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Tuesday June 28

10:06
China tightens rules for mobile app developers

China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users’ activity logs, the country’s internet regulator said on Tuesday, as Beijing looks to strengthen oversight of the growing app market.

Part of China’s reasoning is to crack down on “unscrupulous” use of its platforms to “spread malicious rumors.”

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10:01
EU readies third antitrust charge against Google

Alphabet’s Google may face a third EU antitrust charge as soon as next month, this time focusing on its revenue mainstay AdWords ad placement service, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

This reminds me of Microsoft’s antitrust troubles back in the day.

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09:53
News: Walgreens adds digital coupons to Apple Pay

Customers who have their Walgreens loyalty card synced up with Apple Pay can now save digital coupons to be used at the checkout. Coupons can be found through the store’s website or in its iOS app, then saved to the customer’s loyalty card. When visiting the store, a simple tap using Apple Pay at the terminal will now apply saved coupons to the customer’s order in addition to registering the loyalty card. [via 9to5Mac]...

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09:40
Facebook's new iOS-only features help you find...

Facebook’s iOS app leaves a lot to be desired. The News Feed is cluttered with content from people I don’t even know, to start. (Just because my friends like something doesn’t mean I want to see it.) But this week the big blue app has two new features for iPhone users, Slideshows and Featured Events, that will make the social network we can’t stop checking a little more fun to use.

Why this matters: Facebook is taking the work out of creating photo-heavy posts and finding cool events to go to, which are two of the main reasons many people even use Facebook. Making these processes easier will make the Facebook experience more, dare I say, delightful.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,200...

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09:17
Walgreens now lets you digitally clip coupons from...

Walgreens has officially supported Apple Pay since day one and was one of the first retailers to accept loyalty cards over Apple Pay, and now the retailer is expanding support for digital coupon clipping which can be redeemed through Apple Pay.

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09:15
Review: Rachio's iPhone-connected Smart...

With summer in full swing, scorching temperatures can wreak havoc on even the greenest of lawns. Rachio's second generation Smart Sprinkler Controller is designed to save you time and money by automating your existing sprinkler system with support for up to 16 zones.

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09:00
New to Office 365 in June—Microsoft Planner general...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

June has been another busy month of updates across our Office apps on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. We reached new milestones for Microsoft Planner and GigJam. We are also introducing Office 365 Advanced Security Management, new datacenter regions and the next cumulative feature update to Office 2016.

Office inking works on more devices and apps

In January, we added new inking capabilities to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on Windows desktops and iPad. This was another step forward in making writing and drawing with your finger, pen or stylus more intuitive and powerful as a primary input in Office apps. This month we expanded...

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09:00
Stay on top of your travel and deliveries with...

Places to go, people to see. Pack your bags.

Travel can be stressful, even when you’re planning to go somewhere for fun. Staying on top of travel plans and package deliveries can become time-consuming and a hassle.

First, Outlook began automatically adding events from your email to your calendar. Now, we have more new experiences to help you stay on top of your travel plans and package deliveries, including the ability to:

  • Verify your travel reservations and package delivery details with ease using simplified summary cards in your inbox and calendar.
  • Check in for flights, change hotel and rental car reservations or track packages at the touch of a button.
  • Stay on top of your flights with reliable reminders.

These features are rolling out to Outlook for Mac and Outlook on the web today...

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09:00
Weak iPhone 7 Demand Predictions Continue With...

Apple "is being more conservative" when placing its orders with chip assembler Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, once again suggesting that the 2016 "iPhone 7" will face a weaker demand in comparison to normal cycles, due to a dearth of hardware innovation in the handset (via Nikkei). Apple wasn't specifically mentioned during ASE's recent shareholder meeting, but a reference to "the big client in the U.S." overtly ties in with Apple, which contributed 31.2 percent of ASE's $8.73 billion revenue in 2015.

"The big client in the U.S. is a little more conservative when placing orders this year," said Tien Wu, ASE's chief operating officer, ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting.

"In the smartphone market, meanwhile, other players besides Apple are more aggressive regarding booking chips this...

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09:00
How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate...

Reader citadrianne shares a Motherboard article: There are big "no trespassing" signs affixed to most of our electronics. If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it's likely you've seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: "Warranty void if removed." In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties -- which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective -- are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional. What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act . To be clear, federal law says you can open your electronics without voiding the warranty, regardless of what the language of that warranty says.

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08:59
3 new Sway capabilities for Office 365 subscribers

In the 10 months since Sway’s general availability, we’ve seen great interest in our digital storytelling app, with millions of Sways created to date! We’ve seen music companies, design firms and small businesses use Sway for company presentations, client pitches and employee newsletters. We’ve watched teachers use Sway to advance student learning in dynamic and engaging ways in their classrooms. And...

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08:55
Apple is a 'Powder Keg' Waiting to Explode...

According to a new financial report this morning, "Cowen & Co.’s Timothy Arcuri writes that Apple is a 'powder keg' waiting to go boom, in a good way, as regards the iPhone, and that 'it pays to get involved and wait it out.'

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08:43
External Link: Amazon Introduces Page Flip for Kindle

Amazon has introduced a new Page Flip feature for its Kindle e-readers and the Kindle apps for iOS and Android, although it doesn’t appear in the Mac version. Page Flip is designed to let you save your place so you can quickly flip elsewhere in the book and then back, much as you would do by holding your spot in a paper book with a finger. Page Flip also includes a contact sheet mode that Amazon is calling a “bird’s eye view.” The Page Flip feature is available only in books that have it enabled, although Amazon claims that’s “millions of books” — supported books have a “Page Flip: Enabled” tag in their listings.

 

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08:39
Review: Minix NEO C USB-C Multiport Adapter [Video]

If you own a MacBook, then chances are you’ll need some way to connect traditional USB devices and SD Cards. And what about connecting to external displays via HDMI, or to routers and hubs via Ethernet?

The MacBook, with its single USB-C port, is quite limited when it comes to connectivity, but an external adapter can help. Enter Minix’s NEO C USB-C Multiport Adapter. It features two USB 3 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI port, SD Card slot, and a microSD slot. It also features a USB-C input for pass-through charging.

Is it a good choice for MacBook owners? Watch our hands-on video coverage for the details. more…

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08:37
Mysterious, tech-laden van on Golden Gate Bridge...

This could be either an Apple mapping van or a self-driving car prototype.

During a drive over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, a modified van was spotted.

Among the collection of gadgets on the roof are the spinning Lidar laser sensors often used for self-driving cars. There are also cameras on the roof. And there’s a large antenna above the rear wheel. Yet this car has no obvious markings or insignia to identify it – not even a license plate.

It’s unclear as to which company’s van this might be, but a special web site Apple keeps tracks the movements of its mapping vans. The site lists San Francisco as one of many locations for the period of June 20 through July 3. Still, the list of locations has been virtually...

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08:36
New Apple patent backs company's interest in...

An Apple patent application published on Tuesday backs the company's apparent interest in using micro-LED technology in future products, one possibility being the Apple Watch.

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08:33
Nancy Pelosi says ‘Poor Tim’ Cook fundraising for...

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not happy with Tim Cook’s fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan today. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Democratic Party leader commented when asked about the event this morning that the Apple CEO is being advised poorly:

“Poor Tim. What a nice guy he is, but somebody gave him bad advice,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said at the end of an animated 15-minute phone interview Monday evening. “He probably doesn’t think that much about politics.”

Politico reported the Cook political fundraiser last week, which benefits Paul Ryan as well as other Republican Party members seeking reelection in the House of Representatives.

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08:30
Florida Man Sues Apple for $10+ Billion, Says iOS...

Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.

Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that "embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992."What Ross contemplated, was a device that could allow one to read stories, novels, news articles, as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touch-screen that was back-lit. He further imagined that it could include communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, input/output capability, so as to allow the user to write notes, and be...

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08:30
Why it's critical that you join Team AWT

Apple World Today has been around for almost 17 months now, and we've made some great strides in becoming your favorite source for Apple-related news and reviews. Financially, we're still struggling, and that's why we're making an appeal to our readers today to become members of Team AWT or to increase your monthly giving.

Despite adding limited advertising and the Apple World Today Deals Shop, we're still not making a decent living. Our primary source of income is readers like you, who signed up through Patreon to support the site with a monthly donation. The biggest boost to our income came last August when we were very close to shutting down. As you can see from the chart below, each month since then we've seen lower income through attrition. We're currently at about 50% of our Patreon goal -- what is needed to make the website sustainable -- and that must change.

If you...

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08:06
Apple's iPhone install base features growing...

As Apple's iPhone install base continues to grow, so too do the number of customers who are likely to upgrade to a new handset, representing what one investment firm has dubbed a "powder keg" that could propel shares of AAPL higher.

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08:00
Polycom dials up business value using Office 365

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Luc Trudel, vice president of IT Infrastructure and Operations at Polycom.

