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Friday April 22

07:29
Siri & Liam star in Apple's new Earth Day...

Marking Earth Day, Apple on Friday debuted a new TV commercial, using Siri to promote its custom-designed recycling robot -- Liam -- and its branding as an environmentally-responsible company.

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07:15
How to get a user manual for your Apple product

One thing that I hear a lot of complaints about from new Apple customers is that the company doesn't ship user manuals with its products. There are some good reasons for that -- the company most likely found that the vast majority of people never read manuals in the first place, manuals quickly go out of date, they take up space in boxes, and they're wasteful. Well, Apple does publish user manuals for many of its products, and here's how to get them.

Just point your web browser to http://support.apple.com/manuals/ and you'll find that there are seven manuals available:

In each of the manuals there is a wealth of information that goes way beyond what many customers are cognizant of. For example, most beginning iPhone users can figure out how to dial the phone, send text messages, and launch apps. But there's nothing that shows them how to take advantage of settings, make folders on the home...

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07:00
Atkins to become “digital by default” with move to...

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.
It’s amazing to watch how some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies are using Microsoft Office 365 to transform their businesses. The latest example is Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering, design and project management consultancies, which has chosen to roll out Office 365 E5 to over 18,600 employees worldwide. Office 365 E5 is our most comprehensive Office 365 offering ever, providing the core Office apps, plus email, cloud storage, a robust set of team collaboration capabilities, Skype for Business meetings and voice services, and advanced security and analytics capabilities. Atkins selected Office 365 to help achieve its goal of moving all its IT systems to the cloud.
Richard Cross, chief information officer and chief digital officer at Atkins. He refers to his company’s cloud transformation as one that will result in Atkins being “digital...

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06:42
Siri promoting Apple’s iPhone recycling robot Liam...

Apple is going all out to promote Earth Day this year. App Store WWF fundraisers, free iBook environmental lessons on iPads, green Apple Store shirts and logos, and last night’s iMessage and renewable energy video so far …
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Earth Day, environment, Liam, Recycling, Siri...

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06:38
Apple Shares New 'Siri and Liam' TV Ad for...

Apple has shared a new television ad called "Siri and Liam" to celebrate Earth Day, which is today, April 22. In the 15-second spot, Siri asks Apple's recycling robot Liam what he is doing for Earth Day, before it humorously takes apart the iPhone. It is Apple's second Earth Day ad, the other being "Renewable Energy," shared in the past 24 hours, and continues the company's environmental push this month.

Apple first introduced Liam at its "Let Us...

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06:35
Review: KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System – an...

The KEF Egg digital wireless speaker system certainly lives up to its name. The shape of the speakers are a peculiar half-egg shape that make you question whether or not you should take them seriously.
A quick listen, and that question is answered with authority. Despite the peculiar look, these speakers mean business in the sound department.
Not only do these speakers sound good, but they also work well in a variety of different environments and with a variety of sources. KEF Egg is a Bluetooth speaker, a Hi-Fi USB speaker, and features traditional optical input as well. This means that the Egg works well in a bedroom, an office environment, or even in the living room.
At $499, these speakers are anything but cheap, but if you’re searching for a pair of flexible speakers possessing high-end sound, then the KEF Egg might be worth saving up for....

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06:31
Giveaway: SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard

Last week, we reviewed the SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard. The review was largely positive, citing the keyboard’s Mac-centric keycaps, individual LED lights and tactile key switches.
The SteelSeries Apex M800 is one of the more unique keyboards that we’ve tried, as each individual key can be customized with key bindings and LEDs. With SteelSeries’ Engine 3 software, customization is only a few clicks away.
We’re giving away this $170 keyboard to one of our fabulous readers. Check inside to learn how to win. more…Filed under:...

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06:12
Apple makes across-the-board cuts to Japanese iPhone...

Apple on Friday instituted price drops across its entire Japanese iPhone lineup, typically slashing costs by about 10 percent, in what is reported to be a response to a fluctuating yen/dollar exchange rate.

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06:12
Springsteen’s very first radio performance

[VIDEO] John Vettese, writing for WXPN Music Notes:there was once a time when The Boss was just a young dude with a guitar and a dream. We hear that in this recording of his first-ever radio appearance, on WBCN in Boston on January 9, 1973. It might just be my favorite Springsteen rarity – I love how giddy and unsteady he sounds, the breezy saxophone commentary from Clarence Clemons, the way they effortlessly play off one another. Does this outdo the album version on Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.? Perhaps.A Springsteen fan? Then you’ll love this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
Review: Definitive W7 + Play-Fi, hands on with an...

I love the concept of streaming music around the home. There are a lot of great wireless Bluetooth speakers for wireless music on the move, but it’s still unclear what to choose for a static home environment. Apple’s answer is AirPlay, but it has flaws: no multi-room support from iOS devices, limited adoption by speaker manufacturers, and spotty reliability at best.
I’ve been trying an AirPlay alternative, called Play-Fi, which is a competing industry technology for home Wi-Fi music streaming from DTS. Specifically, I tested the Definitive W7 wireless speaker which integrates Play-Fi. Read on for my review  ….
more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged:...

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06:03
Weird 80s font convergence

Jason Kottke lays out, visually, that Apple, Reebok, and TrapperKeeper all used the exact same font at one point in time. Fascinating.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Sports Fans and Social Media, Part 2: Perils,...


This fall will see a 10-game pilot of professional football streamed on social media -- Twitter, to be specific. It's a continuation of the NFL's search for gold in the veins of digital broadcasting and an opportunity for sports brands to forge new and deeper relations with fans. Initially seen as merely a way to connect with teens and texting lovers, social networks have permeated the Internet with a proliferation of like and share buttons. For sports teams looking to bolster their brands, social networks have evolved into a critical channel.

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05:59
Google search will soon add live TV listings

From the Google Search blog:Last year we launched video actions in Search to help viewers find direct options to watch the shows they are looking for on programmer and distributors mobile apps and sites or stores like Google Play.Today, I’m excited to announce that, coming soon, Google Search will have live TV listings.A solid step in the right direction…∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Happy birthday, MacFamilyTree, which has grown to...

Happy birthday, MacFamilyTree, which celebrates its 18th birthday. In honor of the achievement, Synium Software has announced MacFamilyTree 8.0, an update to the genealogy software for OS X. 

The software lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.

Both MacFamilyTree 8 for Mac and MobileFamilyTree 8 for iPhone and iPad (available separately at the Apple App Store) have been completely overhauled. MacFamilyTree 8 comes with a redesigned interface, a new Interactive Tree, new "Smart Filters,” and more.

MacFamilyTree 8 requires a Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite or El Capitan....

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05:48
MacFamilyTree turns 18 with version 8 release

Happy birthday, MacFamilyTree (http://tinyurl.com/2563p63), which celebrates its 18th birthday. In honor of the achievement, Synium Software has announced MacFamilyTree 8.0, an update to the genealogy software for OS X.
The software lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.
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05:47
News: Apple ordered to shut down iBooks and iTunes...

Only six months after Apple began selling iBooks and iTunes Movies in China, the company has now been ordered by a Chinese Government agency to shut down sales, The New York Times reports. Although Apple originally had the Chinese government’s approval to introduce the services, a government regulatory agency — the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television — stepped in last week and demanded the services be shut…

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05:45
Speculating on how Siri works, getting to an API for...

If you are at all interested in how Siri works, and how it could work eventually, I highly recommend this read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:35
File Cabinet Pro 2.0 for OS X adds global hotkey...

Writes for All has announced version 2.0 of File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar that allows you to navigate to important files from a pop-over window that appears from the menubar.
Version 2.0 improves the user experience by introducing a global hotkey feature, allowing you to automatically show and hide the app without using the mouse. The new update also includes performance improvements.
File Cabinet Pro (http://tinyurl.com/jovd2hj) costs $29.99. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

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05:33
AnandTech’s deep dive look at the 9.7″ iPad Pro...

AnandTech does their typical great job digging into the details. In this case, Brandon Chester keeps the focus on the 9.7″ iPad Pro display, looking at things like DCI-P3 gamut support and the underpinnings of True Tone.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:31
NYT: China bans Apple’s iBooks and iTunes Movies...

Enlarge / iBooks and iTunes Movies have apparently been banned in China. (credit: Apple)


Apple's iBooks and iTunes Movies stores were shut down in China last week, according to a new report from The New York Times. The country's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television closed the stores just six months or so after they launched with the government's blessing. Services like Apple Pay and Apple Music are still operating for now, and an Apple spokeswoman told the Times that Apple "hope[s] to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible."
The Chinese government is known both for its control and censorship...

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05:21
OWC previews trio of Thunderbolt 3 products

OWC Digital previewed a trio of products at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. These soon-to-be released products will take advantage of the new capabilities found in Thunderbolt 3 technology.

The Thunderbolt 3 Dock will be compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. Its litany of ports is designed for creative professionals seeking to unite a multitude of peripherals. Like the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock sports 12 ports — and they now include a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port for fast mobile device charging, a mini DisplayPort with support for a hi-res display up to 4K at 60Hz, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

With the introduction of Thunderbolt 3 technology, the new OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can support two ultra hi-res 4K displays at 60Hz. What’s more, you can daisy-chain Thunderbolt products.

Concurrent with the Thunderbolt 3...

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05:15
OWC previews Thunderbolt 3 products at NAB 2016

OWC Digital (www.macsales.com) previewed a trio of products at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. These soon-to-be released products will take advantage of the new capabilities found in Thunderbolt 3 technology.
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05:05
Apple could take over Dublin location for first...

