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Saturday July 25

01:13
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's record Q3...

Apple once again shattered corporate records in announcing its third quarter financial results, but some of the more interesting news this week percolated under the surface, hinting at long-term plans and trends.

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Friday July 24

22:55
Summer is watching people beat games ridiculously...

Video game speedruns are always impressive feats of memorization, skill and flawless gameplay -- but twice a year they're also a conduit for altruism. Next week is one of those times. Starting on July 26th, Summer Games Done Quick will kick off seven...

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07:56
Honda's first CarPlay-supported vehicle is the...

Honda was one of Apple’s launch partners when Apple announced CarPlay, its plan to bring iOS into your car, more than a year ago. Now Honda finally has a timeframe for shipping CarPlay vehicles, but you’ll have to wait for 2016 models.Honda showed off its 2016 Accord at a media event in Mountain View, California. The new sedan will include both CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, according to Re/code. Despite its promises to support CarPlay last year, Honda has also been throwing its weight behind Android Auto. The company announced in May that the 2016 Pilot SUV would include Google’s infotainment system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Send and Popsicle offer easier...

Chat awayThis week’s roundup includes two new apps—Send and Popsicle—that will allow you to communicate more easily without clutter. Read on!Google Play BooksSome changes to Google Play Books, everybody’s favorite alternative to Kindle and iBooks on iOS: There’s a new font, Literata, “designed for book lovers”; the ability to sync notes and highlights to Google Drive, and left alignment as a display option. The “Read Now” library also has an overhauled look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:30
You Should Play: Headbutt zombies, eat brains in the...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.I’ve played some stupid games in my time, but GoatZ, a follow up to the odd PC breakout hit Goat Simulator that has you run around as a goat and cause chaos, may take the top spot. Come on, it’s an open world environment game starring goats—but not just any goats. Zombie goats. Your goal as a zombie goat isn’t just to survive, but to inflict as much damage as possible in your quest to eat brains. Yet the weirdness of it all somehow makes it fun to play, so I’ve embraced...

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11:55
Apple Pay rival CurrentC may finally roll out in...

When Apple Pay launched last fall, some retailers blocked NFC recognition to keep Apple’s mobile payment service from gaining traction. The reason: CurrentC, a competing service developed by a coalition of merchants like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart that has been rumored for years but hasn’t yet rolled out. CurrentC will finally see the light of day next month, Bloomberg reports.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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19:59
Dropbox 3.8.4 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems. Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox. The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.Version 3.8.4:

  • Windows and OS X: Optional Gmail integration (1)
  • Windows and Linux: Upgrade to Qt 5.4
  • Upgraded compilers (2)
  • Small tweaks to the selective sync UI
  • Show the Dropbox badge on Preview for Mac
  • Initial Windows 10 support
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:59
Pacifist 3.5.4 - Install individual files from .pkg...

Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it. Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.Version 3.5.4:

  • Fixed a few bugs that could occur while running on OS X El Capitan
  • Fixed a crash that...

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19:59
Corel Painter 14.1.0.1105 - Digital art software...

Corel Painter helps you create astonishing art in a variety of media. Paint with vivid oil paints, fluid water colors, and earthy charcoals. Corel Painter flawlessly recreates the tones and textures of each medium. Your studio awaits

  • Choose your brush. Corel Painter includes hundreds of built-in brushes. You can even create your own brush by fine-tuning bristle type, behavior, and settings.
  • Pick a paper style. Corel Painter lets you tweak your paper texture, effecting the way your brush strokes interact with the grain. More textures, more possibilities.
  • Customize every detail. Tweak the wetness of your paint, or alter the drying time. Corel Painter's options are as boundless as your artistic imagination.

Version 14.1.0.1105: Note: Licensed owners of Painter 7 or later can upgrade to Painter 2015 (14.0) for $229.

  • You can now click directly on a...

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19:42
Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over...

Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between 2012 and 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the sports brand, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies falsely advertised the device's health tracking capabilities.

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18:13
New Report Says Apple Was in Talks to Use BMW i3 as...

Apple and BMW were in negotiations to use the German car manufacturer's car platform for its electric i3 for Apple's rumored car project, code-named "Project Titan", according to a new report from German business magazine Manager Magazin [Google Translate]. The Cupertino company was interested in the body of the i3, which is a small hatchback that has a shell made out of carbon fiber, helping keep the car light. The two companies began talks in autumn 2014, but broke off talks before committing to check in with each other and their plans periodically. The...

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17:21
Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as...

According to a report published Friday, Apple last fall initiated talks to partner with BMW on a rumored electric car project underpinned by the German automaker's i3 model before ultimately changing its mind.

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16:40
Apple Redefines the Power of Plain Language in New...

Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.


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15:49
Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond...

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Apple announced its first-ever sterling-denominated bond issuance set at 1.25 billion pounds, or nearly $2 billion.

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15:20
Igloo: An intranet you’ll actually like

My thanks to Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo allows you to share files, coordinate calendars, provide updates and manage projects easily.

  • Why use the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s?
  • Igloos are CSS and HTML5 friendly, which means they can be customized to look amazing.
  • They are also responsive right off the bat, which means that everything you can do at your desk, you can now do on the go, on your phone.
  • And just like your favorite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.
  • Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams.
  • For example, with Igloo’s latest release, Wolf, you can preview Photoshop, InDesign, HTML or CSS files straight from the...

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14:53
Apple Has a Personal Message for Potential Androider...

During Apple`s Financial Conference call in January of this year Apple`s Tim Cook noted without being specific, that the Android switcher rate was the highest when compared to the previous three major iPhone upgrades. During Apple`s latest Financial Conference Call Cook noted that the strong iPhone results were broad based in both developed and emerging markets and they experienced the highest switcher rate in Android than they ever measured ...

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14:34
AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5B merger approved, but...

AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5 billion merger has been approved today following more than a year of regulatory review. The merger will see AT&T become the biggest pay-TV company, passing up cable company Comcast. AT&T says it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and 19 million users in Latin America.

As part of the regulatory approval, the FCC has applied several conditions to the merger, all of which will be imposed for four years and enforced by internal and external compliance officers. Some of the conditions include protections for rival companies and a requirement that AT&T expand high-speed Internet to schools and low-income areas.
AT&T has promised to buildout high-speed Internet to more...

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

There's a lot of good news for Apple fans on this summery Friday afternoon:

  • Apple Pay begins its second year as an iPhone/Watch/iPad-based payment system
  • Apple's 10-Q holds some interesting data for those thinking about the next-generation iPhone
  • Pandora hasn't been affected at all by the launch of Apple Music
  • Intel's Skylake architecture could make upcoming Macs much faster and more efficient

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 24, 2015.

Believe it or not, Apple Pay just began its second year of existence. While it’s still not accepted everywhere, things are getting better as time rolls on. For...

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14:12
Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone'...

As part of its 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign, Apple on Friday introduced an online minisite touting unique iPhone features, from an unparalleled selection of apps to digital and physical security.

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14:08
∞ I got my music back. At least most of it

It’s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 90 percent of my music back. [...]

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14:04
The Best Bluetooth Speakers 2015: JBL Charge 2+,...

L to R: UE Mini (review), Roll (review), Boom (...

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13:58
KIDS REACT TO 1ST iPOD

"I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]


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13:08
Apple debuts new web campaign to accompany ‘If it’s...


Following up on its newest TV ad campaign, “If it’s not an iPhone,” Apple has launched a new web page dedicated to explaining what sets its smartphone apart from the competition. The page is titled “Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone,” and breaks down many key features, like iMessages, the camera, and the built-in security features.

Other features touted by the unusually casual page include privacy settings such as app permissions, the 1.5 million apps available on the App Store, Touch ID and the Secure Enclave, Apple Pay security, the Health application, interoperability with the Mac, and...

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13:08
First trailer for former Gawker COO’s ‘Steve Jobs:...


Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films today debuted the first trailer for the upcoming biographical film centered around Steve Jobs. “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” was originally premiered earlier this year at SXSW and is spearheaded by director Alex Gibney and executive producer Gaby Darbyshire, who is the former Chief Operating Officer of Gawker Media.
Darbyshire headed up Gawker legal when the media company’s subsidiary Gizmodo bought the iPhone 4 that was “left at the bar” and would have been at the center of the controversy that surrounded the subsequent firestorm with Apple and then CEO Steve Jobs.
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12:47
Apple Launches 'Why There's Nothing Quite...

Building on a series of recent ads centered around the "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" tagline, Apple today rolled out a new web campaign for the iPhone under the theme of "Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone." The new campaign is highlighted on Apple's main home page as well as its iPhone pages, and it includes a scrolling feature page drawing attention to a number of aspects of Apple and the iPhone that make the device stand out from its competitors.Every iPhone we've made – and we mean every single one – was built on the same belief. That a phone should be more than a collection of features. That, above all, a phone should be absolutely simple, beautiful, and magical to use.The page proceeds to highlight the iPhone's integration of hardware and...

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12:35
Report: Apple in negotiations to use BMW i3 as basis...

Apple and BMW have engaged in negotiations over Apple’s interest in using BMW’s i3 electric cars as a basis for its own electric car project, according to a new report from German publication…

News of Apple’s work on building an electric vehicle was first reported early this year with hundreds of employees reportedly working on the project after an approval from Tim Cook a year earlier. We later revealed some of Apple’s key team members and new hires from the automotive industry currently working on the project.
According to the new report from...

