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Wednesday April 6

13:03
Notable apps and app updates for April 6, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Tension Software has updated Cronette, a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7. 

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep...

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12:54
'iPhone 6 SE' mod kit crams iPhone SE...

Though some early rumors suggested the iPhone SE would have an iPhone 6-like design, it actually shipped in a chassis virtually identical to the iPhone 5s. However, some Chinese manufacturers have made iPhone SE-sized casings styled like the iPhone 6s, which prompted one publication to build their own fully functional so-called "iPhone 6 SE."

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12:47
Apple Campus 2 to Feature Custom Designed 18-Foot...

Apple Campus 2 has been designed from the ground up to meet Apple's exacting specifications, and the same careful attention is also being applied to the interior of the building, including the furniture. In a recent visit to the Apple Campus, design-focused site Design Milk was given a small tidbit of information regarding one element of the interior design of Apple Campus 2 -- the tables.

Apple is having 500 custom white oak tables created for Apple Campus 2, each one measuring in at 18-feet long, 4-feet wide, and 660 pounds. The tables are being designed by Dutch company Arco from a single sheet of wood with skateboard-style rounded edges and a seamless surface.

The closest approximation that popped into my head was an enormous naked wood skate deck designed for a colossus...

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12:34
FAA, corporations & aviation groups draft new...

A public/private committee organized by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has suggested preliminary rule changes for how close drones might fly to people, which could open up potential uses of the technology, such as air delivery.

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12:09
Smile posts TextExpander follow-up

Thank you to all of our customers who have offered feedback on the new TextExpander, and thank you again for your long-term support. In our enthusiasm to release, we missed some details we’d like to address here.Tough day for the folks at Smile. I do love the people at this company.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:07
Reaction to TextExpander changes

Smile launched TextExpander as a subscription service. Michael Tsai has a great roundup of reactions.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:08
Facebook adds reactions, events support, and filters...

After expanding live video broadcasts to all Android and iOS users earlier in 2016, Facebook is rolling out a whole bunch of new features for Facebook Live.The biggest addition is the ability to broadcast to a more select audience. Starting Wednesday, users will be able to broadcast live video within individual Facebook groups as well as Facebook events pages.Facebook imagines that people will use live video in groups to share birthday parties with relatives that live far away, and other purposes that are specific to a subset of Facebook users. Events, meanwhile, can reach larger audiences for concert previews and live AMA sessions....

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07:24
Apple fixes iOS lock screen bypass that gives access...

Apple has reportedly fixed a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to bypass the passcode on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus running iOS 9.3.1 in order to access the address book and photos.The bypass technique was discovered by researchers from German security firm Evolution Security and takes advantage of Siri's integration with apps like Twitter or Facebook and the new 3D Touch feature that's only available on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.On a locked device, attackers can call up Siri and ask to search for items that contain @ tags using Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo. Then they can locate a string like an email address and use the 3D Touch hard push to bring out the context menu for it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:58
Amazon same-day delivery expands to 11 new cities as...

Amazon’s free same-day delivery service for Prime subscribers just got a major expansion, arriving in 11 more metropolitan areas.
The new cities include Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, and Tucson. Amazon is also supporting more neighborhoods in Central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and San Diego, where same-day service is already available.
With the expansion, Amazon Prime subscribers can now get free same-day delivery in over 1,000 cities and towns, across 27 markets, TechCrunch points out. (Non-Prime customers pay $8.99 per order and $0.99 per item.)...

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11:55
Apple Maps transit directions expand to include...

This week, the slow and steady roll-out of Apple Maps transit data continued, adding the second-largest city of Canada, Montreal, to its lineup.

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11:51
Huawei Takes a Shot at Apple with the First High-End...

Rumors of Apple adopting a dual lens camera solution for their Next iPhone began in November 2014 and by June 2015 the pieces of the puzzle were coming together, making the rumors sound more than plausible. Such rumors were taken very seriously by Apple competitor Huawei, who launched their new flagship smartphone the P9 yesterday with a dual camera system.

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11:30
Top FBI Attorney Worried About WhatsApp Encryption

An anonymous reader shares an article on USNews:WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that all types of messages on the latest version of its app are now automatically protected by end-to-end encryption, and the FBI's top attorney is worried some of the platform's more than 1 billion global users will take advantage of the move to hide their crime- or terrorism-related communications. FBI General Counsel James Baker said in Washington on Tuesday that the decision by the Facebook-owned messaging platform to encrypt its global offerings "presents us with a significant problem" because criminals and terrorists could "get ideas." "If the public does nothing, encryption like that will continue to roll out," he said. "It has public safety costs. Folks have to understand that, and figure out how they are going to deal with that. Do they want the public to bear those costs? Do they want the victims of terrorism to bear those costs?"Maybe the government shouldn't have imposed so many surveillance...

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11:17
Google Chrome browser to gain support for native OS...

Google is working on supporting OS X's native push notifications in Chrome, instead of the browser having to use its own notification system, according to a developer on the project.

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10:54
How-To: Take better photos, videos, and selfies with...

If you consider your iPhone 6s to be a very good camera, then the 9.7-inch iPad Pro should equally be considered an acceptable camera in terms of quality. Both have 12‑megapixel iSight cameras on the back with True Tone flashes, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras on the front with Retina Flash, and Live Photos on both sides, plus 4K video capture.
The only difference is obviously the form factor of each device: the iPhone’s candy bar shape makes it look like a digital camera, whereas the iPad may only be socially acceptable as a camera if no one realizes you’re actually taking photos. That’s kinda the trick for me; shoot with the iPad if I’m already using it for something else, otherwise go for the iPhone first.
That context is mostly around the house where no one can see (read: judge) me, but seriously using the 9.7-inch iPad Pro as a convenient camera has made me realize the iPad’s Camera app has a few drawbacks compared to the same app on the iPhone. Part of it...

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10:53
Facebook Live update brings ability to go live in...

It was perhaps unimaginable just a few years ago, but live streaming has become particularly popular thanks to apps like Meerkat and, most notoriously, Twitter-acquired Periscope. Not to be left out, Facebook joined the race last summer — albeit initially only for public figures via the dedicated Mentions app — and then pushed beyond earlier this year with the open introduction of “Facebook Live” in the US, a feature within the mobile app that allows anyone to live stream to their friends.
The experiment seems to be working well, and with the app update — which begins its rollout today — Facebook is adding a variety of features to...

