Archive for June, 2016

3D renders imagine Space Black iPhone 7 w/ Force Touch Home button & black Lightning EarPods

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to release a Space Black model of the upcoming iPhone 7. Some mockups emerged of what such a device could look like following that report, and now designer Martin Hajek has shared a gallery of beautiful 3D renders.

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June 30th

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Apple reportedly in negotiations to buy Jay Z-owned Tidal streaming service

According to a new report out of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, the Jay Z owned streaming service. While specific details are unclear at this point, Apple acquiring Tidal would give it an incredible leg up when it comes to negotiating for exclusive streaming rights.

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June 30th

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Apple partners with NASA for short film ‘Visions of Harmony’ celebrating Juno Mission

Apple today has announced that it is partnering with NASA to produce a short film to celebrate the Juno spacecraft reading Jupiter’s orbit. The film is available on iTunes and Apple Music for free and is called “Visions of Harmony.”

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Nike appoints board member & Apple CEO Tim Cook as its ‘lead independent director’

According to Nike’s website, the company today has appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook as lead independent director. While it’s unclear exactly what this means at the moment, Cook has been on Nike’s board of directors since 2005.

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Chance Miller

June 30th

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Facebook pulls Paper for iPhone from the App Store, shutting down service next month

Facebook will be pulling its alternative iPhone app Paper from the App Store today, The Verge reports, before the service is totally shut down on July 29th.

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Zac Hall

June 30th

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With iOS 10, ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently activates on just one nearby device at a time [Video]

Apple is bringing some clever intelligence for Siri with iOS 10, in addition to the publicly-announced features like third-party app integration. Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve discovered a clever enhancement for Siri on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10. When using ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation in a room with multiple nearby devices, only one device will respond. For example, with iOS 10 installed, an iPhone 6s is smart enough to stop listening for voice input if an iPad Pro is also listening.

Although both devices initially wake up, once one starts recognizing voice input, it appears to send a message to other nearby devices to cancel out the operation. This means that only one device keeps listening and prevents the naive havoc that happened on iOS 9, where all devices would try to answer the ‘Hey Siri’ question causing a confusing cacophony of sound from every nearby iPhone and iPad. You can see an example of this behavior in the video after the jump …

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Benjamin Mayo

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Spotify claims Apple rejecting latest version of its app, anticompetitively favors Apple Music

Spotify has become very vocal in recent weeks about Apple’s business practices for its App Store. Apple recently revamped its subscription policy for iOS developers, offering a 85/15 split if developers keep customers for more than a year, but Spotify is still not happy with proceedings.

In a letter to Washington seen by Recode, the company now says Apple is being anti-competitive by rejecting its latest update to the Spotify app in order to encourage sales of its own $9.99 Apple Music subscriptions. Spotify is making a lot of noise to suggest Apple is using illicit business practices to elevate the success of Apple Music, by crippling Spotify and other third-party services.

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Benjamin Mayo

June 30th

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Furby gets updated again for the smartphone era

Furby A good Furby doesn’t die, it just runs out of batteries. And maybe, if you’re lucky, it evolves every few years or so. Back in 2012, Hasbro brought the cuddly little iconic monster back from the toy grave with an electronic update. A few years on, the company is back with yet another major refresh to the line, aimed at an even more tech savvy consumer. Heck, it’s right there… Read More

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Brian Heater

June 30th

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9to5Toys Last Call: 12.9″ 128GB iPad Pro + LTE $800, Amazon Echo from $140, UE Roll Bluetooth speaker $50, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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App Store Free App of the Week: Mimpi Dreams puzzle-platformer goes free for the first time (Reg. $2)

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Review: Mophie’s new Charge Force line brings carefree wireless charging to iPhone [Video]

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Apple’s monstrous 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular is on sale for $800 (Reg. $1,079)

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Daily Deals: Amazon Echo (Refurb) $140, Insignia 39-inch LED 720p HDTV $150, more

ue-roll-bluetooth-speakerThe UE Roll is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy and it’s on sale for $50 (Reg. $80+)

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Amazon Prime Day 2016 revealed: Tons of deals, increased inventory and Alexa specials for Echo owners

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MacBook Air is the best Apple laptop for most everyday users, save $200 today on a pair of the latest models

Save nearly $300 on Apple’s latest 13-inch 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

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PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock w/ 3 USB Ports: $39 shipped (Reg. $49)

Just $9 Prime shipped for a new Apple Watch band? Sounds good to me.

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Apple offering free download of sketching app Procreate via Apple Store app

One of the best sniper titles on the App Store just went 50% off: Hitman Sniper $1 (Reg. $2)

LEGO Star Wars titles for Mac matching all-time lows: Saga & The Clone Wars for $5 each (Reg. up to $20)

One of the best RPGs of all-time just went 50% off on iOS: Secret of Mana $4 (Reg. $8)

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Apple’s Thunderbolt Display has been put out to pasture, here are the best alternatives at every price point

Vansky’s $23 USB LED light strip gives you multi-color mood lighting

Review: Jaybird’s new Freedom Wireless headphones score high marks on design, sound [Video]

How-to: Put a USB Charging port just about anywhere, without AC power for as little as $50 (Solar+Battery) 

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Monoprice has gone off the deep end with this additional 20% off sale – Bluetooth/NFC Speaker $35 shipped (Reg. $44), more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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mophie’s 1840mAh Battery Case will help your iPhone 6/s make it through the day: $40 (Reg. $60)

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The Nest Learning Thermostat will help lower your energy costs throughout the summer: $199 (Reg. $249)

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Justin Kahn

June 30th

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Comment: AppleCare+ to the rescue if you rely on Apple Watch

Fitness tracking with the Apple Watch really kicked in for me a few months ago, and now I’m obsessed with filling the Activity rings and improving my health. So when I woke up Tuesday morning and discovered what looked like a small blotch of blue ink under the glass of my Apple Watch, I sort of freaked out. I have a Move streak going and just a few days left before the Perfect Month achievement in the Activity app kicks in, so I really didn’t want to go a day without my Apple Watch.

Apple Stores still don’t swap out Apple Watches on location even with AppleCare; unlike iPhones, every Apple Watch has to be mailed off for repair or replacement. Thanks to some helpful chat support and AppleCare+, however, I learned a few things and managed not to wreck my streak…

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Zac Hall

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