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Thursday July 21

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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10:51
Soon you can have your student loans serviced...

Amazon is the best place to shop for Star Trek: The Original Series on Blu-ray at 3 AM as well as a pallet of Surge to down while watching at the same time (not that I've done this.) But soon enough it will also be the same place you can apply for st...

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10:39
Verto Analytics: 12.1 million users accessed Apple’s...

Ahead of the Apple earnings call on Tuesday, July 26 , Verto Analytics has shared some interesting data about the company with AppleWorld.Today.

  • 121.1 million users accessed Apple's services at least once during June 2016 in the U.S., giving Apple an 49.1% reach in the U.S.
  • On average, 70.1 million users accessed Apple's services on a daily basis in June 2016, yielding a ranking of 57.9% on the “Verto Stickiness Index” The Verto Stickiness Index (VSI) compares daily users (ages 18 and higher) with monthly users to reflect the active, loyal, and engaged part of the audience. The higher the stickiness, the bigger the share of daily users versus the monthly users is.
  • An average Apple user spends 7.7 hours per month on Apple services, with an average session duration of 4.0 minutes

 

Among primary online devices:

48.8 million users accessed Apple’s services on a personal...

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10:32
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-21: Apple Car Delays...

A new report says Apple’s car won’t ship until 2021, but is that a problem? Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to weigh in with their opinions, plus they respond to listener comments from yesterday’s show where we discussed black box recorders in autonomous cars.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-21: Apple Car Delays, Listener Feedback appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:30
Google Play Books 'Bubble Zoom' makes it...

Google Play Books become more comic-friendly last year with addition of vertical scrolling. At this year's Comic-Con, Google is announcing another handy feature that will be reading the illustrated panels even easier. The tool is called Bubble Zoom a...

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10:23
Apple to open Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple has announced that its first retail store in Brooklyn, New York will open on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. It will be the company’s ninth retail store in the Big Apple.

Apple Store Williamsburg will be located at 247 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211. The phone number will be 929-397-2740. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday.

With the opening of the store, Apple will have 484 retail stores in 18 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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10:20
News: Edward Snowden designing device to prevent...

Former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is designing a device to help prevent unauthorized monitoring of iPhone signals, Wired reports. The proposed device, which has been developed in cooperation with hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, is a case-like accessory that connects into the iPhone’s internals via its SIM card slot to monitor the signals sent to the iPhone’s internal antennas. The add-on would constantly…

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10:03
Swiftkey launches emoji-predicting Swiftmoji...

Remember a few months ago when Swiftkey, fresh off an acquisition by Microsoft, released a keyboard that would help you write like Shakespeare? Apparently, the company has realized that nobody wants to write like The Bard, they want to write with emoji. Today, they're fulfilling your dream of quickly finding just the right emoji. That is your dream, right?

Available on iOS and Android, Swiftmoji uses Swiftkey's word-prediction power to help you pick the perfect emoji. On Android, the keyboard works much like main Swiftkey keyboard, using your past typing history to predict what you'll type next. It just looks a little more whimsical, and has an ever-present row of emoji above the word predictions. As you type, that emoji-prediction row updates to show emoji related to what you just typed. It otherwise works much as Swiftkey does, with...

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10:02
Square Enix's 'Cosmos Rings' is an...

After pulling installments of the Chaos Rings series from the App Store and then filing a trademark for a game called Cosmos Rings in Europe, Square Enix turned some heads. Now the publishing giant is bringing us an interesting new release: an RPG ex...

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09:58
Google makes it easier to update Google Maps data

Each day, we make million of updates to Google Maps throughout the world. But it’s still not enough to ensure that every single restaurant, shop or landmark worldwide has the most accurate information possible. That’s why we’ve been rolling out new, easy ways for you to help keep the neighborhoods and places where you hang out up-to-date.

Making it easier for users to update places in their neighborhood is obviously a smart idea.

Via MacStories]

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09:58
News: Report: Apple Car team running into challenges...

A detailed profile in The Information (via Macrumors) of three brothers allegedly working on Apple’s new car initiative, codenamed “Project Titan,” notes that the rumored 2020 launch date may be slipping to 2021 due to a number of challenges that the team has encountered. According to people “briefed about aspects of Titan,” the group has been struggling, and the January departure of Apple VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky,…

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09:51
First Brooklyn Apple Store grand opening now set for...

Earlier this week a 9to5Mac reader shared that the scaffolding has come down around the anticipated location of the first Brooklyn Apple Store, and today Apple has updated its website with official grand opening details.

The Williamsburg Apple Store opens next Saturday on July 30th at 10am local time. The latest New York City location can be found at 247 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

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09:46
DEVONtechnologies enhances all editions of...

DEVONtechnologies has enhanced all editions of its intelligent information and document manager with a completely rewritten synchronization. The new system is build for speed, robustness and flexibility.

It works both on the local network and with internet-based services. Strong encryption protects the users' privacy. In addition, the release fixes fix minor bugs and glitches in all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote. The update is free and recommended for all users.

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09:40
JMR unveils SiloStor NVMe Solid State Drive Plug-in...

JMR Electronics (http://www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of their latest SSD plug-in offering, SiloStor.

It’s a NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSD plug-in card that’s a full-length, half-height PCIe 3.0 x8 drive that adds 2TB or more of high-availability, high performance solid stage storage to any server, computer or work station using the latest flash NAND technology. The card occupies a x8 PCIe slot and can also be connected via Thunderbolt PCIe expansion to those computers offering this capability.

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09:38
SoftBank and Honda team up for cars that can read...

Japanese telecom company SoftBank is planning on teaming up with Honda for its latest bid for car tech: Cars that can not only talk, but also read their drivers' emotions.

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09:36
Apple to open first Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple's ninth New York City retail store, and its first in the borough of Brooklyn, will open next weekend in the Williamsburg neighborhood, the company has officially announced.

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09:35
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro 9.7″ $125 off, Beats...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy’s Black Friday in July is loaded w/ Apple deals: $125 off iPad Pro, MacBook Pro...

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09:34
Well, darn, the Apple Car won’t roll out until at...

Sorry, you’ll have to wait another year for an “Apple Car.” An Apple-branded vehicle won’t be available in 2020, but has been pushed back to 2021, according to The Information.

Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed any automotive plans, much less mentioned a release date. But that hasn’t stopped The Information from musing that “With seemingly another three to five years of research and development ahead, Apple's roadmap could change.”

In case you haven’t heard all the speculation about an Apple Car, I’ll give you an updated. The Wall Street Journal says Apple’s car project is code-named “Titan.” Bloomberg Business claims that Apple, “which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020.”...

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09:26
Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential...

Blocking unnecessary Flash content loading in the Firefox browser will lead to improved battery life, faster web page loads, and greater user security, according to developer Mozilla. And the block starting in August is only the beginning.

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09:22
'Apple Car' rollout reportedly delayed...

Apple's rumored electric car won't hit the roads until 2021, owing to various obstacles encountered in "Project Titan," a report claimed on Thursday.

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09:20
Apple's First Retail Store in Brooklyn Opens...

Apple has announced that its first retail store in the New York City borough of Brooklyn opens on Saturday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time. As rumored since late 2014, the store will be located at 247 Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The store hours are 10am-8pm on Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm on Sunday.

Apple is nearly finished renovations at 247 Bedford Avenue (Thanks, Matthew!)

Apple has been renovating the building, situated at the corner of North 3rd Street, since earlier in 2015, and it posted retail job listings for the store in May. The location will mark Apple's 9th store in New York City alongside six locations...

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09:17
Periscope videos can now be embedded with a tweet

One key thing was missing from Periscope's live video option: the ability to embed the video streams and archived footage in other places rather than sharing a link. Twitter's livestreaming option is doing something about that today as Periscope vide...

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09:14
Apple Reportedly Setting the iPhone 7's Sales...

Apple's iPhone 6 line up that included its first phablet broke all iPhone sales records by selling over 74 million units for the 2014 holiday quarter. According to a new report out of China today, there's positive news on Apple's iPhone 7 ramp up that aims to equal or surpass that record.

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09:06
Giveaway: Win a Buzz 2in1 Cable, Reload 5 HP Battery...

Skross is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of five accessory bundles containing a Buzz 2in1 alarm cable, Reload 5 HP smartphone charging solution and a 2-pole MUV USB adapter.

