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Tuesday April 26

14:45
White Hat Finds Security Threats on Facebook's...


A white hat hacker last week announced the discovery of more than a half-dozen security flaws in some software Facebook used on its corporate network. While performing penetration testing of some third-party software in a network appliance Facebook used, Orange Tsai, a security researcher for Devcore, discovered seven vulnerabilities that attackers could use to compromise a system, as well as a backdoor script left by someone else who'd penetrated the network. The researcher was conducting tests as part of Facebook's bug bounty program.

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14:41
FBI Director Suggests iPhone Hacking Method May...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public. "We are in the midst of trying to sort that out," Comey said. "The threshold (for disclosure) is, are we aware of the vulnerability, or did we just buy a tool and don't have sufficient knowledge of the vulnerability to implicate the process?" The White House has a procedure for reviewing technology security flaws and deciding which ones should be made public. Although officials say the process leans toward disclosure, it is not set up to handle or reveal flaws that are discovered and owned by private companies, sources have told Reuters, raising questions about the effectiveness of the so-called Vulnerabilities Equities Process.
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14:00
The good news: Apple services and ‘other products’...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple’s revenues from services (Apple Care, Apple Pay, iTunes, app stores) was up 20% over last year. And the “other products” category -- including the Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, the iPod and accessories -- were up 30% from the second quarter of 2015.

In a call with analysts and the press, CEO Tim Cook said the purchase value of the company’s services tied to the installed user base was a record $9.9 billion dollars in the March quarter. That’ up 27% over last year and an increase from the 24% growth rate in the December quarter.

He added that the reach of Apple Pay also continues to expand following a successful launch in China in the March quarter and last week's rollout in Singapore. Cook says Apple’s mobile payment service is growing at a “tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and one million new users per week.”

The CEO says that there are now more than 10 million...

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13:57
Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced its first-ever decline in revenue in the past 13 years as its iPhone sales have slowed down. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. Last year, the company posted revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion. The reason Apple has been so successful is because of the iPhone, which was first released in 2007. What goes up must come down -- and we're starting to see that now. The success of the iPhone is starting plateau and ultimately decrease now that consumers are finding less of a reason to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to weakening currencies worldwide as one of the obstacles the company would face as iPhone sales were up less than 1 percent year-over-year last quarter. Gene Munster, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, told ABC News, "This has been anticipated for three months now. The reason is...

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13:51
Apple faces constrained iPhone SE supply on surprise...

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Tuesday's quarterly conference call said supply of its latest iPhone SE model is constrained due to surprisingly high demand from users who want the latest technology in a small package.

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13:50
News: Notes from Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s investor conference call following the company’s announcement of quarterly numbers for Q2 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported again that Apple sold 51 million iPhones, but noted that the numbers fell short of the iPhone sales in the year-ago quarter. Cook noted that iPhone sales remain healthy and strong in all purchase target markets, with slightly higher upgrades in the iPhone 6s cycle that are higher than in the iPhone…

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13:44
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over 1 billion active devices.”

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13:41
iPad sales continue to fall, but Apple expects...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, iPad sales fell from 12.6 million units a year ago to 10.3 million units this year. That’s a 19% dip, but Apple sees better days ahead.

In a call with analysts and the press, CEO Tim Cook says response to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been tremendous. That’s one of the reasons Apple expects to see its best iPad unit sales comparison in over two years in the June quarter, he added.

Chief Financial Office Luca Maestri noted that, according to the NPD research group, Apple has 78% of the market share of tablets prices priced over $200. And in the second fiscal quarter, there was double-digit market growth in many served markets, he added.

Maestri said that there's 97% customer satisfaction for iPad Air 2. Research by IDC says that 59% of those looking to buy are planning to buy an iPad, more than three times next highest brand, he added.

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13:39
Apple releases Q2 2016 numbers, reports $10.5...

The good news is that Apple made billions and billions of dollars in profits last quarter.
The bad news is that this represents a lower profit than Q2 of 2015.
For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell for the quarter. While this doesn’t include iPhone SE sales, Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.
After more than a decade of amazing revenue and profit leaps, Apple reported $10.5 billion in profits on $50.6 billion in sales. iPhone sales were down, the company selling only 51.2 million units in Q2, this number falling short of the 61.2 million iPhone units sold in Q2 of 2015.

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13:33
iPhone sees first ever year-over-year decline (but...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline (the first ever), as the shipped 51.2 million units — down from 61.2 million a year earlier. That’s a dip of 18%.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Cook said it was “a challenging quarter” for the company. It struggled with tough comparisons on iPhone sales compared with a year earlier, when demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was booming. What’s more, demand for those models prompted some consumers to upgrade sooner than usual, and sapped interest in the latest phones, he said.”

On the bright side, Cook, in a call with analysts and the press, said the company saw more switchers to the iPhone from Android switchers and other handset manufacturers in the first six months of 2016 than at any time in Apple’s history. With 42% smartphone penetration...

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13:32
Apple services stand out as bright spot in otherwise...

Services revenue was perhaps one of the few comforts for Apple in its second-quarter financial results shared on Tuesday, growing 20 percent year-over-year to $5.99 billion, setting an all-time record for the company.

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13:29
Slower iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales drive Apple’s...

Apple's three biggest moneymakers, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, are down year-over-year. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)


Apple has just released its earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. As CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri warned in last quarter's earnings call, iPhone sales were down year-over-year for the first time since the product's launch in 2007. Since the iPhone accounts for around two-thirds of Apple's revenue, this means that Apple is also reporting its first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline since 2003, something CEO Tim Cook referred to as a "pause in [Apple's] growth." iPad and Mac sales are also down, though the Services and "Other products...

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13:27
Over half of Mac buyers are new to the platform (and...

Mac sales for the second fiscal quarter of 2016 were 4.03 million units, down from 4.5 million in 2015. That’s a dip of 9% — a lower dip than the iPhone or iPad experienced (18% and 19%, respectively). And Apple’s personal computers are attracting lots of new users.

In a call with analysts and the press, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s installed base of over one billion active devices continued to grow. There was a “huge” number of Android switchers and new Mac users.

“Over half of buyers were new to Mac, and in some countries, it's even higher,” Cook said. “In China it's over 80%.”

Chief Financial Office Luca Maestri says it was a challenging quarter for personal computer sales. Despite this Apple saw double digit growth in some regions, including Russia and (as mentioned) China. Apple also expects to see an uptick in Mac sales for the June fiscal quarter.

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13:26
Apple Music surpasses 13M paid subscribers on strong...

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Music now serves more than 13 million paying subscribers, adding two million customers in as many months.

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13:19
Apple’s Q2 numbers: iOS sales, 13m Apple Music subs...

With drops in revenue and iOS device sales in what CEO Tim Cook called a “challenging quarter,” highlights from Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings today include an increase in Apple Music subscribers, more cash for Apple’s capital return and share repurchasing programs, and a “huge number of Android switchers and new to Mac customers.” Cook said the company had record switchers from Android and others platforms in the quarter and also noted an increase of 56% for iPhone sales in India despite an overall decline for iOS device sales.
Cook said the company hit record App Store revenue up 35% and updated us on Apple Pay noting the payments service has grown around 5X compared to a year ago and is adding approximately 1 million new users a week.
After reporting its Q2 2016 earnings earlier today, the company is now hosting its conference call ...

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13:14
Demand for iPhone SE is 'Very Strong,'...

Apple hasn't divulged sales numbers for the recently released iPhone SE, but during today's second quarter earnings call, company executives said that demand for the device was "very strong" and higher than expected.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone SE puts Apple in a strategic plan to attract new customers with its affordable price point and powerful internal specifications. Cook says Apple is working hard to meet demand and improve shipping times for the device.

We're thrilled with the response that we've seen on it. It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have. Since its release, the iPhone SE has been in short supply despite...

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13:08
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2016...

Calling it a "busy and challenging quarter," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook gave commentary and fielded questions on his company's fiscal 2016 second quarter. Notes of interest from the call with investors and the media follow.

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12:59
Apple Misses Wall Street Estimates on Earnings,...

Apple Inc. missed Wall Street consensus estimates with its March quarter results, missing earnings per share by 5 percent, and missing both iPhone and Mac estimates, as well. The company also announced that it was raising its dividend by 10 percent to US$0.57 per share.


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12:58
Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers,...

Alongside its announcement of Apple’s quarterly earnings, its first revenue decline since 2003, Apple has also announced latest numbers for Apple Music, its $9.99 per month streaming music service. The company says it now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February.
This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.
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12:49
Apple adds $50B to capital return program, increases...

In announcing its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, Apple on Tuesday said it will infuse another $50 billion into an ongoing capital return program, a move that comes with a $35 billion boost to the company's share repurchase initiative.

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12:45
News: Apple Q2 results: $50.6B revenue, 51M iPhones...

Apple reported its second quarter 2016 financial results today, with 51.2 million iPhones and 10.2 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. In Q2 2016, Apple had revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to…

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12:41
Apple announces posted quarterly revenue of $50.6...

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter that ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 40.8% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67%
of the quarter’s revenue.
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12:37
iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in...

Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016 officially marks the first time ever that iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline, as the company shipped 51.2 million handsets on its way to $50.6 billion in total sales.

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12:37
Apple Reports First Year-Over-Year Revenue Decline...

Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2016. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $50.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $58 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. As expected, the year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue was the first for Apple since 2003.

Gross margin for the quarter was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 67 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased quarterly dividend payment of $0.57 per share, up from $0.52. The dividend is payable...

