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Friday January 29

10:22
iTunes Radio Is Now "Apple Music" (and...

New submitter Kevin by the Beach writes: If you haven't noticed... If you try to play iTunes radio on your devices it is now paywalled (you can get a free three month trial at apple.com/music). The only reason I noticed is that I have an Apple TV which at one time had an iTunes Radio App. That app is no longer. Same is true if you select Music on your iOS devices, if you get to the iTunes Radio menu, you are redirected to sign up for the free trial. This reminds me of why I am forever reluctant to trade the music I have locally (on CDs, hard drives, and a few bits of vinyl I've been unwilling to jettison) for any kind of streaming service, whether it promises perpetuity or good-until-next-payment.

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10:13
Apple reportedly building secret research team to...

Speck’s VR solution on the iPhone
During this week’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook answered a question on virtual reality by saying “I don’t think VR is a niche…It’s really cool and has some interesting applications.” It looks like Cook’s statements have some background to them. According to a new Financial Times report, Apple had reportedly been prototyping VR headsets in the past under Steve Jobs in the mid-2000s, but the project was eventually abandoned once the technology was found to still be immature. With new acquisitions and a dedicated VR...

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10:07
Apple Has Secret Team Working on Virtual Reality...

Apple has expanded its research efforts in virtual and augmented reality, building out a large team that is experimenting with headsets and other technologies, reports Financial Times in a detailed post on the company's virtual reality work that covers recent hires and acquisitions.

Hundreds of employees are part of a "secret research unit" exploring AR and VR, with the team consisting of experts hired through acquisitions and poached from Microsoft and Lytro, the company that developed the Immerge, a Light Field power camera able to blend live action and computer graphics for a live action VR experience. Apple has also hired Doug Bowman, said to be one of the leading virtual reality experts in the United States.

In addition to recent AR/VR-related...

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10:01
Deals: $40-$50 off iPad mini 4, $200-$300 off select...

This week, Apple authorized resellers have marked down a selection of 16GB-128GB iPad mini 4s by $40 to $50. Meanwhile, big discounts are popping up here and there on individual 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations, like an instant $300 discount on the Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro (3.1GHz 8GB 1TB).

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09:57
How-To: Automate weight logging w/ the Health app...



When news came out that Apple was working on a dedicated Health dashboard app, which would offer a way to take healthcare monitoring mobile, I was extremely excited. I had been recently diagnosed with traumatic arthritis in my knees and I needed a better all-in-one system to track my steps, weight, and BMI. None of the other apps on the market at the time seemed to do any one of those three especially well. Apple’s Health app has since become my go-to app for everything I wanted to log and more. It’s not perfect, but it’s a built-in dashboard with tie-ins to plenty of iOS...

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09:33
Apple considering original TV shows to boost '...

In continuing efforts to launch a streaming TV service, Apple is now trying to pitch studios and producers on investing in exclusive TV shows, according to a Friday report.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 55-inch 1080p Smart HDTV $...

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03:30
Crossy-overs: How Pac-Man, PSY, and more made their...

It’s been a hectic year-plus for Hipster Whale, the Australian indie studio behind breakout hit game Crossy Road, to say the least. The team released Crossy Road for iOS in November 2014 and it quickly became a free-to-play phenomenon. Before long, the game spread to Android, Windows Phone, and finally Apple TV of late, and now has more than 120 million players after a holiday surge in downloads. You may have even seen the team demo the game during Apple’s press event in September 2015.
“It felt like it became a phenomenon pretty quickly, and it’s been a really long year—obviously with a lot of up, but it’s been so tiring,” admits developer Matt Hall, who co-created the game with fellow designer Andy Sum, and collaborated with artist Ben Weatherall on the game’s distinctive look. “It’s been really good, though.”...

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06:48
Guru behind Apple's A-series, AMD's Zen...

When your company absolutely, positively needs a chip that kicks a lot of butt, you bring in Jim Keller.The legendary CPU architect earned his chops helping with the design of AMD’s K7 processors before moving onto the K8 core, a.k.a. the first 64-bit consumer desktop chips. After that, Keller eventually wound up at Apple, where he spearheaded the creation of Apple’s A-series processor, which made their debut in the iPad and iPhone 4. Then he returned to AMD as the mastermind behind the company’s forthcoming Zen processor architecture—a design that promises to battle Intel for high-end computing supremacy after years of AMD’s chips being relegated mostly to budget and mid-range PC designs.To read this...

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07:14
HP and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi team up on a...

HP is adding another luxury, designer smartwatch to its Engineered by HP line. This time around the company's teaming up with Issac Mizrahi for the aptly named Isaac Mizrahi Smartwatch. The wearable comes in either silver or gold, and offers swappable watch bands for those who need to mix and match colors.
Taking a look at the device’s product page, it’s clear the new watch is aimed squarely at women—one of the few smartwatches to do that. The watch face is a standard, physical analog watch framed by a ring of Swarovski crystal. Below the watch hands is a small display that shows basic alerts for calls, text messages, calendar appointments, social media updates, and email. It also appears to come with an auto-...

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07:26
Inside Verizon's Super Bowl Command Center

More than 100 engineers will make sure the tweeting, sharing and streaming works without a hiccup

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09:00
OneNote—what’s new in January 2016

When writing our New Year’s resolutions, we challenged ourselves to answer just one question: How do we make 2016 the best year yet for OneNote users? To that end, we’re thrilled to announce the number of features we’ve released in the past few weeks.
Insert shapes on Mac
Sick of circling things? Keeping chart axes straight have your mood slopin’ down? We’ve got your back. You can now add perfectly crisp lines, polygons and other geometric shapes from the Insert menu.

Search all OneDrive notebooks on Mac and iOS
We spiffed up Search over the holidays and added some new tricks! Now you can search all of your OneDrive notebooks—even if they’re not on your device. You can even search for things you’re currently reading.
...

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08:32
News: Report: Apple aiming to unveil original,...

Apple may be looking in a new direction in efforts to get its television streaming service off the ground. A new report from The Street reveals that the company has been in talks with Hollywood’s creative community since late last year about producing original TV shows that could be offered exclusively to iTunes customers. While Apple has yet to sign any agreements, two people with knowledge of the matter have suggested that Apple is ideally…

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08:31
Rumor: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, building Apple...

Apple Pay is coming to assorted Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATMS.
An anonymous source close to the story has stated that Bank of America and Wells Fargo are working on implementing Apple Pay into their ATMs. Both companies are said to have engineers working on the technology that would likely allow Apple Pay to be used at an ATM in place of a physical debit card.
When questioned about the possibility of Apple Pay at ATMs, Wells Fargo head of ATMs Jonathan Velline suggested the information was accurate and that Wells Fargo was working on adding support for mobile wallets that would meet all of its customers needs.

Vellinge offered the following comment:
“We’ve been working on the technology that allows us to hook to digital wallets, leveraging NFC on...

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08:19
Apple May Develop Original TV Shows Exclusively for...

Apple has met with TV producers and Hollywood studios about developing original TV shows to offer exclusively to its iTunes customers, according to TheStreet. The article comes by way of independent contributor Ronald Grover, a longtime entertainment business journalist who has previously covered the media and entertainment industry for Reuters and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

The original content could spearhead Apple's plans to launch its oft-rumored streaming TV service, which has reportedly been placed on hold due to the iPhone maker's...

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08:05
Cirrus Logic CEO offers hints as to possible audio...

Following up on the rumor that the iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, Jason Rhode, the CEO of known audio supplier Cirrus Logic, made a few interesting comments that only add to the flames:
There are definitely people considering putting [it] in box … any time somebody talks about adding content inside a box, inside the box it ships with the phone, you can imagine the agonizing that goes into any additional micro-penny that gets added to the box.

Noise-canceling headphone technology has also been rumored for the next-gen iPhone headphones.

Discussing the possibility of Lightning-based headphones, Rhode added the following comment:
The amount that we can talk about that outside of other folks who are MFi [made for iPhone] partners is...

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07:59
News: Wells Fargo, Bank of America ATMs to support...

Both Bank of America and Wells Fargo are currently developing contactless ATM solutions that could include support for Apple Play, TechCrunch reports. Citing sources familiar with the teams on the projects, the report notes that engineers at both companies have been assigned to build in Apple Pay options. Jonathan Velline, Wells Fargo’s head of ATMs, also implied that Apple Pay would be coming to its ATMs, noting that the company has been “working…

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07:53
Google finally launches an AdWords app for iPhone...

Google has finally launched a full-fledged iOS app for users of its AdWords advertising service. The AdWords app arrives today as the first official iOS app for the service and it’s available for both iPhone and iPad users now. 

The Google AdWords app helps you stay connected with your ad campaigns from anywhere, using your iPhone. You can easily view your ads’ performance on the go with this simplified companion to your desktop account. So you can keep your campaigns running smoothly—no matter where your business takes you.

The app lets AdWords customers view their campaign stats– like clicks, CTR, CPC, etc– as well as manage bids and budgets, contact Google experts for support, and get real-time notifications for...

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07:50
Review: Naim’s first wireless speaker, the mu-so, is...

Naim Audio isn’t a household name outside of audiophile circles, but this British company has for many years made some of the most respected amplifiers in the business. Naim long had an informal partnership with Linn, and if the standard audio system fitted to Bentley’s ultra-expensive cars isn’t good enough for you, the optional audio upgrade is to a Naim system. You’ll also find it available through the Apple Store.
The company is notoriously conservative when it comes to new technology, refusing to even consider making a CD player for most of the 1980s, relenting only in 1989, when it felt the technology had developed sufficiently to allow it to deliver the quality it sought. It’s therefore no surprise that Naim has waited so long to launch its first...

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07:15
Rumor: Apple wants to produce original content for a...

According to TheStreet, Apple is looking to product original content for its upcoming TV streaming service a la Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. 

The Cupertino, California-based company began sounding out Hollywood's creative community late last year, but has yet to sign any agreements, the article says, quoting two unnamed people with knowledge of the overtures.” One plan is to have deals in place so Apple can announce exclusive content as part of a cable-like offering in September, when it is expected to unveil its iPhone 7.

What do we know about Apple's rumored TV service, which I call Apple Web TV? The Wall Street Times says that Apple has talked — to no avail, so far — with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks that will be available on Apple...

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07:11
News: Report: Apple working on iPhone model with...

