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Tuesday April 19

11:53
Rumor: Apple to use AMD’s Polaris architecture in...

Apple is apparently planning to use AMD's Polaris architecture in both its upcoming laptops and desktops, according to a Digital Trends report. Polaris 10 and 11 chips — formerly referred to under the codenames Ellesmere and Baffin — are expected to be used in hardware hitting the market later this year.

Polaris is built on the 14nm FinFET process with some major power efficiency numbers, which is something Apple is always pushing towards. Most likely they’ll pop up in MacBook Pros and iMacs, which could be previewed at June’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. AMD is expected launch its Polaris-based family of GPUs at Computex 2016 (May 31-June 4) or E3 2016 (June 14-17).

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. I predict we’ll see Polaris...

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11:47
AMD's New 400-Series 'Polaris'...

Following up on its rumor of a major AMD design win reported last October, WCCFtech has confirmed via multiple sources that the customer in question is indeed Apple. The latest design win follows Apple's use of AMD 200/300 series GPUs in the top-end 27-inch Retina iMac and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and is a boon for the chipmaker that has seen its share of the graphics market dwindle over the past several years.

The design wins make mention of two graphics processor families, Polaris 10 and Polaris 11. The former carries a code name "Ellesmere" and is believed to be in the power range that would make it suitable for an upgrade to the iMac. Polaris 11 has the code...

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11:39
China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-...

China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-over-year from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, mostly from in-app purchases within mobile games, according to the “App Annie Index Market Q1 2016."

Asia continues to reign in iOS revenue, but last quarter, China leapt ahead of Japan on the revenue rankings thanks to its legions of mobile gamers. App Annie — which provides analytics services and market intelligence to app developers — also notes that entertainment and music app revenue is “exploding” in the U.S. and China with major apps adding subscription revenue models.

The report notes that Google’s Play Store saw a number of downloads that roughly doubles that of the Apple App Store. As established markets continue to see revenue rise, emerging markets — Vietnam, Argentina and Egypt in particular — are experiencing significant download growth on Google...

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11:35
Apple Settles Lawsuit Regarding Siri to the Tune of...

Back in October 2014 Patently Apple posted a report regarding Dynamic Advances suing Apple over Siri infringing on an invention patented by two professors from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The patent in question had been cited in patent applications from HP, IBM, Google and Apple.

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10:40
Apple Refused China Request For Source Code In Last...

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell made the statement in response to a line of attack from law enforcement officials who have attempted to portray Apple as complicit in handing over information to Chinese authorities for business reasons while refusing to cooperate with U.S. requests for access to private data in criminal investigations. Apple and the FBI returned to Washington to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices, highlighted in the case of a locked iPhone linked to a gunman in last December's Islamist militant-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California. Earlier in the hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Captain Charles Cohen, commander in the Indiana State...

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10:31
WaterField unveils its leather Atelier Folio for the...

WaterField Designs, one of my favorite makers of accessories for Apple products, has announced the $109 Atelier Folio for the Apple’s revamped 12-inch MacBook.

The laptop sleeve cradles the laptop in premium leather cut by WaterField’sartisans from one hide. Inside the laptop sleeve, red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber protects the MacBook's frame. The leather sheath closes with a magnetic snap.

The Atelier Folio is available in cognac-colored, full-grain, naturally-tanned leather. It joins two  leather iPad accessories as part of the WaterField Atelier Collection. The $29 Atelier Pencil Case for the iPad Apple Pencil and $69 iPad Gear Case to hold iPad cords and accessories...

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10:29
Unlocked San Bernadino iPhone providing some leads...

In spite of all the controversy and kerfuffle surrounding the San Bernadino iPhone and the steps taken to unlock it, sources are indicating that the FBI is getting some useful information and leads from the device.
Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family.

While the unlocked iPhone 5c didn’t contain evidence of ISIS-associated contacts or the use of encrypted communications during the period the FBI was concerned about, officials are...

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10:06
New 12-Inch MacBook Tidbits: 15% Faster, 41.4-Watt-...

