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Thursday July 21

09:58
News: Report: Apple Car team running into challenges...

A detailed profile in The Information (via Macrumors) of three brothers allegedly working on Apple’s new car initiative, codenamed “Project Titan,” notes that the rumored 2020 launch date may be slipping to 2021 due to a number of challenges that the team has encountered. According to people “briefed about aspects of Titan,” the group has been struggling, and the January departure of Apple VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky,…

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09:51
First Brooklyn Apple Store grand opening now set for...

Earlier this week a 9to5Mac reader shared that the scaffolding has come down around the anticipated location of the first Brooklyn Apple Store, and today Apple has updated its website with official grand opening details.

The Williamsburg Apple Store opens next Saturday on July 30th at 10am local time. The latest New York City location can be found at 247 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

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09:38
SoftBank and Honda team up for cars that can read...

Japanese telecom company SoftBank is planning on teaming up with Honda for its latest bid for car tech: Cars that can not only talk, but also read their drivers' emotions.

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09:36
Apple to open first Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple's ninth New York City retail store, and its first in the borough of Brooklyn, will open next weekend in the Williamsburg neighborhood, the company has officially announced.

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09:35
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro 9.7″ $125 off, Beats...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy’s Black Friday in July is loaded w/ Apple deals: $125 off iPad Pro, MacBook Pro...

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09:34
Well, darn, the Apple Car won’t roll out until at...

Sorry, you’ll have to wait another year for an “Apple Car.” An Apple-branded vehicle won’t be available in 2020, but has been pushed back to 2021, according to The Information.

Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed any automotive plans, much less mentioned a release date. But that hasn’t stopped The Information from musing that “With seemingly another three to five years of research and development ahead, Apple's roadmap could change.”

In case you haven’t heard all the speculation about an Apple Car, I’ll give you an updated. The Wall Street Journal says Apple’s car project is code-named “Titan.” Bloomberg Business claims that Apple, “which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020.”...

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09:26
Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential...

Blocking unnecessary Flash content loading in the Firefox browser will lead to improved battery life, faster web page loads, and greater user security, according to developer Mozilla. And the block starting in August is only the beginning.

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09:22
'Apple Car' rollout reportedly delayed...

Apple's rumored electric car won't hit the roads until 2021, owing to various obstacles encountered in "Project Titan," a report claimed on Thursday.

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09:17
Periscope videos can now be embedded with a tweet

One key thing was missing from Periscope's live video option: the ability to embed the video streams and archived footage in other places rather than sharing a link. Twitter's livestreaming option is doing something about that today as Periscope vide...

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09:06
Giveaway: Win a Buzz 2in1 Cable, Reload 5 HP Battery...

Skross is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of five accessory bundles containing a Buzz 2in1 alarm cable, Reload 5 HP smartphone charging solution and a 2-pole MUV USB adapter.

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09:00
Poshmark's curated shopping platform expands...

The rise of platforms that let you shop strangers’ closets has been quick, but most of these social commerce sites are limited to women’s clothing and accessories. Five-year-old Poshmark, one of the biggest players, is becoming more egalitarian with the addition of men’s and children’s items this week.

Poshmark

Poshmark works by letting buyers customize their preferences to a T, so they’ll only see items they would actually buy, and in the right size. That personalization engine had to be radically overhauled to make sure the site’s existing users wouldn’t suddenly start seeing unwanted kids’ or men’s clothes in their main feed of recommended items.

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08:57
Shift your expectations, Apple Car introduction...

Project Titan news, the name given to Apple’s electric vehicle project, has been relatively quiet lately despite the expected introduction in 2020 inching closer by the day. That may be because the introduction target for Apple Car has moved back one year to 2021. Included in a profile of three brothers who are said to have worked on the Apple Car project, The Information includes this nugget:

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08:55
Explore a 3D scan of the Apollo 11 capsule

It's been 47 years since NASA first put a man on the moon and you can now get an idea of what astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins experienced. The Smithsonian Institute, working with Autodesk, has created a high-resolution 3D s...

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08:36
Without a new Apple Watch, smartwatch shipments...

