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Thursday June 20

12:52
Apple Expands Its Repair Partnership with Best Buy

Apple has expanded its repair partnership with technology superstore Best Buy to include every Best Buy store in the United States. But if you have a choice, is Best Buy the best place to go for Apple repairs?

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12:36
Amazon drops Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging...




In what is the most aggressive discount we've seen on Apple's new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, Amazon is knocking $20 off instantly, with free Prime shipping and inventory in stock and ready to ship.

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12:18
Gallery: Redesigned Apple Passeig de Gràcia opens in...

Sometimes, a change in scenery is all it takes to gain a new perspective. Apple fans in Barcelona today are learning this firsthand as Apple celebrates the grand reopening of its Passeig de Gràcia store following four months of renovation. Changes large and small add up to a new focus on creativity that Apple is sharing with the community.

more…

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12:09
iPad wins again, Google cancels upcoming tablet...




Google is officially abandoning its tablet efforts, including two unannounced devices, a spokesperson revealed on Thursday.

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12:00
Biased Jamf Survey About Enterprise Mac Productivity

Jamf, a company that makes software exclusively to Mac products, commissioned a survey that found enterprise Mac users felt more productive after switching from Windows. I think my claim of “bias” is pretty obvious. This totally won’t help Jamf sell more enterprise software.

When workers were asked to identify the reasons why they chose a Mac, 1 respondents cited Apple product preference, perceived reliability of the brand and Mac’s strong support for applications and resources needed to do job-related activities.


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11:55
TV+ Cornered, Apple’s Tariff Stance – TMO Daily...

Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about how Disney+ has cornered TV+, and about Apple’s tariff stance.


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11:49
Bipartisan 'Stopping Bad Robocalls Act'...




The Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have introduced a new compromise bill, the "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act," joining other government efforts to halt the tide of unwanted spam calls.

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11:45
Swift Creator Chris Lattner Does Podcast Interview

Chris Lattner, creator of Apple’s Swift programming language, does a podcast interview with John Sundell.

Chris Lattner, creator of Swift, joins John on this 50th episode of the show — to discuss the current state of Swift and how it came to be, as well as to speculate about what the future of the language and its ecosystem might look like.


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11:36
Mondly Lifetime Subscription Price Drop to $59.99

We have a deal on a lifetime subscription to Mondly, the language-learning platform. Mondly uses speech recognition and only gives positive feedback if you speak clearly and correctly. You can choose 5 of 33 languages to learn in your own native tongue. Stack Commerce has negotiated a price drop down to $59.99 for TMO readers (and listeners!).


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11:34
Apple releases firmware security update for...

While Apple’s AirPort lineup has long been discontinued, the company is still supporting the devices with software updates. AirPort Express, Extreme, and Time Capsule Base Stations have received a new firmware security update today.

more…

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11:31
Chrome causing Final Cut Pro X to slow down, freeze...




Chrome is causing Final Cut Pro X to become unresponsive and crash for some users by hogging video encoding frameworks, a noted video editor has claimed on Twitter.

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11:27
Apple issues security software update for 802.11n...




Apple has issued a security update for the 802.11n AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule units, the first one in over a year and a half.

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11:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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11:08
Chris Lattner, Apple Swift creator, talks future of...

John Sundell has secured yet another notable guest for his informative “Swift by Sundell” podcast. This time around, Chris Lattner has joined the show. Lattner created Apple’s Swift programming language before briefly joining Tesla and eventually ending up at Google.

more…

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11:04
Review: Wearbuds are like AirPods for your wrist




Wearbuds are like having a pair of AirPods on your wrist, tucked away in a simple fitness tracker, but does this affordable combo device actually work well?

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10:53
Hands on: Grado's first wireless open-back...




Grado is a well-known brand in audiophile circles, and one of the few companies to specialize in open-back headphones. Believe it or not, the GW100 is only their first Bluetooth model.

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10:50
Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

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10:32
Try Salting Passwords if You Don’t Trust Password...

Andrew recently stumbled upon this sweet password trick from Password Bits, and he’s geeking out over the sheer genius of it.


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10:21
Video: How To Use Apple’s New Mac Pro Placing AR Tool

Apple announced that users excited about a new Mac Pro could see how it would look in their office via an AR tool – Charlotte tested it out.


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10:20
15-inch MacBook Pro battery recall program

The page details how to check if your MacBook Pro is affected and what to do next.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:17
Adobe Lightroom now available through Apple’s Mac...