Apple could potentially sign a lease for real estate on Dublin's O'Connell Street, establishing its first-ever outlet in the country of Ireland, a report indicated on Friday.

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05:05
Apple opens iTunes donations page for earthquake...

Apple has opened a donations page in iTunes to support relief efforts in Japan and Ecuador, countries hit by catastrophic earthquakes in recent days.

The company is partnering with the American Red Cross for the donations. You can make donations in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 denominations.

Two powerful earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu last Thursday and Saturday, leaving almost 60 dead and more than a thousand injured. Ecuador was hit by a magnitude 7.8 quake, which was felt around the Andean nation of 16 million people, causing panic as far away as the highland capital Quito and destroying buildings, bridges and roads and killing at least 77 people.

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05:00
Migrating Objects From Active Directory To Apple...

Apple School Manager is a portal used to create classes, import students, manage Managed Apple IDs, and link all these things together. You can use a Student Information System (SIS) to create these classes, import students, etc. But, only if you have a SIS with an API that Apple links to. If you don’t, you’ll need to import data using csv files. And you’ll need to import four csv files: Classes, Instructors, Staff, and of course Students.
Many schools will already have this data in Active Directory or another LDAP-based solution. Here, we’ll look at getting the information out of Active Directory and into csv. The LDIFDE utility exports and imports objects from and to Active Directory using the ldif format, which is kinda’ like csv when it gets really drunk and can’t stay on one line. Luckily, ldif can’t drive. Actually, each attribute/field is on a line (which allows for arrays) and an empty line starts the next record. Which can make for a pretty messy looking file the...

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: Monet Stylus

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the Monet Stylus for only $14.99. This artist’s stylus lets you turn your iPad into a canvas, with the feel of a paintbrush in your hand so you can make naturally sweeping brushstrokes. It’s compatible with a wide range of writing and sketching apps, and features a pressure-sensitive tip with a 165° expanded writing angle.

Get the Monet Stylus now for only $14.99...

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04:56
Chinese government says you can’t buy iBooks or...

Last week, Apple’s iBookStore was shut down and the ability to buy movies on iTunes discontinued in China, reports The New York Times

Six months ago, it seemed that Apple had the government’s approval to introduce the services. However, then a regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings, says The Times, attributing “two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”

“We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” an Apple spokeswoman told the publication in a statement.

China is an exceedingly important market for Apple. China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-over-year from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, mostly from in-app...

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04:40
Phoning It in on Your Mac

With the Continuity feature in OS X, your Mac can use your iPhone to receive and make calls. Press “1” for more… 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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04:32
China pushes back, forces Apple to shut down iBooks...

New York Times:Last week, Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were shut down in China, just six months after they were started there. Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to introduce the services. But then…∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:30
Need to move data from Android to iOS devices? Check...

JAMF Software's Relo is a handy. and free, app that lets you safely move contacts, photos and videos and Wi-Fi settings from an Android gadget to an iOS device via a wireless connection.

Until now, the switch from Android to iPhone and iPad was done manually. Not only was this time consuming and frustrating, it ran the risk of losing important and personal data, and often forced users to leave such data behind on their old device. Finding and replacing their favorite apps was an equally time consuming and frustrating process. 

With Relo, business users and consumers can transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to a new iPhone or iPad. All it takes is a simple QR code scan, which then connects to an App catalog displaying all of the iOS versions of a user's previous apps, allowing them to quickly tap and download — all from within the Relo app.

Imagine these scenarios: 

Consumers can walk into a store with an Android and walk out with an iPhone with...

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04:10
∞ Apple and Earth Day

[VIDEO] This is the kind of video that Apple really does well. A great message, well put together. Perfect for Earth Day.

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04:05
AppleInsider podcast talks new Macs, 'iPhone 7...

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Shane and Victor discuss new MacBooks, the computers that didn't get updated, Tesla's former VP of vehicle engineering working for Apple, Apple's car skunkworks, iPhone 7 rumors, and a few of our thoughts remembering Bill Campbell.

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04:00
A year with the Apple Watch: What works, what doesn’...

Enlarge / The Apple Watch is turning one. How has its first year treated it? (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

About a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the iPad and its first under CEO Tim Cook. To say that expectations were high would be an understatement.
To date, we don’t really know much about how the Apple Watch has sold—Apple folds it into the “Other products” category along with the iPod, the Apple TV, Beats headphones, Airport routers, iPhone and iPad cases and covers, and whatever other little odds and ends the company sells. While revenue for that category has increased year-...

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04:00
Clumsy like me? You can prevent computercide with...

If you're clumsy like me, having a bottle of water or a cup of coffee near a Mac can be a recipe for disaster. VectorWerks' Vector Cupholder can help prevent "computercide" on your Mac. It's a gadget designed to prevent you from knocking over your drink and spilling it all over your Mac — or burning your laps.

Made of airplane-grade anodized aluminum, the Vector Cupholder weighs 3.5 ounces. When folded, it's less than 0.5 inches. It retails for $50.

The Vector Cupholder grips table edges as thick as 1.5 inches. It holds an assortment of containers from a 30-ounce "Trenti" to a small airplane cup, from Thermos bottles to soda cans, from water bottles to mugs up to three inches. 

By moving beverages off the table, the Vector Cupholder also delivers the added benefit of freeing up "real estate" on cramped work surfaces like coffeehouse tables and airplane trays. It can deploy it with one hand while your...

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03:55
Tension Software announces DB-Text 1.6 for Mac OS X

Tension Software has announced DB-Text 1.6 (http://tinyurl.com/jsradvt) for Mac OS X. DB-Text is a general use tool to open and edit CSV (Comma separated value) and TSV (Tab separated value) documents on OS X.
It can open import, edit and manage text data organized by rows and columns. Data can be manipulated and exported as text (as CSV, TSV, html or custom format selecting separators and other tags) or saved inside a native DB-Text document
DB-Text requires OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $9.99

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03:55
Apple Could be the First Foreign Company to get a...

It's being reported today that the Government of India is now set to waive the requirement of mandatory domestic sourcing for Apple, paving the way for them to open their legendary flagship Apple Stores.

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03:32
Mobile apps becoming more popular with small...

Will mobile apps that are cheaper and easier to develop convince more small businesses to have them? Not necessarily, according to a new survey by Clutch (https://clutch.co), an app development research firm.
While nearly 50% of small businesses indicate they plan to have a mobile app within the next few years, over 30% still have no intention to do so. Industry experts, however, say that attitude will likely change as more small businesses watch the trend of mobile app adoption grow and are forced to have an app in order to stay competitive.
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03:30
Help celebrate Earth Day with the Homeselfe app for...

This Earth Day, Friday, April 22, Homeselfe is providing a tool for families across the U.S. to get involved in making a difference for our planet and our future. The HomeSelfe app is a free download at the Apple App store.

The DIY home energy saving app is designed to help homeowners reduce their utility bills, energy consumption and environmental impact. It provides a path to an energy efficient home with a personalized money saving plan, available rebates, and access to local qualified contractors.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

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03:26
Kool Tools: DPP-255 high speed printer

Infinite Peripherals’ DPP-255 mobile printer (http://tinyurl.com/zrlmsho) is a high-speed receipt and label printer. This MFi-certified compact unit has a print speed of 100mm/s, and supports iOS, Android and Windows.
Among the fastest mobile printers in its class, the $299 DPP-255 supports the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, along with devices running Android and Windows. The printer helps retail and entertainment environments with rapid line-busting and ticketing, and is ideal for mobile POS receipts, coupons and labels.
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03:18
Apple drops price of iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone...

Apple has cut the price of its iPhone lineup in Japan including the brand-new iPhone SE, by approximately 10% across the board. The price drop can be seen online on Apple’s Japanese storefront, via Macotakara.
A 16 GB iPhone SE was selling for 52800 yen (483 dollars). The new price from today is 47800 yen (437), representing an approximate $50 saving in dollar terms. Full list of price changes after the jump …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged:...

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03:00
Fashion Friday: the Macworld Expo 2009 T-shirt

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.

This time around I’m pictured wearing my tee from the Macworld Conference & Expo 2009. Held from Jan. 5-9 in San Francisco, it was one of the more disappointing of the expos.

Apple has already announced that the 2009 conference would be the last in which the company would participate. The conference's keynote address was delivered by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Product Marketing, not Steve Jobs, as has been the custom for the past 10 years. The CEO had issued a press release stating that the reasons for his absence were health-related, specifically citing a hormone imbalance. It was an omen, I guess, of things to come.

At Macworld 2009, Apple announced the release of iLife '09...

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02:58
Snapchat update now lets you face swap with photos...

An update to Snapchat app today expands on the popular Face Swap feature in a big way. You can now use the face swap effect with pictures taken or downloaded into your Camera Roll. Until now, two people had to be side-by-side in the same photo to Face Swap.
Now, anyone can face swap with any face detected in their iPhone photo library. This opens up some new ‘creative opportunities’, as pictured above, as the face does not have to be in the real world.
Here’s how to activate the new Snapchat feature …
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02:51
External Link: The Colorful Future of Displays

Developer Craig Hockenberry argues that since displays are now essentially free of visible pixels, the next frontier is in expanding the number of onscreen colors. For years, computers have supported the sRGB color profile, but the late-2015 iMac and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro support the newer DCI-P3 standard, which displays a wider range of color and is now standard in filmmaking. If you have one of those Apple products, Hockenberry has made a tool to see the difference between sRGB and DCI-P3, with photos by our own Jeff Carlson as examples. However, Hockenberry warns that this transition will make things more complicated for developers, and he advises them to start reading up on how to use color profiles. 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...

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01:53
As Promised, China begins Crack Down on Apple over...