Apple today announced the next-generation 12-inch Retina MacBook with several faster tech specs, one hour longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold color option.

The ultra-thin notebook is available on Apple's online store starting today from $1,299, and from Apple retail stores and authorized resellers beginning tomorrow.

15% to 18% Faster CPU Performance

Christina Warren has shared 64-bit Geekbench results that show the new 12-inch MacBook (1.2GHz configuration) has around 15% to 18% faster CPU performance compared to last year's equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

Primate...

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10:00
Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

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09:50
Exchange Server 2007—end of support coming next year

Last week marked one year until Exchange Server 2007 reaches the end of its support lifecycle. Customers who are using Exchange Server 2007 for any of their email and calendar services should begin planning to move the associated mailbox data and resources to Office 365 or update their infrastructure to a newer version of Exchange, such as Exchange Server 2016.
Email server technology has evolved significantly in the nearly 10 years since Exchange Server 2007 became available. Modern Exchange Server versions incorporate major changes in the technologies that enable data high availability and communication between Outlook and Exchange Server; greatly simplify the creation of hybrid connectivity between on-premises Exchange infrastructure and Office 365; and support collaboration scenarios such as modern attachments.
Exchange Server 2007 customers who want to use this opportunity to migrate their...

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09:24
60 Minutes Shows How Network Flaw Makes Any...


An international team of cybersecurity experts hacked into an iPhone loaned to a U.S. congressman who sits on a key technology committee, in a 60 Minutes demonstration of how easy it is for a criminal to spy on callers by exploiting an international mobile phone network vulnerability. The hackers were able to listen in on a call by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., who sits on the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee, just by getting the actual phone number he was using, according to the program.

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08:57
Apple Updates 12-inch MacBook, Bumps MacBook Air RAM

Apple has refreshed the 12-inch MacBook Pro with faster internals and a new rose gold color option, but it’s still limited to 8 GB of RAM and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, 8 GB of RAM is now standard in all 13-inch MacBook Airs. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:42
News: Apple releases data showing how often it...

Apple has published a Report on Government Information Requests covering how it handled demands for information from law enforcement agencies received during the second half of 2015. The company said the “vast majority” of those requests were for information about lost or stolen devices, about which Apple complied 80 percent of the time within the United States. Totals outside the U.S. fluctuated between 52 and 80 percent....

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08:06
News: Embedded Apple Map on WWDC site leads to...

The code behind Apple’s WWDC map has led to speculation that the company is preparing to release a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing users to embed an Apple Map view into a website, 9to5Mac reports. The map includes the pan and zoom features you’d expect from Apple’s MapKit, which is currently exclusive to iOS and Mac apps. With a built-in core of users already accustomed to Apple Maps on their devices and recent expansions…

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08:00
Learning Tools are a game changer for my special...

Today’s post was written by Lauren Pittman, special education teacher at Holly Springs Elementary School in Georgia.
As an educator, you see a lot of technology floating around and you wonder to yourself which ones are useful, or worth the money. Well, look no further, my friends. Microsoft has invested not only money but a great deal of time to make our job as educators easier. They have given us a one-stop shop in Office 365 and a range of lesson tools such as PowerPoint and Sway. However, one of the most incredible tools they have designed is OneNote. OneNote is a digital binder that can house your entire classroom. It gives you real-time access to student work, the ability to send an assignment to an entire class at one time and a way to organize student work without using paper. OneNote has the ability to transform your classroom from paper-dependent to paper-...

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07:22
Apple releases updated 12-inch MacBooks, now with...

It was a pretty quiet update, but the new MacBooks are out.
Apple on Tuesday announced its updated 12-inch MacBooks, complete with sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors with speeds up to 1.3 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics 515 system, PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life and 1866 MHz RAM.
The notebooks retain their two pound weight and 13.1 mm thickness as well as their Force Touch trackpad. The 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents to speak of.

Other features include a 12-inch display with a 2,304-by-1,440 resolution at 226 PPI, single USB 3.1 Type-C port, 256GB or 512GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 480p FaceTime camera, stereo...