Cue the inevitable complains about Adobe’s subscription plans.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
Apple’s first 4 iOS apps for Mac are getting an...

They are not yet in the developer betas but Federighi said they’ll be updated for the public beta.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:11
Smartwatch Market Dominated by Apple in Coming Years

Apple will continue to lead the field in smartwatches, with new research indicating it will have over a quarter of the market in 2023.


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10:11
Apple Announces Voluntary 15-inch MacBook Pro Recall

Apple announced a voluntary 15-inch MacBook Pro recall due to overheating batteries that pose a safety risk.


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10:06
9to5Mac Happy Hour 230: iOS 13 beta 2, new Apple TV...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple HomeKit Secure Video, changes in iOS 13 beta 2 including a new Portrait filter, SMB Server support, a new subscription warning, and design changes to CarPlay.

Also discussed: a new feature coming in watchOS 6, new faces on older watches, Wireless Audio Sync and PIP for Apple TV, potential improvements to Mojave’s built-in apps in macOS Catalina, 2020 iPhone rumors, Apple Card testing, changes being tested at select Apple Stores, and more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our ...

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10:03
Tim Cook Honored With Champion Award for LGBT Efforts

Later this year, organization GLSEN will award Tim Cook with the Champion Award for his efforts in fighting for LGBT rights and equality.


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09:49
Apple Calls for Trump Tariffs Not to Be Introduced

Apple warned that President Trump’s proposed trade tariffs would hit many of its products and ’tilt the playing field’ in favor of others.


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09:45
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is now available in the...

After weeks of beta testing in Australia and New Zealand, the next big “walk around in the real world, collecting and battling things” game from the makers of Pokémon Go finally got an official release date earlier this week. That date? June 21 in the U.S. and U.K., with additional countries to follow.

Surprise! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available now, a day early, in the App Store. It’s free with in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $99.99, because of course it is. You’ll need at least an iPhone 5s or later and iOS 10 or later to play.

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09:40
Apple issues battery recall on 2015 15-inch MacBook...




Apple today announced a voluntary recall of some 15-inch MacBook Pro units that have a battery that may overheat and potentially pose a safety risk, and is asking affected users to stop using the machines if they are impacted.

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09:39
Apple launches recall program for select MacBook...

Apple today said that it is launching a voluntary recall and replacement program for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The company says that select 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017 contain a battery that may overheat and pose safety risks.

more…

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09:39
Niantic Surprises Us: Harry Potter Wizards Unite...

Niantic has decided to surprise us. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available to download now, with the original launch date being tomorrow, June 21. I’ve spent a couple of minutes playing and reached level 2. Certain aspects of the game are slow, like UI-wise, like when you level up. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set in J.K. Rowling’s fictional universe where players help protect the wizarding world from exposure to muggles. Players will use their smartphones to capture magical creatures running loose, hunt potion ingredients, and use portkeys to travel to popular locations in the wizarding world. Download it hereApp Store: Free


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09:31
Apple published a new Press Release
09:03
Latest Apple AirPods hit Amazon all-time low,...
08:47
[Update: Available now in the US and UK] Harry...

Update: Now available on iOS for users in the US and UK.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game briefly teased by Pokémon Go creator back in November of last year, is now available in open beta – but only in two countries. It’s currently available only in Australia and New Zealand, but you can register to receive an alert once it’s available in your country …

more…

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08:20
UK Porn Age Verification Laws Delayed

Controversial UK rules designed to stop under 18s accessing porn have been delayed for a third time following a Government error.


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08:19
Apple's Tim Cook to accept 'Champion...




GLSEN, an organization promoting LBGTQ-friendly spaces in K-12 schools, announced on Thursday that Apple CEO Tim Cook is receiving a "Champion" award for his efforts in promoting likeminded causes.

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08:09
Tim Cook to receive ‘Champion Award’ in recognition...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set be honored by educational organization GLSEN later this year. Cook will receive the Champion Award for his involvement in fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality.

more…

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07:58
Apple says Trump tariffs would 'tilt the...




Apple has formally requested that the U.S. not impose tariffs upon its imported products in a letter, saying that it would greatly impact Apple's business, and unfairly benefit competitors.

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07:58
Apple says Trump tariffs would 'tilt the...