Days after we learned that China demanded to have Apple's iOS Source Code but was denied, we learn that China's regulatory body known as the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television abruptly shut down Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies.

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01:25
Wozniak: Apple should pay 50% tax, the same as I do

In an interview with the BBC on national British radio, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that he believes Apple should pay 50% tax, along with all other companies. He said he doesn’t like the distinction of different rules between corporations and individuals.
Today, although Apple has never been found to evade tax or conduct illegal practices, it does not pay at top-rate tax, using a variety of financial engineering schemes to redirect profits elsewhere, such as Ireland, with significantly lower tax requirements.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Mac,...

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Thursday April 21

12:34
The FBI paid more than $1 million to hack the San...

In the San Bernardino case, it turned out that the FBI didn’t actually need Apple’s help to access the data in shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c. But if Apple had helped, it certainly would have been cheaper.
Speaking at a security conference in London, FBI Director James Comey was asked how much the bureau paid the third-party gray-hat hackers for the tool that broke into the iPhone. “A lot, more than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure. But it was in my view worth it.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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21:38
The whirlwind Download Festival Title 3.5GB single...

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20:34
Apple touts eco-friendly data centers in new Earth...

In commemoration of Earth Day, Apple on Thursday released an advertisement showcasing the company's efforts to reduce carbon emissions, concentrating specifically on its green data centers.

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20:14
Apple Shares New Ad Explaining How iMessages are...

Apple has released a brand new ad called "Renewable Energy," which takes place entirely within the Messages app. The ad is focused on explaining how 100% renewable energy at Apple's data centers enables users to send and enjoy iMessages to and from friends.

The ad argues that since the tech behind iMessages is renewable and environmentally friendly, users are showing Earth "some love" by using the service. The ad ends with Apple's green-stemmed Earth Day logo and arrives just in time for Earth Day, which is April 22.

In 2013, Apple announced that its data centers were using 100% renewable energy. Worldwide, 93% of Apple's facilities run on renewable energy. Its new headquarters, Apple Campus 2, will also run on 100% renewable energy.

Apple is celebrating...

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20:03
Report: Apple’s iBooks and iTunes Movies in China...

Last week, users in China mysteriously saw the iTunes Movies store and iBooks store shut down. At the time, it was unclear why the services went down, but now, the New York Times reports that the two stores were ordered to shut down by the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Film, and Television.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, china, IBooks, iTunes, iTunes Movies...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: iTarget lets you...

Target practiceThis week’s roundup includes an accessory-and-app combination that helps you be a more accurate shooter. Read on!Holding CellThe $20 Holding Cell holds your phone—get it?—in a holster by the side of the bed, letting you wake up, peek over the side, check your messages, then go back to sleep without somehow dropping your iPhone under the bed in the process. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:22
Apple's iCloud problems are reportedly due to...

As iPhone sales growth slows, Apple has pointed to software and services like Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud as strong revenue generators. But the company’s quest to turn its cloud services into the next big thing has been sabotaged by internal conflicts, The Information reported on Thursday.
The problem: Apple needs to develop new infrastructure to make iCloud and iTunes more reliable. Anyone who has been prompted to enter their Apple ID and password over and over again for no reason can attest to the need for a back-end overhaul. But the company reportedly has two engineering teams on the project who just can’t seem to get along. One is the group that worked on the platform that powers Siri, which Apple decided to expand to other cloud...

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14:54
PCWorld Show Episode 13: Big Intel layoffs, rose-...

Jon, Melissa and Gordon discuss the meaning of the hottest tech news this week, from big changes at Intel to disappointingly small changes to the 12-inch MacBook.

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15:23
Microsoft ends Xbox 360 production

Microsoft is ending production of the Xbox 360 games console after 10 years, but owners will continue to enjoy online services and thousands of games.

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16:12
Acer's new tablet, gaming PCs pack power

Acer unveiled a new tablet PC, gaming laptop and gaming desktop in New York on Thursday.

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16:14
Solar plane is heading for Silicon Valley

The remarkable Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has resumed its round-the-world flight attempt and took off from Hawaii on Thursday for Silicon Valley.

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19:51
Apple rings in Earth Day with video highlighting...

Tomorrow is officially Earth Day and while it has already revealed some of its efforts, Apple this evening has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel highlighting its green initiatives. The ad, entitled “iMessage – Renewable Energy,” highlights the company’s renewable energy efforts and encourages every one to “show some love for the earth.”
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Earth Day, video ...

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19:10
Report: iTunes Movies and iBooks Stores in China...

Last week, the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores mysteriously went down in China. A new New York Times report says the stores were forced down by the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to introduce the services. But then a regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.An Apple spokeswoman said the company "hoped to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible." The store closures come six months after they...

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18:03
Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Store...

Following the mysterious shutdown of two major Apple internet services in China last week, a report on Thursday claims the closure was mandated by a state agency in an apparent attempt to control content distribution.

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17:40
Laugh or Cry: The Woz Tells the BBC that Apple...

The Woz was interviewed in length by the BBC earlier today and on one hand he sided with Apple in respect to the encryption battle. But when it came to Apple and taxes ...

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16:41
Streaming Comcast on TV may become a reality

Dan Moren:But. My chief frustration—and what keeps me from using more of the service’s functionality—is that the only way to get at the features is via my computer or iOS apps. I can’t stream any of this content where I watch most things: my TV.That may be changing, though.I read Dan’s piece with a lot of interest. This could be a great app for a lot of people on Apple TV. Comcast seems to want to do something to get the FCC off its back, and this could be it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:32
On paid App Store search

Marco Arment:While a good search-ad system could benefit the App Store, customers, and many of us, nothing in Apple’s track record suggests that they’re willing or able to do this well.But a bad search-ad system, on top of bad search, will only further damage the App Store, funnel more of our already slim margins back into Apple like a massive regressive tax, and erode customers’ confidence in installing new apps.I’ll be honest: I can’t imagine a scenario where this would go well.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:17
Apple partners w/ the Red Cross to accept donations...

Following the devastating earthquakes that have hit Japan and Ecuador over recent days, Apple has opened a donations page in iTunes to support relief efforts in both areas. The company, as it has done in the past, is partnering with the American Red Cross for the donations and is accepting donations in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 denominations.
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16:16
iTunes Store Accepting Donations to Support...

Apple today added banners to the iTunes and App Stores allowing customers to donate to the American Red Cross in support of people affected by the earthquakes that hit Ecuador and Japan last week.

Donations made through iTunes and the App Store can be placed using credit cards already on file with Apple, making the donation process simple. Customers are able to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to relief efforts. 100% of all donations made through iTunes will be given to the American Red Cross. [Direct Link to Donations]

48 people have died in Japan and thousands more were injured after magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 earthquakes hit southwest Japan on April 14 and 16, causing severe damage in the Kumamoto and Ōita prefectures. More than 140 aftershocks have also affected the region.

In Ecuador, a magnitude 7.8...

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16:07
Apple Store app's 3D Touch support expanded...

In an update to its official Apple Store app on Thursday, Apple rolled out support for Peek and Pop 3D Touch gestures, a feature that lets users seamlessly preview products, images and other in-app assets.

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15:37
Gadget Ogling: A 360-Degree Cam, a Leveled-Up Kindle...


At its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced it was opening up its live streaming API to allow anyone using practically any camera capable of streaming live video to do so over its network. Aligned with that, the company also unveiled its latest push into hardware -- an open source 360-degree camera. Bearing 17 cameras and Web-based software to render footage in 360-degrees, Facebook Surround 360 is more of a design than a commercial product. It would cost around $30,000 to build one as is, Facebook said.

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15:32
Apple's iTunes reopens American Red Cross...

After a pair of massive earthquakes rocked Japan and Ecuador last week, and the threat of aftershocks still present, Apple on Thursday reactivated its iTunes donation system to support American Red Cross relief efforts in the regions.

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15:24
Apple infighting

The paywalled report claims that the fighting is holding back Apple from fixing “technical problems that have plagued iCloud and iTunes,” while at least one key engineering manager is said to have departed the company over the ongoing conflict.Political infighting is the worst.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:16
Apple moves earnings call to April 26

FY 16 Second Quarter Results Apple’s second quarter earnings announcement has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET out of respect for the friends and family of Bill Campbell, whose memorial service will be held Monday. Apple executives and employees will be attending the service to remember Bill and his many years of friendship and service to the Apple community.Very classy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:08
The App Store and Retail Co-op

Marco Arment has a good piece today on last week’s Bloomberg report about a “Google-like” (Bloomberg’s description) paid search results program.

I’ve been meaning to write more about this. Perhaps comparisons to Google search are a red herring, and the right comparison is to Amazon, and retail co-op. Pay for placement, just like in grocery stores. Amazon has done this forever, and in the markets where they’re dominant (like books) they really turn the screws on manufacturers and publishers with the co-op fees. Think of search terms as being like the aisles in a grocery store, and...

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14:56
Apple Store app for iOS updated with peek and pop...

Apple today has pushed an update to the official Apple Store app for iOS that includes a couple of notable enhancements and bumps the app to version 3.7. Most notably, todays’ update expands the capabilities of 3D Touch within the app.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: 3D Touch, app, Apple, Apple Store app, peek and pop, update ...

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14:24
Insurance Industry Buzzes Over Data Breach Ruling


If the rash of data breaches in recent months has done anything for businesses, it's raised their awareness of cyber liability insurance. The market for cyber liability insurance is expected to increase dramatically as businesses become more aware that their current policies don't adequately cover cyber-risks, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. However, a three-judge federal appeals panel last week threw into question just how inadequately existing insurance products cover cyber-risks.

