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Tuesday July 7

07:00
A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

There's no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a pokéball a...

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06:58
News: Apple aims to bring back Home Sharing for...

A week after Apple quietly dropped the popular Home Sharing feature from the Music app in iOS 8.4, Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has promised the company is “working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9.” In a tweet, Cue confirmed that Apple is trying to bring back the missing feature, which allows an iOS device to stream music from a computer running iTunes on a local Wi-Fi network. With Home Sharing going missing just…

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06:30
FBI director says he's 'not a maniac...

FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect ...

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: Free iOS Game Hacking Course

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a the iOS Game Hacking Course for FREE. This eight-week course helps you learn to create your own real-life iOS game, covering a wide range of game formats using tutorials on Objective-C, Xcode, and SpriteBuilder. You’ll be taken through building clones of Flappy Bird, Game of Life, and Angry Birds, and the course includes 17,000 free art assets to use in your own iPhone game, as well as lectures…

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06:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

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Today on In Case You Missed It: The giant robot...

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05:40
How the BBC's Micro:bit came to be

In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster's ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten...

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05:15
Facebook tests 'floating' videos in your...

Pop-Up Video: it's not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it's also Facebook's latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed, just lik...

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04:30
EE's Rook is a £49 4G smartphone for pay-as-you...

It seems like we can't get through a single month these days without one UK carrier or another launching an own-brand device. And, since the last device bearing a network provider's name came from Vodafone, it's only fitting that its own-brand nemesi...

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04:16
NASA funds low-cost probes and other futuristic...

Low-cost probes, an extraterrestrial submarine and spacecraft propelled by electric sails: these are but three of the seven projects moving on to Phase II of NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. All the entries have only just begun dev...

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02:57
Meet the Micro:bit, the BBC's tiny programmable...

The Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story for Britain, giving millions of people an affordable way to tinker and learn with pocket-sized hardware. Now, the BBC is hoping to make a similar impact with the "Micro:bit." Like the Raspberry Pi, this ...

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02:25
Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-...

Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

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02:23
Amazon will stand trial for its 'confusing...

Have you ever searched for a product on Amazon, only to find a similar item from another company? Sure you have. But while this search behavior is arguably great for customers, it's the reasoning behind a trademark lawsuit against the online retailer...

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01:51
Nest's home security camera comes to the UK

Last month, Nest unveiled two new products that could make your home a whole lot safer: a revamped Protect smoke alarm and a wireless Nest Cam security camera. Both quickly debuted in the US and now, they're available in the UK too. The new £159 Nest...

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01:32
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Monday July 6

21:48
Apple Stores to start sales of first HomeKit-enabled...

Apple online and brick-and-mortar stores on Tuesday will start selling ecobee3, the first Internet-connected thermostat compatible with Apple's iOS-based HomeKit framework.

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18:29
Amazon Cloud Drive Comes to iOS App Store

Amazon released Cloud Drive for iPhone and iPad while we were off for the holiday weekend. Amazon Cloud Drive is the company's Dropbox competitor-Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited photo storage and 5GB for videos and other files. The company also offers a $59.99 version of the service that gives you unlimited storage for everything. While most folks think of Amazon as a retailer, the company has also become a major provider of cloud services. Cloud Drive leverages Amazon's vast data center capacity. The iOS app supporting Cloud Drive joins existing apps for Mac, PC, Android, and Amazon's own Fire Phone. You can use it to view your files and folders, preview documents, play videos and music stored on your Cloud Drive, and share your files as links and attachments.

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18:07
Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home...

Last week, we noted that Apple’s latest iOS 8.4 release with Apple Music removes support for the long-existing Music Home Sharing feature. This function allows an iOS device user to stream music from a computer running iTunes on their own WiFi network. Today, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services noted on Twitter that Apple is “working” to restore Home Sharing functionality in iOS 9. It is likely that Home Sharing was removed in iOS 8.4 due to changes necessary with the record labels to launch the new streaming music service. Cook previously revealed details on...

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18:03
Apple's push into automotive spurs race to cash...

Rumors of automotive product entries from Apple and Google are prompting carmakers to look beyond traditional toward revenue streams fueled by data, the first being a reported joint overture for Nokia's HERE mapping service worth billions of dollars.