Collaboration lies at the heart of everything we do at Polycom, both in terms of the innovative products we create and the essence of how we work. Our business involves building the best in video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology. So the very nature of our business shows how critical we believe teamwork to be.

We reach across business units and geographical boundaries to make sure that all the products we develop work well together. Sometimes that means collaborating on common foundational aspects such as coding standards or interfaces. Other times we’re coming together to ensure cohesive global marketing and sales. Regardless, we have to keep information flowing among our employees, our contract manufacturers and other supply chain partners so that we deliver integrated products that offer maximum value to...

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08:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-28: iPhone Audio...

Speculation about the audio ports on the next iPhone are still going strong. Today Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the potentially missing headphone jack on the new iPhone, digital to analog converters, and how we listen to our music. They also get a little creeped out over Facebook’s location-based friend suggestions.


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07:34
News: China orders Apple and others to monitor,...

On the heels of severely tightening restrictions on mobile games, China is mandating that companies like Apple start monitoring mobile app users, Bloomberg reports. The new regulations posted Tuesday by China’s Cyberspace Administration require Apple to establish user’s identities, monitor their posts and report items that contain banned content to the Chinese government. The legitimacy of developers must also be verified, and app stores…

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07:23
China: app stores by Apple, other companies, must...

 Apple’s China woes continue. App stores operators such as the Cupertino, California-based company must establish the identity of users, while monitoring and reporting postings that contain banned content, reports Bloomberg. The legitimacy of developers who post apps for download must also be verified, according to new rules posted on the Cyberspace Administration of China’s website.

All app stores and providers are now required to keep a record of users’ activity for 60 days. The regulations mark one of the most comprehensive efforts so far to oversee mobile applications, which are mushrooming in popularity alongside smartphone use. Bloomberg says they’re part of a broader effort by President Xi Jinping’s government to clamp down on content deemed sensitive.

Earlier this month Apple's China branch was fined 50,000...

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07:20
Here One smart wireless earbuds block unwanted noise...

Noise-cancelling headphones are great when you just want to eliminate all outside noise, as you might on board a plane, but there are times when you want to be able to block most outside noise, but not all. Being able to hear car engines while cycling, or announcements while on a train, for example. That’s what the Here One wireless earbuds are designed to do.

The company says it uses smart noise filters to provide what it calls ‘layered listening.’

Control the volume of streamed audio and ambient sound simultaneously. Safely listen to music while riding your bike, or access live commentary at a game while still experiencing the cheering crowd. Unlike normal headphones, Here One doesn’t isolate you from the world […]

Selectively filter out an airplane engine, office chatter, a siren, and more. Amplify speech to tune into every word at a crowded restaurant or party … 

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07:17
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the iPhone...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover design patents for the iPhone 5s, the Apple Watch Leather loop band and utility patent covering liquid metal blocks.

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07:05
AAPL Third Quarter Earnings Report set for July 26

Apple’s third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be watching the iPhone and iPad maker’s numbers closely after last quarter’s disappointing results, and the lack of new product announcements during Q3.


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06:54
News: South Korea regulators investigating Apple

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has opened an investigation into “some matters” related to Apple, Reuters reports. FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan refused to disclose any further details of the investigation, but earlier this month domestic news outlets reported that the FTC was looking into Apple’s contracts with the country’s mobile telecom providers....

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06:50
AdminStudio Suite 2016, Workflow Manager 2016 add...

Flexera Software (www.flexerasoftware.com) has updated AdminStudio Suite, a unified application readiness solution for packaging, virtualisation and management, adding Mac support along with that for Windows and mobile applications.

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06:45
New Chinese rules say Apple's App Store must...

Under new Chinese regulations, Apple will have to track the identities of App Store users while flagging anything that might violate the country's censorship laws, according to a Tuesday report.

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06:44
Episode of French TV show shot on iPhones after...

[VIDEO] Fantastic moment. Watch the video in the original post. I’d love a captioned version so I could follow along, but you’ll get the basics even if you don’t speak French.

From the 9to5Mac article:

The incident was reported by Pure Médias, which says that power was lost for three hours. Emergency lighting kicked in, but the TV cameras were still not able to function, so the decision was made to continue recording using iPhones.

This is reportedly the first time a broadcast TV show has ever been shot on iPhone in the country, though we have of course seen ads, documentaries and even movies shot entirely with iPhones – as well as Apple showing what amateurs can do with the iPhone through its Shot on iPhone campaign.

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06:44
WD expands storage capacity of several My Passport...

Western Digital Corporation has launched its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity.

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06:37
New 3D Touch Action in iOS 10 Lets You Prioritize...

After a few weeks of new iOS 10 features slowly being discovered by beta testers, one new 3D Touch-enabled shortcut was stumbled upon recently that will let users prioritize the bulk download of apps. When more than one app is installing, users on iOS 10 can 3D Touch to select "Prioritize Download" and temporarily pause the installation of other apps while the selected one gains favor.

On devices running iOS 9 and earlier, bulk downloads require users to run through every app downloading and tap to pause them, leaving only their favored app downloading. Apple's streamlined process in iOS 10 should greatly alleviate the frustration in moments where multiple apps are waiting to be downloaded and installed onto...

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06:36
Keyboard Maestro 7.2

Gains more text-processing capabilities and fixes various bugs. ($36 new, free update, 19.5 MB)

 

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06:34
Twitter’s temporary follow feature

Buzzfeed:

Twitter is built on a follow model, which is great for some use cases, but also means you’re going to miss a lot of great stuff from people you don’t follow. Unless you followed certain Democratic lawmakers, you likely missed lots of action from the House floor during the sit-in this week. But there’s a solution to that: A Twitter that temporarily inserts relevant tweets from the right people at the right moment into your timeline would be a much more useful Twitter. Amazingly, this Twitter already exists but is buried puzzlingly deep within the platform’s user interface.

This is, indeed, an obscure feature. It’s buried in the Moments tab and not presented consistently.

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06:29
Apple is second in the 2016 ‘Top 100 Global Brand...

Facebook and Apple took the top two spots in the second annual NetBase Brand Passion Report 2016: Top 100 Global Brand Love List, which reveals the brands consumers expressed the most love for on social media. The report leveraged the social analytics technology of NetBase a company that specializes in enterprise social analytics, to examine more than 265 million posts, ranking the most loved brands in technology, consumer goods, automotive, food and beverage, financial services and energy companies globally.

“Most consumer purchases are won over by emotion-- the more passion the consumer has for the brand, the less they rely on price as the deciding factor...

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06:20
Apple granted patent for way to stop iPhones from...

One of the things that really spoils live concerts these days is that half the people there don’t seem to want to watch it live at all – they’d rather watch it through their phone screen, holding the device up and blocking the view of those behind them. This is a problem Apple is seeking to solve in a patent first applied for in 2011 and granted today …

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06:20
The new iOS Remote app for Apple TV

[VIDEO] Terrific walkthrough of the newly updated Remote app that lets you use your iPhone to control your Apple TV.

On the down side, you won’t be able to control your TV’s volume using the app (I wonder why?)

On the up side, you’ll have a much larger screen space, more precise control of playing content, and a much better keyboard for typing in passwords and the like.

Watch the video to see all this in action.

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06:16
Patent report: Macs and Apple TVs with ‘3D, gaze-...

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 repeatedly denied plans for adding touch screens to its Mac line (though I think it will happen), but a newly granted patent (number 9,377,863) hints at an iMac with a “3D, gaze-enhanced virtual touchscreen.” The invention probably takes advantage of technology that Apple acquired when it bought a company called PrimeSense, an Israeli gesture recognition company, in 2013.

This patent,...

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06:14
News: Apple Q3 earnings call set for July 26

Apple has announced that it will release its Q3 financial results on Tuesday, July 26. As usual, the company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. Eastern time that day. Apple previously provided guidance for Q3 of revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion, and gross margin between 33.5 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide coverage of the results....

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06:12
Credit card sized iPhone stand that fits in your...

This well designed flat card slides out of your wallet and quickly unfolds into a stand for your phone, perfect for in flight entertainment. Originally released as part of a 2013 Kickstarter, this new version is updated to accommodate iPhones in cases as well as Android phones.

Great idea.

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06:03
How to use Tabs in macOS Sierra

A solid article that shows off the use of tabs in macOS Sierra, tabs that you’ve long used in Safari and, likely less often, in the Finder.

One of the best things about Sierra tabs is that developers get them for free, so you’ll be able to use tabs in all your favorite apps.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Virtual Reality Box Headset

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Virtual Reality Box Headset for only $18.99 — that’s 36% off the regular price. This quality iPhone-compatible headset helps you experience a whole new virtual reality world, with high-quality ABS construction and 42mm diameter spherical resin lens materials, super 3D picture rendering, and optical axis sliding controls so you can tailor the image to the best possible experience. Get the Virtual…

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05:51
Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions

Daniel Dilger, writing for Apple Insider:

On both macOS Sierra 10.12 and today’s El Capitan 10.11.5 (when Safari 10 is installed), Safari will support App Extensions built from a combination of JavaScript, CSS and native code written in Objective-C or Swift.

