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Friday November 20

iPad Pro problems: Apple acknowledges mysterious...

Some iPad Pro owners have noticed some strange behavior in their new 12.9-inch tablets. Normally when you charge a device, unless the battery has completely died, the screen remains responsive. But some iPad Pros are completely freezing, then dying, after a recharge. The problem appears to be widespread—Apple’s support communities are filled with complaints about the issue.Apple knows about the problem, but hasn’t said why it’s happening. There doesn’t seem to be a real fix for it, either—at least not yet. The company published a support document on Thursday advising Pro users to force restart their tablets to bring them back to life, but that’s not really a long-term solution, because the issue is ongoing.To read...

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Apps: Apple TV Edition: Alto’s Adventures, Labyrinth...

With the Apple TV App Store continuing to provide some interesting new options for apps, we decided it’s time for another roundup of the Apple TV apps we’ve seen lately, from the typical and popular game options through to the slightly more eclectic. Alto’s Adventure ($3) — The popular snowboarding odyssey comes to the Apple TV, and best of all it’s a universal app, so if you’ve already been enjoying it on your iPhone,…

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Mini review video: Our verdict on the iPad Pro in...

Had trouble reading every single word of my iPad Pro review? It's okay, writing all of those words was kind of hard, too. For those of you with shorter attention spans, here's the abridged version: Apple's biggest-ever tablet isn't for me, but it...

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Two-Step Verification Now Available for Developer...

You can now use two-step verification on the Apple Developer website, Xcode, iTunes Connect, and more. This additional security feature helps prevent others from accessing your account, even if they know your password. Learn more about two-step verification.

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Two-Step Verification Now Available for Developer...

You can now use two-step verification on the Apple Developer website, Xcode, iTunes Connect, and more. This additional security feature helps prevent others from accessing your account, even if they know your password. Learn more about two-step verification.

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Apple Pay Has Expanded to Canada and Australia

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Canada and Australia, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay using American Express. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more.

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Apple Pay Has Expanded to Canada and Australia

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Canada and Australia, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay using American Express. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more.

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Get Your Apps Ready for the Holidays

The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 22-29, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect functionality will remain available. Because of your incredible apps, the App Store crossed 100 billion cumulative downloads. Revenue from the App Store increased 25% year over year, and the number of transacting customers grew 18%, setting a new all-time record. We want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our platforms.

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Get Your Apps Ready for the Holidays

The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 22-29, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect functionality will remain available. Because of your incredible apps, the App Store crossed 100 billion cumulative downloads. Revenue from the App Store increased 25% year over year, and the number of transacting customers grew 18%, setting a new all-time record. We want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our platforms.

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Facebook at Work rolls out a dedicated chat app on...

Facebook at Work caters to businesses, allowing employees to communicate and share documents on private channels, and this week it adds a new mobile feature called Work Chat. Work Chat is a separate messaging app that operates similarly to the stan...

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Still severely constrained at Apple's own...

The Apple Pencil for iPad Pro launched at electronics retailer Best Buy on Friday, with some stores showing inventory in stock, despite the fact that Apple's own retail locations continue to face constraints.

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Review: Ecoxgear EcoPebble Powerbank + Speaker

Ecoxgear's EcoPebble Powerbank + Speaker ($100) is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which, like a growing number of Bluetooth speakers, includes a number of other features to appeal to customers. It's notable that "Powerbank" is actually listed first in the product name — EcoPebble Powerbank pairs a 10400 mAh battery charger with its speaker. Other features include a universal mount, dual charging ports, speakerphone, and flashlight. EcoPebble Powerbank is IP67 waterproof, so though it can float, it's also submersible to one meter deep for 30 minutes. Ecoxgear claims its accessory can get over 50 hours of play time, which is one of the highest battery claims we've seen for a Bluetooth speaker. EcoPebble Powerbank includes a knit micro-USB cable for charging, a wall adapter, universal mount strap, and carabiner clip. {/exp:char_limit}

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Facebook has a cure for your broken heart: more...

Your best friend, Facebook — you know the one who toyed with your emotions for personal gain; repeatedly brought up moments you'd rather forget; and refused to call you by your chosen name for, like, ever — really wants to help you get...

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Microsoft HoloLens, Volvo to Pioneer Augmented Car...

Microsoft HoloLens on Thursday announced a partnership with Volvo Cars to develop a new holographic technology that could change the way consumers experience auto showrooms. The tech would let potential buyers experience an automobile in an entirely new way, suggested Scott Erickson, senior director of Microsoft HoloLens. Using Microsoft's HoloLens goggles, consumers could view safety feature demonstrations, see car customization options, and even take part in virtual test drives without leaving the showroom.

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Hillary Clinton calls for cooperation on encryption

The debate over smartphone, app and data encryption rages on in the US. With the recent events in Paris only fueling the fire for those arguing for backdoor access, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke up on the need for cooperat...

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How-To: Use iPad keyboard shortcuts in iOS 9 and...

Yesterday I mentioned a useful tip for using physical keyboards with iPads in my guide to unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro. The tip actually works with all iOS 9 iPads connected to external keyboards over Bluetooth, Lightning, or the Smart Connector: hold Command (⌘) to see a list of supported keyboard shortcuts for the Home screen or app you’re in.
This works in most of Apple’s built-in apps and plenty of popular third-party apps as well, but it can be monotonous prompting that sheet in each app to get a sense of what keyboard shortcuts work. Instead, I’ve compiled a cheat sheet of which keyboard shortcuts work in all the system apps and several popular third-party apps. Whether you’re using Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro,...

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EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA update now available...

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
Yammer’s mission is to enable open team collaboration, and we recognize that sharing goes hand in hand with the right levels of privacy, security and compliance. With more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 using Yammer to collaborate, our goal is to provide customers with industry-leading privacy and security commitments.
Today I’m thrilled to announce that Yammer has achieved a major compliance milestone to enhance its commitment to the protection of personal data for European customers. Effective immediately, all customers can obtain a Data Processing Agreement with the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses for data processors, known commonly as the “EU Model Clauses (EUMC).” This provides customers with an alternative to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States.
Additionally, the standard HIPAA Business Associate...

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Leaked screenshots show glimpse of Apple...

Apple is working on an iOS app intended to funnel people through the support process faster, as well as address a lot of questions without phone calls or looking it up on the company's website, it was revealed on Friday.

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Dojo Stands Cybersecurity Guard for Smart Homes

Dojo-Labs on Thursday introduced Dojo, a device that plugs into the router of a home network and acts as a watchdog to ensure that everything connected to the network is operating on its best behavior. The device brings some of the advanced technologies used to protect corporate networks to the home. It can prevent attacks and detect intrusions by observing how a device behaves on the network. Moreover, the longer it's connected to a network, the smarter it gets about how that network works, the company said.

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Jimmy Iovine, women, and the Apple car

I laughed and nearly spit out my coffee when I read Gruber’s comment about Jimmy Iovine.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Review: Nanoleaf Ivy, a HomeKit lightbulb made from...

The new Nanoleaf Smarter Kit with HomeKit support comes with a Smart Hub and two Nanoleaf Smart Ivy Light Bulbs to get you started. Like other popular connected lighting systems including the Philips Hue, you can purchase more bulbs individually once you’ve bought the Smarter Kit with the hub that allows a wirelesses connection for control from your iPhone or iPad and support for connecting up to 50 bulbs (the standard limitation among these types of products). But the Nanoleaf Ivy bulbs have a lot to offer in a package unlike anything else I’ve tested. The bulb is made entirely from a foldable printed circuit board with embedded LEDs…...

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External Link: Yahoo Mail Blocking AdBlock Plus Users

The war between advertisers and ad blockers has escalated. Yahoo Mail is reportedly blocking users of the AdBlock Plus browser extension, displaying the following error message: “Uh oh… We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.” A workaround for those who don’t wish to disable AdBlock Plus is to change Yahoo Mail’s view from Full Featured to Basic. 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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Mac: MacPhun Aurora HDR

MacPhun’s Aurora HDR ($40) app provides Mac users the ability to turn their own digital photos into high-dynamic-range images. The app offers more than 60 editing tools and dozens of one-click presets developed by renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff. Other presets geared toward various photography styles simplify the process even further, allowing for instant transformations of photos whether they were taken inside or outside, of landscapes or buildings. While the app is designed to make editing photos simple, a broad range of editing tools lets users experiment with more precise changes like split-toning, color filtering and graduated neutral density.

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External Link: The Wirecutter’s Guide to Prepaid...

The prepaid cellular landscape is dense and complex, but Rob Pegoraro has written a guide for The Wirecutter that cuts through the confusion. Unlike most of The Wirecutter’s guides, this one doesn’t present a single best choice, but rather a variety of recommendations depending on your needs. 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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iPhone 6s Plus vs. Moto X Pure – How does Motorola’s...

Apple got in to the high-end phablet game for the first time last year. And just a couple of months back, it released its follow up to the 6 Plus just as Motorola turned its Moto X into a giant. Can the X Pure compete with what many consider to be the best phablet around?

Like Apple, Motorola has a big focus on design. Although their focus takes them on a slightly different path, the value for aesthetic appeal is there nonetheless. The metal-framed phone can be customized with a number of different color frames, front panels, metal accents and materials to personalize it before it even arrives at your door. With the iPhone 6s Plus, you have four colors. Only one if you want a black front panel...

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Pad & Quill: Beautiful wood and leather...

Thanks to Pad & Quill for sponsoring The Loop this week. Pad & Quill is offering beautiful wood and leather accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch and more. I have one of their Backpacks and absolutely love it! They are offering Loop readers a 10% discount on any order including the new Minneapolis made Lowry Leather Cuff and Lowry Leather Band for Apple Watch. Code: LOOP15.Lowry Leather Band Features

  • USA made leather strap for Apple Watch
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Apple Developing Support iOS App to Streamline...

