pull a bunch of information about that token using the...

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10:20
Spotify says Apple rejected update over App Store...

Apple Music competitor Spotify has accused Apple of rejecting an update to its official iOS app, claiming that the iPhone maker has exhibited "a troubling pattern of behavior" that's anti-competitive.

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10:20
Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of...

According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with Apple's Music streaming app and service. In a letter to Apple's top lawyer, Spotify says that Apple turned down a version of the app citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify uses Apple's billing system if it wants to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions. From the report:The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store. "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law," Gutierrez wrote. "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to...

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10:07
Android Nougat

Millions of people are Googling to see what the hell Nougat is this morning.

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09:59
The languages that almost became CSS

But CSS wouldn’t be introduced for five years, and wouldn’t be fully implemented for ten. This was a period of intense work and innovation which resulted in more than a few competing styling methods which just as easily could have become the standard.

Fascinating read. The screenshot of Mosaic certainly took me back.

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09:55
The evolution of graphic design in the gaming...

It is absolutely stunning how far we’ve come in gaming in a relatively short period of time.

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09:48
Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day is a one-day only global shopping event exclusively for Prime members. On Tuesday, July 12, the second annual Prime Day will be the biggest global Amazon event ever. Members in the U.S. can shop starting at midnight PT, with new deals starting as often as every five minutes throughout the day.

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09:46
Switching from Evernote to Apple Notes

With the new that Evernote is limiting free accounts and hiking prices, it’s only natural that some people will be looking for alternatives. Apple’s new Notes for iPhone or iPad and Notes for Mac might just make for that alternative. But how to migrate all of those notes? It’s easier than you think if you have a Mac running OS X 10.11.4 or higher.

Clearly not everyone is going to get rid of Evernote, but I talked to a lot of people that are. If you are considering it, he’s a run through on how to do it.

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09:44
∞ Pissed off Steve Jobs

I absolutely loved Steve when he was upset. Say what has to be said, and do what has to be done. I was in the audience for many of these moments.

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09:37
Pro Tools 12.5.2 available

You can grab it from the Avid Web site.

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12.9″ 128GB iPad Pro + LTE $...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s monstrous 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular is on sale for $800 (Reg. $1,079)

Daily Deals:...

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09:15
MetroPCS to sell Apple's iPhone for first time...

T-Mobile's prepaid brand -- MetroPCS -- will officially begin iPhone sales for the first time on Friday, though initially only in the state of Florida.

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—June update

Additional user management options, enhanced export capabilities and better guidance on next steps are some of the improvements we focused on in June to improve existing features in the new Office 365 admin center. Of course, we all love completely new features, but we want to make sure that the new admin center really makes it easier, faster and more efficient for you to manage Office 365. Based on your feedback, we took a critical look at the existing features to see how we can further improve them to provide you with the best management experience possible.

Here’s a summary of the June updates:

Updates for the new Office 365 admin center

Get tips on how to get started quickly—Most of you use some areas and capabilities of the admin center more heavily than others. The reason is often that admins aren’t fully aware of all the capabilities that the admin center provides or how a specific feature could help you to increase the value of Office...

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09:00
Episode 097 on the Office 365 Connectors and Xamarin...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega and Andrew Coates have an open discussion on Office 365 Connectors and Xamarin development with the Microsoft Graph.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP97_ConnectorsXamarin.mp3

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09:00
The 5 insider secrets to mobile productivity in 2016

Creating a mobile workforce with a high level of supportive technology is one of the best things an organization can do to engage its employees. Specifically, a recent study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit showed that companies with high rates of mobile enablement experienced a 16 percent increase in productivity as compared to those with low rates.

That’s because busy professionals are constantly on the go—whether traveling to yet another meeting or juggling work and home lives. But just because employees aren’t in the office tied to their computers doesn’t mean they can’t use their time wisely. It’s not uncommon to have lots of “dead time”—waiting in line for coffee, commuting on the subway, waiting for 15 minutes in the school pick-up line—that could be used differently, if only they had the tools...

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08:52
Apple's 'ResearchKit' and OS X iBooks...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademarks for the OS X iBooks icon and "ResearchKit" that were officially granted on Tuesday. Apple updated ...

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08:44
MLB now officially using this iPhone-connected swing...

The MLB today announced a deal with Blast Motion that will see it allow teams to use the accessory maker’s Blast Baseball iPhone-connected swing analyzer sensor.

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08:26
KeyCue 8.1

Minor update adds Typinator integration and addresses bugs. €19.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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08:20
Sensoria's smart workout clothes could be...

Sensoria makes a line of workout gear, including men’s T-shirts and women’s sports bras, that are fitness trackers on their own. The fabrics include electrodes and heart rate monitors, which communicate with Sensoria’s smartphone app via Bluetooth. I’ve tested the sports bra and Sensoria’s Bluetooth socks in the past, and while smart clothes sound cool in theory, they’re expensive and only marginally useful in practice. But Sensoria is refreshing its heart rate-monitoring apparel with a short-sleeved men’s tee and a medium-support sports bra, both now available to preorder on Kickstarter,...

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08:08
Securing Patient Data on End User Computing Devices...

The increase in the use and complexity of technological assets in the healthcare sector has been on the rise in the recent past. Healthcare practitioners have moved from recording data manually to keeping Electronic Health Records. This eases the accessibility and the availability of data to the health practitioners. Further, electronically stored data makes it possible for patients to receive high quality and error-free care, improve decision making process because medical history is available and also makes it possible to provide safer and more reliable information for medication. Despite, the numerous advantages that the use of technology in healthcare has, there is also a threat of patients data leakage that lingers around. According to a research by Garrison and Posey (2012), medical identity theft has far more consequences in comparison to the typical identity theft. In average, every medical theft case can cost $20,000, and represents a substantial privacy violation. For...

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07:33
China’s SARFT sues Apple for infringing online...

Another day, another lawsuit. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), a government agency supervising content production in the country, is suing the Apple for infringing the exclusive online broadcast right of a film it made, reports Forbes.

According to a June 30 post on the website of the People’s Court in Haidian, A unit of SARFT, which owns the movie channel on state broadcaster CCTV, is filing the lawsuit because the Apple App Store allows users to download the Youku HD app, which the agency says is streaming a film it produced and aired in 1994 without obtaining permission. Both Apple and Youku Tudou, an online video site owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, have brought “huge economic losses” to the unit, according to the post. SARFT is seeking 50,000 yuan (about $7,515) in total damages...

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07:19
T-Mobile’s prepaid MetroPCS will start selling the...

