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Friday May 20

07:23
US Senate introduces bill that would limit FBI'...

The FBI's attempt to expand its surveillance and hacking authority, spotlighted by a public spat over encryption with Apple, has met resistance from members of the U.S. Senate, where a newly introduced bill would block search warrants for remote devices [updated].

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07:01
BMW will finally launch support for Apple’s CarPlay...

While recent reports have detailed talks between Apple and BMW related to Apple’s behind-the-scenes electric car project, BMW has long been one of the last major holdouts to bring Apple’s current in-dash CarPlay platform to its vehicles. That looks like it will change later this year when at least two models will get support for CarPlay. more…Filed under: CarPlay Tagged: 10.25-inch, Apple, BMW, CarPlay, lcd, Q2, Touchscreen, X5 M, X6 M...

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06:52
Google's smartphone-based Daydream VR gets...

Google's forthcoming Daydream platform for virtual reality has support from Android device makers including Samsung, HTC, LG, and Huawei, though the hardware is predicted to only be "slightly better" than Samsung's own Gear VR.

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06:32
Got a Mac and a Samsung TV? Now you can AirPlay...

If you have a Mac and a Samsung Smart TV, AirPlay mirroring to the TV would usually require an Apple TV. But now there’s an app for that …
more…Filed under: Apple TV, Mac Tagged: AirPlay, AirPlay Mirroring, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV ...

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06:24
FXpansion introduces Geist2 beat production system

FXpansion has launched Geist2 (http://tinyurl.com/jsakrgb), an update of its $199 sound-sculpting and beat production system with streamlined sample manipulation, arrangement, and modulation capabilities for intuitive and accelerated workflow.
It’s available for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher) and Windows (7 SP1 or higher), as 64-bit only AAX, 32- and 64-bit AU and VST — and as standalone versions. Geist2 is a step-sequencer and sample-based drum machine realized in software. It offers a way to build beats. Grooves and rhythms can be performed and programmed faster in version 2.
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06:23
A live Simpsons episode (or at least for three...

Pro Video Coalition:The plan involved a sequence for the final three minutes of episode 595 (entitled “Simprovised”) that would be acted and animated in real time.Incredible!∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:18
∞ 15 years ago yesterday, Steve Jobs introduced the...

[VIDEO] It is amazing to see how well that design has aged. It’s really the products that show how long ago this was made.

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06:17
Apple Increases Focus on Asia

Apple has launched a major focus on Asia, with CEO Tim Cook touring China and India and the company announcing several notable initiatives in those countries, along with an update to GarageBand that includes traditional Chinese instruments and musical loops. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:09
How to make your iPhone charge faster

Short version: Turn on Airplane Mode, and then a joke follows, and a mention of the 2016 Beard Bash.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
Rumor: OS X 10.12 to allow Macs to be unlocked via...

A report from MacRumors.com says that the upcoming version of OS X that will be previewed at next month’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will allow you to unlock a Mac via Touch ID on an iPhone.

Apple engineers are designing an auto unlock function that would allow an iPhone (and perhaps even an Apple Watch) to unlock a Mac when they’re near each other, eliminating the need to enter a password on a password-protected Mac, the article adds. The feature, which uses Bluetooth LE frameworks, will presumably work similarly to the automatic unlocking function on the Apple Watch, which allows an unlocked iPhone to bypass the passcode restriction on a connected Apple Watch. 

Chances that this rumor is true: 99%. I think Touch ID support and the addition of Siri will certainly be added to Mac OS X 10.12 (or will it be macOS 10.12).

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06:07
Apple begins hiring for long-awaited Brooklyn store...

Apple is now hiring retail workers for its first store in Brooklyn , suggesting that the company's anticipated project in New York City's most populous borough will open its doors by the end of the year.

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06:02
Apple Support teaches Siri how to pronounce a name

Apple Support walks you through the steps of how to pronounce names in your address book. Wish that feature was more comprehensive.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:59
External Link: 117 Million LinkedIn Passwords Leaked

LinkedIn was infiltrated back in 2012, but the repercussions are still being felt, with a collection of 117 million user email addresses and passwords from that breach released online recently. LinkedIn is reaching out to all affected users, but even if you don’t hear from the company, we recommend taking the opportunity to check your password and change it if you’ve used it on any other sites or if it’s not a strong password. We realize that we sound like a broken record here (there’s an analogy on its way out!), but this is yet another reminder of why it’s so important to have unique, strong passwords for every online account. 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...

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05:58
Apple’s Lisa Jackson visits The Barefoot College in...

While Apple CEO Tim Cook was revealing his business plans in India, a top Apple executive -- Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives -- was in Rajasthan this week, visiting "solar mamas" and the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Ajmer, a rural, non-profit school that makes extensive use of iPads, reports IANS.

Founded by social activist Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, The Barefoot College trains rural women in assembling and manufacturing solar lamps, hence the nickname, ”solar mamas.” It also connects rural communities to solar, water, education, professions and advocacy to help communities and individuals take control of their lives and the well being of their communities.

Jackson previously left her administrator position at the US Environmental Protection Agency and joined Apple in 2013 as the Vice President of Environmental...

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05:56
Apple encounters the pitfalls of doing business in...

Apple is walking a fine line here, opening an R&D center in India and not (at least yet) in China. Here’s why.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:44
Tim Cook makes a real splash in Mumbai

Tim Cook is a CEO and an ambassador, doing all he can to open India and China’s doors to Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:36
The time Steve Jobs killed a Q&A with bluntness

[VIDEO] M.G. Siegler, writing about a closing keynote speech Steve Jobs gave at the 1997 WWDC conference (recalls that Steve Jobs was newly returned to Apple at the time):It’s almost unbelievable how prescient nearly everything Steve Jobs says here actually is. If not all of it came to pass, nearly all of it did. And he spoke about things in great detail. As Rands notes, Jobs wasn’t underestimating the future, he was writing it, seemingly on the fly in that conversation.Watch the video, embedded in the main post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:31
Bipartisan bill in the Senate joins existing one in...

The fallout from the standoff between Apple and the FBI in the San Bernardino case continues. Following the introduction of one bipartisan bill in the House of Representives in February, seeking to protect encryption against any state-level legislation that might compromise it, a new bill has now been introduced in the Senate ,,,
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Encryption, FBI, privacy, San Bernardino...

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05:15
AppleInsider podcast talks the future of HomeKit,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we talk about Google's new Home speaker announced at I/O 2016 and what it could mean for Apple's Siri and HomeKit. Plus, we discuss Fitbit's purchase of Coin, Android Pay, Tim Cook's trip to India, and the latest "iPhone 7" scuttlebutt.

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05:00
Discounts On A Couple Of My Latest Books

Springer digital is running the two latest titles I wrote for them: Enterprise Mac Administrator’s Guide (Third Edition) and Enterprise Mac Security: Mac OS X (Third Edition) in a special Kindle promotion on Amazon until May 31st, 2016. For a limited time, the ebooks will be priced at $18.99 in US, Canadian, and Australian markets, and 10.99GBP in UK.
Th books are available at http://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Administrators-Guide-CHARLES-EDGE/dp/1484217055/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460471210&sr=8-1&keywords=9781484217054 for the Enterprise Mac Administrator’s Guide and http...

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05:00
2016 MacBook: a good ‘secondary Mac’ gets even better

My feelings about Apple’s 12-inch MacBook — see my review here — haven’t changed since its debut last year: it’s a great “secondary” Mac, but not a desktop replacement. 

Visually, the 2016 version of the teeny laptop looks exactly the same as last year’s model. Its main selling points remain its incredibly small size (at just two pounds and 13.1 mm thin, you have to wonder how they packed a Mac into that body) and gorgeous display (three million pixels and 2304 x 1440 resolution). What’s changed is that the new model has a bit more processing power and some extra battery life — two changes that certainly aren’t insignificant. It’s also available in “rose gold” — which to my eyes means “pink.”

The 2015 MacBook was powered by Intel’s Core M Broadwell processor, and the 2016 version features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M...

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05:00
Flaw Puts a Billion Wireless Mice at Risk


Wireless mice and keyboards are the perfect accessories for a world in which devices increasingly are shuffling off their connection coils, but those accessories -- especially untethered rodents -- also can create new threats for those who use them. One such threat is Mousejack. The attack exploits a vulnerability found in 80 percent of wireless mice. With $15 worth of off-the-shelf hardware and a few lines of simple code, a wireless mouse can be turned into a hacker's portal for all kinds of mischief.

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04:50
Tim Cook Visits Apple Supported Mac Lab at G....

Apple's Team Led by CEO Tim Cook visited the G. G.Narayanamma Institute of Technology yesterday. Apple is supporting development of iOS and OS X applications that are geared toward the Indian market.

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04:49
Job listings show up for Brooklyn Apple Store,...

Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn has been a long time coming. Following years of speculation, the plan was confirmed back in 2014, when it was revealed that the location would be at 247 Bedford Avenue, in Williamsburg, though the project later fell behind schedule.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Retail Store, Apple retail stores, Apple Store,...

