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Wednesday May 20

03:27
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.5 index ebooks natively

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote help users classify and organize documents with unique artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.5 adds support for ebooks and Textbundle files. It also comes with better scanner support and PDF annotations. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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03:11
Microsoft working on a new Email/IM app for the...

Microsoft appears to be working on a new instant messaging app for the iPhone, acting as a kind of cross between email and instant messaging, known as Flow by Outlook. The download page, which describes the project as ‘Microsoft Confidential,’ was first spotted by @h0x0d (via ZDNet).

Use Flow with anyone, it’s email: Reach anyone with an email address and all conversations for you and others are also in Outlook. Together, you can use Flow and Outlook interchangeably to participate in the same conversations.
Fast, fluid, natural conversations: No subject lines, salutations, or signatures. Flow is designed for...

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03:10
Survey sees growing mobile payment opportunity for...

Harbortouch (www.harbortouch.com), a supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, has published the results of a recent survey investigating the changing attitudes consumers have toward mobile payments technology.
The results of the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, fielded in April 2015, examined the current state of mobile payment adoption, and demonstrated a shift in consumers' comfort level and acceptance, with a greater focus on interface and experience.
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01:13
Wild vs. Blackhawks 2015: Season, Television...

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There are a range of motives for Minnesota's increase, none excess vital than the...

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Tuesday May 19

09:03
Apple's back in the pricey iPhone dock business

Apple has just released a new iPhone dock, and like any other Apple product, you’ll pay a premium for its extreme simplicity.The “iPhone Lightning Dock” costs $39, and works with any Lighting-equipped iPhone (including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) or iPod Touch. It’s a simple slab of white plastic, with a wide enough base to work with reasonably-sized iPhone cases. It also has an audio line-out port, so you can hook up external speakers through any 3.5 mm cable (sold separately, of course.)This isn’t the first Lightning Dock that Apple has sold for the iPhone. In 2013, the company released a pair of docks for the iPhone 5s and 5c, but neither are compatible with other iPhones. The new one is universal, at the expense of a more form-fitted base.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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09:52
Watch OS 1.0.1 arrives to improve your Apple Watch...

The first Apple Watch update is here, and while it doesn’t include amazing features like Find My Watch and third-party watch face Complications, it does promise to make the device work better.
The update delivers improved performance for Siri, third-party apps, accessibility, calculating indoor cycling and rowing workout calories, measuring stand activity, and measuring distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts. I’m looking forward to the workout upgrades, because the native Workout app has shown iffy stats when it comes to distance and pace compared to third-party apps....

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21:53
Apple starts advertising Watch as part of connected...

Apple updated its online storefront on Tuesday with fresh imagery and text touting so-called Continuity features that interconnect iOS, Mac and now Apple Watch devices.

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20:34
Deals: $400 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros & mid...

Apple's 2015 MacBook Pro lineup is now complete and AI is proud to offer all 13- and 15-inch Force Touch models at the lowest prices anywhere via exclusive discount coupons. Meanwhile, the 2014 models they replace are now a bargain with fresh price cuts of $200-$400.

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19:59
Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.8.4 - Client component...

Note: Apple Remote Desktop Client is available only through Software Update (the Updates tab in App Store.app. Apple Remote Desktop Client is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks - all without leaving your desk. Featuring Automator actions, Remote Spotlight search, and a new Dashboard widget, Apple Remote Desktop 3 makes your job easier than ever.Version 3.8.4:

  • To update Remote Desktop Client, please open App Store.app and click on the Updates tab. The update to version 3.8.4 can be accessed there. Information about the update can be found here.
  • Addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability, and compatibility.
  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • An...

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19:59
Backblaze 4.0.1.878 - Online backup service; $5/...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.

Version 4.0.1.878:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:59
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.5 - Knowledge base, information...

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight. DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office. Use it as your document...

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17:12
Samsung Invents a Human Wearable Robot to Give...

Three weeks ago the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent applications from Samsung that relate to a human wearable robot and a method of controlling it ...

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16:35
The Rampant, Risky Babbling of Android Apps


Eurecom researchers recently developed an Android app that can monitor the network traffic of other apps to alert users of suspicious or malicious activity. With more than 1.2 million applications in the Google Play store, there are multiple programs for performing a particular task. That can make choosing an app a chore for users, they noted in a report released last month. "Moreover, some of the applications being of dubious origin, there are no mechanisms for users to understand who the applications are talking to, and to what extent."

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16:00
Daily Deals for May 19, 2015, featuring DODOcase...

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

AWT Featured Deal

DODOcase [On sale for 50% off] Celebrate DODOcase's 5th annual birthday sale with up to 50% off sitewide. Use promo code "5years" at checkout to receive the discount. *Excludes Apple Watch accessories and corporate orders.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 19, 2015

Today the news is all over the map... literally and figuratively:

  • Apple Pay picks up more than 30 new participating card issuers from across the USA
  • Watch OS 1.0.1 is rolled out, bringing fixes and performance improvements to Apple Watch
  • Wall Street analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray issues a note about the demise of his beloved Apple-branded television
  • Dutch company TomTom renews its licensing agreement with Apple for mapping data
  • Mesa, Arizona will see more Apple employees than originally anticipated

The full podcast script is located below for your reading pleasure.

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 19, 2015.

Apple Pay has picked up another...

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15:17
MGG 553: Swiftly Solving Shrinking Storage

Finding what's using your free space, sorting out multi-monitor setups with Thunderbolt, long-term SSD reliability confusion and adding more USB ports to your Mac are just a few of the topics that Dave and John cover in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab. Download, press play and enjoy!


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14:53
∞ Banjo cover of ‘The Final Countdown’

Pretty amazing.

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14:52
Update the software on your Apple Watch

Use your iPhone to update the software on your Apple Watch.

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14:45
The Help Desk Explains Paper Books

Converting from scrolls to newfangled books can make for a difficult transition. This medieval monk had a very tough time understanding how to operate one. What to do? Why, call the abbey's help desk, of course. It's not new, but still cool. New Apple Watch owner? You'll love it.


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14:44
Admin console

 May 19, 2015 3:44:00 PM PDTWe're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.Domain verification may not be completing for some customers.

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14:40
Get help connecting your iOS device with a Bluetooth...

Try these steps if your Bluetooth accessory can’t find or connect to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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14:33
Apple Watch OS 1.0.1

This addresses a few of the things I’ve had trouble with.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:29
Cossacks 3 Could Revive RTS Game Genre


GSC Game World on Monday announced it will release Cossacks 3, a new version of the popular real-time strategy title Cossacks: European Wars. It will be available for PC, Mac and Linux machines later this year. Cossacks 3 is a modern remake of the original game that debuted in 2001. That history-based title was unique in that players could control hundreds of individual units at a time, vastly surpassing other games in the genre.

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14:23
How Eddie Van Halen hacks guitars and amps

Great article, written by EVH.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:19
What’s Really In A VPP Token File from Apple’s VPP?

Apple’s Volume Purchase Program allows you to export a VPP token and then import that token into a server to create a connection between an MDM solution (e.g. Bushel, Apple’s Profile Manager, Casper, etc) and apps you purchase through the VPP portal. But what’s in a token? The VPP token is a base64 encoded file. You can cat the file and it will show you a bunch of garbly-gook (technical term):
base64 --decode /Users/charlesedge/Desktop/kryptedcom.vpptoken
But there’s more to it than all that. We can run the base64 command to see:
base64 --decode /Users/charlesedge/Desktop/kryptedcom.vpptoken
In some cases, this file can display improperly, if it fails use the following command:
echo `cat /Users/charlesedge/Desktop/kryptedcom.vpptoken` | base64 --decode
The contents of the file are then displayed, as follows:
{"token”:”AbCDe1f2gh3DImSB1DhbLTWviabcgz3y7wkDLbnVA2AIrj9gc1h11vViMDJ11qoF6Jhqzncw5hW3cV8z1/Yk7A==","expDate":"2015-07-03T08:30:47-...

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14:13
Use the Workout app on Apple Watch

Learn how to use the Workout app to set goals and track your progress.

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14:03
Apple to hire up to 500 more workers for Mesa, Ariz...

Months after Apple announced plans to build a "global command center" on the site of its failed sapphire production facility in Mesa, Ariz., a report on Tuesday says the company is looking to hire up to 500 extra workers to complete and maintain the project.

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13:48
Preview a print project in Photos, iPhoto, or...

Apple strongly recommends that you preview book, card, and calendar orders before you submit them for printing. Apple can't modify image files after they're received, and you can only cancel an order within 90 minutes of placing it.

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13:44
Apple, Other Techs, Security Experts, Civil Groups...

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), and a host of security experts have penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him not to give law enforcement back door access to our data. The letter is a response by complaints from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and others criticizing Apple, Google, and others for incorporating encryption that even they can't bypass.


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13:42
The Dalrymple Report now on iTunes

You can now subscribe to the new podcast I do with Merlin Mann on iTunes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:32
Clothing retailer Express now accepting Apple Pay at...

Clothing retailer Express on Tuesday began accepting Apple Pay at all of its U.S. outlets, adding yet another feather in the cap of Apple's mobile payment platform.