Apple is working on developing new wireless charging technology for a future iPhone model, a new report by Bloomberg reveals. New technologies being developed by Apple would potentially allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from a farther distance than the charging pads used for current smartphones, according to sources familiar with the matter, and Apple is looking to overcome technical barriers such as power loss over distance. The Apple Watch currently…

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07:02
Report: Apple working on long-distance wireless...

Enlarge / The Apple Watch charger is Apple's first foray into wireless charging, although functionally it might as well be a wired charger. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple is actively working on a wireless charging method for future iPhones, according to "people familiar with the plans" speaking to Bloomberg Business. Apple is hoping that the technology, which could be ready for public consumption by 2017, will be more efficient than current wireless charging methods. Today, Apple uses wireless inductive charging for the Apple Watch, but the watch still needs to sit directly on top of its magnetic cradle to charge.
Competing Android and Windows Phone handsets have...

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07:00
Innovation still undecided on Sharp rescue plans as...

In the bidding war for Sharp, Innovation Network Corp. has yet to decide on a possible rescue plan, even as rival Foxconn is raising its bid and promising not to cut Japanese jobs, a report said on Friday.

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07:00
Cushman & Wakefield chooses the Office 365 E5...

Today’s post was written by John Case, corporate vice president for Microsoft.
Last month, we announced several significant new capabilities in Office 365, including Skype for Business meetings and voice services, and new security and analytics capabilities, all of which are now available in the Office 365 E5 suite. We’ve since seen tremendous interest in these new services from customers of all sizes. And today, I’m thrilled to announce that global real estate services leader Cushman & Wakefield has signed up on Office 365 E5.
With 43,000 employees in 60 countries, Cushman & Wakefield will implement Office 365 as its comprehensive communications and collaboration solution.
CTO Robert Franch explains, “As our company grows, so does our investment in modern collaboration and security capabilities. With Office 365, we are delivering the office of the future to our employees, with cloud-based voice and conferencing that’s part of a complete...

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06:53
Report: Apple looking to produce its own exclusive...


Apple has dipped its toes in original content with projects like the Beats 1 radio station, but there has been a lot of speculation around whether the company will ever produce its own media content, as both Amazon and Netflix have shown it can be very lucrative, launching many successful independent television series in recent years.
According to a contributor report from The Street, Apple is now looking to take that jump. It wants to produce original TV shows as exclusive content for its iTunes library offerings, according to the report, having spoken to ‘members of the Hollywood creative community’ late in 2015. These new TV shows could form part of a future Apple TV cable subscription ...

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06:37
Billboard top 10 rap/hip hop, from 1989 to the...

No matter your musical tastes, this is just damn fun.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, beta releases,...

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores this week's earnings call, the decline of iPhone sales, Apple and Tim Cook's interest in virtual reality, it's relation with an 'iPhone 7' dual camera, and trouble in Apple's car skunkworks. We also talk about iOS 9.3 beta, Apple Pencil woes and the trouble with keyboards for iPad in iOS.

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06:31
The case against Control Center

Stephen Hackett on why he finds Control Center just too busy. I agree and have my own suggestion for a fix.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:31
Apple Finally getting Serious about Wireless...

After years of covering Apple patents on wireless charging it appears that Apple may be working on a new wireless charging system for some time in 2017.

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06:22
Apple looking to open its third retail store in...

Apple is preparing to open another retail store in Istanbul, Turkey, according to MacReports, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the matter.” This will be Apple’s third store in the country and will reportedly be in the Emaar Square Mall.

The first one opened in Istanbul in the Zorlu Mall in April 2014. The second store opened in the Akasya Mall in October 2014 . This new store will open in 2016.

The company has 481 retail stores in 18 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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06:21
Bloomberg: Apple working on wireless charging at-a-...

We could see this as soon as next year. If true, seems like a bit of a game changer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
iTunes Radio channels have been folded into Apple...

As previously announced, Apple has discontinued its free, ad-supported iTunes Radio channels, which have been folded into Apple Music. However, Apple's Beats 1 radio channel remains available to iTunes users as a free listening option. 

Apple Music costs US$9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for up to six people in a household. There’s a three-month trial period so you can give it a try.

Apple bought the steaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics — which makes the  Beats headphones, speakers and audio software — in 2014. Apple acquired the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

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06:13
Facebook shutters Parse, pulls the rug out from...

You might not be familiar with Parse, but you no doubt make use of it every day. Facebook is shuttering the service and that means a lot of apps will either have to reinvent the wheel or shut down.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:07
Rumor: Apple may introduce wireless charging...

Apple is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as 2017, Bloomberg reports, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.”

The article says that the technologies being investigated would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. Apple is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, according to Bloomberg.

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,086,864) that would give an iMac the ability to charge Apple accessories by resonant charging. The...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Super SaaS 2016 Bundle

In today’s iLounge Deal you can grab the Super SaaS 2016 Bundle for only $59. This bundle includes 5 premier services that will help you back up, organize, secure, and make calls, including a two-year subscription to Time Doctor Solo, a three-year subscription to a 100GB Koofr cloud storage plan, a three-year subscription to TigerVPN Lite, a lifetime subscription to Hushed Private Phone Number, and a one-year subscription to IDrive Personal…

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05:56
Truly erasing your Mac’s hard drive

The article walks you through the process. Tuck this one away, pass it along.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:52
Angela Ahrendts on Apple retail’s corporate culture

Angela Ahrendts talks about retention rates and the culture of the Apple Store.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
Printer Drivers for Gestetner, Lanier, NRG, Savin,...

The latest printer and scanner drivers with support for new printer models from Gestetner, Lanier, NRG, Savin, and Xerox. (Free, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:37
Apple set to overtake Samsung as world’s top chip...
05:29
Apple's Impressive Growth in China Defied their...

Apple's strategy for China has been working even when critics, and more importantly analysts, kept harping on rumors that the party was over for Apple in China. During this week's financial conference call, Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressed this issue head on.

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05:00
Your Facebook Friends Are Really Not That Into You


Most of your friends on Facebook may not care much about you at all, suggests an Oxford University study published last week. Friendships involving interactions over social networks are not that different from traditional real-world friendships, found Robin Dunbar, the professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford who conducted the research. In other words, people in your social network are no more your friends online than they would be in real life.

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05:00
Here’s why I think we’ll see a Mac OS X tablet...

Apple says it’s not going to happen, but I think we’ll see a tablet running Mac OS X within two years. Why? The decline in annual tablet shipments reached double digits for the first time on record in 2015, according to TrendForce. A Mac tablet (the MacPad?) could re-invigorate sales for Apple. 

The global market research firm’s latest tablet shipment report shows a total of 168.5 million tablets shipped last year, representing a 12.2% drop from 2014. The gradual contraction of the global tablet market has become a more pronounced trend.

“The saturation of the tablet market, the long life cycles of tablets themselves and the abundance of substitute devices were major factors that contributed to the large shipment decline,” says Anita Wang, notebook analyst for TrendForce. “Tablets were challenged by many large and small devices during 2015, from smartphones sized 5 inches and above to 2-in-1 PCs. Their demand diminished as a...

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04:48
As expected, iTunes Radio stations no longer...

Apple announced a couple of weeks ago that its ad-supported iTunes Radio stations would no longer be available from today, and they have now gone off-air as expected. Attempting to access them results in a message prompting people to join Apple Music. Free access to Beats 1 remains.
Join Apple Music and get stations for every situation. Plus, stream just about every song ever recorded, get handpicked recommendations, explore our experts’ take on the nest new music.
The FT recently reported that Apple Music now has more than 10M paying...

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04:43
Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor plain added...

Focusrite (www.focusrite.com) has announced that, beginning Feb. 2, the Focusrite/Softube Time and Tone bundle will be expanded to include the Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor plug-in. The bundle already includes three of Softube’s plug-ins: TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob.
All Focusrite Clarett, Scarlett and Saffire owners who registered on or after Septe.1, 2015, are eligible to download the bundle, and it’s available with any new purchase of those interface ranges. The Drawmer plug-in, with a value of $99, brings the total bundle value to $297. 
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04:33
MAXON announces update to Cineware for Adobe After...

MAXON has announced a new update to Cineware (3.0) for the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC, a key component of Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s available at http://tinyurl.com/jllyfv9 .
The Cineware Live 3D pipeline first introduced in After Effects CC offers improved workflow and greater performance. OpenGL rendering is now available within the Cineware effect, providing increased speed and higher quality results than the software render option.
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04:30
This app makes your Mac’s speaker go Boom

If you've ever found yourself dealing with low audio output on a Mac (more common on laptops with their small speakers than desktops such as the iMac), Global Delight's Boom 2 will boost the audio volume. Significantly — as in up to 400%.

Once installed, a Boom 2 icon appears in the Mac OS X menu bar. You can use it to adjust the volume via a slider and tweak the tool’s settings (more on that in a moment).

For better or worse, Boom 2 boosts the audio output of the entire system rather than focusing on a few applications. This means you can now enhance the volume of media-playing applications like iTunes and QuickTime. You can also boost the volume of online videos like YouTube and Hulu playing on a web browser.

Voice applications like FaceTime and Skype can also use Boom 2 to enhance their audio experience. On the other hand, if you want an app that lets you personalize volume settings for different apps, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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04:15
Apple Ceases Free iTunes Radio Streaming Worldwide

Apple today officially ended free streaming of its iTunes Radio channels worldwide, incorporating the catalogue of stations into its subscription-based Apple Music service.

The change follows Apple's announcement earlier this month that its free radio-listening feature would be discontinued at the end of January but would remain available to Apple Music subscribers.

As of this morning, iOS Music app users who tap on a radio station are bounced to a screen prompting them to join Apple's premium streaming music service.

Likewise, iTunes users on a Mac who attempt to access the stations or create their own are met with a dialog window asking them to "Get on Our Wavelength" and join Apple Music.

Users with an iTunes Match subscription are also no longer able to access the stations. However, Apple's Beats 1 radio channel remains available to iTunes users worldwide as a free...

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04:14
Worldwide public cloud services spending to double...

According to new data from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- almost six times the rate of overall IT spending growth – from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019.
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04:03
Kool Tools: FotoJet online art designer

FotoJet (www.fotojet.com) is an online art designer for creating collages, photo cards, social media arts, posters and other photo designs with personal photos.
It offers several designs for making collages, posters, photo cards and more. They include Classic Collage, Creative Collage, Photo Card, Facebook Cover, Facebook Post, Instagram Post, YouTube Banner, Magazine Cover, Fun Photo, and Photo Comic. Choose one, and you’ve started.
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04:00
Patent report: loudspeaker system, docking station...

