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iPhone 7 rumors: Redesigned antenna lines but no OLED until 2017

Mon, 2016-05-23 14:55

We still have months of iPhone 7 rumors to deal with until Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage to show off the newest and greatest smartphone, probably sometime in September. Yes, that is a long time. But there are so many rumors swirling about what Apple is working on that we decided to put them all in one place and assess whether they seem legit or absurd.

What would you want to see in the iPhone 7? (Yes, longer battery life is on our wishlist, too.)

What’s the latest?

The rumor:  Apple’s suppliers are gearing up to switch to OLED screens, but not on this year’s upcoming iPhone. This isn’t a brand-new rumor—analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a switch to analog for the 2017 iPhone, which he also thinks will have a glass front and back (see “Glass on both sides?” below). But now we have new evidence: According to a recent Bloomberg report, Applied Materials, an Apple supplier, has received almost four times the amount of orders for its display-making machines. This jump is linked to Apple retooling the iPhone manufacturing process to include OLED screens in the fall of 2017.

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17% off Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Sound Bar Speaker System - Deal Alert

Mon, 2016-05-23 12:52

The CineMate 15 from Bose is a highly rated soundbar system that is easy to set up and promises the kind of full, rich sound with deep bass that you have come to expect from Bose. The soundbar itself is no longer than a ruler and simply sits in front of your TV, connecting with a single cable. The accoustic mass module can be placed out of site. Together, the system works with Bose TrueSpace signal processing to spread sound far and wide, fully immersing you in the action. The CineMate 15 averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews). With the current 17% off deal, it's regular list price of $599 has been temporarily discounted to $499. See the discounted CineMate 15 Home Theatre System now on Amazon.

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Spotify's family plan goes toe-to-toe with Apple and Google

Mon, 2016-05-23 10:37

Spotify is still the top music streaming service, but it may be feeling the heat from better family deals on Apple Music and Google Play. Spotify announced on Monday that its $15-per-month family plan will match those of Apple Music and Google Play by offering six individual premium accounts for the package price.

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Headphones buyers guide: Which type delivers the best balance of great sound, isolation, and comfortable fit?

Mon, 2016-05-23 09:00
In the ear, over the ear, or on the ear: We examine three headphone types and name the the best for music lovers.

Cola Messenger review: Bubbles put the fizz back in SMS text messaging

Mon, 2016-05-23 07:00

Cola’s Where Are You Now? bubble is an easy way to arrange get-togethers without always sharing your location with others.

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33% off Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Deal Alert

Mon, 2016-05-23 06:29

With a regular list price of $180, the current discount makes the Jaybird X2 Sport available for just $120. Features include:

  • Premium Bluetooth Audio For Skip-Free Music Outdoors
  • 8 Hours of Music + Calls With Complete Remote Controls
  • Secure Over/Under-Ear Fit Options
  • Lifetime Sweat proof Warranty
  • Includes Comply Premium Sport Memory Foam Ear Tips, Patented Secure-Fit Ear Fins, Friction-Fit Silicone Sport Carrying Case, Silicone Ear Tips, Charging Cable & Cord Management Clips.

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Should two-factor authentication let me verify via a single device?

Mon, 2016-05-23 06:00

Allen thinks something is off with Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system which is a replacement for its older two-step verification system. He’s verified and MacBook and his iPhone, but notes that when he logs in via a browser to the Apple ID site or iCloud.com using his MacBook…

…my MacBook will display a map with the option to select Don’t Allow or Allow. When I select Allow, I then get a pop-up with my verification code. Using this verification code, I’m able to log in with no issue.

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Apple’s Touch ID rules may be designed to protect human rights

Mon, 2016-05-23 05:44

Apple does business in a lot of countries. Some of those countries have as close to fairly elected democratic representation as can be realized with actual human beings involved. (I won’t describe which.) Others may have elections but shade towards an overweening military or executive power that nullifies their value. Others still are outright totalitarian regimes, in which individual power is meaningless against the state’s control.

Apple sells into all those markets. And some of the security features it builds aren’t for those of us who live in countries that have—or purport to have—the rule of law, and checks and balances that allow for courts to intervene if the police or executive go too far.

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5 travel backpacks designed to carry your MacBook

Mon, 2016-05-23 05:24

Last month, Apple updated the MacBook, making its already-ultraportable laptop faster and giving it a longer-lasting battery. These improvements certainly made the MacBook even more ideal for travelers and people who are always on-the-go. Still sporting just one USB-C port, the new MacBook was built for a truly wireless world, according to Apple, so you won’t be bogged down by superfluous wiring.

With that travel-friendly mindset, we went on the hunt for the perfect backpack for taking your MacBook with you on all your summer adventures. Some of these backpacks are big enough to fit even a 17-inch MacBook Pro, but small enough to still be considered a carry-on should you happen to be boarding a plane to a far-off destination. Here are five of our favorite backpacks for bringing your MacBook along for the ride.

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Jumping the gun: Rumors are not plans

Sat, 2016-05-21 05:00

The English language is not a fixed structure. Certainly over time the meanings of words and their use can change. We’re still not to the point, however, where this is OK.

Writing for Marie Claire, Ciara Sheppard explains “Why we're a little pissed off about the new iPhone 7 plans.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

Plans? Plans have been released? Now, the Macalope does not have time to read every article about Apple, but he’s pretty sure if the company had released “iPhone 7 plans” he would have heard about it.

No, what you mean is rumors. You’re “pissed off” about rumors.

