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Tuesday July 28

05:09
Apple Pay Now Supports HSBC and First Direct in the...

Apple Pay today expanded its participating issuers list within the United Kingdom, adding support for both HSBC and First Direct customers. Both banks were announced as starting partners for the UK branch of Apple Pay, but were delayed until late July at the last minute.

HSBC and First Direct join a list of UK Apple Pay partners that includes: American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Still listed as coming soon are: Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank and TSB. Although Barclays has confirmed "imminent" support for the contactless payment service, the bank has yet to be listed on Apple's Apple Pay UK site.

Along with the announcement of HSBC and First Direct support,...

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05:00
The Key to Apple Watch Success: Getting Enough Right...


I still find wry joy in all the "Apple Watch Tanks" headlines from early July. There are some great gems, like "Apple Watch is a FLOP: Sales of the gadget have fallen by 90 percent since April, report claims" or "Analyst: Apple Watch selling worse than thought." Trouble is, the reports and estimates were based on a tiny slice of reality. In fact, after Apple's earnings call with analysts last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple Watch sales were higher in June than in April or May. So, how is it that sales are tanking?

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Mission Impossible: Rogue...

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). 

It’s easy to get excited about this weekend’s release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, especially after 2011’s Ghost Protocol pumped some life back into the spy film franchise. Just look at the latest trailer: The bike chase! That car chase! The gadgets! Tom Cruise hanging off of an airplane! It’ll be tough to top the last one, but Rogue Nation seems like it’s got a fighting chance. 

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04:16
UK Bank HSBC now on Board with Apple Pay – That Just...

A new UK report states that while the iPhone wasn't the first handset that could work like a contactless credit card, it's definitely taken off in the way rival smartphones have not. That's mostly due to the fact that Apple Pay is so easy to use.

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04:12
Sources at major labels say Apple Music hit over 10M...

Music site Hits Daily Double cites “inside sources at some of the major labels” as stating that Apple Music signed up more than 10M subscribers in the first four weeks, saying the number was shared with them by Apple.

The site says both Apple and the labels were surprised by the speed of adoption, noting that streaming figures for some tracks – which include “a couple of cutting-edge hip-hop titles” – are on a par with Spotify, which has around 75M subscribers … 

While 10M is a big number, I’m actually surprised it’s not higher, given that it was offered...

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04:05
Smartphones, tablets are changing how users print,...

Driven by an explosion of smartphones and tablets, the landscape for printing, scanning, and document management is in the midst of profound and significant change.

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03:35
Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Biometrics...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's original biometric patents that describe adding a tactile feedback feature to future ...

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02:55
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 9.0.1 - Digital video...

Premiere Pro CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Premiere Pro customer). Premiere Pro CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 lets you edit video faster than ever before. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading. And it's just the beginning: You'll get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.



Version 9.0.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

Performance and Stability Fixes

  • Heavy memory usage with Lumetri YUV...

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02:47
Adobe After Effects CC 2015 13.5.1 - Create...

After Effects CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). After Effects CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

The new, more connected After Effects CC 2015 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place.

After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and...

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02:01
Apple Wins Patent for a Photonics Optical Projection...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent for another PrimeSense invention relating to optical projection.

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01:37
UK Apple Pay now available for HSBC and First Direct...

Following the launch of Apple Pay in the UK two weeks ago, Apple is continuing the rollout with the addition of two major banks, HSBC and First Direct. Customers who have credit cards or debit cards with those banks can start using Apple Pay now. As with other UK Apple Pay transactions, there is a £20 transaction limit at most retailers apart from those with upgraded payment terminals that support higher-value contactless purchases. The £20 limit is getting raised to £30 in September.

Both HSBC...

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00:00
Kool Tools: Uniden Wireless DVR HDD

The Uniden Wireless DVR HDD (WDVR) is, apparently, first fully integrated wireless DVR video surveillance system designed specifically for DIY small business and homeowners. It's available for US$499.99 exclusively through the Apple Online Store, or via the Uniden website.

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Monday July 27

19:00
Google Plus + Google Agenda = Facebook Win

Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.


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18:56
Apple Watch 'Apps at a tap' ads focus on...

Apple on Monday released three new Apple Watch spots done up in the usual "poppy" style introduced with the first Watch ads, this time highlighting third-party travel, fitness and music apps.

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18:50
Apple reveals 3 new Apple Watch ads focused on...

Apple today, just a week after debuting a new set of videos showcasing Apple Watch apps, has revealed three new TV advertisements again showcasing the various apps of the Apple Watch. The first video, seen above, showcases the music applications that Apple Watch supports. Apps showcased include ones such as Shazam, Instagram, and Apple’s own Music app.

The second video showcases the fitness apps that Apple Watch users can take advantage of. The video shows off apps such as MLB At Bat, Nike+, and Apple’s own Activity app.

Finally, the third video focuses on the travel apps that Apple Watch supports, including Expedia, Yelp, and TripAdvisor.

Apple also recently debuted a new iPhone ad ...

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18:40
Apple Debuts Three New Apple Watch Videos...

Apple today introduced three new Apple Watch videos on its YouTube channel, highlighting third-party apps designed for the wrist-worn device. Each of the three videos focuses on a different subset of apps, covering music, fitness, and travel.

The videos all depict a single Apple Watch that displays a series of apps on the screen, with a selection of app icons in the surrounding space. Icons are enlarged to denote which app is on the screen. In the "Music" video, for example, music discovery app Shazam, DJing app Pacemaker, and ticket-purchasing app Stubhub are shown in quick succession.

The "Fitness" video highlights the Nike+ running app, the WaterMinder hydration tracking app, and sports scores provided by the MLB.com app.

The...

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18:32
Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find...

It's been two years since filmmakers making a documentary about the song "Happy Birthday" filed a lawsuit claiming that the song shouldn't be under copyright. Now, they have filed (PDF) what they say is "proverbial smoking-gun evidence" that should cause the judge to rule in their favor.

The "smoking gun" is a 1927 version of the "Happy Birthday" lyrics, predating Warner/Chappell's 1935 copyright by eight years. That 1927 songbook, along with other versions located through the plaintiffs' investigations, "conclusively prove that any copyright that may have existed for the song itself... expired decades ago."

If the filmmakers' lawyers are right, it could mean a quick route to victory in a lawsuit that's been both slow-moving and closely watched by copyright reform advocates. Warner/Chappell has built a licensing empire based on "Happy Birthday," which in 1996 was pulling...

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18:29
Accessibility apps highlighted on the App Store

Much respect to Apple and the developers of these apps for helping make people’s lives better.

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18:28
Supply chain evidence of 4-inch 'iPhone 6c...

Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, one of the first to report on the possibility of a 4-inch "iPhone 6c," revealed in a recent note to investors that he can no longer find evidence that Apple is working on such a device for 2015.

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17:34
[Sponsor] Web Designer News: Curated Stories for...

WebdesignerNews.com features the breaking news stories of the day, sourced by designers for designers. Handpicked by industry experts from hundreds of blog, social media, and news posts; our high-quality content features fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration, videos, and more. Vote up stories that matter to you, and easily share them with your network. Sign up to our newsletter for daily updates, or create an account and archive your favorites from our selection of the most vital news, trends, and opinions from across the Web. Read today’s news.

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16:26
Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to...

Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

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16:16
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today released the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, less than one week after releasing the fourth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Today's update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

It is not clear if this update will add any outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as the past few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public release. We'll add new features and bug fixes in beta 5 to this post should any tweaks be discovered.

As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan builds on the...

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16:12
Keith Richards Launches his New "Trouble"...

The new Keith Richard's single called "Trouble" from his new LP "Crosseyed Heart" debuted on Apple Music's Connect service. You could view the video courtesy of Apple here.

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16:12
Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to developers

Less than a week following the previous beta, Apple has released OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 5 to developers. The update is available via Software Update in the Mac App Store. The previous beta did not add any noticeable new features, but it instead focused on bug fixes. It is likely that this new beta has a similar focus, and we’ll update this post with enhancements as they are discovered.

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16:07
Estimates now available on Billings Pro for iPhone...

We are happy to announce that estimates in Billings Pro have come to the iPhone and iPad. Now you can create, edit, and send estimates from anywhere.

