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Thursday July 14

04:40
Kool Tools: ‘Arduino Project Handbook’

The Arduino is a popular, low-cost, and easy-to-use microcontroller that opens up a world of possibilities for building with electronics. It's a great hands-on way to learn about the magic of electronics.

“Arduino Project Handbook” (http://tinyurl.com/hmqs65b) a $24.95, 272-page book from No Starch Press — provides a collection of 25 step-by-step projects anyone can build with the Arduino. Clear instructions, full-color images, simple circuit diagrams, and the complete code make it easy for even the newest maker to build fun projects right away.

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04:33
Latest leaks depict iPhone 7 in Silver, Space Gray,...

We have a pretty clear idea about what to expect for the iPhone 7 at this point. One rumor that has been floated a few times is the addition of a fifth color, matching the dark Space Black appearance of Apple Watch. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus yet on whether this new color will come to fruition.

However, a new image from MacityNet sadly refutes this possibility, suggesting that the iPhone 7 will ship in the same four colors as the iPhone 6s: silver, space gray, silver, gold and rose gold. The dummy unit also shows off a previously-unseen new design for the camera bulge …

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04:30
The OS X Dashboard could learn some tricks from...

The Mac OS X Dashboard it could learn some tricks from Panic Software's Status Board for the iPad (pictured). 

In other words, there would a predefined grid for widgets to fit it. The widgets — at least some of them — could resize to fit inside larger or smaller areas of those grids. 

Also, the Dashboard in this incarnation would have a customizable background image. That way folks can create their own "themes." By the same token, you'd be able to have multiple Dashboard screens not just one.

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04:27
Google Introduces Home Security via their new...

Today Nest Labs, Inc. announced sweeping changes to its security camera portfolio with the introduction of Nest Cam Outdoor, additional features to the Nest Aware service, and ...

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04:10
Package Central for InDesign now supports Exchange...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.8, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically collect Adobe InDesign documents from watched hot folders.

The utility automatically packages InDesign files along with their fonts and links and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.8 lets users send automatic email notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers, and addresses several email processing issues.

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04:06
Bitcoin transaction values to triple this year

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the total value of Bitcoin transactions is expected to exceed $92 billion this year, up from less than $27 billion in 2015. The research found that transaction volumes continued to be concentrated overwhelmingly on the exchanges, with Bitcoin now trading at values almost 50% higher than at the beginning of the year.

According to the new research, the rise in values could be attributed to three key factors:
 

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04:06
Bitcoin transaction values to triple this year

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the total value of Bitcoin transactions is expected to exceed $92 billion this year, up from less than $27 billion in 2015. The research found that transaction volumes continued to be concentrated overwhelmingly on the exchanges, with Bitcoin now trading at values almost 50% higher than at the beginning of the year.

According to the new research, the rise in values could be attributed to three key factors:
 

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04:00
Pokémon Go app surpasses Twitter’s daily user base,...

Welcome to a world that loves Pokémon Go.

Per a report from SimilarWeb, Pokémon Go has now topped Twitter’s daily users with users spending more time in the app than Facebook according to various tracking terms.

The app has also surpassed the Tinder dating app in terms of installs and is closing in on Twitter’s daily active users. By Thursday, July 7th, the app had been installed on more Android smartphones than the dating app, the firm had said.

Today, SimilarWeb tells us that Pokémon Go did manage to surpass Twitter in terms of daily active users on Monday, and now sees 5.92 percent of the U.S. Android population engaging with the app on a daily basis.

The app is even seeing notable numbers of active users in countries where...

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04:00
This is National Ice Cream Month; celebrate...

July is National Ice Cream Month. Since I’m an ice cream connoisseur, I love learning about my favorite dessert and finding online recipes (I make my own ice cream), so here are some apps worth checking out.

For Mac OS X:

Super Ice Cream Maker (99 cents) is filled with ice cream recipes and packed with graphics. You can pick from a large selection of ice creams, learn how to decorate your creation with springs and more.

Ice-Cream Mania ($1.99) is a game in which you manage your own ice cream stand and work to become an ice cream tycoon. 

Ice Cream Uncle mini (free, though it does tout in-app purchases) is a game in which you smell ice cream on...

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03:42
Apple Working on Curved OLED Display for Future...

A couple of reports have surfaced this year (one and two) about the 2017 anniversary iPhone introducing a new form factor that has curved glass for a better grip. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals more of the technical aspects behind a flexible OLED display with bent edges ...

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03:35
Microsoft starts downgrading OneDrive's free...

Heads up: if you didn't sign up to keep the 15GB worth of OneDrive storage Microsoft gave out in 2014, you'll soon see a big change in your account... if you haven't yet. Redmond is not only killing your 15GB camera roll back-up bonus, it's also slas...

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03:30
Android push has higher volume of emoji messages...

On July 17th, the world will be celebrating one of the most fantastic days of the year: World Emoji Day. Okay, maybe not the whole world, but the folks at Appboy certainly will be.

The mobile-first marketing automation platform has been conducting ongoing research into the wide world of emojis and how they are impacting modern-day mobile marketing and consumer engagement. Here are some highlights from their just-released data:

The number of active campaigns containing emojis have increased by 557% in the last 12 months, and 114% year-to-date. This translates to over 700 million emoji messages being sent last month versus 145 million 12 months ago and 400 million in January of this year. 

Of the 500 people Appboy polled on emoji sentiment, over 63% claim they have a positive view, and 87% use them in their personal messages (68% stated receiving one or more emojis each day). Fifty-one percent have a positive...

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03:00
Apple Launching Reality TV Show Called 'Planet...

theodp writes: The Verge reports Apple is making good on an earlier threat to create a reality TV show about app developers. An open casting call has been issued for "Planet of the Apps," with the goal of finding "100 of the world's most talented app creators" -- news which VentureBeat suggests must be making Steve Jobs' ghost weep. Apple has teamed up with Propagate, a new production company created by the producer of "The Biggest Loser." The description of the show says: "Join us on the search for the next great app in a new original series. Those selected will have the chance to receive hands-on guidance from some of the most influential experts in the tech community, featured placement on the App Store, and funding from top-tier VCs." The show is expected to be released in 2017.


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02:17
Pokémon Go now available in the UK for iPhone and...

Pokémon Go is now officially available in the UK! Download it for free in the UK App Store here. The official rollout in the United Kingdom follows Pokémon Go’s expansion to Germany yesterday and brings even more people into the scope of the smash hit title, which is now the most successful mobile game of all time.

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02:14
Apple Simplifies Invention for Synchronized,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a continuation patent application from Apple which covers a highly advanced synchronized and interactive augmented reality (AR) display for future iOS devices that could include a future video AR/VR headset.

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02:12
'Pokémon Go' Now Available in the UK App...

Pokémon Go has become available in the U.K. App Store this morning as the ultra-popular game continues its much-anticipated rollout across Europe.

With the smash hit's release last week initially limited to the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, iOS users in other countries have been left waiting for the game to show up in regional App Stores around the world. The title received its German debut yesterday and other European countries are expected to follow suit this week.

The delay has been put down to developers Niantic desperately trying to deal with the overload of its servers due to the game's massive popularity. The craze sweeping nations has reportedly caused...

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Wednesday July 13

21:09
Apple TV gains Siri + universal search for VH1, MTV...

Apple has slowly been adding apps to its universal search feature since the fourth-gen Apple TV was introduced, and over the past week 3 more apps have gained support. As noted on Apple’s support page for universal search, VH1, MTV, and Comedy Central now appear in search results.

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21:00
Apple TV adds Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 shows to...

As part of a continued buildout of Apple TV services, Apple this week integrated programming data for Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 into tvOS universal search, allowing users to easily surface content hosted by those apps.

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20:39
Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal over Apple...

Back in March, the Supreme Court stated that it would hear Samsung’s appeal in the company’s never-ending design patent battle with Apple. While Apple had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, saying that Samsung “had its day in court,” it was revealed on the court’s website today that the case will be heard on October 11th. The Supreme Court had initially announced its decision to hear the case in March, but a date was unknown until tonight.

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20:16
Users reporting issues downloading & updating...

Update: Netflix has addressed the issue on Twitter:

We are aware of an issue where some users cannot download the latest Netflix version on iOS devices. We are investigating the issue.

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) July 14, 2016

According to a variety of posts from Twitter user and confirmed by my own testing, Apple’s App Store appears to be suffering from a handful of issues tonight. Users are unable to update a variety of apps. The issues most notably seems to be affecting Netflix and Snapchat.

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19:14
Supreme Court to hear Apple v. Samsung appeal on Oct...

The U.S. Supreme Court released a schedule of its upcoming October term sessions on Wednesday, announcing it will hear Samsung's appeal of a contentious patent lawsuit involving Apple on Oct. 11.

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18:04
Rumor: Apple latest bidder for Formula 1 race series

According to rumors aired on Wednesday, Apple might be in the market to take ownership of embattled high-speed racing series Formula One as a means to increase automotive industry visibility ahead of "Apple Car."

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17:36
Google Photos for iOS update brings new cropping...

Following the update to Hangouts for iOS yesterday, Google today has pushed a new update to Google Photos for iOS. The update brings the app to version 1.12.1 and includes a few useful changes and speed improvements.

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16:59
FBI no longer investigating the D.B. Cooper case

This is one of the most famous cases in American history. To some people D.B. Cooper is a criminal, but to others he is a folk hero. I watched the History Channel on the case this week and they had some compelling evidence, but ultimately not enough to close the case.

