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Apple updates ‘Clips’ app with Disney and Pixar content

Apple has released an update to Clips, the video app that the company debuted earlier this year designed to help users easily create videos fro their photos, music, and video clips. The new version adds content from Disney and Pixar, allowing users to include Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, as well as popular characters from Toy Story and Inside Out. New Disney-designed posters have also been included that can be added to videos as title cards, joining 10 new Apple-designed overlays and 12 posters. The update also makes improvements to Live Title editing, sharing, and provides other fixes to streamline the creation process.

Review: Minirig 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Minirig is a relatively new speaker company that hails from the west of England and has enjoyed organic growth and popularity in the U.K. market. Although the company's speakers are less well-known on this side of the pond, they're beginning to make a name for themselves in the North American market. The Minirig 2 is a rugged and powerful little portable speaker that represents the second iteration of the company's flagship product, providing Bluetooth 4.2 aptX support and advanced connectivity options that allow two Minirig speakers to be paired, or even the addition of a Minirig subwoofer to build a 2.1 system.

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Mac: Twelve South Charleston at Sea Level Dual-Screen Wallpaper Collection

If you’re among our regular readers, you probably know by now that we’re pretty big fans of Twelve South’s product lineup — their stands and cases are well-made and fit in so well with the Mac aesthetic that they could have been designed by Apple. However, we also like it when accessory makers allow a little bit of personality to show through, and this is the case with Twelve South’s latest offering: A free collection of stunning wallpapers from the company’s own hometown that are specifically designed to look great on a dual-monitor setup. Twelve South’s new Charleston at Sea Level collection is actually the fifth collection the company has released since 2014, but is unique among these in that it features the company’s own hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, rather than the more popular tourist areas of prior collections.

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Apple and Balmain unveil Beats Special Edition Headphones

Photo: Erin Manago/Beats By Dre

Apple has released a new high-end collection of Beats headphones in partnership with French design house Balmain. Providing a new fashion-forward take on both Beats Studio and Powerbeats 3 headphones, the new models are priced at $250 for the Balmain Special Edition Powerbeats 3 — a $50 premium over the normal selling price — and $600 for the Balmain Special Edition Beats Studio — a markup of $220 over the standard Beats Studio headphones. The new style is available in two different color options: a neutral pinkish “Safari” version that is available exclusively through Apple and a green-tinted “Khaki” version which is exclusive to Balmain. Both versions have gold accents and feature Balmain logos and include suede, Balmain-branded carrying cases.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3

Apple has released minor updates to iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3, focused exclusively on bug fixes and security improvements. iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and watchOS 3.2.3 will likely be the last updates to be released prior to the rollout of iOS 11, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4 expected in September, although it’s possible Apple may release one or two more very minor iOS 10 patches in the future for legacy 32-bit devices such as the iPhone 5 that won’t be capable of running iOS 11.

Daily Deal: Fader Stealth Drone

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Fader Stealth Drone for only $99 — that’s 23% off the regular price. This mini-quadrocopter drone is ready to fly right out of the box, and loaded with advanced features that will make flying it a breeze for beginners and fun for experts. It’s super-stealthy, lightweight, and includes a six-axis gyro module and HD camera, and can automatically take-off and land, hold altitude, and record 720p HD video in real-time. Built-in LED lights also allow for night flying.

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Gear: Satechi R1 Aluminum Hinge Holder Foldable Stand for iPad

Satechi makes some of the nicest docks and stands we’ve seen, and the company’s updated Satechi R1 is no exception. This updated stand quickly elevates your iPad — or really just about any other mobile device — to provide an optimal viewing experience whether at your desk, living room table, or in your kitchen.

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Review: Fugoo Go Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

It's been a couple of years since we've looked at Fugoo's speakers — the company's Fugoo XL was a runner-up in our Best of the Year Awards for 2015 — however the company continues to expand its speaker lineup, and its latest speaker, Fugoo Go, makes a slight departure from the company's usual desktop style with a portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker that's designed to be taken on all of your outdoor adventures.

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Apple starts online AI journal to publish research

Apple has started an online journal with artificial intelligence development research papers written by the company’s engineers, making good on its promise to allow employees to publish their findings to the great academic world. Last year Apple announced that it was breaking with its strict privacy rules to allow AI researchers to publish their work, ostensibly because it was becoming increasingly difficult to recruit top talent with such stringent rules in place. So far the site features a welcome message and the first article, “Improving the Realism of Synthetic Images,” an in-depth look at using realistic images to cost-effectively train neural nets.

Apple backs four manufacturing partners in suing Qualcomm

Photo: Reuters

As part of its ongoing fight with Qualcomm, Apple is backing four of its manufacturing partners in their antitrust fight against the chip maker, Reuters reports. Foxconn, Wistron, Pegatron and Compal Electronics have accused Qualcomm of violating US antitrust law in response to Qualcomm’s attempt to force the companies to pay royalties that Apple told them to stop paying. “Qualcomm has confirmed publicly that this lawsuit against our clients is intended to make a point about Apple and punish our clients for working with Apple,” said Theodore J. Boutrous, a lawyer representing all four companies. “The companies are bringing their own claims and defenses against Qualcomm.”

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