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Monday June 27

Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for...

In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.

The pictures also show the absence of horizontal antenna lines on the back of the handset wherein the aforementioned lines are now only present at the chassis edges.

Other changes shown in the leaks...

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Developers begin answering questions about upcoming...

It’s deeply technical, but it’s worth the read.

An blog posted over on Adam Leventhal’s blog and picked up by the mighty Ars Technica describes a talk about the new Apple Filing System given during a Q&A session over at WWDC. During the session, Dominic Giampaolo and Eric Tamura, two members of the APFS team, gave an overview to a packed room, wherein, with the help of other team members, they patiently answered questions about the upcoming file architecture.

This isn’t the shortest article in the world, but it shows how a lot of praise is going towards encryption, while a fair amount of criticism seems to be emerging around data integrity.

Still, if you want to know what’s on the horizon for the new macOS operating systems, this is worth your time....

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News: Apple lays out ‘differential privacy’ plan for...

Apple is working to explain its new “differential privacy” method of collecting enough user information to make its products more useful while still protecting user privacy, Recode reports. Data collection will begin with the rollout of iOS 10, but will be entirely opt-in, allowing users to decide whether they’re willing to trade a little privacy in return for added functionality. Those opting in will allow Apple to see new words…

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Episode of French TV show shot on iPhones after...

A recorded episode of the French TV show On n’est pas Couché (We are not Asleep) was filmed with iPhones after a power outage at the studio took out the TV cameras.

You can watch the video below of the moment when the power went out, together with footage of filming continuing using iPhones …


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News: Report: New iPhone’s space gray to be ‘much...

Tipsters have indicated that the space gray version of the new “iPhone 7” will be a “much darker color” than that on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, Apple Insider reports. There is already some variability in Apple’s space gray from product to product, with the space gray on the Apple Watch Sport quite a bit darker than that on the iPhone 6 or 6s. But citing trusted sources, Macotakara‘s Danbo told the site that the…

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Pyle debuts iPhone Lite Me Selfie Case with built-in...

Pyle Audio has announced the $49.99 Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus case is designed to help users create better selfie images while protecting the smartphone in a slim fitting case.

You can slide your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus inside the case, which sports bright LED lights along the frame that can be turned on or off at the press of a button. This multi-functional protective case also features a built-in power bank with a 1750 mAh rechargeable battery, so you can use it as a backup charger when battery life is low. One-button operation allows users to adjust brightness and add a blinking or strobe light effect around the phone.

The Woodline Case from Pad&Quill: Kevlar meets wood in a stunning new iPhone case

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iPhone 7 now seems likely to come in Space Black to...

While a previous Macotakara report suggested that the iPhone 7 would be available in a deep blue color, replacing Space Gray, the blog is now suggesting that this is not the *case*.

I have heard another information that space grey would not be disconnected, but would be possibly updated to much darker color. Also, the new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black.

This tallies with something heard from one of our own sources …


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French talk show resorts to iPhones to continue...

Following a sudden power outage in the studio, part of the Saturday episode of a popular French talk show was reportedly shot on Apple's iPhone.

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Apple gets its Rainbow on for SF Pride Parade

Apple helped celebrate the LGBTQ community over the weekend by marching in San Fransisco's annual Pride parade. Company CEO Tim Cook's photo on Twitter shows what looks like hundreds of Apple employees marching and waving rainbow flags—and wearing the special limited edition Apple Watch rainbow watch bands the company gave to participants.

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watchOS 3 first look

Serenity Caldwell takes you on a tour through Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch OS update.

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Rumor: Apple's space gray 'iPhone 7'...

Apple's space gray color option for iPhones could return to a darker shade, closer to black with the upcoming "iPhone 7," according to a new report.

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Apple, the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade,...

Apple gave a terrific one-of-a-kind gift to employees who participated in Sunday’s annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade.

I love that Apple supports this. A nice looking band.

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What Apple’s new APFS file system means to you

Michael Cohen, writing for TidBITS:

Among the tidbits Apple revealed to its developer audience at the recently completed Worldwide Developers Conference was a new file system for the whole range of its products. Dubbed “APFS” (an acronym that Apple doesn’t completely spell out even in its developer documentation), the file system is meant to replace HFS+, the file system that in turn replaced 1985’s HFS (Hierarchical File System) in 1998.

