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Monday May 2

15:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases 'Great Innovation...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sat down with CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer, where he discussed his thoughts on innovation, the future of the iPhone and the Apple Watch, the growth of Apple services, Apple's performance in China, and more.

Last week, Apple reported its first year-over-year revenue decline since 2003, announcing $10.5 billion in profit on $50.6 billion in revenue. Apple also saw its first ever decline in year-over-year iPhone sales, leading one Wall Street analyst to claim Apple's best days are behind it.

"I couldn't disagree more," said Cook when asked about the comment, attributing the perceived sales dip to an abnormally high upgrade rate in late 2014 and 2015 as people upgraded to the iPhone 6 and pointing towards...

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15:06
Tim Cook calls Wall Street response to Q2 earnings a...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook this evening appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer to discuss the recent news surrounding the company’s second quarter earnings results. The company reported $50.6 billion in revenue and $10 billion in profits, but its stock was sent into spiral. Speaking to Cramer, however, Cook defended Apple’s future and called Wall Street’s response a “huge overreaction.”
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, CNBC, interview,...

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14:40
∞ Transcript of Tim Cook’s interview on CNBC

Here is a transcript from Tim Cook’s interview on CNBC this afternoon. I think Tim did a great job explaining the latest quarter’s numbers. He really put things in perspective. [...]

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13:45
Comcast Talks About Terabyte Data Caps & More

Comcast Executive Vice President of Consumer Services Marcien Jenckes has posted a note about the emerging company philosophy regarding data caps. In a company announcement, he wrote: "We have learned that our customers want the peace of mind to stream, surf, game, download, or do whatever they want online. So, we have created a new data plan that is so high that most of our customers will never have to think about how much data they use...."  That turns out to be a trial one terabyte in selected cities, and no promises were made about the future. But it appears the company is ready to put onerous data caps in the past. It's all on page 2 of Particle Debris.


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13:32
Opinion: MacBook Pro owners, it’s time to consider a...

If you own a MacBook Pro with Retina Display and desire extra screen real estate, then a 4K monitor can be a good investment, especially as the price of such monitors continue to dwindle.
Why should you consider a 4K display instead of a cheaper monitor with lesser resolution? It all boils down to clarity. more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4k, 4K Monitor, 4k monitors, BenQ, Dell, Dell 4K, HiDPI, MacBook Pro,...

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13:30
AWT News Update: May 2, 2016

A variety of news bits for today from around the world of Apple, from Cupertino to Brazil:

  • Apple has added transit directions for Rio de Janeiro to the Maps app in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  • Brazil puts Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger service on hold for 72 hours as punishment for having good encryption
  • Hulu is apparently moving forward on a live TV streaming service
  • New drone footage of Apple's Campus 2 shows construction is really moving along for the planned early 2017 opening

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 2, 2016.

It is a world of Apple, and today we’ll start off with news from...

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13:12
Bob LeVitus Will Present at SMMUG in Colorado...

See this handsome lad? Well, you can. See him, that is, at least if you live in Colorado. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is going to be speaking at the Silicon Mountain Mac User Group (SMMUG) in Colorado Springs on Monday, May 9th


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13:10
Notable apps and app updates for May 2, 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

Ensenasoft has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X. 

To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions. 

MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

VideoTweet is a new app for Mac OS X with one...

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12:27
Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote: $52.99

Check out the Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote, a device that connects your iPhone or iPad (or Android device) to your other electronic devices. That means you can control them directly from your mobile device, or even from your Apple Watch. We have a deal on Blumoo for $52.99, which is 47 percent off retail.


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12:23
Quitter: a new Mac app from the creator of...

Marco Arment is well known for working at Tumblr, creating Instapaper and Overcast, and for being a fairly prolific podcaster. Needless to say, he’s dabbled his toes in lot of different areas. One area that has remained virtually untouched by Arment is, oddly enough, the Mac.
As someone whose name is so synonymous with iOS development, it’s surprising that Quitter, a brand new app based around auto-quitting distracting apps after a set period of inactivity, is Arment’s first app release for the Mac. more…Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: Mac App, Marco Arment, Quitter...

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12:18
iPhone Controlled Air Conditioner Looks, and is, Cool

As long as your window air conditioner does its job and keeps your place cool, that's pretty much all that matters—until you see the Noria. The diminutive air conditioner is 18.25-inches wide and just under 6-inches tall, but cools a room as effectively as many larger units, and it looks so much better. It's programmable, includes an iPhone app for remote control, works with single- and double-hung window frames, and is surprisingly easy to install. It's a Kickstarter that's already met its minimum pledge goal with a month left to go, which means you won't have one in time for this summer's heat. But by next summer you'll good to go—and pretty chill.


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05:19
Okta offers Touch ID-based multifactor...

Okta, a San Francisco-based identity management startup, announced Monday a bunch of updates to its products that are aimed at improving its offerings on mobile devices. Okta Verify, the company's two-factor authentication product, now supports Touch ID for user authentication. What that means is that users who get a push notification sent to their iPhone in order to approve a login can now authenticate the attempt using their fingerprint. It's an added level of security on top of the two-factor authentication capabilities in Verify, which is useful for organizations that want to keep logins even more secure without worrying about inconveniencing users. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear in interview on CNBC’s...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear on CNBC’s Mad Money program tonight following Apple’s Q2 earnings earlier this month where the company reported declines across the board.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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11:53
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak With Jim Cramer on CNBC...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will appear on CNBC's Mad Money this evening, where he will speak with host Jim Cramer. On the show, Cook is expected to discuss Apple's future in China, his outlook on innovation, what's next for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple services, and whether Apple is pursuing any potential acquisitions.

GUESS WHO'S BACK? The man behind the BIG Apple CEO @tim_cook, is here for an exclusive with @JimCramer tonight! pic.twitter.com/ve5VrWPB91— Mad Money On CNBC (@MadMoneyOnCNBC) May 2, 2016 Cook last spoke with Cramer in March of 2015, where he discussed topics like...

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11:25
Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours...

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

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11:00
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Intel Fellow...

Bruce Horn started his career at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center working with the Smalltalk language and Alan Kay. That's where he was in the early 1980s when Steve Jobs visited PARC to take a look at their Xerox Star, and Bruce was there watching Mr. Jobs react to the demo of this magical research computer with revolutionary new features: a mouse, windows and file icons. Soon after, Mr. Jobs recruited Bruce to work on the original Macintosh team along with Andy Hertzfeld and others. I asked Bruce to talk about the challenges of designing the original Mac operating system. Later in the show, we talk about some exciting projects that Bruce is working on at Intel. Take a trip down Macintosh memory lane with me in this interview.


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10:50
'Dark Souls' developer eyes possible...

From Software has made it very clear that Dark Souls is over, so that means it's time to look forward to a new franchise. This could very well include a new IP to be released on the upcoming PlayStation VR.

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10:45
Leef iACCESS microSD card reader for iOS devices:...

Leef iACCESS microSD card reader. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

There are a growing number of accessories that use the microSD card standard as storage for photos and videos. These tiny cards can store up to 200GB on a card the size of a fingernail, which explains their popularity in action cameras like the GoPro and on a growing number of drones. Leef now has an iOS microSD reader called iACCESS (US$49.99) that speeds the transfer of video and photos from your favorite cams to your iPhone or iPad, and can also act as virtually unlimited storage for your device by simply popping in other cards.

Design

iACCESS uses a "J" design similar to the company's popular iBridge USB/Lightning storage device, but it's a bit wider on the vertical part of the "J". That width is apparently there for stability of the iACCESS when connected, as well as...

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10:42
I’m sick and tired of the latest round of ‘Apple is...

Give me a break. Look at some of the fear-mongering headlines over the past few days: “2016: Make or break for Apple,” “Apple Investors Worry That Glory Days Are Over,” “Is Apple’s Streak Over?,”  "The end of iPhone's glory days?," and "Is Apple's innovation pipeline drying up?'

Did Apple have a disappointing second fiscal quarter? Yes. Is that any indication of doom or a lack of innovation...

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10:29
UK's proposed nuclear plant is one of the...

Nuclear power has been around for decades, but it still isn't cheap... in fact, it may result in one of the most expensive objects on the planet. Cost estimates for the UK's proposed Hinkley Point C reactor have crept up to £24 billion (about $...

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10:21
Google’s 2015 Webspam Report

Below are some of the webspam insights we gathered in 2015, including trends we’ve seen, what we’re doing to fight spam and protect against those trends, and how we’re working with you to make the web better.Some interesting information in here.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:09
If Siri Eyes free intrigues you, check out the...

AWT recently reported that FCA Uconnect, a North American automaker, is releasing a new complimentary software update designed to add Apple Siri Eyes Free capability to the vehicle's Uconnect system. If that intrigues you, you might also want to check out a nifty steering wheel-mounted accessory: the $49.95 BluClik Remote from iSimple. I thought you might want to highlight it if you haven’t already covered similar/competing devices. 

It’s a Bluetooth remote that connects to an iPhone (as well as Android devices) separately from a car’s speakerphone Bluetooth connection. It sports a button that enables Siri after a long press, as well as play/pause, track forward/backward, and phone volume controls. As long as your phone is connected to the car’s...

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10:00
More Coach designer Apple Watch band photos +...

Last week a rumor surfaced that designer brand Coach has a collection of Apple Watch bands in the works for later this year, and today the source of that report, Haute Écriturehas additional details to share including new photos.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, coach...

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09:56
Rumor: iPhone 7 could sport a Smart Connector

The Japanese site Mac Otakara says the upcoming iPhone 7 (the mock-up is courtesy of iPhone-Tricks.com) will sport a Smart Connector, which could mean a Smart Keyboard for the next gen Apple smartphone.

The Smart Connector — introduced with the iPad Pro — allows peripherals to be attached magnetically and requires no cords, pairing, or plugs. The Smart Keyboard is made by Apple and attaches to the iPad Pro (both sizes) to offer a physical keyboard.

