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Thursday October 1

Apple Seals Deal for New Sunnyvale California Campus...

It's being reported today that Apple has sealed a deal for a new curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project in Sunnyvale California that's expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley.

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Apple relies less on stock compensation than rivals...

Stock compensation expenses are growing at Apple, even though newer companies like Twitter and Facebook are spending far more on them proportionately, a report noted on Thursday.

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Tim Cook talks NSA, customer privacy, and more in...

Continuing his string of interviews and appearances, Apple CEO Tim Cook today appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered show and was interviewed by Robert Siegel. Cook and Siegel talked about a variety of topics in the interview, including Apple News, customer privacy, and more.

First off, the two discussed Apple’s goal to maintain the privacy of its customers at all costs. Cook has always been a huge proponent of user rights and his tone did not change in this interview. Cook explained that Apple will do whatever it takes to maintain the privacy of its users:
We do think that people want us to help them keep their lives private. We see that privacy is a fundamental human right that people have. We are going to do everything that we can to help maintain that trust.
Regarding the NSA, Cook noted how he believes...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 1, 2015

Each day, Apple World Today posts a short 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 for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps / Updates

Yeah, we already told you about Tweetbot 4 for Twitter ($4.99 launch price), the universal update to the best Twitter client for iOS. But we'll tell you again - it's worth the update and definitely worth getting if you're still using that horrible standard Twitter app. 

Mind-mapping is a technique for getting to the heart of a problem and finding a solution, or just getting your thoughts organized for a report or talk. MindNode ($9.99) is a top-notch mind-mapping app for iOS that's truly universal, running on...

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External Link: Eddy Cue Talks to the London Evening...

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, spoke with the London Evening Standard about a number of topics, including music, the value of (ignoring) customer feedback, and expensive roaming charges. 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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Apple to build additional “spaceship” campus in...

It looks like Apple will be snapping up yet another spaceship campus, this time in Sunnyvale.
Word on the ground is that Apple has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus. The headquarters will be a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley. The current marketing web address has been designated as “”.
The campus will be brokered by Landbank Investments and designed by architecture firm HOK and will consist of three, four-story buildings over two levels of parking...

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Amazon Jumps the Shark and Kicks Apple TV and Google...

This just in: Amazon thinks it's a platform. According to Bloomberg, Amazon has ordered Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices out of its stores because they aren't compatible with Amazon's own Prime television subscription content.

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Apple reportedly closes deal on huge Sunnyvale campus

Apple has reportedly signed a lease for a 770,000-square-foot campus to be built in Sunnyvale, Calif., a stone's throw away from its Campus 2 "spaceship" currently under construction in Cupertino, expanding the company's already substantial presence in the area.

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AWT News Update: October 1, 2015

All sorts of news from all over the place today:

  • Apple might be thinking about wireless earphones, as hinted by some poorly hidden trademark filings
  • Amazon is apparently dropping Apple TV and Google Chromecast from its store and any marketplace sellers
  • We bid a fond adieu to Disk Utility's "Repair Disk Permissions" command

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 1, 2015.

It could be that Apple is thinking about making wireless earpods, as MacRumors is reporting that what appears to be a shell company is making trademark applications for the name “AirPods” around the world. The...

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ChargeIt! Dual-Output Car Charger: $22.95

Check out the ChargeIt! Dual-Output Car Charger, a car charger with two USB ports. But it also has a built in Lightning cable you can plug directly into your device. Through our deal you can get it for more than a third off at $22.95.

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UnCool: Millions of T-Mobile customers affected by...

Update: T-Mobile has reached out and clarified that the breach affects current and former customers who went through a credit check. Anyone who did not go through a credit check is unaffected.
T-Mobile has confirmed this evening that as many as 15 million of its customers have been affected by a data breach. As the company is quick to point out, however, the breach did not occur on its servers, but rather its credit partner’s, Experian.

While Experian and T-Mobile both confirm that no credit card or banking information was compromised in the breach, a variety of other sensitive information was. Customer names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security...

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Rumor: 'AirPods' trademark filings point...

Multiple international trademark applications for an "AIRPODS" audio accessory, filed by what appears to be a shell company, suggest Apple might be working to bring a wireless version of its EarPods headphones to market.

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Default Folder X doesn't play well with El...

St. Clair Software's Default Folder X — one of my favorite Mac utilities — won't work with OS X El Capitan's System Integrity Protection feature enabled. To allow Default Folder X to run, you can disable System Integrity Protection — or wait until Default Folder Version 5 is released (it's coming "soon," according to the folks at St. Clair Software).

System Integrity Protection ("SIP" for short) is a new feature in El Capitan that prevents anything from modifying the basic components of Mac OS X, even if it's just done temporarily in memory. As St. Clair Software notes, this makes it very difficult for computer viruses or anything else to harmfully change or corrupt your system. The downside, however, is that it disables some capabilities that applications like Default Folder X use to give you more functionality.

If you want to run Default Folder X in El Capitan, you'll have to disable SIP in the...

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Amazon To Cease Sale of Apple TV and Chromecast

Mark Wilson writes: As of 29 October, shoppers will no longer be able to buy Apple TV or Chromecast devices from Amazon. Citing compatibility issues with Prime Video, Amazon emailed marketplace sellers to inform them it is not accepting new listings for the two media devices, and any existing listings will be removed at the end of October. The move indicates not only the importance Amazon places on its streaming Prime Video service, but also that it views Apple and Google as serious rivals. The two companies have yet to respond to the news, but it is unlikely to be well-received.


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Defense bill passed by US House could allow easier...

Major high-tech corporations like Apple could potentially reap new and easier military contracts under a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Tip of the Day: Engaging Low Power Mode in iOS 9

The new “Low Power Mode” in iOS 9 is a pretty handy way to extend your battery life when you’re on the go; by throttling down your device’s CPU and suspending all background activity it lets you gain two to three extra hours in a pinch. You can turn it on manually by going into Settings, Battery or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will offer you the option to turn it on as part of the warnings you get when your battery drains…

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Many AT&T iPhone Users Unable to Download Apps...

A growing number of AT&T subscribers on the MacRumors forums appear to be having issues downloading apps and streaming music over LTE, with some claiming AT&T is throttling App Store downloads and Apple Music content. When connected to Wi-Fi, users report that apps download normally, but over LTE, app downloads do not progress. Other users are reporting issues streaming content from the Apple Music app, with songs that start and then hang. As described by MacRumors reader Blizaine:I have three different iOS devices. Two are running iOS 9.0.1 and one is running iOS 8.4.1. When they are connected to wifi, apps download fine. When on LTE, the app just sits there and the progress bar does not move, even after a very long period of time. When I run a...

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EtreCheck 2.5.1 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.Version 2.5.1:

  • Checks signatures of Apple files or files claiming to be from Apple
  • Adds settings so that you can control how much detail you want in the report
  • Updated user interface and animations
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and...

Logitech K380/M535 Photo ©2015 steven sande

A lot of us use Apple Keyboards and mice or trackpads on our Macs and iPads until that inevitable day when they fail; then it's time to look for something that's going to be a longterm replacement that won't cost an arm and a leg. Logitech recently introduced the K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard (US$39.99) and the M535 Bluetooth Mouse ($39.99), and I was able to put both to use with a tough customer -- my wife. 

She was using a six-year-old Apple Wireless Keyboard (the one with three, not two AA batteries) and an older Logitech Bluetooth Mouse. The keyboard was getting to the point that it was losing pairing on a regular basis, and the mouse was too large for her hand, causing issues with her rheumatoid arthritis...

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Logitech Adds Portability to Home Monitoring

Logitech on Wednesday announced a new monitoring system that links users to live feeds of their homes via an app. Called "Logi Circle," it picks up Nest's Dropcam model and expands it with mobility. On one end of the system is the app, available for both Android and iOS, which lets consumers view high-definition camera feeds live. On the other end is a portable camera, the size of a webcam, that can go up to three hours without an external power source. It's a two-way camera that can stand in for a webcam or allow someone to shout directives to a rogue pet.

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Mac: Inkle 80 Days

We’re big fans of Inkle’s 80 Days game on the iOS platform, and in fact it made our list of the Top Apps of 2014, so naturally we’re pretty excited to see it come to the Mac. Available on Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, 80 Days ($10) brings all of the fun of the iOS experience to the larger Mac screen, and more.

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Apple reportedly wants ‘AirPods’ trademark using...

Even in the age of the Apple Watch which only plays music over Bluetooth, Apple has yet to produce any Apple-branded wireless headphones or earbuds, instead promoting Beats-branded earbud and headphone designs created before Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of that company last year. A new report from MacRumors suggests that could soon change, however, as it’s believed Apple may have applied for “AirPods” trademark under an alias company name.
If the trademark application indeed traces back to Apple, AirPods suggest a wireless version of...

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Apple's Diversity Program is put into Action as...

Apple issued a press release earlier today announcing that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

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External Link: Sprint Raising Prices on Its...

Sprint is raising the monthly price of its unlimited talk, text, and data plan to $70 on 15 October 2015 — a $10 increase. However, customers signed onto that plan before the cutoff date will be locked in at the $60 per month price. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Apple Likely Trying to File for 'AirPods'...

Apple may be taking steps to protect the name "AirPods," based on recent trademark filings in a number of countries. While Apple itself is not directly linked to these applications, the pattern of filings is consistent with Apple's usual strategy and MacRumors believes Apple is indeed responsible for them. A trademark application for "AirPods" was made in the United States on September 22 by a company called Entertainment in Flight, LLC, a Delaware firm housed at the Corporation Trust Center, a strategy Apple has used a number of times in the past to hide its trademark work. The company was created in early September and appears to have no visible operations other than last week's trademark filing. We have been unable to find a concrete link between Apple and the AirPods trademark, but the evidence we've gathered is highly suggestive that Apple is indeed behind the...