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04:44
Kool Tools: CHANGEdesk

CHANGEdesk (http://tinyurl.com/z54hlfj) is a no-assembly required, ready-for-use conversion unit that’s placed on top of any desk or table and allows for movement between sitting and standing in just a few seconds without having to move the mouse and monitor.
The tri-tiered panels lift or lower easily to five different heights ranging from 4.5 inches to 21.5 inches to ensure monitors are properly positioned at eye-level. These optimally designed lightweight tiers can be manually lifted or raised electrically depending on the product model.
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04:30
How to record video directly into iMovie in OS X

Sometimes it can be handy to record video directly into iMovie. To do so, start a new project and open the Import window by clicking the Import button in the toolbar. 

If you don’t see the Import button, click the Media button in the toolbar, and then click the Import button. If the Image Capture, Photos, or iPhoto window appears, close the window. But, wait, you say, I don’t want to import video, I want to record it directly into iMovie.

No problem. In the Cameras section of the Import window sidebar, select the built-in camera. A live video image from the camera appears in the Import window. To specify the event you want to record into, do one of the following:

Choose an existing event: Click the “Import to” pop-up menu at the top of the Import window and choose the event.

Create a new event: Click the “Import to” pop-up menu, choose New Event, type a name for the new event, and click OK.

Choose the open project: Click...

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04:23
Trump’s call for an Apple boycott doesn’t extend to...

Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump called for people to boycott Apple products back in February – whilst his campaign was tweeting from an iPhone. It now seems that isn’t the only disparity in his stance: CNET reports that Trump also has a seven-figure holding in AAPL stock.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, Apple boycott, Donald Trump, Trump...

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04:02
Intel reveals security risks associated with unsafe...

Intel Security has released findings from its new study, “Online Security Diet: You Are What You Click,” which examines the online behaviors and attitudes of Americans ages 21 to 54 toward dieting clickbait. The research revealed that when it comes to the desire for the ideal body, people may be willing to sacrifice their online security if it takes them a step closer to achieving desired results.
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04:00
BetterZip 3 is a useful Mac OS X arching tool

By Aaron Lee

MacItBetter's BetterZip 3 is a handy Mac OS X solution for archiving. One of the coolest features is Direct Mode, which speeds up working with large archives by making archive preparation and recompression obsolete.

The archive password manager helps you work with encrypted archives by collecting a list of archive passwords in your OS X keychain. These can be used automatically whenever you open  encrypted archives. BetterZip 3 adds a password generator which suggests strong passwords whenever you need them.

When you open a file in an archive with the View command and edit it with an external editor, BetterZip will detect the changes and give you the option to update the archive.

Presets can store all the settings that can be applied to an archive, from the destination folder and archive format, to passwords and even a script to execute when the operation completed. After...

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03:30
Fashion Friday: Think Different T-shirt

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

This week I’m wearing a T-shirt that accompanied the launch of Apple’s classic “Think different” ad campaign. The slogan has been widely taken as a response to IBM's motto “Think”. It was used in a television commercial, several print advertisements, and a number of TV promos for Apple products. Apple's use of the slogan was discontinued with the debut of the iMac G4 in 2002.

The one-minute commercial (there was a 30-second ad as well, but the one-minute was the best) featured black-and-white footage of 17 iconic 20th century personalities. In order of appearance they were: Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison,...

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03:00
Deal of the Day: iKlips DUO Flash Storage Solutions...

Does your favorite iOS device have enough storage? Do you find yourself deleting music, photos or videos to make more room for new media? Now's the time to look at some external storage, because we have a deal on the iKlips DUO Flash Storage Solutions in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities. For a limited time, get one of these Lightning-equipped devices for 20% off in the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

The 32 and 64GB models are available in gray or gold, while the 128GB drive looks great in either red or gold. These work with any Lightning-equipped iPad or iPhone and can be used to transfer media from any USB-equipped Mac or PC. Here are the details: 

  • Efficiently & quickly transmit data between iOS & other devices
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02:23
Destiny's next expansion will be called '...

Ignoring a welcome update last month, things have been pretty quiet on the Destiny front. That's because Bungie has turned its attention to developing a sequel, which is slated to release next year. However, with E3 fast approaching, news of promised...

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Monday May 16

11:10
Google's new 'Spaces' app is for...

Google is on quite the app-building spree. It's latest is a new service called Spaces, which aims to simplify the way you share images, videos, links, and other content gathered from the web. The new tools, announced in a Google blog post, will be available on Monday in an app for Android, iOS, and the web. The service isn’t live at the time of this writing, though there’s already a Spaces product page. Official Google Blog
Given that this is a Google product, search is built in for finding your saved content....

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13:36
Apple Stores could open in India by the end of 2017

Earlier this year, Tim Cook said that India is an “incredibly interesting” country for Apple, and now we’re starting to get some insight as to why.
According to a new report in FactorDaily, Apple is opening its first three Apple Stores in India in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. They should be up and running by the end of 2017.
FactorDaily’s report mentions that Apple is currently looking for commercial real estate for India’s first batch of Apple Stores, and the company is reportedly investing about $3 million to $5 million in each store. Apple first applied to open up Apple Stores in India earlier this year, after the country relaxed the rules around foreign-owned retail stores....

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16:20
Apple updates GarageBand with Chinese instruments...

On Monday morning, Apple peppered its users with OS updates. On Monday afternoon, it shifted its attention to GarageBand users, specifically those in China as well as users who produce Chinese music.
The company released GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac. The updates include a collect of Chinese instruments, including the pipa, erhu, and Chinese percussion such as drums, wood blocks, cymbals, and gongs. The instruments can be played using Multi-Touch on an iOS device, or by using the Musical Typing feature or a USB music keyboard on a Mac. The instruments support different playing articulations, and iOS users can use 3D Touch with the erhu and pipa.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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Tuesday May 17

03:45
Why the iPhone needs a 'panic button' now...

Should you be able to plead the Fifth if authorities order you to unlock your iPhone using Touch ID?
A judge in California has recently ruled that your fingerprint does not have the same Constitutional protections as your numeric passcode, so Touch ID-enabled iPhones are susceptible to search warrants. Thankfully, Apple is considering developing a new way to protect our iPhones using Touch ID.
In this week’s iPhone Show, we look into an Apple patent that would give iPhones a new “panic mode” to lock out personal information or reset the device entirely. You’d be able to designate a certain finger for Touch ID to secretly trigger...

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11:45
Who makes the most reliable hard drive? Latest...

Nearly every hard drive manufacturer improved in reliability but one manufacturer still leads the pack, according to the latest hard drive survey from BackBlaze.
The hard drives in question power BackBlaze’s cloud backup data center and total some 61,590 spinning drives with more than a billion hours of operation among them.
Why this matters: Hard drives aren’t sexy anymore but a failure means expensive recovery fees or simply the loss of one’s precious memories. BackBlaze’s annual survey of a large sample of drives has come to represent a way for consumers to discern what brand and what model to buy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Case in point

Casing the jointThis week’s roundup includes a number of options for carrying and protecting your MacBook when you’re on the go. Read on!Amped WirelessThe $90 High Power AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender lets you extend the range of your Wi-Fi by up to 10,000 square feet, and it’s universal, working with all brands of routers and service provider gateways. The result? No more dead spots in your Wi-Fi coverage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Wednesday May 18

03:30
10 classic early iPhone games still worth playing...

Old, but not forgottenRemember the early days of iPhone gaming? The App Store wasn’t nearly as jam-packed with ultra-slick freemium games, but we still had plenty of fun. Touchscreen gameplay was still new and unfamiliar, and the games were often raw and less polished—but that made for some brilliant and unexpected experiences that kept us tapping and swiping for ages.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:30
5 ways to search Gmail that everyone should know...

In a perfectly productive world, your inbox would have a place for every email with every email in its place. But it’s easy to let messages stack up knowing Google’s powerful search can usually bail you out when you need to find a months-old missive. Still, there will be cases when you need the help of an advanced search operator.
These terms can help you home in on what you’re looking for more quickly and accurately than a simple search. There are dozens of operators you can use, but we’ve narrowed down five of the most handy.1. Use ‘in:anywhere’ to search everywhere

It’s a given that a general Gmail search crawls every nook and cranny of your inbox, right? Alas, no. Search ignores Spam and Trash unless you specifically tell it to look there. That’s important to know because even Gmail’s spam filter is imperfect. And who hasn’t accidentally consigned some important message to the trash when furiously trying to get to inbox zero?...

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04:00
GPS comes to Pebble Time smartwatches with...