Apple appears to be working on an iOS app that will provide customers with easy access to Apple support staff, troubleshooting tips, and repair options for their iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices. A series of screenshots of the app were provided by Sonny Dickson to uSwitch Tech, revealing key details about the app and what it's capable of.

There are direct options for chatting with an advisor, scheduling an in-store visit (which lists the next available appointment at a local Apple Store), and sending a device in for service, along with a list of support documents and guides to solve common problems like using iTunes to do a restore, maximizing battery life, or upgrading to the latest version of iOS.

According to an "insider," the app is tied to an Apple ID and will automatically list all of the devices that each person owns,...

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9to5Toys Last Call: MFi 3ft Lightning cable $4, MEE...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Heads up! During Black Friday/Cyber Monday you’re going to have to follow us on Twitter to get the best deals since many sell out too quickly to post.

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Pad & Quill goes big for the iPad Pro

The best just got bigger. Pad & Quill just announced three new products specifically for the iPad Pro, and like all of the company’s products, they’re hand-crafted and beautiful.

The first is the Contega Linen ($119.95), a new take on the existing Contega case. It uses a wood frame and linen book binding to encase your Pro in long-lasting and beautiful protection. P&Q has added four sound channels to make sure that the four speakers of the iPad Pro are enhanced, not muffled. Available in charcoal, cranberry and linen gray exterior colors, the Contega has a multi-angle self-propping stand.

Next up is the Oxford Leather Case for iPad Pro ($119.95), a minimalist leather folio case crafted from American Full Grain leather. Inside, the iPad Pro is held in place with a 3M clean...

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Apple Watch supplier LG Display plans to spend $4.2B...

LG Display is planning to spend up to $4.2 billion on a new factory in Paju, South Korea in order to meet demand for OLED screens -- some of which could potentially make their way into future Apple products.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Air (1.4GHz, 4GB, 256GB) for...

While supplies last, grab a 13" MacBook Air with 256GB of storage for $880, a fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999, $220 to $649 off all other 2014 MacBook Airs and $55 to $200 off 2015 MacBook Airs. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 hours.

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Help select a design for AWT logo wear

Well, we should have expected that letting an amateur design our hoodie wouldn't work out. The hoodies aren't exactly flying off of the virtual shelves, so we've canceled the existing campaign and AWT patron chat room regular tenthrow has come up with eight designs that all look much better than what we came up with. 

We WANT you to buy some logo wear, so we've decided that you need to decide what you like the most. Even if you're not in the market for some AWT gear, please answer our questions so we can get a feel for what readers might be more willing to buy. 

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PSA: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro available at Best Buy

Best Buy is currently listing Apple Pencil for iPad Pro as in-stock and available to ship within 1 business day for $99.99. Free standard shipping will get it to you around December 2, while upgrading to Express shipping ($20) puts it at your doorstep by this Monday. Apple online is still showing a 4-5 week wait and store inventory has been very limited.
Delayed shipping for Apple’s newest accessory has caused resale prices to skyrocket. If you haven’t yet seen Apple Pencil in person, check out our hands-on for an in-depth look.
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News: Apple Music: Iovine apologizes for remarks...

Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine issued an apology for remarks he made about “some women” finding it difficult to find music, Buzzfeed reports. The cringe-inducing moment came while Iovine was on CBS This Morning with Mary J. Blige discussing a new Apple ad featuring Blige alongside actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. “I just thought of a problem,” Iovine said. “Girls are sitting around, talking about boys, right? Or complaining…

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Feature Request: Automatically activate emergency...

We reported recently on an Apple patent application for a ‘panic mode‘ on an iPhone, where using a specific finger on the Touch ID sensor could do anything from locking down the phone to calling 911 and starting audio and video recording.
There are pros & cons to the idea, of course, with one 911 operator saying that a similar Blackberry function has resulted in “thousands and thousands” of false emergency calls, each of which have to be treated as real calls for help until demonstrated otherwise.
But if we waited until someone manually dialled 911, it seems to me that there’s merit in some of the other ideas … 
For example, witnessing an accident or crime in progress can be a traumatic experience, and it’s not unusual for...

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What you can and cannot do with an Apple Pencil on...

The Apple Pencil is more than just a drawing utensil -- it can work as a full-fledged, system-wide stylus with the iPad Pro. But there are also certain tasks that just aren't possible with Apple's new accessory. Here's a breakdown of what it can and cannot do.

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∞ Jimmy Iovine. Stop putting him out there.

This is a disaster. One Apple should put a stop to.

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News: Apple expands personal pickup to Apple Stores...

After expanding in-store pickup for items purchased from Apple’s online store to Canada and Australia earlier this week, the company has made the option available in the United Kingdom, as well. Apple is also said to be training employees in France on the new process. Apple Stores allow customers to reserve in-stock products online in most parts of the world, but those purchases still must be completed inside the store. The option to pick up already…

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Apple addresses charging issue requiring hard...

This may be the first fix Apple has to address with the iPad Pro.
Only days after buying theirs, some customers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.
Apple has issued a support document letting customers know it’s looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.

The document reads as follows:
To get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

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News: Apple acknowledges iPad Pro charging problem,...

In a brief support document, Apple has acknowledged the reported problem of iPad Pro devices requiring a hard restart to resume functioning after an extended period on the charger. The company instructs users to force restart the device if it becomes unresponsive and notes that “Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating.” We at iLounge have yet to experience the problem despite more than a week of working with the tablet....

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News: App Store rules may limit number of iPad Pro-...

The iPad Pro has been touted as powerful enough to replace laptop and desktop computers, but many developers tell The Verge that they see big problems with developing apps specifically for the larger device’s enhanced capabilities. While the tablet is fast enough to run professional-grade software, it still operates on iOS, making all apps developed for it subject to App Store rules. The App Store doesn’t allow free trials as part of the…

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[Giveaway] Get MacX DVD Ripper and Video Converter...

We’d like to thank Digiarty for sponsoring 9to5Mac today with a great giveaway of MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This popular software normally sells for up to $59.95 but this week you can get it for free via this special link. Digiarty are limiting this to 1,000 copies/day but it’s a full version of the software, though it won’t receive free future upgrades.
Why do you need MacX DVD Ripper Pro? Everyone has some optical media laying around but before we know it, we won’t own any optical drives to play it back. Apple hasn’t made a new computer with an optical drive in years (already without? ...

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NASA Awards Space Robot R&D Projects to MIT,...

NASA on Tuesday announced it has awarded one R5 humanoid robot each to MIT and Northeastern University to conduct research on adapting them for use in space. The universities were selected from U.S. entries in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge held in June. NASA seeks to engage engineers and scientists to develop and test unique solutions that will "have the potential to significantly enhance, or potentially enable, missions that we can only dream of today," said NASA's Ryan Stephan.

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FunBITS: Testing the Siri Remote as a Game Controller

Gaming is on the new Apple TV’s menu, but how capable is it as a game console? To find out, we must examine its controller, the Siri Remote. 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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Swiss watch exports plummet

My 2 cents: It’s only going to get worse.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Personal Pickup comes to UK Apple Stores in...

Apple on Friday brought Personal Pickup to shoppers in the United Kingdom, allowing them to buy products online but pick them up at their closest Apple Store on the same day.

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Samsung Cut 5,000 Jobs in 2015 with half coming from...

According to new statistics published by Korea's Financial Supervisory Service, Samsung Group employees decreased by 5,000 over the last year ...

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OMG PENCIL OMG (or why the Pencil is the best stylus...

Serenity Caldwell nails it. Just why the Apple Pencil is such a great experience.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple brings Personal Pickup to the UK today,...

If you want to get your hands on a shiny new piece of Apple kit right away, but want to minimize the amount of time you have to spend doing battle with the crowds in an Apple Store, U.S. customers have long had the option of placing their order online and then going to a store later the same day or soon after to collect it.
Apple extended the option to Australia and Canada earlier this week, and has now done the same for the UK.
Personal Pickup is available for most in-stock Apple products. To check availability, select your item on the Apple website and then select the ‘Available for pickup: Check availability’ option. You’ll be prompted to enter your postcode to search for nearby stores, and can then see which ones show the product as ‘Available today.’
Once you’ve placed your order, it will usually be available for pickup within the hour, though Apple...

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How to wipe your Mac, Watch, iPhone or iPad ready...

This is worth reading (it’s not too long and there are a few key steps worth understanding, especially when it comes to wiping your Mac) and bookmarking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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If your iPad Pro stops responding and the screen is...

If your iPad Pro has this issue, bookmark this link (Apple’s official support page).∞ Read this on The Loop

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Setup A Medical ID To Be Prepared For Emergencies...

I was going through Red Cross training recently, and one thing that was mentioned was whether we have Medical IDs setup on our iPhones. I do. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’d set it up a long time ago. I then asked around and no one else had one setup. So I grabbed my testing iPhone and decided to write it up.
To get started setting up your Medical ID on your iPhone, open the Health app. From the Health app, tap on Medical ID and then tap on Create Medical ID.

At the Medical ID screen, enter allergies, medications you are on, add emergency contacts, provide your blood type, define if you wish to be an organ donor, and add your weight. Viola, you’ve now given all this information to first responders and medical professionals should they need it.

To then...

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News: Daily Deal: SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller

In our iLounge Deal for today you can relive the glory days of playing Super Nintendo with the SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller for only $29.95. This retro Bluetooth controller lets you play modern games on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and more with the feel of an old-school game controller. Wiimote emulation support also allows you to play with up to four players on a Wii or play multiplayer iOS games using the dual-keyboard code system, and…

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How to silence Siri with the mute switch

Easy to do. Great tip.∞ Read this on The Loop

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AppleInsider podcast goes deep on iPad Pro, Apple...

