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Thursday May 19

08:44
Chromebooks surge past Macs in the U.S. for the...

It may have taken nearly five years, but it’s finally official: Chromebooks are no joke.
More Google-powered laptops shipped than Macs in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, IDC market analyst Linn Huang recently told The Verge. (Disclosure: IDC and PCWorld are both owned by International Data Group, but have no editorial ties.) This is the first time Chromebooks have out-shipped a competing PC platform.
Chromebooks beating Macs may be a surprising statistic, but in reality, it’s just that—a statistic. It’s unlikely that Chromebooks are about to become the second most important PC platform in the United States, because this first Chromebook victory comes with two big caveats.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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18:45
Apple VP Lisa Jackson visits The Barefoot College in...

As CEO Tim Cook was meeting with Prime Minister Modi and partying with Bollywood stars, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson was also in India. As reported by Yahoo India, the Apple executive was visiting “solar mamas” and a rural school where students were being taught via iPad lessons.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, India ...

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18:40
Report: OS X 10.12 to feature support for unlocking...

Earlier this year, we reported that Mac OS X 10.12 would bring Siri support as one of the tentpole features. Apple is likely to introduce the next big update to OS X in just a few weeks at its annual WWDC event, and now we’re learning a bit more about what the company has in store. A new report today brings to light the possibility that Apple could add Touch ID support to OS X with 10.12, as well.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, Mac, OS X 10.12, Touch ID ...

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17:23
Apple environment chief visits rural Indian school...

As part of Apple's tour of India, the company's environment and government affairs chief Lisa Jackson visited a school in Rajasthan this week to meet with so-called "solar mamas," or women trained in the manufacture and assembly of solar lamps build solar powered lanterns.

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17:17
Google Plots Home Invasion


Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's annual I/O developers conference on Wednesday with a keynote address that included previews of a batch of new products. Among those showcased were Google Assistant, a tool that can understand and respond to complex questions in real time; and Home, Google's highly anticipated response to Amazon's Echo speaker. Google VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz took the stage to demonstrate some of Home's capabilities. "What makes Google Home really shine is that it has Search built in," he said.

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16:19
How to Enable New Chinese Instruments in iPhone and...

Apple added several Chinese instruments and some 300 loops of Chinese music to GarageBand this week, but you'll need to jump through a couple of hoops to access them on iPad and iPhone.  Bryan Chaffin shows you how.


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16:04
OWC expands Boot Camp compatibility to all SSDs,...

Mac specialist Other World Computing on Thursday released software drivers that bring Apple Boot Camp support to its entire lineup of aftermarket SSDs, giving users who run Windows a wider selection of storage upgrade options.

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16:02
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.1

First maintenance update for recently upgraded PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, $30 upgrade, free update from version 8, 70.3/70.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:41
Apple's Angela Ahrendts gives us a Peek at New...

On the 15th anniversary of the company's first Apple stores, Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior VP of Retail and online stores, gave her first big presentation that provided reporters with a glimpse of Apple's next generation approach to retailing over the next few years.

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15:07
∞ My thoughts on Apple’s new retail store strategy

It’s not often that Apple invites journalists to its stores for a preview anymore, but today was a bit different. Apple not only unveiled its new San Francisco store, it also explained its new strategy for its major retail outlets.As I sat listening to Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, it became clear very quickly that Apple kept its attention to detail in the design of the location, but completely rethought how it functioned.“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Ahrendts. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs.”Ahrendts said the company even thought about how sections of the Apple stores were named, like the Genius Bar. The word “bar” brings up thoughts of a busy, noisy space—not...

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14:58
iPhone supplier exec says glass design only coming...

Earlier this year, rumors started circulating that Apple would switch to a glass design for the 2017 iPhone lineup, somewhat reminiscent of that of the iPhone 4. Now Carter Technology chief executive Allen Horng says that only one model of the 2017 iPhone lineup will adopt that glass design. Carter Technology is a key iPhone casing supplier.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPhone 8 ...

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14:25
Apple Pay gains support for Chime online bank, Chase...

Apple Pay on Thursday picked up support for Chime, a U.S. online-only bank, while the brick-and-mortar Chase Bank promised to give away a new Eric Clapton album to Apple Pay users.

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14:25
Create Your Own Spring Mac Bundle of Apps: $21.99

Our friends at Stack Social have come up with another clever bundle for you. The Spring Mac Bundle allows you to choose 10 apps you want from a collection of 34 Mac apps for $21.99. That way you can get just the apps you want and not worry about having some you don't want. The full list of available apps can be found under "Specs" on the deal listing. 


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14:23
Apple might let users unlock Mac via Touch ID on...

An OS X feature under construction by Apple may let people unlock their Mac by way of Touch ID on a paired iPhone, a report said on Thursday.

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14:18
Uber unleashes experimental self-driving car on...

Ride hailing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it is testing a self-driving, hybrid Ford Fusion on the streets of Pittsburgh, bringing the ride-sharing giant one step closer to an autonomous future.

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14:08
Larry Page spars with Oracle attorney at Android...

Google did not pay to use Oracle’s software in millions of smartphones, but the company believed that the intellectual property was free for anyone to use, Larry Page, chief executive of Google’s parent company, told jurors in court on Thursday.Page just seems pissed off in his answers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
AWT News Update: May 19, 2017

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In today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • The new San Francisco flagship Apple Store opened to the press today, and it's quite impressive (thumbnail image via Twitter @panzer)
  • Guess what presidential candidate who called for a boycott of Apple in February owns stock in the company?
  • Apple may be able to successfully appeal a Chinese company's appropriation of the iPhone trademark in the country
  • Here's a switch - the makers of the new Angry Birds movie are asking you to turn your phone on during the end credits

The text version of the podcast can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 19, 2016. Our sponsor for this past...

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13:44
Apple Union Square highlights new design elements,...

Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 

“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs." 

Apple Union Square’s glass doors open the store to Post Street and Union Square. The building’s position connects San Francisco’s most famous square to a rejuvenated plaza to the north, creating a gathering place for the community. The art-filled plaza offers seating, public Wi-Fi, a 50-foot tall...

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13:40
Imagine a dog. Got it? I don’t. Here’s what it’s...

While I’m not as afflicted as the story’s writer, I have many of the same issues. When I say/type the word “cube”, the vast majority of you will see a three-dimensional cube in your mind’s eye. I don’t have a mind’s eye. I see the actual word “cube”. It’s the only way I can visualize it. It’s probably why I have such an incredibly bad sense of direction. I can’t visualize the three-dimensionality of geography and place myself spatially. Maps mean nothing to me because I can’t imagine my place in the in the 3D space.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
Apple previews new Union Square store in San...

Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 
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13:20
Apple's Rumored 2017 Curved Glass iPhone could...

Catcher's Chairman Allen Horng told reporters today that as far as he knew, only one iPhone model would be adopting a glass casing in 2017 ...

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12:52
Apple's iPhone 8 - Coming in 2017

Rumors suggest Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017, with a glass body, wireless charging, and an edge-to-edge OLED display with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor that does away with the Home button.

Check out our full roundup for more info on the 2017 iPhone.

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12:48
Tweetbot 2.4 for Mac launches bringing Topics to the...

Two weeks ago, Tweetbot for iOS received an update introducing Topics to the Twitter client. Topics allows users to link tweets together, with an optional hashtag, making following a tweet conversation or tweet storm significantly easier. Today, Tweetbot for Mac receives its 2.4 update bringing Topics to the desktop, alongside a multitude of bug fixes.
more…Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: Tweetbot for Mac 2.4 ...

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12:48
Tekserve, “New York’s mom-and-pop Apple shop,” won’t...

First spotted in a tweet by Arik Hesseldahl, this story, while not unexpected, still makes me sad. Tekserve is one of the few remaining cool, old school, Mac retail stores. They had a fabulous vibe, true nerds behind the counter, a great location and wonderful staff and ownership. While they will stick around, their retail location will be missed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:42
How Apple Watch became the iPod of the future

While ridiculed by many as a flop and often misunderstood as a product, Apple Watch has very successfully worked to turn around the fortunes of Apple's Other Products segment, essentially becoming the modern iPod for the next decade. Here's how.

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12:39
Apple Working on OS X 10.12 Feature Allowing Macs to...

Unlocking an iPhone via Touch ID in lieu of a passcode makes it much easier to maintain security while preserving convenience, and Touch ID's ease of use has left many Mac users wondering when a similar feature might be introduced for Apple's desktop and notebook machines.

There has been speculation Apple might introduce dedicated Touch ID fingerprint scanning hardware for the Mac, but as it turns out, Apple is working on a simpler way to allow a Touch ID to unlock a Mac, and it's a feature that could be included in OS X 10.12.