Odds on the iPhone 7 having a Smart Connector and Smart Keyboard: 30%. I don't think it will happen. Do we really need a physical keyboard for our smartphone — even if it’s one of the iPhone 6s Plus models? 

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09:44
The Rock wants you to wake up and smell what he...

It can be difficult to get up and going in the morning, especially on Mondays. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has no trouble in the motivation department, and the actor/pro wrestler is looking to lend a hand with your morning routine. The Rock Clock is an...

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09:24
The CIA thought live-tweeting the bin Laden raid was...

Tweeting a historical event as it happened can be enlightening, such as when the History Channel reenacted the sinking of the Titanic. It provides the context and time scale that you might miss reading a news story. However, the CIA just showed why t...

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09:04
External Link: Apple Redesigns Support Site

You probably don’t visit it every day, but the next time you’re looking for help from Apple, you’ll find a redesigned Apple Support site. The new site features a prominent search field at the top before breaking the page into blocks for browsing by product, popular topics, Apple Support Communities, warranty and repair information, contacting Apple support, getting help via Twitter, signing up for in-store workshops, and listing exchange and repair extension programs. The site degrades nicely on small-screen devices, but the main page requires so much scrolling that we worry people will get lost or confused before they find the right section. 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,...

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09:00
eBay refreshing mobile apps with updated design +...

eBay has begun rolling out major UI and overall app improvements to its mobile applications today. Most notable will be both iOS and Android apps seeing a redesign of the main navigation menu. Previous versions of both mobile apps utilized a custom navigation menu: a mix between a top navigation bar and hamburger menu. The app update rolling out from today utilizes standard UI navigation elements for both iOS and Android. Android will be seeing the update released today, and the iOS update will be available in the coming days.
more…Filed under: Apps,...

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08:57
Under the Shadow of Steve Jobs: Why Trump May Be...


One of the frustrating things for me during Steve Jobs' time was that most of the folks who watched Apple go from nearly dead to the most valuable company in the world didn't seem to see anything really unusual. It was more like they were watching a great tennis player and seemingly concluding, "damn, what luck!" As Liam Neeson says in the movie Taken, it requires a particular set of skills to do what Jobs did. While not as smooth, refined or product-focused as Jobs was, Donald Trump is showcasing that same set of skills.

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08:48
Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Major Progress on...

With much of the ring-shaped main building completed at Apple's second campus and auxiliary buildings taking shape, construction progress from month-to-month is ramping up. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has captured new aerial video of Apple Campus 2, allowing us to get a look at changes that have been made to the campus since April.

Significant work has been done on the 100,000 square foot fitness center, where Apple employees will be able to work out and stay healthy. A stone facade is now in place and the building looks to be nearing completion.

There are new cranes in the area, which are being used to finish up some of the main structure. Additional solar panels have been lifted into place on the roof of the building, more windows have gone up, and more window canopies have been installed. Parking structures are also...

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08:30
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 4 $299, 15-inch Retina...

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08:19
Will Apple's Expected TV Subscription Service...

This January we posted a report titled "Apple's Eddy Cue is on a Mission to Win Original TV Shows for Future Apple TV Service Bundle," wherein we noted that one plan is to have deals in place so Apple could announce exclusive content as part of a cable-like TV offering in September...

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08:07
Judge Grants Search Warrant Forcing Woman to Unlock...

For the first time in a federal case, authorities in a Los Angeles courtroom have issued a search warrant forcing a woman to bypass her iPhone's biometric security using Apple's Touch ID system (via LA Times). The woman in question -- Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan -- was arrested due to charges of identity theft and had previous strings of various criminal convictions.

According to jail records, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg signed the Touch ID-related search warrant about 45 minutes after Bkhchadzhyan was taken into custody on February 25. By the afternoon of her arrest, the suspect pleaded no contest to the charges of identity theft and gave the court her fingerprint to unlock the iPhone.

Police recovered Bkhchadzhyan's smartphone at the residence of her boyfriend, Sevak Mesrobian, known to be the...

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07:52
Jony Ive opens Apple sponsored Met Gala event in NYC

Last fall we learned that Apple would sponsor this year’s Met Gala with Jony Ive serving as a co-chair for the event. Today the Chief Design Officer at Apple is in New York City speaking before an audience ahead of the annual fundraising event tonight.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Jony Ive, met Gala ...

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07:16
Apple Fans attending the Olympic Games in Rio will...

Getting ahead of the Summer Olympics in Rio that starts on August fifth, Apple has just added Rio de Janeiro their transit map app ...

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07:03
Rumor: iPhone 7 to incorporate slightly larger...

A current rumor has it that the next-gen iPhone may include a slightly larger battery than the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It’s been posted that the handset will ship with a 1735 mAH capacity and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 2810 mAH battery. On both models, this is slightly more than the current-generation iPhones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have batteries with 1715 mAH and 2750 man, respectively.
The iPhone 7 is said to share a similar appearance to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models, but incorporate a thinner body and redesigned antennas. A major chassis design change is currently expected for the ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017.

Battery capacity and battery life are different things of course. Although additional capacity gives the device more power...

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06:57
Hulu Planning Live Cable TV Service With Partners...

Streaming service Hulu is said to be working on a new subscription model that would provide customers with cable-style access to popular broadcast television networks.

In a report by The Wall Street Journal, sources close to the plan said the company's move would directly introduce Hulu as "a competitor to traditional pay-TV providers," in addition to streaming-only services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Hulu's current launch estimate for the cable-like service is sometime early in 2017, and a few partners are already mentioning interest in the program. Disney and Fox are said to be close to signing agreements to provide "many of their channels" to Hulu and its subscribers on the live platform. Some of their networks include ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, Fox's basic broadcast channels, Fox News, and FX.

The company's ultimate goal with the new service...

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06:53
FBI Shows Fingerprints and Touch ID Aren’t Warrant-...

Touch ID is more of a convenience than a security feature, and the FBI made that perfectly clear by obtaining a court order forcing a suspect to put their finger on the touch sensor and unlock their iPhone. The order shows courts still view our finger prints as physical evidence even when they serve as biometric keys to unlock devices and decrypt data.


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06:51
News: Families fight in court over missing teen’s...

Apple is reportedly upholding its pledge to make every effort to access the iPhone 6 of a teen who was lost at sea, but whatever data they find is now going to the courts rather than the family, ABC News reports. Blu Stephanos contacted Apple for help accessing his son Austin’s phone after it was discovered aboard the 14-year-old’s ship, but Pam Cohen, mother of the other teen who went missing during the voyage, took the issue to court,…

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06:31
Chinese report indicates iPhone 7 to have slightly...

A Weibo report has surfaced that indicates the iPhone 7 may have a slightly larger battery than the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to the poster, the iPhone 7 will include a battery with a 1735 mAH capacity and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 2810 mAH battery. On both models, this is (slightly) more than the current-generation iPhones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have batteries with 1715 mAH and 2750 mAH respectively.
The iPhone 7 is rumored to look very similar to the current iPhone, with a thinner body and redesigned antennas. A...

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06:29
With a Simple Warrant, You can be forced to unlock...

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that police can search phones with a valid warrant and compel a person in custody to provide physical evidence such as fingerprints without a judge's permission.

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06:25
Mini Review: Schatzii Bullet – tiny, stylish,...

If there was one thing I would have sworn you could never interest me in trying, it was yet another Bluetooth earpiece. There are about a zillion of these available (well, 45,322 according to Amazon), and for the most part my view has always been that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Stick them in your ear and get tinny, one-eared sound that is hopeless for music but does the job for hands-free phone calls when you don’t have access to an installed setup in your car.
But I had to admit that the Schatzii Bullet is rather smaller and more stylish than most, with a cute charging system that goes some way toward making up for the somewhat limited battery-life that inevitably accompanies such a small device. It seemed worth a try …
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06:25
News: Court allows police to force woman to unlock...

In a new front in the ongoing fight over iPhone encryption, federal officials in Los Angeles obtained a warrant allowing them to force a woman to unlock an iPhone by holding her fingerprint to the Touch ID scanner, the Los Angeles Times reports. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld decisions allowing police to access phone data with a search warrant and law enforcement’s right to compel a person in custody to provide a fingerprint without a judge’s…

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02:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2016

April's Mac gamesWhat always impresses me each month as I put together our picks for new Mac game releases is how diverse of a selection we have each and every few weeks. For example, April’s selections are headlined by a strategic role-playing game set against the end of the world, a frantic co-op shooting game with fantastical weapons, and a tough-as-nails puzzler about cooking sausages.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:57
Court orders woman to use her fingerprint to unlock...

Here we go again. A Los Angeles court has okayed a warrant for the FBI forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The woman is the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang. The court order compelled her to press her finger against an Apple iPhone that had been seized by the FBI. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.

This “marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work,” adds the Times.

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05:54
Apple Campus 2 drone flyover shows progress on the...

In the latest drone flyover video of Apple’s under-construction Campus 2, this one sent in by Matthew Roberts, we get a close-up look at progress made in recent weeks on the new Apple headquarters set to open early next year.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Cupertino, drone, flyover, Glass, May, R&D, Solar panels, ...

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05:50
News: Coach reportedly releasing bands for Apple...

Fashion website Haute Écriture claims a Coach store employee said the company will be releasing bands for the Apple Watch as early as June. The writer claims to have seen photos of eight bands in white, black, red and brown, some with charms attached and others with stitched patterns. The pricing guide showed the bands will likely cost $150....

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05:41
Next-Gen Apple Store Opened in Littleton Colorado...

The Aspen Grove Apple Store in Littleton Colorado re-opened over the weekend with ...

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05:37
VideoTweet for OS X designed to imply sending videos...

VideoTweet (http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/videotweet/) is a new app for Mac OS X with one objective – to provide a simple way of sending videos to Twitter.
It’s designed to handle all the details of uploading a video with your tweet. Videos can be dragged to the standalone application. However, it also supports sharing from iPhoto, QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. X
VideoTweets is free; however, tweets will contain a link back to the developers site. Register for approximately $3.45, and the link will disappear.

