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Host a Remote YouTube Viewing Party With Uptime

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:15:23 +0000

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The experimental app from Google’s Area 120 incubator is now free for all users on iOS.

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How to Get Hackintosh Messages to Work Consistently

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:01:29 +0000

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Here’s what it takes to be able to send iMessages and use SMS text forwarding on your Hackintosh.

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Apple Teams with Hertz for Self Driving Car Tests

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:35:15 +0000

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Apple and Hertz are reportedly working together to test a small fleet of self driving cars.

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5 Hidden iOS 10 Features You Might not Know

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:03:28 +0000

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You’ll be amazed at how much nicer your iPhone experience is with these iOS tips from Jeff Butts.

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iOS 11 Public Beta Available for iPhone and iPad

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:58:56 +0000

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Apple released the first public beta of iOS 11 on Monday, following through on its promise to give users a taste of the next major iPhone and iPad operating system.

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U.S. Supercomputers, Death of FireWire and iMac Pro Hardware

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:25:49 +0000

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U.S. Supercomputers falling behind, the story of the slow death of FireWire, and some very special hardware in the coming iMac Pro.

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Nintendo Bringing Back Retro Games with Mini SNES Classic

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:15:30 +0000

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Nostalgic gamers rejoice, for Nintendo is bringing back its classic console as the mini Super NES Classic console system. It will come with 21 games like Super Mario World, F-ZERO, Final Fantasy III, Earthbound, Super Mario Kart, and Star Fox 2, which was previously unreleased. Nintendo will launch the mini SNES Classic Edition on September 29th for US$79.99. Just like the NES Classic, it will have an HDMI port so you can hook it up directly to your TV. Hopefully Nintendo learned its lesson when it released the NES Classic, which was hard to come by because of limited stock and was discontinued earlier this year. When September finally comes around, it wouldn’t be surprising if the SNES Classic is quickly sold out.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with TekRevue Founder Jim Tanous

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:43:18 +0000

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Jim Tanous is the founder of the TekRevue website. That’s where you’ll find a wealth of technical articles and reviews for Apple, PC and Linux products. He’s also a regular contributor and editor here at The Mac Observer. Jim was always interested in computer technology, even from age seven. There was no computer at home when he was growing up, but his elementary school had Apple IIs, and he learned the BASIC language. However, Jim’s father was an attorney, and Jim thought, all the way into his second year of law school, that he would become an attorney also. Then one day, he realized that he wasn’t enjoying himself. That, in turn led, by his account, to becoming an Apple Genius. Tune in to find out how he made that grand leap.

[Background Mode will return on July 10.]

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Powrtabs Disposable Battery Chargers: $19.99

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:40:48 +0000

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A battery backup is practically essential for iPhone owners on the go, but what happens if your portable charger is drained? The Powrtabs Disposable Battery Charger aims to fix that problem with, well, disposable battery charger packs. Each pack is rated at 1,000 mAh so you’ll get about a four hour boost off one. They’re made from recycled materials and designed to be thrown away once they’re used. You can pick up a five pack for Lightning connector iPhones for US$19.99 with TMO’s deal—that’s 19% off the recular $24.95 price.

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Apple Releases Update for iOS 11 Developer Beta 2

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:28:45 +0000

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If you have an older iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 Developer Beta 2 there’s a good chance you’re seeing an update today.

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Google to End Gmail Scanning, Nike’s AR Shoe Promotion – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-26

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:45:02 +0000

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Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet sort out exactly what Google’s plan to stop scanning our Gmail accounts really means, plus they take a look at Nike’s new augmented reality shoe promotion scheme.

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Nike, SNKRS Team Up for Augmented Reality Shoe Promotions on Your iPhone

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:41:48 +0000

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Nike is going all in with augmented reality on the iPhone for its latest shoe promotions.

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Pearl Automation Reportedly Shutting Down After Poor Sales of $500 RearVision Backup Camera

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:20:58 +0000

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The company, founded by three former Apple engineers, released the RearVision, its first product, just a year ago.

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Former Apple Execs Discuss the Origins of the iPhone

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:30:01 +0000

As part of the iPhone’s 10th Anniversary this month, The Wall Street Journal has published a short video which looks at how this revolutionary device came to be. How the iPhone Was Born: Inside Stories of Missteps and Triumphs features interviews with three Apple employees key to the device’s development: Tony Fadell, Greg Christie, and Scott Forstall. Topics include how Apple originally envisioned the iPhone, the range of initial prototype designs, and what it was like to work under pressure from Steve Jobs.

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First Shots of the Steve Jobs Theater Headline Latest Apple Park Drone Footage

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:30:56 +0000

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The latest footage of the construction of Apple’s new Apple Park campus is up. In addition to some breathtaking views of the building’s architecture and surroundings, we get our first look at the top level of the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1,000-seat auditorium named in honor of the company’s visionary founder where Apple will hold future meetings and product events. Also keep an eye out for all of those solar panels that, when complete, will comprise one of the largest on-site solar power installations in the world.