Apple engineers are designing an auto unlock function that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when in close proximity, alleviating the need to enter a password on a password-protected Mac.

The feature, which uses Bluetooth LE frameworks, will presumably work similarly to the automatic unlocking function on the...

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12:34
Google won't retire Hangouts after Allo launch...

Google has announced it will hang onto its established Hangouts chat service despite the upcoming arrival of Allo, leveraging both apps to reach audiences with capabilities that are not yet provided by Apple's competing iMessage.

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12:07
Glass-based iPhone redesign coming in 2017, Apple...

Amidst rumors of an all-new glass-backed look for the iPhone in 2017, the chief executive of Catcher, the company that builds metal casings for the iPhone lineup, added fuel to the fire on Thursday with new comments about next year's model.

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12:00
Notable apps and app updates for May 19, 2016

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

iOS apps and app updates

The Restricted Adventures of Raja

It seems like almost every day we hear about somebody badly mistreating a lost dog or cat. A sad situation from a few years ago when a 17 year old boy set a cat on fire was the impetus for Nicole Forsyth, CEO of RedRover, to work on creating an app and ebooks to teach children empathy towards animals. Here's Nicole talking about the way to get kids to think about animals and their emotions before committing acts of cruelty:

The app -- The Restricted Adventures of Raja ($2.99) was released today and is the first digital book and game in the RedRover Readers...

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11:55
IDC: ChromeOS sales in US outpaced Mac for the first...


Shipments of Chromebooks outpaced Macs in the US for the first time in Q1 2016, that’s according to data from IDC shared during a session at Google’s I/O developer conference today.
more…Filed under: Mac, Tech Industry Tagged: Chrome OS, Chromebooks, estimates, IDC, Mac, OS X, sales ...

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11:52
Apple's iPhone Casing Supplier Says 'Only...

Apple plans to adopt a glass body for at least one iPhone model set to debut in 2017, reports Nikkei, citing a statement from Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng. Catcher Technology is one of Apple's main suppliers for the casing of the iPhone.

According to Horng, Apple is planning to use glass for the casing of the 2017 iPhone to differentiate itself from the multitude of aluminum-bodied smartphones on the market."As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year," Horng told reporters after the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. "I don't think this move will have an impact on Catcher's revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model."Horng does not expect Apple's transition to glass to impact Catcher's business because Apple will...

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11:46
News: Report: One iPhone model to use a glass casing...

A new report from Nikkei Asian Review appears to add credence to other rumors and reports which predict that the 2017 iPhone may have an all-glass body. Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of Catcher Technology — which supplies metal casings for Apple’s iPhones — stated that as far he knows “only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year.” He expects that future iPhones would still need a “durable metal…

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11:34
Apple unveils Union Square store in San Francisco...

Apple on Thursday revealed more details about its new Union Square outlet in San Francisco -- launching on Saturday -- including design features present in other recent Apple Stores, as well as some traits unique to the location.

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10:52
Apple previews San Fran Union Square store w/...

Apple and its retail chief Angela Ahrendts today previewed the company’s brand new San Francisco retail store at Union Square ahead of an official grand opening this weekend.

“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs.”

The images above and below were shared online today by @harrymcracken, ...

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10:52
Apple Previews New Flagship Union Square Store in...

Apple today invited journalists to San Francisco to preview its new Union Square store, set to open this weekend. Dozens of images are being shared on Twitter and other social networks, giving us our first glimpse at the revamped store that's been under construction for more than two years.

As it shows off the new location to journalists, Apple has also published a press release outlining all of the new features in the store."Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we're thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. "We...

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10:42
Apple Pay adds online bank Chime, Chase promotes...

Earlier this week we saw Apple Pay add another 30 banks across the United States, and today Apple’s digital wallet gains support for online bank Chime. Similar to Ally and Simple, Chime has no physical banks and instead relies on its website and mobile apps for supporting customers. Chime’s support for Apple Pay works through bank issued Visa debit cards. After setting up Apple Pay with Chime, customers can use supported iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches to make payments in stores and in apps when available.
While Chime is new to the Apple Pay scene, launch partner Chase is...

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10:39
BitTorrent Live Aims to Iron Out Live-Streaming Kinks


BitTorrent on Tuesday announced at the Internet & Television Expo an application called "BitTorrent Live" that applies its distributed file-sharing technology to video streaming. BitTorrent is able to speed up file downloads by storing pieces of a file on computers throughout the Net and reassembling them when a request is made for the file. BitTorrent Live does the same for streaming live video, the company said. It targets two big problems with streaming live events over the Net: latency and cost.

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10:32
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-19: Fitbit Buys Coin...

Fitbit wants a piece of the contactless mobile payment game, so they bought Coin. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Fitbit's purchase and how it fits into the mobile payment space, and how it compares to Apple Pay. They also have something to say about Symantec's recent security software exploit.


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10:32
Apple published a new Press Release
10:24
Apple promoting developer community events in San...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off in just a few weeks on June 13th in San Francisco, but high demand and limited venue space means Apple can’t accommodate every developer who wants to attend. This year Apple is responding positively by promoting other developer community events taking place in San Francisco during the week of WWDC.
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10:18
Rumor: Twitter looking to prevent web links, images...

This might come in handy.
Twitter might be moving towards changes that allow you to tweet web links and images without it counting against the user’s 140-character limit.
In the past, Twitter reportedly toyed with this idea, but only made changes to direct message lengths. The current rumor is that the company is set to make the change, which would still allow just 140 characters but would no longer count images or links against that limit.

The limit was originally imposed because tweets were primarily composed using SMS in Twitter’s early days. That 140-character limit quickly came to define Twitter, so the company has been loathe to increase it. But as the platform has added rich media like photos, videos, and links to tweets, it no longer...

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10:11
Developers report trouble registering 9.7" iPad...

Some developers are experiencing trouble registering 9.7-inch iPad Pros with their official Apple developer accounts, according to complaints on the company's forums.

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10:04
Apple says game about Palestinian child isn’t a game

I dunno, looks like a game to me...


The creator of a game about a Palestinian child struggling to survive with her family in the 2014 Gaza strip says the title has been rejected from the games section of the iOS App Store because, as he puts it, "it has a political statement."
Liyla and the Shadows of War is currently listed on Google Play as an Adventure game, and it includes "challenging decision, events and puzzles awaiting for you [sic]" according to its online press kit. But Palestinian creator Rasheed Abueideh tweeted a rejection message in which Apple said the game was "not appropriate in the games category" and that it would be "more appropriate to categorize your app in News or Reference for example."
The rejection didn't go into detail about...

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10:00
Hello, San Francisco!

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC16 in San Francisco to see the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the week in San Francisco. If you’re attending the conference or will be in the area during WWDC, learn about these other developer events.

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10:00
Hello, San Francisco!

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC16 in San Francisco to see the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the week in San Francisco. If you’re attending the conference or will be in the area during WWDC, learn about these other developer events.

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09:42
Leaked icons show progress on Siri for Mac, Siri...

There’s nothing like a leaked icon and menu bar to let you know about something in development.
While rumors have indicated that Apple is developing Siri as a key feature for OS X 10.12, a new screenshot of the Siri app icon and menu bar suggest that Siri is closer than expected.
In the menu bar, there’s a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word “Siri” surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS devices when the Home button is held down.

Apple is also apparently working on a hands...

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09:39
Five awesome iPad Pro apps, no Apple Pencil required...

I don’t use as many apps on my 12.9″ iPad Pro as I do on my iPhone, but the ones that I do use I’ve grown to love. And while I appreciate what the Apple Pencil can do, I’m not an artist, and prefer typing over handwriting. With that said, I tend to use my iPad Pro in the more traditional way.
The great thing about the iPad Pro is that it’s a flexible device that can adapt to a variety of workflows. Here’s a look at five of my favorite apps for Apple’s extra large tablet. more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 2Do, App Store app, best apps, GarageBand, iPad Pro,...

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09:36
9to5Toys Last Call: high-end MacBook Pro $559 off,...

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09:31
∞ RSVP for the Beard Bash 2016 at WWDC now open

The Loop and iMore are happy to announce that RSVPs for the Beard Bash 2016 are now open. We have a great night of music and fun planned for the night of June 13, 2016 and we hope you’ll join us. [...]

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09:21
Apple opens development office in Hyderabad

Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:13
China stresses security in meeting with Tim Cook

“I hope Apple can expand its business in China, deepen its cooperation in research and development and industrial supply chains, and provide a convenient and secure user experience for Chinese consumers,” said Miao Wei, the head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).Pay us more money.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Killer Deal: $50-$100 off Apple's new 9.7-inch...

