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ExtraBITS for 31 August 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, Adam Engst discusses the mythical Apple Car with The Tech Night Owl, Apple plans to show off something new on September 9th, Best Buy and Apple get chummier, and Joe Kissell identifies the best online backup service.

Adam Engst Goes Automotive on The Tech Night Owl Live -- Is Apple setting its sights on the car market, as the next “mobile” platform? That’s where Adam Engst and Tech Night Owl’s Gene Steinberg ended up in this podcast, segueing from CarPlay to the rumors of Apple’s self-driving car project.

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Apple Event Set for September 9th -- Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2015 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS, in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app, and surprisingly, in the new Edge browser in Windows 10. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads and an Apple TV refresh.

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Best Buy to Offer AppleCare -- Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that his company’s ties to Apple are deepening, with Best Buy beginning to offer AppleCare plans and service this quarter. Best Buy is also testing out an Apple Authorized Service Provider program at 50 of its stores, plus expanding its existing Apple store-within-a-store approach. The retailer recently began offering the Apple Watch, and Joly said that demand has been strong.

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Joe Kissell Finds the Best Online Backup Service -- Our own Joe Kissell teamed up with review site The Wirecutter to identify the best online backup service. In this exhaustive guide, Joe covers what you should look for, how each service performs, how to set them up, and how to restore data. Joe’s top pick is former TidBITS sponsor CrashPlan, with competitor Backblaze as the runner-up.

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