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Monday July 18

04:39
Pokémon Go launches in Canada, servers fall over as...

Good news for Pokémon Go fans in Canada: the game has officially rolled out to the country. Bad news for fans of the game everywhere: the extra load seems to have killed the servers again.

Niantic made the Canadian announcement on Twitter and on the game’s official Facebook page, but so far the company hasn’t responded to complaints that users are again unable to login. It did acknowledge the server problems experienced over the weekend …

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04:31
UK Chip Designer ARM to be Acquired by Japan's...

British chip designer and major Apple partner ARM Holdings is set to be acquired by Japanese firm Softbank for $31.4 billion, the BBC has revealed.

According to the report, the board of ARM is expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer, which amounts to a 43 percent premium on its closing market value of $22.2 billion last week.

Shares in the U.K. technology firm surged by 45 percent at the open of the London Stock Exchange this morning on news of the deal, adding $10 billion to ARM's market value.

The Cambridge-based company was founded in 1990 and employs 3,000 staff. The acquisition is said to be the biggest ever purchase of a European technology company, one that will be funded by Softbank's own cash reserves and a long-term loan from Japan's Mizuho Bank. Commenting on the deal, chairman and chief executive of Softbank, Masayoshi Son, said:

This is one of...

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04:30
Kool Tools: Epson SuerColor P-Series

Epson (www.epson.com) has expanded its award-winning line of SureColor P-Series large format printers to include three new Designer Edition configurations – the 17-inch SureColor P800 (pictured), 24-inch SureColor P6000 and 44-inch SureColor P8000.

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04:30
If you need a Thunderbolt Display replacement, check...

Once Apple announced it was no longer making its Thunderbolt Display, NEC contacted AppleWorld.Today to let us know that — hint, hint — its MultSync+EA275UHD is a fine replacement. They sent us a test unit, so here are my impressions.

Is the NEC display a suitable replacement for Apple’s monitor? Yep, considering its $300 cheaper ($699 compared to $999 for the outdated Thunderbolt Display). However, the design isn’t as elegant as an Apple display, and the screen, while crisp and sharp, pales in comparison to the screen of the 5K iMac with Retina Display (which is the display I have to compare all others to). 

Still, the NEC is no slouch by any means. It’s a 4K UHD, 27-inch, 3840 x 2160 widescreen LED-...

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04:28
Federal government IT pros are overconfident in...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research.

The Tripwire study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 103 participants from federal government organizations.

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04:28
Federal government IT pros are overconfident in...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research.

The Tripwire study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 103 participants from federal government organizations.

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04:28
Federal government IT pros are overconfident in...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research.

The Tripwire study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 103 participants from federal government organizations.

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04:11
Apple reportedly dropping Samsung for not only A10...

While Apple’s orders for the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s/Plus were split between the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung, we heard back in February that TSMC was to be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7.  A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.

The report appears in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, via Digitimes.

TSMC is already the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A10 chip which will power the upcoming iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016. The Taiwan-based foundry will continue to be the sole supplier of Apple’s next-generation A11 processor that will be built on a 10nm FinFET process, the report indicated, without citing its sources.

TSMC is believed...

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04:00
CloudMounter simplifies managing cloud accounts on...

In these days of high-speed Internet connections and low-capacity SSD drives in laptops, cloud storage services are becoming more and more popular. Like me, you may have several different cloud accounts. This is where Eltima’s $29 CloudMounter app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) comes in handy.

It allows you to manage most all of your clouds from a single point of access and mount various cloud services and web servers to your Mac as local disks. I say “most” because there’s no iCloud support. However, you can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in the Finder as if they were located on your computer.

The way CloudMounter works is simple. The main window of the app 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...

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03:31
TSMC Reportedly Lands Exclusive Deal for Apple'...

In May, Patently Apple posted a report titled "TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone A11 Chips." Today a report is claiming that "Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has obtained all of Apple's A11 chip orders."

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03:11
Apple Supplier ARM is acquired by Japan's...

Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. agreed to buy ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home. ARM's technology is the engine behind Apple's AX processors for all iOS devices.

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03:02
See the sun do a somersault, courtesy of NASA's...

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took a photo of the sun every 12 seconds on July 6th, and the results aren't quite what you'd expect. A time-lapse video of the images makes it look like the sun is doing a somersault, because the SDO was spinning 36...

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00:45
Samsung is buying a stake in a Chinese car maker

Now that the smartphone market is cooling off, Samsung needs another way to keep raking in cash... and it's going in an unusual direction to make that happen. The tech giant is buying a stake in Chinese automaker BYD that, at least at first, will hel...

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Sunday July 17

20:41
Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6

Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability while bringing a handful of improvements to individual apps. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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13:56
Twitch is taking auditions for an internet-wide...

Twitch may have started as a broadcasting service laser-focused on beaming your gaming exploits out to the world, but it certainly isn't staying that way. Now, the Creative banner has been expanded to include comedy, music, theater, voice acting and...

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12:28
SpaceX picks its first rocket to fly a second time

Sure, SpaceX promised to reuse a rocket sometime in September or October... but which rocket? At last, we know. As part of a NASA presentation, SpaceX has revealed that it will be using the second Falcon 9 to make a successful landing (in this case,...

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12:19
Why you might not have a perfect Uber passenger...

This wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Very funny.

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12:13
What the Heck Is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is the phenomenon of the summer, but what the heck is it? Josh Centers explains how the game works and why it’s causing some weird behavior.

 

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11:00
Ben Heck's Hackmanji board game, part 3

The last piece of the Jumanji-esque puzzle falls into place as Ben, Karen and Felix complete the Hackmanji puzzle board -- and with your help. Putting the finishing touches on the board involves combining the mechanical with the electronic as Ben...

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10:39
Google, Tesla, and Facebook Attract 'Hordes of...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
"We just came from Oracle, then we go to HP, Google; we're going to do Tesla, Intel, eBay and Yahoo. And Apple, I forgot Apple..." says one San Francisco resident, describing a tour he's providing for his friend from Tokyo. In fact, Silicon Valley's iconic tech companies have discovered tourists are now dropping in on their headquarters. "It was nice to walk between the buildings, take some pictures and see the employees enjoy their lunch break," wrote one visitor to Google's campus, before complaining that Google hadn't also provided them with bathroom access. "We got told not to use the Google bikes as they are for employees only, which was a bit of a shame," another visitor complained.

"Hundreds of people a day visit the Facebook sign and Google's Android sculpture garden in Mountain View," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup, "with many stopping at other tech giants as well, snapping photos and shooting video..." In fact, Tesla,...

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09:30
Gaming headset review roundup: Five options, one...

As much as we'd all love surround sound in every room where we have a TV, it isn't always feasible. Be it budgetary reasons or living in an apartment with roommates who don't share your enthusiasm for late-night explosions, sometimes 5.1- or 7.1-chan...

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08:55
A Longer 4.7" iPhone 7 Video Surfaces

Another day, another iPhone 7 video; It's the same design we presented in another video on Friday, with this video being much longer. Under Tim Cook ...

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08:00
After Math: Fun and games

This was a big week for diversions. Nintendo is sitting pretty thanks to its overnight smash hit, Pokémon Go -- not to mention the excitement surrounding its upcoming NES Classic Edition mini-console. Additionally, MoviePass rolled out its rev...

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07:05
Microsoft Invents Advanced Haptics for Next Xbox...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft's Paranoia of Apple's Gaming Intentions has ushered in Project Scorpio." Microsoft wants to take gaming to the next level which means driving 4K gaming to the mainstream market. It's partly to fend off Sony's PS4 Neo which likewise promises a leap to 4K gaming and to ensure that Apple's intentions of challenging them on the traditional video gaming console front never materializes, despite Apple's work with top gaming developers. Earlier this month another Microsoft patent was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealing some of their work on Xbox's next gaming controller (likely coming to Project Scorpio) ....

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Flying cars and an...

The Tesla Model X is the best car in its class - but it's also prohibitively expensive with a MSRP of $83,000. That's set to change, as Tesla just launched a new version of its electric SUV that is $9,000 cheaper. If you're holding out for a flying c...

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05:15
New iPhone 7 Video Offers Side-by-Side Comparison...

A new video and images posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo and picked up this morning by NWE offer a side-by-side comparison of an iPhone 7 casing against Apple's current flagship iPhone 6s.

Embedded below, the new video runs to over two and a half minutes and gives a much better idea of the prospective design than last week's seven-second clip.

