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Apple is about to open its first Apple Store in Brussels, Belgium, and it's also the first Apple Store designed by Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Senior Vice President Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts. Local site Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen was on hand for a press-preview of the store (via The Verge) and posted some gorgeous photos. Standout differences include potted trees inside the store. To my mind they look weird, a contrived artifice, but the folks from ANV said (via Google Translate), "Believe us, it is truly beautiful." Also of note are the 8 meter tall (roughly 26 feet) panels of glass that make up the front of the store. In addition, the walls are made of the same clay bricks that are being used on Apple's new spaceship HQ, or Apple Campus 2.0. Check out ANV's post for several photos and more information.
There's this funny thing about Apple—the Cupertino company tends to dominate the conversation even when it's not in the room. This has been true at CES in Las Vegas for many years, though Apple doesn't directly participate in that event. According to Reuters, Apple and Google both are driving the conversation at an event far removed from consumer electronics, the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 8 Bit Cinema. I'm pretty sure that's all I need to say. Enjoy!
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Before updating to iOS 9—which will be released Wednesday, September 16th—you should back up your device. We recommend doing an encrypted backup. Not only does this protect your data, it's the only way to back up your Health, Activity, and Keychain data from your iOS device.
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Apple Music posted another video in its Discover series, Discover Flo Morrissey. Hailing from the UK, Ms. Morrissey has an amazing voice. The song she sings in her Apple Music video has an eery and plaintive quality I find compelling. The Discover series shines a spotlight on new artists—earlier on Tuesday we posted one for Leon Bridges. There are also videos for Shamir and Flying Locus.
Apple Music launched a new series of videos on YouTube that highlight new artists. The one I'm posting below is called Discover Leon Bridges, a young man from Texas I first saw on UK show Late Night with Jools Holland. His music is like a fresh blast of R&B straight from 1965, and he's awesome. Apple Music must think so, too. Check out this acoustic performance (that's a hollow body electric guitar, but it's not being amplified).
The Arduino DIY robotics and electronics kits and tutorials have been popular with our readers, and we have a new one for you today called Arduino Starter Robot Kit for $79.99. This kit will teach you about programming a microcontroller board to control physical objects using sensors. Follow the detailed, beginner-friendly instructions to construct your choice of a robot tank or three-wheeled robot car. Go ahead, try and resist. It's futile.