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Saturday July 23

13:23
Pokemon Go and illegal border crossing

Two youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.

The weirdness goes on.

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11:30
Apple Wins a Pair of Design Patents Related to iOS...

The last set of design patent wins for Apple from the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office today cover various graphical user interfaces related to iOS Maps such as transit and services.

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11:00
Snapchat's Curious About-Face


Fleeting memories will be a thing of the past with a new Snapchat feature currently rolling out. "Memories," introduced earlier this month, allows users to save photos and photo stories to their phones, as well as share them with friends. Finding snaps or stories can be done with a simple text search. Protecting snaps and stories on a phone is easy, too. Items can be moved in and out of "My Eyes Only" mode with a few taps. Unlike most Snapchat content, content stored in Memories or sent to My Eyes Only is backed up to the app's servers.

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11:00
Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple


Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P -- the first Chromebook to get the upgrade -- is an impressive example of what will come with the hybrid integration of Chrome OS and Android apps. The performance is not flawless, but many of the apps work well enough to offer a nonplussed working experience.

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09:26
Apple Wins Two Design Patents for the Apple Watch...

It's been a big design patent day for Apple with wins for the Apple Store's Grove, Apple Pencil replacement tips and now two more designs for the Apple Watch Magnetic charging dock.

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09:20
We need more books about the present

Om Malik:

As an avid reader, I am often amazed how much of our written materials are about the past (or the near past) and the future (and the near future) but never about the present. Is present too boring? Or is too real? Or is it too incomplete to merit a careful and long deliberation.

That’s an interesting point. I hadn’t really considered that before.

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09:00
Opinion: 2016 MacBook – two months later

During my first few weeks with the 2016 MacBook, this machine could do no wrong. I gladly looked passed its shortcomings, because it was beautiful — highly functional, even.

Two months in, and the infatuation stage has predictably elapsed and reality has started to set in. Was it a mistake to make the 12″ ultra-portable machine my full-time work rig? more…

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08:09
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, iOS 10...

In this week’s top stories: The latest iPhone 7 leaks and mockups, Pokemon Go mania continues, and we go hands-on with the latest iOS 10 and macOS betas.

more…

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08:07
Apple Wins Two Design Patents for Apple Pencil...

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published two design patents granted to Apple regarding Apple Pencil tips described as 'Stylus Tip.' When Apple ...

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06:06
Apple Wins a Design Patent for the Apple Store'...

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published a design patent granted to Apple for their new Apple Store Feature called 'The Grove.'

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05:37
iPhone 7 to be released during the week of September...

Evan Blass, prominent leaker and VentureBeat reporter, has revealed what he believes to be the release window for the next iPhone. If his hunch is correct, then we should expect the iPhone 7 and its various iterations to be released during the week of September 12th, 2016.

more…

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05:00
G-Technology announces enhanced storage solutions

Western Digital Corp. has announced that its G-Technology product lines are getting more capacity and increased performance to keep up with the growing needs of creative professionals and consumers capturing vast amounts of high-resolution content, including video and digital photography.

“By 2020, industry experts predict that the media and entertainment industry’s storage requirements will grow by nearly five times, and the average consumer will need an enormous 5.2TB of storage,” says Mike Williams, vice president of G-Technology. “G-Technology is dedicated to providing reliable, fast, stylish and easy-to-use storage solutions that fit the current and future needs of professionals and consumers alike.”

With high-resolution capture...

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04:30
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Launch Predicted to Be Week of...

Well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass has this morning predicted which week of September that Apple will announce the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Blass, who has accurately leaked images and details about unreleased smartphones on Twitter (@evleaks) in the past, tweeted today simply "iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th."

Blass is better known for leaking Android-based smartphone details ahead of their official confirmation, but his prediction for the iPhone 7's launch falls in line with Apple's typical September iPhone announcements – the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched on September 9th, 2015 – making it a pretty safe bet.

iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 23, 2016...

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04:30
Avira launches Mac Antivirus Pro, which is optimized...

Avira, a security software company, has launched Mac Antivirus Pro, a channel-optimized version of its AV security software for OS X devices.

Avira’s Mac Antivirus Pro was designed for channel resellers to serve business customers with mixed-OS environments. The new Pro version features simplified cross-platform software installation and a new product licensing model that allows resellers to use the same paid license...

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00:40
This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new...

While much of the week was dominated by nearly identical "iPhone 7" leaks, we did learn a little bit more about the "Apple Car," and Apple itself released a bevy of software updates, while bringing Apple Pay to more markets.

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Friday July 22

23:28
Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google...

An Oregon man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple and Google email accounts, including a number owned by unnamed celebrities, was sentenced to six months in prison this week.

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22:53
Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week...

According to noted industry blogger Evan Blass, Apple is planning to announce its next-generation iPhone lineup at a special event scheduled for the week of Sept. 12, in line with its usual fall launch cycle.

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20:59
Celeb hacker who stole nude images gets six months...

Andrew Helton from Oregon pleaded guilty to hacking celebs' emails and stealing explicit images earlier this year. Now, District Judge John A. Kronstadt has sentenced him to six months in prison and two years of supervised release. According to Assis...

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20:44
Paramount signs up to release more movies with DTS:X...

We got a chance to hear the audio capabilities of DTS:X at CES in 2015, but there haven't been many movies released that way so far. Now Paramount seems ready to change that, signing up with DTS to release a "collection" of films with the multi-dimen...

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20:22
'Sonic Mania' looks like the 2D sequel...

Sonic The Hedgehog is more than just a trash-talking Twitter account. To celebrate the franchise's 25 year anniversary, Sega is taking the series back to its 2D roots. Sonic Mania looks like it'll strip away all the extraneous bloat that's barnacled...

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19:05
Xenon detector finds no dark matter after 20-month...

Despite being buried a mile under the South Dakota surface and isolated in rock and water for 20 months, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter sensor failed to detect anything. While this is yet another unsuccessful attempt to observe the mys...

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18:58
FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing...

The FBI has a new trick up its sleeve for getting into locked iPhones. The agency hired Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University, to 3D print the fingers of a murder victim. The idea is to use the 3D prints to unlock the device. Should it work, it will open up new avenues for law enforcement and pose new threats to everyone, everywhere.

The post FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing Fingers appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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17:10
Crows are smart

It’s really interesting that they retain knowledge of the people in these experiments, and reacted to other crows and predators, but not pigeons.

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17:10
US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents, claims of which originate from a string of "kitchen sink" patent lawsuits leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet.

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16:47
Apple Has Olympic Limited Edition Apple Watch Bands...

Apple is offering limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics, but you can only get them at the Apple Store VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca. That’s in Brazil. GQ reported that Apple has Apple Watch bands commemorating 14 “major competitor” countries. But if you can’t go to Brazil, we did some digging and found a couple of alternatives at Amazon and AliExpress.

The post Apple Has Olympic Limited Edition Apple Watch Bands in Brazil, But We Found Alternatives appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:22
Deconstructing the legendary dungeons of '...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of those games that practically everyone has played and regards fondly. The landmark 1998 game was incredibly influential, and when folks put together lists of "best games of all time," it's usually within...

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15:39
Wikileaks publishes thousands of DNC emails

As if Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party needed any more fuss over emails, Wikileaks has published a trove of messages sent to and from top DNC officials. It covers a period from January of last year to May of 2016, and appear to show party off...

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15:33
Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App...

Pokémon GO launched in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand only a couple weeks ago and it’s already the most download title on Apple’s App Store ever. More countries have been getting in on the game since then, and with Japan launching Pokémon GO today it’s a safe bet downloads are going to just keep climbing. That popularity is no doubt translating into big bucks for Nintendo and Apple thanks to in-app purchases, and also potentially slimer waist lines for players who’re getting off their couches and roaming the streets looking for Bulbasaur and Pikachu to catch. If Pokémon GO’s downloads are any indication, we really do have to catch ’em all.

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15:29
How tennis balls are made

Inside the Wilson tennis ball factory. I also find these things fascinating.

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15:24
Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th

Apple announced Friday that it will hold its quarterly call with analysts on Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be keenly watching results and guidance looking for signs in renewed growth for Apple. In the March quarter, Apple reported year-over-year declines in revenue and iPhone sales.

The post Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:13
Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99

If you share your car with other people, you’ll want to check out today’s deal for the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger. It plugs into your car’s AC outlet (or cigarette lighter), and features two 2.4A USB ports, one 3A USB port, and one USB-C port. You can get it through us for $19.99.

The post Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:04
Macworld’s August Digital Edition: Everything You...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the August issue

We consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac. No longer burdened by its increasingly dated X-laden moniker, the rebranded macOS got a major addition in the form of Siri, as well as some more minor improvements sprinkled throughout the OS. Also, we uncover 8 hidden features of macOS...

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14:55
3D-printed 'Pokémon Go' cover aims for you...