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12:49
Tip of the Day: Showing only downloaded books in...

By default, the iBooks app on iOS will show you not only content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but also anything that exists in your purchased library. While this is a handy way of making your entire library readily available to you without having to sort through your iBookstore purchase history, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming. The good news is that it’s easy enough to filter out this content to show only iBooks that have…

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12:41
Change your Apple Watch band

Use the steps below to remove your band.

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12:41
Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [...

Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday-Apple Watch OS 1.0.1-and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.


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12:32
Second-gen Automatic car adapter adds GPS, real-time...

Automatic Labs on Tuesday launched a upgraded version of the Automatic, a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into a vehicle's OBD-II (on-board diagnostic) port and communicates with a paired iOS or Android device.

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12:27
About closed captioning in iTunes for Windows

In iTunes for Windows, you can turn on and customize the way subtitles and closed captioning displays in your iTunes videos.

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12:23
Gear: Tylt Ribbn Car Charger

Tylt’s new Ribbn Car Charger comes in micro-USB ($40) and Lightning ($50) versions — we got our hands on the Lightning edition of the charger. Notably, Ribbn is a 4.8A charger — it has a 3-foot Lightning cable and an additional USB port, allowing two devices to be simultaneously charged at 2.4A speeds. Those speeds will allow any iOS device to be charged at full speed, including an iPad 3 or iPad 4. Ribbn comes in a variety of colors.

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12:16
Express clothing store starts officially accepting...


Add Express to the list of retailers now taking Apple Pay at checkout. Checks with multiple Express stores across the United States and tips from readers indicate that the fashion and clothing retailer starting accepting the iPhone and Apple Watch payment feature this week. Express joins a short list of clothing stores that formally accept Apple Pay, which already includes Bloomingdales and American Eagle. According to Apple’s website, more clothing stores such as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie will start accepting Apple Pay soon. Earlier this month, grocery store Trader Joe’s started officially taking Apple Pay, while 30 new banks and credit unions started showing their support this morning. We also...

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12:07
Add your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to...

When you turn on iTunes Match, you can access your entire music library on any computer or iOS device after you add them.

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11:52
If you can’t send or receive email on your Mac

Follow these steps if the Mail app in OS X suddenly doesn't send or receive email.

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11:51
Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

If you have a lot of devices in your household, we have a deal for you: the Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger. As the name suggests, it has six charging USB ports, each of them designed to deliver maximum charging power to your mobile devices. It's designed to handle U.S. and international power from the wall, and it's certified CE, FCC and RoHS. Through our deal you can get the Kinkoo for $35.


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11:44
Apple Releases Updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPhone...

Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to include a Force Touch trackpad, lowered prices on the iMac with Retina 5K display, and introduced a new iPhone dock with a Lightning connector. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:34
PCalc brings its calculator app to Apple Watch w/...



TLA Systems has brought is popular calculator app to the Apple Watch today through the latest version of PCalc for iPhone. The PCalc Apple Watch app features a fully functional calculator for quickly crunching numbers from your watch — 1985 Casio-style like the similar Calcbot app — and similarly features a clever tip calculator that makes splitting the bill a cinch. 
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11:32
Strengthening dollar prompts Apple to increase...

Apple raised prices in a number of overseas markets on Tuesday, a move precipitated by the U.S. dollar's continued rebound and designed to minimize the effect of foreign exchange headwinds.

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11:28
Review: PhoneSuit Elite 6 and Elite 6 Pro Battery...

PhoneSuit's newest battery cases first impressed us at this year's CES, where they earned a coveted iLounge Best of Show award. There are two versions of the battery case for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — PhoneSuit claims Elite 6 ($80-$90) delivers up to 80 percent of a charge to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, while Elite 6 Pro ($100-$110) is said to provide 120 percent extra power to either device. Unfortunately, one of our most anticipated features of these cases — a free power management app that gives users more precise control of when the case should start charging the iPhone — didn't make the cut. PhoneSuit claims the app is still under development and will be released later this year, but we won't factor that feature into consideration for this review.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:18
∞ Bird laughs like super villain

Take 30 seconds and have a good laugh.

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11:15
Apple, Google, others ask Obama to resist smartphone...

In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalition of tech firms, security experts and others appeal to the White House to protect privacy rights as it considers how to address law enforcement’s need to access data that is increasingly encrypted.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:07
PCalc now on the Apple Watch

Added support for the Apple Watch – now you can use PCalc without taking your phone out your pocket! Includes a full calculator app, a tip calculator, and a glance to see the result of your most recent calculations.It’s great to see PCalc on the watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:59
SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock available for...

SVALT has released the SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock, a vertical stand/laptop cooling solution.
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10:53
Refurbished iPad Air 2 Models Now Available From...

Apple today added several iPad Air 2 models to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase. Released in October of 2014, the iPad Air 2 features a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, plus a triple-core A8X processor, an 8-megapixel camera Touch ID, and a gapless display with an anti-reflective screen coating. Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2. All models are discounted by 15 to 17 percent, dropping prices by $80 to $160. For the entry-level Wi-Fi only 16GB model...

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10:52
Carl Icahn remains convinced Apple will build...

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn argued in a Tuesday TV interview on Tuesday that Apple will indeed make and sell a television set, despite a new report claiming that the company abandoned the project over a year ago.

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10:46
OWC offers memory upgrade for latest iMac with...

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the availability of the OWC Memory Upgrade Kits with up to 32GB for the new configuration of Apple's 27-inch iMac 27 with Retina 5K display.
The new iMac configuration comes with a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and a 5K Retina display, for a price of $1,999.00.  OWC offers memory upgrade kits of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, which offer savings up to $300 over comparable factory options.  Like all OWC memory upgrade kits, a "how to install" video and OWC lifetime limited warranty are included.

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10:41
Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force...

Apple today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and faster discrete graphics. Apple also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors, and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac to $2,299. “The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”

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10:37
Google adds real-time tweets to mobile web and iOS...

Following up on Google’s agreement with Twitter to instantly add tweets to web search results, the duo announced today that users on mobile devices will start seeing real-time Twitter results as well. The feature is available in the Google app on iOS or Google’s mobile website, and is expected to make its way to the desktop soon.

Now when you search for a person, hashtag, or popular topic of discussion, you’ll find related tweets on your results page. Like all other...

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10:27
Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1 update, offers Siri...


The first Apple Watch update is here.
And it includes a slew of interesting fixes and changes.
On Tuesday, Apple released its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. To install the update, connect your Apple Watch to power, make sure it has at least a 50 percent charge, connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network, make sure your iPhone is within range of your Apple Watch, on your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > General > Software Update.

The update offers the following fixes and improvements:
Siri
Measuring standing activity
Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
Accessibility
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10:25
Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

Apple has been rumored to be developing their own line of HDTVs for years, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) says while those plans did exist, they've been abandoned. Apple began pondering the idea of jumping into the television market roughly a decade ago, as iTunes started hosting video content. The AppleTV made a foray into living rooms in 2007, and other devices reached the prototype stage. The company continued to do research and work on their ideas, but eventually gave up more than a year ago.
Apple had searched for breakthrough features to justify building an Apple-branded television set, those people said. In addition to an ultra-high-definition display, Apple considered adding sensor-equipped cameras so viewers could make video calls through the set, they said. Ultimately, though, Apple executives didn't consider any of those features compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market, led by Samsung Electronics Co. Apple...

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10:01
How-To: Install Watch OS updates on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch received its first official software update today, giving lucky early adopters their first opportunity to see how the Watch OS updating process works. Unlike the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which can update themselves using iOS’s Software Update feature, the Apple Watch depends upon an iPhone to download the update from Apple’s servers and install it on the Watch. You’ll also need a Wi-Fi network, your Apple Watch charger, and at least 50% battery life in order to do the update.
Here are the full details…

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09:58
Merlin Project 3.0.7.39619 - 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 3.0.7.39619: Changes

  • Merlin Project now supports storing of documents in folders synced by Synology CloudStation in the same way as for DropBox, Google Drive and iCloud Drive.
  • The comparison operator "ends with" is now available when filtering for WBS codes.

Fixed bugs

  • The application could crash when editing dates in a table...

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09:55
How to install Apple Watch software updates

On Tuesday, Apple released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first public update to the Apple Watch's software. It's a relatively minor update, with some performance improvements and support for new display emoji under the hood. Installing the update is easy, and requires only a few steps. Here's how to install a software update on the Apple Watch.

Updates are distributed via the Apple Watch app for iPhone. When a new update becomes available, you'll see a badge on the My Watch icon in the app's toolbar. If not, tap General and then Software Update. You should see Watch OS 1.0.1 waiting for you.

In order for the update to be successful, your Watch:

  1. Must be within range of your iPhone (which has an active Internet connection)
  2. Be connected to its charger
  3. Have at least 50% battery life

Once you're set, tap Install. The process doesn't take very long and happens over the air. Your Mac is not involved. You can monitor the installation's...

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09:48
Apple Watch Will Be Available in Apple Retail Stores...