Important change, arcane acronym.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Daily Deal: The World Class Mac Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering The World Class Mac Bundle for only $24.99 — that’s 93% off the regular price. This bundle of eight top-selling Mac apps will help you get productive, build cool websites, boost your Mac’s health, and more, with great tools such as Data Rescue 4, Freeway Pro 7, Painter Essentials 5, and more.

Get the The World Class Mac Bundle now for only $24.99...

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More Chinese patent battles likely upcoming for...

Apple’s record as the biggest target in the world for patent claims doesn’t look likely to change any time soon. The WSJ reports that three Chinese companies top the rankings for the most international patent filings: Huawei, Qualcomm and ZTE.

Last year, Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker and the leader in the telecommunications-equipment market, was the largest filer of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which makes it easier for companies to file patents in multiple countries […]

Patents are also playing a role in the harsher mobile landscape Apple and Samsung are...

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The essential guide to using Siri on a Sierra Mac

Jonny Evans digs into the process of using Siri on your Sierra-installed Mac, including preferences and lots and lots of examples.

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Daily Deal: Pre-order the Complete iOS 10 Developer...

Apple's latest mobile operating system won't be here until September or so, but it's already generating a lot of excitement with developers who want to take advantage of its new APIs to create more powerful and easy-to-use apps. For a limited time, pre-order The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course for just $29 from the Apple World Today Deals Shop and get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course as well. 

The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course will normally sell for $499 if you purchase it directly from the trainers at Mammoth Interactive, and The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course weighs in at $999. Altogether, the package is worth $1,498 -- but they want to pre-sell the iOS 10 to get the word out and slashed the price to $29. 


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Apple’s latest UK tax bill: £12.9M, the equivalent...

With a long-running EU investigation into the legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Europe still showing no signs of reaching a conclusion, the size of last year’s UK tax bill isn’t likely to help its cause. Apple’s latest accounts show that it paid just £12.9M ($17M) in UK corporation tax despite making an estimated £2B ($2.6B) profit in the country.

As the Mail Online notes, this is the equivalent of just two hours’ profits on its global sales …


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The OWC Express is a great way to repurpose an old...

You just decided to upgrade your MacBook hard drive to take advantage of the incredible storage space out there now or maybe you are adventuresome and switched to a Solid State Drive. What should you do with the old hard drive?

If you are looking for an easy, economical repurposing of that old hard drive, the OWC Express 2.0 enclosure is an excellent choice at US$19.99. Unfortunately I've been burned figuratively and literally by inferior quality enclosures with questionable origin -- my Mac Pro has the scorch marks on the USB port to attest to this fact. Luckily, this enclosure comes from a company which stands behind their product and truly knows the Mac.

Don't expect many bells and whistles on this unit. The case is made of plastic despite its faux metal appearance. Nonetheless, the case is sturdy and has stood the test of time being a spare hard drive I keep in my...

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The T51i combines the best features of on-ear...

Somewhere out there, perhaps there's an on-ear headphone that beats the overall audio quality, design, comfort, and looks of the Beyerdynamic T51, but I've yet to run across it. Of course, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299, this is a product for dedicated audiophiles.

Let's get the most important thing out of the way first. How good do they sound? One word: great — there's excellent sound across the entire frequency range. The headphones offer pumping, deep bass, lifelike vocals and wide clarity in an immersive soundstage. The mids have clean detail, with small boosts around 95dB and 113dB. The highs are crisp and efficient. I've had all five members of our family test drive the sound — and all found the T51i's audio near-perfect.

The TF1i is also the best-designed on-ear headphone I've used. It avoids the "stuffed" feeling of in-ear earpods, but lacks the propensity for falling off your head or...

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Handy unofficial mac app provides transcripts of all...

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s WWDC, there were live-streams of all the session videos, and you can still watch these online. But for those who find written transcripts a more efficient way to catch up, or want to be able to search for specific terms, the unofficial WWDC Mac app now provides automatic transcripts of each session.


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Patent trollin’: Straight Path sues Apple for patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. Straight Path Group, a subsidiary of fixed wireless spectrum leasing firm Straight Path Communications, is suing Apple for patent violation, this one regarding VoIP, reports AppleInsider

Straight Path is a non-practicing entity — in other words, a “patent troll.” A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data...

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5 apps to help you digitally organize business cards

We live in a practically paperless, digital age, but there’s one paper product that just won’t die: The business card. Business cards are pretty much a necessity for networking, but what do you do with 800 business cards when you get home from a tradeshow?

Let me guess—leave them in your bag and forget about them until the next tradeshow rolls around. Not such an effective networking tool after all.