Catching monsters in Pokémon Go sounds deceptively simple: find a creature, and throw an imaginary ball at it by swiping up on your phone screen. The reality is a lot more frustrating -- if you don't flick your finger in a perfectly straight l...

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14:50
AWT News Update: July 22, 2016

What's new in the world of tech today? If you have about 3 minutes, we'll let you know!

  • Pokémon Go broke records this month
  • Verizon may be acquiring Yahoo! as soon as next week
  • One Apple supplier reports higher expected revenues for the September quarter
  • Make sure your Mac and iOS devices are updated, as a recently-discovered security weakness could make it possible for malicious parties to install malware on your device by sending you a picture

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 22, 2016.

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14:22
Just Breathe. Apple’s watchOS 3 beta Will Show You...

I’m someone who runs at a pretty fast clip. When the Apple Watch first came out and everyone was touting its health benefits, I didn’t think that a device on my wrist was going to help remind me to walk, stand or exercise more. Apple’s new Breathe app, however, has changed all of that.

The post Just Breathe. Apple’s watchOS 3 beta Will Show You The Way. appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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14:11
Civil Rights Office Issues Ransomware Guidance


Ransomware infections are on the rise, and healthcare organizations are ripe targets, which may be why the federal government addressed the subject last week. Ransomware attacks have risen from about 1,000 a day last year to 4,000 a day this year, Symantec has reported. Many of those attacks are for small change, but some of the larger ones have been directed at healthcare providers. For example, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center earlier this year paid hackers $17,000 to get its systems back online.

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13:53
'Pokémon Go' has most first-week downloads...

Despite only being available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand for its first week, Apple has officially confirmed that Pokémon Go had the most downloads in its first week of any in the App Store's history. Considering that the ga...

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13:40
Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that Pokemon Go has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. What's even more surprisingly is that the app was only available in a few countries at the time -- it initially launched in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Apple didn't provide the number of downloads, but one can assume it's well into the millions. Pokemon Go is expected to become even more popular as it becomes available in more countries -- the game just launched in Japan today. With millions of downloads in the first week alone, Pokemon Go is expected to generate large sums of money for Apple. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store."

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13:39
After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised...

The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here’s how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory.

The post After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised for Glory appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:28
NASA astronauts head underwater to simulate Mars...

Once a year, NASA's astronauts make a big change -- trading their vocation of conducting scientific experiments in space for one of underwater research. For the next two and a half weeks, an international team of 'Aquanauts' will be living on the oce...

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13:25
Office 365 news roundup

At the annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, Microsoft partners from every part of the globe heard about our newest innovations and how they can use Office 365 to transform their customers’ businesses while building their own. One of the highlights at WPC was when Facebook CIO Tim Campos took the stage to explain why his fast-growing company is using Office 365 to enhance productivity, collaboration and mobility for its global workforce.

One of the great things about WPC and the other conferences that Microsoft hosts throughout the year is that they bring together a community of like-minded people who want to learn more about Office 365 and our other products. Yet, as valuable as those conferences are, they are not the only good way for you to...

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13:03
Security bugs put Apple devices running iOS and Mac...

Multiple security vulnerabilities were revealed by Cisco's Talos security team earlier this week, identifying areas at risk of possible exploits in iOS devices and Mac OS X. Some experts believe the exploits to be complex to pull off and likely not w...

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12:49
Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch...

The extraordinarily popular Pok?mon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pok?mon" hit one week after U.S launch.

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12:38
iStumbler on Sale for $10

iStumbler is a great WiFi network monitoring and troubleshooting utility for the Mac. You can use it to see what networks are nearby, track which channels and frequencies each network uses, view encryption status, and even get the coordinates for nearby base stations. As if that’s not enough, it also tracks Bonjour and Bluetooth devices. iStumbler is a handy tool that usually costs US$25, but right now it’s on sale for $10—more than half off. You can pick up a copy at the iStumbler website.

The post iStumbler on Sale for $10 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:37
Report: Apple Car launch date slips back a year to...

Apple has not confirmed if it’s even working on a car, but rumors continue to come out at full speed.

This week, The Information revealed that Apple’s forthcoming car has been pushed back to launch in 2021. The original rumors claimed that Apple hoped to have its Apple Car on the road by 2020. According to The Information, Apple’s super-secret team working on the car, known internally as Project Titan, has faced some roadblocks putting a vehicle together. Project Titan’s top executive left back in January. 

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12:36
The iPad paradox

This is one of the reasons why Apple created the retail stores – so customers could go in and try out the hardware and software. One of the downsides of devices like the iPad is they are “nice to have” not “I need that”. So the buying experience has to be experiential – that is, you have to try it before you buy it.

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12:36
Scientists find a way to make cells respond to...

Through the use of synthetic biology researchers have been able to program cells to perform unique functions, like produce drugs in response to disease markers. In order to create more complex cellular circuits, several MIT engineers have now found a...

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12:25
Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of...

Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s...

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12:10
Download the Chffr app for free to help self-driving...

Self-driving cars are undoubtedly part of the future of owning an automobile, and George Hotz's company Comma.ai is making it easier than ever to get involved.

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11:59
Apple: Pokémon Go breaks App Store record for most...

Without giving away official download numbers or stats (or ever featuring the app), Apple has officially shared that Pokémon Go has broken the record for the highest number of downloads during launch week on the App Store. The popular iOS app has ranked #1 on both the Free and Top Grossing Top Charts in the App Store since its launch earlier this month.

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11:44
Status update: The rise of the social-media...

If you've read recent headlines about high-profile tech CEOs getting hacked, you probably felt a stab of dark amusement at the thought of internet fat cats finally getting a taste of what the rest of us have had to drink.

A single group, called OurM...

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11:35
∞ Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record

With all of the press it’s received in the past couple of weeks, it will come as no surprise that Pokemon Go has been a huge success. In fact, Apple told me today that the game has set a new App Store record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in history. That is impressive. […]

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11:25
Verizon in Push to Acquire Yahoo as Early as Next...

The NYTimes is reporting that the end of Yahoo as an independent company may be near, and Verizon — long considered the leading contender to buy the aging web pioneer — is the most likely acquirer.

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11:23
iPhone 7 will be Waterproof, Include Lightning...

Apple’s iPhone 7, expected to ship this fall, will include “professional class waterproofing” and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. That’s according to Deutsche Bank analysts following Apple’s production closely.

The post iPhone 7 will be Waterproof, Include Lightning Headphone Dongle appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:20
TBS is giving 'Overwatch' its own $300,000...

Esports are taking over mainstream broadcast networks as an Overwatch tournament is coming to TBS.

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11:11
Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand '...

Apple has reclaimed the top spot in the 2016 edition of the FutureBrand Index, which each year ranks the world's 100 biggest corporations according to their "perception strength," based on a survey of 3,000 consumers and professionals across 17 countries.

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11:09
Pokémon Go Set App Store Record for Most Ever...

Ultra popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go set a new App Store record during its first week of availability, seeing more first week downloads than any other app in App Store history. Apple unveiled the statistic to iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.

According to Apple, #PokemonGo has set an @AppStore record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in the Store’s history.

— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) July 22, 2016

Pokémon Go was first released in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States on July 5, rolling out to...

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11:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 22, 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 and Updates

Scrivener for iOS

I've tried a pile of writing apps over the years, one of which was Scrivener from Literature & Latte. The Mac app has racked up a ton of awards over the year and has become a favorite of many best-selling authors, but until now the app wasn't available for iOS. Scrivener for iOS $19.99 is universal (iPad and iPhone), syncs with the Mac version, and is perfect for tasks ranging from writing novels to scripts for ads. It's not for beginners, and it has a bit of a learning curve, but Scrivener for iOS will definitely keep writing pros happy.

UVLens

Skin cancer is no joke, and...

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11:00
This Week in iOS Apps: Relax!

Relax!

This week’s roundup includes apps for music, coloring, watching movies, and playing games. Relax and read on!

Canva

Canva (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets users create pro-level graphics using easily tweaked templates and photo editing tools; the latest update brings the app to the iPhone, along with hundreds of new layouts designed for use on the phone.

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

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10:57
External Link: On MacBreak Weekly, Adam Discusses...

TidBITS publisher Adam Engst made one of his occasional appearances on the TWiT show MacBreak Weekly, joining hosts Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko, and developer Daniel Jalkut. After a wide-ranging discussion of issues with Apple’s online stores, the group talked about Apple’s Planet of the Apps reality show, Eddy Cue’s claims that Hollywood has nothing to fear from Apple, and Apple’s new music royalty rate proposal, which sounds like a flat tax designed to hurt Spotify. Well worth a listen!

 

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10:52
'Splatoon' isn't dead, but it's...

Today at 5 a.m. EDT, the final Splatfest commenced for players of Nintendo's squid-kid shooter Splatoon. Players were asked to choose one of two teams representing the in-game hosts, Callie and Marie. At the end of the festival, members of the team w...

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10:49
Apple releases country specific Apple Watch bands...

