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Tuesday July 5

09:12
BlackBerry will stop making its Classic smartphone

BlackBerry Ltd will stop making its Classic smartphone, 18 months after launching it in an effort to entice users who prefer physical, rather than touch, keyboards, the Canadian technology company said on Tuesday.

Who?

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09:05
Spin Studio: Great Marketing at a Great Price [...

Finally, top quality marketing and creative design services delivered in a timely manner at a reasonable cost. That’s what you can expect from Spin Studio.

From compelling go-to-market initiatives, to comprehensive marketing strategies, to website or retail packaging design, and much more, Spin Studio brings creativity and innovation to each of our clients.

Spin Studio will become a valued and trusted resource you’ll rely upon to consistently provide your projects with exceptional knowledge and capabilities, timely turnaround, and unparalleled quality.

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08:24
Apple Maps feature to support Japanese transit data...

This could be pretty nifty if you’re traveling to Japan this fall or next year.

Apple in a recent update to its Japanese website confirmed local transit data will arrive in Maps when iOS 10 launches this fall, further expanding the feature’s reach into Asia.

The feature was quietly announced in an update to the Japanese version of Apple’s iOS 10 preview webpage. When Maps debuts this fall on Apple’s next-generation operating systems, which also include macOS Sierra and watchOS 3, customers in Japan will be able to search for public transport options, compare fares, view subway station maps and more, the company says.

A recent screenshot showed a bird’s-eye view of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, complete with train lines and the locations of entrances and exits,...

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08:07
Deals: $350 off 13" MacBook Air (Early 2015); $...

Post-holiday deals are rolling in this week with Apple authorized reseller B&H discounting the 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB) to $849. Or snap up a Wi-Fi 128GB iPad Air 2 in Space Gray for $549, an offer exclusive to AI readers. Apple's current 15-inch MacBook Pro is also $399 off on eBay, bringing the price to $1,599.99.

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07:54
Huawei caught using DSLR photo to promote dual-lens...

With Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7 Plus" rumored to feature a dual-camera design for better pictures, competing smartphone maker Huawei has pushed to market their own two-lens system. But in an attempt to suggest the Leica-branded lens can produce DSLR-quality images, the Chinese company actually used a picture shot with a full-fledged DSLR, not its new smartphone.

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07:52
Review: Lifespan Under Desk Treadmill is a solid...

As someone who’s been involved in IT for the last 15 years, sitting while working comes with the territory. Since transitioning from IT to full-time blogging, it’s just been more of the same.

Shooting video tends to get me out of my chair on most days, but I still find myself sitting for inordinate amounts of time. Having a good exercise routine is crucial, as many of my colleagues will attest to, but even with regular exercise, it can still be fatiguing to sit for most of the working day.

This is why I ended up researching, and ultimately acquired, a standing desk. Standing desks are great as I noted in my full review of the UpDesk Power Up, but after a month or so of regularly standing for portions of my work day, I craved something more.

Enter the ...

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06:57
Applebot exhibits aggressive behavior towards...

Applebot, the RSS fetcher for the Apple News service, faces problems when it visits websites that uses encryption certificates from the Let’s Encrypt certificate authority, notes Slight Future.

As a relatively new certificate authority (CA), the Mozilla-backed Let’s Encrypt CA isn’t expected to work everywhere on day one. Most issues have been resolved, however, and everyone and their grandmother can now access websites with these encryption certificates like any other website. However, the Applebot gets stuck in a loop and swarm-behavior that resembles a small-scale-denial-of-service-attack when visiting websites that deploy certificates from Let’s Encrypt.

Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight suggestions. Bots can be thought of as simple,...

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06:56
Google's baking Chromecast support directly...

Google’s Chromecast is almost three years years old, but the company’s only now getting around to building Cast support directly into Chrome for PCs and Macs.

Google recently updated a help page for Chrome that says users on Chrome 51 will soon see a Cast option in their menu options. In addition, Google’s adding the ability show the contents of a Chrome tab in a Google Hangout.

The change means you no longer need to have the Cast extension installed to send open tabs from the browser to a television. However, the extension will still work if you want to use it as a quick access option instead of digging around in the menu.

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06:34
Apple using lower parts quotes, new suppliers to...

A variety of Apple suppliers -- including some stalwarts -- are reportedly being hit by lower price quotes from the company, which is likewise said to be searching for new suppliers to maintain high profit margins on its products.