Whatever the origin of the assembled 4.7-inch iPhone 7 unit, it matches the Space Grey of the iPhone 6s, and features the larger camera and repositioned antenna bands seen in previous images and alleged design leaks. It also clearly shows a lack of headphone jack, with a second speaker grille alongside the Lightning port where it used to...

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04:07
New video of purported iPhone 7 shows larger camera...

As we get closer to the expected launch, sometime in early September, the leaks for the iPhone 7 just keep coming. Following a brief clip last week, a poster on Weibo has uploaded an extended video of a purported iPhone 7 unit — we’ve embedded it after the jump.

The video shows an iPhone 7 casing (4.7 inch model) that corroborates previous rumors: new larger camera, redesigned antenna lines, missing headphone jack in lieu of an additional speaker grille. The video compares the purported iPhone 7 design to an iPhone 6s, with which it shares many design characteristics …

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04:03
'The Solus Project' is Xbox One's sci...

We've seen a few games graduate from the Xbox Game Preview program and become full-fledged Xbox One titles, but perhaps none as intriguing as The Solus Project. Earth is a goner, so humanity takes to the stars, with what's left of the human race hang...

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Saturday July 16

23:59
Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements,...

Atlas' first Wristband was an ambitious but ultimately failed attempt to build a fitness tracker geared toward strength training, instead of just cardio-oriented activities like running and cycling. The second-generation model makes some modest improvements, but doesn't solve some of the fundamental complaints we had.

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23:02
Two more Chromebooks are ready to test Android apps

Nearly two months after Google confirmed the Play Store and more Android apps are coming to Chrome OS, it finally added support for the feature on some new hardware. The Acer Chromebook R11 and Chromebook Pixel have joined ASUS' Chromebook Flip -- wh...

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20:04
Ben Heck tears down the legendary Nintendo...

We got a good, close look at the Nintendo PlayStation last year and even talked to Sony veteran Shuhei Yoshida about it, but have you ever wondered about everything inside the ill-fated game console? Ben Heckendorn, aka Ben Heck, is happy to show yo...

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18:31
The Pentagon is developing cyber warfare tools to...

US Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers has created a dedicated unit tasked with developing a suite of malware and digital weapons that can be used to wage (a digital) war against ISIS. The Pentagon originally gave Cyber Command the daunting ta...

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17:44
Editorial: Sorry Android bloggers, but Samsung'...

Android fan blogs, led by The Verge, shouted to their audiences this week that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 managed to surpass sales of Apple's iPhone 6s, based on a Kantar survey of U.S. buyers. The story illuminates some interesting contradictions and exposes other misleading narratives about the smartphone market.

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16:57
'Pokémon Go' expansion marred by a...

Good news! Pokémon Go is available in 26 more countries... if you get a chance to play, that is. Trainers can now grab the mobile game across a wider swath of European nations (such as the Netherlands and Sweden), but temporarily went down ami...

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15:28
Tesla hopes existing tech improves its semi-...

Many have speculated that Tesla could have prevented the Autopilot-related Florida crash if its cars had lidar (visible light detection and ranging) to better understand the world around them, not just cameras and radar. However, Tesla might have a w...

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14:00
Exploring the limits of good taste with Xbox Design...

A gamepad is the part of a game console people have the most intimate relationship with. You're holding it in your hands for hours on end, and you know it so well you can control its every function without even looking at it. When the action gets int...

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12:45
'Star Wars: Battlefront' add-on will tie...

EA and DICE are determined to wrap up Star Wars: Battlefront's year of add-ons with a bang. The developers have used Star Wars Celebration to reveal that the fourth DLC pack will revolve around the Rogue One storyline. Rogue One: Scarif will let yo...

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12:00
24 hours with Fujifilm's X-T2 mirrorless camera

The long-awaited Fujifilm X-T2 finally made its debut last week, bringing with it a completely revamped set of specs compared with its predecessor, the X-T1. One of the highlights of the new compact shooter is its 4K video support -- a first for Fuji...

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11:15
Apple Patents Tech to Foil Concert Pirates


A patent for an infrared system that could be used to shut off iPhone cameras and microphones at live performances is one of dozens awarded to Apple last month. The system could assist the music and movie industries by automatically disabling camera functions at movies or concerts. However, the technology could have other applications as well -- for example, turning an iOS device into a museum or city tour guide, or a source of product information at a retail outlet.

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11:15
Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Samsung Galaxy...

Last week we reviewed (and accidentally damaged) Samsung's newest rugged phone, the Galaxy S7 Active. Though we learned the hard way not to push the envelope with drop tests, we were impressed that the S7 is every bit as high-end as the regular S7. W...

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11:08
OverType, a typewriter simulator on the web

This will make the older readers smile and the younger readers say, “How did you put up with this!?”

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11:02
Is Pokemon success sustainable?

James Surowiecki from The New Yorker takes a look at a question that many people have been asking for the last week—Is Pokemon success sustainable? There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, but I think it’s too soon to know for sure.

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10:58
The sound so loud that it circled the earth four...

Along with the “Tunguska Event”, this is another of those phenomena that fascinated me as a kid.

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10:49
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Pokémon GO...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Pokémon GO mania continues, Apple recruits developers for its ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, and much more.

iPhone 7 |

We kick things off with the latest iPhone 7 reports, including one alleged leak of the device on video, and yet more leaks claiming to show Lightning EarPods as Apple’s ‘AirPods’ trademark surfaces once again.

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10:49
'Star Wars' VR experiment comes to HTC...

You don't have to wait much longer to live out you dreams of wielding a lightsaber in virtual reality. HTC and Lucasfilm have revealed that Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, their VR gaming experiment, will be available on July 18th through Steam. An...

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09:30
Google is still working on a standalone headset

Yesterday Recode published an article suggesting Google has killed a VR project that would have directly competed with high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift. While it may be true that this particular project has been shuttered, sources within the co...

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09:27
Netflix launches Flixtape: Like a mixtape, but for...

Flixtape is a short playlist of Netflix titles based around a theme, a mood, or message. It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix.

I’m not sure how much use this will actually get, but in a world of constant sharing, why not.

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09:14
When Yahoo ruled the valley

They were called surfers, and they were a collection of mostly 20-somethings — including a yoga lover, an ex-banker, a divinity student, a recent college grad from Ohio hungry for adventure — all hired by a start-up called Yahoo to build a directory of the world’s most interesting websites.

I remember this so well. I can’t imagine building a directory of the most interesting Web sites by hand, but they did it.

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08:57
Pokémon Go comes to 26 new European countries, Japan...

Since its initial launch last week, the insanely popular Pokémon Go has gradually been rolling out to more countries. Most recently, the app launched in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Now, it has been announced that the title is available in 26 new countries across Europe.

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08:32
Apple News is getting is own user agent analytics in...

Apple News steps out of the shadows and allowing publishers track their success without having to pay up for an Apple Developer account and agree to iAds, according to Slight Future.

Users of the Apple News service have been indistinguishable from the ones surfing through web views of in-app browsers — until now. The Apple News User-Agent in iOS 9 was also the default for in-app browsers and didn’t contain anything to separate it from other apps. It notably didn’t contain the Safari component, at least setting it apart from the Safari web browser.

However, in iOS 10 Public Beta 1, a new User-Agent was introduced that, for the first time, advertises that the request is coming from the Apple News app. It seems pretty clear that iOS 10 will use a unique User-Agent for the Apple News app. 

User agents are unique to every visitor on the web. They reveal a catalogue of technical...

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08:30
Facebook isn't trying hard enough to increase...

Facebook released its annual diversity report on Thursday and, sadly, little has changed from last year. 52 percent of its US employees are white, 38 percent are Asian, 4 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are Black, while 67 percent of its global st...

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08:19
GlaxoSmithKline launches a rheumatoid arthritis...

GlaxoSmithKline -- a science-led, global health care company -- has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple’s ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to conduct clinical research, according to Bloomberg.

Glaxo wants to record the mobility of 300 participants over three months and will also ask the patients to input both physical and emotional symptoms, such as pain and mood, the article adds. The app Glaxo created from ResearchKit comes with a guided wrist exercise that uses the phone’s sensors to record motion, giving the drugmaker a standardized measurement across all users. The company will use the results to help design better clinical trials, reports Bloomberg.

ResearchKit turns iPhone into a tool for medical...

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08:10
Apple wants to simplify the way music-streaming...

Apple has submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to simplify the way music-streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers -- in a way that could make it more expensive for rivals like Spotify and YouTube to keep offering free streaming, according to Billboard.