And:

More importantly, the new App Extensions architecture enables developers to distribute Safari Extensions as part of their app through the App Store.

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05:51
iOS 10 allows prioritized app downloads, making it...

Setting up a new iPhone or iPad by restoring from an iCloud backup has the virtue that you can do it from anywhere – without needing a Mac with an iTunes backup to hand – but it can be painfully slow, and it’s always the app you most want to use that seems to be the last to download.

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05:44
Apple to announce third quarter fiscal results on...

Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2016 on Tuesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. (Pacific). There will be a conference call with analysts and the press to discuss the financial results.  

A link to the live audio webcast will be provided at a later date. Apple has provided guidance for between $41 billion and $43 billion in revenue and a gross margin between 37.5% and 38% for the quarter. Operating expenses are projected to fall between $6 billion and $6.1 billion.

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05:38
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to Apple, reports Reuters. Speaking at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator's investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker, the article adds.

Domestic media reports have reported that the FTC was reviewing details of the U.S. firm's contracts with South Korean mobile telecoms carriers. The commission is South Korea's regulatory authority for economic competition. It was established in 1981 within the Economic Planning Board. 

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05:31
Microsoft pays out $10,000 for forcing Windows 10...

The forced update is a terrible strategy on Microsoft’s part. And now there’s a precedent for a potential wave of lawsuits.

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05:18
Apple Wins a Patent for an Infrared Camera System...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple invention that pointed to the coming indoor GPS trend that is about to come to market first with the Lenovo-Google Tango smartphone this fall. The second aspect of this invention caused a massive roar from techies who were upset with the camera being able to block smartphone video recording at concerts.

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05:00
Sell smarter and faster with the new Salesforce...

Modern sales reps rely on two tools above all others—Customer Relational Management (CRM) to manage sales opportunities and email to communicate with contacts. Yet, CRM and email have traditionally been disconnected tools, and sales reps have had to spend valuable time toggling between these apps. Whether it’s manually adding contacts or calendar events from email to CRM or having to move back and forth between email and CRM when looking up and updating a CRM entry based on an email thread, a lot of precious time and effort is spent on these administrative activities.

The new Lightning for Outlook add-in is designed to help reduce this pain by giving you the ability to search, view and update all Salesforce CRM entries associated with your email contacts right from Outlook, increasing productivity and helping you save time, so you can focus on the selling. Using Lightning Sync, you can automatically sync contacts and calendar events from your email to your CRM, so you don’t...

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05:00
Apple should consider its own version of the Razer...

There are rumors/hopes that Apple will replace its discontinued Thunderbolt Display with a monitor that packs a built-in graphics card. I think the rumor has some validity. If not, perhaps Apple might consider releasing a GPU enclosure for its Mac line-up akin to the Razer Core

The $499.99 Razer Core (pictured) is a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) external graphics enclosure. It designed to allow users to transform a notebook (PC, not Mac) into a desktop gaming experience. It offers plug and play support with compatible graphics cards. With the Razer Core, you can upgrade or customize your preferred level of performance with support for full-length, double-wide PCIe desktop graphics cards (sold separately, of course).

The Razer Core...

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05:00
Twitter Tries to Get Stickier


Twitter fans who want to dress up pix they post to the service can do it with #Stickers, a new feature announced Monday. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun," said Sasank Reddy, a senior product manager at Twitter. "Use them to share what you're doing or how you're feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair."

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04:59
Digital ad revenues to double by 2020

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global digital advertising spend across mobile, wearable and online devices will exceed $285 billion by 2020, up from an estimated $160 billion in 2016. This will be driven by an average annual growth of 22% in mobile and wearable advertising spend, as brands and retailers continue to invest in mobile consumer engagement.

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04:30
The SurfacePad: its beauty is not only skin deep

Twelve South’s $69.99 SurfacePad for the iPad mini 4 is a great product for those who are looking for a cover with features, if not necessarily a case for protection. 

The SurfacePad has an adhesive back that sticks on to the back surface of the iPad. Applying it can be a little tricky. However, the great thing about repositioning the adhesion is there is not any residue left behind. Even now, after using my SurfacePad for a solid two months, I can peal back the adhesion and see there will not be any residue remaining when I decide to change to a different case. However, I doubt that the SurfacePad will have enough adhesion left to be reused at a later time.

Once my SurfacePad was securely in place that is it, I was ready to begin anew; —  or so I thought. While the SurfacePad provides a “hidden” stand for typing, it falls easily and is not extremely functional if you add any...

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04:18
AppDelete 4.2.6 improves the ‘Undo from Folder’...

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.6 (http://tinyurl.com/ngg3ugq), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).

Via drag and drop, it can uninstall anything, along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. Version 4.2.6 improves the “Undo from Folder” option, and includes other fixes and improvements.

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04:13
Kool Tools: Kensington SmartFit Laptop Riser

Kensington’s (www.kensington.com) SmartFit Laptop Risers are designed to improve user productivity and comfort levels at the desktop.

The SmartFit Laptop Riser and award-winning SmartFit Laptop Riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad allow users to find their personal laptop height setting for optimal comfort to reduce neck and back strain while working. The riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad simplifies the process of charging a smart phone by eliminating the need for any cable.

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04:09
Apple Granted Patent for Controlling Apple TV's...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Wins Patent for a 3D GUI Gaze-Enhanced Virtual Touchscreen." The patent covered a computer system that could implement a non-tactile three-dimensional (3D) user interface. We updated the report to also show that the system hints at having a dimension to it that resembles HP's Sprout computer. Today, a second Apple/PrimeSense 3D camera patent has been granted that illustrates how it could possibly working with Apple TV in the future to control iTunes content for music, movies, photos and more.

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04:04
After France, Apple accused of unfair contracts with...

Reuters reports that South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive practices in the country. This appears to support an earlier unconfirmed report in Korea Times that FTC was examining the legality of Apple’s contract terms with mobile carriers.

Sources said Apple Korea has pressed carriers into buying a minimum volume of promotional iPhones and sharing the burden of repair costs […]

In April, the FTC ordered the rectification of 20 unfair provisions in contracts with its certified repair service partners. The contracts included stipulations that the repair firms could not file lawsuits against Apple Korea within a year after any dispute.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it echoes ...

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04:00
This outdoor system is one (Turtle) Shell of a...

If ever there were a speaker system built for use in the summer, it's the $79.95 Turtle Shell wireless from Outdoor Tech. It's a water and dust resistant Bluetooth boom box designed for the great outdoors. 

However, note that it's water and dust RESISTANT, not water and dust PROOF. Drop the Turtle Shell into the pool, and it's going to end up as one very quite tortoise. Note also that, though it's described as shock proof and is, indeed, rugged, you're not going to want to, say, run over it with your Jeep.

Actually, the angular, tri-themed construction doesn't resemble a turtle that much -- though the green one does with a little stretch of the imagination (the speaker is also available in white, red, blue, pink and "sea foam"). The design is to allow it to fit into a variety of places and spaces, which it does with aplomb. 

The shell itself has a rubberized coating that can be cleaned, which comes in...

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03:30
The best third-party keyboards for iPhone and iPad

Whether it’s the slim butterfly mechanism of the new MacBook or the bouncy fabric of the Smart Keyboard, the feel and travel of the letters under our fingers has as much impact on our productivity as the speed of the processor and size of the screen.

It’s no different on our touchscreen devices, and thanks to third-party developers and iOS’s now-open keyboard API, the iOS typing experience has gone from ordinary to extraordinary. Hundreds of apps all claim to speed up, smarten, and otherwise improve upon Apple’s own QuickType keyboard. For example, the slide typing method pioneered by Swype has transformed not just how but also how much we type. But which ones are the smartest, most comfortable, and best of the bunch? 

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02:51
Apple Wins Patent for a 3D GUI Gaze-Enhanced Virtual...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another PrimeSense invention that illustrates how a computer system could implement a non-tactile three-dimensional (3D) user interface. . The invention illustrates how the 3D interface could be used to advance the iMac with a gaze-enhanced virtual touchscreen.

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01:26
Korea's Fair Trade Commission Confirms...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to tech giant Apple Inc, the head of the anticompetition body said during a parliamentary hearing, without disclosing further details, reports Reuters. Yet Patently Apple reported on this a week ago with more specificity.

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Monday June 27

21:21
Apple under investigation by South Korean anti-...

A South Korean government body is investigating Apple over "some matters" pertaining to the company's dealings there, a report said Tuesday local time without revealing the nature of the probe.

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19:49
Google Brings Higher Resolution Satellite Imagery to...