T-Mobile’s prepaid carrier MetroPCS will begin offering the iPhone for the first time to its customers starting tomorrow, but only in one market: Florida. MetroPCS will carry a range of models including the iPhone 6s Plus as well as the recently discontinued iPhone 5s.

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07:19
Apple Music Turns One Year Old With 15 Million...

Today marks the one year anniversary of Apple Music, which launched in 110 countries on June 30, 2015. The streaming music service was initially limited to the Mac and iOS devices, and it has since expanded to Apple TV and Android.

Apple's streaming music service, an evolution of the Beats Music service it acquired in 2014, has steadily gained listeners over the past twelve months, reaching over 15 million paying subscribers as of WWDC 2016 earlier this month.

Spotify still remains the world's most popular streaming music service, with roughly twice as many paying subscribers as Apple Music, but the Swedish rival has been available in Europe for nearly eight years and in the U.S. since 2011.

Assuming that Apple Music maintains its current pace of growth, it is reasonable to...

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07:10
New drone video footage shows significant progress...

One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks.

The work continues on the Spaceship.

Per drone video, it looks like Apple is making progress towards completing its new campus building by the end of 2016.

The video shows significant progress on the solar panels and fuel cells and it’s also continued installing the massive glass panels and canopies— the world’s largest— that make up the interior and exterior of round ‘spaceship’ structure.

The campus is expected to generate around 75% of its own power using the solar panels and biogas fuel cells on-site, and it will get the rest of its renewable energy...

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07:06
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch app in iOS 10 lets you...

One key new feature in watchOS 3 comes in tandem with iOS 10, allowing users to view, add and edit watch faces to their liking with more screen real estate, via the Apple Watch app on an iPhone.

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07:03
OS X Pages: Converting Documents to PDF

Using Pages, Apple’s document-creation program, you can export your documents to PDF, Word, plain text, and even ePub formats to send to other people. Sharing is the name of the game in this Quick Tip!


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06:53
News: Sen. Elizabeth Warren accuses Apple, others,...

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has accused Apple, Google, and Amazon of using their size to “snuff out competition.” In a speech delivered yesterday in Washington reported by Re/code, Warren singled out the three tech giants of using their dominant positions in the market to “lock out smaller guys and newer guys,” specifically noting that Apple “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive…

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06:49
TSMC expected to net big revenue boost on Apple...

Apple processor maker TSMC is reportedly forecast to grow revenues almost 20 percent sequentially in its third quarter, owing primarily to shipments of "A10" processors for Apple's "iPhone 7."

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06:47
Google Calendar

 June 30, 2016 6:47:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly.

Users of Google Calendar see 'Server Error' page intermittently.

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06:36
Tension Software updates Menu Calendar for OS X to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Menu Calendar for OS X to version 1.1. The app makes available under the menu bar, in any Mac app you’re running, a small calendar.

Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the tool will instantly show the resulting day. You can also optionally select from the menu to have it launch when you log in.

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06:28
Patent report: waterproof iPhones and Apple Watches...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

The rumor mill says the upcoming iPhone 7 will be waterproof. A new Apple patent filing (number 20160190719) for “waterproof board-to-board connectors” hints that this may be true — and perhaps indicates the second generation Apple Watch will also be waterproof.

The invention is for board-to-board connectors that provide durable connections by providing a seal between board-to-board plugs and receptacles. The seal may be an O-ring, gasket, or other seal. 

The seal may protect contacts on the board-to-board connectors from exposure to fluids, such as water or other corrosive fluids. This seal may provide a level of redundancy with one or more seals protecting a device from external...

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06:18
Apple Campus 2 drone flyover captures progress on...

One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks. 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: TaskPaper Flawless Text Editor

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the TaskPaper for only $12.49 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This highly adaptable plain-text editor is optimized for creating projects and task lists in a free-form style unencumbered by more structured task management apps. Files created by TaskPaper are stored in plain text so they can be edited in any text editing app, and the popular TaskPaper format can be used directly in a score of other…

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06:00
US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed,...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already...

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05:44
B&O launches Beoplay H5, wireless in-ear...

If you care about audio quality even while you run or work out, Bang & Olufsen‘s latest wireless in-ear headphones may tick the box. The Beoplay H5 have a number of features aimed directly at fitness fans.

First, the cable is moulded directly into the rubber, which B&O says keeps the sweat out, to avoid corrosion in the electronics, while the earpiece housings are also moisture-resistant. Second, the shape has been ‘meticulously tested and improved’ to provide a snug fit no matter what shape your ear canal, so they shouldn’t fall out. Third, when you’re done listening, the two earpieces snap magnetically together, keeping the headphones locked safely around your neck …

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05:44
Tweetbot’s Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter

Last week Tapbots added Timeline Filters to their Tweetbot Twitter client for iOS, allowing you to control what you see — and what you don’t see — in your Twitter timeline. Today they enhanced those filters even more with the ability to use “OR” and quotes. This means you can Filter out “holy war” OR emacs to be sure not to unintentionally boil your blood while otherwise enjoying Twitter (I’m assuming we’re all vim users here, right?!?). You can download Tweetbot from the App Store.


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05:13
Apple supports the average port for 15 years; the...

Many are viewing the expected removal of the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 as a radical move, even by a company noted for its readiness to abandon what it considers to be legacy ports. But a fascinating chart put together by The Verge (below) suggests that perhaps it’s not so radical after all.

It shows that Apple typically supports a port, or I/O standard, for around 15 years. The headphone socket has been in every Apple product since 1984 – some 32 years. Given that Apple has supported it for twice as long as most everything else, perhaps we shouldn’t be quite so surprised …

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05:12
Another Apple Waterproofing Invention comes to Light

In 2015 Patently Apple posted an IP report titled "Apple Invents a Waterproofing Method for Future iDevices using Hydrophobic Conformal Coatings and Silicon Seals." One of the features rumored to be associated with Apple's iPhone 7 is waterproofing. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals another waterproofing invention.

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05:00
The Internet of Medical Things, Part 1: A New...


Manufacturers are eager to lay the bricks and help pave the road to better, more personalized healthcare through integration of connected devices in the new Internet of Medical Things. Compared to other industries, healthcare has been "inherently conservative and slow" to embrace innovations such as the cloud and the Internet of Things -- but that's changing. Innovative tech products and services are making it harder for healthcare providers to ignore the potential benefits of connected medical devices and the IoMT, according to Ian Shakil, CEO of Augmedix.

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04:46
Most U.S. broadband households not aware of tax...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows only 19% of consumers are very familiar with programs that offer tax rebates or other incentives in return for energy-efficiency initiatives such as home remodeling or home energy management.

