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Friday May 27

20:58
Showrunner / executive producer leaves Netflix'...

Netflix's first talk show is finally here, but less than a month after launching it will be moving forward without showrunner/executive producer Bill Wolff. Deadline reported the TV veteran's departure but didn't give a clue as to why he's leaving af...

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20:22
Google and Ray Kurzweil are making chatbots together

While we don't often hear Ray Kurzweil's name associated with Google products, Mountain View hired him back in 2012 to work on unspecified machine learning and language processing projects. Now, the famous futurist has finally revealed one of the pro...

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07:37
Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds...

A proposal in the U.S. Senate to require smartphone OS developers and other tech vendors to break their own encryption at the request of law enforcement may be dead on arrival.The proposal, released as a discussion draft last month, may not be formally introduced this year because of strong opposition, according to a Reuters report.The draft bill, pushed by Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, would allow judges to order tech companies to comply with requests from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to help them defeat security measures and break into devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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19:58
Activists say Vietnam shut down Facebook during...

During President Obama's three-day trip to Vietnam this week, authorities in the country blocked access to Facebook in an attempt to silence political dissidents, according to reports from two activist organizations. Digital-rights group Access Now a...

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19:23
Latest robot roach can leap like the real thing

Look away entomophobes: a collaboration between South Korea's Seoul National University and UC Berkeley has created an unholy robotic cockroach that can not only crawl around to gross you out, but can also jump a solid five feet in the air and then p...

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18:56
NBC will air the 2016 Rio Olympics in 4K, HDR and...

NBC has announced that it will make content from this year's Olympic Games available to carriers in 4K and HDR, however there's one little catch: it will be delayed by a day. In a setup that will seem familiar to any early HDTV adopters that still ca...

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18:26
Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D...

Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday released an updated version of its iOS app with native support for in-app "Peek and Pop" 3D Touch gestures, while Google refreshed its flagship search app with integrated Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology.

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17:26
Capto 1.0.1

Maintenance release for the screen capture utility formerly known as Voila. ($29.99 new, free update, 22.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:35
Samsung has a New Smartphone for China that Mirrors...

In early April we posted a report titled "Samsung has one Smartphone Strategy for 2016: Slash Prices." In that report we noted that the Wall Street Journal made it clear that Samsung lost its number one status in China, India and other countries last year and continuing until this day. How are they dealing with that? Massive price cuts. Today we're learning that the going after Apple's iPhone 6 ...

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16:27
PopChar X 7.5

Adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:26
TextExpander 6.0.5

Improves the Snippet Editor with better image import. ($40 annual subscription, $20 upgrade subscription, free update from version 6, 7.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:45
It Could Happen - Universally Autonomous Cars Could...

Companies that must employ drivers and pay them, even without customary benefits, would like to replace them with computers that can drive autonomously. This makes such vehicles candidates for taxis, buses, and trucks.  But what about customers who actually enjoy being in control of a car that they own?  Is that an enduring or dying part of American culture? John Martellaro looks at the issues.


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14:36
Record Your Mac’s Screen with iShowU Instant: $12

We have a deal for you today on a utility that makes it easy to record your screen (screencap) on your Mac. iShowU Instant for Mac records in QuickTime or MP4, can hide your desktop icons, and can share to various social media services directly. You can also control your frame rate, going as slow as 1 fame per minute to record time lapse movies. You can get this software through TMO for $12, half off retail.


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13:53
∞ Rob Zombie: We’re An American Band

Zombie did a great job with this classic song.

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13:46
Jawbone stopped making its UP fitness trackers

Jawbone has three major fitness trackers: The UP2, UP3, and UP4. The company has struggled to sell the devices and was forced to offload them at a discount to a reseller in order to get the revenue it needed to keep the business going, according to the source.The report also notes that Jawbone is trying to sell its speaker business, as well.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:44
A modern take on cuckoo clocks

I really like cuckoo clocks and grandfather clocks. Always have.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:38
Google Photos: One year, 200 million users, and a...

Now 200 million of you are using Google Photos each month. We’ve delivered more than 1.6 billion animations, collages and movies, among other things. You’ve collectively freed up 13.7 petabytes of storage on your devices—it would take 424 years to swipe through that many photos! We’ve also applied 2 trillion labels, and 24 million of those have been for … selfies.Google put together some of their favorite tips for using the service.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 27, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Eltima Software has announced Folx Pro 5.0, an update to their download manager for Mac OS X. 

It provides download management, smart files organization, and more. Version 5.0 offers a new interface design, supported by reworked features and new options. Downloading from websites requiring authentication has gotten easier with a password manager. Also, the new Folx Smart Speed Adjustment feature became even smarter and more flexible, according to the folks at Eltima.

Folx Pro costs $19.99. It can be downloaded from the developer's website. All registered users of Folx 4.0 Pro can upgrade to the latest version at a 50% discount....

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11:46
How should Apple & Siri compete with Amazon Echo...

Amazon was first with its Echo Wi-Fi speaker — a dedicated, standalone hub for its Alexa virtual assistant software — and now word has it Apple is working on a similar product for Siri. The several reports this week detailing Apple’s plans followed Google’s unveiling of its competitive Home hardware and Assistant platform at its Google I/O developer conference earlier this month. But what exactly will Apple’s competitor look like? And how will its reported plans for a Siri SDK play into its approach?
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Accessories, Amazon,...

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10:49
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car...

Apple needs to make sure there's a way to charge its electric car when drivers are out and about. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple will deal with existing charging station standards, competing with Tesla, and creating its own proprietary charging connector. They also have some thoughts on the report that Apple's Eddie Cue wanted to buy Time Warner Entertainment.


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10:44
News: Apple’s new ‘Echo rival’ may feature a camera

Apple may be planning to include facial recognition technology in its rumored Siri device, according to CNET. Sources for the report indicated that Apple has “explored putting a camera in its device” with facial recognition technology that could detect who is in a room, and could then activate personal music and lighting profiles....

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09:58
Apple's Amazon Echo Competitor Could Feature...

Apple's rumored product designed to compete with the Amazon Echo could come equipped with a camera and facial recognition capabilities, reports CNET. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, CNET says the device would be "self aware," able to detect the people in the room through facial recognition technology.

Once the device determines who is in the room, that information could be used to pull up each person's preferences, "such as the music and lighting they like," allowing for a customized interactive experience for each member of the home. Facial recognition is something Apple has previously expressed interest in, both through patent filings and...

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09:55
AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule out of stock at U.S...

“I was trying to buy an AirPort Extreme today from the Beverly Hills Apple Store and an employee told me that Apple had asked for all of them back from all the stores,” wrote one anonymous tipster.To verify the tipster’s claim, we contacted an Apple support representative who confirmed that Apple has pulled AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule stock from all U.S. stores. The base stations remain available to order online, while it appears the smaller AirPort Express can still be purchased both online and in stores at present time.As noted in the story, it could be new FCC guidelines.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:50
Airport Extreme, Time Capsule pulled from U.S. Apple...

Although the products are still available online, Apple no longer appears to be selling the AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule in its U.S. retail stores, according to a Friday report and checks by AppleInsider.

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09:20
Oh Samsung

Talk about a blatant ripoff of the iPhone. I really do hate Samsung.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Gadget Ogling: A Homier Google, Flicking Lamps, and...


Not quite content with Nest controlling how warm your domicile is and Chromecast taking charge of what you watch, Google is moving further into your physical world with its connected home hub, the creatively named "Home." Taking a page or 10 out of Amazon Echo's book, Home is a blend of a smart speaker and a personal assistant, which you control using your voice. It can handle the types of queries Google Now and its successor, Google Assistant, can take on -- from questions like what's on your schedule for the day to trivia about your favorite sports team.

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08:50
iPhone SE: Is Less the New More?

Apple introduced the iPhone SE earlier this year and Dr. Mac's been testing one. While it looks like an iPhone 5 or 5s from the outside, inside are thoroughly modern guts based on the iPhone 6s. 


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08:32
Apple's installment-based iPhone trade-up...

Apple on Friday brought its "Trade Up with Installments" program to France, Italy, and Spain, expanding it beyond U.S. borders for the first time.

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08:17
Apple working to expand Apple Pay into Prime Asian,...

Following up on the launch of Apple Pay in Singapore this week, Apple executive Jennifer Bailey has gone on the record stating that the company is planning a rapid expansion into every significant market it can with a focus on Europe and Asia. Apple Pay is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore and Australia. Apple has already said the mobile payments service will reach Hong Kong soon …
Bailey stated that Apple decides the next item on its Apple Pay expansion given a number of factors, although market size for Apple products tends to be a primary factor. She also stated that existing market penetration of contactless payment terminals and existing financial infrastructures also plays a factor.

Apple will also apparently...

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07:55
AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Out of Stock at U.S...

Following a rare firmware update for the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule earlier this week, a few readers have contacted us about the Wi-Fi base stations being out of stock at their local Apple retail stores in the United States.

Specifically, the tipsters informed us that the AirPort Extreme was out of stock at the Apple Store, Sagemore location in Marlton, New Jersey, an outer suburb of Philadelphia, and the Apple Store, Beverly Center location in Los Angeles, California.