Google announced Monday the rollout of new imagery for Google Earth, and by extension Google Maps. The company said it was incorporating a new cloud-free mosaic of Earth in Google Earth utilizing higher-resolution images from Landsat 8, a satellite deployed by the USGS and NASA in 2013.


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19:42
Google Brings Higher Resolution Satellite Imagery to...

Google announced Monday the rollout of new imagery for Google Earth, and by extension Google Maps. The company said it was incorporating a new cloud-free mosaic of Earth in Google Earth utilizing higher-resolution images from Landsat 8, a satellite deployed by the USGS and NASA in 2013.


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19:28
Brad Neely's weird Adult Swim cartoon premieres...

Adult Swim is consistently debuting new shows season after season, but usually not on Vine, right? That's why the fact that China, IL creator Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio is available on the network is such an interesting change. Neely's u...

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18:12
Google Bloks Will Offer Kids Hands-On, Collaborative...

Google announced a new “research project” called Bloks, a wonderful concept that brings programming to very young kids with real-world block-like components. It’s an ongoing project that Google is opening up to the world, but the company is starting with electronic boards and programmable pucks. Brain Boards are built from Raspberry Pi Zero boards and can be used to power anything you could power from that device, like robots or switches for real-world devices. The pucks are essentially instructions, including on-off switches, directions, or volume controls. When used in sequence, they can send instructions to the Brain Boards. And it’s all hands-on for young kids. They can collaborate in ways they never could with any programming thing based on a screen and/or keyboard. I love it. It’s an entirely different approach from Apple’s Swift Playground, and I think they’re very complementary.

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18:10
Google Bloks Will Offer Kids Hands-On, Collaborative...

Google announced a new "research project" called Bloks, a wonderful concept that brings programming to very young kids with real-world block-like components. It's an ongoing project that Google is opening up to the world, but the company is starting with electronic boards and programmable pucks. Brain Boards are built from Raspberry Pi Zero boards and can be used to power anything you could power from that device, like robots or switches for real-world devices. The pucks are essentially instructions, including on-off switches, directions, or volume controls. When used in sequence, they can send instructions to the Brain Boards. And it's all hands-on for young kids. They can collaborate in ways they never could with any programming thing based on a screen and/or keyboard. I love it. It's an entirely different approach from Apple's Swift Playground, and I think they're very complementary.

...

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18:01
Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2016 earnings on July 26

Apple on Monday announced plans to release a quarterly earnings report for the third fiscal quarter of 2016 on July 26, which is to be detailed in a following investors conference call.

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17:58
Apple schedules Q3 2016 earnings call livestream for...

Apple has announced today that it will hold its fiscal third quarter earnings call on Tuesday, July 26th at the usual time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, while the earnings release will be sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.

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17:55
Photonic Swiss watch engraving might keep...

Counterfeit jewelry is a big business. Sometimes the fakes are so convincing that it can be nearly impossible to tell if that Rolex you're eying is the real deal unless you have special equipment or an extremely trained eye. That's something the folk...

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17:53
Apple will announce third-quarter financial results...

This will be a very interesting quarter for Apple. They gave guidance in the last quarter, so their shouldn’t be any big surprises, but I’m interested to hear what Tim Cook has to say about services, iPhone, and India.

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17:48
Airbnb sues San Francisco

Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company’s free speech rights.

It’s all about taxes.

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17:44
PRE-SALE: The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course at $29

Our friends at Stack Commerce have been putting their collective noggins to work with this deal. It's a pre-sale on The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course with 80 hours of content on coding for Apple's next generation iOS. It's discounted to $29, and you'll be notified when the course is ready to access—but in the meanwhile you also get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training immediately, included for the same price. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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17:43
Field Notes Reporter’s Notebook

I’ve been using Field Notes notebooks for many years, but these new ones are really nice. They’re called the Byline Edition. I must have them.

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17:38
Facebook announces Featured Events capability to...

Facebook today has announced a new Featured Events capability that will make it even easier for users to find nearby ongoings right in the Facebook app itself. While Facebook already has support for Events, with 550 million people taking advantage of it each month, the company hopes that Featured Events will give more a more personalized experience.

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17:20
What's on your HDTV: 'Shark Week,'...

It's Shark Week, again. If you're in any way familiar with Discovery's summer celebration of all things shark, then you know what to expect. There won't be any Alien Shark episodes this year, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your pers...

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16:59
Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions to the...

Building on work completed last year to enable Web Content Blockers, Apple's new Safari 10 enables a wide range of native code App Extensions that users can automatically obtain and update through the Mac App Store, contributing to faster performance, enhanced security and better reliability.

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16:39
Facebook debuts hand-picked event listings in 10...

In its latest attempt to seem a little more human and a little less algorithmic, Facebook debuted a new feature Monday that suggests interesting events picked by real, live humans in 10 major US cities -- even if those events aren't on Facebook. As T...

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16:30
Here's the Upcoming Apple TV 'Remote...

At its recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled an all new "Remote" app for iOS devices, which has been entirely overhauled to make it easier than ever to control a fourth-generation Apple TV with an iPhone.

In the video below, we took a look at the Remote app to give MacRumors readers an early glimpse at what's in store. The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the Siri Remote for a navigation experience that's streamlined across different input methods.

When content like movies or music is playing, the Remote app includes a full "Now Playing" view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done via touch gestures.

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier...

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15:50
Dell made a 70-inch touchscreen for schools

Forget chalkboards and whiteboards in the classroom -- Dell thinks tech is the answer. It's launching a 70-inch touchscreen, the C7017T, that's designed to replace interactive whiteboards in schools and boardrooms. You probably wouldn't want this a...

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15:30
Review: Monowear Brown Leather Deployant band for...

The folks over at Monowear sent over one of its bands for me to try, and I shot a brief video showcasing the band in action. Monowear makes several band styles from leather, mesh, nylon and metal. The band it sent over is a brown leather band featuring a handy deployant clasp. The deployant clasp creates a perpetual look that makes the leather band super-easy to put on and take off. Have a look at our video review inside to see it in action. more…

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15:20
Expect a settlement in the Volkswagen emissions...

A federal judge has given Volkswagen until Tuesday, June 28th, to present a plan aimed at making amends in the diesel emissions scandal that's been dogging the company for nearly a year. Reuters and Bloomberg report that the settlement will cost VW $...

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15:10
AWT News Update: June 27, 2016

Image from the Firewatch game website. Buy the game for Mac!

Let's hear it for #Iceland in the Euro 2016 final 16, which today beat England 2 - 1 to move onto the quarterfinals. That's not Apple news, but this is:

  • Twitter announces that stickers for tweeted photos are coming soon to the iOS app
  • A French TV talk show relies on iPhones to film the remainder of an episode when a power outage knocks out cameras
  • A regional Ford dealership in Massachusetts rips off some great art from the game "Firewatch" by Panic and Campo Santo

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15:02
AI Playmate Cozmo Wants to Get to Know You


Anki on Monday introduced Cozmo, a little robot powered by an advanced artificial intelligence. Cozmo promises to be far more interactive than any toy robot that has been released to date. Although the multidisciplinary team of roboticists, animators and game developers who designed Cozmo had play in mind, they noted that the combination of technology from toys, videogames and robotics represents a major leap forward. Anki's three creators all got their start at Carnegie Mellon's Robotic Institute. Cozmo, which can nestle in the palm of your hand, has a "brain."

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14:52
Microsoft Studios shutters Xbox Fitness at-home...

Xbox Fitness has provided an at-home workout with the help of the trusty game console and Microsoft's Kinect since 2013. However, the exercise option won't be around much longer. Microsoft Studios announced that the console-driven workouts would be s...

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14:38
[Sponsor] Field Notes Reporter's Notebook

Field Notes has reinvented the classic Reporter’s Notebook, with the help of veteran reporter John Dickerson, host of CBS’s Face the Nation. The Reporter’s Notebook is an iconic American object, and sight of one being whipped out and flipped open is a sure sign that somebody is about to write down something important. They lay flat, and are great for taking notes at work or in class — as well as tracking down corruption for anonymous sources.

Available now in two-packs, and as part of a year-long subscription.

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14:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

With developers busy absorbing all the new information from WWDC, the only notable software release this week is BusyCal 3.0.1.

 

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14:37
ExtraBITS for 27 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we get a comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps, a look into what Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision can identify, and news that Bank of America is rolling out Apple Pay-compatible ATMs.

 

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14:28
PRE-SALE: The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course at $29

Our friends at Stack Commerce have been putting their collective noggins to work with this deal. It’s a pre-sale on The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course with 80 hours of content on coding for Apple’s next generation iOS. It’s discounted to $29, and you’ll be notified when the course is ready to access—but in the meanwhile you also get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training immediately, included for the same price. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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14:23
This laser-powered drum machine is a stunning work...

We're big fans of homemade instruments, synthesizers and other noise makers here at Engadget. Russian artist Vtol created a massive laser-powered drum machine installation as part of Earth Lab, a joint project between the Polytechnic Museum Moscow an...

