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Sunday July 10

16:18
∞ Bear cams in Alaska’s Katmai National Park

If you have kids, you have got to show them this really cool live web cam.

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15:30
Profile highlights blind Apple engineer working on...

A profile published on Sunday details the experiences and work of Jordyn Castor, a blind Apple engineer now developing technologies like VoiceOver with company's accessibility design and quality team.

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15:28
Apollo 11's source code is now on GitHub

The source code for Apollo 11's guidance computer has been available for a while (Google hosted it several years ago, for instance), but would you know how to find it or search through it? As of this week, it's almost ridiculously easy. Former NASA i...

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14:54
The U.S.-Canada border runs through this tiny library

One of many fascinating stories about life along the Canada-US border. I live only a few miles from it and often see the border obelisks along the road, reminding me that our two countries are close in many ways.

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14:09
∞ Bizarre spinning toys

Fair warning: The Physics Girl Youtube page will suck you in to all kinds of cool videos.

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14:01
Robbers used 'Pokémon Go' to lure their...

Pokémon Go is introducing many people to location-based gaming... and unfortunately, that includes the potential pitfalls as well. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri report that robbers used the mobile augmented reality title to reel in victims. B...

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12:35
This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech...

There’s a lot more to be done but Apple is a leader in making its technology accessible to people with disabilities.

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12:30
Ben Heck's Raspberry Pi Zero portable computer

In this episode we bring you a Raspberry Pi Zero build. This elusive single-board computer was kindly donated by an element14 Community member. Of course, Ben then did what comes naturally to him: He turned it into a portable computer. The part...

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10:58
Intel brings 360-degree replays to Major League...

Intel is determined to make 360-degree replays a staple of the sporting world. The chip designer has announced that it's bringing 3D capture technology to Major League Baseball games, starting with the All-Star Week events at San Diego's Petco Park (...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: A modular airplane,...

Is the age of the solar-powered car upon us? Hanergy thinks so. The Chinese company just debuted four new vehicles that source all of their energy from the sun. Meanwhile, Clip-Air announced plans to test a crazy modular airplane that carries passeng...

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04:34
Pokemon Go Leads to Reckless Driving, Injuries, and...

Since its release Wednesday night, Pokemon Go has already gone on to become the top-grossing game in the three countries where it's available, and Forbes contributor Tero Kuittinen calls it "the first example of an AR product becoming a national obsession." An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
Some fans are now tweeting about playing the game while driving, and the Chicago Tribune quotes one user who says "Pokemon Go put me in the ER last night... Not even 30 minutes after the release...I slipped and fell down a ditch." In Australia the game has been leading some players to their local police station, and a woman in Wyoming reports that the game actually led her to a dead body floating in a river. And at least one Pokemon Go screenshot has gone viral. It shows a man capturing a Pokemon while his wife gives birth.

The app's popularity has created lagging servers and forced Niantic to delay its international roll-out, meaning "Those who have already downloaded the game...

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04:01
ISIS' Twitter traffic reportedly dropped 45...

If you ask the US government, the efforts to stifle ISIS' online propaganda are paying off. The White House reports that the extremist group's Twitter traffic has dropped 45 percent in the past 2 years, owing to both attempts to keep accounts offlin...

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00:24
Review: Synology's DiskStation DS216j offers...

The DiskStation DS216j NAS is positioned near the bottom of Synology's consumer level network storage product range, but advanced software integration and a configurable design means the system can easily serve up to a small business.

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Saturday July 9

22:40
Tidal adds Chromecast support for its iOS and...

Next time Bey drops a surprise album -- and with Lemonade's success, we wouldn't be surprised -- you can beam it straight to a Chromecast-enabled TV or speakers. Tidal's latest app refresh adds Chromecast support for iPhones, iPads and Android device...

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21:08
Killer Deal: Apple's 12" MacBook (1.3GHz,...

For the next seven days only, AI readers can grab Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for the lowest price ever offered at $999, plus free expedited shipping, a free copy of Parallels 11 and no sales tax outside of NY.

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20:04
Bitcoin mining just became less rewarding, on purpose

If you have computers chugging away as bitcoin mining machines, don't be surprised if your output just fell through the floor. Reuters notes that code built into the digital currency system has cut the mining reward in half as of July 9th. Where ther...