During a recent visit to China, Tim Cook met with employees at Apple's China headquarters and confirmed that the company is aiming to have the Apple Watch in Apple retail stores by June in multiple countries around the world, including China. In the meeting, details of which were shared by 9to5Mac, Cook reportedly told employees that the Apple Watch launch "could not be going better," and joked that he wished the company had more operational staff for a smoother launch. Apple's plan to start selling the watch in stores by the end of the month of May was first hinted at by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who said in an employee memo in April that the Apple Watch would be available exclusively online through May. The Apple Watch's launch was highly unusual for Apple...

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09:47
Another day, another Samsung ripoff of Apple

Samsung has just released a public beta of its new feature called Samsung Flow, which is essentially a ripoff of Apple’s Continuity – introduced last year. This new feature will allow users to start a task on one device, and be able to pick it up and continue from another.Can this company can up with nothing original? I’m all for competition, but Jesus, this continuous copying is getting tiresome.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:35
∞ Elvis: Burning Love

Elvis is just a badass.

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09:34
Watch OS 1.0.1 released for the Apple Watch

Apple has released Watch OS 1.0.1, an update of the operating system for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1.
According to Apple, the update improves performance for: Siri; measuring standing activity; calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts; distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts; accessibility; and third-party apps.
There's also display support for new emoji characters. New languages supported are: Brazilian Portuguese; Danish; Dutch; Swedish; Russian; Thai; and Turkish
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09:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:14
Tim Cook: Apple Watch in stores ‘by June’, in talks...


During his trip last week across China, Apple CEO Tim Cook held a meeting at Apple’s China headquarters with several employees in attendance, according to sources with knowledge of the briefing. Cook reportedly reiterated several recent China-focused announcements, including the new forest-focused environmental initiatives and improvements for education, but he also mentioned some new tidbits regarding the upcoming retail launch for the Apple Watch and the rollout of Apple Pay for China…

Regarding the Apple Watch, Cook began by telling the employees that “the...

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09:14
News: Apple releases first Apple Watch Software...

Apple has released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first software update for the Apple Watch. The 51.6MB download includes performance improvements and bug fixes related to Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts, accessibility, and third party apps. The update also provides support for new Emoji characters and language support for seven additional countries.…

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09:10
Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1 with Siri and fitness...

Apple has just released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first ever over-the-air software update for the Apple Watch. The new version improves performance for Siri, Accessibility, and third-party apps. Some fitness tracking functions also get attention—standing activity measurements, calorie counting for indoor cycling and rowing, and measuring distance and pace while walking and running outdoors have all been improved.
The update includes support for the new emoji introduced in iOS 8.3. Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish language support have also been improved.
Apple Watch software updates are installed from the Apple Watch app rather than from the watch itself. Go to the app, then General, and Software Update to prompt an update check. To install the update, Apple says your watch needs to be within range...

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08:59
First Apple Watch update released: Watch OS 1.0.1...

Apple on Tuesday released Watch OS 1.0.1, its first-ever software update for the newly released Apple Watch, addressing a myriad of bugs and issues, including improved performance for Siri, measuring standing activities, counting calories for indoor cycling and rowing, and more.

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08:55
Mac: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (...

While Apple brought its new “Force Touch” feature to the 13-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display around the same time as the new MacBook, Apple’s larger model has taken a bit longer to get the update. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999 - $2,499) goes a step beyond simply adding the Force Touch trackpad, however, with some nice performance boosts to storage and battery life.

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08:54
Apple Releases First Apple Watch Software Update...

Apple today released the first software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1. Released to the public on April 24, the Apple Watch initially shipped with version 1.0 of Watch OS, the operating system unique to the Apple Watch and deeply linked to iOS. The new software can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to Settings --> General --> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone. Watch OS 1.0.1 includes performance improvements and bug fixes for Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace during outdoor walking and running workouts, accessibility, and third-party apps. The software update also includes support for new the emojis found in iOS 8.3 and it provides additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and...

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08:54
News: Apple extends agreement with TomTom for Maps

In a simple two-sentence statement, TomTom confirmed that its partnership to provide Apple with maps and related information has been extended, but provided no further details. TomTom has been partnered with Apple since 2012, the same year Apple fired its own internal manager in charge of Maps for iOS 6. Apple recently announced the acquisition of GPS firm Coherent Navigation, which could be another move to bolster the features of Maps. [via 9to5Mac]...

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08:52
Apple releases first Apple Watch update with Watch...


Apple has released the first software update for Apple Watch today with the release of Watch OS 1.0.1. The update is available through the Apple Watch app on iPhone.
The update measures in at 51.6 MB and includes “performance improvements and bug fixes” as Apple notes. In addition to adding support for the 300+ new Emoji characters added in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3,  Apple lists these as improvements areas:

  • Siri
  • Measuring stand activity
  • Calculating calories for indoor cycling...
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08:40
FTC sides with Apple, other parties concerned with...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has intervened in the bankruptcy court dispute over the sale of RadioShack customer data, spelling out conditions it feels are needed to protect personal privacy.

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06:08
Apple rolls out cheaper Retina iMac, 15-inch MacBook...

Apple is upgrading its 15-inch MacBook Pro, while offering a cheaper downgrade for its 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has a pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad, following the footsteps of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new 12-inch MacBook. Users can press hard on the trackpad to perform special commands, such as previewing links, editing file names, exposing an app’s open windows, and dropping a pin in Maps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:01
9to5Toys Last Call: DODOcase 50% off, 5K iMac refurb...

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

  • Spigen: 5-foot MFi Lightning Cable $6 (Reg. $24), iPhone 6/Plus...
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08:00
iLink Systems—better and faster with Yammer

Today’s post on Yammer was written by Sid Arora from iLink Systems.
iLink Systems delivers next-generation technology solutions to help clients solve complex business challenges, improve organizational effectiveness, increase business productivity, realize sustainable enterprise value and transforms businesses inside and out.
Our CEO, Sree, a strong advocate of the eat-your-own-dog-food philosophy, envisioned the iLink enterprise-level social network as one that can achieve internally for iLink what we claimed possible for our customers through our services—help achieve a cultural transformation.
Since we live and breathe SharePoint both internally and externally, integration with Yammer seemed the logical choice to provide the needed social fabric experience, but we wanted to be thoughtful about how to bring a new tool into the organization and how it would create value for us.
Within a short amount of time, Yammer started living up to its...

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08:00
Apple Raises Prices in Europe and Canada as U.S....

While the high-end 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display was discounted from $2,499 to $2,299 today, Apple has raised the prices on several other products in Europe and Canada as the U.S. dollar continues to remain strong against the euro and other international currencies. The affected countries in the European Union include Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and multiple others. iMac prices increased by between €150 to €300 in Europe per configuration All non-Retina 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models in affected countries are now between 150 to 300 euros more expensive starting today. The base configuration iMac, for example, increased from €1,099 to €1,249, while the high-end 27-inch iMac without Retina display rose from €1,799 to €2,099. Prices may vary slightly between countries due to applicable local taxes and tariffs. Apple also increased the price of the Mac Pro by between 400 to 600 euros, with the base model going from €2,999 to €3...

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08:00
Central American Bottling Company (CBC) moves to...

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Rafael Bardales, Shared Services Director at CBC.
The Central American Bottling Company (CBC) has been bottling and distributing beverages since 1885, and in the past 130 years we’ve seen many changes to the business and the world. From our initial roots in Guatemala, we’ve expanded operations to eight countries around Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. We’ve been distributing PepsiCo products since 1942, and we now also deliver drinks from major brands like AmBev and LivSmart to our 455,000 customers, most of which are small independent grocers.
Building and managing an efficient distribution network that can reliably deliver products to so many customers in multiple countries presents many challenges.  We need to make sure that everyone in the company—from delivery drivers to executives—always...

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07:56
Mac: Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid-2015)

Apple has updated its iMac with Retina 5K Display ($1,999 – $2,299) which first debuted last fall, dropping the price of the original model, introducing a second more affordable option, and emphasizing the higher resolution display by adding “5K” to the product’s name. Sporting the same 27” 5120 x 2880 display, the $1,999 model features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics, 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage alongside four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

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07:52
British Pathé – the largest archive of history on...

British Pathé:Follow us through the 20th Century and dive into the good and the bad times of the past. Feel free to explore more than 80,000 videos of filmed history and maybe you’ll find stuff no one else has ever seen.Do not go to this site if you want to get any work done today. Thanks to my friend Antonio Rosario for the huge time suck.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
Researcher's Airplane-Hacking Claims May Not Fly


A security researcher who made headlines last month for bragging he'd hacked into a passenger jet's internal computer systems while in flight appears to have performed the act more than a dozen times over a three-year period. Chris Roberts, founder and CTO of One World Labs, told FBI investigators earlier this year that he'd hacked into the flight systems of commercial passenger aircraft from 15-20 times from 2011-2014, and on one occasion "caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane."

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07:43
Office for Android phone Preview now available

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office 365 marketing team.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. In January, we delivered the Office apps for Android tablets—and we’re really proud of our 4+ rating in the Google Play store! Today I’m pleased to announce the preview for Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones. Join the Microsoft Office for Android community to participate in the Preview program.
The Office for Android phone apps are modern, optimized for touch and designed for work on the go. Here are a few things I think you’ll love about them:
Familiar and consistent Office experience—The Office apps combine the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with a touch-friendly experience designed for Android phones. Documents...