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06:05
Poll Update: The battle of the two Steves was played...

When I posted my opinion piece yesterday, I did so knowing that fans of the old 17-inch MacBook Pro are in a tiny minority. Most people are happy enough with a 15-inch screen when mobile, and most also seem content to use a mix of on-board storage, external drives and the cloud, so I also didn’t expect to see much support for my own preference for 2TB of on-board storage.

more…

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06:01
∞ Apple Campus 2: July drone aerial footage

We’re getting closer and closer to exterior finish, especially with the R&D facility. At some point, all the work will shift to the building interiors. I hope Matthew figures out a way to film that progression as well.

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05:55
When a song in iCloud music is suddenly “no longer...

Kirk McElhearn:

Record labels and artists are free to choose whether to allow their music to be available on streaming services. There are still some holdouts: Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, King Crimson, the Traveling Wilburys, Pete Townshend, and others are totally averse to streaming. And some artists only stream their music on certain services, as exclusives. This includes Taylor Swifts’ 1989, Adele’s 25, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, most of Prince’s music, and much more.

But things get complicated when music that you have added to your iCloud Music Library from Apple Music is pulled. Labels can withdraw the right to stream certain songs and albums at any time, but you won’t be notified. You may see albums and songs in your library, but their titles are a slightly lighter color (depending on the view), and their iCloud status is No Longer Available.

Interesting post.

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05:47
Apple encourages iPhone users to become organ donors

Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every iPhone, reports CNBC.

CEO Tim Cook told The Associated Press that the lack of organ donors hit home when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs endured an "excruciating" wait for a liver transplant in 2009. Apple is adding the option to enroll in a national donor registry by clicking a button within the iPhone's Health app when iOS 10 is released this fall.

The Health app, introduced with iOS 9, gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data, including heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol and more. You can also create an emergency card with important health information — for example, your blood...

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05:44
Apple tweaks iOS Health app to encourage organ...

From the Associated Press:

Apple is adding the option to enroll in a national donor registry by clicking a button within the iPhone’s Health app, which can be used manage a variety of health and fitness data.

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05:40
The beta cascade: Why Apple’s latest OS’s require...

Dan Moren, writing for Macworld:

My Apple Watch, much as I like it, is hardly an indispensable part of my everyday life. And ready I was to go ahead and install the watchOS 3 beta when I ran up against a bit of a brick wall—because in order to install the watchOS 3 beta, I also needed to install the iOS 10 beta on my iPhone.

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05:32
Apple will promote enrollment in national organ...

Starting with the launch of iOS 10 this fall, Apple will encourage users to become organ, eye and tissue donors by including an enrollment form in the iPhone's native Health app.

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05:28
Apple, the music industry rest home

The case for an Apple acquisition of Tidal.

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05:15
Illinois man charged with CelebGate iCloud hacking...

US Department of Justice:

An Illinois man was charged today with felony computer hacking related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 300 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

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04:33
Foxconn, Pegatron & other Apple suppliers...

Digitimes report claims that Apple suppliers are facing pressure from Apple to reduce costs, with major players like Foxconn and Pegatron affected. Apple is in some cases adding suppliers into the mix to help drive down pricing. It was recently reported that Sharp was gearing up to compete with Samsung and LG for the OLED displays Apple is expected to use for future iPhones.

Currently, Largan is facing strong competition from Japan-based Kantatsu over camera module orders, while Foxconn and Pegatron are seeing Apple adding new ODM partners such as Wistron for the production of its new iPhone.

Taiwan’s printed circuit board (PCB) players are also...

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04:30
Satechi Multi-Port USB Charging Station saves...

If you’re like me, you probably have several devices charging at any given time. This requires multiple USB ports and/or chargers, which results in a bit of desktop clutter. Satechi’s $29.99 Multi-Port USB Charging Station helps alleviate this problem. 

With 60W of power and integrated smart auto-detect technology, it sports four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports, so you can safely charge several gadgets simultaneously. And, yes, I said Type-C, which means the Multi-Port USB Charging Station works with Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, which has a solo USB-C port. (And I suspect upcoming MacBook Pros will also have USB-C connectivity.)

The Satechi solution has a compact design (4.5 x 2.75 x 1.13 inches), so it doesn’t take up too much desktop or countertop space. It’s also small enough that you can toss it in a backpack when you’re traveling....

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04:07
Apple promotes organ donation with iOS 10, sign up...