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14:15
Game Foul: Ford Dealership Steals Firewatch Art

No matter how hard our kindergarten teachers tried, some people never really wrapped their heads around the idea that stealing is bad. Take, for instance, the Quirk Ford dealership in Massachusetts and the Firewatch artwork it stole for a promotional event.


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14:15
Game Foul: Ford Dealership Steals Firewatch Art

No matter how hard our kindergarten teachers tried, some people never really wrapped their heads around the idea that stealing is bad. Take, for instance, the Quirk Ford dealership in Massachusetts and the Firewatch artwork it stole for a promotional event.


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14:04
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Symply Co-...

Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his start in storage technology, and it goes back to his EE degree in college and his first job with the Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). Early on, he developed a passion to build great hardware and understand how data got stored. Years later, Alex ended up at Apple focusing on the small and medium business needs for easy to manage mass storage. He tells a great story about Apple giving him the go ahead to change the world with Xserve RAID. Today, Alex carries his years of experience with elegant, easy to manage storage into his new company, Symply, Inc. Alex told me one amazing story after another.

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13:58
Google brings higher-resolution imagery to Earth and...

Every few months or so, Google improves the satellite imagery on services like Earth and Maps. Now, as part of its efforts to keep making the experience better for users, the search giant is going to offer higher-resolution virtual views going forwar...

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13:57
Google may release self-designed smartphone by end...

Google is reportedly working on a new self-branded phone over which it will exert more design, software, and manufacturing control, putting the company in more direct competition with Apple's iPhone.

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13:51
DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data...

This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.

DataMan retails for $1.99 on the App Store and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve had a chance to try DataMan out and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via the App Store

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13:41
Notable apps and app updates for June 27, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Tension Software has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.

Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.

Counter 1.0 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at ...

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13:40
ZFS: The other new Apple file system that almost was...

Enlarge / A premature announcement by Sun's then-CEO Jonathan Schwartz might have doomed ZFS on OS X. (credit: Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty — Edited by Aurich Lawson)

This article was originally published on Adam Leventhal's blog and is reprinted here with his permission.

I attended my first WWDC in 2006 to participate in Apple's launch of their DTrace port to the next version of Mac OS X (Leopard). Apple completed all but the fiddliest finishing touches without help from the DTrace team. Even when they did meet with us, we had no idea that they were mere weeks away from...

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13:28
Microsoft sued for $10,000 after unwanted Windows 10...

Microsoft's pushy and occasionally misleading Windows 10 update process has had some tangible backlash. According to the Seattle Times, a small business owner from California has successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 in "compensation for lost wages...

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13:15
SummerFest 25%-Off Sale Discounts Take Control Books...

If you need help with your Mac, iOS device, or apps, or if your work would proceed more smoothly with a capable Mac app at your side, check out the multi-developer SummerFest sale. You can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles and 14 leading Mac apps.

 

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13:00
'Mass Effect Andromeda' novels tie into...

Literary pop culture powerhouse Titan Books will publish four new novels in the Mass Effect universe between August 2016 and March 2018, as outlined in its 2016 Fiction Rights Guide. The books line up with the release of Mass Effect Andromeda in Marc...

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12:30
My pointless quest to achieve perfect retro console...

​It all started about four years ago when I came into an old Sega Saturn system from the mid-90s. It was an entire console catalog that I completely skipped over back in the day. I hooked it up to my TV and soon I was knee-deep in classic fighting ga...

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12:20
iPhone 7 Sans Headphone Jack: The Debate Continues

Reliable sources are suggesting that Apple really will remove the 3.5 mm audio headphone jack from the iPhone 7 this fall. The community seems evenly split about the prospect, with some shrugging and one notable author declaring that this is a hostile and stupid idea. The notion that this isn’t really a worthwhile technical advance seems balanced with the prospect of better and enabling digital technology moving forward. Plus: a more waterproof iPhone. Particle Debris page 2 asks the question: has Apple gone too far?


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12:20
iPhone 7 Sans Headphone Jack: The Debate Continues

Reliable sources are suggesting that Apple really will remove the 3.5 mm audio headphone jack from the iPhone 7 this fall. The community seems evenly split about the prospect, with some shrugging and one notable author declaring that this is a hostile and stupid idea. The notion that this isn't really a worthwhile technical advance seems balanced with the prospect of better and enabling digital technology moving forward. Plus: a more waterproof iPhone. Particle Debris page 2 asks the question: has Apple gone too far?


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12:05
Renders imagine what Apple’s new darker “Space Black...

Details of a new darker Space Black iPhone color arriving with the next-generation device this fall have surfaced, but what might the new color option look like? 

Earlier today we reported that iPhone 7— if that’s what we’re calling it— now seems likely to come in Space Black to match Apple Watch and replace the current Space Gray option. Several other reports had noted whispers of a new darker color (at one point described as a deep blue) and we noted today that it’s something we’d heard from one of our own...

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12:05
Facebook launches custom-curated event picks to...

On Monday a newly-formed team at Facebook began curating lists of "featured" events, in a bid to provide better recommendations for people looking for activities around town.

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12:00
Twitch introduces 'Cheering' emotes for...

Twitch, the popular game-streaming site, has a funding problem. Not related to the company -- it's owned by Amazon and is just fine -- but its streamers. Like on other video platforms, creators are paid based on ad views and subscriptions, and by all...

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11:40
Facebook Slideshow livens up your photos and videos

It's easy to post a ton of photos from your weekend adventures to Facebook, but let's face it: there are only so many people willing to flip through your photos one at a time. Facebook might just have a way to spice things up, though. It's trotting...

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11:27
Review: Phiaton BT 460 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Phiaton's new BT 460 ($200) is a lightweight wireless Bluetooth headphone that packs some good tech ideas, but has some issues with the details. The BT 460 is, at first, refreshing in its simple and understated design. This minimalism starts with its packaging, which is clean and straightforward except for the curious “Teddy Artist Edition” branding. Inside the box, we find a large carrying case, charging cable, and 3' headphone cable. On the headphone itself, there are no flashy logos or loud colors. BT 460 is a classy-looking black and gray headset made of plastic and rubber (the headphone also comes in white). Other than the power button, there are no visible volume or track controls — everything is handled via a touch interface on the right ear. The BT 460 makes a good first impression, promising some interesting features for a wireless headphone.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:15
Here's when that 'Minecraft' movie is...

Been waiting on pins and needles for news regarding the upcoming Minecraft movie? The good news is there's actually one big piece of news: a release date. The bad news? You're going to be waiting a few years still until you can feast your eyes on it....

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11:08
Gun Control and Learning to Make Data-Driven...


We live in an unprecedented age of information and computing power -- yet whether publicly or privately, we still make decisions largely on how we feel rather than based on hard information. With this massive influx of data and computing power, when it comes to issues like global warming or gun control -- and much of what is being shown as data is false -- we are more likely to decide based on how we feel about an issue than spending a comparatively little time figuring out the facts and then making what would be the right decision for us.

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11:04
Deals: $100-$250 off 13" and 15" MacBook...

The last week in June sees dramatic price reductions on 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with instant discounts, free gift offers and coupon savings of up to $250 off MSRP. Early 2015 12-inch MacBooks are also $185-$350 off at authorized resellers -- all with free shipping and no sales tax in at least 46 states.

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11:03
Facebook for iOS adds Featured Events in 10 U.S....

Starting today, iOS users in 10 US cities will see the option for Featured Events in a carousel atop their list of upcoming soirees. Facebook’s curators will cull through each city’s top art, entertainment, family, festival, fitness, food & drink, learning, community, music, and sports events, and select a few with the capacity to accept some extra foot traffic.

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11:00
Rachio's 2nd-generation Smart Sprinkler...

What if you could make a $200 - $250 investment that could pay itself back in a few years? I made that investment two years ago with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, and it's saved me money on expensive and scarce water for irrigating my lawn and garden. Rachio is now shipping the second generation of the device, which adds to the utility of this water-saving smart controller.

Design

Perhaps the biggest change to the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is the external shell; it's a bit shorter than the previous box with an expanded width. Dimension-wise, the new box is a sleek 9.25 x 5.625 x 1.625 inches, and weighs just 1.2 lbs. The previous model was square in shape: 

The 2nd-Generation Rachio at top, the original model at bottom.

Like the previous Rachio, it's possible to purchase both 8-zone ($199.99) and 16-zone ($249.99) models depending on the size and complexity of your...

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10:58
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-27: AAPL, Brexit,...

Apple’s stock isn’t a high as it used to be and understanding why can be a little daunting. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Wall Street’s dysfunctional relationship with Apple and the Brexit impact on the stock market. They also check out Google’s new Blocks programming platform for kids.


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10:58
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-27: AAPL, Brexit,...

Apple's stock isn't a high as it used to be and understanding why can be a little daunting. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Wall Street's dysfunctional relationship with Apple and the Brexit impact on the stock market. They also check out Google's new Blocks programming platform for kids.