Currently, streaming services -- such as Apple Music -- pay songwriters and publishers between 10.5% and 12% of their overall revenue, and labels and other owners of recording copyrights negotiate their own terms. The money is divided into public performance and mechanical royalties, then paid to collecting societies and publishers.

Apple wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according to a copy of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Boardfiling obtained by Billboard. The company’s proposal to the Copyright...

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07:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 16, 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

Pterosaur Design has introduced Doppler Ball 1.0. A modern interpretation of classic paddle-style games from the 1970s and 80s, the free app challenges the player to use a humming, hyperactive ball to knock down blocks and clear levels. 

Davka Corporation has published the Soncino Hebrew-English Talmud. The $5.99 app brings the world of the Talmud to your iOS device. You can search the entire Talmud in seconds in Hebrew or English, quickly locate relevant results, and view full texts instantly.

tvOS...

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07:00
Nest introduces the Cam Outdoor, new Nest Aware...

Nest Labs, Inc. has introduced the Nest Cam Outdoor, additional features to the Nest Aware service, and a brand new way to interact with the entire range of Nest products through the Nest app.

With a new, completely weatherproof industrial design created for permanent outdoor use, Nest Cam Outdoor extends security outside the home. Customers can keep an eye on their homes 24/7 with full high-definition (1080p) video quality anytime, anywhere and in any weather. Customers also get features such as activity alerts and Talk and Listen.

Subscribers to the Nest Aware service will receive person alerts, allowing Nest Cam to distinguish between a person and another activity and let you know when someone comes into view. Nest Aware features including person alerts are available on all Nest Cam and Dropcam cameras.

The redesigned Nest app delivers new software features and makes existing Nest products even better, including earlier versions of Nest Cam, according to...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: How reliable are internet movie...

'Ghostbusters' is a
perfect example of
how internet movie
ratings are broken
Walt Hickey,
FiveThirtyEight

The reboot of the 1984 classic hits theaters this weekend, but the criticism of the new Ghostbusters has been flying for months. FiveThirtyEi...

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07:00
Hatoful Boyfriend is the ultimate bird dating...

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

Dating simulators are one of those distinctly Japanese styles of games that has never really broken into the mainstream here, but a small number of them make their way over (or are community-translated) for the hardcore fans of the niche. Still, even if you would probably never check out a typical dating sim otherwise, you should consider playing Hatoful Boyfriend

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06:56
First Look at Scrivener for iOS

One of the premiere tools for creative writers, Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, is breaking away from the desktop with a powerful mobile version.

 

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06:45
Apple Wins Second MacBook Design Patent and the...

Last month we missed a design patent win of Apple's in the Hong Kong database. The win is Apple's second design patent for the MacBook. The first design was granted in early February and could be reviewed here. Our report also takes a look at the rumored U.S. based 'AirPods' trademark.

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06:30
StarTech USB-C Multifunction Adapter designed to...

StarTech has released its USB-C Multifunction Adapter, which is designed to enable mobile professionals to add crucial functionality to port-limited laptops such as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. 

According to the folks at StarTech, the adapter “can instantly turn a USB-C laptop into a convenient workstation, in the office or on the go.” Through a single USB Type-C connection, users can expand their laptop with HDMI and VGA output ports, a Gigabit Ethernet network port and a USB 3.0 port. The adapter is ideal for mobile professionals who work on their laptops in random locations such as hotels, airports, meeting rooms or in small office workspaces.

The USB-C Multifunction Adapter is bus-powered, so doesn’t require an additional power supply. It’s available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com...

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06:00
WaterField Designs debuts the Bolt laptop backpack

WaterField Designs has devoted the $329 Bolt Laptop Backpack, which is designed to accommodate both work and after-work gear in a stylish, professional bag that befits the office, airport, or gym, according to company owner Gary Waterfield.

It sports a designated, laptop compartment for a Macbook, PC, Surface Pro or other device that’s accessible through a quick-access zipper allowing business travelers to ease through TSA airport security, he adds. The Bolt Laptop Backpack — available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with full-grain leather accents — is designed to accommodate everything for short business trips without the need for an extra bag. 

Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly for hands-free carry. A spacious main compartment—gold-lined to light up contents—is accessible via two waterproof zippers. The rear zipper leads to a shock-absorbing, foam-lined laptop...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Recharge your iPad Pro with...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us the Power Sleeve, a sleeve with an embedded Lightning cable that allows you to leave your other charger at home. Plus, multi-purpose folios, backpacks, and much more. Read on!

CaseCrown

The Power Sleeve (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $30 MSRP) sports a durable canvas exterior combined with a soft neoprene interior.

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06:00
ICYMI: Sound wave sewer checks, the feminized phone...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A town in Maryland is checking for clogs in sewer lines with a sound wave system funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. And a Chinese-made smartphone is geared towards women in the most condescendi...

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05:30
World's smallest MacBook lock announced in time...

Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.

Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion. The MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.

Gazelle Certified MacBooks - Perfect for back to school, get 'em now!

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05:00
Savant rolls out new line of home tech products

Savant has announced the availability of a new line of direct to consumer products, starting with the entertainment-focused Savant Remote. The remote combines the features of a universal remote with the power of home automation.

It allows consumers to control devices such as cable boxes, an Apple TV, Sonos, Roku, and even lighting. Designed in collaboration with award-winning San Francisco design studio Ammunition, led by renowned industrial designer Robert Brunner, the Savant Remote addresses the major sources of frustration with traditional and universal remotes, controlling more than 380,000 of today’s most popular entertainment devices, as well as lighting, according to William Lynch, CEO of Savant.

Using voice control or a touchscreen, users can switch between favorite channels, services (cable, DirecTV, Sonos, Apple TV, Blu-ray, etc.) or activate their Savant Scenes. The Remote also provides personalized...

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04:30
MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable...

MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station. The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours. 

The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables. 

Charging is conducted at high speeds, and each portable battery fully charges a phone of the same batter size in only 1.5 hours. Once charged, each lightweight pod can be removed and taken anywhere consumers need to charge their mobile device.

Each Novi Pod houses a built in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. The Novi Pods hold 2,600 MAH of charge.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iPhone 7 rumors, WWDC 2016...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 15, 2016

This week the big news wasn’t made by Apple. It was made by Nintendo and Niantic, with the release of Pokémon Go. Maybe you’re taking a break from the Pokémadness to catch up on Apple news. For that, we thank you. Here are the important Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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02:52
This week on AI: Pulling the curtain back on '...

"iPhone 7" leaks returned with a vengeance this week, giving us what may be a near-final glimpse of the product. News didn't stop there however, with word about a TV series co-produced by Apple, a French research center, and of course the hype juggernaut that is Pokemon GO.

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00:23
Twitch makes it easy to find streams in your language

It's simple enough to search for streams on Twitch, but if you want to explore all the broadcasts available in a particular language, you'll find the website's new feature quite useful. The company has just launched Multi-Language Filters, which you...

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Friday July 15

20:19
Apple proposes flat streaming music royalties for...

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that would simplify streaming royalty rates paid to songwriters, and significantly increase the rates paid by Spotify and other services that offer free, ad-supported music streaming.

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19:40
Apple's idea for music royalties could stick it...

The Copyright Royalty Board, a three judge panel that sets licensing rates, is trying to figure out what the statutory rate music download and streaming services will pay publishers between 2018 and 2022. Now, the New York Times and Billboard report...

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19:08
Apple proposes new royalty structure for streaming...

Apple’s suggested royalty structure would make accounting simpler and more transparent, but it would also make it more costly to run a free service, since streaming companies would have to pay a minimum rate, rather than a percentage of revenue. The current system arguably benefits Spotify and YouTube, since their free tiers don’t generate much revenue compared to paid services.

A big double hit for Apple here: First they look better to musicians and the industry, and second they get to screw Spotify.

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18:52
Watch out for fraudulent 'Pokémon Go' apps

It's official: Pokémon Go has become a major phenomenon: It's getting people interested in augmented reality, inspiring filmmakers and even helping players cope with anxiety. Unfortunately, it's also creating targets for malware developers. Ac...

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18:40
GlaxoSmithKline targets arthritis in first...

Apple's ResearchKit was quickly adopted by clinical studies at a series of universities and hospitals, but a new iOS app focused on rheumatoid arthritis from pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline marks the first time a drug company has made use of the framework.

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18:23
Turkish President Erdoğan addresses nation via...

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17:45
Watch the Evo 2016 fighting game championships right...

Need a place to watch this weekend's Evo fighting game championships? Look no further. The event runs through Sunday, with finals for Street Fighter V starting that night at 10 p.m. Eastern live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Other games this y...

