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Friday July 15

Facebook introduces SDK for Apple’s Swift

Facebook has introduced a beta version of Facebook SDK for Swift, a new set of tools for adding things like Facebook Login and the Share to Facebook button into apps written in the Swift programming language. 

The source code to the Facebook SDK [software developer kit] for Swift is available as open source, for anybody anywhere to download and tinker with. By releasing the language freely as open source, Apple has ensured that Swift platforms include Google's Android and Linux, notes Business Insider.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, OS X, and watchOS. The programming language is open source under the Apache license, which says that developers can use the software for any purpose and even distribute modified versions of Swift...

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T-Mobile offers free Pokémon Go data for a year, but...

Earlier this week we reported that Pokémon Go was eating the world, and in the last few days the augmented reality game has taken another big bite. The craze has hit such heights that you can now filter locations on Yelp based on whether or not a Pokéstop is nearby. Seriously.

Not wanting a good fad to go to waste, T-Mobile's getting in on the action with an offer that should bring a smile to every trainer's face. Late Thursday, the company announced it would offer free data for a year for all customers’ Pokémon Go sessions. The offer only applies to data consumption from using the Pokémon Go app.


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AppleInsider podcast talks watchOS emergency calls,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss iOS 10, watchOS 3 and emergency calling, as well as special glass made just for Campus 2, all the latest in iPhone 7 rumors, and Pok?mon Go taking over the world.

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News: Daily Deal: BLOCKS Smartwatch

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the BLOCKS Smartwatch for only $220 — that’s 21% off the regular price. This innovative smartwatch is highly customizable, allowing you to add new features to your watch or upgrade existing ones to expand the functionality of it without limits. A continually growing library of modules allows you to make your smartwatch uniquely yours, and BLOCKS’ open platform means that developers can actually…

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ICYMI: NAO nurses, herding drones and a lotion-...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center tests a robotic helper for its nursing staff. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney have developed an autonomous rover...

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US Congresswoman proposes federal revenge porn bill

Representative Jackie Speier has formally introduced a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime. The Intimate Privacy Protection Act targets both those who share sexually explicit images without the subject's consent and those who profit fro...

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iPhone 7 leak, video shows possible changes for next...

The iPhone 7 rumor/leak train keeps rolling on.

On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.

The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.

Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in...

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Fight offline with friends in new 'Star Wars...

With the Battlefield 1 closed alpha raging on and the full game launching in October you might think that developer DICE is forgetting about its other shooter, Star Wars Battlefront. That's not the case. Come July 20th, the game will have a new offli...

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Pokemon Go European launch widens as T-Mobile,...

Pok?mon Go continues its European deployment in Italy, Portugal, and Spain, with T-Mobile and Sprint offering various enticements for players of the vastly popular title in the U.S.

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On falling Mac sales and the lack of refreshes

Why the lack of new Macs? Is the Mac space too small, revenue-wise, for Apple to go to the trouble of a new product launch? Is something else causing this lack of new models?

More in the main post.

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Surviving the apocalypse on Derren Brown's VR...

Derren Brown is a master of illusion and psychological manipulation. Through a mixture of TV shows and live performances, he's stunned the public by reading minds and influencing their behaviour. But the mentalist has drawn criticism too, for acts th...

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Online English vocabulary test

This is a 50 question, multiple choice test that measures your vocabulary. If you love words, this is fun. If you think you have a great vocabulary, you might still find this test a challenge. Your score will be presented at the end, both as a raw number and as a percentage of the population.


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Handheld tool is like Shazam for fonts


O’Leary developed a handy, handheld tool she calls Spector that captures typefaces and colors in the real world, and then transfers them directly to InDesign.

Cool idea, not yet productized. More in the main post.

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Spark email client users find their Apple IDs locked...

Over the last twenty four hours, a substantial number of users are reporting that they are finding their Apple IDs locked for security reasons inexplicably. The root cause appears to be users of the popular Spark email app by Readdle, where customers can log in with their iCloud credentials. The iCloud warnings of a security hack are seemingly incorrect: there has not been a server attack or data leak as explained by the app’s makers.


