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TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-15: Apple's Fall Launches, Apollo's Open Source Code

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We know Apple is releasing macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and new iPhones this fall, but there could be more in store, too. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to discuss what announcements Apple may be planning, and how the announcements will be managed. They also talk about NASA releasing the Apollo 11 source code and how important Margaret Hamilton was to the space program.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-14: Eddy Cue on Apple TV, Samsung goes to the Supreme Court

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Apple’s Eddy Cue recently shared some insight into the company’s plans for original TV content. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at what he had to say and how Apple fits into the entertainment market, plus they have some thoughts on the scheduled Supreme Court hearing in the Apple and Samsung patent infringement fight.

Supreme Court to Hear Samsung's iPhone Patent Appeal Oct 11

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Apple v Samsung justice scales

Samsung’s appeal in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Apple over smartphone designs goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 11th. This doesn’t, however, signal the end of a battle that started in 2011 and is only the latest round in a dispute that’s drug on for years.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-13: Mac Sales Decline, Tesla's Latest Crash

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Mac sales are showing a decline and that has some pundits saying Apple has a big problem on its hands. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Mac sales, the long gap between product refreshes, and the reaction we can expect when new models ship. They also look at the ramifications of the latest Tesla autopilot crash.

Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' Opens Casting Call for Developers

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Apple’s original TV series Planet of the Apps is on the hunt for developers willing to share their app design process on the small screen. There’s an open casting call on the show’s website and they’re looking for coders in Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York to participate. Only 100 slots are available, and you’ll need a beta of your app ready by October 21, so get coding. You can apply for the show at the Planet of the Apps website.

Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ Opens Casting Call for Developers

How to Limit Pokémon GO's Access to Your Google Account

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Pokémon Go Google account permissions

Nintendo and Niantic’s wildly popular Pokémon GO came under fire only days after it launched when users found out the game had permission to access everything in their Google accounts. Niantic said the game checked only basic account information and wasn’t supposed to get unfettered access to everything. There’s an patch out that fixes the permissions issue, but you’ll need to do more than simply install the update. Read on to learn how to limit Pokémon GO’s access to your Google account.

Leaked iPhone 7 Plus Pics Show Mute Switch is Gone

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iPhone 7 Plus without mute switch

Yesterday we saw a leaked photo of what looks to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, and today brings us the iPhone 7 Plus. The new photos look pretty much like what we’re expecting, but with a glaring omission: the physical mute switch is gone.

Pokémon GO isn't Stealing all Your Data

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Pokémon Go Google account permissions

Pokémon GO is the game to play, and it’s so popular that Nintendo’s servers can’t keep up with demand. That led to loads of people signing up with their Google ID, promptly followed by loads of people freaking out thinking the game is accessing all of their email, contacts, and documents. The game isn’t really stealing all your data, and the developers said they’re fixing the error that granted Pokémon GO full access to your Google account.

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

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Want to build and program your own robot? UBTECH has you covered with their JIMU MeeBot Robot. You can create your own robot design with the included building block-style elements and motors, them program it to do your bidding. JIMU is designed to be an educational tool, but that doesn’t mean only kids can get in on the action. You won’t be able to make a robot army programmed for world domination, but you can build some fun designs and learn more about coding, too. the JIMU MeeBot kit will be available at Apple Stores starting July 12 for US$129.99, and an add-on kit with more parts and design ideas will be available for $69.99.

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

Photo Shows iPhone 7 with Bigger Camera Lens

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iPhone 7 leaked camera photo

A new photo of what appears to be the next iPhone hit the internet on Monday showing what we’ve already heard from rumors, like a new camera and redesigned antenna lines. In fact, the biggest surprise in this shot is how clear the photo is.

Apple Settles Coverflow Patent Fight for $25M

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Apple with a big pile of money

A patent infringement fight against Apple over Coverflow technology that started in 2008 has finally come to an end with a US$25 million settlement. Apple agreed to pay the sum to Network-1 Technologies, far less than the $625 million originally awarded.

Apple Sued for Using Carousel Effect on Website

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Apple hit with lawsuit for website carousel effect

Apple has yet another patent infringement lawsuit to deal with, this time for the sliding carousel effect on the Apple.com home page. The case was filed by Samuel Lit who holds a 2008 patent describing the carousel effect—an effect that’s easy to find on scores of websites.

How to Install Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas

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iOS 10 beta

Apple opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this week, which means non-developers can start kicking the tires on the company’s upcoming operating system releases. It isn’t difficult to start using the public betas, but there are a few steps before you’ll be up and running. Read on to learn how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

This is Why Gun-shaped iPhone Cases are a Bad Idea

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gun-shaped iPhone case

A gun-shaped iPhone case is a bad idea in general, and doubly so when you take one to the airport. That’s the important life lesson one man learned when police stopped him in London Stansted Airport with what appeared to be a gun that turned out to be his smartphone.

Backdoor.MAC.Elanor Malware Access Mac Webcams, Steals Data, More

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iMac with monsters

There’s a new Mac malware threat in the wild dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor that’s particularly nasty because it lets attackers take control of your Mac’s camera, download data from your computer, and remotely run code. Mac users can fall victim to the threat by downloading what otherwise appears to be a legit app and has even shown up on some mainstream Mac software repositories.