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Tuesday June 21

05:34
Apple Granted 33 Patents Today Covering the Apple TV...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the Apple TV system, advanced gesture password system, the original mystery iPad design and more.

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05:34
Got kids aged 8-12? Apple Camp enrollment opens...

If you’re looking for something to entertain kids aged 8-12 over the summer, and the chance for them to learn some useful tech skills into the bargain, you may want to register them for this year’s Apple Camp. Apple holds annual workshops at its retail stores intended to help kids make creative use of technology. This year’s workshops are focused on coding & robotics, movie-making and story-telling.

Campers can work with visual blocks and solve puzzles while programming Sphero robots. They can learn filmmaking skills: storyboarding, shooting video, and editing soundtracks. Or they can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. At Apple Camp, kids and their creativity are the heroes … 

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05:18
Apple fixes serious flaw in AirPort wireless routers

Apple has released firmware updates for its AirPort wireless base stations in order to fix a vulnerability that could put the devices at risk of hacking.

According to Apple security, the flaw is a memory corruption issue stemming from DNS (Domain Name System) data parsing that could lead to arbitrary code execution.

The company released firmware updates 7.6.7 and 7.7.7 for AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The AirPort Utility 6.3.1 or later on OS X or AirPort Utility 1.3.1 or later on iOS can be used to install the new firmware versions on AirPort devices, the company said in an advisory.

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05:00
Hyperloop One team dreams of connecting Europe and...

Hyperloop One has teamed up with the city of Moscow and a local company to explore bringing the Hyperloop to Russia. The trio will investigate how and where such high-speed transportation can be integrated into the country's existing transport networ...

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04:58
FotoJet photo tool adds Edit mode

PearlMountain Technology has updated its FotoJet (https://www.fotojet.com/) online photo tool to version 3.5 . The upgrade adds a new Edit mode.

FotoJet is an online collage maker, graphic designer and photo editor. It’s designed to help users create collages, photo  cards, social media graphics, posters and edit photos with ease. And its free.

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04:41
Online fraud detection spending to reach $9.2...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels..

According to the research, fraudsters now perceive mobile payment channels to be particularly vulnerable (and therefore attractive targets) as many organisations have yet to apply the same levels of protection to mobile as they have to desktop transactions.

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04:41
Online fraud detection spending to reach $9.2...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels..

According to the research, fraudsters now perceive mobile payment channels to be particularly vulnerable (and therefore attractive targets) as many organisations have yet to apply the same levels of protection to mobile as they have to desktop transactions.

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04:34
Looks like Apple is finally preparing to call time...

I mentioned in an opinion piece back in April that while Apple still sells a single non-Retina MacBook Pro model, it does its best to tuck it away out of sight – not mentioned at all on the main MacBook Pro page, and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

We’ve been hearing reports of the model being withdrawn from display in Apple Stores for a week or so now, and checks by both AI and ...

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04:30
Griffin’s BreakSafe cable is a must-have item for...

I like the 12-inch MacBook as a “secondary” Mac — but I don't like the fact that it ditches the MagSafe adapter. Yes, I know that the single USB-C port is vital in keeping the laptop’s eye-popping svelte design, but the MagSafe connector on other Mac laptops disengages with the slightest amount of pressure. This has saved many a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable. 

That’s why the $39.99 Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable is a must-have item for owners of the 12-inch MacBook. Its quick-release magnetic connector plugs into the diminutive laptop's USB-C port. Like the original MagSafe, it safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when under stress or strain — such as when you trip on it.

Plug the adapter into the MacBook, then connect the magnetic end of the cable into the adapter. (The...

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04:27
Kool Tools: ExoLens with Optics

ExoLens is shipping ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS. Together they’ve developed the first aspherical lenses for mobile photographers “that will forever raise the standard of mobile photography and videography,” according to John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands, which owns ExoLens.

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04:06
Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent...

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies.

The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies.

The ruling will be of particular benefit to Apple …

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04:00
SanDisk's Dual USB Drive is a great accessory...

If you own one of Apple's teeny MacBooks (check out my review here) you probably have a love/hate relationship with the single USB-C port.

It's very small (which facilitates the ultra-thin design of the laptop) and supports higher wattage charging, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) data transfer and DisplayPort 1.2 all in a single connector that’s one-third the size of a traditional USB port. That's cool. On the other hand, it's the only port that Apple includes on the laptop. And some of us aren't willing to trust "the cloud" as our only means of data transfer.

That's where SanDisk's Dual USB Drive comes to the rescue. It's the first Dual Flash Drive to include one reversible USB Type-C connector and one USB 3.0 connector. This makes it easy totransfer content to and from a MacBook and other...

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03:11
Apple Granted Two Apple Store Patents Covering...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two inventions relating to Apple Stores.

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Monday June 20

23:59
Ultimate Ears updates Boom 2 & Megaboom speakers...

Popular Bluetooth speaker company Ultimate Ears announced today that it is adding Siri and Google Now integration to its lineup of speakers. With this feature, users can access their music directly from the speaker, making it even easier to change songs, artists, and more.

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19:24
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19:14
Apple to begin paying out $400M to customers...

Three years ago, Apple was found guilty of anticompetitive behavior centered around ebook pricing and price-fixing. The case was in limbo for years as Apple appealed and tried to fight the ruling, but earlier this year the Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal, putting Apple on the hook for $450 million. Law firm Hagens Berman today issued a press release revealing that payouts will begin being sent to affected customers tomorrow, June 21st.

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18:03
Apple customers to receive $400M iBooks settlement...

Customers impacted by Apple's alleged iBooks price fixing scheme will this week receive settlement payments in the form of store credit or checks for up to $6.83 per e-book, the law firm representing plaintiffs in the case announced on Monday.

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17:15
The Week in iPad Cases: Booq's Booqpad has room...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the Booqpad, a carry-all folio that packs more than just your iPad. Plus, leather bags and functional cases that will help you stay productive throughout your busy day. Read on!

Booq

The Booqpad (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $60 MSRP) is a folio-style case that features a removable polycarbonate shell, which keeps your iPad safe if you ever need to use it without the folio cover.

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16:38
Hands-On With watchOS 3: Instant App Launching,...

watchOS 3, set to be released this fall, introduces some radical changes to the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. There are new apps and watch faces, interface tweaks overhaul the way we interact with watchOS, and a new feature for keeping apps running in the background allows for instant launch times.

Since most of us won't be able to check out watchOS 3 until the fall of 2016 following an extended beta testing period, we've created a video to highlight the must see features.

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Glances are gone in watchOS 3, replaced with a "dock" accessible by pressing the side button. 10 favorite first and third-party apps can be added to the dock, where they'll be kept continually up to date and able to launch in a second. Changing watch faces is done with a left and...

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16:32
Supreme Court Upholds Patent Rules that Assist Tech...

In July 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled Apple Remains the Number One Target of Patent Trolls in 2015. The statistics showed that Apple, Actavis and Amazon were the most frequently sued, with Apple facing 25 patent suits in the first half of 2015 while Actavis and Amazon each faced 21 suits. Today there was a ruling from the US Supreme Court that will make life a little harder for patent trolls.

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16:11
The Dock in watchOS 3 breathes new life into the...

The Dock in watchOS 3 was arguably the biggest new feature to hit the Apple Watch at WWDC 2016. It’s a feature that allows you to find and switch to your most used apps. It takes the best of the Glances model from previous versions of watchOS and merges it with an updated and actionable interface.

The Dock promotes using apps in a way that no such feature on the Apple Watch has until now. In my opinion, it breathes new life into the Apple Watch, providing practical functionality that was missing in previous iterations of watchOS. Have a look at our hands-on dive into the Dock as we explore this exciting new feature. more…

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15:57
VPN Tracker World Connect designed to make Internet...

Using public wifi hotspots when you’re on the go with an iPhone, iPad or Mac? equinux VPN Tracker World Connect (www.vpntracker.com/worldconnect) is designed to make any Internet connection secure. Plus, it automatically detects the best VPN destination for your need.

VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.

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15:54
Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced  two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.

The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.

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15:14
Apple's differential privacy analyzes the group...

Apple's incorporation of differential privacy in its data collection efforts marks the first wide scale use of the technique, according to Prof. Aaron Roth, the University of Pennsylvania mathematician who "literally wrote the book" on it, as Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, said at WWDC on June 13.

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14:49
The secret world of Foley

You may not know what “foley” is but you’ve likely heard it in every live-action movie you’ve seen in the past 100 years. It’s a fascinating but unfamiliar job on a movie, one that is critical to the “realism” of what we see on screen. This video does a great job of showing the work that goes on behind the scenes with foley artists.

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14:45
Apple Forms a Subsidiary to Sell Electricity

Apple is publicly moral in many ways. Apple's products are highly recyclable and Apple works to be good stewards of the planet's resources. To that end, Apple has formed a subsidiary, called Apple Energy. The goal, with approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is to sell excess solar energy to consumers and businesses via Renewable Energy Certificates. Not only is Apple setting the example for how to be green and also make money at it, but the company positioning itself for its own technical future. Of course, there are implications for Apple's (rumored) electric car as well. Forbes has a great story on this. "Why Apple Energy Is A Wake-Up Call For Businesses."