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Amazon to halt sales of Apple TV, Google Chromecast...

Amazon will halt all sales of the Apple TV and Google Chromecast beginning on Oct. 29, the company said in an email to marketplace vendors, claiming that its Prime Video service doesn't run well on some devices outside of the Fire TV line.

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TiVo Bolt Zaps Ads

TiVo on Wednesday urged users to give commercials the finger with its Bolt set-top box, which allows ad-skipping on some shows. The Bolt is available immediately online, and it will show up on store shelves this weekend. It comes in 500-GB and 1-TB versions, priced at $300 and $400, respectively, inclusive of one year of service. After that, users will pay $150 a year for the service. Prices do not include cable or streaming services subscriptions. The Bolt's SkipMode feature is what lets consumers give ads a digital salute.

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Amazon to ban sales of Apple TV, Google Chromecast...

Starting on October 29, the Apple TV and Google Chromecast will no longer be available from Amazon.
Bloomberg reports that the online retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers telling them that it is not allowing any new postings of the devices, and the company will remove existing listings at the end of October.
"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in a statement explaining the change. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion. Roku, XBOX, PlayStation, and Fire TV are excellent...

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News: Amazon to ban sale of Apple TV

In a move intended to promote its own Prime Video service, Amazon is banning the sale of competing video streaming devices on its online store, Bloomberg reports. An email recently sent to its marketplace sellers noted that it will no longer be selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices; no new listings will be permitted and existing listings will be removed on October 29. In the email, Amazon stated that “It’s important that the streaming…

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A New Defense Bill Passed by the House Could benefit...

Last month we posted two reports covering Apple having worked with the Israeli Military and that the Pentagon is looking to Apple for advanced wearable devices. The latter makes you wonder if the new Apple Ring ...

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Opinion: Is iOS’s Home screen heading towards text-...

Is Apple considering another round of major changes to iOS’s Home screen? If watchOS and tvOS are any indication, the answer could be “yes.” Earlier this year, Apple launched the Apple Watch with a purely text-free Home screen, requiring users to identify 20-some initial apps (and manually-added third-party apps) by icon designs alone. This month, it will release the fourth-generation Apple TV with a refreshed UI, again almost entirely eliminating below-app text in favor of redesigned icons with 3D depth.
While it would be easy to write off Apple’s changes to text labels as one-off decisions for “really small screen” and “really big screen” devices, they collectively raise an interesting question: if developers properly redesigned their iOS icons, would text labels — a staple of graphical user interfaces for decades —...

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HBO Now updated with iOS 9’s picture-in-picture iPad...

One of iOS 9’s most useful features on modern iPads is the ability to playback videos from the Home screen or other apps using picture-in-picture. Video services have to opt-in to supporting PIP, though, so it means App Store apps must be updated before the feature works.
HBO has done just that with their iOS 9 update for iPad, supporting picture-in-picture when you leave the HBO Now app while you’re watching a movie or TV show. The feature is only mentioned in the update for the standalone HBO Now service, however, so the HBO Go version which...

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Review: Spigen Neo Hybrid / Carbon / EX + Ultra...

Spigen has redesigned a number of its cases to fit Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. We'll first take a look at the company's updated "Hybrid" cases — Neo Hybrid ($35), Neo Hybrid Carbon ($35), Neo Hybrid EX ($35), and Ultra Hybrid ($25). Neo Hybrid and its variations are basically a soft TPU case surrounded by a hard plastic bumper which keeps everything together. Ultra Hybrid is a simple, clear TPU case.{/exp:char_limit}

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Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone arrives, bringing...

All is right with the world. It's October, the fourth quarter of the year has arrived, Halloween is on the way, the US football season is going strong, and soon the Major League Baseball's postseason will kick into gear. And even better, Tapbots has updated its Twitter client and it's amazing. Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone (US$4.99 introductory price) brings a number of features that you're not going to find anywhere else.

There's bound to be some whining and complaining, because Tweetbot 4 is a new purchase for everyone, even those of you who have used Tweetbot for years. To me, spending $5 (or even the eventual price of $10) to get a huge update an app that I use many times daily is a bargain. Tweetbot 3 buyers will be able to get the updated app for $4.99 after the launch thanks to a special bundle.

Tweetbot 4 timeline and activity in landscape mode on an iPhone...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-01: OS X El Capitan...

Apple released OS X El Capitan on Wednesday, so today Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about their upgrade experience and first thoughts on using Apple's latest Mac operating system. They also talk about app and device driver compatibility, and respond to listener comments.

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Amazon to Cease Selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast...

Amazon plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, reports Bloomberg. It will no longer offer Google's Chromecast or Apple's Apple TV for sale in its online store. Amazon today sent an email to marketplace sellers notifying them of the upcoming change. The site plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple."Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in the e-mail. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion."Other set-top boxes and consoles, including those from Roku...

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Amazon to block sales of Apple TV due to lack of...

A woman receives a package from Amazon that presumably does not contain an Apple TV
If you’re looking to buy an Apple TV online, you may need to look somewhere other than Amazon in the very near future. A new report from Bloomberg claims that an internal email at indicates the retailer will block sales of Apple’s streaming device because it doesn’t support Amazon Prime Video.

The change will take place on October 29th, and will see Google’s Chromecast barred from the site as well. The email states that as Prime Video becomes a more important part...

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Your top 10 questions about Office 2016 answered

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.
We are thrilled to see the positive response for the launch of Office 2016 last week. We’ve received a ton of great feedback and wanted to address some of your top questions:

  1. How do I get Office 2016 for Windows if I’m an Office 365 customer?

As an existing Office 365 subscriber, Office 2016 is immediately available to you, and based upon your plan, you can choose to manually update or wait for the scheduled automatic update. Below are links to instructions to manually update to Office 2016:

  • Office 365 Home, Personal or University customers will receive automatic update notifications in the coming weeks. For manual update instructions, please see...
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Buyers skew towards higher-capacity iPhones, iPhone...

iPhone shoppers are increasingly favoring high-end, 64- and 128-gigabyte models, and showing strong early interest in Apple's new interest-free iPhone Upgrade Program, data from an RBC Capital Markets survey suggests.

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Apple issues second public beta of OS X El Capitan...

Members of Apple's public beta testing program now have access to a second pre-release build of OS X 10.11.1, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for the newly launched El Capitan Mac operating system.

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Apple releases second OS X 10.11.1 seed to public...

Apple has followed this week’s release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 2 to developers with a public version of the pre-release software. The second seed doesn’t include any notable changes, though it does come with the new emoji icons that were added in the first build.

Users on the public beta can download the latest build from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. Users who want to participate in the public beta can apply on...

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Apple Releases Second OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Public...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after releasing the second beta to developers and a week and a half after seeding the first public beta. Today's second beta comes just after the public launch of OS X El Capitan. The beta is available to those who are participating in Apple's Beta Testing program and can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is also in testing. Beyond new emoji, there have been no other outward-facing changes...

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Paragraphs 1.0.4 - Writing tool just for writers. (...

Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest. Everything in context. Don't stress trying to memorize confusing markup. Paragraphs' quick context menu provides simple, easy-to-use formatting options right where you need them. Focus on what you do best. Gone are the complicated menus and distracting widgets of traditional word processors. When you begin typing in Paragraphs the interface melts away and you're left with only what you write. Sensible Settings. Paragraphs features multiple layout and font styles that look great by default. There's also Dark Mode, for a comfortable writing experience at night.Version 1.0.4:

  • Fixed an issue with dragging the app window in OS X 10.11
  • Minor improvements to app performance and stability
  • OS X 10.10 or...

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Hands-on with Disk Utility in El Capitan: Tool for...

Disk Utility hadn’t changed much over the years. The hoary app used for creating logical divisions in disks, applying first aid to ones with data damage, and repairing permissions seemed a thing from a previous age. With El Capitan, Apple has done more than slap on a fresh coat of paint. It has most of the same features, but the interaction and display is entirely different.Expert users may be frustrated and resort to learning the ins and outs of diskutil, the command-line utility available via Terminal that’s always had more switches and controls than the graphical Disk Utility.But for many users who need to make quick and rare trips to this software, it could be an improvement: less frightening, easy to use, and harder to make mistakes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Promote an OS X Server 5 Open Directory Replica To...

You’ve got Open Directory running and humming beautifully in OS X Server 5 (running on OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan). You show up to work and the hard drive has died on that perfectly configured Open Directory Master. Luckily, you have a replica and you have an archive of your Master. You can restore or you can promote your Replica to a Master. What to do? Well, I can’t tell you what you should do, but I can tell you that Apple has planned for this. Here, we’re going to look at promoting that Replica to a Master. Because after all, hard drives fail. Let’s look at what all this looks like.
Create An Open Directory Archive
In order to properly restore an Open Directory Master or promote a Replica to a Master, you’ll need the SSL keys. You should also just keep archives of your Open Directory environment around (albeit in a secure location) because you really never know. To create an Open Directory Archive, which has the keys in it as well as data...

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Pessimistic, questionable iPhone supplier rumor...

Shares of Apple stock fell more than 2 percent in early trading Thursday, following a highly questionable report from the Far East claiming that Apple's integrated circuit suppliers are concerned over the prospect of fewer iPhone-related chip orders.