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Nintendo's Classic Mini costs £50 in the UK

As if Pokémon Go wasn't playing havoc with our nostalgia receptors already, Nintendo yesterday announced the Classic Mini: A palm-sized Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) clone complete with 30 preinstalled 8-bit titles. We know this future C...

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FileSalvage for Mac OS X can be a life-saver in...

By Aaron Lee

If you've ever had files that were accidentally deleted, became unreadable due to media faults, or which you stored on a drive before it was re-initialized/formatted, you could use FileSalvage from SubRosaSoft. The software can recover lost files, iTunes libraries, photo collections, and more.

Currently, the $89.95 utility can currently recover over 100 file types, embedded and stand-alone. It will recover both computer files and RAW camera files, as it works on digital camera memory cards. In addition, FileSalvage is constantly being enhanced and updated with an increasing number of file types to salvage. 

What's more, its custom file type support allows recovery of files that may not already exist in the current list of "Supported File Formats." Embedded file recovery lets you search for files that have been embedded inside other files, which can come in very handy.


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Microsoft hopes 1080p Netflix makes Edge your next...

As Microsoft continues to nudge folks into trying its new Edge browser on Windows 10, its latest tease is the promise of better looking, more efficient video streaming. Just like Apple's Safari browser on OS X, it turns out that on Windows only Micro...

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iVisor Glass Privacy protects your iPhone, and...

iVisor's $54.95 Glass Privacy not only protects your Apple smartphone's screen from scratches (I tested the one for the iPhone 6 Plus), but it also acts as a shield to prevent people from casually glancing at your screen content. 

Thanks to its proprietary multi-layered coating, it offers a clear view when looking your iPhone straight-on, while preventing others from seeing your screen at an angle. One of my favorite features is that the iVisor Glass Privacy is "100% bubble-proof." I installed in seconds with no tools. When I was finished, my iVisor-wrapped iPhone had no bubbles.

However, unlike some screen protectors, it's made of glass ("atomically-strengthened IonGlass"), not plastic. The bit of extra thickness provides more protection, but also slightly reduces the touch sensitivity of the iPhone screen. Also, the iVisor shows fingerprints even worse than the iPhone's naked display.

Is it for you? Perhaps IF you're willing to give up some touch sensitivity...

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Pokémon GO launches in more countries amidst Chinese...

Following launches in the United Kingdom and Germany, Pokemon GO is making good on its promise to rollout to more European countries. The game is now officially available in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Download it for free in the App Store. The game continues to top App Store charts worldwide.

Reaction to Pokemon GO has been mixed. It has no doubt become a gaming sensation but the augmented-reality geocaching nature of the game has caused some frictions in the wider world....

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Watch 8 minutes of the 'CoD: Modern Warfare...

While Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the newest game in the series -- set for release on November 4 -- many fans are more excited about the release of a fully remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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BitTorrent Now heads to iOS devices and Apple TV

BitTorrent hasn't quite shaken off its rep as a tool for piracy yet, but it's sure giving its best shot by making apps that serve up legal content. One of those is BitTorrent Now, which the company has just released for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV....

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Behold the 'Gears of War 4' custom Xbox...

The Xbox One S isn't even out yet but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from taking the smaller console to the custom shop for the first time. If the base model's white exterior doesn't match your decor, maybe a Gears of War 4 blood red one will. It's ug...

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Thursday July 14

BitTorrent Now streaming app launches for Apple TV,...

BitTorrent Now, a new streaming app billed as "an artist-first, people-powered platform, focused on creativity and community rather than abundance," has launched for iOS devices and on Apple TV.

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Apple Inc shares up near quarterly high as Q3...

Shares of Apple increased nearly 2 percent today to close at $98.79, close to the peak the stock has traded since diving below $100 after the company reported its fiscal Q2 earnings. Within two weeks, Apple will announce its earnings for Q3, which ended in June.

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BitTorrent Now officially launches on iOS and Apple...

Earlier this year, BitTorrent announced a new BitTorrent Now app that allows users to stream a variety of content including videos and music. At the time, the app was Android-only, but now the app has officially come to iOS and Apple TV.


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AWT News Update: July 14, 2016

Photo of T-Mobile CEO John Legere via

In today's Apple and industry news:

  • T-Mobile is offering free data for a year for the Pokémon Go app for its customers
  • Eddy Cue spills the beans on original content to The Hollywood Reporter
  • Apple will open a small research center in Grenoble, France for the purpose of improving imaging technology

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.


