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Gear: ToughTested 8’ Pro Armor Weave Lightning Cable

We know how handy it is to have at least one extra-long Lightning cable around, and ToughTested’s 8’ Pro Armor Weave Cable ($28) definitely fits the bill. ToughTested has included a five-year warranty with the MFi-certified cable. Pro Armor Weave is 2.4A rated, and ToughTested has done its best to make the cable durable. The cable is covered with a woven polymer jacket, and both ends have aluminum tips.

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Review: Mass Fidelity Core Bluetooth Speaker

Mass Fidelity's Core ($599) looks to bring the performance of larger high-end speakers into a small, portable Bluetooth speaker using wave field synthesis. The black and chrome speaker houses five custom designed drivers and a woofer which fires downward, all with 120W of power. The speaker comes with its own AC adapter, and Mass Fidelity claims that Core's battery life is an impressive 12 hours. Core can also connect to other Core units to create a multi-room wireless network. Mass Fidelity notes that Core is a Bluetooth Class 1 receiver, which should minimize dropouts and extend range — though the company only lists the speaker's Bluetooth range at 30 feet in its spec sheet.

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Sonos speakers available on Apple’s online store today, in Apple Stores next month

Sonos announced today on Twitter that its wireless speakers will be listed on Apple’s online store today and sold in Apple Stores starting October 5. Customers buying a Sonos system through Apple’s website or in an Apple Store before December 31 will receive a gift card giving them three months of Apple Music for free (ostensibly on top of the three-month free trial Apple already offers to new users). The deal further solidifies Sonos’ ties to Apple Music, following the company’s move earlier this year to make Apple Music available on all of its speakers for users without an Apple device. Apple Music users can add the service by selecting “Add Music Services” from any Sonos controller app, scrolling down to the Apple Music icon, and logging in.

Apple lacks lobbying power in fight with EU

Apple is fighting with the European Union over $14.5 billion in taxes without the usual lobbying force of a major company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company spent just over $1 million in 2015 lobbying the EU, when Google parent company Alphabet dropped $4.5 million and employs more than 10 full-time lobbyists. American companies lack direct national representation within EU institutions, leaving them at a disadvantage when competing against European countries who can have their national representatives lobby on their behalf. Other companies have built a strong European lobbying presence to sway investigations and potential legislation, but while CEO Tim Cook has personally made the trip to Brussels to clarify the company’s positions directly with the EU’s antitrust chief, Apple is far behind in employing locals charged with keeping a constant eye on developing situations.

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Apple to offer ‘Spoken Editions’ of written content from top publishers

Apple will soon offer “Spoken Editions” of written content from some publishers through iTunes, TechCrunch reports. Early versions of podcasts branded Spoken Editions from brands like Time, Wired, and Forbes have begun appearing on iTunes, offering users the ability to get the written news delivered in audio form so they can listen while doing other things.

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Apple working to turn HealthKit into diagnosis tool

Apple is making a big push to turn HealthKit into a diagnostic tool, Bloomberg reports. The app currently collects fitness data from a user’s devices, but people familiar with Apple’s plans said the company has scores of health-care experts building improved software to analyze and understand the implication’s of patient information. The team is also working on new apps for the Apple Watch, including one that tracks sleep patterns and another that gauges fitness levels by measuring the time it takes a user’s heart rate to fall from peak to resting levels.

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Hackers expose security flaw in iOS 10’s local backups

Apple has acknowledged claims that iOS 10 has weaker password security for local backups and promised it is looking into a fix, Forbes reports. Russian forensics company Elcomsoft discovered that the new iOS uses weaker password protection than previous versions when it comes to manual backups via iTunes. “We discovered an alternative password verification mechanism added to iOS 10 backups,” Elcomsoft’s Oleg Afonin wrote in a blog post. “We looked into it and found out that the new mechanism skips certain security checks, allowing us to try passwords approximately 2500 times faster compared to the old mechanism used in iOS 9 and older.”

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Daily Deal: Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station for only $35.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This 4.5A/22.5W charging station can charge up to four devices at once, without cluttering up your desk. A handy Velcro system helps you manage and hide cables to keep your desk tidy, and Smartport technology recognizes how many amps are needed to charge each mobile device, auto-adapting to iPads, iPhones, iPods, and other USB devices.

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App Diary: Sept. 23 — Sky Tripping, Nightgate, and ‘board games’ for Apple TV

It’s been almost a year since Apple unveiled the fourth-generation Apple TV with its own App Store, and we’re seeing the platform continue to expand with interesting apps. While many of these are still just adaptations of apps that have already been available on the iPhone and iPad, the move to the big screen can create a whole new experience, and open up the apps for family play. This week, we take a look at a new scenery app along with three games that have recently caught our attention. This is the debut of our new App Diary, which focuses on what we’ve actually been using or playing recently, rather than a basic list of new apps.

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Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 to fix headphone controls, iCloud Photo Library

Apple has released iOS 10.0.2, a minor update that fixes a problem with headphone controls on Lightning EarPods reported earlier this week, as well as an issue with enabling iCloud Photo Library and some app extensions. The update follows Thursday’s release of the iOS 10.1 public beta.





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