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14:44
MGG 610: Airplane Mode on the Mac? Sure!

Dave's back from WWDC and he and John focus on your questions this week. How best can one enable Airplane Mode on a Mac? How do you find a missing Mailbox? Why does the iTunes Library stay put when you tell it to move? And... what happened with John's phone? Was it the charger? Was it the app? We have answers!


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14:36
Chatlight Video Chatting Light: $19

Check out the Chatlight—I did a Cool Stuff Found during January's CES show, and now Stack Commerce has put together a deal for this device. It's designed to light you for selfies and video chats. It clips onto the edge of your mobile device and two banks of LEDs light your face. The bank of LEDs rotates, too, allowing you to control your lighting. You can get Chatlight through our deal for $19.


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14:35
August, Canary, Withings, D-Link, Ring & others...

These products from August, Canary, Withings, Kuna, D-Link, Ring & others will be next to gain support for Apple’s HomeKit in the coming months. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, August, Canary, D-link, Doorbell, homekit, iOS 10, iPhone 7, Kuna, Ring,...

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14:25
Apple's 'iPhone 7' rumored to ship...

A rumor circulating at Computex Taipei 2016 claims Apple plans to bundle a Lightning-to-3.5mm plug adapter with its standard EarPods headphones when "iPhone 7" ships this fall, hinting at a move away from the 3.5mm jack format.

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14:05
iPhone 7 may include EarPods w/ headphone jack +...

Since the first rumors emerged claiming Apple would ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone release, many have been speculating on what exactly Apple will include as a solution. According to a new report from Macotakara, it’s not Lightning-suited EarPods that Apple is planning to include, but rather the standard 3.5mm EarPods and an adapter.

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14:04
More evidence of iOS 10 'dark mode'...

Further explorations of iOS 10's code may back expectations that the mobile OS will get a "dark mode" in later betas, and/or a cellular connection toggle in its Control Center.

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13:52
Tim Cook reportedly holding a fundraiser for U.S....

Apple may have refused to offer tech support for this year’s Republican national convention due to a dislike for Donald Trump, but a new report claims CEO Tim Cook next week will host a fundraiser for sitting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (pictured) and other House Republicans.

Cook will help raise money for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, California, along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.

Cook is hosting the fundraiser on his own accord; Apple doesn’t have a corporate political action committee like Facebook, Google and other tech...

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13:49
Notable apps and app updates for June 20, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Using public wifi hotspots when you’re on the go with an iPhone, iPad or Mac? equinux VPN Tracker World Connect is designed to make any Internet connection secure. Plus, it automatically detects the best VPN destination for your need.

VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.

VPN Tracker World Connect for iOS is free to download on the App Store. VPN Tracker for Mac is available for download...

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13:33
Tim Cook to host fundraiser for House Speaker Paul...

After Apple refused to back this election cycle's Republican national convention, a report on Monday claims CEO Tim Cook next week will host a fundraiser for sitting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other House Republicans.

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13:30
AWT News Update: June 20, 2016

We start off the week with a couple of good rumors and a nice free ice-cold drink:

  • One new rumor still shows the 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual SIM cards for the iPhone 7
  • MyCokeRewards comes to Apple Wallet and Apple Pay
  • It looks as if the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro is on the verge of bing removed from stores. 
  • Sweden's Spotify reported that it now has twice the number of paying customers that Apple Pay does

The text version of the podcast can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 20, 2016.

Rumors are fun, although sometimes the reality is far from what we hear about months in advance. Take, for example, new rumors today from Engadget...

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13:21
iPhone 7 Rumored to Ship With Standard 3.5mm EarPods...

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be manufactured without a 3.5mm headphone jack, leading to speculation about the accessories that will be included alongside the two devices.

Lightning-equipped EarPods and wireless EarPods are two rumors that have been bandied about, but a new report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple may ship the iPhone 7 with standard 3.5mm headphones and a 3.5mm jack to Lightning adapter to allow them to connect to the new devices.

Mac Otakara's information comes from sources at Computex Taipei 2016 and the reliability of those sources cannot be confirmed. Shipping EarPods with a 3.5mm jack included seems like an unusual choice for Apple, even if an adapter is included in the box.At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has...

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13:17
This simple plugin lets you post to Instagram from...

I’ve only just started to use Instagram more seriously. The “need” to post from the iPhone was a real pain. If you use both Instagram and Lightroom, this $10 donationware plugin will really come in handy.

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13:03
Linux Snap Package Format Goes Multi-Distro


Snapcraft -- the Linux package format Canonical developed for Ubuntu -- now works on multiple Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora and various flavors of Ubuntu.
They're being validated on CentOS, Elementary, Gentoo, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt and RHEL. "Distributing applications on Linux is not always easy," said Canonical's Manik Taneja, product manager for Snappy Ubuntu Core. "You have different packaging formats, base systems, available libraries and distribution release cadences."

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12:58
Watch out, WebMD: Google's teamed with leading...

Feeling nauseous? Perhaps a bit feverish? Google's launching a new feature on mobile and its Google search app that promises to provide answers without forcing you to dig through dozens of overwhelming (and possibly misleading) medical forums, let alone consult established sites like WebMD. 

In the coming days, when you ask Google about your symptoms, the search engine will return a list of related conditions. For instance, if you search for “headache on one side,” Google will offer up a list of informational cards with possible answers for what's ailing you. Tap a card, and it’ll provide further information on the condition and treatment.

Google takes pains to emphasize that it's trying to make it easier for you to find good medical information on the web, but it's also making sure you don't use the web as a substitute for professional advice. In its blog post,...

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12:57
CW shows could leave Hulu, head to Netflix sooner

One of the worst parts about getting your TV fix through services like Netflix and Hulu is that your favorite show can disappear on any given day, with little warning. If you're a fan of the CW (home to shows like Arrow, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-...

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12:53
Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook to fundraise for...

Apple may not be playing ball with the Republican Party’s upcoming convention, but CEO Tim Cook is reportedly set to hold a fundraiser for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan next week. Politico reports that Apple wants to “strengthen its relationships with key Republicans” like Ryan despite its apparent opposition to Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.

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12:49
Review: JBL Clip 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

JBL's Clip has long been a favorite of ours, offering good sound in a small, portable package — both 2014's original Clip and last year's Clip+ earned our high recommendations. While the Clip+ added splashproof capabilities, the new Clip 2 is fully IPX7 waterproof. Clip 2 also boosts battery life to 8 hours. It's also now possible to pair two Clip 2 units wirelessly for amplified sound, rather than relying on the built-in audio cable. On the downside, JBL has added $10 to the retail price, and there's no mention of any sound quality improvements. The slightly redesigned Clip 2 comes in five different colors — black, blue, red, teal, and gray — and includes a micro-USB cable for recharging.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:33
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch allows renaming folders,...

Apple's pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology will expand in small but meaningful ways with iOS 10, including the ability to quickly rename app folders, or clear all alerts from Notification Center.

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12:32
Spotify has 100 million users but Apple Music...

According to a new report in The Telegraph, Spotify has reached 100 million active users every month and 30 percent of those users are paid subscribers. Those figures certainly sound impressive, but it’s interesting to note that Spotify reported a similar figure of paid subscribers back in March. This means that Spotify’s paid subscribers have remained pretty stagnant at 30 million in the last three months.

We have 30 million @Spotify subscribers, but none of them are in Cuba ... yet. So cool to see Cuba opening up! https://t.co/nZa67f0l8U

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12:30
'Game of Thrones' composer on making truly...

Ramin Djawadi's theme for Game of Thrones has inspired covers upon covers. The Iranian-German composer's music has helped shape the magic, power and terror on every episode of HBO's most watched series. While the show's haunting score is his most cel...

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12:10
Tumblr to launch live video with an hour of wacky...

It seems Tumblr is planning to jump on the live video bandwagon to join Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. The blog platform has posted eight updates on a subdomain that features a logo with the words "Live Video on Tumblr," accompanied by a caption that...

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12:05
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Flexibits...

Michael Simmons is the founder of Flexibits, famous for the award winning Fantastical apps for Mac and iOS. In his youth, Michael got his start as a fan of video games on the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. He was intrigued by what was different, better, surprising and delightful. In college, it was communication and film school, and he became interested in something closely related: story telling. That resulted in his first job in the video game industry. After that, there was a series of programming jobs culminating in his authorship of Data Rescue at ProSoft. His acquired expertise eventually resulted in the founding of Flexibits some 20 years after it all began. It's a classic case of inspiration and talent leading to starting his own software company. Michael, a great speaker, tells how it all happened.

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12:02
By 2019 Twenty-Five Percent of Home Services will be...

When Google surprised everyone with their Google Home device at their developer conference in May, it was clear that the gloves were off and challengers were lining up to take on Siri that had been drifting for the longest time with little progress. With so much activity occurring in the area of digital assistants, the timing of a new Gartner report on this subject couldn't have been any better.

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11:53
Apple Music rival Spotify tops 100 million...

Spotify on Monday announced that it had surpassed 100 million subscribers, including 30 million paid customers, keeping it firmly ahead of Apple Music and other rivals in the streaming music space.