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07:14
News: Apple reportedly courting ‘triple A-list’...

Sources who visited Apple’s “iTunes Lounge” at the Sundance Film Festival said the company is courting “triple A-list” talent for original TV series to be launched on an “exclusives” app for Apple TV and sold on iTunes, Fast Company reports. The stealthy conversations at Sundance led to meetings in Los Angeles where Apple executives heard pitches for original TV shows from producers who kept things so quiet…

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07:13
Former Tesla / Aston Martin VP Joins Apple's...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is preparing for Possible Production in 2020" While that was definitely interesting news, today we find out that Apple has hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer ....

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07:11
Apple releases bluetooth software update for new 12-...

Even though nobody has gotten their hands on the new 12-inch MacBook released today, Apple has already gone ahead and released a new software update. The update focuses on bluetooth compatibility with third-party devices. Weighing in at 157.8 MB, it will be a relatively small update to download once configuring your new machine.
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06:46
WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery Now Open

With the lottery for Apple’s WWDC 2016 tickets now open, developers can sign up for the opportunity to pay $1599 for a ticket — and the rest of us can anticipate the keynote address. 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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06:44
Samsung may Re-Enter NAND-Flash Business for the...

In February we posted a report titled "Apple is Adding EMI Shielding Technology to the iPhone 7." The report noted that Apple has StatsChipPac and Amkor responsible for the EMI Shield process on major chips of iPhone 7. In a new report published today, we learn that Samsung may be included in Apple's supply chain for NAND-Flash for iPhones again after being locked out for the last four years.

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06:28
Mac: Apple MacBook (April 2016)

Apple’s updated 12” MacBook is a mostly minor tweak to last year’s offering, adding newer processors and an improved battery to the existing slim design. Apple touts upgraded sixth‑generation dual-core Intel processors, but like the fifth-generation found in the previous MacBook they are still listed as 1.1 GHz and 1.2 GHz, depending on the model. The laptop is the same weight, thickness and general design found in the previous model, but it’s now also available in rose gold.

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06:18
FruityMaps lets you try out Apple’s upcoming MapKit...

Not soon after the news of Apple potentially opening MapKit as a web API, creative developer Tim Broddin has gone ahead and developed a proof of concept showing what that experience might look like in the future. Fruity Maps mimics a very basic Apple Maps view similar to what you’ve likely encountered with embedded web versions of Google Maps. While it’s missing most features that would make it fully usable (such as pins and searching), it gives us a very nice idea of the extent that Apple Maps might be utilized by developers on a desktop experience.
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06:00
Review: Break this Safe, a creatively frustrating...

We’re nearing the one year mark of the Apple Watch’s original release. When Apple first announced the Watch I was excited to see all the creative applications, tools, and games developers would make for it. The watch was a new product category begging for creative development. After a full year, I believe we’re finally starting to see what that means, starting with Rafael Conde’s Break this Safe Apple Watch game.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch, Apps, Reviews Tagged: Apple,...

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06:00
Apple Launches MacBook 2016 With Intel Skylake...

Apple, on Tuesday, announced a refresh for its 12-inch MacBook laptop. The 2016 MacBook comes with an Intel Skylake processor -- sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M model, offering up to 1.3 GHz clock speed with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GHz, faster 1866 MHz memory, and a 'rose gold' color variant. Apple assures 10 hours of wireless Web browsing time, or 11 hours of movie playback on a single charge. The new model will hit retail stores on Wednesday. It starts at $1,299 for the 256GB SSD and 8GB (up from 4GB) version, and goes all the way up to $1,599 for the top-of-the-line model which offers 512GB SSD. A couple of points: the first-generation MacBook didn't fare well with reviewers and plenty of users alike. Second, today's announcement also hints that the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro lineups won't be getting the Intel Skylake upgrade for at least a few more months -- which is really sad, because, at present, they come equipped with almost three-year-old processor...

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06:00
The HTC's Wow Factor May Trump Shortcomings for...