Apple's new iPad Pro and accessories are the focus of this week's AppleInsider podcast, as Neil and Mikey share their thoughts on the giant tablet after a week's worth of testing. Shane drops by to discuss iOS-Mac convergence theories and we break down rumors about a supposed 4-inch iPhone set to debut next year.

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Developers say Apple’s App Store policies make it...

Developers of pro apps have long complained that Apple’s App Store policies are a barrier to them creating iOS versions of popular Mac apps. The launch of the iPad Pro has brought the issue front and center, with a number of developers sharing their thoughts with The Verge.
There are two key issues, they say. First, pro apps are expensive, and users want to satisfy themselves that they are worth the money before they pay. Free trials are the usual way to achieve this with desktop apps, but the App Store doesn’t allow them to offer the same option for iOS apps … 


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∞ Muppets Apple TV commercial

Embedded in the post itself is another short Apple TV spot, here and gone in 15 seconds. I wish this one was a bit longer. Muppets. Enjoy.

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“Help I’ve fallen” and the iPad Pro saves the day

We’ve seen the ads and laughed at the line “help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”! When that happens it’s anything but comical as I discovered first-hand last night.

It was an evening like many others, I was eating dinner while reading a Kindle book on the iPad Pro sitting on the table. Once finished I set about cleaning off the table and while doing so the ceiling fan blew some napkins onto the floor.

I bent over to pick them up and in an instant I had slipped on one of the napkins and was lying flat on my back next to the dining table. I wasn’t injured, just flat out on the floor.

My first reaction was to laugh due to that comical line but after assessing my situation I realized I was in serious trouble. I recently injured my knee and it was in such bad shape it offered no support. After spending 30 minutes trying this and that, I realized the knee was useless. This meant that I was incapable of even getting up on my knees to try to get up. I was truly...

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Microsoft wants in on Apple's 'Project...

The mere knowledge that Apple has a team of several hundred people working on car designs changed the conversation at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. Today we learn that Microsoft want's in on the buzz surrounding this trend.

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Apple Expands Personal Pickup to United Kingdom

Following the launch of Personal Pickup in Australia and Canada earlier this week, Apple today expanded the in-store pickup service to the United Kingdom. Personal Pickup allows customers to place an order on the Apple Online Store or Apple Store app and pick it up at a nearby Apple Retail Store, generally within an hour.

Personal Pickup launched in the U.S. in 2011, but was unavailable elsewhere until this week. The service is offered for several Apple products, including Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Apple Watch. Apple notifies customers via email or text message when their order is available for in-store pickup with a valid photo ID.

MacRumors broke the news earlier this month that Apple was planning an international expansion of Personal Pickup in...

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iTunes Match vs Apple Music: why you’ll want to use...

Apple’s cloud services are confusing to say the least, and things have only gotten more convoluted as these services have proliferated. iTunes Match, Apple Music, or both? iCloud Photo Sharing, Photo Stream, or both? I’ll try to shed some light on these matters over the next couple of days. Let’s start by looking at iTunes Match and Apple Music.

If you want to use Apple Music, using it along with iTunes Match is your best choice if you already have a large music library. In case you’re not familiar with it, Apple Music is a streaming music service, a live radio station, and a venue for music fans to connect with artists. 

Your music, whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs, “now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs,” says Apple. You can stream songs, albums, or playlists — or let the service do the work for you. 

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month (you can try it free for three months). There’s a family plan for $14...

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Nvidia Updates Shield Tablet, Shaves $100 Off Price

Nvidia this week revealed a refreshed Shield Tablet K1 and indicated that it isn't done updating the gaming slate. One of the biggest parts of the refresh is a cut of $100 off the price of the 16-GB tablet. The original Shield Tablet was available in a $299 16-GB version and a $399 32-GB variant. There's also a new battery, replacing the fire-prone cells that caused Nvidia to recall the original Shield Tablets back in July. The refreshed Shield Tablet has picked up silicon grips, but it dropped LTE and the 32-GB variant.

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Path Finder upgrade adds Saved Searches

Cocoatech has announced Path Finder 7.3, a free update of their file browser for Mac OS X. The update includes a long requested feature: Saved Searches.
Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and more. With version 7.3, you can save search results and criteria as smart folder. It also has improved discovery of SMB/CIFS shares/volumes in the local network, as well as performance and stability tweaks.
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Candy Apple update for Mac OS X fixes printing issue

128bit Technologies has served up Candy Apple 1.8, an update to their vector based graphic design and illustration app for Mac OS X.
It allows you to create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Version 1.8 fixes a printing issue that would only partially print the design.
Candy Apple requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher available on both the Mac App Store ( and the MacAppware website ( for a limited time discount of $14.99. That’s a savings of 50 percent off the full price of $29.99.

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This could be really interesting.
Image Searcher, Inc. and Net Ideas, LLC have brought out TapTapSee, a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired iOS users. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user.
The App allows users to photograph any two or three dimensional object at any angle, have it accurately analyzed, and defined within seconds. The iDevice’s VoiceOver then speaks the identification audibly to the user.

TapTapSee also allows users to repeat the last image identified, upload images from the camera roll, share identification via Twitter, Facebook, text or email, rotor reader, flash...

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TrendForce: Apple will get closer to Samsung’s...

Total smartphone shipments for 2015 are projected to decline by 9.7 percent to 1.286 billion units, according to the latest report from TrendForce. However, the global market research firm says Apple will begin closing the gap with Samsung when it comes to global smartphone market share.

“While Samsung has kept its shipment title through the year, it is struggling against Apple in the high-end market and being pushed out of the mid-range and low-end segments by Chinese competitors,” says Avrid Wu, TrendForce’s smartphone analyst. “Facing challenges on two fronts, Samsung’s smartphone business will operate in an increasingly difficult situation in the near future. Closely trailing Samsung in global shipments is Apple, which remains as the dominant and most profitable vendor in the high-end market.”

Wu thinks Apple will release an upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series in the second...

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Gartner: 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in...

Gartner, Inc., ( forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day.
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Apple acknowledges issue with some iPad Pros failing...

Apple has officially acknowledged an issue reported by multiple iPad Pro owners on Reddit and Apple’s own support forum, in which some units become unresponsive after charging. We’ve even happened upon a few dead iPad Pros at the Apple Store for which an Apple employee shyly asked us to avert our eyes while he did a hard restart.
Some users report that the device won’t wake after charging, while others who left it switched on say that the Pro fails to respond to either the touchscreen or the home button. The problem can be resolved by a force restart, and this is the action Apple recommends while it investigates … ...

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Kool Tools: HDMI Headless Video Accelerator for the...

NewerTech’s NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free “headless” Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there’s a display attached.
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Apple wants to make iOS devices with tougher...

Despite the situation with the bankrupt GT Advanced regarding the use of sapphire material, Apple hasn’t given up on building tougher, more durable iOS devices. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150327641) for “composite fiber reinforcement for stiffening shells.”

According to Apple’s patent, a device case can be reinforced by a reinforcing member made up of composite extrusions embedded within a top edge portion of the stiffening shell. The device shell can be utilized to define and maintain an overall shape of the device case. 

Apple says that composite fibers suitable for use in these embodiments can have high tensile strength and high tensile modulus. The device case can include a single length of embedded twisted composite fibers that extend continuously around the top edge or alternatively can include a number of discrete segments that reinforce particularly fragile portion of the top edge....

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Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that...

Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have.

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Thursday November 19

Volvo concept, Facebook Safety Check, Drone...

On The Wrap this week Volvo intros a new concept car that will pave the way for autonomous vehicles, Facebook enables Safety Check and there's a renewed push for chip and pin for new credit cards.

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Apple Pencil teardown reveals tiny logic board,...

If you’re wondering exactly how the iPad Pro’s Pencil stylus works, a new look at its innards helps draw a clearer picture.
Officially, we know the Apple Pencil connects to the iPad Pro via Bluetooth, and is not capacitive like a finger or generic stylus. Instead, it uses a pair of emitters to send angle and location data, and includes some sensors inside the case for pressure detection.
A teardown by iFixit gives a little more detail: Inside the Pencil’s tip is a small metal bit, which likely connects to one of the two aforementioned emitters for angle and orientation detection. And inside the Pencil case, there’s a set of matching “ticks,” with three on the logic board and three on the pen assembly. iFixit guesses that these ticks help “sense pressure by...

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Adele's new album won't stream on Apple...

According to a new report, streaming music subscribers won’t be “rolling in the deep” with Adele’s new music tomorrow.
Adele’s highly anticipated new album, 25, will hit stores on Friday, but it won’t be available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, or any other competing service, according to The New York Times. Adele is said to be personally involved in the decision to withhold 25 from streaming, at least during its initial release.
According to the Times, 25 is expected to sell 2.5 million albums in its first week, which would make it the fastest-selling album ever, even beating album sale figures from the peak of the CD-selling era in 2000.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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Uber’s Business Profiles make it easier to expense a...

Uber is catering to business users with the ability to switch between work and personal profiles.
After providing a work e-mail address, users can set up a separate credit card, add expense memos and project codes, and direct receipts to the appropriate inbox. There’s also an option to receive monthly or weekly expense reports.
Switching between profiles takes just a couple of taps within the Uber app. The option to switch appears in a drop-down box on the confirmation screen, with the last four digits of the associated credit card next to it. Users can also create badges to associate with personal and business profiles, and can rename either profile at any time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Customize iSkelter's... a granite case, transparent options, and moreThis week’s iPhone case roundup brings you germ killing screen protectors, one-of-a-kind cases for that unique look you’ve always wanted, lots of extra power for extended trips, and much more!IncaseThe Pro Slider (iPhone 6/6s; $40) features co-molded side walls, a hard PC exterior, and a shock-absorbing band around its perimeter.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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New Facebook tools help you manage awkward romantic...

