Chance Miller

@ChanceHMiller

Email: Chance@9to5mac.com

Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys. He has previously written for several other online publications. He uses an iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, Mac mini, and 12-inch MacBook.

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AAPL: 106.00

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Just a month after introducing Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones, Corning today has introduced Gorilla Glass SR+, its new cover glass for smartwatches. In 2015, Corning announced “Project Phire,” which was said to be its efforts to create a material for wearables that combines the durability of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance level of sapphire. A year later, we have Gorilla Glass SR+ and it’s ready to hit the market now…

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At WWDC earlier this summer, Apple announced that iOS 10 would bring a host of new features to its Siri virtual assistant, the biggest of which being integration with third-party applications. With the public launch of iOS 10 nearing, Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the WSJ has had an opportunity to go hands-on with the more capable and more powerful Siri, calling it a “long-overdue” enhancement…

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Popular image sharing service Snapchat received a pretty big update today that bumps the app to version 9.38. The app update includes a variety of new customizations options, while Snapchat has also made it easy for anyone to create their own geofilters.

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August 29

AAPL: 106.82

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Earlier today, Apple officially sent invites to its iPhone 7 announcement event that will be held next week on September 7th. Shortly after Apple’s announcement, wireless headphone company Bragi announced that it has its own big news coming next week, lending some to believe that Apple might be in the picture…

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LG today has taken the wraps off of a pair of new 21:9 monitors that it will show off at the IFA conference in Berlin this week. Both of the displays offer the UltraWide technology that LG has become known for over the years, while one also features USB-C support. The first comes in at 38-inches with the model number 38UC99, while the second comes in at 34-inches and carries the 34UC79G identifier.

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Last week, repair guide website iFixit published a detailed blog post discussing an issue plaguing a growing number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Referred to as “Touch Disease,” a hardware problem causes iPhone displays to become unresponsive and feature a thin gray flickering line along the top.

Now, a trio of iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over the issue, claiming that Apple has refused to repair devices that are affected for free…

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We already know a lot about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and MacBook Pro refreshes, but a new report today from Bloomberg details a bit more about what the company has up its sleeve for the rest of the year. The report claims that in addition to the new iPhone and MacBook Pro lineups, Apple is planning to refresh the iMac and MacBook Air and will also introduce a new 5K display, as we’ve reported in the past, in partnership with LG. On the software side of things, Apple is reportedly working on a variety of new features for the iPad Pro.

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August 25

AAPL: 107.57

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Following a similar report from the WSJ earlier this summer, a new report from Bloomberg today briefly mentions that the iPhone introduced in 2017 will not feature the iconic Home button that has been present from the start. The Bloomberg piece focused more broadly on an iPhone for Japan with support for FeliCa payments.

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is planning a new iPhone model for Japan that includes support for a technology called FeliCa. FeliCa, for those unfamiliar, is a tap-to-pay standard in Japan that allows users to pay for things like mass-transit rides with their mobile device.

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According to a new report from the Irish Independent, Apple is planning to expand its presence in Ireland by creating 1,000 new jobs in Cork. Specifically, Apple plans to create a four-story office building and a 752-space car lot at its European headquarters in Cork.

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Earlier this summer, we reported on a “Celebration Edition” Apple I that would be going up for auction. Initial estimates pegged a value of over $1 million for the computer, but the auction today came to a close with a final selling price of $815,000. 10 percent of the proceeds from the Charitybuzz auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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August 24

AAPL: 108.03

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The battle for exclusive streaming rights to music content is heating up between services like Apple Music and Tidal. Universal Music Group, however, has apparently had it with single-platform exclusive streaming deals and will no longer agree to them, according to Billboard.

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Update: Unicode has actually responded to Apple’s request and detailed all of the changes that will come with Emoji 4.0, including 16 new professional emoji.

Following the emoji redesign with iOS 10, Apple has recently asked the Unicode Consortium to add 5 new emoji to the existing catalog of options. Apple’s Peter Edberg, who has been a software engineer at the company for 28 years, reached out to the Unicode Technical Committee recently, sharing mockups of the five new emoji.

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Microsoft officially launched its Word Flow keyboard on iOS earlier this year, and today the app has received a significant update, bringing its version number to 2.0. The update includes a host of new features, including some that rival what Apple is bringing to the Messages app keyboard with iOS 10.

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August 23

AAPL: 108.85

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It’s no secret that since the launch of Apple Music, Spotify’s relationship with Apple has become more than strained. The company has publicly accused Apple of anticompetitively favoring its own streaming services, giving third-party offerings like Spotify a disadvantage. Now, it appears that Apple Music is causing Spotify even more trouble, this time when it comes to negotiating with labels.

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Sony today announced a new accessory for Mac and PC users that will bring improved gaming support to the platform. In a blog post, Sony unveiled the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter. This accessory will let users connect a DualShock 4 to any Mac, with all aspects of the controller being fully functional.

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Less than a year after it first brought the best-selling app to the Mac, Readdle today has launched PDF Expert 2 for the Mac. The company says that the update adds “even more power to the app,” which competes directly with other PDF apps like Adobe’s Acrobat.

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August 22

AAPL: 108.51

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Nike today announced that it is completely rebranding its popular Nike+ Running app. The app is now the “Nike+ Run Club” app, while today’s update also brings a host of performance, feature, visual, and stability improvements.

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