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16:49
∞ USS Hornet Museum

A friend took my son and I to the USS Hornet Museum this week and it was an amazing time. The amount of history on this aircraft carrier was impressive.

Here’s how the Hornet describes itself:

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16:03
iPhone 7 Could Feature 1,960 mAh Battery, a 14%...

Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 may include a larger battery than the one found in the iPhone 6s, which could mean a longer battery life. According to OnLeaks' Steve Hemmerstoffer, who often shares part leaks and information on new devices ahead of their launch, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 may include a 1,960 mAh battery, an improvement over the 1,715 mAh battery in the iPhone 6s.

Citing a "pretty reliable" source, but cautioning that it's not 100 percent reliable, Hemmerstoffer revealed the information in a tweet shared this morning.

Pretty reliable (not 100% but almost...) source told me #iPhone7 battery = 1960mAh (...

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15:27
iPhone 7 said to feature 14% larger battery compared...

At this point there’s a general consensus regarding many features we expect to see with the iPhone 7, but one thing that many people have been wondering about is the battery size. A sketchy report out of China earlier this year claimed the battery would “slightly” larger, but now we have new information that suggests a bigger increase.

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15:15
Decision in EU probe of Apple's Irish tax deals...

Following a meeting with European Commission chief Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he expects the EU antitrust regulator to reach a decision in its investigation into Apple's Ireland tax agreements by September or October.

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15:08
Review of the Twelve South ParcSlope

The nice folks at Twelve South have a bunch of really cool and clever accessories for Macs and iOS devices. I’ve always been a big fan of their products.

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14:41
Polaroid Swing Gives New Meaning to Moving Pictures


Polaroid Swing, a new iOS app for creating animated photos, on Tuesday debuted at the App Store. Polaroid Swing lets a "phonetog" capture 1-second videos posing as images that become animated when a phone is tilted, or when they're swiped or tapped. The app presents three options. You can view a feed with Swing images from your friends and artists using the app. You can view your profile, where your Swing pictures and other information reside. Finally, there's an option to capture a Swing image.

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14:10
Notable apps and app updates for July 13, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Jeffrey Yim has debuted Crazy Skies 1.0. Gamers will fly high into the sky with collectible pets as they dodge deadly traps while collecting coins and compete to get the highest score in the world. Crazy Skies is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos. 

You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized...

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13:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Bare Bones Software's...

New Mac apps of the week

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we get a glimpse at BBEdit’s latest update, plus so much more—like tools for sharing screenshots, reminder apps, and launchers. Read on!

AppStarter 2.2

Afinta’s $5 AppStarter (Mac App Store Link) launches all your apps from one convenient place—the menu bar. You can also customize its window so that it displays only the apps you want, and then organize your apps by category and create custom icons.

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13:40
Kantar: the iPhone accounted for 29% of U.S....

In the three months ending May 2016, Samsung accounted for 37% of smartphone sales in the U.S., and Apple’s iPhone accounted for 29%, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, sales of their respective flagship models reveal a much closer competition, with the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge accounting for 16% of sales and the iPhone 6s/6s Plus at 14.6%, according to the research group. 

What’s more, when Kantar looked at where these purchases are coming from, just 5% of Samsung purchases came from those switching away from Apple, while 14% of Apple purchasers came from those switching away from Samsung. In both cases, the majority of sales came from customers repurchasing and upgrading within their preferred brand. Among those intending to change devices within the next year, 88% of current Apple users and 86% of current Samsung users intend to stay loyal.

Great Britain reveals a closer race between the...

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13:31
Latest iOS 10 beta enables support for live...

The latest iOS 10 beta appears to open up live streaming support for apps, as Apple originally promised during June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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13:18
Sprint launches new tool to help parents decide when...

Sprint today has launched a new website to help parents decide when it is the right time to buy their kids a smartphone. The website features a handful of facts to consider, as well as videos and a quiz to help parents make the decision.

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13:18
Rumor: Battery in Apple's 'iPhone 7'...

A new rumor claims that although the next-generation iPhone is expected to be the thinnest model ever, Apple will still manage to squeeze in a 1960mAh battery, coming in just over 14 percent larger than the battery in the iPhone 6s.

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13:00
AWT News Update: July 13, 2016

The drought of Apple news continues, but we have some app-related stories today that should get you excited:

  • ABC adds features to its streaming video service that should be attractive to potential cable cutters
  • Facebook Messenger gets 3D Touch support
  • Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW file support
  • Camera+ for iPad has been updated to version 2, adding "The Lab", a new photo editing suite (see image at top of page)

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 13, 2016.

ABC has made its streaming video service more attractive to potential cable cutters...

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12:44
Adobe Lightroom now lets you edit RAW files on your...

This could be a big deal for Lightroom users who want to edit photos while away from a computer.

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12:37
Review: Ecoxgear Sol Jam Bluetooth Speaker

Summer is prime time for new Bluetooth speakers, and Ecoxgear's Sol Jam ($150) seems to match the summer vibe completely. The IP67 waterproof speaker is topped by a solar panel which purports to use "power from virtually any light source" to continuously charge the speaker. Sol Jam packs two 10-watt speakers and a subwoofer into its rather compact frame. A sealable panel on the back of the speaker covers a 1A charging port for an iPhone. Sol Jam comes with a micro-USB cable, optional AC wall adapter for charging, and a carabiner, which can be clipped onto either side of the speaker.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:34
Advertisers set for a piece of ‘Pokémon Go’ action

This should come as no surprise. But I wonder if it will actually be worth it for the sponsors? After all, even if the retail location is a stop for Pokemon, that doesn’t mean people will shop there. Wouldn’t they be more likely to move on to the next stop?

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11:59
Pokémon Go plans sponsored Pokéstops & gyms as...

Hit mobile game Pokemon Go plans to soon implement advertising via “sponsored locations,” tapping into its ability to drive foot traffic to retail stores, reports Financial Times.

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11:57
'Pokémon Go' to Feature Retailer-Sponsored...

Niantic Labs, the developer behind the hit augmented reality game Pokémon Go, today hinted to the Financial Times that it plans to allow retailers and other companies to introduce sponsored locations in the future as a way to monetize the app.

Real world locations in Pokémon Go serve as "Pokéstops" for collecting in-game items and power-ups including "Pokéballs" or as "gyms" for battling the pokémon of other players. Right now, Pokéstops and gyms are largely located at notable landmarks like parks and statues, but may expand to encompass retailer-sponsored locations.

Niantic Labs' previous app, Ingress, featured similar branded portals purchased by retailers like Jamba Juice and Zipcar. Advertisers who purchased portals through Niantic Labs paid on a "cost per visit" basis, and a similar tactic could be used in Pokémon Go.John Hanke, chief executive of...

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11:55
Apple’s plan to own the entire music industry

If this analysis is true, it’s an ambitious plan. But if anyone has all the tools in place to do it, it’s Apple.

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11:44
News: Report: iPhone 7 to include increased battery...

A recent tweet from OnLeaks cites a reliable source suggesting that the battery in the new iPhone being released this fall will likely see a modest increase from the battery in the iPhone 6s, jumping to 1960 mAh from the 1715 mAh capacity of the current model. Pretty reliable (not 100% but almost…) source told me #iPhone7 battery = 1960mAh (#iPhone6s = 1715mAh)— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) July 13, 2016 These numbers presumably represent the battery…

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11:30
Pokemon Go update fixes login problems, sponsored...

The blockbuster hit Pok?mon Go was issued its second update on Wednesday, fixing login problems. In addition, code inspections seem to point to fast food chain McDonalds as a future app sponsor, potentially for in-game "Pokestop" locations.

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11:19
AT&T wants to use drones to improve your iPhone’...

iPhone-controlled drones have become popular lately for capturing stunning video like Apple’s Campus 2 in addition to offering pure recreational fun, and AT&T has a vision for how drones could go further and actually improve the LTE connection to your iPhone.

While detailing how the network is already using drones in the field, AT&T imagines a future where drones could be used as cellular repeaters to provide boosted LTE signals in temporarily packed venues and other hard-to-reach locations where towers may not be enough:

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11:00
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch's new '...

The upcoming watchOS 3 update for Apple Watch brings a number of new functions to the wearable device's side button, including quick access to "Medical ID" data for first responders, and a new "Emergency SOS" function that can call 9-1-1 and notify loved ones.

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10:55
Facebook Lets Messenger Conversations Go Dark


Facebook last week said it would begin testing long anticipated end-to-end encryption capabilities in its Messenger app, enabling users to have secret conversations. The new level of security means that a message will be visible only to the sender and the recipient -- Facebook won't even be able to read it. Users can set a timer to limit the amount of time that a message remains visible during the conversation. Facebook has employed Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol technology to provide the encryption.

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10:40
Facebook Messenger offer 3D Touch previews on your...

Add one more to the list of Facebook apps belatedly making use of recent iPhone features. Facebook has introduced 3D Touch support to Messenger on iOS, making your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus that much more useful when you're chatting up a storm. The upda...

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10:27
Dell's Next Wave Desktop Patent Covers a 3D...

A new Dell patent application came to light last week titled "Gesture Controlled Adaptive Projected Information Handling System." The patent relates to input and output devices which relate in general to the field of information handling system input interfaces and more particularly to a projected information handling system input interface with dynamic adjustment.

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10:27
Facebook Messenger gains new 3D Touch features, iOS...