Until now, the smartwatch market had seen year-over-year growth each quarter since the devices made their debut. For Q2 2016 though, that wasn't the case. Global smartwatch shipments were down 32 percent, totaling 3.5 million gadgets during the perio...

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08:29
Apple involved in class action lawsuit alleging...

Well, this is kind of a mess.

On Thursday, Apple was hit with yet another class action lawsuit, the suit alleging that the company has been replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with refurbished units. This isn’t the first suit of its kind in this regard and similar suits have been filed in the past.

This lawsuit, filed today in California, accuses Apple of not holding true to the AppleCare+ contract, which states that devices replaced as part of the program are the “equivalent to new in performance and reliability.” The lawsuit was initiated by Vicky Maldonado and Joanne McRight.

Both Maldonado and McRight allege that they had damaged devices replaced via AppleCare, but were given refurbished devices as opposed to new...

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08:20
Smartwatch Shipments Fall For the First Time; Apple...

Emil Protalinski, reporting for VentureBeat: The smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it's all Apple's fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. It's important to note that smartwatches are just a subcategory of the larger wearable market. As such, these figures don't count basic bands sold by companies like Fitbit. Apple is thus the undisputed leader, even after the losses it saw in Q2 2016, and it could easily see a return to growth with the release of Watch OS 2.0. Apple's market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.

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08:16
Apple Watch falls to 47 percent marketshare, but...

About 1.6 million Apple Watches were shipped during the June quarter, according to estimates released on Thursday, but while still dominating the smartwatch market, Apple also saw its share drop amid growing competition.

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08:15
Apple’s Metal API and World of Warcraft

I also found my frame rates to be significantly higher than before the patch as well. For example, in certain areas I would average around 30 – 50 frames per second before the switch to Metal. After the switch I found myself getting around 70 – 90 frames per second in the same places.

You can also read the follow-up post.

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08:15
France objects to Windows 10 user tracking

France's privacy regulator has stared into Windows 10 and feels that the software's doing a bit too much staring back. CNIL has issued a statement saying that the operating system collects too much data about its users. For instance, it explains that...

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08:15
Apple ID and iTunes purchases lead to arrest of...

Bit torrent sites are very popular with those who don't wish to pay for copyrighted video, music, and apps, which is why law enforcement officials rightly try to shut them down and put those responsible for running the sites in jail. iTunes purchases associated with a specific Apple ID have just put the alleged owner of KickassTorrents (KAT), Artem Vaulin, under arrest

At the time of Vaulin's arrest, KickassTorrents was the world's most visited illegal file-sharing website and was responsible for the unlawful distribution of over $1 billion in copyrighted materials. Vaulin is from Ukraine, and was arrested in Poland where he is awaiting extradition to the United States.

The US government made an identification of an iCloud email address that belonged to Vaulin, then sought a court order to compel Apple to provide iTunes purchase records for that address....

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08:14
Edward Snowden wants to make your iPhone more secure...

We know Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg relies on good old-fashioned tape to disable his MacBook’s mic and camera, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is working on something a little more sophisticated to stop your iPhone from snooping. It’s a protective case not aimed at preventing damage from drops and tumbles but instead spying and snooping…

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08:04
Largest torrent site's owner arrested, Apple...

An iTunes account and the associated Apple email address were keys to the investigation leading to a takedown of the head of the world's largest torrent aggregator.

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08:02
Mossberg: I just deleted half my iPhone apps — you...

Walt Mossberg, writing for The Verge:

Over the past few days, I’ve methodically deleted 165 apps from my iPhone, about 54 percent of the 305 apps I had on the phone when I started culling the herd. When I was done, I had significantly decreased the phone’s clutter: I’d gone from 15 home screens to eight, and reclaimed nearly 8GB of free space, about a 24 percent gain in my case.

And:

But this isn’t one of those columns about digital housecleaning or how to free up more space on your iPhone, valuable as those are. It’s easier to save space by offloading most photos, video, and music to the cloud anyway. No, this column is really about the fact that I think the novelty of the app itself has worn off. We’ve reached peak app.

And:

Before going on, I want to make it clear that I am not against apps as a software type. Just the opposite: I believe them crucial to mobile devices. I personally find that, for many targeted tasks, a well-designed app is...