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12:37
∞ Apple reports $10.5 billion quarterly profit, down...

Apple on Tuesday reported revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. These results are down from revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. [...]

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12:33
Apple fights headwinds, reports revenues of $50.6...

The second quarter results for fiscal year 2016 are in, and Apple is dooooomed. DOOOOMED! (Not really) The company posted quarterly revenues of $50.6 billion and net income of $10.5 billion ($1.90 per diluted share). That compares to revenues of $58 billion for the year-ago quarter and net income of $13.6 billion ($2.33 per share). 

Apple CEO Tim Cook was positive, saying "Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds. We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices."

Apple announced that it will be authorizing an increase of $50 billion to its capital return program, with a plan to spend a cumulative total of $250 billion in cash by the end of March 2018.

Luca Maestri, Apple...

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12:31
Notable apps and app updates for April 26, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App...

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12:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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12:30
AWT News Update: April 26, 2016

Some fascinating news in the world of Apple and tech today. Have you joined Team AWT yet? It's our new subscription service for supporters, bringing benefits that casual readers and listeners don't have access to. 

  • YouTube updates its iPhone and iPad app with bigger thumbnails and a powerful deep neural network back end
  • iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 makes it to developers today
  • Nokia is buying health and fitness accessory manufacturer Withings
  • Will the iPhone 7 include Smart Connector charging?

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12:09
Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

We have a new pay-what-you-want deal for you called the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle, a collection of 13 Mac apps. If you pay anything, even a penny, you'll get three of those apps. If you beat the average price, which is $14.11 as of this writing, you'll get all 13. If you make the leaderboard at any time during the deal, you'll get an entry into a giveaway for a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card. If you hit the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll five entries. 10% of the profits go to Save the Children, too. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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12:07
FBI may keep iPhone flaw secret

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public.I’d be shocked if they disclosed the flaw to Apple or the public. If this is the only way they have to get into these phones, they have no reason to disclose the flaw.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:56
Satechi releases Aluminum Mini Docking Station for...

Satechi has released the Aluminum Mini Docking Station, a compact hub that connects to Mac via USB and expands its functionality by offering four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and DVI video connections, and a 3.5mm port.
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11:50
Top Silicon Valley Execs and Others Urge Congress To...

An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report:Some of the biggest names in tech and corporate America, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, have teamed up with governors and educators to ask Congress to provide $250 million in federal funding to school districts in order to give every single K-12 student in the nation an opportunity to learn how to code. On the legislative side, these tech CEOs are joined by governors from both sides, including California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R). Earlier this year, President Barack Obama called for more than $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million for districts in order to bring computer science curricula to every single K-12 student in the country. What this group of CEOs, governors and educators is asking for today is different. They're saying that this issue can be addressed without...

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11:49
FBI still deciding whether to allow review of San...

The FBI has yet to decide whether an exploit used to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook will even be reviewed for possible disclosure, agency director James Comey said on Tuesday.

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11:24
In Q2 2016, Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13...

For Apple, the sky has fallen… by 12.8 percent, which is how far its revenues declined compared to those of last year. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:59
FBI Plans to Keep iPhone Hacking Method Secret

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation will keep the method that it used to hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook a secret, reports The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources with knowledge of the FBI's plans, the report suggests the FBI will tell the White House that an internal government review does not make sense because it "knows so little" about the hacking tool that was employed.

A government review under the U.S. Vulnerabilities Equities Process, which allows federal agencies to determine whether or not critical security flaws should be shared with companies, would potentially lead to an order to disclose the security vulnerability to Apple. Without a review, Apple may not find out how the iPhone was breached.

The decision, and the technical and bureaucratic justification behind it, would likely keep...

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10:56
Google mimics Apple Watch with conveniently...

Taking a page from the simple customization of the Apple Watch, Google on Tuesday announced it is launching a new lineup of Android Wear bands that can be easily replaced to give a wearable device a fresh look.

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10:43
Chromebooks May Get Avalanche of Android Apps


Google appears to be on the verge of executing a long-speculated plan to integrate Google Play's vast collection of more than a million Android apps into the Chrome operating system. A series of screen shots recently posted on Reddit show Chrome OS users able to access the Google Play store on a Chromebook. Users were able to find extensive references to ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, embedded in the source code. ARC allows users to run their favorite Android apps in the Chrome OS. Google was coy about whether the code cameo signals a new strategy. "We're always experimenting with new features," said spokesperson Iska Saric.

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10:30
Apple Is Outdated, Says Chinese Conglomerate LeEco...

An anonymous reader shares an article on CNBC: Apple is "outdated" and losing momentum in China, billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting told CNBC in his first international television interview. "Apple only has individual apps. This was the right choice during the first generation of mobile net, when CPUs [central processing units] and the mobile network speeds were not fast enough," Jia said. "However now we're moving into the next era of mobile internet, these problems no longer exist. Moreover, having separate apps just means great obstacles in the user experience. We hope to break down these obstacles. One of the most important reasons [for slowing sales] is that Apple's innovation has become extremely slow," he said. "For example, a month ago Apple launched the iPhone SE. From an industry insider's perspective, this is a product with a very low level of technology... We think this is something they just shouldn't have done. [...] The Watch hasn't cut it. And they're looking at...

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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09:59
A flop unlike any other

Leaving aside the “…if industry estimates are accurate…” (they’re not), the media in general and the tech media is particular always seem to need to see everything in absolute terms. The Apple Watch is most certainly not a flop – nothing that sells millions of copies at $500+ a pop can be called that.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:51
Redesigned YouTube Home tab recommends videos using...

YouTube is rolling out a redesigned Home interface for the iOS and Android app. The new design is cleaner and simpler, but also takes advantage of deep neural networks to better recommend videos for users to watch.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: deep neural networks, recommendations, video, YouTube ...

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09:47
Dropbox's 'Project Infinite' will let...

Cloud storage service Dropbox on Tuesday announced "Project Infinite," a new feature that will let people browse cloud files on their desktop without having to have the content synced locally.

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09:22
Apple drops third iOS 9.3.2 beta for developers

It's that time of the week again, as registered developers who hit Software Update on their testing devices or log in to the Apple developer portal will find a shiny new preview of iOS 9.3.2 waiting.

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09:00
New Apple ads highlight Touch ID and ... onions

There's nothing quite like those Apple TV ads, with their slightly quirky look at the things that we take for granted. Two new ads showed up yesterday, one highlighting Touch ID and the other focusing on how good the camera of the iPhone 6s is at shooting 4K video!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I will be shooting video of shallots being sliced...

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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08:58
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after the release of the second iOS 9.3.2 beta and more than a month after the launch of iOS 9.3, an update that introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 can be downloaded over-the-air using the beta configuration profile or through the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 9.3.2 is the second minor update to iOS 9.3, coming after iOS 9.3.1, an update that introduced critical bug fixes. iOS 9.3.2 appears to fix a...

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08:40
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-26: The Evolution of...

The conference and tradeshow market is evolving, and we're seeing changes in the offerings for Apple-related content. Today Neil Ticktin from MacTech joins Jeff Gamet to talk about where we've come from and where we're headed with Apple conferences, what's working, and why some events fail.


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08:37
Episode 3 of the MacAdmins Podcast Now Available!
08:29
News: Logi BASE is first stand to charge iPad Pro...

Logitech’s Logi BASE for the iPad Pro provides a new take on a tablet stand by charging the device through its Smart Connector. Until now the Smart Connector had only been used to connect Apple’s Smart keyboard to the device, but Logitech has capitalized on the new port to provide charging capabilities to both the 9.7” and 12.9” models....

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08:00
More April 2016 updates for Get & Transform in...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.
Today, we are pleased to announce more updates to this powerful feature set. These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of these updates by downloading the latest ...

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08:00
Introducing Yammer external groups

The Yammer team is passionate about helping people work effectively in teams across their company. But collaboration doesn’t stop at the company boundary. Sometimes you need to work closely with customers, consultants, partners or suppliers outside your organization.
Today, we are pleased to announce the new external groups feature in Yammer, enabling you to include people outside your company in a Yammer group—making it easier for extended teams to work together. The external groups capability builds on the existing ways to work with people outside your company, such as external networks and external messaging, which enables you to add people outside your organization directly to a thread in your organization’s Yammer network.

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08:00
First step to the all new Skype for Business for Mac

We are excited to announce the start of the Skype for Business Mac Public Preview. Commercial customers can request an invite to test the Mac client at www.SkypePreview.com. We’ll start by issuing invites to IT administrators to download the client and gradually expand the preview to everyone in the coming weeks.
The preview will release in three cumulative stages leading to public availability, planned for the third quarter of 2016. Today’s initial release lets you see and join your meetings. Let’s take a look at the functionality rolling out today and what’s coming in the future.
Preview phase one—Once you sign in, you’ll see your meetings for today and tomorrow, based on your Outlook calendar, displayed in the Skype for Business client.

View your meetings schedule.
Join any meeting with just one click and enjoy full screen video, content viewing, in-meeting chat and the...

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07:59
New to Office 365 in April—Skype for Business Mac...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
This month, we’re announcing several new Office 365 investments to help people better collaborate. This includes the much anticipated Skype for Business Mac Preview, new Yammer external groups and improvements in our Office Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Please read on for details.
Introducing Skype for Business Mac Preview
Today, we are excited to announce the start of the Skype for Business Mac Preview. This new app offers a simple yet powerful experience that brings our Mac customers into the modern era of Skype for Business.

Skype Meetings are now available with the Skype for Business Mac Preview.
The Skype for Business Mac Preview will release in three...