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 this week’s patent highlights … 

Two Apple patents relate to audio. Patent number 20160029143 for an “acoustic beacon for broadcasting the orientation of adevice.” Though it’s highly unlikely that the company will enter the loudspeaker market, the invention is for aa method for the orientation of a loudspeaker relative to a listening device is described with the goal of equalizing the sound in a room. 

In the patent, Apple notes that audio output devices (loudspeakers) may include two or more transducers for cooperatively producing sound. Although sound engineers may intend for the audio output devices to be oriented in a particular fashion relative to the listener, this orientation is not always achieved. For example...

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03:53
Strange Guardian article finds a few people who don’...

I’m a fan of the British newspaper The Guardian, whose news coverage and features are often excellent (disclaimer: I’ve written a few articles for it myself), but a piece it ran last night is just plain bizarre. It attempted to explain the company’s slowing salestemporary or not – by suggesting that software engineers no longer want to work there.

Tellingly, Apple is no longer seen as the best place for engineers to work, according to several Silicon Valley talent recruiters. It’s a trend that has been happening slowly for years – and now, in this latest tech boom, has become more acute.

The...

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00:09
We offer a number of different Container Houses

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Thursday January 28

11:04
ISS astronauts remember Challenger disaster

Astronauts on the International Space Station remember the loss of seven colleagues on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 30 years ago on Jan. 28, 1986.

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11:44
Increasingly popular "hot patching" update...

An increasing number of iOS application developers use a technique that allows them to remotely modify the code in their apps without going through Apple’s normal review process, potentially opening the door to abuse and security risks for users.The technique is a variation of hot patching, which is a way of dynamically updating a system or application without restarting it. In this case, an iOS application is updated without the developer having to submit a new version to the official iOS app store and then wait for Apple’s review of the changes, which can be a lengthy process.An implementation of this hot patching method comes from an open-source project called JSPatch, which provides an engine that app developers can integrate into their apps and which bridges JavaScript code to Objective-C, the programming language used by iOS apps.To read...

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12:06
Apple just updated retired OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard...

Apple yesterday took a trip back in time when it offered an update for OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, an edition it last patched in September 2013.
The “Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard”—quite a mouthful, even for Apple’s naming conventions—was issued Wednesday so that 10.6 users could continue to access the Mac Apple Store, the apps available there, and most importantly, the upgrade to OS X 10.11, or El Capitan.
Included in the update was a renewed digital certificate required by the Mac app distribution warehouse. “The certificate ensures that you can continue to use the Mac App Store in Snow Leopard to purchase new apps and run any previously purchased apps that use receipt validation,” Apple wrote in a short support document....

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12:27
Tinder now lets you upload photos directly, instead...

Now you can upload photos to your dating profile that are, well, not so Facebook friendly.
The Tinder app now lets you upload photos directly from your camera roll, instead of having to import them from your Facebook profile. These changes are first rolling out to the iOS app, but will be coming to the Android version soon.

Since its inception, Tinder only allowed its users to upload a photo if it was from their Facebook-connected account. It was the app’s attempt at establishing authenticity among users and preventing fake profiles of sexy nonexistent people from surfacing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:50
Report: Bank of America and Wells Fargo exploring...

As the Wu-Tang Clan wisely pointed out, cash rules everything around me, and if a report from TechCrunch is correct, Apple Pay will someday be my ticket to withdrawing real legal tender from an NFC-equipped ATM.
TechCrunch reports that representatives of Bank of America and Wells Fargo admit they’re working on adding NFC to ATMs, to let users “authenticate and complete transactions.” Wells Fargo says it’s first working on connecting its ATMs to Android Pay, but “that doesn’t limit us from considering other mobile wallets.” Bank of America has been an Apple Pay partner since the service’s launch, although reps wouldn’t confirm to TechCrunch that Apple Pay would be the mobile wallet of choice when its limited rollout of upgraded ATMs begins in late February....

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22:30
Apple merges iTunes Radio channels into Apple Music...

As announced earlier this month, Apple on Friday discontinued free access to ad-supported iTunes Radio channels, folding the content into Apple Music as part of a broader push to grow adoption of its subscription service.

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21:10
Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4

Adds the new Boundary Warp feature and fixes a bug that prevented Nikon cameras from tethering on OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update) 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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20:55
Apple culture hinders recruitment and talent...

A one-sided report on Thursday claims Apple's secretive, rigid culture, compounded by a failure to introduce ground-breaking products, is shifting sentiment in Silicon Valley, supposedly prompting developers and engineers to look elsewhere when applying for jobs.

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20:41
Apple Developing iPhone With Extended Range Wireless...

Apple is reportedly developing a wirelessly-charged iPhone for as soon as 2017, according to Bloomberg. The company is working with its partners in both the U.S. and Asia to create the technology.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, they said.Current wirelessly-charged devices require users to place their phones or other devices on charging mats. In September 2012, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said that the company...

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20:06
Apple could bring long-distance wireless charging to...

Apple is reportedly working on an advanced wireless iPhone and iPad charging technology capable of bridging longer distances than currently available hardware, with a potential launch targeted as early as next year.

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19:48
Report: Apple developing long range wireless...

According to a new report out of Bloomberg, Apple is working to develop wireless charging technology that could make its way into an iPhone by 2017. The report claims that Apple is working in conjunction with partners in the United States and Asia to develop the technology. The technology is said to allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than current charging mat and inductive solutions allow.

Apple, of course, has to face several technological barriers when it comes to wireless charging. One of the primary issues with its solution is the loss of power over distance. This means that the further a device is away from the receiver, the longer the batteries would take to...

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18:30
[Sponsor] Meh.com -- If You Liked Woot, Back When...

From the people who created Woot, sold Woot to Amazon, abandoned Woot, and started again, it’s Meh.com.

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18:01
Satechi expands its metallic line of workspace...

Satechi has added the Aluminum Monitor Stand to its Metallic Line, which already consists of the Type-C Hub, Aluminum Wireless Headphones, and an Aluminum Headset Stand.
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13:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Case-Mate unveils its new...

...plus, rugged picks from Rokform and Moshi, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases also shows off plenty of new patterns from X-Doria, SwitchEasy, and more. Read on!Case-MateIf you’re looking for a fashionable way to charge your iPhone while on the go, check out the Wristlet (iPhone 6/6s; $70), a wallet-style case with a 3,500mAh built-in battery designed to double your talking and surfing time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:03
Apple's third Turkish retail store to open in...

Plans are in motion to open a third Apple Store outlet in Turkey, which according to a Thursday report will be located in the upscale Emaar Square shopping mall currently under construction in Istanbul's Asian Side.

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15:47
Tesla hires the guy who pioneered Apple A-series...

From Electrek:
We’ve learned that Tesla this month quietly hired high-profile microprocessor engineer Jim Keller as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Tesla today confirmed the news and sent us the following statement:

Jim Keller is joining Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop the safest, most advanced autopilot systems in the world.

Before his stint at AMD with former Apple colleague Mark Papermaster, Keller was a director in the platform architecture group at Apple focusing on mobile products. There, he architected several generations of mobile processors, including the chip families found in millions of Apple iPads...

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15:36
Apple Pay may be coming to ATMs from Bank of America...

Bank Of America and Wells Fargo are working on integrating Apple Pay into their ATMs, according to TechCrunch, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the teams on the projects.”

Wells Fargo’s head of ATMs Jonathan Velline told TechCrunch’s Josh Constine that, “We’ve been working on the technology that allows us to hook to digital wallets, leveraging NFC on mobile phones to replace the card at the transaction at the ATM. Right now the wallet that we support is Android Pay … we’re also looking at lots of different mobile wallets and evaluating which ones are going to be appropriate for our customers.”

When asked about whether its ATMs would work with Apple Pay, Bank Of America’s Consumer Banking Products press representative Betty Riess said “We already have number of mobile wallet programs.” This implied that Apple Pay could join them, says...

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15:35
Edit your photos using third-party extensions in...

With OS X El Capitan, you can install third-party photo editing extensions on your Mac and use them alongside the built-in tools in Photos.

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15:15
AWT News Update: January 28, 2016

Speculation is running rampant about this year's crop of iPhones, and there are some interesting statements that have come out of various sources that are giving us an idea of what may happen...or lead us totally down the wrong path:

  • Cirrus Logic CEO talks in circles about Lightning-based headphones and manufacturing costs
  • Facebook adds live video for iPhone users in the USA
  • Nikkei says that the 4-inch iPhone (6c or 5se, your choice) is already in production
  • Apple's going to have to step up sales in emerging markets to increase or maintain global market share

Text version of the podcast is below, video is here

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15:01
Apple Acquires Popular Education-Technology Startup...

It's being reported today that Apple has acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance.

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14:39
Apple Pay support reported to arrive at Bank of...

Bank of America and Wells Fargo are reportedly working to bring Apple Pay compatibility to their respective ATM machines, meaning iPhone and Apple Watch owners might soon be able to complete transactions using provisioned debit cards.

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14:30
Apple to open its third retail store in Istanbul,...

Apple looks to continue its rapid expansion of its retail stores according to a reliable local report from MacReports. The report claims that Apple is working towards launching another retail store in Istanbul, Turkey. The company is reportedly assembling a team to lead the process, as well as advertising new available positions in Turkey relating to the opening of another retail store.

The report claims that Apple plans to open the new retail location sometime this year in the Asian part of Istanbul. The store is expected to be location in the Emaar Square Mall, following trend with Apple’s other Istanbul locations, which are also located in malls.
Should it come to fruition, this store will be Apple’s third location in...

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14:05
Sharp leaning towards Japan's Innovation over...

Weighing takeover bids from both Taiwan's Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. -- a fund backed by the Japanese government -- Sharp management is currently leaning in the second direction, a report said on Thursday.

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14:02
Bank of America & Wells Fargo said to be working...

According to a report out of TechCrunch, Bank of America and Wells Fargo are both working to integrate Apple Pay support into their ATMs. The report, citing “a source familiar with the terms on the projects,” says that the companies have both placed employees on multi-month long assignments to integrate the Apple Pay options into ATMs around the country.