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11:46
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9, Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5, and LaunchBar 6.7.

 

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11:46
ExtraBITS for 20 June 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we get a look at Apple’s differential privacy, which seeks to gather data while protecting your privacy, and we find out who won the 2016 Apple Design Awards.

 

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11:41
Facebook Messenger's SMS push might break...

Did you think Facebook was a little too eager to have you using Messenger for SMS on your Android phone? You're not alone. Concerns are mounting that Facebook's SMS prompt might violate Google Play's policies prohibiting deceptive device settings c...

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11:25
Myths and misconceptions about macOS Sierra

It’s sadly typical that, with anything Apple announces, there’s always a segment who will rend their garments and cry to the heavens about how much they hate whatever it is Apple is doing. The reaction to macOS Sierra is no different. As Adam points out, no one is forcing you to use macOS Sierra or any of its newest announced features.

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11:16
You can now use MyCokeRewards with Apple Pay (and...

Last year Apple rebranded its Passbook app as Wallet and boosted Apple Pay by adding support for loyalty cards. Coca-Cola started accepting Apple Pay debit and credit cards at many of its vending machines around the same time, and now its loyalty card is catching up. Customers can add the MyCokeRewards loyalty card to Apple Pay and receive a free drink in return.

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11:15
About the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11....

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, Security Update 2015-004 Yosemite, and Security Update 2015-007 Mavericks.

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11:15
About the security content of iOS 9.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.1.

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11:15
About the security content of watchOS 2.0.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.0.1.

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11:15
About the security content of watchOS 2.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.1.

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11:09
Sketchy rumor suggests Apple's 'iPhone 7...

New components claimed to be bound for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 7" suggest the handset will feature dual SIM trays and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, though it's hard to place much confidence in the leaks.

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11:09
Security update for mDNSResponder

Current versions of Apple products use the updated version of Bonjour. For previous versions, Apple has issued a security update.

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11:08
About the security content of AirPort Base Station...

This document describes the security content of AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 and 7.7.7.

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11:00
Elmo takes the spotlight in new YouTube series

Sesame Street's producers realize that kids these days are spending their days glued to devices other than their TVs. Its presence on YouTube has more than two million subscribers, and it recently launched Sesame Studios to test new ideas on web-savv...

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10:59
E-book buyers will soon get settlement payments from...

Some buyers of ebooks will begin to receive payments Tuesday as part of a settlement in a price-fixing case against Apple.

People who purchased ebooks between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012, will receive credits from ebook sellers, or will get a check if they opted out of receiving credits, according to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a consumer-rights class-action law firm involved in the lawsuit against Apple.

As part of the Apple settlement of the case, ebook buyers will receive $6.93 for every purchase that was a New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for every other ebook. The settlement covers ebooks purchased from Apple as well as from other retailers, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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10:39
Spotify Has Twice as Many Paid Subscribers as Apple...

Spotify confirmed to The Telegraph today that it now has more than 100 million monthly active users worldwide, including approximately 30 million monthly paying subscribers.

Comparatively, Apple services chief Eddy Cue announced at WWDC 2016 last week that Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, just two weeks before the streaming music service turns one year old. Apple Music was at 13 million subscribers in April and 11 million subscribers in February, meaning that it has been growing at a rate of about 2 million subscribers every two months.

Spotify, which launched in Europe in October 2008 and expanded to the...

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10:30
Google now tells you why you're feeling sick

Google made improvements to how you search for symptoms and illnesses in the past, and now it's looking to be even more helpful. The company will now show you a list of medical conditions when you search for symptoms. In the above example, entering "...

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-20: Apple Power Plans...

Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn't mean we'll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.


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10:28
E-book buyers to begin receiving payments for e-book...

Beginning June 21, millions of e-book purchasers will receive credits and checks for twice their losses following an antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s largest publishing companies for their roles in an alleged e-book price-fixing scheme, according to Hagens Berman, a law firm that litigated the case jointly with the United States Department of Justice and attorneys general from 33 U.S. states and territories.

Consumers will receive a $6.93 credit for every e-book that was a New York Times bestseller, and a $1.57 credit for other e-books. Credits will be automatically sent directly into the accounts of consumers at major book retailers, including Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple. Retailers will issue emails and put the credits in the accounts simultaneously.

If e-book purchasers requested a check in lieu of a credit, they will receive a check. If purchasers received a credit during the first round of distribution of...

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10:24
Why this high school girl skipped graduation to...

What a great story. I wish this young lady much success in her programming career.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:15
Apple is Taking a Different Stand on Artificial...

In the science fiction of yesteryear, artificial agents were presented as helpful, local companions. The scope of the internet and its ability to drill into our private lives wasn't a pervasive theme. Nowadays, we have AI agents built by giant technology companies that want to build AI agents to learn about us, store that data, and sell things instead of simply make us smarter or more efficient. Except Apple. Apple's public morality goes in another direction. Thank goodness. It's all on page two of Friday's Particle Debris column.


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10:00
FCC lays out its big 5G push

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler made an impassioned plea for the US to take the lead in developing a wireless 5G standard. "To seize the opportunities before us, we need the next g...

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09:56
Spotify now has 100M users, but only twice as many...

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Spotify has reached a streaming music milestone with its user base officially reaching 100 million users, 25 million more than last reported. But the numbers are very different when you only look at paying customers…

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09:55
Apple pulls legacy non-Retina MacBook Pro from...

Apple Stores are beginning to remove the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro from their showfloors, in what may be a sign the company is preparing to completely phase out the product with a spinning optical disc drive, AppleInsider discovered on Monday.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch $49 w/ iPhone...

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09:19
Apple might open stores in India thanks to relaxed...

Apple might not have to bend over backwards to open stores in India: the country has loosened its rules on locally-sourced products in a way that gives foreign companies a shot. First-party retailers (that is, those that mostly sell their own product...

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09:18
AI for President


Andy Rubin, Android's daddy, last week made some interesting comments about quantum computing and artificial intelligence. The part I agree with is it won't be long until most things we have are connected to an intelligent machine. However, when referring to something that will be far smarter than we are, the use of the term "artificial" would not just be inaccurate -- it would be rude. I disagree that there will be only one, though, because competition, latency, governments, uses, and privacy concerns alone will ensure there are many.

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09:17
Apple Pay arrives on Bank of America ATMs to make...

Apple Pay isn’t accepted everywhere (yet), but the day I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Bank of America is now letting you withdraw cash from its ATMs using Apple Pay. No more digging for your debit card and glancing behind you to see if anyone is hovering too closely. Now you really can leave your wallet at home.

Finding a B of A branch with NFC-compatible ATMs will be the biggest challenge. The machines at the branch near my office in midtown Manhattan were not, so my attempt to test out Apple Pay was a bust. But if your ATMs support NFC, which you can see by the contactless symbol beneath the card reader, then all you have to do is pull out your iPhone, open the Wallet app where your cards are stored, and tap on your B of A debit card. Then hold your phone over the NFC symbol and enter your PIN number on the machine’s keypad. From there, you can...

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09:16
Comcast is taking their New Digital Assistant to the...

Apple's mantra Apple TV is "the future of television is apps." Yet its recent Apple TV updates that were revealed during their developer conference last week showed us that it's trying to advance Siri to push the boundaries of their app framework. Apple seems to be positioning Siri to be the central interface of TV moving forward, a digital assistant that will grab you the content you want. But now enters Comcast with their X1 platform that's ready to go to the next level ...

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09:00
Learn how Docs.com can be used in the classroom to...

Docs.com is the easiest way to create a visually appealing online portfolio that can include OneNote notebooks, Word documents, Excel workbooks, PowerPoint slide decks, interactive Sways, PDFs and a host of web content. Docs.com retains all your Office documents’ rich formatting, animations and formulas and can be easily shared to your school or to the world.

We have been gathering feedback from thousands of amazing teachers and students around the globe to ensure that the experience can meet your needs.

We’ve seen teachers create lessons on Docs.com by posting documents, images, videos, 3D models and other relevant content from the web. We also have seen students put together their most prized work and add to larger class collections to give them a permanent home on the web.

How Docs.com helps in the classroom

Docs.com lets teachers and students organize and publish their Office documents. Later on,...

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09:00
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch adds new iOS-style...

With watchOS 3, Glances are no more. Swiping up from watch faces now brings up a Control Center with quick access to commonly used settings, borrowing a design convention from Apple's iOS.

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09:00
Professional learning community groups in Office 365...

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators who meet regularly to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Teachers around the world have started using Office 365 Groups to make collaboration within a PLC a lot simpler and more streamlined. PLC groups are typically formed around interest areas (e.g., 9th grade math), grade levels (e.g., 10th grade teachers) or across subjects (e.g., science teachers).

Here are some barriers to engagement with PLCs today that Office 365 Groups is addressing:

  • Teachers can be isolated, time is severely limited and collaboration is difficult.
  • Professional collaboration tools are disconnected and don’t always support meaningful, sustained collaboration.
  • A challenge for many PLCs is extending the work and relationships in the times and spaces between physically coming together.
  • It can be difficult for new teachers to...
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09:00
Educators, increase collaboration and professional...

