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12:00
Speck CandyShell Wrap for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus:...

Speck Candyshell wrap case photo ©2015 steven sande

My iPhone 6 Plus spends most of its time in one of two places: the left front pocket of my pants or on its charging stand at night. It’s fairly well protected, and I’m careful to never put anything else in that pocket that could scratch the phone. If you’re one of those people who throws your iPhone into a purse, backpack, briefcase, jacket pocket or glove compartment where it could easily be scratched, you might want to consider Speck’s new CandyShell Wrap case for iPhone 6 (US$49.95) and iPhone 6 Plus ($59.95). However, I found the cases to be too expensive, slick and clumsy to be worthy of a good rating.

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11:28
The British Library has released a million free...

Mental Floss:

The British Library is the largest library collection in the world, with more than 170 million items in its catalogue.

The collections are generated by the so-called “Mechanical Curator”, which randomly chooses images from public domain books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Better yet, every image links back to a PDF of the source book so you can determine the full context. The sheer volume of images means it’s impossible for the institution to organise them alone, and so part of the project is a request that users help identify and tag the content. Essentially, you get to contribute to the British Library’s curation.

Do not go to The British Library’s Flickr page unless you have a lot of free time. It’s an absolute time suck.

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11:26
Rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone 6c just won't die

Apple’s iPhone event, rumored to be held September 9, is going to be jam-packed with new products if the spate of leaks we’re hearing are true. The latest: Apple has an iPhone 6c on deck, and it could be the 4-inch version many are dreaming of.

The rumor comes from noted leaker Evan Blass, who isn’t often wrong about these things.

Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 11, 2015

So the leak is light on details, but we have some ideas on what an iPhone 6c might offer.

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11:15
The hidden editing power of Photos for OS X

Macworld:

Photos for OS X is designed to appeal to a broad audience, with simple editing tools that let anyone improve their photographs. But is that it? Even though it’s a 1.0 product (replacing iPhoto and Aperture), a lot of editing power is actually hidden beneath that user-friendly surface.

I’m a happy Lightroom user and won’t touch Photos for OS X with a ten foot pole but this article does a good job of explaining what kind of editing you can expect to find in the app.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay

Rite Aid announced today that all of the Company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, starting Saturday, August 15.

The significance here is that Rite Aid was a supporter of CurrentC. Clearly that didn’t work out so well for them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
My prediction: no 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' is...

A new rumor says Apple will introduce an "iPhone 6c" along with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus this year, but I don’t see it happening, especially in a four-inch form factor.

I think Apple will keep the iPhone 5s in its line-up for those who don’t want the larger iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The latest rumors of an “iPhone mini” are far from the first.

In January 2013, the Strategy Analytics research group predicted that Apple would introduce a smaller, cheaper “iPhone mini” for users of lower-end smartphones. In June 2013, DigiTimes said Apple would soon release an inexpensive smartphone with a plastic chassis.

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10:54
Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's...

Apple is asking Samsung and TSMC to accept price cuts on orders of A9 chips for its new iPhones, but TSMC's inclination to decline could result in the supplier having to scale back production capacity, a new rumor claimed on Tuesday.

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10:38
How Do We Fix Twitter?

Twitter could be nearing a crisis point. How can the company bring in more users and curb bad behavior? Josh Centers offers some ideas to start the conversation.

 

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10:29
BMW looks at whether Google’s Alphabet infringes...

BMW on Tuesday said it was looking into whether Google infringed any trademark rights after the Silicon Valley-based group set up a new company called Alphabet, which is also the name of a BMW subsidiary.

“We are examining whether there are any implications over trademarks,” a BMW spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The spokeswoman said there were currently no plans to take legal steps against Google.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:22
The current state of HTML5/CSS3 browser support

This is a very important topic for many people, especially when considering what technologies to implement on the Internet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:10
iOS 9 poised to be 'game changer' as ad...

With this fall's release of iOS 9, Apple will allow users to natively block content in mobile Safari for the first time --?a change which at least one study believes will be a "game changer" in an industry that already costs publishers more than $20 billion per year.

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09:55
External Link: Rite Aid Surrenders to Apple Pay

Retailer Rite Aid, which last year blocked Apple Pay at its cash registers, has decided to officially accept both Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay. Rite Aid had blocked Apple Pay due to its allegiance to the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) and its CurrentC payment system, but many retailers in the MCX, such as Best Buy, have since welcomed Apple Pay. CurrentC has yet to launch.

 

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09:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Carrot brings witty weather to...

Bask in the glorious warmth of the partly-obscured sun!

A popular iOS app thunders into this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, bringing a not-so-sunny disposition and forecasts with personality. We also bring you apps for managing your audio sources, getting rid of photos you don’t need, and more.

AudioSwitcher 2.24.932

It never fails: Connect more than one speaker to your Mac, and the sound is guaranteed to always come out of the wrong one.

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

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09:36
27 libraries to visit in your lifetime

Business Insider:

We’ve rounded up some of the best libraries around the world that offer not only an impressive collection of reading material, but also boast unique architecture.

From an 8th-century monastery in Switzerland to a library with hanging bookshelves in Mexico City, here are the libraries that every book worm should visit.

I still remember going to the Halifax Library as a kid and marvelling at all the books. To this day, I love these kinds of expansive, beautiful libraries. I was surprised to see Vancouver’s Public Library on this list. While its outside is interesting, it’s interior is fairly pedestrian and not nearly as spectacular as many of the libraries pictured.