This is a great feature for Billings Pro mobile apps.

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15:58
∞ Tour de France 2015 – Best of Stages 1-7

Nice.

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15:45
Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks,...

A day shy of its one-month anniversary, Apple Music has reeled in more than 10 million subscribers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes, a report said Monday.

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15:35
LOL Look Back at 2012: Apple Death Knell #60,...

I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?


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15:20
President Obama Launches the American Business Act...

Today at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry and senior White House officials will host 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy who are standing with the Obama Administration to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge: Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America ...

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15:18
Periscope for iOS adds Handoff support, ability to...

The popular live streaming app Periscope today announced a much-welcomed update to its iOS app. The update, which bumps the app to version 1.1.3, includes a couple of new features and tweaks. For one, users now have the ability to mute notifications on a user-by-user basis. For instance, if you follow someone, you can now go to their Periscope account and turn off notifications for when they initiate a new broadcast.

The update also introduces a refreshed global feed. The global feed alls you to discover live streams from various users around the world that Periscope thinks would be interesting to you.  Periscope says today’s update refreshes the global feed to make it better at finding broadcasts you would enjoy. You...

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14:18
Apple joins White House on American Business Act on...

Much respect to all the companies taking part in this initiative.

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14:15
Parallels 11 to feature always-on support in OS X...

According to a leaked product page on the Australian Parallels page, the popular virtual machine software will support Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant throughout OS X. The product page explains that as long as Windows 10 is running somewhere in the background, users will always be able to say “Hey Cortana” and receive a response (via Neowin).

People have often called for Apple to bring Siri to the Mac, so this may satisfy the needs of some of those users, but the requests definitely won’t stop. With Cortana in Parallels, the...

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14:04
Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year’s World Youth Day festivities, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter’s Square.

“Thanks to this electronic device, I signed up as a simple pilgrim,” Francis said, declaring himself the first person registered for the next edition of the Youth Day celebration while flanked by two Polish youths.

Nice.

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14:00
AWT News Update: July 27, 2015

Today, we go around the world with Apple World Today. News stories from all over the globe include:

  • Google+ profiles won't be linked to other Google products in the future
  • Apple Watches will soon be available at Best Buy
  • Apple is adding 500 authorized resellers in India, which explains the odd image at the top of this page
  • France and Sweden -- or at least major cities in the countries -- get visited by the Apple Maps vans starting on Saturday
  • An iPhone counterfeiting factory in Beijing has been shut down
  • eBay will be trimming the number of iOS apps it has

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13:53
Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on...

In another exclusive, Apple Music on Monday premiered the video for "Trouble," a new single by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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13:49
10.8.x to 10.9.x upgrade time

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I'm planning to upgrade my MDCs from 10.8 to 10.9 (assuming I am able to find licenses). The clients will follow. I figured I'd back things up, upgrade the secondary MDC to 10.9, install server, then fail the volume over and do the same to the other MDC. Is this the correct procedure?

thanks

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13:44
ChronoSync Express updated for the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.5. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X.

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13:29
Parallels 11 With Windows 10 to Allow Mac Users to...

When Windows 10 is released to the public next week, Windows users will have desktop access to Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant designed to compete with Apple's Siri. It appears Mac OS X users may also be able to access Cortana on OS X, using an updated version of the Parallels Windows virtualization software. For those unfamiliar with Parallels, it's software that's designed to let you run Windows and Windows apps on your Mac.

According to a now-deleted leaked site that details upcoming features in Parallels 11, the software is gaining a new Windows 10 feature that will let Cortana be accessed on OS X while Windows 10 is running in the background.

As explained by ...

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13:19
How compression affects harmonic distortion

I love compressors… when they’re used properly.

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13:16
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.4.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3, MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Default Folder X 4.7.3, and TextExpander 5.1.

 

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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13:16
ExtraBITS for 27 July 2015

This week’s ExtraBITS roundup features Josh Centers and the Tech Night Owl discussing Apple financials, Flickr bringing back Pro accounts, Jim Dalrymple losing and then recovering much of his music because of Apple Music confusions, and United Airlines’ push to install DRM on your computer.

 

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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13:11
Free Dual-Display Wallpaper for Your Macs

The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.


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13:01
Power for Apple Watch, the iPhone battery monitor,...



We told you last month about a neat Apple Watch utility app called Power, and today it’s learning a handy new trick and becoming even more useful. Power, created in part by jailbreak developer Surenix, lets you check how much battery power your iPhone has remotely from your Apple Watch. As I mentioned before, this is a practical utility as it’s not uncommon to use the Apple Watch to stay on top of...

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13:00
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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13:00
Apple Web Server notifications (Apple KB)

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201536

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12:45
Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support...

The next version of Parallels' Desktop for Mac virtualization software will improve its Windows 10 support, enabling Cortana voice commands at any time -- as long as Windows is still running in the background, according to a leaked product page.

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12:35
Exocharge 3-Port USB Car Charger: $14.99

Check out the Exogear 3-Port USB Charger for your car. Like the name suggests, it has three USB ports for charging up to three devices at once. It has an aluminum body and a compact design. Check it out.


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12:30
Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

Paraphrasing Star Trek's Mr. Spock: "Small companies have small ambitions. Large companies have large ambitions." Given that fact of our technical life, many observers expect Apple to act like a small company and grumble when it doesn't. In fact, as Apple grows, so must its customers (and observers) in their perspective. Apple Watch and Apple Music are cases in point.


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12:06
eBay discontinuing several mobile apps including...

Commerce company eBay announced today that it will soon retire several of its mobile apps including ones on iPhone and iPad. eBay’s primary iOS app will not be going anyway, however, and several of the discontinued apps will eventually see their features appear in the main eBay app.

In an effort to simply the shopping experience, eBay says it will be shutting down its Valet, Fashion, and Motors apps soon and later integrate their features into eBay’s primary app.

1. The eBay Valet app...

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12:04
Bugs Bunny at 75: watch the first-ever “What’s up,...

TIME:

The usual gestation period for a rabbit is a month. But Bugs Bunny, the iconic cartoon character who turns 75 on Monday, took a lot longer to come to life.

Here’s how the world’s favorite cartoon rabbit came to be. Animator Chuck Jones gave credit to Tex Avery for the character, but Warner Bros. had made several rabbit cartoons in the studio’s earlier years. There were cutesy rabbits and wacky rabbits, but those rabbits aren’t Bugs.

The video in the story is the first official appearance of the iconic rabbit. It’s remarkable how it still stands up today. As a kid, Bugs was my favorite of all of the Warner Bros. cartoons.

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12:00
DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta is available for...

Blackmagic Design has announced that the public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12, its professional editing and color correction software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com). 

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11:49
Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high...

Before Apple acquired low-power display maker LuxVue, micro-LED technology was relatively unknown. But now the display industry is paying close attention, and one expert believes micro-LED could disrupt current LCD screens, as well as OLED displays like on the Apple Watch.

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11:49
Beijing police shut down massive iPhone...

Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.

THEY SHUT DOWN SAMSUNG!

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11:39
Pandora’s ‘Sponsored Listening’ rewards ad...

After a pilot of its new “Sponsored Listening” advertisements last year, streaming music service Pandora Radio announced today that it’s rolling out the feature to all advertisers and listeners in its mobile apps. The feature rewards users with an hour of ad-free, uninterrupted listening as long as they first interact with an ad for at least 15 seconds.

Pandora says listeners and advertisers responded positively to the pilot program with a 12 percent increase in brand awareness and a 30 percent increase in purchase intent, so now the company is rolling out...

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11:39
Google starts divorcing Google+

When is a social network not a social network? When “using” a social network is a requirement to access services you really wanted to use. Like email. Or videos.

I know Google wants Google+ to work, but forcing people to use it isn’t the way to make it popular. Thankfully, they’ve learned that. At least for now.

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11:32
Hullo — The Pillow You’ll Appreciate Every Night [...

My thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. You already know the ergonomics of your desktop workstation are important; have you considered your sleep ergonomics? You spend around one-third of your life sleeping—a lot of time for your head and neck to be in one position. Whether you are a side sleeper, a back sleeper, or a stomach sleeper, proper positioning and support of your head are important for quality sleep. Have you ever used more than one pillow, or folded your pillow in an attempt to find a comfortable position? Somewhat like a bean bag, Hullo can be shaped to hold your head in a comfortable position, and keep it there throughout the night. One simple pillow can make a difference you’ll appreciate, every night. Guaranteed. Check out Hullo.

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11:27
Gear: Hex Infinity Cross Body

Hex’s Infinity Cross Body ($70) is a compact bag that can accommodate an 11” MacBook Air or 12” MacBook. The water-resistant bag also has pockets for an iPad mini, iPhone, and other items. The front flap stays in place with a magnet.

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11:26
The only six stocks that matter

The Wall Street Journal:

Six firms— Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. and Gilead Sciences Inc.—now account for more than half of the $664 billion in value added this year to the Nasdaq Composite Index, according to data compiled by brokerage firm JonesTrading.

The concentrated gains are spurring concerns that soft trading in much of the market could presage a pullback in the indexes. Many investors see echoes of prior market tops—including the 2007 peak and the late 1990s frenzy—when fewer and fewer stocks lifted the broader market. The S&P 500 is up 1% this year while the Nasdaq has gained 7.4%.

Other indicators are also flashing yellow. In the Nasdaq, falling stocks have outnumbered rising stocks this year, sending the “advance-decline line” into negative territory, a phenomenon that has come before market downturns in the past, investors and analysts said.

That kind of concentration is always worrying and...

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10:59
Adobe Creative Cloud 2.2.0.129 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on...

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10:46
Get Lost, and Found, in the Awesome Literary Road...

I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.


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10:34
Tower 2.2.3 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily.

Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina displays
  • ...
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10:23
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-27: Apple’s Brilliant...

Apple has a special gift for using plain words pull at our emotions and deliver product messages. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet share their perspective on Apple's latest iPhone marketing campaign, plus they share their thoughts on Apple Watch coming to Best Buy's stores.


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10:14
New Pad & Quill Apple Watch bands turn Sport...

Pad and Quill, one of our favorite Apple accessory makers, today introduced a set of Apple Watch bands with their trademark quality leather and stitching combined with two options of metal: Stainless Steel and Polished Black. At $86 (save 5% w/code 5forSUMMER), this turns an Apple Watch Sport into something you can wear with business casual to formal attire. Paired with a standard Apple Watch, it adds more color options to your Stainless Steel arsenal.

Not just any leather, but the luxury full grain leather used to craft all of Pad & Quill’s handmade goods. So we turned to Victorio, a 4th generation italian leather tannery artisan. His tannery uses  legendary soft-tumbled method to transform full grain American steer hides into a luxury leather watch...

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10:07
Opinion: A Mac’s longevity is its biggest unsung...

Apple can’t advertise Macs as having ten-year lifespans for legal reasons, and reviewers rarely write about their old computers ten years later — they’re typically focused on each year’s latest and greatest machine. But the average person buys a computer and keeps using it until it stops working, something I note every time a friend or family member “finally” upgrades from an old Mac to a new one.

This morning, Christopher Phin’s article “Saying goodbye to a beloved 2008 MacBook Pro” recalled the many end-of-life Mac discussions I’ve had with people over the years — specifically that their still-working-but-old Macs are so antiquated that virtually every internal component has been replaced in...

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10:06
External Link: Jim Dalrymple Recovers Most of His...

We previously reported that Jim Dalrymple of The Loop publicly quit Apple Music after it ate a good chunk of his collection. The good news is that, with Apple’s help, he was able to recover much of his music. The problem turned out to be an interaction with iTunes Match. According to Apple, iTunes Match now shows only your purchased content if you turn off Apple Music and iCloud Music Library. Unfortunately, Dalrymple thinks he accidentally deleted about two hundred songs that he won’t be able to recover.

 

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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09:51
Apple bringing its Maps vehicles to France, Sweden...

Apple has announced an expansion of its Apple Maps vehicle program, a fleet of vans equipped with advanced sensors collecting data for an improved Maps experience. Among the new locations, Apple will be bringing the vehicles to France and Sweden for the first time, while it also plans to survey a long list of new cities in the US and UK where it’s already started surveying.

We first reported on the project back in May, noting that Apple was gathering data to reduce its reliance on third-parties, including getting Google Street View-type images of storefronts and other 3D imagery.

For France, Apple...

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09:46
Apple joins White House's American Business Act...

The White House on Monday announced that Apple will be among a group of 13 companies appearing alongside Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior White House officials, as they launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

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09:25
Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter...

A major focus for Apple in building iOS 9 is making it even easier to access the information you need, in part by predicting what you want before you unlock your phone. One way the upcoming operating system update will do that is by knowing when you get into your car, and predicting where you're probably planning to drive.

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 16GB $300, Samsung...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iPad Air in Silver or Space Gray: 16GB $300 (Reg...

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09:00
News: Apple Maps vans landing in France, Sweden in...

Vans collecting data for Apple Maps will be making their way into France and Sweden starting next month, according to the company’s website. The regions around Paris and Stockholm are slated to be photographed in August, adding those cities to the list of major metropolitan areas already being captured in the U.S., England and Ireland. Drivers in the outskirts of those areas — and even beyond — shouldn’t be surprised if they spot the…

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08:59
FuelBand buyers eligible for $25 gift cards in Nike...

If you bought a Nike+ FuelBand between Jan. 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015, you might be eligible to claim a little bit of cash. Nike is paying out $2.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming the FuelBand misled buyers by delivering inaccurate step and calorie counts.

As part of the settlement, Nike is offering a $15 cash payment or $25 gift card to eligible FuelBand buyers who submit a claim here. You can also exclude yourself from the settlement if you plan to challenge its terms in court or sue Nike or Apple down the line. If you don’t file a claim or exclude yourself from the settlement, you won’t be eligible for cash or a gift card and you won’t be able to sue.

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08:55
Soft-touch Bluetooth Port.Folio keyboard released...

iwerkz (http://mywerkz.com/) has announced the Port.Folio water-resistant Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and iPad mini. It features a soft, faux suede keyboard surface and a magnetic sealed charging port that uses a snap adapter for charging the keyboard.

Designed to fit securely over an iPad or iPad mini when not in use, the back side of the folio folds into a 45 degree stand when typing. A sticky pad on the inside the folio secures the tablet into place and keeps it from slipping while typing and when on the go.

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08:54
Apple Appears to Have Ditched Plans for 4-Inch...

While several reports since last December claimed that Apple was planning to release a new 4-inch "iPhone 6c" as a low-cost option alongside the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" later this year, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri recently told investors that supply chain evidence of the rumored smartphone has seemingly disappeared since around March.

Arcuri, in a research note obtained by Business Insider, speculates that Apple may have delayed or dropped plans to release the "iPhone 6c" due to concerns that the budget smartphone would cannibalize the iPhone 6, which has experienced record-breaking sales and could continue to be a hot product for Apple if given a price reduction alongside the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" in September."I...

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08:47
Ian McKellen’s scrambled eggs on toast

Sir Ian McKellen:

“Live from Chateau Marmont in Hollywood,” I scramble up the best eggs in the world for my Facebook followers, to celebrate the success of my new film “Mr. Holmes”.

It’s good to see that Sir Ian cooks like mom(s) did – with no idea of how much of any ingredient to put in. Just go by feel and expereince and it comes out perfectly. I’ll definitely be trying this method next time I make scrambled eggs.

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08:36
How one photographer captured a piercing gaze that...

NPR:

“I noticed this one little girl with these incredible eyes and I instantly knew that this was really the only picture I wanted to take,” he says.

She would become the subject of McCurry’s iconic photograph “The Afghan Girl” — one of National Geographic’s most popular covers.

It is one of the most incredible portraits to ever appear in National Geographic and the back story is fascinating.

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08:35
The Well-Protected MacBook: Moshi's accessory...

12-inch macbook w/moshi muse 12, iglaze 12, ivisor 12 and clearguard 12. photo ©2015 Steven sande. 