As part of Microsoft’s Education announcement in April, we announced new experiences and updates to Office 365 Education coming this summer that will make it easier for teachers to manage their classroom and collaborate with peers, and for them or their IT administrators to set it all up. As part of this announcement, we mentioned there’d be even more updates coming this summer! We’re thrilled to share these with you today—all are teacher inspired and student focused.

Today, we are announcing enhanced educator collaboration with PLC groups, better content sharing with Docs.com, easier formative assessments with Microsoft Forms and additional Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS) partners with OneNote Class Notebook.

All educators have access to these new updates through Office 365 Education, which is totally free for teachers and students when you go to ...

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09:00
Microsoft Forms—a new formative assessment and...

Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Forms for our Office 365 Education customers. Forms is the result of direct feedback from educators that they want to have a quizzing function with Office 365 Education. Educators told us they need an easy way to assess student progress on an ongoing basis. They also told us they want an assessment solution that will save them time, help differentiate instruction for all students and provide quiz takers with real-time personalized feedback.

We designed Forms to be super easy so that anyone could confidently create a form and easily see results as they come in. Forms lets anyone with an Office 365 Education account create and/or respond to quizzes. What makes Forms unique and so valuable for educators is the automatic grading and in-quiz feedback functionality. Automatic grading does exactly what the name implies and greatly reduces the time spent grading. In-quiz feedback is a feature that lets quiz authors...

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09:00
Over 35 LMS, SIS and gradebook partners are now...

Since we launched the original OneNote Class Notebook add-in for assignment and grade integration, with Learning Management Systems (LMS), Student Information Systems (SIS) and gradebooks, we’ve had many excited teachers and schools try it out. We also heard more and more teachers ask for Class Notebook integration with other systems they use in their classrooms. We’ve been busy working with partners from around the world over the last couple of months, and today, we are excited to share our most up-to-date list of partners.

We are announcing over 35 partners that have committed to work with OneNote, with over 20 implemented and many more coming soon. To see this list of committed partners, please visit our...

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08:47
Experimental Zika vaccine approved for human trials

The Food and Drug Administration approved an experimental Zika vaccine called GLS-5700 for a clinical trial in humans earlier today, the first such treatment to get an official nod from the agency. Initial trials will start with 40 healthy subjects g...

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08:40
Deals: 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro for $699; $350 off...

The start of the work week brings about a plethora of deals on Apple Macs and iPads. Score a 128GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro for $699 or a 13-inch MacBook Air for $799.99. Plus, save $350 on the 2015 12-inch MacBook with 512GB of storage or $200 off a 27-inch iMac 5K with a Retina Display.

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08:26
Microsoft trashes Chrome's battery life

Your choice of web browser can have a tremendous effect on your laptop's battery life, and Microsoft is determined to prove that its Edge browser the most efficient of them all... at Google's expense, of course. The crew in Redmond has posted battery...

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08:20
Denver, Colorado gets Apple Maps transit directions

Here's a great way for folks in the Mile High City of Denver, CO to start the day -- Apple Maps now provides transit directions, complete with departure times, multi-modal transfers, and connecting walks, for the Regional Transportation District's 2,340-square-mile (6,100 square km.) area. 

The transit directions work in both the iOS and OS X versions of Maps. The addition of Denver to Maps transit directions is part of a continual expansion of coverage during 2016. Recently, the company added coverage for Atlanta, Miami, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, the Australian state of New South Wales, and regions that receive service by the U.K.'s National Rail. 

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08:19
Denver, Boulder get Transit Data in Apple’s Maps

Colorado is finally getting in on the Maps transit directions game because Apple just added Denver and Boulder. That means you can get direction that include busses and light rail, and if either city ever adds subways, those would show up, too. Apple added transit direction to Maps in iOS 9 with a limited number of cities. That number is slowly increasing and includes locations such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. More cities are coming, so hopefully yours will show up soon.


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08:10
Swift, McCartney, U2 and Others Send Open Letter to...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Trent Reznor Bashes Google for building their Music Video Platform on Stolen Content." Today it's being reported that the music industry has signed up Taylor Swift and U2 in its fight against YouTube.

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08:10
iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless...

We are a team of ex-Apple engineers and designers and are experts in machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, photogrammetry, and biometrics. We combine these technologies with iOS and tvOS to provide innovative solutions for clients and enterprises.

We also teach developers how to build apps through the longest-standing and most comprehensive iOS training in the world.

Join our 5-day intensive iOS bootcamp. Our next available dates are:

  • July 18-22, San Francisco
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If you want a team of ex-Apple engineers and designers working for you, reach out.

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08:08
Nomad adds iPhone 6/6s cases to its new Horween...

Last week Apple accessory maker Nomad launched a new collection of Horween Leather-made products starting with two Lightning plus battery-equipped wallets. Today Nomad is expanding that collection with a new iPhone 6/6s case made with high quality leather from the Chicago company.

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08:06
Apple Pay options begin emerging at select Bank of...

You’ll be able to start using Apple Pay at assorted Bank of America ATMs pretty soon.

According to an unconfirmed report posted to Reddit on Sunday, Bank of America customers living in Redondo Beach, Calif., can now withdraw cash from certain NFC-enabled ATMs. The system does not appear to be fully operational, however, as deposits still require a physical debit or checking account card.

Reports began to surface of Apple Pay integration at select Bank of America ATMs as of May. At the time, pilot program coverage was limited to two machines in San Francisco. Bank of America has not yet made an official announcement regarding ATM compatibility with Apple Pay, though it appears the service is slowly rolling out beyond the Bay Area.

As of now, compatible Bank of...

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08:05
Huawei's MateBook heads to the US on July 11th...

Huawei's Surface competitor, the Matebook, is headed to the US on July 11th starting at $699. Announced back at Mobile World Congress, it's a 12-inch laptop/tablet hybrid that weighs in at a mere 1.4 pounds and 6.9 millimeters thin. Huawei claims it'...

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08:00
∞ The secret anti-counterfeit symbol

[VIDEO] I knew it was illegal to copy money. I just had no idea there was a special symbol built into money that told photocopiers not to copy it. And, apparently, there’s a newer secret device that makes copying even harder.

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07:55
∞ The TL-DR version of Wikipedia

I just learned that there is a simplified version of each Wikipedia page. Here’s how you get there.

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07:52
iPhone 7 May Have Dual SIM Trays for Use With...

Chinese smartphone repair shop Rock Fix recently shared photos of alleged iPhone 7 components on microblogging service Weibo, potentially including dual-SIM trays that would allow for the smartphone to send and receive calls and messages from multiple phone numbers (via Engadget).

Dual SIM technology would also enable iPhone 7 users to use multiple carriers based upon network coverage, pricing, and other competitive differences. A customer in the United States, for example, might elect to use AT&T for nationwide voice and text messaging and T-Mobile for cheaper and unlimited 4G LTE data.

Dual SIM support would differ slightly from the Apple SIM, which allows cellular iPad users to easily switch between different...

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07:48
Intel and the end of Moore’s Law

Howard Yu, writing for Fortune:

Just four months ago, Intel disclosed in a regulatory filing that it is slowing the pace in launching new chips. Its latest transistor is down to only about 100 atoms wide. The fewer atoms composing a transistor, the harder it is to manipulate. Following the existing trajectory, by early 2020, transistors should have just 10 atoms. At that scale, electronic properties will be messed up by quantum uncertainties, making any devices hopelessly unreliable. In other words, engineers and scientists are hitting the fundamental limit of physics.

Intel just announced that they will be providing chips for some of the next generation of iPhones.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:47
Apple may finally get clearance for stores in India

Apple may finally get clearance to set up its stores in India, following the Indian government’s decision Monday to liberalize rules requiring local sourcing of some products sold in foreign-owned, single-brand stores.

The iPhone maker operates in the country through third-party owned, exclusive stores run by partners like Imagine, in addition to selling through retail chains and online e-commerce websites. But Apple considers the design and layout of its own stores a key element of its branding and retail experience.

The Indian government, in a statement Monday, said the local sourcing requirements, which had been a hurdle for Apple to get clearance for its own branded stores, have been relaxed for up to three years. The new rules include a relaxed “sourcing regime” for an additional five years introduced for “entities undertaking single-brand retail trading of products having ‘state-of-art’ and ‘cutting edge’ technology.”

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07:43
News: India eases restrictions, could open up market...

After months of back and forth, Apple once again seems close to opening retail stores in India after the country relaxed its restrictions on foreign retailers, Bloomberg reports. Apple was denied an exemption to rules that require single-brand retailers in India to source at least 30 percent of their components locally, but on Monday India relaxed restrictions on all foreign investors in an effort to boost investment....

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07:37
Apple ranks fourth on LinkedIn’s top Attractors list

LinkedIn Corp. the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, has launched its first-ever Top Attractors list, using exclusive LinkedIn data and examining the billions of actions of LinkedIn’s 433+ million members, to rank the top companies where people want to work now. Apple is number four on the list.

Top Attractors ranks the top companies in the world, as well companies in United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia,...

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07:36
Apple to not provide financial, technical aid to GOP...

Thanks to the keen wit and bubble personality of one Donald Trump, Apple has told GOP leaders that it will not be providing funding or technical support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it has done in years past.