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09:34
External Link: Google Is Dead; Long Live Google

No, this is not an April Fool: Google, the publicly traded company, will soon be no more. Later this year, it will be reorganized as Alphabet, with Google being a subsidiary of Alphabet. Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page will be the CEO of Alphabet, while current Product Chief Sundar Pichai will become CEO of Google. Google will focus on ads, Android, apps, maps, search, and YouTube, while side projects like Fiber, Google Ventures, the mysterious Google X, and Nest will be managed outside of the Google entity.

 

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09:30
Apple Pay holdout Rite Aid folds, will accept Apple...

US drugstore chain Rite Aid announced today that on August 15, its 4,600 stores will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet payments. This is a turnaround from last year, when both Rite Aid and CVS disabled support for Apple Pay due to an exclusivity clause in an agreement with contactless pay competitor MCX. 

MCX is a consortium that started its own contactless pay system called CurrentC in 2012, and for many of the original companies that signed on with the consortium at that time, the three-year exclusivity deal is coming to a close. 

Other members of the MCX group that may be nearing the end of their exclusivity...

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09:02
One stat the ad industry should be freaking out about

Fortune:

Ad-blocking software is estimated to cost websites nearly $22 billion in ad revenue this year.

Software that blocks digital ads will cost online publishers nearly $22 billion in advertising revenue this year, according to a new study.

That figure comes by way of a new study from Adobe Systems Page Fair, an Irish startup that caters to websites and advertisers looking to avoid those so-called “ad-blocking” practices.

As a content creator, this is a disturbing statistic (and one I take with a truckload of salt because of the inherent bias in the study’s creator) but it’s a problem brought on by the industry itself. If ads hadn’t gotten so intrusive and obnoxious, perhaps their intended recipients wouldn’t be working so hard to avoid them. And it’s only going to get worse for both sides.

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08:53
Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, Y Combinator invest in Nebia...

Venturebeat:

The startup, backed by a rare lineup — Tim Cook, Schmidt’s Family Foundation, Y Combinator — launched preorders for its first product, a shower-head, on Kickstarter last night. The size of Nebia’s seed round was not shared, but Y Combinator is known to invest at least $120,000 by default. Nebia aims to raise at least $100,000 more on Kickstarter.

But Nebia isn’t just out to create some pricy shower system. CEO Philip Winter claims the device uses 70 percent less water than a traditional shower, and he hopes to scale the product to a point where it’s cheap enough to bring to developing markets.

I’ve been very vocal about my dislike of Kickstarter projects in general but I love showers even more than I hate Kickstarter. This idea is very clever, looks great and, as someone who is always looking for a better shower experience (and to use less water), it’s something I am very interested in. I’ve backed this project.

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08:30
How to see your passwords in Mac OS X Keychain

I store my various passwords for websites, wireless networks, certificates and more in Mac OS X Keychain. It's very handy as I found out this week when I needed to verify a password that I thought I knew (I was wrong). Here's how you can view all your passwords in Keychain.

  • Go to the Applications folder, then go to the Utilities folder. Launch the Keychain Access app. 
  • Type the name of the website, network, etc., into the search field in the top right corner of the app. A list of matching items will appear.
  • You can search by "kind" if you click on the Kind column at the top of the screen, then scroll to the results that say “application password” or “website password” to find what you’re looking for. Or you click on the Passwords category (on the left) to filter for passwords.
  • Double click on the entry for the site or app you want to see the password for. Click on the “Show Password” checkbox. 
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08:23
Rite Aid to begin taking Apple Pay, other wireless...

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid on Tuesday annnounced that starting August 15, all of its U.S. stores will begin offering Apple Pay and other wireless payment options, marking a turnaround for a company that last year intentionally blocked Apple's mobile payment system.

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08:15
Rite Aid back on board with Apple Pay as CurrentC...

Rite Aid has payment terminals capable of accepting Apple Pay transactions, but the drugstore chain turned off support for near-field communication when Apple launched its mobile payment service last October. But times change, CurrentC exclusivity agreements expire, and now Rite Aid is back on board with Apple Pay.

On August 15, all of the company’s 4,600 locations will start accepting mobile payments from Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Android Pay, Google’s upcoming Apple Pay-esque mobile payment service.

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08:10
NASA’s “Spot the Station” alert tells you when the...

NASA:

As the third brightest object in the sky the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up.

NASA’s Spot The Station service gives you a list of upcoming sighting opportunities for thousands of locations worldwide, and will let you sign up to receive notices of opportunities in your email inbox or cell phone. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. It is bright enough that it can even be seen from the middle of a city!

Obviously, the times of overflight vary and you likely won’t see every sighting but it is still kind of cool to get an email or SMS, go outside, look up and see the bright ISS transiting your night sky.

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07:53
Rumor: Apple to release “iPhone 6c” alongside “...

It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that essentially puts a small, medium and large next-gen iPhone in your hands so that everyone is happy with the size of the device.

The new word around the camp fire is that Apple will release a smaller “iPhone 6c” as well as ship the device in a variety of colors alongside the flagship models.

The rumor comes from Evan Blass, whose @evleaks Twitter account has been the source of numerous accurate leaks in the past.

Apple is expected to hold a media event on Sept. 9 to unveil its latest iPhone lineup. The company’s flagship “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus” are expected to feature Force Touch input,...

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07:31
MacKeeper customers now eligible to receive full...

Call it karma.

Customers of the MacKeeper have until November 30th to file a claim for a full refund as a result of a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement. Given the terms of the deal, only customers who bought the software for July 8th are eligible.