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07:19
Deadpool is on iTunes… Everywhere on iTunes

Deadpool is awesome, amazing, and now on iTunes. But it isn't just on iTunes; it's everywhere. Deadpool is showing up in the iTunes Store banners for other movies like "Say Anything," "X-Men Days of Future Past," the 1966 "Batman" movie, and "Taken." The best—and by "best," we mean "wonderfully inappropriate"— is "127 Hours." You can buy Deadpool, complete with extras such as behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and deleted scenes, for US$14.99.


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06:49
News: India demands ‘panic button’ on iPhone by 2017

India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has mandated that all mobile phones include a “panic button” to be sold in the country as of January 1, 2017. On cheaper phones that will entail holding the “5” or “9” key to call emergency services, but the order’s wording for smartphones is a bit more convoluted, requiring the “facility of emergency call button by pressing the same…

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06:46
This is Nifty: Tipping by Gorischek Design

This is kind of neat.
Gorischek Design’s Tipping app allows you to quickly calculate how much to tip on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without having to unlock the device.
The app allows you to calculate 15%, 20% and 25% on a tip, enter the amount and get back to your meal.

Tipping requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run and retails for $1 in the App Store.
Via the App Store

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06:42
Liveblog: Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings call starts at...

iPhone sales account for a huge chunk of Apple's revenue, so slower iPhone sales means a lot less revenue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple will report its earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT/10pm UK, and as usual Senior Technology Editor Lee Hutchinson and I will be following along with the call and providing charts and commentary. Apple is expected to report its first year-over-year revenue decline since 2003, mainly due to lower iPhone sales.
Apple's own forecasts predict revenue between $50 billion and $53 billion, well short of the $58 billion it earned in Q2 of 2015 though still higher than the $45.6 billion in revenue it earned in Q2 of 2014. The outsized success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year set a tough benchmark for the company, and pent-up demand for the larger phones left...

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06:25
Dropbox brings infinite hard drive space to your...

Dropbox announces Project Infinite. Their attempt to capture a huge chunk of the cloud business. A fascinating concept, well executed, but their marketing could use some tuning, a bit of a slight towards Apple, OS X, and iOS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
Someone Needs to tell Tidal what ‘Exclusive’ Means

Tidal has a problem, and it's one they could probably fix by picking up a dictionary. The streaming music service touts new albums as exclusive deals, which then show up on other services days or weeks later—or in the case of Beyoncé's Lemonade, within 24 hours. "Exclusive," it seems, doesn't mean what Tidal thinks it means.


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06:22
Toontrack release Classic Rock drum grooves

Still to this day, the pummeling grooves of John Bonham, Ian Paice, Keith Moon and Bill Ward continue to inspire writers and underline the fact that in classic rock, the drums are – and should be – loud, obnoxious and play as much of a leading part as anything else in a song.I have quite a few of these drum groove libraries from Toontrack. They do a great job with them and I’ll be adding this one to my collection.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Bryan Chaffin interviews John Sculley

I interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on April 11th, an insightful and enjoyable experience. While the interview was ostensibly centered around his 2014 book Moonshot! (on Amazon and iBooks), Mr. Sculley also shared anecdotes about his time at Apple experiences with the late Steve Jobs, some of which I hadn’t previously heard.Great interview. You can read it or listen to the audio.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
News: Apple extends iPhone Upgrade Program to online...

After its launch in retail stores last year, Apple has finally made its iPhone Upgrade Program available to those buying their iPhone online. After clicking the “Buy” option for an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, the first screen of the checkout process includes the option to enroll in the program for $32.41 per month for a 16GB 6s or $36.58 per month with the 16GB 6s Plus. The price goes up as the storage options increase....

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06:10
What Smart Connector charging could mean for the...

Now that we know Apple will let its Smart Connector do more than just clip on a keyboard, rumors that it will make its way from the iPad Pro lineup to the iPhone make much more sense. AppleInsider takes a look at the changes that might bring.

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06:06
Chernobyl: Thirty years ago today, a threat for 3,...

Riveting account of the disaster, with a first person accounting from one of the very few people who was there and lived to tell the tale.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:58
Broadband data caps are having their intended effect...

On cable companies and data caps, charges seemingly intended for cord cutters.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:53
iPhones sold in India will require panic button...

As of January 1, 2017, all phones in India -- including iPhones -- will have to have some form of panic button to improve the security of women in the country, according to a new government order.

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05:50
The increasing hackability of your car

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, on the hackability of your car and the increasing vulnerability that comes with some recent rule changes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
News: Apple reportedly ‘willing to help’ reactivate...

The father of a teen who was lost at sea said Apple is attempting to reactivate his son’s iPhone in the hopes of learning more about his fate, ABC News reports. The phone was found aboard the boat that Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, were on when they went missing. Blu Stephanos said, “We’ve been working with the phone’s manufacturer who seems willing to help us try to get the phone operational again. That would…

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05:28
PDFpen 8 Features Digital Signatures, File &...

Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.
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05:21
Seagate shipping the 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive in...

Seagate Technology is now shipping in volume its 10TB helium enterprise drives— the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD. Designed to meet the storage needs of top cloud service providers, it features the industry’s lowest power and weight for maximum space efficiency at the lowest energy usage, says Mark Re, chief technical officer at Seagate.
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05:20
Wells Fargo believes 'iPhone 7' will...

With Apple set to report its first-ever year-over-year decline in iPhone sales this afternoon, analysts continue to look forward to the anticipated "iPhone 7" launch in hopes that it will re-stimulate growth.

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05:12
Tune in Today for TMO’s AAPL Q2 Earnings Report

Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.


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05:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want Spring 2016 Mac...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Pay What You Want Spring 2016 Mac Bundle, consisting of thirteen premium apps to maximize your productivity in photo editing, 3d modelling, website building, and more. Pay whatever you want for Marked 2, skEdit 4, and Emulsion App, and if you beat the average price you’ll receive the complete set of apps, including Flux 6, Hands Off, AfterShot Pro 2, Screens 3, Owlet, AllMyMusic, and more. Best…

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04:49
Logitech releases the Logi Base for the iPad Pro

Logitech has announced the $99 Logi BASE Charging Stand with Smart Connector (http://tinyurl.com/zagkqcn) for the iPad Pro. You can type on the screen or access Siri while simultaneously charging your 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch Apple tablet via the Smart Connector.
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04:42
Apple Forecasted to Report First Quarterly Revenue...

Apple is set to announce its financial earnings results for the second quarter of the 2016 fiscal year at 1:30 p.m. Pacific, and the consensus among analysts is that the iPhone maker will report its first quarterly revenue decline in over a decade.

Wall Street analysts project that Apple will report revenue of around $52 billion, or nearly a 10-percent decline compared to the year-ago quarter. Today's earnings results are based on the three-month period between December 27, 2015 and March 26, 2016.

Apple itself projected quarterly revenue of between $50 and $53 billion, compared to $58 billion in the year-ago quarter, possibly signaling the end of over 50 consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue growth dating back to 2003.

Tim Cook, CEO, already cautioned investors that...

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04:23
LeEco CEO says Apple is Outdated. LeEco Who?

Yesterday CNBC interviewed the CEO of LeEco who stated that Apple is "outdated." LeEco was called LeTV last year and its CEO Jia Yueting is the nutcase that likened Apple to Hitler.

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04:00
Taking DIY to the Next Level


While hobbyists, inventors and innovators alike have been experimenting and producing a variety of do-it-yourself projects, their world is expected to undergo a hard shift as DIY moves to the next level. 3D printing is the cornerstone of the coming shift, and its effect on our daily lives will be multiplied by several converging forces: the collaborative economy, the jobless economy and the age of personalization. As these economic forces bear down on DIYers, the market will shudder hard and eventually reboot. Here's how that will work.

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03:17
Kool Tools: Axure RP 8 for OS X and Windows

Axure Software Solutions’ (http://www.axure.com) Axure RP 8. It’s a solution for Mac OS X and Windows created to help teams design solutions to complex business challenges.
Axure RP 8 gives business and UX professionals new diagramming, prototyping, and specification features that help them create the right solution and align their teams. For large teams and enterprises, new collaboration features—along with an option to install Axure Share on-premises—help streamline modern workflows, whether it's agile, lean, waterfall, or a hybrid.
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03:05
Tension Software announces Geo WPS 1.1.1 for OS X

Tension Software has updated Geo WPS for Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) to version 1.1.1. It’s software that allows you to track your geographic position using OS X wi-fi geo-tracking and other available hardware inside and connected to your Mac to detect your coordinate in the best precise way via Apple core location. Version 1.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
Geo WPS shows your position over a zoomable OpenLayers map. The map is updated live from the internet (almost all the world is mapped to a very high level) with possibility to zoom up to 18 levels.
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03:00
MWR research confirms risk of NFC enabled card theft

With contactless payments increasing in popularity, MWR InfoSecurity (www.mwrinfosecurity.com) has today warned consumers to be aware of the dangers from contactless cards. It also issued a reminder to retailers and banks that not all fraudulent card theft is the fault of the card owner and more needs to be done to thwart scammers.
 
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02:57
Indian government will require all iPhones to...

A new motion signed into law in India will require all phones, including iPhones, to feature a ‘panic button’ to call emergency services and GPS for location pings from January 1st, 2017. The provisions are being brought in to aid the ‘security of women’, via the Indian Express.
Obviously, GPS has existed in iPhones since the iPhone 3G but it seems that Apple will have to make some software modifications to iOS to comply with the panic button request.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices,...