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18:29
Senate approves national GMO labeling standard

The Senate has voted 63-30 in favor of a bill that would enforce a GMO labeling standard for the whole country. If it passes, food manufacturers would be required to disclose genetically modified ingredients in their products through a label on an it...

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17:02
Scientists find the first water clouds beyond the...

At last, astronomers have found evidence of watery clouds beyond our home star... only they're not hovering around a planet, like you might expect. UC Santa Cruz-led researchers have discovered signs of water vapor clouds around WISE 0855, a brown d...

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15:32
Carrying A Gun-Shaped iPhone 'Makes It Much...

HughPickens.com writes: A passenger at London Stansted Airport seemed to think it was a good idea to have a gun-shaped iPhone case in his back pocket as he prepared to board a plane... [T]he police speculated on Twitter that they could proceed with charges against him for either a public order offense or for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place tweeting with the hashtag #dontbedaft that "Bringing this to an airport makes it much less likely you'll catch your plane." [In 2015] the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey offered this warning on Facebook to potential users: "Please folks -- this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officer's job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation..."
One Twitter user responded, "On what planet is this a smart thing to do?" But the New Jersey prosecutor...

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15:31
Virgin Galactic poised to start its new spaceship...

Virgin Galactic is ready to put its SpaceShipTwo replacement through a series of test fights, and according to Bloomberg, it will begin sometime in August. The private space corporation launched Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity in February to replace Spa...

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15:11
KLM launching in-flight Heineken draft service

Edwin Griffioen, Heineken’s Supply Development Manager for Global Innovation, explained how it will work.- Because the air pressure is so much lower in an aeroplane than at sea level, a traditional beer tap will not work as it will only dispense a huge amount of foam. His team went to work, and thankfully for beer lovers everywhere, but especially in the sky, they figured out a way to serve more than just foam.

I’m booking a flight somewhere.

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14:59
∞ AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams calling it quits...

Guitar Player:

Cliff Williams has played bass in AC/DC since 1977. By the time the group’s current tour wraps up in September, he’ll have logged nearly 40 years with the Australian rockers.

AC/DC has been through a lot this year: Malcolm had to retire due to dementia; Brian had severe hearing loss; and Phil had legal trouble. The only one left that wants to keep going at this point is Angus.

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13:58
Tesla crash prompts NTSB investigation into...

Investigations are already underway regarding the role of Autopilot in the fatal Tesla Model S crash on May 7th, but the National Transportation Safety Board wants to take things one step further. It's launching its own investigation into the traged...

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13:07
WWDC16 Video Transcripts

Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC16 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time.

Great feature/service for developers.

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12:57
Apple will pay $25 million to settle Cover Flow...

Apple will pay $25 million to settle a patent lawsuit with Network-1 Technologies’ subsidiary Mirror World Technologies and license its patents, the companies announced today. The patent (No. 6,006,227) dates back to 1999, covering a system that stores documents in a stream ordered chronologically, similar to Apple’s Cover Flow or Time Machine.

Good. Pay, get it over with and move on.

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12:30
Six technological breakthroughs inspired by nature

By Cat DiStasio

Biomimicry is an incredible field that seeks to unlock nature's deepest, darkest secrets and then use them to solve human problems. Many of the scientific breakthroughs in biomimicry have far-reaching applications ranging from new me...

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11:40
∞ Little cursing Cooper

The only thing funnier than a little kid swearing is a little kid swearing with a British accent.

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11:00
HandyLinux Is a Great Toolbox for Linux Newbies


HandyLinux is a distro that offers a simplified approach to using the Linux desktop operating system. HandyLinux first appeared about three years ago. The latest version, 2.5, was released in early June. The developers make it easy to peal off the "Handy" layers to reveal a more standard Linux environment as users learn the system. Those who no longer need the IT tools included with the initial installation can remove them easily using the Handy2Debian application from the main menu.

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11:00
Does your sous vide gear really need WiFi?

If you spend a considerable amount of time reading J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's writings on better cooking through science, you'll come across his sous vide steak guide. I've read what Lopez-Alt and others have to say about the culinary method for preparing...

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10:33
Apple Patents Augmented Reality Display, May Be...