The research also shows only 15% of U.S. broadband households are very familiar with time-of-use (TOU) programs, but 36% of U.S. broadband households would participate in a program where they receive a payment for not using energy during a specific time of the day.

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04:30
How to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments in...

Mail Drop is Apple’s solution to the problem of running into file size limits (usually between 10MB and 40MB) when trying to send attachments in various email clients. It basically detects when you’ve attached a large file in an email, and ask if you’d like to use the service instead of sending it through the email server. 

If you okay the Mail Drop request (and you should, in most cases), the file is uploaded to an iCloud server where the recipient will receive a download link to the file attachment. The file download link is available to any user on any platform. After you send an email, the recipients have 30 days to download the Mail Drop attachments.

 

If you want to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments, make sure it’s selected in iCloud Mail preferences. In iCloud Mail, click the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose Preferences. Click Composing, then select “Use Mail Drop when sending large attachments.” Click Done. Then add an attachment...

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04:26
QuickShift for OS X now allow you to rearrange the...

GrowthBeats Technologies has updated QuickShift to version 1.0.2. Sitting in the menu bar, it offers a way to clean up file clutter and organize your Mac by providing a series of power features.

You can add your most used folders to QuickShift and access them anytime from anywhere on your Mac with just a hotkey. Version 1.0.2 allows you to rearrange the grid and more.

QuickShift 1.0.2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gsc4j7t).

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04:26
QuickShift for OS X now allow you to rearrange the...

GrowthBeats Technologies has updated QuickShift to version 1.0.2. Sitting in the menu bar, it offers a way to clean up file clutter and organize your Mac by providing a series of power features.

You can add your most used folders to QuickShift and access them anytime from anywhere on your Mac with just a hotkey. Version 1.0.2 allows you to rearrange the grid and more.

QuickShift 1.0.2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/quickshift-because-we-cant/id1087314669).

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04:23
Latest sketchy report out of China backs iPhone 7/...

A sketchy report on the Chinese site Wechat backs the idea that the iPhone 7 may be offered in three variants – iPhone 7, Plus and Pro models. It also supports previous rumors that Apple is finally abandoning the 16GB tier.

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04:12
Kool Tools: Survivor Power Bank

Griffin Technology’s Survivor Power Bank may be the first phone and tablet backup battery pack durable and reliable enough to be called “Survivor.” It delivers portable power whenever needed.

The Survivor Power Bank is tested to Military Standard 810G, providing up to 6.6 foot drop protection and impact resistant defense from falls on hard surfaces like concrete. The rechargeable battery cells are protected from drops and spills with shatterproof polycarbonate and textured, abrasion-resistant silicone to deliver reliable power.

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04:00
MCE’s Fovea drives make life better for Mac users...

By Aaron Lee

Apple wants us to live in a world without optical drives, but for some people that's not feasible. If you fall into this category, check out MCE Technologies' Fovea line of portable, slot-loading optical drives designed for the Macs lacking optical drives.

The $99.99 MCE Fovea Extreme Drive is a portable, slot-loading Blu-ray recordable USB drive, and the $49.99 Fovea Drive is a portable, slot-loading DVD and CD Recordable USB SuperDrive. The MCE Fovea Extreme is available for US$149, while the MCE Fovea 8X SuperDrive is $49.99.

Both drives are bootable and play and record to DVD-recordable and CD-recordable media. The Fovea Extreme also plays back commercial Blu-ray movies and records to BD and BD-XL recordable media.

Another cool feature: Mac Blu-ray Player software is included with the Fovea Extreme and allows the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies within Mac OS X....

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03:46
The Invention behind Apple's Force-Sensing...

When describing Apple Pencil, Apple states that you could draw lines of any weight by just applying pressure. Today Apple's force-sensing Apple Pencil patent surfaced at the U.S. Patent Office.

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03:30
Apple Music 1 year in: What we love, what we hate,...

Apple Music has problems. From its cluttered user interface to iCloud Music Library’s often confusing way of managing your music files, Apple’s streaming service has taken a lot of heat. But it’s also managed to rack up a not-insignificant number of subscribers, and paying ones at that. Spotify has 100 million users, but just 30 million of them pay $10 a month to use the service. Apple has 15 million paying users.

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02:02
Microsoft Rumored to be Preparing an iMac Challenger

Last October Patently Apple posted a report titled "With Microsoft launching their First Notebook Today could a Desktop be next? Then this past February we posted a follow-up report titled "Microsoft Invents a Modular Desktop PC to take on Apple's iMac." Today we learn that Microsoft is planning to introduce a new all-in-one PC to take on Apple's iMac.

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01:12
BMW, Intel & Mobileye will Jointly Announce a...

Senior executives from BMW, Intel and Mobileye will hold an event on Friday to discuss their new driverless-vehicle initiative

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Wednesday June 29

23:20
Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate...

Apple selected popular iPhone drawing app Procreate Pocket as its latest paid app giveaway on Wednesday, making the former App Store Editors Choice and App Store Best of 2015 title available for free from the Apple Store app for iOS.

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21:12
Google Keep auto-creates topics for your notes

Google Keep's new feature will help you find notes old and new even if you never even bothered slapping a label on them. The free app now organizes your notes based on automatically created topics, such as food, places and travel. Even better, you ca...

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20:23
Kindle Page Flip Comes to iPad and iPhone

Version 5.0 of Amazon’s Kindle App for iPad and iPhone adds Page Flip, a new and natural way to navigate through books without losing your place. If you’ve ever been frustrated having to flip to see a map or something on another page, Page Flip solves that problem. Just tap in the middle of your screen to activate Page Flip and skim around until you find what you want. When you’re finished looking, tap again and Page Flip will offer to return you to your original spot. Even better, Page Flip remembers the locations you have flipped to, allowing for easy bouncing around. The updated Kindle App is available for free in the App Store.


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20:11
A digital music box for the nostalgic remix artist

Ye olde music boxes were the first way for folks to play songs in their home by using a mass-produced cylinders, each loaded with a unique tune. As the player rotated the tube, irregular pegs jutting from it would strike a comb of tines on the box &m...

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19:07
Global internet speeds are on the rise again

Yes, South Korea still has the fastest internet in the world. But, according to content delivery network Akamai, average global speeds are up overall from late last year, jumping to 6.3 Mbps. More than that, we're seeing increases in increases in IPv...