"I was trying to buy an AirPort Extreme today from the Beverly Hills Apple Store and an employee told me that Apple had asked for all of them back from all the stores," wrote one anonymous tipster.

To verify the tipster's claim, we contacted an Apple support representative who confirmed that Apple has pulled AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule stock from all U.S. stores...

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07:50
Samsung to bring web-based 'SamsungPay Mini...

The expanding electronic payments battle between Apple, Google, and Samsung will reportedly reach a new front next month as the South Korean firm is said to be readying a new web-based option that would enable iPhone users to make online payments via SamsungPay.

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07:46
Apple Distributor Redington Discusses Apple Stores...

A popular TV show in India by the name of ET Now interviewed Raj Shankar, Managing Director of Redington, a major Apple distributor. He was asked whether or not Apple wanting to open their own flagship stores in India was seen as a threat to their relationship going forward.

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07:44
Support for Anti-encryption Laws Crumbles

The FBI's hopes for a laws to weaken encryption and require tech companies to build back doors through device security features seems to be crumbling because support in Congress is evaporating. A draft bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) isn't going to to be introduced, and even if it was, there isn't any support for it.


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07:43
Rumor: Fifth-gen Apple TV could feature version of...

With rumors that Apple is working on a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo, it’s been suggested that a fifth-generation version of the Apple TV will eventually get its own microphone and speaker, and that Apple will be improving its computing infrastructure to handle more Siri queries.
Supporting these developments will be the previously-rumored Siri SDK for developers, allowing them to hook third-party apps into the platform, the source noted.

The report didn’t indicate when a next-gen Apple TV might launch and the Apple TV itself has generally been released on a more sporadic schedule than Apple’s other products. Also, while an announcement could be made at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is unlikely to update...

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07:36
News: Apple ‘working rapidly’ to extend Apple Pay to...

Apple is “working rapidly” to launch Apple Pay farther and wider in the European and Asian markets, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s VP of Apple Pay revealed an interview with TechCrunch. While Apple Pay is available in only six countries right now — the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, China, and Singapore — Bailey stated that Apple’s goal is to have Apple Pay available in “every significant market that Apple is in. Bailey…

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06:47
Fox Pro 5.0 for OS X gets new interface, more

Eltima Software has announced Folx Pro 5.0, an update to their download manager for Mac OS X.
It provides download management, smart files organization, and more. Version 5.0 offers a new interface design, supported by reworked features and new options. Downloading from websites requiring authentication has gotten easier with a password manager. Also, the new Folx Smart Speed Adjustment feature became even smarter and more flexible, according to the folks at Eltima.
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06:47
Fox Pro 5.0 for OS X gets new interface, more

Eltima Software has announced Folx Pro 5.0, an update to their download manager for Mac OS X.
It provides download management, smart files organization, and more. Version 5.0 offers a new interface design, supported by reworked features and new options. Downloading from websites requiring authentication has gotten easier with a password manager. Also, the new Folx Smart Speed Adjustment feature became even smarter and more flexible, according to the folks at Eltima.
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06:41
Congress won't consider mandatory encryption...

Draft legislation that could've forced U.S. corporations like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following a court order won't be formally introduced this year, and has lost the support needed to advance anyway, sources said on Friday.

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06:24
Samsung to Introduce 'SamsungPay Mini'...

Earlier today we reported that Apple is hoping to rapidly expand Apple Pay throughout Asia and Europe this year. Now we're learning that Samsung wants to shake things up for SamsungPay as well. According to a new Asian report "Samsung Electronics is releasing ‘SamsungPay Mini’ ...

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06:14
∞ A dark, dark vision of the augmented future reality

Warning: the embedded video is pretty dark. Has a Blade Runner sort of feel to it. Imagine a future where everywhere you look, there’s data analysis and advertising. All reality is seen through an augmented translation. Keiichi Matsuda has put together a striking vision.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iShowU Instant for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up iShowU Instant for Mac for only $12 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This fast and feature-packed screen recorder will help you record what’s happening on your computer and quickly and easily share it. Whether you’re a teacher preparing a class presentation or a gamer wanting to show off your skills, iShowU has you covered, with the ability to share directly to YouTube, Vimeo, and…

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05:53
Apple Expands iPhone Trade Up Program to France,...

Apple today expanded its "Trade Up with Installments" program for iPhone to France, Italy, and Spain, enabling customers to trade in an eligible older-generation iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone smartphone and put the value of that device towards a new iPhone based on a 24-month payment plan.

When a customer in Italy trades in a used 16GB iPhone 5s for a new 16GB iPhone SE, for example, an amount of €16.98 must be paid each month for the duration of the two-year installment plan. A total of €425.52 would be owed after interest rates are applied to the price. Exact prices vary depending on the combination.

The program is effectively a loan handled by Apple as...

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05:18
AppleInsider podcast talks about the latest rumors...

The Appleinsider podcast talk about rumored new MacBooks, Siri and AppleTV, rumors about Apple competing with Amazon Echo, Apple Watch as a health device, and new iPhone 7 rumors.

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05:17
Apple defends Irish data center plans, says will...

Apple has responded to environmental objections to its planned $950M data center, arguing that the proposed development is necessary, would meet projected demand for the next 10-15 years, and would pose no risk to the local environment.
Although Apple was initially given the go-ahead for the center, construction had to be delayed when appeals against the decision were filed. The planning body, An Bord Pleanála, asked Apple to respond to five concerns, and Business Insider has now seen a transcript of the company’s oral response …
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05:00
With the Election Season Heating up, the Democrats...

It's an election year and the democrats want the support of Silicon Valley and so the war on encryption will go silent, for now. A half dozen people familiar with the White House deliberations on the encryption issue said that they were hamstrung by a long-standing split within the Obama Administration ...

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05:00
QuickShift can help reduce Mac Desktop clutter

QuickShift is a brand new tool from Growth Beats designed to reduce desktop clutter. Personally, I’m a neat freak so my Mac Desktop is pretty well organized. However, my wonderful wife’s Desktop has dozens, perhaps hundreds, of files scattered everywhere. Looking at her MacBook screen makes my head hurt — especially when she’s having a technical problem and calls for her hubby’s assistance.

If you’re like my wife, QuickShift could make your life much easier. The app will automatically launch each time you log-in. When you first launch QuickShift, you’ll be prompted to choose (or create) a Home folder for storing files. Next, you must add folders to use the tool effectively. The easiest way is to use the Add Folder option, which is the first item in the grid (it appears when you haven’t selected any item to move or copy). 

(Why are you asked to select the Home folder? Apple’s guidelines are designed to...

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04:53
Kool Tools: BookBook for the iPad Pro

Twelve South’s BookBook for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a leather case angles the Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil.
The BookBook for iPad Pro also folds into a hands-free display mode. It protects the Apple tablet between two hardback covers and includes a storage pocket for Apple Pencil.
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04:47
Big data, business analytics revenues to reach $187...

According to the new “Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide” from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period. The new Spending Guide expands on IDC's previous forecasts by offering greater revenue detail by technology, industry, and geography.
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04:30
ADATA’s Charge/Sync 2-in-1 can possibly reduce the...

Cables, cables, we all got cables. Between our iPhones, iPads, Macs, and (for some folks) Android gadgets, too darn many cables. Since a truly wireless world is still some time away, you can possibly simplify your life with ADATA’s Charge/Sync 2-in-1 cable.

Fully Apple MFi (“made for iPhone’) certified, the approximately 40-inch long charging/cross-device data syncing cable comes with both Lightning and MicroUSB ports that are compatible with both Apple and Android devices. One port can charge iOS and Android together (hey, we can all get along). The front side is for the iPhone, the back side for a Samsung phone.

Each cable supports a 2.4A current, which means charging is relatively fast. It took about an hour to charge my iPhone 6s Plus from 20% of battery power to 100%. (If you use the cable with 2A charger then you can charge your phone faster.)

The Sync & Charge Lightning cable are durable They’re made...

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04:14
AppDelete Lite for OS X revved to version 4.0.5

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.5, an update to his Mac application deletion utility available at the Mac App Store. The new version is a maintenance upgrade.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. With it you don’t have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.
AppDelete Lite 4.0.5 costs $3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.

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04:01
Warren Buffett’s $1B investment in AAPL sees stock...

The billion dollar AAPL investment Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway disclosed in an SEC filing a fortnight ago seems to have gone a long way toward restoring investor confidence. Fortune reports that the stock has climbed 9% since the disclosure, taking it back above the $100 mark.

Buffett tends to have that effect on stocks—for example, when the company disclosed a stake in Kinder Morgan in February, shares shot up 11%. Apple’s rise in the past few weeks is no doubt partially the cause of Berkshire Hathaway’s disclosure.

AAPL’s share price dropped sharply after the company’s Q2 earnings report revealing a substantial year-on-year fall in iPhone...

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04:00
Political Will for Encryption Law Has Weakened Since...

Support for encryption legislation in the U.S. has flatlined and the push for changes in federal law following the San Bernardino shootings has petered out, according to sources in congressional offices, the administration and the tech sector (via Reuters).

On February 16, a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to help the FBI to unlock the iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead.

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein.