Pebble’s plan to make its current generation of smartwatches even smarter is a genius one: The company includes a port for accessory makers to create straps that add all sort of functionality to the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Since Pebble announced that plan last spring, developers have created straps with built-in heart rate monitoring, wireless charging, and gesture control. But GPS has remained a requested but missing feature—until now.
Powerstrap just launched a Kickstarter for its Pal GPS smartstrap for the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which will let you track runs and store them on the sporty, sweat- and water-resistant strap (which comes in six colors)...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: WhatsApp lands on the Mac

Keep connected with your friends from the comfort of your chairThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a version of WhatsApp for the Mac, so you can keep in touch with your friends across all of your devices. Plus, you’ll find tools for watching your cash flow and for bill reminders. Read on!Agenda Minder 1.1Internodal’s $12 Agenda Minder (Mac App Store Link) helps you prepare for your meetings by organizing any relevant information into an interactive agenda.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:01
Apple's Tim Cook woos app developers in India

In a bid to win over more Indian developers, Apple on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility to help developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.
The facility in Bangalore, called a Design and Development Accelerator, aims to provide specialized support for the “tens of thousands” of developers in the country, who develop applications for the iOS operating system.
Bangalore has a large base of developers, working for the research and development centers of multinational companies or in startups, besides others who work independently. Apple estimates that over 1 million people in the city work in the tech sector, with over 40 percent of graduates from local universities specializing in engineering or IT.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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07:18
A hacker is selling 167 million LinkedIn user records

A hacker is trying to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users.
The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users.
According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have over 433 million registered members.
Troy Hunt, the creator of Have I been pwned?, a website that lets users check if they were affected by known data breaches, thinks that it’s highly likely for the leak to be legitimate. He had access to around 1 million records from the data set.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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07:20
Quip takes another swing at Excel with enhanced...

Quip, a Silicon Valley startup that’s taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that’s aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel. The service’s spreadsheets now include features like the ability to merge cells, validate data and filter information in a sheet. With this update, users can also insert spreadsheets into documents so data and commentary can reside in the same place. It’s all tied together with Quip’s signature chat feature, which lets users discuss what’s going on inside a spreadsheet while they’re working on it together. These updates are key to helping Quip compete with its biggest rivals in the cloud productivity suite space: Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. Those two services have their own spreadsheet applications, and this update makes Quip’s upstart offering more appealing to people who have richer spreadsheet needs. ...

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07:33
5 things Apple's Tim Cook needs to do on his...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company's revenue has grown but whose market share is still small because of price-sensitive consumers. The trip is important as Apple looks for markets where it can  expand. In April, the company reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales dropped year over year. Meanwhile, India is the world's third-biggest smartphone market, after China and the U.S. Here are five things Cook will be aiming for in India. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:43
Apple working on a fix for iPad Pros bricked by iOS...

If you have a brand-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and you haven’t yet installed the iOS 9.3.2 update, you might want to hold off another day or two. Some users are seeing an “Error 56” message when upgrading, and finding their devices bricked.
The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.Guay! Apple acaba de sacar la versión 9.3.2 que bloquea el iPad Pro de 9,7

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11:25
Google launches Duo, a video-calling app that's...

Hangouts? What’s that? Google debuted what it called a “simpler” one-to-one video-chatting app on Wednesday at Google I/O, known as Duo.Duo won’t just be for Android devices—it will run on iOS as well. It complements Allo, a new messaging app also announced at Google I/O that’s partially powered by Google Assistant. Both apps will be available later this summer.
Google’s Erik Kay introduces the Duo app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:41
Podcast 508: The ballad of iTunes usability

Apple’s software can really bug ya—last week we discussed a bug that wiped out some users’ iTunes libraries, and this week Apple dropped iTunes 12.4 to clean up the interface and hopefully increase understanding of just how to manage your collection across iTunes on your Mac, your iCloud Music Library, and Apple Music. Glenn and Susie are joined by Kirk McElhearn, one of the world’s foremost experts in how the heck a person can use iTunes without tearing all their hair out, to explain what’s changed—and what still really needs to be fixed.
Elsewhere, we come to bury CurrentC, not to praise it—although we’re really into mobile payments now, thanks, especially after the rollout of those poky chip-reading point-of-sale systems. Glenn finally found an iPhone SE for sale. Twitter is considering a change that would actually improve things significantly. And Gboard leaked some chicken and noodles....

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14:03
Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone,...

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.
First, a study reported on Monday by Stanford University found that smartphone metadata—information about calls and text messages, such as time and length—can reveal a surprising amount of personal detail.
To investigate their topic, the researchers built an Android app and used it to retrieve the metadata about previous calls and text messages—the numbers, times, and lengths of communications—from more than 800 volunteers’ smartphone logs. In total, participants provided records of more than 250,000 calls and 1.2 million texts....

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14:10
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

When iOS 9 was released, Apple updated its list of cases in which iOS asks for a passcode even when Touch ID is enabled. A previously undocumented requirement asks for a passcode in a very particular set of circumstances: When the iPhone or iPad hasn’t been unlocked with its passcode in the previous six days, and Touch ID hasn’t been used to unlock it within the last eight hours. It’s a rolling timeout, so each time Touch ID unlocks a device, a new eight-hour timer starts to tick down until the passcode is required. If you wondered why you were being seemingly randomly prompted for your passcode (or more complicated password), this is likely the reason.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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21:54
Emily is a tough, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard

Attention Dwayne Johnson: it's not too late to make your version of Baywatch more apt for this generation. May we suggest casting Emily -- a 25-pound, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard that can travel up to 22 mph. It might not have biceps and legs...

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21:51
Apple to Hire 4,000 Employees in Hyderabad, India to...

In line with previous rumors and confirmations, Apple today announced the opening of a new development center in Hyderabad, India focused on Apple Maps development.

WaveRock campus in Hyderabad, India

The new center will employ up to 4,000 workers, with the announcement coming as part of Tim Cook's ongoing trip to China and India. “Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are...

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21:41
Apple opens Maps development center in Hyderabad,...

Hot on the heels of revealing plans for an iOS app design and development facility in Bengaluru, Apple on Thursday local time announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad tasked with accelerating development of Maps products for iOS, Mac and Apple Watch.

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21:17
New details in 'iPhone' trademark case...

Weeks after Apple saw its bid for exclusive Chinese rights to the "iPhone" trademark dashed in court, new information illustrates the battle the company faces in dealing with China's laws.

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20:39
Here are all the highlights from the Google I/O 2016...

From two hours to under twelve minutes, we've distilled, titrated, evaporated and reconstituted Google's annual launch event into something a little bit more palatable. There's more on Google's VR plans, more on Android's latest iteration, and someth...

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19:58
Report: Apple considering Fifth Avenue retail...

According to a new report from the New York Post, Apple is looking to expand on its iconic Fifth Avenue retail location. While the company renovates the historic cube designed building, it will open in “some or all” of the 61,000-square foot FAO Schwarz space in the GM building. The report notes, however, that the temporary expansion could turn in to a permanent one seeing as how cramped the Fifth Avenue store has become.
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19:24
Department of Transportation bans e-cigarettes in...

Like the FDA, which recently decided to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products, the Department of Transportation has also decided to treat e-cigarettes like a fire hazard. The DOT issued a final rule today, banning e-cigarette batteries in check...

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18:41
Google isn't abandoning Hangouts for its new...

The launch of Google's new chat apps Allo and Duo doesn't mean death for Hangouts. A spokesperson told Business Insider that the company is "continuing to invest in Hangouts" and that "it will remain a standalone product." While these two new applica...

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18:32
Apple reminds developers of impending iAd App...

Apple in an email blast on Wednesday reminded developers of the impending iAd App Network shutdown that will bring an end to monetization revenues and app promotion on June 30, as scheduled.

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18:02
Harvard engineers designed a 'soft wearable...

A team of engineers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have moved one step closer to a consumer version of a soft, assistive exosuit that could help patients with lower limb disabilities walk again. The Wys...

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16:29
[Sponsor] Meh.com

Every day, a new deal launches, there’s a story, a video, a community and… Look, just go there, it’s easier than trying to explain. It’s just meh.com.

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16:14
Control your Bentley's seat massagers from your...

Following the debut of its Bentayga SUV, British automaker Bentley Motors recently launched an eponymous Apple Watch app that goes beyond run-of-the-mill connected car features, putting control over creature comforts on the wrist of well-heeled owners.

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15:17
The Green Light for Production of Apple's A10...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Enters 'State of Emergency' as Apple Chooses TSMC as Exclusive A10 Supplier." Apple's next-gen A10 processor is to be a 10-nanometer FinFET based processor.

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15:13
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

Good to see Fleishman getting to the bottom of this but very annoying that Apple instituted this new procedure without letting the user know. Many of us have been confused and/or annoyed by this for months.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:13
Apple mulls permanent expansion of Fifth Avenue...

Apple's plan to temporarily relocate its flagship Fifth Avenue store from the base of the GM building to the old FAO Schwartz location has apparently evolved into a desire to permanently occupy the space -- and without paying the going rate for rent.

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14:46
Manage ActiveSync Policies on iOS Using Powershell...

Sometimes you need to manage policies in Exchange ActiveSync programmatically. For example, if a device shows up in a JSS, you can deploy policies to that device at the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) level rather than using a mobileconfig. To manage these, Microsoft has provided a few pretty easy-to-use commandlets in Powershell.

  • The New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will create a policy based on some attributes that you define.
  • The Get-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will show what the contents of a given policy are.
  • The Set-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet will set a policy, and has the same structure s the New-MailboxDeviceMailboxPolicy, but applies to existing policies.
  • The Remove-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will delete a policy.
  • The Get-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will show all the devices that are associated with a given user.
  • The...
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14:19
I/O 2016: Android Pay coming to ATMs & mobile...

Widening the battleground with Apple Pay, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Pay will soon be usable at some ATMs, as well as by mobile Chrome users.