The HTC Vive drew accolades from a hyped-up base of gamers and virtual reality enthusiasts when it launched earlier this month. However, the Vive is proving to be an experience that is not for the faint of heart, the light of wallet, or the short of patience. HTC earlier this year unveiled the Vive to an enthusiastic audience at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Among its innovations is the Vive's ability to let users receive and respond to phone calls and text messages while immersed in the VR experience.

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05:51
Apple drops the price on refurbished 12-inch...

From 9to5Toys.com:
With news of fresh 12-inch MacBooks this morning, Apple is now further discounting previous generation refurbished models with prices starting at $929 shipped. If you’re willing to hold off on the spec bumps announced today, you’ll be able to cash in on significant savings. All of Apple’s refurbished products come with a full one-year warranty and are...

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05:32
Upspace for OS X revved to version 1.0.1

Upspace (http://hello.upspace.co) has announced Upspace 1.0.1 for OS X. It’s an update to their menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day.
Just choose a file and drag it to the menubar. Ups pace provides you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Version 1.0.1 includes various bug fixes.
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05:30
Apple Updates their MacBook with New Intel...

Today Apple surprises us with their updated MacBook with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and ...

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05:16
Western Digital enhances its datacenter portfolio...

Western Digital Corporation (www.wd.com) has expanded its color portfolio with a new line: WD Gold datacenter hard drives.
WD Gold datacenter hard drives are designed for a broad range of applications – including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers and storage, and rack-mount datacenter servers and storage enclosures. They’re now available with a new, high-capacity configuration of up to 8TB that offers HelioSeal helium-technology.
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05:14
Exclusive: Apple hires former Tesla VP and Aston...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has an affectionate nickname for Apple: The ‘Tesla Graveyard‘. “They have hired people we’ve fired,” Musk said. “We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple”. He made the comment after being asked about the so-called “poaching war” between the automaker and the consumer electronic giant following the start of Apple’s electric car program: ‘Project Titan‘.
We follow who’s coming and who’s going at Tesla pretty closely at Electrek and it’s clear that the two companies share a lot of former colleagues. Tesla’s senior engineering staff and leadership are full of former Apple directors and...

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05:01
Apple revs its MacBook line with new processors,...

So much for waiting until its Worldwide Developer Conference for Mac announcements.. Apple has updated its tiny (two pounds and 13.1 mm thin) MacBook with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life. 

Plus, its all-metal unibody enclosure is now available in four aluminum finishes — gold, silver, space gray, and for, the first time on a Mac, rose gold. Rose gold “flavors” have previously only be offered on iPhones and iPads.

The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz, and faster 1866MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. 

The faster stats will (...

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05:00
Enable Apple Configurator Debug Logs

Apple Configurator 2 is a great tool. But you need to debug things from time to time. This might mean that a profile is misconfigured and not installing, or that a device can’t perform a task you are sending it to be performed. This is about the time that you need to enable some debug logs. To do so, quit Apple Configurator and then write a string of ALL into the ACULogLevel key in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator.ui/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple.configurator.ui.plist:
defaults write ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator.ui/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple.configurator.ui.plist ACULogLevel -string ALL
To disable, quit Apple Configurator and then delete that ACULogLevel key:
defaults delete ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator.ui/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple.configurator.ui.plist ACULogLevel

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: RIF6 Cube Projector

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the RIF6 Cube Projector for only $249. Built specifically for smart devices, this tiny and extremely lightweight cube connects directly to an MHL/HDMI port and lets you transform your five-inch screen into a 120-inch display. It also incorporates the latest LED and optical lens technology, and the light source lasts up to 20,000 hours.

Get the RIF6 Cube Projector now for only $249...

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04:56
Apple Granted 62 Patents Today Covering a Folded...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patents covering a folded telephoto lens system for iOS devices and one for Siri that covers an in-vehicle component which we now know is CarPlay.