Three weeks on a cruise ship with my 12-inch Retina MacBook turned my emotional attachment to the lightweight laptop from "like" to "love". So how do you protect something you value? That's an answer provided by accessory manufacturer Moshi, which has a full line of goodies designed to keep your 12-inch MacBook safe from drops, spills, scratches, and other catastrophes.  Today I'm looking at the Moshi Muse 12 (US$44.95), iGlaze 12 ($54.95), iVisor 12 ($34.95) and ClearGuard 12 ($24.95), four different...

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08:34
Wired: Apple Music's Edge may be Unfair, but...

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "Spotify Complained and now the FTC is Considering an Investigation into Apple Music." Spotify has been banging the table to get various U.S. and European regulators to investigate Apple's new Apple Music service on several fronts including its predatory Apple Store practice. Today, Wired takes a look at the noise that Spotify has been making and thinks ...

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08:23
Apple to greatly expand retail presence in India...

As a part of its newly-invigorated attempt to improve sales in India, Apple is reportedly working to help launch 500 "Authorized Mobility Reseller" locations in 12 different cities.

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08:21
News: Report: Slimmer iPad mini 4 on the way,...

A report from Macotakara has breathed new life into speculation about a possible iPad Air 3 and supports previous rumors that the new iPad mini 4 will be thinner than previous models. The blog cites sources saying the iPad mini 4 will have the same 6.1 mm thickness found in the iPad Air 2, making it slimmer than the 7.5mm thick iPad mini 3. The report also notes that the updated 8MP iSight camera found in the iPad Air 2 will likely make its way into…

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08:11
Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy

The Wall Street Journal:

One month after Apple Inc. started selling Apple Watch at its own stores, the company said it will bring the device to Best Buy stores in August.

Apple said its smartwatch will be available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S., expanding to over 300 outlets before the holiday shopping season. Best Buy will be the first major U.S. retailer beside Apple to sell the device.

This is a sign Apple wants to get the Watch in front of even more customers and that they have caught up on demand. It’s also in preparation for the upcoming holiday season when Apple expects the Watch to be a huge seller for Christmas.

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07:58
Apple's New Mapping Vehicle Schedule Massively...

In June we posted a report titled "Today Apple Sets the Story Straight about Apple Maps Vehicles" that mocked a rash of Apple Van stories as being equivalent to UFO sighting reports by some in the Apple blogosphere. More importantly, it listed Apple's first round of locations that the "Apple Maps vehicles" would be working in that included various cities in the US and England. Today, Apple Introduced round two of their schedule that vastly expands ...

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07:50
∞ Finally, a Steve Jobs movie that really gets it

Watch the trailer, embedded below. This clicks for me. Obviously it helps that this is real footage, versus actors playing roles, but this feels real. And Gibney knows how to tell a story.

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07:48
Huge Counterfeit iPhone Maker Shut Down in China

A Beijing business making counterfeit iPhones failed to follow one of Mac Geek Gab's tenets: Don't get caught. The business produced over 41,000 knock-off iPhones before police raided their factory and shut them down.

The Mac Observer Spin: Sure, you can make counterfeit Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there's big money in knock-off iPhones-until you get caught.


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07:46
ESPN could be offered as standalone channel on Apple...

Disney could respond to the increase trend toward cord-cutting by offering direct consumer access to ESPN, says Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. This could potentially make it available as a standalone channel on Apple TV, rather than something you can only get if you subscribe to a cable package that includes it.

But don’t rush out to cancel your cable subscription just yet – Iger, who is also on Apple’s board, said in a CNBC interview that the move won’t happen in the next five years. He was responding to questions about the future of the channel in an increasingly difficult market for cable. ...

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07:39
News: Beijing police bust massive iPhone...

Police in Beijing have busted a factory that made more than 41,000 fake iPhones — some of which reached the United States — and arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation, Reuters reports. The group set up a factory in January under the guise of a gadget maintenance shop and hired hundreds of workers to repackage second-hand smartphone components for export as iPhones. Police raiding the facility on May 14 found 1,400 handsets and…

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07:35
Rumor: Thinner iPad mini 4 will resemble iPad Air 2...

Japanese blog Macotakara, which often publishes accurate information about unreleased Apple products and company news, today claims to have some reliable information on the yet-to-be-announced, upcoming iPad mini 4. Today’s report claims that the iPad mini 4 will look a lot like a smaller version of the current iPad Air 2.

That’s not saying a whole lot considering the current version also looks a lot like a smaller iPad Air 2 in its design, but the report adds that the fourth-gen will adopt the iPad Air 2’s 6.1mm thickness, down from the current 7.5 mm, as well as its improved 8MP front-facing camera. In...

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07:07
News: Report: Apple interested in BMW i3 as ‘...

Apple is rumored to be interested in using the body of BMW’s i3 electric car as the starting point for its own electric car, Manager Magazin reports. The German-language publication claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with senior managers of the i3 project during a trip to Leipzig and opened negotiations with BMW in the fall of 2014. The talks broke off with no firm deal in place, but the companies have agreed to check in with one another from…

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07:00
Review: Boostcase’s Bloc is a boxy, portable Apple...

Most of the accessories I’ve reviewed for 9to5Mac require little explanation — they’re the second, third, or tenth iteration of a concept we’ve seen many times before. Marked with “Carte Blanche” branding, Boostcase’s new Bloc ($60-$80) is something new… and as such, it mightn’t completely make sense at first blush. It’s not just an Apple Watch stand like the many others I’ve covered: it’s actually a standalone charging dock. With its own built-in power source. Made from your choice of wood ($60), aluminum ($80), or steel ($80).

It’s as minimalist of a design as docks can get: a big, solid-feeling box hiding your Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable and a 2000mAh battery inside...

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07:00
Disable Autocorrect In OS X Automated Workflows

I mess computers up a lot. And that means I have to reload operating systems a lot. I’ve also been having terrible issues caused by autocorrect. So… Let’s disable it. By sending the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key as a false boolean into NSGlobalDomain:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

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06:58
Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France,...

The Apple Maps vans currently on reconnaissance trips to collect street-level data will be coming to France and Sweden for the first time in August, in addition to touring areas in the U.S., England, and Ireland, Apple revealed on Monday.

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06:50
News: Nike to offer customers cash in proposed...

Apple and Nike have reached a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit involving Nike’s FuelBand, with Nike offering cash to those affected. Apple is offering no compensation. The lawsuit, filed in 2013, claims that Nike and Apple made false claims about FuelBand’s ability to track calories burned and number of steps taken by users. Both companies still deny any wrongdoing, but Nike stopped producing FuelBands in April 2014 and Apple…

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06:41
iPad Mini 4 Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad...

Apple's fourth-generation iPad mini could be a miniaturized version of the iPad Air 2, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The report claims that the iPad mini 4 will adopt some of the same features and specifications as the iPad Air 2, including an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, ultra-thin 6.1mm design and possibly a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating.

Mac Otakara claims that Apple may release the new iPad mini alongside an A9-based iPad Air 3, contrary to a sketchy report last week from Taiwan's Economic Daily News that said no new iPad Air will be released in 2015 and that the iPad mini 4 could be Apple's last 7.9-inch tablet as the company focuses on its larger-sized iPad Air and much-rumored "iPad Pro" in the future.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a...

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06:20
A Beijing Factory Producing Fake iPhone 6 Models...

A new report this morning states that police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones ...

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06:15
News: Apple Watch coming to Best Buy on August 7

Starting August 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer outside of Apple Stores to carry the Apple Watch. According to a press release from the company, more than 100 Best Buy stores and the retailer’s website will start selling Apple Watch next Friday, with another 200 stores slated to get the watch “in time for holiday shopping.” Customers will be able to try on and buy Sport and Watch models in 38mm and 42mm sizes, along…

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06:15
Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

The Mac Observer Spin: Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.


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06:04
Theft-deterrence of Activation Lock lower than...

While Activation Lock has dramatically reduced iPhone thefts in some cities, with reductions as high as 50%, police data collated by the WSJ shows that the effect isn’t as great as expected in others. iPhone thefts fell by only 11% in Oakland, by 17% in Austin and actually increased by 32% in Seattle … ...

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05:53
Police shut down Chinese factory that produced $19M...

A major iPhone counterfeiting factory, which produced so many fake Apple devices that some even made their way to the U.S., has been shut down by Beijing police and led to nine arrests.

