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13:00
Cybersecurity forecast: Heavy smug

When you think of rockstar hackers and infosec pundits, I'm sure it's easy to imagine people who are humble, kind and patient, and never look down on anyone who would reuse a password.

OK, maybe infosec types aren't known for doing benevolence all t...

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12:50
DVD player found in Tesla involved in fatal crash

A digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when its driver was killed in a collision with a truck in May, Florida Highway Patrol officials said on Friday.

“As to the video, there was a witness who came to the scene immediately after the accident occurred, and we can’t verify it at this point,” said Paul Weekley of Tampa, the lawyer for the truck driver. “But what we have been told is that he saw a Harry Potter video still playing when he got to the scene.”

Again, tragic loss of life, but come on. You are responsible for your car.

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12:31
UN rights council condemns the disruption of...

The United Nations Human Rights Council has had enough of state-sponsored attempts to restrict internet access and punish people who use the internet as a space for free expression. The council on Friday passed a resolution that reaffirms and expands...

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12:15
External Link: Why the iPhone Headphone Jack Should...

One of the hot-button debates in the Apple community revolves around rumors that Apple is planning to drop the headphone jack from the next iPhone. Many have argued that it’s the natural course of things for Apple, a company that prides itself on minimalism. But on Six Colors, Jason Snell has countered every one of the arguments against the headphone jack. In short, removal of the headphone jack wouldn’t make the iPhone thinner or audio quality better, and it would just inconvenience users.

 

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12:09
Why Apple Might Buy Tidal

Why would Apple purchase a struggling music streaming service? Josh Centers explains why Tidal might be key to Apple’s future.

 

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12:07
Apple says Spotify wants 'preferential...

It didn't take long for Apple to respond to Spotify's claim that it's using App Store approvals a way to handle competitors. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell described the allegation as "troubling" and that Spotify...

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11:57
NetMarketShare: OS X down, iOS up in June

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X dipped in June, while iOS rose.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 8.19% of the global market share in June, down from 8.52% percent in May (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.79% as of June.

iOS had 27.24% of the mobile operating system market share in June, up from 23.10% in May. This compares to 65.58% for Android, 3.26% for Windows Phone, and 1.81% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t...

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11:44
MoviePass tests new prices, aims to reach a $20 plan

MoviePass, the subscription service that lets you see one theatrical film every 24 hours, has come under fire after testing out new pricing options with some customers, which are significantly more expensive and restrictive than existing plans. The c...

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11:24
Apple attorney: Spotify wants preferential treatment...

Yesterday Spotify accused Apple of making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app, hinting that the move was due to competition with Apple Music.

Now, in a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez (as noted by Buizzfeed), Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the allegations, saying: “We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.”

“Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and...

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11:22
Apple is in talks to buy Tidal (or maybe not)

The Wall Street Times says Apple is in talks to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music service. The article says the Cupertino, California-based company is considering the possibility to beef up its own Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong tied to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna.

However, the New York Times’ Ben Sisario tweeted that “two highly placed sources tell me Apple isn’t buying Tidal.” I think Sisario’s right on this one.

Tidal is a subscription-based music streaming service that combines audio and high definition music videos with curated editorial. The service claims to have over 25 million tracks and 85,000 music videos.

Eliminate unwanted people or things from...

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11:21
Spotify update violated Apple’s developer guidelines

(credit: Spotify)

Yesterday, streaming music service Spotify went public with complaints that Apple had recently rejected an update to the company's iOS app. The company's lawyers alleged that blocking the update "raises serious concerns under both US and EU competition law" and "[diminishes] the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music." But Spotify offered up only a vague explanation for why the app had been rejected, citing "business model rules."

Today, Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell responded, saying that Spotify's app update violated Apple's app review guidelines and that the company would gladly approve and distribute the update once the problem had been fixed. The full letter is available in...

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11:13
Sony Xperia X Performance review: $700 worth of...

Oh, Sony. The company has tried time and again to craft a smartphone that would find success in the US, and time and again it has fallen short. But when Sony pulled back the curtain on a batch of new Xperia X's at Mobile World Congress earlier this y...

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11:05
Apple Slams Spotify For Asking For '...