These are cool, I’d love to have some of these.

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10:46
Verizon will cut off customers using over 100GB of...

“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars. “These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device.”

I have no idea how someone could use 100GB of data a month.

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10:42
Apple’s FY 16 third quarter results conference call

Here’s a sneak peak of what Apple will announce: Billions in earnings and profits and tens of millions of iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches sold. The stock price will then drop by two percent and the tech media will once again predict the death of Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:41
Apple to Sell a Limited Edition of Country-Themed...

If you happen to be attending the Olympics in Brazil next month you'll be able to purchase country-themed Apple Watch bands as noted in our cover graphic for the USA and many other countries that are presented in our report. The bands will only be sold at the olympics and only at the Apple Store at VillageMall in Barra da...

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10:38
Why Alphabet's Nest doesn't (and probably...

The Nest smart home thermometer, designed by one of the 'fathers of the iPod' Tony Fadell, was on sale shortly after its debut at Apple retail stores. So why doesn't HomeKit support it? AppleInsider explains.

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10:35
Verizon close to buying Yahoo

With the wireless industry maturing, Verizon has been buying up internet and advertising technology companies, including AOL, and presenting itself as the best bet to take on Google and Facebook Inc. in mobile advertising. Yahoo has millions of users, a collection of websites including Flickr, Tumblr and Yahoo Finance and Sports and some useful digital-ad tech like Flurry and BrightRoll. Together with AOL, the new Yahoo under Verizon may have a better chance of competing in a digital ad market dominated by two big players.

It’s interesting to me that all of the companies Yahoo bought basically disappeared from consumer consciousness after the purchase. I’m not sure if Verizon can raise the profile of those companies or not, but it will be interesting to watch this play out.

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10:34
Review: Netatmo Tags for Welcome Smart Home Camera

While Netatmo is probably still best known for its Urban Weather Station system for monitoring temperature, rainfall, and wind, the company has also been actively working on expanding its Netatmo Welcome smart home camera that it introduced last year, adding improved facial recognition along with enhancements such as FTP and Dropbox storage for users who would prefer to save videos to their own server or the cloud. Now, in addition to software enhancements, Netatmo is building Welcome into a home security hub with its new Netatmo Tags ($99), a set of durable door and window security sensors that tie into the Welcome system.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:28
Verizon is reportedly close to buying Yahoo for $5...

Remember when Verizon bought out AOL (Engadget's parent brand) last year? Then get ready for deja vu: the communications giant is reportedly in closing talks to purchase Yahoo later this year. Sources familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg and Re...

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10:21
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones...

Scientists are working with the FBI to 3D print fingers so they can unlock smartphones. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the potential privacy and security issues related to 3D printing copies of our fingers. They share their thoughts on a report claiming the iPhone 7 will sport pro-grade waterproofing.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones with 3D Printed Fingers, Uber-waterproof iPhone 7 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:18
How-To: Use Final Cut Pro X’s move event feature to...

Since the 12″ MacBook is significantly limited when it comes to attaching external peripherals, I generally do all of my editing work in Final Cut Pro X with events stored directly on device. Being that I shoot 99% of our videos in 4K, you can probably imagine how quickly my MacBook’s storage is exhausted.

Needless to say, I’ve become accustomed to archiving events on a bi-weekly basis to save on space. In this hands-on tutorial, I’ll share my easy-to-use workflow for archiving Final Cut Pro X events and media to an external drive. more…

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10:07
Comcast's Rio portal is a good way to keep up...

The Olympics are starting in a little over a month and Comcast has devised a way to watch pretty much every minute of them. Xfinity X1 customers -- roughly half of Comcast's user base -- will have access to a special "Front Row to Rio" portal through...

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10:00
The Public Access Weekly: Video killed the radio star

My Twitter feed is currently abuzz with the news that the last remaining VCR manufacturer has given up the ghost and called it quits, which means the CRT television with the built-in VHS slot that I have in my bedroom is officially vintage (...Wait,...

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09:55
eMarketer: Apple’s share of the U.S. smartphone...

eMarketer, a research firm, has released a report on U.S. and UK market share for the iPhone and iPad. It shows that the iPhone’s market share is creeping back up (at least globally), while the iPad’s market share continues to decline.

According to eMarketer, Apple’s share of smartphone users in the US is expected to remain static in 2016, accounting for a 43.5% share, from 43.3% in 2015.  Android, by comparison, will see its share of US smartphone users rise slightly to 52.0%, up from 51.7% the previous year. 

Although the number of overall iPad users continues to increase, Apple has been losing share in the US tablet market. After falling below 50% for the first time in 2015, Apple's share of the tablet market is expected to drop to 47.8% in 2016.  By 2020, eMarketer estimates that 44.0% of tablet users in the US will be using an...

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09:44
Wristly: 94% of Apple Watch owners are still...

A new quarterly report from Wristly says that 94% of Apple Watch owners are still satisfied with the smartwatch. 

Compared to the April satisfaction survey, the latest quarterly satisfaction rating shows some slight improvements at 94% total satisfied vs 93% previously. The folks at Wristly believe that this positive uptick could be due to positive sentiments for the upcoming watchOS 3. For the new survey, 50% of the panel of 800 say they are “Very Satisfied” verses 46% last April. Meanwhile, 44% are “Satisfied” verses 47% in April.

Regardless of the level of satisfaction, the vast majority of Apple Watch owners continue to wear it most of the time day after day. A large 14% stated that they even wear it at night to track their sleep or use the gentle taptic alarm. And in this study, only 1% of Wristly...

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09:43
Eye-tracking software can gauge your intent and...

One of the singular things about virtual reality is the freedom to look in any direction. But that's also one of its biggest narrative problems. How does a storyteller retain control when the viewer is free to decide where to look? The answer, it see...

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09:31
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free

Thank you Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s 100% cloud-based, so you’ll always have the latest version and it can be accessed from any device, anywhere. It’s time to simplify work and keep people more connected than ever before.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch from $249, Jaybird...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale takes up to $200 off Apple Watch,...

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09:30
BloomSky SKY2 and STORM Weather Station and Camera...

Apple World Today fans are probably aware of my addiction to weather. I have my own weather station collecting real-time weather data 24/7/365, and I probably have more weather apps on my iPhone and iPad than any other type. A new, inexpensive, and very innovative weather station and weather camera launched on Kickstarter today from BloomSky. The product is actually two units; the SKY2 -- a newer version of the existing SKY1 weather station and camera, and the STORM, a new unit that works hand in hand with the SKY2 providing wind, UV and rainfall data.

The SKY1 already has over 100,000 users worldwide, providing accurate weather data and high-definition photography (and time-lapse...

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09:21
A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks

We all know it's generally a bad idea to access unsecured networks via WiFi, but it's not every day your phone warns against it. According to Florida-based Apple beta tester Jeb Stuart, iOS 10 will do exactly that.

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09:13
iPhone 7 Again Said to Ship With Lightning-to-3.5mm...

With just over six weeks remaining until Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, leaked photos and rumors surrounding the smartphones are starting to become clear and consistent.

Deutsche Bank is the latest group to add its expectations to the mix, issuing a research note obtained by Business Insider that corroborates several previously rumored features coming in this year's refresh.

New photo of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus rear shell molds (Image: KK低调 on Weibo)

The bank, which allegedly made supply chain checks, believes the 4.7-inch model will have an improved camera and optical image stabilization, while the larger 5...

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09:00
Automatic albums, improved search, Pokémon and more...

Photos are one of the most popular and most important file types that our users save to OneDrive. We’ve been working on improving the OneDrive photos experience across the web and in our mobile apps.

Here’s a look at new features we are rolling out:

Automatic albums

You upload photos to OneDrive so you can easily find and relive memories—whether from another device or by sharing them with friends and family. With automatic albums, this experience is now even easier.

OneDrive detects whenever you take a few photos in a short period of time, in a particular location. The highest quality photos are then selected and put into an album. You are even notified when they’re ready to view and share on OneDrive.com, in our mobile apps or via the Windows 10 Photos app. In addition, to celebrate all of the fun stuff you do over the weekend, on Monday morning albums from your weekend photos are automatically created.

On this day…

On OneDrive.com, you’...

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09:00
The best portable solar battery charger

By Mark Smirniotis

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After considering 70 models and testing portable solar battery chargers for over 30 hours, we think the An...

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08:55
Apple will release Olympic-themed Apple Watch bands...

Apple is gearing up for the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro like everyone else in the world, and the company’s contribution is a little something special: limited edition nylon Apple Watch bands that pay tribute to 14 competing nations.

Unfortunately, you can’t buy them anywhere Apple Watches are sold, or even order them online. Apple is selling these special straps only in Brazil, in just one store: the VillageMall Apple Store in Barra de Tijuca. That means if you happen to be in Rio to catch the games and pick up one of these Olympic-themed bands, which will retail for $49, you could probably make a killing by reselling what is likely to be a sought-after collectible (or you could just wear it around and show your love of country or something).

