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Monday June 1

09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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Friday May 29

07:35
Siri will save you when the Messages bug strikes,...

The only real fix for the Messages bug that allows a string of Unicode characters to crash your iPhone is a software update, and Apple has promised that one is coming soon. Until then, the company said, there’s a workaround you can use to get back into Messages.

Siri saves the day when a bug locks you out of Messages.

Siri to the rescue! According to a new support document Apple added on Thursday, the best way to regain access to your messages is by asking Siri to do it for you. First, ask her to read your unread messages, then have her reply to the offending message. Your reply can be anything at all—the fix is actually sending the message. That will let you back into Messages, where you can swipe left to delete the thread....

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11:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Google Photos, Pixelmator...

New and improved photo optionsThis week’s roundup of apps includes one new offering, Google Photos, and a veteran, Pixelmator, that make it easy and cheap to store and edit your pics in iOS.Fit Men CookWe’re suckers for self-improvement apps. The $3 Fit Men Cook iOS app offers more than 100 healthy recipes from health expert Kevin Curry, and a plan to do all your cooking two days a week, so you can have healthy food available to eat during the rest of your busy week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:52
Apple's mysterious vans reportedly collecting...

Apple thought it was being subtle by sending unmarked, camera-equipped vans around a handful of American cities earlier this year, but news of the effort immediately sparked our curiosity: What’s the Cupertino company up to? Will we see a self-driving Apple car in the future?
As cool as that sounds, our bet was on a more likely answer: That Apple plans to revamp Maps with its own 3D maps and street views in an effort to compete with Google. According to a new report from 9to5Mac, that’s exactly what the company is up to. Apple has been acquiring companies and doing doing under-the-radar mapping work to build out its own map database by 2017....

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19:55
Sony promises 'Ultra Street Fighter IV'...

The launch of Ultra Street Fighter IV on the PlayStation 4 hasn't exactly gone as planned, with gamers complaining of input lag, shoddy netcode, glitches, a start screen that refers to a button on the controller that doesn't exist and other issues. T...

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18:43
Google's solar plane crashed earlier this month...

According to Bloomberg Business, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident wherein Google's solar-powered Solara 50 plane reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff. The event occurred on May 1st at a private airfield outsid...

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17:08
US military tests a Tinker Bell-sized drone

There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based firm Prox Dynamics, is small enough to fit in the palm o...

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16:29
Google's Cardboard Design Lab teaches VR with (...

Google debuted its larger and more robust Cardboard VR headset at I/O yesterday, now it needs some apps that actually run on it. However, designing a program in a virtual 3D environment is quite different than designing one to run on a 2D touchscreen...

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16:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook donates $6.56M to charity

An SEC filing posted Friday reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock worth more than $6.56 million to an unspecified charity, the latest gift in a flurry of philanthropic activity rarely seen with company executives.

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15:55
Apple CEO Tim Cook donates 50,000 AAPL shares ($6.5...


In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today, Apple revealed that CEO Tim Cook has donated 50,000 Apple stock shares to charity this week. At today’s stock price of just over $130 per share, this number of shares is equivalent to approximately $6.5 million. Cook’s previous publicly-known, personal donation was to Project One America, an LGBT equality campaign…

Apple did not disclose which charities Cook donated these shares to today’s filing, which was first noted by Daisuke...

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15:26
With Android Pay, Google gets mobile payments right

Even though Google started the whole mobile payment thing years ago with Google Wallet, it never really took off with the masses. Google's newly announced Android Pay, however, might. Instead of relying on you to load the app and unlock it with a PIN...

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13:53
Highly anticipated horror game 'SOMA' hits...

Acclaimed developer Frictional Games has fully taken the wraps off SOMA, it's super-hyped new sci-fi horror title. The company, which built it reputation on terrifying first-person games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Penumbra, that focus on atmo...

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13:37
Chromixium Adds Polish to Chrome


Chromixium is a new Linux distro that goes one big step further than the few existing distros catering to the Chrome OS. It one-ups Google's semi-proprietary Chrome OS locked into the popular Chromebook hardware. Chromixium sole developer Rich Jack's innovative version 1.0, released last month, is a Chrome OS clone that runs on nearly any aging or newer computer with the user's choice of the fully open-sourced Chromium Web browser or Google's Chrome browser.

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13:00
Swatch Plans to Release Internet-Connected...

Swatch Group plans to release its first Internet-connected smartwatch later this summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that CEO Nick Hayek told his company's shareholders that the device would be released in Switzerland and "one big country" that he didn't specify.


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12:55
An Advanced Printing Process is being used to Print...

On a visit to the German sedak glass factory last February in relation to the construction of Apple's new Headquarters the Campus 2, Apple's CEO Tim Cook had stated that Apple had "searched around the world for someone who could implement Steve’s ideas on glass ....

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12:50
Hope Springs Eternal: a New Approach to OS X at WWDC

For the past few years, Apple has introduced a new version of OS X at WWDC. The demos have been presented with wit, charm, and enthusiasm, but, in practice, customers have found the initial release wanting, even with public beta testing. Can Apple change its routine to surprise and delight us in a more fundamental way?


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12:43
Apple’s HomeKit platform will see first accessories...


The first home automation products using Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit platform will arrive next week, according to sources briefed on Apple’s plans.
The company first introduced HomeKit last year alongside iOS 8, introducing a framework for developers to build home automation accessories that could integrate with one another and be controlled using Siri. After Apple officially began to accept HomeKit...

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12:14
Opinion: Google’s new Photos may just have won my...

Google Photos
My relationship with Apple’s hardware is simple: I’m happily locked in, and not changing platforms any time soon. But my relationship with Apple’s software is complex: I want to love it, but every time Apple decides to “throw everything away” and “start over” with an app, it’s disruptive — and for many users, unnecessary. From my perspective, users weren’t complaining that Apple’s popular photo apps iPhoto or Aperture were hopelessly broken or even deficient in major ways, yet Apple discontinued both of them last month to release Photos, a bare-bones alternative no one seems to love. On the relationship scale, I didn’t abandon Aperture; Aperture abandoned me (and a lot of other people).
So yesterday’s announcement of the free cross-platform photo and video storage app Google Photos couldn’t have come at a better time. Apple has...

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12:10
Gear: Just Mobile AluCable LED

Just Mobile’s AluCable LED is a 1-meter aluminum-accented Lightning cable with a small LED built into the USB plug head. The light lets users know whether or not an iOS device is done charging without having to look at the device’s screen — the LED is designed to pulse amber when charging, and glow solid green when a device is fully charged.

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11:32
Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle: $75....

Arduino is a popular open source platform for building your own electronic circuits, or what I call nerd heaven. We have a deal on a starter kit that comes with a training course that shows you how to get started with Arduino. Using these circuits you can control motors, sensors, and other other electronic components and make all kinds of cool gadgets. Check out the details on the deal page.


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11:29
Apple refreshes iTunes receipts with a new design, ‘...

You may notice a new look on those digital receipts you get in your email inbox after you buy something from iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store. Apple has refreshed its invoices with a new design, friendlier subject line, and cover art images that are clearer on Retina displays. You can see the old and new designs below:Apple’s subject on receipts read out a lengthy order number such as “Your receipt No. 110110356508″ before the refresh, but the company’s updated template uses a clearer and friendlier “Your receipt from Apple.” line in this field. Instead of putting the rather lengthy number in the subject area of your inbox, the updated format includes a new “Document No.” field where it includes this number.
Perhaps more importantly, the new invoice format includes a description of what device the purchase originated from, which...

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11:05
∞ Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Amazing, beautiful, creepy and scary all at the same time.Palau is part of the larger island group of Micronesia and Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island. Wikipedia says, “Although both species of jellyfish living in the lake have stinging cells (nematocytes), they are not in general powerful enough to cause harm to humans.”

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10:37
Flexibits announces upcoming Fantastical for Apple...

Flexibits, makers of Fantastical 2, just announced an upcoming version of the super useful calendar app coming to the Apple Watch. Included in the teaser is the above preview of Fantastical made for the Apple Watch. We’ll have a full hands-on review of the new app when it launches so stay posted for that. In the meantime, check out our review of the recently released Fantastical 2 for Mac, which takes the natural language parsing calendar from a menu bar app to a full fledged calendar with a complete Yosemite redesign. You can grab Fantastical 2 for iPhone from the App Store for $4.99 to be ready for the Apple Watch update.Filed under: Apple Watch,...

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10:27
OS X Server: Enabling and disabling email auto-...

OS X Server's Mail server feature can automatically forward email for users.