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14:12
Apple honors Prince on Twitter, Tidal takes...

Apple and Beats executives tweeted messages in tribute of legendary musician Prince, who passed away on Thursday, while Tidal took the opportunity to advertise its exclusive streaming rights to the musician's catalog.

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 21, 2016

Today's indirect Apple news is brought to you by the FBI, Griffin Technology, and Walmart... You'll know what we mean by indirect when you listen to the stories we have for you today.

  • That worthless FBI iPhone hack cost a lot of money...
  • Griffin's coming out with a new accessory on Monday that owners of the 12-inch MacBook will appreciate
  • Walmart updates its app to make contactless payments, but doesn't have all the necessary pieces in place to make it work

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 21, 2016.

This first story is from the “Your tax dollars at work” department. FBI director James Comey was speaking at...

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13:45
∞ MacBook reviews like this piss me off

Reviews in the tech industry are hit or miss at best—we can all agree on that. Sometimes a review comes out that I just don’t get at all. Mashable’s review of the latest MacBook is one such review for me.

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13:43
FBI Paid More Than $1 Million For San Bernardino...

An anonymous reader writes: FBI Director James Comey has indicated the bureau paid more than $1 million for the method used to hack into the iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernadino shooters. How did he allude to it? He said the FBI paid more money than he would make in the time left as FBI director. He makes just under $200,000 a year based on public files and has over seven years left on his term. "How much did you pay for this software?" Comey was asked. "A lot," he said. "More -- let's see. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure," Comey said. "And so it's a -- but it was in my view, worth it, because it's a tool that helps us with a 5c running iOS 9, which is a bit of a corner case, increasingly as the devices develop and move on to the 6 and 6s and whatnot and iOS's change, but I think it's very, very important that we get into that device." Comey said.
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12:24
Alphabet Inc. Misses Street Expectations, Stock...

Alphabet shares fell in Thursday after-hours trade after the company reported earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

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12:20
FBI paid over $1.34M for hack into San Bernardino...

The FBI paid more than $1.34 million to hack into the iPhone 5c of dead San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, agency director James Comey admitted on Thursday.

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12:00
News: Report: FBI paid more than $1.3M to break into...

The FBI appears to have paid more than $1.3 million for the technique used to break into the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino terrorist, Reuters reports. When asked how much the purchase cost the agency, FBI director James Comey said, “More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure.” Using figures from the FBI and U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Reuters determined Comey will make…

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11:54
Time offers glowing profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook in...

Time Magazine on Thursday published the 2016 edition of its annual 100 Most Influential People list, once again including Apple CEO Tim Cook among its chosen politicians, artists, celebrities, and corporate executives.

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11:44
Griffin's BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable...

Apple’s MagSafe connector has saved literally millions of laptops from destructions caused by tripping over one’s power cord. But with the introduction of USB-C on new MacBooks, this safety feature is absent. Griffin's new $39.99 BreakSafe brings the safety and convenience back ...

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11:18
Opinion: How iPhone SE is tempting me to actually...

From iPhone 4 and beyond, I’ve never skipped out on buying a flagship iPhone. The white AT&T iPhone 4 in May 2011 was my first model, then iPhone 4s in November a month after its launch. Starting with iPhone 5, I’ve bought every flagship iPhone on day one (even camping out in line overnight at least twice). I pre-ordered the off-cycle release iPhone SE last month and switched from the top-of-the-line iPhone 6s Plus. I fully reserve the right to change my mind between now and September, but my experience with the iPhone SE so far and the current crop of iPhone 7 rumors has me thinking I just might hop off the upgrade train for the first time. Here’s why:
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11:15
FBI director suggests agency paid well over $1...

Speaking to a security conference in London today, FBI director James Comey suggested that the agency paid more than $1 million for the iPhone 5c exploit used to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s device last month. NBC News reports that Comey didn’t explicitly reveal the price of the hack, but instead hinted at its price based on his salary:
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Encryption, FBI, iPhone...

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11:02
FBI Paid Upwards of $1.3 Million to Unlock San...

United States Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey today gave some hints on how much the agency paid to access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, suggesting a sum upwards of $1.3 million.

According to Reuters, Comey said the FBI paid an amount exceeding what he will make in the next seven years and four months as director of the FBI. Comey's annual salary is at $183,300, and without raises or bonuses, will result in earnings of $1.34 million.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.

"A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure," Comey said. "But it was, in my view, worth it."According...

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10:56
News: Report: ‘Political infighting’ slowing iCloud...

Apple’s efforts to fix certain technical problems with iCloud and iTunes have been hampered by “political infighting” among two engineering teams in the company, The Information reports. One manager has already resigned from Apple, with more departures “expected soon.” Apple reportedly wishes to take the cloud infrastructure used in Siri and bring it to more of its services, some of which are within the realm of the iCloud…

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10:51
The FBI Reportedly Paid More than $1.34 Million to...

Yesterday we reported that the unlocked iPhone 5c confirmed that no other conspirators were involved in San Bernardino's terrorist attack. Today we learned that it cost the FBI more than $1.34 million to break into the iPhone.

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10:40
Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 + OS X 10.11.5 public beta 2

Apple has just released the latest public builds of its iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 updates out to beta testers. Both platforms saw developer builds released yesterday, with small bug fixes noted in the release notes. Most interesting to note is that Apple once again has allowed a combination of Low Power Mode and Night Shift to be enabled simultaneously on iOS devices.
more…Filed under: Developers, iOS, iOS Devices,...

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10:35
Apple's New 12-Inch MacBook Now Widely...

Following the launch of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook earlier this week, Apple Stores in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, U.K. and other countries have begun receiving limited stock of the notebook to set up as display models and to fulfill in-store purchases.

Apple today reenabled its web-based Personal Pickup tool for the 12-inch MacBook, and the availability checker shows that select models are currently in stock at select Apple Stores in or near major U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

Outside of the U.S., the 12-inch MacBook is also available in or within the surrounding metropolitan area of a number of major international...

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10:34
iOS 9 climbs to 84% adoption, Apple ramps iOS 10...

Although Apple usually updates its iOS adoption statistics on a fortnightly basis, the company had strangely stopped updating its iOS chart last month. As iOS 9 growth appeared to have stalled, perhaps the numbers simply didn’t change significantly in that time. However, this week Apple has updated the chart with a significant jump, now reporting iOS 9 was seen on 84% of active devices as of April 18th. With iOS 10 set to be announced in June (and internal testing gradually ramping — see below), it appears iOS 9 will end up peaking around the 90% adoption mark in line with previous versions.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS,...

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10:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook Named to TIME's Annual List...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was once again named one of "the 100 most influential people" by TIME magazine in its annual list recognizing individuals who have made a major impact on the world. Tim Cook is recognized as a "Titan" alongside people like Yuri Milner, Binny and Sachin Bansal, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Wang Jianlin, and Pope Francis.

Each person included on TIME's list is featured alongside an essay written by an associate, with Cook's 2016 note penned by Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Apple is known for elegant, innovative products that change the world by transforming how we connect, create and communicate, as well as how we work, think and act. Its continued success requires a leader of great courage and character who demands excellence, upholds the highest ethical...

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10:22
Qualcomm CEO hints Apple will switch to Intel for...

Bloomberg reports that Qualcomm shares have dropped after the company’s CEO hinted that its biggest customer could switch to a rival supplier for future orders. Reading between the lines, the speculation is that its biggest customer is Apple (Samsung is the only other company close to holding that title) and that a switch to Qualcomm’s rival means Apple’s is considering Intel for LTE modem chips in the iPhone 7:
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Chips, Intel,...

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10:11
Viber Goes the Encryption Route


Viber on Tuesday announced that it has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption across all devices for the 711 million users of its messaging app. Users have to download Viber version 6.0 or higher. The app offers stronger security in every voice or video call, message, video and photo, in both group and one-on-one messages, the company said. In addition, Viber launched Hidden Chats, a feature that lets users hide specific chats from the main screen so only they know those chats exist. Hidden Chats can be accessed only by using a four-digit PIN.

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10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

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10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

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09:41
Jumsoft presents Infographics Set for Apple's...

Jumsoft has introduced Infographics for Pages 2.7, an upgrade of its design app for Pages for OS X. Adapted from one of the company’s visualization tools, Infographics for Page offers over 2,000 diagrams, maps, and other visualization elements.
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09:35
Retrospect extends hybrid data protection to new...

Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, have announced full certification for Amazon S3 Frankfurt and Seoul and support for Amazon S3 storage classes and Google Cloud Storage classes with Retrospect 13.0.1 for Mac.
This release enables businesses to protect their entire environment offsite on affordable cloud storage in more regions, says Jean-Christian Dumas, Vice President of Worldwide Sales.
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09:31
Apple CEO Tim Cook again named on Time 100 most...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again made TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List today after appearances last year and back in 2012 when he first took over the CEO job.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 2016, Apple, Bob Iger, CEO, most influential people list, Tim Cook, TIME 100, TIME Magazine...

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09:29
Rumor: Infighting at Apple holding back iCloud,...

Political infighting within Apple’s engineering ranks is holding back the company’s efforts to fix technical problems that have plagued iCloud and iTunes, reports The Information, quoting unnamed “people with direct knowledge of the situation.”

“The engineering conflict, which has delayed development of the new infrastructure, stems from Apple's decision last year to extend the cloud-computing platform that powers Siri, and which is run by Mr. [Patrick] Gates’s group, to other Apple services including iTunes, iMessage and iCloud. That threatened an engineering group overseen by Eric Billingsley which currently runs iCloud and many of the other Apple Internet services.”