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James Bell joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple has announced that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.
Bell brings more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.
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ChronoSync updated with El Capitan support

Econ Technologies ( has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.4 with fixes related to OS X El Capitan.
ChronoSync is a Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app. It works with any device you can connect to a Mac, such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. Additionally the 4.6.4 update — free to registered users — includes fixes to problems with establishing IPv6 network connections. Whether it's a minor or major update all existing users update for free.
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How Steve Jobs fleeced Carly Fiorina

Medium:Ms. Fiorina’s trainwreck stint at HP has been well documented. But I want to address one tiny but telling aspect of her misbegotten reign: an episode that involved her good friend Steve Jobs. It is the story of the HP iPod. The iPod, of course, was Apple’s creation, a groundbreaking digital music player that let you have “a music library in your pocket.” Introduced in 2001, it gained steam over the next few years and by the end of 2003, the device was a genuine phenomenon. So it was news that in January 2004, Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina made a deal where HP could slap its name on Apple’s wildly successful product. Nonetheless, HP still managed to botch things. It could not have been otherwise, really, because Steve Jobs totally outsmarted the woman who now claims she can run the United States of America. I can talk about this with some authority. Not only have I written a book about the iPod, but I interviewed Fiorina face to face when she introduced the HP iPod at the 2004...

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Tweetbot 4 for iOS adds redesigned iPad UI and new...

Tweetbot for iOS has undergone another big upgrade today. The new release marks the first time the iPad version of the app has been redesigned to match the all-new UI introduced in iOS 7. iPhone users need not feel left out, however, as this update has a set of new features and design tweaks for you as well.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s new.

New Features
The new features in Tweetbot 4 appear across both iPhone and iPad, bringing the two apps in line for the first time in a while. This is aided by the iPad’s new design, which we’ll discuss later.

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OS X El Capitan and pro music software compatibility

Good list of some of the top companies and where they stand with compatibility. Obviously, this will continue to change. Personally, I keep my music production machine a version back to ensure all of my music software works.∞ Read this on The Loop

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The new Visio is here—work visually

Visio is the industry-leading diagramming solution used by over 12 million users, and today we’re thrilled to share our latest innovations with you.
Visio 2016 makes it easier for everyone to define business processes, document best practices, visualize the future state of transformative initiatives and stay on top of operational insights. Using Office 365, you can share these Visio diagrams with everyone and communicate one version of the truth to drive organization-wide alignment.
Visio 2016 offers starter diagrams, hundreds of smart shapes, one-step data linking, Information Rights Management (IRM) for compliance and so much more. Working visually is now faster and easier than ever.
Get started quickly
When starting out, the new Visio offers a set of pre-crafted starter diagrams and contextual tips and tricks to help you easily create, edit and complete your diagram.

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Office Delve adds Praise, Favorites and enhances...

“Recognition is the greatest motivator.” —Gerard C. Eakedale
Organizational productivity and morale improve when individuals and teams are recognized for their work. The best productivity tools help people to easily share their knowledge and ideas, make their work discoverable inside their organization, and enable colleagues to show their appreciation and recognize each other’s work. As the modern workplace evolves, Office 365 is also evolving to help people collaborate, share and discover information more easily.
Today we are excited to announce new “people experiences” in Office Delve, which include the new Praise feature, the ability to create modern pages in SharePoint Online and add Favorites from across Office 365.
Let’s dive into the details.
Recognize your peers by giving Praise
With the new Praise feature in Delve, you are now...

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Exchange Server 2016 for on-premises customers now...

Last week, we launched the new Office, a set of integrated apps and services that empowers teams to do and achieve more. Today we announced the release of Exchange Server 2016, which brings key innovations in email, collaboration and calendaring in this Office release to on-premises customers.

There’s a lot to like in the new Exchange for both users and IT admins. It integrates with Outlook, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to enable new collaboration capabilities related to sharing, editing and receiving documents without ever having to leave Outlook. Inbox enhancements in Outlook 2016 and Outlook on the web, such as inline previews for URLs and video, help you stay focused and productive. Enhanced search capabilities deliver faster...

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King Saud University gains speed and reduces...

Today’s Microsoft Office post was written by Saeed Al-Shahrani, systems and operations director at King Saud University.
At King Saud University, we are proud of our technological leadership and we strive to provide our students, faculty and staff with the most advanced solutions available. Because email is the primary method of communication for our 35,000 faculty and staff, we recently upgraded to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 to help maximize their productivity. Exchange Server also serves as a repository for documents and conversations, preserving critical organizational knowledge and helping faculty and staff manage their appointments.
We found Exchange Server 2016 now makes it easy and inexpensive to provide 20GB mailboxes to all our faculty, but tracking down details within those mailboxes could be a challenge. Luckily, Exchange Server 2016 offers many improvements that help faculty and staff work more effectively, such as search. Search is a critical...

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air Wi-FI + LTE $300,...

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Fuck you Google

Google is close to rolling out a tool named “Customer Match” which, it appears, will combine a logged-in Google account with any email address handed by a customer to a retailer to create lists of addresses to target specific users with marketing material.Creepy bastards.∞ Read this on The Loop

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James Bell, Former Boeing CFO, Joins Apple Board of...

Former Boing CFO James Bell has joined Apple's board of directors, filling the vacancy left by Mickey Drexler earlier this year. Mr. Bell worked for Boeing for 38 years, and at one point served as interim CEO.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's board is complete again, and now with a little more diversity. Welcome to Tim Cook's Apple.

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Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks Now In China

Like the title says, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks are now available in China. This brings a whole new set of content to one of the worlds largest markets. This will also likely result in a lot of new content being added to the store.

If you are an iTunes affiliate, you’ll also be pretty stoked to know that you are now able to provide affiliate links for Apps and content in China as well! And if you’re a Chinese site and don’t yet have an iTunes Affiliate account, I’d look to sign up for one now.

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Some early iPhone 6s, 6s Plus adopters reporting...

There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.
Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.
The problems include the following:

– Touch ID: Some users of the iPhone 6s have reported that their Home buttons/Touch ID scanners are becoming “really hot” to the touch, a problem that can apparently be resolved by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for 10 seconds to reset the phone.
– Power: Some iPhone 6s users...

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Have questions about OS X 10.11 El Capitan? We’ve got answers! And if you come up with more questions, ask them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know. 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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James Bell, former Boeing CFO, corporate president,...

Impressive resume, interesting choice.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is now out and there are some really cool new features available to people deploying Apple Configurator. Apple Configurator 2 now supports feature called Blueprints. A Blueprint is a set of configuration options (such as profiles, apps, etc) that are easily applied to devices by applying a given Blueprint. So basically a canned set of options that can be configured on a device. For example, you can have a Blueprint called Training that have training apps and settings for a training room network and then you can have another Blueprint for Kiosks, that have different apps for a kiosk, one app for a kiosk, an SSID for a kiosk wireless network, and throw that single app into Single User Mode. Pretty cool, since before you needed to have all this stuff in, select the appropriate options and then deploy them. Now, you can more quickly train student workers or deployment staff to get devices initially configured before deployment them in a school or company.

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iFixit app pulled from App Store following fourth-...

This kind of falls under the category of “Invoking the Wrath of Apple”.
Or at least its legal department.
The coolest of cats over at iFixit, famous for providing amazing hardware teardown and repair guides for assorted gadgets, had their developer account canceled after publishing a teardown of the new Apple TV developer unit in violation of Apple’s terms and conditions.
As such, iFixit’s app has been pulled from the App Store.

iFixit offered the following statement regarding the situation in a blog post:
Not too long ago, we tore down the Apple TV and Siri Remote. The developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently, they didn...

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Apple 'trying to fix' problem of iPhone...

Though obstacles with partners remain, Apple has made some progress in addressing the issue of carrier roaming charges for iPhone owners, and continues to work toward a solution that will be beneficial to consumers, senior VP Eddy Cue has revealed.

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Former Boeing CFO James Bell joins Apple board of...

Apple announced today that James Bell, the former CFO and onetime interim CEO of The Boeing Company, has joined the company's board of directors. Bell was with Boeing for 38 years, overseeing Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services. In 2005, Bell served as the aerospace giant's interim CEO.

Apple CEO Tim Cook commented, "James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience form his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO. I am thrilled to welcome him to the board of directors and I look forward to working with him."

For his part, Bell is an Apple fan, saying "I am an avid user of Apple products and  have a tremendous respect for the company's ability to innovate. I am delighted to join the Apple board and look forward to contributing to its continued success in any way I can." 

Bell joins the board after the departures of Mickey Drexler in March and Bill Campbell last September. Apple's investors have a high...

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Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice...

Mac shrinks to phone, phone shrinks to watch, watch shrinks to ring. A natural progression.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

OS X 10.11 El Capitan hit yesterday and users are making up their minds about it.
The updated operating system, available as a free upgrade, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Spotlight now lets users search for files and other content in natural language, and access new kinds of information such as weather, stocks, and public transit schedules. Some other system-wide feature additions include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.
– Safari now supports pinned tabs, pushing Web video via AirPlay, and muting tabs via the Smart...

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Oh Samsung

Arthur Neslen, writing for The Guardian:Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.Harrumph.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple’s official list of El Capitan enhancements

That is one long list.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Bans iFixit Repair App From App Store After...

alphadogg writes: iFixit, the fix-it-yourself advocate for users of Apple, Google and other gear, has had its repair manual app banned from Apple's App Store after it conducted an unauthorized teardown of Apple TV and Siri remote. iFixit blogged "we're a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA -- and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway." iFixit does still have Windows and Android apps, and has no immediate plans to rewrite its Apple app to attempt being reinstated.


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News: Former Boeing CFO James Bell elected to Apple’...

James Bell, former Chief Financial Officer and corporate president of Boeing, has been elected to Apple’s Board of Directors, Apple announced. Bell worked for Boeing for 38 years, and was the company’s interim CEO in 2005. Apple notes that Bell also sits on the board of directors at JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, and CDW. “I am an avid user of Apple products and have a tremendous respect for the company’s ability to innovate,”…

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Apple adds former Boeing CFO James Bell to its board...

Apple on Thursday announced a new addition to its board of directors: former chief financial officer and interim CEO of The Boeing Company.

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Configure the Calendar Server In El Capitan Server

Configuring Calendar Server in OS X Server 5 (running on El Capitan or Yosemite) is a fairly simple and straight forward process. The Calendar Server is a CalDAV Server, leveraging HTTP and HTTPS, running on ports 8008 and 8443 respectively. To enable the Calendar service in OS X Server (Server 5), open the Server application and click on Calendar in the SERVICES section of the sidebar.