Apple will promote organ donation with its newest mobile operating system, iOS 10, when it ships in the fall. Via the Associated Press, Apple will include a new simple sign-up button inside the Health app to enable users to register to become an organ donor in a national donor registry. It appears the integrated sign up option will only be available to US iPhone customers, at least at launch.

Tim Cook told the AP that he hopes Apple’s efforts will help improve the availability of organs to those that need them, saying that the problem “hit home when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs endured an excruciating wait for a liver transplant in 2009”.

more…

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04:00
Grammarian Pro2 is better than Pages’ Proofreader...

One of the advantages Microsoft's Word has over Apple's Pages is a good grammar checker. Pages' Proofreader feature just isn't as comprehensive. If you want to add better grammar checking features to Pages, try Grammarian Pro2 X ($49.95) from Linguisoft. It checks grammar and spelling errors interactively (as-you-type) or batch checking (all-at-once).

You use the Grammarian Pencil Menu or Grammarian Input Menu to access Grammarian Pro2's checking features. With your document window that you want to check frontmost, select the Check All or Check Selection menu item in the Grammarian Pencil Menu or Grammarian Input Menu.

When you check a document, it flags the different types of errors in one pass. Grammarian Pro2 X also automatically corrects (AutoCorrect) certain spelling errors interactively such as "teh" for "the." What's more, Grammarian Pro2 X automatically types predetermined phrases (AutoType) such as "btw" for...

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01:44
Spongy electronic 'nose' can sniff out...

When you're trying to detect extremely dangerous chemicals, you don't want to mess around -- even a tiny amount can spell big trouble. It's a good thing, then, that Belgian researchers have developed what could be the most sensitive gas sensor to dat...

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01:03
After 1.7 billion miles Juno nails its Jupiter orbit...

Like most space exploration, this mission is another amazing achievement.

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00:44
Microsoft's Play Anywhere reaches PC and Xbox...

You won't have to wait too long to see how well Xbox Play Anywhere works in practice. Microsoft has confirmed to Polygon that the cross-purchase, cross-play feature will go live on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs on September 13th. You'll...

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Monday July 4

23:29
China finished the world's largest single-...

For the past 53 years, Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has been the king of radio telescopes. No more. China has just finished construction of its Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which is 64-percent larger. That makes it the...

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22:16
Juno has begun its tour of Jupiter after a five-year...

Juno's five-year journey has come to an end, and soon, it will start taking measurements and capturing images of the largest planet in our solar system. The spacecraft, which aptly carries Lego figures of the Roman god Jupiter, his wife the goddess J...

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20:56
Prince Online Museum revisits the musician's...

The late, great Prince may have declared that the internet was over, but he was its biggest fan in some ways. His websites were frequently grand projects that pushed the limits of both web design and digital music. And now, it's easy to see this ef...

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20:41
Cyborg locusts with tattooed wings can sniff out...

"Men, bring out the sniffer locusts." That's something a bomb squad chief could say in the future, thanks to a team of engineers working to turn the insects into cyborgs that can be sent anywhere to sniff out explosives. It won't be an easy feat -- t...

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19:37
Lasers and microwaves lead to better quantum...

If you're going to craft a quantum computer, you need to corral lots of quantum bits (qubits) to perform calculations... and Penn State researchers have found a way to make that happen. They've developed a technique that relies on lasers and microwa...

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17:44
How to watch NASA's Juno spacecraft enter...

NASA launched its Jupiter-exploring Juno spacecraft on August 5, 2011, but thanks to some patriotic timing, it's arriving at the gas giant today on July 4th. That'll give space fans some additional fireworks, as NASA and JPL will be broadcasting the...

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17:40
Apple sued by Chinese media regulator over streaming...

A subsidiary of China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) is suing Apple and streaming service Youku Tudou for causing "huge economic losses" through infringement of exclusive online distribution rights to a war film first aired in 1994.

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16:49
What's on your HDTV: UFC 200, 'Carmageddon...

Tonight, fireworks are all over network TV. Later this week, there's more US Olympic trials action from both track & field and gymnastics, while fighters hit the mat for a UFC 200 card headlined by Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. Royal Pains is say...

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15:21
Second hacker pleads guilty to role in celebrity...

A Chicago man implicated in a phishing scheme targeting more than 300 iCloud and Google Gmail users, including the personal accounts of numerous Hollywood celebrities, faces up to five years in federal prison after signing a plea deal last week.