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18:56
Happy Hour Podcast 073 | iOS 10 design, Thunderbolt...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest iOS 10 design changes, the fate of Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, macOS Sierra review previews, and the latest iPhone 7 rumors. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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18:12
AI lawyer shoots down 160,000 parking tickets

Who said that chat bots were gimmicks? Certainly not DoNotPay's Joshua Browder. He recently noted to VentureBeat that his service's AI-driven virtual lawyer has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York City in nearly 2 ye...

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17:34
Nancy Pelosi expresses disappointment over Tim Cook...

Engaging in a bit of political posturing this week, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a -- surprisingly condescending -- takedown of Apple CEO Tim Cook's fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican candidates.

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17:31
Universal Audio ships the UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP...

The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins.

I love UA gear.

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17:04
This intelligent tape measure may be the world'...

Regular tape measures are so last year. Forward-thinking creators (and anyone who needs to measure anything) should turn to Bagel, the "smart" tape measure. It also looks vaguely like a bagel. Sort of.

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16:45
“Goofy”

John Gruber on Facebook’s decision to prioritize friends over news sites:

The idea that Facebook was going to “save” the news industry, or even that Facebook traffic is something that news organizations should bank on for the future, is just goofy.

I agree completely. I didn’t link to this earlier because it didn’t surprise me in the least. The fact is, people would rather hear from their family and friends on Facebook than news sites.

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16:40
NBC: Rio 2016 broadcast is its 'most live...

While NBC has been criticized for years over its use of tape delay, a combination of multiple channels, live streaming and Brazil's favorable time zone (just hour ahead of ET) mean that shouldn't be a problem this summer. For Rio 2016, NBC says this...

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16:36
ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google’s Phone, and...

In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.


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16:31
A complete list of Google voice commands

If you use Google Now, you’ll want to take a look at this site.

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16:30
New Lightning headphone dev kit another sign hinting...

The reference board. (credit: Cirrus Logic)

Cirrus Logic has announced a development kit for hardware developers to make Lightning versions of audio hardware designed for the analog 3.5mm tip/ring/sleeve (TRS) or tip/ring/ring/sleeve (TRRS) connector, reports Apple Insider.

The development kit, named the Cirrus Logic CS42L42, is aimed at hardware developers wanting an easy way to quickly develop Lightning-native headsets. The kit includes a reference design circuit board, suitable for embedding into an inline remote or similar, that combines a 114dB digital-to-audio converter (DAC) with a 35mW headphone driver, and supports microphone input. The kit also provides a development board that...

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16:26
Google Fit gets a colorful redesign and improved...

Google has rolled out a major Fit update with a complete visual redesign, new watch face and features for Android Wear, a new home screen widget, more detailed goal-setting and more. Version 1.57.50 is the company's biggest update to the app in quite...

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16:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Save a bit more

Store more!

This week’s roundup of accessories includes two devices that expand the memory of your iPhone and iPad. Read on!

Audeze

Sine Headphones ($499 MSRP) are billed as being the “world’s first on-ear planar magnetic headphone.” What does that mean? “Instead of using ordinary dynamic drivers, our planar technology gives you a sound that’s punchy, dynamic, and detailed,” Audeze claims. The headphones come in premium leather, and include a built-in microphone for your iPhone use. The product is currently on back order, so you might have to wait awhile before receiving your pair.

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15:42
Democrats are landing a Few Big Political Hits...

"Google, Apple and Amazon aren’t just giant tech companies. They’re giant tech companies that use their size to 'snuff out competition.' That’s the charge levied by Elizabeth Warren in a speech the Massachusetts senator delivered today in Washington.

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15:39
On-demand food service delivers beer with your meal

There's no shortage of online food delivery services, and services that deliver alcohol. However, getting both at the same time is a challenge. How are you supposed to complement that burger with a tasty brew? DoorDash has an answer. As of today, cus...

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15:30
A fond video look at the 2007 iPhone launch

Back on this day in 2007, I spent pretty much all day waiting in line to get one of the first iPhones. Now, there were problems getting the devices -- which were only on the AT&T/Cingular network at first -- activated, but that was OK. My wife and I had tickets to go see another Steve Jobs-influenced product that day (Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille), so I waited somewhat patiently until the 30th to get my iPhone up and running.

During that day I shot a lot of video, and that's what you're going to see below. This isn't professionally done, but I talked to a number of people in line and you'll also see what the inside of an Apple Store looked like circa 2007 -- there were a line of shelves in the middle of the store to hold all of the software boxes... 

Enjoy the video, and if you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask me in the comments section. 

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15:21
Why I’ll be Buying a New iPhone 7

Some say, the iPhone 7 will be a yawner. What’s forgotten is that our appetite for new (useful) toys and being state-of-the art always outweighs the cynicism of skeptics and critics. John’s going to have a new iPhone 7, and states why you should think seriously about one too. Ignore the voices that seek control.


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15:03
Apple uses platform dominance to 'lock out...

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren turned a critical eye to Silicon Valley in a keynote speech delivered at New America's Open Markets Program on Wednesday, saying industry leaders Apple, Amazon and Google use their respective platforms to the detriment of smaller, less powerful competitors.

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15:00
AWT News Update: June 29, 2016

This is one of the longer AWT News Updates in recent history. Today we cover:

  • A new sports video camera with build-in LTE connectivity
  • The 2017 Porsche Panamera will make a nice iPhone accessory...
  • New betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 are out
  • Cirrus Logic announces a MFi Lightning development kit

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 29, 2016. This week’s sponsor of Apple World Today is Contexts, the simpler and faster window switcher for Mac. Find out more about Contexts and how to get a 25% discount on the app on the right...

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15:00
Look at this ridiculous 200-watt laser bazooka

YouTuber and insane laser electrician Styropyro has outdone himself once again. While his previous experiments have led to a homebuilt lightsaber and a dangerous laser shotgun, this time has more than added more than five times the power to create a...

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14:45
'Ghostbusters: Dimension' is a glimpse at...

It was a struggle. My team and I spent several minutes fending off a malevolent spirit before finally subduing her, practically destroying a cramped apartment in the process. I was still reeling from being pelted with books and other loose objects wh...

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14:39
Notable apps and app updates for June 29, 2016

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

RMKapps has introduced ZuumSpeed 1.0 for iOS. It’s a $0.99 speedometer app that provides the ability to personalize the interface. ZuumSpeed allows access to over 18 custom fonts with unlimited color options.

Electric Car Insider magazine has developed an interactive mobile EV Buyers Guide app that helps people interested in electric cars learn about electric vehicle technology and find a car that fits their budget and lifestyle. The new multimedia app version of the EV Buyers Guide has instructional video, audio...