One senior engineer, Steve D'Aurora, an engineering manager in a team led by Patrick Gates, is reported to have resigned. He joined Apple in 2010 through an acquisition of the privately held...

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09:26
iPhone SE reportedly 'squeezing'...

Chinese and Taiwanese smartphone suppliers are reportedly scaling back component production in the wake of Apple's iPhone SE, which appears to be impacting the sales of local smartphone brands.

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09:14
Apple issues second public betas of iOS 9.3.2 &...

Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program a second build of the forthcoming iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 updates. Registered developers were also supplied a second beta of tvOS 9.2.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

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09:08
Walmart Pay begins trickling out to iPhone users via...

The latest update to retail colossus Walmart's first-party iOS app included a significant new feature -- support for Walmart Pay, the company's in-house mobile payments effort.

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09:02
Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Public Beta...

Apple today released the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to public beta testers, just a day after seeding the second iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 comes just over a month after the public release of iOS 9.3 and three weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing...

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08:45
Choosing to Skip the Upgrade and Care for the Gadget...

The New York Times has run a piece on its "Tech Fix" section, in which it argues, citing a user's experience, why skipping an upgrade might not be a bad idea, and how you could hold on to your existing device for a little longer. The story revolves around Vincent Lai, who dug up a Palm Treo, a smartphone that was disconnected last decade, and found that with little tweaks, the phone still had some life in it. From the article: Mr. Lai's behavior might be extreme, but his experience with the Palm Treo illustrates there is another way: If you simply put some maintenance into electronics as you would a car, you can stay happy with your gadgets for years. It is part of a movement of anti-consumerism, or the notion of cherishing what you have rather than incessantly buying new stuff. Signs of this philosophy are spreading: Industry data suggests that consumers are waiting longer to upgrade to new phones than they have in the past. [...] When smartphones and tablets were fairly sluggish...

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08:31
9to5Toys Last Call: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB $650,...

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08:06
Report: Apple’s cloud services backend revamp held...

The Information is reporting that Apple’s efforts to build out its own cloud infrastructure are being held back by company politics. Apple wants to overhaul its cloud services backends to rely on new technologies built in-house but is facing several roadblocks, attributable in part to power struggle between the Siri group and another group handling other Apple services like iMessage and iTunes.
According to The Information, one engineering manager has already resigned with more likely to follow.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices,...

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08:05
Apple's mysterious WWDC 2016 announcement: What...

For as long as Apple has designed creative invitations to its media events, geeks have treated them as the technical equivalent of a Rorschach test. What secret clues might Apple have hidden in the latest WWDC missive? Probably nothing.

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05:48
This tool can block ransomware on Mac OS X, for now

A security researcher has created a free security tool that can detect attempts by ransomware programs to encrypt files on users' Macs and then block them before they do a lot of damage.Called RansomWhere?, the application is the creation of Patrick Wardle, director of research and development at security firm Synack. It's meant to detect and block the encryption of files by untrusted processes.The tool monitors users' home directories and detects when encrypted files are rapidly created inside them—a telltale sign of ransomware activity.When such activity is detected, RansomWhere? determines the process responsible and suspends it. To limit false positives—legitimate encryption programs being detected as ransomware—the tool whitelists all applications signed by Apple and most of those that already exist on the computer when RansomWhere? is first installed....

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05:57
Facebook Messenger adds group voice calls

Facebook Messenger's feature improvements aren't stopping with the recent chatbot push. Now, anyone with Messenger for Android or iOS can now initiate a group voice call for up to 50 people.
The feature builds on Facebook’s group text chatting feature. Inside a group chat, you should soon see a red phone icon. Tap that button and your call will start. Once the call is ongoing, a new screen allows you to manage participants. Users should see the phone option worldwide by Thursday, Facebook messaging chief David Marcus said in a recent post on the social network.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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06:20
Product Hunt puts the day's hottest tech trends...

Product Hunt is a popular site that serves as a launchpad for tech’s next big things. Unlike many mobile-first sites that expect people to browse on their smartphones, most of Product Hunt’s traffic comes from desktops. Those desktops are often Macs, the company said. So today, Product Hunt released a Mac app that puts the latest trends in your menu bar.It’s an unobtrusive way to see the day’s most upvoted tech and entertainment products—everything from hot start-ups and app updates to books, podcasts, and video games. The app is denoted with a “P” icon at the top of your screen, next to other shortcuts you might have installed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:50
Much of Apple's recovered e-waste likely...

Much of the 90 million pounds in e-waste Apple collected during 2015 was legally obligated, handled by outside firms, and probably not from Apple products, an analysis has concluded.

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07:48
Apple patent focuses on wired/wireless headphones

This could turn into something nifty.
An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests that the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The patent, entitled “Audio class-compliant charging accessories for wireless headphones and headsets” details a headphone device and supporting hardware capable of seamlessly switching between wired and wireless listening modes.
Apple’s idea seems to work around an electrical connector compatible with both digital and analog signals, requirements the proprietary Lightning protocol satisfies. An ideal connector would employ a plurality of contacts to transfer power and audio data — via differential signaling — from a host...

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07:42
iCloud and Siri Teams at Odds as Apple Seeks to Move...

Apple's efforts to move its cloud infrastructure in-house for its web services are being slowed by "political infighting" between the company's iCloud and Siri engineering teams, according to The Information.

The paywalled report claims that the fighting is holding back Apple from fixing "technical problems that have plagued iCloud and iTunes," while at least one key engineering manager is said to have departed the company over the ongoing conflict.Steve D’Aurora, an engineering manager in a team led by Patrick Gates, resigned last week. That’s raised the possibility that Mr. D’Aurora’s superior, Darren Haas, a “head of cloud engineering,” would leave as well. Both Mr. D’Aurora and Mr. Haas joined Apple through its 2010 acquisition of Siri, the voice-activated...

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07:35
Could Qualcomm's Possible Loss of Apple's...

Qualcomm Inc., the world’s largest maker of chips that go inside smartphones, indicated on an earnings call Wednesday that it may be losing some orders from Apple for modem chips that link the iPhone to the web.

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07:30
MI Guitar: The app-powered guitar that anyone can...

Sometimes you never learn… and that can be a good thing.

Most longtime AWT readers know that I've had mixed success on crowdfunded projects, although I'm currently down to just one way overdue product (Narrative Clip 2) that I'm beginning to think will never show up. But yesterday I saw a product that I absolutely had to back -- the MI Guitar on Indiegogo.

A bit of Steve history; I love music, I sing fairly well (at least I think so), and I can even think up multi-part scores in my head. The problem is, I can't get 'em out of my head and into the real world because I don't play an instrument. Every time I've tried to learn something -- guitar, piano, dulcimer -- I've gotten frustrated when I can't pick out a recognizable tune without weeks of practice. I played clarinet in 5th through 7th grade and my parents were too cheap to get me lessons, which meant that I had no idea what I was doing and just "...

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07:29
External Link: The iMessage Cone of Silence

Our own Rich Mogull recently had the opportunity to sit down with senior members of Apple’s engineering and security teams, and discovered that iMessage is even more secure than he had thought. In essence, every iMessage is encrypted from end to end, messages are encrypted using keys that exist only on your devices and are not stored with Apple, and messages are encrypted multiple times to maximize security. In addition, iMessage’s registration system is designed to inherently distrust Apple’s own servers, thereby making it extremely difficult for anyone to compromise iMessage’s security with so-called “phantom devices” that could be used to tap conversations. “Overall [iMessage is] a solid balance of convenience and security,” Mogull said. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and...

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07:09
QR code-based Walmart Pay rolling out to iPhone as...

QR code-based payments have their benefits like tying debit and credit card transactions to store reward cards and saving receipts in one step, but they still don’t beat the convenience of NFC-based methods like Apple Pay which are less finicky and more secure. Major retailer Walmart, however, is pushing forward with its plans to make checking out smarter using its own QR code-based system called Walmart Pay. And although the two systems could both be options, Walmart continues to resist other digital wallets including Apple Pay.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay, Apps Tagged: Apple pay,...

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07:09
External Link: Apple Drops QuickTime 7 for Windows

Apple has announced that it’s no longer supporting QuickTime 7 for Windows. If you no longer need it, you should uninstall it immediately, because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns: “Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems.” 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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06:58
Rumor: Apple may switch away from Qualcomm for next-...

It looks like Apple may be switching away from Qualcomm modems for its next-gen iPhones.
During Wednesday’s conference call to analysts, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is “assuming” a major Qualcomm customer will be giving modem orders to another company. While Mollenkopf didn’t mention Apple by name, Apple and Samsung are Qualcomm’s largest clients, and Samsung is already known to use multiple suppliers.

Apple could also be sourcing from multiple modem suppliers as well, which would help ensure production levels and eliminate potential bottlenecks. That strategy might also make optimization more difficult however, since two different modems could also perform differently when it comes to power consumption and connecting to...

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06:52
Qualcomm Hints at Apple's Switch to Intel for...

Qualcomm shares are currently trading lower after the chip maker suggested during an earnings call Wednesday that it will be losing orders from one of its major customers to one of its leading competitors.

Analysts believe that customer will be Apple, according to Bloomberg, following rumors that the Cupertino-based company will rely on Intel to supply the majority of LTE modems for the iPhone 7, which is expected to be announced at a media event this September.Qualcomm Chief Executive Officer Steve Mollenkopf told analysts he is “assuming” that a major customer will give orders to a rival, indicating a potential loss of...