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12:31
Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’...

The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney-it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.


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12:30
Trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine...

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and Magnolia Pictures have released the first trailer for the movie "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine". The movie will be opening on September 4, and is an unflinching -- and some say unflattering -- look at the Apple co-founder. 

The film premiered at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX four months ago, and was immediately panned by Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue. Cue tweeted that the movie was "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." Cue felt that the book "Becoming Steve Jobs" was the most accurate portrayal of Jobs. 

Of course, the Jobs film oeuvre also includes the largely forgettable movie...

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12:25
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:11
Give Better Presentations with “Take Control of...

Our latest Take Control book, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Keynote” provides comprehensive help not just with Apple’s Keynote presentation app, but with all aspects of giving a good talk. It joins “Take Control of Pages” and “Take Control of Numbers” to round out our coverage of Apple’s iWork productivity suite. 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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12:11
Hold on to Your Pants, India, Apple is Coming for You

India outpaced China for iPhone growth last quarter, and Apple isn't letting that momentum go to waste. The company is looking to build on the 93 percent growth it's seeing in India and break through the two percent market it currently holds. Translation: Apple is gunning for Samsung's marketshare in India.


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11:38
NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer: $19.99

Check out NetSpot, a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.


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11:12
External Link: Flickr Brings Back Pro Accounts

After two years, Flickr is bringing back paid Pro accounts for $49.99 per year. The new Flickr Pro includes better analytics, no ads, a “pro” badge on profiles, and discounts on photo products, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan. Those who had grandfathered Pro accounts will keep the same benefits they had plus gain the new ones. 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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10:39
Trailer debuts for Steve Jobs documentary derided by...

The trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a highly criticized documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney, premiered on Friday, giving the general public their first glimpse at the controversial film.

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07:39
Google's Nest smart thermostat yanked from the...

It was fun while it lasted, but with HomeKit devices appearing on store shelves, the Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat is disappearing from the Apple Store.
If you check out the Apple Store online or in-person, you won’t find the famous smart thermostat co-created by former Apple exec Tony Fadell. In its place, the Apple Store is now selling the HomeKit-enabled Ecobee3.
That’s not to say that you can’t find non-HomeKit devices in Apple’s connected home section, but the Nest Thermostat isn’t most smart home devices, as Mashable points out. It’s probably the most well-known thermostat ever—save perhaps the near-ubiquitous Honeywell brand of not-so-smart home...

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10:00
Secur SP-4003: The 6-in-1 car charger that could...

Secur SP-4003 Six-in-one car charger. Photo ©2015 steven sande

When an email came through the Apple World Today offices pitching yet another car charger, my first impulse was to yawn. I mean, you can buy these things at the dollar store for the purpose of plugging in your USB-powered devices for a quick charge in the car, so what’s the big deal? Well, a closer look showed that the Secur SP-4003 Six-in-One Car Charger (US$34.99) can do quite a bit more than just charge your iPhone or iPad — it could save your life.

While the video below can pretty much demonstrate all of the features of the SP-4003, here’s a rundown of the features:

  1. Car mobile USB device charger (5V, 1A output)
  2. 2200 mAh battery pack
  3. 150 Lumen LED flashlight with 4 hour life at full charge
  4. Flashing red emergency light with 10 hour life at full charge
  5. Emergency window breaker
  6. ...
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09:50
Apps: Google Spotlight Stories, PAC-MAN Championship...

Google Spotlight Stories (free) — Originally debuted on as a showcase project for the Moto X and Android, Google’s acquisition of Motorola a few years ago led to the wider release of this cool immersive storytelling app that incorporates 3D and 2D animation with 360-degree spherical video that creates a mobile animated movie theatre on your iPhone. What’s particularly fun here is the interactivity, as you rotate and move your device…

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09:45
First Trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the...

Magnolia Pictures has shared the first trailer and movie poster for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine with Mashable, just over four months after the film premiered at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas. The upcoming documentary, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, portrays Jobs as both a tech visionary and unapologetic leader throughout his career at Apple. Apple senior executive Eddy Cue expressed disappointment in the documentary following its debut, describing the film on Twitter as "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." Cue added that the best portrayal of Jobs is in the book Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, which he...

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09:39
Leaked Intel Skylake info reveals future MacBooks...

Newly-leaked Intel presentation slides suggest that the company's upcoming Skylake processors could bring important performance and power consumption improvements to future Macs.

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09:37
Stephen Hawking Kicks Off $100M Hunt for Alien...


Space fever seems to be catching on. Stephen Hawking and a group of other high-profile space scientists joined with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner this week to announce a new $100 million effort to search for intelligent alien life. The funding will go to the Breakthrough Initiatives' Breakthrough Listen program. Breakthrough Initiatives is a 10-year multidisciplinary effort. The move comes as NASA continues to release stunning photos of Pluto captured by the New Horizons space probe.

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09:24
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-24: Nest Leaves the...

Nest's smart thermostats aren't available in Apple's retail and online stores any more, but that doesn't necessarily mean there's been a falling out between the two companies. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet with their thoughts on Nest and the word that new products are coming soon. They also respond to listener's comments on Apple Music and App Store pricing.


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08:45
Jumsoft releases two apps of spreadsheet templates

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced two new template apps, Set for Numbers and Set for Microsoft Excel. They're available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 each.
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08:38
Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors promise improved...

Intel’s upcoming processor refresh with Skylake appears to be promising for Mac users awaiting a significant performance upgrade. Internal Intel slides leaked by the website FanlessTech describe the year-over-year advancements and performance improvements from Broadwell to Skylake chips. As Apple is expected to include Skylake processors from Intel in refreshed hardware later this year or early next year, these specs give us a preview of what is likely coming to the Mac’s performance.

As far as advancements go, the upcoming Skylake chipset boasts better low power CPU performance and a 30% longer battery life compared to its predecessor. According to the leaked slide, Broadwell capped out at 8.5 hours with the test configuration...

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08:37
Twitch Yanks Player Controls From Flash


Game-streaming service Twitch on Thursday joined Apple and other tech companies in swearing off its dependence on Adobe's Flash. The move away from Flash will happen in stages, but Twitch has promised its community that the gradual rollout will advance at a steady pace. Twitch began the transition to the more secure HTML5 and JavaScript by hybridizing its streaming video player. The controls have been replaced with HTML5 objects, but the streams running below are still Flash.

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08:20
Apple Pay Rival CurrentC Launching in Limited Trial...

The Merchant Customer Exchange's contactless payment system, CurrentC, is gearing up for a limited trial run next month in the stores of the companies that began backing MCX in 2012, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, according to unnamed sources speaking with Bloomberg. The service is backed by a large roster of retailers, from Sears to Wendy's, who support the platform as a way to avoid losing integral shopping data to an increasingly competitive market thanks to the likes of Apple and Google. CurrentC is different from Apple Pay however, using barcodes and RFID scanners in place of NFC terminals Apple took advantage of with Apple Pay. As Bloomberg points out, it also has a major hurdle regarding the signing of deals with major credit card companies,...

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08:04
Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to...

CurrentC, the MCX-developed mobile payment platform backed by a number of major U.S. retailers, will reportedly see an initial trial run in August, signaling that the service is finally approaching a public launch.

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08:04
9to5Toys Last Call: Black Friday in July, 5K iMac $1...

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08:00
Office 365 news roundup

We had a great time at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, where more than 14,000 people gathered to celebrate our Partners’ vital work and to share information that will help them continue to serve our customers and grow their businesses. Office 365 was a huge part of WPC, and we gave our Partners a first look at some innovations we are unleashing to help organizations transform how they work. We also announced a significant expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider program to include Azure and CRM Online as well as Office 365, and we are making the program available to all eligible Partners in 131 countries.
Mobile and cloud technology were big topics at WPC, which is unsurprising when you consider how much they...

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08:00
What to play this weekend: Agar.io

Recently I was hanging out with some friends when someone showed me Agar.io for iPhone (free, universal). "You're a cell who eats other cells while trying to avoid getting eaten yourself," he said.

"That's it?" I said.

"That's it."

Agar.io comes to iOS after a successful run on PC and browser-based play. This mobile version preserves the low-end, no-frills graphics of its siblings and is somehow just as compelling. I've pretty much explained everything there is to know, but here are a few more details.

Game play

Agar.io is a world-wide competition. You'll start with a tiny circle that you can name. The game begins right away and your "cell" appears on what looks like a field of grid paper, along with other cells of various sizes. The point is to grow larger, which you do by running into, or "eating," cells smaller than yourself....

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07:49
Intel Skylake Processors: Up to 20% Performance...

Less than two weeks before Intel announces new desktop Skylake processors at the Gamescom trade show in Germany on August 5, likely to be used in future Macs, FanlessTech has leaked an Intel slide deck that offers a closer look at some of the performance enhancements the next-generation processors will deliver for both desktop computers and notebooks. The leaked slides reveal that Skylake processors will provide a 10%-20% CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30% faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30% longer battery life. The specific performance improvements to the four main Skylake families are outlined below based on preliminary data, with the MacBook model appropriate for each chip listed in...

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07:03
Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact...