Once open, click on Enable invitations by email to enable email notifications of invitations in the Calendar Server. Provide the email address and then click on the Next button.

At the Configure Server Email Address screen, provide the type of incoming mail service in use, provide the address of the mail server and then the port...

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Eddy Cue Talks Apple Music Subscriptions as Initial...

Prior to the release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Eddy Cue sat down with Evening Standard to discuss a handful of topics, including the launch of the new smartphones, the impending end of the first wave of free trial users for Apple Music, and the issue of roaming charges on iPhone users traveling abroad. Cue also addressed the topic of the Apple Music Festival, which ended its ten day run this week in London, calling the acts nabbed by Apple for the event "the best of the best" and pointing toward the "global" feel of the UK-based festival that would perhaps be lost in another city like New York or Los Angeles. When asked about his worry for the end of Apple Music's first set of three-month free trial users -- which were...

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iFixit’s Apple TV Tear Down Screwed Developers

Apple rarely gives developers early access to unreleased products, and iFixit may have ruined that for everyone. iFixit is known for their detailed tear downs for new devices, and the company found itself on Apple's bad side after taking apart an early access Apple TV developer kit and posting what's inside on its website.

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Reports: Telstra Customers Suffering Crippling...

An anonymous reader writes: It appears a large number of customers of Telstra (one of Australia's largest telcos) have been suffering crippling speeds while attempting to connect to any Apple Service for the better part of four days. Reports indicate this is affecting Apple Music, Apple App Stores (on both iOS and OSX) and are stopping many Telstra customers from getting access to app updates and the much anticipated El Capitan release of OS X. Mobile phone customers as well as home broadband customers seem to be affected at this stage with a large number of posts both on Twitter and the Whirlpool Broadband Forum. It appears one Twitter user has also fully summarised all the issues in a single post including many of the Twitter posts as well.


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Apple Reveals their Latest Inductive Charging...

When it comes to Apple delivering an advance wireless charging system, their most comprehensive system without a doubt was revealed two years in our report titled "Apple Reveals Master Details of Wireless Charging System." While it’s the most advanced, it's certainly isn't the only invention Apple has worked on in respect to inductive charging.

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In-depth review: Apple's iPhone 6s & 6s...

Last year's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus introduced a larger, slimmer form factor housing higher resolution Retina HD screens and improvements in processors, cameras and wireless. While Apple's latest 6s and 6s Plus models look virtually identical, the company has significantly improved nearly every key feature, from a stronger glass and metal exterior outside to high-performance components inside, including a new pressure sensitive 3D Touch display.

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News: Daily Deal: Titan Lightning and Titan Loop MFi...

Today’s your last chance to pick up the Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning Cable for only $19.95 or the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable for $24.99. These virtually indestructible Lightning cables are wrapped in flexible, industrial-strength steel and backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty so they can withstand all types of outside elements from electricity spikes to happy puppies looking for a chew toy. In addition to the toughness of the…

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Apple files a patent for an 'Apple Ring'

Apple has given us a watch. Will it give us an Apple Ring? The company has filed an application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "devices and methods for a ring computing device."

Per the patent, a user controls an external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source. The ring would have a variety of the features of the Apple Watch.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the use of touch-sensitive surfaces as input devices for computers and other electronic computing devices has increased significantly in recent years. Many take advantage of touch-sensitive surfaces such as touchpads and touch-screen displays. 

However, Apple says that the use of existing touchpads and touch-screen displays, may be "cumbersome, inconvenient, or inefficient for certain tasks and applications." A user's hands may be preoccupied...

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The Northern Spy: Back Up To The Old Tricks

By Rick Sutcliffe
Much has happened worth commenting upon in the months that this space has been devoted to explicating some of the features of Modula-2 R10 that make it safe, reliable, and extensible as a problem solving tool. For one thing, a few errors were noted in the June article. R10 uses NOT, but ~ is not a synonym, [DESCENDING] was removed for FOR loops and replaced by FOR selector--, and two escape sequences for strings were omitted due to a misunderstanding. Fixed.
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Things 2.8 - Elegant personal task management. (...

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun. Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without ever switching...

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NetMarketShare: Mac OS X up, iOS down in September...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X and iOS both dipped in September.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 7.72% of the global market share in September compared to 7.53% in August (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 12%). The all-time high for OS X was in October 2013 when it had 7.73%. Windows remains dominant with 90.54% as of September. That's up from 90.84 % in August.

iOS had 38.58% of the mobile operating system market share in September, down from 40.82% in August. This compares to 53.54% for Android, 2.48% for Windows Phone and 1.73% for Java ME, and 1.38% for Symbian. Android was up from 52.54% in August. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

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Coda 2.5.12 - One-window Web development suite. (...

Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few surprises, and a seriously refreshed UI, this update is, truly, major. Features

  • Integrated file browser
  • Fully-featured text editor
  • CSS editor
  • Preview
  • Built-in terminal
  • Complete set of references

Version 2.5.12: Bug Fixes

  • Clips triggers now correctly removed when expanded from menu
  • Fixed an issue where the indexer could pick up directory changes even when automatic indexing was disabled
  • Improved syntax highlighting support for PHP interfaces
  • Added support for backslash as PHP namespace separator
  • Added .mac and .xsl extension to supported file types
  • Commas are no longer included in CSS selector autocomplete
  • Improved CSS validation behavior when...

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PCalc 4.3 - Full-featured scientific calculator. (...

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. Includes a Notification Center widget, and support for Handoff with the iOS 8 version.Version 4.3:

  • Added full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Added an option to float the PCalc window above all other apps.
  • Added the "Split Screen iPad" layouts from PCalc on iOS 9.
  • Added a delta percentage button to most layouts as the 2nd function of percentage.
  • You can now paste simple calculations into PCalc.
  • Changed behaviour of the percentage key in algebraic mode to match the Apple calculator - old behaviour still available via "Display percentage result" option in Advanced section of Preferences.
  • Now display "Error" rather than just blinking the display on an incorrect operation.
  • Fixed a...

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Developers aren't rushing to make Apple Watch...

Developer support for the Apple Watch has been met with limited adoption while the benefits afforded to those supporting Apple Watch "remain unclear," according to a report by Strategy Analytics. Even Health & Fitness developers – a category heavily promoted by Apple - are reticent to extend support for Apple Watch across their entire portfolio of apps, notes the research group.

Despite arriving on the platform early, companies like Runtastic, MapMyFitness and Nike haven't extended Apple Watch support to more than 25 percent of their portfolio, according to the report. The most popular category on iPhone -- Games – has seen less than 3% support on Apple Watch among the 200 most popular games, adds Strategy Analytics.

"When Apple Watch launched in April there was significant enthusiasm and competitive pressure to support the platform without any...

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DiskMaker X 5.0 - Make a bootable OS X installer...

DiskMaker X (was Lion DiskMaker) helps you to build a bootable drive from the official OS X installer app (the one you download from the Mac App Store). It detects the OS X Install program with Spotlight then proposes to build a bootable install disk and make it look as nice as possible. It’s the easiest way to build an OS X Installer in a few clicks! Then you can use the Install drive to fully re-install the OS on a freshly formated drive, or install it on your many Macs without re-downloading the full installer.Version 5.0:

  • Compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.9 Mavericks installer applications. You can run this app from OS X 10.7 up to OS X 10.11.
  • OS X 10.7 or later.

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The Gravitas is the heavyweight of iOS docks

Henge-Docks' US$89 Lightning Gravitas is a serious dock for iPhones and iPads. With all-metal construction that weighs in at about 2.5 pounds, this dock is going to stay on your desk.

Despite its heft, it has a small footprint (3 x 3.3 x 2.5 inches). How's that possible? The folks at Henge-Dock says it's due to a metal alloy that's "265% more dense than aluminum."

As you might guess from its name, the Lightning Gravitas is designed to work with iOS devices equipped with a Lightning connector. However, it also sports a USB port for charging and syncing (more on this in a moment), so it will work with just about any iPhone or iPad. I'm not sure about the upcoming iPad Pro and the product website doesn't mention the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. However, the Gravatis worked just find with my iPhone 6s Plus.

Of course, these devices come in various sizes. That's why the Gravitas comes equipped with inserts...

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DaisyDisk 4 for Mac OS X revved to version 4

Software Ambiance's DaisyDisk 4, an update to the disk analyzer utility for Mac OS X, sports a redesigned interface and faster performance.
When users launch the application, first an overview of all mounted disk drives will appear along with corresponding graphics indicating each disk's capacity and fullness. Users then press the Scan button pertaining to each displayed disk to start the lightning-fast scanning process. If needed, multiple disks can be scanned simultaneously.
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The latest iOS apps for Oct. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Red Camel Studios has announced 4 or More. While progressing through the game, players will be introduced to a variety of game modes. Play at your own pace, race against time, melt ice blocks, and sink anchors. 4 or More is free, but does offer in-app purchases.
Day2Life has released JUNE. It's a free mobile planner app shows your whole agenda on the small screen of your smartphone. JUNE lets you drag and drop schedules with a swipe of your finger.
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SyncMate 6.1 supports sync with Outlook and Office...

Eltima Software has releasedSyncMate 6.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool for syncing Mac data with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTPs, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and Outlook.
SyncMate offers Mac users to sync Calendar entries, Contacts, any folders and files, iTunes and libraries, and do it all automatically in the background. The newest version of this universal syncing tool offers expanded functionality and customizable settings.
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Twocanoes releases Winclone 5.4 with El Capitan...