Apple Pay integration with Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATMs would be relatively basic. Users would theoretically be able to tap their iPhone onto the ATM’s NFC reader, which would then bring up the Touch ID/pin verification on their phone. Once that is completed, users would be able to access the same normal ATM options that are available after swiping a card and entering their pin number.
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14:02
Wells Fargo and Bank of America to Add Apple Pay...

Bank of America and Wells Fargo are working on implementing Apple Pay into their ATMs, reports TechCrunch, citing a source with knowledge of the project. Both companies are said to have engineers working on the technology that would likely allow Apple Pay to be used at an ATM in place of a physical debit card.

When questioned about the possibility of Apple Pay at ATMs, Wells Fargo head of ATMs Jonathan Velline suggested the information was accurate and that Wells Fargo was working on adding support for mobile wallets that would meet all of its customers needs.Wells Fargo's head of ATMs Jonathan Velline implied Apple Pay would come to its ATMs. He confirmed that "We've been working on the technology that allows us to hook to digital wallets, leveraging NFC on mobile phones to replace the card at the transaction at the ATM. Right now the wallet that we support is Android Pay." [...]

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13:55
Starry Eyes Speedy Internet Access


Project Decibel on Wednesday announced Starry, a company that promises easy broadband Internet access at speeds of up to 1 GB with no caps. Starry will deploy what it says is the world's first millimeter wave band for consumer Internet communications. Initial deployment will be a beta in Boston in the summer. Starry has an FCC license to run pilots in Boston and 14 other cities: New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, Denver and Chicago.

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13:52
News: Apple acquires LearnSprout, an educational...

Apple has acquired LearnSprout, an education technology startup, Bloomberg reports. LearnSprout creates software for schools and teachers to track student performance, and is currently used by more than 2,500 school districts across 42 U.S. states. The acquisition likely ties into Apple’s recent push into more sophisticated educational tools for the iPad with iOS 9.3, which will allow students to engage in interactive lessons and more easily…

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13:51
Amazon Prime memberships grew by over 50 percent in...

Amazon just announced its financial results for Q4 of 2015, and one of the big trends the company highlighted was the continuing strength of Amazon Prime, a service that has its roots in free two-day shipping but is now becoming a catch all for host...

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13:45
Microsoft's Surface sales up 29 percent, phones...

Sales of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book led to a 29 percent increase in overall Surface family revenue, Microsoft announced in its Q2 2016 earnings report. Its overall phone revenue, however, fell 49 percent. Given our disappointment with the Lum...

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13:44
Review: Hitcase Pro+ Action Pack and Snap for iPhone...

Hitcase's two iPhone 6/6s cases aim to combine iPhone coverage with expanded photography abilities — we recently received Hitcase's Pro+ Action Pack ($150) and Snap ($80). Pro+ Action Pack is the biggest, priciest package offered by Hitcase. It includes the waterproof, shockproof Hitcase Pro case (which sells separately for $100), along with a number of added accessories — a removable superwide lens, monopod, and two mounts. Hitcase Snap is a more typical iPhone case, and it comes with a removable wide lens, monopod, and more. Both cases have the company's Railside Mounting System on the side, which allows users to easily mount Hitcase's accessories to the case itself. Hitcase sells a number of other related accessories that can connect to the system, and the company sells a variety of removable lenses, as well.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:37
No, 'Fable' designer Peter Molyneux isn...

Peter Molyneux is not done making video games. Molyneux appeared to announce his retirement from the video game industry in a series of tweets today, but it turns out that his account was hacked. The impersonator also claimed that Molyneux was shutti...

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13:34
Walgreens is beginning to break up with Theranos

The bad news just keeps piling on for Theranos, following yesterday's announcement from the US government that its blood testing technology "jeopardizes" patients' health. Walgreens, the company's main retail partner, said today that it'll be shuttin...

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13:27
An oral history of the space shuttle Challenger...

Popular Mechanics:It was supposed to be one of the greatest achievements in the history of the United States space program. A civilian—a schoolteacher, an emissary of the hope for tomorrow—was going to space. Christa McAuliffe, a thirty-seven-year-old mother of two from Concord, New Hampshire, had been selected from eleven thousand entrants to NASA’s Teacher in Space contest. She became a symbol of optimism and progress amid Cold War tension. And the rest of the shuttle crew was itself a representation of the strength of American society: Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Michael Smith, and Commander Dick Scobee. Two women, one of them Jewish. An African- American. An Asian-American. They were the most diverse group of astronauts NASA ever assembled. On the morning of January 28, 1986, despite concerns within NASA and among others working on the launch that the weather was too cold, the shuttle Challenger blasted off. Seventy-three seconds later, it...

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13:19
Walmart Opens OneOps Cloud Management to the Masses


Walmart on Tuesday announced that it has posted the code for its OneOps cloud application life cycle management platform on GitHub. The company developed the OneOps platform for building and launching cloud-based applications across varied storage environments that change frequently. It lets e-commerce vendors deploy apps on platforms from Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and CenturyLink public clouds to private or hybrid environments built with OpenStack.

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13:15
I watched someone commit suicide in VR and it...

This wasn't how it was supposed to go. I was standing on a junkyard hovercraft, pointing my revolver at the young lady floating on the adjacent skiff. She was my enemy, but I couldn't pull the trigger. Her hand hovered between us, waving back and for...

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12:53
Apple audio supplier suggestion corroborates rumored...

My cheap headphone jack-less iPhone mockup
While it’s widely rumored that the iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack when it launches later this year, known Apple audio supplier Cirrus Logic may have hinted about how Apple plans to handle this transition. Speaking to analysts and investors during the company’s latest earnings call (via BI), CEO Jason Rhode made a few interesting comments about what might be planned for later this year.

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12:49
We’re the only animals with chins, and no one knows...

The Atlantic:“It’s really strange that only humans have chins,” says James Pampush from Duke University. “When we’re looking at things that are uniquely human, we can’t look to big brains or bipedalism because our extinct relatives had those. But they didn’t have chins. That makes this immediately relevant to everyone.” Indeed, except in rare cases involving birth defects, everyone has chins. Sure, some people have less pronounced ones than others, perhaps because their lower jaws are small or they have more flesh around the area. But if you peeled back that flesh and exposed their jawbones—and maybe don’t do that—you’d still see a chin. So, why do chins exist?In the category of “things I wasn’t expecting to think about today”, I would put high on the list, “Why do human beings have chins?” It’s actually a very interesting article and, spoiler alert, scientists really don’t know why....

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12:14
Tesla is moving away from an SDK and instead...


Since Tesla launched the Model S in 2012, the automaker has been talking about releasing a software development kit (SDK) to create a full third-party app ecosystem for its 17-inch touchscreen, which acts as a center console for the Model S and X, but despite several inquiries from eager app developers, there has been little communication about the project until now.
During a special event for Tesla owners in Hong Kong this week, CEO Elon Musk opened up on the subject and said that the company “thought about it more” and is likely moving away from the SDK, and instead planning to allow mirroring of apps from iPhones...

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12:08
Cramer: We’re valuing Apple with the wrong number

CNBC:Cramer thinks the brand loyalty for Apple is so great customers won’t switch to another company. So maybe Apple doesn’t need to worry about peaking phone sales. Maybe it just needs to keep selling more devices, and let the service stream do the talking. “By this time next year, it wouldn’t shock me if that service revenue number becomes the key metric, especially with the iPhone 7 right around the corner,” Cramer said.I find Cramer physically hard to listen to (his voice is like finger nails on a blackboard to me) and I’m not going to give him a pass on his late realization of the importance of brand loyalty when it comes to Apple, but the piece and the video have some interesting thoughts as to why analysts can’t seem to get their heads around Apple and why they seemingly treat Apple so harshly. I don’t know if his conclusion that service revenue will be a key metric in the future is correct but it’s something to keep an eye on....

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12:01
Apple buys LearnSprout, an education-tech startup

Apple has acquired education technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance, reports Bloomberg. More than 2,500 school districts in 42 U.S. states use LearnSprout’s software, according to the company’s website. 

LearnSprout is describe as “the first and only solution that makes big data analytics possible for non-technical educators.” The company’s mission statement is “to help K-12 educators use data to analyze the past, understand the present, and anticipate the future.”

LearnSprout is an online data insights service that uses live data directly from a district’s student information system. It combines assessment results, course grades, and attendance to provide actionable insights into student and school performance. 

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11:51
Company of Heroes 2 – The Western Front Armies...

Feral Interactive says The Western Front Armies game is now available on Stream for Mac OS X and Linux systems, and is coming to the Mac soon
The Western Front Armies expansion pack contains two additional armies: the versatile US Forces and the highly experienced Oberkommando West, as well as eight new maps set in the French and Belgian countryside. The Western Front Armies is available on Steam as a standalone game that offers a great entry point to Company of Heroes 2’s multiplayer. It can also be used with the Company of Heroes 2 base game.
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11:48
Apple acquires analytics startup LearnSprout to...

Apple on Thursday confirmed the takeover of LearnSprout, a startup company specializing in educational analytics, particularly for tracking student performance.

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11:27
Apple acquires education technology startup...


Apple has acquired education technology startup LearnSprout for an undisclosed sum, via Bloomberg. LearnSprout’s software lets teachers track student progress and test scores, organize class achievement targets and more school-oriented features. The acquisition follows Apple’s announcement of iOS 9.3, which includes several major new features for iPads in education, including multi-user account switching.
LearnSprout’s features were mainly marketed at PC and Mac users. With an Apple acquisition, it is likely the technology will be ported to iOS as Apple continues to push...

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11:26
Apple Acquires Education Analytics Company...

Apple has purchased education-technology startup LearnSprout, reports Bloomberg. LearnSprout is a company that develops software for schools and teachers to track student performance and other metrics. Apple will likely use its technology to build out its classroom tools to encourage schools to adopt iPads and other Apple products.

Apple confirmed the acquisition with the standard statement it gives on purchases: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

According to its website, LearnSprout software is already used in more than 2,500 schools across the United States. It aggregates all student grades across the school, letting teachers and administrators hone in on students that may need more help. LearnSprout...