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07:56
Take a look at how 'No Man's Sky'...

In the almost three years since we first saw No Man's Sky, gameplay videos and previews have focused mostly on its exploration and survival aspects. Now, mere weeks ahead of its PlayStation 4 launch, we're getting a better look at how the game earns...

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07:55
Pokémon Go could generate billions for Apple

CNBC:

Needham & Co. Managing Director Laura Martin estimates that “Pokemon Go” could generate $3 billion in revenue for Apple in the next 12 to 24 months as the game expands into more countries. Since the game achieved penetration of 6 percent of the U.S. population after just 10 days, Martin predicts 20 percent penetration at maturity.

And here’s the key:

“I think the point is that while Nintendo has gone up 20 billion and they do have IP risks, Apple does not,” Martin said on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.” “It is hedged because the next genius that makes a hit game, Apple shares on that one too. So while this one may be transitory, Apple has an option on all future hit games over the iOS platform.”

At the core of the App Store’s business model is this risk disparity. Apple took the vast majority of their risk at inception, when they built the App Store infrastructure. Now that risk has been paid for and the current risk all lies with the developers....

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07:46
Telephoto lens for iPhone

I’ve looked at telephoto lens in the past, and this is a good roundup of what’s available. Ultimately, I went for the DxO One.

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07:41
Exploring the App Store’s Top Grossing chart

Graham Spencer takes you on a behind-the-scenes guided tour through the App Store’s Top Grossing chart.

From the wrap-up:

If you regularly browse the App Store’s Top Charts most of these results would likely serve to confirm what you had already assumed. Most obviously, if you were to randomly pick an app from the Top 200 Grossing charts, chances are extremely high that you would pick a free app with IAPs and it would most likely be a game. But what is particularly suprising is the degree to which free apps with IAP dominate the charts with essentially no paid apps or no apps without IAPs.

Some fascinating numbers here.

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07:40
Edward Snowden's New Research Aims To Keep...

Smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human right workers, and activists in war-torn regions. But at the same time, as Intercept points out, they become especially potent tracking devices that can put users in mortal danger by leaking their location. To address the problem, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and hardware hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang have been developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions. "We have to ensure that journalists can investigate and find the truth, even in areas where governments prefer they don't," Snowden told Intercept. "It's basically to make the phone work for you, how you want it, when you want it, but only when." Snowden and Huang presented their findings in a talk at MIT Media Lab's Forbidden Research event Thursday, and published a detailed paper. Huang has also detailed the technicalities in a blog post on his site. From...

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07:35
Apple ID leads Homeland Security to alleged owner of...

9to5Mac:

The use of an Apple ID for a perfectly legal purchase was the key piece of evidence that has enabled the Department of Homeland Security to identify the man they suspect to be the owner of the biggest pirate website on the net, KickAssTorrents.com (KAT).

See our post for some related links.

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07:27
Financial Times starts blanking out scattered words...

Ad Age:

On Wednesday, the newspaper began blanking out, for some users, a percentage of words in articles symbolizing the percentage of the company’s revenue that comes from advertising.

The proportion of words blocked isn’t scientific, and the Financial Times doesn’t break out the exact chunk of revenue that comes from ads, said global advertising sales director Dominic Good. “It’s more illustrative than specific,” he said.

The test group comprises registered desktop computer visitors who don’t pay for a subscription, about .075% of the company’s desktop traffic. Some ad-blocking members of this group won’t see any new messaging, some will be asked to whitelist the website’s ads but can still read regardless, some will see articles with many words blanked out if they won’t whitelist the site, and some will be blocked outright if they don’t whitelist the site.

The company will evaulate the results after three or four weeks.

I wonder if this is a...

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07:27
Final Fantasy creator Square Enix teases new Apple...

The Japanese video game developer Square Enix, best known for the hugely popular F&SF franchise Final Fantasy, has created a webpage teasing a new role-playing game for the Apple Watch, Cosmos Rings.