Wow, Facebook is getting downright emo. In a Thursday blog post titled “Improving the Experience When Relationships End” (and, no, that’s not a Morrissey song), Facebook introduced features that mitigate the awkwardness of break-ups in the social media age.
If you’ve ended a romance in the last seven or eight years, you probably know that “it’s complicated” barely begins to describe the weirdness of seeing your ex’s posts in your news feed—or knowing that he or she can see yours. The new tools address all that. Once you change you status to single, Facebook’s emotional-insulation agents come to the rescue.To read this article in full...

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iPad Pro cases from Pad & Quill

I’ve mentioned how much I love their products before—now you can get quality cases for the iPad Pro.∞ Read this on The Loop

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China Seeks to Build its Own Secure Smartphones to...

With the press noting this week that the US government will pressure and legislate companies like Apple and Google to create a back door in their software for security reasons, a report out of China may be the news that Apple was trying to avoid. Today the Wall Street Journal reports that China aims to build its own secure smartphones.

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Jimmy Iovine & Mary J. Blige discuss Apple Music...

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine and popular recording artist Mary J. Blige sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning earlier today to discuss Apple Music. A couple of months back, Apple debuted a new TV ad for its music streaming service starring Blige along with actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. In the ad, the three stars described Apple music as the “Instant boyfriend mixtape service” and touted that the For You feature is the equivalent of having a boyfriend inside your computer.

In today’s interview with CBS, Iovine discussed the inspiration behind the ad, explaining that he believes women have trouble finding music to listen to (a quote some have found to be controversial). “Women find it very difficult at times – some women – to find...

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Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for November

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the ninth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
This week has been an exciting week, with the Microsoft Graph being announced as generally available. It’s a great time for developers to start exploring our production ready APIs and also to start experimenting with the new APIs that have been introduced into Preview. There is a ton of great content published on the Connect(); Channel 9 site that can be consumed in video format too.
I have attended some hackathon events this...

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First look: Apple Pencil paired with iPad Pro is no...

Still a rare find, with asking prices on eBay double --?or more --?its $99 suggested price, the Apple Pencil is slowly finding its way into the hands of consumers who are early adopters of the jumbo-sized iPad Pro. AppleInsider had the chance to spend an extended period of time with the new stylus, and we offer our initial first look.

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Best Buy Missed their Numbers for the Quarter, See...

Hubert Joly said during Best Buys financial conference call that "Demand for tablets has been particularly weak ...

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Tweetbot 2.2

Adds support for full screen and split screen views in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.5 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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Jimmy Iovine says finding music is difficult for...

Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine is getting flak for supposedly sexist comments made during a interview on Thursday, where he said a recent ad series was made because finding music is difficult for "some women."

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Jimmy Iovine Criticized After Making Controversial...

Apple recently debuted a new Apple Music ad, starring singer Mary J. Blige and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, during the 2015 Emmy Awards.

In the one-minute spot, focused on Apple Music playlists, Washington says that Apple's curated playlists are like having "a boyfriend who creates you a mixtape -- in your laptop."

Jimmy Iovine, who joined Apple in 2014 following the company's acquisition of Beats Electronics, has made headlines today following controversial comments he made about women on CBS This Morning today in relation to the ad.

CBS has made the video clip unavailable to viewers outside the U.S. —...

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How-To: Unlock iPad Pro’s full potential w/ iOS 9...

If you haven’t mastered iOS 9 and all its new tricks introduced in September, then it’s easy to find yourself using the iPad Pro as just a jumbo iPad Air or iPad mini. But new multitasking features like Picture in Picture, Split View, and Slide Over transform the iPad Pro experience and shine on the larger display if you know how to use them and which apps work. And while the iPad Pro doesn’t have 3D Touch like new iPhones, there’s a similar keyboard cursor gesture to now about. All that plus much more on unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro below:
Before we dive in, many of these tips will apply to all iPads with iOS 9 while other features are limited to iPad mini 4 (7.9″), iPad Air 2 (9.7″), and iPad Pro (12.9″). If you’re comfortable with the bigger display of the Pro, however, it is able to present the most amount of...

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CalDigit announces two new USB-C docks, other...

Apple's 12-inch MacBook might not be getting the love that the iPad Pro is, but there are still a lot of companies that are creating new and exciting accessories for the diminutive Retina display laptop. CalDigit announced two new USB-C docks yesterday, the USB-C mini Dock (US$99, $89 on pre-order) and the USB-C Dock (US$159, $149 on pre-order). Also announced were a USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($29.99) and USB-C to VGA Adapter ($24.99).

The USB-C mini Dock is a small form-factor dock perfect for travel. Featuring 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type A ports, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI and VGA ports, the mini Dock uses bus power to operate. The mini Dock cannot be used while charging the MacBook.

On the other hand, the USB-C Dock can be connected to power, allowing the MacBook to...

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Of 101M iPhones now in U.S installed base, 62% are...

According to research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the installed base of iPhones in the United States has now reached 101 million. Somewhat incredibly, the majority of these phones now in use are iPhone 6 (or newer) models with support for Apple Pay via Touch ID.

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∞ I don’t want an iPad to replace my Mac

There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not the iPad Pro can replace your Mac as a primary device. I think the simply answer to that question is, yes, it can. However, for me, the bigger question is do I want the iPad to replace my Mac? The answer to that question is, no.

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AWT News Update: November 19, 2015

News from Adele to Quanta, and all the Steve Jobs in between:

  • Adele snubs Apple Music (and Spotify) for her new album
  • Facebook lets you turn off exes.
  • Horace Dediu's classic handwritten review of the Apple Pencil
  • iPad Pros going dark after charging
  • Apple Watch doing so well, Apple wants a second company making them

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Tip of the Day: Changing the name of your Apple TV

While your new Apple TV would have prompted you to give it a name during the setup process, if you were in a hurry to get going you might have just selected a default name like “Apple TV” without giving it too much thought. However, if you want to choose a more descriptive name — particularly useful if you use AirPlay and have multiple devices around the house — you can easily go back in and change it to just about anything you want.…

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Fantastical 2.1.3

Maintenance update for the full-featured calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.8 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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CIRP: over 100 million iPhones are in use in the US...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has released research on the installed based of iPhones in the U.S. The research says that, as of the end of the September 2015 quarter, 101 million iPhones were in use in the country, including 58 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 4 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

“The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old,” says Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “We estimate a combined 60 million of these flagship phones sold in the US from the September 2014 launch through September 30, 2015. For comparison, the iPhone 5S sold about 28 million in the same period in 2013-2014. With only a weekend of availability in the quarter, we estimate 4 million of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sold in the US.”

By analyzing data on iPhone buyers, their new model selection, and their prior phones, and...

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Here’s what to do if your iPad Pro stops responding...

Apple has posted a support document about what you should do if your iPad Pro doesn't respond when you press buttons or tap on the screen, and the screen is black.

It’s pretty simple. Apple says that to get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

Apple says it’s aware of this issue and is investigating. The support document will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Apple acknowledges iPad Pro screen blackouts, offers...

Apple on Thursday posted a new support document on its website, responding to complaints about iPad Pros suddenly going black and refusing to accept touch or button input.

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It’s Metal month at Toontrack

I own a lot of Toontrack products and they are all fantastic. This company gets music creation for all genres, but especially Metal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Review: Lunatik Taktik 360 for iPhone 6/6s

There have been plenty of rugged, protective iPhone cases over the years, but few are quite as hardcore as Lunatik's new Taktik 360 ($120). Taktik 360 provides full coverage of an iPhone 6/6s, and IP68 waterproof, dustproof protection. Lunatik claims the case can be submersed in two meters of water for up to one hour. Drop and impact protection almost goes without saying in this bulky case — Lunatik says the case endured drop testing above 4 feet. The front is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, and a clear membrane covers the touch ID. The entire case is actually locked into place with a small key. A headphone port extender is also included in the package. {/exp:char_limit}

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Announcing the best value fix or cash trade-in for...

If you’re like me, you have a bunch of old Apple devices sitting around that hardly get used. Whether it’s because they’re broken or they’ve just been supplanted by newer, better tech, they lose a lot of value EVERY DAY just sitting on your desk or in a drawer doing nothing. With the holidays coming up and lots of presents to buy, that’s a lot of potential cash left sitting on the table.
To get value out of your old or broken Apple devices, we’ve partnered with two companies we’ve long used ourselves and have a great relationship with to get value out of your unused devices.
For repairs, ifixyouri has long been our go-to for broken screens, dents, and other damage to our iPhones and iPads. Their site is easy to navigate, and they will immediately generate a UPS shipping label by email which you can print out and attach to your device and send it on its way. Repair turnaround is generally just a few days and cost is always...

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FBI, Carnegie Mellon Deny $1M Contract to Crack Tor

The FBI has denied allegations that it paid Carnegie Mellon University security researchers $1 million to crack a network designed to protect the anonymity of its users. The Tor Project, which operates the network, last week accused the FBI of cutting the CMU deal. The attack occurred from January to July 2014. The attackers discovered a way to strip the anonymity of Tor users by tracking their traffic on the network. Tor attributed the attack to CMU after a pair of researchers from that university abruptly canceled a scheduled presentation.

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Report: Apple now at over 100 million iPhones in use...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is out with a new report today claiming Apple is now at over 100 million iPhones in use in the US. That means Apple has crossed 100 million active iPhone units since CIRP reported 97 million iPhones in use back in August, according to the research firm’s data.
CIRP uses its data to estimate that, of the 101 million iPhone in use during the quarter, around 58 million were iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 4 million were iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, and the rest previous generation models (as pictured above).
The report’s data accounts for up to the end of the September quarter and notes that 101 million...

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Over 100 Million iPhones Now in Use in U.S., Nearly...