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07:35
Rumor: Apple working on “Find My Watch” feature for...



Apple is implementing a lot of new features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV.
One of them is said to be the ability to find your Apple Watch if it goes missing.
A new report claims Apple is working on a “Find My Watch” implementation that could be paired with a “Smart Leashing” feature that would remind Apple Watch users if they appear to have accidentally left their iPhones behind.

Not surprisingly, Apple is working on a “Find My Watch” feature for the wearable that will allow you to track its location, lock it or remotely wipe its data.
Given the Apple Watch’s reliance on an iPhone, Apple plans to...

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07:33
Apple retains TomTom for Maps as Nokia continues...


TomTom has announced that Apple will continue sourcing data from the company as one data provider for its Maps app on iOS devices and Mac:
Amsterdam, 19 May 2015 – TomTom (AEX: TOM2) has renewed and extended its global agreement with Apple for maps and related information.
Reuters notes that TomTom shares jumped 7 percent to an almost six-year high following the announcement.
Apple has been sourcing data from TomTom for its in-house Maps application since...

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07:31
Apple Pay picks up 34 new banks including NASA, San...

Apple on Tuesday added 34 more financial institutions to the roster supporting Apple Pay, its mobile payment platform for Touch ID-capable iPhones and iPads, as well as the Apple Watch.

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07:22
∞ Apple intros new MacBook Pro, lower-priced iMac...

Everyone has been focused on the new gadgets coming out of Cupertino, but Apple’s Mac team has been killing it lately. First the new MacBook, and now updated MacBook Pro and lower-priced iMac with a 5K display. [...]

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07:20
Hanging up my virtual pen

I had the good fortune to be around for the dawn of some of the most significant technological developments in human history: the arrival of personal computers, the emergence of the Internet and the World Wide Web, and the current dominance of social media and mobile devices. These and other technological advances continue to alter our world at an ever accelerating pace. One day Apple is on the verge of bankruptcy. The next day (or so it sometimes seems), it is the largest most profitable company on earth. Who’d have guessed?There are a lot of people I wish would retire from writing about Apple – Ted Landau is not one of those people. Many of us owe a great debt of thanks to Ted for all of his many years of service to the Mac Community. For me personally, I was a fan of his writing at MacFixIt and he was always extraordinary helpful whenever I emailed him. As a podcaster, I interviewed him several times and, as a speaker at Macworld Expos, I was lucky enough to sit and chat with...

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07:13
Tylt’s Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 6 Plus,...

While two dozen battery cases have been released for the iPhone 6, only a handful have become available for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, which can run longer without assistance. But there are definitely situations where even the iPhone 6 Plus can benefit from extra battery life, including international travel and occasional emergencies. And that’s why Tylt has released the Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 6 Plus ($100). It’s a true rarity due to its Made for iPhone certification, some unique features, and much better performance for the same price as Mophie’...

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07:13
Apple adds 34 new banks and credit unions to list of...



An additional wave of banks and credit unions have signed on to Apple Pay, bringing the total for over 300 for the time being.
Here you go:
1st Financial Federal Credit Union
Affinity Bank

Bank of Springfield
Berkshire Bank
Box Elder Credit Union
C&F Bank
Centennial Bank
Christian Community Credit Union
Community First Credit Union of Florida
Credit Union of Denver
Denver Community Credit Union
Education First Credit Union
Educators Credit Union
First City Credit Union
First Premier Bank
Freedom Credit Union
NASA Federal Credit Union
...

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07:04
Apple re-ups digital maps pact with TomTom

Apple will continue to work with TomTom on mapping data, the Dutch firm revealed on Tuesday, extending one of the oldest and most important partnerships in Apple's expanding navigation and mapping efforts.

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07:01
Apple unveils updated 15-inch MacBook Pro notebook,...



This came a day earlier than rumored.
On Tuesday, Apple announced an upgraded 15-inch MacBook Pro while also offering a cheaper 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro sports a Force Touch trackpad that allows users to use alternate levels of pressure to activate commands such as previewing links, editing file names, exposing an app’s open windows, and dropping a pin in Maps.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro also features a new type of flash storage that is 2.5 times faster than the previous model, and is improving battery life by an hour, bringing it up to 9 hours of web browsing or movie playback. The base model starts at US$1,999 with...

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07:00
What's up? Dock. An Apple Lightning dock

iPhone charging docks that work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appeared to be the sole realm of accessory manufacturers until today, when Apple introduced the new iPhone Lightning Dock (US$39). 

Design-wise it is rather plain, just a white plastic rounded square with a built-in Lightning connector, a port to plug in a USB to Lightning charging cable (don't worry, one came with your iPhone, remember?), and a 3.5mm audio line-out port. The iPhone sits at a slight angle instead of standing vertically.

The iPhone Lightning Dock is compatible with all iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models, as well as the 5th-generation iPod touch. 

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06:49
Apple Finally Introduces a Lightning Based iPhone...

Today, beyond updating their MacBook Pro and introducing a new entry level 27-iMac, Apple introduced an iPhone 6 with lightning connector dock.

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06:44
News: Apple releases iPhone Lightning Dock with...

Apple has released a new iPhone Lightning Dock compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.The product description says Apple-designed cases won’t interfere with docking, but makes no promises about third-party cases. The dock can be plugged into a wall outlet to charge the iPhone using the Apple USB power adapter or connected to a computer with the USB cable to both sync and charge. An audio line-out port provides a connection for powered…

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06:39
Apple rolls out new Lighting connector dock for...

Apple is selling a new Lightning connector dock compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch. The dock retails for US$39 on the Apple Online Store and has an estimated shipping date of 1-3 business days.
The new iPhone Lightning Dock features a base wide enough for either sized iPhone and a Lightning connector on top of a protrusion for charging. Previous versions of the docks have used recesses to add support so you couldn't use them with an iPhone that was in a case.

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06:28
Automatic upgrades $100 Bluetooth car dongle,...

Automatic, a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your car’s on-board diagnostic port to stream data to your iPhone, has been updated to a new version capable of streaming to two apps at the same time. The company has also launched an ‘app store for cars’ in the form of a webpage with download links to 22 apps that are compatible with the device.
We reviewed the original model back in 2013, when Zac Hall described it as smart, fun and interesting. At the time, it could only stream data to Automatic’s own companion app, but the latest version supports two simultaneous Bluetooth data streams, allowing both Automatic and a second app to receive data simultaneously.
Compatible apps include nine business-oriented apps, allowing...

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06:18
Tidy Up 4.1.0 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility. With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with Photos, iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes. Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power. Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-...

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06:16
MacDaddy launches Duplicate, a copy and paste tool...

MacDaddy has unveiled Duplicate 1.0, a productivity application developed specifically for Mac OS X Yosemite.
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06:15
Apple has launched an Updated MacBook Pro with Force...

Today, Apple updated their 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also today introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac ...

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06:07
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster finally admits he...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who has confidently predicted the imminent arrival of a fully-fledged Apple television year after year, has finally admitted he was just making wild guesses mistaken in his analysis.
Faced with the WSJ‘s report that Apple had considered launching its own TV set but had dropped its plans a full year ago, Munster has issued a note entitled Facing The Reality of No Apple Television, reports Business Insider.

“Given how adamant we have been about the reality of an Apple television, it’s hard to accept the reality of no Apple television,” says Munster in his note. “Our latest thinking prior to this story was that Apple would launch a television in 2016. Based on this report, we no longer expect a television to launch indefinitely.”

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06:05
Apple Introduces New iPhone Dock With Lightning...

Apple today started selling a new Lightning connector dock compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch. The dock retails for $39 on the Apple Online Store in the United States, with an estimated shipping date of 1-3 business days as of publication time. The dock is also available in other countries, although prices vary depending on the local currency. The long-anticipated Lightning dock arrives nearly three years after the Lightning connector made its debut on the iPhone 5 in September 2012, and succeeds the original 30-pin dock that Apple previously sold. Of course, given that Apple's official Lightning dock is long overdue, a number of accessory makers have already released third-party docks over the past several months and years. The new Lightning dock has a smaller form factor that no longer cradles the device, making it...

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06:03
Piper Jaffray abandons hope for full-fledged Apple...

Longtime Apple television proponent Gene Munster threw in the towel on Tuesday, telling investors that he no longer believes the company has a big-screen set in the works, based on the latest rumors.

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06:03
Insider Debuts Expo, an asset manager for Mac OS X

Insider Software has introduced Expo, an asset manager for Mac OS X. It allows creative and marketing professionals to discover, manage and utilize images, fonts, icons, multimedia and application documents in their projects.
Expo then auto-organizes them into customizable smart folders based on the assets' attributes and metadata. By supporting their creative workflow, Expo helps them develop better designs, websites, documents, presentations and materials.
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06:02
Apple adds new Lightning dock for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Alongside updates to its MacBook Pro and Retina iMac lines, Apple on Tuesday released a small but long-anticipated accessory for iPhone owners with an all-new Lightning dock designed to work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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06:00
60Hz TV tracker updated to version 4.0 with...