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Clinton & Trump evoke app economics, Pokèmon as...

It’s been an interesting election cycle to say the least, and now Pokémon Go is entering the fray. The presumptive nominees for both major political parties today addressed the game that’s seemingly taking over the internet, both attempting to use the game to lure in potential voters and talk job creation.


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Microsoft wins Apple-aligned case against U.S. over...

A U.S. Federal Court has ruled in Microsoft's favor in a closely-watch case involving a warrant the government obtained for a customer's emails stored on an Irish server. The ruling frees U.S. companies from being forced to hand over customer data if it's not being stored within the U.S.

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Google's New Emoji Aimed At Promoting Gender...

An anonymous reader writes: Based largely on a proposal from Unicode Consortium member Google, Unicode Consortium has announced plans to support new emoji aimed at promoting gender equality. There will be "11 new 'professional' emoji [that] will depict both men and women performing different jobs, and there will be both male and female versions of 33 existing emoji that currently depict either a man or a women but not both," writes Ars Technica. "The new professions include, in the Unicode Consortium's words: a farmer, welder, mechanic, health worker, scientist, coder, business worker, chef, student, teacher, and rockstar." What's unusual about the new emoji is that they're created using combinations of existing emoji to avoid waiting for Unicode version 10.0 to be finalized in June of 2017. By using a special "zero-width joiner" (ZWJ) character between two or more emoji, operating systems that support it know to put out a different composite emoji rather than a series of separate...

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Two men fall off cliff while playing ‘Pokemon Go’

Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego’s North County while playing “Pokemon Go,” the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.

Holy shit people are stupid.

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Acoustic guitar capo I bought

I have a love/hate relationship with capos because they often screw up the sound or don’t press evenly on the strings, which also screws up the sound. I recently picked this one up and it works great every time.

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145 Tech Leaders Say 'Trump Would Be A Disaster...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNN: "We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," wrote 145 technology leaders in an open letter Medium post published Thursday. Some of the leaders are from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple, others from small startups, venture capital firms, nonprofits and universities. "We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not," reads the letter, which was signed by well-known names like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, IAC's Barry Diller, Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales. "His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation," reads the letter, published by chief marketing officer at...

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New video shows alleged 'iPhone 7' casings...

Adding to an ever-growing set of parts leaks, a video uploaded on Thursday purports to show the rear casings of two "iPhone 7" units, apparently in line with designs seen elsewhere.

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Facebook's OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless...

Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in remote areas.
The platform is available in various options, ranging from a network in a box to an access point. It supports all existing wireless systems, Facebook said. However, it "contains no reference to bands used, as far as I could tell," noted Strategy Analytics' Chris Taylor.

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Review: Marbotic Smart Letters for iPad

We've seen a few iPad-based children's toys over the years, and Marbotic has entered that still mostly-ignored market with Smart Letters ($50), a physical set of letters designed to be used on an iPad. The wooden letters interact with Marbotic's own apps — three different compatible apps are currently available. In conjunction with those apps — which are free when you buy Smart Letters — the letters work on any iPad, with the exception of the original iPad. The Smart Letters are passive pieces which use static electricity, so they can be used without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or batteries. A full alphabet's worth of letters is included in the $50 package. Marbotic also offers a Smart Numbers package for $35.{/exp:char_limit}

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T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free,...

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan…


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News: Apple’s Eddy Cue: ‘We’re not trying to compete...

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, provided some interesting perspective into Apple’s strategy in regards to television services and providers, tacitly denying many recent reports suggesting the company is pushing into original content. Cue emphatically denied that Apple is looking to acquire a studio or launch its own streaming TV service anytime soon, suggesting…

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DxO One Lightning camera for iPhone & iPad...

DxO's dedicated iPhone and iPad Lightning-connected camera, the DxO One, expanded its sales reach this week with a launch at Best Buy's U.S. online store, and a select number of retail locations.

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News: Video of alleged iPhone 7 shows lack of...