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02:53
Will Apple Extend their use of OLED Displays to...

Earlier this month we reported that an Apple-Samsung iPhone OLED Display Deal Rocked LG's Stock Price. We noted in that report that Samsung Display is considering building a separate production line to produce organic light-emitting diode displays exclusively for Apple's iPhone. Today we're learning that Samsung will now be turning its sights on bringing OLED to ...

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01:11
XSAN 4 cannot create affinity

Forums: TroubleshootingWhen trying to assign an affinity to a folder, I get this error:
ns:~ cine$ sudo cvaffinity -s Data /Volumes/XRAID/COMMON
cvaffinity: Couldn't set affinity for "/Volumes/XRAID/COMMON" - error 2
ns:~ cine$
The info from cvadmin here:
Xsanadmin (XRAID) > show long
Show stripe groups (File System "XRAID")
Stripe Group 0 [MetadataAndJournal] Status:Up,MetaData,Journal,Exclusive
Total Blocks:61035712 (931.33 GB) Reserved:0 (0.00 B) Free:61014147 (931.00 GB) (99%)
MultiPath Method:Rotate
Stripe Depth:1 Stripe Breadth:64 blocks (1024.00 KB)
Realtime limit IO/sec:0 (~0 mb/sec) Non-Realtime reserve IO/sec:0
Committed RTIO/sec:0 Non-RTIO clients:0 Non-RTIO hint IO/sec:0
Disk stripes:
Primary Stripe [MetadataAndJournal] Read:Enabled Write:Enabled...

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00:55
Apple Granted 36 Patents today covering Touch and...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent for touch and hover sensing displays. Apple has been working on hover sensing technology since 2009.

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Monday April 25

23:01
Logitech's 'Logi BASE' Stand Charges...

The Smart Connector on the iPad Pro has thus far only been used for keyboard accessories including the Logitech Create and Apple's own Smart Keyboard, but today, Logitech is debuting a new accessory that uses a little known functionality of the Smart Connector -- charging.

Logitech's new Logi BASE is a stand for the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, allowing them to charge cable-free in landscape mode through the Smart Connector. Logitech sent MacRumors a Logi BASE ahead of its debut, so we were able to get a few days of hands-on time with it.

Made of solid aluminum matching the Silver iPad Pro models, the Logi BASE has a Lightning port on the back to accommodate a Lightning cable, which is used to power the accessory. On the front of the stand, there are three male Smart...

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23:01
First look: Logi Base is the first device to charge...

Apple's magnetic Smart Connector is no longer just for keyboard accessories. The new Logi Base Charging Stand with Smart Connector uses the input capabilities of the new port to recharge both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

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22:59
Review: Logitech’s Smart Connector-equipped charging...

As I’ve detailed in the past, I originally purchased the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last November before switching to the to 9.7-inch model last month due to the lack of software optimization on Apple’s part. When I first wrote about this switch, some people were curious as to why I went with the more expensive 9.7-inch iPad Pro over the cheaper iPad Air. Well, there were too main reasons: Apple Pencil and Smart Connector.
Since the start, the potential of the Smart Connector has intrigued me. So far, we’ve only seen a few keyboard cases that...

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22:59
Mac Bundle: Few bucks (currently $13 & rising)...

9to5Toys Specials has a solid ‘pay what you want’ bundle today that is only around $13 if you get in early (it keeps going up the longer you wait).
The line-up includes Owlet, an intuitive app for giving your 3D models a photo-realistic finish, and Flux 6, which lets you build beautiful responsive websites with drag-and-drop controls....

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22:40
Esports league bans porn site-sponsored team

Today I learned that porn site YouPorn has its own eSports team. Unfortunately for the site, I also learned that the Electronic Sports League (ESL) has decided that Team YP can't compete in its eSport events, which include Street Fighter 5, Counter S...

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21:02
Apple by itself earns +40% of the profits of Silicon...

While the world waits to see just how many iPhones, iPads and Macs Apple sold in the March quarter, a report on the top 150 firms in California's Silicon Valley shows that Apple earned more than 40 percent of the region's total profits in 2015, and its revenues grew 2.5x as fast as its peers year over year.

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19:26
Apple 'seems willing' to help repair,...

Eight months after two Florida teenagers disappeared on a fishing trip in 2015, an iPhone recovered from the pair's recently discovered boat might yield answers as to their fate. And Apple is reportedly willing to help.

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17:29
Report: Apple slowing down recruiting efforts as it...

Apple appears to be making some cuts in its recruiting department. According to a new report from VentureBeat, Apple recently has been letting go of all of its contract recruiters, as well as some of its in-house full-time recruiters. In total, these cuts affect more than 100 people and there are no signs of them being replaced.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, recruiting ...

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17:09
Apple reportedly winding down recruiting efforts,...

Ahead of Apple's earnings call, a report on Monday claims the company is reevaluating its recruiting program, a move that could potentially affect more than 100 current employees.

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17:00
Launching today: Team AWT

Today Apple World Today is launching a new subscription patron program for those who want to help support the site: Team AWT

What’s new? More for you. Anyone who helps keep AWT running with a subscription of $5 or more per month gets the following benefits:

  • Member-only discounts and giveaways
  • Exclusive access to the Team AWT Slack chatroom
  • Access to the weekly Patron Podcast
  • A regularly-emailed newsletter with fresh and fun content not available elsewhere
  • More goodies as we add them to the program

More details can be found on this page, which has a ton of information on it and answers to questions that existing subscribers might have. 

Like Dennis and I always say, we can't do this without your continued support. Team AWT is our way to pay back our supporters with benefits that will make it...

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16:35
Apple now includes online purchases in the iPhone...

Apple has expanded its iPhone Upgrade Program to include online purchases. The program applies to an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus purchased at Apple’s website or an Apple retail store.

The iPhone Upgrade Program, introduced in September 2915, allows you to get a new iPhone every year and includes AppleCare +. It’s an interest-free, two-year payment plan that lets buyers trade up to a new handset each year. You’re even free to choose the carrier and rate plan that works for you. Pricing starts at $32.41 a month.

Classic protection: Pad & Quill's Little Pocket Book for iPhone® SE Case

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16:22
Apple Hires Karen Appleton for Enterprise Market...

Karen Appleton ex-Senior VP of Box has officially joined Apple. While her title hasn't been finalized, sources told ...

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16:02
Screens VNC: Remote Access to your desktop computer

Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful Screen Sharing and VNC client that lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.I do love this app.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:48
The DOJ is about to Rewrite the Search and Seizure...

It's being reported late today that there's a justice department bid to rewrite an arcane rule that has critics warning of a dramatic expansion of the FBI’s power to hack suspect computers — no matter where in the world they are located.

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15:36
Apple expands iPhone Upgrade Program to include...

As of Monday, customers looking to purchase a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus through Apple's website can take advantage of the company's iPhone Upgrade Program, an interest-free, two-year payment plan that lets buyers trade up to a new handset each year.

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15:27
After retail store launch, Apple’s iPhone Upgrade...

Alongside the announcement of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year, Apple announced a new program designed at encouraging users to upgrade their device every year, as opposed to the traditional two-year cycle. At launch, the iPhone Upgrade Program was oddly only available to customers shopping in Apple Stores. Today, however, Apple has expanded the program to the online store so all customers can now take advantage of it.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPhone, iPhone upgrade program...

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13:40
The iPhone 7 won't have 'many attractive...

Apple has already confirmed that iPhone sales are slowing, but things may be worse than they seem. In a Monday research note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he doesn’t expect the iPhone to have a very good year. In fact, shipments are expected to fall to 190 million, less than the 193 million iPhones shipped in 2014.
Shipments do not equal sales, but there’s reason to believe that declining shipments and declining sales are related. Apple has been selling iPhones for years now, and presumably can anticipate demand for new devices. The typically reliable Kuo outlined reasons for his prediction, including the lack of “many attractive selling points for the iPhone 7,” 9to5Mac reported. Here are all the rumored features that may be coming to the next...

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14:54
Apple's Upgrade Program Now Available for...

With the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple introduced an iPhone Upgrade Program in the U.S. designed to let Apple customers pay a monthly installment fee for a new iPhone and trade it in after 12 months of payments to get the next-generation iPhone.

When it debuted, the iPhone Upgrade Program required customers to purchase their iPhones within an Apple retail store to take advantage of the service, but as of today, the iPhone Upgrade Program is also available as an option when purchasing an iPhone from Apple's online store.

Apple's iPhone purchasing pages have been updated to reflect the change, with Apple's own pricing listed as a payment plan option instead of the carrier pricing options that were previously listed when purchasing an iPhone.

With the iPhone...

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14:38
Slice Intelligence: The Apple Watch price cut is...

Apple’s decision to cut Apple Watch pricing is working, as average daily sales over the last month jumped 250% sequentially, according to new data from Slice Intelligence — as noted by AppleInsider

Last month Apple gave the smartwatch a permanent $50 price cut with the 38-millimeter model of the Sports model available starting at $299 and the 42-millimeter version starting at $349. Slice's statistics account for the last month of sales, excluding March 21, the day Apple cut Watch pricing.

The research group also says that sales of the iPhone SE pale in comparison to 2014's iPhone 6 launch. Specifically, iPhone SE generated 4% of the sales iPhone 6 saw during its first month of availability. Fifteen percent of iPhone SE buyers upgraded from a non-Apple...

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14:31
[Sponsor] Procreate

Procreate is one of the most advanced painting apps ever designed for iPad. No subscription model, just a one time purchase of 6 bucks. Combined with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Procreate is pushing mobile creativity to a whole new level.