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11:13
News: Facebook rolls out Live Video to US users

Facebook has announced the rollout of its Live Video feature on the iPhone to all Facebook users in the U.S., with expansion to the rest of the world “in the coming weeks.” Originally introduced as a trial in early December, the Live Video feature allows users to broadcast in real-time to friends, family, or other Facebook users via the Facebook app, initiated as a status update. Users can write a quick description and choose the audience…

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11:09
Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard

Ensures future compatibility with the Mac App Store for Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard users. (Free, 3.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:00
Learn new insights from leaders in the business...

The Excel and Power BI teams are hosting a new conference designed specifically for you, the business analyst. The first of its kind, the Microsoft Data Insights Summit will be held on March 22–23, 2016 in Bellevue, Washington, and will feature talks from leaders in the Excel community and successful analysts. They will share their thoughts on trends in the industry, Excel and Power BI best practices and what it takes to succeed as an analyst in the modern workplace.
Hear from our featured speakers
Nate Silver, founder, FiveThirtyEight—Silver launched the field of data prediction into the public eye with his accurate analyses during the 2008 and 2012 elections. Today, he’s pioneering the new field of data journalism with his award-winning website,...

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11:00
Notable apps and app updates for January 28, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Only one pick for iOS today, and it's something that a lot of people have probably been looking for -- a free flexible database and organizer for iPhone and iPad. Airtable is an incredibly powerful database application with collaborative tools that syncs across your devices. Version 3.0 was released last week and includes full compatibility with iOS 9 and the iPad Pro. Rich fields can be connected to just about any cloud storage service (like Dropbox or Google Drive), and it's a fully relational database that's driving Airtable, so related data can be linked with a tap. On Mac or PC, you can see, create, and edit your databases from...

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10:59
New ‘Pay with Venmo’ platform rivals Apple Pay as an...

Venmo today introduced a new in-app payment option called ‘Pay with Venmo’ for both users and businesses alike. The feature allows vendors to directly integrate Venmo’s payment platform into their checkout process. And user’s can now simply select the Venmo option when checking out in supported apps, and no longer need to type in any credit card information.

Venmo is putting a heavy focus on the ease of use of checking out using its fairly well-known platform. Instead of users having to input credit card information for every transaction, a Venmo option will be available during checkout with supported apps. This is akin to the experience introduced by Apple Pay, with the difference being that Pay with Venmo is a cross-platform solution for both iOS and Android....

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10:51
T-Mobile adds Amazon Video, other services to...

T-Mobile on Thursday announced the addition of four new partners to its Binge On program for subscribers, including Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision Now, and the WWE Network.

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10:39
∞ Apple’s voluntary recall of certain AC wall plug...

Apple today announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac® and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide. [...]

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10:33
Facebook opening Periscope-like video broadcasting...

Facebook shared today that it is turning on live video broadcasting from its app for all iPhone users in the United States. This feature was previously limited to public figures and verified accounts then expanded to a limited number of test iPhone users last month. Facebook’s effort in this space is similar to Meerkat and Twitter’s Periscope service, which popularized live video streaming from mobile devices last year.

While live video broadcasting is limited to members in the United States for now, Facebook says it hopes to expand the feature in other countries “over the coming weeks.”
For new users getting started, Facebook shares these instructions for how to use the live video broadcasting feature within its app:
To...

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10:00
The Apple rumor mill is working at top speed this...

There's nothing better with which to raise the spirits of Apple fans than a good rumor, and the rumors have reached a fever pitch in the few days since the sobering financial news on Tuesday. Those rumors come from none other than 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who has a surprisingly good track record at finding "sources" who know what's going on. So what should we expect in the next couple of months? According to Gurman, an "iPad Air 3", a new 4-inch iPhone called the "iPhone 5se", and new Apple Watch models

The iPad Air 2 is getting a bit long in the tooth, having been introduced in October 2014. Gurman points to a schematic for a new iPad Air that showed speaker grills in all four corners -- similar to the iPad Pro -- and possibly a rear-facing LED flash for those people who find it necessary to use their iPads as super-sized cameras. "Sources" say that Apple is even...

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09:55
What is the fastest speed of any object on the earth?

Talon Torres:…(it) had been launched at six times Earth’s escape velocity. That’s one hundred fifty thousand miles per hour. Forty-five miles per second. Nine times faster than the Space Shuttle, six times faster than the fastest moon rockets. Faster than the Voyager spacecraft, which, having reached over 35000 miles per hour, are now leaving the solar system and have for years been claimed to be the fastest man-made objects ever. To which I now say: Pshaw and poppycock… So somewhere in the New Mexico desert, unknown and unmourned, lies an American relic, a piece of history like no other: the fastest man-made object ever.I have no idea who the writer is but it’s a great story and the answer will surprise you. The amount of energey required is mindboggling. Thanks to John Molloy for the link....

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09:41
Skipping Network Setup in SetupAssistant

SetupAssistant.app has many fun hidden dot files in /var/db/ and Pepijn Bruienne (@bruienne) has found another good one: /var/db/.MBSkipWiFiSetupIfPossible This dot file will make SetupAssistant skip the WiFi setup portion of the setup in some cases. Only 10.11 and higher will respect this dot file.
For SetupAssistant to skip the WiFi setup /var/db/.MBSkipWiFiSetupIfPossible, some criteria have to be met. The first is that the /var/db/.MBSkipWiFiSetupIfPossible file must exist, this can be done by touching the file. The second is a WiFi network has to be added either as a profile, manually and then deleting the .AppleSetupDone file, or by networksetup in a post image/first boot script. The end result is to have a network in the preferred networks list before SetupAssistant runs. Third is that when the Mac is booted, the WiFi network must be within range and provide the Mac with a valid IP address.
Note: This will not work with 802.1X WiFi networks that have user level...

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09:38
Oracle to phase out much-maligned Java browser plugin

Oracle will soon wind down support for the Java browser plugin, reflecting an evolution in Internet standards and ever-mounting concerns about Web security.

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09:33
9to5Toys Last Call: Apple TV (3rd gen) $49, 11-inch...

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09:13
Yahoo Mail iOS app gets customizable swipes &...

Following an announcement for a revamped news discovery and commenting experience for its homepage and Yahoo mobile apps, the company is also rolling out an updated Yahoo Mail iOS app today.

Among new features for the app, users can now customize swipes, meaning you’ll be able to choose what happens when you swipe across your messages in your inbox. Options for the customizable swipes include star, send to folder, archive, and more.
You’ll find the new customizable swipe options under Settings>Swipe actions.
And also arriving for the app today are new Multi-Select Toolbar options...

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09:01
Samsung Widens Gap Over Apple in Worldwide...

The latest numbers from market research firm Strategy Analytics reveal that Samsung increased its lead over Apple as the world's largest smartphone maker, after shipping 81.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of the 2015 calendar year. Apple announced earlier this week that it sold a record 74.8 million iPhones during the same three-month period encompassing the busy holiday shopping season.

Global smartphone shipments grew 12 percent annually from 1.28 billion in 2014 to a record 1.44 billion in 2015, according to the data. Samsung and Apple contributed 317.2 million and 192.7 million smartphone sales respectively to that worldwide total, while Huawei, Lenovo-Motorola, and Xiaomi rounded off the top five...

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09:00
5 commonly overlooked security threats

The Internet is a vast place that brings amazing information to our fingertips in a matter of seconds. While this is a wonderful attribute, it also can be dangerous to your personal information or business’s data. That’s because there are hackers out there just itching to access your information and email is still a common way they accomplish this feat. And as we’ve seen through several recent examples—including the 2015 Pentagon and 2014 Sony email hacks—simply having a “strong” email password isn’t enough to keep your data from being compromised.
While some may jokingly (or not-so-jokingly) call for less...

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09:00
Production already underway for Apple's new 4-...

Apple has reportedly begun mass production of its new 4-inch handset, with the device slated for release this spring in a bid to kickstart sales in important emerging markets.

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09:00
Have you installed your Snow Leopard update today?

If you're one of the relatively small group of Mac owners still running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, you may have been surprised yesterday when an update appeared in the Mac App Store and on Apple's support website. Those of you who are new to the world of Macs might not know about Snow Leopard, which originally shipped in 2009 and introduced the Mac App Store in version 10.6.6. 

OS X 10.6.8 is not officially supported, but the update "ensures future compatibility of the Mac App Store included with OS X Snow Leopard, and is recommended for all Snow Leopard users." Only about four percent of active Mac users currently run Snow Leopard, making up as many as 3.6 million users worldwide. 

Apple would probably prefer that you update to a newer Mac that can run the most recent versions of OS X like 10.11 El Capitan and 10.10 Yosemite, but for those who are trying to stretch the life of old hardware...

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08:59
BBEdit 11.5

Loaded with over 150 additions, refinements, and fixes, including a number of improvements to the Find Differences feature. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:48
Rumor: iPad Air 3 to incorporate “4K” display,...

They’re just rumors at this point, but they point to some fairly cool stuff about the iPad Air 3.
As of now, it’s been said that Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation “4K” iPad Air set to debut in March.
The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple’s new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

The report states that the two suppliers can expect a slight one-year increase for touch panels orders from Apple in the first half of 2016. This comes despite previous rumors suggesting the iPad Air 3 will not adopt the...

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08:37
Apple Recalls Some International Wall Plug Adapters

Apple has issued a recall for some international wall plug adapters. Josh Centers explains how to see if your adapter is affected, and how to get it replaced. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:34
Latest iOS 9.3 beta enables accessory firmware...

The second beta of iOS 9.3 allows iPad Pro owners to update the firmware on some accessories by way of the Smart Connector, AppleInsider can confirm.

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08:34
Share your personal Snapchat URL with new feature...

There’s a new little feature tucked away in the latest Snapchat update that allows users to share their own Snapchat URL with others. The new URL is much more user-friendly as it is something you could easily copy and paste directly into messages and profile bios all around the web. Previously, Snapchat heavily relied on username search and QR code-based cards for this purpose.

Snapchat continues to find newer avenues that make adding friends easier. This URL is the newest in username sharing on top of manually adding by username, from the address book, by Snapcodes, or even just from nearby based on location.
When clicking any of these new Snapchat add URLs, Safari launches and requests to open...

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08:28
Apple predicted to sell another 20 million Macs this...

Apple's Mac shipments are expected to remain at a level similar to that of 2015 at around 20 million units in 2016, while new MacBook and iMacs are expected to boost the company's overall product ASPs [average selling prices], reports DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from the supply chain.”

Twenty million is the most Macs ever sold in a year. The previous record was 18.91 million in 2014.