The page provides no details bar the name, a single image and confirmation that the genre is an RPG. The page specifically names the Apple Watch, indicating that it will not be available for Android Wear smartwatches …

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07:17
Firefox will start blocking Flash content next month

Following in the footsteps of the other major browser, Firefox is taking steps to drastically reduce Adobe Flash usage in the near future.

Mozilla recently announced that Firefox will “block certain Flash content that is not essential to the user experience”—in other words, ads and any behind the scenes operations using Flash. Mozilla says that blocking non-essential Flash should reduce crashes and browser hang-ups by as much as 10 percent. The initial blocked content will be restricted to a specific list that Mozilla has put up on Github, with plans to add more block targets to the list over time.

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06:53
News: Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5

Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 5, the fifth-generation of the chemically-strengthened glass that has been used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. The latest version promises to protect against even higher drops, and has been tested to survive 1.6-meter shoulder-height drops onto hard, rough surfaces up to eighty percent of the time — an improvement by a factor of four over competing glass solutions. Corning also notes that despite the improved…

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06:43
iOS 10 beta 3 warns you if it detects water in...

We brought you our own hands-on video showing you 15 new features in iOS 10 beta 3, but EverythingApplePro has spotted one additional one: iOS now warns you if it detects liquid in the Lightning socket.

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06:41
IDC: the Apple Watch still leads the smartwatch...

For the first time, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline of 32%, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. The Apple Watch is still the market leader.

Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), which was down substantially from the 5.1 million shipped a year ago, according to IDC. Apple held...

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06:37
Apple invention could lead to glasses-free 3D on...

An Apple patent application published early on Thursday could theoretically set the stage for iPhones and other devices with "autostereoscopic" displays, simulating 3D without the need for special glasses.

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06:18
News: Apple under fire for providing refurbished...

A new class action lawsuit has been filed in California alleging that Apple is not living up to the terms of its AppleCare+ service plan by providing refurbished service stock replacements to customers rather than new devices. The suit takes specific issue with Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices, focusing on the clause in the AppleCare+ terms that state that devices replaced under the program are “equivalent to new in performance…

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06:06
Patent report: 3D displays, hybrid acoustic foam,...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160212413) for a”fine-coarse autostereoscoptic display” with an array of pixels for displaying 3D images. iPhones and iPads with 3D screens, perhaps? How about an iMac with a 3D, 5K Retina display?

 

Three-dimensional displays are able to display images that have a three-dimensional appearance. Autostereoscopic displays can display three-dimensional images without requiring viewers to wear special glasses, one of the reasons 3D TVs never caught on big. 

In the patent filing, Apple says that challenges can arise in creating high quality 3D displays. When a user views an object, the user's eyes pivot in opposite directions until the user's...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pro Lil...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones for only $239.99 — that’s 39% off the regular price. These high quality pro headphones will let you hear music the way it was intended to be heard, with clear highs and deep lows and heavy padded ear cups to keep out outside noise. Plus, the nearly indestructible steel and aluminum construction means they’ll stand the test of time. Get the Beats Pro…

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05:55
Apple ID leads Homeland Security to alleged owner of...

The use of an Apple ID for a perfectly legal purchase was the key piece of evidence that has enabled the Department of Homeland Security to identify the man they suspect to be the owner of the biggest pirate website on the net, KickAssTorrents.com (KAT).

A lengthy criminal complaint filed against Ukranian national Artem Vaulin by the U.S. Attorney’s Office explains how the Apple ID enabled authorities to identify the suspect …

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05:36
The many (possible) colors of the iPhone 7 shown in...

It seems you can hardly turn a corner in China without bumping into an iPhone 7 mockup these days. With widespread consensus on the expected design, we’re now seeing both physical mockups and renders in a range of colors, so we’ve pulled together a number of them in a gallery, together with a new video …

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05:00
Teal Pushes Drone Speed Limits


Teal Drones on Wednesday introduced what it billed as the world's fastest production drone. Aside from its drone's capabilities, the company is drawing attention because George Matus Jr., its founder and CEO, is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
The drone can fly at 70 mph in all weather conditions and has reached a top speed of 85 mph in favorable conditions. It can withstand 40 mph winds, is built to run apps, and can be controlled using a smartphone, tablet or hobby controller.