Apple has formally requested that the U.S. not impose tariffs upon its imported products in a letter, saying that it would greatly impact Apple's business, and unfairly benefit competitors.

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07:50
Apple says Trump tariffs would affect all product...

Amid trade tensions between the United States and China, Apple this week sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. In the letter, Apple says that proposed tariffs would hit all of its major products, including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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07:32
After 7 Years, Adobe Lightroom Returns to Mac App...

Adobe Lightroom is back in the Mac App Store, and it requires a subscription of US$9.99/month after a one-week trial.


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07:32
Gatorade launching interactive AR Snapchat portal...

Gatorade is releasing its first-ever augmented reality Snapchat lens today with inspiration from soccer legends Mia Hamm and Mallory Pugh and a special tie-in from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

more…

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07:17
Nimble launches case lineup that helps protect your...

Continuing on with its mantra “Tech for Good,” Nimble has released its latest product: Bottle Case. Available for modern iPhones, the new case is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and the company makes a donation to protect the world’s oceans with each purchase.

more…

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07:13
Relive Apollo 11 Moon landing with two AR apps to...

If you’ve ever wished you could have experienced the Apollo 11 Moon landing, two upcoming augmented reality apps will give you the next best thing.

USA Today, Florida Today, and The Smithsonian Institution are partnering on a real-time AR experience that will allow you to view each aspect of the mission, from lift-off to Moon landing. The experience has been created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic achievement …

more…

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07:12
Adobe brings Lightroom to the Mac App Store




Adobe has brought Lightroom, its flagship photo editing and management app, to the Mac App Store a year after Apple announced its big revamp coinciding with the release of macOS Mojave. The move is Adobe's first major app to make the leap.

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06:57
Nimble launches Bottle Case for iPhone made from...




Eco-friendly battery maker Nimble is out with its latest product -- a line of iPhone cases made from entirely recycled plastic bottles.

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06:51
∞ How to factory reset your GE light bulbs. Just...

[VIDEO] This one (embedded in main Loop post) has been flying around Twitter. This can’t be real, I thought. But apparently it is.

Can you imagine Apple shipping this product? Yikes.

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06:41
Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone...

Washington Post:

New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.

The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck.

If you don’t have access to the article (and I find the Washington Post a no-brainer value, worth my subscription dollar), here’s a link to the original study, which shows X-rays of said horns. Crazy.

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06:36
Apple’s product strategy is changing

Neil Cybart, laying out Apple’s pre-2018 “pull” strategy:

One way of conceptualizing this product strategy is to think of every major Apple product category being attached to a rope. The order in which these products were attached to the rope was determined by the degree to which technology was made more personal via new workflows and processes for getting work done. Accordingly, Apple Watch and iPhone were located on the end of the rope held by Apple management. Meanwhile, Mac desktops were located at the other end of the rope while iPads and Mac portables were somewhere in the middle.

As Apple management pulled on the rope, the Apple Watch and iPhone received much of the attention while the Mac increasingly resembled dead weight.

And:

The quicker Apple pulled on the rope, the more chaotic the end of the rope moved.

But that seems to be changing:

Over the past two years, we received clues that a major change was beginning to take hold in...

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06:25
The SIM swap fix that the US isn’t using

Andy Greenberg, Wired:

…an escalating pattern of fraud based on so-called SIM swap attacks, where hackers trick or bribe a phone company employee into switching the SIM card associated with a victim’s phone number. The attackers then use that hijacked number to take over banking or other online accounts. According to Tenreiro, the bank had seen more than 17 SIM swap frauds every month. The problem was only getting worse.

And:

SIM swap hackers rely on intercepting a one-time password sent by text after stealing a victim’s banking credentials, or by using the phone number as a password reset fallback. So the phone company, Tenreiro says, offered a straightforward fix: The carrier would set up a system to let the bank query phone records for any recent SIM swaps associated with a bank account before they carried out a money transfer. If a SIM swap had occurred in, say, the last two or three days, the transfer would be blocked. Because SIM swap victims can...

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06:22
Adobe brings pro Lightroom photo editor to the Mac...

Adobe Lightroom users now have a new way to subscribe to and install the pro software: Apple’s Mac App Store. Apple named Lightroom among the apps that were set to launch or return on the redesigned Mac App Store on macOS Mojave last summer at WWDC 2018, and today Adobe has fulfilled that promise.

more…

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06:21
PSA: If you unfollow someone on Twitter at present,...