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14:29
[Sponsor] Algoriddim: 2016 Apple Design Award Winner

We founded Algoriddim 10 years ago with the mission of making DJing accessible to everyone. Expanding our mission to open the world of DJing to blind users, we recently made djay Pro fully accessible for the visually impaired, removing barriers of musical creativity. We’re incredibly honored to receive an Apple Design Award for the second time, especially since this award was focused on accessibility. We hope this will inspire even more developers to make their software accessible, especially since it requires relatively little effort and can make a big difference in people’s lives.

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14:05
China bans news sites from using social media as a...

The Cyberspace Administration of China put national news outlets on notice this weekend, warning them not to base reports on social media sources without strict verification of the facts. The statement came less than a week after the appointment of a...

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13:29
Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is dead: These are the...

If you’ve been holding out for a new standalone desktop display from Apple, you’re either going to take news of the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued as a sign of good things to come, or as a cue to finally purchase a new 4K or 5K display from someone else. For most, especially considering Apple itself is recommending you purchase a third-party display, the latter option is going to be the more likely.

While Apple didn’t recommend any specific third-party alternatives during its discontinuation announcement of the Thunderbolt display last week, we’ve done the work for you and put together our top picks for the best 4K & 5K displays for Mac available to buy right now.

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12:30
Samsung's designer Serif TV reaches the US for...

How much do you value design over sheer value for money? You're about to find out. Samsung's Serif TV is now available for US pre-orders through the Museum of Modern Art at a price of $1,499 -- given that this is only a 40-inch set, you're clearly...

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12:29
Street art optical illusions

Astro‘s street art style is easy to recognize in the streets. He creates giant murals with complex patterns and optical illusions that make it look like the building is empty on the inside.

I find optical illusions fascinating.

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12:27
Winston Churchill on praying for rain

Churchill’s satirical reply to ending Britain’s drought is great.

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12:22
Mission driven founders

Fred Wilson:

I’ve written many times about how I/we prefer to invest in mission driven founders vs mercenary founders. The former starts a company because they see a problem they feel compelled to fix. The latter starts a company because they see an opportunity to make money.

I love mission driven companies. Those are the ones that solve problems we have as users.

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12:17
Apple sued in China over showing of war film from...

Apple is being sued by a subsidiary of China’s broadcasting regulator over a propaganda film more than 20 years old, in the latest legal wrangling for the tech giant in China in recent weeks.

A Beijing court says the case has been brought by a production center that alleges that Apple has infringed its exclusive online rights to broadcast a film that depicts Chinese fighting against Japanese soldiers in northern China in the early 1930s.

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11:34
∞ John Oliver reminds America what it missed by...

Happy Independence Day to all of our American readers and friends. I hope you have a fun and safe holiday celebration.

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11:33
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week are brought to you by the letters “F” and “K” and include Fantastical 2.2.4, f.lux 37.3, KeyCue 8.1, and Keyboard Maestro 7.2.

 

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11:33
ExtraBITS for 4 July 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Jason Snell argues in favor of the iPhone’s headphone jack, Evernote makes some controversial changes, and Amazon introduces a new Page Flip feature to most of the Kindle ecosystem.

 

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11:02
Sharing news on Facebook could help save journalism...

The author makes a very interesting point but it’s hard for “average people” to want to go to the effort of absorbing real news when it can be so depressing and when sharing it can invite aggressive and unpleasant reaction.

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10:44
Critical security flaw found in Lenovo PCs... again

If you are sick of hearing about how Lenovo Machines are riddled with security flaws, then this ain't the story for you. Security researcher Dymtro "Cr4sh" Oleksiuk claims to have uncovered a flaw in Lenovo machines that could let attackers circumven...

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10:21
Fantastical 2.2.4

Adds options for ignoring shared calendar notifications and exporting entire calendars as .ics files. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.4 MB)

 

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10:15
f.lux 37.3

Fixes a battery drain issue and several other bugs, plus adds support for “big latitudes.” (Free, 1.8 MB)

 

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09:40
Google Twists the Knife, Asks For Sanctions Against...