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17:14
Astronomers map 1.2 million galaxies in colossal 3D...

After spending a decade measuring the stars, scientists just released a 3D map spanning 1.2 million galaxies. But it also measures the universe's expansion over time, giving credence to the theory that dark energy played a role in its increasing size...

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17:08
FIS Cardless Cash to enable Touch ID banking at 70,...

While select banks have already begun rolling out card-free ATMs for iPhone users with Apple Pay, a new partnership between FIS Cardless Cash and ATM network Payment Alliance International promises to bring similar security and card-free convenience to iPhone users via an app that authenticates via Touch ID.

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16:49
Apple’s New Music Royalty Proposal Would Make...

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board calling for a simplified way to pay songwriters and music publishers for streaming music, according to Billboard. While the change would benefit labels, artists and publishers, it would make it more difficult for streaming services like Spotify to continue offering free tiers.

Apple, which has always had a gift for creative simplicity, wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according to a copy of the filing obtained by Billboard. The company’s proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board suggests a simple, “all-in” statutory rate that would be “fair, simple and transparent, unlike the incredibly complicated structure that currently exists.”Apple's suggested rate is 9.1 cents per 100 plays, which would make the songwriting royalties for 100 streams...

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16:27
Amazon Video for Android adds support for SD cards

Amazon just pushed a small, but important update to its Android video app: starting today, users can choose where downloaded files are stored. It sounds insignificant, but for heavy users, this is a really big deal -- until now, Amazon Video would on...

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16:06
During military coup, Turkey's President...

Turkey has been thrown into chaos after a military coup seized control of the government, declared martial law and began censoring media networks, but its president appeared on CNN T?RK, using Apple's FaceTime to issue a statement.

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15:55
∞ Macs: September doesn’t seem right to me

John Gruber on the lack of Mac updates an when they could be coming:

Something unusual is certainly going on. We have to get updated MacBook Pros and Mac Pros soon (September?), right?

I agree completely that there has to be updates coming for various products in the Mac lineup at some point, but September just doesn’t seem right to me. Assuming Apple keeps September as its iPhone event, as its done over the past few years, the company will want to keep the focus on iPhone and nothing else.

If there is a distraction, it would be for the release of iOS, which is complementary to the iPhone. Macs don’t fit in there at all. One of two things would happen: Either the Macs would take away from the importance of the iPhone release, or the Macs would get ignored completely. Neither one of those scenarios are good for...

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15:41
Google was reportedly developing a standalone VR...

Google's virtual reality ambitions have slowly but steadily progressed over the last few years. It started with the cheap, humble cardboard headset, but Google formally announced Daydream, a new Android-based VR platform at I/O this year. However, it...

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15:40
Kennametal saves more than $750,000 annually with...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Dan Berlin, director of architecture at Kennametal, a materials manufacturing company.

Nearly every IT department seeks to conserve costs. The very best ones conserve costs while expanding capabilities for their users. At Kennametal, a leading material science and manufacturing company, we’re switching from traditional telephony to Skype for Business to accomplish both sides of the equation.

We have more than 11,000 employees scattered around the world, which presents challenges to working as a cohesive business. Yet global business integration is key for us. We develop innovative, wear-resistant products and services that touch nearly every manufacturing process. So we need our engineers, materials scientists, manufacturing technicians and other workers to be able to communicate not only with each other, but also among our strategic partners, vendors and customers. In the past, many of our employees hesitated...

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15:40
Guardian Industries—connect, collaborate and...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Chuck Wiggins, infrastructure director at Guardian Industries Corporation.

Guardian Industries and its family of companies employ 17,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Our vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. We pride ourselves on pulling together as one team to make the world a better place.

Operating as one team with three business units across diverse product lines (glass, automotive and building products) and so many locations is not always easy. Microsoft Office 365 is turning out to be a critical asset in bringing employees together in real-time to help us out-innovate our competition.

We recently added Skype for Business Online PSTN Conferencing to Office 365 and find the simplicity, convenience and cost savings a real benefit. We’ve always used third-...

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15:27
During coup attempt, Turkish president appears via...

In what may be another first for our connected world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed what appeared to be a Facetime call to a national news broadcast early on Saturday while the world tried to figure out if a military coup against him had succeeded.

Erdogan appeared on a journalist's iPhone, held up to the camera so viewers could see and hear what he had to say. He claimed that he remained in control and urged the public to take to the streets to oppose the coup attempt.

Erdogan's use of modern technology to speak to the nation comes with a heap of irony. He has been keen to shut off access to the Internet during sensitive times and go after those who try to get around such bans and those who insult him. Reporters Without Borders says Erdogan has "systematically" censored the Internet.

To...

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15:03
Apple's likely 'AirPods' headphone...

New evidence suggests that Apple is once again hiding behind a shell corporation as it seeks ownership of a new trademark --?in this case, for an anticipated product named "AirPods," which could be the name for a new set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds.

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14:53
Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during...

As Turkey's armed forces seized control of the country today, an odd scene unfolded on CNNTurk as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared live on the screen of an iPhone. News reports indicated he was safe but did not confirm his location, while Erdo...

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14:28
'Pokémon Go' gets in your face with an...

With Pokémon Go fever gripping the nation, it was only a matter of time before someone took the game's augmented reality features and evolved them, as it were, with VR and mixed reality. And CapitolaVR has done just that, creating a Pok&eacute...

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14:25
GlaxoSmithKline is the First Drug Company to Test...

It's being reported today that GlaxoSmithKline has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple's ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to conduct clinical research.

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14:07
Samsung's Obsession with Bendable Smartphone...

On July 3 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Continues to Push the Concept of Foldable Smartphones and Tablets." Days later, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published yet another pair of new patent applications. Samsung's inventions cover flex displays with artificial muscles and a method of allowing multitasking users to quickly switch between multiple favorite apps with a simple bend of their smartphones.

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14:03
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will search for signs of...

After building out its next Mars rover in mixed-reality simulations, NASA is ready to announce the near-final design that will depart for the red planet in the summer of 2020. Unlike Curiosity, which is still on its extended tour, the Mars 2020 rover...

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13:50
Inside Apple Campus 2 and its vast expanses of sedak...

I don’t know much about construction or architecture but I know, from all I’ve read, that Apple’s new campus is a remarkable feat of engineering and will be an amazing building once its completed.

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13:38
Space X delays its Hyperloop competition until next...

Contestants in Space X's upcoming hyperloop pod competition now have some extra time to prepare their entries. The Elon Musk-owned company announced on Friday that the design contest will be moved back to late January, 2017. This decision comes in re...

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13:31
More confirmation of Apple’s wireless ‘AirPods’...

Earlier this year, we reported that Apple was developing revamped, cord-free headphones to launch alongside the iPhone 7, which is said to lack a 3.5mm connection. It has been speculated in the past that Apple applied for a trademark of the term “AirPods,” and now more confirmation has been uncovered.

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13:13
Rare US N64 disk-drive retail prototype found in...

If you subscribed to Nintendo Power in the 90's, you probably remember reading about the Nintendo 64DD, a console disk-drive add-on design to bring higher storage capacity, a real-time clock and internet connectivity to the Nintendo 64. You may also...

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13:00
AWT News Update: July 15, 2016

Lots of little Apple-related news tidbits for you as we head into the weekend:

  • CBS adds an Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search
  • Katy Perry releases a new single exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes
  • Move over T-Mobile; Sprint is offering goodies for Pokémon players
  • Apple's share price closed near a quarterly high yesterday
  • Contactless cash withdrawals leveraging TouchID coming soon from a growing number of  ATMs

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2016.

The 4th-generation Apple TV received some attention today, with several...

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13:00
The Public Access Weekly: Wake me up before you go-go

Wow, has it ever been a Pokémon-tastic week or what? In the roughly ten days since the AR games' release, it has exploded across every dark and light corner of the internet and out into the real, live world. Players are crashing their cars, f...

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12:49
Create Netflix movie and TV show 'mixtapes...

If you're looking for a weekend activity, Netflix has another option to guide your streaming habit. The company has a new Flixtape generator that takes a subject or phrase that you enter and compiles a mixtape-like playlist of three titles. You're fr...

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12:37
Steinberg releases free Smart Click metronome app...

Smart Click brings one of the most accurate metronomes to your iOS handhelds. We have paid special attention to its usability and design by providing an easy and quick way to access the app. Smart Click’s easy-to-use interface lets you focus on practicing effectively and improving your ability to play in time. And to make it even better yet this metronome app allows you to choose different time signatures and four types of accents for each beat, including the well-known Cubase click sound. Stay in time — wherever you are!