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16:38
Apple looks to reinstate Home Sharing with iOS 9,...

Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9.

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16:20
Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't...

An Italian firm with the appropriate name Hacking Team suffered a massive breach in its company data Sunday, and 400GB of internal documents so far have been released and are being analyzed by reporters and security researchers. Hacking Team’s customers are government agencies, including both law enforcement and national security, and the ostensibly legal software it sells to help them intercept communications includes not-yet-exploited vulnerabilities, known as zero-days.

Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including...

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15:35
How to make Apple Music do more with Siri voice...

While Apple Music has drawn a lot of comparions with other streaming services, like Spotify and Google Music, on iOS it does have at least one special trick: Siri voice commands.

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15:34
GoPro Whittles Down Hero4 Action Cam


GoPro's latest action cam features something the company's fans haven't seen for eight years: a product redesign. The company on Monday announced the Hero4 Session, a 1-inch cube video camera that weighs just 2.6 ounces -- less than half the heft of an iPhone. Unlike previous GoPro models, you won't need a case to protect it from getting wet. It's designed to withstand a soaking in up to 10 meters of water. However, while the camera is light in weight, it's also light on features -- and a heavy on price.

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15:24
[Sponsor] DevMate

DevMate is a powerful platform for app development and distribution. It’s designed to save hours of coding for both indie developers and established software companies. DevMate offers ready-to-use mechanisms and data collection. This includes licensing, built-in update and purchase mechanisms, feedback and crash reporting. The app data is presented in the Dashboard in real time, and is easy to access and monitor. DevMate is an indispensable tool for developers who value their time and want to focus on the tasks that are really important.

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14:52
Apple to reportedly debut co-designed third-party...

Apple Stores will soon get a more uniform look as select third-party accessory makers adopt packaging co-designed by Apple, part of a larger transition toward a "premium feel" under retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

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14:12
Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &...

Apple Music was a service that I was incredibly excited about when Apple announced it last month at WWDC. I’ve written a lot about music here at 9to5Mac and every time I explain how big of a music fan I am. When I’m in my office, I always have music playing, whether it be radio or a specific artist or album. For the past two years, I’ve been using Spotify for all of my streaming music needs. I never had a problem with the service, especially recently as it has upped the quality of both its iOS and Mac apps to be both more stable and feature-rich. A combination that is hard to come by nowadays.

Being the Apple fanboy that I am, however, I obviously had to give Apple Music a try. For the past week, I’ve been using the service as my exclusive source for music. How does it...

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13:31
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Voila 3.9, Typinator 6.6, GarageBand 10.1, iTunes 12.2, Security Update 2015-005, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, and Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7.

 

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13:31
All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory...

Apple-designed packaging for the Mophie Juice Pack and Logitech iPad Keyboard

Apple is looking to own yet another aspect of its product experience. The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party...

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13:30
Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger...

There isn’t any question that Apple’s working on a larger-screened iPad: early details leaked in 2013 and have been followed by dimensional drawings and prototype shells over the past year. All of the leaks suggest that the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Plus” will be nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, except with an almost 13″ screen and four (rather than two) speaker grilles. Few of the leaks have suggested major new design elements, such as an extra connector port, an integrated stand, or ...

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13:29
Review: TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer

TempTraq, a Blue Spark Technologies company, has released the TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer ($25), also known simply as TempTraq. A sticky patch designed to constantly monitor a child's temperature, TempTraq is worn directly on the skin, with the tip of the patch placed under a child's armpit. It uses Bluetooth to send live readings to a free app when a linked iOS device is within 40 feet. The app also allows users to track multiple children with multiple patches, and take notes, among other features. The patch is designed for one-time use, which makes the $25 price tag hard to swallow.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:00
NBA player blames injury on iPhone 6 Plus; We call...

Matt Bonner, a player for the San Antonio Spurs, says that his season-changing injury has been caused by -- are you ready for this? -- his iPhone 6 Plus. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, Bonner blamed the drop in his 3-point shooting, from 41.4 percent average over his 11-year career in the NBA to a still respectable 36.5 percent on an injury to his left (non-shooting) elbow. Bonner is "sure" that the injury was caused by the "way bigger" iPhone 6 Plus. 