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10:37
External Link: Macminicolo Merging with MacStadium

Brian Stucki, founder of Mac mini server hosting company Macminicolo, has announced that his company is merging with MacStadium, another Mac-centric hosting company. He’ll remain president of Macminicolo and will serve as vice president of MacStadium. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:31
Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for download

It’s time to feel included.
Apple has opened its Safari Technology Preview to the public, allowing developers and non-developers alike to download the latest builds of the web browser for OS X and iOS. The Technology Preview includes the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools so you can provide input on how they are implemented and deliver a best-in-class user experience on all Apple devices.

The Technology Preview included advances in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS along with the most recent version of WebKit, the rendering engine that powers Safari.
Once downloaded the Safari Technology Preview updates every few weeks and include the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit. Users have access to developer tools and can use the latest version of...

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta (15F18b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta (15F18b) Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta (15F18b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta (15F18b) Now Available

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10:00
watchOS 2.2.1 beta (13V413) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta (13V413) Now Available

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10:00
watchOS 2.2.1 beta (13V413) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta (13V413) Now Available

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10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta (13Y5752a) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta (13Y5752a) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta (13F51a) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta (13F51a) Now Available

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10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta (13Y5742b) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta (13Y5742b) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta (13F51a) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta (13F51a) Now Available

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09:55
Huawei Introduces Dual Camera Smartphone with...

Amid rumors that Apple plans to release a dual camera feature in the iPhone 7 Plus, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei today unveiled the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, a set of smartphones that are equipped with impressive dual camera setups with some interesting capabilities.

The 5.2 and 5.5-inch P9 and P9 Plus both come with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras equipped with Leica-certified lenses. Hardware wise, the lenses include 1.25-micron pixel sizes for superior low light performance and an f/2.2 aperture, which will also improve performance in poor lighting conditions. There's also a dual-tone LED flash and a laser focusing module that works in tandem with the two cameras for faster focusing at short ranges.

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09:53
Happy Hour Podcast 061 | iPhone SE + 9.7-inch iPad...

This week Zac and Benjamin get into their first impressions of Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Are either of these new devices worth the money? The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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

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09:47
IK Multimedia releases Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE

IK Multimedia announced today the release of Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE "Classik Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/zpg3mbu) for Mac/PC. It’s a lower priced, fully featured edition of the recently released Miroslav Philharmonik 2.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE features over 730 instruments, multiple articulations, a 10GB library, over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and a more. It’s being offered at an introductory price of $99.99.
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09:41
Tim Cook named to the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. It’s an international human rights organization founded by Robert Kennedy’s family and friends nearly 50 years ago. 

In December 2015, Tim Cook received the Ripple of Hope Award during the organization’s gala in New York City. The award was granted for his commitment to sustainable business practices and his lifelong commitment to human rights.

“Tim knows the importance of advocating for and representing people who have not been heard. He has integrity and does not shy away from challenging issues when he knows they are right and just,” Kerry Kennedy, President and CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said. “Tim is deeply committed to the social justice work that he is helping Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights accomplish.”

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09:41
Apple's CEO Joins Robert F. Kennedy Human...

Apple's CEO told Bloomberg back in 2014 that when he arrives at his office each morning, he's greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. These were his heroes. Today, Apple's CEO Tim cook was honored when Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights proudly announced that he was now on their board of directors.

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09:20
WhatsApp Encryption Ups Privacy Ante


WhatsApp on Tuesday told its 1 billion users that their communications would be better protected from prying eyes with end-to-end encryption. The company always has made data and communication security a priority, according to Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the founders of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014. "From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end to end encrypted by default," they said.

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09:20
Apple issues first betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5...

Members of Apple's registered developer program were supplied with the pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, tvOS 9.2.1, and watchOS 2.2.1 on Wednesday.

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09:11
Apple releases first tvOS 9.2.1 + OS X 10.11.5 betas...

Just moments after releasing the first betas of iOS 9.3.2 and watchOS 2.2.1, Apple this afternoon has pushed fresh developer betas of tvOS and Mac OS X. The latest tvOS version released to developers today is 9.2.1, while OS X El Capitan has been bumped to 10.11.5.
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09:07
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth major update to the OS X 10.11 operating system.

The new OS X 10.11.5 update can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

We don't yet know what improvements the fifth update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but like prior updates, it's likely to focus on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address issues that have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.4. We'll update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.Related Roundup: OS X El Capitan Tag: OS X 10.11.5...

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09:00
Code reaffirms Apple's plan to allow users to...

Changes to iTunes metadata suggest that Apple will soon make it easier to hide first-party apps on the iOS homescreen, solving a long-standing complaint of iPhone and iPad owners.

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08:50
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3. iOS 9.3, the third major update to iOS 9, introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements. iOS 9.3.2 also comes a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a bug fix update that addressed an issue causing Safari and other apps to crash after a web link was tapped.

The iOS 9.3.2 beta, build 13F51a, is available for download immediately from the Apple Developer Center and may be made available to public beta testers later this week.

We don't know what changes iOS 9.3.2 will bring to iOS 9, but...

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08:35
Winners of the Smithsonian Magazine’s 2015 photo...

As always, some spectacular images are presented here. I tell my photography students to look at and study these kinds of winning photographs and try and figure out how the photographer created it, both technically and creatively.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:33
Walking directions with Apple Watch

Dave Caolo is right, this is a great∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
AppleInsider: iPhone SE selling well, experiencing...

Over the first weekend of sales of the new iPhone SE, we saw a lot of headlines that talked about "lackluster" sales of the new 4-inch phone. Those appear to have been based on the lack of the usual lines that accompany the launch of Apple's flagship iPhones like the iPhone 6s, as AppleInsider checked a number of stores and found that the iPhone SE is not only showing shipping delays in many places, but is actually out of stock in a number of stores.

For example, the site found that "the fastest a new iPhone SE will arrive from Apple in the U.S. is next Tuesday, April 12, and that's just select models." AppleInsider found other models to be unavailable until April 20. 

That's not all -- the 16GB models seem to have better availability than the 64GB devices, with the site finding that the more expensive model with additional storage...

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08:29
Tim Cook Joins Robert F. Kennedy Center Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today joined the board of directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights after being a longtime supporter of the organization. Cook counts Robert F. Kennedy as one of his personal heroes and has said there are two photos of Kennedy in his office that he looks at each day."Growing up, I was inspired by Robert Kennedy's infinite hope for humanity and his belief that people at their core are good, sharing universal goals for themselves and the world in which we live," said Cook. "Robert Kennedy spoke to our highest aspirations, calling Americans from all walks of life to fight for something better. He was and is a hero and role model to me, and I am honored to serve alongside Kerry and the rest of the board to advance his message of justice...

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08:22
iPhone SE Availability Tightening Online and at...