The class action suit accused MacKeeper’s original developer, ZeoBIT, of deceptively advertising the program and making false claims about what it could fix. It was filed in May 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Under the proposed settlement, ZeoBIT will put US$2 million into a fund for those who want a refund. But ZeoBIT will admit no fault as...

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07:12
Rumor: Apple to launch three new iPhones...

While a new "iPhone 6s" series is widely expected to be unveiled next month, rumors of a so-called "iPhone 6c" have been less certain. But one rumor published on Tuesday claims that a new, colorful iPhone lineup will indeed launch alongside the latest flagship models.

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06:49
China's yuan devaluation could hurt Apple sales...

The Chinese government's decision to deliberately devalue the yuan on Tuesday could have a serious impact on sales of the iPhone and other Apple products, but under the right conditions prove a boon to suppliers like Hon Hai/Foxconn and Pegatron, analysts said.

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06:16
Future Smart Cases could attach to an iPad via a...

Future iPad Smart Cases from Apple may have a power connector between the case and the tablet and to provide illuminated notifications. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,104,371) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for an "integrated visual notification system in an accessory device."

Apple notes that, currently, the Smart Case covers the iPad screen, so there's no visual way for the tablet to provide notifications to the user while the screen protector overlays the display. The case also uses magnetic coupling instead of a power connector. 

The patent involves a connector configured to receive electrical power and a control signal between the Smart Case and the iPad. Apple says that, by providing a data and power connection between the tablet and the accessory device, the iPad's processor can "command" illumination elements disposed in Smart Case to be illuminated. 

Each of the illumination states...

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06:09
Apple CEO Tim Cook among first investors in water...

The makers of a new water conserving shower head can count Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook among their first investors, who took a personal stake in the company after trying the eco-friendly product.

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05:49
We may yet see Apple products make of a Liquidmetal...

We may yet see Apple products make of an alloy from Liquidmetal as evidenced by two newly published patents. Liquidmetal is the commercial name for a series of amorphous metal alloys. It's the brand name as opposed to the actual name of the material.

Also known as Vitreloy, this group of alloys were developed at the California Institute of Technology and have since been marketed by Liquidmetal Technologies. The alloy has high tensile strength, great corrosion resistance, wear resistance and an almost elastic quality allowing a slow release of stored energy.

Last year Apple renewed its exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal Technologies’ unique metal alloys in its line of products, according to a document filed with the SEC. In 2010, Apple struck a deal with Liquidmetal Technologies, a California-based company that holds patents on new metal and alloy designs, for essentially...

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05:40
KGI: Force Touch won't be enough to drive...

Apple may not be able to convince many users to upgrade to its next-generation iPhone if Force Touch is the only major addition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes, which could lead to the first ever year-over-year contraction in iPhone sales.

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05:00
Study: Apple's lead in enterprise mobility...

Apple's dominance in the enterprise mobility marketplace waned during the second quarter on a precipitous drop in tablet marketshare, the balance of which went to devices running Android and Windows, according to mobility solutions firm Good Technology.

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05:00
Hacker Demos $30 Gizmo That Unlocks Keyless Car,...


Infamous security researcher Sammy Kamkar last week demonstrated a gadget that can intercept wireless signals to unlock cars and garage doors. Kamkar showed off the device, which cost him just $32 to make, at the DefCon conference in Las vegas. Dubbed "RollJam," the wallet-sized gadget works like this: When the gizmo senses a signal from a key fob used to open a vehicle or garage door, it prevents the signal from reaching the door, while at the same time intercepting and storing the unlock code emitted by the fob.

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04:57
KGI predicts zero or negative growth for next iPhone...

KGI – which has an excellent track record – has predicted a strong possibility of either zero or negative growth of iPhone sales in Q4 2015. The investment note cited by Taiwanese site Apple Daily (via GforGames) forecasts that Apple will sell between 65M and 75M iPhones, compared to 74.5M in the same quarter last year.

KGI bases its pessimistic prediction on two factors. First, the weak state of the Chinese economy. Second, the very same argument I made in...

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04:17
China’s devaluation of its currency plus strong...

China’s decision to devalue its currency – leading to its biggest one-day loss in 20 years – could add to the effect of a strong dollar to hit Apple’s earnings from the country, warn analysts. The value of the yuan dropped 1.9% against the dollar, and a change in the way its value is determined by the Chinese central bank means that further decreases in value are more likely.

Analysts warn that Apple either needs to absorb the difference – reducing its margins on Chinese sales – or increase prices in the country, weakening demand, reports the ...

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04:00
Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds 2 is a somewhat...

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

Angry Birds 2 is long overdue. Sure, we had Seasons and Rio pretty quickly after the original game, plus Space and...

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03:30
5 weird iOS keyboards for expressing your wacky self

Are you getting bored of using the same emoji over and over again on your iPhone, and looking for new ways to express yourself? (Come on, there’s only so many times you can use the hair-flip, hands-up, and twinning girls.) We’ve found five iOS keyboards that will have you laughing out loud, as you send your friends some of the weirdest messages ever conceived by an iPhone user. 

Whether you are a Trekkie or a Lil’ Wayne fan, we hope you get a kick out of these wacky third-party keyboards for iOS. They include:

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02:02
Apple continuing work on Liquidmetal casting...

While Apple has yet to release a major product made from Liquidmetal stock -- aside from a SIM ejector tool -- the company is still actively researching methods of producing large format amorphous alloy parts, suggesting the material could one day see use in a shipping device.