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14:18
Otto Kits Out Big Rigs With Aftermarket Self-Driving...


Otto on Monday introduced a self-driving kit designed to help those behind the wheel of big rigs drive more safely and efficiently. The company is developing a suite of sensors, software and other truck-related enhancements that could be retrofitted into existing vehicles. The technology has been tested in Otto's research fleet, and the company recently completed an autonomous demo of its technology on public highways. The initiative aims to enhance the capabilities of the Otto truck as well as collect safety data.

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14:05
AWT News Update: May 18, 2016

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In today's AWT News Update, a familiar voice may soon be on Mac, an Apple Watch rival will be trying to bring contactless payment to its product line, and former mobile phone brand giant is resurrected:

  • Siri for Mac is leaked in screenshots
  • Fitbit buys coin in hopes of adding Apple Pay-like payments to its devices
  • Microsoft sells off the Nokia feature phone division, and Foxconn and a Finnish startup hope to revive the Nokia brand.  

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14:00
Happy Hour Podcast 067 | Instagram’s radical...

This week Benjamin and Zac react to Instagram’s radical new icon and app design, unpack Google’s new third-party Gboard keyboard for iOS, and detail Tim Cook’s globe-trot from China to India to Amsterdam and beyond. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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13:15
Acura's sleeker 2nd-gen self-driving car hides...

With Acura's launch of its second automated vehicle, the RLX, the luxury sedan manufacturer is closer to providing an attractive consumer option --?a market Apple watchers expect the company's secretive "Project Titan" is also eyeing.

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13:05
Tip of the Day: Choosing Sidebar Categories in...

Now that iTunes 12.4 has brought the sidebar back, you can not only more easily navigate between different groupings of your media content, but you can also choose which categories you want to see. Hovering over the “Library” heading at the top of the sidebar will reveal an “Edit” button; click this and you’ll see all available categories — even some you may not have realized were there. Placing a checkmark beside a…

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12:30
Siri on the Mac? It could be coming soon

Siri is a major feature of iOS, and its speech interface may soon be coming to the Mac, possibly as soon as the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. MacRumors

Proof that Siri for Mac is upon us comes from MacRumors. The site gained access from a reliable source to screenshots that show a Siri wavform icon in the Dock, and a Siri menu bar icon. According to MacRumors, clicking either icon shows an indicator that Siri is listening for you to say a command, and the user can also activate Siri by saying, “Hey Siri,” as you would on iOS.To read this article in full or to...

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12:47
iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-inch iPad Pro Devices...

An anonymous reader writes: iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with multiple users reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air. Affected users are seeing an "Error 56" message that instructs them to plug their devices into iTunes. Apple has issued a statement to iMore, simply stating the company is "looking into a small number of reports" regarding this issue. The statement reads: "We're looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support."

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12:30
I/O 2016: Google launches Android N beta with speed...

At the beginning of its I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google revealed that the next major version of Android -- codenamed "Android N" -- is launching in beta later today, and will introduce features like better performance, improved multitasking, and even virtual reality support when it officially arrives in late summer.

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12:11
External Link: Warren Buffett Invests $1 Billion in...

After Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, some on Wall Street soured on the company's stock, but one big-name investor is betting heavily on Apple. Warren Buffett, through his Berkshire Hathaway firm, invested over $1 billion in Apple earlier in 2016. Buffett is famously conservative in his investments, and rarely ventures into the tech sector, so his backing is a vote of confidence in Apple during an uncertain time. News of Buffett’s stake in the company caused an immediate 3.7 percent increase in Apple’s stock price. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and...

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11:52
I/O 2016: Google Allo smart messenger and Duo video...

Google hopes to shake up the mobile communications landscape this summer with a cross-platform release of both Allo, a new smart messenger, and Duo, a simplified one-to-one video calling service.

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11:51
Google I/O 2016: Assistant, Home, Allo, Duo, Android...

Google hosted its annual I/O developers keynote at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California today, announcing multiple new products and services related to Android, search, messaging, home automation, and more.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is described as a "conversational assistant" that builds upon Google Now based on two-way dialog. The tool can be used, for example, to ask who directed the movie Avatar, and to ask which other movies he has directed, and Google should be able to isolate the questions from the conversation and provide answers.

The new Siri and Alexa rival, compatible with both voice and chat, will be widely available on Android, iOS, in the home, and elsewhere later this year.

Google Home

Google Home is a new Wi-Fi-enabled personal assistant device for the home that enables...

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11:29
Motorola Shows Off New Moto G Collection


Motorola on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones: the fourth-generation Moto G, the Moto G Plus and the Moto G Play. The Moto G and Moto G Plus can be customized using Moto Maker, while the Moto G Play can not. All three run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The Moto G and Moto G Plus became available Tuesday in Brazil and India. They will be rolled out across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia over time. The lower-end Moto G Play will be available globally this summer, Motorola said.

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11:14
Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android...

At Google I/O 2016 that kicked off this morning, they introduced 'Google Home' that will be coming to market later this year. It's very much like Amazon's Echo and Apple TV ...

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11:09
I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on...

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

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10:54
iOS 9.3.2 update bricks some 9.7-inch iPad Pro...

iOS 9.3.2 has arrived.
And it appears to have bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets in the process.
A number of users are seeing an “Error 56” message after upgrading to iOS 9.3.2, and finding their devices bricked.
The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

Apple has issued a comment stating that the company is looking into the issue and has offered the following quote regarding the issue:
“We’re looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support.”

Let us know if this has happened on your end in the...

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10:50
Twelve South releases BookBook case for the 12.9-...

Twelve South has introduced the BookBook for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The leather case angles the Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro also folds into a hands-free display mode. It protects the Apple tablet between two hardback covers and includes a storage pocket for Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro (12.9-inch) is available now for $99.99 at twelvesouth.com. The BookBook for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) is coming soon.

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10:44
Apple reportedly to hire Samsung exec to handle...

Apple is set to hire Rajiv Mishra, currently vice president of media and corporate social responsibility division at Samsung Electronics, as its India head of media and public affairs, reports IANS, quoting unnamed “informed sources."

If true, the timing is good as Apple CEO Tim Cook is in India on a four-day visit and is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week. Apple has also announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Mishra is a well known media professional and...

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10:35
New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor...

A newly-published patent shows that Apple may be going the way of a bezel-free iPhone wherein the display extends all the way to the edges of the handset.
The patent describes three different technologies that can be used for fingerprint sensors, and says that the third of them – ultrasonic imaging – would not only allow the reader to be embedded into the display, but would also be even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used by Touch ID today.

At present, the most accurate but least common finger-scanning technology is ultrasound imaging, wherein two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass–one each for receiving and transmitting–for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate. When the finger is placed on top of the...

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10:33
Emojis for Apple Mail now available on MailButler

Feingeist Software has updated MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), its personal assistant add-on for Apple Mail on the Mac.
With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails. Now users can include emojis into their emails. This can be done with just one click: the emojis button has been added right into the utility bar in the email window.
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10:26
Leaked screens show Siri in Apple's upcoming OS...

New images published on Wednesday appear to support rumors that Apple will finally bring Siri to the Mac in the next major version of OS X, premiering at WWDC 2016 in June.

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10:26
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac

U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/).
The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.
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10:12
Fitbit buys Coin assets, makes plans to enter same...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the purchase of Coin's wearable payments assets, a takeover which should put Fitbit on a path to launching its own mobile payments technology sometime in 2017, and hence competing even more closely with Apple.

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09:47
Killer Deals: Apple's 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

For a limited time this week, grab the lowest price ever offered on Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro (128GB, WiFi, Silver) at $745 ($204 off). Or pick up a new 13" MacBook Pro for $1,149 or 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799, both with no sales tax outside NY.

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09:31
Siri for Mac’s Colorful Waveform Dock Icon Revealed...

Rumors have indicated Siri integration will be one of the key features coming in OS X 10.12, and new screenshots of a Siri menu bar and Siri app icon suggest Apple is indeed working on bringing Siri to the Mac in its 2016 operating system update. The screenshots were shared with MacRumors by a source who has provided us with reliable information about Apple's software plans in the past.

In the menu bar, there's a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word "Siri" surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS...

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09:30
Keep track of seconds to seasons with Cosmic Watch

As readers of our Team AWT Newsletter know, I have had a lifelong love of astronomy. That's why when I was asked to take a look at Cosmic Watch (US$3.99, universal app) I jumped at the chance. The best way to describe Cosmic Watch is that it's an interactive 3D astronomical time device -- and that's exactly how developers Celestial Dynamics AG describe it.

Cosmic Watch launches into a realtime world clock with your location pulsing on a realistic globe that you can set spinning with a swipe of your finger. The app graphically shows the relationship between the Earth and Sun in terms of determining local time, with a pointer "above" your location pointing to the current time on a 24-hour clock dial circling the Earth on a direct line between the Earth and Sun. 

This is a great way to see how the Earth tilts in relation to the...

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09:06
Proposed Pebble Time smart band could add standalone...