If you’re planning to unfollow someone on Twitter, you might want to hold off for now in case you inadvertently cause offense…

more…

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06:17
These killer closeout deals knock up to $1,300 off...




Adorama is making way for 2019 inventory with killer closeout deals on MacBook Pros and Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio. Save up to $1,300 on the computers and iPad accessory while supplies last with our exclusive Apple promo code.

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06:12
Nest Cam Allows Previous Owner to Spy on You

If you buy a used Nest Cam, the previous owner could have access to it. The Wirecutter discovered a way a previous owner can view the images, via the Wink hub. It is unclear if the issue applies to other products. Oh, and there is currently no way to fix it.

If you buy and set up a used Nest indoor camera that has been paired with a Wink hub, the previous owner may have unfettered access to images from that camera. And we currently don’t know of any cure for this problem. We are unsure what further implications there may be regarding Nest’s video service, including whether it may be vulnerable to other methods or through other smart-home device integrations.


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06:09
Macs continue to thrive in the enterprise

Jamf, in collaboration with Apple, contracted Vanson Bourne, a third-party market research firm to conduct a study to uncover key drivers of Mac adoption within the enterprise. To gain a global Mac perspective, the study surveyed employees from companies across the world, ranging from small to large enterprises.

The findings reveal high levels of employee satisfaction, productivity, creativity and collaboration for Mac users across all major lines of business: information technology, human resources, sales, and engineering. When asked how their work has improved as a result of using Mac, the answers were telling:

  • 97% of respondents claim increased productivity.

  • 95% claim increased creativity.

  • 94% claim self-sufficiency with technology.

  • 91% claim increased collaboration .

  • What’s more, the majority of...

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06:04
Survey finds reliability is the reason workers...




Jamf, a company that helps businesses manage Apple integration in businesses, has shown that Mac's reliability is a top reason employees prefer using Mac in the workplace.

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06:00
Survey finds 97% of enterprise Mac users feel more...

Vanson Bourne, a third-party market research firm, was hired by Jamf to conduct a study to uncover key drivers of Apple in enterprise adoption and satisfaction with the Mac. Their results reveal incredible levels of employee satisfaction, productivity, creativity and collaboration for Mac users across all major types of employee groups (IT, Human Resources, Sales, and Engineering). more…

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06:00
Learn a New Language with a Mondly Lifetime...

Planning on traveling abroad this year? Although most people around the world speak at least a wee bit of English, you can increase your enjoyment of your visits by speaking the language of the natives. How can you learn a new language and sound like a true native quickly? Mondly uses state-of-the-art speech recognition and proven methods to get you up to speed fast. We have an amazing deal for you today — get a lifetime subscription to Mondly for up to 5 languages for $59 — that’s an $1,199.75 value for less than $60!

  • Choose 5 of 33 languages to learn in your own native tongue

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06:00
Adobe Lightroom now available through Apple’s Mac...

Apple on Thursday announced that Adobe Lightroom is now available in the Mac App Store. An app for creative professionals who work in photography, Lightroom comes with a full set of tools for managing thousands upon thousands of photos, as well as editing tools for retouching and fine-tuning.

There’s no difference between the MAS version of Lightroom and Adobe’s version that you get directly from the company; the features are the same. Like the Adobe-sold version, the MAS version is sold as subscription-based software after a 7-day free trial. After that, it’s $9.99 per month, which puts you in Adobe’s Lightroom plan that includes 1TB of Creative Cloud file storage and access to the mobile and web versions of Lightroom. 

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05:51
Apple patent filing involves an ‘operational safety...

Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20190190858) for an “operational safety mode” that would allow a smart car to inform others trying to call the driver on say, an iPhone or Apple Watch, that the person they’re trying to contact is behind the wheel.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that electronic devices can receive information, including, merely by way of example, communications from other users' electronic devices and/or applications. Such electronic devices can output notifications indicating the arrival of information. 

However, Apple says that some operational modes involving the output of notifications using electronic devices, are “generally cumbersome and inefficient.” For example, some existing techniques use a complex and time-consuming user interface, which may include multiple key presses or keystrokes. Existing techniques require more time than necessary, wasting user time and device energy...

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05:50
After Philips Hue, Trulifi lights transmit and...

Signify, the Philips subsidiary behind Hue lighting, has announced even smarter lighting aimed at businesses: Trulifi lights can transmit and receive data using nothing more than light.