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09:00
3 urgent truths about cloud computing in a mobile...

In a constantly evolving world transformed by cloud, social and mobile technologies, companies are focused on strategic platforms for streamlining processes, reaching customers and expanding sales. Cloud computing has been—and will continue to be—a big player in the game, impacting every aspect of our business processes. Global spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5 billion this year, while the global Software as a Service (SaaS) market is projected to grow to $67 billion by 2018. So what lies ahead for 2016 and beyond? Here are three facts you should know about cloud computing:

  1. Going hybrid is not just for cars—Companies looking for enterprise...
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09:00
Sway accessibility milestones

The Microsoft mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we on the Sway team take this mission to heart.

We built the Sway app to make it easy to bring in content from multiple sources, so you can convey a richer story with photos, videos and other multimedia. Our built-in design engine instantly puts your creations into cohesive layouts and designs, so you don’t have to spend hours on formatting. And our digital format makes it easy to share your Sway with a link and ensures that it adapts to different screens.

On top of these, we’ve been working on several features to help users with vision, mobility and cognitive impairments use Sway in their personal and work lives. All of the following enhancements are now available on the Sway web and Windows apps.

Accessibility Checker

We’re excited to launch the Accessibility Checker to help authors:

  • Identify images or videos with missing alternative...
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09:00
OneNote July roundup

This month the OneNote team is pleased to release new capabilities to enhance inking, clipping content from the web and working with others. We have a lot of great things to share with you, so let’s dive right in.

Inking with OneNote

Ink effects—Sometimes a simple color isn’t enough to get your idea across. Now you can jazz up your notes and drawings with new ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver to make anything you write more unique and even more fun. We were inspired to create these new ink effects in response to requests we heard from students when we visited their classrooms. During beta testing, we were pleased to see the smiles brought to everyone’s faces—young and old alike. Ink effects are now available for Office 365 subscribers in OneNote on Windows 10.

Inking in OneNote for Mac—Today, we’re launching ink in OneNote for Mac for the first time, bringing to life one of our top...

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09:00
Episode 100 with Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper...

In episode 100 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Jeff Teper, the Corporate Vice President of SharePoint and OneDrive. They discuss Jeff’s long and influential history with SharePoint and the future of the platform. Former host Jeremy Thake also makes a surprise appearance.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP100_JeffTeper.mp3

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09:00
Poshmark's curated shopping platform expands...

The rise of platforms that let you shop strangers’ closets has been quick, but most of these social commerce sites are limited to women’s clothing and accessories. Five-year-old Poshmark, one of the biggest players, is becoming more egalitarian with the addition of men’s and children’s items this week.

Poshmark

Poshmark works by letting buyers customize their preferences to a T, so they’ll only see items they would actually buy, and in the right size. That personalization engine had to be radically overhauled to make sure the site’s existing users wouldn’t suddenly start seeing unwanted kids’ or men’s clothes in their main feed of recommended items.

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08:57
Shift your expectations, Apple Car introduction...

Project Titan news, the name given to Apple’s electric vehicle project, has been relatively quiet lately despite the expected introduction in 2020 inching closer by the day. That may be because the introduction target for Apple Car has moved back one year to 2021. Included in a profile of three brothers who are said to have worked on the Apple Car project, The Information includes this nugget:

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08:55
Explore a 3D scan of the Apollo 11 capsule

It's been 47 years since NASA first put a man on the moon and you can now get an idea of what astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins experienced. The Smithsonian Institute, working with Autodesk, has created a high-resolution 3D s...

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08:44
Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA...

The Withings Thermo is a really cool digital thermometer we first saw at CES earlier this year, and now it’s available because it finally passed the FDA approval process. It senses your temperature without touching your skin, displays its readings instantly, and shows high temperature alerts. Thermo is more accurate than other digital thermometers thanks to its 16 infrared sensors that capture 4,000 measurements as it sweeps across your forehead. It syncs with your iPhone, offers advice based on readings, and can alert you when it’s time to take your temperature again. The Thermo costs US$99.95 and is available at the Apple Store and Withings website.

The post Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA Greenlight appeared first on The Mac Observer.

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08:36
Without a new Apple Watch, smartwatch shipments...

Until now, the smartwatch market had seen year-over-year growth each quarter since the devices made their debut. For Q2 2016 though, that wasn't the case. Global smartwatch shipments were down 32 percent, totaling 3.5 million gadgets during the perio...

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08:29
Apple involved in class action lawsuit alleging...

Well, this is kind of a mess.

On Thursday, Apple was hit with yet another class action lawsuit, the suit alleging that the company has been replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with refurbished units. This isn’t the first suit of its kind in this regard and similar suits have been filed in the past.

This lawsuit, filed today in California, accuses Apple of not holding true to the AppleCare+ contract, which states that devices replaced as part of the program are the “equivalent to new in performance and reliability.” The lawsuit was initiated by Vicky Maldonado and Joanne McRight.

Both Maldonado and McRight allege that they had damaged devices replaced via AppleCare, but were given refurbished devices as opposed to new...

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08:20
Smartwatch Shipments Fall For the First Time; Apple...

Emil Protalinski, reporting for VentureBeat: The smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it's all Apple's fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. It's important to note that smartwatches are just a subcategory of the larger wearable market. As such, these figures don't count basic bands sold by companies like Fitbit. Apple is thus the undisputed leader, even after the losses it saw in Q2 2016, and it could easily see a return to growth with the release of Watch OS 2.0. Apple's market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.

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08:16
Apple Watch falls to 47 percent marketshare, but...

About 1.6 million Apple Watches were shipped during the June quarter, according to estimates released on Thursday, but while still dominating the smartwatch market, Apple also saw its share drop amid growing competition.

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08:15
Apple’s Metal API and World of Warcraft

I also found my frame rates to be significantly higher than before the patch as well. For example, in certain areas I would average around 30 – 50 frames per second before the switch to Metal. After the switch I found myself getting around 70 – 90 frames per second in the same places.

You can also read the follow-up post.

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08:15
Apple ID and iTunes purchases lead to arrest of...

Bit torrent sites are very popular with those who don't wish to pay for copyrighted video, music, and apps, which is why law enforcement officials rightly try to shut them down and put those responsible for running the sites in jail. iTunes purchases associated with a specific Apple ID have just put the alleged owner of KickassTorrents (KAT), Artem Vaulin, under arrest

At the time of Vaulin's arrest, KickassTorrents was the world's most visited illegal file-sharing website and was responsible for the unlawful distribution of over $1 billion in copyrighted materials. Vaulin is from Ukraine, and was arrested in Poland where he is awaiting extradition to the United States.

The US government made an identification of an iCloud email address that belonged to Vaulin, then sought a court order to compel Apple to provide iTunes purchase records for that address....

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08:15
France objects to Windows 10 user tracking

France's privacy regulator has stared into Windows 10 and feels that the software's doing a bit too much staring back. CNIL has issued a statement saying that the operating system collects too much data about its users. For instance, it explains that...

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08:14
Edward Snowden wants to make your iPhone more secure...

We know Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg relies on good old-fashioned tape to disable his MacBook’s mic and camera, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is working on something a little more sophisticated to stop your iPhone from snooping. It’s a protective case not aimed at preventing damage from drops and tumbles but instead spying and snooping…

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08:13
Apple Car's Rumored 2020 Launch Target May Have...

In an in-depth profile about Brian, Kevin, and Michael Sumner, three brothers said to be working on the Apple Car, The Information reports that Apple's rumored 2020 target for launching the much-rumored electric vehicle, codenamed Project Titan, may have slipped to 2021.The group has run into challenges, say people briefed about aspects of Titan along with other reports. Its top executive left in January, a sign that things there weren’t going well. One person who worked briefly with the Titan team was told during their tenure at Apple that the company had been trying to deliver a vehicle by 2020 but the target slipped to 2021.The report refers to the...

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08:04
Largest torrent site's owner arrested, Apple...

An iTunes account and the associated Apple email address were keys to the investigation leading to a takedown of the head of the world's largest torrent aggregator.

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08:02
Mossberg: I just deleted half my iPhone apps — you...

Walt Mossberg, writing for The Verge:

Over the past few days, I’ve methodically deleted 165 apps from my iPhone, about 54 percent of the 305 apps I had on the phone when I started culling the herd. When I was done, I had significantly decreased the phone’s clutter: I’d gone from 15 home screens to eight, and reclaimed nearly 8GB of free space, about a 24 percent gain in my case.