Twocanoes Softwarehas released Winclone 5.4 with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Winclone is a solution for cloning Windows on a Mac Boot Camp partition. It clones Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions.
Winclone System 5.4 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's a free upgrade for current Winclone 5 customers and customers with active Maintenance Contracts. Contact Twocanoes ( for pricing on Winclone and support and maintenance options.

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How to use the Activation Lock feature in watchOS 2

watchOS 2 offers an Activation Lock for your Apple Watch. It turns on automatically when you set up Find My iPhone on your paired iPhone. With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone or pair and use your Apple smartwatch with a new iPhone.

To see if Activation Lock is on, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap My Watch. If you see Mark as Missing, then Activation Lock is on. You can also go to and enter your device's serial number. 

If your smartwatch is lost or stolen and Activation Lock is on, you can mark your Apple Watch as missing to stop anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. Alas, while you can use Find My iPhone Activation Lock with your Apple Watch, Find My iPhone can't be used to locate a lost Apple Watch or place one in Lost Mode. However, Mark as...

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'MacVoices' looks at taking control of...

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Apple Mail."
He covers Mail in both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. While there haven’t been major changes to either, there are enough small changes that you will want to get Kissell's advice on how they make devices more powerful and your life easier. From El Capitan’s new activity window to automating your email to customizing the applications to your specifications, his hours of research pay off in this comprehensive guide to Mail on both platforms.
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The Hit List 1.1.16 - Advanced reminder application...

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right. Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you. Forget what you need to do. With confidence.Version 1.1.16:

  • Compatibility fixes for OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Push-sync reliability improvements
  • OS X 10.7.5 or later

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Apple introduces us to the Apple Ring in all its...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of their next wearable computers in the form of a ring that incorporates touch-sensitive surfaces, gesture sensors, and/or voice-input recognition, a camera, microphone and more. Apple ring could be used with a smart TV, according to Apple, be wirelessly charged in your car wireless via a smart steering wheel and much more.

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Snapheal 2.8 - Quickly remove objects and people...

Snapheal magically removes unwanted objects and people, and fixes your images. Get rid of skin imperfections in one click, retouch photos and much more. It's fast, powerful and you can rely on Snapheal with any photos that you take. Unique image healing technologies, that are not available in other apps.

  • Get rid of unwanted objects, like wires, garbage bins, cars, etc
  • Delete people from the photos, like tourists that spoil the perfect landscape
  • Remove skin spots and acne
  • Erase text, signatures, watermarks, etc
  • Restore old photos, remove scratches and blemishes

Powerful and creative image retouching tools for landscapes, portraits and other photos.

  • Over 15 core image enhancement tools
  • Easily control light, color, contrast, saturation and more
  • Powerful sharpen brush
  • Smart clone and stamp
  • Clarity slider
  • Special technology to adjust shadows and...

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FontExplorer X Pro 5.0.2 - Font management software...

FontExplorer X Pro is optimized for professional use; it's the solution that gives you the power you need to manage all your fonts. Now you can more easily manage, activate and organize your existing font collection as well as find and experiment with new fonts. Whether you've got a hard drive full of typefaces or a few cherished families, FontExplorer X Pro handles your font library quickly, efficiently and reliably. And when you're ready to add to your collection, you can view thousands of classic designs and the latest releases from independent foundries using the integrated store. FontExplorer X Pro features an enhanced user interface with a configurable toolbar, activation control, comprehensive font information at your fingertips, customizable font previews, back-up functionality and access to FontExplorer X Server. Used together, FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server are your complete solution for organizing, exploring and buying fonts and managing...

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Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice...

It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display.

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Wednesday September 30

Part of Fifa 16 coins Stock the reason the...

Forums: Group Logic LAN Client for StorNextTags: Fifa 16 coins StockThe opposition defense is significantly smarter about interfering with transferring lanes and intercepting passes, which gives a more earnest challenge (specifically at advanced difficulties) and also backs FIFA 16 off the predecessor's overabundance of big takes on.
Users still must play a really active defense without expecting computer teammates to help up to they do on offense.
But when I recognized the particular CPU building up its attack in the same manner I would, I started bouncing its passing routes, picking over ball without attempting a harmful tackle.
Part of the reason the particular women’s game showcases FIFA at its best is really because the player...

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Cheap Fifa Coins PS to a smothering AI security

Forums: Group Logic LAN Client for StorNextTags: Cheap Fifa Coins PSFootball! your note of Cheap Fifa Coins PS excitement hanging inside the air, allow me a instant of clarity. FIFA is a hardcore game to review. It's a great aggregation of several years’ well worth of features and modes, that are changed and updated to be able to varying degrees with each new release. Anyone who’s played FIFA, or perhaps PES, or any sports video game will know, it’s impossible to essentially know how you feel that game until you’ve played that for months;
Loved it, resented it, loved it again, and decided it’s, you know, alright to get a game you’ve played for 3 hundred hours.

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Apple launches OS X 10.11 El Capitan: Here's...

Apple just released its next-generation operating system for Macs, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, to the public.If you haven’t been using a developer or public beta version over the last few months, here’s how to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan: First, make sure you can. El Capitan supports the follow Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and on:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

Is your Mac on that list? Then head on over to the Mac App Store and click on Updates. El Capitan will show up as a software update. You can also click on this link to go directly to the El Capitan download....

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CleanMyMac 3.1

Ensures full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and makes several improvements to the all-purpose cleaning and maintenance app. ($39.95 new, free update, 30.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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CrossOver 14.1.8 - Run Windows apps on your Mac. (...

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software. Check the What Runs database on the developer's Web site. Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you! CrossOver is available at several price points, depending on the level of support you purchase. Details can be...

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How to organize iPhone 6s photos in iOS 9

With iPhone 6s' 12MP iSight and 5MP FaceTime cameras, Apple bumped the specs of the world's most popular digital shooter, giving users a good excuse to create mountains of data. Using iOS 9's built-in Photos app can help you manage this flood of photographs from the moment you press the shutter button.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3.1

Improves support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and fixes numerous bugs. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 53.1/53.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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ACM 326: iPhone Sizes, Content Blockers, Streaming...

Adam Christianson joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss why he's happy he downsized to the iPhone 6s, content blockers and ad-blocking, and Apple's in-app purchase cut when it comes to streaming music. Plus, Adam commits-with all of you as witness-to only using the iPad Pro instead of his laptop when he leaves his office to work. Check it out!

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Google, Microsoft agree to end years-long patent war

Google and Microsoft have agreed to settle an ongoing patent feud concerning communications and video technology, bringing an end to about 20 lawsuits lodged in the U.S. and Germany, the companies said Wednesday.

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Samsung Patent Reveals an In-Depth Glass Project...

Earlier in September the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a Google-Glass-like Invention that indicates a real depth that could signal that they're in fact miles ahead of Google on this form of wearable computer.

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BBEdit 11.1.3

Maintenance update fixes a variety of reported issues. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Microsoft and Google bury all patent infringement...

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Google Inc (GOOGL.O) have agreed to bury all patent infringement litigation against each other, the companies announced on Wednesday, settling 18 cases in the United States and Germany.Interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.

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Apple stops iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0 code signing as...

After the release of iOS 9.0.2 on Wednesday, which fixed a number of bugs including a lock screen exploit, Apple stopped signing iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0 firmware for compatible devices, prohibiting users who updated from downgrading.

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New Sonos Speaker Costs $500 but New Smart Tuner Is...

Sonos on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its top-of-the-line Play:5 speaker. The redesigned speaker includes three mid-woofers and three tweeters, and it can be set up in three orientations: by itself, or paired with another speaker -- either vertically for tight sound, or horizontally for a more immersive experience, the company said. Along with the new speaker, Sonos introduced Trueplay, an application for iPhones and iPads that's designed to make it easier to tune its wireless speakers to a room's acoustic profile.

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Following release of iOS 9.0.2, Apple stops signing...

Following the release of iOS 9.0.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this morning, Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0. This means that users can no longer downgrade from  a more recent version of the operating system to either of those older builds. This is something Apple always does […]

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AWT News Update: September 30, 2015

Whew, we almost didn't get this podcast out today thanks to an incompatibility with some software. But we did, and the news is:

  • Software updates come hard and fast from Apple today
  • iFixit gets its hands slapped and the keys to the car taken away
  • iFixit also found out that the iPhone 6s isn't waterproof, but it's certainly more water resistant
  • Several third-party apps get the El Capitan treatment

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 30, 2015. I want to thank all of our listeners this month, as you pushed us to a new record number of podcast downloads. We appreciate everything you do for us!

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TextWrangler 5.0

Major new release for the free text editor with a number of new features. (Free, 9.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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iOS 9.0.2 fixes lockscreen privacy bug that allowed...

With the release of iOS 9.0.2 this morning Apple has fixed a flaw in the lockscreen that allowed anyone to access photos and contacts without actually unlocking the phone. The bug was widely publicized on Twitter and other social media outlets. Apple highlighted the change as the only security fix in today’s release in a […]

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Direct Mail 4.2.2 - Create and send great looking...

Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns. Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook. Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing options available...

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Apple removes iOS app chronicling victims of US...

Apple has pulled an app from the iOS App Store, Metadata+, claiming that its documentation of deaths in U.S. military drone strikes is "content that many users would find objectionable."

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Google Lines Up a Batch of Marshmallow-Ready Hardware

Google on Tuesday introduced a pair of new phablets, a couple of Chromecasts and the first tablet it built by itself. The unveilings took place at the company's Nexus event in San Francisco. Months of leaks drew very accurate portraits of the $499 Huawei Nexus 6P and $379 LG Nexus 5X and other Android hardware, but Google filled in the details ahead of the expected Oct. 5 release of its next mobile operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google has billed the Nexus 6P as its "most premium phone" to date.

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Pad & Quill Classic Band for Apple Watch

Up to this point, the only band that I had on my 42mm Space Gray Apple Watch Sport Edition was the standard plain black sport band. Now, I have no complaints with the band -- it's comfortable, lightweight, and flexes with my arm -- but it's just plain boring. So it was with a great deal of excitement that I installed a new Pad & Quill Classic Band for Apple Watch (US$89.95) on my Watch. Read on for a full review.


