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Review: IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

IK Multimedia's iRig HD 2 is a sequel to the company's iRig HD, released three years ago. Where the 2013 iRig HD built on the company's original analog iRig with a direct high-quality digital interface, iRig HD 2 kicks it up a notch further, adding integrated amp and headphone output jacks — something that iPhone 7 users should particularly appreciate with the elimination of the iPhone's built-in 3.5mm jack. iRig HD 2 also doubles the original sampling rate of its predecessor, taking it up to an impressive 96kHz, with the same high quality 24-bit A/D conversion.

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August adds Motion Detection, Video Recording to Doorbell Cam

August has released an update for its Doorbell Cam adding promised support for motion detection and cloud-based video recording. Available via an iOS app update, the new version also offers a few other enhancements such as the ability to disable “Low Power Mode,” which can improve camera responsiveness, but may result in buzzing or humming from the doorbell chime as the Doorbell Cam continues to draw power rather than waking up on demand. With the new version, motion sensitive can be adjusted and motion notifications can be enabled, which will let you know when somebody is at your door regardless of whether they choose to ring the doorbell or not, and automatically record video whenever any motion is detected. The new August Video Recording service, now available as a free public beta trial, saves video clips recorded by the Doorbell Cam, allowing them to be reviewed at a later time directly from the in-app activity feed.

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Black hat security firm triples exploit bounty to $1.5m in wake of improved iOS 10 security features

Black hat security company Zerodiium has tripled the bounty its offering for zero-day iOS 10 exploits to $1.5 million, according to a new report by Arstechnica. The company’s founder Chaouki Bekrar, explained that the higher bounty is in direct response to the improvements that Apple has made in iOS 10 that have made iOS devices “much harder to exploit than their previous versions.” Notably, Zerodium also increased its bounty for Android 7 exploits to $200,000, explaining that the lower price compared to iOS 10 represented a mix of both demand for iOS exploits and the difficulty in finding exploits in iOS 10 as compared to Android 7.

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Daily Deal: Earin True Wireless Earbuds

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Earin True Wireless Earbuds for only $199 — and with the coupon code EARIN35 iLounge readers can get an additional $35 off! These earbuds have absolutely no cables or wires and are engineered to be as small and light as possible so that you barely even know they’re in your ears, except by the immersive sound coming from them. The minimalist design has no cables, no microphones, no lights, just the earbuds themselves built with a high-precision balanced armature for great acoustic detail and clarity. The included stabilizers and Comply foam tips will ensure they fit into any ear, and the included Earin capsule houses and charges the earbuds automatically when they’re not in use.

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Tip of the Day: Enabling animations in iOS 10 Messages

The new iMessage animations in iOS 10 are a lot of fun, but if you find that they’re not actually working, you’ll want to check your iOS Accessibility settings. After iOS 7 debuted its “parallax effect,” many iPhone users found it distracting or nauseating and decided to disable it by turning on Reduce Motion under Accessibility settings.

If you had this setting enabled before, it stays enabled after you update to iOS 10 — and as part of reducing motion, it also logically turns off any motion-related effects in the iOS 10 Messages app, such as animated bubbles and background animations. With Reduce Motion enabled, in fact, you not only won’t be able to receive or see these effects, but you can’t send iMessages using the effects either — pressing and holding on the Send button will have no effect at all, and Apple doesn’t make it particularly obvious that these features are dependent on the Reduce Motion setting.…

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Gear: Hex Focus Case, Icon Wallet + Solo Wallet for iPhone 7/7 Plus

Hex has brought a number of its cases to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, including the Focus Case ($30-$40), Icon Wallet ($50-$60), and Solo Wallet ($30-$40). The $10 price differences represent a gap between the iPhone 7 cases and iPhone 7 Plus cases. We’ve already reviewed the Icon Wallet and Solo Wallet for iPhone 6, and the Focus Case is basically Solo Wallet without any card slots — the latter two cases are shell cases, and don’t really warrant a full review. (Solo Wallet’s fit is now better than it was two years ago.) Icon Wallet’s design hasn’t really changed, either — refer back to the last review for further details.

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BMW acknowledges Bluetooth problems with iPhone 7

BMW has acknowledged an issue with Bluetooth compatibility between the iPhone 7 and at least some of its in-vehicle infotainment systems, according to a report by MacRumors. Users are reporting issues ranging from audio cutouts to connectivity issues, which require restarting the iPhone to temporarily fix, although the problem subsequently recurs. BMW issued a statement saying it’s working with Apple to address the issues, and that customers should look for an update from Apple to resolve the problems.

We are aware of the concerns you speak of and we are currently working directly with Apple to ensure iPhone 7 compatibility in our vehicles. At this time, the Apple iPhone 7 is not an approved device for our vehicles until testing has completed. We do not currently have an estimated time frame regarding the completion of iPhone 7 testing. Please continue to look for an update from Apple for a new iOS and our update website to help resolve your concerns: www.bmw.com/update. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Apple has also reportedly told some customers that a fix will be included in an upcoming iOS update, although the issue has still been found on the current iOS 10.1 betas. BMW owners are also being advised to update to the latest version of ConnectedDrive to prepare for the coming fix. The problem appears to be limited to Bluetooth and does not affect CarPlay systems, as these use a wired connection.

Apple announces ‘Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition’ interactive iBooks

Apple has announced the exclusive publication of interactive digital editions of Game of Thrones to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the popular George R.R. Martin best-seller. The new interactive iBooks will allow readers to go deeper into the history of some of the great houses of Westeros, via interactive character maps, detailed annotations, and more, along with glossary terms that will provide insight into character connections and the lineage of the various houses. An appendix of all 92 house sigils is also included, with comprehensive information about symbolism, house seats, regions, and allegiances.

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Apple announces App Store Search Ads

Apple has sent out an email to registered developers announcing the debut of search ads in the App Store. Apple SVP Phil Schiller announced earlier this year that search ads would be coming to the App Store, however provided few additional details at the time beyond saying that Apple was giving careful consideration on the best way to implement ads in a customer-friendly manner. Search Ads will allow developers to easily create tailored ads to promote their apps at the top of App Store search results, with basic ads created automatically using metadata and imagery from the developer’s app and automatic matching of ads to relevant searches in the App Store. Advanced features will allow developers to target their ads to iPhone or iPad users, adds their own keywords, specify a target demographic for ads, and schedule campaigns to appear only during certain time periods. Apple has published a new set of pages at searchads.apple.com where developers can find out more information on the new service and sign up to receive a $100 credit toward their first campaign.

Daily Deal: Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage Lifetime Solution

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