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14:12
BMW, Daimler Steer Clear of Apple Car Project


BMW and Daimler have broken off talks about forming a partnership with Apple to develop an electric car, according to news reports published last week. Discussions reportedly stalled over issues that included which company would take the lead on the project and which would have ownership of the data. Apple apparently sought to develop a vehicle that would be integrated closely with its cloud-based software, while the carmakers had concerns over customer data protection.

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14:09
Tim Cook Charity Auction for Lunch and Keynote VIP...

I just love how Tim Cook puts himself out there for charity events—Charity Buzz announced an auction for lunch with the Apple CEO, plus two VIP tickets to an Apple keynote. The auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign, a topic that Mr. Cook has spoken about and supported in many other endeavors. The auction was valued by Charity Buzz at US$100,000, a danbagged number as previous auctions for Mr. Cook's time have gone for many times that. This one is already at $110,000—if you want to get in on this the next bid starts at $115,000.


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13:58
Charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook...

For the fourth year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is auctioning off a private lunch at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., with proceeds going to Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

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13:56
Facebook Messenger Lets 50 Friends Get In on a Call


Facebook last week announced that it had rolled out group calling worldwide in its Messenger app. Members engaged in a group conversation can tap the phone icon on their screen to initiate a group call. They can manage individual participants on the next screen. Members of a group who miss the initial call can tap the phone icon in the group chat to join the call while it's in progress. The feature allows up to 50 participants. Users need to download the latest version of Messenger.

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13:32
Study: Apple Watch price drop goosed sales 250%,...

Apple's decision to slash Apple Watch pricing paid off in a big way, as average daily sales over the last month jumped 250 percent sequentially, according to new metrics from Slice Intelligence. The firm also looked at iPhone SE and iPad Pro ahead of Apple's earnings call on Tuesday.

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13:09
Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable: $34.99

Check out the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable, a USB-C cable for your MacBook (and future USB-C devices from Apple) that has a magnetic release. This is a 6-foot long cable, and the magnetic release is designed to safely detach when pressure or strain is put on your cable. You can get it through our deal for $34.99.


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13:06
Box executive Karen Appleton joins Apple to bolster...

Apple's latest attempt at boosting its enterprise credentials is reportedly a new hire, Karen Appleton, formerly a long-time executive with cloud storage and collaboration service Box.

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13:00
The John Sculley Interview: Apple’s DNA, Walks With...

Bryan Chaffin interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on April 11th, and it was a surprisingly insightful and enjoyable experience. While the interview was ostensibly centered on his 2014 book Moonshot!, Mr. Sculley also shared anecdotes about his time at Apple—and with the late Steve Jobs—that were new to Bryan. He gathered some of the most interesting excerpts from the interview in this article.


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12:58
Auction: Enjoy lunch with Tim Cook

Bid now on this opportunity to have lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook on campus in Cupertino, California, and to be his guest at an Apple keynote event!Tim, we should really do lunch sometime soon.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:55
Apple CEO Tim Cook Auctions Apple HQ Charity Lunch...

For the fourth year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a charity auction through CharityBuzz, offering whoever bids the most the chance to eat lunch with him at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. As with last year's auction, Cook is also offering tickets to an unspecified Apple keynote event.

Two people will be able to attend the lunch meeting with Cook, with the experience set to last for approximately one hour. Lunch is included in the price of the auction, but travel and accommodations are not. The offer expires on May 5, 2017, and will be scheduled at a "mutually agreed upon date."

With the expiration date set to happen in May of 2017 and the second Apple campus set to be finished in late 2016...

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12:55
Apple hires Box veteran

Appleton announced that she was leaving Box in a Medium post last week. Today she said on Facebook that she had joined Apple, but didn’t elaborate on the nature of the job. “Officially an Apple employee. Excited for this adventure!” she wrote.Good move.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:50
News: Next-gen Apple Watch to feature cellular...

Apple is endeavouring to add cellular capabilities to its next-generation Apple Watch, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the next-generation wearable may include cellular connectivity and a faster processor. The WSJ report also highlights the struggles that Apple Watch has faced; despite the fact that sales of the Apple Watch outpaced the sales of the iPhone in the first year that device…

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12:50
ACM 357: Interview with John Sculley on Apple, Steve...

In this special edition Apple Context Machine, Bryan interviews John Sculley, former CEO of Apple. Topics include his time with Apple, a look at Apple today, walks with Steve Jobs, moonshots, the role of Big Data and Healthcare, and some anecdotes Bryan hadn't heard before.


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12:30
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 8.1.1, OmniFocus 2.5.1, BBEdit 11.5.2, Typinator 6.9, and Mellel 3.4.5. 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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12:28
Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could include cellular...

While it’s been estimated that the Apple Watch has sold 12 million units within the device’s launch year, it’s hard to know exactly how many have gone out the door or what’s in store for the next generation.
Either way, a new rumor has it that that Apple Watch 2 will include cellular connectivity and a beefier processor so apps will load more quickly. That might mean yet another data plan to pay for, but the watch would function on its own instead of being tethered to an iPhone.

Other features that would make the Apple Watch 2 more compelling would include GPS and a longer battery life as well as additional health-companion aspects.
As of now, Apple is pushing its developer community to build better apps for the Apple Watch. This has been done by mandating all new...

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12:16
Annual lunch with Tim Cook + Apple event tickets...

Fundraiser site Charitybuzz is currently running a charity auction for lunch with Tim Cook valued at $100,000. The lunch with the Apple CEO will take place at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, and accommodates two people. Lunch is covered, but paying for travel and stay is up to the winning bidder.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Tim Cook ...

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12:14
ExtraBITS for 25 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, the FBI backed out of its New York iPhone case… just before getting smacked down by the court. China has shut down the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services shortly after their debut, developer Craig Hockenberry explains why color is the future of displays, security consultant Rich Mogull gives a big thumbs-up to iMessage security, we explain why you should uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows, analyst Ben Thompson offers an explanation of why Apple is bad at online services, and Apple criticizes a proposed anti-encryption bill. 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...

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12:08
∞ Jim Dalrymple and iMore present Beard Bash 2016 at...

The Beard Bash has become an annual event at WWDC, and it has been wildly successful for the last four years. This year, in conjunction with iMore, we are building on that success and we’re stepping it up a few notches.First, we’ve moved the party to The Mezzanine in San Francisco, one of the city’s finest live music venues. We will also have two bands this year. The party will kick off with a San Francisco staple of rock music, The Department of Rock. This band is a lot of fun and they have an incredible setlist.The party’s headlining band will be familiar to many of you: Airplane Mode,...

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11:41
Facebook allegedly developing camera-based app to...

Facebook is quietly developing an independent camera app, hoping to kick people out of the passive approach to using the social network many people have fallen into, a report said on Monday.

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11:23
Opinion: Cellular Apple Watch in time, sure, but...

I touched on my thoughts on a cellular Apple Watch 2 briefly when detailing WSJ’s report, but I want to expand a bit further and think out loud about the possibility. In short, I think an untethered Apple Watch with built-in cellular connectivity is inevitable, but in the short term there are other problems I suspect will be solved first. That’s not to say that Apple couldn’t introduce cellular and fix other issues, but having an embedded data connection is low on my list of requests this year.
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11:14
Review: OWC’s Aura PCIe flash storage lets you...

As an owner of a Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, it’s slowly beginning to show its age. However, I find that this machine, an i7-powered rig with 16GB of RAM, is still plenty powerful for the applications that I run on a day-to-day basis. For example, with Final Cut Pro X, it’s not the fastest machine in the world (it lacks dedicated graphics), but it’s still plenty competent when it comes to editing and exporting 4K videos.
The biggest bottleneck that I’ve encountered with this computer is its storage capabilities, and that’s something I’ve been trying to deal with since the day I purchased it. With only 256 GB of flash storage, space has been hard to come by since day one. That wouldn’t be so bad if there was a way to upgrade the amount of internal storage, but sadly there has been no upgrade solution…until now.
Back in early March, OWC made a splash by announcing the...

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11:05
∞ Apple’s new iPhone video ads

Nothing will ever top Cookie Monster, but these are good.

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11:00
Computer Technology is Fueling Exponential Change in...

After 50+ years of the NTSC video standard, we are hurtling forward, past HDTV and into 4K, even 8K, and Virtual Reality. And holographic interactions.  What's fueling this change and how can we ever keep up now that computers are routinely used to design computers? Particle Debris page 2 looks at just some of the effects.


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10:40
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Tidbits...

Tonya Engst is the Editor-in-chief and CFO of Tidbits Publishing as well as the publisher of Take Control Books. In our interview, Tonya takes us back to the beginning, her college days at Cornell University as a Communications major when she learned about Macs and desktop publishing with Aldus (later Adobe) Pagemaker. Soon, she discovered that there was a need for people to learn more about their Macs. With her husband Adam, having moved to Seattle, they launched Tidbits in Hypercard format on Bulletin Board Systems. The breakout of the Internet meant converting all that Tidbits work to internet form. Soon, Tonya was writing books, and her expertise in electronic publishing naturally led to the Take Control Books that we all love today. It's the awesome story of Tonya's life journey into ePublishing.

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10:34
Apple spotlights iPhone 6s 4K camera, Touch ID in...

Apple on Monday launched two new television ads to promote the iPhone 6s, and courted the star power of actor Neil Patrick Harris to showcase the moviemaking capabilities of the iPhone 6s and its 4K-resolution video camera.