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08:54
How and why to verify your Twitter account

The equally vaunted and ridiculed blue checkmarks on Twitter are no longer exclusive to elites or those with connections who have an “in” at Twitter. The company this week opened the verified account designation up to all users and put some rules in place for consideration. Many of Twitter’s 310 million monthly active users don’t qualify for verification, but the company is opening the secretive and invite-only process up to anyone.

Accounts of public interest, particularly those maintained by individuals and organizations in “music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas” are all up for consideration, according to Twitter. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience,” Tina Bhatnager, Twitter’s...

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08:46
Twitter adds more college sports to its video...

Twitter is adding new video streaming deals almost daily, and today it announced an agreement that pads its college sports lineup. Following last week's Pac-12 deal, the social network is teaming up with Campus Insiders to stream over 300 "live colle...

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08:38
First drone pilot jailed for flying contraband into...

In a first for the UK, a drone pilot has been jailed for flying illegal substances into prisons. Daniel Kelly was sentenced to 14 months in jail after using a quadcopter to deliver "spice," a psychoactive substance, and tobacco to inmates on multiple...

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08:29
Intel announces Kaby Lake processors, chips may...

The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.

The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.

Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.

Kaby Lake is a semi-tock with optimized microarchitecture, offering support for...

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08:26
Verizon will cut off unlimited data users who use...

Verizon's continuing its ongoing mission to pare down the number of customers on unlimited data plans by migrating them to ones with hard limits. Recently, the company came up with a way to get rid of its biggest data hogs.

Verizon is notifying customers using an “extraordinary” amount of data per month that they must move off their unlimited data plan by August 31. If they don’t switch, the carrier will disconnect their accounts, though they’ll have 50 days to reactivate them on a limited plan, as first reported by Droid Life.

Verizon ceased offering unlimited data plans in 2011.

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08:23
Amateur diving data could help climate change studies

Recreational divers could play a significant part in studying the effects of climate change on oceans thanks to the decompression computers worn by many SCUBA enthusiasts.

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08:22
'Solid' forecast from Apple chipmaker...

September-quarter guidance by Apple supplier Skyworks may back the idea of healthy "iPhone 7" production, despite some previous hints to the contrary, according to a new investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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08:08
New report sees China overtake U.S. in iOS game...

The Chinese app market is the world leader at this point in time, the U.S. coming in second and Japan rounding out third place.

A few months ago, App Annie reported on China passing Japan in iOS game revenues, and the firm had predicted that China would jump over the US next. This has now happened and App Annie’s newest report on iOS revenues in Q2 has revealed even more explosive growth for the country. The site noted that China managed to generate nearly double the iOS App Store Games revenue it had just a year earlier in Q2 2015.

The firm found that locally developed games in China dominated sales and were a large reason for the strong year-over-year growth. “Specifically, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) like Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward...

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08:01
New video from China compares rose gold finish in...

Another comparison video apparently showing Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7" rear shell has appeared on Chinese social media, apparently comparing the rose gold casing of the new model to the finish of the iPhone 6s.

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08:00
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 gives you gaming...

After debuting the fastest high-end and mid-range video cards ever seen, the GTX 1080 and 1070, we expected a lot from NVIDIA's new lower-tier entry, the $249 GeForce GTX 1060. And the stakes were raised even higher after AMD launched the Radeon RX 4...

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07:46
News: Apple to sell limited-edition Olympic Apple...

Apple is planning to jump on board the fashion trends for the 2016 Olympic Games with a lineup of special edition Apple Watch bands representing the flags of fourteen of the major countries who will be participating in the Games. A new report in GQ reveals that the new limited-edition nylon bands will be sold exclusively at the Apple Store, VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca for $49 beginning in early August, and will include bands for the U.S.A., Great…

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07:45
New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through...

There’s a new security threat for OS X and iOS that could let attackers remotely control your device or install malware by sending you an image file. The threat is fairly serious, although so far it’s still just a proof of concept, and Apple patched the flaw in OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3.

The post New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through Graphics appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:37
Apple confirms Taiwan to get its first Apple Store...

Apple has confirmed to Reuters that it will open its first retail store in Taiwan, as job listings are spotted for all the usual retail positions. The store is expected to open in the capital, Taipei, but the precise location or date are not yet known.

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07:30
Mad Money's Jim Cramer Reverses Position and...

TheStreet's Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer has a warning about Apple's stock.

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07:23
Ridable luggage

[VIDEO] Fascinating. Seemingly well constructed, practical, ridable luggage. Not sure of the audience for this, but I would love to give this a try, just to get a sense of how practical this is. Amazing to me that they fit the battery and motor inside, with plenty of packing room left over, yet all within the confines of a bag that fits the standards for an on-flight bag.

This is an IndieGogo campaign, not quite fully funded with a month left to go. At $995, this is an expensive gadget, but clearly they’ve found more than $40K worth of takers so far.

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07:05
Apple Watch sales down 55% since last year, overall...

Seeking Alpha [Free reg-wall]:

For the first time, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline of 32%, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), which was down substantially from the 5.1 million shipped a year ago. Apple held the top rank by shipping 1.6 million watches. However, it was the only vendor among the top 5 to experience an annual decline in shipments. In fairness to Apple, the year-over-year comparison is to the initial launch quarter of the Apple Watch, which is in many ways the same product offered in the most recent quarter with price reductions.

Also in fairness to Apple, I see this as a bit of pent-up demand, the lull in anticipation of new hardware.

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07:03
9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years...

Apple VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson has  shared a story via ABC7 News about a nine-year-old boy whose hearing was restored thanks to a new type of bone-conduction hearing aid controlled by a companion iPhone app. Highlighting accessibility and inclusion, Jackson wrote that ‘technology can transform lives [and] 9-year old Joshua is a great example.’

Joshua Gomez started losing his hearing at the age of three, and a succession of surgeries over a five-year period all failed. Conventional hearing-aids couldn’t help with his particular condition, but the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford finally found a solution … 

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07:02
Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks...

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

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06:47
Apple Support, Night Shift, and Twitter videos

As I’ve said before, I am a big fan of Apple’s @AppleSupport Twitter presence. They do a terrific job guiding folks to answers when they are stuck. They also periodically post useful tips.

In this recent tweet, Apple Support embedded a video explaining how to set up Night Shift in iOS 9.3.

I found this interesting for several reasons. First, the video itself was well done, as is most Apple video. But this is the first time I’ve noticed this approach, the rolling out of an internal video via @AppleSupport.

Obviously, Night Shift is not brand new, and this video likely was made some time ago. Has anyone seen it before? If so, can you tweet me a link?

Wondering if Apple is planning on a regular series of these sorts of videos.

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06:45
Tasky is a new task scheduler for Mac OS X

Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Tasky 1.0, a task management app for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It’s been designed to give you dedicated sections for adding tasks for Today, Tomorrow and Next Week with a built-in calendar to add or browse tasks.

You can mark tasks as complete one by one as you accomplish them. You can also add task categories and sort them in one place. 

Tasky 1.0 is available at the Mac App Store. It costs $3.99 with a 60% discount for a limited time.

Acronis True Image Cloud 2016: The Easiest, Fastest and Most Powerful Way to Backup Your PC, Mac and Mobile Devices

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06:44
Apple Takes Top Spot in FutureBrand's Ranking...

FutureBrand recently released the results of a survey that questioned 3,000 consumers about the 100 biggest companies in the world, asking them to score each company on 18 different factors like trust, innovation, individuality, and price premium. The 2016 results crowned Apple as the top company in the world, "in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength" (via CNET).

Some of the highest marks Apple received this year surrounded its individuality, authenticity, and purpose, while it scored less well in resource management, wellbeing, and respect among the consumers surveyed. Compared to the second-place entry in the Top 100 listing, Microsoft, Apple edges out ever so slightly in personality and consistency, while customers...

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06:43
Tasky is a new task scheduler for Mac OS X

Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Tasky 1.0 (http://www.inspiringlife.co/tasky/), a task management app for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It’s been designed to give you dedicated sections for adding tasks for Today, Tomorrow and Next Week with a built-in calendar to add or browse tasks.

You can mark tasks as complete one by one as you accomplish them. You can also add task categories and sort them in one place.

Tasky 1.0 is available exclusively through the Mac App Store. It costs $3.99 with a 60% discount for a limited time.

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06:34
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 9.3.3 is a maintenance release with various bug fixes and enhancements.

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06:26
Muted expectations for next week’s AAPL earnings...

Apple has already told investors to expect a substantial year-on-year decline in Q3 earnings when it reveals the numbers next week, so it’s no surprise that analysts are mostly downbeat in their predictions for the quarter. However, there is an optimistic note in most of the analyst notes summarized by Business Insider when it comes to the outlook for 2017 …

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06:22
Apple plans its first retail store in Taiwan

Apple plans to open its first retail store in Taiwan, “a move that comes after the U.S. technology giant raised $1.38 billion in a bond offering last month on the island that is home to many companies in its supply chain,” reports Reuters.