A short video has been posted by unknown sources on Chinese site Weibo purporting to be of the next-generation iPhone 7, seems to corroborate many of the prior rumors and leaked photos seen up to this point. Specifically, the video shows a larger opening for new camera hardware, the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, and redesigned antenna lines on the back of the device. [via 9to5Mac]...

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NVIDIA's 'VR Funhouse' carnival game...

A few months ago, NVIDIA showed off a new virtual reality tech demo designed to showcase what its new graphics technology could do for VR. Today, it's releasing that demo to the public: VR Funhouse is a free, virtual reality carnival with collision-b...

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Zenrez allows last-minute Yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX...

If you’re looking to work out, this could be interesting.

Zenrez Corporation has released Zenrez, an iOS app that helps you book last-minute classes at your favorite yoga, pilates, barre, and fitness studios. Users pay per class with no long-term memberships or fees and come 9 PM each night, studios affiliated with the app release a limited number of last-minute offers available for booking.

Zenrez is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Seattle, and Pittsburgh, PA and offers access to the following studios:

San Francisco Bay Area:
The Pad
Satori Yoga
Yoga Source Los Gatos
Akasha Yoga
Vikram Hot Yoga
TRX Training Center

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Another alleged iPhone 7 leak, this time on video

The iPhone 7 leaks keep coming. Earlier today the latest alleged spy shots showed what appeared to be fully assembled devices, which are most likely the clones based on leaked designs that often surface ahead of a new iPhone launch. Now, a video from unknown sources on Chinese website Weibo (via shows a similar design to previous leaks.


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This contest proved how far behind the times...

The chatbots you're hitting up on Facebook or Kik may seem as though they can really understand you, but in all actuality they're pretty stupid, at least when it comes to common sense. That's why a new Turing Test in the form of the Winograd Schema C...

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Apple plans to build better iPhone cameras with new...

A new Apple research center in the town of Grenoble, France, will apparently focus on improving imaging technology, likely for better cameras in future iPhones and other devices from the company, according to a new report.

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Emmys recognize online video with this year's...

You knew this was coming. The Emmys announced back in March that it would expand its award categories beyond the conventional, big-budget television productions to include short-form series, virtual reality and internet-only videos -- and it has. At...

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Apple opening R&D lab in Grenoble, France for...

Reports from local French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré (via claim Apple has signed contracts to open a new R&D lab in Grenoble, France focusing on imaging technologies.


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Razer creates a mechanical keyboard case for the 12....

Razer has been working hard on creating the world’s first ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard switch, and the first product that benefits from its existence is, of all things, a keyboard case for the 12.9″ iPad Pro. Razer’s Mechanical Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro launches today and is available right now for $169.99. more…

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Tech leaders say Trump would be a disaster for...

While at least one notable tech billionaire is willing to openly support Donald Trump's presidential campaign, a whopping 145 other leaders from major tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yelp, Tumblr, Slack and even Steve Wozniak himself h...

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External Link: Eddy Cue Discusses Apple’s TV Business

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, opened up about Apple’s interest in the TV business. Cue said that the Apple TV is “a lot better than a cable box,” but when asked if Apple is planning a streaming service, he said, “Whether we’re providing it or somebody else is, it really doesn’t matter to us.” However, Cue did say that he’s not a fan of so-called “skinny bundles” — smaller, low-cost programming packages — offered by services like SlingTV, because he feels that viewers are more frustrated by a lack of features than the price. In particular, he criticized the idea of having to dig through channel guides and program recordings manually. Overall, it sounds like Apple has a vision for the future of TV but doesn’t know exactly how to get there yet.


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External Link: Apple Casting Its Own Reality Show

Apple has issued an open casting call for “Planet of the Apps,” the company’s upcoming reality series about app developers. Applications are being accepted from developers through 26 August 2016; applicants must have an iOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS app in a functional state by 21 October 2016, with filming to take place in Los Angeles from late 2016 through early 2017. The producers are promising “hands-on guidance from some of the most influential experts in the tech community, featured placement on the App Store, and funding from top-tier VCs.” We don’t yet know the format of the show, which raises important questions. Will we see lots of geeks talking into their iPhone FaceTime cameras while “working” at Starbucks? Will there be judges making catty remarks about coding styles? Will the snarky QA engineer get voted off the team? Stay tuned…


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New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em...