The first material discounts on Apple's brand new 9.7-inch iPad Pros have landed over at B&H Photo, with the Apple authorized reseller slashing $50, $80 and even $100 off 128GB and 256GB models. Each also include free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

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08:59
Apple's Tim Cook attends dinner party with...

In the middle of his ongoing trip to India, Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a dinner part on Wednesday night hosted by actor/producer Shah Rukh Khan, where several other Bollywood celebrities were also present.

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08:54
How I captured and processed an image of the SpaceX...

I love this kind of photography and would love to attempt it someday myself but it can be quite an involved and sometimes complicated process. Thanks very much to @varunorcv for the link.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:37
Google Autonomous Vehicle Patent: Glue a Pedestrian...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a granted patent from Google showing off one of their moon-shot ideas. It's an invention designed to literally glue a person to the hood of the car if they're struck by your autonomous vehicle.

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08:20
Chromebooks Outsell Macs For the First Time In the US

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the U.S. recently. IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge. "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story." IDC estimates Apple's U.S. Mac shipments to be around 1.76 million in the latest quarter, meaning Dell, HP, and Lenovo sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1 combined. Chromebooks have been extremely popular in US schools, and it's clear from IDC's comments the demand is driving US shipments. Outside of the US, it's still unclear exactly how well Google's low-cost laptops are doing. Most data from market research firms like IDC and Gartner focuses solely on Google's wins in the US.
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08:14
Donald Trump, who called for a boycott of Apple,...

New financial documents disclosed by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reveal that the brash billionaire owns a stake in Apple, despite the fact that he called for a boycott of the company over its strong security practices.

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03:42
Google Assistant makes it clear that Siri is...

Google previewed its new voice assistant, the generically named Google Assistant, at its I/O developers conference on Wednesday, and while the assistant hasn’t actually launched yet, its features made Siri’s lack of functionality all the more obvious. Apple’s iOS assistant now lags so far behind not only Google, but Amazon’s Alexa, intelligent iOS apps like Hound, and new technology from Siri’s creators, that it’s unclear if Apple has any interest in catching up....

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04:00
Does a cellular Apple Watch make sense? That depends...

Since the day the Apple Watch was announced in September 2014, and certainly once it launched in April 2015, people have been speculating about what the second-generation Apple Watch might bring to the table. (Those people probably liked shaking all the packages under their Christmas tree, too.) But a report in the Wall Street Journal got me thinking:“Apple is working on adding cell-network connectivity and a faster processor to its next-generation Watch, according to people familiar with the matter,” the report said.Faster, sure—I think anyone who’s used an Apple Watch would endorse faster. But the rest of the potential hardware features of a next-generation Apple Watch seem hard to prioritize to me.To read this article in full or to...

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04:47
Apple sets up Maps development center in India

Continuing his bid to woo Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on Thursday said the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.
Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.To...

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07:40
Boot Camp support comes to aftermarket SSDs for...

Enlarge / OWC's Aura drive for newer MacBook Airs and Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you're looking for a capacity upgrade for a recent MacBook Pro or Air, you could do worse than OWC's Aura SSDs. The drives come in 480GB and 1TB capacities, and even though they aren't always as fast as original Apple drives, they're fast enough, and they offer capacities beyond what Apple offers on some models.
The major caveat that we discovered in our review of the products is that the drives didn't support Boot Camp, making it impossible to install Windows or other operating systems on the drives. Those disheartened by that news will be happy to know that OWC has just released...

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07:11
Symantec Flaw Takes the Secure out of Security

Symantec managed to do something no other security software vendor has managed: create a vulnerability that affects Mac, Windows, and Linux users. Simply running Symantec or Norton-branded security software potentially exposes users to attacks where hackers can get root-level control over their computer. Luckily, there aren't any reports of the exploit in the wild, and Symantec released a patch for the flaw a couple days ago.


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06:37
MACSpoof 1.0 designed to help change MAC address to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Mac MACSpoof, a Mac utility that allows the user to change the MAC address of the network interfaces of your Mac (Ethernet, Wi-Fi and so on) with any custom value.
The $4.99 utility displays a list of all the network interfaces of a Mac. By selecting one, the user is able to assign the value from one created at the moment or using a list of pre-defined values reusable over time.
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06:28
Chime announces support for Apple Pay

Chime, the bank account “that helps its members lead healthier financial lives and automate their savings,” has announced support for Apple Pay.

With the addition of Apple’s mobile payment service, Chime members can make mobile payments at retailers nationwide as well as within their favorite apps. By adding Chime to Apple Pay on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, members can also benefit from Chime's Automatic Savings and rewards when they make purchases with Apple Pay.

When you use a credit or debit card with Apple’s payment service, the actual card numbers aren’t stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

On Tuesday, Apple updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with another 30 entries.

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06:21
Adobe debuts iOS compatible Spark visual...

Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. 

The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:

The Adobe Spark web app, a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos;

Spark Post, an iOS mobile app that allows you to create social posts and graphics;

Spark Page, an iOS mobile app that helps users create web stories;

Spark Video, an iOS mobile app that enables users to create animated videos.

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06:21
Apple quietly toughens rules forcing passcode...

Apple has silently added another condition under which an iPhone or iPad user has to unlock their device with a passcode, despite having Touch ID enabled, according to a report.

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06:16
Adobe Launches Spark visual storytelling apps

Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.
The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:
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06:10
Today Marks the 15th Anniversary of Apple's...

Today marks 15 years since the first two Apple retail stores opened on May 19, 2001 in Tysons Corner, Virginia and Glendale, California. The locations welcomed over 7,700 people and combined to sell $599,000 worth of merchandise during their first two-day weekend. Apple opened 25 more stores by year's end.

The retail initiative was spearheaded by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who recognized the need for a better customer experience than provided by third-party retailers such as Circuit City. Jobs was helped by a retail team led by former Target vice president of merchandising Ron Johnson and Gap CEO Millard Drexler.

Steve Jobs introduces the Apple Store in Tysons Corner, Virginia

While some critics believed that Apple retail stores would be a resounding failure, especially given the ...

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06:10
iOS: Saving Images Out of Messages Conversations

If you want to find a file or a picture that someone sent you in Messages under iOS, there's no need to scroll and scroll. You can access all of the attachments sent within a conversation in one place, and it's easy as pie! The details are here in this Quick Tip.


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06:01
Apple opens Maps development office in Hyderabad,...

On Tuesday Apple announced plans to establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Now the Cupertno, California-based company has announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. 

This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The company has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 ,Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.

The new facility, located on the...

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05:58
Apple & Reliance Jio Forge Long-Term...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's CEO's busy agenda included meeting with Reliance Jio Infocomm which is planning to start nationwide commercial 4G services this year, making them key to Apple's iPhone strategy. Today we've learned a little more about Cook's meeting.

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05:57
Apple opens development office in Hyderabad, India

Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.
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05:40
Patent report: Apple Pencil/Mac touch screen combo,...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

A future version of the Apple Pencil could work with a Mac trackpad, per a patent filing (number 20160139690) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” (but don’t call the Apple Pencil a stylus!). In the patent filing Apple says it can be challenging for a user to interact with electronic equipment using a computer stylus. 

A user may want to use an alternative input device such as a computer mouse or joystick when performing certain types of tasks. If care is not taken, Apple says a user's system may become cluttered with a number of potentially conflicting input devices so it would be “desirable to provide improved computer styluses for providing input to electronic equipment.”

Most of...

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05:21
showbox app for android free

Forums: SoftwareThe official website of your ShowBox - you can actually download the applying to watch the Television set and films displays. Download ShowBox for freeDownload the newest version of your Show Box APK submit below. Download or see free videos with all the Show Box app.Download ShowBox for Laptop or computer, Android or Mac pc. Explore our training the way to install ShowBox for virtually every units and view the best TV shows or motion picture.Showbox App might be down loaded on Android, iOS products (Iphone, apple ipad tablet) and might be attached to your Windows PC. Understand the measures to download Showbox APK for Computer.Showbox App Download, free Show box application form on Android. Download Showbox apk data file most recent version. Setup Show box for Android.Download the official Showbox app below to steady flow or download free movies and TV shows on your...

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05:04
Apple Partner Didi Chuxing Tells CNBC that 11...

Last Friday we reported on Apple investing $1 billion in China's largest Ride-Hailing service Didi Chuxing. Three days later, Didi Chuxing's President Jean Liu was part of a presentation at a Beijing Apple Developer Event. That Apple-Didi deal happened like lighting. Jean Liu told CNBC today that "Securing $1 billion ...