Apple Music so far isn't -- and probably won't be -- a meaningful threat to Pandora, the latter company's CEO told analysts during a conference call announcing better-than-expected quarterly financials.

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07:00
Caffeinate Your Commands

The caffeinate command is pretty cool. It keeps your computer from going to sleep. It can run in a couple of different ways. There’s a timer that prevents sleep for a little while. You can also run another command from within caffeinate that keeps the system awake until the other command is finished. Here, we’ll scp a file called source file to a host called servername and keep the system from going to sleep until the process is finished:
caffeinate -s scp sourcefile me:servername/targetfile
Here, we’ll just use the boring command to tell the computer not to go to sleep for an hour:
caffeinate -t 3600 &

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06:54
Review: Manfrotto KLYP+, the fun iPhonography kit at...


As Apple’s Shot on iPhone ad campaign illustrates, the iPhone is a capable camera in the right hands. Many people find that it’s the only camera they ever need.
But if you’ve ever wished it could do just a little more without carrying around too much extra bulk, the Manfrotto KLYP+ kit may be worth a look. It’s an iPhone case (available for a range of models) that comes with two screw-on lenses and a combination light and tripod mount. The whole kit comes in at $125 … 
Look & feel
The case itself is very plasticky, and to be honest feels a little cheap for something made by a manufacturer of Manfrotto’s standing. For...

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06:48
How to Find Your Lost Fitbit with Your iPhone

Losing your Fitbit really sucks, but it doesn't have to stay lost forever. With a little patience and an iPhone you can track yours down. This is something TMO's Jeff Gamet experienced first hand, and then detailed so you can find your lost Fitbit-or other Bluetooth device-too.


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06:42
Poll: Should Apple Music be labeled as beta until...


It’s been almost a month since Apple Music first launched, and reception seems to be largely critical despite the music streaming service being completely free to use for the first three months after signing up.
Parts of the service suffered the far-t00-common multi-hour outage earlier this week while professional Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple condemned the “nightmare” service after losing purchased music and experiencing complicated UI/UX issues. 9to5Mac’s Jeremy Horwitz...

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06:17
Merlin Project 3.1.0.40305 - Project management...

Merlin Project is for those of you who are responsible for complex projects. Simple lists of tasks won't suffice. Good planning raises questions about the dependencies of activities on each other, the impact of delays on the project completion date, and budget planning. Here, a spreadsheet quickly runs up against its limitations. These are precisely the answers Merlin Project provides you with to plan and implement projects with just a few mouse clicks. Have we whetted your appetite? Read on to learn about all the benefits of this truly magical software.Version 3.1.0.40305: New Features

  • Merlin Project is now supporting AppleScript. Use it to access the contents and the user interface of Merlin documents and create rich automation workflows. For more information, open Merlin Project's script dictionary in the Script Editor.app.
  • You can place AppleScript files in Merlin Project's script folder and easily access them from the main menu under File...

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06:13
Apple's $26.5B in purchase commitments hint at...

Apple had $26.5 billion in off-balance sheet commitments at the end of the June quarter -- a massive year-over-year increase that suggests the company is planning for a record breaking launch of its next-generation "iPhone 6s."

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06:00
Steve Jobs, The Movie
05:52
Ericsson Seeks Discovery with Apple's Korean...

At the top of the month we reported that Ericsson had filed two Letter Rogatory Motions with the Court to obtain discovery from two of Apple's foreign battery makers Simplo (Taiwan) and Shenzhen Desay Batter (China). Today we've learnt that Ericsson had recently filed a "Motion ...

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05:50
X-Files: The Truth, or the Teaser Trailer, is Out...

After years of waiting, Mulder and Scully are back together again and we're finally getting a first look at our two favorite FBI agents on screen. Fox's teaser trailer for the upcoming six episode X-Files mini series is out with mysterious lights and quick camera shots, and Mulder asking, "Are you ready for this, Scully?" We all have until January 24, 2016 to get ready, because that's when the mini series premiers.


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05:35
How to Replace a Cracked iPhone 5c Screen with...

With his wife’s iPhone 5c suffering from a broken screen, Josh Centers had the perfect opportunity to test out the Screasy iPhone Screen Repair Kit. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:28
News: Apple pulls Nest from its stores

Apple has pulled the venerable Nest smart thermostat from its retail and online stores in the wake of a series of new HomeKit products, Mashable reports. Originally designed by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, the Nest thermostat was at the leading edge of connected smart home products and considered by many to be inspired by an Apple design ethos, particularly when Apple became one of the first retailers to sell the device in 2012.…

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05:27
FunBITS: Music in Time and Space

A clever Web site takes you on a space-time journey to sample popular music from bygone decades. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:16
Artboard for Mac OS X adds Photos support

Mapdiva has announced Artboard 1.9.8, an update of the Mac OS X vector drawing software. The new version adds support for Apple's new Photos app.
Artboard offers shared styles, expert stacked styles, and extensive clip art and a styles collection. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website (www.mapdiva.com), with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial.
Artboard 1.9.8 is available for US$29.99 through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category, and directly from the Mapdiva web store. It's a free update for existing users.

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05:10
Teen finds pics of very first Nirvana gig tucked...
05:08
Purported iPhone 6s front panel image leaked,...


If you were wondering what a purported image of the new front panel to the next-gen iPhone might look like, it goes a bit like this:

According to French web site Nowhereelse.fr, the front panel image was shared by a source close to the story who also said that the iPhone parts are currently in production and ready to be shipped to iPhone 6s assembly lines for use in the Silver and Gold iPhone 6s.

As an “S” upgrade, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are not expected to feature physical design changes, so as is expected, the front panels said to be for the iPhone 6s look identical to front panels for the iPhone 6. Previous iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s...

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05:01
News: Daily Deal: NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer for only $19.99 – 86% off the regular price. This powerful Wi-Fi analysis tool helps you get the most out of your Internet connection by using your MacBook to visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks. NetSpot’s features allow you to figure out the optimal placement for your hotspots and selection of radio channels, with visual maps that help you see where…

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04:57
BBC interview with Tony Fadell [VIDEO]

The embedded video is short and (to me) well worth watching, especially the part about privacy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:55
Microsoft Office for iOS updated, adds Outlook...



You might want to update your Microsoft apps for iOS today.
A new update for the iOS apps adds support for viewing protected documents and Outlook integration. For Outlook, users now have the ability to “send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.”

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint have also received support for bi-directional and script languages, including Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic.
The updated apps will also now let users invite others to edit a document and configure permissions for those collaborators.
The Microsoft Office apps are available...

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04:55
OS X Photos: Using Split View

Today we've got another Quick Tip for you about the Photos program, and in this one, we'll discuss how to use what's called Split View. This feature makes it easy as pie to view all of the images taken at the same time and place, so if you need to apply the same adjustments to a bunch of pictures at once, it's simple!


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04:33
∞ Dave Mark: Why I’m not done with Apple Music

A few days ago, Jim wrote about his nightmarish experience with Apple Music. I do understand his frustration. But I’m not ready to give up on Apple Music just yet.Here’s why…

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04:32
Senator Al Franken to Attorney General and FTC Chair...

I think this letter has the potential to change things for Apple. Very specific allegations.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:14
iPhone Film Festival announces winners

Check out the entries on the winners page. Some impressive filmmaking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:10
AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, future of...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's earnings call, Neil reveals how he feels about Wall Street analysts, Victor endorses the Mac App Store, and Mikey tells all about the good and bad of the Coin connected credit card.

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03:38
Gartner: worldwide semiconductor capital spending to...

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, to US$66.1 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This is down from the 4.1% growth predicted in the previous quarter's forecast.
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03:26
Kool Tools: TLight 'made for iPhone' LED...

TLight's (www.tlight.cc) tLight S3 and S3x LED desk lights offer true-color light output and charging dock for recharging all iPhone and iPods with a Lightning connector. With the additional USB port the tLights can also recharge other tablets and most smartphones.
 
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03:07
Google Spotlight Stories arrives on iOS – beautiful...


There aren’t too many cool apps that launch first on Android, but Google Spotlight Stories is one. It plays sweet, animated stories using a mix of 2D and 3D imagery – the cool part being that you can ‘look around’ the scene simply by rotating your phone.

Immerse yourself in a world of storytelling made just for mobile. Engineers and critically-acclaimed filmmakers are bringing stories to life using the latest advances in mobile technology. Using 3D and 2D animation, 360° spherical cinema-quality video, sound sphere audio and sensor fusion techniques, the screen is now a window into a story that unfolds all around you. Look anywhere, follow individual characters, watch it over again and again. It’s a little...

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03:01
Merlin Project for Mac OS X now supports AppleScript

ProjectWizards (http://projectwizards.net/) has released Merlin Project 3.1, an upgrade of the project-management software for Mac OS X.
With support for AppleScript, version 3.1 has expanded its connections to popular and important third-party apps. Whether users import entire projects from Microsoft Project or just export individual tables from Microsoft Excel, Merlin Project lets users exchange data.
A demo is available for download. Merlin Project cost US$299 for a single-user license.

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Thursday July 23

13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Check out Speck's new...