While patents reveal Apple has explored the possibility of adding new functionality to the Apple Watch with connectable smart bands, a new Kickstarter campaign hopes to beat it to the punch with a GPS-connected, battery-equipped smart band for the Pebble Time smartwatch.

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09:03
Episode four of the Macadmins.org Podcast
08:15
Tim Cook, other Apple execs to talk iPhone...

While in India this week, CEO Tim Cook and a team of fellow Apple executives will reportedly be meeting with the leaders of local telecoms firms, looking to bolster iPhone numbers with partnerships on sales and distribution.

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08:00
Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to...

Remember James Pinkstone? He's the designer and music buff who found that 122GB of music had disappeared from his MacBook and one of the people interviewed by iMore's Serenity Caldwell in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Well, Pinkstone got a visit from two Apple senior software engineers this past Saturday who attempted to find out what caused the music to be deleted.

The engineers, "Tom" and "Ezra", were sent from California to Pinkstone's Atlanta home to perform troubleshooting tests with a special version of iTunes that could track issues. The team had Pinkstone reactivate his Apple Music account and go through the iTunes track sync process, all while discussing the process with another group back in California. 

After a unsuccessful day of trying to reproduce the issues, the team headed back to California. Pinkstone updated...

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07:53
∞ Isolated guitar from Aerosmith’s Walk This Way

[VIDEO] Just came across this isolated Joe Perry guitar work. Hearing the guitar without all the other layered production elements was a real revelation. This is some beautifully subtle guitar work by a real master.

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07:46
Google to announce its Amazon Echo competitor,...

The market’s been made. Every home will eventually have a similar device. Will we see one from Apple?∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:12
Didi Chuxing president hints at tech link for Apple...

In a TV interview, Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu dropped more hints about the possible reasons for Apple's $1 billion investment, suggesting a technological connection.

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07:04
Apple and Boston Properties at Odds over Famed New...

It's being reported today that Apple wants to take a larger bite out of the GM Building. Apple pioneered its iconic and patented glass cube Apple Store on the Fifth Avenue plaza of the full block tower, but business ...

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06:39
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool...

Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac.
UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work.
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06:34
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1.
It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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06:23
Apple's CEO Enjoys China's famous JJ Lin...

Apple launched GarageBand for China yesterday that offers Chinese fans access to digital versions of instruments. In a new video, China's famous ...

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06:16
TermHere: a new Finder extension that points new...

TermHere is a new app available on the Mac App Store that serves as a Finder extension. Once enabled, right-clicking inside of the Finder will present a new shortcut to jump to a Terminal window pointed to the current working directory.
TermHere may feature a straightforward premise, but it’s very nice to have if you’re a developer or avid Terminal user. Watch our brief hands-on video inside to see it in action. more…Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: App Development, Mac App Store, Terminal...

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06:07
Mac sales could be boosted with more focus on gaming

Apple has always — or so it seems — treated gaming as an afterthought on the Mac. It’s time for that to change. 

The worldwide PC market registered one of its lowest quarterly growth rates in the first quarter 2016, but Gartner, Inc. says several profit opportunities exist for PC [personal computer, not just Windows systems] vendors. One of those is gaming.

"PCs are no longer the first or only devices users are choosing for Internet access," says Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Over the last five years, global shipments of traditional PCs (desktops and notebooks) have fallen from 343 million units in 2012 to an estimated 232 million units in 2016. In terms of revenue, the global PC market has contracted from $219 million in 2012 to an expected $137 million in 2016.”

 

Nevertheless, PCs are still able to deliver in areas that smartphones and tablets cannot, with larger screens,...

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06:00
Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see...

The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.
CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.
The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

Walmart is currently experimenting with its own mobile payment platform, while Target has confirmed that it will support Apple Pay at stores nationwide later this year.
MCX CEO Brian Mooney said the group will focus on “working with financial...

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05:54
Microsoft sells Nokia feature phone division to...

Microsoft's steady decline in the mobile phone business continues, as the Redmond, Wash., company announced on Wednesday that it will sell the feature phone division it acquired from Nokia to a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.

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05:49
Apple to open iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.

Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. 

Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over...

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05:46
The Power of Preview: Converting Images and...

In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X’s built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview’s export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:45
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.
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05:44
Cook meeting with major carriers in India to forge ‘...

The Economic Times reports that Tim Cook is meeting with the heads of major carriers in India in order to form ‘strategic partnerships’ as the country accelerates its LTE rollout. The smartphone market in India has so far been constrained by slow data speeds in most parts of the country.

Cook has said the advent of high-speed 4G networks in India will expand the market for iPhones, flagging elsewhere, making it a key market for the company.

Cook is said to be meeting with Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in the country; Reliance Jio Infocomm, which plans to roll out LTE services nationwide this year; as well as Vodafone and others …
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05:43
Tim Cook Starts India Trip With Temple Visit and...

After arriving in India from Beijing on late Tuesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook started his five-day trip in the country with a pre-dawn visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Wednesday, according to The Indian Express. Cook was accompanied by newly promoted Apple India head Sanjay Kaul.

Tim Cook and Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, right (Image: The Indian Express)

Cook proceeded to meet Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, before holding business meetings with Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, and TCS CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran, among others, at the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel where he is...

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05:08
Apple's CEO has a Big Agenda in India this Week

Apple's CEO has landed in India for a week's long stay with a packed agenda. Earlier we reported on Apple's "First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design Center and Development Accelerator in India." We now have learned that Cook and his team will be meeting with the top telcos in India to ...

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Thursday May 19

06:00
Adobe lights a fire under its free iOS consumer...

Where do you go when Microsoft Office and Google Docs are not enough but Adobe Creative Cloud is too much? Adobe hopes you’ll turn to Spark, a new integrated suite of storytelling web and mobile apps for creating and sharing visual content online and via social networks.
Spark may be a new name, but it’s not exactly a new game: Its mobile iOS apps—Adobe Post, Voice, and Slate—are already well known for creating social media posts and graphics, web stories, and animated videos. A new addition is the browser-based Adobe Spark web app, which facilitates cross-platform use to more easily create, update, sync, and share fliers, brochures, presentations, newsletters, memes, blog posts, explainer videos, and more from anywhere....

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14:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Give your iPad Pro the...

New iPad cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you messenger bags, functional folios, sturdy enclosures, and much more.OtterBoxCurrently available for pre-order, the Defender (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $90) combines three layers of sturdy materials with a built-in screen protector.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:37
Declining sales and growth of Chinese brands sees...

Apple’s falling sales coupled to strong growth from emerging Chinese brands saw the iPhone’s worldwide market share drop just over three points from 17.9% in the first quarter of 2015 to 14.8% in the same quarter this year, according to Gartner.
Although a saturated smartphone market is part of the challenge faced by Apple, global smartphone sales did continue to grow, by 3.9% to 349M units.
Market leader Samsung also saw its share fall in the same period …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: AAPL, Apple Inc, Gartner,...

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21:03
Amputee gamer gets a bionic arm with an interactive...

This is insanely cool. Not cool enough that I’d want to try it but still pretty cool.∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:17
Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay arrives in China...

Samsung on Thursday announced it will bring its Samsung Pay mobile payments service to China through a partnership with e-commerce giant Alibaba's financial arm, an institution once rumored to be negotiating an identical deal for Apple Pay.

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20:06
Apple's First Retail Store in Brooklyn...

Apple has posted a series of job listings today and earlier in May for retail positions in Brooklyn, confirming that the company plans to open its first store in New York City's most populous borough in the near future.

Apple's jobs website lists typical retail store positions, including Creatives, Experts, Geniuses, Specialists, Business Leaders, and management, while recent LinkedIn postings seek a Retail Manager and...

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08:44
Chromebooks surge past Macs in the U.S. for the...

It may have taken nearly five years, but it’s finally official: Chromebooks are no joke.
More Google-powered laptops shipped than Macs in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, IDC market analyst Linn Huang recently told The Verge. (Disclosure: IDC and PCWorld are both owned by International Data Group, but have no editorial ties.) This is the first time Chromebooks have out-shipped a competing PC platform.
Chromebooks beating Macs may be a surprising statistic, but in reality, it’s just that—a statistic. It’s unlikely that Chromebooks are about to become the second most important PC platform in the United States, because this first Chromebook victory comes with two big caveats.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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18:45
Apple VP Lisa Jackson visits The Barefoot College in...

As CEO Tim Cook was meeting with Prime Minister Modi and partying with Bollywood stars, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson was also in India. As reported by Yahoo India, the Apple executive was visiting “solar mamas” and a rural school where students were being taught via iPad lessons.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, India ...

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18:40
Report: OS X 10.12 to feature support for unlocking...

Earlier this year, we reported that Mac OS X 10.12 would bring Siri support as one of the tentpole features. Apple is likely to introduce the next big update to OS X in just a few weeks at its annual WWDC event, and now we’re learning a bit more about what the company has in store. A new report today brings to light the possibility that Apple could add Touch ID support to OS X with 10.12, as well.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, Mac, OS X 10.12, Touch ID ...

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17:23
Apple environment chief visits rural Indian school...

As part of Apple's tour of India, the company's environment and government affairs chief Lisa Jackson visited a school in Rajasthan this week to meet with so-called "solar mamas," or women trained in the manufacture and assembly of solar lamps build solar powered lanterns.