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04:44
Mapdiva releases Artboard 2.0 on the Mac App Store

Mapdiva has announced Artboard 2.0 for the Mac. The drawing software allows you to create vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations.
Artboard features a style generator and built-in library of over 1900 editable vector styles and clip art. as well as templates. Version 2 sports a new tabbed interface, smart shapes, a more powerful styles editor, and more.
To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% ($29.99 instead of $49.99) directly from Mapdiva (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard) and on the Mac App Store. A demo is also available from the Mapdiva website.

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04:30
2.3 million households own a VR headset

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 2% of U.S. broadband households, or 2.3 million households, own a virtual reality headset. The research firm’s survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households reveals 5% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a VR headset in 2016, an increase from only 1% who made a purchase the year prior.
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04:30
MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and iPad Pros could see some...

The MacBook, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro could be especially bright products for Apple sales this year. Despite a declining PC (as in in “personal computer,” not just Windows systems) market, the ultramobile premium segment is on pace to achieve revenue growth this year — the only segment set to do so, according to Gartner, Inc.. 

It is estimated to reach $34.5 million, an increase of 16% from 2015, adds the research group. In 2019, Gartner forecasts that the ultramobile premium segment will become the largest segment of the PC market in revenue terms, at $57.6 million.

"The ultramobile premium market is also more profitable in comparison with the low-end segment, where PCs priced at $500 or less have 5% gross margins," says Tracy Tsai, research vice president at Gartner. “The gross margin can reach up to 25% for high-end ultramobile premium PCs priced at $1,000 or more.”

The segment will continue to grow...

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04:02
Apple to Advance Apple Pencil to Work with Next-Gen...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on bringing the Apple Pencil to the Mac via a future version of their Magic Trackpad. The Apple Pencil is also being designed to work with in-air gestures to allow users to control ...

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04:00
Kool Tools: Reason 9 music production software

Propellerhead Software’s Reason 9, the latest version of the music production software, builds on the Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds, and creative tools.
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04:00
The Nifty MiniDrive is mostly nifty for Mac laptop...

It's an easy pun I know, but the Nifty MiniDrive is pretty nifty, especially if you own a MacBook Air or newer MacBook Pro. Alas, without an adapter it doesn’t work with the 12-inch MacBook as it comes with a solo USB-C port.

All these laptops have limited storage. The Nifty MiniDrive isn't going to drastically increase your storage space. However, it adds an extra 4GB of storage for $39.99 — and every little bit of additional space helps. 

The Nifty MiniDrive is a microSD card that sits flush with the side of your MacBook Air or Pro. The good thing about the design is that, unlike spring-loaded SD cards, there's no end section of the adapter protruding. The bad thing is that you have to use the included ejection tool (basically, a hook) to remove the MiniDrive. The tool is small and easily lost. If you do lose it, you can fashion a make-shift replacement out of a paper clip.

The MiniDrive is also Time Machine...

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03:59
If you’re wondering why your iPhone needs your...

Something that has been bugging me for some time is that my iPhone, normally unlocked with Touch ID, asks for my passcode way more often than it ought to. That mystery has now been solved by a bullet-point that Apple added to its iOS Security Guide earlier this month – though the behavior has been there a lot longer.
Previous versions of the document said that iOS devices should only ask Touch ID users for their passcode in one of five circumstances. I found I was frequently asked for my passcode when none of these applied, but a sixth, recently-added bullet-point explains it …
more…Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: FBI...

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02:21
One of Bollywood's Biggest Stars Threw a Party...

One of Bollywood’s biggest stars Shah Rukh Khan threw a house party for Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Tim Cook in Mumbai on Wednesday ...

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01:42
Apple opening new office in India to develop Apple...

In a press release, Apple has announced it is opening a new development office in Hyderabad, India. The team located here will apparently focus on improving Apple Maps, which is deeply integrated across Apple’s hardware and software as dedicated apps and embedded in other services, like Siri. The new center will create up to 4000 new jobs in the local economy. It is currently unclear as to the nature of the workforce, as Apple has preferred to keep its core software engineering team in California with most working solely in Cupertino.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS,...

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01:36
Apple Opens New Maps Development Office in India and...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple to Open First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design Center and Development Accelerator in India," followed by a second report titled "Apple's CEO has a Big Agenda in India this Week." Well, Apple's making headlines again today by announcing the opening of a new developement office in Hyderabad ...

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00:06
The Process Required to Die Cast Model

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Die CastingDie Casting process is completed using high pressure to force molten metal into Metal Dies. The Dies can be used to create anything from the simplest thing in your house like a Metal chair leg or coffee table to something as complex as a Transmission Case or engine components for your car engine. Die Casings are one of the highest volume mass-produced items used in the metal working industry.
Die Casting as a process goes back to the mid 1800's started as a manual process related to Casting printer type for a long time but gradually other shapes were developed and by late 1800's early 1900 other types of parts were being made. The process never really took off until the development of alloys many of which are still in use today...

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Wednesday May 18

03:30
5 ways to search Gmail that everyone should know...

In a perfectly productive world, your inbox would have a place for every email with every email in its place. But it’s easy to let messages stack up knowing Google’s powerful search can usually bail you out when you need to find a months-old missive. Still, there will be cases when you need the help of an advanced search operator.
These terms can help you home in on what you’re looking for more quickly and accurately than a simple search. There are dozens of operators you can use, but we’ve narrowed down five of the most handy.1. Use ‘in:anywhere’ to search everywhere

It’s a given that a general Gmail search crawls every nook and cranny of your inbox, right? Alas, no. Search ignores Spam and Trash unless you specifically tell it to look there. That’s important to know because even Gmail’s spam filter is imperfect. And who hasn’t accidentally consigned some important message to the trash when furiously trying to get to inbox zero?...

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04:00
GPS comes to Pebble Time smartwatches with...

Pebble’s plan to make its current generation of smartwatches even smarter is a genius one: The company includes a port for accessory makers to create straps that add all sort of functionality to the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Since Pebble announced that plan last spring, developers have created straps with built-in heart rate monitoring, wireless charging, and gesture control. But GPS has remained a requested but missing feature—until now.
Powerstrap just launched a Kickstarter for its Pal GPS smartstrap for the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which will let you track runs and store them on the sporty, sweat- and water-resistant strap (which comes in six colors)...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: WhatsApp lands on the Mac

Keep connected with your friends from the comfort of your chairThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a version of WhatsApp for the Mac, so you can keep in touch with your friends across all of your devices. Plus, you’ll find tools for watching your cash flow and for bill reminders. Read on!Agenda Minder 1.1Internodal’s $12 Agenda Minder (Mac App Store Link) helps you prepare for your meetings by organizing any relevant information into an interactive agenda.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:01
Apple's Tim Cook woos app developers in India

In a bid to win over more Indian developers, Apple on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility to help developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.
The facility in Bangalore, called a Design and Development Accelerator, aims to provide specialized support for the “tens of thousands” of developers in the country, who develop applications for the iOS operating system.
Bangalore has a large base of developers, working for the research and development centers of multinational companies or in startups, besides others who work independently. Apple estimates that over 1 million people in the city work in the tech sector, with over 40 percent of graduates from local universities specializing in engineering or IT.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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07:18
A hacker is selling 167 million LinkedIn user records

A hacker is trying to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users.
The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users.
According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have over 433 million registered members.
Troy Hunt, the creator of Have I been pwned?, a website that lets users check if they were affected by known data breaches, thinks that it’s highly likely for the leak to be legitimate. He had access to around 1 million records from the data set.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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07:20
Quip takes another swing at Excel with enhanced...

Quip, a Silicon Valley startup that’s taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that’s aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel. The service’s spreadsheets now include features like the ability to merge cells, validate data and filter information in a sheet. With this update, users can also insert spreadsheets into documents so data and commentary can reside in the same place. It’s all tied together with Quip’s signature chat feature, which lets users discuss what’s going on inside a spreadsheet while they’re working on it together. These updates are key to helping Quip compete with its biggest rivals in the cloud productivity suite space: Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. Those two services have their own spreadsheet applications, and this update makes Quip’s upstart offering more appealing to people who have richer spreadsheet needs. ...

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07:33
5 things Apple's Tim Cook needs to do on his...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company's revenue has grown but whose market share is still small because of price-sensitive consumers. The trip is important as Apple looks for markets where it can  expand. In April, the company reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales dropped year over year. Meanwhile, India is the world's third-biggest smartphone market, after China and the U.S. Here are five things Cook will be aiming for in India. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:43
Apple working on a fix for iPad Pros bricked by iOS...

If you have a brand-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and you haven’t yet installed the iOS 9.3.2 update, you might want to hold off another day or two. Some users are seeing an “Error 56” message when upgrading, and finding their devices bricked.
The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.Guay! Apple acaba de sacar la versión 9.3.2 que bloquea el iPad Pro de 9,7

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11:25
Google launches Duo, a video-calling app that's...