The company is resurrecting a technology first seen in 2011, and pitching it as an alternative to Wi-Fi …

more…

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05:39
Apple files for another patent involving AR and ‘...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20190188915) for a “method and apparatus for representing a virtual object in a real environment.” It involves the company’s continued work in augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), as well as its almost-certainly-coming “Apple Glasses” head-mounted display (HMD).

The invention relates to a method and apparatus for representing a virtual object in a real environment, particularly for merging the virtual object with an image of the real environment generated by a recording device. This is one of many patents filed for and granted to Apple. “Apple Glasses” is the name used to refer to the augmented reality/virtual reality headset the company is expected to debut next year or 2021

Here’s the (very wordy)summary of the patent filing: “The invention relates to a method for representing a virtual object in a real environment, having the following steps: generating a two-dimensional representation of a real...

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05:34
YouTube Under Federal Investigation Over Children’s...

The U.S. government is investigating YouTube for allegedly violating children’s privacy.

The complaints contended that YouTube, which is owned by Google, failed to protect kids who used the streaming-video service and improperly collected their data in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 law known as COPPA that forbids the tracking and targeting of users younger than age 13.


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05:00
iPhone 2020 rumors, Aspyr game compatibility, OS...

iPhone rumors—for 2020! Fresh new OS betas! Will your Aspyr games work in the future! And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

The is episode 656 with Michael Simon, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 656

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04:41
Apple Watch to remain leader as Android smartwatches...

Market intelligence firm IDC predicts that the Apple Watch will continue to dominate the smartwatch market as Android smartwatches only really sell well in China, and Samsung’s Tizen watches languish in fifth place …

more…

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04:39
Used Google Nest cameras connected to the Wink hub...




Second-hand Google Nest Cam Indoor models can send images of your home to the Wink hub of the camera's previous owner, but Google has announced a fix.

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04:00
Everything new in CarPlay in iOS 13

It’s hard to believe CarPlay is already five years old. As a system for letting you control your iPhone with your car’s in-dash touchscreen display, it started off a little rough. Not only was Apple’s software lacking, but it wasn’t supported in nearly enough car models.

These days, CarPlay is everywhere. Apple’s polished up the experience, and car makers have figured out that nobody wants their own proprietary software—drivers want to use the maps, music, contacts, and messaging built into their phones.

With iOS 13, Apple is making the first really dramatic change to the CarPlay interface since the beginning. Coupled with a few helpful new features and Siri capabilities, it’s going to make CarPlay support a very important factor in new car purchases for iPhone users. Here are the major changes to CarPlay coming in iOS 13.

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03:54
Used Nest cams can spy on you due to third-party...

Used Nest cams allow the original owner to spy on whoever buys them. The problem was discovered by a former owner of the popular Nest Cam Indoor.

Worryingly, the behavior survives the official reset procedure, and right now there appears to be no fix available for it …

more…

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03:39
Chainspace: The London Startup That Powers Facebook’...

There has been much excitement, discussion, and concern regarding Facebook’s forthcoming cryptocurrency, Libra.  Wired told the story of Chainspace, the little-known London startup that made it possible.

One of the key moments in Facebook’s march towards the creation of Libra came in February 2019, when the company announced it had acquired Chainspace, a London-based, Gibraltar-registered blockchain venture which counted among its ranks several academics from the University College London Information Security Research Group, including George Danezis, one of the UK’s leading privacy engineering researchers. (Danezis did not reply to an interview request.) Founded in early 2018, over its relatively brief lifetime Chainspace tallied up several noteworthy achievements…“The real potential that we saw in Chainspace was one of the first serious implementations of state sharding across a trustless network,” says Lior Messika, an early investor in Chainspace with his...

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03:00
Best Buy to offer expanded Apple repair services at...

If you need tech help with your Apple product, Best Buy might be able to help out.

Apple has announced that it has partnered with Best Buy to offer certified repairs at every one of its nearly 1,000 locations in the United States. According to the release, Best Buy’s Geek Squad now has nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians that can make same-day iPhone repairs and service other products. Best Buy stores will use official Apple parts and their repair work will be backed by Apple.

Apple has been under pressure to reduce its backlogs, wait times, and reservations for repairs at its Apple Store locations. According to the company, the partnership will make for more than 1,800 third-party Apple Authorized Service Providers in the U.S., thereby amounting to three times the locations three years ago.