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10:09
pwSafe 4.0.1 - Secure password management across...

pwSafe provides simple and secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is compatible with Open Source Password Safe. Features:

  • iCloud sync, realtime and bi-directional
  • Generates strong passwords
  • Print a hardcopy of your data for ultimate security agains data loss
  • Copy password with Command+C or P
  • Copy username with Command+U
  • Double-click to easily copy password
  • Lots of other hotkeys (see menus)
  • Password history (per safe and per entry settings)

pwSafe is feature-complete password management, and is a one-time purchase (no subscriptions or optional items). Featured by Mac|Life as one the 20 Great Apps under $20.Version 4.0.1: The two most wanted features at once: <0l>

  • Safari browser extension (other browsers coming)
  • YubiKey support (in-app...
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    10:02
    WALTR 1.5.4 - Drag-and-drop any media file to an iOS...

    WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the iOS...

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    09:47
    Apple-Leased Vans Gathering Maps Info for Shift to...

    For the past several months, Apple-leased Dodge Caravans with equipment-laden roofs have been spotted driving around the United States. While early speculation suggested the vans could be Apple's first attempt at developing a self-driving vehicle, it quickly became clear that the vans were being used for mapping purposes. The Dodge Caravans are all outfitted with an array of LIDAR cameras, much like the vehicles that Google uses to capture images for its Street View mapping feature, so it is no surprise that a report shared today by 9to5Mac suggests the images and data from the vans is going to be used for future improvements to Apple's Maps feature. Here at MacRumors, we...

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    09:47
    Wood Chips: Electronics May Go Back to Nature


    "Wood chips" takes on new meaning with a new green technology, cellulose nanofibril, or CNF, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory and detailed in a research paper published this week. The "chips" in question are indeed made mostly of wood -- but they are also computer chips. As of 2007, about 3.2 million tons of electronic waste was being generated each year, the researchers noted.

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    09:03
    Audio Hijack for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1

    Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.1.
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    06:29
    How Google took a page from Apple to secure Android...

    In case you missed it, Google launched a new mobile payment service at its annual I/O developers conference Thursday. It’s called Android Pay. But didn’t Google already have a mobile payment service? Yes, yes, Google Wallet. That’s not going away—in fact, it’s getting a reboot as a peer-to-peer payment service—but Android Pay works a lot more like Apple Pay than Google’s last attempt.That’s a good thing. Google Wallet required you to wake your phone, open the Wallet app, and enter a pin number if you decided to protect the app with a passcode, all before waving your phone near the payment terminal. That’s a lot of work.To read this article in...

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    08:54
    AKVIS SmartMask 7.0 for Mac OS X adds new tools

    AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS SmartMask 7.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows.
    The app lets you create selections and mask objects on images. Version 7.0 brings new features and tools: Refine Edges, standard selection tools, new post-processing tools' options, new Print options, and other changes and improvements.
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    08:54
    Consumer Reports on Apple's Tech Support is...

    Today Consumer Reports published another brutally honest report, this time about Apple's customer service.

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    08:35
    Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps...


    Three years after Apple launched its own iOS Maps app to replace Google as its iPhone and iPad map provider, the Cupertino company is readying its first major enhancements to the service. While Apple was known to be gearing up for the launch of a mass transit directions service this fall in a...

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    08:03
    9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air (newest version...

    Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
    Today’s can’t miss deals:
    Last Call Updates:

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    08:00
    Discount: Register for MacIT 2015 by June 1st

    July 14–16, 2015 | Santa Clara, California

    New enterprise iOS insights. New reasons to attend MacIT.


    Register now –
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    MacIT is back—and it’s packed with practical, high-value insights for deploying and managing iOS in today’s enterprise. Attend the all-new MacIT July 14-16 in Santa Clara and get the knowledge you need for your iOS-enabled enterprise. 
    Here’s just a sampling:
    ...

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    07:45
    Watch Effect: Apple's first OLED display...

    OLED displays, which can offer power savings advantages over their LCD counterparts, have been rumored to arrive in Apple products for years. But with the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has finally opted to embrace OLED technology, which could pave the way for future devices, like the iPhone, to make the switch.

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    07:38
    Apple Continues to Provide Top-Rated Tech Support on...

    Apple had the highest overall customer satisfaction for tech support among more than 3,200 computer owners surveyed by Consumer Reports, unsurprising given the company has been top-rated for tech support since the not-for-profit organization first surveyed customers about the topic in 2007. Apple has also routinely topped multiple J.D. Power and Associates studies for customer satisfaction over the past decade. Apple earned high marks for the Genius Bar located at the back of most Apple retail stores, where customers can book an appointment to receive face-to-face technical support and troubleshooting for iPhone, iPad, Mac and several other Apple products and services. Consumer Reports praises the Genius Bar's free lifetime support as a differentiating factor over similar services, which generally...

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    07:22
    Apple buys German augmented reality firm Metaio, may...



    I guess they had something Apple wanted.
    Earlier this month, Apple completed its acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.
    The acquisition was completed with a full transfer of shares from Metaio’s holdings to Apple.
    Metaio recently canceled its user conference originally set for June, disabled its Twitter accounts and just days ago posted a notice announcing an end to product and subscription sales.

    When reached for comment, Apple offered its usual statement of confirmation, saying, “Apple buys smaller...

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    07:21
    Audio Hijack 3.1 - Record and enhance audio from any...

    Audio Hijack (was Audio Hijack Pro) drastically changes the way you use audio on your computer, giving you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record and enhance any audio with Audio Hijack - it's the cornerstone of your digital audio experience. Audio Hijack will allow you to record any application's audio, from Internet streams to DVD audio and everywhere in between. If your machine can play it, Audio Hijack can record it. And that's not all - Audio Hijack will also enhance any audio, unsing industry-standard VST and AudioUnit audio effects to make your music sound incredible. Record. Enhance. Enjoy!Version 3.1:

    • Major Enhancement: Audio Hijack again has a Silence Monitor, and that's golden! Head to the "File Limits" section of the Recorder Block, where you can control how Audio Hijack reacts to silence. Remove silence, start a new recording based on it, or end your recording entirely.
    • Major Enhancement: The Recording...

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    07:14
    Todoist brings its task management app to the Apple...

    Apple may not have included its Reminders app on Watch OS, but Todoist is bringing its own to-do list app to the Apple Watch. Included in the latest update to the iPhone version, Todoist for Apple Watch lets you sort through your tasks and projects, respond to alerts, and even create new assignments.
    Todoist for Apple Watch also features a glance so you can quickly see the next step in a project just by raising your wrist and swiping up from the watch face. You can make new entries by pressing firmly within the app, then using voice commands and natural language input in Todoist.
    For just working off of Todoist for Apple Watch, the task manager presents your inbox for random tasks, your today view for what you want to accomplish now, your projects list for the bigger picture of what you need to get done, and filters for...

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    07:07
    TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new...



    A cool thing just became that much more useful.
    Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X. The new version, a major upgrade to the popular typing shortcut tool, lets you type abbreviations that expand to whole paragraphs, images and more. TextExpander 5 suggests which frequently typed phrases to abbreviate, saving time. Search on your abbreviations as you type to speed text entry.
    In addition to an updated user interface for Yosemite, TextExpander 5 adds the ability to store your snippets in a location of your choice, and sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder. It reminds you when you could have used abbreviations; adds JavaScript snippets...

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    07:01
    TSMC reveals that 7nm Processors will available in...

    Today we're finding out that TSMC will begin producing 7nm processors in 2017 with Xilinx being their first customer.

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    06:44
    App Camp for Girls 3.0 Indiegogo launches, worth...



    If there was one Indiegogo worth getting behind, it’d be this one.
    The App Camp for Girls 3.0 fundraiser has launched and is looking to raise US$100,000 to finance this year’s App Camp for Girls programs. The fundraiser works to address the larger issue of why only 20 percent of software engineers are female and why that percentage is even lower among mobile app developers.
    The same is true of technology classes in schools, wherein there are few opportunities for girls to explore high-tech fields that aren’t already dominated by males.
    App Camp 3.0 will launch an additional location, this time in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    The goals of App Camp 3.0 are...

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    06:44
    Consumer Reports survey ranks Apple top for tech...


    If you want quality, reliable tech support for your computer, get a Mac. That’s according to the results of a new Consumer Reports survey that ranked Apple top among PC manufacturers for technical support post-purchase for the ninth year running…
    Of the 3,200 participants that took part in the survey, Consumer Reports notes that “Mac users gave Apple’s phone and online support glowing reviews, and four out of five said tech support was able to resolve their problem.” That’s compared to “a 50-50 chance that a manufacturer’s tech support will do the trick” among the Windows...

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    06:29
    Apps: Google Photos, Korg iM1, Moleskine Timepage,...

