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New Slack Rival ‘Twist‘ Aims to Streamline Team Interaction With Fewer Distractions

The group behind popular productivity app Todoist today launched a new team chat platform called Twist, which aims to make online collaboration more meaningful and efficient while minimizing distractions. Eschewing the more traditional real-time chat channels common to services like Slack, the Twist interface instead splits channels into topic-specific threads that function like online message boards, while real-time conversations are initiat

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Imagination Technologies Up for Sale Following Apple Dispute

British chip maker Imagination Technologies, which lost 70 percent of its value following a dispute with Apple, has put itself up for sale, it was reported on Thursday (via Reuters). Apple informed Imagination in April that it plans to stop using the company‘s PowerVR graphics technology over the next two years as it begins using its own in-house chips for products like the iPhone and iPad. The news came as a blow to the firm whose contr

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Apple Shares Two New Tutorials for Memories Feature in Photos App

Since May, Apple has been sharing a series of iPhone 7 photography tutorial videos both on a dedicated photography how-to website and its YouTube channel, and today, there are two new tutorial videos, this time featuring the Memories function in Photos. The two new videos walk users through customizing Memories in the Photos app and then sharing Memories on social networks. Each video is 40 seconds in length and includes quick step-by-step vis

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First Apple Store in Taiwan to Open on July 1

Apple‘s first retail store in Taiwan will open on Saturday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m., according to Apple‘s Taiwanese website, which the company has been updating with new details on the store since it was announced. To celebrate the store‘s opening, paper-cutting artist Yang Shih-yi will showcase a huge and intricate tree cutout designed to welcome people into the store and highlight a tree as a gathering place theme. The same

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iOS 11 Beta 2 Changes: Control Center Tweaks, Experimental Safari Settings, Do Not Disturb While Driving and More

Apple this afternoon seeded the second beta of iOS 11 to developers, with the update coming as something of a surprise because betas normally come on Monday or Tuesday mornings. iOS 11 beta 2 introduces a very long list of bug fixes to address issues that were discovered in the first beta of iOS 11, and registered developers should read over the extensive release notes to get an idea of what‘s been fixed. The update also introduces ma

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Apple Seeking Lower Rates With Record Labels as Initial Deals Start Expiring

Apple is said to be aiming to reduce the share of revenue record labels get from streaming music as it works to establish new deals for Apple Music and iTunes, reports Bloomberg. Apple is reportedly pursuing lower rates as part of an effort to revise its "overall relationship" with the music industry. Apple‘s current deals with record labels expire at the end of June, but Bloomberg‘s sources say they will be extended if a new agree

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, a little over two weeks after releasing the first beta following the operating system‘s debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Registered developers can download the iOS 11 beta from Apple‘s Developer Center, or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed. iOS 11 is Apple‘s biggest software release ever for the

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers for testing purposes, a little over two weeks after introducing the new software and releasing the first beta at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The new beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Subscribe to the MacR

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Apple Provides Second Beta of tvOS 11 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV, a little over two weeks after seeding the first beta following the keynote of the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. Registered developers can download tvOS 11 by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing the beta software using iTunes. tvOS 11 received little attention at the Worldwide Developers Conferenc

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, a little over two weeks after its introduction at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 5

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Snapchat Debuts New ‘Snap Map‘ Location Sharing Feature

Snapchat for iOS was today updated with a new "Snap Map" feature that‘s designed to let Snapchat users share their current location with their friends, facilitating real-life meet ups. With the new Snap Map, all of your friends with location sharing enabled will show up on an in-app map with either photos or "Actionmoji" avatars marking each friend location. For those who do not want to share their location, Snapchat is including a "Ghos

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PSA: AppleCare+ for Mac and iPhone Must Be Bought Within 60 Days of Purchase

All of Apple‘s AppleCare+ plans for Macs, iPads, and iPhones, must be bought alongside a new device or within 60 days of purchase, according to AppleCare+ support staff that MacRumors spoke to this morning. Following its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that saw the debut of new iMacs, MacBooks, and MacBook Pro models, Apple introduced an updated AppleCare+ for Mac warranty plan that provides standard AppleCare coverage along with

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Virgin Mobile USA Goes ‘Exclusively iPhone‘ With Unlimited Plan Priced at 1 for First Year

Virgin Mobile USA is moving to an iPhone-only business model beginning June 27, and to entice customers to switch it‘s offering an entire year‘s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data for 1. Called the "Inner Circle," the unlimited plan is available until July 31, and only to customers who purchase a new iPhone and transfer their phone number to an Inner Circle plan. After their first year on the plan, users will switch over to th

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New 27-Inch iMac Has Up to 80% Faster Graphics at Compute Tasks Compared to Previous Model