The company cited Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities. Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources close to the story.

Apple’s decision to back away from the convention, which was communicated privately to Republicans, shows a widening schism between Silicon Valley and Trump’s bombastic style. Trump, in turn,...

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07:29
CloudMine releases CareKit SDK for Apple developers

CloudMine, a secure data healthcare platform, has released an iOS SDK (software development kit) designed to work with Apple's CareKit framework. Built to support native iOS apps, this SDK will communicate with CloudMine's Connected Health Cloud.

CareKit, announced in March, is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

CloudMine's Connected Health Cloud complements the CareKit framework to provide secure storage for data generated by CareKit apps. CloudMine's SDK also provides CareKit app developers with HIPAA...

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07:29
Twitter buys a machine learning company to improve...

Facebook isn't the only social network to see some value in artificial intelligence. Twitter has bought Magic Pony, a small London outfit that specializes in using machine learning to process visuals, at an unofficial worth of around $150 million. It...

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07:26
Elavon announces Apple Pay expansion

Elavon, a global payments solution provider and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, now provides access to Apple Pay and now supports the additional card brands most used by Canadian consumers. 

Interac, Visa, and MasterCard have been added, in addition to American Express. Elevon’s countertop terminals support Apple Pay (and other mobile wallet transactions), chip cards as well as traditional magnetic stripe cards. The company is among the first payment processing companies to offer Apple Pay to Canadian businesses, and provides support for in-person payments, as well as in-app purchases.

To pay with an iPhone, customers simply rest their finger on Touch ID and hold their Apple smartphone within an inch of the contactless reader until the word “Done" and a checkmark appear on the display. To pay with an Apple Watch, customers double-click the side button and hold the display of their Apple Watch within an inch of the...

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07:19
New Delhi Police Cyber Units are Declaring War with...

New Delhi Police officers say that they were left helpless when asked to probe cases that required high-level cyber investigation. From economic offences to terror cases, the cops have had to rely on forensic laboratories or private investigators for assistance. Evidence in such cases often have to be retrieved immediately ...

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07:19
Apple, other Unicode consortium members vote down...

Don’t expect to see a rifle emoji anytime soon.

Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, debated and ultimately decided to remove a rifle from its list of new emoji candidates in 2016, according to multiple persons who attended its quarterly meeting last May. The decision was led and championed by Apple.

Apple is one of Unicode’s largest member companies and not only has voting rights, but also holds considerable influence. Millions of people use emojis on Apple’s software platforms (earlier this year, the company announced it delivers as many as 200,000 messages per second across iMessage).

Sources indicated that Apple started the discussion to remove the rifle emoji, which had already passed into the...

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07:18
India eases rules on local sourcing, paves way for...

The Indian government on Monday announced loosened policies towards local sourcing by foreign retailers, likely setting the stage for Apple launching its first stores in the country.

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07:17
News: Apple refuses to back GOP convention because...

Apple has notified Republican leaders that it won’t be providing any funding or support to this year’s convention in protest to Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments, Politico reports. Facebook, Microsoft and Google are all providing some support to the GOP’s Cleveland convention, but two sources familiar with Apple said the company decided against donating cash or technology over Trump’s remarks about women, minorities…

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07:16
Apple Watch Diary: Apple Pay saved the day when I...

Going out without your wallet or purse is something most of us have done at some time or another. When I did it four or five years ago, it was a complete pain as it was on a Saturday afternoon and no banks were open.

Picture the scene: I’m on my own in the car, call into a gas station to refuel, get to the till and … no wallet. Not the most convenient of times to discover one’s absent-mindedness. Fortunately I have a great bank. I called them, and they gave me an authorization number to give to the gas station attendant, who was able to put the transaction through.

But when I managed to leave my wallet at home on Friday evening, Apple Pay made it a non-event …

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06:59
Gartner: digital assistants will serve as the...

Consumers will increasingly use digital personal assistants to interact with consumer services in the connected home, according to Gartner, Inc. The research group predicts that, by 2019, in at least 25% of households in developed economies, the digital assistants on smartphones and other devices will serve as the primary interface to connected home services.

"In the not-too-distant future, users will no longer have to contend with multiple apps; instead, they will literally talk to digital personal assistants such as Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant," says Mark O'Neill, research director at Gartner. "Some of these personal assistants are cloud-based and already beginning to leverage smart machine technology.”

Digital personal assistants show the potential to satisfy wants and needs by delivering experiences that connect services, configure devices and even order and deliver products. Personalized,...

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06:58
Spotify racks up 100 million active users

If there was any doubt that streaming music is here to stay, Spotify just removed it. The service has confirmed that it now has over 100 million users who listen at least once a month. That's not bad considering that it had 75 million a bit over a ye...

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06:56
Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites...

Beginning with iOS 10, Apple's Game Center service will no longer have its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game will be handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple's expanded Messages app.

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06:43
News: Bank of America rolling out ATM support for...

Bank of America is ramping up support for Apple Pay at its ATMs, debuting new NFC readers that allow users to withdraw money using their iPhone. Several Reddit users have experimented with the new machines, finding that they are able to tap their phone to the NFC logo and enter their PIN to take out money. But the new system doesn’t allow for much else, as customers have found themselves unable to make deposits or use cards issued by non-Bank…

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06:40
Slither.io game goes viral, brings developer $100K a...

Wall Street Journal:

Three months ago, Steven Howse struggled to pay rent. Now, the 32-year-old developer is trying to keep his hit videogame running smoothly as it pulls in more than $100,000 in revenue daily.

This is a pretty impressive story. The game is as simple as can be, and is free.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:31
With Sierra, Apple lets the Mac be the Mac

Dan Moren, writing for Macworld:

To me, the big message to take away from Monday’s presentation is that Apple is all too happy for the Mac to share features and technologies where it makes sense, but to still let it stand on its own two legs and be the best version of itself.

And:

Given the rapid success of iOS in the last almost decade, more than a few folks were worried that Apple might decide to shift the Mac towards a stronger resemblance to its mobile sibling. The company’s fall 2010 event was even described as “Back to the Mac,” the main thrust of which was bringing features from iOS to OS X, most notably a new Mac App Store and the changing of the scroll direction. That spurred fears of forced convergence among Mac fans, who didn’t want the peanut butter of iOS infesting the chocolate of their Mac experience.

This is a good thing. And a terrific read.

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06:29
Apple Maps picks up public transit directions for...

Apple on Monday introduced public transit directions for Denver, Colo. to users of its Maps apps for OS X and iOS, continuing a slow expansion of support.

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06:27
Paris fears Amazon Prime Now will 'destabilize...

Amazon has brought its one-hour grocery delivery service to Paris, and the city isn't thrilled. Prime Now is available to Premium subscribers who pay €49 per year (Prime is called "Premium" in France) with free two-hour deliveries and €6 fo...

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06:22
Apple shares could fall more under Russell indexes...

Apple shares could fall more as they’re set to lose their weighting and be reclassified in the annual reconstitution of the widely followed Russell indexes, reports Reuters. About $1.3 billion more will be sold in Apple shares at the market close on Friday, when the reconstitution of the Russell indexes takes effect, according to an analysis by Credit Suisse, a global financial services company headquartered in Zurich (and which provided the graphic).

The Russell Indexes are a family of global equity indices that allow investors to track the performance of distinct market segments worldwide. Many investors use mutual funds or exchange-traded funds based on the Russell Indexes as a way of gaining exposure to certain portions of the U.S. stock market. For example, the Russell 3000 index includes the 3,000 largest US companies according to market capitalization.

Because...

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06:20
New Photos App Detects 4,432 Total Searchable...

One of Apple's first party apps that's getting a makeover in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra is Photos, bringing intensive new facial recognition and "Siri intelligence" features to the picture accumulating app. Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered a few lines of code within the framework of Apple's beta of the macOS Sierra Photos app, possibly detailing both the specific facial expressions that the app recognizes and every single searchable object users can find in both Sierra and iOS 10.

In a more detailed Medium post, Redditor vista980622 explained that Photos will...

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06:19
Apple Says No to GOP Convention Over Trump

Apple won't provide any funding or support to the Republican presidential convention because of Donald Trump's negatively charged position on women, minorities, and immigrants. Other tech companies are staying out of this year's event, too, and some are scaling back their support, showing how controversial the Republican presumptive president nominee is.


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06:17
Apple Stores get green light in India

Times of India:

It seems Apple CEO Tim Cook’s India visit didn’t go in vain. Decks have cleared for the setting up of Apple stores in India with the government announcing sweeping reforms to rules on foreign direct investment.

Apple is expected to be a beneficiary of a three-year relaxation India is introducing on local sourcing norms with an extension of up to five years possible if it can be proven that products are “state of the art”.

Solid news for Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
What’s next for artificial intelligence

An excellent article, very readable. About machine learning, deep learning, and what’s coming.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Apple gets green light to open retail stores in India

The Indian government decided to relax its foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, allowing foreign companies in select sectors to establish operations in the country, including single-brand retail, which means that Apple can now open retails stores in the country, reports TNW.