Bonner says about his injury that "I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it."

Wimp.

Ummm, Bonner is 6 feet, 10 inches tall. Like most NBA players (with the possible exception of my personal favorite player from the past, the 5 foot, 3 inch...

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12:54
∞ My walking playlist on Apple Music

A lot of people have asked what music I listen to while I do my walks, so I thought I’d put it up on Apple Music. The songs were chosen to keep up a good walking pace—each of the songs makes me want to sing or play air guitar while I’m walking. I hope you enjoy it.

Jim’s Walk playlist on Apple Music.

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12:46
Apple’s MacBook SSD OEM Samsung takes wraps off pair...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Samsung today has announced that it will be adding a 2TB option to its 850 EVO and PRO 2.5-inch internal solid-state drive offerings. Previously, the largest sized capacity was 1TB for ...

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12:32
Musk Donates $10 Million to Keep AI From Going Rogue


The Future of Life Institute on Monday announced 37 winners of grant funding provided by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project. Musk contributed $10 million toward the effort. A total of $7 million will be awarded to fund the research teams for up to three years, with many of the projects beginning in September. Another $4 million is available to support research grants for areas that emerge as most promising. The teams will focus on the common goal of keeping artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity.

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12:28
Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on...

Instagram has announced today that it is rolling out support for higher resolution 1080 x 1080 pixel images. This doubles the previous upload resolution of 640 x 640 pixels, and you’ll probably notice very soon that the photos in your stream are looking a bit crisper.

According to a post today from Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, the update is rolling out to both Android and iOS. Other statements from the company suggest that the feature has been rolling out for about week and you should already be seeing these newer photos in-app.

There doesn’t appear to be an actual app update, as this is a change that is being flipped server side for both major platforms. If...

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12:17
∞ Punked by Apple Music

The other night, I checked out the “New” section of Apple Music. Like usual, I switched to the Metal section—when it loaded, I thought for sure someone at Apple was punching me. To be clear, I’m not saying this is a problem, I thought it was funny as hell. I closed the app, reopened and everything was fine. Still funny.

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12:11
Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple...

A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album.

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12:02
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed. [Sponsor]

Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. The hull fill supports your head and neck in a way that can’t be matched by traditional pillows.

Hullo’s features include:

  • Quality construction & organic materials
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  • American-made craftsmanship
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Drop what you’re doing—go and check out Hullo. Try it for 60 nights. If it’s not your favorite pillow, return it for a refund. You can’t lose!

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11:07
NBA player blames nagging arm injury on larger-...

There have been a wide range of both complaints and praises regarding the larger screened iPhones Apple introduced last fall, but this one is new. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, gave an interview recently in which he blamed a season-changing injury on Apple’s larger screened iPhone (via Yahoo).

Bonner revealed that he suffered from tennis elbow in his non-shooting arm for a two-and-half month period during the 2014-2015 NBA season. The pain was such a distraction to Bonner that before we would even catch the ball he would be dreading...

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10:51
Rick Perry and the Texas vs. California Tech War


A couple of weeks ago, I was waiting to do a CNBC slot on the Apple Watch in Asia -- the entire smartwatch class is having a lot of issues -- and I ran into Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, as he was coming out of the studio I was about to enter. For some reason, I thought he was going to be a typical entitled stuck-up jerk, like a lot of folks in his position are, but he wasn't. We started chatting about technology and jobs, and how he'd been focused as governor on getting tech companies to move to Texas from California.

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10:25
Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to...

Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad.

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10:20
Microsoft introduces ‘Tossup’ iOS app to make...



Microsoft today has introduced a new app for iOS and Android that makes it considerably easier for friends and family to make plans while on the go. Dubbed Tossup, the app was developed by the Microsoft Garage, which means it implores new ideas and thinking that the company hopes will catch on to the masses.

Tossup helps groups decide on plans by giving them suggestions and allowing each member of the group to vote and suggest other options. It offers the ability...

