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Thursday May 21

07:56
Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

Apple is planning to reintroduce mass transit directions to its Maps app in iOS 9. Apple hopes to introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps, a feature that has been absent since Apple stopped working with Google to power its mapping services.


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07:45
Snake Rewind for iPhone needs work

"...and I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite side." -- They Might Be Giants

This song runs through my head as I play Snake Rewind (free, universal) the modern rebirth of the mobile game that confounded Nokia users in the late 90's. It has you guide an ever-growing snake around a confined space, nabbing power-ups and other benefits while avoiding the walls and its own body. It's a perfect example of the "just one more try" genre of game that can be so addictive.

When the controls work.

While Snake Rewind is a noble reboot in several aspects -- looks, music, theming, -- the controls are so wonky that the rest is moot. There are a few other problems as well, which I address below. Allons-y!

Looks

The designers at Rumlius Design went with a retro look...

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07:44
News: Transit coming to Apple Maps in iOS 9?

Apple may finally be adding transit directions to Apple Maps with the release of iOS 9, according to new information obtained by 9to5Mac. When Apple transitioned from Google Maps to its own mapping service, integrated transit directions were one of the casualties, and as a stop-gap measure, Apple provided plug-ins for third-party routing apps for getting directions, allowing users to start planning a trip in Apple Maps and then switch to another app,…

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07:39
Apple Planning Transit Routing in iOS 9 Maps,...

Apple is planning to add a new Transit view to Maps in iOS 9 that features bus, subway, and train routing and directions, according to 9to5Mac. The much-rumored Apple Maps feature would bring native transit routing back to the iPhone for the first time since Apple ditched Google as the default mapping provider on iOS. The report also claims that Apple has made advancements on its indoor mapping project."Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views."Transit features in Apple Maps were originally expected to...

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07:31
Review: Sennheiser’s ClipMic Digital is the perfect...


Back at NAB 2015, I had a chance to meet with Sennheiser and take a look at their new ClipMic Digital. This is a professional grade lavalier microphone that connects to an iOS device via its Lightning port, not to mention the the first of its kind. I know most audio accessories for iOS claim to be “professional” quality, but this thing is no joke. It even compares to my $600 wireless lavalier kit from Sennheiser…

This product was developed in partnership with Apogee, who has developed the 24-bit/96 kHz A/D conversion technology and the free companion app, ...

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07:11
In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's...

harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores.

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07:00
New ways to get more done in Outlook.com

We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you—featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more. This update is rolling out today, in Preview, to a small group of customers and is the first of many innovations coming as we upgrade Outlook.com to a new Office 365-based infrastructure.  These new features will be made available to a broader audience through an opt-in program in the coming weeks.
Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Familiar, but refined inbox
Your inbox is part of your daily routine. It’s where you keep in touch with family and friends, check the shipping status of packages and find deals from your favorite companies. These new inbox features are aimed at creating a richer and more engaging inbox, while maintaining the same look and feel you love. Here’s what’s new:

  • Clutter—Get help managing your inbox. Clutter works on...
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06:56
News: Apple and IBM expand MobileFirst apps to Apple...

Apple and IBM have begun expanding MobileFirst enterprise apps onto the Apple Watch, as evidenced by updates to Apple’s Mobile Enterprise Apps webpage. The updated page shows three apps that now provide Apple Watch support. Hospital RN allows notifications to be sent to the Apple Watch to alert “nurses to review new patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action. And Apple Watch…

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06:47
On the Apple Watch Interaction Model and the Digital...

Steven Berlin Johnson finds the digital crown button convoluted:

If you press this button, these are the potential events that will
transpire on your Watch’s screen:

  • You’ll be taken to the “watch face” view.
  • You’ll be taken to the “home screen” app view.
  • You’ll stay in the “home screen” view, but it will re-center on
    the “watch face” app.
  • You’ll move from a detailed view of a notification back to the
    notifications summary.

His proposed solution:

Fortunately there is an easy fix for this confusion, which is to
streamline the Digital Crown so that it focuses exclusively on the
Watch’s two homes. Pressing the Digital Crown should simply toggle
you back and forth between the “watch face” and the “home screen.”
(Its other functionality could all be...

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06:42
Apple Reportedly Looking at Expansion into San Jose

Apple is looking at two different sites in north San Jose for expansion, according to online reports. Any move into the largest city in the Valley would be the first such for Apple, despite its close proximity to Cupertino-the two municipalities border one another.


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06:31
News: Report: Pebble facing financial struggles?

Pebble, the company behind one of the first successful smartwatches, may be facing financial troubles, TechCrunch reports. Citing sources close to the company, the report notes that the company has allegedly turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit, as VC firms have refused requests for new capital infusions. At this point, Pebble has 150 employees and continues hiring. However, even with the $18 million…

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06:15
Apple Watch Bands Now Available in Select Apple...

Apple Stores in the United States, United Kingdom and possibly other launch countries began stocking standalone Apple Watch bands for purchase as confirmed by MacRumors and multiple users on social media. The photo below shared by Twitter user Apple Radar shows an Apple Store in Miami stocking the Sport Band in multiple colors, and he says that the Classic Buckle is also available. Apple is selling individual Sport Bands for $49, while the Classic Buckle, Milanese Loop and Leather Loop retail for $149 each. The Modern Buckle is costlier at $249 and the Link Bracelet is the most expensive Apple Watch strap available at $449. The prices listed are based on the United States and will vary in international countries based on local currencies and exchange rates. Apple Watch bands can also be ordered online through the Apple Online Store....

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05:59
Telestream ships Episode 6.5 multiformat encoding...

Telestream (www.telestream.net) says version 6.5 of its Episode multiformat encoding software is now available. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher; pricing starts at US$594.
Version 6.5 includes support for closed captions, the latest formats, multi-bitrate encoding, and multi-track audio. Episode provides transcoding for individuals and workgroups.
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05:54
iCloud users experiencing multiple service problems

iCloud users globally have been experiencing trouble and multiple service glitches, although it's not clear why. Apple's System Status webpage (http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/) is still showing ongoing interruptions to various services as of this writing.
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05:47
Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple...

Longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will handle the bulk of production for the company's next-generation iPhone, and will also be the sole manufacturer of the anticipated 12.9-inch iPad, both on track to launch this fall, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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05:42
Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited...

Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.


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05:08
News: Daily Deal: Active Wrap Wireless Headphones

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a set of SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for only $24 – that’s over 50% off. Designed to free you from hassling with ugly and knotty wires, these headphones are designed to be durable while also being lightweight and comfortable for all of your physical activities. The built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of non-stop listening, and built-in noise cancelling technology keeps…

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05:06
Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped...

A promotional photo posted to Apple's online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, largely unchanged save for the notable addition of a Touch ID sensor in the home button.