The FBI asked Apple to create a version of iOS that would both disable passcode security features and allow passcodes to be entered electronically, allowing it to then brute force the passcode on the device.

Apple announced that it...

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04:00
Fashion Friday: ‘The Power of Ten’ T-shirt

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.

Today I’m pictured wearing a T-shirt celebrating the launch of Mac OS X. In the 1990s Apple was trying to determine a operating system strategy as the original (and revolutionary) Mac OS work was getting a bit long in the tooth. 

After the Copland project was cancelled in 1996, bought NeXT (the company founded by Steve Jobs after he left Apple) and its NeXTSTEP operating system. The technology would serve as the foundation of OS X and facilitated Jobs return to the company he helped found. 

The first version of Mac OS X debuted in 2001. But it wasn’t until Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) rolled out on Aug. 23, 2002, that the operating system seemed truly polished.

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03:53
Apple Working Rapidly to Expand Apple Pay in Asia...

As promised by Tim Cook last month, Apple Pay entered Singapore with support of five local banks that cover 80% of cards in that country. Apple's VP of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, made it clear that Apple is "working rapidly in Asia and also in Europe.

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03:07
Apple working ‘rapidly’ to bring Apple Pay to more...

Following the expanded launch of Apple Pay in Singapore this week, TechCrunch spoke with Apple VP Jennifer Bailey about Apple Pay’s roadmap. The Apple executive said the company wants to bring Apple Pay to every significant market in which it operates with particular focus on rapid expansion in Europe and Asia. Apple Pay is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore and Australia. Apple has already said the mobile payments service will reach Hong Kong soon …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Pay, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: App...

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03:00
Deal of the Day: Next FlipBook Maker for Mac, just $...

Looking for a way to create an eye-catching digital publication or provide an interactive splash to your website? Next FlipBook Maker for Mac transforms PDF documents into flipbooks optimized for desktop and mobile devices, then provides Google Analytics to tell you just how readers are engaging with your work.  The Apple World Today Deals Shop has this unique app for just $24.99, 74% off the regular $99 price tag. 

Next FlipBook Maker provides the following functions: 

  • Easily create & share flipbooks
  • Convert PDFs to Flash flipbooks for desktop users & HTML5 flipbooks for mobile users
  • Get a unique flipbook URL
  • Connect to your Google Analytics account to get data
  • Add templates, scenes...
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02:04
Apple 'Working Rapidly' to Bring Apple Pay...

Apple this morning elaborated on its plans to expand Apple Pay coverage and achieve its goal to deliver the mobile payment service to "every significant market" the company is involved in.

Currently Apple Pay is available in six countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and China, with plans already underway to bring the platform to Hong Kong and Spain. Earlier this week the service expanded its presence in Singapore to support five major banks and cover over 80 percent of cards, and VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey says many more rollouts are on the way.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Bailey said that Apple is "working rapidly" in Asia and Europe to extend the service,...

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00:00
Apple Not Allowed To Open Stores In India

ffkom writes: Reuters reports: "India has said Apple Inc must meet a rule obliging foreign retailers to sell at least 30 percent locally-sourced goods if it wishes to open stores in the country, a senior government official told Reuters. A change in legislation last year exempted foreign retailers selling high-tech goods from the rule, which states 30 percent of the value of goods sold in the store should be made in India. However, Apple's products were not considered to be in this category, said the official, who has direct knowledge of the matter." Now just imagine what Apple stores in the U.S. would look like if 30% of their offerings had to be made in the US... "They did ask for a waiver but didn't provide any material on record to justify it. The decision was taken only after a thorough examination of their application," the source said. Apple planned to open at least three stores in India by the end of 2017. Separate sources said Apple talked with the Indian government about...

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Monday May 23

09:37
Spotify's family plan goes toe-to-toe with...

Spotify is still the top music streaming service, but it may be feeling the heat from better family deals on Apple Music and Google Play. Spotify announced on Monday that its $15-per-month family plan will match those of Apple Music and Google Play by offering six individual premium accounts for the package price.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Tuesday May 24

04:48
The legal mumbo jumbo on popular mobile apps can...

Have you ever been put off by the lengthy “terms and conditions” and privacy policies of mobile apps and other online services?
The Norwegian Consumer Council also has a grouse against these long and abstruse statements and to prove its point the consumer group has downloaded the terms of service and privacy policies for apps found on an “average” mobile, and are streaming live as guests read out the documents.
“Together they exceed the New Testament in length – and would take more than 24 hours to read out loud,” the group said on their website. They point out that few if any have the time to read when they click ‘ok’ when they sign up to use an app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:58
Twitter introduces 4 big changes that will make...

Twitter isn’t abolishing its defining 140-character limit for tweets, but it’s making some big changes so you can do more within those confines. Other tweaks to the way replies work will remove some of the “inside-baseball” Twitter tricks that act as a barrier to entry for new users.In the future, any media you attach to a tweet—be it an image, video, Periscope stream, poll, whatever—will no longer eat into your precious limit. Twitter’s post doesn’t mention links to websites being regarded as media, so those seem likely to still consume a blanket 23 characters regardless of length. That’s a bit of a bummer, but hey, baby steps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:07
Amazon stops offering refunds for after-purchase...

For a few years, Amazon’s protected users against immediate price drops after purchase with an informal price protection policy that refunded you the difference if the cost of something you bought was slashed mere days later. It appears those good times are over.
Over the past month, Amazon customers began complaining that the online retailer was no longer honoring price protection refunds on anything, with the sole exception of televisions.
GroovyPost was the first to notice the change in early May after readers reached out. Most recently, Recode spoke to Earny, a startup that helps people find price difference refunds on items they’ve purchased online, about the price protection policy....

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08:40
Apple might put a touchscreen and Touch ID in...

The most exciting Apple product launch of 2016 might not be the iPhone 7, if rumors prove true. Cupertino is reportedly prepping a major MacBook Pro refresh for the 13- and 15-inch models that will blow your mind.The MacBook Pro is in need of an upgrade, and according to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a huge overhaul is coming this fall. The two MacBook Pros will be thinner and lighter, like the 12-inch MacBook, and will feature Touch ID and an OLED touchscreen bar on the keyboard to replace the top row of keys. Expect USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 in the new Pros, too, 9to5Mac reported.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:31
Update to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides lets them...

An update to Google’s productivity apps will ensure your most recent work is saved directly to your device.Google says an update is rolling out for Docs, Sheets, and Slides that automatically syncs recently-opened files to your device so you can open them even when you have a poor or no connection. If some files go awhile without updates, or your storage gets low, they’ll be removed from your local storage. You've long since had the ability to manually save files offline, by heading to the Offline section from the overflow menu. And you still can.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:59
Report: Apple is developing a 'Siri Speaker...

Hey Siri, so you want to be the next Alexa?
Apple is reportedly developing a new product that will rely on Siri to activate certain features and capabilities, as well as pull up information from the web. The new product is expected to sport a speaker and a microphone, which makes it a direct competitor to other smart devices like the Amazon Echo and the just-announced Google Home.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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Thursday May 26

04:25
Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon brings new selection tools and...

Photoshop is the gold standard of image-editing apps—and it’s priced to match, with a $10/month Creative Cloud Photography Plan the cheapest way to buy it. On the other end of the price spectrum, Preview comes free with OS X and lets you do ultra-basic edits like cropping and simple color adjustments, and Photos is an image organizer that has some good editing capabiltiies too. In the middle—right in the sweet spot, I’d argue—is Pixelmator, a $30 standalone app from Pixelmator Team that was just updated to version 3.5.Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon (available in the Mac App Store) is a major update to the image editor, and it’s aimed at making the app even easier to use. It’s got a new Quick Selection tool that attempts to recognize what you’re trying to select, and a new Magnetic Selection Tool that goes even further by snapping to the edges of an object in your image....

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09:49
Celebrity hacker Guccifer's confession gives us...

The activity of Romanian hacker Guccifer, who has admitted to compromising almost 100 email and social media accounts belonging to U.S. government officials, politicians, and other high-profile individuals, is the latest proof that humans are the weakest link in computer security.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, is not a hacker in the technical sense of the word. He’s a social engineer: a clever and persistent individual with a lot of patience who a Romanian prosecutor once described as “the obsessive-compulsive type.” By his own admission, Lazar has no programming skills. He didn’t find vulnerabilities or write exploits. Instead, he’s good at investigating, finding information online and making connections.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:39
Apple’s Amazon Echo competitor might be another new...

If Apple wants to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, it doesn’t necessarily need a brand-new product. Instead, why not just slap a more powerful microphone and an onboard speaker into a next-generation Apple TV?VentureBeat, citing an anonymous source, says that Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo competitor “may” just be a refreshed Apple TV. Besides a mic and speaker, the new box would probably need a more powerful processor if it’s going to process voice queries quickly and accurately.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:44
Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe...

Addressing this week's Apple Pay expansion in Singapore, segment vice president Jennifer Bailey said Apple is "working rapidly" to deploy the payments platform in Asia and Europe on the way to launching in every major market the company's products are sold.

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20:30
Patent Troll VirnetX Wants To Ban FaceTime and...