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you might not have to wait much longer: new crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps are teaching players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

At least four Pokémon Go maps are available: the first, at, zeroes in on your location and begins showing what Pokémon might be nearby. And if you happen to live in the Boston area, you’re in real luck: a sweet Google Map known as Gotta Catch ‘Em All  happens to list all the locations local players have found, complete with a list of rare and ultra-rare Pokémon. A separate Google Map pegs Pokémon locations in Seattle and Tennessee. Pokemapper also provides a worldwide look at Pokémon locations, but...

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Google's emoji for working women get thumbs up...

Back in May, Google proposed a set of emoji that would offer options that depict careers of professional women with a range of races and ethnicities. Today, the company announced that Unicode, the organization that (among other things) handles the de...

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Apple's Eddy Cue doesn't view Netflix or...

When it comes to Apple's plans for TV and streaming services, senior VP Eddy Cue is the guy with all the answers. Cue, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, revealed some interesting tidbits behind the company's philosophies regarding plans for origina...

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Eddy Cue talks Apple TV, original shows, and what...

Several rumors are swirling around Apple TV: Apple is planning to take on cable TV with its own bundle of channels, the company wants to create original content, it tried to acquire Time Warner, and so on. According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, you can expect Apple TV to get a lot better, but you can rule out buying a skinny bundle of channels from the company.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cue said the quality of both TV hardware and the content available to watch has never been better. The problem, the one Apple hopes to solve, is how people get that content. Apple wants to banish channel guides and DVRs and deliver a service that shows you the content you want to see with a simple voice command—or even better, with no command at all.


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Towards zero-touch iOS deployment

Fraser Speirs:

One of my goals for the next deployment is to, well, do it faster. The holy grail of iOS deployment is to “never touch the glass”. That is, to engineer a system whereby the most you ever do to a device is put it in a case and plug it into a cable.

We’re not totally there yet, but Fraser put together a great article on what can be done.

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Razor ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard switch...

Razor says its Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch will be initially outfitted into its Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for Apple’s iPad Pro. Eachswitch features a true actuation and reset point. 

Presses are registered with 70 grams of force, mimicking the feel of full-size mechanical keyboards in a form factor that’s slim enough to accompany a mobile device, says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. The keyboard also has backlight illumination and 20 brightness levels.

The Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad Pro is equipped with Bluetooth technology for simple connecting and a metal kickstand. The case is available now at for $169.99. 

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Peter Thiel to speak at the Republican National...

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor and PayPal co-founder, is set to speak an the upcoming Republican National Convention. According to a list of speakers and guests obtained by The New York Times, Thiel is scheduled to appear on the fourth nigh...

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Notable apps and app updates for July 14, 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.

Mac OS X Apps and Updates

Paragon NTFS for Mac

macOS Sierra may be a few months away from shipping, but a growing number of Mac users are testing the public or developer betas of the new operating system. Paragon Software announced today that its Paragon NTFS for Mac app already supports macOS Sierra, and has other new features as well. Paragon NTFS gives Macs full read/write support for Windows NTFS-formatted drives.

The latest version provides a way to submit support requests to ease troubleshooting, gives customizable product...

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Eddy Cue: Apple not trying to compete with Netflix...

In an interview published on Thursday, Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services -- dismissed any interest in the company creating its own TV shows, and addressed other topics like "skinny" channel bundles and a rumored interest in buying Time Warner.

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Samsung's Serif TV is designed to blend in with...

Other than size difference, most televisions on the market today look practically the same. With Serif TV, a sleek set that's designed to blend in with your furniture at home or office, Samsung wanted to take a different approach. Earlier this month,...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung 50″ 4K Ultra HDTV $530...

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Ditch 1080p and go 4K: Samsung 50-inch Smart Ultra HDTV w/ 4 HDMI inputs for $530 shipped

You deserve this LG 29-inch UltraWide 1080p Monitor and it’s on sale...

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Google: Promoting gender equality through emoji

More than 90 percent of the world’s online population use emoji. But while there’s a huge range of emoji, there aren’t a lot that highlight the diversity of women’s careers, or empower young girls.

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FCC adopts new rules for the foundation of 5G...