Nearly one week following the launch of the iPhone SE, availability of the new 4-inch smartphone continues to tighten. Apple now lists a standard delivery estimate of around April 22-27 in the U.S. for the majority of iPhone SE models, while in-store stock is depleted in many major cities.

AT&T

16GB/Silver: April 22-27

16GB/Gold: April 12-14

16GB/Space Gray: April 12-14

16GB/Rose Gold: April 12-14

64GB/Silver: April 22-27

64GB/Gold: April 22-27

64GB/Space Gray: April 22-27

64GB/Rose Gold: April 22-27

Verizon

16GB/Silver: April 12-14

16GB/Gold: April 12-14

16GB/Space Gray: April 12-14

16GB/Rose Gold: April 12-14

64GB/Silver: April 22-27

64GB/Gold: April 22-27

64GB/Space Gray: April 22-27

64GB/Rose Gold: April 22-27Sprint

16GB/Silver: April 12-14

16GB/Gold: April 12-14

16GB/...

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08:11
Tim Cook added to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights...

Apple's chief executive has taken another public step in his philanthropic journey, joining the board of directors of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

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08:02
Gadget Ogling: Food Frenzies and Rollerblade Off-...


Of all the kitchen gadgets I own, the rice cooker is possibly my second-most favorite after the tea kettle. Sure, I could make rice in a pot, but the dedicated rice cooker makes it much easier to attend to other details instead of watching the pot. Xiaomi's pressurized version might prove even better. It recognizes the type of rice from a barcode scan and cooks it perfectly, keeping more nutrients locked in, since it won't let steam escape. It has a nonstick, cast iron pot that should help ensure even cooking.

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08:00
Take back your time with Delve Analytics

Earlier this week, business leaders from some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world gathered in New Orleans for the Microsoft Envision conference. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the digital transformation of society and business, and how the use of intelligent systems can empower organizations by helping people understand more about the way they work. So today, we wanted to provide a deeper look at one of the newer capabilities in Office 365 that does just that—Delve Analytics.
In today’s modern workplace, we have more ways to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the course of our workday than ever before. In Office 365, you email and chat, have audio and video calls and meetings, collaborate on documents and share them with colleagues in the cloud. The Office 365 service processes millions of these interactions every day. Meanwhile, the Office Graph organizes these signals and applies sophisticated machine learning to them, all while...

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07:55
Facebook doubles down on live streaming with new...

It seems as if the revolution will be streamed, as social networking behemoth Facebook has chosen to drastically expand its live streaming features to make streams more interactive, easier to share, and more discoverable.

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07:48
New iTunes Metadata Suggests Users May Soon Be Able...

Apple may be laying the groundwork to allow users to remove or hide stock iOS apps, such as Compass and Tips, from their iPhones in an upcoming version of its mobile software, based on recently added metadata keys showing up on App Store apps.

As discovered by AppAdvice, Apple several weeks ago added a new pair of keys called "isFirstParty" and "isFirstPartyHideableApp" to the metadata of every App Store listing in iTunes. The new keys allow for a Boolean value of "true" or "false" to denote whether the app would be allowed to be hidden or removed from the user's iPhone. It's unclear whether the metadata is referring to an Apple-approved way to simply hide the first-party apps, or remove them altogether.

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07:39
Apple won't sacrifice profit margins to make...

When it launches in India on April 8, the iPhone SE will still command a 36 percent price premium there versus the U.S. -- likely keeping the device out of reach of most Indians, a report noted on Wednesday.

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07:35
Apple releases server-side patch to Siri bug...

A Siri-based vulnerability that allowed access to a user’s photos and contacts under the right conditions under iOS 9.3.1 has been patched server-side by Apple.
Shared recently by Jose Rodriguez, the vulnerability used Siri’s ability to access Twitter to find an email link or phone number, which could be pressed to open up an editable list of contacts even on a device that was locked. Through access to contacts, a user’s full photo library was also visible.
The vulnerability relied on Siri to perform a Twitter search and could give direct access to photos and contacts/ The...

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07:00
Apple's new 4" iPhone SE continues to see...

Though it didn't have the hype of a new next-generation iPhone launch, the revamped 4-inch iPhone SE continues to see demand outstrip Apple's available supply, with most stores completely out of stock and new orders advertised not to ship for a few weeks.

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06:56
Foxconn to Develop OLED Displays Following Sharp...

Following multiple reports claiming Apple will release its first OLED-based iPhone as early as 2017, DigiTimes Research says that Apple manufacturer Foxconn will develop AMOLED displays through its recent investment in troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp.Sharp will set up one 4.5G and two 6G AMOLED production lines with monthly capacity of 13,000, 11,500 and 34,500 glass substrates respectively, with total monthly capacity of 9.85 million 5.5-inch equivalent panels.Given its longstanding relationship with Apple, the move could position Foxconn as a frontrunner among AMOLED display suppliers for iPhones. Recent reports said Apple was closing in on deals with...

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06:46
DisplayMate studies watching displays at night,...

For more than 50 years, people have been watching TV at night, often prior to going to sleep. This has only expanded in the era of devices, especially with the introduction of Apple’s iOS devices along with those of its competitors.
Worse, these devices, which tend to be set to a bright level, are now directly in front of the user, often less than two feet away at the time before use.
With that in mind, Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate has done an extended study and breakdown of Night Shift, Apple’s light shifting technology that’s recently made its way to the iOS.

With the rapidly increasing use of these displays, particularly at night, vision and sleep researchers discovered that watching a display at night can not only make it harder to fall asleep (up to...

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06:14
The Apple Watch "Activity" App Logo is now...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for their Activity app logo ...

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06:00
Qubes' Xen-Like Security Requires a Leap of...


If you want an effective and different approach to computer platform security, turn to the Qubes OS. Be prepared to adjust your expectations and your computing comfort zone, however. The Qubes OS does not work the way other Linux distros work in adding extra layers of security. It is based on the Fedora Linux desktop but goes well beyond Fedora's approach. Designed around the concept of security by isolation, it achieves that goal by using domains implemented as lightweight Xen virtual machines.

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06:00
Opera's Ex-CEO Launches Vivaldi 1.0 For Power...

Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner on Wednesday launched the v1.0 of Vivaldi browser. Vivaldi v1.0, which is aimed at "power users", is available to download from the company's website for Windows, OS X, and Linux platforms. The Norway, Oslo company has been working on it since 2013. Vivaldi offers a range of features such as support for Chrome extension, Tab Stacks, Rewind and Fast Forward, and built-in support for custom keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures. There are plenty of other handy tools including the ability to check how much data a Web page has consumed in real time.