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04:33
“Take Control of Preview” Reveals Even More Features

Our latest book started as a series of TidBITS articles but more than doubled in size once we discovered and thoroughly explained all of Preview’s image editing and PDF manipulation features.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:30
Lay your iPad in the lap of luxury with the Lapworks...

As the iPad market exploded, products, the choices for a good stand became overwhelming. Some people have made a cheap stand from a few parts found at an office supply store, while others have a rudimentary stand built right into an iPad protective sleeve.

Lapworks focuses on style and function rather than portability and cost with the $29.99 Lapworks iPad and E-Reader Recliner. Even better, it’s now on sale for $19.95.

Fortunately, this stand isn't specific to the iPad, but can hold any similarly sized tablet device such as a Kindle or Nook. The stand is adjustable and can sit anywhere from 8.25 inches tall to 4.25 inches tall so you can comfortable read or display your device at any angle. It also supports the iPad in either a portrait or landscape mode. The rubber pads provide an excellent grip to prevent slipping and sliding while allowing full access to the device, including the...

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04:27
Petition urges Apple not to release technology for...

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

Apple got a patent for this infrared technology in June and bagging a patent does not necessarily mean that the company is going to use the technology in its new devices.

But there is considerable anxiety that the technology that appears designed to prevent people from recording copyrighted and prohibited material could also be used by the police to remotely disable cameras that could be recording misconduct by law enforcement.

“The release of this technology would have huge implications, including the censoring of political dissidents, activists, and citizens who are recording police brutality,” according to the petition.

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04:15
Petition launched asking Apple not to implement...

When covering Apple patents, we do so with the disclaimer that the company patents a huge number of ideas that never make it into products, but one group is taking no chances. A Care2 petition has launched a petition asking Apple not to implement a recently-granted patent that would allow iPhone cameras to be disabled remotely.

While the patent has in mind situations like concerts, where the audience can have their view blocked by a sea of cameraphones, the petition is concerned about the potential for more sinister uses of the technology …

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04:00
It may be a one-trick pony, but it's a nifty...

By Aaron Lee

Conner Productions's Seal is a one trick pony, but it's a pretty nifty trick. It's a professional template to make introductory seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). And it's free.

Seal is customizable and lets you create introduction seals for your videos,  featuring a spinning seal that comes into focus. Its easy to customize text color, background color, and other elements to craft the template to fit within a video. Conner Production has made installing Seal easy. Just run the simple installer, then fire up Final Cut Pro X. You'll find it under Title Templates, then “Conner Productions.” It’s name is “Seal.” Simply drag it onto the timeline and you're off.

No matter how long the text is or how much the title is tweaked, it will still have a refined l feel. Seal was designed in Apple's Motion, and features organic gaussian blurs, noise, and stylistic effects.

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Wednesday July 20

21:50
Winners of the Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar and...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, John B., Katie J. and Daniel O., each of whom snagged a Jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with a Custom Carrying Case.

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19:53
Liquid ingress warning in iOS 10 beta protects...

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 10 beta warns users when liquid is detected in an iPhone's Lightning port, a handy tool for saving compatible devices from irreversible water damage.

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18:59
Apple supplier Qualcomm reports 18.6% earnings...

Qualcomm reported strong quarterly earnings of $1.4 billion--an 18.6 percent increase over the year ago quarter--based on higher intellectual property licensing royalties, a jump in chip orders from China and guidance-exceeding MSM chip sales, indicating that the market for premium smartphones is continuing to grow faster than expected.

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18:43
Video shows 'iPhone 7' mockups in Space...

With iPhone rumor season in full swing, dummy "iPhone 7" models sourced from China are showing up in an increasing number of videos, the latest of which offers a peek at what production colors might look like when they see release this fall.

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17:34
Twitch streamer banned for shady betting on '...

Recently, some high-profile video game streamers have been exposed as owning third-party gambling sites where players can bet on the outcome of matches for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — an obvious conflict of interest. Last week, Twitch an...

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17:12
U.S. House of Representatives sends letter to...

Earlier today, we detailed the $3 billion value that Pokémon Go represents to Apple, while we also noted of the effects the game is having on distracted driving and calls placed to emergency officials. Now, the United States Congress has started to look into the data usage of the game. No, not data in relation to user privacy, but rather cellular data usage.