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10:44
Best Buy hopes to offer in-home tech advice

Best Buy can already send Geek Squad and Magnolia to your home when you need a fix or some help setting up a new TV. But what if everything is running fine, and you'd just like to improve your tech? The retailer thinks it can help there, too. It's pi...

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10:33
Hands-on: Apple TV Remote App beta for the 4th-...

The new Apple TV Remote app, which Apple TV owners have been expecting since Eddy Cue acknowledged its development, is now available for testing. Available directly as an IPA installable via iTunes, the Apple TV Remote app can be accessed by registered Apple developers.

The Remote app has been designed to, as Apple states in its release notes, bring the “best of the Siri Remote” to iOS devices. Not only will the Remote app allow users to easily navigate the Apple TV interface, it can also be used as a controller to control basic games.

How well does the new Apple TV Remote app work? Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough to see it in action. more…

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10:15
Half of US households now subscribe to VOD services

With the various ways you can consume digital media aside from television and cable channels, it should come as no surprise that now, according to a new report from Nielsen, that about half of all households in the US partake in subscription VOD serv...

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10:07
BusyCal 3.0.1

Major update brings a modern look, smoother navigation, travel time alerts, timed to-dos, and more. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade, 10.7 MB)

 

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10:07
Dreezy's debut full-length to launch as one-...

The first full-length album by up-and-coming rapper Dreezy, No Hard Feelings, will launch as a temporary Apple Music exclusive on July 15, according to Interscope Records.

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10:00
Netflix’s new “secondary” logo

I like it. And the idea of having a single letter secondary logo provides them with a lot of options, especially if they can make it synonymous with their company.

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09:54
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09:49
Google's virtual reality field trips are...

Have you been slightly envious of kids going on Google's virtual reality field trips? Don't be. As part of a broader educational push, Google is making the necessary Expeditions app available to everyone. So long as you have an Android device (iOS is...

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09:46
Twitter announces stickers

Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun.

Get ready, these will be everywhere.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Band $9, Nest...

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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09:24
China launches its new mainstay rocket

China is celebrating the successful launch of its Long March 7 rocket, a key component and backbone of its future space program. As Xinhua News explains, the craft is designed as the "main carrier" for the Chinese space program, capable of pushing 13...

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09:17
What will Apple call the next iPhone? iPhone 7? Pro...

What will Apple call the next iPhone? You might think iPhone 7 is the obvious answer and natural progression following the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but reports that Apple is moving to a longer, three-year refresh cycle for iPhone updates could mean a change for branding this year.  more…

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09:05
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Symply Co-...

Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his start in storage technology, and it goes back to his EE degree in college and his first job with the Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). Early on, he developed a passion to build great hardware and understand how data got stored. Years later, Alex ended up at Apple focusing on the small and medium business needs for easy to manage mass storage. He tells a great story about Apple giving him the go ahead to change the world with Xserve RAID. Today, Alex carries his years of experience with elegant, easy to manage storage into his new company, Symply, Inc. Alex told me one amazing story after another.


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09:02
HP's new touchscreen Chromebook is ready for...

It's no secret that HP loves making Chromebooks, and today the company is expanding its lineup with the future of Chrome OS in mind. Enter the HP Chromebook 11 G5, an 11.6-inch laptop which features a touchscreen, meaning it'll support Android apps w...

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09:00
Microsoft Planner hands-on demonstration

Earlier this month, we launched Microsoft Planner, which offers you a simple and visual way to organize teamwork. There are different ways we all get work done and until recently Microsoft has had solutions on two ends of the spectrum. Tools like Wunderlist or Outlook help manage your personal task lists, while Project or Project Online can be used to manage projects that require scheduling, prioritization, resource management, timesheets and integration with Line of Business systems. The middle ground is where Planner fits in, and it’s designed for structured team collaboration. For example, you can use Planner to manage events, office moves, user training or other team projects.

Today, we take a deeper look at Microsoft Planner—a new experience in Office 365 to organize work, manage and assign tasks and collaborate within your teams. Sajan Parihar and I go hands-on and...

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09:00
MacTech Pro NYC: Get $200 off registration from...

Apple World Today is proud to be a media sponsor of the MacTech Pro Events for 2016, and one of the biggest events is coming up soon -- MacTech Pro New York 2016. We're offering $200 off the registration fee for the event to AWT readers, so if you're considering going but haven't yet registered, now's the time to do it.

The event runs from 8:30 AM (registration) until 6 PM, and will be held at the Skyline Hotel NYC at 725 Tenth Avenue (at 49th Street). Sessions Chairs for this year's MacTech Pro NYC include Craig Cohen from HCS Technology Group, Andy Espo, the CEO of Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting, and MacTech Magazine's Neil Ticktin. 

Topics include:

  • Managing and User-Proofing Security as Malware Threat Grows
  • Mac Admins Approach to Linux Servers Administration
  • Networking: Discover, Map and Reporting Essentials
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08:58
Google Ready to Try Apple’s Tactics with New...

Google is reportedly working on a new smartphone to take on Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s phone De jour. Unlike its Nexus line, where partner companies are making the phones, Google plans to take complete control over this new line.


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08:58
Google Ready to Try Apple’s Tactics with New...

Google is reportedly working on a new smartphone to take on Apple's iPhone and Samsung's phone De jour. Unlike its Nexus line, where partner companies are making the phones, Google plans to take complete control over this new line.


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08:52
Twitter photo stickers coming soon to iOS app

Twitter on Monday announced plans to launch stickers in its mobile apps, letting users customize their uploaded images with premade graphics.

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08:39
'No Man's Sky' soundtrack is going on...

It's not often a soundtrack associated with a video game, let alone one that's not been released yet, is taken on tour and played to audiences all over the world. That's exactly what's happening with British band 65daysofstatic's No Man's Sky soundtr...

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08:38
Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for...

In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.

The pictures also show the absence of horizontal antenna lines on the back of the handset wherein the aforementioned lines are now only present at the chassis edges.

Other changes shown in the leaks...

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08:18
Dolby's wide color range technology comes to...

Amazon has already dipped its toes into the waters of high dynamic range video, but it's now ready to get its feet wet. The internet giant has started integrating Dolby Vision HDR into its video subscription and purchase services. Watch the right sho...

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08:15
Space Black is the new Dark Blue: Another rumor gone...

iPhone 5 (left) vs. iPhone 5s (right) "space gray", via Mike Cronin on Youtube

Don't know about you, but I think the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 are getting out of hand. Just last week we heard that from the Japanese blog Macotakara that Apple was going to be making a "Deep Blue" version of the next-generation smartphone. Now they've backtracked, telling AppleInsider that it's just a "much darker" version of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

Those quotes came from AppleInsider, which stated that Macotakara blogger Danbo had reached out with the new rumor. It sounds more like Danbo pulled this one out of his nether region. 

I'm offering this rumor up as further proof that the world has gone mad. Does it...

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08:13
News: Apple’s UK tax bill under scrutiny

Apple’s UK corporation tax last year amounted to £12.9 million, but with £12.9 billion in profits in the last three months of 2015 alone, the Daily Mail is questioning whether the company is paying its fair share. Apple’s tax bill for 2015 was actually up from £11.8 million the previous year, but with the company still under EU investigation for routing its European profits through Ireland, suspicion that Apple is cooking the books…

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08:11
Developers begin answering questions about upcoming...

It’s deeply technical, but it’s worth the read.

An blog posted over on Adam Leventhal’s blog and picked up by the mighty Ars Technica describes a talk about the new Apple Filing System given during a Q&A session over at WWDC. During the session, Dominic Giampaolo and Eric Tamura, two members of the APFS team, gave an overview to a packed room, wherein, with the help of other team members, they patiently answered questions about the upcoming file architecture.

This isn’t the shortest article in the world, but it shows how a lot of praise is going towards encryption, while a fair amount of criticism seems to be emerging around data integrity.

Still, if you want to know what’s on the horizon for the new macOS operating systems, this is worth your time....

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08:10
Twitter is bringing searchable, emoji-like ‘#...

Messaging apps like WeChat, Line, and Path have made stickers as popular as emoji, and now Twitter is joining in on the fun with searchable ‘#Stickers’ that you can add to your tweet pics.

more…

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08:00
Intel Patent Reveals RealSense Camera System adding...

This will be the year that we begin to see Intel's RealSense camera come to market in a wide range of products from PCs to smartphones and tablets. Intel continues to advance their 3D camera technology with an emphasis on in-air gestures for video gaming as revealed in a patent that surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week.

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08:00
Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding...

There has been a big push in computer science education in the last few years. The UK has made it part of its national curriculum, President Obama has pledged $4 billion toward a national computer science initiative and a slew of toys and games desig...

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07:46
Amazon helps teachers share free digital education...