On Thursday, Spotify made major accusations against Apple of playing unfair to its music service. The Swedish-based music company said that Apple didn't approve a new version of Spotify's iOS app because "it didn't want competition for Apple Music." The Cupertino-based company has responded to the accusations. In a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez on Friday, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the streaming music service's allegations, adding "we find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service," Sewell wrote. BuzzFeed News reports:"Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and regardless of whether or not they compete against Apple. We did not alter our behavior or our rules when we introduced our own music streaming...

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11:03
NASA to Delight Space Geeks with New Apple TV App

NASA has released an Apple TV app that is sure to keep space geeks busy for weeks. The app for the fourth-generation Apple TV has images, video, satellite tracking and even a radio station with a pop-music soundtrack.

 

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11:01
Apple counsel attacks Spotify complaints as '...

Spotify is "resorting to rumors and half-truths" in order to ask for an exemption from App Store rules, according to a letter to the company by Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell.

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11:00
Apple fires back at Spotify

Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell:

“Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and regardless of whether or not they compete against Apple. We did not alter our behavior or our rules when we introduced our own music streaming service or when Spotify became a competitor,” Sewell explains. “Ironically, it is now Spotify that wants things to be different by asking for preferential treatment from Apple.”

I absolutely love that Apple didn’t take this criticism sitting down!

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10:52
Sidewalk Labs' smart city kiosks go way beyond...

The details of an ambitious plan from Google's sister company Sidewalk Labs to create entire "smart neighborhoods" just got a little clearer. According to Sidewalk Labs' pitch deck, which was obtained by Recode this week, the plan goes far beyond tho...

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10:47
Apple Music vs. Spotify

Choosing a music service is a very personal decision and not one that somebody else can make for you. However, Daniel Bader does a good job of highlighting the good and bad of each service.

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10:42
Apple’s commitment to accessibility

Accessibility is Apple doing the right thing for its users—all users. It’s hard not to support a company that does the right things for the right reasons.

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10:35
∞ The Dalrymple Report: How Am I Going to Top That?

Jonathan Mann (no relation) joins Jim to talk about writing a new song every day, the recording process, and what it’s like to have Steve Jobs play your video at a keynote.

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10:29
Sony is resurrecting its robots for a full financial...

Sony is back in the robotics race. The consumer company gave us AIBO, one of the most popular "entertainment" robotic dogs, in the late '90s. But due to heavy losses and a corporate restructure in 2006, the canine bot and all related AI efforts were...

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10:24
Apple issues heated response to Spotify’s ‘...

If Apple versus FBI was the big story to start the year, then it looks like Apple versus Spotify will be the hot battle of the summer. Yesterday a letter surfaced in which Spotify accused Apple of being anticompetitive with its App Store policies and holding back a Spotify update in order to benefit Apple Music. This letter is likely what prompted Senator Elizabeth Warren’s negative remarks about Apple earlier this week.

Now Apple is pushing back and without mincing words. Apple’s top lawyer Bruce Sewell has issued a three-page response to Spotify (via Buzzfeed) in which he...

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10:14
Deals: $100-$300 off 13" MacBook Airs; 16GB...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is kicking off the 4th of July weekend by slashing prices on 13-inch MacBook Airs by $100-$300 with free expedited shipping. Or save $150 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with no tax outside of NY. Plus, snap up an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 (refurbished) on eBay before they sell out.

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10:07
Millions of Android devices have flawed full disk...

Hackers can use brute force to break into tens of millions of Android devices using full disk encryption, thanks to a series of security issues linked specifically to Android kernel flaws and Qualcomm processors, Neowin reports. The vulnerabilities w...

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09:38
Hyperloop One co-founder reportedly leaves the...

Just over a month after its propulsion test in the Nevada desert, there's a major staff shakeup at Hyperloop One. Recode reports co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan stepped down from his role with one of the companies that's looking to make Elon Musk...

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09:36
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Tweetbot 4 iOS/Mac $5, 6000mAh...

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One of the world’s greatest Twitter clients just went 50% off: Tweetbot for iOS or Mac $5 (Reg. $...

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09:26
Alexa shops for Amazon Prime items so you don't...

Amazon's virtual assistant could already lend a hand with re-ordering items, and now Alexa is a much more helpful shopping companion. Rather than just replenishing items you've already purchased or compiling a shopping list, Alexa now searches for ne...

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09:09
Sources split on alleged acquisition talks between...