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17:17
Google Plots Home Invasion


Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's annual I/O developers conference on Wednesday with a keynote address that included previews of a batch of new products. Among those showcased were Google Assistant, a tool that can understand and respond to complex questions in real time; and Home, Google's highly anticipated response to Amazon's Echo speaker. Google VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz took the stage to demonstrate some of Home's capabilities. "What makes Google Home really shine is that it has Search built in," he said.

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16:04
OWC expands Boot Camp compatibility to all SSDs,...

Mac specialist Other World Computing on Thursday released software drivers that bring Apple Boot Camp support to its entire lineup of aftermarket SSDs, giving users who run Windows a wider selection of storage upgrade options.

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16:02
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.1

First maintenance update for recently upgraded PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, $30 upgrade, free update from version 8, 70.3/70.9 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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15:41
Apple's Angela Ahrendts gives us a Peek at New...

On the 15th anniversary of the company's first Apple stores, Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior VP of Retail and online stores, gave her first big presentation that provided reporters with a glimpse of Apple's next generation approach to retailing over the next few years.

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15:07
∞ My thoughts on Apple’s new retail store strategy

It’s not often that Apple invites journalists to its stores for a preview anymore, but today was a bit different. Apple not only unveiled its new San Francisco store, it also explained its new strategy for its major retail outlets.As I sat listening to Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, it became clear very quickly that Apple kept its attention to detail in the design of the location, but completely rethought how it functioned.“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Ahrendts. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs.”Ahrendts said the company even thought about how sections of the Apple stores were named, like the Genius Bar. The word “bar” brings up thoughts of a busy, noisy space—not...

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14:58
iPhone supplier exec says glass design only coming...

Earlier this year, rumors started circulating that Apple would switch to a glass design for the 2017 iPhone lineup, somewhat reminiscent of that of the iPhone 4. Now Carter Technology chief executive Allen Horng says that only one model of the 2017 iPhone lineup will adopt that glass design. Carter Technology is a key iPhone casing supplier.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPhone 8 ...

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14:25
Apple Pay gains support for Chime online bank, Chase...

Apple Pay on Thursday picked up support for Chime, a U.S. online-only bank, while the brick-and-mortar Chase Bank promised to give away a new Eric Clapton album to Apple Pay users.

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14:23
Apple might let users unlock Mac via Touch ID on...

An OS X feature under construction by Apple may let people unlock their Mac by way of Touch ID on a paired iPhone, a report said on Thursday.

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14:18
Uber unleashes experimental self-driving car on...

Ride hailing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it is testing a self-driving, hybrid Ford Fusion on the streets of Pittsburgh, bringing the ride-sharing giant one step closer to an autonomous future.

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14:08
Larry Page spars with Oracle attorney at Android...

Google did not pay to use Oracle’s software in millions of smartphones, but the company believed that the intellectual property was free for anyone to use, Larry Page, chief executive of Google’s parent company, told jurors in court on Thursday.Page just seems pissed off in his answers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
AWT News Update: May 19, 2017

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In today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • The new San Francisco flagship Apple Store opened to the press today, and it's quite impressive (thumbnail image via Twitter @panzer)
  • Guess what presidential candidate who called for a boycott of Apple in February owns stock in the company?
  • Apple may be able to successfully appeal a Chinese company's appropriation of the iPhone trademark in the country
  • Here's a switch - the makers of the new Angry Birds movie are asking you to turn your phone on during the end credits

The text version of the podcast can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 19, 2016. Our sponsor for this past...

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13:44
Apple Union Square highlights new design elements,...

Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 

“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs." 

Apple Union Square’s glass doors open the store to Post Street and Union Square. The building’s position connects San Francisco’s most famous square to a rejuvenated plaza to the north, creating a gathering place for the community. The art-filled plaza offers seating, public Wi-Fi, a 50-foot tall...

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13:40
Imagine a dog. Got it? I don’t. Here’s what it’s...

While I’m not as afflicted as the story’s writer, I have many of the same issues. When I say/type the word “cube”, the vast majority of you will see a three-dimensional cube in your mind’s eye. I don’t have a mind’s eye. I see the actual word “cube”. It’s the only way I can visualize it. It’s probably why I have such an incredibly bad sense of direction. I can’t visualize the three-dimensionality of geography and place myself spatially. Maps mean nothing to me because I can’t imagine my place in the in the 3D space.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
Apple previews new Union Square store in San...

Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 
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13:20
Apple's Rumored 2017 Curved Glass iPhone could...

Catcher's Chairman Allen Horng told reporters today that as far as he knew, only one iPhone model would be adopting a glass casing in 2017 ...

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12:52
Apple's iPhone 8 - Coming in 2017

Rumors suggest Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017, with a glass body, wireless charging, and an edge-to-edge OLED display with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor that does away with the Home button.

Check out our full roundup for more info on the 2017 iPhone.

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12:48
Tweetbot 2.4 for Mac launches bringing Topics to the...

Two weeks ago, Tweetbot for iOS received an update introducing Topics to the Twitter client. Topics allows users to link tweets together, with an optional hashtag, making following a tweet conversation or tweet storm significantly easier. Today, Tweetbot for Mac receives its 2.4 update bringing Topics to the desktop, alongside a multitude of bug fixes.
more…Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: Tweetbot for Mac 2.4 ...

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12:48
Tekserve, “New York’s mom-and-pop Apple shop,” won’t...

First spotted in a tweet by Arik Hesseldahl, this story, while not unexpected, still makes me sad. Tekserve is one of the few remaining cool, old school, Mac retail stores. They had a fabulous vibe, true nerds behind the counter, a great location and wonderful staff and ownership. While they will stick around, their retail location will be missed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:42
How Apple Watch became the iPod of the future

While ridiculed by many as a flop and often misunderstood as a product, Apple Watch has very successfully worked to turn around the fortunes of Apple's Other Products segment, essentially becoming the modern iPod for the next decade. Here's how.

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12:39
Apple Working on OS X 10.12 Feature Allowing Macs to...

Unlocking an iPhone via Touch ID in lieu of a passcode makes it much easier to maintain security while preserving convenience, and Touch ID's ease of use has left many Mac users wondering when a similar feature might be introduced for Apple's desktop and notebook machines.

There has been speculation Apple might introduce dedicated Touch ID fingerprint scanning hardware for the Mac, but as it turns out, Apple is working on a simpler way to allow a Touch ID to unlock a Mac, and it's a feature that could be included in OS X 10.12.

Apple engineers are designing an auto unlock function that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when in close proximity, alleviating the need to enter a password on a password-protected Mac.

The feature, which uses Bluetooth LE frameworks, will presumably work similarly to the automatic unlocking function on the...

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12:34
Google won't retire Hangouts after Allo launch...

Google has announced it will hang onto its established Hangouts chat service despite the upcoming arrival of Allo, leveraging both apps to reach audiences with capabilities that are not yet provided by Apple's competing iMessage.

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12:07
Glass-based iPhone redesign coming in 2017, Apple...

Amidst rumors of an all-new glass-backed look for the iPhone in 2017, the chief executive of Catcher, the company that builds metal casings for the iPhone lineup, added fuel to the fire on Thursday with new comments about next year's model.

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12:00
Notable apps and app updates for May 19, 2016

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

iOS apps and app updates

The Restricted Adventures of Raja

It seems like almost every day we hear about somebody badly mistreating a lost dog or cat. A sad situation from a few years ago when a 17 year old boy set a cat on fire was the impetus for Nicole Forsyth, CEO of RedRover, to work on creating an app and ebooks to teach children empathy towards animals. Here's Nicole talking about the way to get kids to think about animals and their emotions before committing acts of cruelty:

The app -- The Restricted Adventures of Raja ($2.99) was released today and is the first digital book and game in the RedRover Readers...

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11:55
IDC: ChromeOS sales in US outpaced Mac for the first...


Shipments of Chromebooks outpaced Macs in the US for the first time in Q1 2016, that’s according to data from IDC shared during a session at Google’s I/O developer conference today.
more…Filed under: Mac, Tech Industry Tagged: Chrome OS, Chromebooks, estimates, IDC, Mac, OS X, sales ...

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11:52
Apple's iPhone Casing Supplier Says 'Only...

Apple plans to adopt a glass body for at least one iPhone model set to debut in 2017, reports Nikkei, citing a statement from Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng. Catcher Technology is one of Apple's main suppliers for the casing of the iPhone.

According to Horng, Apple is planning to use glass for the casing of the 2017 iPhone to differentiate itself from the multitude of aluminum-bodied smartphones on the market."As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year," Horng told reporters after the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. "I don't think this move will have an impact on Catcher's revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model."Horng does not expect Apple's transition to glass to impact Catcher's business because Apple will...

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11:46
News: Report: One iPhone model to use a glass casing...

A new report from Nikkei Asian Review appears to add credence to other rumors and reports which predict that the 2017 iPhone may have an all-glass body. Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of Catcher Technology — which supplies metal casings for Apple’s iPhones — stated that as far he knows “only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year.” He expects that future iPhones would still need a “durable metal…

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11:34
Apple unveils Union Square store in San Francisco...