Steinberg has been in the music industry for years and years. It’s great to see them releasing apps for iOS and further expanding their reach.

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12:31
iPad Pro and tattoo artists

Tattoo artists are making a gradual conversion to digital, and the iPad Pro is proving to be a catalyst for an industry that so far has only reluctantly let go of ink pens and sketch paper. Pen and paper, after all, has been where the art in tattoo art has originated. The iPad Pro, with the help of the Apple Pencil stylus and some advanced image processing software, may be the first affordable technology that feels authentic enough to move artists away from the familiarity of pen and paper.

This makes perfect sense, but I never even thought of these artists as potential iPad Pro users when it was released.

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12:24
CBS News is coming to Apple TV as a free app

If you're a cord cutter who owns an Apple TV and is on the hunt for live news coverage, then you're in luck. CBS News has launched an app for the streaming device that will provide 24-hour news programming. It also curates video playlists and news st...

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12:19
Nest Cam Braves the Great Outdoors


Nest on Wednesday introduced an outdoor surveillance camera to complement its indoor Nest Cam. The Nest Cam Outdoor will go on sale this fall for $199. It is easy to mount on any outdoor surface, according to the company, and even has a magnetic base for attaching to gutters. The camera, which resembles a unit of track lighting, can capture 1080p video. It has live-streaming capabilities, as well as two-way audio. It has a 130-degree field of view and includes night vision support.

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12:18
Microsoft says Windows 10 will miss goal of 1...

Microsoft won't meet its high ambitions of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by 2018, owing to the decision to scale back its Windows phone business, the company acknowledged on Friday.

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12:11
Learning to trust a self-driving car

“But ultimately the operator of the vehicle is responsible for having some degree of situational awareness. When it comes to autonomous cars, it’s a system. It’s a machine. It’s not making decisions. It’s not aware of everything. It’s simply sensing its environment and responding as it has been trained.”

Great article from The New Yorker, but I completely agree with the above statement that Brian Lathrop, a senior engineer for Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory, made in the story.

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12:09
Trademark Filings Seemingly Confirm Apple's...

With it looking more and more like Apple is going to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, we've seen considerable speculation and discussion about the transition to either wired Lightning headphones or Bluetooth options. Looking at the wireless possibilities, the first iPhone 7 headphone jack rumors immediately reminded us of an "AirPods" trademark filing we discovered last October that seemed likely to be linked to Apple, although conclusive proof could not be found at the time.

That AirPods trademark application was filed by a previously unknown company by the name of Entertainment in Flight LLC, which carried many of the hallmarks of being a shell company operated by Apple for the purposes of hiding its true identity. Apple has used such companies on many previous occasions, including for "...

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12:00
Review: G-Technology 1TB G-Drive mobile USB-C...

As a MacBook owner, USB-C peripherals are still a little hard to come by, but the accessory situation has improved significantly over the past year. One of the latest USB-C-centric peripherals to hit the scenes is an external bus-powered hard drive from the folks over at G-Technology. If you’re looking for a way to quickly offload files to and from your MacBook, the G-Drive is a good option. more…

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11:59
The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

All about tech companies and the movement to have a right to repair your broken phones, computers, tablets and other complex products. This is an important issue.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:59
Moto G4 and G4 Plus review: Bigger and (mostly)...

When it comes to getting the most smartphone for your dollar, the Moto G line has been your best choice for the past few years. We adored the previous model, which came in at a mere $180. Now with the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Motorola is literally aiming...

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11:35
The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds Anniversary

Some new apps that aren't Pokémon Go

Forget Pokémon for a second: Angry Birds 2 is one year old. How shall we celebrate? Read on!

Angry Birds 2

In celebration of its first birthday, Angry Birds 2 (freemium, iPhone and iPad) has been updated with 80 news levels, a “Ring of Fire” to make “those bad piggies feel the burn,” as well as birthday hats for all your favorite characters. Need more? Here’s the trailer for game’s birthday celebration.

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11:23
How-To: Enable hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ voice...

At this year’s WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the only feature I really cared about seeing making its move onto macOS: Siri. The voice assistant had finally found its way onto the next obvious platform. While I was excited to see it available, I wasn’t ecstatic to see it would take a keyboard shortcut or icon click to launch it. That requirement made it feel like a step back in a world where nearly all of Apple’s devices had begun moving to hands-free Siri activation. Thanks to a tip on Reddit, however, that is no longer the case if you’re willing to do a little work upfront…

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11:22
Don't believe the 'Pokémon Go'...

When the Pokémon Go obsession reached full saturation this week, privacy concern whispers became full-blown hysterical shrieks when a researcher's blog post accused the game's maker of taking over its users' Google accounts. As it turned out,...

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11:14
The end of plastic cards nears: Over 70,000 ATMs...

Following Bank of America’s announcement that customers could withdraw cash from ATMs using Apple Pay, FIS and Payment Alliance International have today announced a new partnership that will allow users to perform cardless withdrawals using Touch ID, proving that the end of plastic cards is fast approaching.

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10:48
The moment CSS started making sense

The CSS-Tricks team share their moments when CSS made sense. It’s funny, we have have these types of moments, whether it’s design, coding, music or whatever—sometimes it just clicks.

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10:33
CBS News launches new Apple TV app with live...

While Apple may not be planning to launch a bundle of TV channels any time soon, networks can still launch their own apps in the tvOS App Store. Today, CBS announced a new CBS News app for the fourth-gen device. The company has long offered a standard CBS app with its “All Access” subscription service, but the CBS News app focuses purely on live streaming content from the CBSN feed.

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10:25
'Star Wars: Rogue One' sizzle reel loves...

If you fell in love with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gorgeous melody of practical sets and VFX, then good news: Rogue One seems to be following in its footsteps. A new sizzle reel released at Star Wars: Celebration looks behind the camera to highli...

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10:10
MetroPCS expands sales of Apple's iPhone line...

T-Mobile's prepaid MetroPCS brand on Friday began nationwide sales of Apple's current iPhone range, plus the iPhone 5s, following a soft launch in Florida.

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10:00
FIS, Payment Alliance International announce plans...

Touchless transactions complete with Touch ID compatibility are en route to a point of sale station near you.

FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.

FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.

On the other side, Payment Alliance International is the...

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09:58
Google will help you register to vote in the...

Google is no stranger to lending a hand with voter registration, and ahead of the November election in the US, the company is helping once again. Starting Monday, when you search "register to vote," the results will includes details on the process, w...

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09:50
TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac now supports...

TunesKit Studio has released TunesKit DRM Converter for Mac 3.0.1, an update to their popular DRM removal solution for OS X (10.8 and higher).

With version 3.0.1, users can remove the DRM lock from iTunes videos while converting the protected M4V files to unprotected videos, including MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, MKV, FLV, as well as MP3, M4A, AAC and other audio formats. The upgrade also sports a re-designed user interface.

A demo is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/kehukkh). Registration is $44.95.

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09:49
Barclays lowers AAPL target to $115 on overall...

While maintaining an "overweight" rating, a Barclays analyst reduced the firm's price target for Apple stock from $121 to $115 on Friday, citing soft demand for smartphones along with expectations that Apple won't rise above the fray.

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09:33
US government releases proposed guidelines for smart...

Federal authorities have just released a set of recommended guidelines to define the minimum technical requirements that law enforcement agencies expect from smart guns. The proposed baseline specs cover just pistols for now, and are open for public...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2-pack Lightning Cables $8,...

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09:05
Nintendo's NES Classic Targets Gaming Geezers


Nintendo on Thursday unveiled its latest gaming console: the NES Classic Edition, a mini replica of the original home console that can connect directly to a TV via an HDMI cable. The system features 30 built-in games from the 8-bit era, including fan favorites such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby's Adventure. "We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo's original system, said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America.

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09:00
Announcing the public preview of the new Office 365...

Today, we are pleased to announce the public preview of the new Office 365 Network. Over the last three years, the Office 365 Network has become a vibrant online community for IT pros, technical experts, product enthusiasts and Office 365 customers to come together and share best practices related to Office 365.

As more organizations embrace the cloud and move to Office 365, we want to make the wealth of valuable information in the Office 365 Network available to anyone who is looking for it. Currently, the Office 365 Network is hosted as an authenticated Yammer network, which requires registration and sign-in to participate in the community, and makes discussion content searchable and discoverable only by users who are registered and signed in to the network. In an effort to make the community content accessible to anyone, the new Office 365 Network will be hosted on an unauthenticated platform, meaning community...