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05:58
Apple's iPhone loses ground in 'urban...

Apple's smartphone marketshare in "urban China" dropped 3.2 percentage points year-over-year during the spring quarter of 2016 -- marking the company's first such decline in the region since August 2014, according to research data published on Wednesday.

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05:52
Huawei's P9 flagship phone has a Leica-endorsed...

Thanks to its affordable and often feature-packed devices, Huawei has firmly entrenched itself as the third biggest smartphone manufacturer behind Apple and Samsung. Over the past six months or so, the company has added new handsets to its bigger-scr...

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05:48
Catalyst announces waterproof case family for the...

Catalyst (CatalystCase.com) has launched a new collection of waterproof cases for Apple iPhone SE, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini, available for preorder today. 
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05:29
Study says people get turned on by touching a robot...

We've known for a long time that some people like touching robotic butts and cannot lie -- sex-bots already exist, after all. But now a group of researchers from Stanford University have produced data that can back that up. Jamy Li, Wendy Ju and Byro...

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05:27
TextExpander 6 Adds Teams and Subscription Billing

TextExpander, the text expansion utility from Smile, has added support for teams, as well as a new Web site for managing your snippets. However, the utility now requires a monthly subscription fee. 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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05:00
Forge makes livestreaming easier

About a month ago, my cousin asked for tips on livestreaming. He had OBS, the software of choice for many streamers, but he had a long way to go before his debut on Twitch or YouTube Gaming. OBS works, but it's complex for people just starting out, o...

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05:00
Moleskine's latest pen and notebook instantly...

Moleskine's sketchbooks and pads have been a top choice for doodlers and notetakers for quite some time. The company also dabbled in the gadget world, including co-branded products with Adobe, Livescribe and Evernote that digitize physical drawings a...

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05:00
Twitch is helping create a new eSports league

Twitch's list of competitive gaming partnerships is growing at a rapid pace. Following deals with the folks behind Vainglory and Rocket League, the broadcasting juggernaut is joining forces with leading eSports platform Faceit to launch the Esports C...

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04:36
Apple using @AppleNews Twitter account to curate...

Zac Hall, writing for 9to5mac:Apple appears to be taking its new Apple News app to the place that news often breaks (then spreads), Twitter. The Twitter handle @applenews has been dressed for the job for several months now although it’s been inactive before today and it isn’t yet marked “verified” by Twitter.That’s now changed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:28
∞ Bill Atkinson on the birth of the Mac

[VIDEO] Bill Atkinson is one of the members of the original Mac development team. He created MacPaint, the QuickDraw toolbox (the underpinnings of the Mac’s graphical interface), and HyperCard, just to name a few of his many accomplishments.This is a great interview, with lots of nice little touches, like Leo LaPorte pulling out his original copies of Inside Macintosh, the bible for us Mac developers.

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03:58
WhatsApp Announces Full End-to-End Encryption Now...

In mid-February Patently Apple posted a report titled "WhatsApp CEO is in the same Boat as Apple & Applauds Cook's Stance on Fighting Court Order Compliance." Today, the WhatsApp blog noted in-part that "WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible. And today, we're proud to announce that we've completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication ...

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03:58
Fortune poll: What is your favorite Apple product of...

Good question. My very first Mac, which I got in early 1984. Hard to match that purchase for pure product joy. But there are other choices.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:53
Apple’s market share in urban China fell for the...

Shopping analytics giant Kantar Worldpanel reports that Apple’s smartphone has experienced its first fall in market share in urban China since 2014.

“For the first time since August 2014, iOS share did not grow in urban China in the 3 months ending February,” said Tamsin Timpson, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. “iOS declined 3.2 percentage points between February 2015 and February 2016.”

Kantar said that the increasing popularity of local smartphone brands was the main reason for the fall …
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03:53
Apple’s official iPhone service price list

Apple’s official pricing support page. Obviously, your warranty coverage will affect your price.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:48
Twitter wins NFL rights to stream Thursday Night...

Lots to process in this NFL announcement. But at the core is the fact that a worldwide audience will come to Twitter and to the NFL on Thursday nights. At least that’s the plan.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:29
A bargain Milanese Loop replica Apple Watch band on...

Karen Freeman, writing for WatchAware, ordered this Milanese Loop replica Apple Watch band on Amazon and gave it a rave review.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:24
Tesla, Apple, and disruption

Great article from Ben Thompson on Tesla, their game plan, and what it means to be disruptive. There are some nice Apple parallels in there too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:23
For the First Time Since 2014, Apple's iOS...

Kantar Asia reports today that "For the first time since August 2014, iOS share did not grow in urban China in ...

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03:18
Now is the time for banks to make a play in the...

As consumer awareness of mobile wallets has risen dramatically, financial institutions have a perfect opportunity to stake a claim in this market. As the barriers to wallet adoption drop, and issues with merchant adoption and consumer hesitation lessen, FI-branded wallets stand ready to reap the benefits.
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03:09
Apple fixes Siri bug allowing access to Photos and...

If you weren’t paying attention, you may have missed this bug’s arrival and departure entirely. Interesting that Apple was able to fix this server-side. That is, Apple fixed Siri on their end, without you having to install an update.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:00
Kool Tools: KeyCue 8.0 for OS X

Ergonis Software’s (www.ergonis.com) KeyCue 8.0, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet for OS X, contains new features such as a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.
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03:00
Smartphones replace personal computers as the go-to...

Limelight Networks, Inc., which specializes in digital content delivery, today unveiled the results of its annual State of Digital Downloads report, the latest in its studies of consumer perceptions and behaviors around digital content. The study found nearly half (45%) of consumers are more likely to download digital content of all types than they were a year ago. 

In just the past few months the smartphone has displaced the personal computer as the dominant device for the download and consumption of content. More users downloaded content onto Android-based smartphones (62%), while Apple’s iPad (used by 43%), was nearly tied with Android tablets (45%). As such, the Google Play store led the way as the prevalent destination...

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02:53
FBI says it doesn’t know if San Bernardino iPhone is...

Many were skeptical that the work iPhone at the centre of the San Bernardino controversy would prove in any way useful to the FBI given that the shooters left it untouched while destroying their personal phones, and so far that skepticism seems justified. Despite having had access to all the data on the phone for more than a week, the FBI has apparently not yet found anything of value.
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02:29
Bernie Sanders Mirrors Donald Trump's Position...

Late on Monday the New York Daily News sat down with Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders for a long interview as the primary in New York takes place on April 16. The first question for Sanders was about Apple.

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Thursday March 31

11:10
About the security content of iOS 9.3.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.1.