An anonymous reader quotes an article from Road to VR:
Apple has just been granted another AR/VR related technology patent, to add to their growing list. In this case it's a transparent, high field of view display which looks to be aimed at the augmented reality sector and, alongside other mounting evidence, could indicate Apple is preparing to enter the immersive technology race sooner rather than later... Anticipation that the company is working on 'something' AR/VR behind the scenes at Cupertino has been stoked by a series of company acquisition and staff hires. Most interestingly however are the trail of patent applications made by Apple.

This week's new patent specifies a "Peripheral Treatment of Head-mounted Displays" to deliver an image to the wearer's eyes through a transparent display medium.

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09:30
The Galaxy S7 Active is a rugged flagship with a...

Accidents happen. And if you're more prone to accidents than most (like me), your phone's probably taken more than its fair share of beatings. Since 2013, the AT&T-exclusive Galaxy S Active line has taken Samsung's flagship for that year and put...

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08:00
Augmented Reality Mobile Game Puts Pokemon in Real...


Pokemon Go, the highly anticipated augmented reality game from Niantic Labs, is finally available for download for iOS and Android mobile devices in the U.S., as well as in New Zealand and Australia. Niantic, the former Google unit behind the popular augmented reality game Ingress, has teamed up with The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to bring the iconic Pokemon title to mobile platforms. Pokemon Go could be a game-changer in terms of introducing augmented reality to the masses in the consumer electronics market.

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08:00
NVIDIA's GTX 1070 is a mid-range GPU that feels...

As impressive as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 GPU is, its high price of $599 is tough to stomach for even the most dedicated gamers. That's where the mid-range GTX 1070 comes in: It's almost as fast as its more powerful sibling, but it starts at a more...

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08:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Charge your iPhone without...

Up your photo and movie storage with Sandisk’s latest accessory

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings functional wallets, extra battery power, sports-themed protection, and many more options to get you through a busy day.

ChargeTech

The ThinCharge (iPhone 6 and 6s; $60 on Amazon) protects your device and doubles your talk and surf time with the addition of minimal bulk.

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07:00
Recommended Reading: When Facebook Live replaces 911

How Facebook Live
is becoming the social
911 for people who
can't trust the police
Salvador Rodriguez,
Inc.

A Facebook Live stream captured the moments after Philando Castile was shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota this week. During the vi...

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06:00
ICYMI: Pedestrian tracking bot and earthquake...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Stanford engineers are using a robot to understand the way humans move through a crowded space. University of California, San Diego researchers are using the world's largest outdoor shake table to simulate earthqua...

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03:22
This week on AI: No more 16GB iPhones, iOS 10 &...

Even with summer doldrums in full effect, there was still plenty of news to go around -- including the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, and word that Apple is finally ditching 16 gigabyte iPhones.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 8, 2016

The big news: Apple released the public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10. If you want to try them out, you have to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. While you’re waiting for the software to install (or not), you can catch up on the important Apple headlines of the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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00:03
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account was...

We suppose it was inevitable, but the latest hacking of a high-profile Twitter account has occurred, and it's hit the company's CEO Jack Dorsey. After the hackers posted a few benign video clips, a tweet went up at 2:50AM ET saying "Hey, its OurMine,...

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Friday July 8

23:26
This week’s top stories: iOS 10 & macOS Sierra...

In this week’s top stories: Apple launches public betas for upcoming releases of iOS 10 & macOS Sierra, Pokemon Go tops the app charts, the latest iPhone 7 leaks, and much more. Head below for these and the rest of this week’s top stories:

more…

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20:38
Experience tragedy above Earth in 'Adr1ft...

Adr1ft, the allegorical game about surviving in orbit after a space-station accident, makes its way to PlayStation 4 next week. Previously it was available on VR platforms like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch t...

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19:41
Gather your 'Red Dead Redemption' posse to...

Need a break from Overwatch, or, if you're lucky, the Battlefield 1 alpha? Well, if you're an Xbox One owner, you should definitely check out the newly backwards-compatible Red Dead Redemption. If you still have your Xbox 360 disc hanging around, sim...

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18:39
HDHomeRun tuners connect directly to Samsung TVs

While we wait for the FCC and cable companies to work out a plan for the future of TV, Silicon Dust has a way for you to experience cable with as few boxes as possible. This week the company detailed the ability of Samsung's 2016 TVs to access stream...