Good news: There are plenty of apps that will help you stay on top of your business card stash by (quickly) digitizing them and adding the relevant information to your virtual rolodex (your Contacts list). We tried out five to find out which one makes the best business card butler.

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Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display with No...

Those who need a screen for a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or who want to revel in the productivity glory of a multiple-monitor Mac, will have to look for solutions from companies other than Apple.


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Sunday June 26

Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by...

Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews cou...

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Wisconsin's sentencing algorithm faces a court...

Many people are nervous about the prospect of using algorithms to predict crime, and a legal battle in Wisconsin is illustrating why. The state's Supreme Court is close to ruling on an appeal from Eric Loomis, who claims that the justice system reli...

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Apple hands out rainbow Apple Watch bands to...

In celebration of this year's LGBTQ Pride festivities, and the 30th anniversary of its own corporate Pride association, Apple this weekend passed out special rainbow colored Apple Watch bands to employees and published a selection of related iTunes content.

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Google reportedly ships its first non-Nexus phone...

You might not have to wait long to see whether or not rumors of Google having more say over phone designs are true. Sources speaking to the Telegraph claim that Google will release a smartphone with tighter controls over "design, manufacturing and...

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How the AppleInsider podcast is recorded and edited

As the AppleInsider podcast approaches 75 episodes, one of the most common questions we receive is how the show itself is produced. Our host Victor Marks offers a rundown of his process, including the hardware and software used to bring the weekly news program to life.

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See the unusual way cancer cells spread

In many ways, the biggest problem with fighting cancer is containing it: you may kill the main tumor site, but there's a real chance that it'll spread and reemerge as a threat. At last, though, scientists have a better understanding of how that migr...

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Apple once again joins in San Francisco Pride parade...

Apple is once again celebrating the LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco with employees (including Apple CEO Tim Cook) joining the march earlier today, showing support of human equality and diversity across ethnicities and sexual orientation.

For the first time, Apple is gifting limited edition Pride Apple Watch bands to employees who take party, with rainbow colored nylon strap and red lugs.

More pics after the break …


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South Korea hopes traffic signs will cut phone...

Cities have tried a number of exotic solutions to get phone-toting pedestrians to focus on where they're going (or at least, out of the way). However, Seoul thinks there's a simpler answer: traffic signs. The South Korean capital is testing signs t...

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Chrome exploit makes life easier for video pirates

Media giants insist on copy protection systems in browsers to prevent bootleggers from copying video streams, but these anti-piracy measures aren't foolproof. Security researchers have found a flaw in Chrome (and any Chromium-based browser) that cir...

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Winner of the Pad and Quill WWDC giveaway announced...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of last week's giveaway, C.R., who will receive a MacBook sleeve, iPhone case, Briefcase bag and iPad case courtesy of Pad & Quill.

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Ben Heck's Essentials series: Logic gates

Join Ben, Karen and Felix as they teach you the basic functions of digital circuitry and electronics with logic gates. Using the basis of the Hackmanji game, you'll soon learn the difference between NAND, AND, XOR and OR logic gates. These compon...

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MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac &...

How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!

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After Math: What are we watching?

These days, it seems the only news being reported is bad news. Britain's surprise exit from the EU stands to tear the nation in twain, Zika is spreading across the planet like viral wildfire, economic and racial divisions are widening; Trump is still...

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar Impulse's...

This week the Solar Impulse made history by becoming the first sun-powered airplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, a team of Swiss students built an all-electric race car that smashed an acceleration record by going from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seco...

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A ZFS developer’s analysis of the good and bad in...

Two hours or so of WWDC keynoting and Tim Cook didn't mention a new file system once? (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This article was originally published on Adam Leventhal's blog in multiple parts.

Apple announced a new file system that will make its way into all of its OS variants (macOS, tvOS, iOS,...

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328 foot-long floating barrier will collect ocean...

There are numerous efforts underway to clean the world's oceans, but The Ocean Cleanup is testing what may be both the simplest and the most ambitious. It just launched a 328 foot-long prototype floating barrier that will collect trash floating in t...

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Saturday June 25

Incipio just bought headphone maker Skullcandy

You probably don't see Incipio as more than the company who made your phone case or external battery pack. However, it's quietly becoming something of an accessory powerhouse: it owns brands like Braven and Incase. And now, it's getting even bigger...

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Curiosity rover may sample Mars water

Scientists have already found hints of liquid water on Mars... now, they want to take a close look at it. NASA has revealed that the Curiosity rover will investigate recurring slope lineae (those streaks you see above) around Mars' Gale Crater in ho...