And:

But this isn’t one of those columns about digital housecleaning or how to free up more space on your iPhone, valuable as those are. It’s easier to save space by offloading most photos, video, and music to the cloud anyway. No, this column is really about the fact that I think the novelty of the app itself has worn off. We’ve reached peak app.

And:

Before going on, I want to make it clear that I am not against apps as a software type. Just the opposite: I believe them crucial to mobile devices. I personally find that, for many targeted tasks, a well-designed app is...

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08:02
No, Apple didn’t Buy Music Provider Omnifone

Earlier this month a report said online music provider Omnifone was being purchased by an unnamed U.S. company for US$10 million. Now a new report is out saying that company was Apple, but it’s very likely that’s not really the case.

The post No, Apple didn’t Buy Music Provider Omnifone appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:56
Take a look at how 'No Man's Sky'...

In the almost three years since we first saw No Man's Sky, gameplay videos and previews have focused mostly on its exploration and survival aspects. Now, mere weeks ahead of its PlayStation 4 launch, we're getting a better look at how the game earns...

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07:55
Pokémon Go could generate billions for Apple

CNBC:

Needham & Co. Managing Director Laura Martin estimates that “Pokemon Go” could generate $3 billion in revenue for Apple in the next 12 to 24 months as the game expands into more countries. Since the game achieved penetration of 6 percent of the U.S. population after just 10 days, Martin predicts 20 percent penetration at maturity.

And here’s the key:

“I think the point is that while Nintendo has gone up 20 billion and they do have IP risks, Apple does not,” Martin said on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.” “It is hedged because the next genius that makes a hit game, Apple shares on that one too. So while this one may be transitory, Apple has an option on all future hit games over the iOS platform.”

At the core of the App Store’s business model is this risk disparity. Apple took the vast majority of their risk at inception, when they built the App Store infrastructure. Now that risk has been paid for and the current risk all lies with the developers....

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07:46
Telephoto lens for iPhone

I’ve looked at telephoto lens in the past, and this is a good roundup of what’s available. Ultimately, I went for the DxO One.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
Exploring the App Store’s Top Grossing chart

Graham Spencer takes you on a behind-the-scenes guided tour through the App Store’s Top Grossing chart.

From the wrap-up:

If you regularly browse the App Store’s Top Charts most of these results would likely serve to confirm what you had already assumed. Most obviously, if you were to randomly pick an app from the Top 200 Grossing charts, chances are extremely high that you would pick a free app with IAPs and it would most likely be a game. But what is particularly suprising is the degree to which free apps with IAP dominate the charts with essentially no paid apps or no apps without IAPs.

Some fascinating numbers here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:40
Edward Snowden's New Research Aims To Keep...

Smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human right workers, and activists in war-torn regions. But at the same time, as Intercept points out, they become especially potent tracking devices that can put users in mortal danger by leaking their location. To address the problem, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and hardware hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang have been developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions. "We have to ensure that journalists can investigate and find the truth, even in areas where governments prefer they don't," Snowden told Intercept. "It's basically to make the phone work for you, how you want it, when you want it, but only when." Snowden and Huang presented their findings in a talk at MIT Media Lab's Forbidden Research event Thursday, and published a detailed paper. Huang has also detailed the technicalities in a blog post on his site. From...

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07:35
Apple ID leads Homeland Security to alleged owner of...

9to5Mac:

The use of an Apple ID for a perfectly legal purchase was the key piece of evidence that has enabled the Department of Homeland Security to identify the man they suspect to be the owner of the biggest pirate website on the net, KickAssTorrents.com (KAT).

See our post for some related links.

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07:27
Financial Times starts blanking out scattered words...

Ad Age:

On Wednesday, the newspaper began blanking out, for some users, a percentage of words in articles symbolizing the percentage of the company’s revenue that comes from advertising.

The proportion of words blocked isn’t scientific, and the Financial Times doesn’t break out the exact chunk of revenue that comes from ads, said global advertising sales director Dominic Good. “It’s more illustrative than specific,” he said.

The test group comprises registered desktop computer visitors who don’t pay for a subscription, about .075% of the company’s desktop traffic. Some ad-blocking members of this group won’t see any new messaging, some will be asked to whitelist the website’s ads but can still read regardless, some will see articles with many words blanked out if they won’t whitelist the site, and some will be blocked outright if they don’t whitelist the site.

The company will evaulate the results after three or four weeks.

I wonder if this is a...

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07:27
Final Fantasy creator Square Enix teases new Apple...

The Japanese video game developer Square Enix, best known for the hugely popular F&SF franchise Final Fantasy, has created a webpage teasing a new role-playing game for the Apple Watch, Cosmos Rings.

The page provides no details bar the name, a single image and confirmation that the genre is an RPG. The page specifically names the Apple Watch, indicating that it will not be available for Android Wear smartwatches …

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07:17
Firefox will start blocking Flash content next month

Following in the footsteps of the other major browser, Firefox is taking steps to drastically reduce Adobe Flash usage in the near future.

Mozilla recently announced that Firefox will “block certain Flash content that is not essential to the user experience”—in other words, ads and any behind the scenes operations using Flash. Mozilla says that blocking non-essential Flash should reduce crashes and browser hang-ups by as much as 10 percent. The initial blocked content will be restricted to a specific list that Mozilla has put up on Github, with plans to add more block targets to the list over time.

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06:53
News: Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5

Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 5, the fifth-generation of the chemically-strengthened glass that has been used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. The latest version promises to protect against even higher drops, and has been tested to survive 1.6-meter shoulder-height drops onto hard, rough surfaces up to eighty percent of the time — an improvement by a factor of four over competing glass solutions. Corning also notes that despite the improved…

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06:43
iOS 10 beta 3 warns you if it detects water in...

We brought you our own hands-on video showing you 15 new features in iOS 10 beta 3, but EverythingApplePro has spotted one additional one: iOS now warns you if it detects liquid in the Lightning socket.

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06:41
IDC: the Apple Watch still leads the smartwatch...

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 (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. The Apple Watch is still the market leader.

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, according to IDC. Apple held...

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06:37
Apple invention could lead to glasses-free 3D on...

An Apple patent application published early on Thursday could theoretically set the stage for iPhones and other devices with "autostereoscopic" displays, simulating 3D without the need for special glasses.

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06:30
Apple Watch Remains Nearly Three Times as Popular as...

The latest data from market research firm IDC reveals that Apple Watch sales totaled an estimated 1.6 million units in the second quarter, for an industry leading 47 percent market share, compared to Samsung's estimated 600,000 smartwatch sales and 16 percent market share during the March-June period.

The numbers suggest that the Apple Watch remains nearly three times as popular as Samsung Gear smartwatches, nearly fifteen months after launching in the U.S. and eight other countries. Nevertheless, Samsung did close the gap with strong 51 percent year-over-year growth and a 9 point rise in market share.

Apple, meanwhile, experienced a 55 percent year-over-year decline, but the year-ago quarter encompassed the Apple Watch's launch and is thereby an unfair...

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06:24
Apple Patent Reveals Audio Assembly that Blocks EMI...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods and apparatuses for shielding an audio assembly having an antenna coupled to an exterior surface of a housing of the audio assembly. The patent applies to Apple's latest MacBook and potentially the iPhone 7.

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06:21
ADATA announces SE730, SC660, and SV620 external...

ADATA (www.adata.com) has unveiled the SE730, SC660, and SV620 external SSDs. They’re Mac and Windows compatible are designed for use in notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops, and even media boxes and game consoles.

ADATA says the SE730 is the “most compact USB Type-C external SSD in the world.” It offers read/write performance up to 500MB/s and has a reversible USB Type-C connector.

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06:18
News: Apple under fire for providing refurbished...

A new class action lawsuit has been filed in California alleging that Apple is not living up to the terms of its AppleCare+ service plan by providing refurbished service stock replacements to customers rather than new devices. The suit takes specific issue with Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices, focusing on the clause in the AppleCare+ terms that state that devices replaced under the program are “equivalent to new in performance…

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06:15
FileGenius announces its unlimited storage option

FileGenius (http://www.filegenius.com), a cloud-based secure file transfer and management exclusively for business, has announced unlimited storage and unlimited user accounts options.