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09:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 15, 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.

Mac OS X Apps and Updates

Slugline

There's writing, and then there's screenwriting. Screenwriting is a completely different animal, with a specific format that includes the script, scene descriptions, motivation of the character, and more. Slugline ($39.99) is a combination of a simple distraction-free text editor with a powerful outlining tool and more.

Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help to keep you organized, while structure templates provide a way to make sure your screenplay contains the elements that will help it sell. When you're done, the screenplay can be printed or sent to your agent (or that famous producer) in PDF format. ...

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09:00
Yelp gets 'Pokémon Go' fever and adds...

The Pokemon Go juggernaut continues its infestation of everyday services. Yelp has added a PokéStop filter to its search functions so you can make sure you're eating or shopping near one of the item-dropping locations.

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08:59
Video: See all the best new features in Apple's...

Apple's forthcoming macOS Sierra update will focus on continuity and iCloud, further blurring the lines between the company's Mac lineup and its portable devices, like iPhone and iPad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at what's new in macOS Sierra.

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08:48
CBS launches new Apple TV-exclusive news app with...

The new CBS News app has been redesigned specifically for the fourth generation Apple TV, and will show off its new features during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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08:31
The best gaming mouse

By David Murphy

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After spending eight hours researching 24 top gaming mice, putting in 11 hours testing seven semifinalists an...

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08:13
Katy Perry debuts new single exclusive to Apple...

Breaking a relatively long musical hiatus, pop singer Katy Perry on Friday released a new single, "Rise," currently available exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Master Game Development with our Pay...

One of our missions here at Apple World Today is to help our readers to jumpstart the next generation of great iOS and macOS games. That's why we've partnered with StackCommerce and the owner of Mammoth Interactive -- John Bura -- on this incredible Pay What You Want Hardcore Game Dev Bundle. If you've ever considered a career developing exciting games for mobile or desktop Apple systems, this development bundle can get you pointed in the right direction. The best part of this deal? You pay what YOU want for the training!  

As with the other PWYW (pay what you want) deals we've offered, you can pay just what you feel the training is worth to you. Pay the average ($15.14 at the time this post was written) and unlock all of...

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08:00
White House pledges $400 million for 5G research

Following yesterday's FCC vote to adopt new rules to guide the development of 5G technology, the Obama Administration is pledging support for research. More specifically, the White House announced a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative...

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07:41
GoPro already made a small VR camera and you can see...

So far, GoPro's foray into VR cameras has been strictly for professionals. Earlier this year Nick Woodman, the company's CEO, hinted that a smaller, consumer-friendly VR camera could be in the works -- but that's all we knew. Except, it turns out, it...

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07:33
Cardless Withdrawals With Touch ID Coming to Over 70...

FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.

FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.

Payment Alliance International is the largest independent operator of non-bank-owned ATMs in...

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07:20
Weibo video shows what could be Apple's iPhone 7

A Weibo video making the rounds this morning shows what could be the finished 4.7" iPhone 7. Importantly, the leaker sneaks in a quick glance at the bottom of the phone, revealing no headphone jack and two rows of speaker holes.

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07:19
Jaunt adds Dolby's cinematic sound to its VR...

Immersive, 360-degree video is great, but there's a worry that while the pictures will surround you, the audio will not. Dolby and Jaunt are looking to remedy the situation by launching a dull-sounding but important way for you to find clips that sou...

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07:11
FTC reportedly looking at Apple for anti-competitive...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission reportedly is investigating Apple Music and the App Store for anti-competitive behavior related to subscription services. 

The FTC could use Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to force Apple to change its App Store business practices, Rutgers University law professor Michael Carrier told IBD. As the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy, tit could decide that Apple's App Store policies represent an unfair method of competition that benefit its own services, and that they also harm consumers by preventing third-party services from publicizing cheaper payment methods, Carrier said.

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07:00
The best connected home might be one built for you

Outfitting your home with Internet of Things devices can still be a pain. Figuring out which pieces of hardware from different companies work together is a trip down a confusing rabbit hole. But for those in the market for a connected home, is increa...

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06:57
Spark problems due to server upgrades to prepare for...

Some users of Spark, a free email app, says they’ve been locked out of their Apple IDs overnight. Developer Readdle says the problem is due to server upgrades it’s been making.

In a tweet, the company says there’s no breach or data leak. They’ve been “rolling out new faster servers to iCloud users in order to prepare Spark for the Mac version.”

Spark is a “smart,” unified inbox that collects all of your emails and automatically categorizes them for easy processing. It supposedly works with any email address (though I haven’t tried it). You can connect to your Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook or any other IMAP email server without worrying.

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06:54
Vevo to Challenge Apple Music with new 'Artist...

Vevo aims to roll out a sleek new app this week and an ad-free subscription service in the coming months to deliver the 200,000 music videos ...

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06:50
Sainsbury's trials one-hour grocery deliveries...

Since Amazon arrived in the UK and started shipping packages (and groceries) either same-day or next-day, brick and mortar retailers have been forced to step up their game. Sainsbury's, one of the big four supermarkets, has already taken one big step...

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06:46
BitTorrent Now comes to iOS devices and the Apple TV

BitTorrent’s streaming music and video app (BitTorrent Now) has been released for iOS devices and the Apple TV. If you’ve got an Apple TV, you can find the app in its App Store. The version for iPhones and iPads can be obtained at the Apple App Store.

BitTorrent has content available from filmmakers including The OnionSuper Deluxe, and IHEARTCOMIX. With BitTorrent Now, fans can find films from artists they love on their iPhone during their commute and then stream later on the couch in front of their Apple TV. They’ll also have the ability to follow artists they love, create playlists, and see what’s trending on social or in the BitTorrent community.

The app is free. Content is mainly ad-supported, although publishers can request that users login to view their work, or alternatively publish their material for a fee...

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06:41
Spark developer says some users locked out of Apple...

A number of users of the popular email app Spark reported being locked out of their Apple IDs overnight, something developer Readdle later linked to server upgrades it was making.

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06:41
Getting lost in the woods isn't so bad with...

A walk through the woods. It sounds wonderful. Birds chirping, deer frolicking off in the distance, the majesty of the trees, the opportunity to get lost and drink river water that ties your stomach in knots. Hiking doesn't have to be a combination o...

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06:25
Katy Perry releases surprise single ‘Rise’...

Apple Music has made a big play for exclusives as a way to attract more people to join its $9.99/month streaming service. Apple Music has even paid for major music videos in exchange for exclusive release windows. Earlier today, Katy Perry released a surprise single for her fans called ‘Rise’ exclusively available on Apple’s content platforms.

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06:22
AT&T envisions drone-based LTE coverage

AT&T has big dreams for its new national drone program, including the use of UAVs to provide LTE coverage in crowded or remote locations. In a blog post by company Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan, he said AT&T is expecting many "different...

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06:19
Facebook introduces SDK for Apple’s Swift

Facebook has introduced a beta version of Facebook SDK for Swift, a new set of tools for adding things like Facebook Login and the Share to Facebook button into apps written in the Swift programming language. 

The source code to the Facebook SDK [software developer kit] for Swift is available as open source, for anybody anywhere to download and tinker with. By releasing the language freely as open source, Apple has ensured that Swift platforms include Google's Android and Linux, notes Business Insider.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, OS X, and watchOS. The programming language is open source under the Apache license, which says that developers can use the software for any purpose and even distribute modified versions of Swift...

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06:14
T-Mobile offers free Pokémon Go data for a year, but...

Earlier this week we reported that Pokémon Go was eating the world, and in the last few days the augmented reality game has taken another big bite. The craze has hit such heights that you can now filter locations on Yelp based on whether or not a Pokéstop is nearby. Seriously.

Not wanting a good fad to go to waste, T-Mobile's getting in on the action with an offer that should bring a smile to every trainer's face. Late Thursday, the company announced it would offer free data for a year for all customers’ Pokémon Go sessions. The offer only applies to data consumption from using the Pokémon Go app.

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06:12
AppleInsider podcast talks watchOS emergency calls,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss iOS 10, watchOS 3 and emergency calling, as well as special glass made just for Campus 2, all the latest in iPhone 7 rumors, and Pok?mon Go taking over the world.

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06:06
US Ignite forms Advanced Wireless Industry...

US Ignite, a non-profit organization “that fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit,” has announced a new advanced wireless industry consortium (advancedwireless.org) to support the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.

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06:00
ICYMI: NAO nurses, herding drones and a lotion-...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center tests a robotic helper for its nursing staff. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney have developed an autonomous rover...