More than an estimated 100 million iPhones are being used in the United States, according to new data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners [PDF]. At the end of the September 2015 quarter, more than 101 million iPhones were in use, and two-thirds of those iPhones were newer iPhones that have been released in 2014 and 2015.

An estimated 58 million of the 101 million iPhones in use were the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, while four million were iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. The iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus are the four iPhones that have larger 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens, and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be the most popular model. CIRP's data was gathered in September, shortly after the iPhone 6s launch. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus numbers are likely much higher now.

"The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old," said Mike Levin,...

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Apple Pay now available to merchants on the...

GlobalOnePay, a provider of omni-channel payment processing technologies and merchant services, now supports Apple Pay. GlobalOnePay merchants will now have another payment method in Canada to offer buyers.
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New Adele album to be withheld from Apple Music,...

Singer Adele's new album, 25, reportedly won't be made available on streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify when it launches on Friday.

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Docker, Yubico Team Up to Secure App Development

Docker this week announced new security enhancements at DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain, including hardware signing of container images -- an industry first -- through a partnership with Yubico. Docker Content Trust offers hardware signing through support for Yubico's YubiKey. The YubiKey 4 lets Docker users digitally sign code during initial development and through subsequent updates, ensuring the integrity of Dockerized apps throughout the application pipeline, Yubico said.

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Swiss watchmakers see huge decline post-Apple Watch

Remember the bluster of Swiss watch manufacturers before the Apple Watch appeared on the scene? Many of them were sure that nothing could cause a decline in the sales of their mechanical watches. Well, the Swiss customs office released a statement today showing that exports of Swiss watches dropped 12 percent in October, the most dramatic decline in six years.

Perhaps the biggest decline by region was in Hong Kong, normally a hotspot for sales of luxury watch lines like Rado, TAG Heuer, and IWC. Shipments to Hong Kong dropped by 39 percent, and shares in watch companies slumped today as a result. In addition to the competition from Apple Watch and other smartwatches, the Swiss watch industry is also suffering from an 11 percent surge in the value of the Swiss franc from a year ago, cutting profit...

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SunPower to build three solar farms for Apple in...

SunPower will build three solar farms in China’s Inner Mongolia region with a capacity of 170 megawatts for Apple, a sale that will more than quadruple the Mac/iPhone/iPad maker’s commitments to pollution-free power in the country, reports Bloomberg.

SunPower designs and manufactures high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, roof tiles and solar panels based on a silicon all-back-contact solar cell invented at Stanford University. When completed next year, the company, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor. and another partner will own the three plants, San Jose, SunPower said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. While the third investor wasn’t identified in the statement, SunPower Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said Wednesday that Apple would take an equity stake in the new projects, notes Bloomberg.

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Facebook testing feature to hide posts from your ex...

Facebook announced today that a new feature rolling out soon across its mobile apps will allow you to hide posts from ex automatically (or hide your posts from them) when you change your relationship status back to single. You can also hide all traces of your past relationship from the public.

Now when you decide that you are never, ever, ever getting back together, the Facebook app will suggest that maybe it’s time to “take a break” and present several new options.

Among those other options are the ability to go back and edit any posts in...

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make TIME’s ‘Best...

TIME is out with its list of the “25 Best Inventions of 2015.” The list includes the “hoverboard” scooter, period proof  underwear, Samsung’s transparent truck and more. The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro also made the list.

Here’s what TIME has to say about the tablet/pencil combo: “In the 450 years or so since its invention, the pencil has become so ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget how remarkable a technology it is. It can write at any angle. Shades get darker depending on how hard you press. Marks can be erased. Reproducing this functionality digitally has vexed computer engineers for years, which is what makes Apple’s latest effort so impressive. 

“The Pencil allows users to draw, paint or write on a screen, just as they would a sheet of paper. And it works in tandem with the iPad Pro, a tablet faster than roughly 80% of laptops sold in the past year, so there’s no perceptible delay. That...

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T-Stand hands-on preview: We’re impressed with this...

We have mixed emotions about covering crowd-funding campaigns here at TechHive. On the one hand, we’re giving a company a big platform to raise cash based on little more than promises. On the other hand, that cash could help bring a terrific product that early backers will typically acquire at a discount (if you’re not taking the time value of money concept into account, that is). This particular story is a little different because Surface ID sent us a near-final prototype of its T-Stand tablet stand to check out.To be clear, this is a hands-on preview versus a rated review—the T-Stand has yet to go to manufacturing. But if you’re considering backing the T-Stand Kickstarter campaign, we think you’ll find it to be a good value, and Surface ID is offering backers a number of early-bird specials. The campaign—which ends on Monday, November 23—has raised $145,000 against...

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Sprint’s compelling new promo: Switch from another...

There’s no need for complicated cost comparison charts with Sprint’s latest wireless promotion.
Quite simply, Sprint is promising to cut bills in half for customers who switch from Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. The deal runs from November 20 through January 7, 2016, and Sprint says it will lock in those lower prices until January 8, 2018.
The savings apply to both the cost of data and the per-line access fees that AT&T and Verizon charge. For instance, a Verizon family plan with four phones and 12GB of shared data costs $160, which includes $80 per month for the data, and $20 per month for each phone. With Sprint, you’d pay $40 per month for the data, and $10 per month for each phone, at a total of $80 per month.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Notable apps and app updates for November 19, 2015

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, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

So, you want to write music but you don't play any instruments? Don't let that stop you. iMaschine 2 (US$4.99 with in-app purchases) is a powerful but easy universal iOS app for creating melodies, bass lines, and beats that can be saved and shared. The app is on sale between now and December 1, 2015, so be sure to buy it today if you're interested!

One of my favorite games on...

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SunPower agrees to build 170 megawatts of Chinese...

California's SunPower is planning to build three new Chinese solar farms for Apple with a peak capacity of 170 megawatts, the company said in a newly-submitted regulatory filing.

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Someone made a giant Rubik's Cube in '...

It seems there are two types of Fallout 4 gamers: those who want to do nothing but take out bad guys, and a very patient few who painstakingly create some incredible stuff. Case in point, this giant floating Rubik's Cube. User "Theowest" spent a wh...

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.8

Patches several critical security vulnerabilities. (Free update, 113 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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'Beyond: Two Souls' hits PS4 next week

When it comes to story-driven gameplay, few developers are quite as ambitious as Quantic Dream. We already knew that its PS3 titles, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, were coming to PS4, and now we've got some release dates. Beyond is coming out di...

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Adele won’t be sharing her upcoming album ’25’ with...

Adele’s people have already tried to get her new blockbuster album, 25, into Apple Store retail shelves as physical CD volumes with no success, but she isn’t so keen on Apple Music streaming. According to the New York Times, Adele’s management has informed digital music distributors that 25 will not be offered for streaming, at least at launch. You can of course buy the album on the iTunes Store; preorders are up now.

Taylor Swift famously keeps he...

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Horace Dediu’s Apple Pencil review
Daily fantasy sports to stay in Massachusetts with...

As the likes of DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo fight to keep their daily fantasy sites open in New York, they'll be able to do so in Massachusetts. Attorney General Maura Healey announced the first set of guidelines for a state to regulate the fanta...

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Swiss watch exports suffer largest decline in 6...

Swiss watchmakers woke up to news of another steep decline Thursday, as October shipments of mechanical watches declined 12 percent to $2 billion, the largest decline in six years.

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Review: Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone

Most Apple Watch stands released so far have fit a similar mold, basically acting as a place to insert an existing Apple Watch cable while keeping the watch aloft. Which makes Belkin's Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone ($130) rare — it includes not just integrated charging for an Apple Watch, but also a built-in, adjustable Lightning connector meant to charge an iPhone. Both devices are recharged through the dock using Belkin's AC adapter, so no extra cables are necessary. It's an obvious solution, as many users likely charge their iPhone and Apple Watch side by side, but it comes with a high price tag. Note: Belkin is currently referring to the dock as the "Valet Charge Dock" on its website, but our packaging still just says "Charge Dock." It's the same product.{/exp:char_limit}

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Huawei's Fast-Charging Batteries Could Solve...

Huawei Technologies last week unveiled lithium-ion batteries that recharge in minutes rather than hours. The batteries, developed by Huawei's Watt Lab, recharge 10 times faster than their competitors and can reach 50 percent capacity in two to five minutes, the company said. Huawei demonstrated two models at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan last week: a 600-mAh unit that reached 68 percent capacity in two minutes and a 3,000-mAh model that reached 48 percent capacity in five minutes.

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Pad & Quill introduces three new rich iPad Pro...

With the iPad Pro now available and shipping around the world, the artisanal Apple accessory makers at Pad & Quill have introduced three new high-end cases to hold and protect the larger tablet. Whether you’re looking for a book-style carrying case that holds Apple Pencil or a nice leather bag that adds room for a keyboard, Pad & Quill’s three new accessories are worth checking out for iPad Pro owners.All three iPad Pro cases from Pad & Quill are offered in multiple colors with rich materials and available to pre-order or order now.


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Tropical Software releases TopXNotes 1.8 for Mac OS X

Tropical Software has announced TopXNotes 1.8.1, an update to their note taking app developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It’s been optimized for Mac OS X El Capitan.
It’s a personal information manager that lets you create, view, organize, and instantly access your Mac notes with TopXNotes. Version 1.8.1 offers performance enhancements and bug fixes. TopXNotes 1.8.1 keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.
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Rumor has it Adele's new album won't hit...

Adele's latest album, 25, is due to release on Friday -- but it's going to skip streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, The New York Times reports. Adele's previous records, 21 and 19, remain available to stream, as do the new singles from...

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Apple 'Investigating' iPad Pros...

Shortly after the launch of the iPad Pro, buyers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

Apple has now responded to those complaints with a support document letting customers know it's looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.