Two newer claims differ on whether Apple is in talks about possibly acquiring Tidal, one of its rivals in the streaming music space.

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09:00
Facebook is making it easier to post in multiple...

Facebook has over 1 billion users around the world but, as you might expect, not all of them speak the same language. This can be an issue if you have friends and family who speak in different lingo. The company has supported multiple languages for s...

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08:50
The Week in iPhone Cases: Get into the summer groove...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings us Griffin’s new Key Lime Pie design, which looks like... well, you can probably guess. Plus, a few new see-through picks, metallic finishes, and much more. Read on!

Belkin

The Grip Candy Sheer (iPhone SE; $25 MSRP, $10 on Amazon) is a translucent shell case, available in a number of two-tone color combinations. This compact case has a good-sized cutout for the iPhone’s back-facing camera, and provides a snug fit. Plus, it’s made from a flexible material for superior shock absorption.

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08:40
Best cheap in-ear headphones to replace your stock...

By Lauren Dragan

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

If we wanted to buy in-ear headphones to replace the earbuds that came with our phone for around the same pr...

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08:39
Video: See how widgets in iOS 10 offer quick access...

A new Widgets feature will be included in iOS 10 when the operating system launches this fall, making it easier for users to quickly access snippets of app data from both lock and home screens. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the upcoming feature poised to fundamentally change the way users interact with iPhone.

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08:17
BusyCal Updates Mac Calendar Alternative, Expands to...

For those who spend a lot of time in their calendars, BusyMac has updated its Calendar alternative BusyCal with a modern interface look, support for travel time in events, inclusion of timed to-dos in the main views, and a new iOS version that mimics the basic feature set and look of the Mac version.

 

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08:13
Amazon adds PBS Kids shows to its children's...

Amazon is always looking to pad its streaming library, and that includes new shows for younger viewers. The company announced today that it's now the "exclusive subscription streaming home" for a number of PBS Kids series. Shows like Daniel Tiger's N...

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08:01
Tekserve to close, Louis Rossman’s DIY repair videos...

It’s the end of a great era.

And you can blame one jackass landlord raising the rent to an astronomical level as well as increased competition for it.

Tekserve, the go-to third-party store for Apple product repairs in New York City, has announced that it is to close after 29 years. The service center will close at the end of the month, and the retail store on August 15th.

Tekserve had the distinction of being the Apple Store in New York City prior to the actual launch of the Apple Store.

For decades, the store on West 23rd Street in Manhattan was the place to go for Apple upgrades and even appeared in an episode of “Sex and the City”, where Carrier took her Mac for repairs after it crashed.

Competition from the six official...

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07:48
Faraday Future partners with a Formula E team

Despite only being on many people's radar for just over six months, electric car company Faraday Future has managed to keep itself firmly in the spotlight. It's already unveiled a prototype of its FFZero 1 supercar, struck up a deal with Aston Martin...

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07:25
Tim Cook appointed lead independent director of Nike...

From the Nike press release:

The Company also announced today that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has been appointed lead independent director of the Board, effective immediately. Cook has been a Nike director since 2005, is chair of the Board’s Compensation Committee and serves as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

The changes to the board came as a result of Board Chairman Phil Knight’s retirement.

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07:20
Facebook is shutting down its Paper newsreading app...
07:07
Brazilian court freezes $6M in Facebook funds in...

Over $6 million in Facebook's Brazilian bank accounts has been reportedly frozen, following a fresh court order in disputes over encrypted WhatsApp conversations.

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07:00
Google Opens Faster Big Data Pipe Between US and...


Google on Wednesday unveiled its latest investment in long-haul undersea fiber optic cabling. Dubbed the "Faster Cable System," it is the highest-capacity undersea cable built to date, providing 60-Tbps bandwidth between the United States and Japan. It is about 10 million times faster than an average cable modem, Google noted. Google is one of six members of the Faster Consortium, which officially announced the development of the cable in 2014. Google has sole access to the pair of 100Gb/s x 100 wavelength optical transmission strands that run between Oregon and mainland Japan.

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06:59
Apple posts App Review Guidelines as a comic book

As a sidebar project, this is fine, and fun. But I would hate to have to depend on this document as my only official source of this sort of information.

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06:52
Apple partners with NASA to produce “Visions of...