Last month FactorDaily reported that the Cupertino, California-based company planned to open 10,000 square foot stores in major cities like New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai by the end of 2017. If it chooses to do so, Apple will likely be allowed to avoid sourcing products locally for eight years – three years as per the new norms and an additional five years if it can prove it deals in “...

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06:07
∞ On App Store Search Ads

Over the weekend, Apple sent out a wave of emails promoting Search Ads. Search Ads allow you to bid to place ads that appear when a user searches the App Store.

Does this help Indie developers? Here’s the scoop.

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06:07
You can now use Apple Pay at some Bank of America...

According to a Reddit post, Apple Pay — as well as Android Pay, and Samsung Pay — can be used to make withdrawals and transfers at Bank of America ATMs without the need for a physical card. 

Apparently, this only works at some Bank of America ATMs, but it's scheduled to roll out to all Bank of America ATMs this year. Reportedly, this doesn’t yet work for deposits.

The Bank of America development is more good news for Apple’s payment system. Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95 billion by 2018, with Apple leading the way to help develop the sector, according to new research from Juniper Research.

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06:01
Zungle sunglasses double as bone-conduction...

Sometimes the worst names come attached to the best ideas. Take Zungle, for example. It had the bright thought to pair bone-conduction headphone tech with sunglasses, and then decided to call that product "Zungle Panther." It's currently on Kickstart...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera for only $179 — 10% off the regular price.  This versatile camera is waterproof in up to 20 feet of water, so you can capture every moment, even when you’re out at the beach or braving rapids, but it isn’t just an adventure camera — it’s versatile enough for life and everything it entails. You can use it as the perfect selfie camera…

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06:00
New Fitbit feature will remind you to be an adult...

Fitbit’s popular line of activity-tracking wristbands are designed to help you meet your fitness goals, but the company is going beyond simple step counts. Your Fitbit can actually be the most effective alarm clock you’ve ever used—just strap it to your wrist, set an alarm in-app, and let the band vibrate your arm awake. It beats the iPhone alarm ringtone by a mile. Fitbit is taking advantage of that wrist real estate and boosting its sleep-tracking capabilities with an app update that rolls out on Monday, which includes a brand new feature called Sleep Schedules.

Fitbit

The new feature, which is integrated in every Fitbit band with automatic sleep-tracking abilities, give you customized sleep goals based on all the data your Fitbit has collected around your sleep habits. (If you don’t wear your Fitbit to bed, the app will have less info to work with.) The new Sleep Schedules feature will let you set bedtime and wake-up...

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05:53
Russell Index reweighting will see $1.3B of AAPL...

Credit Suisse has predicted that a change to an index designed to help fund managers hold the right balance of stock to meet their goals is likely to see a net sell-off of AAPL shares to the tune of $1.3B. This scale of sales is expected to be large enough to cause a fall in the share price, reports Reuters.

The index concerned is known as the Russell Index, which classifies stocks as some mix of ‘growth’ and ‘value’ depending on their performance. Growth stocks are expected to generate higher returns at greater risk, while value stocks are those likely to generate lower returns at less risk. Apple is being reclassified as 92% growth and 8% value …

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05:31
Myths and Misconceptions about macOS Sierra

Distressed by the uninformed criticisms flying around about macOS Sierra, Adam Engst calls for a little understanding and encourages optimism about changes that could lead to an improved experience for Apple users.

 

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05:31
New York criminalizes the use of ticket-buying bots

If you failed to get tickets for your favorite band, even though your finger was poised on the "buy" link the instant they went on sale, don't worry -- you never stood a chance. They were probably snapped up by bots that, in one case, bought 1,012 Ma...

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05:24
The Indian Government is Giving Apple a Three Year...

The Hindustan Times is reporting this morning that "Apple India finally might have the opening to spread its wings free with exclusive Apple retail outlets as the government on Monday relaxed FDI rules ...

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05:20
New Indian ruling appears to finally give Apple go-...

Opening Apple Stores in India has been something of a challenge for the company. The law normally requires companies to manufacture at least 30% of their products within India before they can open a single-brand store under a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rule, but TNW is reporting that a decision to liberalize the FDI deal will finally...

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05:00
Daily Deal: MFi-Certified 10-foot Lightning Cable...

The only thing worse than not having a Lightning cable around when you need to charge your iPhone or iPad is having too short a cable. That's why you're going to love our deal today -- an extra-long 10-foot "Made For iPhone/iPad" certified Lightning cable for just $13.99.

Usually this cable sells for about $40, but with this 65% discount you can consider buying three and just about come out even. The MFi certification ensures that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will be happy with the cable, and we're even throwing in free shipping to the USA.

Get 'em while they last and stock up today!

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04:57
Apple Shares could Tumble Further as Apple Loses...

After dropping more than $200 billion in market capitalization in one year, Apple shares could fall further as they are set to lose their weighting and be reclassified in the annual reconstitution of the widely followed Russell indexes ...

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04:43
Boxee founder launches Public, a Talkshow-style ‘...

Boxee founder Avner Ronen has launched Public, a chat app he described to Variety as ‘a third medium for broadcasting conversations’ after audio and video. The app appears similar to Talkshow in that a small group of people are able to participate in a text chat, but anyone can follow the conversation live …

more…

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04:36
Nike FuelBand designers bought by a consulting giant

Synapse, a key creator of the Nike+ FuelBand (among other gadgets), is moving on to greener pastures. Product development giant Cambridge Consultants has bought Synapse for an unspecified amount. As Cambridge's parent company Altran says, this is a...

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04:30
Data Backup Pro is like Apple’s Time Machine on...

Apple’s Time Machine software can be a data saver — and a life saver, too, as it makes it easy to back-up the files on your Mac. However, Data Backup Pro from Prosoft Engineering is a much more flexible, powerful solution. 

Data Backup Pro (DB Pro) is an intelligent backup utility for Macs that makes copies of your files, folders, volumes, drives, or RAIDS. It’s targeted to the in-home or single Mac user, not businesses or enterprises. 

I mentioned that DB Pro is more flexible than Time Machine. How so? TM can’t make a bootable copy of your data, but DB Pro can. TM can’t schedule backups when you want them to occur, but DB Pro can. TM won’t let you back-up to more than one volume, but DB Pro will. Regarding bootable copies, you can choose to “clone” your Mac’s hard drive.

Cloning is the process of copying the contents of one computer hard disk to another disk or to an "...

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04:24
Kool Tools: SoundSoap Solo for macOS

Soundness’ SoundSoap Solo is a new desktop edition of its audio cleaning software for macOS and Windows. 
The app solves problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, electrical hum, rumble, and low volume in media files. SoundSoap Solo is ideal for anyone creating videos, action camera footage, screencasts, podcasts, music, or dialogue.

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04:07
Business smartphone sales flat year-over-year

Over 110 million enterprise smartphones and tablets were shipped worldwide in the first quarter [Q1] 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). W

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04:07
Business smartphone sales flat year-over-year

Over 110 million enterprise smartphones and tablets were shipped worldwide in the first quarter [Q1] 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). W

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04:05
Samsung mimics Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign...

Samsung may think that running ads mocking Apple was the right thing to do, but it appears it isn’t above copying one of Apple’s most successful ad campaigns.

As CNET noticed, Samsung’s latest video ad – showing off the 4K video recording capabilities of its latest devices – is titled ‘Captured on Samsung Galaxy S7.’ Not quite as catchy as ‘Shot on iPhone,’ admittedly, but clearly inspired by the latter …

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04:00
RadSleevz do a credible job of protecting your Mac...

To be so slim, RadTech's RadSleevz cases for Apple laptops do a good job of protecting the exterior finish of your MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro from bumps and dings.

They're made of an ultra-micro fiber called Optex, which was specifically designed for polishing plastic optics without scratching. A RadSleevz slips onto your laptop like a glove and protects its outsides from a larger case's zippers when you, for instance, stow it for traveling (plus, it's TSA Checkpoint Friendly). Available in six colors for $24.99 and up (depending on your laptop model), it can also be used to insulate your lap or furniture from hot notebook bottoms.

The RadTech case is extremely lightweight (about 36 grams), breathable, fairly flexible (though it's a bit stiffer than I'd prefer), and rugged enough to offer some protection for your laptop wihtout adding a lot of bulk. The RadSleevz is svelte enough to be folded and stashed...

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03:41
Jailbreak developer digs deeper in iOS 10 code,...

The same developer who found the original iOS 10 Dark Mode references in the Messages app, Andy Wiik, has found even more evidence that Apple was/is developing a black appearance for its iPhone and iPad operating system. The latest screenshots show the iOS 10 Simulator presenting the Settings app in a dark interface style, with black cell backgrounds and white text.

The screenshots are captured from the iOS 10 Simulator where it is easier to inject code and discover unfinished flags and behaviour, like this Dark Mode interface style …

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03:41
Acer admits hackers stole up to 34,000 customer...

If you bought an Acer device from the company's store in the last year, there's a chance that your credit card info was hijacked. The Taiwan-based company informed California's attorney general that attackers made off with the "name, address, card nu...

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03:27
watchOS 3: Bringing Attention Back to Apple's...

During the watchOS 3 segment of Apple's keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developer's Conference last week, Apple introduced a new mindfulness-based app called Breathe.