 

The article notes that Apple is seeking "a leader for personnel training plans for the Taiwan Apple Store" and other retail positions indicating it was looking for a team in Taiwan, according to job postings. However, there are no details on when the store will open or where it will be located. With the opening of the store, Apple will have 485 retail stores in 19 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

Protect Your iPad Pro With The Defender Series Case at OtterBox.com!

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06:17
Thought on Apple and Formula One

Interesting piece from Joe Saward, longtime Formula One blogger:

The suggestion last week that Apple may be discussing the acquisition of the Formula One group has led to a lot of interest and a lot of opinion. Traditional technology people argue it would never happen because it’s not the way Apple works. The company buys small clever companies and use the technology under the Apple brand. They don’t need the kind of advertising that F1 provides. So why would they buy it? The answer, it seems, is not to do with advertising, but rather with sales. Apple has built its empire on the iPhone and the iPad. The company has sold 800 million iPhones and, as a result, is now the biggest company in the world. But sales are slowing gradually and competition is increasing and Apple is following the Steve Jobs philosophy and looking for new ideas which reinvent the way we live.

I am relatively new to Formula One, but I am definitely a fan and totally get the attraction. The Formula...

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06:15
Apple reclaims its title as the ‘world’s favorite...

Last year Apple lost the top position of the “world’s favorite company” to Google, but our favorite tech company has reclaimed the top spot this year. Also, in the top 10 were Microsoft, Samsung, Walt Disney, Abbie (a health care company), Facebook, Toyota, Amazon, Celgene Corp. (a health care company), and Gilead Sciences (a health care company). 

To determine the list, FutureBrand — which specializes in brand strategy, identity, digital, retail, environmental, product and service design — measured global public perception of the Global Top 100 Companies by market capitalization. The ranking re-orders the Global Top 100 Companies in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength. Each year, FutureBrand looks at the 100 biggest companies by market capitalization, asks 3,000 consumers and industry professionals in 17 countries about them.

Asked where they saw Apple now and in three years’...

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06:10
Apple regains status as world’s favorite company

CNET:

Each year, FutureBrand looks at the 100 biggest companies by market capitalization, asks 3,000 consumers and industry professionals in 17 countries about them and produces a ranking of what it calls perception strength, rather than financial strength.

This year shows Apple regaining the top spot, after last year’s painfully abject slide into second place behind Google.

And:

Those of drier countenance and Android phones will realize quickly that Google is no longer one of the 100 largest companies by market capitalization. It’s now part of Alphabet, so Apple didn’t have to contend with last year’s winner.

It did, though, have to compete with Alphabet, whose self-driving car must have suffered a software malfunction — as it only propelled the company to 21st place.

Of course, this must be mostly down to the idea that many consumers might not have heard of Alphabet at all.

I still find the move to Alphabet confusing. It’s a...

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06:06
News: Report: iPhone 7 will include Lightning...

A new research note from Deutsche Bank (via Business Insider) reports that the next-generation iPhone will include a “Lightning-to-audio dongle” in the package rather than a set of Lightning-equipped EarPods. Although the research note confirms several other recent rumors about the upcoming iPhone, including the elimination of the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of a Lightning connection, it cites supply chain sources claiming that Lightning…

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06:04
The Apple Watch Remains the Number One Smartwatch in...

In a new IDC report on smartwatches for Q2 2016, Apple remained number one with Apple Watch holding a commanding 47% market share. Samsung was ...

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06:00
Daily Deal: The JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle

Whether you're new to the world of web development or want to acquire new skills to help in your career, our deal this week is one you need to take a close look at. The JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle from the Corporate Bridge Group is usually available as a $1,499 package aimed at providing a 12-part comprehensive JavaScript training course, but we've worked a deal to get this training to you for only $59. 

The 12 lessons in this bundle go from basic to advanced concepts, including Sammy.js, Agility.js, Ember.js, Node.js, jQuery, AJAX, Extjs, AngularJS, Knockout.js, and JSON. Here are some additional details on the training bundle:

  • Access 12 comprehensive video lectures 24/7
  • Create web based applications using Sammy.js over jQuery, JSON & AJAX...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Screens 3 for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering Screens 3 for Mac for only $12.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. This user-friendly remote access tool lets you access your Mac from anywhere you have an Internet connection using any other Mac, Windows, or Linux PC or even your iPhone or iPad using the companion iOS app (sold separately). You can even set up actions to automatically trigger each time you disconnect from your Mac, configure…

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05:59
Apple confirms plans to open first Apple Store in...

Apple on Friday revealed that it's planning to launch its first store in Taiwan, finally coming to the island where a number of its suppliers are headquartered.

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05:57
Apple to sell Apple Watch bands in Brazil to...

When the Olympic games start in August, Apple will sell Apple Watch bands that reference the national flags of 14 major competitors, reports GQ.

 

Alas, you can only get your hands on one if you're in Brazil for the games. If you are, head on over to the Apple Store at VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca. It's the sole location selling the straps, which will be available in early August. and will cost $49 each.

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05:46
Evernote 6.8

Adds Google Drive integration, plus makes it easier to share a notebook and manage permissions. (Free with paid subscriptions, 54.2 MB)

 

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05:45
Stagefright malware for iOS and OS X: Just be sure...

Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld:

Talos found that maliciously constructed data saved as BMP, Digital Asset Exchange, OpenEXR, and TIFF image files could outwit the operating and allow code to be written and executed, including opening up a system to remote exploits. The ancient lossless image format TIFF using, however, is the worst culprit as Apple’s OSes will access a TIFF image to render a format in many cases without a user specifically opening a malicious file.

And:

The TIFF flaw affects unpatched current releases of every Apple OS: iOS 9, tvOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, as well as 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite.

Bottom line, this is a proof of concept at the moment. Apple has released protective updates for recent OSes, not yet for Mavericks or Yosemite. As always, keep your software updated.

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05:39
Deutsche Bank claims iPhone 7 will ship with...

A Deutsche Bank research note based on supply-chain sources claims that Apple will sell the iPhone 7 with a Lightning-to-audio dongle, rather than providing Lightning headphones, reports Business Insider.

It also suggests that the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM. All of the note’s other predictions echo things we’ve heard many times before: similar design to the 6s; dual cameras on the Plus, improved camera on the standard model; better sound, possibly stereo; better waterproofing; and a touch-sensitive Home button.

Supply-chain sources aren’t always the most reliable source of information on Apple’s plans, as Tim Cook himself has observed,...

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05:32
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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05:24
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch battery life...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates in public betas, the reason the GPS watches seem to last longer that a day, liquid damage avoidance in iOS 10, apparent delays for the "Apple Car," and much more.

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05:24
Apple to Open an Apple Store in Taipei Taiwan this...

Apple is finally planning to open its first Apple Store in Taiwan, which is home to over 40 supplier facilities in Taiwan with TSMC and Hon Hai (Foxconn) being major iOS device suppliers.

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05:13
Disable Find My Mac by Resetting NVRAM

It turns out that Find My Mac can easily be disabled by resetting NVRAM, which could be bad news, if your Mac has been stolen, or good news, if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t reset before being sold or turned in.

 

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05:11
Pokemon Go comes home, launches in Japan with...

Pok?mon Go has gone live in the nation that originated the monster catching craze in the nineties, with sponsored McDonald's locations in the country hosting key gameplay locations.

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05:09
Apple retakes ‘world’s favorite company’ title as...

Apple has once more been dubbed the world’s favorite company after last year losing out to Google.

Each year, FutureBrand looks at the world’s 100 largest companies and asks 3,000 consumers and industry professionals to score them on a range of factors, and to explain how they feel about their preferred companies. The two top feelings respondents had toward Apple were passion and admiration. Apple was ranked highly for individuality, authenticity, innovation and thought-leadership.

However, it’s possible that Apple may have retaken the number one slot on a technicality …

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05:00
Future Apple devices could theoretically sport...

Those of us who need glasses to see a laptop or TV screen clearly may one day be able to ditch our specs or contact lens thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems, according to Technology Review. If the technology pans out, it would be great to see Apple incorporate it into Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

The technology — as described in a University of California, Berkeley report — uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person’s glasses prescription together with a light filter set in front of the display. The algorithm alters the light from each individual pixel so that, when fed through a tiny hole in the plastic filter, rays of light reach the retina in a way that re-creates a sharp image. Researchers say the idea is to anticipate how your eyes will naturally distort whatever’s onscreen—something glasses or contacts typically correct—and adjust it beforehand so that what you see appears clear...

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05:00
Tinder Social Feeds More-the-Merrier Impulses


Tinder on Thursday announced the launch of Tinder Social, a new platform that helps users plan group nights out. The new platform will help users plan double dates or larger group events, creating new opportunities for people to make connections, the company said. Tinder took the platform for a test drive in Australia and found that users wanted a better way to add friends to their night out in real time. That led to a feature that lets users see who else in the Tinder community is headed out the same night.