From this USA Today article:

The maker of the iconic iPhone has partnered with NASA on the eve of the Juno mission, which is expected to enter Jupiter’s orbit Monday, in a highly publicized July 4th orbital insertion. The mission launched five years ago.

NASA will send back sounds of space for artists to make music with, to be featured on Apple’s iTunes and the Apple Music subscription service.

Watch the video in the main post. Beautifully done.

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06:40
∞ Beats 1: Year 1

Great fast edit through the first year of Beats 1. That music? It’s Charles Bradley, with Ain’t It a Sin. Love the video, love this entire album.

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06:13
Pangu shows Cydia running on iOS 10; reportedly...

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a publicly-released jailbreak, but this year’s Mobile Security Conference (MOSEC) in Shanghai made it clear that jailbreaking isn’t dead.

MOSEC is a one-day security conference co-hosted by Pangu, the Chinese hacking team responsible for several of the most recent jailbreaks. This year’s event was scheduled for today, July 1st, and was hosted at the Grand Kempinski hotel, in Shanghai, China.

more…

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06:04
Some quick fixes for common Mac problems and quirks

A useful collection of Mac tips. Step through the headlines, scan for stuff you don’t already know. Some good fixes here.

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06:00
Tesla’s official response to fatal autopilot crash

This is from the Tesla blog. Much of it was quoted/linked in the CNBC article we posted yesterday, but as the source, thought this was worth posting.

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06:00
The 10 Mac games you need to play from June 2016

June's Mac games

We’re in the midst of the Steam Summer Sale, so if you’re looking for dirt-cheap bargains on classic and essential Mac games, now is the time to pounce. But if you’re in the market for something that’s totally fresh, regardless of markdown, we’ve got you covered with our look at June’s most intriguing new Mac games. 

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05:24
AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, Thunderbolt...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss rumors, the lack of iOS 10 beta 2, iPhone at 9 years, the Thunderbolt Display with built-in GPU rumor and the best alternatives, the 'iPhone 7' case with no headphone port in it, and more.

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05:00
Daily Deal: PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock with...

The Apple Watch is showing surprising popularity and more people buy 'em every day. Unfortunately, Apple only ships a long cable and charging "puck" with the Watch. De-clutter your desk or night stand, and add some additional charging ports for other devices with today's Daily Deal -- the PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock with 3 USB ports. It's available for a limited time for $39, down from its usual price tag of $49.  

Pretty sweet, huh? This is the perfect Watch charging dock for travel, using just one plug but letting you charge your Watch and three other devices at the same time. What other features does it have? 

  • Avoid scratches w/ the silicon-based surface
  • Utilize smart charging...
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05:00
Fileloupe a solid companion app for the OS X Finder...

Corduroy Code's Fileloupe for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, fast utility the complements several apps that come with the operating system. It can easily handle thousands of files with smooth scrolling and fluid window resizing.

File managers like the OS X Finder are great for performing file management tasks and for showing thumbnails of files in a hierarchical fashion. However, they aren’t particularly designed for displaying files at full size, displaying multiple files at the same time or at showing files in a single window that are located across folder or volume boundaries. 

Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents. Quick Look is a a quick preview feature that Apple introduced in Mac OS X 10.5. While...

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04:30
Invention idea: a scanning stand for iOS devices

There are several iOS apps that turn iPhones and iPads into document scanners, so why doesn't someone build a stand for iDevices that would allow them to replace dedicated scanners?

For example, take the Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600. It uses a camera on a floating head, built-in lighting, and software (say, from Evernote) to scan documents, books, etc. A stand for iOS devices with lighting and the proper software, could do the same thing but for a lot less cash. The SV600 costs around $900; an iOS scanning stand would probably be in the $50-100 range.

Feel free to take the idea and run with it. Just cut me in when you start making bucketloads of money from the invention.

Gemini 2 - Eliminate duplicates and free up space on your Mac

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04:15
Bad month for Apple repairs as Tekserve to close,...

Tekserve, the go-to third-party store for Apple product repairs in New York City, has announced that it is to close after 29 years. The service center will close at the end of the month, and the retail store on 15th August, reports the NY Times.

It was the Apple Store in New York City before there was such a thing as an Apple Store.

Before iPods and iPads and iPhones, before Apple started selling and servicing its devices out of a glass cube on Fifth Avenue, the eclectic Tekserve store on West 23rd Street in Manhattan was where customers went for upgrades to their PowerBook laptops or to have their computers fixed.