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09:36
What Apple Music Connect needs to succeed

Apple Music’s Connect is designed to foster connections between artists and fans, but there’s not much to love yet on either front. For listeners, Connect is pretty bare-bones and hasn’t offered much in the way of new content. Musician and iOS app designer Dave Wiskus says it’s not great for artists yet, either.

In a Friday blog post, Wiskus detailed his near-disastrous attempt at uploading a new song to share on Connect.

Embedding a song to share on the platform is riddled with difficulties, a far cry from the ease of uploading to SoundCloud. Artists have to make the clip they want to post available in My Music, which requires importing the track to iTunes (which can be its own special kind of hell). Posting the track can be glitchy—the form artists have to fill out wouldn’t allow...

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09:31
News: Report: iPhone 6S may be slightly thicker than...

An alleged schematic revealed by Engadget Japan alludes to the iPhone 6S as being slightly thicker than the iPhone 6. If true, the 6S will be 7.1 mm thick, a very slight increase over the existing iPhone 6’s 6.9 mm profile. The increase in size could be explained by rumors that Force Touch will be making its iPhone debut in the new model. Sources have claimed that any change to the 6S won’t be big enough to alter how existing iPhone 6…

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09:26
How to catch every song Beats 1 plays

Thanks to Twitter, you can find every song that gets played on Beats 1

Here's a scenario you might find familiar. You're listening to Beats 1 when a great song comes on that you haven't heard before. You try to add it to your collection but it's not available. You search the iTunes Store but it's not there either. In the meantime, the song is over. What was it again? Drat, I forgot. Oh well. 

I was complaining about this on Twitter this morning when Kristoffer Tsinontas pointed me to the Twitter account Beats1 Plays. This unofficial account live-tweets every track that's being played on Beats 1. In the scenario above, I could simply hop on Twitter and see the very song I missed. 

Regarding those songs we can't add to our libraries, I'm not sure...

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin WeMo switches from $31,...

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08:40
Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back...

An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch.

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08:09
Let us know what you think of iOS 8.4/Apple Music

iOS 8.4 is out and with it, Apple has launched its new Apple Music subscription streaming service.

While nothing has apparently caught fire yet and cats and dogs have yet to begin interspecies dating as a result of the update and launch, we’d like to know what you think of it, for better or for worse.

So, as always, let us know what’s gone right, what needs improvement, what’s driving you nuts about the new operating system and the new Apple Music service and what’s on your mind.

And it isn’t that I MIND cats and dogs interspecies dating, it’s just awkward when they lower the lights and begin slow dancing across my living room floor…

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08:04
Find your “Pluto Time”

NASA:

If you go outside at (a particular) time on a clear day, the world around you will be as bright as the surface of Pluto at noon.

It’s always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view. New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to have a close encounter with Pluto. After the historic flyby on July 14, 2015, we’ll combine as many submitted images as we can into a mosaic image of Pluto and its moons.

Here in Chilliwack, BC, my “Pluto Time” is tonight at 9:20 PM PDT. I’ll definitely be outside taking a picture for NASA.

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07:49
Amazon Invents the New Black Friday: Prime Day

Amazon is creating its own Black Friday, but it's called Prime Day and it's on a Wednesday. The online retailer is using its special one-day event on July 15 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the special deals will be for Amazon Prime members only.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon has selling down to a science so of course the company has found a great way to exploit its 20th anniversary and drive up Prime subscriptions at the same time.


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07:48
Amazon releases Cloud Drive file management app for...

Amazon has just launched a dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service, bringing an iPhone and iPad experience to the service that was previously only available through desktop apps and a recently launched Android mobile app.

Before the launch of the Cloud Drive app for iOS this weekend, Amazon allowed users to access content from the cloud service through various apps such as Amazon Photos (aka Cloud Drive Photos) and...

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07:42
Leaked iPhone 6S schematic shows minimal exterior...

If nothing else, a leaked schematic should do the trick.

The cool cats at Engadget Japan have published what’s apparently a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 6S, which came from a source in the Chinese supply chain. The schematic shows a handset with only minimal changes from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In truth, the changes to the handset’s thickness appear to be imperceptible, as the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone Plus.

With these relatively unchanged numbers, it seems possible that your current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case will fit the new model...