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05:30
MOP: Operation Cleanup is new arcade runner for OS X

Ensenasoft (www.ensenasoft.com) has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X.
To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions.
MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/mop-operation-cleanup/id1064622094).

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05:23
Los Angeles court orders woman to unlock Touch ID-...

Through a Los Angeles court, the FBI recently obtained a warrant forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, according to a report.

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05:16
App Delete Lite for OS X gets revamped user...

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.4, an update to his Mac deletion utility.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.0.4 sports a revamped interface and a revised workflow. It also finds more files than ever before thanks to an improved algorithm.
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05:00
NetMarketShare: OS X up substantially in April,...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X rose in April, while that of iOS dipped.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 9.2% of the global market share in April, up substantially from 7.77% percent in March (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). This is an an all-time high by NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.23% as of April.

iOS had 28.62% of the mobile operating system market share in April, down from 32.28% in March. This compares to 61.8% for Android, 3.96% for Windows Phone, and 2.1% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers...

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: EightOnes Virtual Reality 2.0 Kit

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the EightOnes Virtual Reality 2.0 Kit for only $21.99. See the world in a new light with this best-selling virtual reality set, which allows you to link up your iPhone and use any number of compatible VR apps to visit virtual worlds from the comfort of your couch. Adjustable straps maximize comfort and viewing, a capitative touch sensor allows for easy interaction, and high-quality lens technology provides…

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04:28
Apple's Fingerprint Sensor Home Button could be...

Last February we posted an Apple patent report that presented an alternative Touch ID methodology wherein users would be able to use the full device display as a fingerprint scanner as opposed to using the Home Button where Touch ID resides today. Today we learn that...

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04:27
Comment: Atari co-founder’s ‘easy to learn,...

I’m not much of a gamer, but I think Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell may have put his finger on what is often missing from mobile games – a lesson he last week told the Guardian many have yet to learn from the early arcade games.

“When you look at mobile and arcade gaming, they’re identical,” Bushnell says. “Mobile has some of the same game constraints for the player, and that ‘easy to learn, and difficult to master’ metric.” This common phrase is, as it happens, known as ‘Bushnell’s law’ – he first uttered it in 1971 while making his preliminary steps into the arcade business with seminal coin-op Computer Space.com

That lesson – dating back to the days when Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Breakout for Atari – was something arcade games designers had to learn if they wanted to get...

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04:00
Scrivener 2: 50% off in the Deals Shop today and...

Here's a deal that anyone thinking about writing a novel should not pass up. All day today and tomorrow -- May 2 and 3 -- the best Mac app for writing novels and scripts, Scrivener 2, is on sale for 50% off. That means you get Scrivener 2 for just $22.50 instead of the usual $45.

Scrivener is more than just a writing app; it includes tools for storyboarding, project management, and research as well. During the course of writing your book or play, Scrivener keeps versions in place in case you wish to go back to a previous version that was more compelling or accurate. The storyboarding...

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03:55
The Northern Spy: Quo Vadis

By Rick Sutcliffe
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03:31
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated CryptoEdit for Mac OS X to version 2.1.
It’s an application for creating and editing “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. CryptoEdit saves documents on disk always as encrypted.
It’s designed as a solution to manage reserved documents with formatted text and images. Version 1.1 provides autolock of documents when in background, a better lock of documents, enhanced startup options, and improved working “As a Service” from other applications.
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03:30
Envoy Pro EX is a slick and handy solid state drive...

Other World Computing's OWC Envoy Pro EX is one of the slickest solid state drive solutions around and a fine accessory for Macs with limited storagecapacity. Designed for high performance storage and/or backup, it's powerful and portable -- small enough, in fact, to fit into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase.

Inside the Envoy Pro EX is a SandForce Driven OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD that offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. The USB 3.0 interface can bus-power the drive so an AC power adapter isn’t required.

Aura Pro SSDs utilize Tier-1 Synchronous NAND instead of the commonly utilized Asynchronous NAND. Synchronous NAND enables reads and writes to be "synced" with the SSD processor's clock signal for maximum data throughput. 

Additionally, the Aura Pro SSD utilizes DuraWrite Technology and intelligent block management to ensure endurance and...

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03:30
Forget the Apple Car; I want my iMow and my iSaw

Forget the Apple Car. I want Apple to enter the lawnmower, chainsaw and weed eater markets.

For years I've used Apple products and they work 99.9% of the time with no fuss. Not so with all the yard equipment I've owned.

For instance, my Yard Mower quit on me last week. I was mowing my lawn with the push mower, which had been treated to fresh oil and some nice ethanol-free gas. Despite the love bestowed up on it, it belched once and refused to do any more work. It's been on strike since that day.

Last autumn I was using a chainsaw to slice up some small, fallen trees in the yard. The chainsaw fell apart. Literally. The bar detached itself from the body and fell to the ground. Apparently, it was a mechanical suicide.

And don't get me started on weed eaters. They only work when they feel like it.

Admittedly, I'm not mechanically inclined when it comes to small engine repair. And Apple certainly isn't going to enter this market.

Too bad. I can...

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03:23
Kool Tools: Atelier Folio for the Apple MacBook

WaterField Designs’ elegant, refined leather $109 Atelier Folio is a perfect match for the recently upgraded Apple MacBook 12-inch laptop.
The simple, heirloom quality leather laptop sleeve—custom fit to MacBook 12-inch dimensions—cradles the laptop in premium leather cut by WaterField’s skilled artisans from one hide. Inside the laptop sleeve, red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber caresses the MacBook's frame, protecting it from the bumps and scrapes of everyday office wear.
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03:06
FBI granted federal court warrant forcing suspect to...

For the first time in a federal case, a suspect has been ordered to use her fingerprint to unlock her iPhone using Touch ID. The LA Times reports that a federal judge signed a warrant allowing the FBI to compel a suspect in an identity theft case to to unlock the phone just 45 minutes after her arrest.
Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home […]
In the Glendale case, the FBI wanted the fingerprint of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, a 29-year-old woman from L.A. with a string of criminal convictions who pleaded no contest to a felony count of identity theft.

The warrant is consistent with a 2014 case where a Virginia District Court ruled...

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03:00
Today is Baby Day; celebrate accordingly with these...

Today is Baby Day, which celebrates, well, babies. At least I think it does. I couldn’t find any info on the origin of this “holiday,” but, hey, a day that celebrates the enjoyment and care of young infants is a good thing. To celebrate, I’ve picked out three baby related apps for the Mac and three for iOS devices.

Available at the Mac App Store:

Baby Tracker is a $0.99 app that allows you track your pregnancy and estimate when the new addition will make his or her entrance into the world. You can track weight, height, head circumference, heart beat, BMI, and more.

 

Gestational Age is a $8.99 due date calculator. It’s designed for gynecologists and obstetricians, but can also be used by expectant moms.

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Saturday April 30

10:30
Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch,...

The tech world was a very different place in 1995. Back then, a 100MHz processor was considered powerful, the upcoming Copland operating system was going to be Apple’s next big thing, and Windows 95 was going to change everything on the PC side of things.As if to prove the point, Nick Lee of mobile app development firm Tendigi Studios hacked his Apple Watch to run Microsoft’s one-time flagship operating system.To get the hack to work, Lee ported the Bochs x86 emulator to the Apple Watch, using a technique that lets you “patch certain files within a WatchKit app to load your own application code rather than Apple’s.” He then dropped a Windows 95 disk image into the app he created to finish the project....

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15:30
Amazon Beats Microsoft In 'The Battle of...

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earned $5 billion in one afternoon when the company's stock price jumped 9.6%. Amazon reported an actual profit of $513 million (nearly double the amount expected), and next year Amazon's sales are projected by analysts to be 63% higher than Microsoft's, which USA Today calls "a good illustration of how growth in the sector has moved from hardware, software and chip companies to Internet firms selling goods or advertising online... [W]hile Bill Gates helped put Seattle area on the map as a U.S. tech hub, Bezos now runs the largest tech company in the State of Washington, by far, in terms of sales."

Amazon's Echo and Alexa devices are believed to be outselling their Kindles (and Alexa will soon make her first appearance on a non-Amazon device). But Amazon attributed their surprise jump in revenue to a 51% annual increase in the "tens of millions" of subscribers paying for their Amazon Prime shipping service (which in...

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15:22
Patently Apple's Transcript of the Opening...

Today's report covers the opening commentary from Apple's CEO Tim Cook during their Q2 2016 Financial Conference Call that was held on April 26, 2016. Cook's opening statement didn't reflect any real problems with China and in fact stated that the Apple Pay launch this quarter in China had gone great. Despite having fallen short from sales expectations from a comparison to a monster quarter last year and the fact that none of Apple's iPhone SE sales made it into the quarter, Apple had a fairly strong quarter.

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14:29
Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1

Resolves a number of bugs in the professional photo cataloging and editing applications. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update) 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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13:17
Intel splits on Atom after the mobile relevance of...

Intel is ending production of its mobile Atom processors as the reality sets in of a mobile world where virtually all the profits are inhaled by devices sold by Apple and powered by the iPhone-maker's own custom Ax series Application Processors.

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12:47
Apple agrees to analyze contents of iPhone found in...

An iPhone 6 is at the center of an investigation of two missing Florida teens. Last July, 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen set out on a boat trip in the Atlantic Ocean, but both of the bodies went missing and boys never returned. The United States Coast Guard performed an eight-day search for the boys, but never found them. Last, month, however, their boat was recovered 100 miles off the shore of Bermuda and on the boat was Stephanos’ iPhone (via ABC News).
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11:12
One iOS Geek Oddly Installed Windows '95 on his...

Tendigi started The Brooklyn iOS Developer Meetup and The Brooklyn Mobile Designer Meetup to connect like-minded creatives and technologists working in our industry. Nick Lee is a partner and CTO of Tendigi. This talented geek and jazz pianist loves his Apple Watch and decided one day to install Windows '95 on it.