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05:53
Walter Murch to headline the Eighth Annual Amsterdam...

The CPUG Network says the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.

Walter Murch, a three time Oscar winning film editor, will be the featured presenter. SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world. Early bird tickets are on sale now online and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).

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05:48
News: Daily Deal: Range Smart Thermometer

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Range Smart Thermometer for only $59.95. This digital sous chef allows you to cook your food perfectly every time, with a 3” sharp tip made of durable silicon and steel that can record precise food temperatures and send notifications to your smartphone when your food is done. You can also select from preset temperature settings for specific types of food, with USDA and gourmet-recommended presets for…

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05:33
Best Buy to begin selling the Apple Watch on August 7

The Apple Watch will be sold at Best Buy locations starting Aug. 7. It will be the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.

The Apple Watch will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.

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05:23
Apple’s retail expansion in India underway, 100+ of...

Apple’s plan to establish 500 mobile-focused reseller stores in India is reportedly well underway, with NDTV Gadgets reporting that more than 100 of the partners for its Authorised Mobility Resellers (AMR) program have already been signed-up.

Apple seems to have already identified the cities, and indeed the areas within these cities where it wants to open the new stores, as a job listing on Apple’s website says the responsibility of Program Manager – AMR is to select store locations “within identified micro markets within a city” (emphasis ours)....

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05:18
Apple Java 2015-001 - For OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10....

Apple Java for OS X 2015-001 installs the legacy Java 6 runtime for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and OS X 10.7 Lion.

This package is exclusively intended for support of legacy software and installs the same deprecated version of Java 6 included in the 2014-001 and 2013-005 releases. Quit any Java applications before installing this update.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all Web browsers. To use applets on a Web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.



Version 2514-001:

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05:01
Chinese factory that produced 41,000 counterfeit...

Beijing police have raided and closed down a factory which employed hundreds of workers on six production lines to make more than 41,000 counterfeit iPhones – some of which made it to the United States, reports Reuters. The total value of the fake phones was estimated at 120M Yuan ($19M). While the raid took place in May, Chinese authorities only shared details yesterday.

Police arrested nine people, including a married couple who led the operation, after a raid in May on the factory, run under the guise of a gadget maintenance shop on the northern outskirts of the Chinese capital.

The investigation was prompted by a tip-off from U.S. authorities after some of the fake phones made it to the USA … ...

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05:00
What To Do if Your Car Tries to Kill You


The scary news last week was that a couple of guys demonstrated they could hack into a Jeep and take control of it. Later, more details came out that suggested you might want to avoid Chrysler cars altogether. The industry appears to be waiting for the first major catastrophic accident before putting resources into fixing this problem at the proper level. They are slowly forming industry groups to look at it -- but at the current rate, their fix will come long after a lot of us are dead.

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04:54
Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying France and...

Apple has announced that its fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in multiple countries will begin surveying France and Sweden between August 1 and August 31. The vehicles will be driving through the Malmö and Stockholm metropolitan areas in Sweden and Île-de-France region of Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne in France.

Apple Maps vehicles will also begin surveying Tennessee later in August, raising the total number of U.S. states that Apple has driven through to 30. Apple began collecting street-level mapping data in 13 more U.S. states this month, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Apple confirmed in June that it is driving vehicles around the...

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04:50
The history of icons

A beautiful scrolling time line showing the history of icons.

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04:45
External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Apple Finances...

Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, the upcoming Windows 10, Jim Dalrymple’s Apple Music problems, and how Josh replaced his wife’s iPhone 5c screen.

 

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04:38
App Cleaner for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2

Nektony (http://nektony.com) has introduced App Cleaner 2.2, an update of the cleanup utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.

App Cleaner was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete application service files that occupy not only disk space, but may influence on overall performance. The app also can look for leftovers; service files left after usual deletion by moving files into the Trash. With the help of App Uninstaller you may also reset all application settings and launch it as a first time.

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04:30
The Apple Watch Launches at Best Buy Next Friday

This Friday the Apple Watch Arrives in New Zealand, but the bigger news today is that the Apple Watch will be landing in Best Buy stores next Friday. It'll be the first mass retailer to sell the Apple Watch as production and inventories improve. Whether this news will directly translate to more Apple Watches coming to Apple Stores is still unknown.

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04:04
Apple Watch to become available in select Best Buy...

Come August 7th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at certain local Best Buy locations.

Best Buy announced on Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making it the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple’s own stores.

Best Buy will start stocking Watch through its online store and at select locations, with plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season. Since launching in April, Apple has limited sales to its own online and brick-and-mortar outlets, international pop-up shops and a few token third-party boutiques.

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04:00
Recommended reading: 'The Book of GNS3'

GNS3 is freely available and open source software that allows users to explore router configurations, design and test their own networks, and study for certification tests, all without spending a dime.

Before virtualization, the only way to learn about networking hands-on was to build expensive labs with physical hardware or pay outrageous training fees. No more.

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03:00
Rumor: Apple to introduce notebooks with Intel’s...

There’s some cool stuff to be had in Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor family.

A leaked article that hit prior to the Gamescom trade show in Germany shows that the processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30 percent faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30 percent longer battery life.

The processors are expected along the following lines:

- Y-Series (MacBook): Up to 17 percent faster CPU, up...

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02:41
Adobe Muse CC 2015 2015.0.1 - Design and publish...

Muse CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $14.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Muse customer). Muse CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe Muse 2015 enables designers to create websites as easily as creating a layout for print. Design and publish original HTML pages using the latest Web standards, and without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional-looking websites.

Key Features

  • Plan your project- Easy-to-use sitemaps, master pages, and a host of flexible, site-wide tools make it fast and intuitive to get your site planned out and ready for design.
  • Design your pages -...
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    02:35
    Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 19.1.0 - Professional...

    Illustrator CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Illustrator customer). Illustrator CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

    Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 is the industry standard vector-drawing environment for designing across media. Express your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work with speed and stability on large, complex files, and move designs efficiently among Adobe's creative applications.



    Version 19.1.0:

    Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

    New

    • Adds new functionality to Creative Cloud Charts (Preview), Including support for column charts and new controls for modifying...

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    02:18
    Argos now lets you trade-in old phones and tablets

    What do you do with old gadgets that you no longer use? Give them away to relatives, or throw them in the bin? Argos is the latest UK company to jump into the trade-in business, offering cash for your unwanted phones and tablets. Plenty of smartphone...

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    02:01
    Best Buy will sell the Apple Watch from August 7th

    Until now, if you wanted an Apple Watch, you had to buy it in one of three places: online, at the Apple Store or at your nearest high-end luxury goods boutique. If none of those places are convenient, then you'll be happy to learn that the wearable w...

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    00:59
    Sky will reportedly launch its 'SkyQ' 4K...

    Just days after BT began selling its Ultra HD box online, broadcasting rival Sky appears ready to show off its own 4K hardware. The Telegraph reports that the pay TV provider is just weeks away from launching "SkyQ," an Ultra HD set-top box that will...

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    00:52
    Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs

    Sydney is now using the world's first outdoor e-ink traffic signs to guide motorists during special events. The city's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) agency was apparently fed up with the constant chore of changing signs, and developed the tech wi...

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    23:02
    Samsung's latest monitors wirelessly charge...

    It's not coated in gold, but Samsung's newest screen -- a monitor this time -- packs wireless charging for mobile phones (and other Qi-compatible gadgets. (Yes, functionality you'd actually want in your office monitor... if you have a wirelessly char...

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    20:58
    Welcome (back) to the After Math

    Our graphical calculators are back from repair, so it's time to crunch the numbers once again. It's a good week for it too: Apple Watch predictions, uneasily fast explanations of the entire universe and cable company that's doing better in internet t...

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    20:27
    Official: Barcelona was fined 30,000 Euros by UEFA
    20:09
    Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule

    You're looking at what could be not just one of the smallest semiconductor parts ever, but one of the smallest semiconductor parts possible. A worldwide research team has built a transistor that consists of a single copper phthalocyanine molecule, a ...