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05:02
Apple adds a new Series of Ideas that Could Power a...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another stylus related invention. Apple's latest stylus would work with the iPad but could be used to sign documents on a MacBook Trackpad. Apple also hints ...

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05:00
Apple Watch Gestures

Here’s a list of gestures you need to know on the Apple Watch:

  1. Lift your wrist to show the display: This is probably the easiest of the gestures. Once you’ve put on the watch, simply lift your wrist and you’ll see the display. You’re not gesturing, but you are. Just not on the face of the watch. But many of these are clicking places anyway…
  2. Click on the crown: Access your your home screen. You can control the home screen like this: Manage Apps On The Apple Watch.
  3. Double-click on the crown: Go back to your last app.
  4. Click on the side button: No matter where you are, the side button will take you to your friends list. Customize this list so your top 10 contacts can receive things like, I don’t know, your creepy heartbeat.
  5. Double-click the side button to open Apple Pay: Clicking the side button opened your address book. But double-clicking opens Apple’s system...
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04:58
Find the tempo of any song

Go to songbpm.com and enter an artist and title. SongBPM will search its database and return all songs that match, along with the beats per minute (BPM) for each song.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:51
∞ Steve Jobs and time travel

Yesterday, I posted this video, a collection of photos and audio interviews of Apple’s early days. A reader alerted me to an interesting picture of a young Steve Jobs at about 1:50 into the video. Take a look.

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04:32
Apple Could Unveil Next iPhones in August, Launch to...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, has issued a research note to clients that claims Apple will announce its next iPhones in August ahead of a September launch. Apple has never unveiled an iPhone in August, having introduced early iPhone models at or around WWDC in June, the iPhone 4s in October 2011 and all subsequent iPhone models in September. It is worth noting that Kuo has sometimes been off with his launch timing predictions in the past. The research note, a copy of which was first obtained by The China Post, also claims that Foxconn is expected to secure between 60% to 70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Kuo notes that Foxconn has a higher yield rate for iPhones, helping it secure the majority of orders, and adds that the Taiwanese manufacturing company will also serve as the sole...

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04:30
The new Spotify will stream music to match your...

This is Spotify’s latest move to distinguish itself from streaming competition from Apple, Pandora, Jay-Z’s Tidal, and the like. Sounds like a perfect job for Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:57
MacItBetter releases BetterZip 3 for OS X

MacItBetter (http://macitbetter.com/) has announced BetterZip 3, an update to their archiving solution for Mac OS X.
The utility lets you peek inside archives without first extracting. You can explore the contents of archives and preview files inside using a preview sidebar or even Quick Look. With BetterZip you can compress or extract files with drag-and-drop. Update, move, rename and delete files inside archives as if you were working with normal folders. Version 3 now supports winmail.dat files, DMG files, and ePub files.
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03:53
David Letterman’s very last entrance

We’ll miss you, Dave.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:49
Personal, entry level storage market declines in the...

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined by -6.4% year over year and -13.6% sequentially, finishing the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) with 17.6 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (www.idc.om). Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -11.6% from a year ago to U$1.5 billion, according to the research group.
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03:37
Kool Tools: WaterField Designs' Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs' (www.sfbags.com) upgraded Gear Pouch, designed for the busy professional, is great for stashing everything from tech or personal items to travel documents.
Three sizes and four color choices let you organize all kinds of gear and quickly identify contents. Compact and light, the Gear Pouch remains thin for easy packing, even when fully stuffed. Pricing ranges from US$39 to $49 depending on size.
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03:31
iCloud, Mail, Photos and Other Apple Services...

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect ongoing issues with eleven iCloud-related services: Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork for iCloud Beta, Photos and Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The services have been affected since around 12 AM Pacific. iCloud is having issues since 3:11 AM EDT. http://t.co/z2kUNXWrcN RT if it's down for you as well #iclouddown— DownDetector (@downdetector) May 21, 2015 Multiple users have turned to Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums to confirm the issues, which range from services running slow for some users to being down entirely for others. The issues follow a prolonged...

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03:20
24U FM Bench is fully compatible with FileMaker Pro...

24U Software has announced compatibility of 24U FM Bench 1.2.1 with the new FileMaker 14 platform.
It's a benchmarking tool for optimizing FileMaker 13 and FileMaker 14 product line and business processes. 24U FM Bench helps developers with the whole optimization process from benchmarking through analyzing, identifying bottleneck, optimizing, and reporting results. It can be also used to monitor, analyze, and optimize business processes.
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03:14
NetNewsWire 4.0.0 - RSS and Atom news reader (beta...

NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them in a distraction-free and Mac-like way.

  • Native Interface... NetNewsWire looks right at home in OS X 10.8
  • Find Later... Bookmark individual articles, mark sites as your favorites, and search everything.
  • Sharing... Send articles to Instapaper, Twitter, or Facebook.
  • Popular Feeds... If you're just getting started, NetNewsWire can suggest some great reading material.
  • Distraction-free... Reading articles in a browser means putting up with ads and sidebars. NetNewsWire focuses on content.
  • Tabs... For the true reading lover, NetNewsWire easily keeps track of multiple articles open at the same time.

Version 4.0.0 (Public Beta 19 [317]):

  • ...

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03:13
Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global...

Apple's iCloud took a hit late Wednesday night as users from around the world experienced trouble with multiple services due to an unknown issue, ultimately resolved some seven hours later.

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02:56
Apple Invents Spatially Interactive 2D/3D Displays...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computing devices, and more specifically to computing devices capable of displaying a spatially interactive, combined two-dimensional and three-dimensional ...

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02:49
Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display,...

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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00:53
TSMC to Supply Apple with Fingerprint Sensors for...

A new supply chain report today is claiming that TSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors ...

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00:00
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for May

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the third edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep-up-to date with what’s new in Office 365 development. We have a huge amount of news to share with you this month based on all the announcements that were made at Build 2015 in San Francisco.
For me, the most exciting announcements were the:

  • Support for Office add-ins in Excel for iPad (and very soon Word and PowerPoint) and Word, PowerPoint and Excel Online.
  • New Office 365 Unified API endpoint preview and add-in Commands inside Outlook 2016 Preview.
  • Office 365 Store support for web applications in the Users’ My Apps page.


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Wednesday May 20

09:20
Podcast: The app economy is amazing and terrible

If you live in a big city (like Caitlin in New York, Roman in San Francisco, and Susie in Oakland), you can get pretty much anything your heart desires delivered to your door, and thanks to a host of apps, you don't even have to talk to a person until the doorbell rings—and sometimes not even then. But is the app economy creating a shut-in culture? We discuss our experiences.
Elsewhere, a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie is out, and rumors about a big Apple Watch update as well as a new Apple TV have us intrigued. Samsung and Apple are still battling in court, but we wonder if it might be time for them both to just give it up.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:41
iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

Apple says the first HomeKit devices will be arriving in June, which means you’ll need a centralized remote control for managing all of those home gadgets. That will reportedly come in the form of an app built into iOS 9 called, appropriately, Home.
The app will let you control all of your HomeKit gadgets, from compatible smart thermostats and security cameras to lightbulbs and door locks. According to a Wednesday report from 9to5Mac, Home will let you connect and control your HomeKit devices from your iPhone or iPad in a visually appealing way. The app will cluster your HomeKit devices by virtual rooms, so you can easily see which accessory you want to turn on, turn off, or adjust without actually looking at it....