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04:55
Index AR Solutions: AR market for U.S. enterprise...

Augmented reality is projected to be a $105 billion market for U.S.enterprise within 15 years, with early adopters of the disruptive technology gaining a competitive advantage in their industries, according to a market perspective released by Index AR Solutions (www.indexarsolutions.com). The projected $105 billion in revenue includes $49 billion in hardware, $11 billion in software and $45 billion in services.

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04:30
Cycling Ride Pouch is a convenient accessory for...

I’m more a runner than a bike rider, but occasionally I’ll go for a long ride. WaterField Designs’ Cycling Ride Pouch makes it easy for iPhone-owning cyclists need to stop and remove the phone to check for message.

The pouch is a wallet-like bike toolkit with a clear iPhone window that allows riders to view and send texts or access apps without removing the phone.  

 

The $79 Cycling Ride Pouch is an upscale leather kit sized to fit into a cycling jersey pocket. It was inspired by the Velominati cycling collective's Rule #31—"Spare tubes, multi-tools and repair kits should be stored in jersey pockets." WaterField kicked it up a notch by adding cash, card and ID pockets and a padded iPhone slot.

The Pouch fits the exact dimensions of your jersey pocket and unzips on three sides to lie flat on the road when you need to make repairs. It's made of distressed, full grain leather and comes in black or...

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04:28
MailButler for Mac OS X adds a 'Snooze'...

MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software G(https://www.feingeist.io/), has added a new feature: ”Snooze,” which allows users to better control their inbox by temporarily making selected emails disappear for a scheduled amount of time.

MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.

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04:27
Kool Tools: ZyXEL AC2600 MU-MIMO router

ZyXEL Communications has expanded its family of high-performance MU-MIMO products with the launch of the ZyXEL ARMOR Z2 AC2600 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router (http://www.zyxel.com/us/en/products_services/armor_z2.shtml?t=p).

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04:25
Firefox Filters More Uses of Flash

The makers of the Firefox Web browser are clamping down on advertising and other incidental uses of Flash to reduce crashes.

 

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04:10
Stagefright-style vulnerability discovered in OS X...

Security researchers last year discovered what they described as ‘the worst Android vulnerability ever,’ able to infect a phone with malware simply by sending an MMS message to it. The vulnerability, dubbed Stagefright, didn’t even require people to open the message for their phone to be infected.

A Cisco researcher has now discovered a similar vulnerability in OS X and iOS, that could allow an attacker to gain access to your stored passwords and files simply by sending you a malicious image file …

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04:00
Typinator still makes life easier for Mac users

Last year Ergonis Software celebrated the 10th anniversary of Typinator, their text expander. Though the tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X application has been around awhile, it’s as vital as ever.

 

One of the most useful features of Typinator is the possibility to create expansions based on regular expressions. The HTML expansions aren't just text expansions that happen to contain HTML code, but rather a distinct expansion format that can be described in HTML. HTML expansions are useful for mail applications that support rich text messages, such as Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Airmail, Thunderbird, as well as many web-based mail services like iCloud Mail and Gmail.

With an inclusion mechanism, Typinator's text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. The tool supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and...

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03:55
Latest iPhone 7 leaks highlights new dual camera,...

The iPhone 7 leaks continue in the run up to the launch expected sometime in early September. As has been widely reported by now, both the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus will include significant camera upgrades with the latter getting a brand-new dual camera system. In a new photo leak from Weibo, the separate cameras (rumoured to be dual 12 megapixel sensors) are clearly visible. The redesigned camera with ~25% larger iris for the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 can also be seen although technical specifications of the new component is unknown.

A separate Weibo post also includes a 30-second clip comparing the Rose Gold iPhone 7 to a Rose Gold iPhone 6s with all the characteristics we’ve come to expect from an iPhone 7 leak. Watch the...

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03:30
Human Resource Machine can teach you coding, whether...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

There’s a growing movement amongst parents and educators that suggests that all children should learn basic coding in school. True, young kids might not aspire to be programmers or create the next big startup, but the benefits of learning how to code go beyond just knowing how to build software: It opens minds to problem-solving techniques and will help the children of today navigate tomorrow’s technology-focused future.

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03:00
Three reasons to run your own Mac server

When it comes to technology, the word “server” might bring to mind, for some, a warehouse-sized room not unlike the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but with fewer crates and more racks of computers. For others it might be the cause of sweaty palms and glazed-over eyes. 

But servers don’t need to be mysterious or scary—after all, a server is just a computer that serves up information (and/or services) that can be accessed by other computers. Sure, it can get more complex than that, but it can also be a fairly simple and invaluable tool.

I run a Mac mini server on my home network for a handful of reasons that are fairly mundane, but all of which help at least provide some peace of mind, especially when I’m not in the house. 

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02:20
Pokémon GO launches in Japan with sponsored gyms at...

Rounding out the major launch countries, Pokémon GO has hit Japan — the home nation of Nintendo and Pokémon. Due to the major cultural significance of the company and intellectual property behind Pokémon, developers are expecting Pokémon GO to be a big hit in the region.

The launch in Japan also has knock-on effects for the player base in the rest of the world as it shows how the game plans to add advertising to the game for additional monetization. In Japan, 3000 McDonald’s outlets have been turned into sponsored Pokémon gyms where players can go and take over the area after battling.

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01:47
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9

Brings a rewritten synchronization engine that improves speed and works on both local networks and with Internet-based services. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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Thursday July 21

21:48
BusyCal 3.0.4

Brings a number of refinements to the recently upgraded alternative to Apple’s Calendar app. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.8 MB)

 

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21:47
PopChar X 7.6

Adds support for Unicode 9.0, which brings six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.6 MB)

 

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21:08
Apple to sell limited-edition Apple Watch bands w/...

Apple will be offering a limited-edition set of Apple Watch bands for the 2016 Olympics. As reported by GQ, Apple will begin selling Apple Watch bands that depict the flags of 14 different countries when the games kick-off in August.

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20:42
Apple's limited edition Olympic Apple Watch...

Apple has created a series of woven nylon Apple Watch straps for this year's Olympics, though the limited edition bands featuring motifs representing the flags of 14 countries competing in this year's games are only available at a single store in host city Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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19:26
Apple's latest software updates fix flaw...

Apple's recent iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS updates patch a previously unknown security flaw that allows the surreptitious gathering of sensitive data with a simple text message, an OS-level bug which bears a striking resemblance to last year's much derided Stagefright exploit on Google's Android platform.

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19:24
BitTorrent brings its proprietary streaming...

Just a week after officially launching BitTorrent Now on iOS and Apple TV, BitTorrent today has released a beta version of its BitTorrent Live app for Mac users. For those unfamiliar, BitTorrent Live is the company’s proprietary streaming technology that it launched earlier this year after years of development.

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18:14
Nintendo's new NES commercial will toy with...

Between the incredible popularity of Pokémon Go, game-themed sneakers and the NES Classic Mini console, Nintendo's nostalgia bombs show no signs of stopping. The gaming juggernaut is fueling that fire with a decidedly retro-style trailer for t...

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17:37
Verizon to start pushing highest unlimited data...

Verizon has never had a good relationship with the few customers still holding on to its unlimited data plans. The company has been trying over the past few years to get those customers to upgrade to newer, restricted plans, but despite its best efforts, many customer still remain on these plans. For some users this is fine, but Verizon is sick and tired of those using “an extraordinary amount of data” on their unlimited plans and will soon disconnect those users.

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17:24
Gmail

 July 21, 2016 5:24:00 PM PDT

The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.

 July 21, 2016 4:55:00 PM PDT

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

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17:01
How Apple and Facebook helped to take down...

It turns out that a couple of purchases on iTunes helped to bring down the mastermind behind KickassTorrents, one of the most popular websites for illegal file sharing.

Apple and Facebook were among the companies that handed over data to the U.S. in its investigation of 30-year-old Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the torrent directory service. Vaulin was arrested in Poland on Wednesday, and U.S. authorities seized seven of the site’s domains, all of which are now offline.

KickassTorrents was accused of enabling digital piracy for years, and investigators said it was the 69th most visited website on the entire Internet. It offered a list of torrent files for downloading bootleg movies, music, computer games and more, even as governments across the world tried to shut it down.

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16:46
'Overwatch' was June's best-selling...

In case you haven't noticed, Overwatch is really, really popular. Popular enough to support millions of active players, host high-stakes professional competitive gaming drama and even inspire a graphic novel adaptation. All this, and the game's barel...

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16:30
Apple faces lawsuit over AppleCare refurbished...

Apple has new legal drama to take care of—this time, over refurbished devices for AppleCare+ customers.

On Wednesday, Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit from AppleCare+ customers who claimed that their refurbished devices were not so top notch. Under the AppleCare program, if Apple can’t fix a broken device, the company is contractually obligated to replace it with a device that is “equivalent to new in performance and reliability.”