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17:43
'Pokemon Go' global rollout pauses to fix...

If you haven't seen anyone wandering around late at night and waggling their smartphone to catch digital animals, just wait: Your friends will probably drag you into the wildly popular Pokémon Go soon. Or perhaps you don't live in America or t...

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16:38
iPhone 7 and Apple's next Retina Display...

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced a new leap forward in display resolution for iPhone 4 that passed up the rest of the industry to deliver pixels virtually invisible to the human eye. For iPhone 7, Apple appears to be making a similar leap in the realm of "Retina Color."

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16:17
Apple to pay $25M to settle patent infringement...

Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to non-practicing entity Network-1 Technologies to settle a patent infringement lawsuit over technology relating to iTunes Cover Flow and OS X search features including Spotlight and Time Machine.

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15:15
Dallas' bomb robot sparks debate around police...

"We saw no other option than to use our bomb robot."

Cameras shutters clacked as Dallas Police Chief David Brown told a crowd of reporters how his department killed a suspect after a shooting spree that left five officers dead and seven more wounded...

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15:05
Dear Silicon Valley: Not everything can be solved...

In the wake of the shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Shervin Pishevar, a prominent investor in Silicon Valley, came up with an idea: a mobile app. The app, as he describes it to USA Today, would be used by...

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15:00
The Public Access Weekly: Space madness

Between Juno's visit to Jupiter, the 'beating heart' captured by the Hubble and the discovery of exoplanet HD 131399Ab, the space news this week has been super neat (and a lot less depressing than the Earth news which... let's just not). That we now...

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14:41
Apple, 67 other companies file brief against North...

A group of 68 major corporations, including Apple, Cisco and eBay, have joined the legal effort to block a North Carolina law that targets the transgender community.

It’s already costing the state quite a bit economically. I have to think that’s going to get worse if big companies don’t want to do business there.

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14:41
Apple releases searchable WWDC 2016 session text...

Developers seeking additional information from Apple's more than 125 Worldwide Developers Conference session videos can now narrow down results thanks to searchable text transcripts released on Friday.

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokémon accidents:

  • Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
  • Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
  • WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
  • Don't try to walk and catch Pokémon in the new Pokémon Go app at the same time

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14:23
Skype bots get new features and will work in group...

Microsoft announced that it would integrate bots into Skype back in March with the promise that they'd provide useful and fun interactions. In practice, they operated more like search engines that missed out on context. But today, they're rolling the...

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14:18
Apple, 67 other businesses file against North...

Apple and 67 other businesses have signed a new amicus brief, supporting the U.S. Justice Department's efforts to halt the enforcement of HB2, a North Carolina law forcing people to use bathrooms corresponding to their birth gender.

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14:15
Consumer Reports: Samsung’s water-resistant Galaxy...

Samsung told The Associated Press that while the Active is meant to be one of the most rugged phones out there, “there may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be.”

Consumer Reports bought two and they both failed.

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14:00
This Redditor stumbled upon a hidden porn game on an...

Think about the last time you bought something off of Craigslist. Was it a computer? Did you happen to find anything ancient and awesome on it? Most might shudder to think what could be procured from older tech these days, but one Redditor lucked out...

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13:32
Apple makes searchable WWDC 2016 video transcripts...

Apple today announced that transcripts are now available to accompany its WWDC 2016 session videos. These transcripts allow developers to read the full content of session videos. more…

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13:12
How-To: Use Final Cut Pro X’s proxy media feature to...

I love my 2016 MacBook for a variety of reasons, but there are still some areas where its Core M processor struggles to keep up. When it comes to exporting 4K video, the MacBook shines due to Intel Quick Sync Video hardware encoding. Editing 4K video, however, is much more taxing on the MacBook, especially when employing various effects and color correction.

Thankfully, Final Cut Pro X has built-in features that allow users to edit 4K video on even the most anemic of systems. In this post, we’ll show you how to leverage proxy media in order to successfully edit video on an underpowered Mac. more…

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13:10
Apple Devices Held For Ransom, Rumors Claim 40M...