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With its origins at NeXT, Big Nerd Ranch is one of the more respected iOS app development companies in the world. At a recent coding retreat put on by BNR, I survived seven days of the most intensive programming instruction of my life, and lived to write about it.

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17:15
Larry Page explains Google and Alphabet

Nothing like hearing the vision directly from the top man at Google.

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16:20
Google’s new OS for the Internet of things

Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and App, said the company developed Brillo, a stripped down version of Android that will run on battery-powered connected devices and Weave, a communications standard that will let developers build programs that allow these connected devices to communication.

Does this mean malware can now infest your home?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:32
Here's what you'll be able to do with...

If you are to believe one iPhone-related rumor this summer, you should probably put your money on the incorporation of Force Touch.

Several sources have reported that Apple is eager to bring the new functionality to its next iPhone, and new details have just surfaced as to how you’ll be able to use Force Touch on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. According 9to5Mac, Force Touch on iOS has been designed to give users a new shortcut to navigate through the iPhone screen options, instead of just tapping and swiping. The report also claims that Force Touch for iOS devices is internally known as “Orb,” and that the feature could appear in the...

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 10, 2015

Stormy weather hit the Colorado office of AWT today, and while it was raining cats, dogs, and buffalo, some other hot news items were taking place:

  • Google now has a parent company, Alphabet. 
  • Amex corporate cards are now usable under Apple Pay
  • Did you buy MacKeeper at some point? You'll be eligible for a refund thanks to a settlement in a class action lawsuit.
  • Force Touch is apparently a feature on the upcoming (and rumored) iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. 

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15:13
Google announces major restructuring with new parent...

Google has announced a major restructuring of the entire organization, starting with the creation of an all-new company called Alphabet, Inc., which will now serve as the parent company of Google and all of its previous projects.

The Google brand will be “slimmed down” and focus on web products like Search and Gmail, with SVP of Android/Chrome/Google Apps Sundar Pichai serving as CEO. Other endeavours like health research, will belong to other companies that will be broken out of Google.

Larry Page will serve as CEO of Alphabet, and...

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15:08
Google spawns new parent company, Alphabet, splits...

Google on Monday announced a major corporate restructuring, including the creation of a new parent company, Alphabet, under which Google will be just one of several subsidiaries.

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15:04
MacKeeper to pay out $2M in proposed class action...

The original developers of much maligned Mac security software MacKeeper have agreed to a $2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over deceptive claims and false advertisement, with part of the sum set aside for customer refunds.

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14:30
My take on the Apple Watch after three months of use

I’ve now spent over three months with my Apple Watch. My thoughts, in a nutshell: I like it, but I certainly can't recommend it for everyone due to its price. And, of the many Apple devices I own, if I had to give up one, it would be the first to go.

That said, I do like having a wristwatch. Perhaps I’m simply indoctrinated after a lifetime of wearing one, but I enjoy being able to tell what time without pulling my iPhone out of my pocket.

Of course, buying an Apple Watch just to tell time would be like buying a 5K iMac with Retina display just to check your email. In other words, a waste of money.





Also, let me say that there’s no way I’d spent $500 or more for a wristwatch. I wear my...

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14:02
Google just announced a massive overhaul of its...

Business Insider:

Google just announced a brand new operating structure.

It is now a subsidiary of a company called Alphabet, which has Larry Page as CEO. The CEO of Google is Sundar Pichai.

“Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet.”

This is blockbuster news breaking as we speak.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:53
IBM to Buy Watson a Pair of Eyes


IBM last week announced a $1 billion deal to acquire Merge Health, a provider of enterprise imaging and clinical system, with the goal of giving the supercomputer "eyes." Merge, which has operated in the health sector for two and a half decades, maintains a medical imaging management platform for archiving, accessing and sharing medical imagery. The incorporation of Merge into Watson Health will give medical professionals the ability to leverage Watson for assistance with analyzing X-rays, MRIs, angiograms, electrocardiograms, and other medical images.

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13:41
Spotify moving towards Premium-only music content...

Although it should continue to provide a free, ad-supported tier, Spotify is reportedly planning to limit some of its music content to Premium subscribers in reaction to pressure from record labels.

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13:31
Apple Pay goes corporate with AmEx support

Need to expense lunch or travel on the company dime? If your business uses American Express for its corporate accounts, now you can pay with the tap of an iPhone. The credit card company just became the first corporate card issuer to support Apple Pay.

AmEx already supported consumer and small-business cards, but has now expanded that to corporate accounts. The integration is only available for certain U.S. corporate cards—green, gold, platinum, and Centurion are all on the list, plus a few others. See the full list here. If your corporate AmEx is branded by another financial institution, it might not be supported.

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13:30
AJA DataCalc: A great free app for video editors

AJA Video Systems is a company that makes a lot of high-end video production hardware, and when you're shooting and editing 4K/UltraHD video, it's really easy to start chewing up a lot of storage quickly. Back in the TUAW days, you may remember that we used the free OS X AJA System Test app to benchmark hard disk drives. Well, the company also produces another handy and free app called AJA DataCalc (iOS Universal and OS X) that makes determining your storage needs a cinch.

After loading the app, you just need to enter the length of the video (days, hours, minutes, seconds, or a SMPTE time code), the format of the video (NTSC up to 5K UltraHD formats), the codec being used for video compression (AVCHD or 16-bit RGBA, for example), and the audio format. 

Tap on "Done...