Google isn't done with its victory over Oracle. Court filings suggest that Google will be filing a motion for sanctions against Oracle and its law firm, Orrick, Sutcliffe & Herrington. The Mountain View-based company is apparently irked that Oracle attorney disclosed the financial agreements between Google and Apple. From an Ars Technica report: Speaking in open court, Oracle attorney Annette Hurst said that Google's Android operating system had generated revenue of $31 billion and $22 billion in profit. She also disclosed that Google pays Apple $1 billion to keep Google's search bar on iPhones. "Look at the extraordinary magnitude of commerciality here," Hurst told a magistrate judge as she discussed the revenue figures. The $1 billion figure comes from a revenue-split that gives Apple a portion of the money that Google makes off searches that originate on iPhones. The revenue share figure was 34 percent, "at one point in time," according to Hurst. Google lawyers asked for the...

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09:19
The entire ‘Infinity Blade’ trilogy is free right now

I’m not a huge fan of this style of game but the original was a great way to show off the iPad when it first came out.

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09:09
Happy Fourth of July from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Fourth of July and with that in mind, the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend the day with friends, family, copious amounts of food and assorted pyrotechnics.

You should do the same.

With that in mind, have a great Fourth, put down the computers and devices a bit, get some friends together and have a safe and happy holiday. We’ll be back tomorrow with more Mac and iOS news, rumors, leaked stories and more of the good stuff, as we’ve been doing for 20 years now.

Have a safe and terrific Fourth!!!

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09:01
Giveaway: Win an Apple accessory bundle from...

Grovemade is partnering with AppleInsider to give readers a chance to win a bundle of handcrafted accessories consisting of a Laptop Stand, Monitor Stand, Keyboard Tray, Mouse Pad and iPhone Folio valued at $585.

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08:43
Opinion: Why I’m resigned to my next MacBook Pro...

Regular readers will know that I still have a 17-inch MacBook Pro as my main computer. It’s almost five years old now, which is a relatively long time in Mac terms, and an absolute age for someone who usually does poorly when it comes to resisting shiny new tech.

But when Apple stopped selling the machine, I’d initially hoped that it was just a temporary measure. The company had only just introduced new Retina displays in the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, both of which carried a hefty price-tag, and my theory then was that a 17-inch Retina screen wasn’t practical. Yield rates were too low, I supposed, meaning that the cost of a 17-inch model would have been too expensive even for Apple to contemplate.

So I hung in there …

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08:40
Google offers four free months of Play Music for...

Google Play Music is a competent streaming service, but it's always sat in the shadow of larger, more aggressive competitors such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. Google has tried everything to make it more popular -- the occasional exclusive, free...

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08:24
'Top Gear' host Chris Evans bails after...

After a single season at the helm, Chris Evans is stepping down from Top Gear. The presenter, which took over from Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow partners in crime, James May and Richard Hammond, said on Twitter: "(I) gave it my best show but sometim...

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08:00
What If We've Got Big Data and Analytics All...


Every once in a while I run into a little company that comes at an existing market as if the folks already in it are idiots -- and sometimes they are right. Here's the thing: What often happens is a company breaks out in a segment, and everyone groups around that company's ideas and emulates them. Few initially stand up and say, "Wait a minute -- what if they're wrong?" Often we get so excited about building the market, we don't realize until much later that the initial attempt at solving a problem doesn't work.

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07:55
As Apple sells out of remaining Thunderbolt displays...

When Apple officially discontinued the Thunderbolt Display, directing customers to look at third-party displays, it naturally led to speculation about whether this was a temporary or permanent state of affairs. Now Reddit users are upping the speculation by pointing to a redirect on the company’s website.

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07:40
Tech Overtakes Finance Among Top Global Companies

An anonymous reader writes:Technology has stolen a march on finance, with the success of companies such as Alphabet and Microsoft helping the innovative sector surpass the traditional world of financial services among the world's top 100 companies over the past year. Technology firms in the list notched up a combined value of $3bn compared to financial firms' $2.7bn and the $2.6bn value of consumer goods companies. Apple held its position at the top of the ranking, compiled by PwC, despite losing $121bn in market value over the past year to the end of March, and the overall value of the world's top 100 firms falling four per cent -- the most significant decrease since the financial crisis, with a cash value of $668bn. Alphabet closed the gap on Apple in second place, narrowing its market capitalisation from $350bn to just $86bn, while Microsoft rounded out the top three. Facebook was in sixth position while Amazon entered the top 10 for the first time. Tech firms have better...

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07:00
Daily Deal: G Cloud Unlimited Backup 5-year...

While some Apple users choose to buy into the Apple iCloud ecosystem for backups and sync, others want more...and G Cloud's unlimited backup service is what they want. You can back up all of your photos, videos, contacts and messages -- and more -- for just $6 a year with this great Apple World Today deal.  