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14:35
The 10 best Mac game deals in the Steam Summer Sale...

Steaming hot

If you love playing games on your Mac, take note: The Steam Summer Sale is going on right now, and it means that loads and loads of great games are available for upwards of 90 percent off on Valve’s digital distribution platform. 

Many modern Mac gaming classics can be had for just a couple bucks apiece, and even new games have significant markdowns. We’ve gone through the lists and picked out 10 great deals for 10 totally great games, ensuring you get awesome experiences without breaking the bank. In fact, all but two of these games are less than $10 apiece, and the pricier games still see huge discounts from the standard prices. 

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14:32
Intense music game 'Thumper' is a...

Chalk up one more game available day and date alongside PlayStation VR. Drool has revealed that Thumper, its PSVR "rhythm hell" music title, will launch in sync with the headset on October 13th at a reasonable $20 price. As the developers put it, thi...

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14:30
Hillary Clinton's tech platform backs Apple...

A new position paper outlining U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's "Initiative on Technology & Innovation" broadly addresses a wide range of subjects, but in particular aligns with Apple's position on encryption and privacy championed by its chief executive, Tim Cook.

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14:25
Dr. Mac’s High Points from Apple’s WWDC

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus rounds up his highlights from Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), including macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS.


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14:15
PS Plus members get free early access to '...

In more Games That Aren't Overwatch news, Epic Studios is offering PlayStation Plus members a $20 Starter Pack for its hero brawler Paragon for free. That includes early access to the game over a month before the open beta launches on August 16.

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14:11
Calligraphy letterpress cards

I love Evan Calkins’ cards. He owns a small letterpress shop in Washington and does great work. Now he’s offering calligraphy cards, as well. I’ll be ordering some of these.

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14:05
New Regulations Could Make Apple Part of China’s...

China rolled out new (and somewhat expected) regulations Tuesday governing app stores for mobile devices. Those regulations could have the direct effect of conscripting Apple and other app store providers into China’s surveillance and censorship machine.


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14:01
Toyota recalls another 1.4 million cars with...

Airbags have been at the center of the largest auto recall this year. Japanese corporate Takata's faulty airbags have forced major automakers to recall about 60 million cars in the US alone. While the automative industry is still dealing with the ext...

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13:55
Senator Warren goes after Google, Apple and Amazon

Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platforms to “lock out smaller guys and newer guys,” including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon.

And a comment from Spotify’s Jonathan Prince:

“Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music, driving up the prices of its competitors, inappropriately forbidding us from telling our customers about lower prices, and giving itself unfair advantages across its platform through everything from the lock screen to Siri. You know there’s something wrong when Apple makes more off a Spotify subscription than it does off an Apple Music subscription and doesn’t share any of that with the music industry. They want to have their cake and eat everyone else’s too.”

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13:52
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Available for...

LEGO and Star Wars are a match made in heaven, which makes it pretty awesome that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can play as Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and more in adventures on Jakku, D’Qar, Takodana, the Millenium Falcon, and Starkiller Base. There are puzzles to solve, space ships to fly, battles to fight, and plenty of things to build. The game includes the first chapter for free, and additional levels and character packs are available as in-app purchases. Clear your afternoon, and may the Force be with you.


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13:47
Google Maps for mobile now handles multiple...

Believe it or not, the mobile version of Google Maps hasn't had support for multiple destinations. You could plan that multi-city tour on the desktop, but you'd still have to navigate one stop at a time on your phone. You might not have to the next t...

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13:44
macOS Sierra’s Gatekeeper Path Randomization...

Rogue Amoeba’s Jeff Johnson takes a look at macOS Sierra’s new Gatekeeper Path Randomization and the implications for developers.

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13:42
Google Keep update adds searchable auto-created...

Google is rolling out an update to its Keep note-taking app that brings new auto-created topics that group notes together for automatic organization and easy searching. 

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13:38
Review: IK Multimedia iKlip A/V

Although IK Multimedia has traditionally focused on a lineup of affordable studio and recording accessories for iOS devices, the company has also ventured into a series of cases and stands aimed at studio and other professional recording environments. IK Multimedia's new iKlip A/V combines the company's focus on mounts and recording accessories, with a professional mount and grip for anybody doing serious broadcasting work with an iPhone, providing not only a place to mount and hold an iPhone, but also bringing IK Multimedia's exceptional audio engineering experience to bear in providing a professional microphone interface as well. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:35
Senator Elizabeth Warren Accuses Apple of Trying to...

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren today gave a speech where she accused Amazon, Apple, and Google of attempting to "snuff out competition" by locking out smaller companies, reports Recode."Google, Apple and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and ... they deserve to be highly profitable and successful," Warren said. "But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors that want their chance to change the world again."In regard to Apple specifically, Warren said the company has made it difficult for its rivals to offer competitive streaming services able to compete with Apple Music, presumably through the cut that it takes from streaming services like Spotify when people sign up through the iOS app.

To account for Apple's cut,...

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13:33
Last PlayStation VR pre-orders start on June 30th

Did you miss out on the first round of PlayStation VR pre-orders, but remain determined to get Sony's virtual reality headset on launch day? You have one last (official) chance to make it happen. Sony has reiterated that its final wave of American...

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13:23
Apple offering free download of sketching app...

As it has done several times in the past, Apple is offering a free download of a popular iOS app via the Apple Store app. This time, the company is offering popular sketching app Procreate for iPhone for free.

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13:15
BMW expands ReachNow car sharing service in Seattle

After its initial Seattle launch in April, BMW is ready to beef up its ReachNow car sharing service. According to GeekWire, the automaker saw some 13,000 members sign up to use its fleet of 370 i3s, 328xis and Mini Coopers in the first month. To deal...

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13:10
Review: ClamCase ClamCase+ for iPad Air 2

While we've reviewed ClamCase's ClamCase Pro multiple times — most recently for iPad mini 4 — ClamCase+ ($150) is a new iPad keyboard case from the company. ClamCase+ distinguishes itself from the ClamCase Pro line with its LED backlit keyboard and slimmer frame. The Bluetooth keyboard case comes with a micro-USB cable for recharging. ClamCase notes the keyboard can run for six straight hours with backlighting on, 100 uninterrupted hours with backlighting off, and it takes three hours to fully recharge the keyboard. ClamCase+ comes in space gray, as seen here, or black/gold.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:00
F-35 completes first transatlantic flight on...

Marines forces on either side of the Atlantic have depended on air support from the versatile AV-8B Harrier jump jet and its marvelous Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capability to lift into flight without a runway. But the venerable aircraft ha...