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12:30
CARROT Weather is on your Macs, meatbags

Attention, meatbags. CARROT Weather is now available for the Mac. The robot with a vindictive personality has escaped the confines of iOS and infiltrated your computer, bringing with it accurate weather forecasts for multiple cities, secrets to unlock and a time machine. Here's our look at CARROT Weather for Mac.

CARROT Weather for Mac is very similar to the iOS apps, with the same animations, look and feel. It also delivers the same weather forecasts, with thorough information like lows and highs, precipitation, UV index, pressure, dew point and more.

The "time travel" feature is pretty cool, too. Pick any date within the last 70 years, and CARROT Weather will display the weather for that date in your chosen location. It will even predict the weather 10 years into the future. Let's see the TV weather man do that.

Unique to the Mac version is a customizable mini...

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12:14
Pad & Quill: Quality leather bags and Apple...

From Kari (Mrs PQ):

Pad & Quill is passionate about designing and crafting unique leather bags, accessories and cases for Apple products. We employ the best leathers, canvas and various materials to make products that are beautiful, functional, durable and ageless. Our craftsmen exemplify the heart and soul of our company and we celebrate their skill by inviting each artisan to sign each Leather Bag or Apple Watch Bands as it is completed for you, our customer.

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11:58
Nokia planning mobile comeback

Now Nokia boss Rajeev Suri is planning a comeback. He must wait until late 2016 before he can consider re-entering the handset business – after a non-compete deal with Microsoft expires – but preparations are underway.

The company has already dipped its toe into the consumer market; it has launched an Android tablet, the N1, which went on sale in January in China and days ago unveiled a “virtual-reality camera” – heralding it as the “rebirth of Nokia”.

Like many of us, I was a longtime Nokia user, before the company dropped the ball and then kicked it away. I fear for their new business if the plan is to enter an already crowded market with another Android device.

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11:46
Switchers

Horace Dediu:

It’s much more likely that Apple converts existing smartphone users while Android converts first-time users.

Brilliant.

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11:00
A look at "a latte" iOS apps for National...

August is National Coffee Month. Well, okay, it's not been established as an official "national" holiday by the Congressional Record or a Presidential proclamation (heck, I can't even find out how it started). However, since I love my java, it sounds like a good reason to celebrate by listing some of our favorite coffee-related iPhone/iPad apps at the Apple App Store:

° The free Starbucks app (also available for the Apple Watch) lets you pay for your drink without cash or a credit card. You can even include a tip in your payment. Plus, you'll get a free drink at participating stores (alas, some restrictions apply) when you join My Starbucks Rewards and sign up for email rewards.





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10:41
xsan 4 - How to change the default volume type to...

Forums: Troubleshooting

I just configured an 80TB Xsan 4 volume; however, Xsan 4 does not give you the option that Xsan 3 or older does, when choosing a volume type. I'd like to re-configure this volume as a fileserver, so that I can have more inodes.

Xsan-mdc1:Volumes root# df -kh
Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ifree %iused Mounted on
/dev/disk1 465Gi 24Gi 440Gi 6% 6395832 115443782 5%
/dev/disk7 73Ti 4.1Gi 73Ti 1% 100 16796 1% /Volumes/Xsan

You can see a HUGE difference in inodes from the system and the Xsan. Does anyone know how to manually set this in the config file? I would like to know the formula, if one exists so that I can maximize the amount of inodes that I can have on my 80TB Xsan configuration, without compromising performance.

Thanks in advance!!

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09:45
How to get rid of pop-up ads and adware on your Mac

Recently, my brother was greeted by an irritating pop-up ad on his Mac. I guided him through the steps to removing it, so I'll repeat them here.

Pop-up ads are adware advertisements that open over or under your browser window, in another tab, or as a graphic element within the current window. Sometimes they refuse to go away even when you try to close them.

If such ads appear, DO NOT give enter important information about your Apple ID, credit cards, etc. If an ad refuses to close, it's almost certainly a scam after your money. 

To get rid of adware, start by closing any pop-ups that are open. If a pop-up on your Mac includes a "Don't show more alerts from this webpage" checkbox, select the checkbox before closing the pop-up. If a pop-up won't close (as in my brother's case) close Safari on your Mac (as well as an iPhone or iPad, if it's open). 

Relaunch the web browser on your Mac as you hold down the Shift key. This prevents Safari from automatically...

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09:30
iPad mini 4 rumors: Slimmed down with a better camera

The iPad mini 3 wasn’t a huge upgrade from its predecessor, offering just one new reason to buy: Touch ID. (Oh, and it came in gold.)

But rumor has it the iPad mini 4 will take design cues from the iPad Air 2. Fans of the smaller-sized tablets could be persuaded to splurge on a slimmer mini with upgraded internals, but we’ll see if word on the street (er, the Internet) proves true. Here’s what you need to know about what the iPad mini 4 has in store.

What’s the latest?

Leaked computer-aided design images from often reliable source OnLeaks indicate that the iPad mini 4 will be a svelte 6.1mm, just like the iPad Air 2. The iPad mini 3 is 7.5mm. OnLeaks previously posted photos of the next-gen iPad mini’s casing,...

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08:43
Benedict Cumberbatch urges fans to put away their...

Petapixel:

After another stage performance in “Hamlet” this past weekend, actor Benedict Cumberbatch stopped outside the Barbican theater in London to make a request of his fans: he wants theater-goers to put away their cameras during his performances.