If you like classic leather watch bands, then you'll be completely in love with the Classic Band. Like all of Pad & Quill's products, it is handmade and even signed on the back by the artisan who did the leatherwork. That's a personal touch that you just don't find on the impersonal, machine-made bands that Apple sells. You'd think that for $149, perhaps Apple could grace its leather Classic...

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Scrivener 2.70 - Project management and word...

Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike. Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.Version 2.70: El Capitan-Compatible

  • El Capitan-ready: minor updates and fixes for 10.11 compatibility.

Updated UI

  • Icons and UI updated for a more modern look consistent with El Capitan and Yosemite.

Updated File Format

  • File format updated for compatibility with future mobile versions. Upon opening existing projects, you will be prompted to update them. (...

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TwistedWave Audio Editor: $15

We have a deal on an audio recorder and editor for your Mac called TwistedWave. You might remember Mark Greentree's review of the iOS version for TMO in 2012 where it got 4 stars. TwistedWave supports a huge amount of file formats, including WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP2, MP3, Mpeg4/AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis, WavPack, Wave64, AU, SD2, and WMA. it can detect silence, supports batch processing of multiple files, change pitch, multichannel editing, has mastering features, and much more. It's priced at $80, but you can get it for $15 through our deal.

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Safari 9.0

Update brings many of the features available in Safari 9.0 for OS X 10.11 El Capitan to 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks. (Free, 85.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Apple blocks iFixit dev account following fourth-gen...

Apple has banned iFixit's developer account and pulled its app from the App Store after the repair firm dismantled a fourth-generation Apple TV dev kit it received as part of Apple's pre-release program.

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 update

It’s not the biggest iOS update in the world, but it might make a difference.
On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.2. The update, a 71.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage.
– Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users.

– Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup.
– Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications.
– Improves the stability of Podcasts.
iOS 9.0.2 is available as an over-the-air update or via iTunes and requires an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or...

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Review: Speck CandyShell Clear and CandyShell Inked...

While many case companies have started retroactively adding "iPhone 6s" to their existing cases, Speck has recently introduced two new cases designed for iPhone 6/6s. (We tried the cases on the 6s, as we will continue to do going forward.) CandyShell Clear ($35) is Speck's first completely clear case, offering CandyShell protection while showing off the iPhone 6s. CandyShell Inked Jonathan Adler ($50) is a special series in conjunction with renowned designer Jonathan Adler. The line comes in seven different designs. Coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls are included on both cases.{/exp:char_limit}

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Apple yanks iFixit app from the store, bans...

The electronics repair site iFixit says that after it published its detailed teardown of the upcoming Apple TV hardware, Apple reached out to say that the company had violated the developer agreement and revoked the account that was used to obtain the device. The iFixit app, which was previously available on the App Store for free, […]

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Apple Bans iFixit Developer Account and Removes App...

After the new fourth-generation Apple TV was announced on September 9, Apple provided developers with Apple TV Dev Kits to be used to create tvOS apps for the device. Teardown site iFixit took apart one of those Apple TV units meant for developers and has now run into some repercussions for doing so. According to a post on the iFixit blog, the teardown, which unveiled all of the internal components of the new Apple TV, violated Apple's terms and conditions. As a result, iFixit's developer account was banned, leading to the removal of the iFixit app from the App Store. iFixit's Apple TV unit was sent directly from Apple with the same restrictions placed on Apple TV units sent to other developers, but iFixit ignored the fine print. "We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway,"...

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iOS 9: iPhone Battery Dying? Emergency? Low Power...

iOS 9 introduces a new feature to the iPhone called "Low Power Mode." Like Apollo 13 on the way to the Moon, it shuts down non-essential services in an effort to maintain an emergency lifeline. That is, enough juice to make and hold an emergency phone call, be located, or utilize Wi-Fi. Here's how to activate it.

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Skype for Mac now supports Split View on OS X El...

Just in time for Apple’s official release of OS X El Capitan, Microsoft is out with a new version of Skype with features only available on the new operating system. Available in Skype 7.13 for Mac, the messaging and video chatting app now supports Apple’s new Split View feature for running Skype side-by-side with another […]

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OS X El Capitan still exposed to vulnerabilities in...

OS X El Capitan, launched earlier on Wednesday, still contains serious vulnerabilities in its Gatekeeper and Keychain features, according to security researchers.

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Prosoft releases Data Rescue ONE All-In-ONE Recovery...

Prosoft Engineering has released Data Rescue ONE for Mac OS X (10.7.5 or higher), which combines software, hardware and services into one product.
Data Rescue ONE is a self-contained computer hard drive recovery solution. Designed to be easy to use, it doesn’t require any special technical expertise, nor do you need to download or install software, says Prosoft CEO Greg Brewer. Data Rescue ONE can recover your photos, music, emails, videos and important documents in just one click.
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The News about Apple News

“iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course” author Josh Centers takes you on a tour of the new Apple News app in iOS 9, offering tips and tricks. Does it offer enough to appease serious news junkies? 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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OS X El Capitan is here: Quick instructions on how...

OS X 10.11 El Capitan just became available for download and installation by Mac owners. Here's a quick guide on how to make a fast and easy transition from OS X Yosemite to OS X El Capitan.

Check your system to make sure it can run OS X El Capitan

If your Mac is running OS X Yosemite, your Mac can run El Capitan as the two operating systems have the same system requirements. If you're doing an update from an earlier version, here's a list of the minimum Mac models that can run El Capitan -- just know that the Mac must have a 64-bit CPU, meaning an Intel Core 2 Duo or newer processor:

  • iMac (mid-2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (13-inch aluminum late 2008 or 13-inch early 2009, or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch mid-2009, 15-inch mid/late 2007, 17-inch late 2007 or newer) MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (early 2009)


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Apple releases Safari 9 for Yosemite

Our review of El Capitan and our hands-on with Safari 9 in El Capitan takes a deep dive with key new features in Apple’s browser that are quite useful. But if you’re not ready to upgrade to El Capitan just yet, you’re in luck. Apple released Safari 9 for Yosemite on Wednesday, which has some of the features in Safari for El Capitan.According to Apple, the new features in Safari 9 for Yosemite include:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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OS X El Capitan is to Yosemite as Snow Leopard was...

Apple has released OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. El Capitan is to OS X Yosemite as Snow Leopard was to Leopard. In other words, it concentrates more in improvements and performance gains rather than new features. 

El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster and more responsive, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. He adds that El Capitan offers 1.4x acceleration in app launching, 2x acceleration in app switching, 3x accleration for the display of the first Mail messages, and up to 4x faster speed sin opening PDFs in Preview.

OS X El Capitan refinements begin with the new system font, San Francisco, the typeface probably best known as the typeface on the Apple Watch. Mission Control, which lets you view all open windows,...

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First look video: Split View, new Mission Control in...

Apple's next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, is now available as a free download, and compatible with all Macs that run OS X Yosemite. AppleInsider offers a quick rundown of a couple of the things you can do with your newly updated Mac.

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Black Hats Offer Million-Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty

Zerodium has posted a million-dollar bounty for juicy iOS 9 bugs or jailbreaks.
Zerodium runs a market where exploits and vulnerabilities are bought and sold, according to Damballa. "While there is no insight into a specific buyer, we can assume if an exploit for iOS 9 is found, Zerodium will sell it for way more than $1 million," wrote Loucif Kharouni, senior threat researcher at Damballa. "Finding an iOS 9 security breach would have severe repercussions for millions of iPhone users."

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 With Important Security Fix

Apple has released iOS 9.0.2 with some minor bug fixes and an important security fix related to Siri. According to the notes, "A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen."

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Mac: Apple OS X El Capitan

Introduced during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just officially released OS X El Capitan (Free), the next generation of its OS X operating system, and the third iteration of its California-themed releases. El Capitan is a slightly smaller update from its predecessors, focusing primarily on user interface improvements such as a new Split View to allow two apps to be neatly arranged side-by-side in full screen — reminiscent of the similar iPad feature introduced in iOS 9 — as well as UI enhancements to Mission Control, improved searching in Spotlight, and some handy improvements to the Mail, Notes, Maps, and Photos apps.

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BBEdit 11.1.3 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (...

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.Version 11.1.3: Fixes

  • "Convert to Table" now generates thead and tbody containers when "First Line is Header" is turned on.
  • Fixed bug in which some options in the Text Options sheet were inappropriately enabled for the Find and the Multi-File Search windows.
  • Fixed a performance...

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Upgrade Vtrak E-Class for Mac to current 3.36...

Forums: HardwareSince Apple has stopped paying Promise to build and test upgraded firmware for the e610f for Mac, there have been two very full firmware updates for the e610f. Does anyone know if there's a way to get these out of warranty mac e610f controllers to accept a regular e610f firmware update?

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MediaTek outs two new SDKs for building HomeKit...

MediaTek is today launching support for Apple’s new HomeKit platform for iPhone-connected home automation accessories with new SDKs for two of the company’s systems-on-a-chip (SoC) products. That means that manufacturers using the MediaTek chips can now easily support HomeKit for controlling products from iOS apps and Siri. MediaTek, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a […]

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TextWrangler 5.0 - Free general purpose text editor...

TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to BBEdit, a leading professional HTML and text editor. Features:

  • General Purpose Text Editor
  • Programmer's Text Editor
  • Unix And Server Administrator's Tool
  • Powerful Text Transformer And Manipulator
  • Good Mac OS Citizen
  • Powerfully Useful Tool
  • Product developed in the best traditions of Bare Bones Software, with high performance, ease of use, a rich feature set, and the ability to read its own release notes

Version 5.0: Note: Now requires OS X 10.8.5 or later. Additions

  • The results windows for Find Differences are all new. Among other things, the old three-window presentation is gone, replaced by a single window which...