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07:39
The real voice of Siri explains her work

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, talks about voicing Siri and the fact that her real voice sounds so much different than what comes out of your phone:

“A Siri-like voice is still, at this point in time, very robotic,” she says. “The pitch is a little bit lower…it’s not as evenly paced as if you were speaking naturally.” She told me that few people recognize her on the street, since her speaking voice is different.

Watch the video. Absolutely love this.

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07:28
News: Apple Pay set to launch in UK on July 14?

Internal communications sent to employees at multiple U.K. retailers appear to confirm that Apple Pay will be accepted for mobile payments in their country starting on July 14, 9to5Mac reports. Apple has also informed its own retail employees they’ll be getting training for Apple Pay support on July 12, just ahead of the launch date for retailers. It’s possible that Apple Pay will launch later at some stores, but July 14 seems like it…

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07:21
Google's Waze mapping service launches...

As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel.

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07:19
Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of...

Engadget Japan has shown a purported schematic of the iPhone 6S which it attributes to a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain. While the diagram does not appear to have originated from Apple, the design and marked dimensions are consistent with casing photos we obtained from a proven source.

We noted that any change in thickness was imperceptible, and the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone 6 Plus. This also matches (...

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07:01
GoPro launches compact, single-button Hero4 Session...

GoPro on Monday announced a new $400 action camera, the Hero4 Session, a cube-shaped device said to be half as big and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 models, while still offering many of the same features including wireless connectivity to Apple's iPhone.

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06:52
Rapper claims he recorded entire album on display...

Rapper Prince Harvey claims that when his first computer died and his second was stolen, he recorded his entire album in the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan. The Daily Beast reports that he visited the store every weekday for four consecutive months.

After a second computer failure left him without a means to record his album and no money to buy a replacement, Prince finished recording the vocals and backing instrumental tracks for his new album entirely in that one Apple Store.

We’re not saying it didn’t happen, and that this is just an attempt by an unknown artist to create a cool-sounding story as a publicity stunt, but we do note that it’s...

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06:50
News: Report: New iPhone’s base storage could stay...

An examination of photos of an iPhone “6S” prototype shows that baseline models of the new phone could still start at 16GB of storage, 9to5Mac reports. Analysts agreed that a Toshiba memory chip spotted in the photos has a 16GB capacity, though whether that chip will actually ship with production models is unknown. The guts of the new model feature fewer chips and the ones that remain are notably smaller, hinting at Apple’s attempt…

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06:32
Worries about sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6...

Korean investors have begun to back off their formerly hopeful predictions that Samsung's updated flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone could mitigate the conglomerate's recent financial freefall, thanks to seemingly lackluster sales of the new handsets.

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06:31
Salon: The origins of Steve Jobs’ and Apple’s success

An interesting analysis of Apple’s move from the brink of failure to the largest company in the world.

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06:08
How to set a sleep timer for Beats 1 and Apple Music

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, tells you how to set a timer that turns off your music (whether it be a playlist or Beats 1) after a specific amount of time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
Infographic: Social networks by followers and age

Fascinating look at the age group demographics of each of the major social networks. Pay attention to the numbers that show where the major growth is for each.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: SplashID Pro Lifetime Plan

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a Lifetime subscription to SplashID Pro for only $24.99 – that’s 75% off the normal price. Trusted by millions of people over the past 10 years, SplashID makes sure your confidential information stays safe and in sync across your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can sync your data using SplashID’s cloud-based sync service, over Wi-Fi, or simply keep your data locally on your device,…

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05:56
Apple Music, the App Store and human curation

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, discusses the difference between algorithm and human curation and makes the point that Apple should use the Apple Music approach on the App Store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
External Link: Revisiting “Is Safari the New...

Developer Nolan Lawson has penned a followup to his “Safari is the new IE” blog post, apologizing for some of it, but emphasizing his original points that Safari is not keeping up with Web standards, Apple is too secretive, and Apple acts like a monopoly by not allowing other rendering engines on iOS. But most of all, he’s frustrated with Apple’s lack of interaction with the Web developer community. Lawson links all of the recent meetups and conferences, which Apple has skipped, to the fact that the Web is fast becoming the world’s most advanced cross-platform application runtime.