...plus cases for working out, classic hardshells, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes some pretty wood-based cases from Carved and Native Union, a new battery pack from iBattz, and a versatile armband from PureGear.AlexciousHandmade from a single block of wood, the Wooden Cover (iPhone 6; $72) fits your iPhone 6 to a tee and adds a layer of protection to its back and sides.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20:09
Nest Thermostats Pulled from Apple Stores, Replaced...

Apple has pulled Nest Learning Thermostats from its online Apple Store and its fleet of Apple Store retail locations. The news comes in the wake of the first HomeKit products being rolled out at the Apple Stores, and a HomeKit-compatible thermostat called ecobee3 has replaced it.


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19:59
VueScan 9.5.21 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers. Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine.
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19:59
Posterino 3.2.1 - Create posters, collages,...

Posterino offers enhanced customization and flexibility including a variety of new, stylish templates featuring grids of identical or odd-sized image boxes. You can customize the size and shape of these boxes at any time. And with a single click, the application will automatically fill those boxes with random images drawn from the photos you uploaded. If you prefer to manually select images, you can simply drag and drop images into the template. Sharing your photos is quick and simple as well. You can directly upload your completed collages to your Facebook, Twitter or Flickr account from inside the app, and export photos to iPhoto and your email. Posterino also lets you create and send custom e-cards with your very own stamps and postmarks. The new features of Posterino 3 are:

  • Improved workflow throughout: Adding, removing or creating image objects now results in an instant re-layout of your document.
  • New and improved content: Expect new...

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19:59
DM1 2.0 - Advanced drum machine. (Commercial)

DM1 is an advanced Drum Machine. It turns your computer into a fun and creative beat making machine. Easy and fast to use, loaded with 86 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.
 With Midi In & out, DM1 is ready to fit your digital audio workstation. As electronic musicians ourselves, we, at Fingerlab, have developed DM1 with the intention of delivering the perfect mix between fun playability and powerful sonic capacities. We always keep in mind the importance of a beautiful design with the right balance of powerful abilities while avoiding clumsy, overbusy interfaces. Check our 86 electronic drum kits. 20 classic vintage drum kits plus 66 in-house produced electronic kits, edited and mastered at Fingerlab professional studio. DM1 offers 5 main sections:

  1. THE STEP SEQUENCER Just turn on and off steps in your sequence to create cool beats, or unexpected rhythms!
  2. THE...

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19:57
THORwin humanoid machine wins robotic soccer...

THORwin isn't quite capable of bending it like Beckham yet, but when it comes to robotic soccer players, it's one of the best. The US-made machine has just won top prize in the adult-sized category at this year's RoboCup in China, an international an...

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18:47
YouTube for iOS updated w/ support for fullscreen...



On the same night that VidCon kicks off in Los Angeles, Google has released a new version of YouTube for iOS. Earlier this week, the Android version of the app was updated with a fix for those annoying videos filmed vertically. Now, that update is making its way to iOS.

Available now on the App Store, version 10.28 of YouTube for iOS now supports the ability to view vertically...

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18:26
App Store puts 100 iOS titles on sale for 99 cents,...

In a pair of iOS App Store developments on Thursday, Apple put a collection of 100 titles up for sale priced at 99 cents each, while Google updated YouTube for iOS to make the "vertical video" viewing experience a bit more bearable.

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17:02
Apple, Dow Chemical, Levi Strauss Support LGBT Non-...

Apple joined Dow Chemical Company and the Levi Strauss & Co. in officially supporting the Equality Act, proposed legislation that would establish federal equality for the LGBT community in the U.S.


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06:34
Chrome 44 brings the Physical Web to iPhone, iPad

Google recently released Chrome 44 for iOS, an update that offers support for the company's Physical Web project, as well as some handy navigation features to the iPhone and iPad. 
With the addition of Google's Physical Web support, iOS devices are able to communicate with smart devices without downloading a special app for each gadget. Instead, you can communicate via web technologies using the Chrome widget from the Today view on iOS.
When enabled, the Chrome widget scans for smart devices that support Physical Web interactions by broadcasting URLs.  When your device finds an appropriate URL, you can choose the broadcasting device from a list displayed in the Today View, and then interact with it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:53
Apple Watch charging docks could get less clumsy...

If you’re thinking about buying a third-party charging dock for the Apple Watch, you may want to wait for officially-licensed versions to come around.Sources have told 9to5Mac that Apple will soon include smartwatch charging modules in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program. This will allow for new docks with integrated wireless chargers.Although several third-party Apple Watch docks are available already—with some even popping up before the smartwatch went on sale—none of them have an actual charger built-in. Instead, users must take Apple’s official charger and snake it through the dock, which...

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08:10
Apple's security requirements are reportedly...

Apple launched HomeKit last year to unite your smart home accessories under one framework. But we’ve only seen a handful of HomeKit-compatible devices on store shelves, and now manufacturers are saying Apple’s tough security demands are causing the delay.
Devices that use both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE are suffering the most, according to Forbes. Apple has stringent requirements for manufacturers aiming to get HomeKit-certified for Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi accessories: those devices must use 3072-bit keys and Curve25519, the 128-bit elliptic curve, for encrypted key exchange and digital signatures. Those security standards will help HomeKit devices protect against outside...

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15:20
Apple removes Nest Learning Thermostat from online,...

A pair of reports this week made note of Apple's apparent decision to remove Google's Nest Learning Thermostat from its online and brick-and-mortar stores, leaving only smart home devices compatible with HomeKit available for purchase.

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15:18
Apple stops selling Nest’s smart thermostat...


Apple has removed Google’s Nest smart thermostat from both its online store and physical retail locations following the launch of some of the first HomeKit devices. As reported by Mashable, Google’s smart thermostat is not available from Apple and searching for the product on Apple’s online store now reveals HomeKit-compatible smart devices instead.

Specifically, Apple is marketing the Ecobee 3 smart thermostat instead of Nest’s offering. The Ecobee 3 runs $249 and officially went on sale in Apple Stores earlier this month...

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15:00
Apple Ceases Selling Nest Products Online and In...

Apple has stopped selling the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Smoke Alarm in its stores and has confirmed to Mashable that it will no longer be carrying Nest products. The Nest thermostat was still available online earlier this month, but a search for the Nest thermostat or smoke alarm now redirects customers to other HomeKit products. Apple's decision to stop offering Google's Nest products in its retail stores and online comes just over a month after the first HomeKit-compatible products became available for purchase. In early June, Lutron, iHome, Elgato, Ecobee, and Insteon began offering a range of smart lights, plugs, thermostats, room monitors, and more, all of which work with HomeKit. The ...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 23, 2015

What's at the top of the Apple news today? Here's a good hint:

  • Apple announces the nice deal that will be part of the 2015 Back to School promotion
  • Meerkat and GoPro link up to provide livestreaming of video from GoPro action cams
  • Annual sales of iOS devices now equal total annual unit sales of Windows PCs
  • Apple adds 35 more US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay

Want to read the news and not listen to it? Take a look at the text version below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 23, 2015.

Thinking about getting a new Mac soon? If you’re a student or educator, Apple has a deal for you as part of its Back to School promotion for 2015. If you buy a...

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14:50
Honda Introduces 2016 Accord With CarPlay and...

Honda today at its high-tech research facility in Mountain View introduced its new 2016 Accord with support for both CarPlay and Android Auto, reports Re/code. The ninth-generation sedan will be the first Honda vehicle to support CarPlay as the Japanese car maker aims to expand the iPhone-based dashboard system across its vehicle lineup throughout 2016 and beyond. Honda's new 2016 Accord supports CarPlay (Image: Mercury News/Dai Sugano) CarPlay will come standard on 2016 Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models. Honda opted to announce the mid-sized vehicle in Mountain View, as opposed to traditional auto hotbeds such as Detroit and Los Angeles, because of Silicon Valley's growing importance to the auto industry, particularly as vehicles become more connected with CarPlay and other modern technologies...

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14:40
Apple Reveals Lightning Connectors with Graphene...

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that their lightning connectors use graphene signal paths.

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14:40
Apple Back-to-School 2015 Promo: Free $200 Beats...

Apple on Thursday launched its Back to School 2015 promo offer-users who buy a qualifying Mac through educational pricing will get a pair of free Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, which retail for $199.95. Customers also have the option of getting Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for $100, a discount of $199.95.


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14:28
Honda says CarPlay to share dash space with Android...

Honda on Thursday announced that the 2016 model year Accord will be its first car to support CarPlay, making good on a promise from March of last year to bring Apple's iOS-powered infotainment platform to its auto lineup.

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14:08
Honda reaffirms commitment to Apple’s CarPlay, says...


When CarPlay was debuted in March of 2014, a variety of automobile manufacturers signed on to support Apple’s in-car offering. One of those launch partners was Honda and despite the manufacturer having promised to support the platform from the beginning, it has yet to release any car model with support for CarPlay. Today, however, Honda announced at an event in Silicon Valley that it will begin shipping cars with support for CarPlay in 2016.

Speaking at the event, Honda’s American Research and Development head Frank Paluch promised that the manufacturer will begin supporting both CarPlay...

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14:00
Apple celebrates 25th anniversary of the Americans...

Observing 25 years of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, Apple is profiling a collection of accessibility apps expressly designed to accommodate users with vision, hearing, speech, physical and motor skills or learning and literacy issues.

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13:59
Apple throws clout behind Equality Act blocking...