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10:26
Facebook reportedly developing standalone camera app...

The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook is working on a new camera app separate from its main offerings that the company hopes will encourage increased sharing of photos and videos. The still in-development app in its current form opens immediately to a camera mode and there are plans to offer live streaming video functionality as well, according to the report:
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, Camera, Facebook, live, video...

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10:19
Apple Music to sponsor Drake's 'Summer...

Rapper Drake on Monday announced his upcoming "Summer Sixteen" tour, notably highlighting Apple Music as a sponsor -- the first time Apple Music is believed to have backed any concert tour.

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10:17
Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6s Ads Highlighting...

Apple today uploaded two new iPhone 6s ads to its YouTube channel, highlighting built-in features including Touch ID and the video taking capabilities of the iPhone 6s, including 4K video capture.

The first video, "Fingerprint," focuses on all of the things that can be done with Touch ID beyond unlocking a device, including opening passcode protected apps, checking into flights, signing documents, making purchases with Apple Pay, and starting cars.

With Touch ID on iPhone 6s, your fingerprint does way more than just unlock your phone.The second video, "Onions," features the...

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10:13
New 12-Inch Retina MacBook is Between 5% and 18%...

As customers begin receiving the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, more benchmark results for the Early 2016 model have been uploaded to Geekbench.

Based on the results, the new Skylake-based 12-inch MacBook models are between 5% and 18% faster than the original Broadwell-based models depending on whether you purchase the low-end 1.1GHz, mid-tier 1.2GHz, or top-end built-to-order 1.3GHz model. Geekbench scores vary and were therefore averaged.

The low-end Skylake-based 1.1GHz Intel Core m3 configuration earned average 64-bit single-core and multi-core scores of 2,534 and 5,025 respectively, which is between 5% and 10% faster CPU performance than the equivalent Broadwell-based 1.1GHz 12-inch MacBook released in 2015.

Geekbench 3 results for low-end 1.1GHz model

Geekbench results for the mid-tier...

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10:11
Latest iPhone 6s ads recruit Neil Patrick Harris,...

After focusing heavily on Earth Day in its last round of YouTube uploads, Apple today has shared a pair of new iPhone 6s ads that each highlight a different feature of the device. The first ad is entitled “Fingerprint” and focuses on what Touch ID enables users to do, while the second ad is entitled “Onions” and highlights the 4K camera capabilities of the device.
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09:37
∞ Tim Peake completes London Marathon from space...

Major Peake, who ran the 26.2-mile course in three hours, 18 minutes and 50 seconds on earth back in 1999, saw the roads pass under his feet in real time on an iPad.

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09:35
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-25: Behind the Scenes...

The conference world is changing and the number of mega-events is declining. Today Justin Esgar from ACES Conference joins Jeff Gamet to talk about starting up a new event for Apple professionals, the stresses involved, and why he almost didn't bring the event back for a second year.


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09:28
Low end mix trick

I thought this was a cool trick to get your kick drum and bass together in the mix. I’m going to try this out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:27
Why Is the PC Industry Trying to Kill the PC?


Every time the "PC is dead" topic comes up, an old Monty Python movie comes to mind, and I'll bet you can guess which one. PCs are on almost every desk, and the installed base is measured not in the hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands -- it is measured in the hundred millions. Brian Krzanich, Intel's latest CEO, last week announced a massive layoff tied to the company's missing its quarterly numbers, and once again the alarm sounded. Was the PC is dead, or was Intel's miss just another new-CEO mistake?

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09:13
External Link: iBooks Store and iTunes Movies Shut...

Apple has had a smoother time rolling out its online services in China than other tech giants, but that may be coming to an end. Only six months after being introduced in the country, the Chinese government has shut down the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services. The shutdown is thought to be due to the government’s desire to keep the Chinese people away from Western culture. “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” said an Apple spokeswoman. 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-...

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09:12
External Link: U.S. Government Drops iPhone Fight in...

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its legal bid to force Apple to unlock an iPhone linked to a New York drug case. The FBI said that it had managed to get the iPhone’s passcode, making a court order unnecessary, but on Monday another reason came to light: the New York court had denied the government’s request. It’s starting to look like the government is using iPhones it already has access to in order to seek out precedent-setting court rulings, but dropping the cases when the chances of winning look slim. 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...

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09:02
2016 MacBook Review Roundup: SSD Performance is Much...

When Apple announced a refreshed 12-inch Retina MacBook last week, it provided several publications with review units to get a look at the changes in the new machine. We've gathered up a range of these reviews below to highlight the general release reaction to the new 2016 MacBook.

The MacBook is identical in design to the 2015 MacBook, but it includes a faster SSD, improved Skylake processor with better graphics, longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold color option. Many of the reviews focus on these improvements while also calling out missing features that many were hoping for, including an increased number of USB-C ports, Thunderbolt 3, and an improved FaceTime camera.

Engadget's Dana Wollman says Apple's claim of 25 percent better graphics performance and extra battery life "are indeed accurate...

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08:57
Microsoft lets new Word Flow keyboard loose on the...

Those who have a fondness for customizing their iPhone keyboard can now do so in a Microsoft-approved fashion with the Redmond software giant's new Word Flow keyboard for iOS.

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08:47
Report: Faster Apple Watch 2 may feature built-in...

Apple Watch has been on the market for a year now, and The Wall Street Journal has a new report in which it compares the product’s estimated sales to the original iPhone’s in its first year. Apple has never released hard Apple Watch sales numbers as it does for iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but WSJ says twice as many Apple Watches have been sold during the first year as iPhones during its first year. Apple sold 192.3 million iPhones during its first four quarters on the market.
Obviously that’s not an apples to apples comparison, but it’s one way to paint Apple Watch positively as iPhone has taken off with quarter after quarter growth until now. Tomorrow Apple is scheduled to release its quarterly earnings report covering the January through March...

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13” MacBook Air from $700,...

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (early 2015) from...

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08:14
Apple supplier Pegatron still using low pay,...

One of Apple's iPhone manufacturers, Pegatron, is still seeing its labor force put in excessive overtime -- something unfortunately necessary for workers to meet basic financial needs, according to China Labor Watch.

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08:00
Indivior poised for growth with Office 365

The pharmaceuticals industry is in a constant state of flux. To succeed in this dynamic atmosphere, companies like Indivior need to stay flexible so that they can fold in those new business units or quickly launch new ones, as the case may be. In December 2014, Indivior became an independent company through a demerger from its former parent company. As a result, we had to quickly stand up a brand new IT environment, separate from what we’d known, including everything from phone systems and desktop support to business applications and email.
It’s a common pitfall to worry so much about the short-term timeline that a company doesn’t plan for the future, but we didn’t make that mistake. We knew that we wanted to structure our environment to not just get us launched on time, but to put us in a position to grow quickly on a global scale.
That’s why we adopted Microsoft Office 365. After all, in the pharmaceuticals industry, document and file formats are critical because we...

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07:52
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 8, Configure...

It’s fine to get lots of notifications from Slack in a low-volume team or one where you need to stay up to date on everything that’s happening, but as traffic increases or you need to focus on other tasks, Slack’s notification controls will become increasingly important. Glenn Fleishman explains how Slack thinks about presence and how you can set the notifications to meet your need in this chapter of “Take Control of Slack Basics.” Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:51
Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Notifications make or break any messaging system, and with Slack’s potential high volume of messages, it’s vital to fine-tune them so you see important messages without being driven mad by a barrage of notifications. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains all you need to know about Slack notifications. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:45
Home, one of the best HomeKit apps for iOS, gains 3D...

Apple doesn’t include a Home app for HomeKit like it does a Health app for HealthKit, but Matthias Hochgatterer’s Home app is a worthy solution for anyone diving into Apple’s Siri-controlled home automation platform. In testing various HomeKit-compatible smart accessories, Home for iOS has been a critical piece of the puzzle in making everything work correctly and reliably.
Siri controls HomeKit, but third-party apps from various accessory makers are needed for creating scenes and triggers that really make home automation come to life. Eve does the best job of making one app for all HomeKit accessories, but a dedicated HomeKit app with excellent support for all...

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07:32
With iPad Pro and True Tone, Apple finds reason to...

Every once in a while, Apple rolls out new behind-the-scenes features that are exceptional technical achievements but receive little fanfare. With the launch of the miniature iPad Pro, that focus shifted toward the important-but-impenetrable world of color management.

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07:26
Apple's Possible Entry into the Car Industry...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "The Fear of Apple Entering the Connected Car Market has Renault Racing to Beat the Clock, " and last week we covered how Apple's secret Titan team in Berlin has been in talks with Magna to be Apple's car manufacturing partner after ending talks with BMW and Daimler. Apple's possible entry into the electric car market is still rippling through the automotive world and in a new interview with Ford's CEO Mark Fields ....

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07:05
iFixit releases teardown report of 2016 12-inch...

The cool cats at iFixit have just completed the full teardown of Apple’s new 2016 12-inch Retina MacBook. While the notebook is essentially the same as the previous generation, there are some notable differences.
First, Apple replaced a tri-wing screw with a much more common Phillips screw, although it continues to use its proprietary Pentalobe screws on the exterior of the case. In the teardown, iFixit noted that it discovered hinge screws for the device which are “filled with some sort of substance that disintegrates when you insert a screwdriver.” The site speculates that it appears to be an Apple effort at “tamper-evident screws,” which in theory could allow the company to know if a third-party or DIY repair attempt has been made voiding warranty.

It was also noted...

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07:01
Review: The Dux for iPad Pro is a lightweight,...