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13:25
Fetch and MindMeld debut the first AI-powered Apple...

The Apple Watch isn’t just a dumb screen for parroting the notifications that come to your iPhone—or it doesn’t have to be, anyway. On Tuesday, Fetch announced an integration with MindMeld’s artificial intelligence technology to better interpret on-demand voice requests on its Apple Watch app. This partnership makes Fetch, an on-demand personal shopping service, the first third-party AI-powered app for the Apple Watch.
For a $10 monthly subscription, Fetch users can send a text, photo, or voice command to have a real person (or concierge) assist them with buying specific products, booking plane tickets, making dinner reservations, or even paying for parking tickets. Now Fetch, available on Apple Watch, iOS and Android, will incorporate MindMeld’s technology to better analyze each user’s individual request and meet their demands faster....

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19:59
OnyX 2.9.7 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.Version 2.9.7:

  • Graphic interface improved
  • Verifying the disk when OnyX opens improved
  • Deleting the Internet cache improved
  • New version integrated 3.8.10.1 of sqlite3
  • Help improved
  • New Korean translation
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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19:59
Drive Genius 4.1.0 - Powerful system utility. (Demo)

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.Version 4.1.0:

  • The Initialize utility has returned; with enhancements such as the ability to select the format type.
  • Cloning a drive to a single volume of a multi-volume drive is now supported.
  • New option to disable DrivePulse preference files corruption check.
  • DrivePulse no longer displays critical Free Space alerts while the computer is idle.
  • Fixed Active Files and IconGenius being disabled for Drobos.
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19:59
ForkLift 2.6.5 - Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP,...

ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software. ForkLift will connect to any remote server FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, the SMB and AFP shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Batch Renaming, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with QuickLook, Spotlight search and all. Features:

  • Completely re-built from scratch inside and out
  • Disklets (you can mount a remote connection as a disk and access it from any app)
  • Synclets...

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19:59
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.6 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app! Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page 1-Click App Installs Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything. Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date...

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18:23
Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US...

Countering an analyst report earlier on Wednesday predicting a plateau to Apple Watch demand, investment bank Morgan Stanley says U.S. consumer interest is not just strong, but is increasing, with first-year sales estimated to hit 36 million units.

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16:40
ACM 307 - Dr. Mac’s One Tip for Mastering Your Mac,...

Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making the most of your Mac, whether or not Apple was ever going to make a television set, and Apple's support for encryption that actually works.


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16:21
A look at the modified Apple Watch w/ Lightning...

Apple’s in-store “magical” Apple Watch displays have brought about a variety of questions since they first appeared back on April 10th. Thanks to new documents from the Brazilian regulatory process, shared by BlogDoiPhone, we now know a bit more about how the Apple Watch display units are set up. The documents and accompanying images show how a special, proprietary band is connected to the Watch that incorporates a built-in Lightning cable and charges the device.
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16:01
Rare Power Computing Posters by Frank Kozik - Fight...

In 1996, Mac clone maker Power Computing commissioned a series of posters from illustrator Frank Kozik. These were great pieces of art that captured the zeitgeist of the platform wars of the 1990s. They exploited both Apple's weaknesses at the time and Power Computing's strengths when it came to making fast computer hardware, while simultaneously harnessing that underdog quality that gripped so many Mac fans at the time. These posters were handed out as schwag at Macworld Expo, Seybold, and other events, and not many have survived. Bob "Dr. Mac" Levitus, who was Power Computing's Director of Eva, just posted his last unframed prints on Ebay. Check them out.


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15:54
Apple Watch connects to display pedestal via '...

A set of images posted to the Web on Wednesday purportedly show a partially dismantled Apple Watch in-store display with attached Lightning cable, suggesting the device can be charged and fed data via a hidden data port.

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15:43
Your photos are more popular when you use filters,...

Whether or not you think photo filters represent creative assets or the death of photography as we know it, one thing's becoming increasingly clear: they're your ticket to popularity. Yahoo and Georgia Tech researchers have learned that filtered phot...

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15:32
Photos Reveal Secrets Behind Apple Watch Retail...

In its retail stores, Apple uses special Apple Watch display units to allow customers to test the Apple Watch ahead of making a purchase. The units, which have been available in stores since try-on appointments began on April 10, combine a functional Apple Watch (secured to prevent theft) with an iPad mini that gives details on various aspects of the device. Most of us probably haven't stopped to wonder about how these units work, but new Brazilian regulatory documents and images shared by Blog do iPhone [Google Translate] give us a fascinating inside look at how Apple engineered the display units....

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15:29
Russia Aims to Build US-Free Mobile OS


Russia wants to develop alternatives to proprietary or partly closed mobile operating systems by using open source tools as a foundation, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov said last week. "Success would make a fairly significant impact on the go-to market plans of numerous IT vendors. We are seeing the beginnings of similar efforts in China, a market that has long been central to many vendors' future plans and hopes," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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15:19
Uber poaches Apple legal counsel to work on privacy...

Popular connected transportation service Uber has hired away Apple lawyer Sabrina Ross to work on an internal team focusing on privacy law, according to a report on Wednesday.

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15:09
Google Editions cases come with live wallpapers and...

Before you dismiss this as a slow-day news post, hear us out: these aren't your run-of-the-mill phone cases. These are the first products Google has released under its new Editions project, a series of collaborations with artists to develop limited e...

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15:00
Accessible Apple: An Interview With Steven Aquino...

steven aquino

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Steven Aquino, tech blogger and a contributor to many well-known publications, including: MacWorld, iMore and TidBITS. Among other things, we discussed Steven’s experiences with the Apple Watch, the accessibility of the new device’s straps and how third-party accessories will contribute to the watch’s overall accessibility. You can find a transcript of our interview below:

Alex Jurgensen (AJ) - Hi Steven and thank you for joining me for this interview. I’m really excited to hear what your experience with the Apple Watch has been so far.

AJ - You mentioned to me before the interview that you were writing on an iPad Air. What other Apple products have you owned?

Steven Aquino (SA) - Several iPhones, a MacBook, a few iPods. Magic Mouse. So many.

AJ - That’s quite the collection. May I suggest an Apple TV?

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14:27
Viber's calling and messaging app launches on...

In order for Chrome OS to succeed, Google needs all the support it can get from developers. Hardware companies are certainly doing their part, namely by offering Chromebooks to people at affordable prices. That's why it's important when a popular ser...