Part of the promise of digital education is the ability to share knowledge between schools, but that's not easy when there isn't a central hub for making that happen. Amazon, however, thinks it can help. It's launching Inspire, a free service that...

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07:26
News: Apple lays out ‘differential privacy’ plan for...

Apple is working to explain its new “differential privacy” method of collecting enough user information to make its products more useful while still protecting user privacy, Recode reports. Data collection will begin with the rollout of iOS 10, but will be entirely opt-in, allowing users to decide whether they’re willing to trade a little privacy in return for added functionality. Those opting in will allow Apple to see new words…

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07:26
Twitter's searchable stickers can add pizzazz...

Post a lot of photos to Twitter but feel like they're lacking something? Twitter's changing that with today's announcement of #Stickers, which will let you spice up your pictures with props, emoji and more.

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07:24
Episode of French TV show shot on iPhones after...

A recorded episode of the French TV show On n’est pas Couché (We are not Asleep) was filmed with iPhones after a power outage at the studio took out the TV cameras.

You can watch the video below of the moment when the power went out, together with footage of filming continuing using iPhones …

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07:06
Rumored 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 Said to...

Following a sketchy rumor last week that said Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, Japanese blog Mac Otakara has clarified to AppleInsider that the new color will actually be a "much darker" variant of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

Black and slate iPhone 5 on left vs. space gray iPhone 5s (Mike Cronin via YouTube)Monday's indications from Macotakara sources appear to be a clarification from earlier reports that suggested Apple would ditch space gray for a "deep blue" color option. Sources who claim to have seen the next-generation iPhone coloring apparently mistook the...

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07:00
News: Report: New iPhone’s space gray to be ‘much...

Tipsters have indicated that the space gray version of the new “iPhone 7” will be a “much darker color” than that on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, Apple Insider reports. There is already some variability in Apple’s space gray from product to product, with the space gray on the Apple Watch Sport quite a bit darker than that on the iPhone 6 or 6s. But citing trusted sources, Macotakara‘s Danbo told the site that the…

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06:59
Pyle debuts iPhone Lite Me Selfie Case with built-in...

Pyle Audio has announced the $49.99 Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus case is designed to help users create better selfie images while protecting the smartphone in a slim fitting case.

You can slide your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus inside the case, which sports bright LED lights along the frame that can be turned on or off at the press of a button. This multi-functional protective case also features a built-in power bank with a 1750 mAh rechargeable battery, so you can use it as a backup charger when battery life is low. One-button operation allows users to adjust brightness and add a blinking or strobe light effect around the phone.

The Woodline Case from Pad&Quill: Kevlar meets wood in a stunning new iPhone case

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06:57
iPhone 7 now seems likely to come in Space Black to...

While a previous Macotakara report suggested that the iPhone 7 would be available in a deep blue color, replacing Space Gray, the blog is now suggesting that this is not the *case*.

I have heard another information that space grey would not be disconnected, but would be possibly updated to much darker color. Also, the new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black.

This tallies with something heard from one of our own sources …

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06:48
Apple gets its Rainbow on for SF Pride Parade

Apple helped celebrate the LGBTQ community over the weekend by marching in San Fransisco’s annual Pride parade. Company CEO Tim Cook’s photo on Twitter shows what looks like hundreds of Apple employees marching and waving rainbow flags—and wearing the special limited edition Apple Watch rainbow watch bands the company gave to participants.


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06:35
French talk show resorts to iPhones to continue...

Following a sudden power outage in the studio, part of the Saturday episode of a popular French talk show was reportedly shot on Apple's iPhone.

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06:33
Apple gets its Rainbow on for SF Pride Parade

Apple helped celebrate the LGBTQ community over the weekend by marching in San Fransisco's annual Pride parade. Company CEO Tim Cook's photo on Twitter shows what looks like hundreds of Apple employees marching and waving rainbow flags—and wearing the special limited edition Apple Watch rainbow watch bands the company gave to participants.


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06:17
watchOS 3 first look

Serenity Caldwell takes you on a tour through Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch OS update.

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06:13
Late Night Software launches Script Debugger 6

Late Night Software has released Script Debugger 6 (http://www.latenightsw.com), the latest version of its AppleScript development software.

The upgrade includes 25 new features and a raft of other tweaks and improvements. It’s designed to make it easier to work on large projects, and to take advantage of new AppleScript features.

Script Debugger 6 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It retails for $99.99, with upgrades from Script Debugger 5 for $49.99. Volume and educational discounts apply. A demo version is available for download.

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06:12
Rumor: Apple's space gray 'iPhone 7'...

Apple's space gray color option for iPhones could return to a darker shade, closer to black with the upcoming "iPhone 7," according to a new report.

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06:08
Apple, the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade,...

Apple gave a terrific one-of-a-kind gift to employees who participated in Sunday’s annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade.

I love that Apple supports this. A nice looking band.

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06:02
What Apple’s new APFS file system means to you

Michael Cohen, writing for TidBITS:

Among the tidbits Apple revealed to its developer audience at the recently completed Worldwide Developers Conference was a new file system for the whole range of its products. Dubbed “APFS” (an acronym that Apple doesn’t completely spell out even in its developer documentation), the file system is meant to replace HFS+, the file system that in turn replaced 1985’s HFS (Hierarchical File System) in 1998.

Important change, arcane acronym.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The World Class Mac Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering The World Class Mac Bundle for only $24.99 — that’s 93% off the regular price. This bundle of eight top-selling Mac apps will help you get productive, build cool websites, boost your Mac’s health, and more, with great tools such as Data Rescue 4, Freeway Pro 7, Painter Essentials 5, and more.

Get the The World Class Mac Bundle now for only $24.99...

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06:00
Sky Force Reloaded scores a hit with its freebie...

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

Many free-to-play games are laid-back, casual affairs meant to fill small moments during your days—including recent Freemium Field Test picks like Uncharted: Fortune Hunter and Bejeweled Stars. But occasionally, you’ll find something a bit livelier and action-packed; the kind of game that pulls more inspiration from...

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05:42
More Chinese patent battles likely upcoming for...

Apple’s record as the biggest target in the world for patent claims doesn’t look likely to change any time soon. The WSJ reports that three Chinese companies top the rankings for the most international patent filings: Huawei, Qualcomm and ZTE.

Last year, Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker and the leader in the telecommunications-equipment market, was the largest filer of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which makes it easier for companies to file patents in multiple countries […]

Patents are also playing a role in the harsher mobile landscape Apple and Samsung are...

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05:27
The essential guide to using Siri on a Sierra Mac

Jonny Evans digs into the process of using Siri on your Sierra-installed Mac, including preferences and lots and lots of examples.

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05:00
Daily Deal: Pre-order the Complete iOS 10 Developer...

Apple's latest mobile operating system won't be here until September or so, but it's already generating a lot of excitement with developers who want to take advantage of its new APIs to create more powerful and easy-to-use apps. For a limited time, pre-order The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course for just $29 from the Apple World Today Deals Shop and get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course as well. 

The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course will normally sell for $499 if you purchase it directly from the trainers at Mammoth Interactive, and The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course weighs in at $999. Altogether, the package is worth $1,498 -- but they want to pre-sell the iOS 10 to get the word out and slashed the price to $29. 

Order...

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04:55
Apple’s latest UK tax bill: £12.9M, the equivalent...

With a long-running EU investigation into the legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Europe still showing no signs of reaching a conclusion, the size of last year’s UK tax bill isn’t likely to help its cause. Apple’s latest accounts show that it paid just £12.9M ($17M) in UK corporation tax despite making an estimated £2B ($2.6B) profit in the country.

As the Mail Online notes, this is the equivalent of just two hours’ profits on its global sales …

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04:44
Samsung & Huawei Lower their Smartphone Sales...

While Apple's iPhone sales were down for the first time in nine years, it's clearly an industry trend that no one is escaping. It's being reported today in a supply chain report that "Some leading Android smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics and Huawei have lowered their shipment targets ...

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04:30
The OWC Express is a great way to repurpose an old...

You just decided to upgrade your MacBook hard drive to take advantage of the incredible storage space out there now or maybe you are adventuresome and switched to a Solid State Drive. What should you do with the old hard drive?

If you are looking for an easy, economical repurposing of that old hard drive, the OWC Express 2.0 enclosure is an excellent choice at US$19.99. Unfortunately I've been burned figuratively and literally by inferior quality enclosures with questionable origin -- my Mac Pro has the scorch marks on the USB port to attest to this fact. Luckily, this enclosure comes from a company which stands behind their product and truly knows the Mac.

Don't expect many bells and whistles on this unit. The case is made of plastic despite its faux metal appearance. Nonetheless, the case is sturdy and has stood the test of time being a spare hard drive I keep in my...

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04:19
More consumers gaming on streaming media devices

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that consumers are steadily increasing their gaming activities on streaming media players, which includes form factors such as streaming sticks and boxes.