These sources say that makers in the supply chain will start producing new 12- and 13.3-inch MacBooks at the end of the first quarter or in early second quarter, and 15-inch models in the third quarter. The article doesn’t clarify if that means laptops based on the 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display, MacBook Airs, or MacBook Pros, but I’m guessing it means all three.

Apple shipped 5.312 million laptops in the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s down...

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08:24
Apple is Voluntarily Recalling AC Wall Plug Adapters...

Today, Apple announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

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08:15
News: Apple issues voluntary recall for certain AC...

Apple has issued a voluntary recall covering some of its AC wall plug adapters and world travel kits. The recall affects AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea, noting that in very rare cases, the affected two-prong adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. The adapters shipped with Mac and some iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also…

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08:11
Voluntary Apple AC Wall Adapter Exchange program...

This is why recall programs exist in the first place.
Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for a select number of AC wall plug adapters used in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. America is not included in the recall. Apple says that in “very rare cases” the two-pronged Apple wall adapters could break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.
The company stated that the affected wall adapters shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, the adapters were included in the Apple World Travel Kit and that the company says that it is aware 12 issues worldwide.
The recall does not affect any of Apple’s USB power adapters or customers in...

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08:00
iPad Pro gains a Mac-like capability in iOS 9.3 beta...

Although the staff here at Apple World Today has varying opinions about the ability of the iPad Pro to serve as a "MacBook replacement", we agree on one thing -- the device can perform a lot of the same functions of a Mac. Now 9to5Mac is reporting that German developer Stefan Wolfrum discovered a new Mac-like capability for the iPad Pro -- being able to update the firmware of devices attached to the Smart Connector.

Wolfrum tweeted that iOS 9.3 beta 2 updated his Logitech Create iPad Pro keyboard with new firmware: 

WHOA! iOS 9.3 beta 2 apparently just updated my @Logitech Create #iPadPro keyboard's firmware!! /cc @settern pic.twitter.com/N2uRxVWBiL

— Stefan Wolfrum...

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07:58
Here’s how the iPhone is performing in global...

We learned this week that Apple shipped 74.8 million iPhones globally during the recent holiday quarter, which is just slightly up from the 74.4 million shipped during the same quarter the year prior and just under the 75 million that analysts expected.
Today Strategy Analytics has released new data showing how Apple’s last two years of shipments compare to competitors like Samsung and Huawei. The data also breaks down how Apple’s global smartphone marketshare stacks up to those same competitors.

As we already knew, Apple shipped 231.5 million iPhones globally in 2015 compared to 192.7 million globally the year prior, which maintains the company’s second place rank between Samsung and Huawei. Global iPhone shipments trailed Samsung’s...

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07:57
Apple Files for 'Genius Grove' and '...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Apple's latest trademark filings for 'Genius Grove.' The actual filing date is noted as being January 22, 2016. A Google search for the term produced zero results. While it's not officially known what Apple may have in mind for this, their filed International Classes would strongly suggest that it's some...

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07:55
Bug or conscious change? Apple Pencil for iPad Pro...

The first two beta releases of iOS 9.3 have severely limited the navigation capabilities of the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro. Whether this was an intentional readjustment of the accessory's functionality to make it less stylus-like, or simply a bug in pre-release software, remains to be seen.

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07:55
Skylake Mac Notebooks May See Staggered Launch in...

Apple is expected to refresh its MacBook lineup in 2016 with Intel's faster Skylake processors and Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C, and supply chain sources now indicate the updated notebooks may see a staggered launch throughout the year.

The company's manufacturing partners are expected to start producing new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro models around late March or early April, followed by 15-inch MacBook Pro models in the third quarter, according to the sometimes-reliable Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

If accurate, new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro models could debut at Apple's rumored March media event,...

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07:30
Apple recalling some AC adapters

Apple has announced the AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program. The company says it’s determined that, “in very rare cases,” the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. 

These wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple says it has voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. The company encourages customers to exchange any affected parts. Other wall plug adapters, including those designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States and Apple USB power adapters are not affected by this program.

Compare your adapter to the images in this...

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07:25
Apple announces AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program

Apple has announced the AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program (http://tinyurl.com/z8eotwo). The company says it’s determined that, “in very rare cases,” the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.
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07:25
Tim Cook: What's Good For the US Dollar Is Bad...

theodp writes: For years," Charles Erwin Wilson famously said back in the day, "I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa." That was then. This is now. The Washington Post reports that a strong U.S. dollar is the biggest threat to Apple's business around the world. "The dollar has shot up about 22 percent against a trade-weighted basket of other currencies since the middle of 2014," explains Matt O'Brien. "And in Apple's case, that's meant what would have been $100 of foreign sales in September 2014 was just $85 by the end of 2015. That's not good when you get two-thirds of your revenue overseas." Apple blamed the strength of the dollar compared to other currencies for costing it $5 billion in revenue, "For perspective, that difference is the size of an average Fortune 500 company," quipped CEO Tim Cook.
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07:21
Feature Request: Require Touch ID/passcode to power-...

Anyone who has ever accidentally left behind their iPhone or iPad in a public place like a coffee shop will know the sinking feeling in your stomach the moment you realize you’ve done it. Even if you rush back just one or two minutes later, you know there’s a high chance that the device will be gone.
If the worst happens, and you have another device with you, Find My iPhone lets you track the stolen device – except thieves tend to know this, and all they have to do to prevent it is to power-down their ill-gotten gains. This can be done while the device is locked, with no Touch ID or passcode access needed …

What I’d like to see is a simple iOS change that replaces the current ‘slide to power off’ dialog with a ‘Use Touch ID or enter passcode to power...

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07:15
Green Screen Pro offers 2D, 3D motion effects for...

Mosa Motion Graphics has introduced Green Screen Pro 1.0 for OS X. It’s a helper app that brings 3D and 2D motion effects to iMovie and Final Cut Pro users.
You can drag and drop into any video project. With its library of 100+ green screen CGI clips, anyone can create amazing transition animations, knock-off animations of iPhone, YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram and more.
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07:14
Apple recalls some AC adapters, world travel kits in...

Apple on Thursday issued a recall for two-pronged AC wall plug adapters designed for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea over a potential risk for electric shock.

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07:13
Apple issues Mac & iOS device AC Wall Plug...

Apple today has announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for a select number of AC wall plug adapters used in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. America is not included in the recall. Apple says that in “very rare cases” the two-pronged Apple wall adapters could break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

Apple said that the affected wall adapters shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices. Apple also says the adapters were included in the Apple World Travel Kit. The company says that it is aware 12 issues worldwide.
The recall does not affect any of Apple’s USB power adapters or customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Customers who would like take participate in the voluntary recall...

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07:09
Apple Recalls Some International Wall Adapters Due...

Apple today issued a voluntary recall for certain two-prong AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea, due to the risk of electrical shock if touched in very rare cases. Apple has also advised customers to stop using affected plug adapters.

Apple is offering a new, redesigned adapter for free to affected customers.Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge.The recalled wall plug adapters shipped with Macs and some iOS devices sold between 2003 and 2015, and were also included in the Apple World...

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07:04
Global smartphone shipments hit a record 1.4 billion...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 12 percent annually to hit a record 1.4 billion units in 2015. Samsung maintained first position and captured 22%global smartphone marketshare.
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06:59
Despite what you may have heard, the iPhone is still...

As previously noted, Apple hit a new high in iPhone sales over the holiday quarter with 74.8 million units shipped, albeit just 0.3 million more than the same quarter one year ago. 

Continued demand for Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, particularly in China and the U.S., elevated Apple in 2015 to 231.5 million units shipped in the year, according to new data from IDC. This represents 20.2% growth from the 192.7 million units shipped in 2014. The combination of new innovative features such as Apple Pay and Force Touch, combined with a new Rose Gold color, better performance, and increased speed, helped drive upgrades and attracted Android switchers in record numbers, according to the research group.

Although the Cupertino-based vendor witnessed minimal growth year over year, its 2015 total market share climbed to 16.2%, up from 14.8% in 2014. Growth in key markets such as China were up 18%, in which 50% were first-time iPhone owners....

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06:47
Synology introduces DiskStation DS216+

Synology has launched the DiskStation DS216+ (http://tinyurl.com/guu4p39). The 2-bay NAS server is aimed at home and small office users who want an efficient and secure storage solution to protect and share data, while enjoying on-the-fly video transcoding.
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06:44
Yahoo iOS app updated w/ revamped news discovery...

Yahoo today announced that it’s revamping the way it aggregates news content and in the process launching redesigned commenting, news discovery, and notification features to users on Android, iOS, and through its Yahoo homepage on the web.

Not only will the experience be consistent across platforms now, the entire experience has been given a fresh coat of paint and new features with Yahoo noting that it’s “made it easier to discover and create conversations with a community around engaging content and follow the latest developing stories in a nearly infinite news stream.”
Here’s what’s new for news discovery:

With this update, we’ve made it possible to sift through more content in less time. You no...

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06:34
Questionable rumor claims 'iPad Air 3'...

Apple's next 9.7-inch iPad -- commonly referred to as the "iPad Air 3" -- could sport features like a 4K display and 4 gigabytes of RAM while simultaneously offering better battery life, supply chain sources claimed on Thursday.

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06:33
San Francisco Chronicle finds treasure trove of...

This is a set of 43 photos from The Last Waltz concert from 1976. Brilliant find.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:22
Guess how many iPhones Apple sold in 2015
06:17
The complete, easy guide to backing up your Mac

Macworld’s Christopher Phin walks you through the options. If nothing else, click through to the article and read each section headline, just to get a sense of all the options covered. Good stuff.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
On pricing an iOS app

Tough to know the right apps to develop and to find the right pricing sweet spot at which to sell them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:04
A smartphone was shipped for 1 of every 5 people...

Manufacturers shipped nearly 1.5 billion smartphones to the world's 7.4 billion inhabitants in 2015 as consumers opted to replace older devices with newer LTE-equipped models or those with larger displays.

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03:00
Why cord cutters shouldn’t live in fear of broadband...

An optimistic outlook on Internet data limits, overage charges, and the potential threat to streaming video.

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04:03
Mingis on Tech: Retailers buy into IT (and is tech...

In Computerworld's latest video podcast, Executive News Editor Ken Mingis shops for details about why retailers are embracing tech and asks about a report that technology will cost the global economy 7 million jobs by 2020....