If the service center photo looks familiar to those outside NY, it’s because it’s such a fixture in the city that it featured in a Sex and the City episode, where...

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04:00
Mac laptops can be more alive with the sound of Musik

Let's be honest: the speakers that come with Apple laptops are tinny. Of course, so are the speakers in most laptops from any company. If you want to upgrade your audio a bit with some portable speakers, Palo Alto Audio Design's $59.95 Musik is one solution.

This isn't a speaker set that will thrill hardcore audiophiles. It's a relatively inexpensive, compact (8 x 4 x 4 inches) solution for adding some extra oomph to your laptop. Keep that in mind, and you won't be disappointed with the Musik. You can also use the speakers with a desktop, but I'd go for a better sounding, if more costly and less portable, audio set-up.

The Musik speakers use a digital audio amplifier circuit that utilizes full-digital amplifier technology. This method amplifies a digital audio signal without converting the signal to analog, which is a plus. What's more, the audio signal is sent from the computer to...

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Thursday June 30

23:55
Parallels Desktop 11: Run Windows/Android/Linux/...

Just a quick note that you can snag a rare huge discount on Parallels Desktop 11 – 50% off today from specials.9to5toys.com.   more…

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22:31
Facebook's new tool will help you raise funds...

It's now much easier to raise funds for your favorite causes and charity organizations on Facebook. The social network has begun rolling out a tool that'll enable you to create personal fundraisers for 501c3 nonprofits verified by the company, includ...

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21:03
Jury awards HP $3 billion in damages from Oracle

In yet another legal tussle between HP and Oracle, a jury has decided to award HP $3 billion in damages. The case stems from Oracle's decision to stop developing software for HP's Intel Itanium-powered servers in 2011, which HP says is a breach of co...

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20:42
Winners of the Dog & Bone iPhone case and...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Ryan T. and Matthew R., both of whom will receive an iPhone case and LockSmart keyless lock bundle courtesy of Dog & Bone.

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20:31
Nintendo t-shirt design contest will be judged by...

In case you didn't own enough gaming tees, Uniqlo has opening its annual tee design competition, this time centered around Nintendo. The UTGP'17 comes with a healthy $10,000 prize pot and the contest is open to global entries. (Yes, even from you.) N...

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20:11
Facebook removes 'Paper' newsreader app...

Two and a half years of its launch, Facebook is pulling the plug on Paper, a stripped down newsreader-style app initially introduced as an alternative to the social media giant's flagship iOS offering.

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20:03
These homemade wheels let you maneuver your car as...

Your regular old car's wheels can probably only go in a finite number of directions. One crafty YouTuber took it upon himself to create a set of wheels that would allow his trusty Toyota Echo to handle moving around in just about any direction you ca...

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19:17
Dell discontinues its Android tablets in favor of...

Another Android tablet maker bites the dust. Dell has decided to end distribution of its Android tabs and will instead focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices. This means several things: One, the company will no longer offer its Venue brand of Android tablet...

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18:32
Google is working on a VR version of Chrome for...

Google had a lot to say about its VR ambitions at this year's I/O, and it looks like a more immersive web browsing experience will be part of those plans. Road to VR reports that the latest versions of Chrome Beta and Chrome Dev for Android have a co...

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18:30
Facebook To Shred 'Paper' News-Reading App...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Facebook's Paper app for iOS is scheduled to shut down on July 29th. While the app impressed critics, it failed to impress the general public. The Verge reports: "The app transformed the core Facebook experience into a kind of newsreader, with customizable sections for politics, technology, food, and other subjects. When it was introduced in January 2014, Paper signaled the beginning of a design renaissance at Facebook. The look and feel of the app were orchestrated by Mike Matas, whose design firm Push Pop Press was acquired by Facebook in 2011. Paper was notable for the novel animations it used to guide you through the app -- tap on a link and it would unfold like a letter; pull down on the story and it would fold back up, returning you to the feed. But despite the enormous growth of Facebook, which surged to 1.09 billion daily users this year, Paper has not been among the 1,500 most-downloaded apps since December 2014,...

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18:00
New third party iOS 10 App Extensions designed to...