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: New folios for the iPad Pro

Fun with folios This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a few new folios for the iPad Pro—from Incase, Incipio, Patchworks, and more. Read on!CaseCrownThe Poly North Messenger (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $40 through CaseCrown or $42 from Amazon) is a sleek vertical messenger bag with an adjustable shoulder strap for extra comfort.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10


Microsoft on Thursday announced that it was restricting its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10. "As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of search and Cortana. "The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable."

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08:52
FCA offers Apple Siri Eyes Free to almost two...

FCA Uconnect, a North American automaker, is releasing a new complimentary software update designed to add Apple Siri Eyes Free capability to the vehicle's Uconnect system for nearly two million properly equipped Uconnect vehicles dating back to the 2013 model year.

An extension of Apple's Siri functionality for enabling voice control of an iOS mobile device that is linked with a car's in-dash audio system. With Siri Eyes Free, drivers can speak natural language voice commands in order to operate the mobile device as well as the car's sound or in-vehicle infotainment system. Siri Eyes Free — introduced in 2012 — operates via a voice command button on the car's steering wheel, enabling the driver to make and receive calls, select and play music, audibly send and receive text messages, access Maps and get directions, audibly receive notifications, set reminders and more.

"With the addition of the Siri Eyes Free feature for later model-year vehicles, more customers will...

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08:03
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, AAPL Q2...

There was lots of news for Apple this week with the company’s Q2 2016 earnings representing some notable declines across the board despite reporting $50.6 billion in revenue and $10.5 billion in profit. But readers were more interested in the latest rumors and expectations for the upcoming iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2, as well as some new “exclusive” Apple Music and iTunes releases and this week’s new apps and updates.
Head below for all the handy links to this week’s top stories and more.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Tagged: AAPL, Apple, Apple Music, Drake,...

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07:01
How-To: Find your MacBook’s battery cycle count and...

Recently I noticed that my Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display seemed to be dying at a faster clip. Naturally, I assumed that the battery might be going bad.
After checking the battery cycle count, I learned that I was probably wrong about the battery being bad, as the cycle count was still well within the normal life span of my MacBook. Here’s how I was able to verify that everything was okay with my MacBook’s battery.
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02:00
The week in Apple news: Apple's Q2 results,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 29, 2016The big news this week is that Apple released its 2016 second-quarter financials. Revenue is down, but the company still made $10.5 billion in profit. That’s more profit than what Alphabet, Facebook, and Microsoft made combined. You’ll find more Apple related headlines in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:22
Review: Logi Base Smart Connector charging dock is...

MagSafe has long been a defining feature of Apple's market leading notebooks. Thanks to the Smart Connector charging capabilities first introduced by the new Logi Base dock for iPad Pro, Apple's iDevices now have their own convenient MagSafe equivalent.

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05:00
AluCup is handy for iPhones, iPods -- iPads, not so...

The AluCup from Just Mobile is a one-trick pony, but it's a pretty neat trick. It's an $29.95 multi-purpose desktop stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (well, sorta -- more on that in a moment). 

Sculpted from a single piece of aluminum lined with soft rubber, the AluCup provides an upright stand when you sit your iDevice inside it. Its "grippy" bottom keeps it from sliding around your desk. 

Thanks to its high-friction rubberized edges, the AluCup -- with is available in yellow, blue, black and red -- doubles as a reclining pedestal for your iDevice, while offering space for you to stash your storage cables. There are four vertical slots are for keeping those cables tidy.

But let's be practical. The AluCup works best for iDevices that fit inside it. That would be the iPhone and iPod touch. I didn't find it useful for the iPad Pro or iPad mini, two devices that won't...

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05:00
ICYMI: Barely hoverbiking, new hair dryer tech and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: YouTuber Colin Furze teamed up with Ford to build a working hoverbike within just a few weeks, from his shed. It runs off of two diesel engines so granted, it's probably not the most mass-production friendly item, bu...

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04:41
Apple Agrees to analyze iPhone of Florida Teen Lost...

After months of Apple fighting the DOJ and FBI by refusing to cooperate in unlocking iPhones from the San Bernardino terrorists and a drug dealer case in New York, it was refreshing to hear that Apple would do their best to help a Florida family ....

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04:03
OmniOutliner 4.5.2

Brings a number of improvements to the outlining and information organization app. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.8 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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04:00
cb Softcase is a luxurious iPhone case — if you can...

cb innovations' cb Softcase is one of the most luxurious smartphone cases for the iPhone — for those who can afford it. 

Italian leather, a button made out of 935 Sterling silver and microfiber all work in synergy to provide protection in a classy design. However, the cb Softcase isn’t for everyone; it’s a high end product designed to fit in with a tailored suit and expensive Oxford shoes.

The "Classic Edition" cb Softcase (pictured) and Gold Edition can hold either hold an iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, or iPhone 6s/6s Plus to protect it from scratches, dirt and impact. Your smartphone can always be pulled out of the case without any hassle.

One unique feature is the inner lining, which is made out of cb Microfiber. This silky-soft fabric beds your smartphone and also cleans the display from fingerprints when you pull it out of the case. 

The cb Button on the Classic Edition is made out...

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02:00
Roaming within the EU has just become cheaper

European decision-makers have been forcibly capping mobile roaming charges in the region for several years now. The last mandated reduction came into effect in July 2014, but today the European Commission has made calls, texts and megabytes that much...

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01:50
This week on AI: Apple's no-good terrible...

In many ways the last week of April was a negative one for Apple, with disappointing financial results, a death on campus, and word of more labor abuses at a key supplier. Rumors did emerge, however, about plans for the "iPhone 7" and a second-generation Apple Watch.

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01:25
Developer hacks Apple Watch to boot and run Windows...

Developer Nick Lee has managed to hack a working version of Windows 95 onto his Apple Watch. The utility of this is close to zero — but it is hilarious to watch. It highlights how smart wristwatches like Apple Watch are now as powerful as (if not more than) desktop computers from the turn of the century. Watch the full video of the ‘microsoftOS’ Apple Watch in action after the jump …
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Sunday May 1

15:10
The Government Wants Your Fingerprint To Unlock...

schwit1 quotes this report from the Daily Gazette: "As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work. The Glendale case and others like it are forcing courts to address a basic question: How far can the government go to obtain biometric markers such as fingerprints and hair?"...

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14:58
Latest 'Shot on iPhone' ad uses Mother...

Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial, making use of the upcoming Mother's Day holiday to further its "Shot on iPhone" marketing campaign.

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14:21
Why Your Bits Might Be Flipped (and What to Do about...

We all experience misunderstandings about technology from time to time. Joe Kissell explains why it’s not your fault, and how he approaches the subject of tech misconceptions in his new book, “Are Your Bits Flipped?”. 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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11:49
Apple Debuts New 'Shot On iPhone' Ad...

A week ahead of Mother's Day, Apple has launched a new commercial centering around a collection of images and video of mothers interacting with their children. The spot continues Apple's "Shot on iPhone" advertising campaign, with each piece captioned by the amateur iPhone user who captured the moment.

Apple began its "Shot on iPhone" campaign early in 2015, showcasing images collected from both professional and amateur photographers around the world. More recently, Apple's iPhone campaign has focused on portraying the features of the device, like Touch ID and Siri.Related Roundup: iPhone 6s Buyer's Guide: ...

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10:30
Apple's Smartwatch Draws Competition And A Very...

Apple's share of the smartwatch market actually started declining in 2016, dropping down to just 52.4% (down from 63%), according to Business Insider. And following up on Apple's first drop in earnings in over 10 years, Slashdot reader Zanadou shares a Gizmodo's latest story about the Apple Watch.

"I stopped wearing it two months ago, and I'm not sure if I'll ever wear it again. That's because it doesn't really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn't always work like it's supposed to. Here are some things I learned over the past year of strapping the screen vibrator to my wrist."

The article describes wanting to try a new form factor, but ending up confused by the watch's two-button interface (where the buttons perform multiple functions). Gizmodo's writer complains that "there's literally no comfortable way to actually use it," and while he did appreciate things like the time-of-sunrise feature and the ability to read text messages on your...

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10:21
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 9, Search...

A messaging system is only as good as its search feature because you will need to refer back to previous discussions. Happily, Slack offers a powerful and flexible search that you can use to find any content to which you have access. You can even refine your searches by channel or conversation, by person, by date, and by emoji! Glenn Fleishman explains all in this week’s chapter. 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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10:20
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

One of the advantages of Slack is that it archives all of your team chatter so you can find essential discussions later on. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman tells you how to search your Slack’s messages effectively. 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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10:03
Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Amazon & the case of...

Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings were the company's "worst ever" of the last decade in terms of year-over-year growth, but not in terms of actual commercial activity during the first three months of 2016. Take a closer look at Apple and three other firms: Samsung, Facebook and Amazon.

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10:02
Apple shares new ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad for Mother’s Day

Apple today uploaded its latest ad to YouTube. The ad returns to the company’s popular “Shot on iPhone” campaign and focuses on Mother’s Day, which is one week away from today. The touching video comes in at 30-seconds long and follows two new iPhone 6s ads from last week, one that highlighted the device’s 4K camera and one that showed off Touch ID.
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08:15
MGG 603: Pronunciation, Rants and The Joy of a...

Sound is a funny thing, so are pronunciations and ringtones, and yet your two favorite geeks have some great tips for you about both of those. Need to replace the Finder? Need to diagnose a malfunctioning port on your Mac? How about restoring your magically disappearing printers? Your geeks have you covered there, too. Plus, Dave talks about his experience with an iPhone SE. All of this and more for you today on MGG!


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08:00
MacRumors 2016 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2016. Our goal every year is to save lives by increasing the number of life-saving blood and platelet donations. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location, our blood drive is online and worldwide. To date we have recorded donations of over 300 units of blood and platelets.