Customers and lawyers have taken issue with Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices because there’s no way a used device is as good as a new one, according to the lawsuit. This all stemmed from one AppleCare+ customer whose replacement third-generation iPad had a cracked screen after six months. The plaintiff claims that she was not made aware at the time that the AppleCare+ replacement policy meant...

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16:19
Ultra rare Apple-1 computer could fetch up to $1M in...

Auction website CharityBuzz on Thursday announced the upcoming sale of an extremely rare Apple-1 computer dubbed "Celebration," so named because it is the only known unit still in existence to feature a pre-production circuit board.

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16:08
Boat thieves thwarted by teens with a Phantom drone

A group of teenagers vacationing on Camano Island in Washington State became technology-assisted crimestoppers this week, ABC News reports. 14-year-old Chris Harris and his friend were visiting the island from San Francisco when they spotted thieves...

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16:05
Snowden Puts His Mind to Designing Spy-Proof...


NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and noted hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang on Thursday published a paper on their collaboration to design a smartphone case that will protect user privacy. The pair developed a prototype compatible with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, as it's "driven primarily by what we understand to be the current preferences and tastes of reporters," the paper states. "We assume any platform ... can and will be compromised by state-level adversaries."

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16:03
Japan warns on Pokemon GO safety

The country’s National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) issued nine instructions to users of the mobile game, ranging from advising them not to use their real names to warning gamers over fake apps.

Be safe people.

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15:50
AWT News Update: July 21, 2016

The Apple I "Celebration" model up for auction, photo via CharityBuzz

It's a special "unscripted" edition of the Apple World Today News Update today, since Steve didn't have enough time to write a coherent script... Please forgive us. So, what's the news today?

  • Apple supplier LG Display is beginning work in earnest on flexible displays that could be used in future products -- perhaps iPhones that unfold into tablets!
  • A very rare Apple I computer is up for auction starting next week and is expected to sell for $1 million or more
  • Square Enix will release a game related to its Chaos Rings iOS franchise called Cosmic Rings; and it's only going to be available for Apple Watch

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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15:32
Curiosity rover can shoot lasers at any rock it wants

Is there anything cooler than sending a robot to Mars to shoot rocks with lasers? Probably not -- which is why NASA is giving the Curiosity rover the ability to shoot even more rocks with lasers. Okay, technically NASA is giving the Martian rover the...

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15:31
Apple Reportedly Shifting Car Plans to 2021

Apple has reportedly shifted its target date for Apple Car back to 2021, one year later than earlier leaks suggested.   Waiting another year sucks, but it won’t affect Apple Car’s eventual success.

The post Apple Reportedly Shifting Car Plans to 2021 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:10
Apple To Make $3 Billion From Pokemon Go

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: We all know what Pokemon Go is, and we all know how successful it is. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store, according to analysts." One pack of 100 PokeCoins costs about $1 in Apple's app store, but gamers can purchase as many as 14,500 PokeCoins for about $100. "We believe Apple keeps 30% of Pokemon Go's revenue spent on iOS devices, suggesting upside to earnings," Needham and Co brokerage analyst Laura Martin wrote in a client note on Wednesday. The game, which is also available on Android, had over 21 million active users after only being on the market for less than two weeks. It has also been rolled out in 35 countries since its U.S. debut. "Martin said Pokemon Go's ratio of paid users to total users was 10 times that of Candy Crush, the hit game from King Digital that generated more than $1...

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15:10
Stagefright for iOS and OS X? Don't lower the...

Earlier this year, Cisco’s Talos division reported significant image-processing bugs to Apple, one of which could allow attackers to inject malware or remotely execute code via “iMessages, malicious webpages, MMS messages, or other malicious file attachments opened by any application.” These flaws were patched in Apple’s current operating systems in its July 18 update. Some media outlets immediately dubbed this Apple’s “Stagefright,” referring to a severe Android flaw discovered a year ago that could access or hijack an Android phone via an MMS message. But the details don’t support this level of concern, despite the seeming severity...

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15:08
Apple Supplier LG Racing to Develop Foldable...

With Samsung cranking out foldable device patents in record numbers with the clear intention of bringing their first such device in the next 18 months, LG has started to accelerate their development of similar foldable displays and devices with "commercialization of foldable Smart devices" in the next two or so years.

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14:58
Polymail for iOS and OS X Drops Invitation...

Want to try out Polymail on the Mac or your iPhone? That’s no problem now that it doesn’t require an invitation to download. Polymail is an alternative email app for iOS and OS X that lets you track email messages and receive notifications when they’ve been read, schedule when a message is sent, “snooze” messages for later reference, and even unsend messages. You can download the Mac version at the Polymail website, and the iOS version at Apple’s App Store.

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14:55
New Galaxy S7 Active smartphones won't leak,...

It's official: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active isn't quite as rugged as it was originally advertised. Well, it wasn't, but it is now. Following failed underwater tests from both Consumer Reports and CNET, Samsung looked into the phone's production proce...

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14:51
Rare Apple I ‘Celebration’ model hitting the auction...

Auction site CharityBuzz, which has previously offered up things like lunch with Tim Cook, has today announced its latest Apple-centric auction. Starting on July 25th and running through August 25th, the site will be auctioning off an incredibly early model of the Apple I.

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14:45
NFL Game Pass Now on Apple TV and iOS Devices

The NFL officially launched NFL Game Pass last week, meaning it’s available on Apple TV and iOS devices now.  The service allows you to watch replays of all regular season games on the same day, as well as live out-of-market preseason games. Games from the 2009-2016 seasons will also be available. CutCableToday has a nice rundown of all the specifics of when games are available and other details, but highlights include condensed replays, access on multiple devices, the ability to hide all scores from other games to avoid spoilers, “coach films” from the end zones, and more. It’s priced at $99 per year.

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14:44
Square Enix to release exclusive Apple Watch game...

Currently in development at Square Enix, makers of the "Final Fantasy" series, "Cosmos Rings" is a possible extension of the four-game iOS "Chaos Rings" adventure game franchise that will make its debut this year only on the Apple Watch.

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14:42
Satechi’s Excellent 60 Watt Charging Station: 2 USB-...

Satechi has introduced the “60W 6-Port Multi-Port USB Desktop Charging Station.” It’s a pure charging hub that intelligently partitions up to 60 watts of power to four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports. Notable features include a great exterior design, a power LED and an on/off switch.  John reviews it.

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14:38
Notable apps and app updates for July 21, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH, has added a new feature: ”Snooze,” which allows users to better control their inbox by temporarily making selected emails disappear for a scheduled amount of time.

MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.

MailButler also allows you to convert your emails into notes. This includes formatting, file attachments, tags, reminder date and other meta information. Notes contain a...

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14:38
You can soon call on Amazon to bring you lunch in a...

Amazon isn't satisfied with bringing you same-day delivery and student loans. It also wants to enter the food delivery business.

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14:31
Intel's 7th-gen 'Kaby Lake'...

Intel's seventh-generation generation Core processor was recently delivered to unspecified companies in sufficient quantities for manufacturing, however the first run of chips are not likely destined for Apple's MacBook Pro.

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14:25
Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear...

We have a solid deal for those who like their tunes bass-heavy, Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones from Apple’s Beats by Dre. Made of steel and aluminum, these headphones feature thick padded cups for your ears. Our deal offers a significant discount at $239.99, which is 39% off retail.

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14:20
Police 3D-Printed A Murder Victim's Finger To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached professors at the University of Michigan earlier this year to reproduce a murder victim's fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. Once created, the 3D model would be used to create a false fingerprint, which could be used to unlock the phone. Because the investigation is ongoing, details are limited, and it's unclear whether the technique will be successful. Still, it's similar to techniques researchers have used in the past to re-create working fingerprint molds from scanned images, often in coordination with law enforcement. This may be the first confirmed case of police using the technique to unlock a phone in an active investigation. Apple has recently changed the way iOS manages fingerprint logins. You are now required to input an additional passcode if your...

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14:19
Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to...

Michigan State University professor Anil Jain's work focuses on how to make biometric signifiers like facial recognition as difficult to hack into as possible. But when police approached him to break into someone's phone, they didn't want backdoor ac...

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14:05
The Week in iPhone Cases: Two new waterproof picks

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings us two new waterproof cases—one from Ghostek and another from Pyle—for your beach and pool-side needs. From barely-there skins to all-weather protection, these cases will keep you covered and accessorized everywhere you go. Read on!

BodyGuardz

The Armor Carbon Fiber (iPhone SE; $39.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is an adhesive protective skin that sports a textured exterior for a better grip. This PVC-based skin keeps bulk to a minimum and helps prevent scratches and...

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14:01
Apple's electric car might not hit the streets...

Apple's electric car initiative, dubbed 'Project Titan,' has been sort of an open secret for awhile now -- but how close the company is to actually releasing a vehicle is anybody's guess. Initial reports pegged 2019 as Apple's foray into the automoti...