We knew it was coming, and now the FCC has made it official. The commission voted today to adopt new rules that would facilitate the development of 5G wireless networks in the US. More specifically, the guidelines relate to wireless spectrum above 24...

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A driver in New York state ran his car off the road and into a tree last night as a result of playing “Pokémon Go.”

I couldn’t care less if they hurt themselves, but an innocent person is going to get hurt by these morons.

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Razer launches Mechanical Keyboard Case for Apple...

Razer on Thursday released the Mechanical Keyboard Case for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, offering an unusual design alternative to most iPad keyboard cases.

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Review: Scrivener for iOS app is finally out next...

As a writing tool, Scrivener may be a niche app, but it has a fan-base almost unlike any other app I know. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s an app written by a writer for writers. You can read my review of the Mac app here, but I’ll save time by including my summary here.

What Scrivener does is bring together in one place all the resources you are likely to need to plan, research, write and either submit or self-publish a novel. Outlines, pen-portraits of characters, offline copies of web pages, photos, notes, PDFs … absolutely anything and everything that might help you create your opus magnum is right there all within a single app … 

I wouldn’t dream of writing a novel in anything else, and many other writers say the...

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Learning to code as a 30-year-old kid with Apple’s...

If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the “Swift Playgrounds” app that Apple announced at WWDC.

The app is Apple’s first crack at anything that even resembles an iOS-native development environment—iPad hardware is now fast enough (and Swift is now stable and mature enough) to make such a tool palatable. But while Swift Playgrounds uses and executes actual Swift code, it’s not going to let you make actual apps. Its aim is educational, specifically for younger kids who are familiar with and comfortable around technology but who have never been exposed to coding before.

I played with the app for a few hours, working my way through the first few tutorials in the public beta—I’m a little older than the intended age group, but I still managed to learn a few things. I also spoke with the team at Apple to learn more about their goals and intentions when they...

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Apple's kid-friendly Swift Playgrounds taught...

In 2014, Apple introduced a new programming language called Swift. Though that might not seem like much to everyday users like you and me, this announcement was actually a pretty big deal for the developer community. One of the reasons for that is th...

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Twitch's HTML5 player is available to...

Twitch is taking steps to improve its video streaming experience by bringing viewers a closed beta of its HTML5 video player. Anyone with a Turbo subscription will be able to join the beta beginning today and can test out the new player before other...

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Google's first indie gaming festival comes to...

Indie game developers, Google wants to hear from you. The company has just announced the first Google Play Indie Games Festival, and you can submit your game for consideration now. The festival, which will take place Sept. 24th in San Francisco, will...

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Nest Cam Outdoor

I’m glad to see Nest released an outdoor camera—it was definitely something missing from their product lineup.

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How-To: Understand the Wireless Diagnostics app on...

Apple ships a little-known utility app that helps you analyze and diagnose your Wi-Fi connection, called Wireless Diagnostics. Open the app by option-clicking on the Wi-Fi indicator in the menu bar and select ‘Open Wireless Diagnostics …’. Although the app contains a lot of useful information, it isn’t intuitively clear what you are supposed to do with it.


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∞ What people think guitar players do all day

I laughed.

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Pilot a disembodied head on July 26th with '...

Headlander, the Adult Swim game with a '70s science fiction vibe, comes to the PS4 on July 26th. First announced last December at the PlayStation Experience, it puts you in the head of the "last organic life left in the known universe," according to...

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Apple’s Eddy Cue talks music, TV, and Hollywood

This is a fantastic interview with Eddy. Go read it.

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EU antitrust regulators charge Google

“Google has come up with many innovative products that have made a difference to our lives. But that doesn’t give Google the right to deny other companies the chance to compete and innovate,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told a news conference in Brussels.

This is in addition to the existing charge that search results favor Google’s shopping service.

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'Evolve' added over a million players by...

It looks like that last ditch effort to save Evolve actually worked. In under a week, developer Turtle Rock Studios says that its monstrous 4-versus-1 multiplayer game has picked up over a million new players on PC. Regardless of how many will actual...

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Razer's new keyboard turns your iPad Pro into a...