Led by CEO Tim Cook, Apple supports health, relief, and charity efforts, including the recent Apps for Earth promotion. The MacRumors Blood Drive is run by the staff and volunteers of MacRumors.

We ask that you:

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07:44
Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's...

Yesterday we posted a report on Tim Cook's opening statement and in today's report you'll read about Tim Cook's view of trends in China that came from the Q&A session at their financial conference this week. Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's dark cloud hanging over their business in China, he sees Growth ahead

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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: The Karma Revero,...

The Fisker Karma is one of the hottest plug-in hybrid cars ever built. However, production stopped in 2012 when the company went bankrupt. Now the car is set to be reborn as the Karma Revero this year. Meanwhile, Ford is planning to launch a 200-mile...

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04:30
Ben Heck's salvage wars

Finally it's time for the team to decide who is the ultimate master of salvage. Ben, Karen and Felix fight it out to discover just how thrifty they can be in recovering motors, sensors and controllers from hardware you can find at your local thrif...

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01:18
Scientists find a tailless comet from Earth's...

It's well-established that the many asteroids and comets in the Solar System are the result of its violent early history, but finding an untouched example from the inner system is difficult. However, an astronomy team has discovered just that -- and...

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Wednesday April 27

11:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Product Hunt launches for the...

New apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a dedicated app for Product Hunt, the popular tech-trend finding network. Plus, apps for iTunes organization, photo transfers, and more. Read on!Actio: The App for Action 1.0.3iThought’s Actio (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage all your tasks with a full set of customizable tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:30
Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more...

Philips has announced a new app for its Philips Hue gen 2 smart LEDs that gives users more fine-grain detail control over their lighting. It includes one of the most user-requested enhancements, according to Philips: the ability to assign multiple lights to a room, so that all the lights in the room can be controlled at once. Users will also be able to program daily routines, and use geofencing to automatically turn lights off when they leave the home, and on again as they return.  Philips

The app’s dashboard provides easy access to Hue’s most popular features.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Web Pages Are Doomed

What the heck? The average web page is larger than the original Doom installer?

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Thursday April 28

03:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Apple tanks, Intel...

Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.

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04:30
Here's what to expect from Nintendo's next...

Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.
That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. ...

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06:59
Tinder Social alarms users by showing Facebook...

Turns out some people like to keep their private life...private.
So when Tinder—the dating app that lets users “swipe right” to find matches, often for quick flings—announced this week that it was testing a new feature that let users see each other’s Facebook friends, the backlash set in quickly.
Tinder just as quickly told users how to to disable the new “Tinder Social” features, but company officials sounded defensive when making the announcement.
“We are only testing (Tinder Social) at this point, but it’s important to note Tinder’s not a secret considering 70% of users download Tinder because their friends recommend it,” the company said in a blog post.To read this article in full...

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07:07
The first CareKit apps go live, focusing on babies,...

Last month Apple announced its potentially radical new health solution, a software development framework called CareKit. The initiative gives developers four tools to put in their apps that will make it easier for you, the patient, to monitor your medical conditions and share information with your doctor. The first wave of CareKit apps is now live in the App Store. Apple

You can share your medical data with a doctor right from an app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:18
As tablet sales take a dive, analysts expect...

The traditional tablet may not be dying, but it’s increasingly being relegated to the low end of the market, according to an IDC report released Thursday. Users are migrating toward convertibles instead, and the vendors are following.
IDC said worldwide tablet sales fell 14.7 percent to just 39.6 million units during the first quarter of 2016. Excluding some seasonal holiday upticks, tablet sales have generally declined from their all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2013, when worldwide sales reached 78.6 million units. 
IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said traditional slate tablets still dominate the market with 87.6 percent of all units sold. Increasingly, though, they’ve become “synonymous with the low end of the market,” IDC said in its report. The firm said it believes the market for iPads will continue, but only as replacements, not as new customers purchasing an iPad for the first time....

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12:30
Uber might charge you extra for making your driver...

Next time you hail an Uber, make sure you’re ready to head out the door or it might cost you. 
Uber is considering adding new extra charges for passengers who make their Uber drivers wait longer than two minutes. According to The Wall Street Journal, these charges will accrue on a per-minute basis, starting from the time the Uber app notifies passengers that their ride has arrived.
In addition, Uber is decreasing the no-penalty cancellation window from five minutes down to two minutes. And passengers who make their drivers wait longer than five minutes without cancelling could be penalized with a $10 no-show fee. Basically, you’ll have two minutes to cancel the ride after requesting it, and two minutes to show up when it arrives, if you want to avoid these new extra charges....

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13:09
Apple might start pointing out iMessage autocorrect...

Apple is planning to ruin one of the most hilarious aspects of using an iPhone: iMessage autocorrect, which routinely changes the most basic of texts into something offensive, sexual, or just completely off-base. The company just filed a patent application for a new iMessage feature that would tell a recipient when autocorrect has been at work.

The patent filing, first spotted by AppleInsider, covers an iMessage feature that would highlight an autocorrected word. The person who’s reading your message won’t be able to see what you intended to type, but at least they’ll...

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14:04
Autonomous trucks hits public roads

Six groups of trucks just took part in the EU Truck Platooning Challenge, an international test of autonomous truck driving technology.

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16:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Patchworks' Level...

...and, “breathe” a sigh of relief with Elago's latest accessoryThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features the Level Card, a new wallet case from Patchworks. Plus, rugged cases, standard shells, and more. Read on!Case-MateThe Naked Tough (iPhone SE, 6/6s, and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $35 through Case-Mate, or $19 on Amazon) is a clear case enhanced with a glittery finish. This dual-layered case sports a protective bumper against side and corner drops, matching button covers to keep out dust and dirt, and a smooth exterior for extra comfort when holding it. The Naked Tough comes in smoke, sheer glam noir, champagne sheer glam, or clear....

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Friday April 29

12:00
The Week in iOS apps: Sure, play a mean pinball

Pinball wizard?This week’s roundup includes two new games that bring the pleasure of pinball to your iOS device. Read on!Aliens vs. Pinball In space, no one can hear you DINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDING! The freemium Aliens vs. Pinball app combines three pinball tables—Aliens: Pinball, Alien: Isolation Pinball, and Alien vs. Predator Pinball—into one game featuring the voiceovers and sound effects pulled from the original movie franchise.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:47
Watch a 360-degree video of SpaceX's rocket...

If you've ever had any doubt whether SpaceX's Falcon 9 really touched down on a barge, you should watch this YouTube video. It shows a 360-degree view of the drone ship as the rocket was landing, which means you can drag the video around to watch it...

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21:38
Puma's robotic running companion can keep pace...

For some people, the RunKeeper coach's voice is enough to keep them motivated during a jog. Others need something physical to keep pace with. That's where Puma's BeatBot comes in. Developed by a NASA robotics engineer, a trio of MIT students and Puma...

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19:36
Developer Installs Windows 95 On An Apple Watch

An anonymous reader writes: Developer Nick Lee has successfully installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. It works, but it runs very slow. For example, it takes about an hour for the OS to boot up. In a blog post, Lee points out the Apple Watch features specs capable of running the old OS. To get Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch, Lee had to modify Apple's development software in "rather unorthodox ways" that allowed him to turn the OS into a Watch app, which also emulates an environment for the OS to run on, he tells The Verge. To deal with the fact that Apple Watch's screen is always turning itself off when not in use, he set up a motorized tube that constantly turns the Watch's crown, preventing it from falling asleep. In addition, Lee altered the Watch's software to let Windows 95 track a single fingertip, hence the constant swiping in his video.
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19:34
Xiaomi's smartwatch for kids costs less than $50

Look, Xiaomi's smartwatch for kids isn't anything revolutionary. It has features typically found in children's wearables, including the ability to make and receive calls and to track users' whereabouts. The best thing about it, however, is its price:...

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18:51
HoudahGeo 5.0

Major new release of photo geotagging utility. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 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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17:46
Ask Alexa what's playing on SyFy

Amazon has been nudging third parties to make products that use its voice-controlled software, Alexa, but it's also encouraging others to specially interact by making custom 'Alexa skills'. Today, the SyFy network announced that it is the first enter...

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16:32
Apple redesigns Support website with clean layout,...

As part of ongoing website redesign efforts, Apple on Friday launched a revamped Support Pages mini-site with a cleaner layout, easy to access topics links and responsive web assets supporting desktop and mobile browsing.

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16:13
Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sells Entire Stake...

An anonymous reader writes: Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said he has sold his entire stake in Apple, citing the risk of China's influence on the stock. The report comes after Apple announced its first earnings decline in more than a decade, where Apple's revenue is dropping 26% year-over-year. Icahn is concerned with the barriers to trade that China's authoritarian regime might put in place. Icahn said he wasn't concerned with interference so much with the country's "relationship" with Apple. "The thing that I'm worried about here in China doesn't affect the whole market. I'm not talking about China's economic status right now. I'm talking about, could the thing with Apple escalate a little bit? And if that does, what does that mean to Apple's profits during the interim?" Icahn acquired a stake in the company almost three years ago, calling the investment a "no brainer." What caused him to sell his 45.8 million Apple shares (priced at $240 a share) was China's economic...

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05:20
Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI...

The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to a rule to give judges the authority to issue warrants to remotely search computers whose locations are concealed using technology.
The proposed move had been criticized by civil rights groups and companies like Google that said it threatened to undermine the privacy rights and computer security of Internet users.
The top court has approved changes to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure, including Rule 41, which with some exceptions prohibits a federal judge from issuing a search warrant outside of the judge’s district. The change in the rule was proposed by the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure at the request of the Department of Justice.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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06:14
Biz Stone's Jelly app relaunches, promising to...

Jelly’s back—but does it have a winning formula this time?The Q&A app from Twitter cofounder Biz Stone relaunched this week—on the web and in Apple’s App Store—after Stone last year deemed the original version a failure.In a post at Medium, Stone said the re-imagined app combines the wisdom of human users with artificial intelligence to quickly produce answers—sometimes fact-based, sometimes larded with opinion—to a user’s query.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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08:15
FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving...

Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.
The 126MHz of spectrum was the highest amount anticipated by the FCC in the so-called incentive auction, agency officials said Friday. In most areas of the country, the agency will be able to auction 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders.
This low-band spectrum, in the 600MHz band, is highly coveted by mobile carriers because it can cover long distances and penetrate walls and other obstacles. Mobile carriers have pushed for more spectrum as their customers’ network use keeps growing, and the low-band spectrum will help carriers roll out faster 5G service, supporters...

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08:16
Google begins beta test of Trips, a new travel...

Google Now and the company’s Inbox app already do a pretty good job when it comes to collecting and organizing all those pesky travel details.But Google wants to go further by serving as your local tour guide with a new app called Trips. After teasing it last week, a beta build is now on the way to some members of the Local Guides program, which is Google’s equivalent of Yelp Elites.  AndroidWorld.nl
Get suggestions for your trip as soon as you arrive at the destination....

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08:37
How to customize the Apple TV (fourth-generation)...

The fourth-generation Apple TV ($149 MSRP) is much more powerful and capable than previous versions, with thousands of apps you can download from the App Store.But you know what they say about having great power. To make the most of the latest Apple TV, you’ll need to take some responsibility over the arrangement of these apps on the home screen. Here are three steps to cleaning up the clutter and streamlining your binge-watching sessions.Choose your four favorite apps
The top row of apps is not like the others with the fourth-generation Apple TV. Using the touchpad, you can scroll over any of these four apps to view suggested content right on the home screen. This can be a helpful way to see what’s on without having to dive into a bunch of separate apps....

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15:54
Schiller schools internet on correct Apple device...

A contentious debate is brewing in Cupertino. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller on Friday took to Twitter to inform tech plebes that Apple devices should never be pluralized, a stance diametrically opposed by CEO Tim Cook.

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15:44
Apple Debuts 'Reimagined and Redesigned'...

Apple today updated its support site with a brand new look and new ways for users to interact with it. The new site is broken into several different blocks, with most of the attention going to three different ways users can get help.

The first block is dedicated to a search bar that provides Quick Links, which allow users to get the answers they're looking for while they're searching rather than having to wait for a results page. The second block allows users to find support by choosing the device they need help with and the third block features "Popular Topics," like how to manage an Apple ID or photos.

The next set of blocks let users know they can seek help from other Apple users at the Apple Support Communities, check warranty and repair status and how to contact Apple Support. The final two blocks are dedicated to promoting Apple Workshops in retail stores and list out recall and replacement programs. The site's new design...

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14:37
Apple will attempt data extraction on iPhone of teen...

Apple forensics experts will attempt to extract data from an iPhone 6 used by missing Florida teen Austin Stephanos, who was presumed lost at sea some nine months ago, a lawyer representing the Stephanos family said Friday.

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14:25
Apple Drops CareKit on GitHub


Apple on Thursday made its CareKit platform available through the GitHub open source community. CareKit joins two other previously released Apple frameworks for developing healthcare apps -- HealthKit and ResearchKit. It was designed to enable developers to create apps that give users a more active role in managing their health. Apps developed through CareKit will let people track symptoms and medications, and share the information with their doctors to get a better picture of their health, Apple said.

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14:23
Scosche conjures up the MagicMount PowerBank

Scosche Industries has announced the MagicMount PowerBank, which magnetically attaches to Lightning or micro USB-powered smartphones such as the iPhone to charge them when users are on the go.

It packs an internal 4000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, capable of fully charging a dead smartphone, such as the iPhone 6/6s or Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, twice. Its built-in 2.1A output charges these devices safely and at the fastest rate possible, according to the folks at Scosche. The MagicMount PowerBank comes pre-charged and can be used right out of the box. It features four blue LED lights that indicate available battery power level.

The MagicMount PowerBank affixes to smartphones via “100% safe, powerful rare-earth magnets,” while the built-in Lightning or micro USB cable plugs into the device for charging. This connection provides a compact design.

The MagicMount PowerBank works with tablets such as the iPad, as well. It’s available now at...

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14:21
Scosche announces MagicMount PowerBank

Scosche Industries has announced the MagicMount PowerBank, which magnetically attaches to Lightning or micro USB-powered smartphones to charge them when users are on the go.
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14:10
An Open Letter to Phil Schiller about iPhones, iPads...

Bryan Chaffin penned an open letter to Apple Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller pleading for some common sense on the singular and plural use of Apple product names.


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14:02
AWT News Update: April 29, 2016

In today's AWT News Update -- Phil Schiller plays grammar cop!

  • There's a new VP at Apple
  • Phil Schiller steps into the middle of a grammar debate on Twitter
  • Coach will be making Apple Watch bands soon

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13:51
iMovie 10.1.2

Makes it easier to create a new project and start editing. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.05 GB) 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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13:30
New Products Apple Might Give Us While We Wait for...

Surely we won't have to wait until 2019 for The Next Big Thing from Apple.  John Martellaro ponders what goodies Apple might give us in the years leading up to the Apple Car. After all, it's all about the product pipeline. (Just don't call him Shirley.)


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13:11
Review: Aukey EP-B20 Bluetooth Headset – inexpensive...

If you’re looking for a pair of inexpensive wireless earbuds for workouts, then Aukey’s EP-B20 Bluetooth Headset is worth a look. These aren’t the most prestigious earbuds that you can pick up, but they sound decent, feel great in ear, and come with a reasonable $27.99 price. more…Filed under: Reviews Tagged: Aukey, Aukey Bluetooth Headphones, Bluetooth, Bluetooth 4.1, review, Wireless ...

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13:04
∞ Who knew RC helicopter stunts could be so cool?

Oh man. Now I want an RC helicopter.

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13:01
The original dungeon masters

Many of us have a soft spot for Dungeons and Dragons, even if we don’t play it anymore and I always like reading stories about how it came to be. FYI, I was a 200lbs Dwarven Fighter-Thief with a drinking problem and a hatred of any humans over 6ft tall. Caused all kinds of problems. I still have my D&D dice.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:53
News: Invoxia adds Amazon Alexa to Triby

Invoxia has added support for Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service to its acclaimed Triby connect kitchen speaker, making it the first non-Amazon device to add support for the voice assistant. Following the launch of its Echo voice controlled speaker last year, Amazon also debuted the Alexa Skills Kit, a free SDK allowing third-party developers to integrate the service into their devices, and Invoxia has now risen to the challenge and added Alexa support…

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12:49
Tor Myhren officially starts as Apple's new VP...

Months after the hiring was announced, Apple on Friday officially instituted Tor Myhren as the company's new VP of Marketing Communications, replacing Hiroki Asai, a now-retired 18-year veteran with the company.

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12:46
FCC wireless auction begins, TV stations look to...

The groundwork for 5G communications in the United States has begun.
Or at least the carrier frequencies are beginning to be sold, thus allowing the infrastructure to be built.
Recently, television stations have volunteered to sell off their 126MHz “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.
The 126MHz spectrum represents the largest anticipated block for 5G networks according to comments made by the FCC on Friday. The FCC also stated that it is looking to auction off 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders.

This low-band spectrum, in the 600MHz band, is...

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12:45
The end of a bad week for AAPL

Just a few minutes ago, the closing bell rang and regular trading ended on the US markets. For Apple, it was a really bad week. How bad? Take a look at the 5-day chart:

At the beginning of the week, shares in AAPL were bouncing happily at about the $105 level and all was right with the world. Then what happened? Tuesday afternoon's earnings report showed an end to 13 years of continued record earnings, and the stock dropped like a rock in after-hours trading.

The rest of the week has been equally dismal, with hedge fund billionaire Carl Icahn dumping his holdings in Apple. For the week, Apple has dropped about $11.61 per share and lost about $61.6 billion in market capitalization. 

All is not lost, however. The company still had quarterly earnings of $50.6 billion and net income of $10.5 billion, both numbers that many companies would love to see. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, AAPL's share price will return to the high levels it has seen in the...

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12:42
Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack: $33.95

Check out the Nomad Pod, a portable battery pack for your Apple Watch. It works like this: charge the internal battery through the micro-USB port. Inside the Nomad Pod is a port for your Apple Watch charging cable. Plug it in, wrap it around, and the charging surface will rest in a hole in the lid. You can then take the Nomad Pod anywhere you need to and charge your Apple Watch. We have a deal on this device for $33.95, more than 40 percent off retail.


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12:40
FBI Director in the Dark on iPhone Hack Details

FBI Director James Comey may have overstated how much the agency paid for the hack to get into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. Instead of the US$1.3 million he implied, the figure is reportedly actually less than a million dollars. Director Comey may not even know who the FBI paid, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't know what's going on under his command.


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12:30
Review: August Doorbell Cam

Although August made its name with its flagship product, the August Smart Lock, the company hasn’t been sitting still with its goal to increase its family of home access products. The Smart Keypad accessory we looked at yesterday works to expand the capabilities of the original Smart Lock, and August has also recently released an entirely new standalone but companion product for the Smart Lock in the form of its new August Doorbell Cam — a home accessory intended to replace a standard doorbell with a smart device that provides two-way voice communication and one-way photo and video capabilities so you can see who is calling, even when you’re away from home.
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12:30
FBI Bought $1M iPhone 5C Hack, But Doesn't Know...

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has no idea how the hack used in unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5C works, but it paid a sum less than $1m for the mechanism, according to a report. Reuters, citing several U.S. government sources, note that the government intelligence agency didn't pay a value over $1.3m for purchasing the hack from professional hackers, as previously reported by many outlets. The technique can also be used as many times as needed without further payments, the report adds. The FBI director, James Comey, said last week that the agency paid more to get into the iPhone 5C than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job, suggesting the hack cost more than $1.3m, based on his annual salary.