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06:47
Apple CEO Tim Cook makes the TIME ‘100 Most...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again been named to TIME Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People. It’s his second time on the list; the first time was 2015. Here’s what TIME has to say about Cook:

“Apple is known for elegant, innovative products that change the world by transforming how we connect, create and communicate, as well as how we work, think and act. Its continued success requires a leader of great courage and character who demands excellence, upholds the highest ethical standards and routinely challenges the status quo, including encouraging vital conversations about who we are as a culture and a community.

“Tim Cook is that kind of leader.

“Behind his soft-spoken demeanor and Southern manners is a focused fearlessness that comes from deep personal conviction. Tim is committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons. As CEO, he’s led Apple to new heights, and he continues to build a global brand...

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06:35
iCloud team reportedly plagued by infighting as...

Apple is working on a new internal structure for its cloud services, but the teams under the umbrella of iCloud have been involved in a political power struggle that has hampered development, according to a new report.

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06:30
Apple services now reach 124 million U.S. adults

In a new report — as noted by VentureBeat — Verto Analytics says that Apple has 124.4 million users in the U.S. who accessed at least one of Apple’s online services (web or apps) at least once last March. That means Apple reaches more than half of all adults.

Looking at just iOS users, in March, the company had 91.3 million users. That breaks down to 73 million iPhones users and 54.3 million iPad users. (Sixty-six percent of iOS users are women.)

Among the total computer installed base, the Mac increased its market share from 11% to 12.9% from the first quarter of 2015 to quarter one of 2016. Apple Watch’s share of wearable devices in use is at 17.5%, and Apple TV rise .5% to 16.5% of all streaming players in use. Verto Analytics also notes that:

  • iPhones grew 1% to...
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06:30
Review: Zagg Now Cam

The new Now Cam ($80) from Zagg is one of the most peculiar products we've seen in some time. A tiny Bluetooth speaker/camera, Zagg says that Now Cam "frees you from the confines of viewing life from behind a screen." That's a bit dramatic, and whether or not that's even a problem depends on the user, but Zagg is clearly positioning Now Cam as a way to quickly take still photos and videos without the use of a phone — or the benefit of a viewfinder. Now Cam can take still photos, videos, and 6-second video clips. Pictures and videos can be taken while away from your iOS device, then transferred to your camera roll later, through the Now Cam app. A small Bluetooth speaker is also found on the front of the small Now Cam. The camera/speaker combo comes in dark or light gray, and Now Cam ships with a micro-USB cable for recharging, and three different sized lanyards.{/exp:char_limit}
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06:27
Future Korean TmaxOS to run iOS, Android &...

Leading Korean software company TmaxSoft has unveiled its own operating system for PC's as part of a bid to further challenge big global software firms such as Oracle and Microsoft.

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05:55
Apple likely switching to different modem for '...

Apple appears likely to switch away from Qualcomm modems for upcoming iPhones, at least in part, as suggested by comments from the latter company's CEO made during an earnings call.

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05:54
∞ The auto industry is just waiting for someone like...

Thoughts on the potential for an Apple car and the disruption that would bring to the auto industry.

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05:53
Apple ranks second to Samsung in overall wireless...

Apple may want to ramp up its wireless charging efforts for smartphones, as Samsung currently has the edge in wireless smartphone satisfaction. Advanced technology that improves smartphone usability, such as wireless charging and fingerprint scanners, enables wireless subscribers to be more actively engaged with their device and helps increase their satisfaction, according to the “J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study—Volume 1.”

Now in its 10th year, the Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study measures customer satisfaction based on five factors (listed in order of importance): performance (25%); ease of operation (21%); battery (20%); physical design (19%); and features (16%). The study measures customer satisfaction with wireless original equipment manufacturers across Tier 1 wireless carriers (such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile). Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

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05:43
Apple-Beats Wireless Headphones Patent Comes to Light

A minor Apple patent application published today covers a wireless Beats-like headphone set. It describes much of what the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless headset does in the sense of working with Apple's iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch with a built in mic so you could take hands-free calls.

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05:39
Amazon expands $50 Fire tablet lineup with new...

Amazon has expanded its budget-priced tablet lineup, offering the $50 Fire in new magenta, blue and tangerine colors, and also launching a 16-gigabyte version priced at $70 [updated].

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05:37
SanDisk launches next gen iXpand Flash Drive for iOS...

SanDisk Corp. has launched its next generation iXpand Flash Drive, a mobile storage device designed to help folks free up space on their iPhone and iPad with up to 128GB of additional capacity. 

It sports a Lightning connector a design that fits with most iPhone and iPad cases, a USB 3.0 connector for faster transfer speeds to Mac or PCs, and a completely redesigned app (available at the Apple App Store) to manage photos, videos and music. According to a recent consumer survey conducted by SanDisk in the U.S., many iPhone users are looking to free up more space on their phones. 

“People are using their mobile phones to capture tons of photos and videos, and more than 70% of users transfer files off of their iPhones to another storage location,” says Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “Our line of mobile storage offerings can immediately help them free up...

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05:15
Upcoming BR30 Outdoor smart bulb is iOS compatible

The connected home now encompasses the outdoors with ilumi’s upcoming BR30 Outdoor. It’s outdoor-rated LED smart bulb that’s iOS compatible.

Through its waterproof construction, it can take on rain and splashes from all angles. With its MeshTek Bluetooth Smart connection and color-tunable smartbulbs, the BR30 Outdoor — due this summer — can be used to create several ambiances in your backyard.

You can connect and control up to 50 ilumi Smartbulbs at once with a Bluetooth range of up to 150 feet, all from the convenience your iPhone or iPad thanks to a free app that’s available at the Apple App Store. The folks at ileum say the use of MeshTek technology eliminates the need for cumbersome hubs, restricting standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

The free app contains several experiences and features, such as: Vacation Mode, which prompts lights to illuminate at scheduled times to provide additional peace of mind...

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05:07
Arcam MusicBOOST now available for the iPhone 6s

Arcam (http://www.arcam.co.uk) has updated its $189 MusicBOOST with a version for the iPhone 6s (previously, it was available only for the iPhone 6).
The MusicBOOST combines a portable headphone amplifier with a high-precision DAC and battery pack in one protective sleeve case, weighing just 3.5 ounces. It cuts through the noise (literally) on your smartphone by extracting pure digital audio from the iPhone Lightning Port, feeding it via a TI/Burr-Brown DAC and then amplifying it with a headphone amplifier.
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05:00
Get the OS X Server Version

You can find the version of the Server app that an OS X Server is running using the serveradmin command. To do so, run the serveradmin command followed by the -version option:
sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin --version
The output would be as follows:
Version 15S5127

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: ‘ExoMount Touch’ Universal Car...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you the ‘ExoMount Touch’ Universal Car Mount for only $19.99 — 33% off the regular price. Providing you with a safer way to use your iPhone on the road, this easy-to-use car mount lets you quickly secure your iPhone in the perfect position using only one hand and get down to driving, and when you’re getting out of the car, one quick touch releases your iPhone so you can be on your way.…

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04:50
Lenovo's ZUK phone puts other Chinese flagships...

ZUK, a Chinese smartphone brand that you may have already forgotten about, has recently joined the ranks of Moto and Vibe to become Lenovo's latest mobile sub-brand. That wasn't the plan when Lenovo started restructuring its mobile division last year...

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04:49
Patent report: Touch ID for your palms (and cheeks...

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

A newly granted patent (number 20160110027) hints at future iOS devices (and, theoretically, Macs) that could offer multi-touch input discrimination. Their touch screens would not only recognize your fingerprints and thumbprints, but also your palm, and even your cheek, patterns using a using a “patch eccentricity parameter.”

Apple says that, unlike earlier input devices, touch surfaces now becoming available are capable of simultaneously detecting multiple objects as they approach and/or contact the touch-surface, and detecting object shapes in much more detail. To take advantage of this capability, it’s necessary to measure, identify and distinguish between the many kinds of objects that...

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04:30
The Marines are fitting their tanks with anti-...

The US Marine Corps believes it's time to upgrade their trusty tanks with technology that can detect and deflect incoming missiles. In fact, it's joining forces with the Army to test out the Israeli Trophy Active Protection System (APS). When Trophy'...

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04:00
2017 iPhone May Be a Glass Act


Apple has been developing a glass casing for a new iPhone with an AMOLED display to be unveiled in 2017, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, reportedly said this week in a note to investors. That would mark a return to the design of the iPhone 4 and 4s, both of which had glass cases. The use of the AMOLED screen will offset the heavier weight of a glass back for the device. No more than 40 percent of iPhones will be made with aluminum bodies once the glass device is launched, Kuo predicted.

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04:00
Google is bringing TV listings to search results

In its quest to bring more valuable information to search, Google will soon add live TV listings to results, allowing you to find out exactly when and what channel your favourite film or TV show is on next. The new module won't just include cable or...

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03:51
Kool Tools: Dog & Bone waterproof iPhone case

Dog & Bone’s Wetsuit is a rugged,waterproof rugged case for the iPhone 6s/6. Featuring patented direct touchscreen waterproof technology, the 2-piece case is made from silicone, polycarbonate, and rubber, adding a triple layer of shockproof protection.
 
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03:51
Apple's iOS App Store Clobbered Google's...

Even though Google's Play Store enjoyed twice the downloads than Apple's iOS App Store in Q1 2016, when it came to profits it was the App Store raking in twice the revenue...

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03:43
Supply-chain report says iPhone SE taking Chinese...

We’ve been hearing mixed reports about iPhone SE sales in general, but Apple’s latest 4-incher does appear to be a big hit in China. After a previous report claimed third-party retailers in the country received 3.4M preorders before the phone went on sale, a new supply-chain report says that local brands like Xiaomi and Huawei are being hit hard by Apple offering its cheapest-ever iPhone.
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03:33
Cost reduction driving the data center colocation...