Speaking to the large crowd of fans gathered outside the theater, Cumberbatch politely says that seeing cameras pointed at him during the play is “mortifying” and that there’s “nothing less supportive or enjoyable” for the actors on stage.

It’s just as bad for the performer as it can be for the audience. Nothing ruins an event more than having a dozen cell phone screens brightly ruining your view of what is happening on stage.

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08:39
Can Apple Music steal radio’s last advantage?

Wired:

While streaming services provide endless ways to introduce listeners to unfamiliar music, the sheer number of them has fragmented the market. As we listen to music more each year, radio still holds the crown in one very important regard. “Radio continues to be the #1 source of discovery for new music,” says David Bakula, a Nielsen analyst.

According to Nielsen’s findings, this is true even for younger listeners, the prime audience for streaming services. “For younger millennials in particular, discovery is more and more driven by social media and other digital formats, but that’s still supplemental to radio,” says Bakula.

To me, Beats 1 is the most interesting aspect of the very uneven Apple Music. I tend to listen to music I already know and like but, listening to the Beats 1 DJs, I’m more likely to hear, listen to, and want to learn more about artists I’ve never heard of before.

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08:01
Intel announces Mac Pro-class Xeon laptop processors...

Intel recently announced plans to bring its professional-class Intel Xeon processors to notebook computers for the first time. The Xeon family of chips is notably only used by Apple in $2,999 and up Mac Pro desktop computers. According to Intel, the high-performance processor will make its way to portable computers starting with processors based on the next-gen Skylake architecture. Specifically, the Xeon E3-1500M v5 family will be the first to bring contemporary workstation power to portable computers, while Intel promises “the right balance of power and mobility” for the upcoming chips. But would Apple ever Xeon chips in...

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07:50
Leaked 3D CAD images, video, show thinner iPad mini 4

It’s a leak.

But it’s a pretty specific leak.

A series of 3D CAD images from @OnLeaks show that Apple’s upcoming iPad mini 4 tablet might be as thin as the current iPad Air 2, boasting a revised thickness of 6.1mm. A leaked video supports this claim as well.

The leak ties into what the oft-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said about how the iPad mini 4 would essentially be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, stating that it would also get updated specs. It’s been suggested that these might include the same 8MP rear-facing camera and fully-laminated display with anti-glare coating as the Air 2.

Only time will tell, but this could be pretty nifty...

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07:32
Opinion: Five reasons Apple’s rumored ambitions of...

The iPhone 6 was the iPhone many had long been waiting for, offering a larger screen size and NFC support for Apple Pay. Unsurprisingly, it opened to record sales, and has continued to break sales records ever since.

But Apple’s ‘tick tock’ strategy –a major new iPhone one year and an updated model based on the same form factor the following year – means that the company has to work much harder to sell its S models. With little visual difference (and the average mass-market customer oblivious to processor upgrades), Apple has to rely on a headline new feature to...

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07:28
Leaked video purportedly shows upcoming “iPhone 6s”...

It’s the leaks that make things interesting.

A video released by European Mac repair firm MacManiack purportedly shows the iPhone 6s display as compared to the current iPhone 6 display. The firm claimed it obtained the parts from a Chinese supplier and the dimensions are identical to the iPhone 6 version.

The locations of the FaceTime camera and proximity sensor also mirror the current model, but the ribbon connectors have been slightly altered. Additionally, the shielding on the back of the LCD is glued into place, another variation from the iPhone 6.

Apple has also apparently chosen to build the home button and Touch ID...

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07:26
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.3 and Postbox 4.0.3.

 

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07:26
ExtraBITS for 10 August 2015

Verizon is dropping smartphone subsidies and contracts, a university IT department literally took 36 iMac boxes for a spin, the author of “The Martian” explains how his Comcast email was hacked, and Apple has dismissed rumors that it will become a cellular carrier.

 

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07:06
MacKeeper customers can file a claim to get their...

Macworld:

Customers of the oft-criticized security and performance program MacKeeper have until Nov. 30 to file a claim for reimbursement, the result of a proposed class-action suit settlement.

Those who bought MacKeeper before July 8 are eligible, according to the settlement website where claims can be filed.

The class action suit accused MacKeeper’s original developer, ZeoBIT, of deceptively advertising the program and making false claims about what it could fix.

Half a million US customers are eligible to get at least some money back. If you know anyone who bought this crapware, please let them know about this settlement.

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05:00
Why Jon Stewart Failed


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart dropped off the air last week. It is kind of amazing that it was how a massive number of us actually kept up on the news, given it wasn't a real news program. However, while the show was a commercial success, it appeared that wasn't its only goal. It seemed it also wanted to make us aware of some of the really stupid things people did, in the hope of making us all smarter. Well, last week it showcased that even those who should have gotten that message didn't.

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04:54
Claimed leaked 3D CAD images support reports that...

Claimed 3D CAD images of the iPad mini 4 supports earlier reports that the upcoming device will adopt a very similar form factor to the iPad Air 2, getting the thickness down from 7.5mm to 6.1mm. A video (below) of the CAD images was posted by @onleaks, a source with a good track-record … 

The generally-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo had...

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04:20
Coder wins a thousand Twitter contests using a bot

You've probably seen "retweet to win" contests on Twitter, and maybe even won a t-shirt, concert tickets or marshmallows. But computer engineer Hunter Scott completely automated the idea and created a bot that entered every Twitter contest it could...

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03:00
Jessie Hartland’s “Insanely Great” tells Steve Jobs...