Keith Bumgarner, senior principal of FileGenius, says there’s no installation or IT management required. Unlimited email and phone support is included. Online individual training for each customer is provided free of charge. A demo is available for download.

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06:06
Patent report: 3D displays, hybrid acoustic foam,...

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

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160212413) for a”fine-coarse autostereoscoptic display” with an array of pixels for displaying 3D images. iPhones and iPads with 3D screens, perhaps? How about an iMac with a 3D, 5K Retina display?

 

Three-dimensional displays are able to display images that have a three-dimensional appearance. Autostereoscopic displays can display three-dimensional images without requiring viewers to wear special glasses, one of the reasons 3D TVs never caught on big. 

In the patent filing, Apple says that challenges can arise in creating high quality 3D displays. When a user views an object, the user's eyes pivot in opposite directions until the user's...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pro Lil...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones for only $239.99 — that’s 39% off the regular price. These high quality pro headphones will let you hear music the way it was intended to be heard, with clear highs and deep lows and heavy padded ear cups to keep out outside noise. Plus, the nearly indestructible steel and aluminum construction means they’ll stand the test of time. Get the Beats Pro…

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05:55
Apple ID leads Homeland Security to alleged owner of...

The use of an Apple ID for a perfectly legal purchase was the key piece of evidence that has enabled the Department of Homeland Security to identify the man they suspect to be the owner of the biggest pirate website on the net, KickAssTorrents.com (KAT).

A lengthy criminal complaint filed against Ukranian national Artem Vaulin by the U.S. Attorney’s Office explains how the Apple ID enabled authorities to identify the suspect …

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05:36
The many (possible) colors of the iPhone 7 shown in...

It seems you can hardly turn a corner in China without bumping into an iPhone 7 mockup these days. With widespread consensus on the expected design, we’re now seeing both physical mockups and renders in a range of colors, so we’ve pulled together a number of them in a gallery, together with a new video …

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05:00
Teal Pushes Drone Speed Limits


Teal Drones on Wednesday introduced what it billed as the world's fastest production drone. Aside from its drone's capabilities, the company is drawing attention because George Matus Jr., its founder and CEO, is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
The drone can fly at 70 mph in all weather conditions and has reached a top speed of 85 mph in favorable conditions. It can withstand 40 mph winds, is built to run apps, and can be controlled using a smartphone, tablet or hobby controller.

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04:42
Global mobile data revenues to reach $630 billion by...

A new report from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) estimates global mobile data revenue will increase from $386 billion in 2015 to $630 billion in 2020, with most of the revenue growth in the Asia & Pacific region and the rest of the world.

The research group says North America and Western Europe will see only minimal growth, and in the U.S. especially, alternatives such as Wi-Fi have drawn consumer interest to reduce their mobile data bills. Cable operators are promoting Wi-Fi hotspots, and roughly 70% of U.S. mobile consumers are interested in Wi-Fi-only data plans.

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04:33
“Take Control of Preview” Reveals Even More Features

Our latest book started as a series of TidBITS articles but more than doubled in size once we discovered and thoroughly explained all of Preview’s image editing and PDF manipulation features.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:30
Lay your iPad in the lap of luxury with the Lapworks...

As the iPad market exploded, products, the choices for a good stand became overwhelming. Some people have made a cheap stand from a few parts found at an office supply store, while others have a rudimentary stand built right into an iPad protective sleeve.

Lapworks focuses on style and function rather than portability and cost with the $29.99 Lapworks iPad and E-Reader Recliner. Even better, it’s now on sale for $19.95.

Fortunately, this stand isn't specific to the iPad, but can hold any similarly sized tablet device such as a Kindle or Nook. The stand is adjustable and can sit anywhere from 8.25 inches tall to 4.25 inches tall so you can comfortable read or display your device at any angle. It also supports the iPad in either a portrait or landscape mode. The rubber pads provide an excellent grip to prevent slipping and sliding while allowing full access to the device, including the...

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04:27
Zevrix unveils LinkOptimizer 5 public beta for Adobe...

Zevrix Solutions has announced the public beta release of LinkOptimizer 5, an upgrade to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer lets users reduce the size of InDesign links by eliminating excess image data, perform essential image adjustments and convert colors and file formats. The new beta version introduces batch processing of multiple InDesign files, support for InDesign books, as well as numerous improvements of user interface, stability and performance.

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04:27
Petition urges Apple not to release technology for...

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

Apple got a patent for this infrared technology in June and bagging a patent does not necessarily mean that the company is going to use the technology in its new devices.

But there is considerable anxiety that the technology that appears designed to prevent people from recording copyrighted and prohibited material could also be used by the police to remotely disable cameras that could be recording misconduct by law enforcement.

“The release of this technology would have huge implications, including the censoring of political dissidents, activists, and citizens who are recording police brutality,” according to the petition.

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04:19
Apple Advances their Work on Waterproof Speakers

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their latest invention that generally relates to electroacoustic transducers, and more specifically to waterproof speaker modules.

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04:15
Petition launched asking Apple not to implement...

When covering Apple patents, we do so with the disclaimer that the company patents a huge number of ideas that never make it into products, but one group is taking no chances. A Care2 petition has launched a petition asking Apple not to implement a recently-granted patent that would allow iPhone cameras to be disabled remotely.

While the patent has in mind situations like concerts, where the audience can have their view blocked by a sea of cameraphones, the petition is concerned about the potential for more sinister uses of the technology …

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04:01
Video Depicts iPhone 7 Mockups in Gold, Rose Gold,...

Another video has emerged online showing probable mockups of iPhone 7 units, but this time viewers are given a better idea of what the new handset might look like in three colors that Apple may offer this September.

The video was posted to YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone yesterday and shows the iPhone 7 in Rose Gold, Gold, and what the titling calls "Space Black".

The mockups depict the now familiar design expectations such as protruding camera, repositioned antenna bands, and no headphone jack, but it's the "Space Black" reference that stands out as a curiosity this time around.

Rumors in June pointed to the possibility that Apple was readying a darker variant of its traditional Space Grey color, described by one source as "close to black,...

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04:00
It may be a one-trick pony, but it's a nifty...

By Aaron Lee

Conner Productions's Seal is a one trick pony, but it's a pretty nifty trick. It's a professional template to make introductory seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). And it's free.

Seal is customizable and lets you create introduction seals for your videos,  featuring a spinning seal that comes into focus. Its easy to customize text color, background color, and other elements to craft the template to fit within a video. Conner Production has made installing Seal easy. Just run the simple installer, then fire up Final Cut Pro X. You'll find it under Title Templates, then “Conner Productions.” It’s name is “Seal.” Simply drag it onto the timeline and you're off.

No matter how long the text is or how much the title is tweaked, it will still have a refined l feel. Seal was designed in Apple's Motion, and features organic gaussian blurs, noise, and stylistic effects.

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02:49
Apple Helped FBI Identify Alleged Owner of World...

U.S. authorities have arrested the alleged owner of the world's largest torrent site after Apple shared personal details linked to an iTunes transaction that enabled federal investigators to locate their suspect.

According to TorrentFreak, Ukranian-born Artem Vaulin was arrested yesterday in Poland on suspicion of running KickassTorrents (KAT), which recently surpassed The Pirate Bay as the go-to site for unofficial copies of movies, TV shows, and music.

The U.S. Justice Department has requested 30-year-old Vaulin's extradition on charges of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. The key piece of evidence that led authorities to Vaulin appeared to come when Apple handed over his personal details after investigators matched an IP address used to log in to the KAT Facebook page with one linked to an iTunes purchase.

Filed in a U.S. District...

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Wednesday July 20

21:50
Winners of the Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar and...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, John B., Katie J. and Daniel O., each of whom snagged a Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with a Custom Carrying Case.

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19:53
Liquid ingress warning in iOS 10 beta protects...

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 10 beta warns users when liquid is detected in an iPhone's Lightning port, a handy tool for saving compatible devices from irreversible water damage.

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18:59
Apple supplier Qualcomm reports 18.6% earnings...

Qualcomm reported strong quarterly earnings of $1.4 billion--an 18.6 percent increase over the year ago quarter--based on higher intellectual property licensing royalties, a jump in chip orders from China and guidance-exceeding MSM chip sales, indicating that the market for premium smartphones is continuing to grow faster than expected.