 

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05:29
Debunk: iPhone 6S keynote date of Friday, September...

Chinese blog report that claims to reveal the date of the keynote announcing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is being picked up by some media outlets. According to the blog, sources inside the Foxconn supply chain have stated that the keynote will take place on Friday 11th September, with the phones going on sale a week later on the 18th.

Leaving aside the uncomfortable anniversary of the Sept 11th attacks and the fact that Apple is extremely unlikely to choose a Friday for its keynote (it generally opts for early in the week, to maximise media coverage prior to new iPhones going on...

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04:48
Emergency banking controls prevent Greek customers...

Given the enormity of the financial meltdown in Greece, not being able to make iCloud or iTunes purchases is rather a long way down the list of the country’s problems – but for those with data stored on iCloud, not being able to renew a subscription could put that data at risk.

For those outside Europe who may not have seen too much news coverage, a combination of a long history of low levels of tax collection and the global financial crash has left Greece unable to pay its international debts. To prevent a collapse of the Greek banking system, the government has put strict controls in place, including maximum cash withdrawals of €60 ($66) a day – and a...

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01:39
Typinator 6.6

Brings a number of improvements to the text expansion tool, which celebrates its 10th anniversary. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.0 MB)

 

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Sunday July 5

21:24
Apple Music offers a peek into the future of Apple...

Just in its first few days, the launch of Apple Music has demonstrated that Apple can competently execute outside of its core hardware business. That has implications for its future ambitions in TV and automotive, as well as highlighting the vast gulf between it, Google and Microsoft.

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20:37
GarageBand 10.1

Adds new Drummers and synthesizer Patches, while promising direct sharing to Apple Music Connect (a feature currently available on the iOS version of GarageBand). ($4.99 new, free update, 911 MB)

 

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15:59
3D-printed 'dough' helps fix your...

One day, you might not have to spend ages waiting for broken bones to heal. Researchers have developed a 3D-printed, dough-like biomaterial that could fill large bone fractures while aiding the recovery process. The porous chemical blend can withstan...

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14:18
The Logic Pros: How to create Retro Synth patches...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will take one final look at some of the new additions to Logic Pro X 10.1. We have already gotten a taste of a number of very helpful new features including custom plug-in menus, Track Stacks, the Brush Tool and the powerful new Drummer features, but today Retro Synth is on tap.

While Logic already had a number of classic synth-inspired virtual instruments like ES1, 2 and more, we are talking about instruments that have been around for 10 years+. A serious breath of fresh air for Logic users, Retro Synth (RS) wraps all the major synthesis disciplines of...

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12:23
Ripple

The Grateful Dead classic, Ripple, in honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary

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05:27
How Apple Music Can Disrupt Users' iTunes...

An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Apple Music are warning others they could get more than they bargained for if they intend to download tracks for offline listening. Since Apple Music is primarily a streaming service, this functionality necessitates turning on iCloud Music for syncing purposes. The way Apple syncs files is to scan your library for known music files, and if it finds one, the service gives your account access to Apple's canonical copy. Unfortunately, this wipes out any custom edits you made to the file's metadata. For those who have put a lot of time into customizing their library, this can do a lot of damage to their organizational system. Apple's efforts to simplify and streamline the process have once again left advanced users with a difficult decision to make.


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05:00
Microsoft Anchors Minecraft Strategy to Education


Microsoft wants to find ways to assist the pioneering teachers who have taught pupils through the sandbox construction game Minecraft. The company earlier this week launched its Minecraft in Education initiative to turn the pioneers into pillars. There was puzzlement over Microsoft's end game last September, when it purchased Mojang, the studio behind the multiplatform hit, in a $2.5 billion bet. Many thought Minecraft was at or near its peak. It turns out Microsoft has some novel plans for the game.

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03:32
Review: Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i wireless game...

The Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i is the most affordable iPhone- and iPad-compatible wireless game controller on the market, and that alone will make it the ideal choice for many mobile gamers, even though its design has a few glaring issues.