To get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating.After being charged, affected iPad Pros appear to be completely frozen, unresponsive to touch and other interactions. The screen remains dark until a reset is performed. The issue appears to be quite widespread, with complaints...

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Jimmy Iovine on CBS This Morning with Mary J. Blige

Apple Music is out with a new ad, starring Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. Music legend and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine leads ...

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Filter Forge plug-in for Photoshop upgraded to...

Filter Forge Inc. has released Filter Forge 5.0, a Photoshop plug-in that allows computer artists to build their own filters in a visual editor or download thousands of user-submitted filters from the online library.
This release introduces Randomization Enhancements, a bunch of new components (Bomber Plus, Map Switch, Modulo, Bricks, Tiles and Pavements Plus) and much more. For more information, visit the Filter Forge website at or read further.
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Apple crosses $1 billion sales mark in India for the...

Apple crossed the $1 billion sales mark in its India operations for the first time in the fiscal year that ended March in March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday.

According to a Brand Equity report, Apple posted a 44 percent increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes, installment programs and discounts.

The rupee traded at around 62-63 against the dollar in FY15. Apple has more than doubled sales in India in the last two years, having posted revenue of Rs 3,057.79 crore in FY13. Brand Equity says analysts attributed this to the surge in demand for iPhones with sales growing upwards of 35 percent quarter-on-quarter in the last two years. As per the RoC filing, the parent didn't...

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Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3

Returns previously excised import functionality to the professional photo cataloging and editing applications. ($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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Rumor claims Apple seeking second supplier for next-...

Apple is looking to pick up a second manufacturer for the next-generation Apple Watch apart from Quanta Computer, a Chinese report said on Thursday.

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Compared to Surface Pro 4...

Apple released the iPad Pro last week as a direct competitor to Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4. The high-end tablets are primarily targeted at creative professionals, with the companion Apple Pencil and Surface Pen available as precise input tools to complement your finger.

iMore has shared a new video that compares sketching with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pen on Microsoft's new Surface Book, which has equivalent display technology as the Surface Pro 4.

Editor Serenity Caldwell found the Surface Pen to be "about as responsive" as the Apple Pencil, but said Microsoft's stylus pressure was slightly harder to control and had more trouble at writing small type.

The Verge has created a similar video that provides more of a high-level comparison of the iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4...

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Apple is Silent as Canadian Apple Fan Reports his...

A Calgary man says he's lost about $750 in music, movies, apps, and unspent Apple gift cards after an unknown hacker broke into his Apple account.

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Deals: $100-$200 off Mac minis, $300-$400 off iMac...

Upgraded Mac minis finally see deep discounts this week at B&H. Plus $300-$400 off Mid-2015 iMac 5Ks, $200-$300 off 2015 MacBook Pros, $400 to $900 off Mac Pros, and up to $30 off iPad mini 4s.

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9to5Toys Last Call: USB DVD drive $20, Verizon 1GB...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Heads up! During Black Friday/Cyber Monday you’re going to have to follow us on Twitter to get the best deals since many sell out too quickly to post.

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11 features to get the most out of your business...

In the world of work, email is a mainstay. It allows us all to communicate at lightning-fast speeds—without having to pick up the phone. It gives us the power to thoughtfully consider projects, questions, answers, opinions, requests and feedback, all of which opens the door to better communication. And it gives us the ability to see the progression of conversations without digging through a mountain of individual messages. However, most people aren’t taking full advantage of what their email systems offer. Sure, they know how to send messages, set tasks, make notes, block their calendars and schedule reminders, but there are also some pretty great features (and hacks) that you may not know about that could just transform the way you use business email. Let’s take a look:

  1. Future delivery/delayed delivery: Whether you...
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Episode 072 on SharePoint dev with Chris O’Brien—...
Updated Office 365 modern authentication public...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.
We have made a lot of improvements to the Office 365 modern authentication public preview program recently and to represent these we’ve renamed it from the Office 2013 modern authentication public preview to the Office 365 modern authentication public preview.
Here’s a summary of the updates:

  • Modern authentication in the Office 2013 Windows client and in the Office 2016 Windows client are complete and at GA.
  • All users of Office 365 modern authentication can now get production support through regular Microsoft support channels.
  • Use of Office 365 modern authentication is now on by default for Office 2016.
  • No form is required for using modern authentication with SharePoint Online or Exchange Online. However, a Microsoft connect form is still used for requesting enablement of modern authentication against Skype...
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Photojojo opens presale on Iris Lens kit

Avid iPhoneographers are familiar with the great lens kits that are available from Olloclip and how they can turn a so-so photo into a winner, but Olloclip lenses have two issues: they're expensive and if you use any case but the one from Olloclip, you have to remove it before you can use the lenses. Today, Photojojo has opened up presales on their new Iris Lens series, with special pricing today only.

While they're still not exactly inexpensive, the Iris Lenses have some major advantages over the Olloclip product. First, you can purchase just one lens if that's all you need -- there's no need to buy a fisheye lens or macro lens that you're never going to use if you don't want to. Second, the lenses work with most iPhone cases, using a unique elastomeric paracord to hold a mount in place.


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Apple's Smartphone Market Share Expected to...

With the smartphone market becoming less profitable, iPhone will still have the highest margin next year compared with products from rival vendors.

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Review: Mophie Juice Pack Reserve for iPhone 6/6s...

Battery maker Mophie's latest portable charging accessories are compact, convenient and durable, making them an easy recommendation for anyone looking to keep their iPhone juiced on the go.

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Content blockers on iOS 9: Much ado about nothing?

About two months ago, most of the chatter on the Apple websites including AWT was about ad blockers. There was a lot of concern that they spelled the beginning of the end for ad-supported websites, since most sites rely heavily on advertising to make money. Imagine my surprise last night when I saw this tweet from publisher Federico Viticci:

Two months after the launch of iOS 9, there are no Content Blockers in the Top 150 Paid charts for iPhone (US App Store).

— Federico Viticci (@viticci) November 19, 2015

Dave Mark over at The Loop did a search and found that the content blockers are all in the App Store's Utilities category. But even when looking in that category, Mark found that "the first paid ad...

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A New Surge in iPhone 6s Sales Hits India

On Tuesday we posted a report titled "Apple is stepping up their Focus in Both Enterprise & Educational Markets in India." Today we're learning from an Indian report that after a tepid start to sales of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, there's been a sharp turnaround ....

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Apple Pay launched in Australia through American...

Apple Pay has just launched in Australia.
In a somewhat limited capacity, but it’s launched.
On Thursday, Apple, partnering with American Express, launched Apple Pay in Australia.
At present, no co-branded cards are currently supported, and only stores equipped for AmEx wireless payments are accepting transactions. This does include major chains though, among them Coles, Harvey Norman, Starbucks, Woolworths, and others.

Similar to the Canadian launch, Australia is typically better-equipped than the U.S. for wireless payments. Related technologies such as chip cards have been common in the region for some time.
The same AmEx deal should bring...

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Apple crossed $1 billion sales mark in India in 2015...

Apple achieved its first $1 billion in Indian sales in an annual period ending last March, according to newly-published data from India's Registrar of Companies.

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iFixit tears down Apple Pencil, posts findings

The coolest of felines at iFixit have torn down the Apple Pencil and found some amazing stuff inside.
The crew, which had to resort to opening the device with a small circular saw and breaking a flex cable in the process, found that the plastic outer casing reveals a metal inner one. The tip contains two separate emitters, used to determine both the angle and orientation of the Pencil in order to adjust the width of the pen stroke.

iFixit reported that the logic board is the smallest one it’s ever seen, and weighs just one gram. Even so, the board as still been folded in half to fit inside the casing.
An even smaller sensor fits inside the nib of the Apple Pencil, with...

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Apple Places More Apple Watch Orders for Christmas...

A new supply chain report states that Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays.

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News: iFixit tears down the Apple Pencil

iFixit has posted a teardown of the new Apple Pencil. The report notes the basic specs of the Pencil, noting a new Apple model number of A1603, and draws comparisons to the Microsoft Surface Pen and 53’s “iPad Pencil,” the latter of which oddly bears the same Pencil name and continues to be sold by Apple in its retail stores. The Apple Pencil box includes a spare tip along with a Lightning-to-Lightning adapter to allow users to charge…

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Poll: Is Tim Cook right that a converged Mac and...

Tim Cook has consistently spoken out against the possibility of converging iOS and OS X devices, most famously saying that “you can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but these things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.”
He repeated this line earlier this week, stating that Apple wants to make “the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world – and putting those two together would not achieve either.”
However, some of your comments suggest that not all of you agree, so we’ve adopted the suggestion of one commentator and posed the question … 
One suggestion that has been voiced by a number of people here...

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Apple refreshes Beats Solo 2 Wireless + urBeats with...

Two months after the introduction of the rose gold iPhone 6s and Apple Watch Sport, Apple has refreshed its Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones and urBeats in-ear headphones with matching rose gold color options. If you’ve already got Solo 2 Wireless or urBeats, the only difference here is the new color option, but they do look good especially if you want to match your hardware. Apple now offers iPhone and Apple Watch color-matching versions of both headphone models with gold, rose gold, silver, and space gray.
Beats Solo 2 Wireless pair to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, and other Bluetooth-compatible devices for audio playback without the hassle of dealing with an audio cable....

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Holiday gift guide for designers

Some of these are really great. Definitely worth making your way through the post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Makes Terrorism Cases 'Go Cold' Says...

In a stark report issued Wednesday, the Manhattan District Attorney's office makes a detailed case showing how modern day privacy tools protect criminals -- and get in the way of police investigations." The report specifically called out Apple and Google.

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Half of data connections by top 500 Android apps are...

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that half of the communications connections established by the top free Android apps are hidden to the user, and much of the data is being transmitted for unknown purposes.