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18:43
Video shows 'iPhone 7' mockups in Space...

With iPhone rumor season in full swing, dummy "iPhone 7" models sourced from China are showing up in an increasing number of videos, the latest of which offers a peek at what production colors might look like when they see release this fall.

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17:34
Twitch streamer banned for shady betting on '...

Recently, some high-profile video game streamers have been exposed as owning third-party gambling sites where players can bet on the outcome of matches for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — an obvious conflict of interest. Last week, Twitch an...

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17:12
U.S. House of Representatives sends letter to...

Earlier today, we detailed the $3 billion value that Pokémon Go represents to Apple, while we also noted of the effects the game is having on distracted driving and calls placed to emergency officials. Now, the United States Congress has started to look into the data usage of the game. No, not data in relation to user privacy, but rather cellular data usage.

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17:10
BlackBerry CEO 'Disturbed' By Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is "disturbed" by Apple's tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm's attitude is harmful to society. Earlier this year, Chen said in response to Apple resisting the government's demands to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters: "We are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good." During BlackBerry's Security Summit in New York this week, Chen made several more comments about Apple's stance on encryption. "One of our competitors, we call it 'the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn't matter how much it might hurt society, they're not going to help," he said. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." He did say there was a lot of "nonsense" being reported about BlackBerry and its...

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16:51
Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad,...

Vaja is offering a 20% sitewide discount on its leather cases for iPhones, iPads, and even a few Android devices. I don’t often mention things like sales, but I am a huge fan of Vaja cases. My first Vaja case was for the last Motorola RAZR I owned before I got the first-gen iPhone. I then got a Vaja case for that iPhone and for the iPhone 3GS I replaced it with. They’re very well made, high quality, and gorgeous, but you pay for what you get. That’s code for “they ain’t cheap,” making a 20% discount a possible buying opportunity for me. To get the discount, use coupon code “20off” at checkout. The item pictured with this article is the iPad Pro 9.7″ Detachable Libretto Leather Case, which normally starts at $199.

The post...

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16:42
Firefox will leave Flash off by default in 2017

Add Mozilla to the ranks of web browser developers giving Flash the boot. While it previously blocked Flash over security issues, it's phasing out regular use of Adobe's often-criticized plugin, starting with one of its next major releases. As of...

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16:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit for replacing...

Apple today has been hit with yet another class action lawsuit, this time concerning the company’s process of replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with a refurbished device. This isn’t the first time Apple has been the target of scrutiny for this process and other AppleCare issues, with other lawsuits having been filed in the past.

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16:10
Apple releases Public Beta 2 for iOS 2, macOS 10.12...

If you’re hankering for the new beta of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re in luck.

Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can now install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

The public betas closely follow the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. Come the fall, it’s expected that the iOS 10 final version will bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second...

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16:09
Plex streams your music collection to Sonos speakers

If you're using Plex to store your music and video files, there's a new option for listening to those tracks around the house. The company announced today that access to your audio collection is now available inside the Sonos app. This means that you...

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15:57
U.S. seizes domains of KickassTorrents, site's...

The U.S. has dealt a major blow to KickassTorrents, one of the world’s most popular illegal files-sharing websites.

On Wednesday, law enforcement in Poland arrested the alleged owner of the site, 30 year-old Artem Vaulin of Ukraine.

He's been charged with criminal copyright infringement, and the U.S. Department of Justice said it was seeking to extradite him to the U.S. The DOJ also seized several domains associated with the service, although the main site appeared to be still running Wednesday afternoon.

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15:32
ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation,...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen had some seemingly irrational things to say about Apple’s stance on encryption, and Bryan and Jeff break it down. They also take a deeper look into black boxes and self-driving cars with a focus on regulating these devices and surveillance worries. Just to keep things light, they dive into Twitter harassment and social media censorship.

The post ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation, Twitter Harrassment appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:32
Gorilla Glass 5 will save your phone from even...

It's been about two years since version four of Corning's ubiquitous protective glass rolled out, and Gorilla Glass now protects some 4.5 billion devices across the planet. So, you can probably thank Corning if your phone has ever survived a tumble o...

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15:08
Surprise! Apple didn’t buy Omnifone, provider of...

Following speculation today that Apple could be behind the reported purchase of music tech company Omnifone, The Loop confirmed with sources (as did others) that Apple isn’t the buyer. 

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15:03
Apple Facing Class Action Lawsuit for Offering...

Apple is facing a new class action lawsuit, levied today by customers in California who are unhappy that their iPhones and iPads were replaced with refurbished devices under Apple's AppleCare or AppleCare+ warranty plan.

Filed by Vicky Maldonado and Joanne McRight, the lawsuit, first shared by Cult of Mac, accuses Apple of failing to provide replacement devices that are "equivalent to new in performance and reliability" as stated in the company's terms and conditions.

Both plaintiffs purchased replacement devices under AppleCare protection plans and were given refurbished devices rather than new devices, which they claim is a violation of the aforementioned line in the AppleCare Terms and Conditions.

The Apple Plans purport to provide consumers with Devices that are "equivalent to new in...

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14:55
Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream for...

If you've been waiting for Facebook Live to offer bigger, longer broadcasts, this is your week. The social network just announced updates for its broadccasting platform that will allow longer, full screen videos with less distractions. Soon, the comp...

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14:39
∞ Apple did not buy cloud-based music provider...

There has been some speculation today that Apple purchased cloud-based music provider, Omnifone. According to my sources, that’s not the case. […]

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14:31
Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 has drop protection up to...

Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass brand, today announced the next iteration of its cover glass for mobile displays, a likely candidate for future Apple devices including the iPhone 7. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough surfaces four times better than other solutions, noting that clarity of the display and touch sensitivity are not affected.

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14:31
Apple sued over AppleCare + service plans

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is the target of a class action suit filing in California that says"refurbished" service stock replacements allotted by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders aren’t functionally the same as new, reports AppleInsider.

“The class action suit, filed Wednesday, takes offense to Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices,” the article says. “Specifically mentioned, the suit is over the clause in the AppleCare+ contract documents stating that devices replaced under the program are "equivalent to new in performance and reliability."

Lawyers for the claimants claim that refurbished means "a secondhand unit that has been modified to appear to be new" and can’t be equivalent in durability or functionality as a new unit. 

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14:31
GOP and industry agree: Tech has a messaging problem

The government and the technology industry agree: They need to do a better job educating the public. During a policy forum hosted by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) at the Republican National Convention this week, members...

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 20, 2016

Happy Moon Day! We have a handful of interesting news bits for you today from the world of Apple:

  • Apple buys a small cloud music provider, although nobody knows why...
  • Corning intros Gorilla Glass 5, which still breaks 20% of the time when dropped
  • A good number of iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 7 even if it doesn't feature a major redesign
  • The Canva app gets an iPhone companion

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 20, 2016.

Apple has made a small acquisition of a cloud music provider, probably one you’ve never heard of. The company’s name is...

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14:25
Apple's iPhone 7 Likely to Debut with Gorilla...

Today Corning unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation – Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Responding to consumers’ No. 1 issue with mobile devices, the new cover glass is designed to provide further protection against breakage from everyday drops.

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14:24
Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+...

A class action suit filing in California complains that "refurbished" service stock replacements doled out by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders are not functionally the same as new.

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14:15
Chrome 52 for Mac introduces Material Design w/ new...

Version 52 of Google Chrome is now rolling out to all users via Google’s stable channel with the usual bug fixes and security patches. For Mac, the update notably adds Material Design to the browser’s top bar and other UI elements. Other changes include removing the ability to use the backspace key as a return shortcut.

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14:09
Apple has apparently acquired Omnifone, a cloud-...

Apple has apparently scooped up Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider in a deal worth $10 million, according to MacRumors.com. Omnifone is the company behind MusicStation, a cloud-based global media platform that provides back-end solutions for digital music services.

Omnifone claims to be the only independent music platform provider with a footprint in 45 countries across five continents. The company’s website says it’s delivered global deals with all major labels, hundreds of independents "and all the relevant publishers and collection societies." Omnifone has — or, rather, had — had partnerships with companies like Sony, Samsung, Vodafone, and PonoMusic. Samsung, for instance, used Omnifone's technology for Milk Music. 

However, the company declared bankruptcy in May after losing Sony and Blackberry as clients. Strangely, as MacRumors notes, “It's not clear why Apple...