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Google Will Finally Stop Scanning Your Emails to Personalize Gmail Ads

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:40 +0000

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This doesn’t mean that ads are going away, just that Google promises not to use the contents of your emails to come up with personalized ad ideas.

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Go Wireless or Go Home: Apple Discontinues Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:30:48 +0000

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Those looking for an official Apple keyboard with numeric keypad can now shell out $129 on the new wireless model, or try to pick up the old wired model from third-party retailers before supplies run out.

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Oh…Snap! – Mac Geek Gab 663

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:12:11 +0000

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Proper use of a catchall address, external MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries, granular controls on the volume slider, GPS in Airplane mode, and making an old trackball with with Sierra are just the way this show begins. Listen in for much, much more… and feel free to send your questions in, too!

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New Photo Pairs iPhone 8 Mockup and Already Available Screen Protector

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:18:06 +0000

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This latest mockup shows just how thin the iPhone 8 display bezel may be.

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How to Start a Campfire With a Plastic Sandwich Bag and Water

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:26:35 +0000

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This video isn’t conventional computer tech. And yet’s immensely technical, invoking a principle of physics. Gotta love that. And so, if you’re camping, don’t have matches, can’t find a flinty rock and can’t get your campfire started for a cold night to come, here’s a really cool demo. What you need is some pulverized wood, a clear plastic sandwich bag, and some water from a nearby stream. Or your cooler. Sound impossible, Mr. MacGyver? Check it out.

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Consumers Trust Amazon More Than Apple

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:43:19 +0000

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A recent survey showed that consumers have more trust in Amazon to keep their personal data safe than Apple. How can this be?

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Popular Punchh Restaurant Loyalty Program Comes to Apple Pay

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:14:56 +0000

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Punchh is bringing Apple Pay support to its partner restaurants, and it’s adding Apple Wallet loyalty card support, too.

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AirVinyl Designs Skins for AirPods Case Video Review

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:36:16 +0000

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AirVinyl Designs Skins are an easy an inexpensive way to customize your AirPods charging case, and Abhi Sirothia lets you know if they’re worth your time in this video review.

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Smarter Coffee Brews How You Want, When You Want

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:08:59 +0000

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There are smart coffee makers, and then there’s Smarter Coffee. This coffee maker is so smart it can start brewing when you round the bend home from your morning jog. With the explosion in app-enabled appliances and smart home technology, it’s not too surprising. With Smarter Coffee, you can use the app or start brewing with a command to Alexa. That’s not all, though — the coffee maker has a built-in bean grinder. It will grind your beans to the perfect consistence, then brew your coffee just the way you like it. Connect Smarter Coffee to a fitness tracker. The coffee maker will start brewing when you near home after your jog or evening commute. Finally, the coffee maker tells you, through the app, how much water is in the reservoir. If you want to set it to brew eight cups of coffee, you’ll know right away if you need to add more water.

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The Big Swift Playgrounds Show – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-23

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:05:16 +0000

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John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet take a look at the state of Swift Playgrounds, how it fits into the whole coding environment, and if it qualifies as real programming.

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Off the Tracks: A Final Cut Pro X Documentary

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:26 +0000

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Are you a fan of Apple’s Final Cut Pro? Or curious about the controversial history of the Final Cut Pro X update? Check out Off the Tracks, a Final Cut Pro X documentary that just hit its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. The documentary features interviews with key industry figures and filmmakers, including Randy Ubillos, the creator of Final Cut Pro and iMovie. The documentary won’t be completed until early next year, but you can reserve an early copy for a pledge of $25.

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Aura Premium 1-Year Subscription: $29.99

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:27:46 +0000

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Aura is a meditation self help app for the iPhone that helps you relax and focus. It was developed by meditation teachers and therapists and uses machine learning to adapt to your specific needs. The app lets you choose meditation duration, tracks your mood, and will remind you when it’s time to take a break from your daily routine. Aura is regularly priced at US$96 a year, but with TMO’s special deal you pay $29.99—that’s 68% percent off.

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Calendar: Contacting Event Invitees

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:28:30 +0000

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Emailing or messaging everyone in a Calendar event invitee list is easy if you follow Melissa Holt’s advice.

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2017 McAfee Threat Report Shows Spike in Mac Malware

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:22:16 +0000

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Mac malware is up in 2017, but you won’t believe how bad it is on Windows.

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3D Touch Multitasking Currently Missing From iOS 11 Betas

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:31:05 +0000

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Apple’s motivation for removing the handy feature, as well as the permanence of the its absence, are unknown. But, hey, it’s a beta.

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Chicago’s New Apple Store Lets You Get Your MacBook Fixed Inside a MacBook

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:54:08 +0000

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If there’s one thing about Apple Stores that everyone can agree on, it’s that they certainly stand out, and it looks like Apple isn’t aiming to change that reputation any time soon. The company’s upcoming flagship store in Chicago is being constructed with glass walls all around and a carbon fiber roof. But this week, the construction crew deviated from the original design plans and added a white Apple Logo to the center of the roof, making the store look like a giant MacBook. Check out the video of the store’s construction from DNAinfo.