Ever since the iPad Pro came out, it seemed like an obvious third-party accessory would be a case that could also hold a Pencil. However, six months on, the number of iPad Pro cases with good Apple Pencil compatibility is still pretty small. You are by no means spoilt for choice if you are looking to buy an iPad Pro case with Apple Pencil holder.
The Dux ($59.95) is a solid attempt at such a case, a lightweight 12.9-inch iPad enclosure providing some protection against drops and bangs, with an Apple Pencil holster on the side. Its simplicity is refreshing, but that brings with it some shortcomings. Read on for my review.
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07:00
Join Apple World Today for a Q2 2016 Earnings Call...

Tim Cook & Luca Maestri

Due to a memorial service for longtime Apple Director, friend of Steve Jobs, and executive mentor Bill Campbell, the earnings call for the second quarter of Apple's 2016 fiscal year has been delayed until tomorrow. At 2 PM PT/5 PM ET tomorrow, Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri will announce how the company's fortunes have been changing over the past three months, then take questions from Wall Street analysts.

Apple World Today will do a liveblog during the call to explain and comment on what is said. Show up at AWT about 15 minutes before the start of the earnings call and we'll have the liveblog post up and running.

Apple will also have a live audio stream available so that you can listen to the earnings call in progress: http://www....

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06:40
Apple Watch 2 Rumored to Include Cellular...

In a new article centered on the first-year sales of the Apple Watch, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working on including cellular network connectivity and a faster processor in the so-called Apple Watch 2.

The addition of standalone cell-network connectivity onto the wrist-worn device could bring some benefits to users, particularly those who are frustrated with the current generation's heavy reliance on a tethered iPhone to provide basic iMessage and phone call functionality. Although such a feature would undoubtedly require an additional data plan, on top of one they might already have for both the iPhone and iPad, benefits like using GPS, making phone calls, and streaming...

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06:31
New 12-Inch MacBook Teardown Reveals Tweaked USB-C...

iFixit has completed an in-depth hardware teardown of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook that reveals only minor under-the-hood changes to Apple's ultra-slim notebook compared to the 2015 model.

Specifically, Apple has slightly tweaked the notebook's USB-C hardware by permanently affixing the cable to the USB board. The new arrangement is not compatible with the original 12-inch MacBook.

Apple has also switched from using a tri-wing screw to a repair-friendly Phillips screw, but the notebook's Torx hinge screws are filled with a tamper-evident substance that disintegrates when you insert a screwdriver.

iFixit confirmed that the slightly-longer-lasting...

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06:01
Sketchy rumor suggests iPhone 7 could feature flush...

The iPhone 7, expected to debut later this year, is not believed to be a major design overhaul from the iPhone 6s, but that doesn’t mean it won’t include some substantial exterior changes, at least according to one sketchy Chinese rumor site. The reports indicate that the iPhone 7 could feature a digital touch-sensitive Home button, essentially making the iPhone front completely flush, replacing the current physical clicky hardware button. This would help make the iPhone 7 completely waterproof and dustproof, via Storm …
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06:01
Taking a Peek Inside Pegatron's Secretive Next-...

The Pegatron factory sits at the corner of Xiu Yan and Shen Jiang roads in Shanghai China and it's one of the most secretive iPhone production facilities on the planet.

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05:51
News: DOJ drops second court fight with Apple over...

The Department of Justice has dropped its appeal of a decision that prevented the government from forcing Apple to unlock a convicted drug dealer’s iPhone, Bloomberg reports. The DOJ had pledged to fight on after a judge ruled the government’s use of the All Writs Act to compel Apple’s assistance was illegal, but dropped the case after obtaining the passcode to access the device from a third-party. That leaves a 50-page ruling supporting…

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05:50
Apple features Prince collection of albums, songs,...

In honor of the passing of musician Prince, Apple is featuring a collection of albums, songs, movies and more on iTunes.
more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple, collection, discography, iTunes, Prince ...

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05:29
Maxel for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.2

Chris Li has announced Maxel 2.0.2, an update to his download accelerator for Mac OS X.
It’s a downloading solution with drag-and-drop downloading, a built-in browser, and browser extensions for use with popular Mac web browsers. Version 2.0.2 fixes a crash that occurred when the scheduler reloaded a file that was filtered out of the current view.
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05:28
iPhone 7 Could Have Touch-Sensitive Home Button as...

Less than five months before Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, supply chain rumors continue to suggest that the next-generation smartphones will be both fully waterproof and dustproof.

Apple is also reportedly testing a touch-sensitive home button for its upcoming flagship handset, possibly meaning the iPhone 7 could have a flush home button, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes (via I4U News).

iPhone 7 mockup with a traditional home button

DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, but at...

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05:28
FBI Drops NY iPhone Unlock Case, Fails to get...

The FBI dropped its New York iPhone unlocking case against Apple, although this time instead of buying a hack, someone handed over the passcode. Unconfirmed reports claim it was the suspect in the case, Jun Feng, who pleaded guilty last year to drug-related charges. That's one more case where the FBI failed to land the encryption-hacking precedent it wants.


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05:27
News: Apple requiring all new Apple Watch apps to be...

Apple has let developers know that starting June 1, apps designed for the Apple Watch will have to be native apps built with watchOS 2 SDK or later. The move makes a clean break with the non-native apps that initially launched with the Apple Watch, which made the Apple Watch seem like more of a second screen for the user’s paired iPhone instead of a device in its own right. Apps designed with the native SDK that launched with watchOS 2 have…

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05:11
LinkOptimizer for OS X gets improved image...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.57, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.57 improves the processing of images placed in InDesign document multiple times, and introduces other performance and stability improvements.
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05:04
∞ iPhone beginners: A quick two-steps to free up...

If you are a regular Loop reader, this might be old hat to you. But consider passing the link along to folks you know who might find this useful.

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05:03
Kool Tools: Visioneer Patriot D40

Visioneer’s Patriot D40 is a color duplex desktop scanner and software package designed for scanning, storing and organizing up to 6,000 double-sided pages daily.
The Patriot D40, compliant with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) as required for sale under federal General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contracts, features Visioneer’s OneTouch technology, enabling the scanner to function at the touch of a single button. The bundle works with Mac and Windows computers.
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05:00
Automatically Cache Updates To Your OS X Server

A little while back, I did a little writeup on how the OS X Caching Server caches updates at http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/. The goal was to reverse engineer parts of how it worked for a couple of different reasons. The first was to get updates for devices to cache to my caching server prior to 15 people coming in before it’s cached and having caching it down on their own.
So here’s a little script I call precache. It’s a little script that can be used to cache available Apple updates into an OS X Server that is running the Caching Service. To use, run the script followed by the name of the model. For example, for an iPad 2,1, you would use the following syntax:
sudo python precache.py iPad2,1
To eliminate beta operating systems from your precache,use the –no-beta argument:
sudo python precache.py iPad2,1 --no-beta
I’ll...

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C...

Starting off the week in our iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable for only $34.99. Bringing the convenience and safety of Apple’s MagSafe power adapters to your MacBook’s USB-C port, the BreakSafe Magnetic Cable safely disconnects when it’s under stress or strain. While it’s designed with the new MacBook in mind, this USB-C cable can be used with any device that charges via USB-C.…

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04:43
A look inside Apple ahead of its Q2 2016 earnings...

Apple -- the world's most profitable public company -- is a day away from releasing its March quarter earnings. That means that while the company itself is in an official quiet period, everyone else is free to publish false and misleading information about it. Let's take a look at some of the worst fallacies.

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04:42
Teardown shows new Apple’s 12-inch MacBook adds...


Our friends over at iFixit are doing their ritual teardown of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, and while the new device is essentially the same as the previous generation save for some refreshed components, the repair guide site also noticed some tweaks as far as repairability goes.
Most notably, Apple replaced a tri-wing screw with a much more common Phillips screw, which is always a plus for allowing easier repairs, although it continues to use its proprietary Pentalobe screws on the exterior of the case. That might be the only new positive for the updated MacBook, however, as iFixit also notes that it discovered hinge screws for the device which are “filled with some sort of substance that disintegrates when you insert a screwdriver.” The site speculates that it appears to be an Apple effort at “tamper-evident screws,” which in theory could allow the company to know if a...

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04:17
Sunday Marked the First Anniversary of the Apple...

As the Watch marked its first anniversary on Sunday, it should be noted that Apple has sold twice as many Watches as iPhones in its debut year. Yet somehow ...

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04:07
Microsoft releases Word Flow keyboard for iPhone...

Microsoft is bringing its predictive Windows Phone keyboard, called Word Flow, to the iPhone. The third-party keyboard is now available for free in the US App Store. The keyboard features traditional keycap input as well as the popular swiping-between-letters gesture input method popularized by Swype.
more…Filed under: Apps, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: App Store, Apps, iOS, ...

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02:00
The first 12 Apple Watch games you should play

Armed with funWearable gaming is still young, and it hasn't exploded in popularity like games on the iPhone and iPad did, but the Apple Watch has some interesting play experiences. The best of them leverage the wrist-based design to spice up your day with little quests or tidbits of fun, whether you're responding to messages from a fictional character or completing a daily brain-teaser. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:00
Review: The 2016 Retina MacBook is a faster version...


Andrew Cunningham

The MacBook is still a thin-and-light laptop that can go pretty much anywhere.