Facebook Messenger has had 3D Touch support for Quick Actions from the app icon since December, and today the app has updated to expand 3D Touch features inside the app. Using the latest flagship iPhones (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus currently), Facebook users can Peek and Pop inside Messenger to quickly preview and access information using the pressure-sensitive display feature.

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10:20
Pokemon Go's mental health benefits are real

Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology's impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he's studied how people operate online. He's the founder of mental health network Psych Central, and he knows all about the latest tool...

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10:12
Podcast 516: The Pokémon invasion

The betas are heeeeeeere! But who cares, right, because everyone in the world is out trying to catch them some Pokémon or what have you. Glenn and Susie talk about the security/privacy angle (that’s since been addressed by the 1.0.1 update), as well as what a fun craze this is turning out to be. We like fun!

Oh, and eventually we get around to discussing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, both now in beta. We still feel weird talking to our Macs, all that time we spent tagging Faces in previous iPhoto versions was for naught, and iPhone battery life will take a hit (especially if you’re also trying to play Pokémon). But we love the beta program in general, and these particular public betas actually do feel pretty solid.

To...

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10:04
Facebook Messenger gains 3D Touch, Lightroom for iOS...

Facebook on Wednesday updated its Messenger iPhone app with support for 3D Touch, while Adobe released a new version of Lightroom for iOS, making important additions such as direct import of RAW files, and support for keyboard shortcuts on iPads.

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10:03
Killer Deals: $400 off 21" iMac (2.7GHz, 8GB,...

Midweek deals are pouring in with exclusive cash discounts at Apple authorized reseller B&H. Score a Late 2013 21-inch iMac (2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB) for $899 or Apple's fastest 2015 12-inch MacBook in Space Gray (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for $999 ($550 off). Apple's 13-inch MacBook Airs are also $100-$300 off with free gifts valued up to $99.90.

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10:02
As consumer desktop adoption declines, look for...

New consumer research from Parks Associates finds a continued decline in the adoption rate for desktop computers. 360 View: CE Adoption & Trends reveals that since 2009, nearly one-third of U.S. broadband households have abandoned desktops as a platform. This is why I think Apple will drastically streamline its entire Mac line-up.

According to Parks Associates, only 6% of U.S. broadband households rely exclusively on desktops, while an additional 6% of households use only a combination of desktops and tablets.

"Desktop adoption has declined from a peak of 91% down to 61% of broadband...

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10:00
BitTorrent News starts broadcasting live on July 18th

Fresh off the launch of BitTorrent Now, the former peer-to-peer filesharing company is ready to go live with BitTorrent News, its own in-house live-streaming TV news network starting on July 18th. Armed with a couple of decorated journalists and an a...

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10:00
BitTorrent takes on cable with live news network on...

We’re at the point in the election cycle where everyone is a little tired of cable TV’s talking heads analyzing every move presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make. BitTorrent is wading into the chaos, offering what the peer-to-peer protocol company calls a “welcome independent voice” in the form of a live-streaming news channel. Beginning July 18 at the Republic National Convention, BitTorrent News will stream live from Cleveland on the BitTorrent Live app for Apple TV and OS X.

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09:41
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air $800,...

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09:40
The Google Play Store family plan is reportedly...

Late last year, Google took its first step towards letting users share their purchased media with family members. The initial foray was a family plan for Google Play Music, which let multiple family members stream music for $14.99 a month. But now, i...

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09:37
IEC formally adopts USB Type-C

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has formally adopted the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging. In particular, the USB Type-C Cable and Connector, USB Power Delivery and USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) specifications. These specifications define a truly single-cable solution for audio/video, data and power delivery.

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09:25
Pokémon GO is now the biggest mobile game in U.S....

Shooting to the top of the app store on the day it was released, within 24 hours Pokémon GO beat out indie hit Slither.io and Supercell’s heavily promoted blockbuster Clash Royale to become the biggest game of 2016, as measured by daily active users.

Simply incredible.

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09:20
UK children's charity says 'Pokemon Go...

Pokémon Go's biggest strength is that it's tied to the real world. Players are encouraged to explore their surroundings in order to capture new Pokémon and build out their Pokédex. But unlike the fantasy worlds of Kanto and Johto...

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09:15
Entitled. Demanding. Impatient. Arrogant. Lazy....

These are just a few of the words used by audience members during a panel about business management at Fortune’s Brainstorm Technology conference on Tuesday to describe their most recent serious conversations with millennial employees at their companies.

Yes, things have changed in the workplace, but Millennials need to grow up a little too.

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09:12
More Photos Show Off Alleged Lightning EarPods for...

A series of photos have been posted on Chinese microblogging service Weibo, and later shared by French website NWE, that provide a closer look at what appear to be Lightning-equipped EarPods. However, it cannot be fully distinguished if these are official Apple headphones or simply Chinese counterfeits.

Apple is expected to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 series, and multiple rumors have suggested that Apple will release EarPods with a Lightning connector in turn. The headphones, beyond having no 3.5mm headphone jack, look nearly identical to current EarPods.

One discernible difference is the larger plastic housing around the Lightning connector compared to the 3.5mm headphone jack on...

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09:10
EU decision on Apple, Ireland tax deal expected...

The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland reject the accusation.

This isn’t just going to affect Apple, it will have consequences for many companies that do business in the EU.

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09:00
Plug in to success—7 steps for a strategic...

Take a minute to think about the applications you use, the programs you depend on and the technologies you’ve integrated into your business. Now ask yourself these questions: If a specific application supported my company in the past, how is it benefiting me now? Are our programs performing in line with our desired standard? What, if anything, am I doing to ensure my technology is not outdated? Is my vendor providing me with resources to manage my applications? Am I really getting the maximum business value from these solutions?

To answer these questions, many enterprise scale organizations use established processes to manage their technology. A technology lifecycle—or TLC—offers a systematic approach for assessing the state of your technologies. Thankfully, this indispensable method applies to both enterprise scale organizations and small and midsize businesses. So whether you’re an...

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09:00
Take your OneNote Class Notebooks wherever you go...

As OneNote Class Notebooks become more popular, we’re often asked how a student or teacher can take their digital books with them when leaving school. Students graduate or change schools and would like to be able to bring the portfolio of work with them. Teachers change schools or take on a new role and also want to keep their Class Notebooks. Based on talking to lots of teachers and students, we launched the new “Save a copy” feature for Class Notebooks.

To see how this works, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign in to OneNote Online, our web version of OneNote.
  2. From the Notebook list, click Class Notebooks to display all your Class Notebooks.
  3. Right-click to select a Class Notebook and then select Save a copy.

Right-click a Class Notebook and select Save a copy.

  1. Click Next...
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09:00
Twitch study shows how it helps boost game sales

Some people lose the desire to play the games they watch on Twitch. But according to research conducted by one of the company's science team members, those who feel the opposite are plenty enough to boost sales and retention rates. The study, authore...

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08:59
Inside Apple Campus 2 and its vast expanses of sedak...

Apple's ambitious Campus 2 project makes extensive use of massive glass panels built by German fabricator sedak, specifically chosen to blur the lines between office space inside and serene landscapes outside, much the same way that the company's products seek to blur the line between hardware and software.

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08:46
The Story Behind Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

The guys in the booth went nuts. They came on the speaker and said, “Hey, keep doing that. That’s really good.” So we kept at it. But all we had was this cool riff. Mars suggested we add an instrumental interlude. He played these chords that led into the jam, for which I later wrote the lyrics, “Close your eyes girl/ Look inside girl/ Let the sound take you away.”

Told by the guys who wrote the song. I just love these stories.

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08:40
Google defends its anti-piracy efforts

If you believe Trent Reznor and a good chunk of the music industry, Google (particularly YouTube) is a giant piracy machine -- it's allegedly doing little to block stolen content, and knowingly profits from it. Google isn't having any of that talk,...

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08:37
New Apple-exclusive interface arrives in ABC...

In a move to appeal to cable cutters, ABC has refreshed its streaming video service with a new user interface designed specifically for Apple's iOS and tvOS, as well as more on-demand content and an expansion of markets eligible for a local live feed.

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08:34
Structuring CSS in large projects

Writing CSS is easy.
Writing maintainable CSS is hard.

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08:25
CVS currently testing Apple Pay, other mobile...

It looks like Apple Pay may be coming to CVS in the near future.

While the pharmacy chain has yet to announce an actual launch date, it has stated that it is currently “evaluating” mobile payment options.

Accounts of miscellaneous CVS locations accepting Apple Pay transactions have occurred for about a month on Twitter, and a recent tip suggests transactions are working at a location in Key West, Fla.

CVS has also taken to Twitter, however, stating that it isn’t officially accepting Apple Pay, or any other mobile payment platform based on NFC.

“We are in the process of evaluating mobile payment options for our customers,” the company said on Monday.

CVS has yet to adopt a mobile payment system to date. Granted, the change requires a massive upgrade on...

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08:21
DJI and Hasselblad team up for a souped up...

Back in 2015, DJI invested in a minority stake in the Swedish firm Hasselblad, which has resulted in the companies teaming up for a powerful new photography drone. The partnership has spawned the A5D-M600 bundle, featuring the best of what both compa...

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08:17
New photos of alleged Lightning EarPods for Apple...

New images posted on Wednesday are said to depict Lightning-equipped EarPods intended for Apple's "iPhone 7," which is commonly expected to ditch a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack when it ships this fall.

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08:00
The 'world's smallest 4K camera' has...