    Google Photos (free) — Perhaps the biggest news in apps this week is Google’s launch of its new Google Photos app, announced Thursday at the company’s Google IO conference. Google’s approach to managing photos has taken a strange route from the original Picasa acquisition to Google+ Photos — the latter move essentially saddling a pretty nice photo app with a social network that many users chose to eschew. However, with Google…

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    06:21
    An Apple customer’s thoughts on Google I/O 2015

    Rene Ritchie lays out the new stuff from Google I/O.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:14
    Readdle debuts Spark, a highly customizable email...

    Readdle today released a new addition to its giant collection of productivity apps for iOS with the debut of Spark. Spark is described in short as “fast and smart email for your iPhone” while its core features include tons of customization options and intelligent notification and filtering options that help take the stress out of email. Though Spark is only the latest third party email app to land on the iPhone, it is the first solid email client I’ve used on the Apple Watch so far. How does it compare to Apple’s own Mail app in this case?Out of the box, Spark lets you easily plug in your iCloud, Google, Exchange/Outlook, or...

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    06:10
    Accessible Apple: Happy Belated 10th Birthday...

    "We knew we could do a great job on this, and develop something that our customers would expect for the Mac platform." This quote from Mike Shebanek, who was a Product Manager at Apple back in 2004, captures the thought process that went into developing VoiceOver, Apple's built-in Screen Access Technology. Apple's inclusion of VoiceOver reflects the company's commitment to ensuring every one of its users can access its products, regardless of their accessibility needs.

    As a long-time user of the Mac and someone who now depends on Screen Access Technology, I can speak first-hand to VoiceOver's effectiveness. The software has become the primary way I access all of my daily computing tasks.

    If you are curious to read more about my personal story, I wrote about my computing journey here.

    In 2005, I was increasingly becoming light-sensitive, making it more and more...

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    06:00
    Update The Software Of Your Apple Watch

    The first Apple Watch update appeared a few days ago. This update brings with it “improved performance” for Siri, different elements of activity tracking, accessibility and third party support. 1.0.1 also brings Brazilian Portugese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish language support. And a few minor security issues were addressed. In short, you might want to run this one… To do so, first make sure your phone is close (less than 20 feet in my opinion) and that the watch has at least half a charge.
    To run the upgrade, start by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. From the default screen (My Watch), tap on General and then tap on Software Update.
    From the Software Update screen, tap on Download and Install and let the watch do it’s thing (note, you’ll be prompted for a passcode if you have one configured). The update usually takes around 15 minutes. Don’t reboot or get the phone more than 20 feet...

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    05:18
    News: Apple issues workaround for Messages text...

    Apple has issued a workaround for the recent Messages bug, which causes iPhones to reboot and Messages to repeatedly crash after a specific, strange string of unicode characters is received via text. In an official support document, Apple recommends using Siri to re-open the Messages app. Users are instructed to ask Siri to “read unread messages,” then to reply to the malicious message. Messages should then be able to open again, and users…

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    05:14
    IDC: PC shipments will continue to decline in 2015

    Worldwide PC [personal computer] shipments are expected to fall by -6.2% in 2015 according to IDC (www.idc.com). This will be the fourth consecutive year of declining volume as the PC market continues to struggle with competition from tablets and smartphones and generally low demand, according to IDC.
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    05:03
    'Apple Watch eGuide' published

    Stopframe has published the Apple Watch eGuide, an US$2.99, 157-page eBook by author T.A. Rudderham that's available in Apple's iBookstore that's packed with Apple Watch tips and tutorials.
    Readers will learn how the Apple Watch is made, discover in-depth guides to apps, and more. The eBook also looks at technologies such as haptic feedback, a flexible Retina display, the Digital Crown and a heart rate monitor.
    Apple Watch eGuide works with any iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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    05:00
    News: Daily Deal: ZeroLemon SolarJuice 10000mAh...

    In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 10000mAh Battery for only $29.99 – that’s 40% off the normal price. Combining a 10,000 mAh battery pack with a 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel, the SolarJuice lets you power up your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other USB device repeatedly and can be plugged in to charge up at home, or simply recharge from the power of the sun. Three outputs allow for simultaneous charging…

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    04:53
    Apple working on fix for Messages bug

    Earlier this week it was reported that there's an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script. Apple has acknowledged the problem and says that it's working on a fix.
    With the bug, when a text or iMessage (but not part of a normal Messages conversation) containing the text string is received and presented in the lock screen or as a drop-down notification, iOS consumes resources trying to render the message, ultimately causing a crash.
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    04:01
    Apple Files a European Patent that Advances their...

    Late yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple Ups the Mystery behind their Secret Virtual Reality Project by Acquiring AR Specialist Metaio." In that report we listed four of Apple's headset patents. Today, one of Apple's headset patents surfaced in Europe that covers another major update ...

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    04:00
    Easily upload all your photos to Google Photos (for...



    Apple dropped the ball on photos. Big time.
    For years, Apple products were my default photo locker, gallery, and sharing tool. Now I’ve switched to Google, but only because Apple forced my hand. My workflow was simple: shoot photos on my iPhone and dSLR, sync everything to Aperture and share from there.
    Here’s a brief timeline on how Apple went off the rails with photos:

    • September 2011 –  Apple rolled out...
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    03:23
    24U releases 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0 for...

    24U Software (www.24usoftware.com/) has released 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0, an upgrade to their popular FileMaker plugin for Mac OS X and Windows.
    24U SimpleDialog Plug-In enables FileMaker Pro 14 to display dynamically created OS-native error messages, input dialogs, and progress bars in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes. Version 5.0 takes full advantage of the 64-bit architecture. It also( offers better stability when multiple copies of the plug-in are accidentally installed at the same time.
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    03:16
    Wearable band market grew over 150%

    The wearable band market grew over 150% as more than 7 million units were shipped in the first quarter of 2015, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com).
    First place Fitbit saw major year-on-year volume growth, while greatly increased shipments of the affordable Mi Band, predominantly in China, secured Xiaomi second place. Garmin also had a strong quarter and rolled out two new products in its vívo line, says the research group. Canalys forecasts that 20 million Apple Watches will be shipped in 2015.
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    00:59
    Office 365—fuel mobile productivity

    Today’s business users want to work from anywhere, on any device, at any given time. Azure and Office 365 can help you enable your users to have uninterrupted services and the freedom to work when and where they need to. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 takes location out of the equation, so that your employees can live life on their terms.  Whatever you can do in the office, you can now do just as well on the go with enterprise-grade security and management. Office 365 offers flexible tools that fit the modern worker’s needs which makes for higher employee satisfaction.

    The Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), provides access to innovative technologies and world class expertise to help customers envision, design and deploy solutions. MTC Studios brings this expertise and...

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    Thursday May 28

    16:11
    Google Photos and Google Cardboard bring new...

    Google I/O kicked off Thursday with a nearly two-and-a-half-hour keynote about everything from new Android features to Project Loon’s Internet balloons. Our sister site Greenbot has all the news, but a couple of the announcements should particularly interest us Apple users: two new iOS apps from Google are now live in the App Store.
    Another app called Photos

    The first is Google Photos, a free app that was described as Gmail for your photo collection. That is, you get unlimited free storage, and the app has machine learning and image recognition technology to help you find the photos you’re looking for, even if you didn’t meticulously tag and sort them yourself. Just dump everything in and search for specific people, places, and even things. Photos can find every image you’ve taken of a beach, or just the photos you...

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    02:55
    Watch Pad & Quill transform a hunk of wood into...

    To design a charging stand for the timepiece of the future, Brian Holmes looked to the past.
    A few years ago, his grandmother gave him an old pocket watch that had once belonged to his long-deceased grandfather. He needed a way to show off the timepiece, and vaguely remembered seeing elegant, collapsible wooden stands made for this purpose.
    Scouring the Internet, he found and snapped up a couple of these stands, both about a century old yet in decent condition. One of them turned out to be a reasonably good fit for his grandfather’s pocket watch.
    Holmes runs Pad & Quill, a Minneapolis-based Apple accessory maker that is best known for iPhone and iPad cases consisting of wooden frames wrapped in fine book-like bindings. But the Apple Watch required a very different kind of accessory—and those pocket...

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    07:47
    Apple Pay rewards program may be on the way as...

    Apple Pay is growing steadily, with more stores, banks, credit unions, and card issuers signing on to support the service all the time. We don’t know exactly how many people use Apple Pay, but Apple reportedly wants to make its mobile payment service the default option, so using your phone to pay becomes more compelling than pulling out a card.
    The company has a plan: An Apple Pay program that will reward you for using the mobile payment service instead of pulling out your actual wallet, according to the New York Times. The newspaper cited two unnamed sources “familiar with Apple Pay,” but those sources didn’t give any details about what the perks would include....

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    10:36
    Get same-day delivery on Apple Store products via...