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14:09
'Dots & Co.' is a meditative puzzle...

Mobile puzzle game Two Dots (from developer Dots) did a ton of things right when it was released in 2014. The game took a simple mechanic -- matching two or more dots of the same color -- and added a bunch of great power-ups, varying goals, constant...

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14:06
Notable apps and app updates for July 20, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Pabro has introduced Manifesto 1.0. It’s a free photography app for taking burst pictures and recording video and voice when launched. Extra features include 99 super-fast burst pictures taken at launch, always horizontal capturing for visual content and pausing of video recording.

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Diane Arkenstone has launched Interactive Fairy Tales. The $2.99 app for children incorporates a dynamic mix of interactive storytelling involving a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures and people populating a series...

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13:56
Plex for Sonos

With Plex for Sonos you can now browse and play your entire Plex music collection on any Sonos device, right from the Sonos app.

Great news.

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13:53
Android may have more apps and more users, but iOS...

Google’s Android mobile software accounted for an 82% share of mobile games downloaded during the second quarter of 2016, development company Unity3D says in a new report. That compares to 17% of game downloads for iOS.

On the other hand, while Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for iOS developers. Last quarter, the Apple App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.

According to the latest statistics from mobile analytics firm App Annie, Google Play served up twice as many downloads as the App Store in Q2 2016 — yet iOS developers earned twice as much money on average. This is why iOS continues to be the first choice for most developers.

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13:53
Razer's second OSVR devkit is now available for...

If you've been looking for a lower-cost alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that doesn't skimp on hardware, you're in luck. Razer has officially started taking pre-orders for the OSVR HDK2: its second generation Open-Source Virtual Reality ha...

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13:50
∞ Ocean Ramsey and a whale shark

It’s not often you can say the pretty woman in the bikini is the second most beautiful and graceful thing in a video but I can honestly say it’s true in this case. I’d love to go diving with these amazing creatures.

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13:38
A Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite’s coverage of the...

If you are too young to have seen it live, watch it here. Or, relive the incredible memories of this day, 47 years ago, when mankind first stepped on the moon.

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13:33
This book nerd painted her staircase to look like...

This is really cool. If I had any painting or design skills or even stairs, I’d give this a try.

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13:23
News: Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider...

A new report by Macrumors suggests that Apple may be behind the recent acquisition of Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider behind the MusicStation service as well as providing the foundation for mobile partnerships through companies including Samsung, Vodafone, LG, Blackberry, Sony, and others, powering Samsung’s Milk, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Blackberry’s BBM Music services. A report earlier this month in Music Ally indicated…

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13:21
Interview with Chris Young: An inventor,...

ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.

It’s not often you hear of a person with this combination of attributes. Interesting interview.

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13:20
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary...

A new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass used in iPhone screens since launch promises better impact resistance for equipped devices, with the improved glass panels surviving falls from greater heights than previous versions.

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13:15
Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps,...

Tigra Trio 3-in-1 Fitness Sensor. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

Design

The Trio is designed to work for runner/walkers and cyclists, providing bike cadence, counting steps, and continuously monitoring your heart rate. Looking at the back of the device is...

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13:14
Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

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13:13
Using CSS color keywords

One of the two oldest methods of applying color to web pages, named colors remain very useful in web design and development today. Consisting of 149 distinct keywords (shown above, with their hexadecimal equivalents) CSS named colors have a few special features

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13:12
Corning Debuts Gorilla Glass 5 With Improved Drop...

Corning today unveiled its next-generation Gorilla Glass product, Gorilla Glass 5. The new glass, designed to be used in mobile device displays, offers improved protection against breakage from accidental drops.

Building on previous generations of Gorilla Glass, Corning's latest product survives 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) onto a rough surface during lab tests. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops four times better than competing glass products.

"With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning's advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses," said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. "With many real-world drops occurring...

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13:07
Reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost.

This discussion has been going on for two decades.

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13:07
Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

Plex today announced the public availability of Plex Music on Sonos. It still officially bears the “beta” label, but it works just fine in our quick tests. Now you can access your Plex Music Library from any Sonos device, and that includes remote access. If you have Sonos at your lake house and your Plex library is on your Mac at home, good news: it’ll stream across the Internet. It also works to stream friends’ libraries, too, as long as you’re both linked together via the Plex back end (and as long as your friend has their Music sharing enabled in Plex). Additionally, because Plex is built to transcode music, you can play any file, including those that Sonos doesn’t natively support. To add Plex, launch your Sonos controller app on your Mac or iPhone (or Android), select “Add Music Service,” choose Plex, sign in and you’re all set!

The post...

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12:54
India’s government changing rules allowing Apple to...

Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology,” according to the people, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.

This is great news, although I’m not sure what happens after the three-year exemption.

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12:52
The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

As kids, we “counterbalanced” by instinct. When I was learning to ride a motorcycle, the explanation of “steer right, go left” confused the living daylights out of me.

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12:48
iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

The post iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:42
Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren'...

Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for rea...

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12:40
If a Black Box in Apple’s Autonomous Cars Recorded...

One of the most important issues with the autonomous driving cars of the future is the partitioning of liability. To that end, new legislation proposed in Germany would require a data recorder to log when the car is under autonomous or driver control to aid in the assignment of responsibility. But such a box has privacy considerations. And it might be hacked. Would such a data recorder deter buyers? Could Apple overcome all this?

The post If a Black Box in Apple’s Autonomous Cars Recorded Everything, Would You Care? appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:36
News: Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta

Apple has released the second public beta of iOS 10 through its Apple Software Beta Program. Corresponding to the third beta released to developers earlier this week, the latest public beta continues enhancements to Music, Maps, Messages, and News, the new lock screen, today widget, and notification system, and on-device intelligence for face, scene, and object recognition in the Photos app on 64-bit devices. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone…

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12:34
Screens 3 for Mac VNC: $12.99

Check out Screens 3, a virtual network client (VNC) that allows you to login to and control a Mac, Windows or Linux box from your Mac. There’s some of that built into OS X, but Screens 3 adds support for Windows and Linux devices. It also allows you to set up an action that triggers each time you disconnect (for instance, “Log Out Your User,” etc.). There are other features you might find useful, too, so check out the deal listing for more info. You can get Screens 3 for Mac through our deal for $12.99.

The post Screens 3 for Mac VNC: $12.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Take control of your email...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Airmail, a tool that helps you centralize your email accounts. Plus, apps for keeping your Mac safe from malicious attacks, improving your chess skills, helping to tame your hunger, and much more. Read on!

Airmail 3 3.01

If you use multiple email accounts, Bloop’s $10 Airmail 3 (Mac App Store Link) lets you consolidate them all in once place.

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12:24
Apple Likely Acquired Cloud-Based Music Provider...

One of Apple's latest acquisitions appears to be cloud-based music provider and Omnifone, according to an inside source that shared knowledge of the purchase with MacRumors. Earlier this month, a Music Ally report suggested UK-based Omnifone's tech business and assets had been purchased by a mystery buyer for $10 million, and it seems that buyer is Apple.

According to documents covering the sale, Omnifone's alluring patent portfolio was not purchased by Apple, nor were debts or investments, but terms included a "royalty bearing license" that Omnifone says will help it determine the value of its full range of patents. Omnifone has a number of patents relating to downloading music, digital rights management, and generating recommendations that are potentially appealing to streaming music companies.

Omnifone...

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12:24
WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas: What You...

Apple added support for Google’s WebP image format to Safari in the beta versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which could make websites load faster. “Could,” in this case, assumes Apple keeps WebP support in the shipping versions of its operating systems, and Web developers adopt the format for their site images.

The post WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas: What You Need to Know appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:22
Sonos app now works with popular Plex media server

Music streaming platform and speaker-maker Sonos today added support for the popular media server app Plex. That means that you’ll now be able to view your music library stored in Plex from within the Sonos apps. 

Plex announced the new integration within the Sonos app today on its blog: more…

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12:19
Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS...

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

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12:15
Public beta 2 now available for iOS 10 and macOS...

Beta testers, rejoice! Apple has just released the second public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

These public betas follow closely the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. In the fall, we’re expecting the iOS 10 final release to bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages....

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12:10
'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks...

A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic...