Hangouts? What’s that? Google debuted what it called a “simpler” one-to-one video-chatting app on Wednesday at Google I/O, known as Duo.Duo won’t just be for Android devices—it will run on iOS as well. It complements Allo, a new messaging app also announced at Google I/O that’s partially powered by Google Assistant. Both apps will be available later this summer.
Google’s Erik Kay introduces the Duo app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:41
Podcast 508: The ballad of iTunes usability

Apple’s software can really bug ya—last week we discussed a bug that wiped out some users’ iTunes libraries, and this week Apple dropped iTunes 12.4 to clean up the interface and hopefully increase understanding of just how to manage your collection across iTunes on your Mac, your iCloud Music Library, and Apple Music. Glenn and Susie are joined by Kirk McElhearn, one of the world’s foremost experts in how the heck a person can use iTunes without tearing all their hair out, to explain what’s changed—and what still really needs to be fixed.
Elsewhere, we come to bury CurrentC, not to praise it—although we’re really into mobile payments now, thanks, especially after the rollout of those poky chip-reading point-of-sale systems. Glenn finally found an iPhone SE for sale. Twitter is considering a change that would actually improve things significantly. And Gboard leaked some chicken and noodles....

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14:03
Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone,...

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.
First, a study reported on Monday by Stanford University found that smartphone metadata—information about calls and text messages, such as time and length—can reveal a surprising amount of personal detail.
To investigate their topic, the researchers built an Android app and used it to retrieve the metadata about previous calls and text messages—the numbers, times, and lengths of communications—from more than 800 volunteers’ smartphone logs. In total, participants provided records of more than 250,000 calls and 1.2 million texts....

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14:10
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

When iOS 9 was released, Apple updated its list of cases in which iOS asks for a passcode even when Touch ID is enabled. A previously undocumented requirement asks for a passcode in a very particular set of circumstances: When the iPhone or iPad hasn’t been unlocked with its passcode in the previous six days, and Touch ID hasn’t been used to unlock it within the last eight hours. It’s a rolling timeout, so each time Touch ID unlocks a device, a new eight-hour timer starts to tick down until the passcode is required. If you wondered why you were being seemingly randomly prompted for your passcode (or more complicated password), this is likely the reason.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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21:54
Emily is a tough, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard

Attention Dwayne Johnson: it's not too late to make your version of Baywatch more apt for this generation. May we suggest casting Emily -- a 25-pound, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard that can travel up to 22 mph. It might not have biceps and legs...

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21:51
Apple to Hire 4,000 Employees in Hyderabad, India to...

In line with previous rumors and confirmations, Apple today announced the opening of a new development center in Hyderabad, India focused on Apple Maps development.

WaveRock campus in Hyderabad, India

The new center will employ up to 4,000 workers, with the announcement coming as part of Tim Cook's ongoing trip to China and India. “Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are...

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21:41
Apple opens Maps development center in Hyderabad,...

Hot on the heels of revealing plans for an iOS app design and development facility in Bengaluru, Apple on Thursday local time announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad tasked with accelerating development of Maps products for iOS, Mac and Apple Watch.

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21:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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21:17
New details in 'iPhone' trademark case...

Weeks after Apple saw its bid for exclusive Chinese rights to the "iPhone" trademark dashed in court, new information illustrates the battle the company faces in dealing with China's laws.

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20:39
Here are all the highlights from the Google I/O 2016...

From two hours to under twelve minutes, we've distilled, titrated, evaporated and reconstituted Google's annual launch event into something a little bit more palatable. There's more on Google's VR plans, more on Android's latest iteration, and someth...

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19:58
Report: Apple considering Fifth Avenue retail...

According to a new report from the New York Post, Apple is looking to expand on its iconic Fifth Avenue retail location. While the company renovates the historic cube designed building, it will open in “some or all” of the 61,000-square foot FAO Schwarz space in the GM building. The report notes, however, that the temporary expansion could turn in to a permanent one seeing as how cramped the Fifth Avenue store has become.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, retail ...

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19:24
Department of Transportation bans e-cigarettes in...

Like the FDA, which recently decided to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products, the Department of Transportation has also decided to treat e-cigarettes like a fire hazard. The DOT issued a final rule today, banning e-cigarette batteries in check...

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18:41
Google isn't abandoning Hangouts for its new...

The launch of Google's new chat apps Allo and Duo doesn't mean death for Hangouts. A spokesperson told Business Insider that the company is "continuing to invest in Hangouts" and that "it will remain a standalone product." While these two new applica...

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18:32
Apple reminds developers of impending iAd App...

Apple in an email blast on Wednesday reminded developers of the impending iAd App Network shutdown that will bring an end to monetization revenues and app promotion on June 30, as scheduled.

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18:02
Harvard engineers designed a 'soft wearable...

A team of engineers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have moved one step closer to a consumer version of a soft, assistive exosuit that could help patients with lower limb disabilities walk again. The Wys...

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17:07
Game of Thrones - Theme Song Created in GarageBand (...

Check out this great video iPhonedo posted to YouTube where he (re)creates the theme song for TV smash hit Game of Thrones. He uses the new Chinese instruments Apple added to GarageBand to do it, and part of the video includes instructions for enabling the new instruments on non-Chinese language devices. Those instruments aren't authentic to the actual theme song, but they sound great and it's a solid demonstration of just how much you can do on GarageBand on iPad.


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16:29
[Sponsor] Meh.com

Every day, a new deal launches, there’s a story, a video, a community and… Look, just go there, it’s easier than trying to explain. It’s just meh.com.

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16:14
Control your Bentley's seat massagers from your...

Following the debut of its Bentayga SUV, British automaker Bentley Motors recently launched an eponymous Apple Watch app that goes beyond run-of-the-mill connected car features, putting control over creature comforts on the wrist of well-heeled owners.

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15:51
ACM 360: Apple Learning to Go Native, iTunes...

Apple has been putting time, effort, and resources into learning how to be a Chinese company and learning how to be an Indian company. Bryan and Jeff discuss those efforts and why it's important. They also talk about an essay from a record executive claiming that iTunes downloads are already being phased out. Plus, Apple has been hiring engineers with experience in wireless charging.


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15:17
The Green Light for Production of Apple's A10...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Enters 'State of Emergency' as Apple Chooses TSMC as Exclusive A10 Supplier." Apple's next-gen A10 processor is to be a 10-nanometer FinFET based processor.

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15:13
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

Good to see Fleishman getting to the bottom of this but very annoying that Apple instituted this new procedure without letting the user know. Many of us have been confused and/or annoyed by this for months.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:13
Apple mulls permanent expansion of Fifth Avenue...

Apple's plan to temporarily relocate its flagship Fifth Avenue store from the base of the GM building to the old FAO Schwartz location has apparently evolved into a desire to permanently occupy the space -- and without paying the going rate for rent.

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14:46
Manage ActiveSync Policies on iOS Using Powershell...

Sometimes you need to manage policies in Exchange ActiveSync programmatically. For example, if a device shows up in a JSS, you can deploy policies to that device at the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) level rather than using a mobileconfig. To manage these, Microsoft has provided a few pretty easy-to-use commandlets in Powershell.

  • The New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will create a policy based on some attributes that you define.
  • The Get-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will show what the contents of a given policy are.
  • The Set-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet will set a policy, and has the same structure s the New-MailboxDeviceMailboxPolicy, but applies to existing policies.
  • The Remove-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will delete a policy.
  • The Get-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will show all the devices that are associated with a given user.
  • The...
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14:19
I/O 2016: Android Pay coming to ATMs & mobile...

Widening the battleground with Apple Pay, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Pay will soon be usable at some ATMs, as well as by mobile Chrome users.

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14:18
Otto Kits Out Big Rigs With Aftermarket Self-Driving...


Otto on Monday introduced a self-driving kit designed to help those behind the wheel of big rigs drive more safely and efficiently. The company is developing a suite of sensors, software and other truck-related enhancements that could be retrofitted into existing vehicles. The technology has been tested in Otto's research fleet, and the company recently completed an autonomous demo of its technology on public highways. The initiative aims to enhance the capabilities of the Otto truck as well as collect safety data.

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14:15
Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch Requires Too...

The Twelve South TimePorter is a combination travel case for Apple Watch accessories and stand. It looks and carries like an eyeglass case.  It's nicely made, and the concept is good. Unfortunately, as John Martellaro found out, it requires too much fussing to be considered a great product.


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14:05
AWT News Update: May 18, 2016

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In today's AWT News Update, a familiar voice may soon be on Mac, an Apple Watch rival will be trying to bring contactless payment to its product line, and former mobile phone brand giant is resurrected:

  • Siri for Mac is leaked in screenshots
  • Fitbit buys coin in hopes of adding Apple Pay-like payments to its devices
  • Microsoft sells off the Nokia feature phone division, and Foxconn and a Finnish startup hope to revive the Nokia brand.  