    There’s not much else that causes as much anxiety as your iPhone running out of battery and having no charger in sight. In order to relieve that anxiety, Apple has partnered with on-demand app Postmates to offer a sensible solution: same-day delivery of products from the nearby Apple Store.
    On Wednesday, MacRumors first spotted how Apple buyers in San Francisco could order a wide range of Apple products—from a Lighting cable to an iPhone 6 to even a $3,000 Mac Pro—to be delivered on the same day by Postmates, using the Apple Store app for iOS. MacRumors

    Postmates is a mobile-first delivery app available on iOS and Android that has enlisted a fleet of contract couriers in over 20 major cities in the U.S. to deliver items, like food from restaurants that aren’t on Seamless or GrubHub. This Apple partnership indicates that the service is looking to expand so it can deliver other...

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    14:15
    The Week in iPhone Cases: Carry your iPhone hands-...

    ...and it's pretty stylish, for a holsterThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features serious protection from Amzer and Ballistic, battery options from LifeCharge and PhoneSuit, and practical safety from Loopycases.AmzerThe Double Layer Hybrid (iPhone 6; $8) combines a silicone soft shell with an impact-resistant hard shell, featuring precisely cut openings for all of the iPhone’s ports and buttons.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    19:59
    PopChar 7.1 - Floating window shows available font...

    We're also selling a 5-license family pack for only $25.99! PopChar helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters. Expanded accessibility Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar X makes it happen. Interface advantages PopChar X displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar X puts them within your reach. Liberating compatibility No matter what app you are using, PopChar X brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar X...

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    19:23
    Apple Offers Temporary Fix for iOS Text Bug, Says...

    A couple days after a new iOS bug was discovered, allowing a select string of characters sent in an iMessage or text to reset iPhones and crash the Messages app, Apple has created a new support document to address the problem. The Cupertino company acknowledges the problem and says that it's working on a fix, offering temporary solutions in the mean time. Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app. 1. Ask Siri to "read unread messages." 2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again 3. In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or...

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    19:21
    Apple details workaround for iOS Messages bug,...

    Apple on Thursday posted a support document detailing workarounds for a recently discovered bug that crashes the iOS Messages app when a specific text string is received.

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    19:07
    [Sponsor] MailChimp

    Over eight million businesses around the world use MailChimp for email newsletters, A/B testing, and marketing automation.

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    18:48
    Apple posts official support doc with temporary...

    Earlier this week a bug was discovered that centered around a string of text that when received via a message would cause your iPhone to reboot and the Messages app to crash continuously. At the time, Apple said it was aware of the bug and working to push an update to fix it. In the meantime however, the company tonight has published an official support document with a few suggestions on how to temporarily work around the issue.
    ...

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    16:55
    PopChar X 7.1

    Adds extended support for emoji characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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    16:40
    Google wants more Chromecast multiplayer games and...

    Google has sold 17 million Chromecasts thus far, but it obviously wants to sell more and make the media player more valuable to current users at the same time. The company is releasing a bunch of new APIs that will allow developers to create even bet...

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    16:31
    iTunes ‘Limited Time’ Movie Bundles: Lord of the...

    Apple announced several "limited time" offers on movie bundles through iTunes on Thursday, a way for customers to buy full movie series at a heavily discounted price. The company is promoting Jurassic Park Bundle ($19.99), The Lord of the Rings Trilogy ($14.99), Aliens Anthology ($19.99)-30 different bundles in all. Many of the titles come with iTunes Extras, as well. In addition to the limited time offers, there are a variety of other movie franchise bundled together.


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    16:10
    Alternatives to iCloud for Photo Storage in the Cloud

    If you like the idea of cloud storage for photos but maybe don't like iCloud Photo Library, there are options available. Check out some of the alternatives and how they differ from what Apple has released as part of Photos.


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    16:07
    Google wants you to buy Big Macs with your face

    Google may have been the first big tech company to push NFC payments, but it was Apple Pay that got the public excited about buying things with your smartphone. At a Google I/O session for Android Pay, the search giant announced that it was partnerin...

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    16:00
    Today in the App Store -- Vizzywig - Video Editor,...

    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Vizzywig - Video Editor; the new Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions game from Activision; and a significant update to Pixelmator that brings the image editing app to the iPhone. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

    iOS Apps Now Free

    Victory Day HD [$0.99 → Free] Victory Day HD is a fun side-scrolling shooting game! In Victory Day HD, you play as a Soviet or as an American soldier during WW2.

    Extreme Fishing 2 PLUS [$2.99 → Free] Experience the ultimate virtual fishing in your hands, in vivid HD graphic!

    ...

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    15:37
    iPhones can be Google VR viewers, too

    As we walked out of today's Google I/O keynote, we -- and all other keynote attendees -- were handed the second-generation version of Cardboard, Google's low-tech effort at a VR headset. As was announced at the keynote itself, the new Cardboard is de...

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    15:27
    Apple Ups the Mystery behind their Secret Virtual...

    According to a new report published this afternoon, Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality start-up that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. This now supplements Apple's growing base of technologies that they acquired with their acquisition of Israeli firm PrimeSense ...

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    15:22
    If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text...

    Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.

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    15:22
    Everything Google announced at I/O

    From VentureBeat:Today was a pretty big day for Google. At its annual I/O developer conference, the company unveiled Android M, Android Pay, Brillo, Google Photos, and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    15:17
    Feds to overhaul program that delivers broadband to...

    While 95 percent of American households earning six figures annually have access to broadband internet, just 48 percent of homes making under $25,000 enjoy the same benefit. Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to reduce th...

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    14:53
    Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters

    Learn how to troubleshoot one or more of the following MagSafe adapter symptoms.

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    14:50
    'Pillar' is a personality test and much...

    "When people think you're dying, they really, really listen to you instead of just -- "

    "Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak."

    This scene from Fight Club encapsulates one of the driving ideas behind Pillar, a video game starring a serie...

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    14:28
    Google's I/O Steers Devs to Photos, IoT, Maps...


    Google on Thursday kicked off its I/O developers conference with the introduction of a new app for better managing, organizing and storing photos, as well as an Android spinoff for the Internet of Things, and an offline feature for Maps. The new Google Photo application allows shutterbugs to back up photos automatically from any device to a personal home site on the Net. There the images can be organized automatically by a number of criteria -- faces, places and such.

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    14:18
    Sign into Netflix straight from your Google account

    You've been able to sign into third-party websites with your Google credentials for years, but now the company is broadening out the places that info can take you. On its Developer Blog, the outfit is talking up its new Identity Platform, a suite of ...

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    14:16
    Canadian man gets fined for using his Apple Watch...

    Now that electronics manufacturers are releasing more and more smartwatch models, you might be wondering what the authorities' stance is on using one while driving. Well, this clears things up a bit for our Canadian readers: a man named Jeffrey Maces...

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    13:50
    What sweet treat will the 'M' in '...

    In no surprise to anyone, Google announced that its next version of Android will be called "M," the natural followup to Lollipop and its other edible mobile operating systems. We won't know for some time what the "M" will stand for and are really hop...

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    13:48
    News: Apple acquires Metaio, an augmented reality...

    Apple has made yet another acquisition in the form of Metaio, a small augmented reality company, TechCrunch reports. Metaio launched in 2003 as a result from a project at Volkswagen, and the company has worked on a number of virtual reality and augmented reality projects, including the 2010 launch of Junaio, one of the very first augmented reality apps for the iOS platform. A legal document sourced by TechCrunch notes that shares in the company were…

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    13:40
    Apple Store Adds Same Day Delivery through Postmates...

    Apple has added a same day delivery option on some items through the Apple Store app in iOS. The service is being offered in conjunction with courier service Postmates, and is currently available in parts of the Bay Area in California. Shipping options for some products are listed as "Today within 4 hours - Fastest," and come with a US$19 delivery charge.


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    13:33
    '3D printing' used to test a 'cure...

    Researchers are one step closer to reducing the effects of type-1 diabetes after developing a way to implant insulin-generating cells into the pancreas. According to publisher IOP, this method was previously unsuccessful, but has begun to work now th...

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    13:24
    Another Chink in CurrentC’s Armor: Target Wants In-...

    When MCX came out guns blazing for the unveiling of CurrentC, it looks like it was firing blanks because yet another big-name parter is now openly embracing Apple Pay. Target CEO Brian Cornell says he wants to expand beyond Web-only orders for Apple Pay and plans to bring the wireless payment system to stores.


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    13:15
    Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service...