The idea behind Breathe is to help Apple Watch owners better manage everyday stress, and works by prompting users to take a short time out to focus their attention on the simple act of breathing.

By default, Breathe serves up a one-minute session which guides the user through seven breaths. The duration can be extended to up to five minutes by rotating the Digital Crown, while breathing can be slowed to four breaths per minute, or increased to ten per minute.

As the session begins, the app asks the user to "Be still, and bring your attention to your breath". A mandala-like series of...

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02:55
Select Bank of America ATMs now processing Apple Pay...

As part of a previously announced effort to introduce support for emerging digital wallet solutions, Bank of America this weekend began processing Apply Pay withdrawals at select ATMs in California, the first step in bringing wide compatibility to customers across the bank's nationwide network.

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02:35
Russia debuts the largest ever nuclear icebreaker

Russian cargo ships understandably have to wade through a lot of ice, and the country plans to deal with that frozen water in style. It recently floated out the Arktika, which it bills as the "largest and most powerful" nuclear-powered icebreaker in...

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00:55
Roku players now search for news videos

Your Roku player may be an entertainment machine at heart, but it's also becoming an information hub. Roku has expanded its search feature to look for videos across 50 services, that now include news channels. If you want to find the latest electio...

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00:01
BT's Smart Hub router promises stronger, more...

While it's possible to buy and install your own router, most people stick with the one supplied by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Most are drab and generally underwhelming, both from a design and performance standpoint (please Google, bring y...

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Sunday June 19

22:29
'Football Fan Shirt' uses haptics to help...

If you're already a huge fan of football (aka soccer) and wish you could feel those sweet victories and bitter defeats, Wearable Experiments thinks it can help. Just in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, it's showing off an international version of i...

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22:10
TextEdit Icon Spotted on iOS 10 During WWDC 2016 Demo

During its What's New in Metal, Part 1 session at WWDC 2016, Apple used an iPad to demo the graphics API's new adaptive tessellation capabilities on iOS 10. At the 17:58 mark of the video, a TextEdit icon can be seen on the iPad's home screen from the multitasking app switcher screen.

TextEdit is Apple's basic word processor preinstalled on macOS Sierra and previous OS X versions, but the company has not released a mobile version for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as it has done for some of its other first-party Mac apps. There are also no third-party apps that fully match the app shown in the screenshot.

TextEdit and...

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21:13
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9

Fixes a number of bugs in the backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB)

 

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21:00
Microsoft Office 2016 15.23

Patches a memory corruption vulnerability and provides a number of fixes and improvements to the individual apps in the suite. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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20:58
Researchers build a 1,000-core processor

You may have heard of many-core processors before, but you probably haven't seen anything like this. UC Davis has developed the KiloCore, a CPU that (as the name suggests) packs a whopping 1,000 cores -- extremely handy for very parallel tasks like e...

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19:49
Microsoft Groove builds smart music playlists around...

Smart music discovery playlists are all the rage right now (just ask Spotify), and Microsoft knows it. It recently introduced a Your Groove feature to Groove Music that automatically creates playlists suited to your taste. It'll generate track listin...

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18:28
Add-on brings Game Boy cartridges to your Android...

Hyperkin toyed with gamers last year when it teased a peripheral that would play real Game Boy cartridges on your phone, but it wasn't just kidding around -- it's making good on its word. The company is now taking pre-orders for a Smart Boy Developme...

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15:26
Bank of America now rolling out support for ATM...

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bank of America was working on supporting the ability to withdraw cash from an ATM using Apple Pay. Now, it appears the bank is rolling that feature out in select markets. First noticed by a user on Reddit, Bank of America is outfitting some of its ATMs with Apple Pay support and the ability to withdraw cash using it.

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11:00
Mini review video: Our verdict on the OnePlus 3 in a...

While you were refreshing Engadget to see all the new stuff Apple, Microsoft and Sony announced this week, you may have missed the fact that OnePlus came out with a new phone. The OnePlus 3 -- yes, that would be its third-generation flagship -- comes...

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09:30
Big Tech Squashes New York's 'Right To...

Damon Beres, writing for The Huffington Post: Major tech companies like Apple have trampled legislation that would have helped consumers and small businesses fix broken gadgets. New York state legislation that would have required manufacturers to provide information about how to repair devices like the iPhone failed to get a vote, ending any chance of passage this legislative session. Similar measures have met the same fate in Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and, yes, even previously in New York. Essentially, politicians never get to vote on so-called right to repair legislation because groups petitioning on behalf of the electronics industry gum up the proceedings. "We were disappointed that it wasn't brought to the floor, but we were successful in bringing more attention to the issue," New York state Sen. Phil Boyle (R), a sponsor of the bill, told The Huffington Post.

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09:12
Apple Wins Design Patent in China for the iPad Pro...

Yesterday we reported that the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office had granted Apple a design patent for their next generation Apple Store shelving unit for Apple Watch Sport bands. The second design patent that was granted to Apple on Friday by the Hong Kong office was for the extended user interface for their 'Notes' app.

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07:18
Is it Really News that Apple's Activist CEO won...

In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO is clearly a Gay Activist, Contrary to his Once Humble Statement." In 2014 when Apple's CEO officially "came out" he told Bloomberg that he didn't consider himself an activist. His actions since making that statement have been to the contrary ..

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Saturday June 18

16:39
Article on Accounting Concepts For Small Business On...

Been awhile since I contributed any content to the wonderful Bushel team, so provided an article on accounting concepts that every small business owner should know. A sample:

To be a successful small business owner, you don’t need to be an accounting expert; you can outsource that. But you do need a solid grasp of basic accounting concepts. As a small business owner, you need more than an intuitive feel for the performance of your business. Understanding a few basic Accounting 101 concepts goes a long way towards keeping the goals for your company in alignment with your performance. Here are 5 accounting concepts to get you started:

Read More at http://blog.bushel.com/2016/06/5-accounting-concepts-small-business-owner-needs-know/

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16:31
macOS Sierra beta lets Mac users rearrange third-...

It’s been a pain-point for some Mac users for a while now: the inability to rearrange third-party menu bar extras. Sure, it’s been possible to move around stock menu bar extras by simply holding the Command key while dragging the icon, but third-party icons are no longer off limits. more…

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How-To
, Mac Tagged: Bartender, how to, MacOs, macOS Sierra, Menu Bar, Menu Bar apps, video...

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16:08
Rolls-Royce unveils first driverless car complete...

This thing is quite literally the ugliest car I’ve even seen. If this is the future of “luxury driverless automobiles”, I hope I’m dead before I see this abomination on the road.

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14:46
How-To: Use Split View in Safari on iPad [Video]

iOS 10 makes it possible to view two Safari windows side-by-side on the iPad via a feature called Safari split-view. It’s similar to the standard Split View between separate apps, but there are some differences to consider as well. In the following video walkthrough, we’ll show you how to use Safari split-view, and highlight some of its notable features. more…

Filed under:
How-To
, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: how to, iOS 10, iPad, Safari, Split View,...

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13:35
The Talk Show live from WWDC 2016, with Phil...

Gruber sits down with the Apple executives to talk about all the news Apple announced at the keynote.

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13:09
Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump

Not a huge surprise given some of the things Trump has said about Apple at the very least.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of...

Despite having provided aid in the past, Apple is withholding financial and technological support from this year's Republican presidential convention -- owing to controversial positions by candidate Donald Trump, a report claimed on Saturday.

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12:28
Apple Files Trademarks for Apple TV, Future iPod...

This week Apple filed new trademark applications for iPod, Apple TV and the new Apple News icon. On Friday, Apple filed for the 'iPod' trademark once again with greatly expanded classes associated with it. The UK filing strongly hints that new apps and/or features are on the drawing board for future iPods.

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11:00
Amazon's Echo Dot is a great way to bring Alexa...

I haven't been shy about my love for the Amazon Echo. I wake up with it, and aside from my phone, computers and TV, it's one of the gadgets I rely most on most throughout the day. So when Amazon announced the $90 Echo Dot, which brings all of its lar...

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10:48
Google: Dare to Daydream


Google's Cardboard has proved to the masses that virtual reality is more than a pipe dream. Inexpensive cardboard headsets leverage smartphones to create makeshift head-mounted displays for low-level VR experiences. For those whose fancies of owning a US$600 Rift or a $900 Vive were out of reach, Cardboard was a way to keep their imaginations captive while Google was dreaming of Daydream. Coming two full Google I/O developer conferences after the introduction of Cardboard, Daydream gathers novel and nebulous ideas into a cohesive ecosystem.

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10:45
Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi's Interview...

Earlier this week, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi appeared on a live episode of John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show, touching on a number of topics and expanding on some of the announcements made the previous day at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

The full video and audio of the interview are now available from Daring Fireball for those interested in seeing exactly what Schiller and Federighi had to say. The executives discussed such topics as the ability to remove stock apps in iOS 10, the opening of several parts of Apple's platforms to third-party developers to allow integration into apps such as Messages...

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10:33
Apple takes stance against Trump by withholding...