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The hidden trackers in your email

This is why we can’t have nice things.∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ Comparing drawing capabilities of the iPad Pro and...

In the embedded video, Serenity Caldwell used the iPad Pro and the Surface Book (same screen as the Surface Pro 4) to do some similar sketching tasks using built in tools, all with informative running commentary. If you are considering an iPad Pro to use for sketching, this is well worth watching.

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Apple Pencil Teardown Reveals Antenna, Battery and...

iFixit has completed an Apple Pencil teardown, removing the outer plastic casing to reveal the pencil's inner metal cylinder. The teardown provides a closer look at several Apple Pencil components, including the antenna, battery, pencil nib, Lightning connector and miniature folded logic board.

Apple Pencil has two emitters in the tip that enable the iPad Pro to determine the pencil nib's angle and orientation relative to the display, and adjust the pen stroke accordingly, explains iFixit. iPad Pro has a digitizer that likely determines the distance from each emitter to the screen.

At the core of the Apple Pencil is a tiny 0.329 Wh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that holds just 5% of the charge of an iPhone 6s battery, next to a small cylindrical black and gold antenna. There is also a small ribbon cable that connects the Apple Pencil's battery with its Lightning connector for charging.

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Apple releases rose gold versions of Solo2 Wireless...

Apple on Thursday released new faux rose gold versions of its Beats Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, as well as its urBeats in-ear headphones.

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iFixit Apple Pencil teardown reveals twin emitters...

No new Apple tech survives long without being taken apart by iFixit, and the Apple Pencil is no exception. Apple didn’t make it easy, however, with iFixit having to resort to a small circular saw to open up the device and needing to break a flex cable along the way.
Inside, it found that the plastic outer casing reveals a metal inner one. The tip contains two separate emitters, used to determine both the angle and orientation of the Pencil in order to adjust the width of the pen stroke. With such little space to play with, Apple had to get creative with the logic board … 
iFixit reports that the logic board is the smallest one it’s ever seen, and weighs just 1g. Even so...

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∞ Australia, American Express, and Apple Pay: The ads

These ads are like music to my ears.

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Where did the content blockers go?

Federico Viticci pointed out a lack of content blockers on the app store top paid list. Here’s my take.∞ Read this on The Loop

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iFixIt: the Apple Pencil is chock full of rad tech

The gang at iFixIt has torn apart the Apple Pencil. They say it’s “pretty neat how much clever tech they were able to cram into such a teensy cavity,” but add that “this device was not meant to be repaired or opened—you can’t get in without destroying it.”

Their Apple Pencil teardown highlights include:

  • “This is the smallest logic board we’ve ever seen, weighing in at a whopping 1 gram. This little board gets even littler, folding in half to make the most of the minimal space.”
  • “The Pencil's pressure sensor is made up of a tiny board with three conductive ticks, matched up with another three ticks that move with the (spring-loaded) tip. We assume that by measuring movement between these two parts, the pen knows how hard you're pressing.”
  • “A peek inside the Pencil nib reveals a tiny metal bit sunk...
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Apple Reveals Third Waterproofing Patent this Month...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that cover waterproofing and ejectable corner iDevice corners that are designed to protect a device when hitting a surface in a dropping incident. These shock absorbers also double as

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Supply-chain report claims Apple on track for 10M...

The variously-reliable Digitimes reports supply-chain sources as saying that Apple is likely to ship more than 10M Apple Watches by the end of the year, noting that the company is currently seeking a second supplier.

Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays. Sales of Apple Watch are expected to surpass 10 million units in 2015 […]
Apple is to seek another manufacturer aside from Quanta Computer, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report … 

Apple Watches are currently all made by Quanta Computer, but Apple has reportedly approached Inventec, Wistron and Foxconn...

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Outlook Groups now supports 11 new languages and...

Earlier this year, we introduced a new mobile app called Outlook Groups that lets you engage with your team on your mobile device. Available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, the Outlook Groups app enables you to have conversations, view and edit files stored in SharePoint, access a shared OneNote notebook, @mention colleagues and groups and even discover other relevant groups. Download the Outlook Groups app and learn more in this article about how to get the most out of the experience.
Since the launch of Outlook Groups, we’ve received great feedback from our customers. Today we’re happy to announce several new features in the app as well as support for several languages in addition to...

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MacTech 2016 Dates Announced

MacTech Conference 2015 has come and gone. And as in previous years, the 2016 edition will also be located in Southern California, in November. November 16-18, 2016 to be exact, with Pre-Conference Workshops on November 15th. Aaaaand, they’re giving away a full registration (value: $1599) for MacTech Conference 2016 in a drawing! Simply sign up at — to enter the raffle.

If you sign up now, you can get the absolute lowest price possible — $899 (saving $700) at

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News: Daily Deal: The Black Friday Mac Bundle

Today in our iLounge Deals section we’re offering you a great deal on 10 top-rated productivity apps for your Mac at one great price in The Black Friday Mac Bundle. For only $39.99, you can pick up fully licensed copies of Drive Genius 4, After Shot Pro 2, PDFpen 7, Mixtape Pro, MacX DVD Ripper Pro, BusyContacts, Prizmo 3, MotionComposer, DropZone 3, and DaisyDisk. That’s a savings of almost $500, or over 90% off the price of purchasing each…

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Manhattan DA Pressures Google and Apple To Kill Zero...

An anonymous reader writes: In a speech to the 6th Annual Financial Crimes and Cybersecurity Symposium, New York County District Attorney for Manhattan Cyrus Vance Jr. has appealed to the tech community — specifically citing Google and Apple — to "do the right thing" and end zero-knowledge encryption in mobile operating systems. Vance Jr. praised FBI director James Comey for his 'outspoken' and 'fearless' advocacy against zero knowledge encryption, and uses the recent attacks on Paris as further justification for returning encryption keys to the cloud, so that communications providers can once again comply with court orders.


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Apple’s sales in India cross the $1 billion mark
Apple Pencil torn apart to find incredibly small...

The new Apple Pencil for iPad Pro packs a great deal of advanced technology into a tiny package, including a logic board that's actually folded in half to fit inside the writing tool.

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IBM’s Watson predicts Apple Watch as hottest holiday...

IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, tracks what people are talking about buying for Xmas.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Watch hits Swiss watch industry hard, suffers...

Jony Ive’s year-ago prediction that the Swiss watch industry would be in trouble once the Apple Watch launched appears to have been correct (his actual language was said to have been stronger). Bloomberg reports that Swiss watch exports suffered their biggest slump in six years.

Shipments declined 12 percent to 2 billion Swiss francs ($2 billion), the Swiss customs office said in a statement Thursday. Adjusted for fewer working days, the drop was 7.6 percent. Exports to the U.S. dropped 12 percent.
“2015 has been one to forget for the watchmakers,” said Jon Cox, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Zurich.

The figures show...

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Future Mac laptops could have a ‘multiple backlit...

Future Mac laptops could come with a backlight keyboard that individually illuminates the keys using multiple keyboard backlights if the invention described in a patent filing (number 20150334799) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office comes to fruition. 

In the patent filing, Apple says that, despite computers becoming more useful for a variety of personal, business, and manufacturing tasks, keyboards have hardly changed beyond their original design. Physically, some keyboards have improved by providing a single backlight that allows the user to see the keys of a keyboard better. However, such backlights are typically static and don’t provide any additional utility beyond improving the visibility of keys. Apple thinks we need a keyboard interface offers an additional means for communicating information to the user.

Why would you want/need a multiple backlight keyboard? Apple says that lighting schemes can include...

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Brand New Season, Wrong Ocean

It’s great to be back. You’re not deceived, this is the AFP548 Podcast feed, but we’re piggybacking on it with a new title and format. If you’d like to submit art for our new branding, please let us know through the channels discussed in the episode. (Thanks to Graham Gilbert for choosing the episode title, and Aaron Lippincott, as always, for mastering.)

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Apple considers making a ‘life vest’ for iPhones

Future iPhones could include a “life vest” for iPhones with “floaties” build into special cases so the Apple smartphone won’t sink when dropped in water. Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150331456) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for an “electronic device housing.”

The housing/case would also protect it other ways. According to Apple’s patent, it would sport an anti-shock mechanism to protect an iPhone from impact on a hard surface. The device includes shock absorbers which may be deployed upon sensing a triggering event by an accelerometer. The shock absorbers may include bumpers of buoyant material to allow the portable electronic device to float if the device contacts a water surface.

The patent also mentions tables and laptops so, theoretically, the invention could also apply to iPads and Mac laptops. In the patent filing, Apple says users have grown so accustomed to carrying such devices, they’re often...

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Majority of U.S. consumers want a single TV app

If Apple releases its own TV streaming service next year, it will certainly be timely. Nearly nine out of 10 U.S. pay TV subscribers (86 percent) want a single app for all of their video watching, according to new data released today from Altman Vilandrie & Company’s sixth annual survey on consumer video habits. Apple’s service might not solve the problem entirely, but it would be a step in the right direction.

The survey also revealed that 70 percent of consumers haven’t downloaded any network or cable channel apps, even as viewers continue to be inundated with more streaming video options.

“Consumers are saying that greater choice does not always lead to a better experience,” says Altman Vilandrie & Company...

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Google+ Tries On New Social Media Identity

Google on Tuesday reintroduced its Google+ social network with major revisions to its look and feel, as part of a last ditch effort to make the struggling site a player in a much deeper and more crowded landscape. The site has undergone a major redesign that takes away some of the bloat that slowed down the navigation process, the company said. Its new focus is to serve as a virtual gathering place for people with common interests. Google+ now puts Communities and Collections front and center, said Eddie Kessler, director of streams at Google.