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11:52
Codenvy, Samsung Team to Power IoT Development


Codenvy on Wednesday announced the beta release of the Samsung ARTIK IDE powered by Eclipse Che. The release of the professional toolset is part of Samsung's partnership with Codenvy to make it easier to build, deploy and manage applications for the Internet of Things, Codenvy said. The ARTIK IDE is the first open source cloud IDE platform dedicated to IoT application development. It is based on Eclipse Che, a community-driven open source cloud IDE, workspace server and plug-in platform

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11:48
Exclusive: Apple's top secret 'Athena...

Apple has quickly moved to overhaul the equipment installed at the San Jose, Calif., chip fab it acquired from Maxim Integrated Products in December, indicating that the purchase was a strategic priority for the company in its relentless drive to out-innovate its competitors.

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11:41
Coach Planning to Debut Designer Bands for Apple...

Well-known designer brand Coach is reportedly working on a line of high-quality Apple Watch bands, which could debut as soon as June. According to Haute Écriture's David Boglin de Bautista, a sales associate at a Coach boutique informed him of the upcoming release after seeing his Apple Watch and showed him pictures of the bands.

Coach is said to be debuting around eight watch bands, in colors that include white, red, black, and brown. Some bands are decorated with charms, while others have patterns like flowers stitched into them, with each band set to retail for approximately $150.

The bands are designed to match Coach handbags from its Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, and according to de Bautista, one band was stitched with flowers to match Coach's...

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11:41
Apple to partner with Coach on new leather Apple...

New leather Apple Watch bands made by luxury fashion brand Coach could arrive as soon as Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, a new report has revealed.

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11:35
∞ Speed with Guy Martin & David Coulthard

Guy Martin races his Superbike against David Coulthard’s Red Bull F1 car on the track in Silverstone in the UK.

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11:10
Fiat Chrysler CEO opens up on potential Apple or...

The automotive industry is a capital-intensive industry. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne knows it and that’s why he is open to work with Google or Apple:
“Google can buy every automaker out of petty cash. And Apple — they made a net profit of $24 billion in one quarter. This is nonsense. What are we defending? What?”
In a not yet released 2-hour interview with Automobile Mag‘s Georg Kache, Marchionne discusses the recent rumors of a FCA partnership with Google for self-driving cars and how the automaker wants to position itself in an industry disrupted by the likes of Apple, Google, Tesla and Uber. more…Filed under:...

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10:57
Designer Apple Watch bands by Coach reportedly...

Apple has previously partnered with designer brand Hermes for a set of premium Apple Watch bands, sold separately from $340 per strap. It now appears that a second high-profile fashion designer, Coach, is coming on board with its own range of Apple Watch bands.
David Boglin De Bautista reports a sales associate in a Coach boutique told him about the upcoming collection, set to debut as early as June. The sales representative sent photos of the as-yet-unreleased bands (shown above), priced at $150 each.
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10:36
YouTube hits back at music industry

“The next claim we hear is that we underpay compared to subscription services such as Spotify. But that argument confuses two different services: music subscriptions that cost £10 a month versus ad-supported music videos. It’s like comparing what a black cab driver earns from fares to what they earn showing ads in their taxi.”This is a very interesting battle.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:36
How to Select Single Pics from Burst Photos on Your...

Selecting individual shots from burst photos on your iPhone isn't quite as intuitive as it could be, but it isn't difficult once you know where to tap. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows you how in a quick video tip.


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10:30
The Public Access Weekly: The cool breeze

This week, Beyonce released a visual album called Lemonade, Babymetal partnered with Super Mario Maker (to the glee of many Engadget staffers), thousands if copies of Uncharted 4 were stolen and we got the first glimpses of the Snowden trailer.

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10:30
GCHQ Has Disclosed Over 20 Vulnerabilities This Year

Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Earlier this week, it emerged that a section of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK's signal intelligence agency, had disclosed a serious vulnerability in Firefox to Mozilla. Now, GCHQ has said it helped fix nearly two dozen individual vulnerabilities in the past few months, including in highly popular pieces of software like iOS. "So far in 2016 GCHQ/CESG has disclosed more than 20 vulnerabilities across a number of software products," a GCHQ spokesperson told Motherboard in an email. CESG, or the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, is the information security wing of GCHQ. Those issues include a kernel vulnerability in OS X El Captain v10.11.4, the latest version, that would allow arbitrary code execution, and two in iOS 9.3, one of which would have done largely the same thing, and the other could have let an application launch a denial of service attack.
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10:23
∞ Ugh, App Store

Being on the App Store is a tough business, I know from experience. Apple can’t possibly feature all the apps that are in the store, that’s obvious, but it pisses me off when I see Apple being so self-serving to put a big banner for Drake’s new album on the App Store. He doesn’t have an app! [...]

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10:00
New Scosche MagicMount portable battery w/ Lightning...

As someone that often carries around a portable battery or two when on-the-go for extended periods of time (because I don’t particularly like the added bulk of using a battery case), this new MagicMount product from Scosche looks very interesting.
A super slim magnetic pad goes on your iPhone, and the battery pack then magnetically attaches to it when needed and connects to your device over a built-in Lightning connector. That gives you the benefits of a battery case by having the portable battery attached to the device, but also allows you to easily remove it once you’ve added enough juice to your device.
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09:58
TiVo's New Roamio for Cord Cutters Cuts the...


TiVo on Wednesday announced a new version of its Roamio OTA digital video recorder aimed at the growing market of cable cord cutters, with a box that includes a hefty 1 TB of storage space and no monthly subscription fee. The DVR can record up to 150 hours of high-definition programming and up to four television shows at the same time, the company said. The device can access content from OTA network television, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Univision, as well as content from streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and YouTube.

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09:55
Logo designs with a clever concept

Some of these are very clever, indeed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:47
Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1 billion

Rovi Corp, a provider of digital television guides, said on Friday it would buy video recorder pioneer TiVo Inc in a $1.1 billion deal that brings together two video software players with deep patent portfolios.I could never figure out why TiVo, a company that everyone seems to love, could never do better in the market.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:46
Apple Marketing Chief Phil Schiller: 'Never...

Apple executive Phil Schiller gave Apple users a grammar lesson on Twitter yesterday afternoon, explaining that it isn't necessary to pluralize Apple product names.

Schiller's instructions came after a discussion on pluralizing "iPad Pro" between Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans and iMore analyst Michael Gartenberg. Evans referred to more than one iPad Pro as "iPads Pro," while Gartenberg said "iPad Pros."

Schiller clarified that neither approach was correct. The proper way to refer to more than one iPad Pro is to call them "iPad Pro devices."

@Gartenberg @BenedictEvans @stevesi @macintux One need never pluralize Apple product names. Ex: Mr. Evans used two...

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09:39
Owners of Uconnect Equipped Fiat Chrysler Vehicles...

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales issued a press release today stating that Apple's Siri 'Eyes Free' feature is available to nearly 2 million vehicles ...

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09:30
SolarTab Portable Solar Panel is a Bright Spot in...

With cheap high-capacity external batteries abounding, is there still a need for solar-powered chargers? Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous shines some light on SolarTab—a solar panel charger/battery combo that's a bright spot in the field. But has the sun set on solar?


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09:29
Software update upgrades select 2013-2015 Fiat...

Fiat Chrysler on Friday issued a free software update to owners of some 2013-, 2014-, and 2015-model vehicles, giving them access to Apple's Siri Eyes Free, which enables voice commands to an iPhone by tapping a button on the steering wheel.

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08:45
What does Apple look like without the iPhone?

As some of we lonely voices in the wilderness keep trying to point out, Apple is a remarkably successful company even without huge iPhone sales numbers (and keep in mind, last quarter’s iPhone numbers, while lower than what Wall St wanted, are still on par with Apple’s most successful ones) and in particular when you keep in mind where Apple has come from. It really brings to the fore the fact that Apple Inc is completely different from AAPL.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:43
iFlicks for OS X feature automatic chapter and...

Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.4 (www.iflicksapp.com) for Mac OS X.
iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to need to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.4 features automatic chapter and subtitle download, extended in-place editing, chapter images, improved metadata, extended rules and much more.
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08:42
Getty Images Takes Google Grievances to EU


Getty Images on Wednesday filed a competition law complaint against Google with the European Commission. The company last year filed an "interested third party" submission in support of the EC's investigation into Google's anticompetitive business practices. Getty's complaint, in essence, is that Google Images creates galleries of high-res copyrighted content, and that providing easy access to them dissuades consumers from going to the source to view or license those images. That damages Getty's image licensing business.

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08:39
Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in...

Apple's iPad Pro is already surpassing the Microsoft Surface in the so-called "detachable" tablet market, though that market is still relatively small, according to a new research report.

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08:34
Fiat Chrysler Adds Siri Eyes Free to Equipped 2013-...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released a free software update that enables owners of properly equipped 2013-2015 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles to add Siri Eyes Free capability to the Uconnect 8.4 system.

The new software update is available in nearly 2 million vehicles equipped with a Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen system:

- 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500

- 2013-2015 Dodge Viper

- 2014-2015 Dodge Durango

- 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger

- 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

- 2015 Jeep Renegade

- 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300

Siri Eyes Free is also supported on 2016 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat vehicles with...

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 11” MacBook Air 256GB $850,...

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08:17
External Link: Inside “Emojigeddon”

If you have noticed the ever-growing collection of emoji characters available on your Mac and iOS devices, the people to thank for them are members of the venerable Unicode Consortium, a non-profit group that has been working to standardize the character sets for all the world’s languages and writing systems since 1991. The recent work on emojis undertaken by the Consortium is not without cost, however: a number of members of the Consortium think that the emoji characters are distracting the group from focusing on other, more important work. The chronicles of “Emojigeddon” make for fascinating reading, even if you don’t know a PUNCTUS FLEXUS MARK from a CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY. 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...

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08:03
VideoTweet: Share videos from Final Cut Pro X to...

