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Poll: Would you prefer an OLED touch bar instead of traditional function keys?

Many people have been eagerly waiting for Apple to refreshed its entire MacBook Pro lineup with a thinner design, faster internals, Siri support, and more. A report yesterday said all of that is coming later this year in Q4, but added an additional detail: an OLED touch bar above the keyboard that would replace the row of function keys.

This is a new idea that hasn’t really been suggested for Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup before, but it has a variety of interesting possibilities. But with a significant change like that comes a steep, steep learning curve. The quick shortcuts we’ve all become accustomed to using throughout OS X would have an added twist, but could they potentially become easier to access in the long run? In the end, however, it would all come down to whether or not the OLED touch bar improved navigation enough to warrant a few weeks of relearning how to use your MacBook Pro’s keyboard.

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Filed under: Mac Tagged: Mac, OLED, OS X, Touch bar

Apple looking to hire lawyer with ‘health privacy expertise’ for continued health efforts

Earlier today, Tim Cook opened Startup Fest in Amsterdam with an interview during which he made several comments about Apple’s ambitious goals in the health industry. Now, a new job listing has surfaced that reveals Apple is looking to hire a high-level lawyer who specializes in health privacy regulations. The job listing was initially posted yesterday (via Business Insider).

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Heatlh, HIPAA, researchkit

Apple rehires respected encryption expert as it works to overhaul entire security team

Even though Apple’s fight over the San Bernardino iPhone is essentially over, the overall debate regarding encryption versus national security remains. In an effort to continue to beef up security options on consumer devices, Reuters today reports that Apple has rehired well-respected security expert Jon Callas. News of this hire comes as we’re hearing from sources that Apple is in the midst of entirely overhauling its security team.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Encryption, Security

GhostCodes makes it easy to discover new Snapchat users [Video]

Snapchat is insanely popular with the younger demographic, and it flourishes in areas like schools, where there is a community of individuals using the app who see each other face to face.

One of Snapchat’s greatest weaknesses, though, is that it lacks good discovery tools built inside the app. It’s why I believe that its growth, although impressive, has been bridled in some instances. It’s why an app like GhostCodes can provide a valuable bridge to user discovery on the platform. more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store app, discovery, Snapchat, social media, video

iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s next flagship

A new dual-camera system, storage and RAM upgrades, a tweaked physical design, and possibly the Smart Connector that debuted on Apple’s iPad Pro line. Those are just a few of the upgrades possibly expected for Apple’s next flagship iPhone lineup, not to mention a lot of discussion over what it has planned for its bundled headphones now that it’s expected to ditch the old 3.5mm headphone jack with iPhone 7. Here’s what we know so far.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 5.5-inch model, Apple, Dual-Camera, features, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, OIS, specs

Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy competitor to Apple Pencil, compatible with iPhone and iPad

The stylus market was shaken up last fall with Apple’s first-party entrance into the race with the Apple Pencil, which works in concert with special sensors in the iPad Pro display for pixel-accurate recognition. This left third-party stylus accessory manufacturers in a quandary — how can they compete with the officially-endorsed Apple Pencil? The Pixel stylus is the answer from Adonit, on sale today for $79.99. Not only is Adonit’s stylus $20 cheaper than Apple’s, it has a huge advantage in terms of iOS device compatibility.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Adonit, Apple Pencil, iPad Pro, stylus

9to5Toys Last Call: Panasonic 50″ 4K UHDTV $500, mophie 32GB Space Pack $40, Bose SoundLink Mini II $179, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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LG’s new OLED 4K Ultra HDTVs are still lustworthy, just as expensive

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Add a 50-inch Panasonic 4K Smart LED Ultra HDTV to your home today for $500 shipped, 65-inch $1,000, more

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Get more space and 2X the power with the mophie 32GB Space Pack for iPhone 5/s/SE: $40 shipped (Reg. $110)

Boost your iPhone’s battery w/ mophie’s juice pack reserve case for $40 Prime shipped (Reg. $60)

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Many acclaimed Bose speakers & headphones now on sale, SoundLink Mini II $179 shipped (Reg. $199)

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Here’s your chance to finally save on SONOS, all speakers now come w/ a free gift card

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WWE 2K on iOS and Android now on sale for just $1 (Reg. $8)

KAMI paper puzzle game goes free on iOS for the very first time today (Reg. $2)

App Store Free App of the Week: Pull My Tongue goes free for the first time ($1 value)

Transistor action-RPG for iOS once again matching its lowest price yet: $3 (Reg. $10)

Awesome Note 2 task/calendar app for iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad: $2 (Reg. $4)

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Review: We flew DJI’s impressive Phantom 4 drone towards a wall at 20MPH and nothing happened

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Add 5TB of external storage to your Mac, PC or Xbox One: Seagate USB 3.0 Expansion Hard Drive $110 (Reg. $130+)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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Green Deals: Philips Hue Lux A19 LED Light Starter Kit $40more

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Treat yourself w/ all-time low prices on Bowers & Wilkins headphones, speakers

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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Jaybird’s new Freedom Bluetooth earbuds have an Apple-inspired metal design

Filed under: Tips and Tricks Tagged: 32GB Space Pack, 5TB, 9to5Toys, Amazon, app deals, Best Buy, bose headphones, Bose speakers, Daily Deals, djay 2, free apps, Gold Box, Mophie, SoundLink Mini II, video games, WWE 2K

Parallels Access 3.1 adds native iPad Pro resolution, Apple Pencil support, 3D Touch features, more

You may be familiar with Parallels for its virtual machine software that lets you run Windows alongside OS X on a Mac, but the company also offers a service and mobile app called Parallels Access that lets you remote into your Mac and Windows VM from other devices. Parallels Access for iOS is updating to version 3.1 today with enhancements for Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads plus new features for all users.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Parallels

Pebble 2 + Time 2 w/ built-in HR monitors & bigger screen, all-new 3G wearable Core unveiled

Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project. The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core.

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Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Accessories, Kickstarter, Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, smartwatches