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13:45
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $125 on an iPad...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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13:38
Splice Machine Creates Open Source, Enterprise Split


Splice Machine this week announced it has open sourced its Spark-powered relational SQL database system. The company has set up a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its new open source Splice Machine 2.0 Community Edition to the test. The company also announced the release of a cluster version and the launch of a developer community site. Splice Machine is a relational database management system, or RDBMS, designed for high-speed performance. The version 2.0 release integrates Apache Spark into its existing Hadoop-based architecture.

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13:27
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborates on...

Despite being exiled in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is reportedly working with a famous hardware hacker on an iPhone case designed to eliminate the risk of snooping by outside parties.

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13:24
Spotify is now selling your information to...

If you're a Spotify user, your friends and family aren't the only ones who are able to check out your playlists. The popular streaming service is now the latest platform that is opening its data to targeted advertising. Everything from your age and g...

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13:17
Apple Invention reveals a 3D Display for Future Macs...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their quiet and ongoing work on autostereoscopic displays, better known as 3D displays. Today's newly published patent application surfaced showing a single inventor by the name of Jean-Jacques Drolet titled "Fine-Course Autostereoscopic Display." Drolet has a number of patents to his credit ...

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13:16
How to see devices associated with your Apple ID

A good article from Jason Snell, showing you where and how to see what’s associated with your Apple ID.

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12:49
Hackers reportedly selling leaked terrorism watchlist

An eerily detailed database containing a list of suspected and convicted criminals and terrorists is reportedly being sold online for 10 bitcoin (about $6,600) and 3.5 bitcoin ($2,300.)

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12:37
CharityBuzz to Auction Off Unique 'Celebration...

During the summer of 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created and sold 175 Apple-1 computers, marking the launch of what is now one of the most valuable, influential companies in the world. Only 60 or so of those original machines are still in existence, fetching hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

This Monday, auction site CharityBuzz is set to auction off one of the rarest Apple-1 computers, which could fetch up to a million dollars.

Dubbed the "Celebration" Apple-1 by computer historian Corey Cohen, the machine CharityBuzz will sell features a blank "green" PCB board that was never sold to the public and was not part of a known production run. CharityBuzz describes it as an original Apple-1 ACI cassette board, pre-NTI, with Robinson Nugent sockets, a period correct power supply, and an early Apple-1 BASIC...

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12:30
Facebook's solar-powered drone makes first full...

Facebook's solar-powered, internet-beaming plane Aquila is finally ready for takeoff after two years of engineering and scale model flights. As the company reports today, a full-scale version of Aquila made its first official flight on June 28th, sta...

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12:24
Mac: Kensington SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock

If you’ve got a new MacBook but often find yourself needing a bit more expansion between work, school, or home, Kensington’s new SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock ($90) may be just what you need. Featuring not only USB port expansion for your mouse, keyboard, or portable storage device, the SD1500 gives you a gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to a wired network, and an HD VGA and HDMI port for displaying video on a 4K/1080p monitor or projector.

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12:20
Google Gets Rid Of App Launcher In Chrome 52,...

Google has finally removed App Launcher that it bundles with the Chrome browser for Windows and Mac with the release of Chrome v52. The Mac client, in addition, now embraces Google's Material Design approach, and comes with new icons and flatter and transparent interface. 9to5Mac documents more changes on Chrome for Mac and Windows: Besides a new flatter, sharper, and transparent design, Material is also a "huge engineering feat," especially for Chrome OS and Windows. Chrome is "now rendered fully programmatically including iconography, effectively removing the ~1200 png assets we were maintaining before," Google noted. "It also allows us to deliver a better rendering for a wide range of PPI configuration."


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12:14
Nintendo tries to salvage 'Star Fox: Zero...

Despite being one of Nintendo's most highly anticipated Wii U games, Star Fox: Zero landed with less than stellar reviews. It wasn't that the game was bad, just sort of hard to play. Critics and fans alike lambasted the title for having an obtuse, di...

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11:55
Stem cell-based cartilage could fix your broken hip

Doctors want to 3D print transplantable organs from your own stem cells, but now they might be able to replace a bum hip, too. A team of scientists in St. Louis and Durham used stem cells to grow cartilage on a 3D "scaffold" that can be molded into t...

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11:36
Baidu: Apple’s avenues in China COULD be down 20%

Apple revenues revenues in China could be down 20 percent in China in its quarterly earnings report, according to research by Baidu (the “Chinese Google”) as noted by CNBC. Of course, the key word in that sentence is “could.”

As part of its online suite of products Baidu offers mapping software and a search platform. It 70% to 80% marketshare in the Chinese search market and logs billions of location requests on Baidu Maps. Using these tools on Apple retail stores in mainland China, Baidu counted the volume of map queries of all the stores.

Baidu says that, in the last quarter of 2015, map query volumes were up 15.4 % year-on-year, which corresponded with a 14% rise in Apple's China revenue in that same period. However, in the first quarter of 2016, map queries declined 24.5% year-on-year, which was...

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11:35
Review: Scosche’s MagicMount PowerBank adds a...

Battery cases are bulky. The new MagicMount PowerBank from Scosche gives you all of the same benefits— a portable battery pack attached to your iPhone for extra battery life— but does so in a form factor that aims to be more convenient than a battery case. With the MagicMount, the battery magnetically attaches to your device using a very slim magnet, so you can quickly remove it when no longer needed. And you can continue to use your device with a case of your choice or no case at all, so you don’t have to put up with that bulky battery case all day.

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11:33
Edward Snowden has developed an iPhone case meant to...

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has come up with a concept iPhone case that could prevent the government from finding your location.

Smartphones, while incredibly useful, are also the “perfect tracking device,” Snowden wrote in a co-authored paper that covers his research.

Governments can monitor a user’s location through the radio signals from the phone and this can put journalists, activists, and rights workers in danger, he warned.

On Thursday, Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang presented a possible solution. It’s called “the introspection engine,” and it’s designed to alert the user if and when the phone’s radio signals are turned on.

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11:33
Edward Snowden designed an iPhone case to prevent...

Edward Snowden is still trying to combat smartphone radio surveillance three years after spilling the NSA's secrets. With help from hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, Snowden presented on Thursday designs at the MIT Media Lab for a case-like add-on device...

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11:18
Snowden designs device to warn when an iPhone is...

A conceptual rendering of a “battery case” style introspection engine for an iPhone6.
(credit: https://www.pubpub.org/pub/direct-radio-introspection)

Mobile devices have without a doubt brought convenience to the masses, but that benefit comes at a high price for journalists, activists, and human rights workers who work in war-torn regions or other high-risk environments. Now, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has designed an iPhone accessory that could one day be used to prevent the devices from leaking their whereabouts.

Working with renowned hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, Snowden has devised the design for what the team is calling the "Introspection Engine." For now, it's aimed only at iPhone 6 models, but eventually the pair hopes to create specifications for a large line of...

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11:12
An 'Overwatch' graphic novel is coming

With over 10 million players on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, Overwatch is a bonafide success. By now, gamers have got to grips with the abilities of its 22 playable characters, the latest of which was added this week, but the game itself doesn't g...

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11:11
Verizon planning to push biggest unlimited data...

Ratcheting up the pressure on people grandfathered into unlimited data plans, Verizon is planning to force its greatest data consumers into picking a fixed plan or leaving entirely.

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11:00
Take your teamwork to the next level with Office 365...

Test drive Office 365 and Windows 10 from the comfort of your own office.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s productivity by...
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11:00
Apple Patches Stagefright-Like Bug In IOS

Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has fixed a series of high-risk vulnerabilities in iOS, including three that could lead to remote code execution, with the release of iOS 9.3.3. One of those code-execution vulnerabilities lies in the way that iOS handles TIFF files in various applications (Alternate source: Fortune ). Researchers at Cisco's TALOS team, who discovered the flaw, said that the vulnerability has a lot of potential for exploitation. "This vulnerability is especially concerning as it can be triggered in any application that makes use of the Apple Image I/O API when rendering tiled TIFF images. This means that an attacker could deliver a payload that successfully exploits this vulnerability using a wide range of potential attack vectors including iMessages, malicious web pages, MMS messages, or other malicious file attachments opened by any application that makes use of the Apple Image I/O API for rendering these types of files," Cisco TALOS said in a blog post.

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10:55
Intel Begins Shipping First Kaby Lake Processors,...

During Intel's second quarter earnings call yesterday afternoon, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told investors and reporters that Intel has begun shipping the first of its 7th Generation Core processors, known as Kaby Lake.

Kaby Lake is the third member of the 14-nanometer process, following Broadwell and Skylake. It is the first processor Intel has released since announcing the company will no longer adhere to the "tick-tock" processor release cycle, which saw it alternating between shrinking chip fabrication processes and building new architectures each year.

Intel's last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple's Macs, such as the...

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