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Leaked Google support app shares your Nexus phone...

Buying a Nexus device straight from Google can be a little intimidating to newcomers. It's not as if you can visit a Google store or your carrier for help, after all. If an Android Police leak is accurate, however, you might not have to. The Android...

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New leaks show bigger lens opening on 'iPhone 7...

Photos published on Saturday depict what are claimed to be rear shells for Apple's "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" -- and particularly, evidence of the new camera technology the devices are using.

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Philippines man charged with raiding US celebrities...

Online attacks against celebrities aren't limited to perpetrators in the US. American officials have unsealed charges against Peter Locsin, a Filipino who allegedly participated in a plot to compromise the financial accounts of at least five high-pr...

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Microsoft will stop making the Surface 3 in December

Microsoft's Surface 3 has been on the market for over a year with no successor in sight, but it now looks like the lower-cost Windows tablet is on its way out... well, eventually. The company has confirmed to ZDNet that it will stop producing the Sur...

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IRS kills e-filing PINs prematurely due to...

The IRS was gearing up to kill e-file PINs later this year, but it has decided to speed up its plans after discovering suspicious activity. These electronic filing personal identification numbers, which people could use to authenticate tax returns fi...

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Six gadgets made from LEGO bricks

By Cat DiStasio

When kids play with LEGO bricks, their creations are limited only by their imaginations. A few colorful blocks can become a spacecraft, a bulldozer or a skyscraper with just a few moves. Although the LEGO builds from you childhood ma...

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Latest round of leaked iPhone 7 photos show new (...

The latest round of iPhone 7 images, via, once again purportedly show new camera components for Apple’s upcoming flagship phone lineup.

Although the design is expected to largely resemble the iPhone 6s, rumors have shown redesigned antenna lines and new cameras are on the cards for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


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Snowden's email provider confirms it was an...

It's a poorly kept secret that officials targeted Lavabit's secure email service as part of their investigation into Edward Snowden's leaks. Heck, the US government inadvertently leaked the truth itself. However, a gag order has prevented Lavabit f...

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Bose's best headphones are even better wireless

When it comes to headphones, it can sometimes be easy to forget about Bose. The company doesn't debut new models as frequently as the competition, choosing instead to focus on quality, comfort and its highly touted noise-canceling tech. Bose's previo...

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Mobile Labs testing solutions adds support for iOS 10

Mobile Labs, a provider of enterprise-grade mobile testing solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Apple’s iOS 10 on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

The testing solutions include deviceConnect, Mobile Labs Trust and deviceBridge. deviceConnect supports manual and automated mobile app testing behind the security of a corporate firewall by using a private mobile device cloud. iOS 10 support includes the complete set of device access management and testing capabilities already available for Android and prior iOS versions: manual testing, automated testing and device inventory management. In addition, support includes dynamic instrumentation that allows users to test unmodified apps, including iOS 10 apps, without the need to create...

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Bose Quiet Comfort 35s are the perfect wireless,...

It appears that the iPhone 7 is going to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack but headphone manufacturers aren’t waiting for Apple to make an announcement before hitting the market with some great solutions to this so-called “problem”.

I’ve been living with the new $349 Bose Quiet Comfort 35s for the past week and not only are they amazing, but I can honestly say they’ve changed my life.

That may sound like hyperbole but let me explain… more…

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Apple Pay is coming to Parking Panda's customers

Parking Panda, a free app for on-demand parking in over 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada, is adding Apple Pay support.

Adding Apple’s mobile payment system helps take the parking industry to the next level with the most technologically advanced payment option, says Adam Zilberbaum, CEO of Parking Panda. Apple Pay is now available to Parking Panda users in over 40 North American cities for on-demand parking reservations at thousands of parking garages, lots, and valets. 

When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren’t stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

To celebrate the launch of Apple Pay, Parking Panda is offering customers a 10% discount off...

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Reuters: Big tech companies are auto-purging...

YouTube, Facebook and other big internet companies are using automated systems to find and remove terrorist content, according to Reuters. Prior to this, they mostly relied on users to report extremist videos, which human employees review and delete....

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This week’s top stories: Rumored iPhone 7 pricing,...

In this week’s top stories: Rumored iPhone 7 pricing and the latest leaks, new iOS 10 details, Thunderbolt Display gets discontinued, Mark Zuckerberg’s MacBook security advice and much more.