If your sole guidance on an industry was the share price of the market leader, then you'd definitely consider it a tough 12 months for action cameras. That said, newcomer So Special Labs isn't put off. In fact, it thinks its Mokacam GoPro rival might...

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07:58
News: Apple issues open casting call for ‘Planet of...

Apple has put out an open casting call for app developers looking to be featured in the company’s original series “Planet of the Apps.” Announced earlier this year, the show will follow developers as they receive hands-on guidance from experts in the tech community, funding from top venture capitalists, and featured placement in the App Store. Online applications are being accepted until August 26, and applicants must agree to have…

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07:55
Long-awaited Camera+ 2 for iPad adds modern look, ‘...

If you want manual controls and advanced shooting features from your iPhone camera, Tap tap tap’s Camera+ is a popular solution for a lot of iPhone photographers. But Camera+ for iPad hasn’t received an update in two and a half years even though iPad cameras have actually caught up with iPhone cameras in some cases.

That changes today: Camera+ 2 for iPad is out now with a modern interface that replaces the iOS 6 era UI that came before it. Camera+ 2 for iPad also delivers ‘The Lab’, which is Tap tap tap’s professional photo editing suite included in the app.

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07:44
Goodbye, firstborn children: This study shows how...

It’s no secret that few people pay much attention to reading and understanding all the terms of service and privacy policies you come across online. Now a new study shows just how ridiculous and anti-consumer the lengthy agreements really are.

The new paper, titled “The Biggest Lie on the Internet,” created a fake social networking site with suggestive and outrageous clauses in its Terms of Service (ToS). But surprise! Nearly everyone joined anyway, as first reported by Ars Technica.

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07:39
A live action 'Pokemon' movie could...

Following the smashing success of Pokemon Go, Legendary Pictures is reportedly working harder to secure rights to the Pokemon franchise for a live action film, Deadline reports. We first heard that the studio -- which was behind recent geek-friendly...

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07:22
News: Patent lawsuit claims Apple infringed on...

Somaltus has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that batteries in the iPhone 6s and similar devices infringe upon its patent on a complex battery technology, MacRumors reports. The suit seems to focus on the iPhone’s process of charging faster until the battery reaches 80 percent, then switching to “trickle-charge mode” after that. Somaltus can be described as a “patent troll,” as the company seems to exist simply…

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07:21
An FBI 'pilot' collected over 434,000 iris...

Don't freak out, but the FBI has been quietly collecting the iris scans of nearly half a million people in the US -- as part of a "test" program focused on biometric data. According to a confirmation given to The Verge, the San Bernardino Sheriff's D...

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07:14
Apple’s new unscripted series, Planet of the Apps,...

From the official Planet of the Apps site:

Participation in the show is limited to 100 of the world’s most talented app creators. If that’s you, please join us.

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07:08
Apple’s Mac sales fall, economies shudder

Computerworld:

The latest PC marketshare figures from Gartner and IDC suggest Mac users are anxious for new MacBooks, as Mac sales fall and economic weakness impacts PC sales everywhere.

“Apple continues to face an increasingly competitive market as it awaits a refresh of its PC lineup. As a result, shipments experienced a decline from last year,” said IDC.

IDC says Q2 2016 worldwide PC shipments fell 4.5%, totaling 62.4 million units, with Apple and Lenove particularly impacted. Apple fell from a 7.4 percent share in Q2 2015 to a 7.1 percent share in Q2 2016, with an 8.3 percent drop in year-on-year shipments, they said.

Gartner says Q2 2016 worldwide PC shipments fell 5.2%, totaling 64.3 million units. The analyst say Apple’s market share held, year-on-year, at 7.1 percent, though its year-on-year shipments fell 4.9 percent.

Demand continues to build. I do wonder what drives Apple’s thinking here. Is the issue simply that the new MacBook Pro is...

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07:07
Happy Hour Podcast 075 | iOS 10 + macOS Sierra...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas, the lack of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 public betas, iPhone 7 without a mute switch, and the Pokémon Go mania. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:00
Mini review: Our 90-second verdict on the Sony...

The Xperia X Performance isn't a bad phone, per se. It's just that Sony's newest flagship doesn't bring anything new to the table. For $700, it offers fast performance (as its name suggests), and the design is water resistant, so that's nice. Other t...

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06:59
Apple supplier LG Display pivots towards OLEDs in...

LG Display will boost its investment in OLED production, according to the company's CEO, in order to cope with being pinched by slowing iPhone sales and competition from Chinese panel suppliers.

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06:57
Tesla confirms yet another “Autopilot” crash, this...

The driver in Montana was headed from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park when he crashed on a two-lane highway near Cardwell, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, said Montana State Trooper Jade Shope. Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured in the accident, but it was serious enough that the car lost its front passenger side wheel.

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06:57
News: Leaked photos appear to show Apple EarPods...

Photos that have popped up on Chinese search website Weibo appear to show new Apple EarBuds with a Lightning connector in place of the old 3.5mm headphone plug. Since Apple bundles EarPods with all of its iPhones, this is another indication that rumors about Apple ditching the headphone jack may be true. The Lightning connector on the pictured EarPods is a bit thicker than the one that comes with the current iPhone’s cable—perhaps due…

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06:41
Apple's first reality TV series is 'Planet...

As rumoured earlier this year, It looks like Apple's getting in on the TV-content game. Online applications are now being accepted for Apple's first ever original series Planet of the Apps. As the punny title suggests, the show will give app develope...

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06:32
∞ Apple, Pokémon Go, and the chaotic wave (with some...

Graham Spencer pulled together this terrific piece for MacStories, all about the massive, spectacular launch of Pokémon Go. Scroll to the bottom for some video and pictures showing the crowds of P-Goers plying their craft. This is much more than a disruption. This is more of a chaotic wave, a wave that rapidly changes societal behavior.

We’ve seen chaotic waves before. Think back to the early days of the iPod. There was massive adoption, evidenced by the sudden, widespread appearance of those distinctive white headphones. People were walking down the street in their own little bubble, listening to music. The disruption was the change this brought to the music industry. The chaotic wave was the societal change brought by the iPod.

The iPhone had a similar chaotic wave. But neither wave was as sudden as that of Pokémon Go. The question is, will this new wave last.

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06:22
'Pokémon Go' sponsored locations will let...

While you're trying to catch 'em all with Pokémon Go, the developers are figuring out how to make (more) money from the white hot augmented reality (AR) game. Along with the existing in-app purchases from "PokéCoins," developer Niantic...

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06:16
AKVIS Refocus for OS X gets batch processing feature...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos.

You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS Refocus requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

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06:10
Apple’s Pokémon Go windfall

Big windfall to Apple, getting 30 percent of the iOS Pokémon Go revenue. Zelda next?

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06:10
European expansion of Pokemon Go commences with...

The Pok?mon Go App Store domination continues, with the German launch of the game seeing server overloads similar to the game's blockbuster U.S. launch.

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06:09
'Robot Wars' returns to BBC Two on July...

Forty teams. New presenters. A bullet-proof arena. Nastier house robots.

Rejoice, for the return of Robot Wars cometh.

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06:03
Dawn of the ‘Planet of the Apps' casting call

Cult of Mac reports that Apple is holding an open casting call for its upcoming original TV show, Planet of the Apps, which is about apps and the people who make them.

In March Apple nnounced that it was working with musician and actor Will.I.Am, one of the members of The Black Eyed Peas and a long-time Apple fan, on a new show that will spotlight the app economy. Will.I.Am will be working with two TV veterans, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, to get the project off the ground. The show was described by Apple content senior VP Eddy Cue as “perfectly tailored for Apple.” 

According to the Cupertino, California-based company, Planet of the Apps isn’t just a show, it’s a launch pad and accelerator for exceptional developers. Those accepted will have a chance to receive:

  • Mentorship: Hands-on guidance from some of the world’s best experts in tech and entertainment.
  • Funding...
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06:00
Daily Deal: Lifetime Hotspot Shield Elite VPN...

Did you miss our great VPN deal a few weeks ago? Not to worry - we have a similar deal available for you today that you can take advantage of. What's a VPN? A Virtual Private Network, best described as an encrypted tunnel for your internet traffic that keeps your data and transactions from prying eyes. AnchorFree has a deal for a lifetime subscription to its Hotspot Shield Elite VPN for just $39.99, 59% off of the usual $100 price tag. 

PCMag gives Hotspot Shield Elite VPN a 4/5 rating, and the service has millions of users worldwide. You can:

  • Browse anonymously w/ mobile or desktop devices on public hotspots w/ just one-click
  • Bypass Internet censorship to access geographically blocked content
  • Connect to any of 20 virtual locations in...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Steamcrate Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a three-month Steamcrate Subscription for only $39.99 — that’s 57% off the regular price. Get epic Steam games delivered to your inbox every month for one low price. Steamcrate will send you 10 random games each month that are yours to keep forever, with past games included popular titles such as Mortal Combat X, Bioshock Infinite, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Batman Arkham Origins. Also, for the…

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06:00
ICYMI: M&Ms vaccinating wild ferrets and Land...

Today on In Case You Missed It: The US Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to protect the endangered black-footed ferret by dropping vaccine-dipped M&Ms in rural areas of Montana, via a drone. Land Rover is testing an all-terrain autonomous d...

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05:58
Prisma brings unique AI-powered artistic photo...