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Apple OS X El Capitan 10.11 - Apple's newest...

Apple OS X El Capitan, the latest version of the Mac operating system, builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of ways that you’ll enjoy everyday. El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities -- from launching apps to accessing email -- faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors.Version 10.11:

  • Make the most of your screen with Split View.
    • Focus on two apps at once -- neatly arranged side by side -- in full screen without distractions.
  • Take control of your desktop with Mission Control.
    • View all your open windows in a single layer with no overlap,...

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Apple Unleashes OS X El Capitan: What to Do Now

Apple has unleashed its next version of OS X for the Macintosh, named El Capitan. In this release, Apple has officially focused on the user experience and performance, but this new version will have traditional attention to stability and security. Here's a rundown of how to to be properly ready before you pull the trigger.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the App Store

Apple has just released the final public version of OS X El Capitan, version 10.11 of the Mac's operating system. As with all recent OS X releases, you'll need to download El Capitan from the Mac App Store on a Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or higher.
El Capitan isn't the most exciting update Apple has ever released, but there are enough changes above and under the hood to make it worth an upgrade: an improved Mission Control with a Split View mode for full screen apps, updates to Spotlight and several of Apple's apps, the Metal graphics API, System Integrity Protection, networking improvements, and other small tweaks. We cover the important stuff in our full review.
For more on system requirements for El Capitan (and for more specific requirements for...

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Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan with Safari 9,...

Apple on Wednesday released to the public the completed OS X 10.11 El Capitan, making a variety of enhancements to features like Safari and Spotlight, while simultaneously ramping up Mac performance.

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News: Apple releases iOS 9.1 beta 3 to developers

Only a week after the last iOS 9.1 beta was released, Apple has now posted a third beta of iOS 9.1 for registered iOS developers. As with the prior beta, iOS 9.1 appears to be primarily focused on adding developer-level enhancements for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, for features such as 3D Touch and Live Photos. This latest beta focuses mostly on fixing a number of issues from the prior beta. Registered iOS developers can download the iOS 9.1…

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Apple Releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan With Improved...

Apple today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the public, making the newest Mac operating system available for free to Mac users around the world. OS X El Capitan went through eight developer betas before the golden master version of the software was released on September 9. OS X El Capitan is still rolling out to users, but it can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, and it will run on all Macs capable of running OS X Yosemite. Here is a direct link for the update: OS X El Capitan. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, as the OS X El Capitan name suggests,...

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News: Apple releases iOS 9.0.2

Apple has released iOS 9.0.2, the second minor maintenance update since the release of iOS 9 two weeks ago. This latest update fixes problems with turning cellular data usage on or off on a per-app basis, iMessage activation, iCloud backups, screen rotation when receiving notifications, and Podcast app stability. The iOS 9.0.2 update is available over the air via General, Software Updates in the iOS Settings app.


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Apple Music Launches in China for $1.57 Per Month

Apple announced on Wednesday it was launching Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks in China, a significant expansion in digital media in the world's largest market. Apple Music in China will be priced well below the U.S. price, at just 10 CNY, or $1.57 per month. Apple Music will also offer the same 90 day free trial offered in other markets.

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iOS 9.0.2 is available, get it now

Apple has released a small (72.5 MB) update to iOS 9. Here are the release notes:

The update took only about 20 seconds to download, then a few minutes to install. As noted, information on the security content of the update can be found at

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Apple Safari 9.0 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: The direct download link is currently unavailable, but will be added as soon as it's public. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.Version 9.0:

  • Adds controls to mute audio in Safari tabs
  • Adds additional viewing options for Safari Reader
  • Improves website AutoFill compatibility
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.2, fixes problems with iCloud...

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Apple has just released iOS 9's second minor bugfix update in as many weeks. iOS 9.0.2 resolves another handful of small-but-pressing issues that users have been having since iOS 9 came out earlier this month.
An iCloud bug that could interrupt a backup after a user initiated one manually has been fixed, as has a problem with iMessage activation. If you've noticed problems with screen orientation when receiving notifications, that has been resolved too. A nondescript "issue" with toggling cellular data for particular apps has been fixed. And the stability of the built-in Podcasts app has been improved just in time for International Podcast Day.
The update is...

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Apple issues third beta of iOS 9.1 to developers

Apple on Wednesday released the third pre-release beta of iOS 9.1 to developers, continuing its march toward the point-one release with a range of new emoji.

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Mail Designer Pro 2.5 optimized for OS X El Capitan

Equinux has revved Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X to version 2.5. It's compatible with OS X El Capitan. The upgrade also sports a new sidebar that offers quick access to content and formatting controls.
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Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 with fixes for cellular...

Apple on Wednesday issued yet another maintenance and security update for its newly released iOS 9 mobile operating system, marking the second bug squashing for the platform in the past week.

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About the security content of iOS 9.0.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.0.2.

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Bare Bones Software releases TextWrangler 5.0 for El...

Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 5.0, an upgrade to its general purpose text editor for Mac OS X. It's built on a new, modernized foundation and compatible with OS X El Capitan.
TextWrangler 5.0 also introduces newly overhauled systems for Find Differences and syntax coloring. In addition, the upgrade introduces new built-in support for EditorConfig and adds dozens of other enhancements and new features.
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iOS 9.1 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9.1 beta 3 Now Available

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iOS 9.1 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9.1 beta 3 Now Available

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 With Bug Fixes, Performance...

Apple today released iOS 9.0.2, a minor update that introduces bug fixes and performance improvements to iOS 9. The iOS 9.0.2 update comes one week after the release of iOS 9.0.1, the first update to iOS 9, and two weeks after iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16. iOS 9.0.2 is available immediately to all iOS 9 users as an over-the-air update. Like iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2 is a minor update that focuses on introducing some much-needed bug fixes and performance enhancements to Apple's newest operating system. This update contains bug fixes and improvements including: - Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage - Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users - Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup - Fixes an issue...

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Apple Seeds Third iOS 9.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, three weeks after seeding the first iOS 9.1 beta following its fall "Hey Siri" event and one week after releasing iOS 9.0.1, the first minor update to iOS 9. Apple has also just released iOS 9.0.2, another minor update to iOS. The new beta of iOS 9.1, build 13B5130b, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. iOS 9.1 includes new features for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which are deeply integrated into the operating system. It also includes features that will allow the iPhone to interact with the new Apple TV. iOS 9.1 also includes Unicode 8, adding support for emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle...

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Apple released a new iOS Firmware

Apple just released iOS 9.0.2 (Build 13A452) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1) — Download
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2) — Download
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3) — Download
  • iPhone 4s (iPhone4,1) — Download
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4) — Download
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi...

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 with More Bug Fixes

The bugs keep crawling in, and Apple keeps squashing them, which is why we’re getting iOS 9.0.2 a mere week after 9.0.1. 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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News: Cook urges businesses, governments to address...

In comments made at the BoxWorks conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he believes businesses should work to address social problems when governments are unwilling or unable to do so, Computer World reports. Apple’s push to move itself and members of its supply chain toward renewable energy has proven more successful than government actions aimed at the same goal, with Apple holding a substantial enough sphere of influence to push others to comply…

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BeLight Software offering Get Backup Pro for free...

BeLight Software is giving away free copies of its Mac backup and cloning app Get Backup Pro -- normally $19.95 -- today to get you ready for OS X El Capitan. The free deal is only available until 11:59 PDT tonight, so download it now!

According to BeLight, the most useful feature of Get Backup Pro is its cloning capability, which allows users to clone a Mac's HD or SSD to create a bootable backup disk. That's a great reason to download and install Get Backup Pro right now before you update to OS X El Capitan. 

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New iFixit Teardown discovers yet another Apple...

After Apple's Special event earlier this month we posted three reports about patents being fulfilled (one, two and three) which covered many products and new categories. Yesterday, thanks to the great investigative work done by iFixit's Jeff Suovanen, yet another Apple invention/patent may have been fulfilled.

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Deployment scripts for Office 2016

Last month, we started a community project to help IT pros with Office client deployments using PowerShell to streamline the process. For more details, see Office Deployment Scripts for IT Pros. A month later, it’s time to check in on some of the new developments with this project. As a reminder, all of the scripts are available on our GitHub repository and released under the MIT license.
Reorganized scripts
For starters, we’ve added a folder structure to help IT pros to find useful scripts quickly and easily. We’ve divided all scripts into different...

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Likes and @Mentions coming to Outlook on the web

Over the last several years, social networks have changed the way we communicate. In our personal lives, we show our approval by “Liking” a friend’s status update on Facebook and we “@Mention” others in a Twitter post to call attention to it. In our workplace, these same social concepts became popular through enterprise social tools such as Yammer. Today we’re taking the next step and introducing Like and @Mention to workplace email in Outlook on the web.
Likes—bubbles up the best ideas
Email is a great way to share and collaborate on ideas, make plans and drive consensus with friends and coworkers. Email threads often grow in length with any number of suggestions, thoughts and counter-points added through the course of a discussion. The new Like feature in Outlook on the web provides an easy way to visibly endorse a specific email and call it out as something worth attention—perhaps a statement or idea you support.
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New Mac Exploit Easily Bypasses Gatekeeper Security...

Apple introduced Gatekeeper in 2012, creating it as a method of protection for users against malicious threats by adding various layers of security during installation of Mac apps. The feature is intended to ensure that apps users try to install on their Macs are legitimste and signed by a registered developer, minimizing the threat of malware. But now, a security researcher has discovered a simple method of bypassing Gatekeeper using a binary file already trusted by Apple to attack a user's computer (via Ars Technica). Gatekeeper is meant solely to check the initial digital certificate when an app is downloaded on a Mac, ensuring that the program has been signed by an Apple-approved developer or at least comes from the Mac App...