Earlier this month, Apple launched new iMac models with Intel‘s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and improved AMD Radeon Pro discrete graphics options at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Early benchmark results for the new 27-inch iMac have already surfaced on Geekbench that suggest the 2017 models are up to 15% faster in multi-core CPU performance compared to last-generation models. Apple‘s new high-end 27-i

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‘Sega Forever‘ Plans to Debut Free Classic Sega Games on iOS Each Month

Sega today announced a new mobile gaming initiative that will see a vast collection of the company‘s classic games launch monthly on iOS and Android devices for free, although in-app purchases will be available so users can get rid of ads. Called "Sega Forever," the program will let iOS gamers play "nearly every Sega game ever," from all of Sega‘s previous console generations, including Master System, Genesis/Mega Drive, Game Gear, Dr

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Qualcomm Says Its Innovations Are At the Heart of Every iPhone as Battle With Apple Intensifies

Apple this week expanded its lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the wireless chipmaker of "double-dipping" by allegedly refusing to sell chips to manufacturers unless they also pay separate royalties and enter licensing agreements at unreasonable rates, according to court documents filed electronically. Qualcomm has since responded to the amended complaint, claiming that Apple is "trying to distract" from the fact that it has made alleged "m

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Entrepreneurial Teenagers Earning Upwards of 20K Over Their Summer Breaks to Fix Broken iPhones

A new report by The Wall Street Journal this week has taken a look into entrepreneurial teenagers and the lucrative business of summertime iPhone repairs. One 16-year-old in Nantucket, Massachusetts interviewed for the article cited a nearly 24,000 income for iPhone repairs made in the summer of 2016, off of fixes he performed for devices like the iPhone 7 Plus at 189.99 per cracked screen. Shaw has been repairing iPhones since he was 12, and

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iPhone 8 is Causing Other Smartphone Makers to Scramble for NAND Memory Chips

Apple‘s ramping up of "iPhone 8" component production is causing some electronics manufacturers to scramble for parts, particularly DRAM chips and NAND memory chips, ahead of the expected September launch of the three 2017 iPhones. The companies are said to be "paying a premium" to sign longer-term contracts as well as placing component orders ahead of time to prevent low inventories from disappearing completely amid Apple‘s supply ch

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Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Discusses Creating the First iPhone

Former iOS chief Scott Forstall gave a rare interview last night at an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where he discussed the birth of the iPhone and his relationship with Steve Jobs. Speaking to journalist John Markoff after an opening hour with original iPhone engineers Nitin Ganatra, Hugo Fiennes, and Scott Herz, Forstall‘s appearance was the first time he had spoken publicly since he was ousted fro

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Swift Creator Chris Lattner Leaves Tesla After Only Six Months in the Job

Swift creator Chris Lattner, who left Apple to become vice president of Tesla‘s autopilot program, has parted ways with the electric car maker after just six months in the job. "Chris just wasn‘t the right fit for Tesla, and we‘ve decided to make a change," Tesla said Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Lattner followed Tesla‘s statement with a post on his Twitter account announcing his interest in available

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Swift Creator Chris Lattner Quits Tesla After Only Six Months in the Job

Swift creator Chris Lattner, who left Apple to become vice president of Tesla‘s autopilot program, has parted ways with the electric car maker after just six months in the job. "Chris just wasn‘t the right fit for Tesla, and we‘ve decided to make a change," Tesla said Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Lattner followed Tesla‘s statement with a post on his Twitter account announcing his interest in available

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Spotify Announces Group Playlists for Messenger

Spotify today announced a new mobile feature called Group Playlists for Messenger, which enables users of Facebook‘s chat app to create music mixes collaboratively within a conversation thread. With Group Playlists for Messenger, users can create new Spotify playlists with friends and immediately begin collaborating to build out their perfect mix. Ideal for parties, road trips, or simply collecting new favorites, Group Playlists provide

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Unreal Engine Gains Early Access Support for Developing VR Content in macOS High Sierra [Updated]

At its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced Metal 2, the next-iteration of its graphics API for iOS, tvOS, and macOS. Metal 2 includes support for VR content creation for the first time, and when Metal 2 was highlighted at the event, Apple said Valve, Unity, and Unreal would bring their VR tools to the Mac. Epic Games is making good on Apple‘s promise, and has announced that it is releasing early access support for devel

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Hands-On With Apple‘s ‘ARKit‘ Augmented Reality Demo for Developers

With iOS 11, Apple is delving into augmented reality in a big way, introducing an ARKit development platform that will allow developers to quickly and easily build augmented reality experiences into their apps and games. ARKit is positioned to be the largest AR platform in the world when it launches this fall, using the camera, processors, and motion sensors in the iPhone and iPad to create some incredibly impressive augmented reality interact

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