Via a press statement, Apple on Thursday officially backed the Equality Act, an expansion of 1964's Civil Rights Act that -- if voted in -- would add gender identity and sexual orientation to non-discrimination protections for Americans.

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13:53
First photos of supposed 'iPhone 6s' front...

A set of photos posted to the Web on Thursday claim to show so-called "iPhone 6s" screens rolling off the production line, suggesting mass manufacturing of the next-generation handset has started.

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13:50
AppleCare for Mac Covers AirPort, Some Accessories,...

Purchasing AppleCare for your Mac actually covers more than just your computer. For starters, everything in the box is covered, including power adapters (for MacBooks), accessories, trackpads, and what many people don't realize, your AirPort devices, even when you purchased them at another time.


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13:47
Apple highlighting Accessibility apps to celebrate...


Apple today has launched a new page on the App Store dedicated to showcasing apps that take advantage of the Accessibility features on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple says that the section is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Accessibility featured page on the App Store is further broken down into sections for Vision, Hearing, Speech, Learning and Literacy, and Physical and Motor Skill.

Apple last month promoted a section of apps that took advantage of VoiceOver and later showcased LBGT...

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13:46
Patent application shows possible Apple TV remote...



Apple may not have released its anticipated next-gen Apple TV console at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but it appears that the company is still working on one.
A recently published patent shows an Apple TV remote with a built-in Touch ID sensor.
As is often the case, the patent is expressed in extremely broad terms, referring to a “sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user” and mentioning everything from iris detection to voice sensing, but a fingerprint is included and appears to be what is shown in the main drawing.

The patent suggests that biometric authorization could perform functions like...

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13:40
Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle:$39

We have a deal for folks who want to learn to make the most of the awesome Raspberry Pi linux board. It's a bundle of five training courses including Introduction to Raspberry Pi, Hardware Projects Using Raspberry Pi, Python Programming for Beginners, Real World Guide to Hardware Design, and PiBot: Built Your Own Raspberry Po-Powered Robot. Come on, that's frakking cool! Through our deal you can get this bundle for $39, some 93 percent off retail. Check it out.


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13:25
'iPhone 6s' Front Panel Depicted in New...

An image said to depict the front panel of the upcoming "iPhone 6s" has been shared by French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] this afternoon, giving us our first glimpse at the screen for the device. According to the site, the front panel images were shared by an informant who also said that the iPhone parts are currently in production and ready to be shipped to iPhone 6s assembly lines for use in the Silver and Gold iPhone 6s. As an "S" upgrade, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are not expected to feature physical design changes, so as is expected, the front panels said to be for the iPhone 6s look identical to front panels for the iPhone 6. Previous iPhone 6s...

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13:21
Spotify Just Landed the Best Advertising without...

Jim Dalrymple's bombshell titled "Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it," is a must read for anyone sitting on the sidelines regarding Apple Music.

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12:54
iTunes Needs To Break Up…With Itself

With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. It's been made even worse with the advent of Apple Music. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software.


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12:53
Apple launches massive iOS sale w/ 100 apps for $0....

From 9to5Toys.com:

Unlike most App Store promos, Apple has now quietly kicked off one the largest iOS game/app sales we have seen this year. The news comes courtesy of participating app developer Readdle.
The sale includes 100 apps and games at “new low prices”, most of which are $0.99. While we have posted some of these titles over the past week in our daily/game app roundups, this is the first time they’ve all appeared together in one giant sale. Now is your chance to fill up your app library, as we are seeing all-time lows on games, productivity apps, photography apps and much more.
A couple standouts...

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12:42
IDC: Apple snags global smartphone marketshare from...

IDC research data published on Thursday shows that Apple's share of the global smartphone market grew to 14.1 percent in the June quarter, up from 11.7 percent in the same period a year ago -- largely at the expense of Samsung.

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12:40
Meerkat teaming up with GoPro to offer live...


Twitter’s Periscope app may have taken a lot of the attention from Meerkat after the live video streaming competitor launched, but the first live streaming service to capture everyone’s attention this year isn’t giving up yet.
Meerkat announced an interesting partnership with GoPro today at VidCon, CNBC says. The partnership will allow GoPro users to live stream on the Meerkat service using action cameras. Previously streaming was limited to using either the front or rear smartphone camera so adding GoPro cameras as a source should result in some interesting streams for viewers.
The integration...

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12:25
Microsoft Office iOS apps add Outlook integration,...



Microsoft is rolling out an update to some its Office iOS apps today that includes a handful of new features for the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel iPhone and iPad apps.
Among the new features, all three apps get support for viewing protected documents and Outlook integration. For Outlook, users now have the ability to “send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.”
In addition, all three apps get support for bi-directional and script languages, including Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic.
The updated apps will also now let users invite others to edit a document and configure permissions for those...

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12:16
Tip of the Day: Accessing a song’s album in the iOS...

One of the features that may appear to be conspicuously absent in the newly redesigned Music app in iOS 8.4 is that ability to find the associated album or artist when looking at a given track. The menus provide a wealth of options for adding tracks to up next or starting stations, but the way to see a list of other tracks on that album is less obvious. In reality, the option is there, but it’s hidden behind the album cover, which is kind of…

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12:03
The truth about a new vulnerability on OS X Yosemite

Rene Ritchie:To make a bad analogy, if they’ve already broken into your house, they can break into the locked drawer in your desk as well.well said.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Bluelounge Posto: The vital accessory you didn’t...

Every once in a while we get review items that seem a little strange… until we give them a try. The Bluelounge Posto (US$19.95) is one of those accessories that clicked with me the minute I did the one-time assembly and put my headphones onto it.

That’s right; Posto is a headphone stand. It’s rather simple in design, featuring a square base with four nonslip rubber feet, an 8-inch (20 cm) tall post, and a silicone hook that your headphones rest on when not in use.

Bluelounge says that Posto works with any headphones. I was doubtful since I have the strangely-shaped (but wonderful) Blue Mic Mo-Fi headphones, but sure enough, the Mo-Fi set hangs on the Posto nicely.

So is it functional? Yep. Posto is one more accessory that might possibly just keep my desktop clearer in the future. Instead of just tossing my ‘phones onto the desktop and having them take up about 52...

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11:59
Removing Apple Pay on a lost Apple Watch

I love my Apple Watch and just the thought of losing it is scary, but having a way to turn off Apple Pay on the Web is nice.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:36
Hackers Take Hijacked Jeep Cherokee for Joyride


White-hat hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely took over a Jeep Cherokee, ran its controls, then cut the transmission as it sped at 70 mph along Interstate 64 in an experiment conducted with Wired. They turned on the air conditioning, switched radio channels, turned on the windshield wipers, activated the windshield washer fluid pump, and transmitted a photo of themselves to the vehicle's digital display -- all from a laptop 10 miles away. The hackers attacked through Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system.

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11:35
Gear: Hex Stinson Collection Relay Duffel + Echo...

Hex recently introduced its Stinson Collection, a new collection of three different bags coming in seven different designs — 21 bags in all. We received the charcoal canvas version of Relay Duffel ($110) and the denim/dot-design Echo Backpack ($80). The former has external pockets for electronics, while the backpack can hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro.

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11:28
“I don’t understand the doom and gloom”

Just look at the company’s historic success with the iPhone and you can tell that we are indeed living in strange times! So far Apple has taken down Nokia and left Motorola, HTC and Samsung gasping for air. The profits have not stopped flowing to Cupertino. Apple has reported $42.3 billion in net income so far for the first three quarters of this fiscal year. That’s more than the company’s profits for all of 2012.I’ve said this before, but no company that reports a profit in the billions of dollars should be worried about doom and gloom. It’s based on what Wall Street predicts, which seems flawed to me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:21
As Expected, Apple Goes on Record Supporting the...

In advance of this afternoon’s introduction of the historic Equality Act in Congress, today three major American companies announced their support for comprehensive federal non-discrimination legislation that would establish full, federal equality for all LGBT Americans. Each of the leading corporations – which include Apple ...

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11:21
Apple Backs Federal Non-Discrimination LGBT Equality...

Apple today declared its support for the Equality Act of 2015, introduced by members of congress this afternoon. The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the legislation that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin. In a statement to the Human Rights Campaign, Apple echoed sentiments on equality that it has shared several times before:At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.The Equality Act will ensure full federal equality for all LGBT Americans, including those who live in the 31 states that do not...

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10:59
Pinterest for iOS updated with enhanced Pin button...


The iOS 8 update last year introduced the ability for third-party apps to extend their apps to share sheets in other apps just like Messages, Mail, Facebook, and other apps. Pinterest was ready on day one with an iOS app extension in the form of a Pin button that allowed you to “pin” content from Safari to your account.
Today its introducing an enhanced version of that Pin button just as functional as the web version with the ability to “edit descriptions of Pins, create new boards and choose from multiple images in a new grid format.” This should make it easier to save content for viewing later, tagging it with a proper description, and putting in somewhere where you can find it safely later when using the service.
You can download the latest version of Pinterest with the enhanced Pin button share extension for free from the...

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10:31
External Link: Jim Dalrymple Quits Apple Music,...