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14:24
Fove VR Headset Locks Onto Your Gaze


Fove is the first virtual reality headset to feature eye-tracking -- meaning, among other things, that characters you view on screen can look right back at you. So far, close to 500 people have pledged nearly $200,000 to bring the Fove VR headset to fruition. Just a day into its 45-day Kickstarter campaign, the Fove appears certain to reach its $250,000 goal. Backers can secure a Fove and a developer's kit by pledging at least $375 to the campaign -- the kits offered for $349 have sold out.

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14:22
How to Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads

Frustrated by Photos sucking all your Internet bandwidth to sync photos to iCloud Photo Library? There’s a solution, but it’s a bit geeky and requires installing an Apple developer utility. Adam Engst walks you through it. 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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14:15
Apple gets closer to opening up its first store in...

New Brussels shopping complex La Toison d’Or
Apple is getting closer to taking its retail stores to a new market: Belgium. According to sources within Apple retail, Apple today sent out a memo announcing the new market. The note also was sent to gauge interest from employees who may be inclined to relocate to Belgium to assist with opening up the new location…
When Apple enters new markets, the company frequently seeks employees from the United States and other established markets to temporarily assist with new store launches. Indicating that an opening will occur in the not to distant future, Apple asks interested employees to respond to the note by the end of this month. In addition to reaching out to employees, Apple today posted...

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14:10
Rumor: Apple Watch bands to begin arriving in Apple...



You won’t be able to buy the actual Apple Watch in your nearby Apple Store location any time in the immediate future.
But you’ll be able to start picking up the Apple Watch bands starting this week.
Apple has recently sent a message to its retail locations informing them that the Apple Watch bands will be available in “limited” quantities. The bands will apparently be intended for customer who want to swap out their pre-bundled band with a new band. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations.

Finally, the remaining...

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14:08
Xsan 3

Forums: TroubleshootingHi to all!
We have MD on Xsan3.
And trying to make debug of metadata and after using snmetadump have a message:
snmetadump exiting at line 1790 of dump_metadata.c: Subsystem error (14):
Inode version mismatch:
Expected 4.0 inode version with big inodes (0x206).
The file system is a 4.0 big inodes + NamedStreams (0x207)i.
Plz help.

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14:08
White 'Halo' Xbox One bundle coming to the...

It's no secret that people love white gadgets. And in case you missed out on the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle from last year, now's your chance to get one. Microsoft just revealed a kit that's loaded with a white version of the console, Halo: The...

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14:00
AWT News Update: May 20, 2015

It's hump day, and there's some interesting Apple news to bring you on today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple is rumored to be moving to a new system font -- San Francisco -- for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11
  • An Apple-backed group presses the US Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act and halt NSA phone surveillance
  • Pebble may be having financial issues and slow growth...
  • The Apple Watch will be used as a support tool for breast cancer patients
  • An Indiegogo campaign seeks to give those who use speech synthesizers a unique vocal identity

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13:51
How to hand off Mail, Messages and more from Apple...

Apple Watch relies heavily on iOS Continuity features like Handoff to ease the load, in some cases transferring to iPhone complex tasks that require a keyboard or access to a full-fledged app. Not documented in the Apple Watch user guide, however, is the ability to transfer these same tasks to Mac.

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13:43
Trolls are using Twitter ads to push hate speech

As much as Twitter is doing to fight harassment lately, it's clear that ill-willed users are still slipping past the social network's defenses -- and sometimes, in very conspicuous ways. Users have spotted trolls using Twitter's promoted tweet ads to...

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13:40
Apple Stores to begin stocking Apple Watch bands...

Image via Zac Hall’s Apple Watch review
Apple Stores will begin stocking Apple Watch bands later this week in “limited” quantities, according to a message sent to retail stores, with the majority of bands being the fluoroelastomer Sport Bands. According to the notice, this strap inventory will primarily be for customers who would like to swap the band that comes pre-bundled with their Apple Watch after their purchase. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations…

Lastly, remaining...

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13:34
Gaming cooperatively makes you more sociable, say...

Gaming has well known dark sides, but it can also improve spatial skills, reduce stress and even bring families together. Two new studies may further confuse you about the benefits, with one concluding that gaming makes you friendlier in the real wor...

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13:15
A Business Site in Russia Claims that Apple's...

It's being reporting today that the Russian business daily Vedomosti reported that "Apple plans to launch its streaming service in Russia and is in negotiations with labels, according to a local media report.

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13:13
Russia to be among first countries with access to...

According to a report on Wednesday, Russia will be one of the first countries to host Apple's upcoming on-demand streaming music service rumored to debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

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13:06
Robotic news writers are faster, but not necessarily...

Robotic news editors promise to save the trouble of picking and writing news stories (and might put people like me out of work), but are they really ready to replace human writers? Yes and no, if you ask NPR. The outlet held a showdown between Automa...

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13:05
Apple Posts Security Content of Watch OS 1.0.1, and...

Apple, as it always does, has posted the security details of its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. If you thought this update was minor, take a look at the details. Then update right away.


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13:03
Demolition making way for new Apple Campus 2, Phase...

Phase two of Apple's ambitious Campus 2 construction project is now underway as obsolete buildings have been demolished over the past weeks to make way for new testing workshops and facilities for research and development.

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13:00
Today in the App Store —PCalc - The Best Calculator...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Weather Live; the new 60Hz - TV Series Tracker app; and anupdate to PCalc - The Best Calculator that adds support for the Apple Watch. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Death Rally [Now free, down from $0.99] Death Rally is an action packed COMBAT RACER with GLOBAL MULTIPLAYER, STUNNING VISUALS and more than 10 HOURS of CARS, GUNS and EXPLOSIVE FUN.

HappyTruck [Now free, down from $1.99] HappyTruck - Deliver fruits to the marketplace with your truck.

Magnetized...

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12:47
A video for Konami fans who need a laugh, courtesy...

Konami has made some major, mysterious changes this year. It canceled Silent Hills, a horror game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, even after the exceptionally warm reception to its PlayStation 4 teaser, PT...

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12:46
Tip of the Day: Previewing Link URLs in Safari

When you’re wandering around the web, sometimes it’s a good idea to check where a link goes before simply tapping on it. To do this on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s actually as simple as tapping and holding your finger on the link, instead of quickly tapping and releasing. A menu will slide up from the bottom with the URL of the link shown right at the top. From here you can also open the linked page in the background (or…

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12:44
Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker: $49.99

Check out the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker with up to 7 hours of playback time. It features both Bluetooth connectivity and a direct line in, and you can control the volume and playback functions directly from the speaker. This device retails for $100, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.


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12:25
Teen arrested for breaking an entire school district...

A teenager from Idaho has landed themselves in hot water after arranging a takedown of their school district's internet access. KTVB News reports that the 17-year-old student paid a third party to conduct a distributed denial of service attack that f...