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12:57
∞ The Apple I/O death chart

Nilay Patel wrote on The Verge about all of the I/O that Apple has done away with over the years. Personally, I agree with Apple’s decisions, including the latest MacBook with its one USB-C port and the removal of the headphone jack, if that comes to be. I also agree with Gruber’s take on the issue.

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12:56
Sioeye iPhone-connected sports camera streams live...

Startup camera maker Sioeye on Wednesday announced its Iris4GLTE iOS-connected action camera now offers data plans with U.S. carrier T-Mobile, including a starter package with 5 gigabytes of free bandwidth to begin live streaming on the go.

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12:53
TaskPaper Text Editor for Mac: $12.95

We have a deal for you today on TaskPaper, a text editor for the Mac designed to help you keep track of what you’ve done. It will also auto-format projects, tasks, notes, and tags. While a Mac app, it uses a file format that is supported by some third party editors on iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, and three other Mac editors, too.


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12:50
HTC's Vive business is now run by a new...

HTC has seen its share of ups and downs and CEO shuffles in the past few years. Now, with its virtual reality division looking strong on the back of the HTC Vive release, the Taiwanese company may be prepping to spin off that lucrative business into...

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12:35
Delays plague PlayStation 4 'Fallout 4'...

If you were looking to further explore Fallout 4's modding community as a PlayStation 4 owner, unfortunately you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bethesda has announced a delay to the PS4 Mods Beta, and hasn't yet given an ETA on when we can...

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12:30
Podcast 514: You don’t know, Jack?

What’s up with the headphone jack obsession about the upcoming iPhone 7 models? Host Glenn Fleishman and Macworld’s associate managing editor Leah Yamshon discuss how much virtual ink has been spilled for how long, and yet nobody outside Apple still knows what’s coming.

Leah and Glenn also ponder other iPhone 7 rumors, the end of Apple’s sales of the Thunderbolt Display, whether new AirPort base stations are coming, and if MacBook Pros will be updated later this summer. We talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, due out in July as public betas, and new features coming from Dropbox for free and paid users.

Joining Glenn at the end of the podcast is Fraser Speirs, head of secondary at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland to talk about Swift Playgrounds, a new app from Apple to teach kids (and adults) programming.

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12:20
New photos show possible Lightning-equipped EarPods...

A pair of photos published on Wednesday show what are claimed to be Lightning-ready versions of the EarPods bundled with iPhones, presumably intended for Apple's "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus."

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12:20
Your NVIDIA Shield now plays Netflix videos in HDR

NVIDIA just underscored one of the advantages of having a high-powered streaming media hub: you can roll out new video features before anyone else. It's delivering an update to its Shield set-top box that introduces high dynamic range Netflix video...

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12:18
Cirrus Logic releases Apple-authorized Lightning...

It’s looking less likely that the next-gen iPhone will feature a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

Amidst rumors that Apple will remove the headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

The development kit is geared towards helping to transition products away from the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack toward Apple’s digital Lightning connector. Using the kit, manufacturers will have an easier path to migrating existing products to deliver audio over Lightning.

The Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit can be adapted to any form factor, including...

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12:05
Apple lowers iPhone Trade-up credit, abandons...

Apple has made it easier to upgrade to a new iPhone, but it’s going to cost you.

This week, 9to5Mac spotted some key differences in Apple’s Trade-Up page. Most notably, Apple has reduced the maximum credit that you can get from trading in your old iPhone, from $300 to $250. Additionally, this credit can be used to pay for a new device up front or lower your monthly installment payments to a carrier like Verizon or AT&T.

Previously, Apple gave buyers the ability to use the credit from their old iPhones toward an interest-free loan for a new phone through its Trade-Up with Installments program. The financing was provided by Citizen Bank, but customers made the monthly...

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12:04
Porsche expands Apple CarPlay support with 2017...

Porsche has announced that its upcoming four-door sedan, the 2017 Panamera, will support Apple's CarPlay technology when the vehicle launches in the U.S. in January.

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11:40
NFL legend Jim Brown settles 'Madden'...

Nearly eight years after Jim Brown sued EA over the use of his likeness in Madden 09, the two parties are finally settling the case. According to Hagens Berman, the law firm that represents the legendary NFL running back, Brown, 80, will receive a $6...

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11:26
Review: Belkin’s Base for Apple Pencil is a premium...

Apple Pencil is fantastic as a digital stylus, but its minimal design creates the obvious question of “Where do I put the thing when I’m not using it?” for anyone that owns one. Belkin has a new solution that borrows from the traditional inkwell: Base for Apple Pencil. If you regularly use Apple Pencil with iPad Pro at your desk or want a nice solution for storing it when not in use, Base is worth checking out…

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11:20
Chevrolet cuts in-car LTE data pricing in half

The ongoing cost of owning a new car just got a little cheaper for Chevy drivers who opted to trick out their new vehicles with 4G LTE data plans. As CNET's Roadshow reports today, the automaker has cut the rates for its in-car cellular service in ha...

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11:13
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-29: Apple’s Camera...

Apple patented a way to block our smartphone cameras from recording. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the patent and its potential for abuse. They also look at a lawsuit alleging Apple stole the idea for the iPhone.


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11:01
Pichai Account Trespassers Claim Their Hacking Heart...


Hackers late Sunday broke into CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account and through it accessed his Twitter followers, according to reports. The group taking credit for the breach, OurMine Security, previously hit other prominent high-tech figures, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify CEO Daniel Elk, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. OurMine's goal is to improve the security of social media accounts around the world, the group has claimed.

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11:00
The PlayStation 4 revisited: small improvements for...

Engadget is re-reviewing the current generation of game consoles, each of which has benefited from major firmware updates, price drops and an improved selection of games. We've already revisited the Xbox One, and now it's the PlayStation 4's turn. Th...

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10:45
Cirrus Logic unveils Apple-authorized Lightning...

With rumors strongly suggesting Apple's next-generation iPhone will lack a traditional headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

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10:40
ACLU sues US over law limiting data discrimination...

It's no secret that algorithms can be biased against certain demographics, but the American Civil Liberties Union wants more proof -- and it's willing to go to court to get it. The organization has sued the US in the belief that the Computer Fraud an...

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10:20
VLC media player hits Windows 10 today, Xbox One...

At last, VideoLAN's VLC media player has a universal Windows 10 app... and it definitely won't be confined to conventional Windows devices for long. The developer has released a Windows 10 beta that, on a base level, embraces Microsoft's modern OS o...