When longtime Apple journalist and fan Jim Dalrymple is angry with Apple, you know something’s wrong. Dalrymple has announced on his blog, The Loop, that he’s “done” with Apple Music after it wrecked his extensive iTunes library. The first problem arose when he tried to add songs from different albums that iTunes saw as duplicates and ignored. Later, it jumbled up his albums, refused to sync between devices, and when he disabled Apple Music, it took 4,700 of his songs with it. “I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again,” Dalrymple said. 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...

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10:30
Apple backing LGBT anti-discrimination Equality Act


Apple is officially putting its weight behind new LGBT anti-discrimination legislature currently being proposed in Congress. The company said in a statement to the Human Rights Campaign that it actively supports the Equality Act.
At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.
Apple’s support for the bill that would expand federal protections in the workplace to LGBT Americans in all states follows several years of Apple CEO Tim Cook calling on Congress to pass such legislation, and Apple’s backing is in line with its own company policies....

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10:30
PhotoFast MAX puts speedy data transfer and backup...

PhotoFast MAX (left) and PhotoFast iFlashDrive (right). Photos ©2015, Steven Sande

PhotoFast MAX (starting at US$79.99 for 16GB) is the latest incarnation of what used to be known as the i-FlashDrive. Take a USB 3.0 flash drive, add a Lightning adapter to one end, and toss in an iOS app to organize and view files, and you have an iFlashDrive. Let’s start this review with a bit of history.

Way back in the year 2009 (remember that year?), one nasty little problem showed up with the iPhone — if you wanted to move some large files between it and your Mac or PC, you were stuck trying to do it through iTunes. That didn’t always work, as there were certain file types that just weren’t recognized.

Along came the i-FlashDrive, which at that time had a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a 30-pin dock connector (remember those?) on the other. I found the device to be surprisingly useful, particularly when I wanted...

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10:30
A Tweet-Sized Exploit Can Get Root On OS X 10.10

vivaoporto writes: The Register reports a root-level privilege-escalation exploit that allows one to gain administrator-level privileges on an OS X Yosemite Mac using code so small that fits in a tweet.

The security bug, documented by iOS and OS X guru Stefan Esserwhich, can be exploited by malware and attackers to gain total control of the computer.

This flaw is present in the latest version of Yosemite, OS X 10.10.4, and the beta, version 10.10.5 but is already fixed in the preview beta of El Capitan (OS X 10.11) Speaking of exploits:

Reader trailrunner 7 notes that "HP’s Zero Day Initiative has released four new zero days in Internet Explorer that can lead to remote code execution."

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10:13
IDC Reports Apple's Smartphone Growth Year over...

According to IDC's latest statistical report regarding smartphone sales, they note that "Apple's second quarter proved to be its biggest fiscal third quarter ever ...

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10:10
Apple supplier LG Display to spend nearly $1B on...

LG Display on Thursday announced plans to devote almost $1 billion towards building a fourth OLED factory, one that could potentially be instrumental in keeping up with demand for products like the Apple Watch.

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09:54
News: Apple Maps van spotted in greater NYC metro...

Though Apple has already announced it will be driving vehicles in certain cities to collect Apple Maps data — it provides an updated location list on its website — iLounge spotted an Apple Maps van today in Tarrytown, N.Y. Tarrytown is located in Westchester County, N.Y., about 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan. The sighting isn’t entirely surprising, but it does give us some idea that Apple’s current data collection may expand significantly…

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09:32
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-23: Apple Music and...

Apple Music it taking some heat from Senator Al Franken and The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Senator Franken's call for an FTC probe into what he thinks may be an unfair pricing advantage, and they also look at the problems that are pushing some people away from Apple Music.


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09:15
OPM Director's Resignation Draws Mixed Reactions


The resignation of U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta is drawing mixed reactions from the cybersecurity community. Archuleta's departure on July 10, in the wake of a massive data breach resulting in the theft of the personal information of more than 22 million people, is being characterized by security pros as everything from "necessary" to "unfair." It was "fair, justified and necessary," said Richard Blech, cofounder and CEO of Secure Channels.

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09:15
Apple's Supply Chain Claims Mac Sales will do...

During Apple's Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple continued to defy the industry trend with a growth rate of 9% in a market that IDC measured recently as contracting by 12%. More importantly, Apple's Mac sales in China ...

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08:44
IDC: Apple snatches 3% of smartphone users from...


IDC has just released its smartphone market share data for Q2 2015, and at least one thing is clear: Samsung is still struggling, and Apple is still doing really well. The Korean company’s smartphone market share dropped from 24.8% to 21.7% year-over-year, a 3.1 percentage point drop. Conveniently, while other manufacturers made gains as well, Apple’s numbers are up about the same number — 2.4 percentage points year-over-year to 14.1%…...

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08:39
Worldwide smartphone market posts 11.6% year-over-...

According to the latest preliminary release from IDC (www.idc.com), vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14.
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08:39
Rumor: Supply chain expects Apple to grow Mac...

Apple's Mac orders with suppliers have remained constant, and are expected to increase overall during the second half of the year, heading into the lucrative holiday shopping season, according to a new rumor out of Apple's supply chain.

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08:32
Samsung to Include Samsung Pay & Greater...

Samsung announced on Tuesday that their new Note 5 will be launching ahead of schedule in New York on August 13 in the hopes of driving new sales before Apple's next iPhone 6 phablet debuts in September. One of the big features that Samsung will be launching with their new Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung Pay. The chief of a French mobile security solutions firm offered

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08:20
Apple Japanese Suppliers Experience Parts Boom due...

Today we learned that six major component makers in Japan saw total revenues from April-June 2015 increase 17% on year for a value of US$10.67 billion, largely due to strong demand from the iPhone ...

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08:06
9to5Toys Last Call: GoPro HERO4 Black $399,...

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08:03
Mellel 3.4.2

Addresses an issue that prevented older .mell files from being opened. ($39 new, free update, 93.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:00
Announcing the Superheroes in the Classroom blog...

Every year, Microsoft welcomes some of the world’s most innovative educators and students from around the world at its annual E2 Summit to share best practices on how to use technology to enhance student learning. At this year’s summit, the Office Mix team got to meet Kelli Etheredge, director of Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. Kelli shared the story of how St. Paul’s students used Office Mix to teach each other about human body systems in their 4th–grade science class.
The next thing she knew, the Office Mix team was interviewing the students and their teachers over Skype for Business to hear firsthand how they learned about Office Mix, how they created mixes for the first time, and more importantly, how it impacted—and improved—the students’ desire to...

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08:00
Episode 055 on how Sunrise uses the Calendar API...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Pierre-Élie Fauche about how the Sunrise team swapped out their old approach to fetch calendar information locally from the phones to use the Office 365 APIs instead.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP55_sunrise.mp3
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08:00
How-To: Screen record in full 4K/5K resolution at...


4K and 5K displays are relatively new, but with more and more users upgrading, there is some catching up to do with apps to support the higher resolution screens. That’s why we were pleased when Screenium, one of our favorite screen recording suites, updated earlier this month with some pretty notable new features for Retina, 4K and 5K display users, as well as everyone looking for a solid screen capture solution.
After months of trying different screen casting software and running into issues on 4K and Retina displays, Screenium 3 has finally delivered what we’ve been waiting for. The company has been hard at work on a custom video codec that makes continuous screen recording at 60fps on...

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07:54
Apple and Samsung Combined for Over One-Third of...

The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the premium smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between Samsung and Apple, which accounted for 21.7% and 14.1% market share in the second quarter respectively. The rival tech companies combined for 35.8% quarterly market share, finishing well ahead of emerging Chinese competitors Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo during the three-month period ending June 30. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that smartphone vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter, an 11.6% increase from the 302.1 million units shipped in the year-ago quarter. The growth was driven by not only premium devices sold by Apple and Samsung, but also the growing number of affordable handsets available in emerging countries such as China and India. Apple increased 2.4 percentage points to 14.1% during the second...

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07:45
Sales of Apple's iOS devices now equal total...

Sales of Apple's iOS lineup -- comprised of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch -- has now matched annual sales of devices running the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows platform.

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07:40
Best Buy Black Friday in July: iPad Air 2 $125 off,...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Update (7/24 8:30am): Best Buy’s Black Friday in July event is now open to everyone.
Just a week after Amazon’s Prime Day event (fiasco?), Best Buy is set to run its Black Friday in July Sale this weekend. One of the standout deals is a $125 discount on all iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi models. Even though the sale doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, new and existing My Best Buy members can...

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07:38
Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music...

Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws.


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07:30
2 Days Left: Free AppleCare with all early-2015 13...

[Problems with these deals have been corrected] For the next 2 Days or until supplies run out, readers can get 3 years of AppleCare free plus instant discounts on all of Apple's standard early-2015 13" MacBook Pros, or save between $119 and $200 on select custom configurations with exclusive coupon codes. In each case, these deals deliver the lowest prices ever for each of these new models.

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07:28
Beamer 2.1.3 - Stream any movie file from your Mac...

Beamer streams to your Apple TV.... Plays any movie file - Just like the popular desktop movie players, Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. To Beamer, it's all the same. High quality image and sound - Unlike Screen Mirroring, Beamer is specifically optimized for video playback at the highest quality and supports 5.1 surround sound. No glitches, clicks, pops or other shenanigans. The video looks just as good as it would on your desktop. Easy Subtitles - Beamer automatically detects embedded subtitles and associated subtitle files. If possible, subtitles will be selected automatically based on your Apple TV's Subtitle Language preference. Remote Control - You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the movie using the Apple TV remote. No need to get up from the couch! Start now, finish later - Beamer remembers what you have watched and...

