Adele 25 Streaming Apple Music

Finally: Adele’s ‘25’ is streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Tidal

By on June 24, 2016 at 8:51 AM.

Finally: Adele’s ‘25’ is streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Tidal

The moment many Adele fans have been waiting for is finally here. Adele decided to make her latest album available for online streaming after all, in spite of her initial stance on the matter. 25 is now available on a variety of online music streaming services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Tidal. More →

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2016 Thunderbolt Display Upgrade

Is Apple killing the Thunderbolt Display?

By on June 24, 2016 at 8:05 AM.

Is Apple killing the Thunderbolt Display?

It’s official, folks! Starting Thursday, the Thunderbolt Display won’t be available in Apple stores, including online and retail locations. Sure, you’ll be able to snatch one up as long as supply lasts, but Apple confirmed that it’s not making more. The news isn’t necessarily surprising, considering the various rumors that preceded WWDC 2016, suggesting that Apple will unveil a more exciting Thunderbolt monitor at the show. Those reports were quickly shot down, and Apple focused on software during the event, without announcing any sort of new hardware upgrades.

What’s interesting about Apple’s announcement is that the company did not quietly announce an upgrade. Instead, Apple is currently proposing buyers alternatives from competing computer monitor makers.
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John Dvorak

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

By on June 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry “analyst” of all-time? It’s entirely possible because Dvorak’s latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we’ve seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop.

And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company’s Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation.

Let’s dive into Dvorak’s madness, shall we?

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on June 23, 2016 at 11:17 AM.

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a terrific one, and you can still find a few remaining apps in that post that are free downloads if you hurry. But we’ve got 10 fresh iOS apps for today’s post, of course, and you’ll find them all listed below. Be sure to grab the ones you like before these sales end. More →

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iPhone 7 Price Leak

How much will a 256GB iPhone 7 cost?

By on June 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM.

How much will a 256GB iPhone 7 cost?

iPhone 7 rumors and speculation are running rampant. The 2016 iPhone will be so “boring” this year that it won’t even be called iPhone 7, some say, because the name will be reserved for next year’s tenth anniversary iPhone. Design, specs and features are often detailed in reports, and we have a general idea of what to expect from this year’s iPhones. Apple made sure of that with a series of stories that were almost certainly planted by the company’s PR team. But how much will the new iPhone cost? Will it be cheaper than last year’s model, or will Apple stick to its typical iPhone prices? More →

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iPhone 7 Accessories iPhone 6s

New leak highlights how boring the iPhone 7 really is

By on June 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

New leak highlights how boring the iPhone 7 really is

The iPhone 7 will be a close copy of the iPhone 6s, multiple trustworthy reports claimed, as Apple transitions to a three-year iPhone redesign approach — at least temporarily. The iPhone 7 might not even be called iPhone 7 according to one report, as that honor might apparently be reserved for the 2017 iPhone series, which would mark Apple’s 10-year iPhone anniversary.

Some of the main changes coming to the 2016 iPhone concern the headphone jack, antenna lines and rear cameras, and now a new report says there will be other tiny modifications. More →

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iOS 10 Kernel Encryption

Critical iOS 10 component isn’t encrypted, but it’s a feature not a glaring oversight

By on June 23, 2016 at 8:31 AM.

Critical iOS 10 component isn’t encrypted, but it’s a feature not a glaring oversight

Apple last week released the first beta of iOS 10 after explaining the main features of the upcoming iPhone, iPad and iPod touch update during its WWDC 2016 opening keynote. As expected, developers and researchers started poking around and some of them discovered that Apple left the kernel unencrypted. To some, this appeared to be an unexpected mistake from a company that’s known to prioritize user security and privacy, and to advocate for strong encryption. However, other researchers suspected this might be a feature, not a bug.

Apple has now confirmed the kernel is supposed to be decrypted in iOS 10.
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iPhone Lawsuit

Shocker! Company that sued Apple over iPhone 6 is a patent troll

By on June 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Shocker! Company that sued Apple over iPhone 6 is a patent troll

Late last week, reports began to surface indicating that Apple was being forced to halt sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing due to a patent infringement claim from a company called Schenzhen Baili. Specifically, the company alleged that Apple’s 2014 iPhone models infringed upon the design of its own 100C smartphone.

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Touch ID Lawsuit

Apple already won the dumb ‘Error 53’ lawsuit

By on June 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Apple already won the dumb ‘Error 53’ lawsuit

Apple is no stranger to being sued over everything, by everybody. But the class-action lawsuit over “Error 53,” which occurred when some customers had their TouchID sensors replaced by unauthorized repair shops, was a standout kind of bad.

Luckily, that lawsuit has been stopped before it got anywhere near a jury. Yesterday, a US district court judge dismissed the entire lawsuit, saying that the plaintiffs “lack standing to pursue injunctive relief,” and could not provide sufficient evidence that they had suffered permanent data loss.

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WWDC 2016 Analysis

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

By on June 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

Apple’s WWDC 2016 was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Packed full of non-stop updates to all four major platforms, Jonathan and Zach give first thoughts on some of the new software out of Cupertino, what Android does that could be better than Apple’s approach to the OS, and of course, some talk on Tesla’s future.

Special thanks to Casper for sponsoring this week’s show! Made in the USA, it is an incredible product that starts at just $50.

You can get $50 off your order by visting casper.com/bgr and using the discount code BGR at checkout.

The full episode is embedded below, or you can download it on iTunes. More →

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2016 MacBook Pro Headphone Jack

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

By on June 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

Much has been written about the imminent death of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the past months, and especially this week, now that it’s almost a given that the iPhone – cough – 7 will not have one. Apple is at the receiving end of plenty of criticism, much of it being rather obtuse and unwarranted. In the grand scheme of things, the standard 3.5mm jack has to die, and there will never be a right time to do it if you ask customers who happen to own plenty of wired headphones. Not to mention that other companies have already pulled similar tricks, with Motorola being the most notorious phone maker to do it – yet nobody scolded Moto for ditching it.

But killing the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t a simple one-time murder. It has to be a serial-killing operation that would see Apple gradually removing the port from all its products, including iPads and MacBooks. In fact, there’s already speculation that this year’s MacBook Pros won’t have a 3.5mm headset jack either.
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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on June 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM.

If you’re on the hunt for some sweet new iOS apps and you don’t want to part with much cash to get them, you’re in luck. Today, as we do every day, we’ve put together a post filled with the best premium iPhone and iPad apps out there that are on sale for free. There are a whole bunch of useful apps on today’s list, and there are even a couple of fun ones like an app filled with terrible “yo mama” jokes. You can also check yesterday’s post, which includes a few apps that are still free downloads. More →

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