Apple on Thursday revealed more details about its new Union Square outlet in San Francisco -- launching on Saturday -- including design features present in other recent Apple Stores, as well as some traits unique to the location.

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10:52
Apple previews San Fran Union Square store w/...

Apple and its retail chief Angela Ahrendts today previewed the company’s brand new San Francisco retail store at Union Square ahead of an official grand opening this weekend.

“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs.”

The images above and below were shared online today by @harrymcracken, ...

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10:52
Apple Previews New Flagship Union Square Store in...

Apple today invited journalists to San Francisco to preview its new Union Square store, set to open this weekend. Dozens of images are being shared on Twitter and other social networks, giving us our first glimpse at the revamped store that's been under construction for more than two years.

As it shows off the new location to journalists, Apple has also published a press release outlining all of the new features in the store."Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we're thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. "We...

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10:42
Apple Pay adds online bank Chime, Chase promotes...

Earlier this week we saw Apple Pay add another 30 banks across the United States, and today Apple’s digital wallet gains support for online bank Chime. Similar to Ally and Simple, Chime has no physical banks and instead relies on its website and mobile apps for supporting customers. Chime’s support for Apple Pay works through bank issued Visa debit cards. After setting up Apple Pay with Chime, customers can use supported iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches to make payments in stores and in apps when available.
While Chime is new to the Apple Pay scene, launch partner Chase is...

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10:39
BitTorrent Live Aims to Iron Out Live-Streaming Kinks


BitTorrent on Tuesday announced at the Internet & Television Expo an application called "BitTorrent Live" that applies its distributed file-sharing technology to video streaming. BitTorrent is able to speed up file downloads by storing pieces of a file on computers throughout the Net and reassembling them when a request is made for the file. BitTorrent Live does the same for streaming live video, the company said. It targets two big problems with streaming live events over the Net: latency and cost.

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10:24
Apple promoting developer community events in San...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off in just a few weeks on June 13th in San Francisco, but high demand and limited venue space means Apple can’t accommodate every developer who wants to attend. This year Apple is responding positively by promoting other developer community events taking place in San Francisco during the week of WWDC.
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10:18
Rumor: Twitter looking to prevent web links, images...

This might come in handy.
Twitter might be moving towards changes that allow you to tweet web links and images without it counting against the user’s 140-character limit.
In the past, Twitter reportedly toyed with this idea, but only made changes to direct message lengths. The current rumor is that the company is set to make the change, which would still allow just 140 characters but would no longer count images or links against that limit.

The limit was originally imposed because tweets were primarily composed using SMS in Twitter’s early days. That 140-character limit quickly came to define Twitter, so the company has been loathe to increase it. But as the platform has added rich media like photos, videos, and links to tweets, it no longer...

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10:11
Developers report trouble registering 9.7" iPad...

Some developers are experiencing trouble registering 9.7-inch iPad Pros with their official Apple developer accounts, according to complaints on the company's forums.

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10:04
Apple says game about Palestinian child isn’t a game

I dunno, looks like a game to me...


The creator of a game about a Palestinian child struggling to survive with her family in the 2014 Gaza strip says the title has been rejected from the games section of the iOS App Store because, as he puts it, "it has a political statement."
Liyla and the Shadows of War is currently listed on Google Play as an Adventure game, and it includes "challenging decision, events and puzzles awaiting for you [sic]" according to its online press kit. But Palestinian creator Rasheed Abueideh tweeted a rejection message in which Apple said the game was "not appropriate in the games category" and that it would be "more appropriate to categorize your app in News or Reference for example."
The rejection didn't go into detail about...

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10:00
Hello, San Francisco!

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC16 in San Francisco to see the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the week in San Francisco. If you’re attending the conference or will be in the area during WWDC, learn about these other developer events.

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10:00
Hello, San Francisco!

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC16 in San Francisco to see the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the week in San Francisco. If you’re attending the conference or will be in the area during WWDC, learn about these other developer events.

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09:42
Leaked icons show progress on Siri for Mac, Siri...

There’s nothing like a leaked icon and menu bar to let you know about something in development.
While rumors have indicated that Apple is developing Siri as a key feature for OS X 10.12, a new screenshot of the Siri app icon and menu bar suggest that Siri is closer than expected.
In the menu bar, there’s a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word “Siri” surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS devices when the Home button is held down.

Apple is also apparently working on a hands...

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09:39
Five awesome iPad Pro apps, no Apple Pencil required...

I don’t use as many apps on my 12.9″ iPad Pro as I do on my iPhone, but the ones that I do use I’ve grown to love. And while I appreciate what the Apple Pencil can do, I’m not an artist, and prefer typing over handwriting. With that said, I tend to use my iPad Pro in the more traditional way.
The great thing about the iPad Pro is that it’s a flexible device that can adapt to a variety of workflows. Here’s a look at five of my favorite apps for Apple’s extra large tablet. more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 2Do, App Store app, best apps, GarageBand, iPad Pro,...

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09:36
9to5Toys Last Call: high-end MacBook Pro $559 off,...

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App Store Free App of the Week: Pull My Tongue...

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09:31
∞ RSVP for the Beard Bash 2016 at WWDC now open

The Loop and iMore are happy to announce that RSVPs for the Beard Bash 2016 are now open. We have a great night of music and fun planned for the night of June 13, 2016 and we hope you’ll join us. [...]

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09:21
Apple opens development office in Hyderabad

Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:13
China stresses security in meeting with Tim Cook

“I hope Apple can expand its business in China, deepen its cooperation in research and development and industrial supply chains, and provide a convenient and secure user experience for Chinese consumers,” said Miao Wei, the head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).Pay us more money.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Killer Deal: $50-$100 off Apple's new 9.7-inch...

The first material discounts on Apple's brand new 9.7-inch iPad Pros have landed over at B&H Photo, with the Apple authorized reseller slashing $50, $80 and even $100 off 128GB and 256GB models. Each also include free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

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08:59
Apple's Tim Cook attends dinner party with...

In the middle of his ongoing trip to India, Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a dinner part on Wednesday night hosted by actor/producer Shah Rukh Khan, where several other Bollywood celebrities were also present.

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08:54
How I captured and processed an image of the SpaceX...

I love this kind of photography and would love to attempt it someday myself but it can be quite an involved and sometimes complicated process. Thanks very much to @varunorcv for the link.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:37
Google Autonomous Vehicle Patent: Glue a Pedestrian...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a granted patent from Google showing off one of their moon-shot ideas. It's an invention designed to literally glue a person to the hood of the car if they're struck by your autonomous vehicle.

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08:20
Chromebooks Outsell Macs For the First Time In the US

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the U.S. recently. IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge. "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story." IDC estimates Apple's U.S. Mac shipments to be around 1.76 million in the latest quarter, meaning Dell, HP, and Lenovo sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1 combined. Chromebooks have been extremely popular in US schools, and it's clear from IDC's comments the demand is driving US shipments. Outside of the US, it's still unclear exactly how well Google's low-cost laptops are doing. Most data from market research firms like IDC and Gartner focuses solely on Google's wins in the US.
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08:14
Donald Trump, who called for a boycott of Apple,...

New financial documents disclosed by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reveal that the brash billionaire owns a stake in Apple, despite the fact that he called for a boycott of the company over its strong security practices.

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03:42
Google Assistant makes it clear that Siri is...

Google previewed its new voice assistant, the generically named Google Assistant, at its I/O developers conference on Wednesday, and while the assistant hasn’t actually launched yet, its features made Siri’s lack of functionality all the more obvious. Apple’s iOS assistant now lags so far behind not only Google, but Amazon’s Alexa, intelligent iOS apps like Hound, and new technology from Siri’s creators, that it’s unclear if Apple has any interest in catching up....

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04:00
Does a cellular Apple Watch make sense? That depends...

Since the day the Apple Watch was announced in September 2014, and certainly once it launched in April 2015, people have been speculating about what the second-generation Apple Watch might bring to the table. (Those people probably liked shaking all the packages under their Christmas tree, too.) But a report in the Wall Street Journal got me thinking:“Apple is working on adding cell-network connectivity and a faster processor to its next-generation Watch, according to people familiar with the matter,” the report said.Faster, sure—I think anyone who’s used an Apple Watch would endorse faster. But the rest of the potential hardware features of a next-generation Apple Watch seem hard to prioritize to me.To read this article in full or to...

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04:47
Apple sets up Maps development center in India

Continuing his bid to woo Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on Thursday said the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.
Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.To...

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07:40
Boot Camp support comes to aftermarket SSDs for...

Enlarge / OWC's Aura drive for newer MacBook Airs and Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you're looking for a capacity upgrade for a recent MacBook Pro or Air, you could do worse than OWC's Aura SSDs. The drives come in 480GB and 1TB capacities, and even though they aren't always as fast as original Apple drives, they're fast enough, and they offer capacities beyond what Apple offers on some models.
The major caveat that we discovered in our review of the products is that the drives didn't support Boot Camp, making it impossible to install Windows or other operating systems on the drives. Those disheartened by that news will be happy to know that OWC has just released...