VideoTweet is a new utility from the folks over at Arctic Whiteness that brings Twitter sharing to Final Cut Pro X. Appearing as a destination within Final Cut Pro X’s export options, it’s a quick way to get video from a project to your Twitter followers. more…Filed under:
How-To
, Apps, Mac Tagged: Final Cut Pro X, how to, Mac, OS X, photos app,...

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08:00
Register for “Management in Motion—building an...

Employee turnover is not only expensive, but it can also have a massive impact on the morale of a team. In fact, in a recent study conducted by INC, roughly three out of four employees said that their manager is the worst and most stressful part of their job. In addition, 65 percent said they would take a new manager over a pay raise. To get the best out of your teams and their talents, managers need to be able to inspire and energize their teams.
Join us May 10 at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. GMT for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Management in Motion—building an energized workforce,” where we explore how effective leadership fosters a collaborative environment, empowers employees and improves productivity while enhancing customer satisfaction.

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National Small Business Week special edition webcast...

Join us for a bonus episode of the Office Small Business Academy, “Small Business, Big Ideas: Live Expert Q&A, in celebration of National Small Business Week, airing May 5 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.
We invite the small business community to ask our experts their questions about entrepreneurship during this special one-night event live from the Microsoft flagship store in New York. Together, we’ll discuss the best ways to lead and grow your small business—including tips to empower employees, embrace change, manage resources and create a loyal customer base.
Carol Roth, CNBC on-air contributor and best-selling author of “The Entrepreneur Equation,” will host the event and take your questions, along with Ramon Ray, publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine and small business evangelist, and Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-29: Kicking Off a New...

Starting a new conference can be intimidating, but it can be exciting, too. Indie DevStock's Tammy Coron joins Jeff Gamet to talk about jumping into the conference organizer world, the excitement and camaraderie she's seeing, and her experience in the conference and developer world.


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07:24
Jony Ive & Friends Open Vogue's Famous Met...

In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Jony Ive & Vogue's Anna Wintour will Co-Host the Met Museum's 2016 Fashion Exhibit on Fashion in an Age of Technology." The event starts next week ...

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07:22
Comcast’s Raises Monthly Data Cap to a Less-...

Comcast has made a surprise announcement: It will no longer charge overages to any customer who uses less than one terabyte of data per month. That’s not bad. For now. 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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07:08
Additional Apple Maps data, services emerges for new...

Apple on Thursday expanded its Apple Maps Flyover feature, adding both Flyover data and Spotlight Suggestions to new countries as well as traffic data to a new location. The Flyover feature is now available in Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This brings the grand total of Flyover locations to over 260 cities as Apple has been expanding the feature at a brisk pace.
Additionally, Apple has expanded Spotlight Suggestions to a trio of new countries. The feature is now available in 19 countries with today’s additions of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Spotlight Suggestions offers quick suggestions of content and locations from Maps, iTunes, the App Store, and web when users search for a term via the Spotlight search bar on their device.

Apple Maps users...

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Apple World Today Deals Shop: Special launch deals...

Yesterday we told you about the Apple World Today Deals Shop, our new partnership with StackCommerce to save our readers some money on everything from accessories and apps to training and fun tech toys. Today we're bringing you some launch deals on the 20 for 20 iOS Game Developer Bundle and the Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack, and if you jump on any deal in the shop, you'll get an additional 10% off if you use coupon code AWT10. Refer a friend to the Deals Shop and you'll also get $...

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Review: Kito+, the iPhone case that doubles as a...

Prior to the official announcement of the Apple Watch, there were multiple rumors that the device would be packed with health-related sensors. When it finally launched, however, it got just a heart-rate monitor – albeit a sophisticated one. A teardown revealed that there’s also a pulse oximeter in there, to measure oxygen saturation in your blood, but Apple hasn’t yet activated that functionality.
The apparent turnabout on sensors was explained by Tim Cook, who last year told the Telegraph that Apple wanted to avoid the need for FDA approval as a...

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06:29
Congress Could Modify New Supreme Court Ruling...

On April 25 we reported that the DOJ was about to rewrite the search and seizure rules that would expand their reach worldwide and today we learn that the Supreme Court approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located ...

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Drake says new album's Apple Music exclusivity...

Although Drake's new album Views From the 6 is launching today as an Apple Music exclusive, that exclusivity period is just one week long, according to the rapper.

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News: Apple provides more details on new Apple Music...

Apple has provided more detailed information for developers on how to take advantage of the new Apple Music API introduced in iOS 9.3. In a document titled Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers, Apple summarizes how third-party iOS apps can integrate with Apple Music, including some of its functionality in their apps. Specifically, the Apple Music API will allow develoePrs to directly control Apple Music playback as well as determining if…

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05:42
TrendForce: there’s good news and bad news regarding...

New data from TrendForce shows that worldwide tablet shipments in the first quarter of 2016 totaled 35.2 million units, translating to a 35% drop from the previous quarter and a 7.9% drop from a year ago. Despite what many press reports insinuate, slowing tablet sales are affecting also manufacturers, not just Apple. Plus, the research group’s report has good news and bad news about Apple’s iPad Pro.

TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang said branded tablet vendors’ shipment results were mediocre following their impressive fourth-quarter performances that were supported by the peak season demand. As large-size smartphones continue to erode the tablet market, the trend of tablets becoming even larger has become more apparent, she adds.

Apple was still the leading brand by shipments in the first quarter with 10.3 million units shipped, amounting to a 36% quarterly decline and an 18.8% year-on-year decrease.

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05:42
News: Apple Music for Android adds music videos,...

Apple has released an update to its Apple Music app for Android devices, adding support for watching music videos on Apple Music and signing up or upgrading to a Family Membership. Users who had already signed up to a Family Membership via an iOS device or iTunes on Mac or PC could use their account in the Android app, however this latest update means that new users can now sign-up for a new Family Membership, or upgrade their single-user account…

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05:30
News: Icahn pulls out of Apple over China concerns

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who took a large position in Apple three years ago, how now sold his stake over concerns with the company’s situation in China, CNBC reports. Speaking to CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” Icahn stated that “We no longer have a position in Apple,” while adding that Apple is a “great company” and that he feels that CEO Tim Cook is still “doing a great job.” Icahn cited…

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05:26
US Supreme Court approves search warrants for...

The U.S. Supreme Court has authorized a rule change that -- barring intervention by Congress -- will allow judges to issue search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction, instead of just the ones their courts oversee directly.

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05:24
Samsung replaces their Display CEO as they Prepare...

Last quarter's Samsung Display sales marked a weak link in Samsung's overall performance, down 12%. Due to this weak performance Samsung moved quickly today to replace Park Dong-geun with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun to lead the display affiliate.

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05:17
The FBI paid less than $1 million for its iPhone...

The FBI paid under $1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters - a figure smaller than the $1.3 million the agency's chief initially indicated the hack cost, reports Reuters, quoting unnamedU.S. government sources.

The article adds that the FBI will be able to use the technique to unlock other iPhone 5C models running iOS 9 - the specifications of the shooter's phone - without additional payment to the contractor who provided it. The Justice Department unlocked the iPhone in March with the help of the contractor after Apple Inc refused to bypass the device's encryption features on grounds it could undermine security for all users.

In related news, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple...

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05:15
Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!


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05:09
Drake’s new album an Apple Music exclusive (for one...

Streaming of Drake’s latest album Views has hit Apple Music, and will be exclusive to the streaming service for one week, the rapper announced on Beats 1.

You can also buy the album on iTunes for $13.99. However, you should note that it comes with a parental advisory for “explicit content.”

Speaking of the streaming music service — which now has 13 million subscribers —  yesterday Apple updated its Apple Music app for Android users. With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership. A six-person family membership runs $14.99 — $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

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05:00
List of Safe Complex Characters for Passwords

A number of systems require you to use complex characters in passwords and passcodes. Here is a list of characters that can be used, along with the name and the associated unicode:

  •    (Space) U+0020
  • ! (Exclamation) U+0021
  • ” (Double quotes) U+0022
  • # (Number sign) U+0023
  • $ (Dollar sign) U+0024
  • % (Percent) U+0025
  • & (Ampersand) U+0026
  • ‘  (Single quotes) U+0027
  • ( (Left parenthesis) U+0028
  • ) (Right parenthesis) U+0029
  • * (Asterisk) U+002A
  • + (Plus) U+002B
  • , (Comma) U+002C
  • – (Minus sign) U+002D
  • . (Period) U+002E
  • / (Slash) U+002F
  • : (Colon) U+003A
  • ; (Semicolon) U+003B
  • < (Less than sign) U+003C (not allowed in all systems)
  • = (Equal sign) U+003D
  • > (Greater than sign) U+003E (not allowed in all systems)
  • ? (Question) U+003F
  • @ (At sign) U+0040...
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05:00
The topicdesk.com Roundcube Installer for Server 5...

I thought I posted this previously, but it doesn’t appear as though I did. Server 5, Roundcube installer. Get better mail on OS X Server if you’re misguided enough to use the service.
https://topicdesk.com/downloads/tools/roundcube-for-os-x-server/

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: Nomad Apple Watch Roundup

Closing off the week in our iLounge Deals, we have two great accessories for the Apple Watch from Nomad. When you’re on the go, the Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack ($33.95) provides an attractive portable Apple Watch battery, packed with 1800 mAh of juice so you can keep your Apple Watch and iPhone charged while away from home base. The round and compact design keeps your charging cable tucked out of the way, and it’s portable…

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04:25
Apple Remains the King of Tablets While Microsoft...

According to a new IDC report, the first quarter seasonality combined with an overall disinterested customer base led to an annual decline of 14.7% in worldwide tablet shipments during the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). Apple's dominance in the overall tablet market was unsurprising.

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04:18
AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12"...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we go hands-on with Apple's new early 2016 12-inch MacBook, talk Apple's soft earnings, discuss the Logi Base Smart Connector charger, and talk about 'iPhone 7' and the headphone jack.

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