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Gear: Urban Armor Gear Monarch for iPhone 7 Plus

Urban Armor Gear is known for its line of highly protective iPhone cases, but with its new Monarch for iPhone 7 Plus the company takes its cases up a notch, with a premium case that’s been precision-engineered to add minimal bulk to the iPhone while still providing double the Military Standards for drop and shock protection.

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Inside the betas: iOS 11 Control Center gets customizable, adds Screen Recording

Although iOS 11 doesn’t promise as significant of a redesign as the last update, it has undergone a major revamp in one key area: the Control Center. Last year iOS 10 expanded the Control Center into a three-pane card-style view, placing Music controls onto their own second panel and adding a third panel for HomeKit users. In iOS 11, Apple actually discards this design entirely, moving instead to a full-screen Control Center that places all controls on a single screen, with expanded controls accessed via 3D Touch or tap-and-hold gestures.

It’s the most significant change to the iOS Control Center since it debuted back in iOS 7, so it takes a bit of getting used to, however with this change Apple has also expanded the Control Center to offer an unprecedented level of customizability. While it’s not clear if third-party apps will be able to plug into the Control Center just yet, Apple has made the traditional utility buttons — Flashlight, Clock, Calculator, and Camera — completely optional and replaceable, as well as adding 13 additional Control Center utilities.…

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Virgin Mobile USA to become first ‘iPhone-only’ carrier

Virgin Mobile USA plans to become the world’s first “iPhone-only” network as part of a new deal with Apple to begin selling the carrier’s wireless plans through Apple’s retail network, Reuters reports. The carrier, which is a subsidiary of Sprint that licenses its name from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, is revamping its business to remove Android devices from its lineup in the coming years. Branson, who was directly involved with the deal, told Reuters in an interview that he felt it was a good fit due to the similarities between the Apple and Virgin brands in advocating for human rights and other social causes, and that Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts was “tremendously supportive” of the partnership, and that Virgin was basically “knowing on an open door” in approaching Apple.

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Daily Deal: Powrtabs, Lightning 10-Pack

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can get a a 10-pack of Lightning Powrtabs for only $34.99 — that’s 29% off the regular price. These extremely portable and disposable 1,000 mAh batteries let you give your iPhone a quick boost wherever you are without having to worry about keeping a bulky external battery pack recharged. Instead, just juice up your iPhone for about four more hours of use from each pack, and then toss it out when you’re done — Powrtabs are made out of completely non-toxic and recyclable materials so they’re environmentally friendly, and great for concerts, camping, travelling, and more.

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Mac: Booq Nerve Black

Booq is one of our favourite bag makers, with very stylish bags that are durable and provide good storage capacity, so we were definitely excited by the company’s latest new bag, the Nerve, black. It’s a full messenger bag with a ballistic nylon exterior, a water-repellant flap, and a well-padded interior laptop compartment. It’s a great bag for all of your summer excursions — it will withstand the elements for your weekend getaways but still looks nice enough to take to the office on Monday morning.

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Indoor Maps for Airports and Malls now appearing in iOS 11 betas

Early signs of Apple’s new Indoor Maps feature in the iOS 11 Maps app have begun appearing for specific airports and shopping malls as of the second beta of iOS 11 released earlier this week. According to MacRumors, indoor maps are now available for Philadelphia International Airport, Mineta San Jose International Airport, Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, California and Westfield San Francisco Centre in San Francisco, California. The new feature, similar in design to the indoor maps feature introduced in Google Maps in 2013, provides detailed floor plans airports and shopping malls to allow users to help locate way to key points of interest ranging from stores to facilities such as washrooms, boarding gates, security checkpoints, baggage claims, information kiosks, and more.

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Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2 to developers

Apple has released fourth developer betas for iOS 10.3.3 and tvOS 10.2.2; a new beta of watchOS 3.2.3 has not been released at this point. As with the last round of betas, these all include only minor updates and bug fixes, alongside the iOS 11 developer releases that are currently in beta with major new features, expected to be debuted in the fall.

Apple seeking lower rates in renegotiations with record labels

With current contracts with record labels set to expire at the end of this month, Apple is looking to reduce what it pays the labels for streaming music, Bloomberg reports. According to people familiar with the matter, the talks are part of larger negotiations to revise Apple’s relationship with the music industry overall, and cover not only the Apple Music streaming service, but also content available for sale on the iTunes Store. The new terms Apple is seeking would bring the company closer to the rate that Spotify is currently paying the record labels, who are reportedly more optimistic now about the future health of the music industry, following worldwide growth of 5.9 percent last year that was directly attributable to Spotify and Apple Music.

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Daily Deal: Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack for only $119.95. This ultra-rugged 9,000 mAh backup battery will not only juice up your iPhone in a pinch — over three times over, in fact — but it also features Tile Bluetooth tracking so even if you drop it out on your adventures, you can still track it down. It’s also got fast-charging USB-C and USB-A ports and is rated for military-grade drop-hesitance.

Get the Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack now for only $119.95

Apple releases second set of betas for iOS 11, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4

Apple has released a second round of betas for iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11, addressing a number of issues in the initial developer previews released during WWDC. As only the second betas of major new OS releases, however, the release notes continue to list a large number of known issues that are still pending. iOS 11 beta 2 also enables the new Do Not Disturb while Driving feature, which was not implemented in the first beta, as well as Hindi dictation in Siri, a new sync system for Safari Bookmarks and Reading List, and several other developer changes under the hood.

Particularly noteworthy is that, for the first time Apple has taken the unusual step of listing compatibility issues with several third-party apps in the iOS 11 release notes, including Tweetbot, VSCO, Square Cash, Citi Mobile, KakaoTalk, SlingTV, Kindle Books, Skype, Pinterest, and Facebook Messenger; it’s unclear why Apple has chosen to single out those particular apps out of the two million apps available on the App Store, since it’s normally expected that problems will occur with third-party apps when using early betas for major iOS releases.





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