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14:03
Apple CEO Tim Cook Jams on GarageBand with Asian...

Have you heard of JJ Lin? Singapore-born and based in Taiwan, he's an enormously popular performer and producer in that part of the world. He posted a video to his YouTube channel of him and his pal Apple CEO Tim Cook jamming in GarageBand with those new Chinese-music loops and instruments I wrote about yesterday.  Mr. Cook serves as DJ in the piece, tapping loops to create the background music while JJ Lin plays the lead melody on one of those new instruments. It's fun, and it's a message aimed at the Chinese market. Also, note that JJ Lin posted it, not Apple and not Mr. Cook. Seems like Apple really is learning more about how to operate in that market.


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14:00
Happy Hour Podcast 067 | Instagram’s radical...

This week Benjamin and Zac react to Instagram’s radical new icon and app design, unpack Google’s new third-party Gboard keyboard for iOS, and detail Tim Cook’s globe-trot from China to India to Amsterdam and beyond. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour ...

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13:53
Encrypted VOIP Calls with 1 Year Subscription to...

We have a deal for you today on KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines, an encrypted voice-over-IP (VOIP) service that essentially gives you disposable lines from which to make calls. With the package we're offering, you’ll receive up to 3 total private USA or Canadian phone numbers with unlimited SMS, and unlimited calls (US lines only). Our deal is for a 1-year subscription at 75 percent off, or $99. Check out the deal listing for more details.


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13:15
Acura's sleeker 2nd-gen self-driving car hides...

With Acura's launch of its second automated vehicle, the RLX, the luxury sedan manufacturer is closer to providing an attractive consumer option --?a market Apple watchers expect the company's secretive "Project Titan" is also eyeing.

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13:05
Tip of the Day: Choosing Sidebar Categories in...

Now that iTunes 12.4 has brought the sidebar back, you can not only more easily navigate between different groupings of your media content, but you can also choose which categories you want to see. Hovering over the “Library” heading at the top of the sidebar will reveal an “Edit” button; click this and you’ll see all available categories — even some you may not have realized were there. Placing a checkmark beside a…

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12:30
Siri on the Mac? It could be coming soon

Siri is a major feature of iOS, and its speech interface may soon be coming to the Mac, possibly as soon as the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. MacRumors

Proof that Siri for Mac is upon us comes from MacRumors. The site gained access from a reliable source to screenshots that show a Siri wavform icon in the Dock, and a Siri menu bar icon. According to MacRumors, clicking either icon shows an indicator that Siri is listening for you to say a command, and the user can also activate Siri by saying, “Hey Siri,” as you would on iOS.To read this article in full or to...

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12:55
Netflix Launches Easy to Use Internet Speed Test Site

Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, so came up with its own speed test website called Fast.com. It's a one trick pony in that you'll see just your download speed, which makes sense considering that's the part of your connection Netflix really cares about. What's nice is that you don't need to click any buttons to start or sift through ads trying to figure out how to start the test; just hit the Fast.com site and wait a few seconds while it does its thing.


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12:47
iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-inch iPad Pro Devices...

An anonymous reader writes: iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with multiple users reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air. Affected users are seeing an "Error 56" message that instructs them to plug their devices into iTunes. Apple has issued a statement to iMore, simply stating the company is "looking into a small number of reports" regarding this issue. The statement reads: "We're looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support."

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12:30
I/O 2016: Google launches Android N beta with speed...

At the beginning of its I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google revealed that the next major version of Android -- codenamed "Android N" -- is launching in beta later today, and will introduce features like better performance, improved multitasking, and even virtual reality support when it officially arrives in late summer.

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12:11
External Link: Warren Buffett Invests $1 Billion in...

After Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, some on Wall Street soured on the company's stock, but one big-name investor is betting heavily on Apple. Warren Buffett, through his Berkshire Hathaway firm, invested over $1 billion in Apple earlier in 2016. Buffett is famously conservative in his investments, and rarely ventures into the tech sector, so his backing is a vote of confidence in Apple during an uncertain time. News of Buffett’s stake in the company caused an immediate 3.7 percent increase in Apple’s stock price. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and...

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11:52
I/O 2016: Google Allo smart messenger and Duo video...

Google hopes to shake up the mobile communications landscape this summer with a cross-platform release of both Allo, a new smart messenger, and Duo, a simplified one-to-one video calling service.

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11:51
Google I/O 2016: Assistant, Home, Allo, Duo, Android...

Google hosted its annual I/O developers keynote at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California today, announcing multiple new products and services related to Android, search, messaging, home automation, and more.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is described as a "conversational assistant" that builds upon Google Now based on two-way dialog. The tool can be used, for example, to ask who directed the movie Avatar, and to ask which other movies he has directed, and Google should be able to isolate the questions from the conversation and provide answers.

The new Siri and Alexa rival, compatible with both voice and chat, will be widely available on Android, iOS, in the home, and elsewhere later this year.

Google Home

Google Home is a new Wi-Fi-enabled personal assistant device for the home that enables...

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11:29
Motorola Shows Off New Moto G Collection


Motorola on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones: the fourth-generation Moto G, the Moto G Plus and the Moto G Play. The Moto G and Moto G Plus can be customized using Moto Maker, while the Moto G Play can not. All three run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The Moto G and Moto G Plus became available Tuesday in Brazil and India. They will be rolled out across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia over time. The lower-end Moto G Play will be available globally this summer, Motorola said.

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11:28
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-18: CurrentC’s Slow,...

CurrentC is delayed yet again, and it's looking more and more like the alternative contactless payment system will never officially launch. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the eminent demise of CurrentC and the companies defecting from the platform for alternative systems.


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11:14
Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android...

At Google I/O 2016 that kicked off this morning, they introduced 'Google Home' that will be coming to market later this year. It's very much like Amazon's Echo and Apple TV ...

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11:09
I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on...

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

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10:54
iOS 9.3.2 update bricks some 9.7-inch iPad Pro...

iOS 9.3.2 has arrived.
And it appears to have bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets in the process.
A number of users are seeing an “Error 56” message after upgrading to iOS 9.3.2, and finding their devices bricked.
The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

Apple has issued a comment stating that the company is looking into the issue and has offered the following quote regarding the issue:
“We’re looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support.”

Let us know if this has happened on your end in the...

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10:50
Twelve South releases BookBook case for the 12.9-...

Twelve South has introduced the BookBook for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The leather case angles the Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro also folds into a hands-free display mode. It protects the Apple tablet between two hardback covers and includes a storage pocket for Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro (12.9-inch) is available now for $99.99 at twelvesouth.com. The BookBook for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) is coming soon.

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10:44
Apple reportedly to hire Samsung exec to handle...

Apple is set to hire Rajiv Mishra, currently vice president of media and corporate social responsibility division at Samsung Electronics, as its India head of media and public affairs, reports IANS, quoting unnamed “informed sources."

If true, the timing is good as Apple CEO Tim Cook is in India on a four-day visit and is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week. Apple has also announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Mishra is a well known media professional and...

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10:35
New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor...

A newly-published patent shows that Apple may be going the way of a bezel-free iPhone wherein the display extends all the way to the edges of the handset.
The patent describes three different technologies that can be used for fingerprint sensors, and says that the third of them – ultrasonic imaging – would not only allow the reader to be embedded into the display, but would also be even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used by Touch ID today.

At present, the most accurate but least common finger-scanning technology is ultrasound imaging, wherein two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass–one each for receiving and transmitting–for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate. When the finger is placed on top of the...

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10:33
Emojis for Apple Mail now available on MailButler

Feingeist Software has updated MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), its personal assistant add-on for Apple Mail on the Mac.
With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails. Now users can include emojis into their emails. This can be done with just one click: the emojis button has been added right into the utility bar in the email window.
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10:26
Leaked screens show Siri in Apple's upcoming OS...

New images published on Wednesday appear to support rumors that Apple will finally bring Siri to the Mac in the next major version of OS X, premiering at WWDC 2016 in June.

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10:26
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac

U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/).
The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.
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10:20
The Never-ending Story: Gifts for Dads & Grads...

Don't miss this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves — Part II of his annual gift guide for dads & grads. 


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10:12
Fitbit buys Coin assets, makes plans to enter same...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the purchase of Coin's wearable payments assets, a takeover which should put Fitbit on a path to launching its own mobile payments technology sometime in 2017, and hence competing even more closely with Apple.