G Cloud is offering 5 years of unlimited backups for just $29.99, and one account works for all of your devices -- present and future. G Cloud offers: 

  • Back up anything you store on your phone
  • View all of your messages, photos, contacts, etc. online from your G Cloud account
  • Organize your photos & videos in the intuitive timeline interface
  • Locate your phone in case it’s lost or stolen
  • Keep your data safe w/ Amazon AWS...
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06:59
Get the most out of America's largest July 4...

Some of the biggest Independence Day fireworks displays in the U.S. also sync with special iPhone apps, enhancing the spectacle with sounds and visuals on your smartphone to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here's how you can take advantage of these free apps, as well as some camera enhancement apps that will allow you to take better fireworks photos.

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06:50
Celebgate iCloud phisher pleads guilty to accessing...

One of the men behind the ‘Celebgate‘ phishing attack has pleaded guilty to accessing more than 300 iCloud and Gmail accounts, including ‘at least 30’ belonging to celebrities. The plea was announced by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California.

Edward Majerczyk, 28, who resides in Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois, was named in a criminal information filed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. Majerczyk has signed a plea agreement in which he agrees to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, specifically, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Another of the Celebgate offenders, Ryan Collins, also took a plea...

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06:35
Bloodhound's land speed record attempt set for...

The team behind the Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car designed to beat the land speed record, has some good news and some bad news to share. First and foremost, it's secured new funding, meaning the crew can reform (some engineers were forced to take...

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05:54
Samsung separates OLED business, allowing an '...

Samsung Display, the largest OLED manufacturer in the world and a key display supplier for Apple's entire range of products, has reportedly spun off its OLED business as a separate entity from its money-losing LCD operations.

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04:29
London police consider using drones to pursue...

In its bid to curb the rise of drive-by snatches on the streets of London, the Metropolitan Police may turn to drones to track motorbike-riding suspects. At a recent meeting of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, Deputy Commissioner Cra...

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04:00
Yes, Apple’s Night Shift trademark includes Mac,...

A misleading headline on Patently Apple is already leading to speculation that Apple may be planning to bring its Night Shift feature to Macs, the Watch and CarPlay. None of this is impossible, but Apple’s trademark certainly doesn’t ‘hint’ at this.

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02:25
Solar road technology comes to Route 66

Solar Roadways' dreams of sunlight-gathering paths are one step closer to taking shape. Missouri's Department of Transportation is aiming to install a test version of the startup's solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 Welcome Cente...

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Sunday July 3

23:22
Pro Football Hall of Fame brings in holographic...

Think visiting a sports hall of fame involves little more than looking at athletes' relics? The Pro Football Hall of Fame wants to liven things up a bit. It's introducing the A Game for Life exhibit, where holographic versions (sadly, not likely tr...

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21:31
How-To: create a macOS Sierra USB install drive [...

If you want the ability to perform a fresh and clean install of macOS Sierra, then you should consider creating a macOS Sierra USB install disk. Not only will this walkthrough work for the macOS Sierra Developer Preview, but it will also work for the public beta and future final releases. In the following video tutorial, we’ll show you how.

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20:53
'Minecraft' creation plays 'Pokemon...

It's no longer strange to see elaborate devices built in Minecraft, but this one is particularly eyebrow-raising. Reqaug has built a Minecraft machine that plays Pokemon Fire Red for the Game Boy Advance. It's very rudimentary at the moment (it's m...

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19:12
Astronomers scan for disappearing stars

Scientists are adept at spotting stars, even very old ones. But what about stars that disappear? A handful of researchers, led by Uppsala University's Beatriz Villarroel, aims to find out. They've been comparing sky surveys to see if any light sou...

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17:52
Cancer patient receives a 3D-printed jaw

If you lose your lower jaw to cancer, you don't have many options for prosthetics. At that size, traditional clay is so heavy and unwieldy that you can only wear it for a few hours at a time. Indiana University's Dr. Travis Bellicchi and team have de...

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16:20
Lizard Squad hacked thousands of cameras to attack...

The hacking collective Lizard Squad isn't relying solely on masses of compromised PCs to cause some grief online. Security researchers at Arbor Networks have discovered that the outfit compromised several thousand closed-circuit cameras and webcams...

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15:33
That Digital Music Service You Love Is a Terrible...