Steve Ragan, reporting for CSOOnline: Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian. Earlier this week, a security professional posted a message to a private email group requesting information related a possible compromise of at least 40 million iCloud accounts. Salted Hash started digging around on this story after the email came to our attention. In it, a list member questioned the others about a rumor concerning "rumblings of a massive (40 million) data breach at Apple." The message goes on to state that the alleged breach was conducted by a Russian actor, and vector "seems to be via iCloud to the 'locate device' feature, and is then locking the device and asking for money."In a separate report, the publication reports that three websites owned by Penton Technology -- MacForums.com, HotScripts.com, and WebHostingTalk.com -- have been compromised and their databases are now being sold on the Darknet. While...

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13:07
Vimeo makes it easy to find purchased videos on your...

As great as Vimeo's On Demand video service is on platforms like Roku, the mobile experience needed some work. With that in mind, Vimeo has released an updated version of its iOS and Android apps, giving users easy access to videos they've subscribed...

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13:01
WaterproofGate: Samsung's high end Galaxy S7...

Despite being "IP 68 certified" to resist extended liquid intrusion in up to five feet of water for 30 minutes, Samsung's most expensive Galaxy S7 model repeatedly failed tests performed by Consumer Reports.

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12:58
Pokemon Go’s injuries

Some have reported mishaps while seeking Pokemon and driving…

Morons.

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12:45
Apple Music for Android updated with playback +...

Apple Music for Android — one of Apple’s three apps on Google’s platform — has an update today that includes fixes for both playback and sorting issues. Here’s the change log for version 0.9.11:

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12:43
Genetically modified mice could sniff out harmful...

While studies have shown that dogs are capable of detecting diseases by smell, new research aims to create genetically modified mice capable of seeking out specific scents and chemicals. By injecting human olfactory genes into mouse DNA, researchers...

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12:31
UK Internet Service Providers Association gives...

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has handed out its annual Heroes and Villains awards, honoring Apple as a “Hero” for its refusal to acquiesce to the FBI’s demand for iPhone unlocking. 

Apple fended off competition from MPs Jo Cherry, Keir Starmer and Nicola Blackwood, Thinkbroadband editor Andrew Ferguson and the Web Foundation. The ISPA Awards recognize “ISPs of all shapes and sizes and the shortlist highlights the true breadth of the industry, plus the services that keep the UK at the leading edge of the digital economy.”

"Apple was named as the Internet Hero for defending the fundamental principle of encryption and protecting customer security. The win reinforces how important issues around surveillance, privacy and encryption are to the industry," said the ISPA.

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12:15
Homeland Security's big encryption report wasn...

If you watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blacklist, or any other TV show with make-believe espionage, you probably hear the term "going dark" at least once a week.

In the real world, "going dark" has become FBI shorthand for when baddies can't...

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11:54
Edward Snowden speaks out against new Russian law

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has spoken out against Thursday's law introduced by Vladimir Putin, referring to the anti-terror legislation as "repressive" and noting that it's a "dark day for Russia."

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11:51
Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted conversations

To enable you to do this we are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.

Great move from Facebook, although I’m sure law enforcement won’t be too pleased.

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11:43
The 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners

Unsurprisingly, there are some beautiful images included. As I say to students in my photo classes, “What camera you use matters less than your ability to use it”. Congratulations to all the winners.

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11:18
FDA halts Juno's gene-altering cancer trials...

The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily halted a cancer-treating study after three patients died of swelling in the brain. Biopharmaceutical company Juno Therapeutics had been testing an experimental method known as CAR-T to treat tumors, bu...

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11:15
SumOfUs wants Apple to stop ‘sabotaging’ older...

A petition by the watchdog organization, SumOfUs, that demands Apple stop “sabotaging” older devices with iOS upgrades that slow them down has attracted 150,000 signatures. 

Here’s what the petition says: “Apple has been sabotaging devices for years with software ‘upgrades’ that slow every iPhone and iPad except the very latest model. It's a strategy called planned obsolescence, and its one of the ways that Apple and other gadget makers are getting so filthy rich while the planet and everyone else pays.

iOS 10 will be released in just a few months time. Anyone with a perfectly functional iPhone or iPad bought two years ago would do well to ignore the prompts to ‘Install Now.’ But Apple will be pushing upgrade notices to millions of those customers anyway, because every frustrated user with a sluggish device is another sales prospect. 