60Hz, the TV tracking app we’ve previously covered, has received a massive update to version 4.0 today, introducing a completely redesigned interface and many new features to help you find new shows and keep track of your current library.
While version 3 maintained much of the same functionality as version 2 with a fresh coat of paint on top, the newest release has rethought the entire application completely with great results.
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06:00
Today in the App Store — Money Pro, Atlantic Fleet...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Money Pro; the new Atlantic Fleet game; and a maintenance update to LastPass for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

DrumKick [Now free, down from $4.99] DrumKick is the ultimate live performance drum app on-the-go!

Boshi [Now free, down from $0.99] Boshi gives you the opportunity to be a logger in a pixelated winter environment. Just chop wood and enjoy the scenery. How difficult can it be?

MosaicTouch - SUPER EASY PIXELATION [Now free,...

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05:43
Mobile devices to generate the equivalent of 10...

Mobile data traffic, generated by smart phones, feature phones and tablets will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019, equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to Juniper Research (www.juniperrsearch.com).
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05:35
Apple & 140 Tech Companies Sign Letter Urging...

It's being reported this morning that Apple, Google, other tech giants and a number of noted cryptologists have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging the US government to preserve strong encryption against pressure from law enforcement and surveillance agencies.

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05:33
Apple gives Retina 5K iMacs a $200 price cut, intros...

Apple just updated the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but some of its desktops are getting love too. The Retina 5K iMac, formerly available for $2,499, has gotten a $200 price cut. For $2,299, you get a 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) quad-core Core i5 CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and an AMD Radeon R9 M290X GPU. Faster CPUs and GPUs and larger non-Fusion SSDs are all still available as upgrade options, the only difference from the model that was introduced last fall is the price drop.
Joining the $2,299 Retina iMac is a new $1,999 model with lower specs. It includes a non-upgradeable 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) quad-core Core i5 CPU, a non-upgradeable AMD R9 M290 GPU (not the M290X), 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a...

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05:28
Yes, I want your goddamn AOL CDs

Jason Scott, of the Internet Archive, wants your AOL CDs. For real.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
Apple updates iMac, MacBook Pro line

On Tuesday Apple updated its iMac and MacBook Pro model, just weeks before WWDC in San Francisco. The new iMac is a 27-inch model with Retina 5K display for $1999, which makes the line more affordable. At the same time, Apple has dropped the price of the high-end model to $2,299.

Meanwhile, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro gets a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and a faster discrete graphics option. The updated laptop starts at $1,999.

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05:01
Apple announces new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force...

Some good news for power users ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month: the company has just updated its 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, completing the 2015 MacBook refresh it began with the new MacBook Air, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and the MacBook.
The 15-inch Pros include some upgrades that other MacBooks have gotten this year—faster PCI Express storage enabled by increasing the number of PCIe lanes used from two to four and the Force Touch trackpad are chief among them. The...

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05:00
Reset A Forgotten PIN Code On An Apple Watch

If you use Apple Pay, you’ll be forced to configure a PIN code on that shiny new Apple Watch of yours. If you forget that PIN code, you’ll likely end up on Google looking for a way to unlock it. Never fear, the Googs has come to the rescue. There are a few different options. If you selected to unlock with a phone unlock, then you need only unlock your phone. But if you did that, you wouldn’t be here…

The next option is to log in and reset the watch manually. But again, if you could do that, you wouldn’t be here… So next, grab your charger and then press and hold the side power button on the watch. This brings up a little Power Off button (along with a Power Reserve and Lock Device button). Then do a Force Touch (press hard) on the Power Off button. It takes me five or six tries to get the button to come up, but when you do it just right, you’ll get the Erase All Content...

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04:53
Apple published a new Press Release
04:49
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force...

Apple today announced updates to its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display lineup and a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, confirming a recent rumor that said new models of the computers would be released as early as Wednesday. The refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models are available through the Apple Store, Apple Online Store and authorized resellers beginning today. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro gained all the expected updates similar to its 13-inch sibling: a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for $1,999 and $2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected...

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04:47
Apple lowers price of 5K iMac, adds new $1,999...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new entry-level $1,999 configuration for its ultra high-resolution 5K iMac while dropping the price of the top-end model to just $2,299, making it easier for consumers to get their hands on Retina-quality displays for the desktop.

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04:40
Apple launches new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force...

Apple on Tuesday issued an update to its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, adding faster Intel processors, as well as the new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad.

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04:39
Apple Granted 37 Patents Today Covering Liquid Metal...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents related to the Mac Pro tower, liquid metal used to create a major component of the iPhone and more.

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04:00
The ultimate guide to texting with the Apple Watch

A watch has always had one main job: convey information quickly and reliably to its wearer. Way back in 1893, the Garstin Company of London produced a "Watch Wristlet" that was used by soldiers to coordinate troop movement and synchronize attacks. Over the years, various incarnations of wrist watches have provided at-a-glance information to their wearers, precisely when he or she needed it.

Apple's Watch does this as well, but with a twist: communication. And it's even cooler than the gadgets I dreamed about as a kid.

Dick Tracy. Maxwell Smart. James T. Kirk. Yes, even Penny Gadget. When I was young, they...

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03:59
Kool Tools: PowerSkin PoP'n battery pack

PowerSkin's (www.power-skin.com) US$49.99 PoP’n is a hybrid case and battery pack that provides power, style and protection for an iPhone (5, 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus).
Press the PoP’n right onto the back of a smooth surfaced smartphone or case, charge the phone up, pull PoP’n off and you're ready to go. It boasts patented dual suction adhering technology to stick right onto the back of smartphones.
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03:59
Xcode 6.3.2 - Integrated development environment (...

Xcode provides everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Xcode brings user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging into a united workflow. The Xcode IDE combined with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, and the Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before. Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift, and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, iOS Simulator, the latest and greatest OS X and iOS SDK's and hundreds of powerful features.Version 6.3.2: New in Swift 1.2

  • Incremental builds dramatically improve the compile time of Swift projects
  • Swift compiler produces even faster executables for both debug and release builds
  • Language refinements to 'let' and 'as' make Swift more consistent and clear
  • Standard library adds powerful features including the 'Set' data type and 'flatMap' operation
  • Code converter and Fix-its help you migrate to Swift 1.2...

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03:48
Survey: Millennials represent the biggest threat to...

A survey by Absolute Software Corp. (www.absolute.com) — which specializes in endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones — says Millennials prove to be a greater risk to data security as compared to other user categories.
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03:33
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5.5

Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has updated Audio Switcher 2.5.5, a maintenance update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to control your input and output devices from login until shutdown. The app supports a wide range of devices, including USB audio devices, Apple's Thunderbolt monitors, AirPlay devices, along with Firewire devices as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.5 sports a resized menu bar icon.
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03:06
Know About Happy and Streamlined Relocation

Forums: General FCS DiscussionTags: packers and movers bangaloreNew house purchase is often a expressive as well as psychological go with each other. You've got some sort of sentimental accessory with the devote which this individual life along with survives. In rarest of the rare event he desires to shift through the ancient. Although it's not necessarily an easy task by any means to be able to change in the new atmosphere, although should you be moving along with your older products the particular pain regarding moving is going to be cured to some increase. The aged items will certainly value the thoughts of one's previous spot. This is one of the significant reasons exactly why men and women go using aged goods on the fresh position....

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03:04
Apple Wins a Patent that Kick Started Passbook and...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover Apple's famed Concert Ticket patent that we covered back in 2010 ...

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03:03
Key Benefits of Experienced Packers Movers Companies...

Forums: HardwareTags: packers and movers bangalorepackers and movers Pune There are several features about getting solutions connected with specialized packers as well as movers in new house purchase (moving or switching home collected from one of spot to a different along with plenty of home belongings). They feature total taking as well as transferring strategy to just about all relocation wants and also change the situation directly into easygoing and sleek affair. That they support their clientele inside the total show of home separation coming from packaging of the very 1st piece with latest home to unpacking of the extremely final piece at fresh dwelling. They will spend less work-time, attempts...

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03:01
South River Technologies releases WebDrive for Mac 4...

South River Technologies, which specializes in secure file transfer, has released a new version of WebDrive for Mac, version 4.2. New features include the ability to share profiles across multiple platforms and devices and availability in Italian. 
 
A file access client, WebDrive for Mac allows users to connect to remote servers and cloud services as a mounted device. This enables access and editing of files on corporate SFTP, WebDAV and SharePoint Servers.
 
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02:45
UK to put space seeds in the hands of schoolkids

If we're ever to inhabit other planets in our solar system, we must first make sure that we can grow our own food in order to survive. While space scientists have been experimenting with this for decades, the UK Space Agency, with help from the Royal...

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02:26
Apple Granted a 3D In-Air Gesture System that...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a second PrimeSense 3D user interface control system ...

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02:01
Oculus names VR Jam finalists, and here are some of...

Oculus VR's apps and games contest for the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is in full swing. The 2015 Mobile VR Jam contest received quite a number of interesting submissions, including a game that puts you in the POV of a bullet, one that wants yo...