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Saturday July 4

14:56
BMW has a hydrogen-powered 5 Series

Battery-powered EVs are in the spotlight right now, but that doesn't mean car manufacturers aren't looking at alternative fuel sources. At its "Innovation Day" in France, BMW unveiled a prototype 5 Series GT that uses a hydrogen fuel cell to power it...

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10:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance (...

Configure Promise VTrak RAIDs for best performance using the guidelines in this article.

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10:30
Apple Pay expected to go live in the U.K. on July...

Apple appears to be planning to enable its Apple Pay iPhone mobile payments service in the United Kingdom on July 14th, according to sources at multiple retailers. Apple has informed some Apple Retail employees in the U.K. that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while an internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date:

Apple will also begin training its U.K staff on supporting Apple Pay on July 12th. Apple has begun enabling its mobile point of sale systems in England-based stores to take NFC payments and has been preparing materials to promote the Apple Pay launch in stores. It is plausible that different stores will have different launch dates, but the presence of the same, at least tentative, date makes July 14th a very possible widespread start date.

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07:00
How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall...

Apple knew it had something special to share with the world when it released iPhoto in 2002: in addition to printing 20″ by 30″ poster-sized photos, the original iPhoto’s “most stunning feature” (according to Apple) was a page layout tool that quickly turned digital photo collections into printed hardcover books. These were Apple’s acknowledgements that tangible photos still had value in a digital era, and it subsequently added calendars, greeting cards, softcover books, and letterpress cards to iPhoto. Apple’s newer app Photos for Mac hides these options under the File menu at the top of the screen, and hasn’t expanded on them, a shame considering how nice the results look.

But apart from including the poster options in 2002, Apple never added “large-format art” to the list of things its photo apps could produce. Back in 2002, digital cameras were so low-resolution that they struggled to...

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07:00
Caturday: Dempsey's iPod touch

Dempsey poses for a Caturday centerfold. Image courtesy of Kyle Hagen.

Dempsey is a very, very lucky cat belonging to Kyle Hagen and Carol Caolo. That's her iPod touch - Kyle let us know that "Now that Dempsey's owner has upgraded to an iPhone she has claimed his iPod Touch as hers. 'Finally a device I can operate without thumbs!'"

With that intent look in those beautiful green eyes, I don't think there's any way Kyle is going to get that iPod touch back... ever. Does Dempsey have her own Apple Music account yet?

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06:47
∞ How to listen to Apple Music offline

A plea to backup your music files, a bit of background on iCloud Music Library, and a quick walkthrough on downloading Apple Music tracks onto your device for offline listening.

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05:17
How to use Up Next in Apple’s new Music app

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, walks you through everything you could ever want to do with Up Next, the Music app’s list of songs queued up to play next.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: HEX's Supply Sonic...

...plus keyboard cases, standard hard shells, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes cases with extra padding from Belkin and OtterBox, keyboard cases from The Snugg and M-Edge, lovely bags and backpacks from HEX, Toffee, and Tucano, and much more.

Belkin

Available in blue, black, or green, the Air Protect (iPad Air; $35) sports shock-absorbent foam designed to dissipate impact from drops or falls.

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04:51
A musician’s experience with Apple Music Connect

The potential for Connect is huge. But only if you get it right.

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02:05
This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, Beats 1, new...

The week's news was dominated by the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 on Tuesday, but other developments percolated under the surface -- including Apple losing its last appeal of a long-fought e-book antitrust case.

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Friday July 3

16:57
Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem...

Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.

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15:36
iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less...

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.


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15:16
Dr. Dre to debut radio show 'The Pharmacy...

Rap mogul Dr. Dre on Friday announced a Fourth of July debut of a bi-weekly radio show called "The Pharmacy," which will launch on Saturday as an Apple Music exclusive focusing on West Coast jams.

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14:11
OnePlus is giving away Google Cardboard for $0 plus...

Well, this is one way for an up-and-coming company to get people's attention. OnePlus, the Chinese manufacturer best-known for making a cheap handset with surprisingly good specs, is about to launch its second-generation phone, and to get folks pumpe...

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13:28
Zane Lowe’s interview with Ed Sheeran on Beats 1 now...