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08:10
About the security content of iBooks Author 2.4.1

This document describes the security content of iBooks Author 2.4.1.

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Tuesday March 29

10:30
iTunes Connect for iOS Now Includes Resolution Center

You can now access Resolution Center from your iPhone or iPad to review and respond to your active threads, and easily forward threads to other members of your team. You can also opt in to receive a push notification whenever App Review sends you a new message. Visit the App Store for the latest update.

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Thursday March 24

12:42
About the security content of OS X Server 5.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Server 5.1.

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Wednesday March 23

10:38
About the security content of Safari 9.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.1.

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06:07
About the security content of iOS 9.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.

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Monday March 21

11:30
Xcode 7.3 Now Available

The latest versions of iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS are now available to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Submit your apps built with Xcode 7.3, which is available for download on the Mac App Store and includes the most recent SDKs. For downloads and details on guidelines, testing, and submitting, visit Prepare your apps for the App Store.

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10:50
About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.4 and Security Update 2016-002.

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Wednesday March 9

16:22
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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12:40
App Analytics Weekly Summary Email Now Available

You can now opt in to receive a weekly App Analytics summary email for your most frequently downloaded apps. It will include data on App Store views, App Units, Sales, Sessions, and Crashes. To receive the App Analytics summary email, opt in by visiting the Notifications section of Users and Roles in iTunes Connect.

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Tuesday March 8

10:24
Logic Pro X 10.2.2 Release Notes

Learn what's new in Logic Pro X 10.2.2.

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Monday March 7

13:14
About the security content of Apple Software Update...

This document describes the security content of Apple Software Update 2.2.

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05:57
Ep. 3 – Fuse to the MDM Powder Keg

Welcome to the first episode of the 2016 edition or the Frogor 45. Pardon that we’re going to need a bit of time between our episodes from here on. We have a special guest, Pepijn Bruienne, who will be discussing things both MDM and DEPy.

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bsdpy Swift playgrounds repl osquery JAMFNation IBM Presentation The sherriff in My Cousin Vinny Coming to America...

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Saturday February 27

19:14
If the Ethernet connection on your Mac stopped...

If the Ethernet connection on your Mac stopped working recently, you can follow these steps to restore it. 

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Thursday February 25

15:15
Test Your Apps on the Latest Beta of iOS, watchOS,...

In addition to testing your apps on GM versions of software, you can also use TestFlight for internal and external testing of your apps running on beta 3 or beta 4 of iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2. Internal testing of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 or beta 4 is also supported. Learn more about TestFlight beta testing.

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10:42
About the security content of Apple TV 7.2.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.2.1.

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Wednesday February 24

14:55
Apple TV Tech Talk Videos Now Available

Over the past few months, developers around the world learned how to design and develop apps and games for Apple TV directly from Apple experts. Now you can share in the experience by watching all the session videos from the Apple TV Tech Talks. Watch the session videos.

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Wednesday February 17

15:30
Apple Pay Has Expanded to China

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in China, providing an easy, secure, and private way for them to pay using their China UnionPay credit and debit cards. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app without having to enter payment or contact information. Learn more.

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14:50
Smother the Sparkler

You’ve read the Mule, you’ve read Ars, and folks like Mactracker have gone out and moved their feed to https like good citizens. But what about those old, abandoned apps we still want to keep using? Well, this is why it’s called risk management and not fire-proofing. Just like physical therapy, you still need to have these tools in use, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit around waiting for a MiTM attack or hack the app bundle and re-sign all the apps you use.

Extinguish is the name of my profile generation script that allows you to drag an app into the terminal window and have it pop out a mobileconfig that disables the...

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09:00
tvOS App Previews Now Available

Showcase your tvOS app in action by bringing its features and functionality alive with a short video on the App Store for Apple TV. By providing an app preview, you can help customers better understand your app and encourage more downloads. Learn more about app previews.

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Apple, Google Submit New Settlement in Employee...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have submitted a new settlement proposal in the class action lawsuit alleging they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to not poach employees from each other. The new settlement follows Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of an earlier US$325 million offer she felt was too low.The Mac Observer Spin: It's very clear Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe want the antipoaching lawsuit to go away and they're willing to pay to make that happen. This isn't a question of if they're offering more money in the settlement proposal, but instead is a question of how much.

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Yosemite: Using Spotlight for Conversions

Spotlight has long been incredibly useful for finding files, performing mathematical calculations, defining words, and so on. But under Yosemite, we can use this handy-dandy search feature as a conversion tool, as well. Melissa Holt's got all the details in today's Quick Tip.

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iOS 8.2 Offers First Glimpse of ‘Apple Watch...

Apple is working on a companion app for Apple Watch that will help users manage the device from their iPhone or iPad. Mark Gurman posted images of the app at 9to5Mac, and those images show an app that allows users to reorder the apps on their Apple Watch, manage settings, control fitness tracking, and manage accessbility functions. Another interesting tidbit is that users will only be able to use Apple Watch for Apple Pay transactions if they have entered their passcode or fingerprint on their iPhone after they place the Apple Watch on their wrist. If the Apple Watch is removed, Apple Pay will not be accessible. Check out the full article for more screenshots.

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Apple’s Mac Stomps PC Industry with 18.9% Growth and...

Apple has once again stomped on the PC industry, posting 18.9 percent year over year growth in the December quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. With 5.75 million Macs sold during the quarter, Apple retained its #5 global ranking with 7.1 percent market share.

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Relive your favorite stories from 2014 with...

Earlier in December, Apple announced its picks for 2014’s best iOS apps, and the list didn’t surprise us. We were equally as obsessed with Threes, found Hyperlapse to be the perfect Instagram companion, and we all enjoy a little brain training now and then with ElevateTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Private I: Lock your cloud backups away with an...

It’s generally easier to keep safe the files we have under our control, on our internal and external drives, than those that waft far away from us on cloud-storage backup systems. Different backup services handle how they send data for storage and how they encrypt it once it arrives.
A quick overview of how cloud-storage systems work, regardless of the company. Client software running on your Mac finds new files in specified folders or files that have updated modification times since the last scan. Files are analyzed into pieces against which the software calculates a sort of shorthand or signature. This signature is compared against what’s stored in the cloud. If it matches, nothing happens—this is how these services conserve bandwidth.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Why Adobe Max is the premier conference for creatives

Each year they arrive in droves, converging upon cities far and wide for several days of hobnobbing with some of the most creative talents around. This is MAX, the annual “creativity conference” launched in 2003 by Macromedia, the creators of Dreamweaver who wound up being acquired by Adobe only two years later.
Adobe has since upheld this tradition with events in North America, Europe, and Japan. Following the shift three years ago from packaged Creative Suite software and the advent of Creative Cloud, Adobe MAX has morphed into more of a consumer affair, with more designers, photographers, web coders, videomakers, and illustrators in attendance than developers—although Adobe MAX 2014, held in early October in Los Angeles, may wind up being remembered as the year those worlds started to converge. We think it was one of the best conferences of the year, and creatives should serioiusly consider attending in 2015. Here's why:...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Beyond the wallet case

Beyond the wallet caseThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.BandolierThe Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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OfficeIQ adds sensor intelligence to your standing...