A new photo filter app, Prisma, is taking the App Store by storm this week (if you can ignore the Pokémon GO fervor) with good reason. At first glance, Prisma seems like any other photo filter app: choose a filter, pick an image, share to social media. What sets Prisma apart is the diversity and quality of the filters themselves.

There are some incredibly rich and unique options on here, that go beyond the usual shadowy color shifts popularized by Instagram. Prisma features a diverse set of filters that correspond to known paintings and art styles, including Mondrian Cubism, Mosaic, Heisenberg, The Scream and many more.

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05:56
Changes to Mail in iOS 10

Macworld lays out the major tweaks to the newest version of Mail in iOS 10.

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05:54
Apple Music libraries wiped after changing region...

The Telegraph:

Eager to get their hands on some Pokémon, iPhone users in the UK and other countries have resorted to altering the region settings on their devices and setting up new Apple ID accounts.

But an unexpected consequence of the workaround has left users angry: all of the data in Apple Music disappeared.

Yeah, probably not a good idea to change your region settings. If you did, read the article to learn how to get your music back.

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05:48
US Senator Al Franken has privacy concerns about...

The popularity of augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has raised a variety of concerns, including a warning by the National Safety Council, urging drivers not to play the game behind the wheel and asking pedestrians to be careful while playing it.

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

“I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent,” Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote in a letter Tuesday to John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, the developer of the game.

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05:40
Airfoil 5.1.1

Brings preliminary support for macOS 10.12 Sierra to the wireless audio broadcasting app. ($29 new, free update, 13.8 MB)

 

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05:29
Island dwellers map their country with Sheep View 360

Google has captured all kinds of places on cam for Street View, from the Batcave to Mt. Everest, but it hasn't had the chance to visit the Faroe Islands yet. The tiny and remote archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean has almost twice a...

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05:15
The Star Wars Gallery is a love letter to 'The...

On the fourth floor of Harrods, the ludicrously luxurious department store in London, a special exhibition has been set up inside The Disney Store. Out of sight, locked behind an unremarkable black door, is a collection of items meticulously adapted...

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05:00
LG Admits to Missing the Mega Trend Shift to OLED...

LG Display Co. will jack up investment on next-generation mobile screens as top customer Apple Inc. prepares to adopt ultra-thin, power-saving screens for iPhones as early as 2017.

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05:00
ZTE's affordable Axon 7 arrives today to take...

ZTE is ready to let the public get their hands on the Axon 7. The all-metal smartphone is available for pre-order at $400 starting today via ZTEUSA.com, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H and Newegg.

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05:00
SiFive Launches Freedom FOSS SoC Platforms


SiFive on Monday announced its flagship Freedom family of system on a chip platforms. The platforms are based on the free and open source RISC-V instruction set architecture that several of the company's founders created at the University of California at Berkeley. SiFive's Freedom U500 and E300 platforms take a new approach to SoCs, redefining traditional silicon business models and reversing the industry's increasingly high licensing, design and implementation costs.

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04:58
Apple’s new Lightning EarPods for iPhone 7...

As has been widely reported, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means buyers of the new iPhone will have to search for alternative types of headphones, whether that be via wireless Bluetooth or Apple’s Lightning cable.

Right now, Apple bundles EarPods with every iPhone. It obviously makes no sense for Apple to continue bundling 3.5mm headphones with the headphone-jack-less iPhone 7. What’s apparently shown in these photos (via Weibo) is a new version of Apple’s EarPods that can connect to an iPhone via the 9-pin Lighting port. More photos after the jump …

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04:55
Xoxo 2016 release 2 adds new features for iOS, web...

Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) has released Xojo 2016 Release 2, the latest version of the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi.

The upgrade adds new features for iOS and web, along with 150 improvements overall. In addition, it continues with HiDPI (Retina) support by adding HiDPI for web apps and dramatic improvements for Windows HiDPI. Xojo for iOS now has significantly improved support for tables.

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04:30
Should Apple consider buying Bing as a foundation...

Charles Moore, in an op-ed piece for Technology Tell, once said Apple should consider buying the Bing search engine from Microsoft. Of course, that hasn't happened despite rumors of Apple developing its own search engine.

I don't think Apple will buy Bing OR develop its own search engine. However, the idea is intriguing.

"Apple has proven over and over that it can make handsome profits in market sectors and categories where Microsoft has failed to do so," Moore wrote. "With its famous cash hoard, Apple would presumably have no difficulty purchasing Bing should Microsoft put it on the market. It would be fascinating to watch what Apple could do with what is already an excellent search engine, perhaps renamed 'iSearch'." 

Bing has hit 21.4% market share in the US according the latest data from comScore (www.comscore.com), which "...

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04:27
Android Gains Steam in Most of Europe while the...

A new analytical report published this morning shows that Android accounted for a 76.5% of smartphones sold in the EU5 (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain) during the three months ending in May, a gain of 6% over last year. Interestingly the iPhone SE was noted as cracking the list ...

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04:20
Kool Tools: Focus Matrix for OS X

Xwavesofht’s Focus Matrix 1.0 is a smart task organizer app for Mac OS X. Its organizational system is based on the "Eisenhower Box," a productivity strategy created by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.

The app provides a priority matrix that breaks tasks down into four groups based on their urgency and importance. This lets you focus on the tasks that really matter, without getting caught up in those that can be delegated, or dealt with later.

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04:04
Installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial...

According to a new research report from the analyst firm of Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the installed base of wireless IoT [Internet of Things] devices in industrial automation reached 14.3 million in 2015.

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04:04
Installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial...

According to a new research report from the analyst firm of Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the installed base of wireless IoT [Internet of Things] devices in industrial automation reached 14.3 million in 2015.

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04:00
SuperSync is a fine tool for managing iTunes on a Mac

SuperSync is an excellent Mac OS X (10.5 and later) tool for many things, including managing iTunes. With it, you can retrieve a song from a laptop, play or download a song from a home computer while at the office, upload a new album from the road, or back-up an entire music library on a new computer or network drive.

SuperSync allows visual comparison of two music libraries locally or over the net. With this feature, you can see what music is located in each library. You can select the tracks you want copied from one library to the other, and click Synchronize to begin one or two-way file synchronization.

SuperSync includes integration with iTunes so that any additions to the SuperSync music library can be automatically reflected in iTunes. SuperSync eliminates the need to manually add new music or remove broken links in iTunes. Also, the software includes a beefy library scanner that will clean up your SuperSync...

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04:00
Garmin's new bike computers track riders in...

If you like to bike in groups, you know that it's not always easy to keep everyone together. What if your miniature peloton has to split, or someone wipes out and you don't notice? Garmin wants to put your mind at ease. It's unveiling two cycling com...

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03:30
The beginner’s guide to Pokémon Go: An FAQ on how to...

By now, you must be familiar with Pokémon Go, the latest Pokémon game for iOS and Android that uses VR and real-world locations to send players on an IRL quest to catch Pokémon. But considering it’s a global phenomenon, Pokémon Go is surprisingly lacking in beginner instruction. This may be on purpose—Pokémon Go has a huge social element, and fewer instructions means more people turning to each other for help.

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03:30
UK takes first steps toward laws for autonomous cars

The UK is proving to be quite the testbed for autonomous vehicles, thanks in no small part to government support. Tens of millions in funding is being funneled into various driverless car projects, and we already have rules of the road encouraging tr...

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03:16
Apple's 'iCloud' is now a Registered...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "iCloud" which was made public this morning. Apple originally filed for iCloud in July 2013. Apple's iCloud ...

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03:07
Pokémon GO now available in Germany as the game...

Pokemon GO is now available to users in Germany, the official Pokémon GO Twitter account announced today. A report earlier in the week indicated Pokémon GO would launch in the UK and other parts of Europe in a matter of days: it appears Germany is the first lucky country to be able to officially play the hit mobile game. Find the game in the App Store.

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03:02
Federal judge throws out evidence obtained by '...

A federal judge has taken a stand against the use of "stingray" -- cell phone baiting surveillance devices used by the police and other government agencies. District Judge William Pauley decided to suppress evidence obtained by the stingray setup, ru...

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03:01
'Pokémon Go' Appears in Germany App Store...

Pokémon Go has become available in the German App Store this morning as the ultra-popular game begins its much-anticipated rollout in Europe and elsewhere.

With the smash hit's release last week initially limited to the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, iOS users in other countries have been left waiting for the game to become available in regional App Stores around the world.

According to a Monday report in The Wall Street Journal, Pokémon Go was set to launch in Europe and Asia "within a few days", with the delay thought to be necessary as developers Niantic attempt to deal with the crippling overload of its servers due to the game's...

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01:57
Xbox Live now supports high-quality PC Twitch...

If you want to use the Xbox Live network to tell followers you're streaming Xbox One games on Twitch, there's just one way: Stream from the console's Twitch app. The problem is that the quality and options are very limited, since the Xbox One isn't e...

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01:40
ClamXav 2.9

Brings number of new features and improvements to the virus scanner. ($29.95 new, free update, 18.1 MB)

 

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01:22
London is lending its Tube payment tech to other...

The London Underground is renowned for its iconic stations and world famous Tube map. However, millions of travellers have also come to rely on its technological expertise, which includes the ability to swipe in and out of barriers and board buses wi...

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Tuesday July 12

23:31
NASA is making a small carbon nanotube telescope for...

A team of NASA Goddard scientists are developing a lightweight and low-cost telescope small enough to fit inside CubeSats. Those mini satellites provide the agency an inexpensive means to send various experiments to outer space. By creating a small t...