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12:23
Satechi launches HDD Docking Station with 2-Port Hub...

Satechi (www.satechi.com) has released the USS$54.99 Aluminum SATA III HDD Docking Station, which adds three different inputs.
The design of the Aluminum HDD Docking Station condenses the amount of desk space needed for all peripherals, including 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDD and SSD hard drives with a SATA I/II/III interface, cameras, flash drives and more. The two USB 3.0 ports and integrated SD card reader feature a transfer rate of up to 5.0Gbps.
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12:22
If an app you installed unexpectedly quits, stops...

Follow these steps if you have an unresponsive app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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12:14
Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app...

Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time. While the app was previously limited to live streaming, users can now access “highlights and past broadcasts” from all Twitch partners and what Twitch says is a growing list of broadcasters whose videos are HTTP live streaming (HLS)-enabled.
Twitch says that the newly-available video on demand content can be found in an HLS-enabled channel’s activity feed. To access this, you need to tap the Activity Feed icon located at the top left of the player while watching a stream. Alternatively, the app will take you directly to the Activity Feed of a channel if you tap any offline channel from the...

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12:11
U2's Bono Gives a Nod to Jony Ive and Dedicates...

An invigorated U2 tore through anthems and new stuff under a reconstituted sight-and-sound show in San Jose on Tuesday. Enormous speakers from the ceiling spread out sound more evenly in the arena. Dazzling screens ...

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12:10
Report: Apple in talks w/ Russian labels ahead of...

Apple Watch + Music
We’ve reported extensively on what Apple has in store for its new revamped music service that will come alongside an international expansion of iTunes Radio, and today reports from Russian publication Vedomosti (via Billboard) hint that Russia will be one market Apple is aiming to launch in soon…
The business daily Vedomosti quoted sources at several leading Russian...

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12:08
Spotify gains video, moods, and podcasts, Facebook...

Music service Spotify on Wednesday announced a slate of major changes -- including the addition of videos, podcasts, and mood-based playlists -- while Facebook officially expanded Messenger video calls worldwide.

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12:02
If your Apple Watch doesn't respond or won...

Your Apple Watch might have a black screen that doesn’t respond when you touch it or press buttons. Or maybe your Apple Watch begins to turn on, but gets stuck during start up. 

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08:58
Spotify turns itself into entertainment 1-stop shop...

Spotify wants to be your constant companion, as present in your daily life as your phone. The streaming music app on Wednesday rolled out a redesign that includes videos, podcasts, and contextually relevant playlists to accompany you throughout your day. You'll never need to leave Spotify.
The overhauled platform, which rolls out first in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden, greets you with recommendations that suit your mood, fit the time of day, and match your tastes (which Spotify already knows because of all the playlists you've made).Beyond music

But it doesn't just offer you songs anymore. The app is now a one-stop shop for your favorite podcasts, if you'd rather start your morning with pop culture news from Slate or an episode of Radiolab than a high-energy playlist, and video clips from Vice News, ESPN, and shows like Broad City....

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12:00
Shakin' and wakin': The iLuv SmartShaker

iLuv SmartShaker. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

iLuv has just started selling a fascinating little iOS accessory called the SmartShaker (US$19.99) that has one job to do: wake you up. It can do this either by making one of two traditional beeping alarm noises or through an even more annoying method -- vibration.

Design

Hey, if you're going to put a vibrating thing under a pillow, it should be very thin. The SmartShaker is like a weirdly-shaped Oreo cookie, just about .4 inches thick and about 3 inches in diameter. The “chocolate cookie outside” is a hard polycarbonate plastic shell in black, light blue, white, pink and light green, while the “creamy center inside” is actually light gray plastic with all of the electronics stuffed inside.

On the side of the creamy center you’ll find an elongated snooze buttoh, an on/off switch, a micro-USB port for...

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11:49
Analyst predicts Apple will ship less than 15...



The Apple Watch’s supply chain could remain constricted for some time to come.
Releasing a revised forecast note to investors, respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September.
In the note, he said that Apple Watch shipments for fiscal year 2015 are likely to be lower than most analysts and investors expect.
Apple’s fiscal year runs through the end of September, which means the 15-million forecast does not apply to holiday 2015 sales.

According to Kuo’s sources within the...

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11:45
Apple's Streaming Music Negotiations in Russia...

Apple's Beats Music and iTunes Radio streaming services are available in a limited number of countries, but Apple is working on launching its upcoming music service in a number of countries around the world. Previous rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming music service will launch in multiple countries when it debuts in June, and a new report from Billboard confirms that Apple is seeking to establish deals in Russia. According to Russian newspapers, leading Russian record labels have hinted at the negotiations and have suggested that Russia will be among the first countries where the new music service will launch. Apple is said to be working on deals with local labels that would expand its digital rights to streaming services. Currently, Russian...

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11:32
News: iOS 9 to include new Home app for HomeKit?

Apple is currently working on a new embedded iOS app for unifying and controlling HomeKit devices, 9to5Mac reports. Dubbed simply “Home”, the app would provide a central user interface to managing HomeKit accessories from any developer using the standard HomeKit specification. Sources familiar with the app have revealed that the app is currently “fairly basic” in its capabilities, with the present development version only providing…

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11:05
Report: OS X and iOS will switch to the Apple Watch’...


It looks like Apple could be shaking up its typefaces again. A report from 9to5Mac indicates that the forthcoming releases of iOS and OS X will use the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" as the system typeface, moving away from the Helvetica Neue typeface introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.
The typeface, available for registered Apple developers to download here, is "designed specifically for legibility on small screens." We've included a comparison of the "ultralight" weight of both typefaces above.
Two things are immediately apparent—first, San Francisco is just a shade heavier than Helvetica Neue at the same size and weight. Second, San Francisco is narrower horizontally, which is doubtless helpful when you're working with a screen as small as the...

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11:02
Daily Deals for May 20, 2015 - featuring DODOcase...

Daily Deals for May 19, 2015, featuring DODOCase sitewide 50% off sale

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

AWT Featured Deal

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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10:59
iOS 9 Could Feature 'Home' App For...

Apple is planning a new "Home" app that would enable users to wirelessly discover, securely manage and control HomeKit-based accessories using an iOS device, according to 9to5Mac. The report also reiterates that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for all HomeKit connected devices. The report claims that Home could be introduced alongside iOS 9 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, although the app may not be finalized in time and could remain limited to internal usage by employees only. HomeKit was announced at WWDC last year as a software framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in the home, but the home automation platform has experienced delays since then...

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10:52
Review: Witti Notti and Dotti

Witti's Notti ($60) and Dotti ($80) are two new app-controlled lights that provide a number of features, ranging from visual notification alerts to mood lighting. Notti is simply a smart light, similar in concept to Incipio's Prompt, which we looked at last year. Dotti goes in a different direction by providing an 8x8 LED grid to display 8-bit pixel art.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:38
Spotify Announces Major Update Focused on...

Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips. Spotify is introducing a new "Now" start page that offers mood-based music playlists to users, much like Beats Music's "The Sentence," which provides users with curated music options to fit different moods and scenarios. Spotify's "Now" music feature will include curated song selections and its recommendations adapt over time to fit an individual user's tastes. Another new feature, Spotify Running, focuses on original music. It combines "running compositions written by the world's foremost DJs and composers" with song recommendations based on...

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10:37
Pebble struggling to secure new funding in wake of...

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are reportedly turning down requests from smartwatch maker Pebble for funding, leading to speculation that the company may be struggling following the launch of the Apple Watch.

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09:49
Apple’s planned iOS 9 ‘Home’ app uses virtual rooms...


Apple’s plan to manage upcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories could revolve around a new iOS app called “Home,” according to sources familiar with the app. Introduced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, HomeKit is an Apple initiative designed to encourage accessory makers to integrate “connected home” accessories such as Wi-Fi garage door openers, smart thermostats akin to Nest’s Learning Thermostat, and...

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09:48
External Link: The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch...

Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their first experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we kidding? We had a great and goofy time, and you might, too: you can find out — it's just a click away! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:30
There's Even an Apple Watch App to Assist...

For religious Jews around the world who take prayer seriously, the new Apple Watch Siddur from RustyBrick may just seem like a gift from heaven. Its features ...

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09:26
News: Report: Apple to bring Apple Watch font to iOS...

Apple plans on bringing its own San Francisco font seen on Apple Watch to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, 9to5Mac reports. The font will replace Helvetica Neue, which debuted in iOS 7 in 2013. Though the San Francisco font was developed “specifically for legibility,” the idea to bring the font to iOS appears to have a mixed reaction within Apple — the report claims that higher-ups believe the font will help “iOS and OS X to avoid becoming…

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09:19
MD Anderson Cancer Center turns to Apple Watch for...

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is using the Apple Watch to improve the treament regimens of breast cancer patients, citing the advantages of wearables in getting people to change their behavior.

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09:18
Apple to Use 'San Francisco' Apple Watch...

Though iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are set to debut in three weeks at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we've heard little detail on the content Apple might include in the new operating system updates. Neither operating system is expected to get a major visual overhaul, but there may be one significant design change for both iOS and OS X -- a new system font. Apple has plans to use the new San Francisco font that was introduced with the Apple Watch to replace the Helvetica Neue font used in iOS 7/iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The font will be used for menu items, app names, and more, throughout the operating systems. Ever since switching to particularly thin weights of Helvetica Neue in iOS 7, Apple has been chastised for using a font that emphasizes clean lines over readability, and San Francisco is intended to solve this....

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09:16
Venom Less Toxic Than Heartbleed


It was a little over a year ago that the Heartbleed bug shocked the Internet with its potential for mischief. Now another flaw in open source code has sent network administrators into damage control mode. The bug, called "Venom" for "Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation," allows an intruder to jump out of a virtual machine and execute malicious code on its host. Virtual machines are widely used in data centers, so it has the potential to cause widespread mischief.

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09:13
Installing the Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update

Apple has released the first update for the Apple Watch, but the installation process isn’t immediately obvious. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:54
The New Active Lens by olloclip could add Telephoto...

Summer is almost here and that always means more photos to be taken – especially with your new iPhone 6 or 6-Plus that you're excited about. If you'd like to add a little pizazz ...

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08:41
Your phone isn’t the only camera you need

The Wall Street Journal:Phone cameras have made photography everyone’s hobby. But even owners of the fanciest smartphones would recognize the many genres of disappointing phone-ography: The blurry runaway toddler. The lifeless landscape. The grainy candlelit dinner. The ghoulish flash portrait. We need to save personal tech’s most endangered species, the stand-alone camera.There’s no doubt that camera phones in general and the iPhone in particular are really good cameras – for phones. And while we’ve all seen or taken great shots with our iPhones, it’s definitely a “jack of all trades, master of none”.A good camera provides a wider range of possibilities – from zoom to control over depth of field to capturing low light and a higher dynamic range. If you’re not satisfied with the shots coming out of your iPhone, I’d encourage you to learn more about photography in general by taking a class or reading books and web sites on it but don’t neglect the thing that actually takes the shot...

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08:41
Wanting for real estate, Apple may undertake '...

With a rapidly-expanding workforce and a shortage of options in the city of Cupertino, Calif., Apple is reportedly considering a "major expansion" of its corporate office and research and development facilities to neighboring San Jose.

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08:38
Pebble may be in trouble

Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital.You can see why VCs would not want to take on Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:10
Apple Watch Demand Flattening as 42mm Models...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors today that claims Apple Watch demand may be slowing down, resulting in shipment forecasts being revised down by 20% to 30% to 5-6 million units in the third quarter. Kuo expects total Apple Watch shipments to fall within the 15 million range for the 2015 fiscal year, lower than the consensus of 20-30 million units, but remains upbeat about the Apple Watch and long-term wearable trends. KGI Securities conducted a survey that reveals most Apple Watch orders are scheduled to ship in June, and concludes that 2Q15 production output is likely sufficient for the orders placed so far. Kuo also notes that over 80% of orders are for larger 42mm models, implying a male-dominated customer mix based on the assumption that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively. "We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70% of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally...

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08:05
News: Leak reveals Flow by Outlook, a Microsoft...

Microsoft looks to be working on a way to make email conversations on the iPhone more like instant messaging with an apparent new app discovered by Twitter user @h0x0d. A posted image shows a general outline for Flow by Outlook, an app designed to let users have real-time conversations via their email accounts without bothering with the subject lines and signatures of traditional email exchanges. Only conversations started within the Flow app will…

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08:00
Early look at Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows...

On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 Public Preview on Windows 10—both on the desktop and on a phone. Ben Walters joins Jeremy Chapman again to the give an app-by-app tour of Office 2016 Public Preview on a Surface Pro 3 and a Lumia phone.

The Office 2016 Public Preview has been available since May 4th and today we are giving an early look at some of the capabilities coming to Office across Windows PCs and devices. There is more focus than ever on data analysis and visualization and in the show, Ben demonstrates what this means using the new chart types in Excel. Office 2016 makes it even easier to create, open, edit and save files in the cloud. We show how the attachment experience in Outlook integrates with OneDrive and automatically configures permissions for recipients. Beyond sharing files from a common location in the cloud, collaboration is...

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08:00
Recapping Yammer highlights and key takeaways from...

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
With the whirlwind of Microsoft’s first-ever Ignite conference behind us, I’d like to take this opportunity to recap some of the Yammer highlights and key takeaways from the event.
Our inaugural conference was successful on a massive scale, attended by 24,000 people including IT pros, developers, business leaders and influencers. Thousands of you packed into Yammer’s 20+ sessions to learn more about our new focus on team collaboration and see the experiences we’re currently working on in action. The deep level of engagement and enthusiasm you brought over the course of five days both humbled and invigorated us.
The Yammer sessions built upon the foundational sessions from Day 1 of the event, where we laid out the...