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11:06
The explosion that came from nowhere

As a kid in Nova Scotia, I was fascinated by these explosions. I started off devouring information at the Halifax Public Library about the Halifax Explosion, moved on to Krakatoa and to the “Tunguska event”. No idea why these explosions fascinated me but I still read articles about them 40 years later.

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10:53
Apple's app development course to be hosted in...

If you're looking to get engaged with app development with Apple and you live in Italy, you'll soon be able to head down to the Università di Napoli Federico II, or what will be known as the new European iOS App Development Center.

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10:43
Apple’s transit maps

A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there’s only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here’s why.

Sounds like an incredibly complex job.

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10:32
ESPN working on first-ever streaming TV package -...

Disney-owned ESPN will soon be announcing its first Web-based TV streaming package, although it will only be a small step towards a full-scale online service, according to a new report.

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10:13
Mobile Ransomware Has Mushroomed: Report


The number of mobile ransomware victims across the globe has increased fourfold compared to a year ago, suggests a Kaspersky Lab report released last week. Kaspersky software protected 136,532 users targeted by ransomware from April 2015 to March 2016 -- up from 35,413 in the year-ago period, the company said. "The growth curve may be less than that seen for PC ransomware, but it is still significant enough to confirm a worrying trend," the report notes. It identifies several factors contributing to the growth of ransomware in general.

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10:03
Get to know iOS 10's radically new lock screen

There are tons of changes coming in iOS 10, but the most dramatic, immediately visible change is happening on your lock screen. Nothing works the way it did before. Things are about to get weird, but we’ll get through it together.

Raise to Wake

If you have a new iPhone—6s, 6s Plus, or SE—the changes will appear instantly. When you pick up your phone, your screen will wake to display the time. It’s a small change, one already in use on the Apple Watch (and on Android phones), but it eliminates the pain point of having to press a button just to see the time.

Relearning how to swipe

The launch of Touch ID made Slide to Unlock, a now-quaint feature that delighted audiences when the iPhone debuted, a little unnecessary. Slide to Unlock was still essential in rare cases when Touch ID failed (if your hands were damp or you were wearing gloves), but...

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10:01
Spin Studio: Great Marketing at a Great Price

My thanks to Spin Studio for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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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10:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Get you desktop just the way...

Too bright or too dark? Get you desktop just the way you want it with Black Light's custom settings

This week’s roundup of new Mac Apps brings you insightful weather forecasts, better integration with Android, gorgeous train simulators, photo managing tools, and much more.

Alinof Archives 4.1.0

Alinof Software’s $40 Alinof Archives (Mac App Store link) allows you to organize all your virtual receipts, warranties, and documents in one convenient place. With its user-friendly interface, the app lets you add useful information-like vendor, date, amount and type of transaction-right beside each item’s scanned image, and can then automatically group your records in folders for quicker access.

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09:54
IRS sues Facebook to expose its creative accounting...

The IRS filed suit in a San Francisco court Wednesday against Facebook to get information about the tech titan's tax arrangement in Ireland. Specifically, the agency wants documents detailing whether the social giant sold rights to its Irish subsidia...

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09:53
Apple releases macOS Sierra public beta

And now, for the truly brave of heart, the macOS Sierra public beta has just become available.

Late Thursday, Apple released the public beta to macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

In order to install the beta, you’ll need to go to beta.apple.com, sign in with an Apple ID and then you’ll be able to download the installer via the Mac App Store.

As always, be sure to back up your data prior to running the installer. Also keep in mind that this is a beta, it’s not yet officially supported by Apple and you run certain risks in using it.

Finally, Apple has bundled a Feedback Assistant program that allows users to report any issues they encounter with the Sierra beta.

The Sierra beta is “Apple confidential information.” Essentially, it’s for your eyes only. You’re...

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Apple will open iOS Developer Academy at University...

In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company would open its first iOS app development center in Europe. Now more details have been announced, with the company announcing that it will open the first iOS Developer Academy in cooperation with the University of Naples Federico II campus in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Italy. 

The new campus is located in a coastal suburb east of Naples, and the free academy will open to more than 200 students in October for a nine-month course curriculum designed and supported by Apple. 

Students will spend their first semester enhancing and improving their iOS software development skills, while the second semester will focus on startup creation and app design. During the second semester, students will team together to create apps for possible release on the App Store. 