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an article from Fortune:
Rdio goes bankrupt, Pandora hangs out a 'For Sale' sign and then gets rid of its CEO, artists and labels ramp up their criticism of YouTube. Now we have Tidal in acquisition talks with Apple, while Spotify complains about Apple treating it unfairly... the digital music business is becoming an industry in which only a truly massive company with huge scale and deep pockets can hope to compete... Rdio went bankrupt last year in large part because it couldn't afford to make the licensing payments the record industry requires of streaming services. Deezer, a European service, postponed a planned initial public offering partly because its business is financially shaky for the same reason... [Rhapsody] is still racking up massive losses... Spotify has found it almost impossible to make money, primarily because of onerous licensing payments...
[A]ll the available evidence seems to show that the digital-music business...

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14:45
Regenerative tooth fillings could put an end to root...

You really don't want a root canal, and not just because it's potentially painful. Emptying the tooth of the infected tissue at its heart potentially weakens it, since you can't grow that organic material back or put toxic fillings in its place. Re...

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13:16
'Skullgirls' is coming to mobile with a...

Lab Zero's hyper-stylized fighting game Skullgirls has been available on almost every modern platform at some point in its history, but you couldn't play it on your smartphone... until now. Hidden Variable (best known for producing versions of Threes...

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11:53
Tesla will make as many EVs in 6 months as it did in...

Tesla isn't waiting for the Model 3 (or the Gigafactory) to be ready before it kicks its production into overdrive. The electric car pioneer now expects to build and deliver over 50,000 vehicles in the second half of 2016 -- that's as many as it buil...

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11:00
Ben Heck visits Berlin #MTF Hack Camp

Ben and Felix bust out the bad jokes as they visit the Music Tech Fest in Berlin as part of the #MTF Hack Camp sponsored by element14. The event brought together talented musicians, singers and hackers for a 24-hour hackathon, and in this episode...

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10:24
Searching for a good reason to remove the headphone...

As Snell says, “This is a tech unicorn, an unannounced feature on a nonexistent product, and it’s important to keep that in mind.” But it’s also helpful to remember, Apple has done this kind of thing many times in the past and it’s always (generally) worked out – after a period of time when tech pundits bitch, moan and complain about it.

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09:30
Six months with the Steam Controller

The gentle whine of the haptics, the new rumble support, those inner paddles that make toggling run and crouch so easy ... oh, and the one-click quick-save! I may be in the minority, but I love my Steam Controller.

The divisive Valve device has just...

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08:15
Watch your favorite games quickly conquered for...

It's the long holiday weekend, we're smack dab in the middle of the summer drought for big game releases and you want to make it to Tuesday with all your fingers intact. That basically rules out lighting fireworks or playing a new game. And, let's fa...

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08:00
The After Math: Pay up

This was a week of folks getting theirs. Brazil locked down $6 million of Facebook assets in its ongoing battle of WhatsApp. Disney shelled out $3.5 billion for the company that runs MLB At Bat. Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown squeezed $600,000 o...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar roadways, and...

Photovoltaic roads sound almost like science fiction, but they're becoming reality in the US. This week Missouri announced plans to pave a section of the historic Route 66 with energy-generating Solar Roadways tiles. In other futuristic transportatio...

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04:03
Second man pleads guilty to breaking into celebrity...

No, the convictions over celebrity account breaches aren't over yet. Chicago man Edward Majerczyk has agreed to plead guilty to using phishing scams to fool more than 300 people into compromising their Gmail and iCloud accounts, including 30 celebri...

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00:42
Review: Audeze Sine delivers planar magnetic magic...

Audeze is one of only a handful of manufacturers to produce headphones with planar magnetic drivers, a technology promising higher fidelity sound and less distortion than traditional -- and cheaper -- dynamic cans. AppleInsider was able to take an extended look at the company's latest on-ear offering, Sine.

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00:29
Actually, there is something new about Apple's...

Despite a flurry of incessant news reports maintaining that Apple is poised to bore its customers to death with a completely snooze-worthy iPhone 7 this fall, there's actually excessive evidence providing reason to believe that the portended death of iPhone 7 has been greatly exaggerated--for reasons that should be obvious.

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21:50
Walmart Pay arrives in 14 more states

When Walmart talked about a wide national release of its mobile payment service before the start of July, it wasn't kidding around. Walmart Pay has launched in 14 more states on top of a slew of rollouts earlier in the month -- it's not quite ubiqui...

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21:02
Deals: 128GB iPad Air 2 for $549; $160-$410 off 12...