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HomeKit-compatible iDevices Switch lets you control...

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Quell is an FDA-approved wearable designed to...

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Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6...

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires you to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus alongside a contract with your carrier—or unlocked and unsubsidized if you’re with T-Mobile. Making the iPhone available without a SIM card means that customers can use the phone with any carrier around the world, or switch carriers at any time without having to worry about compatibility.To read this...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate...

Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate, Moshi, and moreThis week's collection of iPad cases is all about the folio case, featuring a wide range of designs that will keep you covered no matter your taste.Case-MateThe Tuxedo Case (iPad Air 2; $40) is a folio case with a smooth outer finish paired with a soft inner lining that helps protect your iPad's screen from scratches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple releases SIM-free unlocked versions of the...

Apple, as anticipated, released SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on Tuesday. The two new unsubsidized models now mean you can get Apple's latest handsets without being tied to a specific carrier. The downside, however, is that you have to pay full price for the devices. The 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the same base model of the 6 Plus is $749.Prior to Tuesday's release, the only alternative for anyone looking for a fully unlocked phone was to buy one with a T-Mobile SIM pre-installed. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major carriers that doesn't offer a subsidized iPhone with a two-year contract.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Freemium Field Test: Peggle Blast adds too many...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

Among Peggle Blast's new additions are little creatures that skitter around the board with each new ball, slathering pegs with momentum-killing sludge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Petcube is a cloud cam that's custom-made to...

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Apple Watch reportedly set to ship in the U.S. by...

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch back in September, its official launch date was set as the oh-so-vague “Spring 2015.” Now, we have our first guess as to what that launch date could actually look like. 9to5Mac reports that the Apple Watch is set to ship in the U.S. by the end of March, with Apple Store retail training scheduled for mid February.According to the report, Apple will be sending representatives from Apple Stores to Apple’s offices in Cupertino or Austin, Texas to learn about the Watch, which will better prepare store employees for when the Watch arrives. In addition, the report states that Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s software, battery life, and inductive charging mechanism.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple’s next MacBook could be a 12-inch MacBook Air

If 9to5Mac’s latest findings are true, than Apple’s biggest product of the year could be the MacBook Air. (You know, right behind the Apple Watch.) According to early reports, Apple has completely redesigned the MacBook Air, ditching the full-sized USB port, MagSafe connector, and SD card slots for something entirely different.9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman writes: “The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.”...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Tools for budgeting, social...

Budgeting, social media, podcasts, and entertainmentThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps comes with a great selection of everything you need to start the new year the right way, from helping you stick with your resolutions, to keeping track of what’s happening in your social media circles—with a little entertainment thrown in for good measure.Current 1.0.2If you love your social media but can’t stand Facebook’s web-based experience, AppDen’s $2 Current (Mac App Store Link) is probably worth a good look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Speakers, writing...

Speakers, writing slates and more from CESThis week's roundup of accessories is 100-percent full of items on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Bluetooth speakers? We got 'em. And a few other gizmos, too.808We found a couple of new Bluetooth wireless speakers from this company at CES. The $60 XS “features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and an efficient 12 hours of rechargeable battery life,” while the $60 NRG GLO (pictured) is shaped like an energy drink can and features a “Glow” mode that adds mood lighting to the beat of your music.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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Only 68 percent of iPhones and iPads are running iOS...

Apple shared its latest data on iOS 8 adoption on Wednesday, showing that 68 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches are currently running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple tracks iOS adoption by looking devices that access the App Store, and marking which version of iOS is running on each of those devices.The latest App Store Distribution data was collected on January 5. Besides iOS 8 data, it shows that 29 percent of devices are still running iOS 7, and 4 percent are still clutching to iOS 6 or earlier for dear life. Apple’s last iOS adoption data was from November 2014, which showed 60 percent of devices had upgraded to iOS 8. An 8 percent uptick in two months time is pretty slow, especially considering the sales boost that Apple must have seen during the holiday season.To...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Square Cash's latest...

Fitness, phone calls, and fun!This week's roundup brings you apps for all kinds of activities—spooky sci-fi games, staying in touch with the outside world, and getting into shape.Air Camera+This $3 app, which streams video live from your iPhone to your TV through your Apple TV, has added some new features. Now you can add even more effects on the fly, including Bloom FX and 3D, while 3D offers two different modes: cyan/red with matching glasses or side-by-side. Plus, users can now record their stream in three different formats—HD, VGA, or normal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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App Store broke its sales record on New Year’s Day

Appy New Year! (Sorry, I had to.) Apple announced that January 1, 2015 was “the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history,” with customers spending nearly half a million dollars on both apps and in-app purchases on that day alone. 
Apple’s press release, which came out on Thursday, went on to boast of record-breaking sales in 2014 as well. App Store sales rose 50 percent in 2014—and that’s just in paid apps and in-app purchases, not including free apps and upgrades—and generated more than $10 billion in revenue for developers. 
Taking a look back, 2014 was an awesome year for apps. Macworld’s favorite apps of the year really show the range of what came out: Apps that take advantage of Apple Pay and easy checkout, HealthKit apps that communicate...

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Sensor-equipped Bluetooth yoga SmartMat helps with...

LAS VEGAS—Yoga isn’t easy. The best way to practice and improve is obviously taking classes at a studio, or even working with an instructor one-on-one. But that isn’t practical for a lot of people, so we have apps, DVDs, and streaming classes through YogaGlo. Now a new sensor-packed yoga mat called SmartMat can provide real-time coaching and personalized stats and routines with the help of a mobile app.
The SmartMat has 21,000 piezoelectric sensors spanning the entire length of the yoga mat. It pairs to your phone or tablet with Bluetooth, and there’s even a slot at the top of the mat that acts as a stand for your device. It charges with regular USB, with each charge lasting about 6 hours, enough for a few sessions—unless you’re a marathon yoga nut. But otherwise, the latex-free mat looks and feels just like a standard yoga mat, and even rolls up....

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Four apps (and some audio recordings) to help you...