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01:06
Apple Wins Patent for a Projector System Designed...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent covering a pattern projector.

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00:24
Apple and Google push Obama to prevent encryption...

Apple, Google and other major tech companies have urged President Obama not to give the FBI backdoor access to smartphone data, according to the Washington Post. The publication obtained a letter signed by no less than 140 major tech players, securit...

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Monday May 18

04:00
Freemium Field Test: Puzzle & Dragons is a...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).Nintendo may be on the verge of bringing games to smartphones and tablets, but the reverse is already happening: Top mobile hits have been moving over to the Nintendo 3DS handheld for a while now. And one of the biggest international iOS sensations makes the leap this week with the bundled release of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition....

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09:12
Report: Apple has big plans in store for Apple Watch...

Less than a month after Apple Watch began shipping, Apple is already prepping future versions of Watch OS. According to a Monday report from 9to5Mac, Apple has a ton of ideas for its most personal device, but some of them might require updated hardware.We’ll have to wait for the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in just a few weeks to see exactly what Apple has in store for the first big watch update, but here are the rumored features we’re most excited to see.
Find My Watch will let you remotely wipe your lost device.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:00
Using Netflix on your hotel TV sounds pretty painless

Surprise! Netflix built into hotel-room TVs doesn't seem awful. When Mariott announced that it'd add streaming apps including the House of Cards outfit, Crackle, Hulu Plus, and YouTube into its in-room entertainment options, there was reason for conc...

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21:40
Researchers discover a 'partial workaround...

When your eyes' photoreceptors (the so-called "rods and cones") fail either due to illness or injury, so to does your vision. And until very recently, few options to correct the condition existed -- typically in the form of a bulky and intrusive wear...

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20:45
WSJ: Apple dropped plans for a TV set “more than a...

There have been predictions about an Apple television set so often and for so long that it has become a sort of running gag among Apple watchers, but a new report from The Wall Street Journal has poured yet more cold water on those forecasts. The typical "people familiar with the matter" tell the WSJ that Apple had "a small team" working on a TV set for a few years, but that the team had been disbanded and its members reassigned to other projects "more than a year ago."
The main problem, according to the report, was a lack of innovative features that would distinguish an Apple TV set from its competitors. The...

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20:37
Change The Move Goal On Your Apple Watch

The Activity App lets you set a move goal that matches how much you move around in a given day.
I decided to set mine to match my FitBit, which was a little high, so I dropped it back down. To change it, open the Activity app and swipe right to the calories display. Then, force-tap inside the circle indicating your status.

Use the plus and minus button to set your calorie goal for the day.
Note: Interestingly, the calories are active. If you’re used to seeing those listed by the FitBit, or many other devices, you’ll be used to seeing Passive Calories. The Apple Watch can show you Passive Calories, but by default it displays Active Calories.

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20:06
Apple, other tech companies ask Obama to reject...

In a letter to be delivered to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Apple is among a group of signatories requesting the White House reject incoming government proposals that would modify current policies to allow law enforcement access to encrypted user data.

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19:51
US Navy's cheap and tiny Cicada drones can...

The Navy's Cicada drone has reemerged looking smaller than ever. Navy scientists have been developing the tiny smart glider since 2006 and even performed a flight test back in 2011. This newest iteration, which has been presented at the Department of...

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18:39
Scientists close to brewing morphine (or heroin)...

Sugar is basically ubiquitous and it looks like it could be used to make morphine, which is a refined form of heroin. Recent research shows that a genetically modified strain of yeast, when exposed to sugar, could be used to ferment the opioid. Yes, ...

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17:58
WSJ: Apple shelved its HDTV plans last year

Ever wondered what happened to that Apple HDTV we've been hearing rumors about for years ? According to The Wall Street Journal, those rumors weren't baseless speculation, as the company did work on a television set for nearly a decade. Unfortunately...

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17:44
Behind Apple’s move to shelve TV plans

The Wall Street Journal:Investor Carl Icahn said he expects Apple Inc. to introduce an ultra-high-definition television in 2016. But after nearly a decade of research, Apple quietly shelved plans to make such a set more than a year ago, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple had searched for breakthrough features to justify building an Apple-branded television set, those people said. In addition to an ultra-high-definition display, Apple considered adding sensor-equipped cameras so viewers could make video calls through the set, they said. Ultimately, though, Apple executives didn’t consider any of those features compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market, led by Samsung Electronics Co.It’s been an open secret for years that Apple has tested many variations of television sets but just couldn’t find a way to include features compelling enough to bring it to market. Regardless of what Icahn wants or believes, Apple will do what’s right for Apple...

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17:31
Ricoh invents super-efficient power-producing rubber

No, this is not an image of a delicious Fruit Roll-Up, it's actually a unique new flexible material from Ricoh that can create electricity from pressure and vibration. Dubbed "Energy-Generating Rubber," this piezoelectric mat combines the best featur...

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16:57
Makulu Gives Unity a Good Name


Makulu Linux now is one of the first major distros to integrate the Unity desktop. It was more than worth the wait! The Unity desktop is Ubuntu's flagship desktop environment. Parent company Canonical pushed through its development several years ago as a way of introducing users to its "unifying" computing platform for all devices. It removed the traditional panel bar and two-column application menu. It replaced both with an expanding sidebar that lost most of the configurability and functionality of the Linux panel.

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16:41
Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook...

Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.


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16:28
Apple Nixed Plans for Apple-Branded Television Set...

Apple shelved plans to introduce a full-blown television set more than a year ago reports The Wall Street Journal, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. The company reportedly spent more than a decade researching the possibility of releasing an ultra high-definition television set before deciding to nix the project because it couldn't find untapped features that would give it an edge in the television market. Apple had searched for breakthrough features to justify building an Apple-branded television set, those people said. In addition to an ultra-high-definition display, Apple considered adding sensor-equipped cameras so viewers could make video calls through the set, they said. Ultimately, though, Apple executives didn't consider any of those features compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market, led by Samsung Electronics Co.One of the...

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16:19
Apple reportedly iced plans to build television set...

Countering recently voiced expectations from activist investor Carl Icahn, a report on Monday claims Apple had plans to release an ultra-high-definition television set by 2016, but abandoned the idea more than one year ago.

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16:04
WSJ: Apple dropped its plans for UHDTV with video...

Earlier today, investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook in which he predicted that Apple would enter the television market with 55-inch and 65-inch UHD TVs. This evening, however, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple currently has no plans to enter the highly competitive TV market.

The report claims that Apple has began researching the possibility of entering the television market nearly 10 years ago, but has never been able to find a “breakthrough” feature that would set its offerings apart. Apple reportedly considered adding cameras to its TVs for FaceTime functionality. The company also looked into a...

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06:39
Watch Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in first...

People parked in front of the TV during Sunday night’s series finale of Mad Men caught the first glimpse of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s long-awaited Steve Jobs biopic called, appropriately, Steve Jobs. The film hits theaters Oct. 9.The trailer is more of a tease than anything at a minute long, and doesn’t give away any plot points (though Sorkin’s script leaked earlier this year, if you’re dying to know what it’s about). But we do see Michael Fassbender as Jobs, complete with black turtleneck and glasses, on stage at an Apple event, and hear him defending his role as a visionary.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:50
[Sponsor] Direct Mail for OS X

Think outside the browser with Direct Mail for OS X, a fully native app for creating, sending, and tracking your email campaigns. Our all-new version 4.0 wraps powerful new features like cloud syncing, collaboration, and autoresponders in an easy-to-use interface. Getting started is fast and free!

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15:37
Longtime iTunes partner Starbucks goes big with...

Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of Apple’s streaming music service next month, Spotify today has revealed a new agreement with longtime Apple partner Starbucks. Spotify will team up with the coffee giant to offer enhanced music playback controls for both users and employees in 7,000 U.S.-based Starbucks locations.

As part of the partnership, all 150,000 Starbucks retail employees will receive a free Spotify Premium account. The employees, along with the 60 million members of the Starbucks rewards program, will then be able to control the music in the store. Starbucks partners...

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14:53
With Starbucks deal Spotify looks to build out...

Spotify on Monday announced a joint initiative with Starbucks that will see the world's largest coffeehouse chain stream its music in stores, promote premium Spotify subscription tiers and grant current users access to Starbucks' rewards program.

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14:52
NASA's $2.25M Challenge: 3D-Print a Space Base


NASA and America Makes have challenged innovators in the additive construction market to design a habitat for deep space exploration for the first stage of the competition and to fabricate such facilities in the second phase. The organizations will award a $50,000 prize and a pair of $1.1 million purses for the winners of the multistage challenge. Entrants have been challenged to design a 3D-printable habitat for the first phase of the competition, and the team that wins that level will be awarded $50,000.

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14:24
Appeals Court Agrees that Samsung Copied Apple

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.


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14:06
Will Apple TV Be Busting Out All Over?


I want to believe that Apple will launch a new Apple TV hardware device in June at WWDC -- but holy macaroni, it's been more than three years since Apple introduced the third-generation Apple TV. Of course, Apple made a barely noticeable hardware tweak more than two years ago, but I'm begging for an Apple TV that's far more than just a utilitarian tool -- and on the surface, many signs seem to point toward such a revelation at WWDC. Before I get to the core rumors and signs, I should admit that a small part of me remains skeptical.