    At its I/O developer event this morning, Google announced a new Google Photos platform that's designed to compete with both photo sharing sites like Flickr and cloud services like iCloud Photo Library. Google Photos is cross platform and available on iOS, Android, and the web. Both the iOS app and the web service are now live, letting those in Apple's ecosystem make full use of Google Photos. The service is free for high-quality photos and it lets users upload an unlimited number of photos (up to 16 megapixels) and videos (up to 1080p). Photos with resolutions that exceed 16-megapixels will be downscaled to 16MP, and videos with resolutions higher than 1080p will also be downscaled. Google offers an option to store photos and videos in their original...

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    13:04
    IDC Expects PC Shipments to Continue their Slide in...

    According to a newly published IDF report, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -6.2% in 2015. This will be the fourth consecutive year of declining volume ...

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    12:53
    BBEdit 11.1.1

    Maintenance release for the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.5 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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    12:47
    Queens, NY Apple Store logo appears as Apple...


    Apple’s first Apple Store opening in Queens, New York is approaching. Signage for the new store at the Queens Center mall has appeared, according to tips from readers. A photo of the location, which we discussed in our report on future New York Apple Stores earlier this year, is shown above. We were told earlier this year that this Queens store will be the largest New York Apple Store within a mall and that the opening is planned for later in 2015. Apple is expecting this store to pull in nearly as much revenue as some of its larger flagship locations in the State…

    In other New York Apple Store news, Apple has officially...

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    12:38
    Gear: Spigen Apple Watch Cases

    Spigen has introduced a number of Apple Watch covers in its Apple Watch Case Collection. We received Rugged Armor ($15), Slim Armor ($20), Thin Fit ($15), and the clear Liquid Crystal ($15, not pictured) for the 42mm Apple Watch. There’s also a Tough Armor ($25) edition. The covers are designed to provide extra protection for the Apple Watch, with the models varying slightly in design and thickness.

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    12:16
    Appeals Court Rejects Apple’s Request to Remove...

    Apple experienced a setback on Wednesday in its quest to rid itself of a court-appointed antitrust monitor. In a unanimous ruling, a three judge panel of the 2nd Circuit criticized some of that monitor's behavior, but also criticized Apple for allowing the relationship to deteriorate.


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    12:00
    Apple Purchases Augmented Reality Startup Metaio

    Apple recently acquired augmented reality startup Metaio, reports TechCrunch. According to the company's website, Metaio is a "pioneer in augmented reality and computer vision" that built the Metaio Creator, an augmented reality authoring tool. With the Creator, users could create augmented reality scenarios "within minutes." Metaio has stopped taking new customers and a shareholder document concerning the transferring of shares has confirmed that it was purchased by Apple. Apple also provided TechCrunch with its standard acquisition confirmation statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Metaio's augmented reality tools have been used by several companies to create interactive experiences. Ferarri, for example, created an augmented reality showroom with Metaio, and it's...

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    11:59
    Apple acquires Metaio, a firm behind Augmented...


    Apple has acquired Metaio, a company specializing in several application related to augmented reality. Metaio mysteriously announced that it will stop selling its services last night, and filings with the German government this week indicate that the Apple acquisition is a done deal:


    Metaio offers six distinct services related to augmented reality, ranging from an SDK to cloud services to business tools. A video from the company demonstrates some of its...

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    11:24
    HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

    We have a deal with Father's Day written all over it. It's for the HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, an iPhone case with wallet pockets It will hold up to seven credit cards. It's made with Italian leather, and features a manetic closure to keep your wallety things inside. It's designed for the iPhone 6, and you can get it through our deal for $24.99.


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    11:23
    5 Reasons Jony Ive's Step Back Is Apple's...


    There seem to be two major reactions to the "promotion" of Apple's Jonathan Ive to the newly created position of chief design officer: first, that he deserves the recognition and reward; and second, that this is the beginning of the end for Jony Ive's tenure at Apple. Because Apple released the news in the UK... on Monday, which was the Memorial Day holiday in the United States... it appeared there was an effort to mitigate any element of scary surprise that could spark a drop in stock. Why the carefully scripted plan of action?

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    11:22
    Review: Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330

    Spigen's Apple Watch Stand S330 ($25) is a straightforward stand for docking and charging Apple Watch. Made mostly of lightweight aluminum, the stand holds Apple Watch's magnetic charging cable puck with a small black section of TPU. The charging cable is fed through a hole in the side of the dock, then up into the circular cut-out, where the magnetic charging puck holds the Apple Watch. Apple Watch Stand S330 isn't very tall, so users may want to keep their watch band curled up when docked.{/exp:char_limit}

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    11:21
    JAMF Nation User Conference 2015 Tickets Now...

    Join us for the 2015 JNUC!

    WHEN:
    October 13-15, 2015
    WHERE:
    Guthrie TheaterMinneapolis, MN
    WHY:
    Be a part of the largest gathering of Apple system administrators in the world.
     

    RSVP to attend

    Last year, nearly a thousand Apple admins took over the Guthrie Theater for the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC) to learn new and better ways to manage Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV in their environment. This year, help us break the thousand mark!
    The JAMF Nation User Conference is not a sales expo or a tradeshow. Instead, it’s a welcoming, three-...

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    11:11
    Google releases bigger, iPhone-compatible Cardboard...


    Building on the success of its Cardboard VR kit for smartphones, Google announced today at its I/O conference version 2. It's still just a paper holder for a smartphone, but the new Cardboard works with bigger phones—up to 6-inch screens—has a more reliable button that will work with any phone, and now requires just three assembly steps instead of 12.
    Cardboard is no longer just for Android, either; the company also announced that the Cardboard SDK for creating VR apps would be made available for iOS, and you'll be able to use your iPhone as a VR headset, too.
    Google also launched a similar low-tech/self-build solution for creating VR videos, called Jump. There are three parts: a rig for capturing 3D video, software for combining multiple videos into a single VR world, and a player to actually use the video.
    Read 3 remaining...

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    10:58
    Google's Cloud Messaging Push Notification...

    During Google's I/O Developer Conference, Google announced that its Cloud Messaging push notification service now supports sending push notifications to iOS devices.

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    10:42
    6 Calculator Apps for Apple Watch

    Watches from a few decades ago included calculators, so why not Apple Watch? Even though Apple didn't include a calculator app on its smartwatch that doesn't mean you can't add one yourself. TMO's Jeff Gamet rounded up a few and checked them out for you. Read on to see what he liked and what he didn't.


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    10:27
    Google Photos will be available for iOS with...

    Google introduced "Google Photos" today at their I/O Developer Conference. Google Photos is a new service and "a home for all your photos and videos, available from any device." It will be available to iOS users as well ...

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    10:15
    Google Announces Android 'M' Developer...

    Google today previewed Android "M," the next major version of its mobile operating system featuring Android Pay for mobile payments, app permissions, an improved web experience with Chrome Custom Tabs, app linking, Doze power management, USB-C support, direct sharing, simplified volume controls and a handful of other incremental improvements and bug fixes. Google also announced free unlimited high-quality photo (16MP) and video (1080p) photo storage through a new service aptly named Google Photos for iOS, Android and the web, contextual information and a new "Now on Tap" feature for Google Now, and an "Internet of Things" operating system and HomeKit rival called "Project Brillo" for devices like thermostats and lightbulbs. Android M prompts users with app permissions when access is required to certain elements of the operating system, including the microphone, location services, camera, contacts, phone, SMS, calendar and sensors. The new software version also features app...

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    09:41
    TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-28: Target Says Yes...

    Target's commitment to CurrentC isn't as strong as it was because the retailer is now ready to support Apple Pay. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CurrentC's dwindling backers, and they explain why Photos isn't as good at hiding images as you might think.


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    09:38
    Typeeto turns your Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard

    Eltima Software has introduced Typeeto (http://mac.eltima.com/bluetooth-keyboard.html), an app that enables use of Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard for other devices.
    The tool provides a real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click.
    No additional applications have to be installed on your device. Just launch Typeeto and start typing away. You can copy-paste text from your Mac to the device and the other way around.
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    09:32
    Subject 13 game available for Mac OS X

    Microids and developer Paul Cuisset have released Subject 13, a combination adventure/puzzle game, for Mac OS X and Windows.
    In Subject 13, the player embodies Franklin Fargo, a discreet physics professor. Franklin leads a lonely and bitter life since Sophie, her fiancée, was killed during a robbery. One morning, he wakes up in a scientific abandoned underground plant with only one link with the outside world: a voice that calls him "Subject 13". His goal is to escape from this place where he is being held captive and to find out more about the reasons of his imprisonment.
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    09:26
    No Wrongdoing at NCIS, Says Defense Watchdog


    The U.S. Department of Defense's Inspector General has rejected allegations that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service engaged in questionable domestic intelligence activity. The finding concluded a DoD IG probe spurred by allegations that NCIS was making available to military intelligence agencies its Law Enforcement Information Exchange, a massive database of 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat, even when no crime had occurred.