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, patent troll VirnetX won a court battle with Apple to the tune of $625 million. Now, the company wants to increase the damages award by $190 million. Law360 reports: "At a post-trial hearing Wednesday, Texas technology company VirnetX argued that although an injunction blocking Apple's popular video chatting and messaging features, along with a virtual private network on demand feature, may seem like a harsh remedy, it is necessary because of the irreparable harm Apple's infringement caused the company. VirnetX also asked the court to increase the jury's damages award by at least $190 million, arguing that Apple has been the 'poster child' for unreasonable litigation tactics." VirnetX also wants the court to block FaceTime and iMessage entirely. "Meanwhile, Apple argued that in light of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions rejecting the four patents-in-suit, an injunction would be inappropriate, as would any ongoing royalty based...

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11:45
Report: Apple considered buying Time Warner, owner...

Apple could’ve become the second largest media company in the world following Disney.
According to the Financial Times, a top Apple executive proposed bidding for Time Warner, the media company that owns the Warner Bros. movie studio, HBO, and CNN. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of Internet services (including iTunes), brought up the idea with Olaf Olafsson, Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, in late 2015. However, the proposed bid never went anywhere—the discussions were so preliminary that Apple CEO Tim Cook was not involved, according to the reports.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
Apple could have trouble opening Apple Stores in...

Just last week, a report claimed that Apple had plans to open four stores in India by the end of 2017.Not so fast, says India’s fiance ministry.Two government officials told the Wall Street Journal that the ministry has rejected another government panel’s recommendation that Apple shouldn’t have to comply with local sourcing rules.“We are sticking to the old policy,“ one of the officials told the WSJ. “We want local sourcing for job creation. You can’t have a situation where people view India only as a market. Let them start doing some manufacturing here.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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20:02
HP Envy 34c Curved Display Video Review

After TMO's John Martellaro shared his thoughts on HP's Envy 34c curved display, Jeff Gamet chimed in with his perspective. There's a lot to like, but a couple disappointments, too. Check out Jeff's video review to see exactly what he thinks.


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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Speck's CandyShell...

New summer-ready iPhone case designsThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases introduces a sparkly version of Speck’s classic CandyShell case. Plus, catchy colors, sturdy enclosures, and tough screen shields. Read on!BallisticThe Tough Jacket Maxx (iPhone SE; $50 MSRP, currently on sale for $30 through Ballistic and Amazon) helps prevent damage from drops up to 7 feet high, thanks to its sturdy multi-layer construction. Designed to withstand all sorts of tough weather conditions, the case includes a replaceable screen protector, port covers to keep out dust and dirt, and reinforced corners to minimize impact from side shocks.To read this article in full...

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13:31
Patent troll wants Apple to shut down iMessage and...

For some companies, winning $625 million from Apple is not enough of a reward.
On Wednesday, VirnetX asked a Texas judge to order Apple to shut down iMessage and FaceTime while their patent case goes to appeal. Previously, VirnetX was awarded $625 million in the case after it convinced the jury that Apple committed patent infringement. If the judge grants the injunction, Apple will be forced to either suspend iMessage and FaceTime or find a last-minute workaround to the patented technology.
One of the patents in question involves establishing secure communications through Internet domain names. In asking for the injunction, VirnetX argued that although forcing a company to shut down two of its most popular services may seem excessive, it’s necessary because the infringement has done “irreparable harm” to VirnetX....

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18:22
Apple can add 62M iOS users in India but it won...

Investment firm Piper Jaffray estimates India could contribute some 62 million iOS device users to Apple's user base if the company successfully ramps its presence up to China levels, but a comparatively low-income population and strict government policies presage a rough path ahead.

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16:59
Apple TV nets Bravo, E! and Syfy content with new...

As of Thursday, pay TV subscribers who also own a fourth-generation Apple TV can stream the latest shows from NBCUniversal channels Bravo, E! and Syfy through dedicated apps Bravo Now, E! Now and Syfy Now.

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16:14
E!, Syfy, and Bravo applications now available for...

NBC Universal today announced that it is bringing a trio of new apps to the fourth-gen Apple TV. Starting today, those with a cable login can now watch content via the Syfy, E!, and Bravo applications with their Apple TV. Subscribers will have access to full seasons of the networks’ most popular series, including current and past episodes.
more…Filed under: Apple TV Tagged: Apple TV, NBC ...

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15:18
Thinking Differently about Apple Spending Billions...

Apple is reportedly planning to ramp up spending on original content to "several hundred million dollars a year," according to an unnamed source cited by The Financial Times of London. The story was based in part around a supposed meeting where Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue pitched the idea of Apple buying Time Warner, but the takeaway should be that Apple is seriously committed to streaming content.


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14:49
Two top Twitter execs leaving the company

Two top Twitter executives — Jana Messerschmidt, the head of business development, and Nathan Hubbard, head of media and commerce — are planning to leave the company, according to multiple sources familiar with their plans.Life as a Twitter exec seems short.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection: $29.99

Oh, but do I have a fun deal for you today. It's Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection. I am a HUGE fan of the Civilization franchise, including Beyond Earth. The Collection includes the original game, the Rising Tide expansion that brought significant expansion and improvements to the game, and the Exoplanets Map Pack. I don't care to contemplate the number of hours I've spent playing this iteration of the game, but now that I'm writing about it, I'm going to play some more. Where was I? Oh, right. We have a deal on Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection for $29.99, which is half off retail. Grab it.


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14:24
2015 & Newer Hyundai Vehicle Owners Can now...

You can now update your 2015 or newer compatible Hyundai vehicle to start using Apple's CarPlay.

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14:23
Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim

Putting an end to a contentious trial, a jury on Thursday found that Google's implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android represented fair use -- rebuffing complaints by Java's nominal owner, Oracle.

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14:22
Patent troll tries to shut down iMessage and FaceTime

A company that persuaded a Texas jury to award $625 million against Apple for patent infringement is asking for more. It asked a judge on Wednesday to order Apple to shut down its popular FaceTime and iMessage features while the case goes to appeal.I hate patent trolls. Something has to be done with these organizations.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:22
Markzware’s Q2ID adds QuarkXPress 2016 support

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has announced a version version of Q2ID. The Adobe InDesign plug-in now has QuarkXPress 2016 (also known as QXP v12) support. Q2ID is available for Mac and Windows platforms for InDesign CC 2015, 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5.
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14:18
Google beats Oracle in Android trial

The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.I really wasn’t sure how this would go.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:18
Apple Daily Report for May 26, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

In a hearing in Galway, Ireland on Tuesday, Apple fielded concerns from locals regarding a planned data center that is shaping up to be the country's largest consumer of electricity, with some estimates placing usage rates surpassing Dublin's entire daily supply.

Apple has debuted a new Arabic version of Apple.com, bringing the language to its website and online store for the first time alongside a new font right-to-left text.

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14:03
Jury Sides with Google in Oracle's $9 Billion...

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "One Email Discovered from Android's Cofounder Could Cost Google More in Trial Damages." The trial that has bounced around the courts for some time now is over (until another appeal), and in the end ...

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13:39
Apple considered buying Time Warner

iTunes and services chief Eddy Cue proposed the idea of Apple bidding on media conglomerate Time Warner at the end of last year, according to the FT.I’m not really surprised by this. Apple is looking for ways to enter a tight market, perhaps a purchase would be the right way to go. By the sound of the story, it was only a suggestion–Apple looks a lot of proposals, but they don’t pull the trigger on all of them.The report also said:The report adds that Apple plans to ramp up spending on original content to “several hundred million dollars a year” in order to better compete with rivals like Amazon and Netflix, both of which offer a growing number of exclusive TV series.This also makes sense to me.∞ Read this on The Loop...

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13:31
Snapchat raises $1.81 billion

Messaging app Snapchat has raised $1.81 billion in funding, the company reported in a U.S. regulatory filing on Thursday, a sign that investor interest is strong despite concerns among some venture capitalists that the platform is struggling to attract advertisers.Damn!∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:12
One of the Patents behind Apple Pencil's...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the ways they reduced noise in their touch sensor system so as to allow the Apple Pencil to respond more accurately which gives us the sense of no lag ...

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13:06
News: Report: Apple’s Siri-based Amazon Echo...

A new report claims that Apple is working on a Siri-based competitor to Amazon’s Echo, but suggests that the solution will come in the form of a refreshed Apple TV set-top box, rather than the standalone speaker reported earlier this week. A source has told VentureBeat that the plan is to build on the Apple TV to “solve problems with the existing box and remote control,” noting that Apple wants the “Apple TV to be just the…

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13:00
Report: Next Apple TV might be an Amazon Echo...

It seems Apple is finally gearing up to make Siri useful. Following a report from earlier this week about Apple developing a smart Bluetooth speaker similar to the Amazon Echo, now VentureBeat is reporting that the next Apple TV could also have the E...

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12:52
New French law makes it illegal to email employees...

Interesting attitude. If I had a real job, I think I would appreciate this policy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:50
Mac: Pixelmator Team Pixelmator 3.5

Pixelmator Team’s Pixelmator ($30) has become a go-to app when it comes to editing photos — it’s significantly cheaper than the 800 lb. gorilla that is Photoshop, and delivers most of the functionality that the typical user would need. Further, Pixelmator Team keeps enhancing it, and version 3.5 adds smarter selection tools and deeper integration with the OS X Photos app. The Quick Selection Tool and Magnetic Selection Tool have both been improved to make it easier to make detailed and precise selections, and a new Retouch Extension for Photos lets you take advantage of seriously advanced retouching tools without having to leave the Photos app.
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12:37
Report: Apple TV could be home for rumored Amazon...