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21:40
LaunchBar 6.7.1

Improves character icons for custom actions ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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18:28
Apple Posts Developer Casting Call for 'Planet...

Apple has posted an open casting call (via Cult of Mac) for its upcoming original TV show Planet of the Apps, an unscripted program about apps and the people who make them. The show is currently looking for developers from San Francisco, Austin, New York and Los Angeles to participate.

Executive producers will.i.am, Ben Silverman, and Howard Owens are teaming up for an unscripted series about the world of apps and the talented people that drive its innovation. They’re looking for developers with the vision to shape the future, solve real problems, and inspire change within our daily lives. “We can really tell their stories as we explore how apps are developed and created and...

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17:57
Open casting call posted for Apple’s ‘Planet of the...

Earlier this year it was announced that Apple was planning to launch its first original TV series about the “app economy.” Now, Apple has posted an open casting call for the unscripted reality series, which we now know is called Planet of the Apps.

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17:25
Open casting call begins for first original Apple TV...

Television production company Propagate on Tuesday announced the start of an open casting call for "Planet of the Apps," an original series about the app economy coproduced by Apple.

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16:19
Patent troll comes after Apple over battery charging...

Apple today has been hit with a lawsuit by Texas-based Somaltus LLC, which claims that the charging system used by the iPhone violates a patent it acquired from Snap-On Technologies. Snap-On Technologies originally acquired the patent in 2010 for an “integrated battery service system” that performs a “plurality of services related to devices/components that are coupled to the battery.”

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16:08
Apple will pay $25M to patent troll to avoid East...

David Gelernter, pictured here in 2010 at a conference in Germany. (credit: Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images for Hubert Burda Media)

A software company is founded in 2001, just as the dot-com bust slips the tech sector into a recession. The product never takes off, and the company gives up and shuts its doors in 2004.

A few years later, the company founder is contacted about his patents. Promised a small percentage of whatever "monetization" takes place, the founder sells to a hedge fund. The fund creates an LLC and in 2008, he proceeds to sue several tech companies in the court that looks most promising: the Eastern District of Texas.

Sound like a familiar story? It's happened literally hundreds of times, but a long-running case that just ended this week is special. David Gelernter isn't a typical patent owner. He's a well-known computer scientist who teaches at Yale.  The...

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15:39
∞ The story of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite for...

A great story from Culture Creature. I love these types of things that delve into the history of a song or the art.

The cross design on the Appetite for Destruction cover was designed by Billy White, Jr. In an email exchange with Culture Creature, Mr. White explained that his cousin introduced him to Guns N’ Roses while White was an art student in Long Beach, California.

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15:26
Apple, others face lawsuit over battery technology

Somaltus, LLC has filed a complaint against Apple today in an Eastern Texas district court, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing upon its 2010 patent related to complex battery technologies. The small Frisco, Texas-based firm also filed lawsuits against Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba over the same patent.

When are we going to do something about patent trolls.

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15:14
Tesla has no plans to disable autopilot

WSJ:

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has no plans to disable the company’s Autopilot function in the wake of a May crash of a Model S electric car using the technology, and the auto maker instead plans to redouble efforts to educate customers on how the system works.

I think that’s the correct decision. From all that I’ve read, it’s not autopilot that’s the problem, it’s drivers not taking responsibility for their automobiles.

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15:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Build your own Bluetooth

DIY

This week’s roundup of accessories includes a new kit from Bose that lets kids build their own wireless speakers. Read on!

Bose

You know all those apps that help your kid learn to code? BoseBuild ($149 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is the real-world version of that—it’s a high-performance Bluetooth speaker designed to be built by children, teaching them lessons about magnets, sound, and more.

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14:38
Notable apps and app updates for July 12, 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

MacXDVD has released MacX MediaTrans (http://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/?pr), an iPad/iPhone content management solution for Mac OS X. It integrates with photo backup, music manager, video transfer and USB drive on demand and is designed to free up the space on an iPhone and iPad.

MacX MediaTrans supports two-way transfer between iOS devices and Macs. You can: create, delete and edit playlists; transfer video back and forth; back up photos; and even use an iDevice as a USB flash drive.

MacX MediaTrans requires Mac OS X 10.7 or above (including macOS Sierra), iOS 7 or above (including the latest iOS10), and iTunes 11.2 or above. It costs $29.95 for one...

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14:17
Patent Troll with Automotive Related Patent Sues...

Texas-based Somaltus LLC filed a patent infringement against Apple today, claiming the iPhone’s integrated battery charging system violates a patent they acquired from Snap-On Technologies ...

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14:15
Firm sues Apple over 'fast-charge' battery...

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Apple of infringing a 2010 patent via the battery charging technology in the iPhone 6s, along with "any similar devices."

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14:15
AWT News Update: July 12, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus case via Nowhereelse.fr

Kind of a slow day for Apple news, but we have some iPhone 7 rumors, news of a Pokémon Go update, and talk of some new features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra:

  • Surprisingly sharp photos show an iPhone 7 Plus with a dual lens camera, Smart Connector and...no mute switch!
  • An update to Pokémon Go fixes the issue with Google getting unrestricted access to your account
  • Dark Mode may be coming to iOS and macOS soon

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14:06
Google Dabbles in Post-Quantum Cryptography


Google last week announced an experiment with post-quantum cryptography in Chrome. A small fraction of connections between Google's servers and Chrome on the desktop will use a post-quantum key-exchange algorithm in addition to the elliptic-curve key-exchange algorithm already being used. The idea is that large quantum computers -- if and when they're built -- might be able to break current security algorithms retroactively, so it would be wise to develop algorithmic proof against such cracking efforts.

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13:35
Microsoft's Paranoia of Apple's Gaming...

In an April report we showed that Apple's App Store clobbered Google Play in revenue, according to a new App Annie report. Games are important to Apple and Microsoft knows that. Microsoft lost ...

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13:31
macOS Sierra may expand use of Dark Mode to native...

When macOS Sierra launches this fall, it might include an improved Dark Mode which carries the theme beyond just the Dock and menu bar, according to posts by a developer on Twitter.

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13:17
Privacy Shield gives US firms new pact for accessing...

On Tuesday a new pact, Privacy Shield, went into effect between the U.S. and the European Union, giving American companies a simpler alternative to dealing with the E.U.'s normal data protection rules when shuttling data across the Atlantic.

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13:10
Here’s how to star in Apple's new TV show about...

Apple is co-producing a TV show about app design and development, and you might be able to play a starring role.

On Tuesday, the production company working with Apple on the show, Propagate, announced an open casting call for people who want to be on “Planet of the Apps.”

The show is Apple’s first foray into TV series production and is described as “a new unscripted series about the world of apps and the developers who create them.”

Applications are being accepted through the show’s website until Aug. 26. The producers will then travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and New York to meet with app developers and tech entrepreneurs.

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13:06
Senator Al Franken issues letter asking Niantic to...

Just a few hours after having received its promised security-focused update, Pokémon Go is once again under scrutiny by security and privacy advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota has issued a statement asking for clarification from Niantic, the creators of the quickly growing mobile game, on how user data is being used within the application and its services.

Although one of the most glaring issues was fixed in an update issued earlier today, this statement comes with a longer and more detailed list on clarification of how the data is being used. Senator Franken poses the idea that many children will be playing this game and that their data is currently being considered a “business asset” under Niantic’s own Privacy Policy.

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13:05
Patent trollin’: Somaltus sues Apple for (of course...

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Somaltus is suing Apple in the lawsuit-friendly U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for allegedly infringing on a 2010 patent concerning battery technologies, reports MacRumors.

The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 6s and similar devices sold by Apple infringe upon U.S. Patent No. 7,657,386 for "Integrated Battery Service System.” Somaltus is seeking unspecified monetary damages — or a running royalty on sales of infringing devices from the time of judgment going forward.

The company has also sued Ford, Nissan, Toshiba, and other companies. It seems that Somalis is another “patent troll” since it has practically no online presence and doesn’t, as far as I can tell, provide products or services.

A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching...

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12:15
TrackR Bravo: Finally, a Bluetooth tracker that...

Keys and Trackr Bravo. photo ©2016 steven sande

Bluetooth trackers are nothing new; quite a few companies have created little devices that you can connect to keys, drop into wallets, or stick to remotes to help you find them when they've been misplaced. A while back I reviewed the first-generation TrackR device for TUAW, and at the time I found it was lacking in a few areas. Range was spotty, the built-in speaker was barely audible, and the app seemed flaky. TrackR Bravo ($29.99 for one, $89.99 for five, $119.99 for ten)-- the second generation of the device -- has been shipping for a while so I thought it was a good time to try it out.

Design

As with the previous unit, the TrackR Bravo is about the same size and thickness as a US quarter coin. Inside the aluminum case is the electronic circuitry and a small replaceable battery, while on the outside is one small combination button/LED....

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12:04
Pokemon Go 1.0.1 update released, offers game fixes...

In the wake of some controversy, Pokemon Go has just received an update for its iOS version that should hopefully calm the waters. The update works to fix the issues that have surfaced after it was revealed that the game holds full access to Google accounts and fixes the scope of this access. Users should also no longer have to re-enter their credentials after they’ve been forcefully logged out, and the some issues with crashes should be resolved as well.

The fixes come in the wake of the game having literally full access to a Google account upon login. Per the dialog, the application could “…see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account”. Today’s update remedies the situation when logging into the application with a Google account. Users...