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11:46
Podcast 517: iCloud Music Library meets its Match

iTunes Match is a clever service for people who have huge music collections they want to sync to multiple devices. Apple Music is a fun streaming service for people who don't want to manage big collections of their own. iCloud Music Library is a confusing bridge between those scenarios, helping you combine your own iTunes library with Apple's streaming catalog, and now it's going to match your owned tracks more intelligently, which should help avoid problems where songs are replaced with the wrong versions. You know, ideally. Kirk breaks it all down here, and on the podcast, Glenn and Susie discuss whether this fixes the whole confusing mess or what.

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11:42
Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue...


Twitter has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified. Twitter account verification, denoted by a blue badge icon, flags individuals and organizations as authentic, the company explained. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, Twitter noted. The goal is to make it easier for users to find creators and influencers on the network.

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11:42
Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and...

Were you quick to hop on the test versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra? It's time to start updating. Apple has released the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish. The new iOS 10 beta introduces a funct...

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11:37
Solar Fusion rolls out Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for...

Solar Fusion Software (http://www.solarfusionsoftware.com) has debuted Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for Mac. It uses an artificial intelligence algorithm and a visual interface to stop the top three problems in programming languages: crashing, freezing, and syntax errors.

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11:15
How to Apply for Twitter Account Verification

Previously only available by private invitation, Twitter now allows users to apply for account verification. Note that you still need to be noteworthy or otherwise provide a compelling reason for Twitter to approve your verification, but at least now you can ask instead of having to sniff around at cocktail parties and coffee shops for someone who knows someone. To get verified your account must first be in proper shape. Read along and we’ll help get you there.

The post How to Apply for Twitter Account Verification appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:15
Moog's Minimoog Model D back in full production...

After suspending production for over 30 years on its classic Minimoog Model D analog synth, Moog has announced the instrument is back. The company had a small pilot production workshop at Moogfest in May, but now Model D production has kicked into hi...

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11:13
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

 

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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11:11
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra,...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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11:04
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car...

Germany wants black box recorders in autonomous cars. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Germany’s plans and what that means for anyone considering buying a self driving car. They also explain WebP, Google’s image format Apple is supporting in the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car Black Boxes, WebP in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:01
Scrivener for iOS review: A sophisticated writing...

I’m not much of a writer so I’ve never used Scrivener but many of the writers I know swear by it and have been waiting impatiently for this app for their iPads.

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10:36
Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now...

Members of Apple's Beta Software Program can now download and try the second public beta releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which were seeded on Wednesday.

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10:32
Game Creators launch AppGameKit Education Bundle

The Game Creators has launched the AppGameKit Education Bundle. The special pack, specifically developed for the Education market, includes AppGameKit, Giant Asset Packs 1 & 2, Games Pack1 and a 3D Asset Pack.

The free Educational Materials Pack, which compliments the Education Bundle, includes an “Instructors Guide,”written specifically for teachers and tutors, and enables them to develop AppGameKit courses and classes to teach programming and app development. The simple guide includes code exercises with commands, loops, variables, images and sprites.

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10:30
Sony's high-end 4K HDR LCD TVs start at $7,000

If you thought Sony was done announcing new TVs for the year at CES 2016, you were mistaken. Today, Sony unveiled the Z series, a new line of LCD televisions that it says is its best and brightest yet. It runs on Android TV just like the rest of Sony...

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10:28
An iPhone 7 hasn’t been announced, but you can pre-...

Apple hasn’t even announced an “iPhone 7” yet, but that hasn’t stopped the design and branding folks at Brikk from promoting a "Lux iPhone 7" line that will include the “most opulent iPhone the world has ever seen.”

Brick says the Lux iPhone 7 will be available in three new collections: Standard, Deluxe and Bespoke. They say the Lux iPhone 7 will feature multiple models such as the Lux iPhone 7, Lux iPhone 7 Plus and Lux iPhone 7 Pro. They also say that 256GB of storage will be standard, as well as 3GB of RAM, a new A10 processor and “extremely fine detail camera equipment including the dual camera on Pro models.” Call me a skeptic, but I think Brikk is playing the odds here since Apple hasn’t announced any specs for its next smartphone.

But let’s just go with it. Here is the company’s description of its Lux iPhone 7 line-up: The Standard Collection includes 10 different color options with multiple diamond logo...

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10:26
Amiibo support is coming to 'Animal Crossing:...

Animal Crossing and Amiibo seem like a match made in heaven: cute characters, and collectable toys. Sadly, the duo's first pairing turned out to be a shallow, dull board game without much replay value. Fans longed for a full Animal Crossing toys-to-l...

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10:13
Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN...

Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.

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10:12
Apple Releases Second macOS Sierra Public Beta

Apple today released the second public beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac. Today's second public beta comes two weeks after the release of the first macOS Sierra public beta and just a few days after the launch of the third developer beta of macOS Sierra. The second public beta and the third developer beta offer the same features.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X...

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10:11
Letterpress word game lands on the Mac as Skype...

Remember Letterpress for iOS, the fun word game from Loren Brichter a few years ago? The app was bought by new developers and started receiving updates again earlier this year, and today Letterpress is finally available on the Mac. The mechanics of the game remain the same, but there have been some other improvements to the competitive word game recently too.

Also happening in the Mac space, Microsoft shared its plans for supporting Skype on legacy...

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10:06
macOS 10.12 Sierra public beta 2 is now available

Following the release of macOS Sierra’s third developer beta, Apple has pushed out the second macOS Sierra public beta for non-developer testers. macOS Sierra brings dozens of new features to the Mac including Siri for the first time.

more…

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10:06
Apple may soon get the green light to open retail...

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in the country after repeated delays, reports Bloomberg, quoting anonymous “people familiar with the matter.”

Modi’s cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology," the article adds. At the same time, the government will make it easier for companies like Apple to meet that criteria, the people said.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.

Last month it was reported that India wanted s a commitment from Apple to bring...

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10:00
Which printers are worth buying?

You probably don't print as much as you used to, if at all. However, on the rare occasion that you need a crisp copy of your resume to bring to an interview or want some framed photos of the kids for your office, a printer can be pretty handy. But no...

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09:57
Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 2 for iPhone, iPad...

Now that Apple’s third iOS 10 developer beta has had some time to settle, Apple has released the second iOS 10 public beta for non-developers testing the pre-release software. The latest build includes over a dozen changes from the previous release. iOS 10 includes loads of new features in the Messages app, a redesigned Apple Music experience, and much more.

more…

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09:57
Apple Releases Second Public Beta of iOS 10

Apple today released the second public beta of iOS 10 to public beta testers, two weeks after releasing the first iOS 10 public beta and just a few days after seeding the third developer beta of iOS 10.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas. The video below will walk you through the necessary steps for installing the iOS 10 beta to give the new features a try. Betas are not...

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09:57
Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local...

Finally clearing out legal obstacles, the cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to approve an exemption enabling Apple's first retail stores in the country, a report said on Wednesday.

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09:55
LogMeOnce introduces new features for tracking,...

LogMeOnce, which specializes in identity and password management in cloud and mobile enterprise, has announced three new features designed to make it simpler to manage, track and wipe personal and business data from the LogMeOnce app on lost or stolen devices.

LogMeOnce’s Kill-Pill and Mobile Device Management (MDM) features enable individuals, businesses and IT administrators to enroll and manage devices, verify compliance and even wipe data stored in LogMeOnce if necessary. Additionally, LogMeOnce BYOD (bring your own device) enhances office productivity and security of sensitive data by giving employees the ability to use their personal devices at work while keeping LogMeOnce data for personal and business use in separate vaults, says Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of LogMeOnce. 

LogMeOnce has introduced the following features for consumers using its Ultimate edition and organizations using either the Business or Enterprise editions:...

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09:37
Vine is a sinking ship but one worth saving

If you haven't checked in on Vine recently, you might find that the six-second video network looks a little less vibrant than it used to. The service has seen most of its high-profile creators move over to other platforms, while executives are quitti...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 27-inch 1080p Monitor $150...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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LG’s Ultra-Thin Bezel 1080p LED Monitor has a HDMI input and is 50% off today:...

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09:26
Facebook Messenger surpasses 1 billion users per...

No matter how you look at it, that’s impressive.

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09:02
These artists went beyond Google Sheets to make a...

Spreadsheets typically equate to boring, menial work. Who wants to talk about data entry? Google has taken some interesting measures to go beyond spreadsheets' intended use (namely Google Sheets) and has created art instead.