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14:00
AWT News Update: May 18, 2015

Monday blues got ya down? We've got all sorts of good Apple news to cheer you up and bring a smile back to your face:

  • Carl Icahn issues a missive on Apple and the stock rises
  • Sprint will deliver a new smartphone to your home and set it up for you with a new service
  • There's a SoundCloud Apple Watch companion app. Contain your excitement...
  • TwelveSouth is shipping its charging stand, the $49.99 HiRise for Apple Watch
  • Audible adds CarPlay support to its app, and Mercedes-Benz will have a Watch companion app available by this fall

The full text script for this episode is located below for your reading pleasure.

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It’s Monday, but that doesn’t mean that everything is bad. I’m Steve Sande from Apple World...

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13:53
About Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.8.4

Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.8.4 is an update for Mac clients viewed or controlled from the Remote Desktop app.

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13:40
Apple Watch In-Depth Review

The dust is starting to settle and we've been able to spend some serious time putting Apple Watch through its paces following its release, so we're ready to let you know what we think of Apple's entrance into the smartwatch world. Is it worth the cost, and will you really get any benefits out of slapping one on your wrist? Read on to find out.


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13:00
Hands on with the Duet iPhone and Apple Watch Dock

Duet dock image via antsy labs

Now that the Apple Watch has been out for nearly a month, accessories are starting to arrive in droves. Among the most highly anticpated are the charging docks that make it possible to make your Watch charging setup look more classy than just having that cable and “puck” running to the back of your smartwatch. Antsy Labs of Denver, Colorado has a great-looking and functional dock named Duet ($99, available now for a $79 pledge) that is getting Kickstarter funding right now, and with three weeks to go the campaign has already exceeed its goal. Matt and Mark from Antsy sent Apple World Today a prototype to try out, and here’s our review.

Design

The basic idea behind the Duet is that it can charge both your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously. Expertly machined from aluminum, the dock will come in three...

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12:34
Audible enables CarPlay support, Mercedes-Benz...

Amazon-owned Audible on Monday added CarPlay support to its audiobook app for iOS, while Mercedes-Benz revealed an upcoming Apple Watch app that will handle functions like navigation and vehicle status updates.

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12:04
Court of Appeals Says Samsung's Legal Payments...

Mark Wilson writes: Patent lawsuits in the world of technology are nothing new, and the case between Apple and Samsung resulted in one of the largest fines ever being handed down. Samsung was order to pay $930 million in damages after a court found that the company had violated Apple patents with its smartphone and tablet designs. Today the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned part of the original ruling, saying that the jury was wrong to say that Samsung infringed on Apple's trade dress intellectual property. The exact details of what this will mean are yet to come out, but it should lead to a fairly hefty reduction in Samsung's legal costs.

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11:38
Cleaning your Apple products

Read recommendations and guidelines for cleaning your Apple computer, iPad, iPhone, iPod, display, or peripheral device.

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11:33
Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54...

Check out our deal on a lifetime 1TB subscription to Dripbit Online Backup. It's a $480 value priced at $54.99 through our deal. With Dripbit, you can access your files through a browser, and the service uses military-grade AWS 256 encryption. You can stream music and movies straight from the service, too. Check out the deal listing for additional details.


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11:25
What Are All Those Icons at the Top of the Apple...

The Apple Watch can display seven different status icons at the top of the display, including the mysterious "red dot." Not all of them are easy to interpret, so here's an annotated list.


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11:04
President Obama borrows iPhone for first tweet,...

Last week potential Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush made headlines when he was spotted wearing an Apple Watch on the still-exploring-but-definitely-running campaign trail, using the press opportunity as a chance to dish out the zinger that its health apps were better than Obamacare.
The White House has given its own endorsement of Apple today, however, as President Obama launched his own personal Twitter account (not to be confused with the OFA-ran @BarackObama account) with a tweet that originated from an iPhone....

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10:29
News: Appeals court cuts award in Apple’s $930M win...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated a portion of the damages initially awarded to Apple in a 2012 jury verdict against Samsung. While the appeals court affirmed the prior verdicts on design and utility patent infringements, it reversed the findings “that the asserted trade dresses are protectable.” In 2012, the jury originally found that certain elements of the iPhone’s design were famous, and found to be…

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10:29
President Obama uses iPhone to make first post on...

U.S. President Barack Obama made his first post from a personal Twitter account on Monday, doing so from an Executive Office iPhone despite previous worries about the device's security.

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10:20
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Postbox 4.0.1, Voila 3.8.4, Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1, and FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14. 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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10:19
ExtraBITS for 18 May 2015

In ExtraBITS podcasts this week, publisher Adam Engst joined MacBreak Weekly to discuss Apple Watch fitness, and Adam and Tonya appeared together on MacVoices to look forward from the 25th anniversary of TidBITS. Also, veteran tech writer Ted Landau announces his retirement, the Nielsen/Norman Group analyzes the Apple Watch’s usability, Jason Snell argues for the return of “Mac OS,” and Verizon is buying AOL. 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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10:06
How Coherent Navigation can help Apple with location...

Apple's recent acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a California firm that worked on high-precision satellite navigation projects for the likes of the U.S. Navy, might at first seem a bit outside of the iPhone maker's wheelhouse.?But a closer look reveals what could, in fact, be an excellent match.

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10:02
Twelve South is shipping its HiRise for the Apple...

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) is shipping the HiRise for the Apple Watch. It's an US$49.99 stand that showcases the smartwatch while it's charging.
Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds Apple Watch at an elevated height and angle. Available in silver or black, this sturdy stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed-loop metal bands.
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09:55
MacPlay launches StarDrive 2 on the Mac App Store

MacPlay (www.macplay.com) says its 4X strategy game, StarDrive 2, is now available worldwide on the Apple’s Mac App Store for US$29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
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09:42
Google invents an Inductive Charger that's like...

In April the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that revealed a new charging device containing a support beam and a magnet ..

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09:41
The Future According to Qualcomm


I was at the Qualcomm Internet of Things event in San Francisco last week during what was a major IoT event in the city. What is kind of amazing is the larger event was just a small part of the applications show that used to go on at the same time. This year it is twice the size of that older show. Companies are flocking to this IoT concept like ducks to water. This means in a few short years we are going to be up to our ears in connected things. Qualcomm plans to be at the center of this with modems, hubs, and two broad initiatives.

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09:39
External Link: Adam Engst Discusses Apple Watch...

Joining host Leo Laporte and guests Andy Ihnatko and Susie Ochs, Adam shares his impressions of the Apple Watch from the perspective of a runner. Other topics covered on the wide-ranging show include the 12-inch MacBook, Apple Pay, and looking forward to the Beats revamp at WWDC. Big fun, as always. 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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09:25
External Link: After 25 Years, Adam & Tonya Look...

There’s no escaping the Apple Watch these days, and this installment of MacVoices features plenty of discussion of how the Apple Watch works for fitness purposes. But to mark 25 years of publishing TidBITS, Adam and Tonya also talked with host Chuck Joiner about some of the technologies that they’re the most interested in watching going forward, including self-driving cars. 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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09:08
Google Search designer Jon Wiley moves to lead role...

The lead designer on Google Search has taken up a new position as the lead designer on Cardboard, the company's low-cost, smartphone-based virtual reality headset project.

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09:08
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-18: Apple’s...

Apple just bought the GPS service company Coherent Navigation. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could use Coherent to improve services it offers like Maps, navigation, Find My iPhone, and more. They also look at a case out of England that shows exactly why crime doesn't pay, and they offer up a send off for popular Mac community writer Ted Landau.


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08:34
Lowest Prices Ever: Save $100s on all Mac Pros, each...

Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama and AppleInsider this week have teamed up to give away free AppleCare, a free Apple Wireless Keyboards & Mouse, and discounts of between $100 and $700 on over 100 different Mac Pro configurations. Tack on an Apple Thunderbolt Display for an all-time low of $750 or grab a 27" Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor for $525.

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08:15
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 iTunes Gift Card for $80...

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

$100 iTunes gift card for $80 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 64GB for the same price as 16GB model:...

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08:11
Appeals court slashes down Apple’s $930M win against...


The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wiped out (PDF) a sizable chunk of Apple's biggest legal win today, overturning parts of a 2012 jury verdict against Samsung that entitled the iPhone maker to $930 million in damages.
Apple won that trial on both patent claims and claims related to "trade dress," an amorphous part of trademark law. The Federal Circuit, which considers all patent appeals, said the trade dress claims weren't legally justified and threw them out. The Federal Circuit is leaving it to the lower court to issue a final judgment, but since those claims accounted for $382 million of Apple's big win, that's how much Apple is expected to lose. It's more than 40 percent of the verdict winnings, leaving $548...

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08:08
AWT Health Club: Motivation

When you take a glance at the bottom of this post to see how I did last week, you’ll see that the results are exactly the opposite of what I wanted. In other words, my weight was up a bit and my steps per day were down. Today I’m going to talk about motivation to exercise and eat correctly, something that I apparently lack.