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12:04
Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit Over iPhone's...

Somaltus, LLC has filed a complaint against Apple today in an Eastern Texas district court, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing upon its 2010 patent related to complex battery technologies. The small Frisco, Texas-based firm also filed lawsuits against Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba over the same patent.

The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 6s and any similar devices sold by Apple infringe upon U.S. Patent No. 7,657,386, titled "Integrated Battery Service System," and seeks unspecified monetary damages or, alternatively, a running royalty on sales of infringing devices from the time of judgment going forward.Defendant sells, offers to sell, and/or uses telephones including, without limitation, the iPhone 6s (the "Product"), for example, and any similar devices, which infringe at least Claim 1 of the ‘386 Patent.

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11:58
Pokémon Go update for iOS now available, clarifies...

If you have Pokémon Go fever, but you’re concerned about the controversy surrounding the app and access to your Google data, you’ll want to install the Pokémon Go update. Even if you didn’t use Google to sign into the game, you’ll want the update, since it has bug fixes.

The 1.0.1 update is now available in the App Store. Before you perform the update, sign out of the game. You can do this in Pokémon Go by going into the app settings and tapping Sign Out at the bottom of the screen. (If you don’t sign out before updating the app, that’s OK. You’ll need to do so when you launch the update.)

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11:36
Review: Gumdrop Cases DropTech Case + Hand Strap for...

We've seen Gumdrop Cases' DropTech cases a number of times in the past, most recently for the 12.9" iPad Pro. The rugged case is also available for the smaller Pro, and we've received the company's new combo pack — the DropTech Case + Hand Strap ($85) — for that device. The combo pairs the tried-and-true DropTech Case with a Hand Strap, which is affixed to the iPad through a hole in the back of the case. The Hand Strap allows users to get a firm hold on the back of the iPad, and it also allows for total 360-degree rotation.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:31
Review: iDevices ‘Socket’ adds HomeKit support...

The iDevices Socket is an adapter that goes between your lighting fixture and a standard bulb to add Wi-Fi and iPhone app control to any lightbulb. It also adds support for control via Siri voice commands and the iOS 10 Home app through Apple’s HomeKit platform.

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11:22
Update fixes 'Pokemon Go' Google account...

An update for the popular iPhone game Pok?mon Go was released on Tuesday, restricting Google account permissions to the bare minimum needed for the app to function.

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11:12
'Pokémon Go' Gets First Update With Much-...

Ultra popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go received its first update since its July 5 launch, introducing some much-needed bug fixes to resolve several issues Pokémon players have run into while using the app.

A major concern with Pokémon Go was the app's access to a user's full Google account when signing in through Google on an iPhone, a problem that has now been fixed. Users worried Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs would have access to Google account information like Gmail messages, Google Drive documents, and more through its full account access, but Niantic clarified asking for full access was a mistake and that nothing more than basic profile information had been utilized.

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11:09
Decluttr: iPhones hold much more value than Android...

A new study from recommence site Decluttr.com found that some smartphones are depreciating faster than cars, with some losing as much as half of their value after only one year of use.

While a car in the U.S. typically loses 19% of its value in the first year after being driven off the lot, smartphones can lose up to 65% of their value after just a month of being released.

There’s good news for iPhone users, however, as Decluttr’s data shows that iPhones hold much more value than Androids, with the iPhone 4 retaining 39% of its value five years after its launch in 2010, and the iPhone 6 (16GB) holding 50% of its valuejust one year after being released.

The only iPhone that didn’t fare as well is the iPhone 5 (16GB), which decreased in value by 66% within eight months of being released. The launch of the iPhone 5s may be to blame though, as it was released shortly after the iPhone 5.

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10:52
Pokémon Go for iOS update addresses Google account...

Pokémon GO has just received an update on iOS that will hopefully address some of the biggest complaints it has received in the past week. Today’s update puts a focus on improving the account process for users including fixing the Google full account access scope issue. Users should also no longer have to re-enter their credentials after they’ve been forcefully logged out, and the some issues with crashes should be resolved as well. Full release notes can be read after the jump.

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10:34
Giveaway: Win a Jamstik Portable SmartGuitar and...

Jamstik is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three Portable SmartGuitars complete with a Custom Carrying Case valued at $349.99.

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10:29
Smartwatch users rank Apple Watch best in class in...

Wearable device customer satisfaction rankings released by J.D. Power on Tuesday place the Apple Watch at the top of the heap, edging second-place finisher Samsung as the best smartwatch on the market today.

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10:25
CloudMounter allows you to mount cloud storages as...

Eltima has released CloudMounter for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/h7zn3uy). It allows you to mount different cloud storages and web servers to your Mac as local disks. You can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in Finder, as if they are located on your machine.

The main window of CloudMounter is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and enjoy managing your online files on a mounted drive in the Finder.

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10:11
QuarkXPress 2016 Essential Training available from...

Quark Software announced today the availability of new QuarkXPress 2016 online training from Lynda.com. QuarkXPress 2016 is the newest version of QuarkXPress, one of the original page layout applications for creative professionals.

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10:08
Apple may open full repair service in Russia for...

Apple plans to provide a full repair service in Russia for all iPhone damages as the result of a lawsuit filed by a dissatisfied customer, according to The Moscow Times

The Cupertino, California-based company is considering building a centralized repair center dedicated to full-service production, the article adds, quoting “an unidentified source close to the company.” The decision comes after a lawsuit was filed against Apple by a Russian iPhone owner named Dmitry Petrov last month.

He claims that Apple chain stores and service companies were not equipped to deal with screen repair problems, having refused a device replacement or paying for an outside company to perform the repair. Petrov refused to pay extra to get his already warranted device exchanged through an outside provider, refused to get his device...

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10:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Keep your iPad dry on a...

Carry all your electronics in style with Hex’s fashionable new messenger bag

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases offers resilient screen protectors, everyday folios, and everything else you need to keep your tablet safe during a busy day.

Brenthaven

The BX² Edge Folio (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $50) features a versatile folio design that provides an all-around protective solution.

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09:57
Views from Manhattanhenge, New York City’s coolest...

I’ve been in Manhattan for a Manhattanhenge and while the photography is fairly ordinary (after all, it’s just a sunset), the “social” aspect of it is hilarious. Hundreds of people standing on the corners, waiting for the light to turn green so they can run out into the middle of the street to take pictures down the city’s architectural canyons.

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09:50
The surprisingly interesting story behind the Filet-...

You’d have to put a gun to my head to get me to eat a Filet-O-Fish but the story of its creation is interesting.

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09:50
Google's Project Fi offers fast data when you...

Starting today, Google Project Fi subscribers who use data abroad can expect between 10 and 20 times faster data connections thanks to a new deal with Hutchinson Whampoa, the parent company to Three in the UK.

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09:44
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose SoundSport headphones $50...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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09:26
New iPhone 7 leaks show possible Smart Connector,...

Another day, another set of iPhone 7 leaks.

Per a series of pictures released on Chinese social media website Weibo, the latest iPhone 7 photos appear to show a very similar design to the iPhone 6s Plus … with the interesting addition of a Smart Connector, visible at the bottom of the device on the back side.

In addition to previous rumors, a new rumor has sprung up about a flush capacitive Home button for the next-gen iPhone, albeit details are still murky.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the new photos of the iPhone 7 Plus do not include a mute switch. A toggle to enable and disable the ringer cannot be seen in its usual location above the volume buttons. This is the first time the removal of the mute switch has been floated for consideration, albeit the source...

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09:26
Google to change app permissions for ‘Pokémon Go’...

After these concerns were expressed yesterday, Google is taking this step – one they shouldn’t have had to because the app should never have been allowed to have so much access to a player’s Google information. Google seems to again and again make these kinds of “mistakes” – trying to grab as much data from and about us as they can and only dialing it back once they get called on it.

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09:21
Honda unveils first hybrid motor without heavy rare...

Honda pledged to reduce its use of rare earth metals a decade ago, and the automaker took another step towards that goal this week. It unveiled its new hybrid motor that was co-developed alongside Daido Steel, another Japan-based company. The new mot...

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09:00
The best commuter bike lights

By Eve O'Neill

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

We've tested 54 different commuter lights in the last four years, and have researched literally hundr...

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08:59
Google given extra time to answer EU antitrust...

The U.S. technology giant found itself under fire in April as the European Commission said its requirement that mobile phone manufacturers pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser in order to get access to other Google apps may harm consumers and competition.

I can’t see how Google can win this.

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08:56
Wall Street Analyst Claims that Intel will win the...

A new report from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri (via Barron's) suggests that Intel could actually grab ...

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08:54
Pokémon Go for iOS will stop requiring full Google...

The massively popular Pokémon Go game, released just a few days ago, obtains full access to a Google account when it’s chosen as an authentication option while setting up the app in iOS. Android is unaffected. While the iOS app also allows using a Pokémon Trainer Club account, the option to create a new club account is unavailable at this writing, apparently due to system overload.

Update: A Pokémon Go update is now available, which includes a fix for the Google account data access. After installing the update, the game will say that it has access to only your Google user ID and email address.

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08:44
Polaroid's mobile photo app is all about moving...

To say that Polaroid missed the boat on mobile photography apps would be an understatement. The original Instagram logo was based on a Polaroid camera, and the company's main answer was to build a camera that looked like that logo. However, it's re...