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09:47
Killer Deals: Apple's 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

For a limited time this week, grab the lowest price ever offered on Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro (128GB, WiFi, Silver) at $745 ($204 off). Or pick up a new 13" MacBook Pro for $1,149 or 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799, both with no sales tax outside NY.

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09:31
Siri for Mac’s Colorful Waveform Dock Icon Revealed...

Rumors have indicated Siri integration will be one of the key features coming in OS X 10.12, and new screenshots of a Siri menu bar and Siri app icon suggest Apple is indeed working on bringing Siri to the Mac in its 2016 operating system update. The screenshots were shared with MacRumors by a source who has provided us with reliable information about Apple's software plans in the past.

In the menu bar, there's a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word "Siri" surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS...

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09:30
Keep track of seconds to seasons with Cosmic Watch

As readers of our Team AWT Newsletter know, I have had a lifelong love of astronomy. That's why when I was asked to take a look at Cosmic Watch (US$3.99, universal app) I jumped at the chance. The best way to describe Cosmic Watch is that it's an interactive 3D astronomical time device -- and that's exactly how developers Celestial Dynamics AG describe it.

Cosmic Watch launches into a realtime world clock with your location pulsing on a realistic globe that you can set spinning with a swipe of your finger. The app graphically shows the relationship between the Earth and Sun in terms of determining local time, with a pointer "above" your location pointing to the current time on a 24-hour clock dial circling the Earth on a direct line between the Earth and Sun. 

This is a great way to see how the Earth tilts in relation to the...

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09:06
Proposed Pebble Time smart band could add standalone...

While patents reveal Apple has explored the possibility of adding new functionality to the Apple Watch with connectable smart bands, a new Kickstarter campaign hopes to beat it to the punch with a GPS-connected, battery-equipped smart band for the Pebble Time smartwatch.

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09:03
Episode four of the Macadmins.org Podcast
08:15
Tim Cook, other Apple execs to talk iPhone...

While in India this week, CEO Tim Cook and a team of fellow Apple executives will reportedly be meeting with the leaders of local telecoms firms, looking to bolster iPhone numbers with partnerships on sales and distribution.

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08:00
Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to...

Remember James Pinkstone? He's the designer and music buff who found that 122GB of music had disappeared from his MacBook and one of the people interviewed by iMore's Serenity Caldwell in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Well, Pinkstone got a visit from two Apple senior software engineers this past Saturday who attempted to find out what caused the music to be deleted.

The engineers, "Tom" and "Ezra", were sent from California to Pinkstone's Atlanta home to perform troubleshooting tests with a special version of iTunes that could track issues. The team had Pinkstone reactivate his Apple Music account and go through the iTunes track sync process, all while discussing the process with another group back in California. 

After a unsuccessful day of trying to reproduce the issues, the team headed back to California. Pinkstone updated...

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07:53
∞ Isolated guitar from Aerosmith’s Walk This Way

[VIDEO] Just came across this isolated Joe Perry guitar work. Hearing the guitar without all the other layered production elements was a real revelation. This is some beautifully subtle guitar work by a real master.

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07:46
Google to announce its Amazon Echo competitor,...

The market’s been made. Every home will eventually have a similar device. Will we see one from Apple?∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:12
Didi Chuxing president hints at tech link for Apple...

In a TV interview, Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu dropped more hints about the possible reasons for Apple's $1 billion investment, suggesting a technological connection.

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07:04
Apple and Boston Properties at Odds over Famed New...

It's being reported today that Apple wants to take a larger bite out of the GM Building. Apple pioneered its iconic and patented glass cube Apple Store on the Fifth Avenue plaza of the full block tower, but business ...

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06:48
Apple Engineers make a House Call for iTunes Bug

The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.


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06:39
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool...

Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac.
UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work.
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06:34
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1.
It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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06:23
Apple's CEO Enjoys China's famous JJ Lin...

Apple launched GarageBand for China yesterday that offers Chinese fans access to digital versions of instruments. In a new video, China's famous ...

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06:16
TermHere: a new Finder extension that points new...

TermHere is a new app available on the Mac App Store that serves as a Finder extension. Once enabled, right-clicking inside of the Finder will present a new shortcut to jump to a Terminal window pointed to the current working directory.
TermHere may feature a straightforward premise, but it’s very nice to have if you’re a developer or avid Terminal user. Watch our brief hands-on video inside to see it in action. more…Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: App Development, Mac App Store, Terminal...

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06:07
Mac sales could be boosted with more focus on gaming

Apple has always — or so it seems — treated gaming as an afterthought on the Mac. It’s time for that to change. 

The worldwide PC market registered one of its lowest quarterly growth rates in the first quarter 2016, but Gartner, Inc. says several profit opportunities exist for PC [personal computer, not just Windows systems] vendors. One of those is gaming.

"PCs are no longer the first or only devices users are choosing for Internet access," says Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Over the last five years, global shipments of traditional PCs (desktops and notebooks) have fallen from 343 million units in 2012 to an estimated 232 million units in 2016. In terms of revenue, the global PC market has contracted from $219 million in 2012 to an expected $137 million in 2016.”

 

Nevertheless, PCs are still able to deliver in areas that smartphones and tablets cannot, with larger screens,...

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06:00
Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see...

The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.
CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.
The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

Walmart is currently experimenting with its own mobile payment platform, while Target has confirmed that it will support Apple Pay at stores nationwide later this year.
MCX CEO Brian Mooney said the group will focus on “working with financial...

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05:54
Microsoft sells Nokia feature phone division to...

Microsoft's steady decline in the mobile phone business continues, as the Redmond, Wash., company announced on Wednesday that it will sell the feature phone division it acquired from Nokia to a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.

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05:49
Apple to open iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.

Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. 

Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over...

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05:46
The Power of Preview: Converting Images and...

In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X’s built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview’s export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:45
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.
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05:44
Cook meeting with major carriers in India to forge ‘...

The Economic Times reports that Tim Cook is meeting with the heads of major carriers in India in order to form ‘strategic partnerships’ as the country accelerates its LTE rollout. The smartphone market in India has so far been constrained by slow data speeds in most parts of the country.

Cook has said the advent of high-speed 4G networks in India will expand the market for iPhones, flagging elsewhere, making it a key market for the company.

Cook is said to be meeting with Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in the country; Reliance Jio Infocomm, which plans to roll out LTE services nationwide this year; as well as Vodafone and others …
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05:43
Tim Cook Starts India Trip With Temple Visit and...

After arriving in India from Beijing on late Tuesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook started his five-day trip in the country with a pre-dawn visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Wednesday, according to The Indian Express. Cook was accompanied by newly promoted Apple India head Sanjay Kaul.

Tim Cook and Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, right (Image: The Indian Express)

Cook proceeded to meet Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, before holding business meetings with Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, and TCS CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran, among others, at the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel where he is...

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05:08
Apple's CEO has a Big Agenda in India this Week

Apple's CEO has landed in India for a week's long stay with a packed agenda. Earlier we reported on Apple's "First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design Center and Development Accelerator in India." We now have learned that Cook and his team will be meeting with the top telcos in India to ...

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05:05
Kickstarter: Pebble wristband adds 7-day power and...

While the Pebble smartwatch range may not compete with the Apple Watch in terms of functionality or display quality, it can be a good option for those who want multi-day battery-life. Third-party company Powerstrap is now aiming to boost that life even further with a powered strap that claims to add a full week of power through a 250mAh battery, as well as an on-board GPS module.
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04:57
China will account for 40% of VR headset shipments...

Canalys (www.canalys.com) predicts vendors will ship 6.3 million virtual reality (VR) headsets worldwide in 2016, of which 40% will be in China.
VR has the potential to thrive in the country and the research group believes competition will be fierce this year. Barriers to enter the VR market have been lowered. Local vendors are releasing VR headsets that overcome the quality and performance issues of simple viewers, such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard. 
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04:42
CS Odessa releases Scrum Workflow Solution for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announceda new Scrum Workflow solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make it easy for anyone to build any professional Scrum diagram such as a Release burn-down chart, Release velocity chart, Sprint burn-down chart, or a Team velocity chart. The Scrum methodology breaks down the steps needed to reach the final goal by using short Sprints of 1-4 weeks.
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04:36
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for FileMaker Pro 15.
It’s a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 15. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. In addition, the upgrade has several bug fixes and further improvements.
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04:30
BT2200 headphones: do you hear what I hear?

I have to start this review with a confession: I hate buying headphones. If you are anything like me, when the time comes to replace the short-lived ear buds that you paid $12 for at Target, it hurts. You know they are not going to last long, they will probably hurt your ears — if you don’t lose them first. 

A few weeks ago I was trying to find a new pair of headphones before deciding I just did not want to pay $15 for another cheap pair that would not last. Lucky for me, the next day I was approached with the BT 2200 Studio grade Wireless Headphones. 