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17:10
BlackBerry CEO 'Disturbed' By Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is "disturbed" by Apple's tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm's attitude is harmful to society. Earlier this year, Chen said in response to Apple resisting the government's demands to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters: "We are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good." During BlackBerry's Security Summit in New York this week, Chen made several more comments about Apple's stance on encryption. "One of our competitors, we call it 'the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn't matter how much it might hurt society, they're not going to help," he said. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." He did say there was a lot of "nonsense" being reported about BlackBerry and its...

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16:42
Firefox will leave Flash off by default in 2017

Add Mozilla to the ranks of web browser developers giving Flash the boot. While it previously blocked Flash over security issues, it's phasing out regular use of Adobe's often-criticized plugin, starting with one of its next major releases. As of...

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16:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit for replacing...

Apple today has been hit with yet another class action lawsuit, this time concerning the company’s process of replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with a refurbished device. This isn’t the first time Apple has been the target of scrutiny for this process and other AppleCare issues, with other lawsuits having been filed in the past.

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16:10
Apple releases Public Beta 2 for iOS 2, macOS 10.12...

If you’re hankering for the new beta of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re in luck.

Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can now install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

The public betas closely follow the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. Come the fall, it’s expected that the iOS 10 final version will bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second...

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16:09
Plex streams your music collection to Sonos speakers

If you're using Plex to store your music and video files, there's a new option for listening to those tracks around the house. The company announced today that access to your audio collection is now available inside the Sonos app. This means that you...

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15:57
U.S. seizes domains of KickassTorrents, site's...

The U.S. has dealt a major blow to KickassTorrents, one of the world’s most popular illegal files-sharing websites.

On Wednesday, law enforcement in Poland arrested the alleged owner of the site, 30 year-old Artem Vaulin of Ukraine.

He's been charged with criminal copyright infringement, and the U.S. Department of Justice said it was seeking to extradite him to the U.S. The DOJ also seized several domains associated with the service, although the main site appeared to be still running Wednesday afternoon.

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15:32
Gorilla Glass 5 will save your phone from even...

It's been about two years since version four of Corning's ubiquitous protective glass rolled out, and Gorilla Glass now protects some 4.5 billion devices across the planet. So, you can probably thank Corning if your phone has ever survived a tumble o...

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15:08
Surprise! Apple didn’t buy Omnifone, provider of...

Following speculation today that Apple could be behind the reported purchase of music tech company Omnifone, The Loop confirmed with sources (as did others) that Apple isn’t the buyer. 

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14:55
Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream for...

If you've been waiting for Facebook Live to offer bigger, longer broadcasts, this is your week. The social network just announced updates for its broadccasting platform that will allow longer, full screen videos with less distractions. Soon, the comp...

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14:39
∞ Apple did not buy cloud-based music provider...

There has been some speculation today that Apple purchased cloud-based music provider, Omnifone. According to my sources, that’s not the case. […]

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14:31
Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 has drop protection up to...

Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass brand, today announced the next iteration of its cover glass for mobile displays, a likely candidate for future Apple devices including the iPhone 7. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough surfaces four times better than other solutions, noting that clarity of the display and touch sensitivity are not affected.

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14:31
Apple sued over AppleCare + service plans

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is the target of a class action suit filing in California that says"refurbished" service stock replacements allotted by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders aren’t functionally the same as new, reports AppleInsider.

“The class action suit, filed Wednesday, takes offense to Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices,” the article says. “Specifically mentioned, the suit is over the clause in the AppleCare+ contract documents stating that devices replaced under the program are "equivalent to new in performance and reliability."

Lawyers for the claimants claim that refurbished means "a secondhand unit that has been modified to appear to be new" and can’t be equivalent in durability or functionality as a new unit. 

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14:31
GOP and industry agree: Tech has a messaging problem

The government and the technology industry agree: They need to do a better job educating the public. During a policy forum hosted by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) at the Republican National Convention this week, members...