Apple has stated that eight out of ten Apple customers will now be within 20 minutes of an authorized service provider.

Stay tuned for additional details...

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03:00
Use TripMode to press pause and conserve data on...

Data synchronization is a way to ensure that you’re always up to date across all your devices, no matter what changes, and you typically get an online backup as an extra.

But when you’re using a cellular-connected Wi-Fi hotspot, such as the Personal Hotspot on an iPhone or iPad, you might want to press pause on iCloud and other sync operations. The sync services can’t tell whether you’re connected via a Wi-Fi network directly to the internet or you’re using a cellular relay.

Many third-party sync and backup service offer a way to pause. That’s sometimes a button or menu option that let’s you pause until you later choose to resume; other times, it’s a specified period of time after which sync or backup starts up automatically

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03:00
Tech Companies Are Binge-Hiring Neuroscientists

pacopico writes: There's a very weird trend going on in Silicon Valley right now where tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Twitter are raiding university neuroscience labs. They're hiring people who do pretty esoteric research on animal brains and putting them in their AI divisions. According to this Bloomberg Businessweek story, part of the reason is simply that the scientists tend to be good at dealing with large amounts of data. But the bigger deal is that these researchers specialize in things like auditory and visual function and even brain/machine interfaces and are being tapped to build new products based on the brain.


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03:00
No, your smart TV isn't catching viruses

A misguided tweet from Samsung instigates more pearl-clutching over smart TVs.

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Wednesday June 19

21:00
Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile,...

Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

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20:44
Libra: Finally, a Way for Facebook to Control More,...

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr dig deep into the possibilities—for good and ill (mostly ill)—of Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency. They cover how it work, why Facebook went the cryptocurrency route, and what Facebook has to gain from the project. Spoiler, the answer is everything!


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19:25
Apple to lead smartwatch growth through 2023, report...




Apple will be a primary growth driver of worldwide smartwatch sales through 2023, though its share of the market is expected to see erosion from an onslaught of competitors, according to research firm IDC.

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17:56
macOS Catalina beta hints Apple is building Catalyst...




Code discovered in the latest macOS 10.15 Catalina beta suggests Apple is employing its Project Catalyst framework to develop new versions of Messages and Shortcuts, the latter of which is currently limited to iOS devices.

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Apple could be developing Project Catalyst versions...

We’ve heard quite a bit about Project Catalyst and what it means for developers who want to bring their iPad applications to the Mac with macOS Catalina. Apple is using Catalyst itself to improve existing Mac apps like News and Home, as well as bring new apps like Podcasts to the Mac.

Now, evidence within the macOS Catalina beta suggests Apple has more in store for Project Catalyst.

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And You Thought the Fetish for Vinyl Records is Weird

Mel Magazine writes:

A generation raised on mp3s and Spotify are collecting [CD] discs like vinyl — but for reasons that have almost nothing to do with the music.

Did you throw all yours away?


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Macworld's July Digital Magazine: Hidden iPhone...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the July issue

The July issue features 11 little-known iPhone features you should start using. We give our favorite features a little extra love. Also, check our our review of the 2nd generation AirPods.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple upgrades processors in MacBook Pro, 8-core 15-inch model now available

• MacUser Reviews: PrivateVPN by Trunkspace, DriveDx

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14:50
Disney+ Has Put Apple TV+ in a Bind

Disney+ won’t launch until November 12, but it’s already putting strategic pressure on Apple TV+. Apple has found itself in a bind.


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13:55
Netflix renews bite-sized sketch comedy show ‘I...

The show that took the fun out of Instagram captions and charades is getting a second run. Netflix has renewed I Think You Should Leave -- the popular sketch comedy series starring Saturday Night Live alum Tim Robinson -- for a second season. Fans ca...

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13:09
News, Voice Memos, Home, and Stocks to get a design...

According to an interview with Apple Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi conducted by Cnet at WWDC, the first four Catalyst apps introduced to macOS last year are in for a design refresh.

Apple first demonstrated its technology to help bring iPad apps to the Mac—then called Marzipan—with macOS Mojave. When the OS shipped last fall, it included four new apps built using UIKit, the framework that developers use to build iPhone and iPad apps: News, Home, Voice Memos, and Stocks. They were not well-received by Mac fans.

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9to5Mac Daily: June 19, 2019

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Apple Expands Goldman Credit Card test to thousands...