If you weren't fully onboard with the iPad Pro's stock cover/smart keyboard, Razer announced its mechanical alternative on Thursday. It uses Razer's new "Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches" that provide the same acuity and responsiveness that made...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Keep your iPhone by your...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings us Belkin’s Fitness Belt, an adjustable belt that holds your iPhone and other gear in place while you exercise. Plus, sturdy protection, versatile folios, extra storage, transparent shells, and much more. Read on!


The SlimShell (iPhone SE; $16 MSRP, $8 on Amazon) is a see-through shell, keeping your iPhone safe without hiding its sleek design. This polycarbonate case helps improve your grip for easier carrying, features a UV layer to prevent yellowing, and offers laser-cut openings for all...

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Nest Cam Outdoor upgrades original Nest Cam with...

Google's Nest division on Thursday announced the Nest Cam Outdoor, a version of its app-connected Nest Cam upgraded to handle the specific demands of exterior security.

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Batman: Arkham Underworld lets gamers take control...

The newest Batman mobile title for Apple's iOS extends the lore and story of the Arkham Asylum console and computer game franchise, and features the lead Batman: The Animated Series voice actor.

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DJI's Zenmuse Z3 is its first drone camera with...

It might be best known for its drones, but the launch of DJI's first camera optimized for aerial stills shows the company has ambitions beyond super-slick video footage. To achieve its ends, the Zenmuse Z3 offers up a 7x zoom by pairing a 3.5x optica...

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C-SPAN will stream convention coverage on Facebook...

Facebook inadvertently replaced C-SPAN during a Democrat sit-in on gun control, but during the Republican and Democrat national conventions, C-SPAN will stream on Facebook Live. The social network will also feature footage filmed by convention partic...

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Apteligent data report: Apple’s growth in China is...

Apteligent, which specializes in user-centered mobile app metrics, that released a new data report, “Apteligent Data Report: WWDC 2016 Edition.” It breaks down the current Apple landscape by analyzing Apple’s growth in China, overall iOS fragmentation and performance, and developer interest (or lack of) in the Apple Watch. Key findings from the report include:

Apple’s growth in China is flat for the third quarter....

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Eddy Cue on Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show: We...

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s Eddy Cue goes on the record to discuss the new Apple TV’s future, the company’s entertainment ambitions with Apple Music and TV shows, as well as its competitors and partners. The piece is a bit of an overview bio on the SVP of Internet Software and Services at the start, but Cue also addresses rumors Apple is looking to get into the TV business itself…


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Nintendo's releasing a miniature NES console...

It’s apparently retro month for Nintendo. After the insanely successful launch of Pokémon Go, the video game company is dipping way back in the vault for the holiday season. Starting November 11, Nintendo is bringing back a miniaturized replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

The $60 Mini Collector’s Edition NES comes with a single controller replica and 30 classic NES games built-in to the system—no cartridge necessary. You can pick-up an extra classic controller for $10.

Don’t count on using your old NES controllers—if they’re still kicking—with the new system. The new controllers are designed to plug-in to the mini NES as well as the Wii Remote Control.


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Huffington Post makes VR a staple of its newsrooms

At the rate things are going, you might have a hard time avoiding online virtual reality. The Huffington Post (owned by AOL and Verizon, just like us) is launching players for 360-degree and VR content on just about every platform it uses. You'll log...

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News: Prototype iPhone 7 molds reveal no change to...

A new set of photos from Macitynet purporting to be of molds for the next-generation iPhone suggests that the new model will come in the same set of colors as the iPhone 6s, casting some doubt on prior rumors that Apple would offer a “deep blue” color option. While these types of molds are provided to MFi program partners to fit cases and other accessories against the new body design, it’s unable to be certain that what is shown…

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ICYMI: Better walking bot and an anti-aging...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Georgia Tech overhauled its DURUS robot to walk with a human-like gait that makes it the most efficient bipedal robot. Scientists at the EPFL did some solid research into the pomegranate fruit that shows it can cou...

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Patent report: iPhones with hidden connectors, AR...

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: 

There’s speculation that the upcoming “iPhone 7” — and perhaps the second gen Apple Watch — will be waterproof. A newly granted Apple patent (number 2016020437) hints that this could be true.

The patent is for an “electronic device with a hidden connector.” The device — an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch — would have a “self-healing” elastomer applied over one or more external electronic connectors. The self-healing elastomer may obscure the electronic connectors from the user, as well as provide environmental protection for the connector and the electronic device. 