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 20, 2016

Happy Moon Day! We have a handful of interesting news bits for you today from the world of Apple:

  • Apple buys a small cloud music provider, although nobody knows why...
  • Corning intros Gorilla Glass 5, which still breaks 20% of the time when dropped
  • A good number of iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 7 even if it doesn't feature a major redesign
  • The Canva app gets an iPhone companion

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 20, 2016.

Apple has made a small acquisition of a cloud music provider, probably one you’ve never heard of. The company’s name is...

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14:24
Apple hit with lawsuit targeting AppleCare+...

A class action suit filing in California complains that "refurbished" service stock replacements doled out by Apple in exchange for damaged devices to AppleCare+ service plan holders are not functionally the same as new.

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14:15
Chrome 52 for Mac introduces Material Design w/ new...

Version 52 of Google Chrome is now rolling out to all users via Google’s stable channel with the usual bug fixes and security patches. For Mac, the update notably adds Material Design to the browser’s top bar and other UI elements. Other changes include removing the ability to use the backspace key as a return shortcut.

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14:09
Apple has apparently acquired Omnifone, a cloud-...

Apple has apparently scooped up Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider in a deal worth $10 million, according to MacRumors.com. Omnifone is the company behind MusicStation, a cloud-based global media platform that provides back-end solutions for digital music services.

Omnifone claims to be the only independent music platform provider with a footprint in 45 countries across five continents. The company’s website says it’s delivered global deals with all major labels, hundreds of independents "and all the relevant publishers and collection societies." Omnifone has — or, rather, had — had partnerships with companies like Sony, Samsung, Vodafone, and PonoMusic. Samsung, for instance, used Omnifone's technology for Milk Music. 

However, the company declared bankruptcy in May after losing Sony and Blackberry as clients. Strangely, as MacRumors notes, “It's not clear why Apple...

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14:09
'Dots & Co.' is a meditative puzzle...

Mobile puzzle game Two Dots (from developer Dots) did a ton of things right when it was released in 2014. The game took a simple mechanic -- matching two or more dots of the same color -- and added a bunch of great power-ups, varying goals, constant...

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14:06
Notable apps and app updates for July 20, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Pabro has introduced Manifesto 1.0. It’s a free photography app for taking burst pictures and recording video and voice when launched. Extra features include 99 super-fast burst pictures taken at launch, always horizontal capturing for visual content and pausing of video recording.

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Diane Arkenstone has launched Interactive Fairy Tales. The $2.99 app for children incorporates a dynamic mix of interactive storytelling involving a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures and people populating a series...

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13:56
Plex for Sonos

With Plex for Sonos you can now browse and play your entire Plex music collection on any Sonos device, right from the Sonos app.

Great news.

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13:53
Android may have more apps and more users, but iOS...

Google’s Android mobile software accounted for an 82% share of mobile games downloaded during the second quarter of 2016, development company Unity3D says in a new report. That compares to 17% of game downloads for iOS.

On the other hand, while Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for iOS developers. Last quarter, the Apple App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.

According to the latest statistics from mobile analytics firm App Annie, Google Play served up twice as many downloads as the App Store in Q2 2016 — yet iOS developers earned twice as much money on average. This is why iOS continues to be the first choice for most developers.

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13:53
Razer's second OSVR devkit is now available for...

If you've been looking for a lower-cost alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that doesn't skimp on hardware, you're in luck. Razer has officially started taking pre-orders for the OSVR HDK2: its second generation Open-Source Virtual Reality ha...

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13:50
∞ Ocean Ramsey and a whale shark

It’s not often you can say the pretty woman in the bikini is the second most beautiful and graceful thing in a video but I can honestly say it’s true in this case. I’d love to go diving with these amazing creatures.

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13:38
A Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite’s coverage of the...

If you are too young to have seen it live, watch it here. Or, relive the incredible memories of this day, 47 years ago, when mankind first stepped on the moon.

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13:33
This book nerd painted her staircase to look like...

This is really cool. If I had any painting or design skills or even stairs, I’d give this a try.

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13:23
News: Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider...