This is not unexpected and provides a good test bed for Apple. Minor point: Why does Bloomberg call it a “Goldman Credit Card” in the headline?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:43
Apple Card testing expands to US retail workers...




Apple Card testing has reached the company's U.S. retail staff ahead of a launch in the next few months, a report said on Wednesday.

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Apple Card Testing Program Expands to Retail...

The Apple Card testing program has now expanded to include Apple’s retail employees. Although they can’t talk about the card but they can use it publicly to make purchases.

Many of the rank-and-file employees have already applied. The digital version via Apple Pay on the iPhone is usable immediately, while workers are told to expect the arrival of physical versions within two to three weeks. The employees are being offered the same APR range that Apple advertised to consumers: 13.24% to 24.24%, the people said.

I look forward to getting the Apple Card.


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12:09
Samsung exec says Galaxy Fold finally 'ready to...




Originally intended to launch in April, the Galaxy Fold is finally on the verge of reaching the public, a Samsung executive said.

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12:04
Nebo 2.2.1: Best app for handwritten notes gets...

Nebo from MyScript is an amazing app that takes advantage of an active stylus like the Apple Pencil or Pencil 2 to turn an iPad into a note-taking powerhouse. We first reviewed Nebo back in 2016, and were so impressed with it that it received a 5 out of 5 star rating and was one of our Top Picks of the year. The app instantly and accurately recognizes handwriting, provides the ability to add diagrams and editable/solvable equations, and more. Nebo just got even better with the addition in Version 2.2.1 of the ability (in beta) to add text with an onscreen or external keyboard for those situations where it may be faster to type in text than write it by hand. We’re so sure you’ll like the new version that we’re giving away 10 licenses, so be sure to enter our giveaway at the end of...

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11:57
Apple Card availability expanded to retail employees...

Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said that Goldman employees were testing Apple Card ahead of its summer launch. Now, Bloomberg reports that Apple has expanded the testing of Apple Card to all of its retail employees.

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11:42
What really happened to Malaysia’s missing airplane

We don’t really know but this is a great synopsis of what authorities do know with a lot of valid supposition thrown in.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
iPadOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad

While it’s not enabled by default, Apple has brought the long-awaited mouse support to iPad with iPadOS 13. Follow along on for how to pair and use a mouse with your iPad as well as set up buttons for custom shortcuts.

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11:37
iPadOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad

While it’s not enabled by default, Apple has brought the long-awaited mouse support to iPad with iPadOS 13. Follow along on for how to pair and use a mouse with your iPad as well as set up buttons for custom shortcuts.

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11:26
WWDC19: SwiftUI was the brightest star in a galaxy...




I talked to lots of developers at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, from fresh-faced scholarship winners entirely new to WWDC to an experienced veteran who reported having first attended Apple's annual dev event back in 1991. The unanimous answer to "what's the most exciting thing you saw this week?" was SwiftUI, hands down.

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11:23
Serif Launches Affinity Publisher for Mac and Windows

Serif, the creators of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, have today launched Affinity Publisher. It will let people create designs for magazines, books, brochures, posters, reports, stationary, and more.

Affinity is planning to release the new Publisher app for iPad in the future but for now, both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo iOS users will have functionality with Affinity Publisher documents.

While Publisher itself will come to iPad later, owners of Affinity Designer and Photo on iPad will be able to open, edit and export Publisher documents, on the move, from today.


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11:17
4K Blu-ray Players, Openly Operated – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a chat about John’s 4K Blu-ray player decisions, and the Openly Operated service.


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11:15
Apple News, Stocks, Home getting a Catalyst upgrade...




Apple is planning to upgrade News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home -- the first four apps converted from iOS to macOS under Marzipan, now known as Project Catalyst, software head Craig Federighi said on Wednesday.

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11:12
watchOS 6 Lets You Delete Built-In Watch Apps

Similar to how Apple let people remove built-in iOS apps with iOS 10, Apple will let people delete built-in watch apps with watchOS 6.


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11:04
From two bulls, 9 million dairy cows

This may seem like a silly story but it’s actually terrifying. All it would take is one specific disease and it could wipe out the entire dairy industry.

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Sprint BYOD Plan Gives You Unlimited for $25 per...

A new Sprint BYOD deal offers customers unlimited wireless for US$25/month if you bring your own iPhone or Android phone.


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