According to a report from Politico, Apple has told Republican leaders that it will not be providing support in any way, including financial, for the party’s upcoming convention. The report says that Apple’s reasoning for this decision is Donald Trump and the comments he has made regarding immigrants, minorities, and women.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Donald Trump ...

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10:18
Inside watchOS 3: New 'Breathe' app for...

In addition to reminding you to stand and walk throughout the day, watchOS 3 will also prompt Apple Watch users to take a minute to relax, focus and meditate with a new app dubbed "Breathe."

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09:58
Hands-on: New features in watchOS 3 [Video]

Like iOS 10, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 is a major update that pushes Apple’s wearable platform forward. You’ll find that, even in this early beta, the experience is much better than previous versions of watchOS.

more…

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, Apple Watch first impressions, First Impressions, hands-on,...

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09:52
Apple’s Lisa Jackson to speak at upcoming Bay Area...

Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson announced today that she will be speaking at the Bay Area Women’s Summit next week on June 21st. The event is held in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of California and will be hosted at Moscone Center North.

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09:30
Mercedes Benz's E300 is a luxury car that...

The Mercedes Benz E-Class has always been fancy. Wood, leather and a sense that you've made some pretty solid life choices are all part of the package. But the automaker has also been on the cutting edge of tech. For example, it added radar-aided ada...

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09:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Pad & Quill's...

The latest and greatest iPhone cases

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes Pad & Quill’s Timberline, a case made from sustainable wood, yet still looks sleek and modern. Plus, several lightweight picks, see-through cases, leather options, and more. Read on!

Belkin

The compact View Case (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP, available for $12.43 on Amazon) is a hard-shell case, featuring a transparent back and a solid TPU bumper for extra sturdiness.

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08:41
This week’s top stories [WWDC Edition]: Hands-on...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and new features for Apple TV with the upcoming tvOS 10 release, our coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2016 announcements make up the majority of this week’s top stories.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, Mac Tagged: AAPL, Apple, hands-on, iOS 10, macOS Sierra, top stories,...

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08:00
As Scoot has grown, so has the size of its rental...

Scoot's red scooters, frequently seen weaving in and out of San Francisco traffic like tiny army ants, are getting an upgrade. Not only are the rental scooters getting bigger, but they thankfully will look a lot better than the current crop of bikes...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Why is 'Orange Is the New...

'Orange Is the New
Black' is Netflix's
only great drama
Alison Herman,
The Ringer

The fourth season of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black starts streaming this weekend, and if you haven't watched your first episode yet, now's the...

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06:13
Apple Wins a Design Patent for Next-Gen Apple Store...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Angela Ahrendts gives us a Peek at New Apple Store Concepts Coming to a Store near You." In that report we covered the five new themes coming to future Apple Stores that includes The Avenue, Genius Grove, The Boardroom, The Plaza and The Forum. Prior to Ahrendts show and tell for...

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05:00
Satechi Multi-Port station can charge up to six Type...

Satechi has released its Multi-Port USB Charging Station. Featuring four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports, Satechi’s new device allows users to charge multiple devices at the same time, in the same place.

Boasting 60W of power and integrated smart auto-detect technology, the Multi-Port USB Charging Station charges smartphones, tablets and other Type-C or Type-A USB-powered devices. It’s is available in black or white on Satechi.net or Amazon.com for $29.99.

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04:30
Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store

Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $4.99.

Life is Strange is a five-part adventure that explores complex issues withstory-based choice and consequences. It explores real world issues with a different take on story-based choice and consequences.

In the game, you find your way as Max, a teenager struggling to follow the road less travelled and make her mark on the world. You can rewind time to change your choices in a story that twists and turns along different paths towards different endings. Life is Strange offers hand-painted visuals and an indie soundtrack.

Slim, Secure, And Stylish! The New Profile Series Cases For iPad Offer Certified Drop Protection In A Variety Of Colors. Available Now at OtterBox.com!

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03:00
The week in Apple news: WWDC, iPhone 6 ban in...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 17, 2016

This week was all about Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company revealed the latest version of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Here’s a link to our WWDC coverage. You’ll find other important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.

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00:17
This week on AI: iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS...

Apple's WWDC keynote provided plenty of news fodder this week, including the announcements of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 -- plus many other technologies coming soon to Apple devices.

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Friday June 17

19:20
E3 2016: Dragon Raja and Galak-Z land on iOS later...

Rounding out AppleInsider's E3 coverage are two stylish mobile games, one an RPG adaptation of Korean fantasy novel Dragon Raja, and another a portable version of popular console space shooter Galak-Z.

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17:09
Apple invites developers to Search Ads beta ahead of...

In preparation of the iOS 10 launch this fall, Apple on Friday sent out emails inviting developers to take part in a beta testing program for Search Ads, a forthcoming iOS App Store feature designed to boost app discoverability.

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16:40
LaunchBar 6.7

Adds support for Emoji and Font Awesome icons, plus the Ulysses text editor. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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16:20
Apple Explains Why iMessage Isn't Coming To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: Ahead of Apple's WWDC keynote this year, one of the more bizarre and sketchy rumors we saw take shape claimed that Apple was planning to deliver iMessage to Android. As is typically the case, the rumor mill took this somewhat ridiculous rumor and ran with it. The only problem is that some people were so busy trying to figure out the ramifications of iMessage hitting Android that they didn't take a step back and try and figure out if this is something Apple would even contemplate in the first place. Remember, every move Apple makes is strategic and geared towards making more money, either via device sales or software. That being the case, iMessage on Android would not only be a free app, but it would also eliminate a user-experience advantage of iOS. Interestingly enough, Walt Mossberg of The Verge asked a senior Apple executive about the rumor whereupon the nameless executive all but indicated that iMessage will never be...

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16:17
Uniloc Files a Four Count Lawsuit against Apple over...

Uniloc Corporation is a computer security and copy protection software company founded in Australia in 1992 that develops 'try and buy' software distributed via magazines and preinstalled on new computers. Uniloc sued Microsoft in 2003 and the battle went back in the courts for years. Now Uniloc is suing Apple with an all-new case.

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15:16
Apple adds sales and proceeds data to iTunes Connect...

Apple on Friday released an updated version of its iTunes Connect app for content providers, adding unit sales and proceeds to the Trends analytics tool.

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14:56
E3 2016: 'Clapper' merges DDR, 'Pat-A...

One of the more unique games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's E3 expo was "Clapper," a two-player cooperative rhythm title that uses the iPad's FaceTime camera to track how well you play the classic children's hand clapping game "Pat-A-Cake."

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14:50
AWT News Update: June 17, 2016

As is typical with Fridays after big Apple events, today was a very slow news day. But we have a few stories for you to listen to in less than three minutes:

  • The "Apps for Earth" campaign that Apple and the World Wildlife Fund ran back in April made a tidy sum for the conservation group
  • Have the urge for luxury leather Apple Watch bands? Coach has released its bands to its online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets
  • Politico is trying a unique way to send out breaking news and poll results on the impending "Brexit" vote - using Apple's Wallet app

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Apple releases new iTunes Connect features including...

Apple today released a new version of its iTunes Connect app for iOS during a demo of new features for the iTunes Connect developer portal at the company’s WWDC 2016 conference. 

During its presentation, Apple noted that app review times “have gone way down” and offered a brief overview of changes it made to App Store policies. Apple recently completely revised guidelines to include easier to read language and an overall improved experience. 

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Apple led effort to remove rifle emoji from Unicode...

A proposed rifle emoji initially set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 was removed from consideration after Unicode Consortium delegates representing Apple and Microsoft expressed disapproval of its inclusion, a report said Friday.

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14:00
iOS 10 Hidden Features: Split-View Safari, Mail...

iOS 10 has been described by Apple as its biggest iOS update ever, with new features like a total overhaul of the Lock screen, a revamped Messages app that includes its own dedicated App Store, among other improvements, a Siri SDK for developers, a more capable Photos app, a redesigned Apple Music app, and hundreds of other changes, big and small.

In the video below, we've rounded up some of the smaller but still significant changes that have gone largely under the radar, like an easy access "Unsubscribe" button for newsletters in the Mail app, side-by-side Safari multitasking on iPads, Notes collaboration, cross device copy and paste, voicemail transcription, and more.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Summer fun

Sum-sum-summertime!

Now that vacation time is here, we have gaming apps, apps that guide you in new cities, apps that help you find fun, and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick'n'Run

Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick’n’Run (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets you take your virtual soccer skills to the street, dodging tackles, avoiding obsacles, and scoring gooooooooooooooooals.

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Rodeo Stampede guide to running a better...
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Catch Battleplans on Google Play from Ju...
Real-time strategy title Battleplans is due for release on Google Play on June 30th, following its release for iOS systems last month. With its simple interface and pretty graphics, the crowd-pleaser brings a formerly overlooked genre out for the... | Read more »
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Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure Battling Game 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Teeny Titans, GO! Join Robin for a figure battling RPG of epic proportions! TEENY... | Read more »
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Sorry about that headline, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that GameResort would not have named its game NinjAwesome without expecting some of that. It is, in fact, pretty awesome the way it combines an endless runner and old school arcade... | Read more »
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Into Mirror 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: "Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?"- Edgar Allan Poe New game by Lemon Jam Studio, the team behind Pursuit... | Read more »

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