Earlier this week a new report surfaced claiming Apple’s long-awaited Siri SDK could appear at this year’s WWDC, adding that Apple has been working on a dedicated Siri speaker similar to Amazon Echo or Google Home. Today VentureBeat reports that a source has indicated that a new version of the Apple TV actually may be Apple’s Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor.
more…Filed under: Apple TV Tagged: Apple TV, Siri, Siri SDK,...

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12:33
Updated Apple TV may form foundation of Siri-based...

While Apple is indeed said to be working on competition for Amazon's Echo voice assistant, it should come in the form of an upgraded Apple TV instead of a separate speaker-like device, a report claimed on Thursday.

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12:32
Gear: Joby GorillaPod Speaker Stand

Joby’s GorillaPod Speaker Stand ($40) is designed to hold a Bluetooth speaker, whether to elevate it for a better listening angle, or to keep it away from any kind of undesirable surface. GorillaPod has three flexible, wrappable legs with rubber feet. A platform and cinch cord rest on top of the tripod to firmly hold a small speaker. Underneath that platform is a 1/4”-20 mount, which will allow mountable speakers to attach directly to…

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11:46
Apple's Rumored Amazon Echo Competitor Could Be...

Earlier this week, The Information said Apple was actively developing an in-home hub that would compete with the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, and now VentureBeat has shared new details on the product and its prospective features.

Citing an unnamed source, VentureBeat says rather than developing a new product, Apple could add Echo-like features to a revamped version of the Apple TV. The Amazon Echo, for those unfamiliar, is an in-home personal assistant device with a built-in speaker and a robust AI system. The Echo is able to perform a wide range of functions, from giving weather reports and answering queries to controlling smart home devices.

A future version of the Apple TV may gain a dedicated microphone and...

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11:22
∞ Paralysed dad walks daughter down aisle on wedding...

Someone please hand me a tissue. I think there’s something in my eye.

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11:10
FaceTime, iMessages hang in the balance after Apple...

Apple's popular iMessages as used on an iPad. (credit: Robert S. Donovan)


Patent troll VirnetX, fresh on the heels of a $626 million FaceTime and iMessages patent victory over Apple, now wants a federal judge to permanently turn off those popular features.
VirnetX on Wednesday also asked the judge presiding over the litigation to increase the damages the East Texas jury awarded in February by another $190 million or more. Apple wants a retrial, claiming that VirnetX's lawyers...

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10:48
iOS 10: Rumored iPhone & iPad features in the...

As we approach Apple’s WWDC 2016 developer conference scheduled for June 13-17, there are more than a few reported in-development features and fixes that are likely candidates for stage time. An Apple Music revamp, Apple Pay updates, improvements for the App Store, and new features for HomeKit, Siri, and Apple News are just a few possibilities for Apple’s event next month. Below we roundup those features and much more as we take a look at the most likely new iPhone and iPad features in the works for iOS 10:
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10:44
Rumor: leaked schematics reaffirm dual-lens camera,...

New sets of alleged "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" schematics purportedly leaked on Thursday may support rumors the Plus will ship with a dual-lens camera and a Smart Connector, although the standard model may still have some form of camera upgrade.

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10:22
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple’s Siri...

It looks like Apple may be ready to jump into the home listening appliance market, just as Amazon already has with its Echo. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the rumored Siri speaker, and how it might stack up against the Echo and Google's just announced Home. John and Jeff also preview their HP Envy 34c display reviews.


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10:00
The Display You’ve Always Wanted For Your Mac: HP...

The Hewlett-Packard Z34c is a 34-inch (diagonal) VA LCD display that is attractively curved.  It has a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 and sits firmly on a sturdy, detachable metal stand. It's drop-dead gorgeous, has an anti-reflective coating, stereo speakers, has a built-in USB 3 hub and multiple video inputs. It is a glorious display to behold, and will work with any modern Mac or PC. John Martellaro fawns over this display in his in-depth review.


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09:51
Allegorithmic integrates Substance Engine into...

Allegorithmic has integrated Substance Engine into Houdini 15. VFX artists can now import, visualize and tweak materials with the same freedom AAA game developers have enjoyed for years.
By employing the same nodal system as Houdini, Substance Engine arrives in a format Houdini artists already understand. Materials can be created, customized and applied to any Houdini asset, including characters and environments. When finished, assets can be exported to the Unity game engine or sent to Mantra, Arnold or RenderMan (with a simple script) for a final render.
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09:45
Virtual Assistants Such As Amazon's Echo Break...

Mark Harris, reporting for The Guardian: An investigation by the Guardian has found that despite Amazon marketing the Echo to families with young children, the device is likely to contravene the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), set up to regulate the collection and use of personal information from anyone younger than 13. Along with Google, Apple and others promoting voice-activated artificial intelligence systems to young children, the company could now face multimillion-dollar fines. "This is part of the initial wave of marketing to children using the internet of things," says Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy advocacy group that helped write the law. "It is exactly why the law was enacted in the first place, to protect young people from pervasive data collection."
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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air $650, Audio-...

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09:18
Apple debuts Arabic version of Apple.com with right-...

Apple today debuted a new Arabic version of Apple.com, bringing the language to its website and online store for the first time alongside a new font right-to-left text.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, apple.com, Arabic, Font, language, online, right-to-left, store, uae, United Arab Emirates...

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09:17
VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add...

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

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09:07
The Shaky Rumor Persists that Apple is thinking of a...

In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Eying Purchase of Time Warner to Boost Apple TV." At the time, the New York Post had reported Time Warner Inc. wasn't really on the block just yet, but Apple was staying extra close to any possible movement on that front. Today, the Financial Times is reporting that "A top Apple executive ...

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08:15
Rumor: Apple in talks with companies about charging...

Apple is looking towards a means of charging its cars, whenever they may happen to debut.
The company is rumored to be in talks with several charging station companies about their underlying technologies.
The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.
The charging firms themselves are reportedly treading carefully and limiting they information with Apple, which may wind up being a competitor in the next decade.

It is unclear whether Apple would want its own proprietary technology, such as Tesla Motors’ Supercharger network, or design a system compatible with offerings from other market players.
While the report...

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08:11
Tiny HopperGo Neatly Stashes Loads of Mobile...


Dish Network continues to change the way we view recorded TV. The company made location-shifting as easy as time-shifting via its Sling technology, and its Hopper let users transfer recordings to a mobile device, which has allowed for offline viewing of content. Now the company has introduced yet another option for taking recorded content just about anywhere: the Dish HopperGO, a compact DVR hard disk drive that allows users to transfer content from a Dish Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 set-top box to the portable unit.

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08:03
New iPhone 7 schematics suggest similar dimensions,...

There are a pair of new iPhone 7 schematics circling the Internet today, depicting the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch SKUs of Apple’s next-generation flagship phone. The 4.7 inch iPhone 7 drawing appears pretty much as expected, resembling the iPhone 6s by and large with repositioned (and larger) rear camera and redesigned antenna lines. Similar three dimensional schematics surfaced two weeks ago.
The measurements listed indicate the 7 will be a tad thicker at 7.2mm excluding the camera bump, compared to 7.1 mm for the iPhone 6s, but a 0.1mm difference is effectively nothing and effectively impossible to notice by humans. (Sadly, these schematics show that the new iPhone 7 camera will indeed protrude from the rest of the casing). The drawings reiterate the point that Apple will remove the...

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08:02
VirnetX Files Injunction to Force Apple to Shut Down...

Patently Apple first covered the VirnetX vs. Apple patent infringement case back in November 2011. Since then it's bounced around the courts (One, two and three) with VirnetX winning their case in February 2016. Today we're learning that VirnetX is going for the jugular and asking the Court to shut down ...

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07:42
Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic...

Pixelmator Team on Thursday updated its namesake Mac image editor with two new selection tools, and a Retouch extension for Apple's OS X Photos app.

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07:34
News: Report: Apple SVP Eddy Cue proposed bid to buy...

Apple’s SVP Eddy Cue reportedly floated the idea of Apple making a bid to buy Time Warner late last year, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Three sources who were briefed on a meeting between Cue and Olaf Olafsson — Time Warner’s Executive VP of Corporate Strategy — at the end of last year revealed that Cue broached the idea of a bid to purchase the media company, although discussions did not go beyond a very preliminary…

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07:28
Google Sheets

 May 26, 2016 7:28:00 AM PDTThe problem with Google Sheets should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better. May 26, 2016 6:35:00 AM PDTGoogle Sheets service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. May 26, 2016 4:34:00 AM PDTWe're investigating reports of an issue with Google Sheets. We will provide more information shortly.Users are seeing network related errors.

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07:06
GraphicConverter 10 Adds Face Recognition, Live...

Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 10, an update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to convert over 200 different file formats into any of 80 graphic formats. The upgrade brings a number of new features, including face recognition, collage creation, custom brushes, and the ability to work with Apple's new Live Photos file format.
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07:05
Apple Invents an Advanced Wi-Fi Direct Capable...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an advanced Wi-Fi Direct capable communications headset. With such a headset you could be at a busy conference or trade show with colleagues who are visiting different company product booths at the same time and still be able to communicate with each other cutting out the noise of the crowd.

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06:41
Pixelmator Team releases a major update for...

The Pixelmator Team has announces Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a major update to its image editor for Mac OS X.
The app allows you to create, edit, and enhance your images, letting you work seamlessly between a Mac and iPad. Version 3.5 brings a Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool that automatically snaps to object edges, a Pixelmator Retouch extension for the Photos app, and more.
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06:34
Twitter to Loosen Its 140-Character Limit

Over the coming months, Twitter will be rolling out rule changes to ease the strict 140-character limit, as well as fixes for some longstanding Twitter quirks. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:26
Malwarebytes EDR platform adds Mac support

Malwarebytes has introduced Malwarebytes Breach Remediation for Mac and new forensics capabilities as part of its Malwarebytes Breach Remediation platform. This Malwarebytes endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution hunts for and is designed to remove advanced threats from Mac OS X and Windows endpoints.
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06:25
Apple pondered Time Warner buyout in 2015 - report

Eddy Cue, Apple's head of internet software and services, raised the idea of his company buying Time Warner in talks with the media giant late last year, a report said on Thursday.

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06:15
iCloud: Restoring Bookmarks from Backup

Today's Quick Tip is about how to restore missing or deleted iCloud bookmarks using your browser. So if you find that you accidentally removed a whole bunch of stuff you need, you can easily get it all back as long as you're using Apple's storage and syncing service!


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iOS Coding Mastery Bundle

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the iOS Coding Mastery Bundle for only $39 — that’s 83% off the regular price. Over 104 hours of top-rated iOS development training will help you break into the booming iOS programming game, with seven courses from Bitfountain covering iOS 9 development, design, core data, layouts, Swift, and submitting to the App Store.

Get the iOS Coding Mastery Bundle now for only $39...

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05:52
Apple to Ramp Up Original Content, Considered Buying...

iTunes and services chief Eddy Cue proposed the idea of Apple bidding on media conglomerate Time Warner at the end of last year, according to the FT.

The discussions reportedly never progressed beyond the preliminary stage, however, and did not involve Apple CEO Tim Cook or Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.

The meetings had reportedly been arranged for the companies to discuss other partnerships, such as the inclusion of Time Warner assets in Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service.

Time Warner and its subsidiaries own...

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04:59
PopChar X 7.5 for OS X supports insertion of...

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the OS X (10.6 or newer) tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version X 7.5 adds support for the combined emoji characters, comes with an improved font info view, and offers further enhancements to make insertion of special characters easier than ever.
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04:44
Report: Apple considered buying Time Warner last...

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple considered a buyout of Time Warner late last year, with Apple executive Eddy Cue raising the idea at a meeting with Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, Olaf Olafsson. The idea of bid was very much tentative and did not enter serious negotiations involving Tim Cook, according to the report. However, Apple is still interested in acquiring media company talent and sources indicate the company is ramping spending on original content: “several hundred million dollars a year”.
Apple has long been rumored to want to launch a skinny cable subscription service for internet television, in concert with its Apple TV set top box. At Startup Fest earlier in the week, Tim Cook said he wants...

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04:32
Patent for 3D Camera Technology that could be used...

This week Apple was granted two 3D Depth mapping patents. One covered a specialized 3D mapping processor and the second covered using 3D mapping to accurately handle in-air gesturing. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new methods and devices for projection and capture of optical radiation, and particularly to compact optical scanners.

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04:31
Technavio: mobile ad spending revenue to surge

Technavio (www.technavio.com) is forecasting positive growth for many segments of the publishing and advertising market over the next four years as several markets, including mobile ad spending, programmatic ads, and advertising display, will witness an increase in revenues.
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04:30
PV150 Power Bank provides extra juice to your iOS...

ADATA Technology’s PV150 Power Bank provides extra juice to your iPhone or iPad — and looks good doing it thanks to its leather-textured exterior. (The exterior is actually made of plastic, but sports leather textures and stitching.)

The smooth streamlined body — available in black, white, or blue — also provides some extra “grip-ability” and even feels good to the touch. It’s also small enough to slip into a small bag or purse. Of course, appearance, size, and texture would be useless if the PV150 didn’t pack some punch. It does, thanks to its 1000mAh battery, single 2A input for faster self-charging, and a 2.1A output so you can charge your gadget more quickly. 

My tests showed that the PV 150 Power Bank, when fully charged, could recharge my iPhone 6s Plus about four times before needing to be recharged itself. It took about an hour to charge my phone from near death (10% battery power) to 100%. A full charge of...

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04:29
Review: Burkley hardshell leather MacBook Air case,...

I’m not normally one for hiding Apple’s gorgeous designs away inside cases, but my 11-inch MacBook Air is used almost exclusively when I’m out and about, so it does normally live in a TwelveSouth BookBook case to keep it safe on its travels. I adore that case, so persuading me to set it aside for an alternative would not be an easy task.
But I was very taken with the leather iPhone and iPad cases I recently reviewed from NY-based Burkley, so I decided to give one of the company’s snap-on leather MacBook Air covers a try. It currently offers these for the MacBook Air only (both 11- and 13-inch) – though it does also have a non-snap-on variation for the 12-inch MacBook.
Burkley likes to mix up its leather offerings for each product, with the Antique Camel Leather I liked last time not available for the MacBook, so I tried the Special...

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04:05
Pixelmator for Mac update adds Magnetic Selection,...

The team behind Pixelmator has today released yet another free update to its Mac photo editor, Pixelmator version 3.5 ($29.99 in the Mac App Store). Alongside the usual round of performance improvements and bug fixes, the app includes a few handy new end-user features. There’s a smarter Auto Selection tool and a brand new Magnetic Selection tool to accurately and quickly cutout objects from a scene in a photograph. There’s also a brand new Retouch extension for the native OS X Photos app, integrating refined brush-style edits into iCloud Photo Library. Video demo after the break …
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04:02
Kool Tools: Live Segments for the iPhone

Strada’s Live Segments (http://tinyurl.com/z4vw77x) for iOS is the latest Premium feature to inspire athletes to improve their performance.
Designed for cyclists and runners who use a mobile phone as the their primary training and recording device, the free app offers real-time audio cues and visuals of an athlete’s current effort on a segment, their personal record and the person who is at the top of the leaderboard.
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04:00
All drop-tests should be done this way: iPhone 6s vs...

Drop-tests are always fun to watch, but I’ve always felt that the reliability of most of them is suspect simply because there are so many variables.
Most involve someone dropping a phone by hand, and the distance is often as imprecisely measured as ‘waist height’ or ‘head height,’ making it hard to be sure both phones experienced exactly the same force. Dropping a phone from a hand can result in differences in initial angles, and releasing one side of the phone a fraction of a second before the other can impart a rotation to the device. In short, most drop-tests are more...

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04:00
Ye gods! You're a deity in Black and White 2

By Aaron Lee

If you've ever wanted to be a god, Black and White 2 from Feral Interactive gives you the chance. It's a $19.99 sequel to the real-time strategy sequel for Mac OS X 10.9.5 or higher. It's a fun, addicting game, though not without flaws. 

In Black and White 2, which cleverly combines elements of different game genres, you reprise your role as a powerful deity in search of a following. You return to the once idyllic world of Eden, where the discovery of weaponry and warfare has tainted the world. With the help of your gigantic Creature that you raise from infancy, you must earn the respect and worship of the natives. 

How you choose to do that, whether through nurturing them or terrorizing them, is up to you. You can choose to restore order by building a harmonious city for your flock — or by waging war on non-believers. Heck, you can even toss your own followers at their enemies if...

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02:55
Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology.

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00:00
M4P Converter for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1.4

M4P Converter for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.1.4. It’s a DRM copy-protected audio and music converter designed for converting DRM protected music to unprotected MP3, AAC, AIFF, or M4A files ready for use on any player.
The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4. M4P Converter for Mac version 2.1.4 requires OS X 10.6 or later. It costs $39.95 and is available at the product website (http://www.m4p-to-mp3-converter.com/).

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Wednesday May 25

17:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Customize your Mac-based...

New Mac apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Grids, an Instagram client for the Mac that lets you change the color and theme of your feed. Plus, handy menu bar utilities, a new password manager, and more. Read on!Art Text 3 3.0Belight Software’s $30 Art Text 3 (Mac App Store Link) helps you create gorgeous text-based designs right on your Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:49
Why you Need to Experience a Nile Cruise

Forums: General FCS DiscussionNile Cruise holidays seem best in all over travels, from the positive side we offer the opportunity to travel in Nile Cruise with the 5 star comforts of hotel. The benefit is that you’ll trip and visit temples with hundreds of new tourists according to a trip timetable, neglecting much air pollution and noise where dozens of boats are traveling along each other which are really surprising. Another big thing about Nile Cruise trip is a low cost travel. This way you don’t have to carry lots of money with you during your Nile Cruise trip. You will get highest enjoyment with our cruise timetable and benefits of the many activities offered. FacilitiesNile cruise ships are famous for providing hotel quality on-board. Importantly, you don't have to concern about being trouble or uncomfortable in Nile...