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07:27
Review: Trinity Delta, the first in-ear headphones...


I’m an on-ear/over-ear headphone guy. To me, the size and weight has always been a price worth paying for the far higher quality and sound isolation they deliver when compared to consumer-grade in-ear headphones.
I’ve tried numerous in-ear headphones, and none have ever felt remotely comparable to me – until now. Trinity is a brand new British company founded by former lead designer at Rockjaw, specifically to create high-quality in-ear monitors (IEMs) at an affordable price. The Delta is the high-end model, at $135/£90, and it takes rather an unusual approach … ...

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07:00
Accessible Apple: RIP iPod shuffle

1st generation iPod shuffle

For my birthday in the fall of 2005, I received my first iPod, a 1st generation iPod shuffle. Its lack of a display made it the only accessible iPod at the time, as VoiceOver would not begin appearing on the rest of the iPod lineup until the 4th generation nano came out in the fall of 2008.

The iPod traveled with me everywhere. Its long battery life and small size made it both an ideal music player and audiobook listening device.

In the summer of 2006, a family friend warned me that supplies of iPod shuffles were drying up in our local area. Fearing that Apple would discontinue the iPod shuffle family, the decision was made for me to acquire a second iPod Shuffle.

2nd generation iPod shuffle

As it turned out, Apple was not discontinuing the iPod shuffle, but rather was refreshing it for a second generation. I received a 1GB iPod shuffle for my birthday that year. Sometime before the release of the 2GB 2nd generation...

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06:46
News: Apple announces annual Back to School...

Apple has announced its Back to School 2015 Promotion, later than usual this year and notably excluding any iOS devices or iPod-related offers. Between July 23 and September 18, educational customers purchasing an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro can also elect to receive a $199.95 credit to be applied to a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones or Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones purchased at the same time. The same promotion…

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06:45
Apple Invents New Image Editing Tools for iPad

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new image editing tools in the works that could be a part of a new image editing app or that could be used with future versions of apps like Photoshop and others. Apple shows that users will be able to...

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06:41
How normal people get their photos featured in Apple...

One of the things that has defined Apple for the past decade is its dedication to and admiration for photography, whether it's improving the iPhone's camera or creating advertising campaigns centered around famous images. Here's how the company selects the images that it features on billboards, in commercials, and on your desktop.

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06:40
Apple Pay goes live for over 30 new banks and credit...


With Apple Pay now up and running in the UK, Apple is continuing to roll out additional banks and credit unions in waves across the US for its iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment service. The latest round includes 34 more institutions now supporting Apple Pay. Here are the latest to join in the US as well as the full list to date: 1st Source Bank
Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Amarillo National Bank
American National Bank and Trust
Cambridge Trust Bank
CASE Credit Union
CME FCU
Coast Line Credit Union
...

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06:05
News: Apple planning Touch ID Apple TV remote?

While Apple has been expected for some time to release a new Apple TV with a remote that would reportedly incorporate a touchpad, a new patent revealed by Patently Apple suggests that Apple may be looking to go a step beyond a simple touchpad with an integrated Touch ID sensor. While the patent itself remains broad, referring simply to a “sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user,” a fingerprint appears to be the…

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06:02
Apple's Back to School 2015 promo offers $200...

Apple on Thursday launched its awaited Back to School 2015 promotion, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones, valued at $200, with the purchase of a new Mac.

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06:00
Using My Mac As An Alarm Clock

The at command can be used to schedule jobs to be run at certain times. I have a hard time getting up in the morning. Here, we’re going to echo a command that we want to be run at a certain time. In this case, we’re going to open a song to make into our alarm clock:
echo 'open ~/Desktop/bangbang.m4v 2>/dev/null' | at 07:00 tomorrow
The job will then output. You can see jobs waiting to be run, along with when they’ll be run using the at command with the -l option:
at -l
In this case, the job is 2. You can then remove a job using the atrm command:
atrm job 2

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05:45
Apple Pay's US roster adds 35 new banks,...

Apple on Thursday added another 35 companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, this time offering a more even split of credit unions and conventional banks.

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05:42
Addonics announces OS independent rack-mount SATA to...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage.
 
When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can purportedly deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it's backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage.
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05:40
Apple’s 2015 Back to School deal: free Beats Solo2...


Apple is today launching its Back to School promotion for 2015. This year, it will give away a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac.  Customers must either purchase an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro with education pricing to qualify, including build-to-order configurations. The Mac mini does not participate in the deal.
Alternatively, customers can upgrade for an additional $100 to a pair of wireless Beats Solo2 headphones, rather than the usual $299 price. The announcement is not yet being advertised on Apple.com apart from a small mention on its rebates page. It is surprising that there appears to be no Back to School promotion for iPads this year, despite Apple pushing the tablet into education...

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05:37
LEGO Jurassic World comes to the Mac

Feral Interactive says LEGO Jurassic World is now available for the Mac via Steam, the Mac App Store and other online stores.
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05:26
Apple Launches 2015 Back to School Promotion, Offers...

Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones to qualifying students, parents of students and educators that purchase an eligible Mac, including the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Pro. As usual, the Mac mini and refurbished Macs are excluded from the deal. iPhones and iPads are also absent from this year's promotion. Apple will apply an instant credit in the amount of $199.95 to cover the full cost of the Beats Solo 2 On-Ear headphones in gloss black, white, red, blue, gray or pink. Apple is also offering the option to upgrade to Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones in space gray, silver or gold for $100 extra, which is the remaining balance after the $199.95 credit is applied. Apple's Back to School promotion offered up to a $100 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of a qualifying Mac, iPhone or iPad in past years, including the...

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05:18
News: Report: Integrated Apple Watch charging coming...

Apple plans to allow MFi program partners to begin integrating charging pads into Apple Watch accessories, 9to5Mac reports. While existing Apple Watch stands offer a place to insert the standard Apple Watch charger and route cables through the stand, an integrated solution would provide a more efficient solution for consumers, allowing them to avoid having to insert and use their own chargers. The approach would reportedly be similar to how Apple…

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05:15
Juniper: Apple is the biggest smartwatch seller yet

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) estimates that Apple sold between 2 and 2.5 million watches this quarter, bringing in approximately US$1 billion in revenue. That makes it the best-selling smartwatch in the market, with over six million sales expected by year-end.
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05:15
News: Daily Deal: Save 82% on a Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a lifetime subscription to a collection of over 5,000 Adobe training videos for only $89. With Train Simple’s award-winning training videos, you can become an Adobe expert and web design master, learning at your own pace. Courses include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Flash, Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, Edge Products, Muse, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, WordPress, Premiere, and Audition,…

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05:12
Apple Invents Motion-Detected Tap Inputs for the...

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one or more novel motion-detected, tap-input methods for initiating one or more particular operations ...

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05:12
Build Your Own Full Scale Millennium Falcon Movie...

The Millennium Falcon is one of the coolest scifi spaceships ever, and in The Empire Strikes Back it pretty much deserved its own credit along side Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill. Thanks to Model Space you can build your own highly detailed 1:1 scale replica of the model used for filming the movie, and it's beyond cool. The resin molded model comes pre-painted and includes part of the Falcon's interior along with the full cockpit, plus working lights. Building your Falcon will take some patience because Model Space sends the parts along with special magazines each month for 25 months. It also costs US$59.99 a month, so be sure to save up your pennies.


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04:41
Apple patents TV remote with Touch ID, references...


While Apple reportedly dropped its plans to make a complete TV, its adoption of the Apple TV box as the gateway device for HomeKit may be behind a...

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04:22
Apple adds 35 new issuers in the United States,...



The new batch of participating issuers, banks, credit unions and financial institutions that support Apple Pay is in.
35 of them, no less, bringing the total in the U.S. to over 375 with plans for dozens more.
The new list includes the following:
1st Source Bank
Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Amarillo National Bank
American National Bank and Trust
Cambridge Trust Bank

CASE Credit Union
CME FCU
Coast Line Credit Union
Columbia Bank
Community Financial Credit Union
Eagle Federal Credit Union
Earlham Savings Bank
Eastern Bank
Evergreen Credit Union
Fidelity Bank
...

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04:12
Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware...



If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.
Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0″, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.

This update, which can be downloaded via OS X’s App Store feature, is recommended for MacBook Pro (mid 2015) models. This update addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause...

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03:59
Apple increasing R&D spending by $1.5B as it...


An SEC filing by Apple shows that the company plans to increase this year’s spend on product development by $1.5B, reaching a total of $5.9B by the end of September, reports Business Insider. At the same time, Apple is cutting its forecast capital expenditure by $1B, which the company told the WSJ was due to efficiency savings.

A company spokeswoman said Apple lowered the forecast because it was able to spend more efficiently for tooling equipment and facilities. “There are no changes in our product plans,”...

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03:57
Apple reveals their Apple Music and Future Apple TV...

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their iTunes and Apple Music invention as it relates to new interfaces for media playback for music or future TV streaming services from Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and more. Apple's Trent Reznor is listed as one of the inventors of the new design.