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High Sierra Firmware Points to Skylake Xeons, Touch ID for iMac Pro

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:32:47 +0000

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The High Sierra firmware also indicates support for Intel’s “Basin Falls” processors, which are high-end desktop CPUs that could power future non-Pro iMacs and Mac minis.

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iPhone GPU Maker Imagination Technologies Puts Itself Up for Sale

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:09:28 +0000

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Apple’s former mobile GPU partner Imagination Technologies has fallen on hard times and is putting itself up for sale.

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Why Tim Cook’s Rating by Employees Plummeted in 2017

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:24:52 +0000

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In Glassdoor’s CEO ratings system, derived from employee input, Apple’s Tim Cook fell from Number 8 last year to 53 this year. Why?

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macOS: How to See Which Mac Apps are 32-Bit

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:23:10 +0000

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32-bit Mac apps won’t be removed until 2019, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start early to find them.

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Apple Releases iOS 10.3.3 Developer Beta 4 for iPhone, iPad

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:38:12 +0000

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Apple rolled out developer beta 4 for iOS 10.3.3 on Thursday so the official release can’t be too far off.

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The JUUK Ligero Is an Amazing Apple Watch Band

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:03:36 +0000

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You’ll love finding occasions to wear this fantastic lightweight Apple Watch band.

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Jeff Gamet Discusses Home Automation and IoT at MacTech Pro Denver

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:42:45 +0000

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The Mac Observer’s Jeff Gamet will be diving into the Internet of Things and smart home devices at MacTech Pro in Denver on Wednesday, June 28th.

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Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack: $119.95

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:27:14 +0000

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If you need some extra juice for your iPhone battery when you’re on the go check out today’s deal: The Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack. It’s a 9,000mAh backup battery that includes Tile Bluetooth tracking to help you avoid losing it when you’re out and about. The Tile Trackable PowerPack includes USB a and USB-C fast charging ports and it has a military grade drop rating. Nomad says it charges an iPhone 7 three and a half times, and you can pick it up for US$119.95 with free shipping.

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Apple Music and the Record Labels, Macs in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-22

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:57:04 +0000

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet Apple working to renegotiate how much money it pays to record labels for Apple Music, plus they dive into the state of Macs in education.

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How Scott Forstall Selected The People Who Would Create The iPhone’s Software

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:39:50 +0000

In 2005 Scott Forstall was tasked with finding people to build the iPhone and, due to secrecy concerns, Steve Jobs said he could only pick people from within Apple. From Mark Sullivan over at Fast Company:

“During all the interviews for the team, we screened for people who were growth mind-set,” Forstall told me. Forstall said he had been a fan of Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor known for her theory that people exist somewhere on a continuum between “fixed mind-set” and “growth mind-set.”

 

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The Steam Summer Sale Is On Now Through July 5th

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:35:21 +0000

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The 2017 Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off. While known for PC games, Steam sells a growing number of of Mac games, so there should be some great deals to be had over the next few days. The sale is on now through Wednesday, July 5th with discounts up to 85 percent on hundreds of games.

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Indoor Maps for the Apple Maps App Starting to Appear in iOS 11 Beta

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:15:05 +0000

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Only a few airports and malls are currently supported, but Apple will be adding more as the public release of iOS 11 approaches.

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Apple Watch Pride Edition Band Proceeds To Be Shared With LGBTQ Groups

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:57:53 +0000

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Apple released the Pride Edition band earlier this month, but clarified this week that some of the proceeds will go to groups supporting the LGBTQ cause.

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Toshiba Picked its Flash Memory Buyer and it isn’t Apple

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:40:47 +0000

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Toshiba turned down Apple and Foxconn when it picked a buyer for its NAND flash memory business.

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Grab These 5 Classic Sega Games Free on iOS

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:36:20 +0000

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Several classic Sega games have long been available for iOS, but the company is kicking things up a notch with the launch this week of the “Sega Forever” collection. The company has brought five of its classic games to iOS and Android for free, with many more titles scheduled to launch in the coming months. The games available today include Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, and Sonic the Hedgehog. The games are all free with ads, and can be upgraded to remove ads for $1.99 each. Each game also includes a set of iMessage stickers if, you know, you’re into that kind of thing.

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The Vaja Wallet Agenda LP for iPhone is Gorgeous, Luxurious

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:28:00 +0000

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Jeff Butts put Vaja’s Wallet Agenda LP iPhone case through its paces to let you know if it’s worth the price.

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Apple Removing Hundreds of Thousands of “Problematic” Apps From the App Store

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:51:58 +0000

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Apple has an incentive to get the junk out of the App Store before the revamped App Store experience launches with iOS 11 later this year.

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Apple Wants to Pay Record Labels a Smaller Share of Apple Music Revenue

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:50:46 +0000

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The music industry may actually be fine with a reduced cut as long as Apple can keep adding Apple Music subscribers.

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Reader Demographics, Third-Party Ads Now Available to Apple News Publishers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:55:31 +0000

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Apple’s dedication to user privacy and experience means that these new Apple News features come with big caveats for publishers.

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