According to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com), the global data center colocation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 12% until 2020. To calculate the market size, Technavio researchers have considered revenues garnered from sales of new units in leading geographies.
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03:27
AKVIS ArtWork gets frames with version 9.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has revved AKVIS ArtWork, its photo to painting software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, to version 9.0.
AKVIS ArtWork is a collection of painting and drawing techniques. It lets you create a piece of art from any picture. The software lets a user apply a variety of artistic effects. Each style comes with a number of adjustable presets.Version 9.0 brings new decoration effects and frames, improved innovative interface, and other changes.
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03:21
The VERT app/hardware combo may leave you feeling a...

Do you need/want to know how high you can jump? Do you want to know enough to spend $124.99? If so, the VERT is just what you're looking for. 

It's a device worn near the waist of an athlete either by the VERT training clip or integrated within an article of clothing such as the VERT active waistband. VERT measures your jump and transmits the data to a smart phone or tablet, such as the iPhone or iPad.

To use, you'll need to charge it (two hours for the first time of use), which you can do via a USB plug that comes with the device. After it's charged, setting it up is a simple matter. Well, except for the fact that the small instruction booklet tells you to wear the VERT during "practice or game performance" and, on the very same page says that "VERT CLIP is NOT to be used during practice or game performance." 

Confusing, to say the least. However, I did wear mine while playing pick-up basketball games. If I...

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03:18
Product Builder for OS X gets maintenance update

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.1.1 of Product Builder, a Mac OS X app targeted to developers. It allows users to create packages ready to be transmitted using the Application Loader (by Apple and included with the Developer tools) to the Mac App Store.
Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade. Product Builder costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App store. It requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.

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03:14
Apple applies for patent on headphones that switch...

With Apple widely believed to be planning to drop the headphone socket in the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-connected and wireless headphones, a patent application published today describes how a single set of headphones could switch smoothly between wired and wireless modes without any interruption of playback.
There’s of course nothing new in headphones that support both wired and wireless use – many Bluetooth headphones come supplied...

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03:00
GoodSync is a good back-up/syncing solution, though...

If you want to keep your files safe and in sync, GoodSync is a decent, if not great, option for doing so. Available in Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android versions, it backs up and syncs music, photos, videos, email, text documents and more between desktops, laptops, servers, and external drives -- all without using cloud-based services.

GoodSync -- which costs $29.95 for a single computer license for Mac OS X (which is the version I’m reviewing here)— offers true bi-directional synchronization -- in other words, syncing flows both ways. This means changes to the files at either syncing location are mirrored at the other. Or you can do one-way syncing -- which, basically, is a back-up routine.

GoodSync's interface isn't flashy, but, once you get the hang of it, it's functional. It allows you to quit manually transferring and backing up your data. After configuring GoodSync and creating sync or backup profiles, the...

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03:00
Windows 10 Mobile preview lets you text from your PC

Microsoft is trying hard to unify Windows 10 across devices, so now your PC can act like a phone. The latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview update features an app called "Messaging Everywhere" that lets you send and receive cellular text messages...

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02:06
Facebook Messenger gets group calling with up to 50...

While Facebook is obsessed with bots, it's not the only new feature the company has been working on for Messenger. The app will soon be getting group calls which, as its name implies, allows you to have an audio-based conversation with multiple peopl...

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01:25
Apple Completes their Work with Korea's Fair...

It was reported back in December that South Korea’s antitrust regulator was investigating Apple’s repair policy of iPhones at its local service centers. After months of negotiations with Apple, it's being reported today that Apple Korea Inc., Apple's local unit, has revised its unfair business agreement

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01:25
Scientists design fast, flexible transistor for...

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have devised a cheap method to make impressively fast and flexible silicon-based transistors. Their technique involves using beams of electrons to create reusable molds of the patterns they want,...

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00:56
Apple's iPhone SE is Squeezing Market Share...

We had noted back in late March that pre-orders for Apple's new iPhone SE in China alone had exceeded 3.4 million units which pointed to a roaring start for Apple's third iPhone model that returns the 4" display with upgraded features. Today, a new Taiwan supply chain report states that the launch of the relatively low-priced iPhone SE in China has squeezed ...

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00:55
Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in...

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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00:42
Australian researchers developed a blood test for...

By the time Parkinson's disease makes itself known in humans, it's already too late for treatment. But La Trobe University in Australia has developed a test that detects a biomarker present in blood cells in folks with the disease. The school describ...

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00:00
Bang and Olufsen's new compact speaker packs...

Bang and Olufsen is well-known for its high-end audio gear, but the Danish electronics company has a number of portable devices under its belt, too. Today, the company announced the BeoPlay A1: the company's smallest portable speaker to date. The Blu...

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Tuesday April 19

09:30
Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement...

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, lawmakers say.Many tech vendors and privacy advocates have suggested there is no available compromise between strong security for device users and police access to encrypted communications. But members of a congressional committee on Tuesday pushed both sides in the ongoing encryption debate to look again for a possible middle ground.As Apple and the FBI continue to argue in court about whether the company should assist the agency with unlocking iPhones, "it's time to begin a new chapter in this battle, one which I hope can ultimately bring...

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Wednesday April 20

10:44
Google's Inbox puts organizing skills to work...

Google named its new email app Inbox for a reason: the company wants it to be the hub for a lot more than just mail. That vision is expanding, as Google unveiled three new features that are coming to the Android, iOS, and web apps. The first organizes event details based on messages around the same topic. Inbox will then use those details to keep all the information about that upcoming outing up to date. Official Gmail Blog
Inbox will now organize emails based on a shared event.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:13
Europe files antitrust charges against Google over...

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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09:09
Podcast 504: New MacBooks and WWDC 2016 dates

Sometimes new Apple products are announced with fanfare at a fancy event. Sometimes they just get a new processor and a press release. The first MacBook got an event, and on Tuesday Apple put out a press release about the second MacBook revision, with a processor bump, a new rose gold color, and an extra hour of battery life. Glenn and Susie are a bit underwhelmed by this underwhelming development, but Glenn’s still really enjoying the first-gen MacBook he’s used all year.
Elsewhere, Apple’s encryption tussle with the government has moved to New York, and Apple filed a briefing last week pointing out the weakness of the government’s appeal. And WWDC dates were announced: June 13 to 17 in San Francisco. A lottery is on now for tickets, and hotel rooms are already expensive, so our pro tip is to consider staying in beautiful downtown Oakland and riding BART to San Francisco instead. Can’t wait!...

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10:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Map your photos with the new...

...plus, create your own crossword puzzlesThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps shows off an updated version of HoudahGeo 5, a tool for geo-tagging your photos. Plus, apps for creating desktop backgrounds, crossword puzzles, and more.Cookie 5 - More privacy, better browsing 5.0.4If you’re looking to gain more control over your browser experience, SweetP Productions’s $8 Cookie 5 (Mac App Store Link) offers a solid solution to managing your privacy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:18
Europe charges Google over Android licensing...

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

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17:15
About the security content of tvOS 9.2

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.

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16:32
Samsung to produce 2nd-generation 10nm chips this...

Apple A-series chip supplier Samsung this week announced plans to put a next-generation 10-nanometer chip fabrication process into production later this year, with the new technology supposedly affording a 10 percent increase in efficiency over existing iterations.

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15:39
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus Makes Its Debut


Canonical on Thursday launched Ubuntu 16.04, aka "Xenial Xerus," an upgrade that will be supported for the next five years. The latest version for all desktop, server and cloud editions will be available for download starting Thursday. Ubuntu 16.04 includes four major technology advancements geared toward multiplatform uses. Xenial Xerus is the sixth Long Term Support release for Ubuntu. It marks the first time the platform is supported on mainframes, making it one of the world's largest and most powerful Linux systems, the company said.

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15:00
Global manufacturer switches to Office 365 to...

Today’s post was written by Gary Cantrell, CIO of Jabil.
These are exciting times in the manufacturing industry. Disruptive innovation across many sectors—digital manufacturing, intelligent supply chains, self-optimizing factory machines, new build-to-demand manufacturing paradigms—are all pushing the rate of change exponentially. Against this backdrop, product lifecycles are shrinking while consumer expectations for customized products are growing.
At Jabil, we see these trends as business opportunities. To compete in today’s digital economy, we’re diversifying into new markets, expanding our global supply chain management services and building intelligent factory solutions. And to win these opportunities, Jabil needs an enterprise-grade business productivity platform that tens of thousands of employees can use to collaborate anytime, from anywhere, and on any device across 110 plants in nearly 30 countries. Jabil was an early cloud adopter, deploying Google...

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14:33
Notice: Apple Delays Q2 2016 Conference Call Due to...

Apple is officially moving their Q2 2016 Conference Call to April 26 from April 25 due to the Memorial Service being held for former board member Bill Campbell who passed away this week.

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14:09
Apple delays earnings announcement due to Bill...

Apple is delaying its earnings release by a day due to a memorial service for technology icon Bill Campbell.

The company was set to report after Monday's close. It's now going to post results on Tuesday, April 26, after the closing bell. Apple will hold a conference call webcast to go along with earnings, which is now set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

Buy a Gazelle Certified iPhone 5S 16GB AT&T for less than $12/month with 18 month financing*

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14:00
Trade-in guide: Where to get the most money for your...

The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is when Apple introduces new models, like it did this month with the iPhone SE and 9.7" iPad Pro. Here's a guide to help you sell your old device for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBack World, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services. [Updated Pricing 4/20/16]

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13:48
The 8 best hockey movies ever, in celebration of the...