Despite being cut short, Steve Jobs’ life was legendarily full and accomplished—and the recollections of it are expectedly lengthy and robust. Walter Isaacson’s eponymous biography, issued weeks after Jobs’ death, weighs in at 657 pages, while the more recent Becoming Steve Jobs is still hearty at 464 pages. Even 2013’s rough Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher dragged on for more than two agonizing hours. 

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Sunday August 9

20:21
With players and fans adopting contextual behavior...

Forums: NetworkingTags: Fifa 16 Coins Ps

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He unselfishly squares the ball to Fifa Coins...

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20:09
The FIFA 16 release date arrives on Fifa 16...

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15:06
The Logic Pros: How-to connect MIDI controllers...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, it’s the beginning of hardware month. As previously mentioned, we will be looking at a number of interesting hardware add-ons, instruments, controllers and more for Mac and iOS setups, starting with the puc+:

The slew of great, inexpensive iPad/iPhone synths and other music making apps are only limited by the smaller display on those devices. Add a MIDI controller into the equation, however, and your iPad quickly becomes a synth module with endless sound creation possibilities all...

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14:42
OmniOutliner 4.3

Improves exporting data from both the standard and Pro editions. ($49.99 new, free update, 24 MB)

 

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13:50
2015 Perseid meteor shower

Time and Date:

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occur every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.

The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.

I’m headed out later to shoot the meteor shower and test some photo gear tonight.

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10:39
The 8th annual “Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk”

KelbyOne:

Each year, photographers around the world gather together on the same day to explore an area, photograph, share those photos with one another, and hopefully make some new friends! This year that happens on Saturday, October 3rd.

I’ve been a Walk Leader since the beginning and always have a great time hanging out with photographers of all skill levels. It’s a really cool idea to think that you and thousands of other photographers around the world are all shooting on the same day. If there is one in your area, go for the walk. If there isn’t, it’s not hard to organize a walk yourself.

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10:00
Broken Windows and 12 Hours of Missing Time


The fact that Microsoft has posted a Web page for users to "Get help with Windows 10 upgrade and installation errors" probably is just the latest sign that the release of its new -- and highly anticipated -- operating system has some problems that need to be resolved. It appears things haven't been going as smoothly as the company would have liked since Windows 10 became generally available. In addition to compatibility errors, which might be expected with a new OS, Microsoft has been addressing errors regarding damaged or missing files.

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08:59
External Link: Verizon Dropping Contracts, Subsidies...

On 13 August 2015, Verizon Wireless is going to radically change the way it sells phones and cellular service. Contracts, subsidies, and family plans are being eliminated for anyone not on an existing contract. Instead, customers will be liable for the full price of their phones, with an installment plan available to spread out the cost. It would cost $30 per month for unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data, with an additional $20 fee for having a smartphone.

 

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Booq’s shoulder bag gives...

...plus backpacks, book-bound cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features fashionable folios from Belkin, CODi, DODOcase, Targus, and Toffee, a keyboard from Kensington, and something with character from ThinkGeek.

Belkin

The Dana Tanamachi Cover (all iPad mini models; $35) sports the artist’s unique floral design on a sturdy folio case.

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04:38
How to use the new back button in iOS 9

One of the most notable -- albeit least trumpeted -- user-facing enhancements in iOS 9 is the new back button, which lets you quickly return to where you were when following links between apps. Here's how it works.

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02:01
MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human...

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up...

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Saturday August 8

16:55
Apple’s fitness guru opens up about the watch

Outside:

In Jay Blahnik’s first extended interview since Apple hired him to help launch the Watch, the company’s director of fitness for health technologies insists activity tracking is overemphasized, elite athletes have a sitting problem, and the real breakthrough apps for the device will probably be created outside of Cupertino.

You have to read between the lines sometimes but it’s pretty obvious Blahnik isn’t just a talking head and that he really wants the fitness aspect of the Apple Watch to be a big deal.

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16:52
Why is American beer so bland?

The Atlantic:

Today’s discerning beer drinkers might be convinced that America’s watery, bland lagers are a recent corporate invention. But the existence of American beers that are, as one industry executive once put it, “less challenging,” has a much longer history. In fact, Thomas Jefferson, himself an accomplished homebrewer, complained that some of his country’s beers were “meagre and often vapid” nearly 200 years ago.

Jefferson never lived to see the worst of it. Starting in about the mid-1800s, American beer has been defined by its dullness. Why? The answer lies in a combination of religious objections to alcohol, hordes of German immigrants, and a bunch of miners who just wanted to drink during their lunch break, says Ranjit Dighe, a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Oswego.

There are some amazing craft beers in America and elsewhere but the major brewery beer – Bud, Coors, Molson and the like – are quite simply not worth...

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16:50
Postbox 4.0.3

Adds URL autocompletion capabilities to the Quick Bar. ($15 new, free update, 25.5 MB)

 

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13:00
It's time for Apple to consider pixel quality...

The TV/computer screen buzz lately is about Ultra High Def/4K displays. However, when considering new monitors (and, hey Apple, where's our 5K Thunderbolt Display?) and upcoming iMacs, perhaps Apple should think about pixel quality as well as pixel quantity.

In a 2013 interview with Variety, Patrick Griffis, executive director, technology strategy for Dolby, said that "better pixels" as opposed to "more pixels" can deliver a "wow" factor that not even Ultra High Def (UHD) TVs can match. With a 1080p HD picture with pumped-up brightness and color, metallic surfaces gleam like mirrors. colors glow, and highlights and shadows alike keep their detail, he added. What’s more, unlike 4K TV, that improvement is visible even at a distance from the screen. The pumped-up brightness and color is due to High Dynamic Range imaging....