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Super Screenshot 1.1.2 launches for Mac OS X

Super Screenshot, the screenshot taking tool for Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan, has been upgraded to version 1.1.2. The app lets you move, resize, or crop, as well as add text, shapes, or hand-drawing give you more editing options with your screenshots.
Super Screenshot is now integrated with Mail, Trello and Dropbox, offering sharing features that can serve working as well as entertaining demands. You can also bind your own hotkey for taking a screenshot.
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Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan...

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds the ability to delete locked or inaccessible items using SRM secure delete. It also includes improvements on the "Purge inactive memory" procedure and a number of bug fixes.
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Beats Solo2 Wireless and urBeats Headphones Now...

Apple has released Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and urBeats In-Ear Headphones in a new Rose Gold color to match the iPhone 6s lineup and select Apple Watch models. The headphones remain available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray colors released earlier this year.

The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, $299.95, were released in November 2014 as the first Beats product since Apple's acquisition of the company officially closed. Beats launched new Solo2 Wireless headphones in Gold, Silver and Space Gray, colors that match several Apple products, last...

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Studiometry 12.1 adds enhanced receipts features

Oranged Software ( has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.1. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.
With version 12.1, receipts can now be branded and completely customized using Studiometry’s built-in template editor. The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include. 
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Apple's Most Advanced OLED Display Invention to...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their most advanced OLED display technology to date for an iDevice. Apple reveals a unique silicon-OLED display that will be ...

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U.K. broadband households not doing a lot of cable...

New data from Parks Associates ( shows that only about three percent of U.K. broadband households cancelled a subscription to an OTT video service in the past 12 months, while 33 percent of U.K. broadband households currently pay for an OTT subscription.
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Here are some reasons why you need the Mailplane...

By Dave Greenbaum

I’m a huge Mailplane fan and was using the beta for quite a while and fell in love.  Mailplane simply put is a dedicated Gmail browser. Why do you need one? Many reasons.

The most obvious one is the fact it allows you to log into multiple Gmail accounts at once on different pages. Sure you can do this with two different browsers or use some of Gmail’s built in capabilities, but this does it all for you automatically in a dedicated fashion. Open it up and you have distinct pages for each Gmail account as well as optionally ones for the calendars. The menu bar icon indicates how many emails are in each account and color codes the different account.

In daily usage, I absolutely rely on Gmail and using it in Safari has caused me problems. Safari slows down, plugins such as Flash crash, and I often have to restart Safari. Even when Safari is acting flaky Mailplane allows me to...

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Xsan for Tiger

Forums: SoftwareTags: Xsan Tiger Installer DownloadHi there,
I have dug some old G5 Xserves out of storage along with a few appleRAID and activeRAID enclosures. The G5s have licenses for Tiger 10.4 so I wanted to get them up and running as Xsan machines but I can't find Xsan for Tiger anywhere.
Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
Many thanks,

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Apple invents integrated life jacket for iPhone

As a result of continued research into device protection technologies, Apple has developed an automated bumper system that doubles as a floatation device, protecting iPhones from drops and large bodies of water.

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Wednesday November 18

Podcast 483: Putting the iPad Pro to work

The iPad Pro has arrived, and it's time to get to work. Susie is joined by Dan Benjamin of the 5by5 network, fresh off a trip to San Francisco where he got to sample the iPad Pro's abilities when he wasn't downing tiki drinks or hanging with Weird Al. From the sadly scarce and curiously round Pencil to how the expansive screen affects travelability, the iPad Pro gives us plenty to talk about.
Elsewhere, Susie and Glenn recap Apple's embarrassing Mac App Store security certificate fail, the rumor about person-to-person payments over Apple Pay, and the upcoming end of Beats Music.

Show notes

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6 high-tech gadgets for musicians and music lovers

Technology has drastically changed the way we experience music, whether it’s by helping musicians create stadium-quality sounds in their basements or by giving fans the ability to listen to their favorite music anywhere they go.
Now you can use your iPad to learn to play the guitar or have friends take turns playing DJ on the same Bluetooth speaker. Read below to discover more high-tech gear designed for artists, music lovers, and anyone in between. And check out the video above to get a better vibe of each gift idea.PRYMA headphones

Every year, so many new headphones that come out that it’s tough to find a pair that really stand out. Last month when the new Pryma headphones ($500) debuted, they certainly made an impression and redefined what a stylish pair of headphones could be. To read this article in full or to leave...

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Apple withdraws August and Kevo smart locks from its...

Apple has pulled popular smart deadbolts fromAugust and Kwikset from its online store and retail outlets, according to MacRumors. The site notes that both the August Smart Lock and the Kwikset Kevo were available for purchase from the Cupertino-based company’s website at least until Friday, November 13.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Built for iPad Pro, too!

Built for iPad Pro, too!This week’s roundup of accessories includes new devices designed to enhance the iPad Pro—and the Apple Pencil, the Pro’s partner in productivity.ComsoonYour new accessories don’t have to be expensive. The $10 iPad Pro Leather Case is the large version of one of the more inexpensive items in iOS-dom. In addition to its protective exterior, the case also converts into a stand that lets you swivel the viewscreen around 360 degrees, and it includes magnets for Smart Cover support. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple Watch Link Bracelet Kit now available in Space...

The new Magnetic Charging Dock was not the only new Apple Watch accessory to hit online stores today.
Apple has also begun selling a Link Bracelet Kit in Space Black for $49 in the Apple Store. Until today, Apple was only selling this kit for Silver Link Bracelets. These Link Bracelet Kits are designed for the 42mm Apple Watch and contain six additional stainless steel links. You can use these kits to replace missing links on your original bracelet or to expand it and accommodate bigger wrists. The original Link Bracelet measures 205mm and adding all six of the links to it expands it to 245mm.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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A bundle of Mac App Bundles, more than 50 total apps...

As we approach Black Friday we are at the Nexus of the Mac application bundle universe with not 1, not 2, but 3 impressive Mac Bundles happening at the same time.

First up is MacHeist’s “Hall of Fame Bundle” which includes greats such as TechTool Pro, Graphic Converter, Stuffit Deluxe, Nisus Writer Pro, Poser, Fetch FTP and more for $15 (or choose the bottom row for “Name your own price”. This one has sold over 10,000 copies but ends in a day so you might want to get hopping.

Next up is...

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Sprint Launches LTE Plus Network, Offers 50% Off...

Sprint today launched its LTE Plus network, which is available today in 77 major markets in the U.S. To celebrate, the carrier is announcing what its calling "the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history", offering 50 percent off of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T rate plans. The offer runs from November 20 to January 7, 2016 and the pricing remains in place until January 8, 2018.

“We’ve made tremendous strides with our network because we know consumers want wireless service that provides consistent speed and reliability,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We are so confident that customers will have an amazing experience that we are encouraging them to give us a try with the biggest wireless offer in the history of our industry. Customers switching to Sprint will never need to look elsewhere. They will learn what our 58 million...

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Microsoft Graph promises open developer access to...

Microsoft at its Connect (); conference on Wednesday flipped the switch on Microsoft Graph, n?e Office 365 Unified API, a set of APIs that let developers integrate, manage and tap into vast expanses of data stored in the Office 365 cloud.

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Silicon Valley bracing for severe El Nino flooding;...

After years of crippling drought, California is now entering a powerfully wet El Ni?o weather pattern that is predicted to bring record precipitation. Flooding in coastal areas along San Francisco Bay poses risks of devastating economic impacts for the region, although Apple's principal offices centered in Cupertino should help it avoid much of the impact.

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Apple spotlights ABC app, Muppets in new Apple TV ad

Adding to a series of Apple TV ads released earlier this week, Apple on Wednesday posted a new commercial featuring ABC's app, with a little help from the Muppets.

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Apple shares new video highlighting Watch ABC on new...

Yesterday, Apple uploaded a handful of new 15 second videos to its YouTube channel highlighting the various apps that its new tvOS-powered Apple TV supports. Apple shared videos showcasing apps Netflix, HBO NOW, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars, and Crossy Road. Now, the company has shared one more video to YouTube highlighting Watch ABC on the new Apple TV.
The video features characters from popular ABC show The Muppets. The video ends with Apple briefly showing the Watch ABC app in the tvOS interface, followed by the same multicolor graphic that opens the video.
In the description of the video, Apple again touts that the future of TV is apps:

Watch ABC and your favorite shows and movies on Apple TV. The future of television is apps.

 You can view the latest video from Apple below. It is likely that as the tvOS App Store continues to expand, Apple will continue to share...

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Official Google iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks...

Google today is rolling out an update to its iOS app that brings the app to version 10.0 and includes a handful of visual changes. With today’s update, the voice search feature has been redesigned to be more inline with Google’s Material Design aesthetic, while the Google Now cards in the app are now organized in a much more straightforward way.
The voice search interface has been update right from the start. As soon as you “Ok Google” or tap the microphone in the app, you’ll see a more colorful wavelength indicator along the bottom of the design. When the actual search is performed, you’ll notice the bottom navigation bar has been slightly redesigned, as well. The new colorful wave design is very similar to the design introduced to Siri when iOS 9 launched back in September.
Perhaps most notably, however, Google Now in the...

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Amazon’s two-step verification

Amazon:Amazon’s Two-Step Verification adds an additional layer of security to your account. Instead of simply entering your password, Two-Step Verification requires you to enter a unique security code in addition to your password during sign in. You’ll enter your sign in information like you normally would, but then you’ll be prompted to enter a security code. You can receive this security code in a variety of ways depending on the option you select during sign up, including text message, voice call, or authenticator app.Some folks will think this kind of security is inconvenient. But any time I give a company my credit card info and I want that info stored on their site, I feel more comfortable if the site offers this additional level of security....

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Tuesday November 17

Military's Osprey helicopter-airplane makes...

The Osprey just completed its longest flight in history, flying from California to Brazil for joint military training exercises.

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