All of Canada is in mourning because none of our NHL teams managed to make the playoffs this year. You can sooth the pain with some of these. The number one movie is obvious but I highly recommend the surprisingly sweet “Goon”, shot partially in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
Apple pushes Q2 2016 earnings call livestream to...

[UPDATE: Apple has now said that its reasoning for delaying the earnings call is because of the memorial service for former board member and tech icon Bill Campbell, who passed away this week.]

MORE: Apple says reason for delaying earnings report by one day to April 26 is due to memorial service for tech icon Bill Campbell.
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) April 20, 2016

Apple today has updated its investor relations page to reflect that its second quarter earnings call will now take place on Tuesday, April 26th. Previously, the company had said that it would hold the call on Monday, April 25th.
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13:29
Apple reschedules Q2 2016 earnings conference call...

In an update to its website on Wednesday, Apple quietly pushed back its quarterly earnings conference call for the second quarter of 2016 by one day to Tuesday, April 26.

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13:25
Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance,...

Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.
Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

Also of note are early BlackMagic disk speed tests, which have seen write speeds that are up to 80 or 90 percent faster than the write speeds in the previous-generation MacBook. Read speeds are also improved.
Unfortunately, some elements have remained static. A 480p FaceTime camera has met with some...

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12:32
Sony revamps Crackle iOS app with AirPlay &...

Sony on Wednesday updated its Crackle video streaming app for iOS with many new features, including AirPlay and Apple Watch support, while Facebook began rolling out group voice calls for Messenger.

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12:23
Behind the scenes at Coachella

Each April thousands of music fans flock to the Southern California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Now in its 17th year, the event has expanded to eight booming stages and tents where musicians perform. We visited on the first of the event’s two weekends—the second weekend kicks off on Friday—for a look at the personal effects and habits of musicians and others helping to make the festival happen.This was a fun article by Leah Latella at WSJ. Lots of pics too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:17
Khoi Vinh on the Apple Pencil

I’m still having a lot of fun with Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw (see what I made with them last week). Here’s a new drawing, of a young Elvis Costello. I’m not sure if I got the likeness really right, as portraits are not really my thing. But I do know I had a lot of fun doing it.Khoi is a talented guy and I have a lot of respect for him.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:11
Apple: Inspiration for Teachers

Tips, lesson materials, stories, and other resources to help you get the most out of your Apple products and bring fresh ideas to your classroom.I love the sites Apple puts together for education. It’s so important to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:10
Almost Nothing About the 'Apple Harvests Gold...

Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: You may have seen a viral headline floating around over the last few days: Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year, which was extracted from iPhones. Almost none of what was reported is true. [...] Here is the truth: Apple paid independent recyclers to recycle old electronics -- which were almost never Apple products, by the way -- because it's required by law to do so. Far from banking $40 million on the prospect, Apple likely ended up taking an overall monetary loss. This is not because Apple is a bad actor or is hiding anything, it's simply how the industry works. All electronics manufacturers that sell products in the United States are required to do e-waste recycling under laws enacted in 25 states. The laws are different in each state, but none of them require Apple to recycle Apple products. Instead, they usually require manufacturers to recycle a certain amount of pounds of e-waste, which is linked to either their market...

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11:45
Happy Hour Podcast 063 | New MacBooks, future iPhone...

In this episode, Benjamin and Jeff talk about the newly announced MacBooks, speculate on future MacBooks and iPhone redesigns, as well as the WWDC announcement and early expectations for Apple’s upcoming software announcements for iOS 10, OS X 10.12 (macOS?), watchOS and tvOS. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, iOS, iOS 10, MacOs, OS X,...

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11:44
Poll: Should Apple give its other products the rose...

Yesterday Apple updated its 12-inch MacBook with some refreshed internal components and new a rose gold color. We already heard you loud and clear when we asked if Apple should bring new color options with the iPhone 7, but should it also give its other products and accessories the rose gold, gold, space gray treatment?
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Gold, iMac,...

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11:39
Apple Ended Talks with BMW and Daimler over new...

On Monday we posted a report titled "A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is preparing for Possible Production in 2020," wherein we noted that while Daimler's CEO stated in 2015 that they had no plan to become the Foxconn of Apple, that Magna was hungry and foolish enough to want to get in at the ground level...

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11:30
Rumor: Control of user data railroaded 'Project...

Apple was said to be involved in negotiations with automakers BMW and Daimler, but discussions fell apart because the parties couldn't agree on who would own and protect the data associated with a connected, self-driving car.

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11:23
Typinator 6.9 makes switching from TextExpander a...

For those of you thinking about making the switch, this may help. Typinator is a well regarded piece of software.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:01
Apple Car Talks With Daimler and BMW Fell Apart Over...

Apple has been unable to establish a deal with Daimler and BMW over a possible manufacturing deal for the Apple Car, reports German news site Handelsblatt. Apple is said to be seeking a partner that could potentially help it produce the Apple Car, as Apple has no experience with vehicle production.

Talks with Daimler and BMW reportedly ended because there were questions over who would lead the project and which company would have ownership over data. Apple is said to be holding out for deep iCloud integration.

A Magna Steyr conceptual vehicle from 2012Apple wants the car to be closely built into its own cloud software, while the German carmakers have made customer data protection a key element of their future strategy.

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Can Switzerland Become a Safe Haven For the World...

An anonymous reader shares an interesting article on Daily Dot which lists a number of reasons why Switzerland should be deemed as the nation for storing all of your data. The article reads: As United States and European Union regulators debate a sweeping new data-privacy agreement, Switzerland is presenting itself as a viable neutral location for storing the world's data thanks to strict privacy laws and ideal infrastructure. The Swiss constitution guarantees data privacy under Article 13. The country's laws protecting privacy are similar to those enacted by the E.U. Swiss data protections are also, in some cases, much stricter than those of the E.U., according to Nicola Benz, attorney at Swiss law firm Froriep. And since Switzerland is not part of the E.U., data stored there remains outside the reach of the union's authorities. [...] The country's tight privacy laws could make the small nation more attractive to privacy-focused start-ups. And it already has that momentum. After...

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10:29
Review: Qwerkywriter, the Bluetooth keyboard that...

I’m old enough to have started writing on a typewriter – albeit, as a kid. I couldn’t imagine going back to one now, but there is something rather lovely about the sound and rhythm of the keys. For creative writing, I actually use an app that creates simulated typewriter sounds, simply because I find that puts me in the right mindset.
So when I spotted the Qwerkywriter on Kickstarter ages ago, I always meant to check it out. A recent post on 9to5Toys reminded me about it. From photos, I loved the look. My questions were whether it would look as good in real-life as it does in the photos, whether it would turn out to be a novelty or a serious keyboard – and whether it could possibly justify that $349 price-tag?
So yesterday I...

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10:21
News: Apple releases second developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released the second developer betas for iOS 9.3.2 and watchOS 2.2.1. As with the prior beta, the sparse release notes and minor version numbers suggest that the betas are primarily focused on bug fixes and performance improvements and do not likely include any new user-facing features. The new betas are available to registered developers from Apple’s Developer Site; those developers who installed the necessary beta configuration profiles…

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10:19
How-To: Create an Apple Music playlist preview widget

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, Apple makes it easy to create an embeddable playlist preview widget via its Apple Music website. All it takes is the share URL from the playlist of your choice, and the widget generator does the rest of the heavy lifting.
The widget is limited to 30-second previews of all of the songs included in the selected playlist. At the bottom of the widget, you’ll find a link to Apple Music, where playlist listeners who aren’t yet subscribers can sign up for a free 3-month trial subscription. more…Filed under:
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Chatbots land on Skype's Mac client and web app

If you’ve been dying to try out Skype bots but don't have a Windows PC, Android, or iOS device to chat on, you’re finally in luck. Skype recently rolled out bot integration to the Mac client and the service’s beta web app.
There are only six bots to try out right now, which is to be expected since this is still a preview feature. Despite the small numbers, some of the automated services are fairly useful. Give Bing News some keywords such as “Presidential election” and you get three recent headlines for that topic.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:19
Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing Siri of infringing one of its patents.Apple will pay the money to Marathon Patent Group, the parent company of Texas firm Dynamic Advances, which held an exclusive license to a 2007 patent covering natural language user interfaces for enterprise databases. Marathon reported the settlement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

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watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

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watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

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Apple Watch Hermes now available from Apple &...

The special Hermes models of the Apple Watch can now be bought from Apple and Hermes stores in 17 more cities worldwide, on top of the original handful of locations, Apple announced via its website.

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09:50
Article: Filling the Gap: A look at third-party...

Apple’s rollout of HomeKit has been an interesting one — a behind-the-scenes framework introduced in iOS 8 that was mostly invisible until the first HomeKit accessories began to make it to the market, more than a year later. From the beginning, Apple provided no HomeKit app or user interface of its own beyond the most basic Settings options, instead relying on third-party developers — usually hardware makers — to fill the gap by providing…

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09:43
EU Levels Antitrust Charges Against Abusive Android


The European Commission on Wednesday charged that Google breached EU antitrust rules by seeking to maintain and expand the dominance of its Android operating system. "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe," said the EC's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager. "Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules."

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09:35
StorNext FX 5.2.2 clients Windows & Linux

Forums: General Xsan TalkI'm thinking of purchasing one/two client for Windows and Linux to accompany a small Xsan 4.1. setup used for postproduction work.
Would the StorNext-Fx-4.7 license (link below) entitle you to the later versions? i.e. StorNext-Fx 5.2.2 so it's compatible with Xsan 4.1.
https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Quantum-StorNext-FX-v.-4.7-or-later-li...
It seems a relatively simple question but I can't find the answer anywhere.
Thanks in advance
Damien

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