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    20:04
    Best Buy to Begin Selling Apple Watch on August 7

    Best Buy today announced it will begin selling the Apple Watch in some its U.S. retail stores and online on August 7, marking a substantial expansion of retail availability for the device. Starting with 100 stores and expanding to 300 over the next few months, he company will offer 16 models from the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch collections, as well as nearly 50 accessories including stands and watch bands.

    Starting Aug. 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer, other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the Apple Watch. It will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of our stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping.

    “The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it,” said Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy. “We are excited to...

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    19:46
    Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy on Aug. 7

    It was announced Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making the big box electronics retailer the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple's own stores.

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    19:42
    Best Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in stores and...

    Best Buy announced today in a press release that it will become the first national retailer, aside from Apple, to sell Apple Watch in stores. The company says that the device will hit more than 100 of its stores on August 7th and will be available online from that date, as well. Best Buy will expand Apple Watch availability to another 200 locations in time for the holiday shopping season.

    Best But doesn’t specify which Apple Watch models it will sell, but says that customers will be able to try-on and buy 16 of the variants, including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes. The retailer will not sell the Edition model. In addition to Apple Watch itself, Best Buy will offer “nearly 50 accessories,” including bands, screen protectors, stands, and chargers. It’s unclear what bands will be available or if they...

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    18:08
    The Big Picture: U2's tour art takes a page...

    Who said that science can't be pretty? Certainly not artist Jeff Frost. When U2 asked Frost for tour art that reflected a "neural net of humanity," he went to CERN's Large Hadron Collider to capture timelapse footage and otherwise treat the particle ...

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    16:39
    The Logic Pros: Automate tedious MIDI edits into a...

    In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will be looking at ways to speed up our editing and song creation with LPX’s MIDI Transform feature. In many cases, manually working Logic’s Piano Roll editor will get the job done, but there are certainly times when editing MIDI performances/events can be a very tedious process. Getting those extended performances just right or zeroing in on problem areas for complex passages can’t take hours (or days) to get right in some cases. But with LPX’s MIDI Transform features we can get many of these types of arduous tasks done in just a few clicks:

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    16:19
    MGG 563: Troubleshooting is a Process ... and So is...

    Today it's all about troubleshooting -- and helping you do so. Plus your two favorite geeks teach you some things you didn't know your Mac could do! Download today to listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton collect and share the Apple troubleshooting wisdom with you. Plus, Dave goes off the rails on a rant about syncing. It's off-the-hook, folks!


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    16:07
    Police think even a holographic Chief Keef concert...

    Midwestern authorities really don't like Chief Keef -- there are warrants for his arrest in the region, while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has gone so far as to say the young man "promotes violence" when he performs. And apparently, that public safety ...

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    10:11
    Apple and Nike Settle FuelBand Lawsuit

    An anonymous reader writes: Nike and co-defendant Apple have reached an agreement to settle a class action suit that alleged the companies of falsely advertising that the FuelBand fitness watch had capabilities to track health. The two companies agreed that Nike would pay $2.4 million out to customers who purchased a FuelBand between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015. Apple was a co-defendant in the case, but only Nike has been found liable for falsely advertising the wristband.


    ...

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    08:00
    They grow up fast: Apple quietly bulks up Swift and...

    While most people tune in to Apple's WWDC keynote to figure out what's coming in the next version of the company's operating systems, the event is a developer's conference. Apple genuinely uses WWDC to introduce a lot of new technologies that end users will never experience directly. So with the exception of big news like Swift, the company generally does this in later, non-public talks and through the software released via its Developer Connection.

    This year was no exception. While some things, like app thinning, found their way into the keynote, most technical details were buried for later. Information on the new version of Xcode was scattered throughout the week's panels, and developers were able to get a copy of a beta with plenty of preliminary documentation. In the time following WWDC, we spent a couple of weeks watching conference sessions and looking through both the software and all this documentation. The research gave us a...

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    07:00
    Grab Your WAN IP In Scripts

    Sometimes when I’m writing a script, I need something to phone home to something in the script. For example, this can tell another daemon where to ssh into when I invoke it remotely. So, let’s say I want to grab my WAN address in a script. I can use curl with a number of 3rd party sites (sites that often change. But, one that we can use here is ipecho.net. Here, we’ll look at their plain output page here:

    curl ipecho.net/plain

    This can then get output into a variable or file for processing in other parts of a script. For example, the output here is basically the same thing but the command is in backticks, as you might put it in when scripting:

    echo `curl ipecho.net/plain`

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    06:45
    Meet the man who flies around the world for free

    The article was a riveting read. The whole process sounds intriguing to me, but realize that the airlines have the power to yank your frequent flyer miles if they detect misbehavior on your part.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:28
    Want a better pitch? Here’s how Elon Musk does it

    The linked post dissects an Elon Musk pitch, laying out the elements that make it so effective.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:06
    iOS design rules to break

    If you have even a passing interest in iOS app design, this is a terrific, thoughtful read.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Saturday July 25

    23:51
    The best aftermarket Apple Watch bands you can buy...

    Data shows that Apple Watch owners love their Watches, but Apple's selection of bands is limited and many of the models are expensive. AppleInsider has rounded up some of the most popular third-party models that you can buy today and have on your wrist by next week.

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    23:02
    Tiny surgical robot can bend and operate on hard-to-...

    The coin above wasn't enlarged to make the pincer-like device look extremely small -- it's really that tiny. That "pincer" is a two-millimeter-thin instrument designed and built by a group of researchers from Vanderbilt University for incredibly prec...

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    20:07
    Frontback shutdown shows that selfies don't...

    The selfie craze might not be slowing down any time soon, but that doesn't mean that self-portraiture products are a license to print money. Need proof? Just look at Frontback. After two years of investment and hype from the likes of Reddit's Alexis ...

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    18:34
    Nintendo wants to build a sleep monitor with a...

    Nintendo first announced its intention to develop a sleep monitor as part of its "quality of life" initiative in 2014. Now, thanks to a recently published patent unearthed by NeoGAF forum members, we have an idea of what the system could look like. T...

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    17:35
    ∞ The Dalrymple Report with “Special” Guest John...

    Jim talks to a blogger named John Gruber about remastered music, Apple’s earnings report, and respect from readers.

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    17:03
    Twitter is erasing stolen jokes

    Hang around Twitter for long enough and there's a good chance that you'll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren't theirs, whether they're spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though...

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    16:44
    First Look: The ONE Smart Piano

    Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play piano should check out The ONE, a unique digital piano that uses iPad to offset the learning curve associated with mastering the instrument.

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    15:27
    Fan-made 'GTA V' interactive map app puts...

    Grand Theft Auto V really seems like the gift that keeps on giving. The latest present? An unofficial map app (Android, iOS and web) that's been updated with collectibles locations from the current-gen releases like Peyote plants that let you play as...

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    14:02
    Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores

    If you enjoy the luxury of ordering groceries online but would rather not wait at home for your food deliveries, Amazon might soon come to your rescue. Silicon Valley Business Journal understands that Amazon is working on a drive-up grocery store in ...

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    13:30
    Caturday: Sad kitteh means it's time for the...

    image via popkitten.com

    Believe it or not, we finally ran out of the seemingly inexhaustible crop of cute pictures of cats laying atop, beside, or inside current or vintage Apple gear. Since it's warm out in the Northern Hemisphere, most cats are avoiding the computers and trying to stay cool. Sooo, it's time for you to get us those pictures of your favorite dog with Apple gear in the photo for what we used to call The Dog Days of Summer over at TUAW. 

    Rules:

    1) It must be a picture of a dog. We don't care what breed it is, but no cats or rabbits, please.

    2) The picture must have something to do with Apple products. Whether it's your favorite dachshund Luigi wearing a tiny Apple t-shirt at the local Apple Store, or your Great Dane Juneau resting her giant paws on the screen of an iPad, this is all about the doggies. 

    *We’re...

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    13:09
    An aerial view of a hot air balloon festival

    Mashable:

    This is the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in North America. The balloons fly twice each day for three days, compared to the nine days of ballooning in Albuquerque’s famous Balloon Fiesta which includes more than 600 balloons.