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LearnQuest is now an Apple Authorized Global...

LearnQuest, a provider of global IT and business skills, is now an official Apple Authorized Global Training Provider. It will offer new iOS developer and technical courses globally to Apple's enterprise partners and customers around the world over the coming months. 

These courses are designed to help developers building transformative business apps with foundational learning and best practice on architecting and creating native Swift apps for enterprise, and app lifecycle management to keep apps up to date with current iOS features and functions. Technical courses will assist enterprise customers and their partners with training on security, large-scale deployment approaches, and the fleet management of iPhone and iPad, according to Dimitri Schneiberg, LearnQuest managing director.

In addition, LearnQuest will offer existing iOS, OS X, and pro apps courses, and the training that supports the Apple Certified Mac...

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Tixeo client designed to provide encryption for OS X...

Tixeo has introduced a native Mac client designed to offer a real end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing with Mac or PC. It provides an architecture enabling end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing while maintaining a high adaptability to network fluctuations, according to its developers. 

This innovation has been made possible by the SVC on Demand (Scalable Video Coding on Demand) technology created by Tixeo's R&D department. The Tixeo Mac app will allow you to simply organize online meetings from any workstation. 

During group video conferencing, participants can share their desktop and eventually give control to another participant.

Tixeo is a paid subscription service. However, you can try it for free for 30 days.

Creative Kit 2016: Six powerful Mac photography apps with over 500 creative tools

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OWC unleashes external storage solutions with...

OWC Digital has announced that four of their proven external storage solutions are now available with up to 40TB of capacity. By adding configurations using 10TB enterprise-class drives to their lineup of 4-bay devices, these products boast 25% more storage than previous models.

The enhanced products include the ThunderBay 4 RAID , Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Enterprise Edition, OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS Enterprise Edition, and OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface Enterprise Edition for $3,999.99, $3,799.99, $3,899.99, and $3,899, respectively.

The OWC ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 ports and customizable RAID configurations to reach transfer rates up to 1,342 MB/s in RAID 0 and 723 MB/s in RAID 5. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 sports an USB 3.1 Gen 1, eSATA and FireWire 800 interface, multiple drive capacities and...

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Recommended Reading: How the 'Final Fantasy...

The 'Final Fantasy' film bombed,
but its motion capture
revolutionized Hollywood
Jordan Zakarin,

The animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within film may not have been a success in terms of earnings, but the movie did provide some useful in...

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Crashlands brings humor to an otherwise bleak...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Think of the movie Castaway... but your sidekick is with a robot instead of a volleyball named Wilson... and you’re in space and not alone. That’s Crashlands—maybe not so much like Castaway, but it’s a humorous action-adventure role-playing game with a survivalist focus. Developed by Butterscotch Shenanigans, a team who finds themselves exceptionally funny (and are, for the most part), Crashlands tasks the player with surviving on an alien planet after your ship crashes. Your play a space delivery person, Flux, who has only...

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Booq gives us a new Booqpad for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Booq has introduced the Booqpad for 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It’s designed to make it easy to switch between working and playing mode, merging the security of a snap case with the practical benefits of a multi-fold folio. 

The Booqpad’s ambidextrous design allows for multiple angles and scenarios, and suits both right and left-handed note-takers. You can use the folio flap to slightly prop up an iPad for typing, or readjust to standing position for a full view of a presentation or movie. When it’s time to get to work, lay the Booqpad flat and take notes or sketch an idea on the paper pad.

The Booqpad for 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in gray, and features an Apple Pencil pocket, access to ports and rear camera and a removable, 50-sheet notepad. Users can purchase additional notepads on booq’s website in packs of three for $10.

The Booqpad is available now for $...

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Eero Provides Good Wi-Fi Coverage in a Handsome...

A fast and stable Wi-Fi network can be complex to create and maintain, and ensuring consistent coverage is yet another ordeal that often means putting an unsightly access point in the middle of your house. Now, a company called Eero has released a lovely wireless networking device that sets up easily and works in groups of three or more to blanket a residence in Wi-Fi.


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The Survivor Power Bank from Griffin Technology is...

Griffin Technology is shipping the Survivor Power Bank, which the company describes as the “first phone and tablet backup battery pack durable and reliable enough to be called Survivor.”

Survivor Power Bank delivers portable power whenever needed. It’s tested to Military Standard 810G, providing up to 6.6 foot drop protection and impact resistant defense from falls on hard surfaces like concrete. The rechargeable battery cells are protected from drops and spills with shatterproof polycarbonate and textured, abrasion-resistant silicone.