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06:37
MACSpoof 1.0 designed to help change MAC address to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Mac MACSpoof, a Mac utility that allows the user to change the MAC address of the network interfaces of your Mac (Ethernet, Wi-Fi and so on) with any custom value.
The $4.99 utility displays a list of all the network interfaces of a Mac. By selecting one, the user is able to assign the value from one created at the moment or using a list of pre-defined values reusable over time.
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06:28
Chime announces support for Apple Pay

Chime, the bank account “that helps its members lead healthier financial lives and automate their savings,” has announced support for Apple Pay.

With the addition of Apple’s mobile payment service, Chime members can make mobile payments at retailers nationwide as well as within their favorite apps. By adding Chime to Apple Pay on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, members can also benefit from Chime's Automatic Savings and rewards when they make purchases with Apple Pay.

When you use a credit or debit card with Apple’s payment service, the actual card numbers aren’t stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

On Tuesday, Apple updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with another 30 entries.

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06:21
Adobe debuts iOS compatible Spark visual...

Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. 

The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:

The Adobe Spark web app, a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos;

Spark Post, an iOS mobile app that allows you to create social posts and graphics;

Spark Page, an iOS mobile app that helps users create web stories;

Spark Video, an iOS mobile app that enables users to create animated videos.

Adobe Spark...

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06:21
Apple quietly toughens rules forcing passcode...

Apple has silently added another condition under which an iPhone or iPad user has to unlock their device with a passcode, despite having Touch ID enabled, according to a report.

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06:16
Adobe Launches Spark visual storytelling apps

Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.
The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:
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06:10
Today Marks the 15th Anniversary of Apple's...

Today marks 15 years since the first two Apple retail stores opened on May 19, 2001 in Tysons Corner, Virginia and Glendale, California. The locations welcomed over 7,700 people and combined to sell $599,000 worth of merchandise during their first two-day weekend. Apple opened 25 more stores by year's end.

The retail initiative was spearheaded by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who recognized the need for a better customer experience than provided by third-party retailers such as Circuit City. Jobs was helped by a retail team led by former Target vice president of merchandising Ron Johnson and Gap CEO Millard Drexler.

Steve Jobs introduces the Apple Store in Tysons Corner, Virginia

While some critics believed that Apple retail stores would be a resounding failure, especially given the ...

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06:01
Apple opens Maps development office in Hyderabad,...

On Tuesday Apple announced plans to establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Now the Cupertno, California-based company has announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. 

This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The company has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 ,Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.

The new facility, located on the...

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05:58
Apple & Reliance Jio Forge Long-Term...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's CEO's busy agenda included meeting with Reliance Jio Infocomm which is planning to start nationwide commercial 4G services this year, making them key to Apple's iPhone strategy. Today we've learned a little more about Cook's meeting.

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Apple opens development office in Hyderabad, India

Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.
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Patent report: Apple Pencil/Mac touch screen combo,...

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

A future version of the Apple Pencil could work with a Mac trackpad, per a patent filing (number 20160139690) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” (but don’t call the Apple Pencil a stylus!). In the patent filing Apple says it can be challenging for a user to interact with electronic equipment using a computer stylus. 

A user may want to use an alternative input device such as a computer mouse or joystick when performing certain types of tasks. If care is not taken, Apple says a user's system may become cluttered with a number of potentially conflicting input devices so it would be “desirable to provide improved computer styluses for providing input to electronic equipment.”

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showbox app for android free

Forums: SoftwareThe official website of your ShowBox - you can actually download the applying to watch the Television set and films displays. Download ShowBox for freeDownload the newest version of your Show Box APK submit below. Download or see free videos with all the Show Box app.Download ShowBox for Laptop or computer, Android or Mac pc. Explore our training the way to install ShowBox for virtually every units and view the best TV shows or motion picture.Showbox App might be down loaded on Android, iOS products (Iphone, apple ipad tablet) and might be attached to your Windows PC. Understand the measures to download Showbox APK for Computer.Showbox App Download, free Show box application form on Android. Download Showbox apk data file most recent version. Setup Show box for Android.Download the official Showbox app below to steady flow or download free movies and TV shows on your...

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Apple Partner Didi Chuxing Tells CNBC that 11...

Last Friday we reported on Apple investing $1 billion in China's largest Ride-Hailing service Didi Chuxing. Three days later, Didi Chuxing's President Jean Liu was part of a presentation at a Beijing Apple Developer Event. That Apple-Didi deal happened like lighting. Jean Liu told CNBC today that "Securing $1 billion ...

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04:44
Mapdiva releases Artboard 2.0 on the Mac App Store

Mapdiva has announced Artboard 2.0 for the Mac. The drawing software allows you to create vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations.
Artboard features a style generator and built-in library of over 1900 editable vector styles and clip art. as well as templates. Version 2 sports a new tabbed interface, smart shapes, a more powerful styles editor, and more.
To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% ($29.99 instead of $49.99) directly from Mapdiva (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard) and on the Mac App Store. A demo is also available from the Mapdiva website.

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04:30
2.3 million households own a VR headset

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 2% of U.S. broadband households, or 2.3 million households, own a virtual reality headset. The research firm’s survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households reveals 5% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a VR headset in 2016, an increase from only 1% who made a purchase the year prior.
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MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and iPad Pros could see some...

The MacBook, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro could be especially bright products for Apple sales this year. Despite a declining PC (as in in “personal computer,” not just Windows systems) market, the ultramobile premium segment is on pace to achieve revenue growth this year — the only segment set to do so, according to Gartner, Inc.. 

It is estimated to reach $34.5 million, an increase of 16% from 2015, adds the research group. In 2019, Gartner forecasts that the ultramobile premium segment will become the largest segment of the PC market in revenue terms, at $57.6 million.

"The ultramobile premium market is also more profitable in comparison with the low-end segment, where PCs priced at $500 or less have 5% gross margins," says Tracy Tsai, research vice president at Gartner. “The gross margin can reach up to 25% for high-end ultramobile premium PCs priced at $1,000 or more.”

The segment will continue to grow...

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04:02
Apple to Advance Apple Pencil to Work with Next-Gen...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on bringing the Apple Pencil to the Mac via a future version of their Magic Trackpad. The Apple Pencil is also being designed to work with in-air gestures to allow users to control ...

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Kool Tools: Reason 9 music production software

Propellerhead Software’s Reason 9, the latest version of the music production software, builds on the Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds, and creative tools.
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The Nifty MiniDrive is mostly nifty for Mac laptop...

It's an easy pun I know, but the Nifty MiniDrive is pretty nifty, especially if you own a MacBook Air or newer MacBook Pro. Alas, without an adapter it doesn’t work with the 12-inch MacBook as it comes with a solo USB-C port.

All these laptops have limited storage. The Nifty MiniDrive isn't going to drastically increase your storage space. However, it adds an extra 4GB of storage for $39.99 — and every little bit of additional space helps. 

The Nifty MiniDrive is a microSD card that sits flush with the side of your MacBook Air or Pro. The good thing about the design is that, unlike spring-loaded SD cards, there's no end section of the adapter protruding. The bad thing is that you have to use the included ejection tool (basically, a hook) to remove the MiniDrive. The tool is small and easily lost. If you do lose it, you can fashion a make-shift replacement out of a paper clip.

The MiniDrive is also Time Machine...

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03:59
If you’re wondering why your iPhone needs your...

Something that has been bugging me for some time is that my iPhone, normally unlocked with Touch ID, asks for my passcode way more often than it ought to. That mystery has now been solved by a bullet-point that Apple added to its iOS Security Guide earlier this month – though the behavior has been there a lot longer.
Previous versions of the document said that iOS devices should only ask Touch ID users for their passcode in one of five circumstances. I found I was frequently asked for my passcode when none of these applied, but a sixth, recently-added bullet-point explains it …
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One of Bollywood's Biggest Stars Threw a Party...

One of Bollywood’s biggest stars Shah Rukh Khan threw a house party for Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Tim Cook in Mumbai on Wednesday ...

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01:42
Apple opening new office in India to develop Apple...

In a press release, Apple has announced it is opening a new development office in Hyderabad, India. The team located here will apparently focus on improving Apple Maps, which is deeply integrated across Apple’s hardware and software as dedicated apps and embedded in other services, like Siri. The new center will create up to 4000 new jobs in the local economy. It is currently unclear as to the nature of the workforce, as Apple has preferred to keep its core software engineering team in California with most working solely in Cupertino.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS,...

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01:36
Apple Opens New Maps Development Office in India and...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple to Open First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design Center and Development Accelerator in India," followed by a second report titled "Apple's CEO has a Big Agenda in India this Week." Well, Apple's making headlines again today by announcing the opening of a new developement office in Hyderabad ...

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00:06
The Process Required to Die Cast Model

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Die CastingDie Casting process is completed using high pressure to force molten metal into Metal Dies. The Dies can be used to create anything from the simplest thing in your house like a Metal chair leg or coffee table to something as complex as a Transmission Case or engine components for your car engine. Die Casings are one of the highest volume mass-produced items used in the metal working industry.
Die Casting as a process goes back to the mid 1800's started as a manual process related to Casting printer type for a long time but gradually other shapes were developed and by late 1800's early 1900 other types of parts were being made. The process never really took off until the development of alloys many of which are still in use today...

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