We live in a stressful world, and, more and more, we’re solicited by our work all day long, thanks to our devices that keep us connected by phone, email, and text messages before and after working hours. It can be hard to relax and to get a good night’s sleep, if you’ve got a lot going on. Fortunately, these same devices can help us calm down and catch some shut-eye. Here are four apps—and some audio recordings—that can help you do stay calm, and sleep better. (Pro tip: The Macworld editors will definitely be using these this weekend to unwind after CES.)Relax your breath 

Breathing Zone helps you slow down your breathing, providing quick relaxation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: More power, better...

More power, better reception, and enhanced soundThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases offers up a variety of battery-powered options for longer talking time, better signal for fewer dropped calls, and improved sound for watching videos and making calls.Carte BlancheThe Coque (iPhone 6; $30) spices up your handset with a simple—yet fashionable—design.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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An iPod, a phone, an Internet communicator: Apple...

Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo, and I was there. I was managing editor at Mac|Life at the time, and it was only my second Steve Jobs keynote. I even took notes on paper, with a pen, since we weren't live-blogging—and for the record, those notes prove that I absolutely fell, hook, line and sinker, for Steve's ruse about the iPhone being three products, an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. I still remember the giddy sense of excitement that rippled through Moscone as he demonstrated the new device (the call to Starbucks was especially delightful), like it just happened yesterday. Eight years isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things, but the iPhone has made such a huge impact on my life that it's hard to remember the time before it....

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Standzout's Bandstand begins the onslaught of...

LAS VEGAS—The Apple Watch wasn’t at International CES—well, not officially anyway, although Mashable’s Karissa Bell actually purchased a Chinese ripoff—but I did stumble across what might be the first third-party accessory designed for it.
In a quiet corner of the North Hall, Standzout showed off the Bandstand, an aluminum stand for the Apple Watch, slightly reminiscent of an iMac’s stand, only thicker to accommodate three USB ports tucked away under the bottom. Your Apple Watch connects to its included inductive charger, which rests in a cutout on top of the Bandstand and plugs into one of the USB ports. So don’t think of this stand as an extra charger for your watch, but rather as a place to keep the charger plugged in,...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Cool keyboards and lots of...

Cool keyboards and lots of standsThis week’s round up of new iPad cases brings you all kinds of interesting solutions that help you leave your laptop at home—and quite a few options for watching movies or video chatting.ESRThe Yippee (iPad Air 2; $13) is made from a translucent, scratch-resistant material that doesn’t hide your iPad's industrial features, and has a front cover that mimics Apple's Smart Cover.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Instagram fixes flaw that let people see your...

Instagram’s approach to privacy is nothing like the piecemeal strategy used by parent company Facebook. On the photo-sharing service, your privacy settings are limited to public and private—or at least that’s what we thought. Instagram just fixed a bug that let people see your private photos if they had once been public.
Quartz discovered the flaw and asked Instagram about it, prompting the Friday fix. Before the hole was patched, if you shared web links to your photos when your account was public and then decided to go private, those links would still lead to publicly viewable images. The hole was only exploitable on the web, not in Instagram’s iOS and Android apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Think Retro: Open Apple, closed Apple

You can date an Apple user as accurately as a botanist counting rings to date a tree, and you don’t even have to cut them in half first.
What you do is work out what they call the Mac’s secondary modifier key. This is trickier to do than you might think, as evidenced by how I had to come up with that awkward description rather than name it myself and so skew your response.
To a modern Mac user, you see, it’s the Alt key. To a more seasoned veteran, it’s Option, and to the true keepers of the flame, it’s the Closed Apple key.
It’s always fun, incidentally, watching people get one-upped when they try to pull the Mac old-timer card. You know the kind of thing I mean; someone posts to a forum saying that while they know how to type an acute accent on a Mac by tapping Alt-E, they’d like to know how to get an umlaut. The reply comes that they should tap Alt-U, and by the way it’s not actually called the Alt key, it’s called Option. But then, as sure as night follows day...

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Train for a marathon like a pro with these apps

Want to run a marathon? There’s an app for that! Just kidding—if only it were that easy, right? While there’s no single app that can absolutely take you from lazy couch potato to marathon finisher, there are several apps that can help you in your quest to run the absurd distance of 26.2 miles. Because marathons are so taxing, even the most seasoned runners still need to train—constantly.I am not a distance runner, but fitness expert, personal trainer, and endurance athlete Crystal Hadnott—who has run 12 full marathons and more than 50 half marathons since 2006— absolutely is. Here are the apps she uses to help her stay motivated, on track, and in marathon-running shape.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app lands on iOS

Google Chrome has a lot of fancy features built-in or available through extensions. One of those awesome additions is Chrome Remote Desktop—but until this week, the feature was limited to computers running the Chrome browser itself or Android devices. Now, however, iOS users can get in on the remote desktop action as well.
Google recently rolled out a Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS that is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. Although it will work on any Apple device, Google says the app is optimized for the iPhones 5, 6, and 6 Plus....

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Apple patent reveals plans for a GoPro competitor

GoPro shareholders are panicking after Apple’s patent application for a wearable camera was approved. One look at Apple’s plans shows why—the application details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple criticized GoPro in a patent filing for wearable cameras.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened to motorcycles and surfboards. The patent also details plans for waterproofing so an iPhone could be used to take underwater snapshots.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Leaked screenshots offer first look at Apple Watch...

We already knew you can’t use an Apple Watch without an iPhone, but 9to5Mac just uncovered screenshots of an Apple Watch “Companion” app for iOS that will manage the apps on your Apple Watch and how it interacts with your iPhone.
Just like you can tweak your iPhone’s home screen by tethering to your Mac and dragging icons around in iTunes, you’ll be able to move icons around in the Companion app to reorder them on your Apple Watch. The Companion app will also let you slap a fancy monogram on your watch’s face, or even enable a red dot on the top of the watch’s screen when a sniper has you in his sights you have unread notifications....

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SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter for $34.99

Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to land on your thumb. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, âexpertâ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an inexpensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing.

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Leak details 'Companion' iPhone app for...

A new report claims to have exposed the contents of the official iPhone app for the Apple Watch. Said to be dubbed "Companion" within Apple, the app manages Watch apps and device settings, in addition to handling the Bluetooth pairing process. Users can, for instance, organize the layout of apps on their Watch's homescreen via a simulated version of that interface....

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Belkin to Add HomeKit to WeMo ‘in Very Near Future’

One of the most popular home automation ecosystems is WeMo, an easy way to control things in your home using your mobile device. Belkin, makers of WeMo, have finally issued a statement about HomeKit compatibility: Much like winter, HomeKit compatibility is coming.

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Bluetooth SIG promotes Apple's Joakim Linde to...