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23:34
See gorgeous lightning strikes blaze in super slo-mo

I miss the lightning storms we had on a regular basis in Nashville when I lived there. It’s rare to get them here in the Vancouver area. This video of lightning shot at 7K frames per second shows us what the naked eye misses.∞ Read this on The Loop

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22:14
All of Star Wars Episode IV in one long picture

This is utterly brilliant and insane.∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:54
Airfoil 5.1

Improves the layout and labels of the Effects window. ($29 new, free update, 13.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:59
Peter Thiel, Gawker, and Freedom of Speech

Jason Willick, writing for The American Interest in defense of Peter Thiel:

It’s also not clear what policy response Gawker’s outraged
defenders would recommend. Put caps on the amount of money people
can contribute to legal efforts they sympathize with? That would
put the ACLU and any number of advocacy groups out of business. It
would also represent a far greater threat to free expression than
a court-imposed legal liability for the non-consensual publication
of what is essentially revenge porn. If Marshall and others are
worried about the superrich harassing critics with genuinely
frivolous lawsuits — as, yes, authoritarian characters like
Donald Trump have attempted to do — they would have more success
backing tort reform measures to limit litigiousness overall than
attacking Thiel for contributing to a legitimate...

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04:30
Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer as encryption...

Apple has rehired a mobile encryption pioneer as it continues to face pressure from governments wanting access to user data stored on iPhones. 
Jon Callas most recently worked as a co-founder of Silent Circle, which produced the security-minded Blackphone and has joined the iPhone and iPad maker in an undisclosed capacity, Apple revealed to Reuters. Callas is a veteran of the security industry who also co-founded PGP Corporation.
He first worked at Apple from 1995-1997, then again from 2009-2011. He has two patents to his name from that second stint that are both focused on full-disk encryption, something that Apple uses in its smartphones, tablets and computers. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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17:36
∞ Monster Truck: Sweet Mountain River

This is such a great band!

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17:31
Automakers, tech companies make deals, not war

Automakers now recognize they may turn ride-hailing services and car sharing companies into steady customers for all sorts of vehicles, particularly hybrid and electric cars, industry executives and analysts say.You know, that is a good point. I’ve driven in many cars that I wouldn’t otherwise be in if it weren’t for ride-sharing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:22
Opinion: Wouldn’t it be nice if the new MacBook Pro...

Earlier this week it was reported that an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh would bring a thinner design, Touch ID support, and an OLED touch bar above the keyboard. One of the longstanding requests by MacBook users, however, has been an option for cellular connectivity and now it looks like we might be one step closer to that coming to fruition. As noted by PatentlyApple, Apple has recently been granted a patent for a MacBook with cellular connectivity.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard whispers that Apple is working on MacBook with cellular connectivity. In 2011, a MacBook Pro with 3G connectivity and a SIM card slot from 2007 was put up for auction...

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17:13
Amplified: Sitting Beside the Genius

Jim and Dan talk about the MacBook Pro rumors, WWDC, Dan’s iPhone SE, dual clutch barrel cavity antennas, the new Apple Store opening, Siri, and the Amazon Echo.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:51
Energy consumption concerns loom over Apple's...

In a hearing in Galway, Ireland on Tuesday, Apple fielded concerns from locals regarding a planned data center that is shaping up to be the country's largest consumer of electricity, with some estimates placing usage rates surpassing Dublin's entire daily supply.

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 25, 2016

Foxconn robot workers!

REMINDER: AWT News Update will be on hiatus between 5/26 and 6/6/16, returning on June 7.

A few stories for today:

  • Apple's hopes in India are dashed by some government bureaucrats who decided that the company would not be given an exemption to a local-sourcing rule
  • Foxconn managed to reduce workforce by 60,000 people at one plant in Kunshan, China. How? It gave their jobs to robots
  • A fantastic piece by Brian Roemmele over on Medium points out that a new and improved Siri may be just about ready to debut

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14:28
Report: Indian government rules Apple must sell 30%...

In India, it’s required that any company wanting to set up a retail location must sell at least 30 percent locally sourced goods, but reports claimed that because of Apple’s “cutting-edge technology,” it would be able to circumvent this requirement. According to a report from Reuters today, however, that is not the case.
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14:25
ATTO launches Fibre Channel SAN upgrade kits

ATTO Technology has announced the availability of a range of Fibre Channel SAN Kits providing all the components needed to update existing direct-attached storage to a high-performance, low-latency storage area network.
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14:21
Apple will have to sell 30% local goods in Indian...

Apple will have to sell at least 30% locally sourced goods if it wants to open up retail outlets in India, a senior government official tells Reuters.

Apple will open three retail stores in India before the end of 2027, reports FactorDaily, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the decision.” The retail stores will reportedly open in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai within the the next 18 months. According to the report, each Apple Store will be spread across 10,000 square feet and will be located at high street locations of the three cities. The stores, for which Apple executives are searching for real estate, will need an investment of $3 million to $5 million (Rs20 crore to Rs33 crore) each. 

A legislative change in India last year made foreign retailers who sell high-tech goods exempt from the 30%-...

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14:10
Notable apps and app updates for May 25, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files. 

Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.

PDF Decrypter Pro offers easy drag and drop file selection — or users can select multiple files via the cleanly designed file selection interface. Once files have been selected for decryption, a click of the button immediately begins the...

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13:42
The 100 greatest American films

These are always fun lists. I’ve seen 47 of these films. It’s going to rain all weekend here so it looks like I’ll have plenty of great movies to watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:40
ACM 361: Purism, Privacy, Apple, and Surveillance...

In this special episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk with Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. His company is dedicated to protecting the privacy and security of its customers, and they discuss the importance of privacy, surveillance capitalism, and where he thinks Apple falls short on the topic.


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13:38
Queen’s Brian May makes VR device

If Brian May could capture one moment from his life so that others could step inside that moment and experience it, it would be the time he strode onto the roof of Buckingham Palace alone except for his guitar and played to 200 million people.“I’d love people to know what that felt like,” said the Queen guitarist. “It was a whole life-changing experience for me.”I can’t even imagine what that was like. Brian is one of the most humble, and talented, people I’ve ever met.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
iOS Coding Mastery Bundle: $39

We have a new developer training bundle for you called iOS Coding Mastery Bundle. It has seven courses from Bitfountain that cover iOS 9, design, layout, Core Data, Swift, the App Store, and a course that walks you through creating an app. It has hundreds of lessons and more than 104 hours of content. You can get this package through us for $39.


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12:58
Apple Can’t Keep a Secret

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."


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12:46
Which rock star will historians of the future...

This is a really interesting thought experiment. Who do you think will be the single most remembered “rock star” 300 years from now? Chuck Klosterman’s guess might surprise you.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:32
∞ “Love” your favorite iTunes tracks in Apple Music...

I’ve been using iTunes since it first came out, and like a lot of people, I’ve spent countless hours rating my favorite songs over the years. However, with the release of Apple Music, Apple implemented a “Love” button for songs, so you can use star ratings and Love. I wanted a way to Love all of my old songs and I did it with a playlist. [...]

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12:32
Gear: Speck Pocket-VR with CandyShell Grip for...

Speck has entered the fray of inexpensive virtual reality viewers with its new Pocket-VR with CandyShell Grip for iPhone 6/6s. Pocket-VR is a foldable, hard plastic viewer that can accommodate an iPhone 6/6s. As part of the package, buyers get the well-reviewed CandyShell Grip case for iPhone 6/6s. Pocket-VR works with compatible VR apps, such as Jaunt and Google Cardboard-compatible apps.

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12:09
Apple Music is now a Registered Trademark

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office approved Apple's latest registered trademark for "Apple Music" and published it today ...

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11:55
Mac: Kanex GoPower USB-C Portable Battery

Apple’s 12” MacBook is amazingly thin and portable, but for many users that comes at a cost of limited battery life. Fortunately, Kanex has your back with the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery ($100) — at 15,000 mAh portable USB-C battery pack with enough juice to deliver a full charge to your MacBook. In addition to the USB-C port, a standard USB-A port allows you to simultaneously charge an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile or tablet device, with 2.4A of power for high-speed charging.

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11:53
Twitter Loosens Tweet's Leash


Twitter on Tuesday announced a number of changes to tweets, including what will be included in a message's 140-character count. The changes will be rolled out in the coming months. When replying to a tweet, tagged @names at the beginning of the reply no longer will be included in the character count. Photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets no longer will be counted against the character limit. Tweets that begin with a username will be delivered to all followers of that user, and users will be able to retweet and quote tweet themselves.

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11:44
Apple Not Able to Open Retail Stores in India...

Apple's plan to open three Apple Store locations in India may fall through following a ruling from the Indian finance ministry that says Apple must sell locally sourced goods if it wants to open stores in the country, reports Reuters.

In India, 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced in the country, a requirement Apple does not meet as its products are largely made in China. India last year exempted retailers selling state-of-the-art goods from the rule, prompting Apple to file a new application with the Indian government.

Apple was expected to receive an exemption from the rule, earning a recommendation from country's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion...