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03:26
Mobile entertainment continues to be for quick...

Consumers are motivated to play video games because they relieve boredom, provide a challenge, create a more social atmosphere and help to escape reality. A recent study by Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanaltyics.com) has found that mobile gaming continues to primarily be for quick entertainment in downtime; in an average week, more time is spent playing mobile games outside of the home.
 
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03:14
Hyperbolic Software releases Tidy Up 4.1.2 for Mac...

Hyperbolic Software has announced Tidy Up 4.1.2, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
The utility allows you to reclaim disk space taken up by duplicate files and packages. Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application; time created or modified, name, label, extension and content.
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03:11
Default Folder X 4.7.3 for Mac OS X delivers...

St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.7.3, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.3 brings compatibility fixes and supports OS X El Capitan if System Integrity Protection is turned off.
Default Folder X 4.7.3 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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02:43
Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3

Security update patches critical vulnerabilities. (Free update, 113 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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02:20
Apple envisions Apple TV remote with fingerprint...

A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device.

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02:16
Patent Reveals New Apple TV Remote with Touch ID...

In May 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple may Surprise the Market with a New Smart Home Platform," and in June 2014 we posted a follow-up report titled "Could Apple TV be one of Apple's hottest iDevices of the Year?" The second report was about using Apple TV as an in-home automation hub. Samsung had been working on this idea at the same time. Today, more proof of Apple ...

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01:31
Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content -- read advertisements -- served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.

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Wednesday July 22

02:40
How to configure a cheap, secure RAID backup system

We usually store our photos, documents, and more on a single hard disk—or, increasingly these days, a solid state drive (SSD)—but there’s always the nagging worry that the disk will fail, taking all your work and memories with it. Backing up using Time Machine, Super Duper!, or CrashPlan, say, is a good way of reducing this risk, but there is another: RAID.
RAID can be incredibly complicated, but it’s extremely worthwhile—one of the things it can do is to mirror the contents of one disk completely to another, all the time. While cloning your hard disk using Super Duper!, for example, is something that might happen once a day, with a RAID system, every bit of data that’s written to one disk is simultaneously written to the second, so that if one drive fails, you have a perfect copy of everything it contained on the second. (And optionally, if you replace the failed drive, everything will be mirrored back across...

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14:57
Apple releases firmware update for new MacBook Pro

Bought a new MacBook Pro recently? There might be a firmware update waiting for you.Apple on Wednesday released the MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, which, according to Apple’s website, is for mid-2015 MacBook Pro models. The website also sates that the firmware update fixes an issue that “may cause data corruption.”In case you’re wondering, about the “mid-2015” part: When Apple releases new Macs, it uses identifies when the model was released with “early-,” “mid-,” or “late-,” labels. The 15-inch MacBook Pro currently for sale by Apple is labeled mid-2015. So if you have a MacBook Pro from mid-2014, you do not need to install the firmware update.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:23
MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0

Fixes a vulnerability with the internal SSD firmware in the MacBook Pro model released in May, 2015. (Free, 1.9 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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22:42
iExplorer 3.7.7.0 - View and transfer files on your...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable. Features

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 2, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod

Version 3.7.7.0:

  • iTunes 12.2 compatibility
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21:47
Enjoy Brother Attachment on Raksha Bandhan with Time...

Forums: SuggestionsTags: Best PracticeRaksha Bandhan is a celebration connected with appreciate, bonding, brotherhood and abundance. The particular festivity is all centered about tying of colourful place throughout brother’s hand. The actual rakhi that people tie up currently may be the refreshed kind of the particular old in addition to authentic rakhi mauli. Mauli can be a defense thread, in essence with discolored or maybe crimson in coloring, that is linked divorce lawyers atlanta auspicious situation just like puja in addition to celebrations so that you can strengthen to help combat evils.
Hindus employ a agency also believe in the particular multi-colored line of mauli and therefore it could be quickly seen in arm of each Hindu. Previously wherever there was...

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20:22
Default Folder X 4.7.3

Improves compatibility with the public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.1 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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07:47
Apple prevents beta testers from punishing...

Developers working to make their apps compatible with iOS 9 now can’t be penalized for glitches that beta testers experience. In the fourth developer beta of iOS 9 that Apple pushed out on Tuesday, testers are no longer able to submit reviews in the App Store.The change, first noticed by AppleInsider, is a welcome one for app developers. Until now, reviewers using beta versions of iOS have been able to leave critical reviews of apps not optimized for the beta software. This is detrimental to developers because users running the current version of iOS wouldn’t necessarily experience crashes or other problems associated with less stable beta software....

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09:13
Podcast 466: Baby you can park my iPod

Remember Knight Rider? Remember how KITT, the awesome talking Trans-Am, could travel independently of our hero Michael Knight? Glenn came to San Francisco recently, and tested a few valet parking services that let you hand off your car in one place, go about your day fighting crime or whatever, and have your car brought to you in another place. (Michael Knight even had an Apple Watch prototype, if you think about it.)
When not freaking out about how very, very *Knight Rider* this whole thing is, Glenn and Susie discuss the sweet new iPod touch that Apple just released: Who's it for, what are its strengths, and could it hold any clues to the next low-end iPhone. The Apple Watch has been out almost three months, and still doesn't need Facebook (please, really, no Facebook), so we talk about what kinds of impacts it's made on us so far—if we're still wearing it, that is....

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10:03
Public beta testers, time to upgrade: New versions...

Two weeks after releasing the public betas of iOS 9 and El Capitan, Apple just pushed out new versions of both operating systems.
What’s new: Apple brought back Home Sharing in the second public beta of iOS 9, which means you can stream your iTunes library on any Apple device on your Wi-Fi network. The disappearance of Home Sharing in iOS 8.4 was greeted with outrage from users who don’t want to use Apple Music, which also allows you to stream music to any Apple device. Apple said it was “known bug,” and the fix is in—at least for beta testers. This beta version also supports the new iPod touch....

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10:20
Macworld’s August Digital Edition: Apple Music is...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.
Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, videos, and slideshows—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Cables, cords, and...

Cables, cords, and connectionsThis week’s roundup includes all-new ways to dock, charge, and sync your iOS device. Read on!KanexKanex’s $40 iPhone 6 Dock has an aluminum finish and a slip-resistant base, displaying your new iPhone to maximum effect while it charges and syncs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:22
Report: Apple Watch owns 75 percent of the...

According to a new report, Apple has become the leader in the smartwatch market with the launch of a little new gadget known as the Apple Watch.
On Wednesday WatchAware reported on new findings by research firm Strategy Analytics claiming that the Apple Watch is already the “star performer” of the smartwatch industry. According to the report, in just three months, the Apple Watch has managed to capture 75.5 percent of the global smartwatch market share, shipping an estimated 4 million units to vendors all over the world.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:37
The importance of iOS overtaking Wintel unit sales

But that’s not the story at all. For one thing, Android overtook the Wintel world way back in 2012. The story here is that mobile utterly dwarfs desktop and laptop computing. Civilization has been changing under our very noses, and today even the second largest mobile platform outsells the world of Wintel.This is an interesting take from Bryan Chaffin.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:31
Apple revises down capital expenditure projection 8...

Apple revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that it plans to spend $12 billion on capital expenditures for the 2015 fiscal year, $1 billion less than was initially projected last year.

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18:04
Second Largest Mobile Platform Overtakes Wintel Unit...

The world's second largest mobile platform-iOS-overtook Wintel PCs in unit sales in 2015. Bryan Chaffin argues this is a keystone moment in a seismic shift taking place under our very noses.


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17:29
Apple looks to hire government affairs specialist in...

Apple is looking to hire its first government affairs officer in India as part of an overarching plan to more aggressively target the growing market, according to a local report.

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17:01
Apple Expanding Made for Apple Watch Program to...

While the release of the Apple Watch has seen a boom in third-party docks and stands for the device, those accessories have needed the stock charger that Apple supplies to charge the Apple Watch. However, Apple will soon allow manufacturers to make official third-party Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers, according to 9to5Mac. Mophie's Watch Dock with non-integrated Apple Watch charger The change is coming for manufacturers in Apple's Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad program, known more simply as the MFi program. This will allow manufacturers to obtain the charging pad at the end of the Apple Watch charging cable so that they can install them in their dock and stand accessories. Previously...

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16:16
Official third-party Apple Watch stands and docks...

An example of current Apple Watch stands that must utilize Apple’s official Watch charging cable.
Apple will soon let manufacturers in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program include charging pads for the Apple Watch directly in their accessories, according to sources. Currently, dock makers can only offer charging by making unsightly openings in their docks for Apple’s official charger to sit, forcing users to bring their own cable and install it, and compromising an ideal design and user experience in the process. By making charging modules available to manufacturers to use, however, customers will be able to buy docks and stands with integrated chargers without needing to use their own.
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16:15
Apple Fixes Data Corruption Bug with MacBook Pro (...

Apple released MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 on Wednesday. The update, "addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause data corruption." Apple recommended that all MacBook Pro (mid 2015) models be updated.


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16:14
Consumer advocacy group, Sen. Al Franken add to...

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards and user music preferences to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns in a separate letter to the same governmental bodies.

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Qbert Rebooted has the App Store Going...
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Look after Baby Buddy on your Apple Watc...
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