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Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision

It seems that with almost every major iOS update, Apple’s Photos app gets something new and significant, and in fact this one component has possibly seen the most frequent number of updates over the past few years, with Apple continually building on the photo management experience — iOS 5 introduced iCloud Photo Stream and basic photo editing, with iOS 6 came Shared Photo Streams, then iOS 7 gave us an entirely new “Collections” layout along with filters, and iOS 8 came along with iCloud Photo Library and advanced editing.

Although Photos skipped a major enhancement with last year’s release iOS 9, it appears that Apple will be making up for this lost time in the iOS 10 Photos app, adding new intelligent photo analysis features akin to what we’ve seen in Google Photos, but with the huge added privacy benefit of performing all of this magic directly on the user’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, rather than in a cloud-based data center.…


Mac: MacPaw Gemini 2

It’s pretty much inevitable in this digital age that you’ll eventually find your Mac cluttered up with duplicate photos, documents, and other files that have just somehow become misfiled in different directories, exported for sharing, and more. Making sense of all of this can be a challenge, but fortunately there’s MacPaw’s Gemini 2 ($20), an intelligent duplicate finder that can help you recover a ton of space on your Mac by ferreting out duplicate — and even similar — files, and smartly choosing which ones to keep and which to throw away. Gemini 2 can quickly scan through your Mac’s home folder, shared folders, even external hard drives, or even network shares to track down identical files that you’ve left laying around.


Incipio to acquire Skullcandy

Mobile device accessory maker Incipio Technologies has announced plans to acquire Skullcandy, which specializes in audio solutions, and gaming products through its Astro Gaming brand. This is the fourth in a spate of recent acquisitions by Incipio, with the company having acquired Incase and Clamcase last year, and Braven back in 2013.


Review: Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro

Zagg's Slim Book for the 9.7" iPad Pro ($130) is a slighter version of its Rugged Book, which we've seen in the past. As one might expect, Slim Book is a bit more svelte, acting as both a case and a keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. The case can be removed from the keyboard or the two can be used in conjunction — when linked, Slim Book can be used in separate orientations for typing, watching videos, or "book mode," which folds the keyboard behind the tablet for normal use. Interestingly, Slim Book eschews the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, as its keyboard connects via Bluetooth. Zagg claims the keyboard can provide up to two years of regular use between charges, but a micro-USB cable is still included.


Daily Deal: Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera for only $219 — that’s 26% off the regular price. This CES-wward winning Robotic security camera helps you keep an eye on your home or office, with three motion sensors and a 360° range of visibility. You can get reports of activity in real-time or store recordings in the Amaryllo cloud to access later, and the camera can recognize faces, remind you of appointments, and even greet friends or yell at intruders.

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Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’

One of the most significant changes predicted in reports leading up to Apple’s official unveiling of iOS 10 was a completely redesign of the Music app, so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see this element of Apple’s iOS 10 reveal. Although, like the changes made to Maps, the new design of the Music app suggests that the company is gradually shifting over to an entirely new design paradigm.

Apple’s iOS Music app has followed an interesting, if somewhat rocky, path. After years of remaining stagnant, Apple made some significant changes in iOS 8.4 last summer — an unusual move for a point release — adding support for its fledgling Apple Music service as well as several other long-overdue improvements such as support for the Up Next play queue system that had been brought to iTunes 11 almost three years prior, and the ability to add a track directly to a playlist, rather than the other way around.…


Apple confirms iOS 10 kernel was left open to improve performance

Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that the opening up of the iOS 10 kernel was an intentional decision on its part, citing performance optimizations as the main motivator for the move. Speaking to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson noted that “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security.”


Daily Deal: G Cloud Unlimited Backup, Five Year Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a five-year subscription to G Cloud Unlimited Backup for only $29.99 — that’s 93% off the regular price. G Cloud lets you backup all of your iPhone data to secure cloud storage on the go, so it’s ready to be restored in one tap in the event that your iPhone is lost or stolen. In addition to keeping a backup of your data G Cloud lets you view all of your messages, photos, contacts, and more online from your G Cloud account, and an intuitive timeline interface lets you organize your photos and videos.

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Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign

With this year’s upcoming release of iOS 10, Apple has focused on some very specific improvements in several core apps, introducing some major design changes and adding new capabilties both for users and developers.

In today’s installment of Inside the betas we take a closer look at what Apple has done with its Maps app. Functionally, it doesn’t quite incorporate the kind of sweeping changes we’ve seen in prior years, but instead focuses on redesigning the user experience and adding a few useful iterative features. …


Review: Element Case Ronin for iPhone 6/6s

What's a reasonable amount to pay for an iPhone case? While we generally give our highest recommendations to cases in the $25-$50 range, there are some excellent cheaper cases, as well. There's also a sizable segment of the population who sees cases as disposable — a quick search on Amazon reveals a number of very popular cases costing less than $10. Element Case has gone in the opposite direction with its Ronin, as evidenced by its $200 price tag. Ronin is made of top-notch materials — a top grain leather-wrapped backplate, machined bamboo or walnut wood side rails, and machined hand polished crowns. The case also comes with a top grain leather carrying pouch. Element Case makes no bold claims about protection or performance beyond basic impact resistance, as the materials and style are meant to justify the price.


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