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05:51
Senator John McCain Rebuked Apple's CEO for...

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain warned Google and Apple executives Thursday that the Committee "has subpoena power" that could compel them to testify on why their encryption systems on newer smartphones are not accessible to law enforcement operating under court orders.

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05:29
US Congresswoman proposes federal revenge porn bill

Representative Jackie Speier has formally introduced a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime. The Intimate Privacy Protection Act targets both those who share sexually explicit images without the subject's consent and those who profit fro...

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05:27
iPhone 7 leak, video shows possible changes for next...

The iPhone 7 rumor/leak train keeps rolling on.

On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.

The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.

Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in...

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05:08
Fight offline with friends in new 'Star Wars...

With the Battlefield 1 closed alpha raging on and the full game launching in October you might think that developer DICE is forgetting about its other shooter, Star Wars Battlefront. That's not the case. Come July 20th, the game will have a new offli...

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05:07
Pokemon Go European launch widens as T-Mobile,...

Pok?mon Go continues its European deployment in Italy, Portugal, and Spain, with T-Mobile and Sprint offering various enticements for players of the vastly popular title in the U.S.

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05:06
On falling Mac sales and the lack of refreshes

Why the lack of new Macs? Is the Mac space too small, revenue-wise, for Apple to go to the trouble of a new product launch? Is something else causing this lack of new models?

More in the main post.

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05:01
Surviving the apocalypse on Derren Brown's VR...

Derren Brown is a master of illusion and psychological manipulation. Through a mixture of TV shows and live performances, he's stunned the public by reading minds and influencing their behaviour. But the mentalist has drawn criticism too, for acts th...

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04:58
24U releases 24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 for FileMaker...

24U Software (www.24usoftware.com)has released 24U Phidgets Plug-In version 2.0, an update to their hardware integration plug-in for FileMaker development.

This plug-in enables FileMaker Pro to interact with various Phidgets boards to let a database solution control physical devices and physical devices to control the solution. Version 2.0 brings 64-bit compatibility, the ability to control Phidgets over the network, and support for additional boards.

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04:57
Online English vocabulary test

This is a 50 question, multiple choice test that measures your vocabulary. If you love words, this is fun. If you think you have a great vocabulary, you might still find this test a challenge. Your score will be presented at the end, both as a raw number and as a percentage of the population.

Enjoy!

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04:51
Handheld tool is like Shazam for fonts

Wired:

O’Leary developed a handy, handheld tool she calls Spector that captures typefaces and colors in the real world, and then transfers them directly to InDesign.

Cool idea, not yet productized. More in the main post.

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04:38
Spark email client users find their Apple IDs locked...

Over the last twenty four hours, a substantial number of users are reporting that they are finding their Apple IDs locked for security reasons inexplicably. The root cause appears to be users of the popular Spark email app by Readdle, where customers can log in with their iCloud credentials. The iCloud warnings of a security hack are seemingly incorrect: there has not been a server attack or data leak as explained by the app’s makers.

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04:31
Nintendo's Classic Mini costs £50 in the UK

As if Pokémon Go wasn't playing havoc with our nostalgia receptors already, Nintendo yesterday announced the Classic Mini: A palm-sized Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) clone complete with 30 preinstalled 8-bit titles. We know this future C...

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04:30
FileSalvage for Mac OS X can be a life-saver in...

By Aaron Lee

If you've ever had files that were accidentally deleted, became unreadable due to media faults, or which you stored on a drive before it was re-initialized/formatted, you could use FileSalvage from SubRosaSoft. The software can recover lost files, iTunes libraries, photo collections, and more.

Currently, the $89.95 utility can currently recover over 100 file types, embedded and stand-alone. It will recover both computer files and RAW camera files, as it works on digital camera memory cards. In addition, FileSalvage is constantly being enhanced and updated with an increasing number of file types to salvage. 

What's more, its custom file type support allows recovery of files that may not already exist in the current list of "Supported File Formats." Embedded file recovery lets you search for files that have been embedded inside other files, which can come in very handy.

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04:27
IT infrastructure spending by cloud environments to...

According to the latest forecast from IDC (www.idc.com), total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 15.5% in 2016 to reach $37.1 billion. This amount excludes double counting between storage and servers, according to the research group.

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04:27
IT infrastructure spending by cloud environments to...

According to the latest forecast from IDC (www.idc.com), total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 15.5% in 2016 to reach $37.1 billion. This amount excludes double counting between storage and servers, according to the research group.

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04:07
Microsoft hopes 1080p Netflix makes Edge your next...

As Microsoft continues to nudge folks into trying its new Edge browser on Windows 10, its latest tease is the promise of better looking, more efficient video streaming. Just like Apple's Safari browser on OS X, it turns out that on Windows only Micro...

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04:00
iVisor Glass Privacy protects your iPhone, and...

iVisor's $54.95 Glass Privacy not only protects your Apple smartphone's screen from scratches (I tested the one for the iPhone 6 Plus), but it also acts as a shield to prevent people from casually glancing at your screen content. 

Thanks to its proprietary multi-layered coating, it offers a clear view when looking your iPhone straight-on, while preventing others from seeing your screen at an angle. One of my favorite features is that the iVisor Glass Privacy is "100% bubble-proof." I installed in seconds with no tools. When I was finished, my iVisor-wrapped iPhone had no bubbles.

However, unlike some screen protectors, it's made of glass ("atomically-strengthened IonGlass"), not plastic. The bit of extra thickness provides more protection, but also slightly reduces the touch sensitivity of the iPhone screen. Also, the iVisor shows fingerprints even worse than the iPhone's naked display.

Is it for you? Perhaps IF you're willing to give up some touch sensitivity...

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03:35
Pokémon GO launches in more countries amidst Chinese...

Following launches in the United Kingdom and Germany, Pokemon GO is making good on its promise to rollout to more European countries. The game is now officially available in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Download it for free in the App Store. The game continues to top App Store charts worldwide.

Reaction to Pokemon GO has been mixed. It has no doubt become a gaming sensation but the augmented-reality geocaching nature of the game has caused some frictions in the wider world....

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03:06
Watch 8 minutes of the 'CoD: Modern Warfare...

While Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the newest game in the series -- set for release on November 4 -- many fans are more excited about the release of a fully remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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01:44
BitTorrent Now heads to iOS devices and Apple TV

BitTorrent hasn't quite shaken off its rep as a tool for piracy yet, but it's sure giving its best shot by making apps that serve up legal content. One of those is BitTorrent Now, which the company has just released for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV....

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00:21
Behold the 'Gears of War 4' custom Xbox...

The Xbox One S isn't even out yet but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from taking the smaller console to the custom shop for the first time. If the base model's white exterior doesn't match your decor, maybe a Gears of War 4 blood red one will. It's ug...

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18:18
BitTorrent Now streaming app launches for Apple TV,...

BitTorrent Now, a new streaming app billed as "an artist-first, people-powered platform, focused on creativity and community rather than abundance," has launched for iOS devices and on Apple TV.

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17:13
Apple Inc shares up near quarterly high as Q3...

Shares of Apple increased nearly 2 percent today to close at $98.79, close to the peak the stock has traded since diving below $100 after the company reported its fiscal Q2 earnings. Within two weeks, Apple will announce its earnings for Q3, which ended in June.

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16:35
BitTorrent Now officially launches on iOS and Apple...

Earlier this year, BitTorrent announced a new BitTorrent Now app that allows users to stream a variety of content including videos and music. At the time, the app was Android-only, but now the app has officially come to iOS and Apple TV.

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15:35
AWT News Update: July 14, 2016

Photo of T-Mobile CEO John Legere via BusinessPundit.com

In today's Apple and industry news:

  • T-Mobile is offering free data for a year for the Pokémon Go app for its customers
  • Eddy Cue spills the beans on original content to The Hollywood Reporter
  • Apple will open a small research center in Grenoble, France for the purpose of improving imaging technology

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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15:14
Clinton & Trump evoke app economics, Pokèmon as...

It’s been an interesting election cycle to say the least, and now Pokémon Go is entering the fray. The presumptive nominees for both major political parties today addressed the game that’s seemingly taking over the internet, both attempting to use the game to lure in potential voters and talk job creation.

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15:03
Microsoft wins Apple-aligned case against U.S. over...

A U.S. Federal Court has ruled in Microsoft's favor in a closely-watch case involving a warrant the government obtained for a customer's emails stored on an Irish server. The ruling frees U.S. companies from being forced to hand over customer data if it's not being stored within the U.S.

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15:00
Google's New Emoji Aimed At Promoting Gender...