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10:16
Industrious One releases Musicality for Mac

Industrious One has created Musicality for Mac (http://getmusicality.com/). The $11 app is designed to “break your music out of the browser” and offer desktop conveniences like keyboard shortcuts, AirPlay streaming, and more to over a dozen of the world's most popular music services.

With it, you can play, pause, skip and rate songs on any supported music service. Musicality for Mac supports 15 music services to 15.

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10:15
Apple issues fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3 as developers...

Both registered developers and public testers can now access the fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3, a minor forthcoming security and maintenance update for iPhone and iPad. New betas are also available for tvOS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.11.6.

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10:07
Cirrus Logic’s MFi Headset Development Kit is built...

The upcoming “iPhone 7” will, according to rumors, drop the traditional 3.5mm jack and support only Lightning-based headphones and wireless headsets. Now Cirrus Logic has released its MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help original equipment manufacturers quickly develop new Lightning-based digital headsets. 

It provides a complete high-performance, digital-headset solution and a reference iOS application to support the rapid development of these emerging consumer products, according to Carl Alberty, vice president of Audio Products Marketing, Cirrus Logic.

“The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets,” he adds. “For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-connected headphones can interact with an iOS app to create a more...

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10:07
Apple issues fourth iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and OS X...

We’re anxiously awaiting iOS 10 beta 2 after just over two weeks with the initial beta version, but Apple has released a fourth beta for any iOS 9.3.3 update testers. Changes so far haven’t been noticeable as the update is likely focused on security enhancements and bug fix improvements.

Apple last released an iOS 9.3.3 beta eight days ago, suggesting its public release is imminent. For Apple TV developers, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 4 is also now available for anyone not already testing tvOS 10 beta. Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 beta 4 is also out today. All three software releases are available to developers and public beta testers.

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10:03
Cirrus Logic releases MFi Headset Development Kit

Cirrus Logic has released its MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help original equipment manufacturers quickly develop new Lightning-based digital headsets. It provides a complete high-performance, digital-headset solution and a reference iOS application to support the rapid development of these emerging consumer products, according to Carl Alberty, vice president of Audio Products Marketing, Cirrus Logic.

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09:59
Forbes Misguided View is that Apple has Missed the...

Jon Markman, a contributor to Forbes has posted an article today titled "Apple's Problems Are Worse Than You Think." Markman writes that "Apple became a consumer electronics titan because it correctly saw touch as the next computing paradigm. In tandem with Google, it won. Yet, times change.

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09:57
Samsung’s AMOLED shipments to jump thanks, in part,...

Samsung will see its shipments of AMOLED panels to increase from 239 million units this year to 2019 thanks, in part, to upcoming iPhones, according to DigiTimes

The article says that Apple is expected to initially adopt AMOLED panels for iPhones to be launched in 2017, with Samsung Display's supply estimated at 40 million units in 2017, 80 million units in 2018 and 120 million units in 2019. Currently, the only Apple product to sport an OLED screen is the Apple Watch. 

However, the rumor mill is predicting an “iPhone 8” in 2017 with a curved OLED screen and an all-glass exterior. Advantages of an OLED screen are increased brightness, enhanced color accuracy, better screen visibility in bright environments, and more less power consumption.

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09:57
Facebook chooses friends and family over celebrities...

For Facebook nothing is more important than keeping you engaged with your news feed. That’s why the company announced Wednesday that it would prioritize posts from your friends and family in your news feed over those from Facebook pages for celebrities, politicians, and brands. The change will roll out to all users worldwide in the coming weeks.

Facebook also took this opportunity to publicize a News Feed manifesto. It’s a set of guidelines—Facebook calls them values—that informs the company’s decisions on how best to adjust the news feed for its users, Facebook news feed chief Adam Mosseri explained. Facebook has been using these guidelines for years, Mosseri added.

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09:56
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the third beta of iOS 9.3.3 and more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23.

Today's iOS 9.3.3 beta update can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (developer only) or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 features under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements to address issues unearthed since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug...

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09:53
∞ A history of game controllers

I remember many of these.

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09:48
Video: See the Apple Watch's new side button...

Launching and switching between Apple Watch apps will become easier than ever with watchOS 3, thanks to the new app dock accessed via the side button. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new Apple Watch app dock will work.

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09:35
How to back up your computer

There’s never a time when you should put off doing backups. I did a few months ago and sure enough, I had a hard drive crash and lost months worth of data.

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: latest MacBook Air $200 off,...

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09:28
USS Enterprise boldly goes from the Smithsonian’s...

I first saw this model on my honeymoon and thought it bizarre it was relegated to the back of the museum’s gift shop. Glad to see it got the conservation and display it deserves.

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09:26
Man claims he invented the iPhone in 1992, sues...

His lawsuit says he was “the first to file a device so designed and aggregated as to have created a novel combination of media and communication tools… whose identity was, since then, hijacked and exploited by Apple’s iPhones, iPods, iPads and others”.

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09:26
Apple Supplier Cirrus Logic Releases Kit for...

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has announced a new MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" accessory makers quickly develop Lightning-based headphones.

The development kit, available through Apple's MFi Program, includes a form factor reference design and other resources to help MFi licensees create Lightning-based headphones. A reference iOS app is also available.The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets. For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-...

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09:23
Happy 9th birthday, iPhone

I was at the event when Apple unveiled the iPhone and picked mine up the day before they went on sale. In some ways it’s amazing to me that the iPhone has been around for so long, but in many ways, it seems like it’s been around forever. It changed the way I do everything—it’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t have an iPhone. A distant memory.

Cheers, iPhone.

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09:19
Latest Weibo leak once again claims to show...

With the iPhone 7 widely expected to be the first model without a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, many have wondered what headphones if any Apple will bundle with the next-gen hardware. The latest guess once again comes from Weibo (via iPhone7.nl) as we see two different photos showing the same set of Apple EarPod headphones with a Lightning connector end in place of the standard headphone connector.

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09:18
Apple’s Web site and Euro 2016

Apple changed its “Select Your Country” European web site to reflect the brackets for the Euro 2016 championship. Great idea.

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09:12
Apple Watch and wheelchair users

It’s things like this that make Apple a great company, and one that I respect. They truly want to make their products accessible and functional for all users.

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09:12
News: Cirrus Logic releases development kit for...