Developers building support for their ride sharing apps to plug into iOS 10's Siri can be supported within Maps as well, thanks to integrated efforts between the two teams to share a mechanism for deciphering and responding to user intent, whether driven by voice or the multitouch interface.

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17:46
'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed is...

Adnan Syed, the subject of Serial podcast's first season, has gotten a retrial, and it was partly thanks to a "cell tower issue." Syed is currently serving a life sentence after getting convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, but he has always main...

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17:45
Apple In Talks To Buy Jay Z-Owned Tidal Streaming...

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in talks to acquire the Jay Z owned streaming service, Tidal. 9to5Mac reports: "While specific details are unclear at this point, Apple acquiring Tidal would give it an incredible leg up when it comes to negotiating for exclusive streaming rights. Tidal is currently owned by Jay Z and a variety of other artists, including Kanye West, Beyonce, Chris Martin, Jack White, and many more. Negotiations between Apple and Jay Z are reportedly still early and 'may not result in a deal,' according to the report. Apple is interested in Tidal because of its strong ties to artists, many of which are owners. Tidal has secured the exclusive streaming rights to a handful of notable albums in recent months, including Beyonce's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo." Earlier this year, a report claimed that Samsung, Google and Spotify had all considered buying the streaming service.

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17:09
US wiretap operations encountering encryption fell...

The US government has been very vocal recently about how the increase in encryption on user devices is hampering their investigations. The reality is that according to a report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, law enforcement with court...

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16:50
Apple might buy Jay Z's Tidal for its A-list...

Soon, Dr. Dre may not be the only rapper with a parking spot in Cupertino.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, the streaming music service owned by Jay Z. According to unnamed sources, these talks are still ongoing, and they may not result in a deal. A Tidal spokesperson denied being in talks with Apple.

Tidal started out as a high-definition alternative to other streaming services. Since Jay Z acquired it in 2015 for $56 million, however, Tidal has become a hub for exclusive album premieres. In the last six months alone, Tidal has exclusively streamed new albums from Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Kanye West. To score these A-list exclusives, Jay Z has given these fellow artists small stakes in the company.

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16:38
AWT News Update: June 30, 2016

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Due to a dental appointment, setting up a cable box for my elderly parents, and other factors beyond my control, there's no podcast for today. In addition, I'll be taking a few days off to celebrate the 4th of July, so there will be no podcast for tomorrow -- July 1 -- or Monday -- July 4. 

Come back on July 5th for the latest in Apple news. In keeping with our Team AWT sub-theme of "Unplugging™" occasionally from all of our gear, be sure to get outside and enjoy the world with your family and friends. See you next Tuesday!

 

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16:33
Renderings of Space Black 'iPhone 7' has...

Ahead of an expected next-generation iPhone release this fall, graphic designer Martin Hajek ran with the latest rumor and speculation to create a detailed rendering sans headphone jack, with "Force Touch ID" and clad in a Space Black finish.

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16:32
Rosetta will crash into its comet and die on...

Farewell, young spacecraft. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has been surveying Comet 67P (or Churyumov-Gerasimenko) for the past 12 years, and on September 30th it will crash into the space rock and end its mission. Rosetta is nearing the o...

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16:25
3D renders imagine Space Black iPhone 7 w/ Force...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to release a Space Black model of the upcoming iPhone 7. Some mockups emerged of what such a device could look like following that report, and now designer Martin Hajek has shared a gallery of beautiful 3D renders.

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16:05
Facebook's Paper news-reading app to shut down...

Facebook has announced that it is shutting down its news-reading app Paper. The application was introduced in 2014 as an alternative to the main Facebook app, featuring a sleek layout with a complete focus on showcasing articles -- rather than status...

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15:40
Apple in talks to buy Tidal music service

The talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, these people said. Apple is exploring the idea of bringing on Tidal to bolster its Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong ties to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna.

Apple doesn’t need more celebrities, it needs to fix what it already has.

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15:38
Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for...

A shaky rumor on Thursday claims Apple is in early talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service and Apple Music competitor purchased by rapper Jay-Z in 2015.

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15:31
WSJ: Apple in talks to buy Tidal

Jay Z could be the next rapper making a big sale to Tim Cook, as the Wall Street Journal cites anonymous sources saying Apple is in "exploratory" talks to buy Tidal, although a spokesperson for the music service said there had not been any talks. As...