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04:26
Oracle's killing a favorite security hole for...

Oracle will retire the Java browser plug-in, frequently the target of Web-based exploits, about a year from now. Remnants, however, will likely linger long after that.“Oracle plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9,” the Java Platform Group said in a blog post Wednesday. “This technology will be removed from the Oracle JDK and JRE in a future Java SE release.”The Java Development Kit (JDK) 9, the reference implementation for the next version of Java SE, is expected to reach general availability in March 2017. By then, however, most modern browsers will no longer accept the Java browser plug-in anyway.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:31
Verizon is building for the Super Bowl and staying...

Mobile use is growing so fast that cells added for a big event like the Super Bowl are now worth keeping just for daily life.Verizon Wireless is installing nearly 100 cells to make sure its network can handle the crush of a million or more fans around this year’s big game in the San Francisco Bay Area. Almost all will stay up after the game’s over.The volume of phone calls, selfies, social media posts and videos spikes around an event like the Super Bowl. Verizon expects its traffic to double next week in downtown San Francisco, where several city blocks will be closed to cars for a fan gathering area called Super Bowl City. Keeping up with that kind of demand forces carriers to plan ahead and get creative finding sites for their radios all over the urban landscape. Verizon started scoping out its US$70 million Super Bowl strategy two years ago and began installations last year. Along the way, it was thinking all the way ahead to 5G, the next generation of mobile networks....

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05:50
Apple Advances Projection System for Possible Future...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another PrimeSense derived projection system for future iDevices that will use 3D mapping for various applications including interpreting in-air gesture recognition.

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05:47
Twitter vs Facebook

John Gruber captures perfectly the problem with comparing Twitter to Facebook∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:37
iPad Pro gets standalone capability normally...

The ability to fully support your satellite devices (like updating the Logitech keyboard’s firmware) is critical if the iPad Pro is going to serve as your full time computer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:02
Apple increases standalone capabilities of iPad Pro...

The iPad Pro quietly gained a new capability in iOS 9.3 beta 2: German developer Stefan Wolfrum tweeted that the device can now update the firmware in devices attached to the Smart Connector. He was offered, and able to complete, a firmware update to his Logitech Create keyboard.
Firmware updates of accessories usually need you to connect them to a Mac, but as the Smart Connector is unique to the iPad Pro, it’s likely this fact that prompted the new capability …
...

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05:00
Mount up that Apple TV with TotalMount Pro

The fourth gen Apple TV is a very cool upgrade of the set-top box. However, people with wall-mounted televisions often wonder where to put their new Apple TV (or a second or third generation model).

No problem thanks to a TV mount dubbed TotalMount Pro. It attaches the Apple set-top box to the back of your television.

Wall-mounted TV owners previously struggled with tunneling an HDMI cable from a television through a wall to an Apple TV. Running an HDMI cable through a wall is too destructive and time-consuming for many people. The $30 TotalMount Pro makes Apple TV installation simple by attaching the Apple TV to the back of the television.  

This installation method positions the Apple set-top box for easy access to the HDMI port on the back of the television. Of course, a power cord is still necessary, but most wall-mounted...

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05:00
FDA Guidelines Target IoT Medical Device Security


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week took a step toward addressing the threat the Internet of Things poses to patients and their data by releasing some proposed guidelines for managing cybersecurity in medical devices. "A growing number of medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care. Networked medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats," the FDA says in its proposal.

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04:58
VMWare abruptly fires Fusion dev team, outsources to...

This appears to have been sudden, but I can’t imagine this was an overnight decision. That’s rough.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:43
Apple Invents a Stereo System with an Adaptive Room...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a stereo speaker system that measures the impulse response of a listening area so as to provide listeners with exceptional quality audio depending on the room's configuration ....

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04:31
DigiTimes Says iPad Air 3 Will Have 4K Display and...

Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation "4K" iPad Air set to debut in March, according to sources out of the China supply chain (via DigiTimes).

The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple's new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

The report goes on to state that both display makers expect a slight on-year increase in demand for touch panel products from Apple in the first half of 2016 due to orders of products equipped with 3D Touch. This comes despite previous rumors suggesting the iPad Air 3 will not adopt the pressure-sensitive display technology due to the production difficulties involved with...

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04:23
Worldwide device shipments to grow 1.9% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016 , a 1.9 percent increase from 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). End-user spending in constant U.S. dollars is expected to decline 0.5 percent for the first time. 
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04:19
Kool Tools: OfficeProtector 3.0 for Mac OS X

Excel Software’s (www.excelsoftware.com) OfficeProtect 3.0, software to protect and license Microsoft Excel documents, has been revved to version 3.0, adding support for Mac Office 2011 or 2016. It also adds an additional layer of protection.
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04:01
Supply-chain report claims March iPad Air 3 may have...

After our report yesterday, the not overly reliable Digitimes is claiming that the iPad Air 3 will come equipped with a 4K screen, as well as 4GB RAM and improved battery life. As usual, it cites unnamed supply chain sources for the claims.
Aside from the source of the latest rumor, a 4K display would give the iPad Air 3 a higher-resolution screen than the iPad Pro, which would seem unlikely. It’s also more Apple-like to opt for a slimmer device matching the battery life of existing iPads rather than increase the already great battery life. Perhaps the extra battery that they are seeing on...

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03:47
San Jose Approves New Apple Campus that will Bring...

San Jose city leaders Tuesday unanimously approved an updated development agreement that clears the way for Apple to begin building its 86-acre campus in North San Jose,

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03:26
Apple Invention Covers Haptic System for Apple Watch...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the haptic vibration alert system for the Apple Watch, Sports bands and possible future biometric monitors.

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02:31
Apple's Angela Ahrendts: The company was Built...

Angela Ahrendts was interviewed by Fast Company yesterday and was asked what it took to make change inside a successful business

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01:58
Samsung's Q4 Results Officially Misses the Mark...

On January 8 we posted a report titled "Another Quarter Goes by and Samsung's Recovery is nowhere in Sight," which was a preview to Samsung's coming quarterly report. Today Samsung announced exactly that number as the final tally for Q4 2015.

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01:34
Apple's iPad Air 3 may Offer 4K Display

A new supply chain report surfacing today notes that Apple is expected to unveil new models of its iPad Air in March and production will start in the second quarter. The new 9.7-inch device will reportedly come with a new display.

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Wednesday January 27

15:17
As video surges, Facebook considers a dedicated...

Facebook is considering a dedicated service or page where users will be able watch videos and not be bothered by other content.
The social network continues to see surging interest in video. During one day last quarter, its users watched a combined 100 million hours of video. Roughly 500 million users watch at least some video each day.
That's a lot of video and a lot of viewers, and Facebook wants to capitalize on it.
"We are exploring a dedicated place on Facebook for when they just want to watch videos," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday during a conference call to discuss Facebook's quarterly financial results.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:52
Angela Ahrendts treats Apple Store employees like...

Apple Stores saw employee retention rates of 81 percent coming out of 2015, the highest ever recorded according to retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who attributes the statistic to a feeling of connectedness unique to Apple.

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21:08
iOS 9.3 Beta 2 Allows iPad Pro's Smart...

The second beta of iOS 9.3, which was seeded to developers on Monday and the public earlier today, includes a new feature that allows the iPad Pro's Smart Connector to update accessory firmware. The new feature was first spotted by German developer Stefan Wolfrum (via Cult of Mac) when he plugged his Logitech Create keyboard case into his iPad Pro.

In the past month, several users in the MacRumors forums have noted that the Create keyboard case suffers from lag and dropped keystrokes. A MacRumors forum member, who...

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21:00
Apple retail chief Ahrendts says she treats retail...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has recently sat down with Fast Company for a brief interview in which she discusses what her first two years at Apple have been like. Ahrendts previously was the CEO of high-end fashion retailer Burberry. Ahrendts notes of the strategies she’s employed to improve Apple’s retail chain, including her strategy of treating them just as she would treat an executive.

Ahrendts first notes that during her first six months on the job at Apple, she was able to travel to 40 different markets and spend time with retail leaders in each. She described...

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20:57
Twitter close to hiring former Apple PR executive...

Twitter is on the verge of hiring Natalie Kerris -- once a major communications executive with Apple -- to take charge of its own communications unit, according to a report.

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20:22
Opinion: Now is the time for Apple to enter the VR...

Apple has long been rumored to have an interest in the virtual reality market, but the company itself has always remained quiet on the technology. That’s not an unusual strategy for Apple, though, as it often only makes very general, or even negative, comments about a technology until it is ready to announce its own foray into a market. During the company’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2016, however, CEO Tim Cook was asked about his opinions on virtual reality.
Speaking on the call, Cook said that he thinks virtual reality has some interesting applications and noted that he doesn’t think it is a niche market, a comment often used against the technology by its naysayers. “I don’t think VR is a niche,” Cook said. “It’s really cool and has some interesting applications.”
This begs the question as to what exactly Apple has planned for virtual reality. There are a variety of possibilities, some of which companies like Google have already capitalized on. As we’ve...

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20:05
Facebook open to payments partnerships with Apple...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday name dropped Apple Pay in a discussion about his company's willingness to partner with payments providers as a route to ad monetization, calling the fledgling service a segment innovator.

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03:00
Two new Vaios land in our laps: The flipping crazy...

The Vaio Z turns the 2-in-1 concept on its head, and the Vaio S practically begs to be bent.

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11:12
Flash video is 'on life support,' but big...

As a video format, Adobe Flash is almost gone for good.
According to a report by Encoding.com, Flash accounted for just 6 percent of video output last year, down 15 percent from 2014. Today, it’s mainly used for legacy browsers, banner ads, and some specific edge cases. “We expect to see the Flash video codec disappear completely from our report with 24 months,” the report says.
That sounds like great news for people who’ve dropped Flash from their web browsers due to security concerns and performance drawbacks. But for Encoding.com’s bold prediction to pan out, several major streaming sites will have to change their ways.To read this article...

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11:20
Box, Dropbox users can now edit Office documents...