A new report by Macrumors suggests that Apple may be behind the recent acquisition of Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider behind the MusicStation service as well as providing the foundation for mobile partnerships through companies including Samsung, Vodafone, LG, Blackberry, Sony, and others, powering Samsung’s Milk, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Blackberry’s BBM Music services. A report earlier this month in Music Ally indicated…

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13:21
Interview with Chris Young: An inventor,...

ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.

It’s not often you hear of a person with this combination of attributes. Interesting interview.

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13:20
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary...

A new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass used in iPhone screens since launch promises better impact resistance for equipped devices, with the improved glass panels surviving falls from greater heights than previous versions.

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13:15
Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps,...

Tigra Trio 3-in-1 Fitness Sensor. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

Design

The Trio is designed to work for runner/walkers and cyclists, providing bike cadence, counting steps, and continuously monitoring your heart rate. Looking at the back of the device is...

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13:14
Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

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13:13
Using CSS color keywords

One of the two oldest methods of applying color to web pages, named colors remain very useful in web design and development today. Consisting of 149 distinct keywords (shown above, with their hexadecimal equivalents) CSS named colors have a few special features

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13:07
Reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost.

This discussion has been going on for two decades.

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12:54
India’s government changing rules allowing Apple to...

Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology,” according to the people, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.

This is great news, although I’m not sure what happens after the three-year exemption.

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12:52
The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

As kids, we “counterbalanced” by instinct. When I was learning to ride a motorcycle, the explanation of “steer right, go left” confused the living daylights out of me.

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12:42
Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren'...

Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for rea...

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12:36
News: Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta

Apple has released the second public beta of iOS 10 through its Apple Software Beta Program. Corresponding to the third beta released to developers earlier this week, the latest public beta continues enhancements to Music, Maps, Messages, and News, the new lock screen, today widget, and notification system, and on-device intelligence for face, scene, and object recognition in the Photos app on 64-bit devices. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone…

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Take control of your email...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Airmail, a tool that helps you centralize your email accounts. Plus, apps for keeping your Mac safe from malicious attacks, improving your chess skills, helping to tame your hunger, and much more. Read on!

Airmail 3 3.01

If you use multiple email accounts, Bloop’s $10 Airmail 3 (Mac App Store Link) lets you consolidate them all in once place.

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12:22
Sonos app now works with popular Plex media server

Music streaming platform and speaker-maker Sonos today added support for the popular media server app Plex. That means that you’ll now be able to view your music library stored in Plex from within the Sonos apps. 

Plex announced the new integration within the Sonos app today on its blog: more…

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12:19
Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS...

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

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12:15
Public beta 2 now available for iOS 10 and macOS...

Beta testers, rejoice! Apple has just released the second public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

These public betas follow closely the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. In the fall, we’re expecting the iOS 10 final release to bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages....

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12:10
'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks...

A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic...

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11:46
Podcast 517: iCloud Music Library meets its Match

iTunes Match is a clever service for people who have huge music collections they want to sync to multiple devices. Apple Music is a fun streaming service for people who don't want to manage big collections of their own. iCloud Music Library is a confusing bridge between those scenarios, helping you combine your own iTunes library with Apple's streaming catalog, and now it's going to match your owned tracks more intelligently, which should help avoid problems where songs are replaced with the wrong versions. You know, ideally. Kirk breaks it all down here, and on the podcast, Glenn and Susie discuss whether this fixes the whole confusing mess or what.

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11:42
Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue...


Twitter has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified. Twitter account verification, denoted by a blue badge icon, flags individuals and organizations as authentic, the company explained. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, Twitter noted. The goal is to make it easier for users to find creators and influencers on the network.

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11:42
Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and...

Were you quick to hop on the test versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra? It's time to start updating. Apple has released the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish. The new iOS 10 beta introduces a funct...

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11:15
Moog's Minimoog Model D back in full production...

After suspending production for over 30 years on its classic Minimoog Model D analog synth, Moog has announced the instrument is back. The company had a small pilot production workshop at Moogfest in May, but now Model D production has kicked into hi...

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11:13
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

 

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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11:01
Scrivener for iOS review: A sophisticated writing...

I’m not much of a writer so I’ve never used Scrivener but many of the writers I know swear by it and have been waiting impatiently for this app for their iPads.

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