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15:23
Apple reportedly in negotiations to buy Jay Z-owned...

According to a new report out of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, the Jay Z owned streaming service. While specific details are unclear at this point, Apple acquiring Tidal would give it an incredible leg up when it comes to negotiating for exclusive streaming rights.

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15:13
Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a new role on Nike's...

A leadership change at Nike is affecting Tim Cook's role with the apparel maker slightly. Cook, a Nike board member since 2005, is now the lead independent director of the board. The reason why Nike needs one now is because founder Phil Knight is ret...

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15:04
Report: Apple blocks Spotify app update after in-app...

Enlarge / Spotify says Apple is using its privileged position to hurt Spotify's chances against Apple Music.

Apple Music has been around for about a year now, and despite being a little late to the game, Apple boasts that it has managed to pick up about 15 million paying subscribers. Spotify has at least twice that many users, but the company is worried that Apple is using its privileged position on iPads and iPhones to push Apple Music at the expense of third-party services.

According to a report from Recode, Apple has blocked an update to the iOS Spotify app, citing "business model rules." Spotify no longer offers iOS users the...

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14:52
Dell abandons its remaining Android tablets, 6...

The weak sustainability of low-end market share has claimed a new victim. Dell has dropped its remaining Venue-branded Android tablet line and will instead focus on selling conventional PCs and hybrid "2-in-1" devices running Windows, citing over-saturation and declining demand for state-style tablets.

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14:49
Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app...

Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

The letter was sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple...

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14:48
Eye-Fi Demonstrates the Danger of Cloud-Dependent...

A maker of SD cards with embedded Wi-Fi will disable services and some features for models sold as recently as March 2015.

 

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14:40
Karma, the shareable hotspot, finally supports...

Only a few months after killing unlimited data and rolling out new subscription plans, Karma is now ready to offer its customers a long requested feature: private networks. The company made a name for itself with shareable hotspots, which always broa...

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14:40
RIP Paper, the ad-free Facebook News Feed app no one...

I knew it was coming. The last time Facebook updated my favorite app, a little-used, under-the-radar gem called Paper, was in March. March of 2015. But the news today that Facebook has pulled Paper from the App Store still stings, because it was Facebook’s finest work.

If you never used Paper—and you certainly weren’t alone—think of the app as the most gorgeous version of your Facebook News Feed combined with all your favorite news outlets. At the top of your News Feed was a carousel where recently posted photos would cycle in and out, almost like a constantly changing version of your profile cover photo. Beneath the carousel were all the latest stories from your friends and family, but instead of scrolling down to view them, you would swipe through each story like a cascading series of cards. Photos were full-screen and had a parallax-like effect, so you could tilt your...

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14:19
Apple partners with NASA for short film ‘Visions of...

Apple today has announced that it is partnering with NASA to produce a short film to celebrate the Juno spacecraft reading Jupiter’s orbit. The film is available on iTunes and Apple Music for free and is called “Visions of Harmony.”

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14:17
Tesla under investigation after first Autopilot-...

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is investigating a collision that occurred when a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode crashed into a tractor trailer resulting in the death of the driver. This is the first fatality linked to the...

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14:15
Tesla being investigated after fatal crash linked to...

The May crash occurred when a tractor trailer drove across a divided highway, where a Tesla in autopilot mode was driving. The Model S passed under the tractor trailer, and the bottom of the trailer hit the Tesla vehicle’s windshield.

“Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied,” Tesla wrote.

This is tragic, but you have to maintain control of your car. Perhaps it happened so quickly that the driver wouldn’t have been able to avoid it either.

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14:14
Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short...

To commemorate the impending arrival of NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, Apple and the space agency released a new short film on iTunes and Apple Music on Thursday featuring original music by artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple executive Trent Reznor.

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13:58
Tim Cook is named Nike’s lead independent director

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named Nike’s lead independent director. He’s been a Nike director since 2005, is chair of the Board’s Compensation Committee and serves as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

An independent director (also sometimes known as an outside director) is a board member who doesn’t have a material relationship with a company or related persons, except sitting fees. They don’t own shares in the company. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ stock exchange standards for independent directors are similar. Both require that "a majority of the board of directors of a listed company be ‘independent’.” And both allow compensation for directors of $120,000 per year or less.