While supplies last, AppleInsider readers can exclusively snap up a 128GB iPad Air 2 in Space Gray for $549 ($150 off). Or opt for a 2015 12-inch MacBook and AppleCare bundle with exclusive coupon savings of $160-$410 off MSRP. Prefer the ultraportable 11-inch Air? Select models are $70-$150 off.

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20:02
NuAns raises funds to release its Windows 10 phone...

When we took a closer look at the NuAns NEO in January, the Japanese company wasn't sure if the Windows 10 Mobile phone was ever going to make it outside its home country. Now, it looks like NuAns has decided to attempt a wider release, because it's...

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18:29
Watch Stephen Colbert challenge a 'Super Mario...

You've probably seen video game speed runs before, but on a major TV channel? Not likely... until now. In what appears to be a first for nationwide US TV, The Late Show's Stephen Colbert ran a segment that pitted a speedrunner (Super Mario Bros. 3...

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17:01
Google adds built-in Cast option to Chrome for...

Google has begun rolling out a built-in Cast option for Chrome 51. You simply have to right click a tab or click the hamburger button on the right-hand part of the desktop browser to find a line in the menu that says "Cast..." Doesn't mean the old ex...

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16:39
iPhone batteries: A cautionary tale

Late last week, Mrs. Sande (my wife, not my mom) pointed out to me that her iPhone 5s screen was popping out. What she meant by popping out was that the screen was being pushed out in areas by something and was literally bulging above the top of the display. Knowing her charging habits for that iPhone, I immediately knew what was happening. This image from mommytasking shows a really bad case of the bulges:

Image of an iPhone 5 with a bulging battery popping a screen. From mommytasking 

The lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries that power a lot of our mobile electronics these days have a problem with being plugged in all the time. I've seen it with older MacBooks with removable battery packs -- usually someone would...

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16:09
Considering an iOS 10 downgrade? Here are a few...

Many developers are currently enjoying iOS 10, and I suspect that not less than a few non-developers are enjoying it as well. But with the news that an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak might soon be released, it may be time for some of you currently on iOS 10 to start thinking about downgrading. more…

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15:45
Heavy Metal and natural language processing

This is absolutely fascinating.

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15:28
China successfully refuels a satellite in orbit

China is now one of the precious few countries that knows how to refuel satellites in space. The nation's Tianyuan-1 system (launched aboard the Long March 7) has successfully topped up at least one satellite in orbit. Officials aren't describing the...

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14:00
Bjork's VR album is a work in progress, just...

Bjork Digital is almost Bjork: The Theme Park. The installation, which opened in Tokyo earlier this week, includes a movie theater showing a two-hour-long showcase of the artist's videography. Around the corner from there, you'll find several album t...

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13:34
Linux Grabs More Than 2% of Desktop Market Share

LichtSpektren writes: W3Counter's stats for June 2016 are in, and Linux desktop accounts for 2.48% of all web visits from tracked websites... (Android is counted separately from "Linux desktop.") Meanwhile, NetMarketShare shows Linux with a 2.02% share of the desktop market. And StatCounter shows a more detailed breakdown of the top 7 operating systems, with Windows 7 at 42.02%, Windows 10 at 21.88%, OSX at 9.94%, Windows 8.1 at 8.66%, Windows XP at 6.5%, and another 4.06% for "Unknown" (which is roughly tied with "Other") -- beating Windows 8.0 at 3.52%. In May they also reported another thought-provoking statistic: that Firefox's browser usage had surpassed that of IE and Edge combined for the first time.


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12:45
FBI talks to Hillary Clinton about her private email...

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton broke rules with her private email server. However, the FBI still wants to know whether or not she played fast and loose with classified messages... and it just got a first-hand account of events. Clinton's staff...

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12:40
Review: Garmin's Fenix 3 HR is an iOS-connected...

Garmin's highest-end smartwatch in some ways sets a gold standard for fitness trackers, but for the layman, it can be simultaneously overwhelming and lacking in creature comforts.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Star Wars returns!

July the Fourth be with you

This week’s roundup includes the latest Lego: Star Wars game—plus, a bunch of other fun new offerings for the long holiday weekend. Read on!

Disney LOL

Disney LOL (free, iPhone and iPad) lets users and their kids consume all kinds of Disney content—GIFs, Vines, and short videos ranging from classic cartoons to Marvel superheroes to Star Wars characters and adventures. 

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