Electronic probes such as an audio jack (though the next iPhone will reportedly ditch such a jack) or data connector may...

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Leaked 'iPhone 7' dummy units show device...

A newly-published image of alleged dummy "iPhone 7" models for accessory manufacturers suggests that Apple will ship the device in the same colors as the iPhone 6s, despite recent reports of new or altered color options.

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Cooking in the great outdoors

Camping is a wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the overly stimulating modern world. If you're fortunate, you'll venture beyond cell coverage for a distraction-free trip into the wild. It's wonderful... until you realize you can'...

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Apple TV’s universal search now works with Comedy...

Apple has added Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1 shows to the fourth generation Apple TV’s universal search and Siri search.

The universal search feature uses Siri, the voice-activated “digital assistant,” and enables searches across multiple streaming video services as well as the iTunes Store. Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one at a time for a particular movie or show, you can search all simultaneously, then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it. You can also search for actors, directors, and more.

Apple has been expanding the supported services list since the new version of the set-top box launched in October. Other support services include iTunes, HBO Go, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, Watch ABC, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Fox, National Geographic, FX Now, PBS, PBS Kids, A&E, History, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, DIY, Food Network, Travel Channel FYI, and HGTV.


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News: Daily Deal: Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones for only $24.99 — that’s 37% off the regular price. These Bluetooth 4.1 earbuds are magnetized so they’re easily kept together when you’re not using them, and include a storage case so you can easily carry them around while on the go without worrying about damaging them. Get the Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones…

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Dish's new TV remote listens to your voice...

Nowadays, you can save energy by talking to your gadgets and letting them do the work for you. So it's no surprise that Dish wants to help you with that, too. The satellite provider has introduced its aptly named Voice Remote, which lets Hopper 3 and...

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One-in-four consumers adopt wireless charging on...

Hopefully, Apple has wireless charing plans for its iPhone line in the works. One in four consumers has used wireless charging on a mobile phone and more than eight in 10 has heard of the technology, according to a 2016 consumer survey conducted by IHS Markit.

The IHS Markit Wireless Charging Consumer Insights Report, a survey of consumers in the United States, United Kingdom and China, showed a continued rise in awareness over the past 12 months to 80%, increasing from 76% in 2015 and just 36% in 2014. More importantly, those who have used the technology had an overwhelmingly positive reaction: over 98% would choose the feature again. 

This steady growth in awareness and adoption of wireless charging began in 2015, with the inclusion of the technology into Samsung’s flagship Galaxy smartphones, the Apple Watch -- via the Magnetic Charging Dock (pictured) -- and other popular mobile devices. Following this surge of mainstream...

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U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the Apple vs....

The U.S. Supreme Court has released a schedule of its upcoming October term sessions on Wednesday, announcing it will hear Samsung's appeal of a contentious patent lawsuit involving Apple on Oct. 11, reports AppleInsider.

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have had to make as much as $399 million of that payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone's rounded-corner front face, bezel, and gridded icons. It said that awarding total profits from the sale of its devices with those designs, even if...

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New York driver crashes car into tree while playing...

A driver in New York state ran his car off the road and into a tree last night as a result of playing “Pokémon Go.”

Police in Auburn, a town near Syracuse in upstate New York, were called to a traffic accident shortly before 11 p.m.

“The driver admitted to actively playing the Pokémon Go game while driving causing him to become distracted and run off the roadway into a tree,” the police said in a statement.

The car was badly damaged in the accident and police say the driver is lucky he was not seriously injured.

“This is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention,” the police said.

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Major US Aerospace company bans Pokémon Go from...

With Pokemon Go encouraging millions of users to walk around and catch Pokémon throughout the day, its popularity has also caused disruption to public venues and businesses. Several museums have already had to send out announcements banning the use of the game out of respect. We received an amusing tip from a reader that a major aerospace company in the US has also blacklisted the game on its work phones.


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The new Moto E is the largest one yet

Motorola's entire smartphone lineup is getting a refresh in 2016. Following the new Moto Z and Moto G families, the company has unveiled the Moto E3, an update to its most affordable handset. It sports a 5-inch HD display, up from the 4.5-inch panel...

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