    Up in the air, it was absolutely silent. Like the quietest thing I’ve ever heard (granted I live in New York, so perhaps it was more just that I appreciated such silence). Intermittent, and rather startling blasts from the propane burner kept us floating through the air. The wind wasn’t strong so we moved slowly, over houses, backyards and crowds that gathered to watch. The people waved up at us: the balloon pilots were praised like celebrities in this rural New Jersey town.

    I tell all my beginner photography students – if there’s a balloon festival near you, go. You’re guaranteed to get great photos because hot air balloons are huge, colorful and only fly during the Golden Hour. No matter what kind of camera you...

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    12:56
    Planes, trains, and automobiles up close from afar...

    Ars Technica:

    This remarkable $599 camera lets you watch while completely unobserved from distances so great that people can’t even see you, much less know that you’re watching them.

    Check out the video. The camera has insane amounts of really good zoom.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    12:28
    China will lift its nationwide game console ban

    China technically lifted its longstanding ban on game consoles last year, but only for companies that registered in the Shanghai free trade zone. Needless to say, that put a damper on sales in the world's most populous country. However, the gloves ju...

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    11:09
    Apple is Granted a Pair of iPad Air 2 Design Patents...

    Late yesterday Apple was granted a series of nine new design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office. Seven of them related to the Apple Watch, Apple Watch bands and specific parts. The last two covered the iPad Air 2 design.

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    11:00
    Have we reached peak lightbulb?

    Buying smart bulbs for the home is a little like choosing between HD-DVD or Blu-ray. Like regular old incandescents, or CFL or LED or halogen bulbs, smart bulbs—which can be controlled from your phone—fit into your regular old sockets. But unless you...

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    10:57
    BT's Ultra HD box now available to order online

    When the Premier League kicks off again in two weeks, we'll see new teams and fresh faces, but there'll also be a new way to catch the action as it unfolds. That's all thanks to BT's new Ultra HD box, which will offer coverage of Saturday evening and...

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    10:17
    The Apple Watch Sport with its Fluoroelastomer Band...

    Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. In the last Apple Watch design patent within this current series we cover Apple Watch Sport with its high-performance fluoroelastomer band that is both durable and strong.

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    10:00
    Gadget Ogling: Gritty Tablets, Wireless Storage...


    Dell's Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is designed for people who work in the field, for the military and explorers, for industrial work and first responders. This system can handle some harsh conditions, including temperatures between -20 and 145 degrees and drops from more than four feet, as well as spills, mud, dirt and sand. It boasts an 11.6-inch screen, fifth-generation Intel Core CPUs, up to 12 hours of battery life, and up to 512 GB of solid-state storage. That sturdiness is something I'm all for.

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    09:29
    Apple and Nike work out settlement terms for...

    Nike is ready to pay up to get a two-year-old FuelBand-related class action lawsuit off its back. The case filed back in 2013 against Nike and Apple claimed that there were some "false and/or misleading statements" in the wearable's ads about its abi...

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    09:18
    Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Wins Design Patent in...

    Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. In this particular report we cover Apple Watch with Link Bracelet in three sets of jumbo graphics that provides incredible detail.

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    08:34
    Apple Wins 3 Apple Watch Design Patents Covering the...

    Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. In this particular report we cover three design wins that include the Apple Watch "link for band" ...

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    08:04
    Apple Watch with Milanese Loop Band Wins Design...

    Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. This report covers Apple Watch with the Milanese Loop band in three sets of jumbo graphics.

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    07:36
    Rumor: Apple's iPad mini 4 will be a miniature...

    A new report out of the Far East claims that Apple's iPad mini 4 will see many of the same upgrades received by the iPad Air 2 last year, only compressed into a much smaller footprint. Meanwhile, a 2015 debut of the iPad Air 3 is said to remain a possibility.

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    07:21
    Apple ‘Back to School’ promo expected to go...

    Apple recently kicked off its ‘Back to School’ promo in the US and Canada, offering customers a free pair of Beats headphones for buying a Mac. The same deal will be rolling out internationally in various countries on either August 6th or 7th (exact date depends on country). Like those in the US and Canada, European customers will be able snag a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with a qualifying Mac purchase, or get €200 discount on the Beats Wireless Solo2.

    According to French Mac blog Consomac, Angela Ahrendts, the company’s retail chief...

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    07:00
    Some Command Line java Debugging Options

    There’s an excellent tool that can be used to grab a heap dump from a Java process. It’s called jmap. To do so, run the jmap command, followed by a format and a file path as the format and file operators. Also, provide the PID, as follows:

    jmap -dump:format=b,file=~/memdump.hprof 80446

    Once dumped, you can view the dump file in the Memory Analyzer Tool (MAP) and find objects that use use too much memory and/or have memory leaks, as part of your troubleshooting. You can also replace the pid with a name of an executable or a core. Run the map tool along with a -h option for a help summary.

    A sister tool is jps, which can be used to just list running processes by pid and then path. To run, assuming the same pid as earlier:

    jps 80446

    You can also run a java debugger daemon using jsadebugd, which attaches a process as a debug server. Then stack, map and info can attach via RMI. Finally, not everyone has access to every path on a file system. So jinfo...

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    07:00
    The Week in iPad Cases: Logitech’s triple-threat...

    ...plus folios, sleeves, and more!

    This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a padded case from STM, sturdy picks from DODOcase, Incipio, and Poetic, and an alternative for photographers from iLuv.

    Case Logic

    The Durable (all iPad models; $19) sports a clamshell design and is secured by a zippered closure for safe transportation.

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

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    06:39
    A New Round of Apple Watch Band Design Patents...

    Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts.

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    06:00
    The week in Apple news: 47.5M iPhones, pleased Apple...

    Apple headlines for the week ending July 24, 2015

    It’s the middle of summer, and Apple heated up the news wire this past week. It all started with Apple Watch news from both the third-party developer and the consumer standpoint, and ended with Apple announcing its support for the Equality Act.

    Blink and you may have missed a headline—but that’s OK, because we have the top Apple news headlines right here in this slideshow. See a story you want to read? Click the link.

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    06:00
    Tech Giants Boost Open Source Container Collaboration


    The Linux Foundation this week announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a consortium dedicated to developing a new set of common container technologies and driving their adoption. The goal is to develop cloud-native applications that allow Internet companies to make scaling their businesses more practical. Open source container-packaged applications are easier to create, manage and deploy, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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    02:13
    This week on AppleInsider: Apple's record Q3...

    Apple once again shattered corporate records in announcing its third quarter financial results, but some of the more interesting news this week percolated under the surface, hinting at long-term plans and trends.

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    Friday July 24

    23:55
    Summer is watching people beat games ridiculously...

    Video game speedruns are always impressive feats of memorization, skill and flawless gameplay -- but twice a year they're also a conduit for altruism. Next week is one of those times. Starting on July 26th, Summer Games Done Quick will kick off seven...

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    20:59
    Corel Painter 14.1.0.1105 - Digital art software...

    Corel Painter helps you create astonishing art in a variety of media. Paint with vivid oil paints, fluid water colors, and earthy charcoals. Corel Painter flawlessly recreates the tones and textures of each medium.

    Your studio awaits

    • Choose your brush. Corel Painter includes hundreds of built-in brushes. You can even create your own brush by fine-tuning bristle type, behavior, and settings.
    • Pick a paper style. Corel Painter lets you tweak your paper texture, effecting the way your brush strokes interact with the grain. More textures, more possibilities.
    • Customize every detail. Tweak the wetness of your paint, or alter the drying time. Corel Painter's options are as boundless as your artistic imagination.



    Version 14.1.0.1105:

    Note: Licensed owners of Painter 7 or later can upgrade to Painter 2015 (14.0) for $229.

    • You...

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    20:59
    Pacifist 3.5.4 - Install individual files from .pkg...

    Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it. Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.



    Version 3.5.4:

    • Fixed a few bugs that could occur while running on OS X El Capitan
    • ...

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    20:59
    Dropbox 3.8.4 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

    Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

    Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

    The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



    Version 3.8.4:

    • Windows and OS X: Optional Gmail integration (1)
    • Windows and Linux: Upgrade to Qt 5.4
    • Upgraded compilers (2)
    • Small tweaks to the selective sync UI
    • Show the Dropbox badge on Preview for Mac
    • Initial Windows 10 support



    • OS X 10.6 or later



    Download Now

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    20:42
    Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over...

    Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between 2012 and 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the sports brand, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies falsely advertised the device's health tracking capabilities.

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    19:13
    New Report Says Apple Was in Talks to Use BMW i3 as...

    Apple and BMW were in negotiations to use the German car manufacturer's car platform for its electric i3 for Apple's rumored car project, code-named "Project Titan", according to a new report from German business magazine Manager Magazin [Google Translate].

    The Cupertino company was interested in the body of the i3, which is a small hatchback that has a shell made out of carbon fiber, helping keep the car light. The two companies began talks in autumn 2014, but broke off talks before committing to check in with each other and their plans periodically. The...

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    18:21
    Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as...

    According to a report published Friday, Apple last fall initiated talks to partner with BMW on a rumored electric car project underpinned by the German automaker's i3 model before ultimately changing its mind.

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    17:40
    Apple Redefines the Power of Plain Language in New...

    Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.


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    16:49
    Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond...

    In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Apple announced its first-ever sterling-denominated bond issuance set at 1.25 billion pounds, or nearly $2 billion.

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    16:32
    Inside the Macworld Vault: A hidden collection of...

    A hidden collection of vintage Macs

    A lot of Apple hardware has passed through the halls of Macworld. Over time, old hardware gets donated to charities and schools. But sometimes an item is put into storage, thinking that there might be a use for it down the road. More often, though, that item is forgotten about.

    I was recently asked to sort through Macworld’s storage, and I ended up taking a fun trip through memory lane. I documented much of it on my Twitter and Instagram feed, but we’ve also decided to post pictures here.

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

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    16:20
    Igloo: An intranet you’ll actually like

    My thanks to Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo allows you to share files, coordinate calendars, provide updates and manage projects easily.

    • Why use the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s?

    • Igloos are CSS and HTML5 friendly, which means they can be customized to look amazing.

    • They are also responsive right off the bat, which means that everything you can do at your desk, you can now do on the go, on your phone.

    • And just like your favorite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.

    • Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams.

    • For example, with Igloo’s latest release, Wolf, you can preview...

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    15:53
    Apple Has a Personal Message for Potential Androider...

    During Apple`s Financial Conference call in January of this year Apple`s Tim Cook noted without being specific, that the Android switcher rate was the highest when compared to the previous three major iPhone upgrades. During Apple`s latest Financial Conference Call Cook noted that the strong iPhone results were broad based in both developed and emerging markets and they experienced the highest switcher rate in Android than they ever measured ...

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    15:34
    AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5B merger approved, but...

    AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5 billion merger has been approved today following more than a year of regulatory review. The merger will see AT&T become the biggest pay-TV company, passing up cable company Comcast. AT&T says it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and 19 million users in Latin America.

    As part of the regulatory approval, the FCC has applied several conditions to the merger, all of which will be imposed for four years and enforced by internal and external compliance officers. Some of the conditions include protections for rival companies and a requirement that AT&T expand high-speed Internet to schools and low-income areas.

    AT&T has promised to buildout high-speed Internet to more...

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    15:30
    AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

    There's a lot of good news for Apple fans on this summery Friday afternoon:

    • Apple Pay begins its second year as an iPhone/Watch/iPad-based payment system
    • Apple's 10-Q holds some interesting data for those thinking about the next-generation iPhone
    • Pandora hasn't been affected at all by the launch of Apple Music
    • Intel's Skylake architecture could make upcoming Macs much faster and more efficient

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    Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 24, 2015.

    Believe it or not, Apple Pay just began its second year of existence. While it’s still not accepted everywhere, things are getting better as time rolls on. For...

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    15:12
    Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone'...

    As part of its 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign, Apple on Friday introduced an online minisite touting unique iPhone features, from an unparalleled selection of apps to digital and physical security.

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    15:08
    ∞ I got my music back. At least most of it

    It’s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 90 percent of my music back. [...]

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    15:04
    The Best Bluetooth Speakers 2015: JBL Charge 2+,...

    L to R: UE Mini (review), Roll (review), Boom (...

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    14:58
    KIDS REACT TO 1ST iPOD

    "I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]


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    14:08
    Apple debuts new web campaign to accompany ‘If it’s...

    Following up on its newest TV ad campaign, “If it’s not an iPhone,” Apple has launched a new web page dedicated to explaining what sets its smartphone apart from the competition. The page is titled “Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone,” and breaks down many key features, like iMessages, the camera, and the built-in security features.

    Other features touted by the unusually casual page include privacy settings such as app permissions, the 1.5 million apps available on the App Store, Touch ID and the Secure Enclave, Apple Pay security, the Health application, interoperability with the Mac, and...

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    14:08
    First trailer for former Gawker COO’s ‘Steve Jobs:...

    Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films today debuted the first trailer for the upcoming biographical film centered around Steve Jobs. “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” was originally premiered earlier this year at SXSW and is spearheaded by director Alex Gibney and executive producer Gaby Darbyshire, who is the former Chief Operating Officer of Gawker Media.

    Darbyshire headed up Gawker legal when the media company’s subsidiary Gizmodo bought the iPhone 4 that was “left at the bar” and would have been at the center of the controversy that surrounded the subsequent firestorm with Apple and then CEO Steve Jobs.

    ...

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    13:47
    Apple Launches 'Why There's Nothing Quite...

    Building on a series of recent ads centered around the "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" tagline, Apple today rolled out a new web campaign for the iPhone under the theme of "Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone."

    The new campaign is highlighted on Apple's main home page as well as its iPhone pages, and it includes a scrolling feature page drawing attention to a number of aspects of Apple and the iPhone that make the device stand out from its competitors.Every iPhone we've made – and we mean every single one – was built on the same belief. That a phone should be more than a collection of features. That, above all, a phone should be absolutely simple, beautiful, and magical to use.The page proceeds to highlight the iPhone's integration of...

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    13:35
    Report: Apple in negotiations to use BMW i3 as basis...

    Apple and BMW have engaged in negotiations over Apple’s interest in using BMW’s i3 electric cars as a basis for its own electric car project, according to a new report from German publication…

    News of Apple’s work on building an electric vehicle was first reported early this year with hundreds of employees reportedly working on the project after an approval from Tim Cook a year earlier. We later revealed some of Apple’s key team members and new hires from the automotive industry currently working on the project.

    According to the new report from...

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    13:31
    Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’...

    The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney-it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.


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    13:30
    Trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine...

    Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and Magnolia Pictures have released the first trailer for the movie "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine". The movie will be opening on September 4, and is an unflinching -- and some say unflattering -- look at the Apple co-founder. 

    The film premiered at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX four months ago, and was immediately panned by Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue. Cue tweeted that the movie was "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." Cue felt that the book "Becoming Steve Jobs" was the most accurate portrayal of Jobs. 

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    India outpaced China for iPhone growth last quarter, and Apple isn't letting that momentum go to waste. The company is looking to build on the 93 percent growth it's seeing in India and break through the two percent market it currently holds. Translation: Apple is gunning for Samsung's marketshare in India.


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    Apple Pay rival CurrentC may finally roll out in...

    When Apple Pay launched last fall, some retailers blocked NFC recognition to keep Apple’s mobile payment service from gaining traction. The reason: CurrentC, a competing service developed by a coalition of merchants like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart that has been rumored for years but hasn’t yet rolled out. CurrentC will finally see the light of day next month, Bloomberg reports.

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    NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer: $19.99

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    You Should Play: Headbutt zombies, eat brains in the...

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

    I’ve played some stupid games in my time, but GoatZ, a follow up to the odd PC breakout hit Goat Simulator that has you run around as a goat and cause chaos, may take the top spot. Come on, it’s an open world environment game starring goats—but not just any goats. Zombie goats. Your goal as a zombie goat isn’t just to survive, but to inflict as much damage as possible in your quest to eat brains. Yet the weirdness of it all somehow makes it fun to play, so I’ve...

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    External Link: Flickr Brings Back Pro Accounts

    After two years, Flickr is bringing back paid Pro accounts for $49.99 per year. The new Flickr Pro includes better analytics, no ads, a “pro” badge on profiles, and discounts on photo products, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan. Those who had grandfathered Pro accounts will keep the same benefits they had plus gain the new ones.

     

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