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Designing a portable gadget is all about compromise. The main tension is between power and portability: how light can I make this phone without making it unacceptably slow or killing battery life, and how fast can I make this laptop without making the battery and necessary heatsinks and fans too large to comfortably carry around?
Every laptop you can buy exists somewhere on this spectrum, and the new version of Apple’s Retina MacBook still prioritizes portability over pretty much everything else. At two pounds, it’s one of the...

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03:58
Apple’s organizational crossroads

Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery:I do believe that Apple’s products — their devices anyways — are superior, particularly if you value the finer details of industrial design, build quality, and little UI details like scrolling and responsiveness that seem so simple but are so hard to get right. And, frankly, it’s not surprising that Apple is good at this stuff for the exact reasons laid out above: everything about the company is designed to produce integrated devices that don’t sacrifice perfection for the sake of modularity.But…The problem is that everything that goes into creating these jewel-like devices works against being good at services.Apple is more and more a services company. Very interesting analysis.∞ Read this...

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03:48
Reporters allowed inside Pegatron iPhone assembly...

Over the weekend, Bloomberg posted an exclusive report of Pegatron’s iPhone plant in China. Although Foxconn is Apple’s primary assembler, Apple has moved more of its iPhone assembly contracts to Pegatron in recent years to diversify its supply chain.
The Bloomberg report describes how the factory is managing its workforce, tracking hours via automated systems, and tackling labor issues like overtime. This is the first time Pegatron has allowed official press to photograph the insides of the factory, where 50,000 people work on the floor.
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03:38
Electric Car Challenger LeEco Calls Apple Product...

The CEO of Chinese conglomerate LeEco has called Apple's product design "outdated" and "obsolete" in an international TV interview, following the company's unveiling of its first self-driving supercar in Beijing last week (via CNBC).

Jia Yueting is both CEO and chairman of LeEco (formerly LeTV), often referred to as the "Netflix of China", but which has a product range that spans smartphones, TVs, mountain bikes, and now electric vehicles. The 43-year-old entrepreneur began his career as a tech support worker before building his own IT and mobile company, estimated to be worth around $4.8 billion. The Chinese media company is also a strategic partner with US-based electric vehicle company Faraday Future (FF).

LeEco CEO Jia Yueting (Image: Imaginechina)

The company's smart LeSEE supercar was unveiled with much fanfare at a Beijing event last week. The...

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03:36
Video banking reaches inflection point

More than 80% of banks surveyed recognize that online and mobile banking channels improve customer engagement, and 93% of banks expect customer satisfaction to improve if a high quality video banking service were to be implemented.
 
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03:32
Kool Tools: Aurora studio condensor mic

Roswell Pro Audio’s (http://roswellproaudio.com/) Aurora is a premium ($749), all-purpose studio condenser that offers natural frequency response, high sensitivity, and low self-noise.
 
The mic was built for recording engineers looking for an ultra-clean FET sound. It works particularly well on vocals and acoustic guitar. The Aurora’s high sensitivity means that singers will hear more music and less hiss in their recorded tracks.
 
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03:26
Syncro Soft rolls out Oxygen XML Web Author

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has released version 18.0 of its XML editing suite of products, Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, and WebHelp. The company has also added a new product, Oxygen XML Web Author.
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03:22
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.4.2...

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has announced Precise Screenshot 1.4.2, an update of the tool for taking screenshots from your Mac screen.
The app can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method, it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable pop-up menu, or it can use the full screen area. Version 1.4.2 is a maintenance upgrade.
Precise Screenshot requires OS X Version 10.10 or higher. It costs $5.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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03:00
Today is National Pretzel Day; celebrate accordingly

Today is National Pretzel Day. To help you celebrate, I’ve rounded up some pretzel-related apps for the iPhone and iPad (sorry, but I couldn’t find any pretzel related apps at the Mac App Store).

Available for the iPhone and iPad at the Apple App Store are:

  • Sugar Cafe - Pretzel Maker. Break out your cooking skills and choose a tasty pretzel recipe. From chocolate pretzels to marshmallow pretzel salad, there are lots of recipes from which to choose. Sugar Cafe - Pretzel Make is free, but does tout in-app purchases. 
  • If you want to make “virtual” pretzels, check out Make Pretzels! In the game you drag ingredients from the kitchen and put ‘em in a bowl. You can mix, roll dough, bake, and decorate your creations. Make Pretzels! is free, but does offer in-app purchases.
  • With SuperPretzel Factory, you take over and run your very own food-making factory and make soft pretzels. The game is — you guessed it — free, but promotes in-app purchases.
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02:52
Beyonce’s ‘Tidal exclusive’ album, Lemonade, now...

Initially billed as an exclusive to Tidal, Beyonce’s new Lemonade album is now available to buy on iTunes. Jay-Z’s streaming music service had been touting the album as an exclusive location to listen to Beyonce’s latest music. Whilst Tidal maintains exclusive streaming rights, the album is now being freely sold for download elsewhere.
Tidal has attempted similar stunts in the past, with Kanye famously stating his album ‘The Life of Pablo’ would never be on Apple Music and would be exclusive to Tidal. However, a track from the album soon showed up on Apple’s services a few weeks later. There is currently a class action lawsuit forming around the false claims of exclusivity.
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02:24
Apple continues to dominate tech companies...

Although slowing iPhone growth began to impact Apple’s bottom lin numbers in the last quarter of the year, the company dominated Silicon Valley in 2015 as far as finances are concerned. In a survey of public tech companies in the Valley, total profit was $133 billion. Apple, alone, recorded profit of $53.7 billion dollars, responsible for 40% of the entire profit pool. The data was collected by SiliconValley.com.
Apple also ranked no. 1 by far in revenue, taking $234 billion in sales. Trailing far behind, the next closest was Alphabet (Google), at $74 billion …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company,...

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02:09
VMware Fusion 8.1.1

Fixes a crash in Windows virtual machines related to running graphic and gaming software with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled. ($79.99 standard/199.99 Pro new, free update, 363 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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02:00
The Power of Preview: Advanced Editing Techniques

We again dive into the power of Preview, exploring advanced editing techniques, including more selection tools, color adjustments, and PDF editing. 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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Sunday April 24

23:09
OmniFocus 2.5.1

Resolves several bugs for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 27.8 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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19:09
BBEdit 11.5.2

Maintenance release fixes a variety of bugs in the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:42
Solar Impulse 2 arrives in California

The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft arrived in Silicon Valley late Saturday night. It was the ninth leg on its trip around the world.

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15:10
Typinator 6.9

Improves support for importing TextExpander snippets. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:32
Google is creating a startup haven to prevent staff...

It's hard to swing a stick in Silicon Valley without hitting startups created by ex-Google employees determined to bring their clever (though only sometimes successful) ideas to light. That's good for innovation, but lousy for Google -- and the sear...

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13:36
20 Things To Do In Austin While Attending ACES

Things to Do In Austin In May
Diverse, fun and infused with culture, Austin is the capital of Texas and home to a prosperous community and a wide variety of culture, from the world class cuisine in the many fine restaurants, the growing population of infamous tech companies, the summer festivals and creative atmosphere, to the magnificent country music in what is also referred to as the Live music capital of the world (although Nashville, Athens, and other cities might have some arguing of that point).
Here are some great things to do when you visit Austin: 

  1. Austin City Limits

I grew up seeing acts including Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, George Strait, REM, and everyone who was anyone play at Austin City Limits. The same is true today. It’s like playing at the Grand Ole Opry, but open to acts that today include the Arctic Monkeys, Lumineers,...

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10:30
British Astronaut Competes in London Marathon from...

An anonymous reader writes:
"British astronaut Tim Peake became the first man to complete a marathon in space on Sunday, running the classic 26.2 mile distance while strapped to a treadmill aboard the International Space Station..." reports Reuters. "The 44-year-old spaceman saw London's roads under his feet in real time on an iPad as, 250 miles below him, more than 37,000 runners simultaneously pounded the streets."
Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity, two earth-bound runners ran the marathon wearing space suits.

CNN notes that Peake "ran the race for real in 1999," but this time competed with avatars that represented actual runners who were using the Run Social app. His zero-gravity run took longer -- more than three and a half hours -- while a Kenyan runner ultimately won the race, completing the whole 26.2-mile course in just two hours, three minutes and four seconds, the second-fastest time ever recorded.
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10:12
Mellel 3.4.5

Adds several keyboard shortcuts to the Dialogue box text editor. ($39 new, free update, 93.2 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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08:46
KGI says 'iPhone 7' won't have '...

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities continues to have a bearish outlook on iPhone sales through the end of 2016, telling investors on Sunday that he believes Apple will be the only top-five smartphone vendor to see shipments decline this year.

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08:19
MGG 602: If You Could See What These Eyes Have Seen

Several of your fellow listeners are ingenious folks, having come up with some clever solutions to tricky problems. Join Dave & John as we all learn how to backup and restore your OS X text substitution preferences, use AirFoil to cusomitze your Mac's audio, restore Snow Leopard's zoom and scroll functionality to El Capitan, fix a wet iPhone 6s and more. The show is chock full today, and you're all to thank for it. Plus, Dave and John answer your questions, too!


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08:06
The Fear of Apple Entering the Connected Car Market...

This week we learned that Apple had a secret Titan team in place in Berlin for over a year talking to BMW, Daimler and Magna – who appears to be the one that's hungry enough to want to work with Apple on a next generation electric car. Fast forward to today and we learn from Automotive New Europe that "Renault...

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06:19
Is the Doom and Gloom from KGI Securities actually...

The doom and gloom on Apple that's the loudest of all today is from Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI securities, an analyst that many in the Apple community respect. They're really putting their neck on the line this time around and if they're wrong, could hurt their reputation.

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