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    09:06
    Three of Apple's Patent Filings Come to Light...

    On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a continuous patent application from Apple that updates their recent granted patent that we covered in February regarding flexible displays that have openings designed into the display.

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    09:02
    News: Apple stuck with court-appointed antitrust...

    Apple’s appeal to the courts to have its appointed antitrust monitor dismissed has been rejected, the The Wall Street Journal reports. Former Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich had been appointed to assess and oversee Apple’s antitrust compliance policies after the company was found liable in conspiring to raise e-book prices back in 2013. Since that time, Apple has been trying to have Bromwich dismissed, arguing that…

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    08:46
    External Link: App Camp for Girls Leveling up to 3.0

    Since 2013, App Camp for Girls has been holding summer camps to teach middle school girls how to develop apps. Now it’s seeking a new round of crowd funding to expand to more locations, develop a kit that will make it easy to launch new App Camp locations, pay staff, and develop a longterm funding strategy. Funding levels range from $10 to $1,000, with bonuses like a mixtape from The Doubleclicks, buttons, t-shirts, and even an iPhone case. 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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    08:16
    Sync Photo Albums To Your Apple Watch

    I keep looking for more and more ways to have my Apple Watch be really functional without having it talk to my phone when I need the function it’s performing. One of those can easily be looking at photos. One of these is to sync some photos to the watch so that if my battery dies or I leave my phone on my desk, I still have access to photos if I want to get to some. To sync pictures from your
    First, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap on Photos in the list of apps under the default My Watch tab.

    From the Photos screen, choose to be notified of alerts. I leave this set to Mirror My iPhone. Then, set the Synced Album to any album on the phone that you’d like to sync to the watch. This might be Camera Roll, the default, or you can select any album that you’ve created. After I did this, I’ve created a new album call watch that syncs all the pictures I want on...

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    08:06
    Apple confirms support for 5K displays on 2015 15-...



    Hook the new 15-inch MacBook Pro up to an impressive 4K TV and it will rock.
    Apple officially confirmed that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro can support a 4K display at a full resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz and is also the first to support 5K displays.
    The support for higher resolutions appears to be related to the switch to AMD graphics in the new machine. Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2015) comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X that is reportedly up to 80 percent faster than previous generations. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released earlier in the year come with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.

    The new 15-inch MacBook is also the first to...

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    08:00
    Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 047 on the Dev...
    08:00
    Achieving greater accuracy and better product...

    Today’s Office 365 post was written by Kevin Parlette, vice president of IT at Dana Holding Corporation.
    New cars and trucks come to market every year, with advanced features and capabilities designed to entice buyers to purchase. That yearly cycle affects the entire automotive supply chain, putting pressure on suppliers to innovate at a similar pace. At Dana Holding Corporation, we make automotive components that range from drivetrains to tire-management systems, and we’re constantly working to hone our product management process to not just keep up, but to get ahead.
    This year, one of our main business objectives was to develop more structure around our product launches. In the past, if we were designing a new axle, for example, we managed the project using spreadsheets, drawings that we shared...

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    07:43
    Swatch to launch their First Smartwatch this summer...

    According to a new report, "Swatch Group, the world’s largest watchmaker, will launch its own Internet-enabled smart-watch in two countries this summer, Chief Executive Nick Hayek said.

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    07:42
    Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Troubleshooting...

    When connecting to or using a Wi-Fi network with Apple TV, you might occasionally encounter the following issues.

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    07:42
    BBEdit 11.1.1 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (Demo)

    BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.Version 11.1.1: Changes

    • If a licensed (non-demo) product is in use, a SHA1 hash of the serial number is now included when checking for updates. (Your license code is never transmitted in the clear.) This is done to enable improvements to the software-update experience when using pre-release...

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    07:38
    Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to...

    Apple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, is capable of driving Dell's dual-cable UP2715K 27-inch 5K display. Apple initially released OS X 10.10.3 in April with support for the dual-cable 5K monitor on the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro, but no notebooks supported the display at the time.Dual-Cable Displays Some displays with resolutions higher than 4K require two DisplayPort cables to connect the display at full resolution. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 or later, the Dell UP2715K 27-inch 5K display is supported on the following Mac computers: Mac Pro (Late 2013) iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014 and later) MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with AMD Radeon R9 M370XDell's dual-cable 5K display requires more bandwidth...

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    07:06
    The Court has Rejected Apple's bid to...

    A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor who...

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    07:05
    Turn off the auto-fill option in Photos projects

    Photos can automatically select and place pictures within projects you create. To turn off this option while you work on a project, follow these steps.

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    06:56
    Get help with your iCloud Photo Library

    After you turn on iCloud Photo Library, every photo and video you take will live in iCloud. Learn more about how to manage your iCloud Photo Library, find missing photos and videos, and delete the ones you don’t want anymore.

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    06:50
    GM announces additional CarPlay support for 14...



    CarPlay could be gaining some significant ground.
    General Motors announced that its Chevrolet brand will add support for both CarPlay and Android Auto to fourteen vehicle models for the 2016 model year. The first Chevy vehicles with CarPlay support will be the Tahoe, Suburban, and Volt, all of which are scheduled to enter production in July, with the remainder of the CarPlay lineup rolling out as the new models launch in subsequent months.
    Among the 14 models, CarPlay and Android Auto will be supported on all vehicles with 7-inch or 8-inch MyLink screens. CarPlay support will be available as all of these new models hit the dealerships, while Android Auto support...

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    06:39
    News: Apple to unveil rewards system for Apple Pay

    Apple is preparing to unveil a new rewards program tied to Apple Pay, according a new report by The New York Times. According to sources familiar with Apple Pay, the service could be unveiled as early as next month — likely at WWDC — and would provide perks to consumers who make purchases through the Apple Pay service. No further details are available, and it’s unclear whether these rewards would be tied to specific bank and card issuers…

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    06:33
    Smith Micro rolls out Anime Studio 11

    The Productivity and Graphics group of Smith Micro Software (mysmithmicro.com) has announced the latest version of Anime Studio software, which is designed to streamline production for studios and professional artists who create complex animations.
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    06:30
    Video: GM's CEO Talks about CarPlay and...

    Today GM's Marry Barra talked with Mossberg about CarPlay, distracted drivers and more.

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    06:28
    PopChar X 7.1 for Mac OS X offers extended support...

    Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has released PopChar X 7.1, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
    With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.1 offers improved support for emoji characters, comes with an improved installer, and offers many other enhancements and fixes. This update also introduces a new shape finder, which lets you find special characters simply by drawing their shape.
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    06:27
    Rumor: Apple to launch Apple Pay rewards/incentive...



    Because commerce is nothing without rewards and incentive programs.
    Rumor has it that Apple is set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google’s competing Android Pay service.
    Sources have indicated that Apple will announce its Apple Pay rewards program in June, potentially at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

    The sources have stated that Apple will offer Apple Pay customers perks in exchange for using the service, which is currently hardware-limited to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.
    Google is...

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    06:27
    TextExpander 5 for Mac Makes Snippet Suggestions

    Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Yosemite and TextExpander touch 3.5 for iOS, featuring suggested snippets based on what you type repeatedly, new search capabilities, and iCloud Drive compatibility. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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    06:03
    Video: Target's CEO Talks about Adopting Apple...

    Target's CEO Brian Cornell talks about cyber security and Apple Pay. I'd love to have Apple Pay ...

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    02:00
    Inside the Pad & Quill factory

    Video

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    06:00
    News: Daily Deal: HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Case &...

    In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case for only $24.99 – that’s almost 50% off the regular price. This hybrid wallet case helps you lighten your load by holding your iPhone and up to 7 cards and a bit of cash. Made from Italian leather, the case is both stylish and functional, and includes a hidden magnetic closure and a convenient “quick-access” slot for cash or a frequently-used…

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    06:00
    Study: Device users more responsive to Android app...

    Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users.

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    05:53
    Appeals court denies Apple's bid to remove...

    Apple's efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced.

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    05:52
    Move content from your Android phone to iPhone

    Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.

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    05:41
    IDC: tablet growth will continue to slow in 2015

    Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices are forecast to reach 221.8 million units in 2015, a decline of -3.8% from 2014, according to IDC (www.idc.com).
    The new outlook follows two consecutive quarters of declining sales and represents a modest downward revision from the previous forecast of 234.5 million units and 2.1% year-over-year growth in 2015, notes the research group. While IDC expects overall sales to decline in 2015, some segments of the product category are poised to experience strong growth.
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    05:40
    News: GM bringing CarPlay to 14 of its 2016 Chevy...