Motivation

The entire idea behind becoming more fit is to essentially do two things — eat less and exercise more. There are points in your life where everything is going to conspire against your achievement of those simple goals, and for me, this last week was one of them. So what are my excuses? The weather has been soggy here in Colorado with lots of rain muddying my favorite hiking path. As many of my Apple World Today friends know, I’m in an elder care situation with my parents right now that takes a surprising amount of time and energy. And finally, the stress from that situation makes me want to eat comfort food and drink...

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08:00
De-Cluttering everyone’s inbox

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.
Last fall, we introduced Clutter, which moves less important emails out of your inbox and keeps you focused what’s most important to you. Today Clutter is moving over one million emails per day and saves users 82 minutes per month on average. Starting in June, Clutter will be on by default to help more people benefit from Clutter. We’re also introducing new administrative controls for Clutter and improving how Clutter interacts with users.
Administrator controls
Additional controls are being added to help administrators manage Clutter. First we are introducing two PowerShell cmdlets to report on and turn off Clutter for users. These cmdlets are available for use today. Organizations who want to manage use of Clutter should use the cmdlet...

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08:00
Power Map for Excel–May update for Office 365

Today’s post was written by Igor Peev and Daniel Witriol, program managers on the Power Map team.
In the May 2015 update of Office 365 we are proud to introduce a new core feature to Power Map: Custom Regions. The Custom Regions feature allows data to be mapped to the regions that matter most to you, even if they are not the traditional zip code, county, state or country regions. Custom regions are useful for scenarios involving sales districts, school districts, congressional districts, land lot development, crop rotation, geological analysis, and anything else using custom-defined polygons.
The Custom Regions feature in Power Map allows you to import KML or SHP files which contain custom polygons. Once imported, you can use custom regions in the same manner as you would use standard regions such as zip codes.
KML files can be created with a variety of free tools which are available on the Internet, you can read more about them...

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08:00
Outlook Web App + OneDrive for Business just got...

Today’s post was written by Rebecca Lawler and James Peters, program managers on the Outlook Web App team.
Last year, we released the first wave of OneDrive for Business integration within the Outlook Web App for Office 365 customers. That integration allowed users to send OneDrive for Business files and set edit and view permissions using the Insert > Attachment menu, making it easy to share cloud files without having to separately navigate to OneDrive and leave the context of your inbox.
Today, we’re thrilled to introduce improvements to this integration to make saving and sharing files to OneDrive for Business even easier in the Outlook Web App.
Save attachments directly to OneDrive for Business
The Outlook Web App now lets you save attachments you’ve received in email directly to your OneDrive for Business folder...

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07:50
Mac Basics: Browse the web with Safari 7 in Mavericks

Safari is the web browser included with OS X Mavericks. Learn about using Safari, as well as ways to personalize your browsing experience.

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07:49
External Link: Ted Landau Retires from Apple Writing

Our friend and colleague Ted Landau has announced that he no longer plans to write professionally, noting that the end of Macworld’s print version, and the closure of TUAW and his own MacFixIt (run by CNET), marks a torch-passing moment to younger journalists. Ted’s writing career dates back to the introduction of the Mac in the mid-1980s, and he’s been a fixture ever since, penning both articles for numerous Mac outlets and a variety of books (including the classic “Sad Macs, Bombs & Other Disasters” and one of the first titles about the iPhone, our “Take Control of Your iPhone”). We’d say that we’ll miss him, but we’re sure that Ted will still be popping up on Twitter when he’s not enjoying his time offline with his wife Naomi. 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...

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07:45
Icahn pumps AAPL stock w/ predictions of Apple HDTVs...


High-profile investor and AAPL shareholder Carl Icahn has published yet another open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, this time giving his thoughts on new product categories that he expects Apple to enter alongside his usual advice for the company on share repurchases, valuation, and more.
As for his product predictions, Icahn highlights two new big categories, both of which have been reported in detail and rumored for the last year, including TV and electric vehicles. Icahn thinks Apple will release full-fledged UHD TV sets sometime next year…...

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07:43
Apple Working on 'Find My Watch' and Third...

Ahead of next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is laying the groundwork for future software and hardware updates for both the Apple Watch and Apple TV, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Timing for some of the new features remains unclear, but the report claims Apple is working on a "Find My Watch" implementation that could be paired with a "Smart Leashing" feature that would remind Apple Watch users if they appear to have accidentally left their iPhones behind.First, Apple has been working on a feature dubbed “Find my Watch” for the Apple Watch, which as the name implies will allow a user to track a Watch’s location, as well as lock or remotely wipe it if it is lost or stolen. [...] Given the Apple Watch’s reliance on an iPhone, Apple plans to implement Find my Watch via what’s currently known inside the company as “Smart Leashing.”...

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07:36
News: Apple developing ‘Find my Watch’ for Apple...

Apple is currently working on a “Find my Watch” feature for Apple Watch, according to a 9to5Mac report. The feature would allow users to track the location of a Watch, or lock or swipe it remotely. It’s been noted recently that as it currently stands, Apple Watch lacks any meaningful anti-theft features. Reportedly, Apple will use “smart leashing” to implement Find my Watch — the Watch will send a signal to “establish…

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07:35
Carl Icahn sets new Apple target of $240 per share,...

In his latest open letter to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has said he believes shares of the company should currently be trading at more than $100 higher than their current valuation.

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07:31
Finally: Appeals Court Rules Samsung Copied Apple...

In August 2012 we reported on the jury ruling that Samsung had infringed on Apple's patents. And even thought it seems like forever and a day, we're finally at the stage of the appeals court ruling.

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07:30
Rumor: Apple to announce updated 15-inch Retina...



On the downside, Apple officially discontinued its Built-To-Order 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro notebook.
Still, it’s to make room for something better.
The rumor mill has it that Apple will be announcing an updated 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as an updated 27-inch iMac.
MacG.Go has cited an unnamed source who has provided accurate information on a number of occasions in the past, but provides no further details regarding the exact specs and upgrades that could go into the two new computers. Given that the 13-inch MacBook Pro was updated back in March with the expected processing and graphics boosts, as well as a new...

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07:30
Appeals court: Samsung violated Apple's design...

A mixed courtroom outcome on Monday ruled that Sumsung's $930 million penalty in the ongoing patent infringement suit needs to be adjusted. While the The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with the jury's assessment that Samsung violated Apple's design and utility patents, it also ruled that the company did not infringe on Apple's trade dress

This means that the $930 million penalty will likely be reduced, once the trade dress is removed. The original penalty levied against Samsung was $1.05 billion, but Judge Lucy Koh removed $450 million from that award and set a retrial to reassess damages. The result of that retrial was the $930 million penalty, which will now be reduced even further. 

Samsung's request for a retrial was denied. 

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07:28
Decision in Apple v. Samsung Appeal Lowers Apple...

Begun in 2012 over a concern that Samsung's products willfully infringed on Apple's patents for the iPhone, a jury eventually ruled largely in Apple's favor and the Cupertino company was awarded over $1 billion in damages. The award was later slightly reduced after it was determined the original jury had erred in one portion of its decision, but Samsung was still owing roughly $900 million to Apple. Today, however, a U.S. appeals court is ruling to reverse another significant portion of the judgment, finding Samsung wasn't in violation of "trade dress" and therefore doesn't owe as much as was previously awarded by the courts (via Bloomberg Business...

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07:22
Get help with iOS update and restore errors

When you update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, you might see this message: "The iPhone [device name] could not be restored. An unknown error occurred [error number]."

Here's how to solve specific iOS update and restore errors.

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07:18
External Link: Nielsen/Norman Group Evaluates Apple...

The user-experience experts at the Nielsen/Norman Group have turned their eyes to the Apple Watch. Raluca Budiu criticizes the Apple Watch’s reliance on tiny touch targets, and notes that a left-right scrolling “deck of cards” interface works better than a list view that requires users to “pogo-stick” in and out of a detail view. Budiu also comments that Handoff would work better if your iPhone was automatically unlocked when the watch was in close proximity, as is true of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Recommendations for developers include focusing on the essential, avoiding buttons and complex navigation, and creating bits of text that stand on their own, along with realizing that the watch is not merely a smaller phone. 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...

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07:15
First teaser trailer of Steve Jobs biopic hits,...



It’s the teasers that hook you in.
You know, as they’re designed to do.
Universal Studios releases the first teaser trailer for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic over the weekend.
The trailer, posted to YouTube by Collider, shows a few seconds of Michael Fassbender portrayal of Steve Jobs, as well as shots of costars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels, who plays former Apple CEO John Sculley.

Not much can be gleaned about the film from its short trailer, but the clip serves to set a general tone of drama and tension between the main...

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07:08
Rumor Claims MacBook Pro, iMac Update Coming this...

Apple is reportedly planning on updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new computers are said to include Intel's new Broadwell processors, and the MacBook Pro will ship with the Force Touch trackpad recently introduced on the new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of when new MacBook Pro models ship, it seems likely they'll include Intel's Broadwell processors and the Force Touch trackpad. It's just a matter of timing.


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