The research firm reveals that among U.S. broadband households with at least one Internet-connected device, 26% use their streaming media player as their primary device to access online video content. These households spend an average of 1.3 hours per week gaming on their streaming media players.

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04:09
Kool Tools: Satechi Multi-Port USB Charging Station

Satechi’s Multi-Port USB Charging Station sports four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports and can charge multiple devices at the same time, in the same place.

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04:07
MOSO releases Xmplify XML Editor 1.8.0 for Mac OS X

MOSO has announced Xmplify XML Editor 1.8.0 (http://xmplifyapp.com/), an update to their powerful XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.

Xmplify XML Editor provides aXML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.8.0 adds improved support for auto-completions, plus fixes and other improvements.

Xmplify is available for $59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.8.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.

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04:00
The T51i combines the best features of on-ear...

Somewhere out there, perhaps there's an on-ear headphone that beats the overall audio quality, design, comfort, and looks of the Beyerdynamic T51, but I've yet to run across it. Of course, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299, this is a product for dedicated audiophiles.

Let's get the most important thing out of the way first. How good do they sound? One word: great — there's excellent sound across the entire frequency range. The headphones offer pumping, deep bass, lifelike vocals and wide clarity in an immersive soundstage. The mids have clean detail, with small boosts around 95dB and 113dB. The highs are crisp and efficient. I've had all five members of our family test drive the sound — and all found the T51i's audio near-perfect.

The TF1i is also the best-designed on-ear headphone I've used. It avoids the "stuffed" feeling of in-ear earpods, but lacks the propensity for falling off your head or...

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03:59
Google Reportedly Working on Own-Branded Phone Set...

Google is set to launch its own smartphone by the end of the year in an effort to compete more directly with Apple and Samsung devices, according to The Telegraph.

Citing "senior sources" familiar with the matter, the report claims that the company plans to unveil a Google-branded handset that is separate from its Nexus range of phones, which are designed and manufactured through partnerships with the likes of LG and HTC. Google is also said to be in discussions with mobile operators about the release of the phone by the end of 2016.

If true, the news would be a significant shift in ambitions for the company's mobile arm, which has historically focused on software development with its Android OS and left handset design in the hands of hardware manufacturers.

By contrast, Google's own internal handset division will take full...

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03:51
Handy unofficial mac app provides transcripts of all...

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s WWDC, there were live-streams of all the session videos, and you can still watch these online. But for those who find written transcripts a more efficient way to catch up, or want to be able to search for specific terms, the unofficial WWDC Mac app now provides automatic transcripts of each session.

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03:30
Patent trollin’: Straight Path sues Apple for patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. Straight Path Group, a subsidiary of fixed wireless spectrum leasing firm Straight Path Communications, is suing Apple for patent violation, this one regarding VoIP, reports AppleInsider

Straight Path is a non-practicing entity — in other words, a “patent troll.” A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data...

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03:30
5 apps to help you digitally organize business cards

We live in a practically paperless, digital age, but there’s one paper product that just won’t die: The business card. Business cards are pretty much a necessity for networking, but what do you do with 800 business cards when you get home from a tradeshow?

Let me guess—leave them in your bag and forget about them until the next tradeshow rolls around. Not such an effective networking tool after all.

Good news: There are plenty of apps that will help you stay on top of your business card stash by (quickly) digitizing them and adding the relevant information to your virtual rolodex (your Contacts list). We tried out five to find out which one makes the best business card butler.

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02:24
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display with No...

Those who need a screen for a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or who want to revel in the productivity glory of a multiple-monitor Mac, will have to look for solutions from companies other than Apple.

 

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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Sunday June 26

18:58
Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by...

Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews cou...

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17:15
Wisconsin's sentencing algorithm faces a court...

Many people are nervous about the prospect of using algorithms to predict crime, and a legal battle in Wisconsin is illustrating why. The state's Supreme Court is close to ruling on an appeal from Eric Loomis, who claims that the justice system reli...

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16:23
Apple hands out rainbow Apple Watch bands to...

In celebration of this year's LGBTQ Pride festivities, and the 30th anniversary of its own corporate Pride association, Apple this weekend passed out special rainbow colored Apple Watch bands to employees and published a selection of related iTunes content.

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15:42
Google reportedly ships its first non-Nexus phone...

You might not have to wait long to see whether or not rumors of Google having more say over phone designs are true. Sources speaking to the Telegraph claim that Google will release a smartphone with tighter controls over "design, manufacturing and...

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14:29
How the AppleInsider podcast is recorded and edited

As the AppleInsider podcast approaches 75 episodes, one of the most common questions we receive is how the show itself is produced. Our host Victor Marks offers a rundown of his process, including the hardware and software used to bring the weekly news program to life.

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14:10
See the unusual way cancer cells spread

In many ways, the biggest problem with fighting cancer is containing it: you may kill the main tumor site, but there's a real chance that it'll spread and reemerge as a threat. At last, though, scientists have a better understanding of how that migr...

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14:04
Business Lessons Learned From My Yoga Practice...

Had the idea for this one during a yoga class the other day. It starts out like this:

This may sound a little surprising, but yoga and business have a lot in common. Yoga teaches us about depth and focus. But as I’ve learned, yoga can also provide valuable lessons about how to successfully run a business. And not just in regards to emotional IQ. Here are some of the top lessons that I’ve brought to how I do business from my yoga practice.

Read on here…

Anything I missed?

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13:48
Apple once again joins in San Francisco Pride parade...

Apple is once again celebrating the LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco with employees (including Apple CEO Tim Cook) joining the march earlier today, showing support of human equality and diversity across ethnicities and sexual orientation.

For the first time, Apple is gifting limited edition Pride Apple Watch bands to employees who take party, with rainbow colored nylon strap and red lugs.

More pics after the break …

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12:33
South Korea hopes traffic signs will cut phone...

Cities have tried a number of exotic solutions to get phone-toting pedestrians to focus on where they're going (or at least, out of the way). However, Seoul thinks there's a simpler answer: traffic signs. The South Korean capital is testing signs t...

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11:02
Chrome exploit makes life easier for video pirates

Media giants insist on copy protection systems in browsers to prevent bootleggers from copying video streams, but these anti-piracy measures aren't foolproof. Security researchers have found a flaw in Chrome (and any Chromium-based browser) that cir...

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10:36
A Samsung Patent Comes to Light Illustrating a New...

On June 15 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's New York Event in August to Introduce the Galaxy Note 7 with Iris Scanning Security." That particular news stemmed from a Korean press report which was somewhat supported by the fact that Samsung had also interestingly filed for "Galaxy Iris" and 'Galaxy Eyeprint' trademarks recently. This week another patent-pending invention from Samsung surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office showcasing a new kind of triple camera system to accommodate iris scanning.

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09:44
Winner of the Pad and Quill WWDC giveaway announced...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of last week's giveaway, C.R., who will receive a MacBook sleeve, iPhone case, Briefcase bag and iPad case courtesy of Pad & Quill.

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09:30
Ben Heck's Essentials series: Logic gates

Join Ben, Karen and Felix as they teach you the basic functions of digital circuitry and electronics with logic gates. Using the basis of the Hackmanji game, you'll soon learn the difference between NAND, AND, XOR and OR logic gates. These compon...

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09:18
MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac &...

How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!


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09:18
MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac &...

How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!


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08:00
After Math: What are we watching?

These days, it seems the only news being reported is bad news. Britain's surprise exit from the EU stands to tear the nation in twain, Zika is spreading across the planet like viral wildfire, economic and racial divisions are widening; Trump is still...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar Impulse's...

This week the Solar Impulse made history by becoming the first sun-powered airplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, a team of Swiss students built an all-electric race car that smashed an acceleration record by going from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seco...

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06:09
Is Google Really Planning to Attack the iPhone this...

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said last month that Google was "investing more effort" into phones, although he seemed to clarify that they would continue to support the Google-backed Nexus smartphones and smartphone projects like the latest from Lenovo that will introduce the first phone based on project Tango – not make phones of their own. But actions speak louder than words and earlier this year Google hired Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola, to lead a new hardware division ...

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06:00
A ZFS developer’s analysis of the good and bad in...

Two hours or so of WWDC keynoting and Tim Cook didn't mention a new file system once? (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This article was originally published on Adam Leventhal's blog in multiple parts.

Apple announced a new file system that will make its way into all of its OS variants (macOS, tvOS, iOS,...

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04:01
328 foot-long floating barrier will collect ocean...

There are numerous efforts underway to clean the world's oceans, but The Ocean Cleanup is testing what may be both the simplest and the most ambitious. It just launched a 328 foot-long prototype floating barrier that will collect trash floating in t...

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Saturday June 25

23:26
Incipio just bought headphone maker Skullcandy

You probably don't see Incipio as more than the company who made your phone case or external battery pack. However, it's quietly becoming something of an accessory powerhouse: it owns brands like Braven and Incase. And now, it's getting even bigger...

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