    General Motors has announced planes to bring Apple’s CarPlay to 14 of its 2016 Chevy models, Re/code reports. At Code Conference 2016, GM CEO Mary Barra announced that the software will be offered across the “full range of consumer models” from the Corvette to the Spark, and she went on to note that GM also has plans to integrate CarPlay into its other brands “soon.” This integration will make GM the first major U.S.…

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    05:13
    Doodle Helps You Schedule Meetings

    Trying to figure out exactly when people are available for a get-together, meeting, or other event can be a pain. Doodle aims to make it a lot easier, and it mostly succeeds. 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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    05:12
    Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch Comparisons Coming...

    Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we're about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping, too, the smartwatch market is heating up.

    The Mac Observer Spin: Pebble Time offers built-in accessory support, goes a week between recharging, and comes with a lower price than Apple Watch. Now we get to see if that's enough to compete with Apple.


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    05:10
    An Apple Patent Reveals More Force Touch Details for...

    On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to Force Touch and Intensity manipulation of objects on a display of an iDevice such an iPad. Apple tells us that this could be of importance in a future graphics and/or presentation applications. The invention ...

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    05:00
    Todoist comes to Apple Watch

    After months of careful development, Todoist is now ready for Apple Watch.

    I appreciate the work that's been happening at Todoist. Early this year, the company began work on Todoist for the Apple Watch. Without a Watch in hand, however, the developers knew they knew proper testing was impossible. So they decided to wait:

    "For our entire team, an excellent user experience is paramount to everything else, and this is not something that we’re willing to sacrifice. When we build our apps, we take great care to make sure each detail is both meaningfully and dutifully designed. Todoist for Apple Watch is not an exception – only when we have been able to thoroughly test the app on the device will we release it to our community."

    Today, the patience and dedication has paid off. Todosit 10.1, with support for Apple...

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    04:54
    Om Malik reacts to Re/code sale, Gigaom asset...

    I can only imagine how this must feel.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    04:49
    Apple Store app offering same day delivery for...

    MacRumors:Apple is now offering same-day delivery of certain products in its Apple Store app, through a partnership with Postmates.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    04:48
    Apple Store in Upper East Side of Manhattan Opens...

    Apple overnight added signage to its upcoming retail location in the Upper East Side of Manhattan that confirms the store will open on June 13. The new store will be located at 940 Madison Avenue, on the corner of 74th Street, and remains under construction ahead of opening. The new store will be Apple's sixth retail location in New York City alongside Fifth Avenue, Grand Central, SoHo, Upper West Side and West 14th Street stores. Apple Store in Upper East Side at 74th Street and Madison Avenue (Instagram/Krystyl) Apple updated its retail store list today to reflect the new Upper East Side location, with store hours listed as 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern on Monday through Saturday and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern on Sunday. Apple likely opted for earlier closing times than some other New York City locations to please Upper East Side residents that have...

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    04:42
    New York Times: Apple Pay rewards program will be...

    The New York Times, in an article about the upcoming battle between Apple Pay and Android Pay, reports that Apple has filled in the missing piece in Apple Pay. Question is, is that really what’s coming.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    04:09
    Escape Motion releases new watercolor, acrylic...

    Escape Motions (http://www.escapemotions.com) has released Rebelle, a watercolor and acrylic painting application for Mac OS X. Its watercolor simulation is based on a real-world color mixing, blending, wet- diffusion, and drying.
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    03:15
    Gartner: global Chromebook sales will reach 7.3...

    Worldwide Chromebook sales to end users is on pace to reach 7.3 million units in 2015, a 27% increase from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Education is the primary market for Chromebooks and represented 72% of the global Chromebook market in 2014, says the research group.
    "Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," says Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. "In 2014, the education sector purchased 72% of Chromebooks in EMEA, 69% in Asia/Pacific, and 60%in the U.S."
     
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    03:05
    Kool Tools: RE1750A router

    Amped Wireless' (ampedwireless.com) US$179.99 RE1750A wireless router is one of the the industry’s most powerful range extender. It delivers up to 12,000 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage and up to 1750Mbps of combined Wi-Fi speed.
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    01:53
    TSMC Confident in Beating Samsung for Apple's...

    During today's TSMC's Technology Symposium, TSMC stated that they were confident that the company will beat Samsung Electronics in ramping up production on its 10nm lines.

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    01:34
    New Gartner Report Shows the Strength of Apple'...

    Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users reached 336 million units, an increase of 19.3 per cent during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new report published by Gartner. Apple continued to exhibit a strong performance in the quarter, particularly in China.

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    01:09
    Apple will Reportedly Introduce a Rewards Program...

    Apple is preparing to introduce something new for Apple Pay at their World Wide Developer Conference next month.

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    Wednesday May 27

    13:03
    CBS will 'probably' be part of the new...

    Fans of CSI, Survivor, and The Good Wife, here’s another reason to consider getting the revamped Apple TV service.
    On Wednesday, CBS CEO Les Moonves told the audience at the Code Conference that his broadcast network will “probably” sign on to be included in Apple’s forthcoming TV service. Moonves said that he’s had an “ongoing conversation” with Apple, and he’s “pretty excited” about the company’s plan to create, sell, and deliver bundled TV packages with fewer networks. 
    “Apple TV is trying to change the universe,” Moonves said, mentioning how Apple could sell smaller packages for cheaper than a cable subscription—a dream scenario for many cord-cutters. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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    19:59
    NetShade 6.2 - Browse privately using anonymous...

    This promotion is for NetShade and 1 year of Proxy and VPN services NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning seven countries. NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe. In addition to HTTP proxy, all of NetShade's servers offer a robust encrypted SSL for when privacy is of the utmost importance.. Multiple price options; see pricing page for more information.Version 6.2:

    • New asynchronous connection dispatch mechanism...

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    19:59
    Mac DVDRipper Pro 5.0.5 - Copy, backup, and convert...

    Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more! Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning you optical drive. Mac DVDRipper Pro analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips. When using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.Version 5.0.5:

    • Fixed a bug when using 'Main movie only' with some rare DVDs.
    • Added ~50 DVDs to the internal database.
    • OS X 10.8 or later

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    19:59
    Picasa 3.9.139 - Organize, edit, and share your...

    Picasa and Picasa Web Albums allows you to organize, edit, and upload your photos to the Web from your computer in quick, simple steps. Arrange your photos into folders and albums and erase their blemishes using powerful editing tools in Picasa. Then use Picasa Web Albums to share those perfected photos online with family, friends, and the world.Version 3.9.139:

    • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
    • OS X 10.5 or later

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    19:58
    Little Snitch 3.5.3

    Reduces CPU load used by the menu bar item. ($34.95 new, free update, 21.2 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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    19:47
    On Jony Ive’s Promotion to Chief Design Officer

    Ben Thompson’s take, published yesterday, makes several interesting points. He astutely observes that Ive’s newly-promoted lieutenants, Alan Dye (UI design) and Richard Howarth (industrial design), both were featured prominently in recent feature articles granting access to Apple executives:

    The message again, is clear: when Ive took over software, Dye
    was there
    .

    Indeed, taken as a whole, this entire episode is a masterful
    display of public relations: plant the seeds of this story in two
    articles — ostensibly about the Watch — that provide
    unprecedented access to Apple broadly and Apple’s design team in
    particular, and happen to highlight two designers in particular,
    neither of whom had any public profile to date (kind of — as John
    Gruber and I discussed on...

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    18:45
    Cameras supported by Final Cut Pro X

    Final Cut Pro X is designed to work with a wide range of video recording devices, including camcorders, digital still cameras, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    17:11
    Daily Deals for May 27, 2015, featuring Carbo...

    It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

    AWT Featured App

    • Carbo) [$7.99 → $3.99] Carbo lets you capture and organize handwritten notes and sketches, bringing handwriting in the digital age, right on your iPhone and iPad.

    Hardware and Accessory Deals

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    07:15
    The Week in iOS Accessories: Apple unveils an iPhone...

    Apple unveils an iPhone dockThis week’s roundup includes a new accessory from Apple—an iPhone dock good to fit any Lightning-equipped phone, including the iPhone 6 generation.AppleWe usually devote this space to third-party accessories, but hey! Apple made an accessory! In this case, it’s a $39 iPhone Lightning Dock equipped to handle any generation of Lightning-equipped iPhone. (A previous generation was built with a groove for just the iPhone 5 generation.) The new design makes it easy to dock an iPhone that has a case, and is useful for making hands-free speaker calls.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    07:54
    How to prevent the new Messages bug from crashing...

    A bug in iOS 8 turns a string of Unicode characters into a phone-crashing catastrophe.If you receive a message with the characters, either as an iMessage or an SMS text from contacts on other platforms, your iPhone will crash—but only if you open it. If you receive a notification with the message on your lock screen, your phone will either reboot or lock you out of Messages altogether.The bug doesn’t actually generate the message—some prankster with your phone number has to actually send the code to you. Let’s hope your friends aren’t jerks. If one of your contacts does send you a malicious message, its effects can be reversed with a follow-up message—or you can send yourself the fix from your Mac by replying to the original string in Messages on OS X, according to The Verge. (The bug only affects iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.)...