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11:56
The Apple Watch effect? Traditional watch sales drop...

The Apple Watch is either a hit or a failure, depending on who you ask, but one thing’s for certain: June was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month for the US traditional watch industry.

As reported by Bloomberg, data from market research firm NPD Group shows that traditional watch sales in the United States dropped by 14 percent in the month of June, as compared to June 2014. According to Bloomberg, that represents the biggest year-over-year drop in watch sales since 2008.

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11:51
Congressional Black Caucus Begs Apple For Its '...

theodp writes: In Silicon Valley this week, Rep. Barbara Lee called on Apple and other holdouts among the nation's tech companies to release federal data on the diversity of their work forces. She was with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to turn up the heat on the tech industry to hire more African Americans. "If they believe in inclusion," said Lee, "they have to release the data so the public knows that they are being transparent and that they are committed to doing the right thing." Apple has refused to make public the EEO-1 data that it routinely supplies to the U.S. Dept. of Labor on the demographics of their workers. In the absence of the race and gender data, which Apple and others historically argued were 'trade secrets' and thus not subject to release Freedom of Information requests, tech companies were free to make unchecked claims about their Black employee ranks (Google's 2007 Congressional testimony) until recent disclosures revealed otherwise. The...

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11:00
Big Apple event rumored for Sept. 9; what can we...

John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed — quoting unnamed "sources familiar with Apple's plans" — says the company will unveil new iPhones the week of Sept. 7 — probably on Wednesday, Sept. 9. He also thinks Apple will unveil the next generation Apple TV, new iPads, and perhaps — though Paczkowski thinks it's a long shot — the long-rumored iPad Pro.





According to various and sundry reports/rumors/speculation, the next gen iPhone (probably dubbed the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but perhaps the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) will sport: a 12 (or perhaps 10) megapixel, rear-facing camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; a Force Touch sensor; and a stronger aluminum...

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09:24
Review: DJI Phantom 3 Professional iOS-connected...

The best has gotten even better with DJI's new Phantom 3 Professional, a drone that captures stunning, super-smooth 4K video from the skies. But it's the new controller with Lightning cable support, as well as a revamped iOS app, that truly bring this accessory to new heights.

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07:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Tools for developers,...

Tools for developers, designers, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a selection of apps that help developers measure twice and market once, designers manager their assets, and everyone else add a little bit of reflection to their photos.

HeliumLift 1.0

Be more productive with Justin Mitchell and Jaden Geller’s HeliumLift, an app that places a translucent browser right on top of your desktop.

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06:28
Review: Just Mobile’s Lounge Dock adds Apple Watch...

Early in the life of the Apple Watch, offering a single, nicely-designed stand was enough for most developers; our guide to the best Apple Watch Stands compiles many such options. Just Mobile’s first entry was the aluminum, tube-shaped TimeStand, which I reviewed last month, and now the company’s back with a second and entirely different stand called the Lounge Dock ($40). Lounge Dock addresses TimeStand’s most conspicuous omission, adding support for watchOS 2.0’s upcoming Nightstand Mode, while adapting Just Mobile’s ...

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The nuyu is an Inexpensive Activity Moni...
Today, Health o Meter nuyu has announced a series of health and fitness-related products, including the aforementioned activity monitor along with a wireless scale. All at a decent pricepoint, no less. [Read more] | Read more »
The Makers of Overkill are Trying Someth...
Craneballs, the studio responsible for the Overkill series, is taking a little break from all that violence (a little break) to bring us Cube Worm - a 3D take on one of the most classic PC/calculator games in existence. [Read more] | Read more »
The Sandbox Welcomes Cutethulu in its La...
Another month, another update to Pixowl's The Sandbox. This time players can say hello to "Cutethulu" - an adorable little rendition of perhaps the most well known (and infamous) of the Elder Gods. [Read more] | Read more »
ReBoard: Revolutionary Keyboard (Utilit...
ReBoard: Revolutionary Keyboard 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Do everything within the keyboard without switching apps! If you are in WhatsApp, how do you schedule a... | Read more »
Tiny Empire (Games)
Tiny Empire 1.1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1.3 (iTunes) Description: Launch cannonballs and blow tiny orcs into thousands of pieces in this intuitive fantasy-themed puzzle shooter! Embark on an... | Read more »
Astropad Mini (Productivity)
Astropad Mini 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Productivity Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% off introductory price! ​*** Get the high-end experience of a Wacom tablet at a fraction of the price with Astropad... | Read more »

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San Francisco’s WaterField Designs today unveiled their all-leather Cozmo 2.0 — an elegant attach laptop bag with carefully-designed features to suit any business environment. The Cozmo 2.0 is... Read more
Apple’s 2015 Back to School promotion: Free B...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
128GB MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP,...
B&H Photo has 11″ & 13″ MacBook Airs with 128GB SSDs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air: $799.99, $100 off MSRP... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
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B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1679.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP. Read more
Apple and Cisco Partner to Deliver Fast-Lane...
Apple and Cisco have announced a partnership to create a “fast lane” for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The alliance integrates iPhone with Cisco enterprise... Read more
Apple offering refurbished 2015 13-inch Retin...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $270 (15%) off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
Apple refurbished 2015 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2015 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $180 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with... Read more
21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $999.99 $100 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1199.99 $100 off - 21″ 2.9GHz iMac... Read more

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