An anonymous reader writes: Based largely on a proposal from Unicode Consortium member Google, Unicode Consortium has announced plans to support new emoji aimed at promoting gender equality. There will be "11 new 'professional' emoji [that] will depict both men and women performing different jobs, and there will be both male and female versions of 33 existing emoji that currently depict either a man or a women but not both," writes Ars Technica. "The new professions include, in the Unicode Consortium's words: a farmer, welder, mechanic, health worker, scientist, coder, business worker, chef, student, teacher, and rockstar." What's unusual about the new emoji is that they're created using combinations of existing emoji to avoid waiting for Unicode version 10.0 to be finalized in June of 2017. By using a special "zero-width joiner" (ZWJ) character between two or more emoji, operating systems that support it know to put out a different composite emoji rather than a series of separate...

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14:59
Two men fall off cliff while playing ‘Pokemon Go’

Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego’s North County while playing “Pokemon Go,” the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.

Holy shit people are stupid.

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14:53
Acoustic guitar capo I bought

I have a love/hate relationship with capos because they often screw up the sound or don’t press evenly on the strings, which also screws up the sound. I recently picked this one up and it works great every time.

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14:21
Apple's Secret Camera Team in France is...

According to European sources (one and two) Apple has been working on a secret camera related project in Minatec, a research center in Grenoble, France with a small team of about 20 engineers. They'll be moving to a new ...

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14:20
145 Tech Leaders Say 'Trump Would Be A Disaster...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNN: "We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," wrote 145 technology leaders in an open letter Medium post published Thursday. Some of the leaders are from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple, others from small startups, venture capital firms, nonprofits and universities. "We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not," reads the letter, which was signed by well-known names like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, IAC's Barry Diller, Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales. "His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation," reads the letter, published by chief marketing officer at...

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14:00
New video shows alleged 'iPhone 7' casings...

Adding to an ever-growing set of parts leaks, a video uploaded on Thursday purports to show the rear casings of two "iPhone 7" units, apparently in line with designs seen elsewhere.

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13:14
Facebook's OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless...


Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in remote areas.
The platform is available in various options, ranging from a network in a box to an access point. It supports all existing wireless systems, Facebook said. However, it "contains no reference to bands used, as far as I could tell," noted Strategy Analytics' Chris Taylor.

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13:07
T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free,...

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan…

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12:57
New Video Shows Off Alleged iPhone 7 Design With No...

Several images depicting what's believed to be the rear casing of the iPhone 7 have been surfacing on Chinese social networking sites in recent weeks, and today, a short video gives a more in-depth look at the prospective design of the device.

Shared by Dutch site TechTastic, the video features the same casing we've seen in photos, with relocated antenna bands that no longer span across the back of the device, a larger protruding camera hole to perhaps accommodate an improved image sensor, and overall, a design that's not much different than the design of the iPhone 6s.

Photos of the iPhone 7 casing have largely ignored the bottom of the device, which is actually visible in the video. Of note is the...

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12:33
DxO One Lightning camera for iPhone & iPad...

DxO's dedicated iPhone and iPad Lightning-connected camera, the DxO One, expanded its sales reach this week with a launch at Best Buy's U.S. online store, and a select number of retail locations.

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11:57
NVIDIA's 'VR Funhouse' carnival game...

A few months ago, NVIDIA showed off a new virtual reality tech demo designed to showcase what its new graphics technology could do for VR. Today, it's releasing that demo to the public: VR Funhouse is a free, virtual reality carnival with collision-b...

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11:54
Zenrez allows last-minute Yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX...

If you’re looking to work out, this could be interesting.

Zenrez Corporation has released Zenrez, an iOS app that helps you book last-minute classes at your favorite yoga, pilates, barre, and fitness studios. Users pay per class with no long-term memberships or fees and come 9 PM each night, studios affiliated with the app release a limited number of last-minute offers available for booking.

Zenrez is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Seattle, and Pittsburgh, PA and offers access to the following studios:

San Francisco Bay Area:
The Pad
OMpower
Satori Yoga
Moxie
Yoga Source Los Gatos
Akasha Yoga
Vikram Hot Yoga
TRX Training Center
The...

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11:45
Another alleged iPhone 7 leak, this time on video

The iPhone 7 leaks keep coming. Earlier today the latest alleged spy shots showed what appeared to be fully assembled devices, which are most likely the clones based on leaked designs that often surface ahead of a new iPhone launch. Now, a video from unknown sources on Chinese website Weibo (via techtastic.nl) shows a similar design to previous leaks.

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11:33
This contest proved how far behind the times...

The chatbots you're hitting up on Facebook or Kik may seem as though they can really understand you, but in all actuality they're pretty stupid, at least when it comes to common sense. That's why a new Turing Test in the form of the Winograd Schema C...

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11:29
Apple plans to build better iPhone cameras with new...

A new Apple research center in the town of Grenoble, France, will apparently focus on improving imaging technology, likely for better cameras in future iPhones and other devices from the company, according to a new report.

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11:11
Emmys recognize online video with this year's...

You knew this was coming. The Emmys announced back in March that it would expand its award categories beyond the conventional, big-budget television productions to include short-form series, virtual reality and internet-only videos -- and it has. At...

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11:07
Apple opening R&D lab in Grenoble, France for...

Reports from local French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré (via iPhone.fr) claim Apple has signed contracts to open a new R&D lab in Grenoble, France focusing on imaging technologies.

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10:53
Razer creates a mechanical keyboard case for the 12....

Razer has been working hard on creating the world’s first ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard switch, and the first product that benefits from its existence is, of all things, a keyboard case for the 12.9″ iPad Pro. Razer’s Mechanical Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro launches today and is available right now for $169.99. more…

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10:50
Tech leaders say Trump would be a disaster for...

While at least one notable tech billionaire is willing to openly support Donald Trump's presidential campaign, a whopping 145 other leaders from major tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yelp, Tumblr, Slack and even Steve Wozniak himself h...

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10:49
External Link: Eddy Cue Discusses Apple’s TV Business

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, opened up about Apple’s interest in the TV business. Cue said that the Apple TV is “a lot better than a cable box,” but when asked if Apple is planning a streaming service, he said, “Whether we’re providing it or somebody else is, it really doesn’t matter to us.” However, Cue did say that he’s not a fan of so-called “skinny bundles” — smaller, low-cost programming packages — offered by services like SlingTV, because he feels that viewers are more frustrated by a lack of features than the price. In particular, he criticized the idea of having to dig through channel guides and program recordings manually. Overall, it sounds like Apple has a vision for the future of TV but doesn’t know exactly how to get there yet.

 

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10:47
External Link: Apple Casting Its Own Reality Show

Apple has issued an open casting call for “Planet of the Apps,” the company’s upcoming reality series about app developers. Applications are being accepted from developers through 26 August 2016; applicants must have an iOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS app in a functional state by 21 October 2016, with filming to take place in Los Angeles from late 2016 through early 2017. The producers are promising “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.” We don’t yet know the format of the show, which raises important questions. Will we see lots of geeks talking into their iPhone FaceTime cameras while “working” at Starbucks? Will there be judges making catty remarks about coding styles? Will the snarky QA engineer get voted off the team? Stay tuned…

 

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B&H Photo has 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1849 $150 off MSRP - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina... Read more
Second-Quarter Tablet Shipments Fell 4.8% –...
The latest report from the global market research firm TrendForce finds that worldwide tablet shipments for this second quarter totaled 33.54 million units, representing a quarterly drop of 4.8% and... Read more
Global Smartphone Sales Volumes Mark Second S...
According to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 343.3 million smartphones worldwide in the second... Read more
Apple TVs on sale for $20-$40 off MSRP
Best Buy has 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs on sale for $20-$40 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store... Read more
Mac minis on sale for $50-$100 off MSRP
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $649 $50 off MSRP - 2.8GHz Mac mini: $949... Read more
Clearance 2015 13-inch MacBook Airs available...
B&H Photo has clearance 2015 13″ MacBook Airs available for $300 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air (MJVE2LL/A): $799... Read more
Apple certified refurbished iPad mini 4s avai...
Apple has certified refurbished iPad mini 4s now available for up to $120 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each iPad, and shipping is free. The following models... Read more
Notebook Makers In No Rush To Adopt USB-C – R...
Digitimes’ Cage Chao and Joseph Tsai note that while the USB Type-C interface is enjoying growing popularity among smartphones and tablet makers, notebook and all-in-one (AIO) PC vendors (other than... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $250 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $250 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2049 $250 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $... Read more

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