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09:00
IM on it—why instant messaging is collaboration’s...

Implementing an instant messaging platform is important for productivity for teams of all sizes. Enabling a system for quick, informal, easy-to-reference and mobile chats keeps teams connected for nimble collaborations—resulting in a major value-add to your business.

How much value, exactly? Businesses that have embraced instant messaging practice have seen remarkable improvements in productivity and streamlined communication. According to a survey of employees using chat services conducted by SoftwareAdvice.com, 75 percent saw decreased call and email volume, and 66 percent noticed quick resolution for simple questions. When it comes to productivity, 21 percent noted either moderate or significant increase.

As company-wide IM benefits become clear, more and more businesses are getting on board. If you’re interested in these benefits but are wary to ensure proper...

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09:00
Yammer updates—from new user experiences to new IT...

The Yammer team is continually delivering new capabilities for users and admins as well as deeper integration with Office 365. Today, we take a detailed hands-on look at updates to Yammer for enterprise social—from enhanced security and compliance to greater team productivity. Angus Florance, from the Yammer team, joins me to demonstrate new integrated experiences, including Office 365 Video and Delve. And for admins, we’ll show you new controls for merging networks, managing users and tracking usage.

If you’ve been using Yammer, you would have noticed constantly improving integration with Office 365. It not only shares common sign-in backed by Azure Active Directory and ability to get to Yammer experiences via the Office 365 app launcher, but Yammer also meets the same compliance standards as other Office 365 services.

Along with the work to update and integrate Yammer’s...

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09:00
Bring in business 24/7 with Microsoft Bookings

As a business owner, you know that scheduling appointments with customers can take a lot of your time. Sending emails back and forth, playing phone tag and reminding people to show up can clutter your day and keep you from the more important work of growing your business. To help make appointment scheduling simpler and more efficient for you, your staff and your customers, we’re introducing a new Office 365 service called Microsoft Bookings.

Customers can schedule your business directly online

Bookings provides your business a unique web page that your customers can use to schedule appointments, even when you’re not around to pick up the phone or respond to an email. The web page is simple to use: the customer first selects the service they want and, based on availability you provide, chooses a day and time when you or one of your staff is available, enters their contact information and books the appointment.

The web page looks great on both larger screens and...

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08:42
Rumor: Apple may use technology similar to Huawei’s...

It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.

Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.

Huawei is not the first to use a dual-camera setup, and other vendors have used somewhat different combinations of cameras to achieve varying goals. The LG G5 uses two cameras to achieve different focal lengths,...

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08:40
Pokémon Go poised to add $3 billion to Apple revenues

Pokémon Go, the craze that is getting people out of their houses and onto the streets in search of little monsters, could add as much as $3 billion in incremental revenue to Apple's bottom line in the next few years, according to Needham analyst Laura Martin. 

In an note to investors, Martin said that one game -- Candy Crush -- generated over $10 billion per year in revenues during 2013 and 2014. Pokémon Go is a much bigger hit already, with about 10 times the number of players. At this time, the game is estimated to have about a 6 percent market share in the United States. If the game expands to many more countries where Apple has App Stores and market penetration peaks around 20 percent, the company could pull in about $3 billion in revenue over the next 12 to 24 months.

That level of additional income might have the effect of also boosting...

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Amazon explores using street lights as delivery...

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones already have a glaring problem: how do you keep them charged and sheltered when dedicated facilities are likely to be few and far between? The company has an idea. It recently received a patent for a "UAV docking st...

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BlackBerry CEO says Apple's security stance...

Despite having similar on-device encryption and claiming to protect users' data vigorously, BlackBerry CEO John Chen slammed Apple chief Tim Cook in a Tuesday sppech, sugesting that Cook was putting his company's reputation "above the greater good."

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Ecotricity disputes Tesla's fastest charger...

Tesla and Ecotricity, a British energy provider using renewable sources, have a rocky relationship. Years ago the two came together to work on Tesla's Supercharger network in the UK, but disagreements led to a feisty lawsuit and an out of court settl...

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Microsoft is making some changes to its Skype app going forward, and it may end up making some Android and Windows Phone users frustrated. Today, Microsoft announced it would continue to support Skype across iOS 8, Android 4.03 and Windows 10 Mobile,...

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet is finally clearing the way for Apple to open retail stores in India after a series of delays hampered the company’s plans for expansion into the country, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the discussions said the cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption to the country’s requirement that single-brand retailers obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, overruling…

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Survey: One in five may be poised to make jump to...

If it comes to pass, a potential 20.7 percent shift to Apple's "iPhone 7" would roughly match the migration to the iPhone 6 after six months of release, according to a new online poll.

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Daily Deal: Sync, dock and charge your iPhone with...

It's a dock! It's a charging cable! It's the Flexible Gooseneck Lightning Cable, and it's on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $13.99. 

This Made-For-iPhone certified cable is surrounded with a flexible spiral-wound metal casing that not only protects the cable, but allows it to be used as a flexible stand. Plug the USB end into your MacBook Air or Pro, and you can have your iPhone facing you at eye-level as it charges. Use it with the included USB car charger and the iPhone can be at your fingertips when needed. You can even use it as a tripod for taking photos!

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SwiftKey's first Microsoft-era keyboard...

Wondering what SwiftKey has been up to ever since Microsoft bought it early in the year? It's not necessarily what you'd expect: meet Swiftmoji, a predictive emoji keyboard app for Android and iOS. The software uses both the context of what you're ty...

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08:00
Facebook Messenger tops one billion monthly users

Facebook has just announced yet another milestone: more than 1 billion people now use its Messenger service every month. Combine that with WhatsApp, which reached the billion-user point back in February, and it appears that the company now owns two o...

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07:55
Apple Pay arrives in Hong Kong with support for...

Apple Pay has just rolled out in Hong Kong in a big way.

The service, which has gone online, is supported with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards issued by Bank of China, DBS Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Hang Seng Bank. Additionally, cards issued directly by American Express are also supported.

In the future, Apple says that Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go cards will also be supported with Apple Pay in Hong Kong, though no timetable has been given.

Earlier today, Apple Pay also expanded to support a handful of new banks in the United States.

Full details regarding Apple Pay support in Hong Kong are available on Apple’s website, including a list of supported retailers. With the Hong Kong launch,...

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07:47
India’s on-off decision on Apple Stores reportedly...

We’ve been hearing conflicting reports on whether or not Apple will be allowed to open retail stores in India ever since Tim Cook met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last September. A new Bloomberg report suggests that Modi may be about to finally give the go-ahead.

While India is currently a very small market for Apple, Cook has repeatedly described the country as the next China. The huge population and growing middle-class means that India has enormous future potential for Apple, but a law has so far prevented the company from opening official Apple Stores there …

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07:43
Brikk Launches Pre-Orders for Diamond-Studded iPhone...

Less than two months before Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 7 lineup, Los Angeles-based luxury accessory maker Brikk has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders for diamond-studded and other customized versions of the smartphones, with prices ranging between $4,295 and $1.3 million.

Brikk's mockups for its Lux iPhone 7 appear to be based on leaked photos and schematics of the purported 5.5-inch iPhone 7 with a dual-lens camera system, and it also advertises other rumored iPhone 7 Plus features such as a faster A10 processor,...

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07:41
Brush up on hundreds of topics with the Tinycards app

Plenty of people have turned to the popular language-learning app Duolingo to become well-versed in a different tongue. The company knows how to hammer knowledge into your brain. That's why it's bringing us Tinycards, a special app meant for learning...

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07:40
Pokemon Go could add $3B to Apple revenues, analyst...

Apple could potentially reap $3 billion in incremental revenue from Pok?mon Go over the next couple of years, an analyst argued in a Wednesday investor memo, helping to buoy the company's stock price.

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07:36
Deals: $140-$254 off 13" MacBook Pros with...

With back-to-school shopping well underway, shoppers can snap up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare at up to $254 off with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. Or opt for an Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) for $799 with free Parallels. Pok?mon Go fans in need of Pok?Coins can also save 15% on $100 iTunes gift codes.

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07:19
Twitter opens account verification to the masses

Until now, that blue checkmark next to your Twitter account name could only be awarded by Twitter, using a mysterious internal award process.

Now that’s changed. For the first time, people can apply for that blue checkmark themselves.

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