Designed to go wherever life’s adventures take you, Survivor Power Bank has an IP66 rating to protect against water damage and dust particles. A self-sealing flap keeps the battery’s charge and power ports and built-in LED emergency flashlight clean and dry at all times.

The power bank has a 10,050 mAh charging capacity for USB-powered devices, that can provide up...

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ICYMI: The dogbot and a heart strap that beats...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Boston Dynamics introduced a new robot to the lineup and this one is both the smallest yet, and most adorable. The SpotMini is just two feet tall but in the video Boston Dynamics released, shows it can do dishes, th...

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Western Digital launches the WD Pro Series

Western Digital has introduced the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS).  They’re designed specifically for the creative community,

The products use the My Cloud mobile app. A new version of the app will be launched with the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series and be compatible with the Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition, both the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series devices are also compatible with the Plex Media Server and My Cloud OS 3 software for editing, streaming and sharing of content.

Using the direct Wi-Fi connection, creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, as well as save, edit and transfer work from up to eight other devices connected to the drive. Tethered...

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From expert pitchfork user to competent Mac user

(credit: Kris Connor/ Getty Images)

I grew up in a low-tech household. My dad only replaced something if it caught fire. We owned about 15 cars (mostly Humber 80s), and 13 of them were used to keep the other two running. Same story for tractors and any other farm equipment you care to name. Dad’s basic rule was that if he couldn't repair it, we didn't need it. We weren't anti-technology, but technology had to serve a purpose. It had to work reliably or at least be fun to repair.

Then I decided I wanted a computer. Much saving ensued, and after a while I was the proud owner of a secondhand Commodore VIC-20, with an expanded memory system, advanced BASIC, and a wonky tape drive... and no TV to plug it into. After begging an old black-and-white television from family friends, I was set for my computing...

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Kensington previews two SmartFit Laptop Risers

Kensington has announced two SmartFit Laptop Risers, which will be available in August. The SmartFit Laptop Riser ($49.99) and SmartFit Laptop Riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad ($99.99) allow users to find their personal laptop height setting for optimal comfort to reduce neck and back strain while working, according to Ada Yang, senior global product manager, Kensington.

The riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad simplifies the process of charging a smart phone by eliminating the need for any cable. Every SmartFit product includes a hand chart in the box that’s designed to help you find the correct SmartFit color...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Never leave your Apple...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the STM Dux, a see-through case with a dedicated slot for your Apple Pencil. Plus, plenty of new keyboard cases for all iPad models. Read on!


The Saddle Pro (all iPad models; $295 MSRP) is a briefcase-style bag with plenty of room for your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and accessories.

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A $1,500 smart oven made me the perfect leg of lamb

If you'd like to cook more but tend to feel disappointed by the results, you might be interested in the June. Announced last year, the June is an intelligent oven outfitted with a camera, a scale, a bevy of sensors and the guts of a smartphone or tab...

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Review: DJI's Phantom 4 sets new standard for...

Right out of the box, you can tell that DJI's Phantom 4 is a complete reimagining of the entry-level lineup. From the sleek chassis to advanced automated controls, DJI has set a new standard, leaving competitors and its own legacy models in the dust.

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Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks

Addonics Technologies has announced  two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.

The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.

There are two models. The R1825SN-2MS allows the attaching of up to eight 2.5-inch SATA hard drives or SSDs with 9-9.5 mm maximum drive height to a computer via two external mini SAS cables. The R1825SN-8ES attaches to the computer via eight eSATA cables. 

Drives, which will appear as eight independent drives when attached to any system, can be hot swapped when connecting to an eSATA...

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Troll machine: All bad advice, all the time

John Dvorak is a perpetual troll machine that defies the laws of thermodynamics. Science is at a loss to explain it. Also, science asked how we got their number and could we please stop calling because they’re working on actual science and don’t have time to be props in the Macalope’s little jokes.

Which are different than Dvorak’s jokes.

“Apple Should Spin Off the Macintosh.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

A dumb idea whose time has come. Won’t you please give dumb a chance? This year when you vote, please vote dumb.

(That’s a joke. Please do not vote dumb.)

I get suspicious over seemingly minor little changes.

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iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy...

Another week, another iPhone 7 leak. (Hey, it rhymes!) Following the set of components allegedly showing dual-SIM support, up to 256GB of storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone, Chinese repair shop Rock Fix is back with a photo of what...