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The week in Apple news: Bricked iPad Pro, Tim Cook in China and India, new Apple Store design, and more

Sat, 2016-05-21 04:00
Apple headlines for the week ending May 20, 2016

How slow was the Apple news this week? It was so slow that perhaps you spent some time paying attention to the news coming from the Google developers conference, and maybe you saw a few things that Apple should take cues from. Regardless of the week that was, we still have the top Apple headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Space, Spaces and more

Fri, 2016-05-20 14:00
Space out

This week's roundup includes two similarly named apps that have very different functions.

History Vault

The new History Vault app features “hundreds of hours” of documentaries and specials from the History Channel’s archives; pay just $5 a month for commercial-free on-demand video content—no TV provider needed.

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Dragon Anywhere review: Much more powerful than Siri dictation

Fri, 2016-05-20 13:00

The touch keyboards on our iPhones and iPads are great, but we’re still trying to type on glass. Users should have the option of dictating into their mobile devices, and Apple has made a lot of strides over the last few years with Siri dictation. As Apple has improved its voice-dictation software and back-end servers, Siri is now better than it ever has been at turning your spoken words into text on your screen.

Nevertheless, there remain some issues with Siri dictation that have yet to be solved. The first is the timer. Siri dictation only works long enough for you to dictate three or four sentences. My informal timing of Siri dictation shows that it shuts down at around 40 seconds. As soon as you press that microphone button on your device, the fuse is lit, and at some point Siri dictation will just stop. Sadly, that often happens when you are midsentence, and pressing the button again leads to grammatical hijinks. Going back and fixing these issues later takes time, and that constant knowledge that your dictation will stop at any moment is a huge distraction.

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BMW will finally integrate CarPlay later this year

Fri, 2016-05-20 12:37

This may not be the most exciting collaboration between Apple and BMW, but it’s one that needed to happen.

BMW is finally integrating CarPlay support in some of its models to be released later this year. According to 9to5Mac, this year’s BMW German catalog and price list mentions that the BMW 5X M and 6X M will feature “wireless” CarPlay. Previously, BMW was one of the last major car manufacturers to incorporate CarPlay technology in its vehicles. The vehicles and prices in the BMW catalog will roll out starting in August, and CarPlay support is expected in the second half of the year.

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OS X 10.12 may let you unlock a Mac using Touch ID on an iPhone

Fri, 2016-05-20 12:12

Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad is such a handy and convenient security feature that would be a welcome addition to the Mac. But how would you implement it? Add a Touch ID hardware sensor to the keyboard? Seems like an odd fit for Apple design-wise.

According to MacRumors, Apple may have found a way: by allowing Touch ID on an iPhone unlock a Mac. The iPhone would use Bluetooth LE to connect to a Mac, and using Touch ID would work in place of entering a password. (An app called Knock already does something similar, letting you unlock your Mac with your iPhone or even your Apple Watch.) MacRumors also said that the Touch ID implementation would also work with the rumored Apple Pay for web browsers, where you can use Apple Pay for online purchases.

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Apple working on a fix for iPad Pros bricked by iOS 9.3.2

Fri, 2016-05-20 11:22

If you have a brand-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and you haven’t yet installed the iOS 9.3.2 update, you might want to hold off another day or two. Some users are seeing an “Error 56” message when upgrading, and finding their devices bricked. [UPDATE May 20, 2016: Apple has pulled iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro until it can fix the bug.]

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

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Here's hoping Google's new messaging apps aren't just two more silos

Fri, 2016-05-20 11:17

For the big players in technology, like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, it’s become all about the ecosystem. Yes, you might be great at building products like Apple, or at online services like Google, or at…well, whatever Microsoft is great at. But so much of technology has become about providing all the trappings.

Think of it a bit like a hotel—you want to provide all the amenities that your rival hotel chains do: swimming pool, cable, valet parking. Otherwise, your customers may go somewhere else.

Hence Google’s announcements at this week’s annual I/O conference, including offerings like messaging app Allo and video chat app Duo.

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91% off Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: SQL Server Certification Bundle - Deal Alert

Fri, 2016-05-20 07:23

Whether or not you’ve dabbled with queries or databases, earning a MCSA certification will attract the eyes and wallets of company execs across the states and beyond. SQL is a go-to software for implementing data warehouses, as well as efficiently managing massive amounts of data. In this bundle, currently discounted 91%, you'll access three courses:

  • Microsoft 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Microsoft 70-463: Implementing A Data Warehouse With Microsoft SQL Server 2012

This $438 course bundle is available, for a limited time, for just $35.99. Learn more about this bundle, the courses included, the instructor, and how to purchase.

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Suitcase Fusion 7 review: Font manager now with cloud access and plug-in for Adobe After Effects 2015

Fri, 2016-05-20 07:00

Suitcase Fusion 7 is a powerhouse of a font manager, with features that extend a million pixels wide and at least several picas deep. Version 7 adds support for the newest Mac and Windows operating systems, automatic cloud-based backup and syncing, and a new plug-in for Adobe After Effects. However, these new features just add icing to the cake that was Suitcase Fusion 6.

The Suitcase Fusion 7 interface is only slightly different from the previous version. Smart Sets have been renamed Smart Searches and appear in their own section in the left panel. The Fontspiration panel on the right remains an inspiring, scrolling gallery of exceptional font art created by Extensis and others. Hover over one to see its designer and typefaces, or click to see a full-size version at the Pinterest website.

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Fair or fowl? We rank all 16 Angry Birds games

Fri, 2016-05-20 06:00
Happily Angry after?

Angry Birds maker Rovio long boasted about its ambitions to become the next Disney, and now that goal has kinda-sorta come to fruition: The Angry Birds Movie is playing on thousands of screens around the globe. Whether or not it’s any good is another matter altogether—early critical reviews seem pretty mixed.

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