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08:43
Apple donates $1M to help China cope with flood

The flooding has been devastating to the area with more than a million people displaced from their homes and hundreds dead.

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08:38
Don’t catch Pokemon at the Holocaust Museum

“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s communications director, told The Post in an interview. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”

Come on people, have some respect.

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08:38
Apple considering Russian repair center in wake of...

Apple is reportedly contemplating some form of central repair center in Russia, following a lawsuit from customer who found he couldn't get his iPhone screen fixed or replaced directly by the company.

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08:37
The code that sent Apollo 11 to the moon just...

I have no hope of understanding or reading the code but I think it’s hilarious it’s full of jokes and puns.

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08:29
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds can help you learn to code...

You knew, as soon as Playgrounds was announced, the comparisons to Hypercard would come. I don’t think Apple set out to create a successor to Hypercard but for them, anything that gets kids interested in coding is good and will have benefits years down the road.

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08:22
Hyperloop One's BamBrogan allegedly left due to...

When Hyperloop One co-founder Brogan BamBrogan quit the company last week, it prompted plenty of questions. After all, the prodigious former SpaceX engineer walked away from a startup that he'd built just when things were getting exiting. Now, Buzzfe...

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08:18
J.D. Power Rates Apple Watch #1 for Customer...

Today, J.D. Power released their 2016 Smartwatch Device Satisfaction Report and stated that Apple ranked highest among manufacturers of smartwatches. The report ...

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08:18
Pokemon Go developer Niantic under fire for “full...

If you’re looking to install Pokémon Go on your iOS device, you might want to wait a few days.

Amid revelations that the popular Pokémon Go game for iPhone offers universal access to Google accounts, Google and Niantic have said that user emails and other sensitive data are not being harvested, and that a pair of fixes are incoming.

Early Monday, analytics firm architect Adam Reeve claimed that installing Pokémon Go and using a Google account to play the game granted full access to linked accounts on both Android and iOS, without informing the user. The apps, per the Google Play description, “can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account” but “can’t change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google...

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08:10
PSA: In iOS 10 beta, anyone can reply to your...

At least in the current beta seed, the iOS 10 lock screen has a bit of a loophole due to the new expanded notification system that developers and public beta users should be aware of. In short: anyone can view and reply to iMessages or text messages from the lock screen without entering the device passcode or authenticating with Touch ID. This security issue persists even while the ‘Reply With Message’ setting is disabled and applies to other apps like Twitter as well.

This means that anyone can reply to messages if you are running the iOS 10 developer or public beta. Occasionally, the phone will correctly ask for passcode input, but in the majority of cases in our testing iOS 10 allowed us to reply freely without fingerprint or passcode. To try this out for yourself, follow the steps after the jump …

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08:09
Amazon Prime Day

There are an incredible amount of deals at Amazon today. Just be careful of the Chinese knockoffs.

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08:07
Hexadecimal colors in CSS

Standard CSS color keywords are limited to 149 named shades; the hexadecimal (or “hex”) color method has access to the full RGB gamut. The key to learning hex is understanding the hexadecimal counting system.

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08:01
Apple Watch ranks highest in J.D. Power Smartwatch...

It’s not a big surprise to me that Apple ranked highest in the Smartwatch category, but I am surprised that it didn’t even place in the Fitness Band category, which Samsung won.

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08:00
The Zeeq smart pillow is the Swiss Army knife of...

Sleep tracking has never really taken off the same way activity tracking has, probably because no one really wants to wear their smartwatch to bed. (That's when you should be charging it anyway.) The Zeeq from REM-Fit aims to fix that by taking the t...

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07:45
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds can help you learn to code...

(credit: Apple)

For all Apple’s obsessive secrecy, even its senior managers acknowledge these days with an on-stage wink that much of what they announce has already been predicted. In the run-up to WWDC, I saw developers on Twitter wishlisting "Xcode for iPad"—a way to write apps on an iOS device, rather than in the Xcode integrated development environment (IDE) that Apple makes available exclusively for the Mac. One suggestion was that this could be an iOS version of Playgrounds, the interactive test builder that Apple added to Xcode when launching its new programming language, Swift, in 2014.

Sure enough, 45 minutes into the WWDC keynote on 13 June, Tim Cook—not an SVP, but Tim himself, so that we knew it was important—unveiled Swift Playgrounds for iPad, "a new way to learn to code." And, because I’d been thinking about this, I tweeted: "I...

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07:43
Roundup: The best Prime Day deals on Apple hardware...

With Prime Day 2016 well underway, it's not just Amazon that's offering up deals on Apple hardware and accessories. We're rounding up the best Prime Day bargains on phones, Apple TVs and more with discounts of up to $300 off with free shipping.

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07:27
Amazon's Prime Day sale is causing headaches...

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber who's having issues making a purchase the retailer's big sale, you're not alone. The company tweeted this morning that some customers were having issues checking out. Replies to that post indicate that some custom...

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07:23
Pokemon Go players sacrifice full Google account...

Amid revelations that the popular Pok?mon Go game for iPhone offers universal access to Google accounts, Google and Niantic have said that user emails and other sensitive data are not being harvested, and that a pair of fixes are incoming.

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07:17
News: New leak shows ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ with Smart...

One day after a fairly clear photo purporting to show the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 emerged, new photos have leaked, showing what could be the larger 5.5-inch model, with a dual-lens camera, Smart Connector on the back, and the notable absence of a mute switch. The photos, which turned up on Chinese search engine Weibo, are consistent with previous renderings where the size and shape of the dual camera opening is concerned, but the appearance of the Smart…

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07:08
Apple Watch Ranked Highest in Smartwatch Customer...

Market research company J.D. Power has published the results of its 2016 Smartwatch Device Satisfaction Report, and Apple ranked highest among smartwatch manufacturers in customer satisfaction. Samsung finished in second place, although it was first in the related fitness band category.

The report measured overall satisfaction among 2,696 customers who purchased a smartwatch within the past year, including these factors listed in order of importance: ease of use, comfort, battery life, phone features, price, strength/durability, display size, styling/appearance, reliability, apps available, and customer service.

Apple earned a satisfaction score of 852 out of 1000, and a five-out-of-five Power Circle rating, compared to runner-up Samsung's score of 842 and two-out-of-five Power Circle rating. Sony, Fitbit, and LG...

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07:08
CVS testing Apple Pay, but chain says no official...

U.S. pharmacy chain CVS appears to be testing support for Apple Pay, although the company says it still has no official launch date, and is currently only "evaluating" mobile payment options.

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By now, almost everyone should be hip to how to evolve Pokemon in Pokemon GO (and if not, there's a guide for that). Just gather enough candy of the appropriate type, feed them all to the Pokemon, and evolution happens. It's a miracle that would... | Read more »
CSR Racing 2: Guide to all game modes
It might not seem like there are all that many ways to go fast in a straight line, but CSR Racing 2 begs to differ. [Read more] | Read more »
Bulb Boy (Games)
Bulb Boy 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Multi-award winning 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head. | Read more »
5 top free emoji keyboard apps
If we're not at peak emoji yet as a society, it feels like we definitely should be. The emoji concept has gone far beyond what anyone in Japan could have envisioned when the people there unleashed it on an unsuspecting world, but the West has... | Read more »
How to unlock more characters in Disney...
One of the big charms of Disney Emoji Blitz is seeing a wide variety of beloved Disney and Pixar characters transformed into smiling emojis. Even someone like the sneaky Randall from Monsters Inc., who probably never cracked a smile on film, is... | Read more »
Cubway (Games)
Cubway 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cubway is a journey with an abstract story of lifecycle of rebirth, called Samsara. Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers... | Read more »
Colorcube (Games)
Colorcube 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Turn pieces and blend colours in this minimal yet visually stunning puzzler.Over 200 handcrafted and challenging levels. Features... | Read more »
Doodle God Griddlers (Games)
Doodle God Griddlers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Crusader Kings: Chronicles (Games)
Crusader Kings: Chronicles 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crusader Kings: Chronicles is an interactive text based game that puts you in the shoes of Guy de Rose as you make... | Read more »
Roads of Rome: New Generation (Games)
Roads of Rome: New Generation 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »

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Charitybuzz Set to Auction Unique Apple-1 Com...
Offering an opportunity to own the computer that sparked a revolution, on Monday, July 25, leading online charity auction platform Charitybuzz will auction what is claimed to be the world’s most... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP
Amazon has 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MMGF2LL/A): $899.99 $100 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
Apple refurbished 11-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $170 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Apple iPad Pro Sales Far Outpacing Microsoft...
A report on Appleinsider notes that despite Microsoft Surface tablet PC sales growing by 9 percent year over year, revenues remained below $1 billion, and are down sequentially from the $1.1 billion... Read more
DEVONthink 2.9 Features Ultra-fast, Robust, A...
DEVONthink 2.9 allows users to keep databases synchronized using many means of transport. It transmits them between Macs on the local network or stores them in a syncable form on removable hard... Read more
12-inch WiFi Apple iPad Pros on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has 12″ WiFi iPad Pros on sale for up to $100 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 12″ Space Gray 32GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749 $50 off MSRP - 12″... Read more
Apple refurbished 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac minis available for up...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Apple Mac Sales Finally Colliding With ‘Innov...
After successfully swimming against a tide of diminishing PC sales through 2014 and 2015, it appears that Apple has finally stopped defying gravity and is running up against the unwritten “innovate... Read more

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*Apple* Professional Learning Specialist - A...
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