The general consensus among stockholders is that independent directors improve the performance of a company through their objective view of the company's health and operations. They don’t have to pander to other management personnel in order to retain their...

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13:45
Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director...

Nike on Thursday appointed Apple CEO and longtime board member Tim Cook as its "lead independent director," while announcing company founder Phil Knight's retirement from the board.

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13:41
Nike appoints board member & Apple CEO Tim Cook...

According to Nike’s website, the company today has appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook as lead independent director. While it’s unclear exactly what this means at the moment, Cook has been on Nike’s board of directors since 2005.

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13:40
Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media...

New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an Apple TV (3rd Generation) to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the Apple TV. I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have Netflix and Amazon Prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter "Z" (A very poor design choice in the Apple TV). Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience. I would prefer an 'open...

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13:30
Wirecutter's best deals: Get a UE Roll...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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13:19
Facebook pulls Paper for iPhone from the App Store,...

Facebook will be pulling its alternative iPhone app Paper from the App Store today, The Verge reports, before the service is totally shut down on July 29th.

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13:17
Nothing Ghostly About Devialet's Phantom Gold...


Devialet, the French company that has built a reputation in the audio market for high-end wireless speakers, on Tuesday announced its newest addition: the $3,000 Phantom Gold. The Phantom Gold looks something like a futuristic Faberge egg, and it's priced like one, too. That said, it has some ear-pleasing and ear-splitting specs.
Devialet has given it a power boost to 4,500 watts. That enables it to crank out sound at motorcycle levels of 108 decibels, and it does it with minimal harmonic distortion of just 0.0005 percent.

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13:07
JVC ships promised KW-V820BT receiver with support...

JVC on Thursday launched the KW-V820BT, its first aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay.

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12:52
Over 100 Nobel winners urge Greenpeace to support...

Greenpeace is being taken to task by 107 Nobel laureates, who have signed a letter asking it to support genetically modified organisms (GMOs), The Washington Post reports. In particular, the band of scientists are pushing Greenpeace to stop opposing...

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12:48
Sling TV unveils new single-stream and multi-stream...

Sling TV — available on the fourth generation Apple TV — has unveiled new single-stream and multi-stream services, “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue.” Sling Orange now includes BBC America and is still priced at $20 per month. Sling Blue now features NBC, USA, Bravo, NBC Sports Network, Syfy, BBC America and costs $25 per month for new customers. 

In addition, Sling has introduced a multi-service discount that brings Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $40 per month. Additional NBCUniversal networks are available in Sling Blue’s Extra packs, including E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Oxygen, Golf and NBCUniverso. 

Current Sling TV subscribers will be able to access all of Sling TV’s live streaming television directly from the fourth generation Apple TV. What’s more, Dish and Apple are offering a bundled deal that would let potential customers purchase a new Apple TV for $89 ($60 cheaper than the regular retail price) if they pay...

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12:37
With iOS 10, ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently activates on...

Apple is bringing some clever intelligence for Siri with iOS 10, in addition to the publicly-announced features like third-party app integration. Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve discovered a clever enhancement for Siri on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10. When using ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation in a room with multiple nearby devices, only one device will respond.

Although both devices initially wake up, once one starts recognizing voice input, it appears to send a message to other nearby devices to cancel out the operation. This means that only one device keeps listening and prevents the naive havoc that happened on iOS 9, where all devices would try to answer the ‘Hey Siri’ question causing a confusing cacophony of sound from every nearby iPhone and iPad. You can see an example of this behavior in the video after the jump …

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12:36
Lightning/wireless only headphones? Then Apple...

If Apple really is ditching the 3.5mm jack in the next generation iPhone (and I think it is) and relying solely on Lightning and wireless headphones, perhaps they should kick things up a notch and release their own (earbud) versions of the Vi.

Earlier this month LifeBEAM launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Vi, a $199 AI (artificial intelligence) personal trainer, to market. It “lives” in cutting-edge earphones that reboot the way people interact with fitness wearables, by providing real-time coaching based on a user's own physiology, according to Omri Yoffe, CEO and co-founder of LifeBEAM. The company has partnered with Harman/Kardon, which has made some fantastic speakers and other products for Mac devices, to power Vi's earbuds.

Vi is changing the workout experience through what Yoffee calls “Awareable” technology — wearables that combine accurate biosensors with the processing power of AI and cloud based data aggregation....

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