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The week in Apple news: Discontinued Thunderbolt...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 24, 2016

The biggest news story of the week was Brexit, and yes, there’s an Apple angle here, mostly related to Apple’s stock, which, like many other companies, was down after the Brexit vote. We’ll see how Brexit affects Apple and tech in the long term. In the meantime, you can see this week’s top Apple-related headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.

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This week on AI: 'iPhone 7' holds back,...

With WWDC wrapped up for another year, attention turned back to future product rumors -- and for once, the iPhone 7 didn't dominate the discussion.

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​Contexts: The simpler, faster window switcher for...

Last week’s WWDC announcements pointed to some welcome changes to the upcoming macOS Sierra to improve the productivity of Mac users, but there was one part of the user experience that was seemingly ignored — window management on the Mac. Fortunately, there’s a utility that can speed up window switching, even on large-screen Macs with dozens of open apps and multiple displays — Contexts.

We’re thrilled to have Contexts as this week’s sponsor of Apple World Today. Available for just US$9 (or use coupon code AWT for a 25% discount through the end of July), Contexts is a window-switching powerhouse that gives you five distinct ways to easily find the window you’re looking for:

The Contexts main panel (center) and sidebar (right)

1 - Switch with a click. Contexts uses an auto-hiding sidebar that organizes windows...

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Friday June 24

How the UK's Brexit vote to leave Europe...

Yesterday's referendum on the United Kingdom exiting the European Union was widely expected to fail, but instead surprised markets globally by narrowly passing. The Euro and English Pound both subsequently dropped significantly, and markets worldwide recoiled in shock. Here's a look at how will this affect Apple going forward.

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Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe...

We're still not sure if we can Mark Watney our way through a Martian mission, because soil on the red planet contains heavy metals toxic to humans, including lead and arsenic. A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, ho...

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BitSummit 4 takes over Kyoto with more indie games...

BitSummit is back. The annual Japanese indie game festival recently announced its lineup of musicians and speakers including Koji Igarashi of Bloodstained and Castlevania fame, Rez creator Tetsuya Mizguchi, Tom Happ (the man behind Axiom Verge) and G...

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Neural net photography tweaks go mobile with Prisma...

We've seen DeepMind's acid trip photo creations and what it looks like when algorithms colorize black and white photos. But you need to be near a computer for the former, and do some pretty heavy lifting, scientifically speaking, to set up the latter...

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Apple's FaceTime subject of renewed VoIP patent...

Apple on Friday was slapped with yet another patent lawsuit leveled by a non-practicing entity, this time a renewed complaint dealing with VoIP technologies targeting FaceTime video and audio software.

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Facebook hires Google Fiber co-founder Kevin Lo

As Facebook continues its plan to help connect people around the world to the internet, it's finding help from Google. Recode reports that former Google Fiber exec and co-founder Kevin Lo has been hired to help Facebook make infrastructure deals for...

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DHS seeks to ask foreign visitors their social media...

Someday, departure and arrival forms in the US might have a new section asking foreign nationals for their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a proposal to add a section in those forms that reads: "Please...

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Nevada gives its first license to a daily fantasy...

Nevada's gaming board shut down daily fantasy games from DraftKings and FanDuel late last year for fairly obvious reasons: they're gambling, and they need a license to operate in the state. Now for the first time, the board has issued a license to a...

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Apple's Campus 2 to use updated Bloom Energy...

As part of efforts to generate clean energy at its Campus 2 headquarters, Apple is investing in an array of environmentally friendly fuel cells installed by Bloom Energy, the same manufacturer that supplied units for the company's Maiden, N.C., data center.

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Russia set to pass bill requiring ISPs to eavesdrop...

Most of the Russian government's attempts to wrangle the internet sound like humorous tirades -- for example, banning Wikipedia for an article on cannabis. But when they command Twitter and Facebook to store Russian users' data inside the country, we...

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tvOS 10 overview

A short, but nice overview from MacRumors on tvOS 10. I’m really looking forward to this OS release.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Celebrate 20 years of 'Quake' with a brand...

Quake fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate these days. Wolfenstein: The New Order developer MachineGames is championing id Software's classic first-person shooter's 20th anniversary and offering fans a little something special in return: A brand...

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∞ Metallica: The Four Horsemen

Great song!

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Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display - Will the Mac...

On June 23rd, Apple announced that the aging, obsolete, overpriced Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued. No replacement display was announced, and customers have been directed to 3rd party products. What does this mean for the Mac Pro?