After launching Beats 1 with an interview featuring Eminem, Zane Lowe followed up yesterday by interviewing singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. If you missed the live interview, though, it has now been added to the Beats 1 YouTube channel. Unfortunately, it’s audio-only at this point, although Zane did share a video clip on his Instagram so it seems likely that a video version is coming soon.

The interview discusses a variety of topics, ranging from Sheeran’s wild partying habits to his upcoming acting gig in a TV show. You can listen to the entire interview via the YouTube embed below, as well as the teaser videos from Apple Music and Zane Lowe. Beats 1 is Apple’s 24/7...

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13:07
AddWater app for iPhone

As I continue on my weight loss journey with Apple Watch, one thing people kept telling me is to stay hydrated. I thought I was, but when a friend recommended I try “AddWater”, I saw how much more I needed to drink. This is now part of my daily logging. It’s really simple and tracks all of your drinks, not just water.

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12:47
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Earlier this week Apple released iTunes 12.2 to accompany the new Apple Music service, expanding the Music section of iTunes to provide access to the new on-demand library for subscribers, as well as the new Radio and Connect features of Apple Music. While for most users the Apple Music features will be enough of a reason to make the jump to the new version, there are a few other interesting changes to be found through iTunes 12.2 as well....

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12:36
Square Enix Pulls, Apologizes For Mac Version of...

_xeno_ writes: Just over a week after Warner Bros. pulled the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight due to bugs, Square Enix is now being forced to do the same thing with the Mac OS X version of Final Fantasy XIV (which was released at the same time as Batman: Arkham Knight). The rather long note explaining the decision apologizes for releasing the port before it was ready and blames OS X and OpenGL for the discrepancy between the game's performance on identical Mac hardware running Windows. It's unclear when (or even if) Square Enix will resume selling an OS X version — the note indicates that the development team is hopeful that "[w]ith the adoption of DirectX 11 for Mac, and the replacement of OpenGL with a new graphics API in Apple's next OS, the fundamental gap in current performance issues may soon be eliminated." (I'm not sure what "the adoption of DirectX 11 for Mac" refers to. OS X gaining DirectX 11 support is news to me — and, I suspect, Microsoft.) Given that the game...

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12:19
How likes & other user input work to personalize...

Apple has talked a lot about how it’s tackling curation better than the other guys by putting a big focus on hand-picked, human curated playlists for Apple Music, but how exactly does a user’s input alter the music the app serves up? The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple spoke directly with Apple to answer that question and put together a guide detailing exactly how likes and other user input work to customize some aspects of Apple Music but not others:

First, let me tell you one of my big problems, or sources of confusion, with likes on streaming services. Let’s say I’m listening to a Metal station and a great song comes on, but I consider it to be Rock. Do I like it? I enjoy the song, but I’m afraid if I like it, more...

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11:47
How Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library work...

On its website Apple describes Apple Music and iTunes Match as "independent but complementary," but in fact the services are closely connected through a third feature: iCloud Music Library.

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11:36
I got these Future Sonics yesterday

Future Sonics are the absolute best in the industry. They are the first and original Ear Monitor (and own the trademark) and I company I trust with my hearing—and to deliver quality sound. I’ll have more details later, but I’m heading out for my first walk with these.

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11:30
Moveo Calc is a nice-looking calculator for iPhone...

This week we're taking a look at Moveo Calc (free) for iPhone and Apple Watch, a calculator app with minimal looks and speedy operation. It looks really nice on the Apple Watch, and is lightweight and speedy. Here's our look at Moveo Calc.

Looks

Really it's all about the looks here. Developer Manish Dudharejia has managed to get all of the functions on a single screen, even on the Apple Watch. The result is colorful and friendly...a far cry from the utilitarian calculators I remember as a kid that were more function than form.

Use

Moveo Calc isn't a scientific calculator, so don't expect to find advanced calculations. But for quick, back-of-the-napkin math, it's fully capable and nice-looking to boot.

Apple ships a calculator app of course, but Moveo Calc is so friendly and colorful, you may choose to use it instead. As a free app, you can...

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11:25
A new website for designers and developers

Many thanks to Designer News for sponsoring The Loop this week. A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.

You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Designer News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.

They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.

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