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Is the new iPhone waterproof?

iFixIt:Over the weekend some brave Apple fans introduced their new iPhones to a life aquatic. The phones didn’t always emerge unscathed, but the overall trend is clear: the 6s and 6s Plus are dramatically less prone to liquid damage than their predecessors. So, what changed? After disassembling a couple of new iPhones in the name of science, here’s what we found.Remember, “dramatically less prone to liquid damage” does not mean “waterproof”. You still need to be very careful about getting your expensive electronics wet but it’s good to see Apple is taking baby steps towards helping the clumsy among us not damage our phones.∞ Read this on The Loop

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El Capitan Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. ElCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset ElCC provides. El Capitan Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe. Maintenance. El Capitan Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or El Capitan, ElCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. ElCC Documents and the ElCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The ElCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the ElCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar. ...

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Initial Apple Music trial subscriptions coming to an...

It’s time to check in on your free trial of Apple Music, especially if you’re not sure exactly when the free trial ends and billing kicks in.
As of today, it’s been three months since the Apple Music rollout. If you’re looking to check your specific status, follow these instructions:
– On your iOS device, fire up the Music app.
– Tap the user silhouette icon in the upper left corner (left side of the title bar) to load the Account page.

– Select View Apple ID from the Account page.
– If prompted, enter your Apple ID password.
– On the Account Settings page, tap the Manage button (under Subscriptions, just below...

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What’s new in Project 2016

We are excited to announce availability of Project 2016. This release includes significant updates to Project Professional, Project Pro for Office 365 and Project Online. Project 2016 delivers on some of the most requested capabilities: Resource Management and Resource Capacity Planning. Supporting these key capabilities are enhancements such as new Resource Engagements, a brand new experience for resource managers, and Capacity heat maps. Project 2016 now provides an end-to-end experience for managing and optimizing your resource utilization.
In addition to resource management, there are a host of improvements and new features to help you be more productive with Project, such as improved timelines, Tell Me integration and full support for Office Add-ins.
Resource Engagements
For project managers, securing resources to ensure your project is properly staffed has always been a challenge. With Project 2016, it’s now possible to systematically request a resource, and...

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You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.
Which is both nifty and useful.
Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.

The new version also offers the following fixes and changes:
– Easily compare ETAs across driving, transit, walking & biking.
– Call business & get directions directly from a list of places.
– Get directions to places now on your Apple Watch.
– Bug fixes.
Google Maps requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback...

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CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.Version 3.1: What’s new

  • Full support of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Full support of OS X 10.11 El Capitan’s SIP (System Integrity Protection) security feature.
  • Added album artwork cache cleanup to iTunes Junk.
  • Added Adobe Premiere Pro media cache cleanup to System Junk.
  • ModuleCache folder gets cleaned as part of Xcode Derived Data on developers’ Macs.
  • Improved notification behavior for all permanent Health issues.
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Improved Water Resistance of iPhone 6s Attributed to...

iFixit began its teardown of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus after the new smartphones became available last Friday, discovering the specifics of the smaller batteries, Taptic Engine, and 3D Touch display. After a few iPhone fans began extensive water resistance testing over the weekend, iFixit decided to revisit its teardown of the new devices with a renewed focus on components placed by Apple that could point to the company's interest in a more liquid-proof smartphone. The site closely inspected a strip of glue that acts as a gasket surrounding the entire inside edge of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, accounting in total for a slight 0.3mm increase in width when in comparison to last year's models. Described as "a string of sticky goop," iFixit theorizes that if Apple hadn't placed the gasket there to hold components in, perhaps "it was...

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Microsoft's Upcoming Flagship Store on New York...

Last year at this time we reported that Microsoft had confirmed its prime New York location for a retail store near Apple's famous Glass Cube Store. Today Microsoft announced that its Manhattan flagship store will open ...

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Last Call: Free AppleCare with mid-2015 15"...

There's less than 24 hours left on a series of exclusive Mac deals, among them are free AppleCare with select mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros (save $300-$600 plus a free accessory), a loaded 2014 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare for $2,050 ($800 off), and an additional $75 off all 11" MacBook Airs (up to $325 off).

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New Attack Bypasses Mac OS X Gatekeeper

msm1267 writes: Mac OS X's Gatekeeper security service is supposed to protect Apple computers from executing code that's not signed by Apple or downloaded from its App Store. A researcher, however, has built an exploit that uses a signed binary to execute malicious code. Patrick Wardle, a longtime Apple hacker, said Gatekeeper performs only an initial check on an application to determine whether it came from an untrusted source and should not be executed. Using a signed binary that passes the initial check and then loads a malicious library or app from the same or relative directory, however, will get an advanced attacker onto an OS X machine. Wardle disclosed his research and proof of concept to Apple, which said it is working on a patch, and may push out a short-term mitigation in the meantime.


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Apple's iPhone 6s lineup quietly uses new...

Though Apple hasn't advertised improved water damage protection for its new iPhone 6s series, the company has silently added a new perimeter gasket around the 3D Touch Retina display, as well as new silicone seals to cable connectors, that greatly enhance the device's ability to keep liquids out.

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iPhone 6s Plus Component Costs Estimated to Begin at...

IHS iSuppli has once again taken apart the newest set of iPhones in an attempt to come as close as possible to estimating the actual component cost of the new devices. According to IHS iSuppli's teardown of the iPhone 6s Plus, the bill of materials for a 16 GB version comes to $231.50, with manufacturing costs and other minor items raising the overall price slightly to $236. One of the biggest areas of increased cost is related to 3D Touch, which adds about $10 to the overall component cost of the iPhone 6s Plus when combined with Apple's Taptic Engine used to fuel the new feature. It's these improvements that have boosted the new iPhone 6s Plus to cost around $16 more to manufacture than last year's iPhone 6 Plus, according to IHS Technology senior director of cost benchmarking...

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How Lotus F1 Team races the globe with Office 365...

To coincide with today’s news about the most significant set of OneDrive for Business updates since the service was first released, we continue our series on Lotus F1 Team’s real-world implementation of Office 365. We take an in-depth look at how Lotus F1 Team’s IT crew implemented OneDrive for Business to protect its intellectual property in one of the most highly competitive environments while enabling secure file sharing and access to key information by a team that’s on the go, traveling from race to race around the globe.
Following our first episode in the Lotus F1 Team series, we see how OneDrive for Business, activity auditing,...

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OneDrive for Business sync client preview and new...

Today marks a huge step forward with OneDrive for Business. It’s the most significant set of updates we’ve ever released. First and foremost, we’re delivering a rock-solid new sync experience. Beyond this, we have a new browser experience, mobile app improvements, critical new IT controls and extended developer experiences to enable people to do and achieve more with OneDrive for Business.
Our team has set up a site for you to reserve a spot for your organization to start testing out the limited preview of the new sync client. When the preview is ready, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to download it and set it up. Updates across browser experiences, mobile apps, IT controls and developer experiences have already begun rolling out to Office 365.
If that isn’t enough OneDrive news for you, we’ve also...

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Data Loss Prevention in OneDrive for Business,...

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities protect your data where it is stored, when it is moved, and when it is shared. We first announced last year our plans to bring DLP to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, and today we are pleased to announce DLP will begin rolling out to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online starting this week. By extending DLP to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, we are expanding upon the same protection you already have in Exchange, Outlook and Outlook on the web, offering broader protection of your data wherever it lives. In addition, Office 2016 also supports DLP in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, scanning documents for defined sensitive information.
DLP in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
During the...

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Manage Users In OS X Server 5

There are four ways to create users in OS X Server 5, running on El Capitan or Yosemite. The first is using the Server app, the second is using Workgroup Manager (which barely works in OS X El Capitan and won’t install in El Capitan by default), the third is using the Users & Groups System Preference pane and the fourth is using the command line. In this article we will look at creating users in the Server app.
To do so, open the Server app and connect to your server. Then click on the Users entry in the ACCOUNTS list. The list of users is displayed, based on the directory domain(s) being browsed. A directory domain is a repository of account data, which can include local users, local network users and users in a shared directory service such as Open Directory and Active Directory.

The drop-down list allows you to see objects that are...

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Promote An OS X Server To A Replica

Previously, we looked at setting up an Open Directory Master in OS X Server. An Open Directory Replica keeps a copy of the Open Directory database available for users even when the Master goes offline. But it can also take a part of the load from the Open Directory Master and when using the new Locales feature, balance network traffic. To get started with an Open Directory Replica, first enable SSH, now disabled by default. If SSH is not enabled, you will not be able to create an Open Directory Replica. SSH is enabled on a server by opening the Server app, clicking on the name of the server and then clicking on the Settings tab. here, check the box for “Secure shell connections (SSH)”.

Next, use the changeip to check the host name. While the Server app is cool, it caches stuff and I’ve seen it let things go threat shouldn’t be let go. Therefore,...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-30: iPhone 6s Live...

There's plenty to look at in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, so today Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Live Photos, Apple's new cameras, making the move from the iPhone 5s, and using 3D touch.

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Judgment day for Apple Music: Will you be...

Today marks the three-month anniversary of the launch of Apple Music, but more importantly, the end of the streaming service's free trial period for anyone who signed up on day one. At last count, six weeks after its debut, Apple counted over 11 mill...

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Apple has made Chinese owners of Biel Crystal...

Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has used Biel Crystal materials for its cover glass which earned them the position of being the 'King of touchscreens' on a global level. Biel is owned by ...

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23andMe data helps shed light on common cause of...

Biotech company 23andMe is very open about the fact that it offers your genetic data from its DNA test kits to researchers -- with your consent, of course. Now, its contribution to a genetic study about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common ca...

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City of Westminster gives go-ahead to revamp '...

Apple's plans to renovate its Regent Street store in London have been given government approval, paving the way for the popular retail outlet's facade and "tired and outdated" interior to be overhauled in a big way.

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