Business users who rely on cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Box now have some improved tools in their collaboration arsenal, thanks to a set of integrations that Microsoft announced Wednesday
Starting Wednesday, Office Online users can work in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations shared inside Box, Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile and Egnyte. That means those folks who don't use Microsoft's systems to store their files will still be able to use the Office web apps to work together on the same file all at once. 
The real-time, co-authoring feature was already available for people who used Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood, wonderful wood

Wonderful woodThis week’s roundup includes several devices that are just about as natural as can be. Read on!OreeThe $190 Oree Board 2 is a Bluetooth keyboard made of a single piece of premium wood—it’s compatible with all iPads and Macs, and it’s efficient: It’ll run for five months on a pair of AA batteries.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:08
Podcast 492: How to travel like an international...

Susie's back from some last-minute travel, just in time to talk travel with Glenn and Rich Mogull, a security researcher, Macworld contributor, and world traveler who knows all about how to keep your data safe and secure even when moving around in countries that are actively trying to snoop on you.
For instance, we've all heard of "burner" devices—something cheap that holds no more of your personal data than necessary, that you use temporarily and then trash or donate when you're done. Well, that doesn't help us Apple fans much, does it? While it's true you probably won't want to buy a new iPad just to throw it away after a trip to China or Russia, it turns out iOS is generally secure enough that you can back up and wipe a device before you leave, use it during your trip, and then erase it again when you get home, ready to restore to your previous backup. Rich has other great tips too, from VPNs to knowing the special rules at border crossings....

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12:32
Report: iPhone 7 will sport DSLR-quality camera, 3D...

If the iPhone 5se rumors this week didn’t get you riled up for a new iPhone, then maybe this tidbit about the iPhone 7 will jumpstart your excitement.
Apple is rumored to incorporate a dual-camera system in the new iPhone 7, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reported by 9to5Mac. The dual-camera would make it possible for the iPhone 7 to take DSLR-quality photos by incorporating the LinX camera technology that Apple acquired last year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:39
Apple enables lower App Store price tiers in Canada...

Apple on Wednesday announced two new App Store price tiers for iOS developers selling wares in Canada and New Zealand, enabling lower digital content costs for consumers and flexibility for app makers.

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15:38
Apple announces lower App Store price tiers for...

Apple today announced on its Developer Portal that its making two new lower price tiers available for developers in Canada and New Zealand. Developers in those countries can now offer paid apps and in-app purchases at $0.99 CAD and $0.99 NZD. These new options will allow for developers to offer more affordable apps and in-app purchases to users in these countries.

Apple wrote the following on its Developer Portal regarding the changes:
Lower price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, now let you offer paid apps and In-App Purchases at $0.99 (CAD) and $0.99 (NZD). Existing apps that already use these price tiers have been automatically updated. Get details on App Store pricing in the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps on ...

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15:25
Suggestion Glitch Crashes Safari Browser


Apple's Safari browser has been crashing on Macs and iOS devices when users launch a search through its address bar, according to reports that surfaced Wednesday. OS X and iOS users worldwide have been affected, according to The Verge, which confirmed the problem on several iOS devices and at least one OS X machine. One of the first mentions of the glitch was a tweet by app developer Phillip Caudell, who asked if anyone else's Safari browser on the Mac mysteriously stopped working.

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15:20
Lower Price Tiers Available for Canada and New...

Lower price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, now let you offer paid apps and In-App Purchases at $0.99 (CAD) and $0.99 (NZD). Existing apps that already use these price tiers have been automatically updated. Get details on App Store pricing in the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps on iTunes Connect.

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15:20
Lower Price Tiers Available for Canada and New...

Lower price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, now let you offer paid apps and In-App Purchases at $0.99 (CAD) and $0.99 (NZD). Existing apps that already use these price tiers have been automatically updated. Get details on App Store pricing in the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps on iTunes Connect.

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15:00
Apple R&D, property investments reach all-time...

In detailed earnings results for the first fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple said it spent more than $2.4 billion on research and development operations, while gross property and related expenditures grew to $51.3 billion.

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14:53
The European Union is proposing new Rules to Thwart...

A new report published this afternoon reveals that the European Union will propose on Thursday a new set of rules and common standards aimed at amending corporate tax legislation across the bloc’s 28 countries in an effort to thwart avoidance schemes and ensure wealthy multinationals like Apple ....

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14:51
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 27, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.5, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor.

BBEdit 11.5 offers a variety of performance improvements and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences. In all, this new version includes more than 160 new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues. Version 11.5requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later, and is fully compatible with OS X El Capitan.

BBEdit 11.5 is a recommended update which is free of charge to all BBEdit 11 customers. For new users, the suggested retail...

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14:30
Apple CFO says 'fair' outcome in Irish tax...

On Wednesday Apple CFO Luca Maestri attacked an ongoing European Commission investigation into the company's tax deals with Ireland, claiming that a "fair" decision would find the iPhone maker owing nothing.

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14:16
Opinion: 6 years after its introduction, iPad...

Six years ago today Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on stage in what was arguably one of the best product demos from Apple or any other tech company for that matter. The hype was tremendous but the demo was low key.
Jobs plainly explained why the iPad needed to exist and where Apple believed it fit between iPhones and Macs, then offered an almost hypnotizing demonstration of what using an iPad was like. Highlighting the intimacy of the tablet, Jobs demoed the iPad on stage while comfortably seated for a full 12 minutes. If you’ve never watched the demo or haven’t seen it lately, queue it up and see for yourself how much it stands out from nearly every other product introduction.
Six years in, the iPad has matured from a single product to a whole product line with multiple screen sizes, price points, and even accessories specific to the tablet. iPad sales peaked two years ago, though, and that peak’s clearly not temporary like...

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14:00
The Apple Hangover will give Investors a Headache...

Apple's shares continued to sink today and by the close of the market, it was down slightly over 6.5% amid a slew of analyst downgrades after Tuesday nights' earnings revelations. But some people were cheering ...

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13:55
Tip of the Day: Managing iOS device backups in iTunes

While iCloud backups provide a certain degree of convenience, many users will quickly go beyond the free 5GB of storage that Apple provides. Unless you’re already paying for more iCloud storage, or willing to shell out for a larger plan just for backups, you’ll be happy to know that iTunes still provides a handy alternative to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch backed up to your Mac or PC, and in fact even has a key advantage over iCloud…

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13:45
AWT News Update: January 27, 2016

Moves, updates, upgrades, and statistics. That's what we have for you on the Apple World Today News Update today!

  • A long-time Apple PR/Communications staffer may be moving to Twitter
  • Google Docs, Sheets and Slides get collaborative commenting as part of today's update
  • Intel releases specs and pricing on its new Skylake-based mobile CPUs, fueling speculation of an upgrade of the 15-inch MacBook Pro soon
  • Over 3/4 of all iOS devices are now running iOS 9
  • There's a lot of room for future sales of larger iPhones
  • Why the tablet market is shrinking

The text version of the podcast is below, or you can watch video (with a long dialogue about Starry at the beginning) right here...

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13:37
CrashSafari.com site spreads, points out bug in...

You’re going to want to avoid this.
A recent link to CrashSafari.com has been circulating around Twitter and other web sites, the site itself doing what you thought it would do and crashing Apple’s Safari mobile web browser on your iOS device.
If you tap on the link on your iOS device, your iPhone will start rebooting right away. On a Mac, you’ll see the spinning wheel of death, but not a complete crash. Some links will point you to CrashChrome.com instead of CrashSafari, which will cause Chrome to crash on any device you use, including Android, but it won’t cause a reboot.

The prank went viral on Twitter on Monday morning, and many users panicked that their iPhones were vulnerable to attack after rebooting. The problem was noticed and explained by security...

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13:32
FCC Proposal Aims to Make Subscription TV Available...

United States Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler introduced a proposal [PDF] this afternoon that would de-couple cable subscriptions from cable set-top boxes. Under the proposal, cable and satellite subscribers would be able to access and watch cable content on any set-top box of their choosing, including the Apple TV, rather than being limited to the set-top box provided by the cable company.

While allowing customers to access the full content provided with a cable subscription through the Apple TV is not quite the cord-cutting solution Apple has been aiming for, it is a step towards a more open relationship between technology companies and cable companies. Such a system would not give Apple control over content, but it would allow Apple to build an interface for that content.

The new...

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13:22
Gear: Lynktec Reeljuice Power Bank

Initially announced in late 2014, Lynktec’s Reeljuice Power Bank ($100-$120) is now available for purchase. The battery pack most notably includes a built-in 4-foot retractable charging cable. It comes in two capacities — 5300 mAh for $100, or a larger 8000 mAh version for $120. Reeljuice supports pass-through charging at speeds up to 2.1A, allowing for full-speed charging of newer iPads. Though a micro-USB connector is attached to the built-in…

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13:20
Apple updates Snow Leopard so you can continue to...

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Snow Leopard is fondly remembered by many longtime Mac users, both because it was a remarkably refined release and because it was the last version produced before Apple really started porting iOS features over to the Mac. Five new versions of OS X have been released since then, but NetApplications data says that some five percent of the total Mac userbase continues to soldier on with version 10.6.
Some of those people will be using Macs that aren't compatible with newer versions of OS X, and others will be sticking around because of their personal preferences (or spite, or stubbornness). Either way, if you're still running 10.6, fire up your software updaters for the first time in years because...

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13:13
Apple CFO says tax investigation is between EU...

A report earlier this month from Bloomberg claimed that Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes if the European Commission rules that its Ireland setup is illegal. Speaking to the Financial Times today, Apple CFO Luca Maestri commented on the ongoing European investigation and said that he estimates Apple will have to pay $0 in back taxes, assuming the investigation outcome is “fair.”

Maestri had the following to say regarding the European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s tax practices:
“This is a case between the European Commission and Ireland and frankly there is no way to estimate the impact right now, we need to...

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Tuesday January 26

14:13
Apple's Q1: Record $18.4 billion profit, but...

Apple just reported its financial results for the holiday quarter, which ended Dec. 26, and unsurprisingly, the company posted huge numbers: $18.4 billion in profit on $75.9 billion in revenue. The company sold 74.8 million iPhones, which is slightly less than the 75 million expected from sales of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, though still nothing to shake a stick at. Apple’s Q1 is the most profitable quarter any company has ever reported. Ever.
But here’s the deal: iPhone sales won’t keep climbing forever—though they’re still growing, it’s at a slower rate than ever before, from 74.5 million units to 74.8 million year-over-year. Apple expects revenue in the current quarter to decline year-over-year, from $58 billion during last year’s Q2 to between $50 billion and $53 billion when the quarter ends in March....

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