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    10:36
    Native apps coming to the Apple Watch this fall,...

    One of the biggest problems with third-party apps on the Apple Watch is that they don’t run natively and can’t gather data directly from the Watch’s own sensors. This makes them more sluggish and feature restricted to Apple’s own apps—they simply can’t keep up.But Apple will soon open up more possibilities for Apple Watch development, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s operations chief and the executive in charge of the Apple Watch. On Wednesday, Williams told Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference that developers would get an Apple Watch SDK at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which...

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    11:04
    Podcast: iOS 9 will reportedly teach old devices new...

    How many old iPhones and iPads are in your drawers, or enjoying their hand-me-down second lives with friends and family? You might not have to warn those friends and family not to upgrade the OS, if the latest iOS 9 rumor proves true: Apple is reportedly preparing special stripped-down versions of iOS 9 to run on older hardware. Even if your old iPhone or iPad doesn't get every iOS 9 feature, running a new OS will keep you more secure, and help Apple grow its already-huge iOS ecosystem just a little bit more. We're all for it.
    Elsewhere, Jony Ive got a promotion, and Marco Arment didn't like his MacBook. (But we liked his take on it.) Product reviews have never been more plentiful, and while that means there isn't a definitive version we can point to, you can develop trusted relationships with reviewers who think like you—or just look to the 3-star cluster on Amazon....

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    11:32
    Watch out Google Now, Siri may get 'Proactive...

    Android fans love to extol the virtues of Google Now, the personal assistant that goes beyond Siri’s capabilities to intuitively give you information throughout your day. And they’re kind of right.

    Google Now is already available on iOS as a tool in the main Google app, but it's nowhere near the personal assistant Siri could be.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    16:53
    Man gets $120 ticket for changing music with his...

    A driver in Quebec, Canada claims he was fined $120 and given four points on his driving record for changing music on his Apple Watch while driving. While the driver disputes that this is not against the law (at least in Canada), many regions of the United States are not so keen on Apple Watch usage while driving. For example, the following definitions of devices that cannot be used on the road in New York clearly match the Apple Watch: “broadband personal communication device”, “two-way messaging device”, “portable computing device”, “or any other electronic device when used to input, write, send, receive, or read text for present or future communication.” Because the Apple Watch falls under those definitions, usage of the device is likely subject to the same...

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    16:38
    TextExpander 5

    The new version is out. Smile Software put together a series of videos going over all the features of this great piece of software. Take a look on their Web site.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    16:36
    Apple Pay rewards program coming in June as Android...

    Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service.

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    16:29
    Apple Pay Rewards Program to Debut at WWDC

    Apple plans to introduce a new rewards program for Apple Pay at WWDC next month, reports The New York Times. In a piece covering upcoming mobile payment upgrades from Apple and Google, the site suggests that Apple will announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Few details are known about the rewards program that Apple plans to implement, but it is said to offer "perks" to customers who make purchases using Apple Pay.But analysts have noted that a missing piece from Apple Pay was a rewards program to keep users returning to participating merchants. People familiar with Apple Pay said that next month, Apple will announce such a program offering perks to consumers who make purchases with the service, though they declined to reveal details.There have been rumors about a rewards program for Apple Pay since...

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    16:19
    Linux/Moose Malware Wreaks Havoc on Social Networks


    Internet security researchers at Eset on Tuesday published a security research paper on Linux/Moose, a major threat to social networks that turns routers into conduits for grabbing users' log-in credentials, employing them for network fraud and to further spread malware to client devices that connect through them to the Internet. The paper, "Dissecting Linux/Moose," details a months-long investigation into a carefully concealed flow of traffic involving the malware and recommends how to avoid prolonged exposure to it.

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    16:11
    Apple Pay rewards program coming at WWDC as Target...

    According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple will, as expected, announce new details and enhancements for Apple Pay at WWDC next month. The report, citing two people briefed on the product, claims that Apple plans to add a rewards program to Apple Pay.

    Specific details regarding how the rewards program will work remain sparse at this point. Earlier this month it was rumored that Apple had shown interest in acquiring the failed payment startup Clinkle. Clinkle, which has been mocked and ridiculed from the...

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    16:00
    Target Plans to Offer Apple Pay After Chip-and-PIN...

    Target CEO Brian Cornell spoke at Re/code's Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California today, where he confirmed that the company plans to offer in-store support for Apple Pay in the future. According to Cornell, while he'd love to have Apple Pay available "right now," support will not be coming until Target upgrades its system to support integrated circuit credit cards to comply with new standards. Integrated circuit cards (or chip-and-PIN cards) replace the magnetic stripe on a credit card or debit card with an embedded microchip. The microchip communicates with a supported point-of-sale system to authenticate transactions. Chip-and-PIN cards are already used in many countries around the world because they're believed to be more secure than traditional credit cards. In the United States, retailers are being encouraged to adopt point-of-sale systems that support...

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    15:59
    Today in the App Store —Omnifocus 2, Echo Prime and...

    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Echo Prime; the new KORG iM1 app; and a significant update to Omnifocus 2. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

    iOS Apps Now Free

    Eden - World Builder [$0.99 → Free] Explore a world of limitless possibility. Build your own personal Eden. Unleash your creative and adventurous spirit!

    Echo Prime [$0.99 → Free] Fight your way across the stars in this epic action game.

    Colorbs [$1.99 → Free] Colorbs is a puzzle game that will play with your brain and strategic thinking,...

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    15:48
    How to find the serial number of your MacBook Pro

    The serial number is on your computer, in OS X, and in several other places.

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    15:00
    GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In...

    Lucas123 writes: GM today announced it will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirroring APIs on 14 of its 2016 vehicles. GM's announcement follows one earlier this week by Hyundai, which said it would offer Android Auto in its Sonata Sedan this year. Some of GM's Chevrolet vehicles — such as the Malibu, Camaro and Silverado truck — use a seven-inch MyLink infotainment system; those systems will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the beginning of 2016. Those models offering the smartphone mirroring apps include the all-new 2016 Cruze compact, which will debut on June 24. Other GM vehicles use an eight-inch version of MyLink that will only be compatible with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the new model year. While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year, GM said.
    ...

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    14:47
    TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3.5 Released

    Smile Software has released significant updates to both the Mac and iOS versions of TextExpander, adding support for JavaScript snippets and expanded syncing options. Kelly has the rest of the story on notable features in each release.


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    14:35
    AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

    Whole lotta Apple news goin' on today:

    • The Apple Store App partners with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in a number of US cities
    • Jawbone is suing Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential info
    • GM CEO Mary Barra announces that 14 different 2016 Chevrolet car models will come with Apple's CarPlay built in
    • OWC announces a huge 8TB hard disk upgrade for iMac
    • Apple may be considering "Proactive", a more Google Now-like service using Siri and built-in/third-party apps to create a super-Spotlight search
    • Canada's CRTC wins an award for its "Text with 9-1-1" service

    The text version of the podcast is available below for your reading pleasure!

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    14:34
    Apple comments on iOS 8 unicode crash bug, fix in...

    An Apple spokesperson comments on the bug. Also, note that the crash affects the Apple Watch as well as the iPhone and iPad.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    14:34
    Apple Supplier Broadcom Reportedly in Talks to be...

    According to a new report published late this afternoon, Apple Supplier Broadcom is in advanced talks to be acquired by Avago Technologies. This would be the latest in a recent string of mergers in the semiconductor industry.

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    14:24
    Developer of first Apple Watch battery strap demos...


    Early this month I reported that accessory makers were planning on tapping into the Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging. Not only would that allow companies to avoid having to design a solution with the magnetic, inductive charging system Apple is using, it also meant they wouldn’t have to workaround the sensors on the back of the watch.
    Now, the company that first announced plans to use the hidden port, Reserve Strap, has posted a video showing faster charging using the port vs Apple’s charger:

    The video shows Apple Watch...

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    14:18
    Splatoon: Nintendo Seeks Bloodless Coup in Online...


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    Mac Basics: Multi-Touch gestures

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    Apple’s Jeff Williams says native watch SDK will...

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    Chevrolet will Offer CarPlay in More Models than any...

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    The Week in Mac Apps: Clean up your contacts,...

    All about keeping organizedThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you all kinds of ways to keep your folders tidy and files organized—plus a couple of apps just for fun.Address Book Clearout 2.0If your contacts have turned into a duplicated mess, Grande Americano’s $5 Address Book Clearout (Mac App Store Link) can help you sort through the rubble and bring order to chaos.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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