To apply or learn more about the academy, students can...

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09:26
The best dash cam

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

After considering dozens of dash cams for this guide, and ultimately selecting 10 for testing, we found the Zer...

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Facebook starts testing end-to-end encryption for...

Facebook on Friday announced initial testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger, which should keep some conversations secure from any possible intrusion, even by Facebook itself.

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Did you miss out on sending members of tiny Kerbal alien race into space because you previously had nowhere to enjoy Kerbal Space Program? That's all about to change if you've got a PlayStation 4, as the quirky little simulator is launching July 12th...

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Ecotricity to end free EV charging across the UK

Since 2011, UK green energy supplier Ecotricity has operated electric vehicle charging points for thousands of EV owners across the UK, completely free of charge. Running from Land's End to John O'Groats and offering connectivity at nearly every majo...

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08:38
Apple to open iOS App Development Center in Italy...

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri has declared Italy's University of Naples Federico II as the location for Europe's first iOS coding talent incubator, set to open its doors in just a few months.

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08:35
Apple’s ‘iOS Developer Academy’ begins in Oct. at...

Apple’s new European iOS App Development Center, announced back in January, is about to officially launch as the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy today confirms it has partnered with Apple on the initiative (via Macerkopf). 

When Apple first announced its plans for the new development center, the first of its kind to offer training for app developers in Europe, it didn’t say which school it would be partnering with to push the specialized curriculum. Today it confirmed the Università di Napoli...

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08:34
Facebook brings end-to-end encryption to Messenger...

Facebook’s following the encrypted messaging trend set by other apps including Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Viber, and Google’s Allo. On Friday, the social network announced a limited beta version of Messenger for Android and iOS with an end-to-end encryption (E2EE) feature dubbed secret conversations.

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08:27
Microsoft quietly edited its Xbox 'Play...

Microsoft proudly told the world last week that "Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere." That's now changed. The company drew ire yesterday after editing its blog post announcing the decision. But although t...

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08:17
'Splatoon' celebrated with 'The Great...

Splatoon is one of the most exciting games to come out of Nintendo in some time. The colourful team-based shooter, which follows squid-like "inklings" and their mission to cover the world (and each other) in paint, has garnered plenty of fans on Wii...

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08:00
Snapchat sued for showing sexually explicit content...

Snapchat is facing a new lawsuit over claims that Snapchat Discover routinely serves sexually explicit content to minors without warning them or their parents. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother in US district court this week in the central district of California.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Amazon teases Prime Day deal bash with free Prime...

One year ago, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sale event/Prime membership promotion dubbed Prime Day. Now the online retailer wants to make Prime Day an annual tradition. Amazon recently announced that Prime Day for 2016 would take place on Tuesday, July 12.

The catch? Only Amazon Prime members can partake in Prime Day deals. As with last year’s promotion, if you’re not a Prime member you can get the deals by signing up for a Prime 30-day free trial.

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07:48
∞ iOS 10 and some New Years fireworks

From this tweet by Mark Gurman:

Make sure to text all of your friends running iOS 10 “happy birthday” and “happy new year.” (Seriously this should be opt-in, even opt-out).

Give it a try.

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07:37
Apple’s use of web carousels target of new patent...

Apple is not alone in its use of web carousels. Take a look at the Major League Baseball home page, for example. As of this post, both sites still have their carousels up and running.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:17
MacNN and Tekserve Close, EveryMac and MacTracker...

One of the responsibilities that comes with longevity is marking the passings and anniversaries of others. We’re sad to report that the Apple news site MacNN has closed, as will the longstanding New York City Apple reseller Tekserve. On the plus side, spec site EveryMac.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the similarly useful spec app Mactracker hit 15 years recently.

 

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07:12
Apple chassis supplier Catcher sees revenue drop in...

Catcher -- Apple's partner on metal chassis components -- claimed a significant drop in June revenues on Thursday, but linked the dip to unnamed clients switching orders over from old products to new ones.

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07:10
∞ iOS 10 and removing built-in apps from the Home...

Apple officially allows you to remove most built-in apps from your iOS device running iOS 10. Interestingly, some of these apps allow a 3rd part app to act as a fallback. Others do not. Read on for some details.

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