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08:00
OneDrive for Business introduces new data loss...

The ability to take OneDrive for Business files offline, apply changes and then sync those changes back is fundamental to helping people manage their files effectively across devices.
Many organizations want to ensure their users are only able to sync files to managed- or domain-joined PC’s thereby limiting data leakage possibilities on unmanaged home and personal computers. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re releasing this capability for OneDrive for Business administrators! This complements the other data loss prevention investments we’re making right across Office 365.
To find out all the details on this exciting new feature then check out the OneDrive blog and our comprehensive...

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08:00
OneNote gets ready for summer technology planning...

“OneNote has truly changed and evolved my classroom…adapting to the students’ needs on a quicker and more individualized basis.” — Michael Williams, Teacher and technology champion at Weston Ranch High School, Manteca USD (Watch his Office Mix to learn more.)

Today we are announcing a number of top requested features for OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks, and OneNote across platforms coming soon to Office 365 customers. We realize that many schools and their IT administrators need a little time to prepare for major changes, like automatic installation of the OneNote Class Notebook app for Office 365 Education tenants. These updates will...

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07:59
Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1

Patches a security vulnerability while also fixing a bug that rendered Outlook’s main window invisible on Yosemite. (Free update, 114 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:53
The untold story of ILM, a titan that forever...

Wired:As it turns 40 this year, ILM can claim to have played a defining role making effects for 317 movies. But that’s only part of the story: Pixar began, essentially, as an ILM internal investigation. Photoshop was invented, in part, by an ILM employee tinkering with programming in his time away from work. Billions of lines of code have been formulated there. Along the way ILM has put tentacles into pirate beards, turned a man into mercury, and dominated box office charts with computer-generated dinosaurs and superheroes. What defines ILM, however, isn’t a signature look, feel, or tone—those change project by project. Rather, it’s the indefatigable spirit of innovation that each of the 43 subjects interviewed for this oral history mentioned time and again. It is the Force that sustains the place.I can’t think of another person, organization, studio or company that has had a hand in as many of the movies I love as ILM. They have been an integral part of my movie enjoying...

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07:50
Apple Watch shipments likely to remain under 15...

Faced with production issues from launch, and amidst unknown levels of consumer demand, the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted on Wednesday.

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07:43
Device Enrollment Program: Enrolling a serviced...

Learn how serviced and replaced devices and computers work with the Device Enrollment Program.

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07:34
Refurbished iPad Air 2 goes on sale at Apple's...

Apple is for the first time offering refurbished iPad Air 2 models through its U.S. online store, potentially saving shoppers up to $140 off the cost of the tablet.

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07:33
Microsoft Leak Points to new iPhone Chat App in the...

According to a new report, Microsoft seems to be developing a new application called "Flow" for the iPhone ...

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07:02
Apple Considering Major Corporate Expansion in North...

Apple is considering a major corporate office expansion in northern San Jose, California, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The report claims that Apple is shopping at least two properties that it could lease in the city: Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway and the 1.5-million-square-foot Coleman Highline development site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway With limited real estate options remaining in its Cupertino, California hometown, Apple has expanded to nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in recent years. But with a growing demand for additional office space, beyond its existing One Infinite Loop and upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, the company could soon make its first...

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06:53
Russian Ministry of Communications Aims to Reduce...

Last July we reported that the Russian Parliament had passed a bill requiring internet companies to store Russians' personal data inside the country that would easily apply to Apple who stores Russian consumer data from the Apple Store in the US. Weeks later Russia demanded Apple's source code to ensure security. Yet with all of the politics playing out, young Russian consumers are still favoring Apple's iDevices ...

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06:52
News: Daily Deal: The Pick Your Own Apple Toy...

It’s time for The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway, in which one lucky winner will get to choose any Apple product they want worth up to $700! This means anything from an iPad Air or Apple TV to an Apple Watch or iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter,…

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06:29
The early days of Apple

This is an amazing video, a collection of audio interviews and still photos, beautifully edited together to capture the early days of Apple. You’ll hear lots of Steve and Woz, and some excellent anecdotes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:25
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available for purchase



There’s generally some good savings in Apple’s refurbished section.
And you can now count the iPad Air 2 as part of this inventory.
Apple on Wednesday added several configurations of the iPad Air to to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase.

The iPad Air 2, which was released last October, sports a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, a triple-core A8X processor, 8 megapixel camera, Touch ID, gapless display and anti-reflective screen coating.
Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad...

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06:17
Scamming a quiz show

Like a good scam story? How about one about scamming a quiz show? This one is a few years old, but I just ran into it today, thought it was good enough to share. Enjoy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
Thought controlled prosthetics, a step on the road...

When he was a teenager, Les Baugh was racing with his brother and ran into some live power lines, ultimately losing his arms. Much later in life, he has been given the chance to try out some new, bionic limbs, arms and hands that he can control with his thoughts.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
Microsoft inadvertently reveals 'Flow by...

Microsoft appears to be developing a streamlined chat and email application for iPhones called Flow by Outlook, a leaked download webpage marked "Microsoft Confidential" revealed on Wednesday.

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06:03
News: Olloclip releases new Active Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip has introduced its new Active Lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($100). Active Lens fits over both front and rear cameras like the company’s previous 4-in-1 Lens and Macro 3-in-1 Lens and Telephoto + CPL Lens models. The newest lens kit features ultra-wide and telephoto lenses along with three wearable pendants. Active Lens can be paired with the Ollocase and is available for pre-order now on Olloclip’s web site. We’ll…

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05:57
Uber, not Tesla, will be Apple’s competition in the...

Neil Cybart argues that Apple and Uber will emerge as titans of an emerging auto industry. A terrific read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:48
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available from the Apple...

Apple has begun selling refurbished models of its iPad Air 2 via the online Apple Store. As of this writing, there are entry-level models for sale, as well as WiFi + cellular versions with 128 GB of storage. 

I use an original iPad air at home with no performance issues. With refurbished models at 15 to 17 percent off, these iPads are a great deal.

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05:47
Heads Should Roll at Google for "Nigger House...

There comes a point when an apology just doesn't cut it. It's time for Google to show some leadership here and fire those responsible for the recent childish and racially charged antics playing out in their mapping division.

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05:47
Review: Apple’s iPhone Lightning Dock plays nice...

Four years ago, I wondered why Apple sold such seemingly simple plastic docks for $29, so I cut two of them in half to see what was inside. I was impressed: in addition to a larger-than-expected collection of electronic components, they were filled with substantial zinc plates that kept Apple’s devices standing safely upright, no easy feat since the docks kept shrinking every year. The only problem: most (but not all) of Apple’s docks have been model-specific and case-unfriendly, issues that were particularly pronounced in the official iPhone 5s Dock and...