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Apple's iTunes, App Store, iBooks Store suffer...

Customers looking to purchase apps, music or e-books through found themselves out of luck on Friday as a handful of Apple's internet services were hit by an hours-long outage, the third such downtime to hit Apple's services this month.

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6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac...

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.

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'Destiny' distances itself from PS3 and...

It was bound to happen, the question was just a matter of when. The "it" I'm referring to, of course, is developer Bungie cutting off support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Destiny. In a post on, the company says that start...

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Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.

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iOS 10: Hands-on with the new Lock screen [Video]

One of the biggest changes found in iOS 10 will be one of the first things you see upon installing the update. Indeed, the Lock screen in iOS 10 has received what amounts to an overhaul and a rethinking of its functionality. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore the iOS 10 Lock screen’s ins and outs. more…

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The Week in iOS Apps: Revolution!

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup of apps includes a game that lets you re-enact a critical moment in recent world history. Read on!


Exify ($2, iPhone and iPad) is the latest photo-editing app. It gives you quick access to exposure and lens information, image size and color space, and a magnifier for pixel-level details, among other details and features. Add a watermark, set a copyright, and more to make each image distinctly your own.

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App Store outage for some users preventing logins,...

Reports are coming in that a list of App Store and iTunes services are currently down for users. Those affected are prevented from logging into their accounts, downloading and updating apps, or streaming previously purchased content. Apple’s system status as of 05:33 PM EST doesn’t list any services as being out, but tweets directed at Apple’s official support account seem to indicate otherwise.


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The Mill's shapeshifting Blackbird can mimic...

Securing exotic, high-performance vehicles for a video shoot can be an expensive and arduous ordeal. Between dealing with availability of the vehicle, location, and filming, setting up the perfect shot for movies or commercials is extremely difficult...

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So you've sunken plenty of hours into crawling around in on your iPhone or iPad. You've got your stories of tragedy and triumph, the times you coiled four snakes at one time balanced out by the others when you had a length of more than... | Read more »
Rodeo Stampede guide to running a better...
In Rodeo Stampede, honing your skills so you can jump from animal to animal and outrun the herd as long as possible is only half the fun. Once you've tamed a few animals, you can bring them home with you. [Read more] | Read more »
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VoxSyn 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: VoxSyn turns your voice into the most flexible vocal sound generator ever. Instantly following even subtle modulations of pitch and... | Read more »
Catch Battleplans on Google Play from Ju...
Real-time strategy title Battleplans is due for release on Google Play on June 30th, following its release for iOS systems last month. With its simple interface and pretty graphics, the crowd-pleaser brings a formerly overlooked genre out for the... | Read more »
iDoyle: The interactive Adventures of Sh...
iDoyle: The interactive Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Books Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Special Release Price $1.99 (Normally $3.99) | Read more »
Five popular free apps to help you slim...
Thanks to retail and advertising, we're used to thinking one season ahead. Here we are just a week into the summer and we're conditioned to start thinking about the fall. [Read more] | Read more »
How to ride longer and tame more animals...
It's hard to accurately describe Rodeo Stampede to people who haven't seen it yet. It's like if someone took Crossy Roadand Disco Zoo and put them in a blender, yet with a unique game mechanic that's still simple and fun for anyone. [Read more] | Read more »
Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure...
Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure Battling Game 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Teeny Titans, GO! Join Robin for a figure battling RPG of epic proportions! TEENY... | Read more »
NinjAwesome: Tips and tricks to be a mor...
Sorry about that headline, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that GameResort would not have named its game NinjAwesome without expecting some of that. It is, in fact, pretty awesome the way it combines an endless runner and old school arcade... | Read more »
Into Mirror (Games)
Into Mirror 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: "Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?"- Edgar Allan Poe New game by Lemon Jam Studio, the team behind Pursuit... | Read more »

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Haven App Launches New Age Of Wirless 911 Eme...
Haven from RapidSOS represents a transformation in access to emergency services from a phone call solely dependent on voice to a robust data connection for voice, text, medical/demographic data.... Read more
Cu Parachute 1.1 Retirement Success PLanning...
Tucson, Arizona based Indie developer Bradley McCarthy has announce the release of Cu (Copper) Parachute 1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices — a tool with which users can continuously... Read more
Research and Markets Releases iPhone 6s Plus...
A new analysis report from Dublin-based Research and Markets observes that with the iPhone 6s Plus, Apple introduced a new rear camera module. The new device has similar structure and technology than... Read more
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