Did I mention they are made for kids? At first I was very skeptical about reviewing headphones made for children, but for a woman nearing her thirties, I have a fairly small head so I figured, "Why not?" That was the best decision I made all week. 

When unboxing the BT2200 headphones from Puro Sound Labs I was first impressed with the aesthetic quality. The...

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04:23
Kool Tools: BenQ PV32090PT display

BenQ America Corp.’s (http://www.benq.us) PV3200PT IPS monitor is purpose-built for today's professional video postproduction applications. The 32-inch, $1,499 4K Ultra HD display delivers color precision via 10-bit, 100-percent sRGB color, following the Rec. 709 standard.
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04:13
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.14, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages and other powerful features. Version 1.2.14 fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.
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04:06
Bezel-free iPhone a step closer as third Apple...

Concept designers have been creating renderings of bezel-free iPhones – where the display extends all the way to the edges of the phone – for years now. One major barrier to realizing this vision has, of course, been the Home button with its embedded Touch ID sensor.
Third-party companies have already developed transparent fingerprint sensors capable of being embedded into a smartphone display, and an Apple patent filed in March of last year but only published yesterday describes the exact same approach …
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple patent, Bevel-free iPhone,...

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04:00
Flygrip is a gripping iPhone accessory

Some inventions are so innovative and well thought out that you simply can't imagine life without them. Somebody had to invent the wheel after all. While the $29.95 Flygrip isn't quite as groundbreaking, I can't imagine using my iPhone without it.

The Flygrip will attach to practically any iPhone case with a very strong adhesive (The company will provide a basic bumper case at a nominal charge if you don’t have one). That's one of the things I like about the Flygrip - the ability to bring my own case (in fact, it isn't iPhone specific and will work with any phone).

While attached the Flygrip adds minimal bulk to the back of the case and can be used as a horizontal or vertical stand for your iPhone -- perfect for those tiny airplane tray tables or really any situations in which you want an easy viewing angle.

The killer feature of the Flygrip is the ability to hold your phone with one hand when the Flygrip is...

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03:50
Foxconn Subsidiary Buys Microsoft's Entry-Level...

Earlier today Microsoft announced it reached an agreement to sell the company's entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile Ltd., a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and HMD Global, Oy for $350 million. As part of the deal, FIH Mobile Ltd. will also acquire Microsoft Mobile Vietnam — the company's Hanoi, Vietnam, manufacturing facility. Upon close of this deal,...

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03:00
Deal of the Day: iOS 9/Swift 2 Course Bundle for...

iOS 9 is the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet, while Swift 2 is quickly becoming the programming language of choice for developers. What if you could get 55 hours of training in both from the #1 instructor for online education marketplace Udemy for just $15? You can with today's deal - the iOS 9 and Swift 2 Course Bundle.

Whether you'd just like to learn more about app development or you're honing your skills for a new career, the bundle provides 2 courses with a phenomenal 373 lessons. During the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course, instructor Rob Percival will provide you with the following: 

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02:47
Apple to Open First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design...

Earlier today Apple's CEO Tim Cook, stated that "India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world. With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."

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Tuesday May 17

22:31
iOS Uber app now offers Find My Friends-style...

Uber has added Find My Friends-style tracking of family members using the car service on your account. The feature is an extension of the Family Profiles facility Uber started testing back in March, allowing you to add partners and children to your account so that their rides are all billed to a single card.
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21:48
Apple announces iOS App Design and Development...

Apple this evening has announced that it is opening a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. Apple says that the city is the “home of India’s startup scene,” while there are tens of thousands of developers in India building apps for iOS.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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21:44
Apple Announces Plans to Establish iOS App Design...

As was rumored earlier this week, Apple today announced plans to establish a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bangalore, India. According to Apple, the accelerator is part of an effort to support engineering talent and boost growth in India's iOS developer community.

"India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we're giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."On a weekly basis, Apple experts plan to lead briefings and offer one-on-one app reviews for developers. The...

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21:40
Apple to open iOS app design and development...

As expected, Apple late Tuesday announced plans to open a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, where developers will learn a variety of skills for coding on Apple's software platforms.

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21:32
Apple published a new Press Release
20:42
ANZ's Apple Pay exclusivity drives credit card...

Australian bank ANZ earlier this month observed a 20 percent spike in online credit card and deposit account applications after announcing support for Apple Pay, results that have prompted holdouts to rethink their position on Apple's payments service.

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20:30
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Last week, we drew attention to a blog post from James Pinkstone in which he described how iTunes Match deleted 122GB of his personal music collection went viral. Apple confirmed the issue on Friday and rolled out a potential fix with iTunes 12.4 yesterday, but Pinkstone today has shared a new blog post detailing the extreme lengths to which Apple went in order to track down what exactly caused the problem in the...

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18:15
Apple Granted a Key Patent Supporting Touch ID...

Apple has two patent pending inventions that cover a future version of Touch ID being positioned beneath the display of devices like an iPhone or iPad. Today's granted patent for touch technology beneath a display marks Apple's third patent on this front and it comes by way of Privaris.

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17:38
Apple sent senior engineers to customer's house...

James Pinkstone, whose blog post about an apparent iTunes music deletion bug went viral last week, said on Tuesday that Apple flew two senior software engineers across the country in attempts to troubleshoot the issue.

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16:57
Apple Quietly Staffing Up on Wireless Charging...

Apple has been quietly adding engineers with experience in wireless charging, according to some LinkedIn sleuthing by The Verge. Over the course of the last two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen people in this field, including two from wireless charging startup uBeam in just the last four months. There's no telling what they're working on, but Apple already offers inductive wireless charging on Apple Watch, and Bloomberg reported in January that Apple wanted to do some kind of wireless charging solution for iPhone in 2017. Check out the full report at The Verge for additional information—the takeaway is that Apple is working on something in the field of wireless charging, and that's exciting, and it will probably be...

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16:54
Apple Continues Buttressing Chinese Portfolio with...

Apple continued beefing up its offerings for the Chinese market this week with an update to GarageBand dedicated to Chinese content. The company added several Chinese instruments, including the pipa, the erhu and unspecified "Chinese percussion." Apple also added "300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops," the first new loops we've seen in some time.


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11:52
Apple Pay's retailer-backed rival CurrentC may...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, an Apple Pay rival that never actually launched has now fizzled. CurrentC was backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange and caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched because many of its retail members turned off Near-Field Communication on their payment terminals to thwart people trying to use their iPhones to pay. Apple Pay is still chugging along and CurrentC may never emerge.
The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot,” TechCrunch reported. MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart...

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12:35
BitTorrent Live app to bring peer-to-peer live video...

BitTorrent on your TV? It’s on the way. BitTorrent on Tuesday announced BitTorrent Live, a streaming app coming to Apple TV this week, with videos covering topics like news, sports, music, and tech. According to a blog post, the app will expand to Android, iOS, and OS X in June, and Windows later on.
Unlike the BitTorrent protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing, or the BitTorrent Sync app that streams media from your computer to your mobile devices, BitTorrent Live doesn’t rely on files that you already have or that you sniff out on the Internet. You just open BitTorrent Live and start...

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15:54
Forked Debian Beta Is Rough Around the Edges


The Devuan GNU/Linux community's much-awaited Devuan Linux Jessie 1.0 beta release is available. It took two years for disgruntled Debian community members to make good on their promise of a systemd-free Debian distro. They rejected a Linux-wide trend to replace older init processes such as Upstart and System V with systemd. The process of forking Debian into Devuan took much longer than the Devuan leadership expected, according to Devuan.org. Despite that delay, Devuan Jessie is a safe upgrade path from Debian Wheezy.

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14:50
Apple Pay gains 30 more US banks amid wait for more...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with another 30 entries, while shoppers continued to wait for more retail partners to come onboard.

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14:40
iTunes is Still Apple’s Worst Software, But Now It’s...

Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for iTunes. The user interface, which was stellar when it first launched, has become complex, confusing and opaque. Plus, many small problems have plagued its robustness over the years as it tried to do too much. iTunes 12.4 takes two steps forward after many backwards steps, and restores some interface sanity. This is in itself notable.


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14:40
AWT News Update: May 17, 2016

Today's AWT News Update brings you news from the world of Apple!

  • The iOS 9.3.2 update is bricking some iPad Pros
  • Apple's apparently hiring a number of people with expertise in wireless charging
  • Foxconn and Pegatron are hiring iPhone assembly workers earlier than usual this year
  • Free the FM!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 17, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Have an iPad Pro? You might want to hold off on updating the tablet to iOS 9.3.2. Why? Well, reports are coming out with the news that the latest iOS update...

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