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05:43
News: Refurbished iPad Air 2 models hit Apple Store

Apple has added refurbished iPad Air 2 models to its online store for the first time. The online store has several models and colors available, starting at $419 for Wi-Fi models and $519 for cellular-enabled versions. All the refurbished devices are discounted between 15 and 17 percent off the price of a new iPad Air 2 and include a one-year warranty. [via MacRumors]...

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05:17
Review: Dotti & Notti, fun (if pointless) ways...

My conclusion in my Skeptic’s Apple Watch diary series was that the device didn’t really have a unique selling-point to me, but was a slightly more convenient way to receive notifications. Ultimately, though, I kept it because it was a cool gadget.
The same argument, I think, would have to be deployed to justify what are really a couple of fun toys that happen to alert you to notifications: Dotti and Notti … 
Dotti is a 6.5×6.5x3cm white box with a display on the front comprising 64 multi-color LEDs in an 8×8 grid. When your iPhone receives an alert, the...

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05:11
Tim Cook: Apple Watch in stores by June

This is pretty big news. What do you do if you’ve got a Apple Watch on order and a shipping date in late June?∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:05
Apple Developers are Snubbing Microsoft's...

During last month's Windows Build developer conference, Microsoft introduced a tool that Microsoft plans to release allowing Apple developers to directly convert their Objective C code built for iOS devices to work on Windows 10 devices with "very few" modifications.

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05:00
Take A Screenshot On Apple Watch

Just like with an iPhone, it’s simple to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch. It’s a similar process as on other Apple devices. To take a screenshot from an Apple Watch, go to the screen to take a screen capture of and then press and hold the digital crown (the round button that spins) while you press the side button down (the little button below the digital crown).

The screen will flash for just a second and you’ll hear the camera sound. If you wait a couple of minutes, the screenshot will automatically show up on your phone in the photo library.

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04:49
Apple upgrades some 27" non-Retina iMac orders...

Some consumers who ordered Apple's top-end, non-Retina 27-inch iMac in advance of Tuesday's iMac lineup shuffle have seen their orders automatically upgraded to the new, less costly Retina 5K base model.

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04:10
First look: Mophie's aluminum & leather,...

Mophie is one of the biggest accessory makers out of the gate with a docking station for the newly released Apple Watch, and AppleInsider offers an exclusive first-hand look at the soon-to-be-released hardware.

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03:57
AlphaCorr rolls out Rules and SteelRules 9 for Mac...

AlphaCorr — makers of CAD for designing customized packaging, point-of-purchase displays, and the steel rule dies to make them — has rolled out Rules 9 and SteelRules 9, their flagship software on Mac and Windows.
The new versions have support for the most modern operating systems including Mac OS X Yosemite and Window 8.1. New usability enhancements have been added to both programs. A variety of new tools and support for the latest DXF/DWG are included, along with 2D PDF import and export. Both programs also have added a direct link to Adobe Illustrator.
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03:53
New Sales Flowcharts Solution available for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced their new Sales Flowcharts Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. Based on ConceptDraw Pro's vector drawing features, it allows you to build diagrams.
The Sales Flowcharts Solution is comprised of six libraries that contain 285 vector objects. It costs US$25 for current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for US$499.

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03:27
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.5 index ebooks natively

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

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

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

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

Harbortouch (www.harbortouch.com), a supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, has published the results of a recent survey investigating the changing attitudes consumers have toward mobile payments technology.
The results of the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, fielded in April 2015, examined the current state of mobile payment adoption, and demonstrated a shift in consumers' comfort level and acceptance, with a greater focus on interface and experience.
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03:10
Survey sees growing mobile payment opportunity for...

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

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At the moment, they're 12 wins absent in opposition to their initially Stanley Cup http://www.hockeyofficialstore.com/Derek_Stepan_Jersey-396.
There are a range of motives for Minnesota's increase, none excess vital than the...

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Tuesday May 19

06:46
Report: Apple pulled the plug on its long-rumored...

Talk of a game-changing Retina TV prototype locked away in a secret lair at 1 Infinite Loop pops up every now and again, but at this point, it’s more of a punchline than a much-anticipated product.
And while many of the Apple TV (as in television set, not set-top box) rumors can be blamed on analysts like Gene Munster, who would like to think Apple will take over the HDTV market, the company itself has fueled the fire. It was Apple CEO Steve Jobs who in 2011 told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he had at long last cracked the TV user interface and wanted to make an “integrated television set.” Jobs’s successor Tim Cook has also mentioned Apple’s big plans for TV....

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15:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Meet Alternote, a distraction-...

... plus, discover colors with ColorSnapper, draw the old-fashioned way with Monodraw, and moreIn this week’s roundup of Mac apps, you’ll find apps for taking notes and getting your thoughts organized, even when you’re on the go. Plus, we’re bringing you great tools for managing your photos, drawing your next org chart, and translating foreign languages.Alternote 1.0Oleksandr Rakovets’s $5 Alternote (Mac App Store Link) is an Evernote client that offers a unique distraction-free experience for taking notes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Version 4.0.1.878:

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

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

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

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

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

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16:35
The Rampant, Risky Babbling of Android Apps


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

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

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

AWT Featured Deal

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 19, 2015

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

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

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Apple Pay has picked up another...

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

Pretty amazing.

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14:52
Update the software on your Apple Watch

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

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14:44
Admin console

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

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

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

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14:33
Apple Watch OS 1.0.1

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

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14:29
Cossacks 3 Could Revive RTS Game Genre


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

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14:23
How Eddie Van Halen hacks guitars and amps

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

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

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

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14:13
Use the Workout app on Apple Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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13:42
The Dalrymple Report now on iTunes

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

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

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

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

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

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12:41
Change your Apple Watch band

Use the steps below to remove your band.

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

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

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12:27
About closed captioning in iTunes for Windows

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

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12:23
Gear: Tylt Ribbn Car Charger

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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11:32
Strengthening dollar prompts Apple to increase...

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

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

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

Take 30 seconds and have a good laugh.

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

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

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11:07
PCalc now on the Apple Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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09:58
Merlin Project 3.0.7.39619 - Project management...

Merlin Project is for those of you who are responsible for complex projects. Simple lists of tasks won't suffice. Good planning raises questions about the dependencies of activities on each other, the impact of delays on the project completion date, and budget planning. Here, a spreadsheet quickly runs up against its limitations. These are precisely the answers Merlin Project provides you with to plan and implement projects with just a few mouse clicks. Have we whetted your appetite? Read on to learn about all the benefits of this truly magical software.Version 3.0.7.39619: Changes

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

Fixed bugs

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

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09:55
How to install Apple Watch software updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:47
Another day, another Samsung ripoff of Apple

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

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09:35
∞ Elvis: Burning Love

Elvis is just a badass.

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