With Apple rumored to be doing away with the headphone jack on its new iPhone, Cirrus Logic is offering a development kit to aid headphone makers looking to simplify the switch to Lightning connectors. The company’s MFi Headset Development Kit includes reference designs for creating Lightning port connected headphones and a development board to be used in programming, debugging and testing audio performance. The design is compatible with earbuds…

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09:07
Evernote changes

Beginning today, the prices for our Plus and Premium tiers will change for new subscriptions, and access from Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices. Current subscribers and Basic users who are using more than two devices will have some time to adjust before the changes take effect. If you are impacted, look for a message from us in the coming days.

It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any fallout from this.

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09:03
Users upset by Evernote price hikes & two-device...

Changes to Evernote's note-taking service raised a storm of controversy on Twitter on Wednesday, as the company is trying to shift users away from the free Basic tier while generating more revenue from paid subscribers.

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09:02
Giveaway: Win a Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (...

Rachio is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of two 16-zone Smart Sprinkler Controllers valued at $249 each.

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09:00
Daily Deal: Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac,...

Scanning apps for iOS have become the norm, but they often do nothing more than take a photo of a document, straighten it out, and then save it to the cloud. What if you need to search a document, or if you're trying to put all of your company or personal documents online? That's where Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro and its ability to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to create editable, searchable documents comes into play. Our deal today is unprecedented: get Creaceed Prizmo 3 Pro Scanning for Mac for only $29.99, a whopping 59% off the normal price of $75.  

Pretty impressive, isn't it? Prizmo 3 also works with OS X El Capitan for ultimate compatibility. What all can it do? 

  • Use the powerful image editor to enhance pictures
  • Scan several pages...
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09:00
Degreed: Lifelong learning in a free iOS app

Education has certainly changed since those days in the 70s and 80s when I spent my days (BSCE) and nights (MBA) in stuffy college classrooms with one goal -- to get a degree. Now people learn a variety of skills from a number of sources, everything from conferences and video podcasts to online courses and informal group experiences. Degreed is a new free app that is being released today for the sole purpose of bringing together the new ways of learning with the need to standardize and quantify what's been learned in order to fuel careers. 

Degreed started life as a web app, and it's still a powerful online resource. But now it's possible to get use your iPhone to "discover, track, utilize and share learning from any source." Key features of the app include:

  • Personal Degreed Profile: Connect your mobile...
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08:55
Florida man sues Apple for $10 billion for '...

A Florida man has accused Apple of infringing a 1992 patent on an “electronic reading device” that, in our view, looks nothing like the iPhone. He’s asking for $10 billion in damages. No, this isn’t an article from The Onion. It’s real life.

Thomas Ross included drawings of his device, a boxy rectangle with a screen and physical keyboard, in his court filing in Florida Southern District Court, which was obtained by The Telegraph. As you may recall, the original iPhone was the first smartphone without a physical keyboard. No matter, Ross says he was the first person “to have created a novel combination of media and communication tools.”

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08:45
Apple Patent Blocks Smartphone Recording, and it’s...

Musicians and other live performers could have a new way to stop attendees from using their smartphones to record video, photos, and audio at events thanks to a new patent from Apple. The iPhone and iPad maker was awarded a patent this week for a system that remotely disables recording with infrared signals. The system could be used in other ways, too, like blocking recording in secure facilities, or by governments to prevent free speech.


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08:42
Many Apple Watch Bands and Bundles Currently Listed...

Over the past few weeks, some Apple Watch wearers have noticed that a growing portion of Apple's band inventory has been marked as "sold out," with many styles, sizes, and colors, now included in that group.

While Apple has made it clear that its first foray into fashion accessories will follow a "seasonal" cycle, with certain styles leaving its store forever once sold out, the array of bands unavailable on the store paints an erratic picture of shortages from all three of the Apple Watch's seasonal collections: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

Tracked in the U.S. on both Apple.com and the Apple Store iOS app [...

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08:40
Cirrus Logic announces dev kit for building Apple’s...

Cirrus Logic today announced a new development kit that makes it easy for companies to develop headphones using Apple’s Lightning connector. The announcement comes ahead of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 this fall which is expected to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for the first time.

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08:31
Samsung projected to ship 40M OLED panels to Apple...

As the world's largest supplier of OLED displays, Samsung is expected to play a key role in Apple's rumored 2017 iPhone redesign, shipping an estimated 40 million panels to the company next year, according to new research.

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08:14
Yahoo Sports app for iOS gets a redesign w/ new...

Yahoo is updating its Sports app today, which offers a selection of personalized news streams, scores, notifications and video content. The company notes the new design is inspired by recent updates to its Homepage and News site, which should make for a more consistent experience between the desktop news sites and Sports mobile app.

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08:09
Deals: 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB) for...

With the holiday weekend approaching, deals on MacBooks and accessories are ramping up. Snap up a 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM for $799.99 or opt for a 2015 12" MacBook, which is $335 off with a free 3-piece accessory bundle. Need a case or screen protector? Case-Mate is taking 30% off the entire store.

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07:50
Samsung to Capitalize on First OLED-Based iPhone in...

Samsung Display will remain the global leader among AMOLED display suppliers over the next few years, with shipments estimated to increase to 560 million units by 2019, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes Research.

Samsung Electronics, which produces the company's lineup of Android-based Galaxy smartphones, is expected to remain Samsung Display's largest customer over the next few years, with its in-house AMOLED panel demand projected to grow from 239 million units in 2016 to 290 million units in 2019.

Apple is rumored to release its first OLED-based iPhone in 2017, moving away from traditional LCD technology it has used since 2007 for at least one iPhone model. The report estimates that Samsung Display will supply Apple with 40...

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07:32
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone home button to incorporate...

Apple may be looking to introduce Force Touch features to the home button on the next-gen iPhone.

Citing a report released by analysts at Cowen and Company, a number of supply chain “field checks” have indicated that Apple may do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple’s Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple’s most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.

Although Cowen and Company has a mixed track record, it’s worth noting that this corroborates other rumors about...

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Apple, Microsoft and Google are ready to Battle it...

Apple has been granted a series of 3D depth camera patents since May (one, two, three and four) that could work with future Macs and Apple TV to detect in-air gestures to control an interface, support virtual keyboards and be a part of a possible future facial recognition system very much like Windows Hello that works today with Intel's RealSense camera. Both PC's and Macs are likely to take advantage of this technology over the next few years. Windows got the leap on Apple ...

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Focus Matrix is new task organizer for OS X

XwaveSoft has announced Focus Matrix 1.0, a smart task organizer app for Mac OS X. Its organizational system is based on the "Eisenhower Box," a productivity strategy created by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.

The app provides a priority matrix that breaks tasks down into four groups based on their urgency and importance. This lets you focus on the tasks that really matter, without getting caught up in those that can be delegated, or dealt with later.

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