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11:40
Google preps self-driving car facility near Detroit...

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a "self-driving technology development center" in Novi, Mich., just outside the home of the American auto industry in Detroit.

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11:25
X-Doria introduces Bump Gear Plus case for the iPhone

X-Doria is introducing the Bump Gear Plus case collection for the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE. The Bump Gear Plus case collection was designed for slim-fitting protection with a style to match the elegant, minimalistic finish of the iPhone.
This new bumper case collection features a metal exterior design with an interior rubber lining. Volume and lock buttons are protected by machined metal button covers. The Bump Gear Plus for iPhone 6s/6s plus/SE is available now in silver, space gray, gold or rose gold for $29.99- $34.99 at XDorialife.com.

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11:05
Apple’s Penchant for Privacy Makes Siri ‘Speaker’...

Apple is rumored to be working on a "Siri speaker" that would compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple faces many challenges in making such a product—most especially its commitment to privacy—but that this is exactly why we want the company to do it.


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10:47
Apple Supplier Foxconn Reduces Workforce from 110,00...

In July 2014 Foxconn threw cold water on speculation that robots were going to be used in the manufacture of the iPhone 6. Months later Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou spoke at the opening ceremony of The World Assembly of Jin Merchants in Taiyuan. While Gou continually and faithfully promises that Apple will be the first to benefit from their future robotic assembly, it wasn't to be in 2014. Today ...

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10:46
Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple...

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $300 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 2015 12" MacBook for only $964 with 3 free accessories, free shipping and no sales tax in most states.

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10:33
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-25: Apple Hires Jon...

Apple just hired security expert Jon Callas. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to ramp up its security and encryption efforts, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft scaling back its smartphone efforts again.


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09:48
Rumor: Apple looks into charging stations for...

Not surprisingly, the long-rumored “Apple Car” will most likely be an electric vehicle — or at least a hybrid auto. According to Reuters, Apple is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to “people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles.”

The article says it’s not certain whether Apple would want its own proprietary technology, such as Tesla Motors' Supercharger network, or design a system compatible with offerings from other market players. Still, Apple reportedly hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists, including former BMW employee Rónán Ó Braonáin. In January, Apple hired Nan Liu, an engineer who researched a form of wireless charging for electric vehicles and this month Apple hired former Google charging expert Kurt Adelberger.

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09:40
While Mossberg Hopes to See Apple Greatly advance...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Will Apple Introduce a Competing Home-Styled Siri Led Device at WWDC 2016?" It's a topic on a lot of writer's minds of late. The latest to put his thoughts to digital paper is Walt Mossberg.

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09:33
News: Beta testing for Pokémon GO begins in the U.S.

Pokémon GO is now open to beta testers in the U.S. while the game is still in active development. The game, first announced last fall, uses an iPhone’s GPS to let users catch, trade and battle over Pokémon based on their location in the real world. Phones will notify players when they are approaching a Pokémon “in the wild” and give them the chance to catch it by using the touch scree to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other…

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09:31
Apple in Talks About Charging Stations for Electric...

Apple has been engaged in discussions with charging station companies about their underlying technologies, according to Reuters.

The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.

Apple would of course need to provide a way to charge the so-called Apple Car's battery, possibly akin to Tesla's network of Supercharger partners in the U.S. and around the world.Charging firms are treading carefully, the person added, wary of sharing too much with a company they view as a potential rival.

It...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: Lexar 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive...

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09:23
China's Xiaomi shows off new $460 4K camera...

The race to the bottom has reached the drone market, as infamous copycat Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed a pair of new camera-equipped drones that work with the company's smartphones.

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09:05
News: Apple looking into charging stations for...

Apple has begun talking to charging station companies about how to charge electric cars and is hiring engineers with expertise in the field, Reuters reports. After years of ongoing speculation about Apple’s automotive ambitions, the company appears to be tackling software issues and laying the groundwork for infrastructure to power an electric vehicle. Apple specifically seems to be responding to a longstanding gripe with electric cars — “filling…

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09:01
Report: Apple interested in charging station...

If Apple is going to produce an electric vehicle like Tesla, then naturally Apple will want to provide customers with a way to recharge away from home without relying on infrastructure from third parties. Reuters now reports that Apple is showing interest in such charging stations as it’s talking to existing companies and hiring engineers with experience in building them.
more…Filed under: Apple Car Tagged: Apple Car, Project Titan ...

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09:00
Happy Hour Podcast 068 | Super thin Touch ID MacBook...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the rumored ultra-thin MacBook Pro with Touch ID and an OLED screen above the keyboard, the latest iPhone 7 leaks including a possible four speaker design, the most interesting news from Google I/O, and the rumored Siri SDK and speaker. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, Podcast...

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08:57
Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with...

Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has replaced 60,000 people with robots at a single factory in Kunshan, China, a report said on Wednesday.

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08:54
Apple is Reportedly Exploring how to Charge Electric...

Apple is reportedly investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and ...

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08:10
Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update...

It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.
On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.
The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:

Available for: AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac
Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may obtain memory contents
Description: An out-of-bounds read issue existed in the OpenSSL library when handling TLS heartbeat extension packets. An attacker in a privileged network position could obtain information from process memory. This issue was addressed through additional bounds checking. Only AirPort Extreme and...

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08:00
News: Apple hires hint at improvements in encryption...

Apple has rehired a top encryption expert to bring stronger security to a range of its products, Reuters reports. Jon Callas, who worked at Apple in the 1990s and again from 2009 to 2011 to design the Mac’s encryption system, has rejoined the company to address security concerns in the wake of Apple’s public spat with the FBI. Both Apple and Callas declined to discuss his role at the company, but he is the brains behind several well-respected…

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07:54
Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release...

When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.
And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.
An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

As of now, Siri has yet to be opened to third-party developers and only works with a handful of developers such as OpenTable and Yelp. Apple has been hesitant to develop a Siri API and improve Siri’s...

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07:49
Want to join the beta for the Throttle for iPhone...

It would sure be nice to take control of what's coming into your inbox, taking all of those mass mailings, notifications, interesting newsletters (like the Team AWT Newsletter), and other emails, keeping them from distracting us from the real work we need to accomplish. That's the idea behind Throttle, which is a tool that lets you sign up for just about anything online without giving away your real email address. 

Throttle has just launched its Throttle iPhone app in beta, and they'd like for 20 Apple World Today readers to get the opportunity to try out the app. Just send me an email, and the first 20 respondents will get an invite code. You'll need the free Apple TestFlight app on your device to be included (that's how the beta software is delivered). When I send...

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07:47
Samsung Skips Galaxy Note 6 Branding and Leaps to...

Apple is launching the iPhone 7 in September and Samsung is devising a new scheme to further blur the lines between the two brands psychologically.

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07:45
Qualcomm's Fast X12 LTE Modem is Appropriate...

While several rumors point towards Apple switching to Intel as its primary supplier of LTE modems for the iPhone 7 series, the consensus remains that longtime supplier Qualcomm will continue to share a portion of orders.

Assuming at least a percentage of orders go to Qualcomm, which has been the exclusive provider of LTE modems in iPhones for over three years, its X12 modem is a likely candidate for LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity on iPhone 7.

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Hyundai has released a software update that brings CarPlay to eight additional vehicles. The company didn’t publicly announce the news, but dealers were informed on May 19 that the 2016 Elantra GT, 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata, 2017 Santa Fe Sport, 2017 Santa Fe, 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan and 2016 Tucson would all be eligible for the upgrade as of yesterday....

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Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.


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The South China Morning Post reports that iPhone maker Foxconn has replaced more than half of its workforce with robots since the launch of the iPhone 6. The figures were provided by the local government in Kunshan, where the company is based.

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The 30,000 virtual reality headsets OnePlus announced it would give away as part the unveiling of its OnePlus 3 smartphone were snapped up Monday, the day they became available. OnePlus has set up a VR space called "The Loop" in which it will unveil the OnePlus 3. The Loop can be accessed only by users of the OnePlus Loop VR headsets, made by AntVR. "We believe we, and the tech industry as a whole, have only scratched the surface of what can be done in VR," OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei said.

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Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files.
Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.
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News: Plaintiffs file new motion to keep ‘Error 53’...

Plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against Apple after replacement Touch ID sensors resulted in their iPhones becoming non-operational are now fighting the company’s efforts to dismiss the case, Apple Insider reports. The issue cropped up in February, when iPhone owners who had used third-party service centers to replace Touch ID sensors started getting “Error 53” messages that left their devices locked and unusable. Each Touch ID sensor…

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Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to...

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees -- most of them former Nokia staffers -- lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

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Temkin: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HP beat Apple in...

Proving that 99% of all statistics are made up, the Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Hewlett Packard deliver the best customer experience in the computer and tablet industry, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. However, according to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad,

But back to the Temkin report: Amazon took the top spot for the second year in a row, earning a rating of 73% and placing 28th overall out of 294 companies across 20 industries. Barnes & Noble and Hewlett-Packard tied for the distant second spot out of 12 firms in the industry, each receiving a rating of 61% and an overall rank of 142nd. At the other end of the spectrum, eMachines and Compaq tied for the lowest-rated computer and tablet maker, each with a rating...

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