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) has announced several appointments within its board of directors, including the promotion of Apple's Joakim Linde to secretary. Linde has been with the SIG for some time, but his new role may give him -- and Apple -- more influence over the direction of the Bluetooth standard. At Apple, he serves as a senior wireless architect....

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Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo......

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InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai......

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BuQu Battery Case for iPhone 6 - Easy to Install and...

The iPhone 6 PowerArmour battery case from BuQu offers a lightweight, easy to use, battery case for the iPhone 6. In spite of the weight 3.7 ounces (91 grams) it provides days of back up power with a 2800 mAh capacity. The matte finish makes for a solid grip. A special mechanism makes it very easy to attach and remove.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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Goodbye Free on iTunes: Apple Stops its Weekly Song...

The free song of the week promotion Apple offered through the iTunes Store for years went from a big badge to a small text link, and now is gone completely. Searching for free songs doesn't turn up anything, either, and comments in Apple's own forums claim Free on iTunes-at least for music-has officially come to an end.

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Apple Watch Internal Hardware Might Be Upgradeable...

The Apple community of observers has been in a quandary. How can Apple sell a luxury Apple Watch with expectations of enduring beauty and yet continue to upgrade its capabilities with new models without annoying the purchaser? One solution would be to make the just the inside electronics replaceable.

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AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-13: Lesbian Emoji,...

Racial and sexual diversity isn't nearly as prevalent in emoji as you might think, but that can change. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of racial and sexual diversity in the emoji pictograph library, and how Apple can play a role in changing that. They also talk about UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for government access to our encrypted messages and the importance of preserving our privacy.

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

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Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

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Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo

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Lesbian Emojis for iPhone Shows Apple can do More...

Representation of gay and lesbian users in Apple's emoji set on the iPhone and iPad is limited to just two same sex couples holding hands, but that's changing thanks to the Lesbian Emojis app from Kimberly Linn. The app's collection of lesbian-themed emoji adds more choices to the little icons we include in our text messages, but also underscores the surprising lack of diversity in Apple's emoji set.

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LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....

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Facebook Adds AMBER Alerts to User’s News Feeds

AMBER Alerts are available on TV and emergency alerts on our smartphones, and now they've gone social thanks to Facebook. The social network is adding the missing children alerts to user's news feeds so they show up in line with other posts.The Mac Observer Spin: AMBER Alerts on Facebook totally makes sense. People have been posting missing children alerts themselves for years, so automating the process will make it easier to get the message out.

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Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 9 grows...

Testing on Apple's anticipated iOS 9 release continues to ramp up at the start of 2015, with the next major iPhone and iPad operating system expected to make its official debut at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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Rumor: Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air with...

Apple's anticipated MacBook Air with 12-inch Retina display could launch as soon as this quarter following the start of production by Quanta Computer, according to the latest supply chain rumor out of the Far East.

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Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....

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Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image......

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Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....

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Apple patent points to in-air 3D gesture UI for...

One month after receiving a patent reassignment from Israel-based 3D mapping R&D firm PrimeSense, Apple on Tuesday was granted another property detailing possible software implementations to go along with previously outlined motion-sensing hardware.

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LA Unified School District's defunct 'iPad...

According to a federal study, the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion push to bring tech into the classroom was crippled early on by inadequate planning and over-reliance on Apple's iPad.

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Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter.......

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HomeKit Remote Siri Control Requires Apple TV

One of the benefits of Apple's HomeKit platform will be the ability to remotely control your smarthome devices from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Using Siri voice commands to turn things on or off when you're away from home, however, will require an Apple TV.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple TV as a smart home hub of sorts? Sounds like validation of Kelly Guimont's Apple TV smarthome hub idea to me.

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Google Chrome users can now access their Mac...

Adding to a growing pile of remote-access software solutions, Google on Monday released an iOS version of Chrome Remote Desktop, which lets users access or take control of their PC, Mac or Chromebook computer remotely with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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British PM Promises to Outlaw Encrypted Private...

British Prime Minister David Cameron demonstrated both a commitment to enabling terrorists to erode civil liberties and a dangerous ignorance of technology. In a speech geared towards elections in May, Mr. Cameron promised to outlaw messaging services that encrypt messages unless they give his government a back door.

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Shuttle bus drivers serving Apple, other Silicon...

A Teamsters representative last week notified the CEOs of Apple, Amtrak, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga that shuttle bus drivers contracted to service their employees are seeking to unionize.

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Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....

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Worldwide PC market staggers in Q4 as Apple's...

According to its quarterly PC report for the fourth quarter of 2014, research firm IDC found Apple sold some 5.8 million Macs over the three-month period, bucking an overall negative trend for the market.

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Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....

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My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part II

John Martellaro has completed his search for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. In the first installment, he described how the Apple Thunderbolt display was not a strong candidate and was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part II, the final verdict comes in.

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A Consolidated List of HomeKit Products

HomeKit sounded promising last summer, and never seemed to evolve beyond that promise since there wasn't any hardware support. That is slowly changing, and Kelly is tracking those changes for you in this consolidated list of products that support Apple's HomeKit.

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‘Typed’ Distraction-Free Text Editor for Mac: $14.99

Distraction-free typing. It's the holy grail of writing for many folks, and we have a deal for you today that can help you find it. There's a Mac app called Typed whose raison d'Ãtre is providing a distraction-free environment for you. To hit that goal, Typed focuses on a set of essential writing tools. It also can export to HTML (no HTML coding needed), will auto-save, has a word-count tool, and a feature called Zen Mode 8 that plays calming soundtracks for you. Typed retails for $25, but through our deal you can get it for $14.99.

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Apple's Beats Music rival Spotify hits 15...

Swedish streaming music firm Spotify on Monday revealed that its customer base grew to some 60 million active users by the end of 2014, of which 15 million had purchased paid subscriptions.

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Tuesday January 13

15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo......

| Read more »
12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai......

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

| Read more »
09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

| Read more »
09:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

| Read more »
09:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

| Read more »
09:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

| Read more »
08:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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08:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

| Read more »
07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

| Read more »
07:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
06:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....

| Read more »
04:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....

| Read more »
03:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image......

| Read more »
01:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....

| Read more »

Monday January 12

23:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....

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19:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter.......

| Read more »
15:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....

| Read more »
13:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....

| Read more »
11:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....

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Model 15 (Music)
Model 15 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Music Price: $29.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The Moog Model 15 App is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.* The Model 15 App requires iOS version 9.3 or later to work. * | Read more »
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The beginner's guide to Warbits
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How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next? Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch. [Read... | Read more »
5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to...
If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.... | Read more »
How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
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Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
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