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04:54
Apple updates its MacBook line

Apple has updated its tiny (two pounds and 13.1 mm thin) MacBook (www.apple.com/macbook) with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life. Plus, its all-metal unibody enclosure is now available in four aluminum finishes — gold, silver, space gray, and for, the first time on a Mac, rose gold.
 
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04:51
Legal analysis of anti-encryption bill says it’s...

While the FBI abandoned its court case against Apple, the dispute of course still rumbles on in Congress, with hearings today and a proposed bill to force U.S. tech companies to break encrypted devices on demand. But at least one legal expert thinks the Feinstein-Burr bill is deeply flawed, arguing that it is unconstitutional, unenforceable and would harm U.S. investigative capabilities.
And not just any legal expert: you can’t really ask for better credentials in this area than those of Paul Rosenzweig.

Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company [and] formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a...

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04:44
Apple may be preparing a web version of its MapKit...

Apple may be preparing to announce a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing anyone to embed an Apple Map view into a web page. On the WWDC microsite —as noted by 9to5Mac — Apple has embedded its own map object in the page to show attendees how to get between Moscone West and the Bill Civic auditorium, where the 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote will be held. 

9to5Mac says that, looking at the code, it appears Apple wants to make this embeddable map a public API [application programming interface] in the future so anyone could add an Apple Map to their website. Such maps would be interactive and users get to zoom in and out.

The MapKit framework provides an interface for embedding maps directly into your own windows and views. This framework also provides support for annotating the map, adding overlays, and performing reverse-geocoding...

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04:40
Apple Updates 12-Inch MacBook With Skylake...

Apple today announced that it has released new 12-inch MacBook models with the latest sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, new Intel HD Graphics 515 that deliver up to 25% faster performance, faster PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life, and faster 1866 MHz memory.

The ultra-thin notebook has the same all-metal unibody enclosure that remains 13.1 mm thick and weighs just 2 pounds, with a full-sized butterfly mechanism keyboard and Force Touch trackpad. Like the original model, the new 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents.

The notebook continues to have a 12-inch display with a 2,304-by-1,440 resolution at 226 PPI, single USB 3.1 Type-C port, 256GB or 512GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi,...

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04:40
Apple spruces up its one-ported MacBook with Skylake...

Enlarge / Yes, this is last year's MacBook, but this year's MacBook is mostly different on the inside. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)


Apple has announced the first major hardware update for the 12-inch Retina MacBook, just over a year after releasing the first version. Apple first tipped its hand in a recent OS X Server update, which indicated that an "Early 2016" MacBook model was coming but revealed nothing else.
You'll find most of the hardware updates on the inside: the laptop has been upgraded with ...

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04:36
Apple issues latest ‘Report on Government Requests’

In its latest “Report on Government Requests” for user information, Apple says it received over 30,000 requests last year, and complied with up to 82% of them. U.S. law enforcement agencies had 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015. 

Apple says that most of the requests it receives from law enforcement relate to information about lost or stolen devices, and the company reports these as device requests. Device requests may include requests for customer contact information provided to register a device with Apple or the date(s) the device used Apple services. 

The number of law enforcement requests where Apple determined that an account request was lawful and provided content such as iCloud email, contacts, calendar, or Photo Stream content, the company says. Apple notes that it only provides user account...

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04:33
Apple releases new 12 inch Retina MacBook: new...

Apple has today released an update to the 12 inch Retina MacBook line, with new Skylake processors, overall better performance, and a new color: Rose Gold. The new internals have also allowed Apple to grab an extra hour of battery life out of the same sized product. The MacBook refresh keeps the same thin chassis, the same edge-to-edge keyboard and the same single USB-C port design as the original Retina MacBook, released about a year ago. The new Retina MacBook costs the same as before, starting at $1299.
The lineup means Apple now offers the MacBook in the same colors as its iOS devices, Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. For the 13 inch MacBook Air, Apple has also made 8 GB RAM the standard spec across every configuration. More specs after the jump.
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04:26
Developers can now apply for tickets for WWDC 2016

Apple will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West. 
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04:00
REVIEW: Peralta Scarlett Sleeve for iPad Pro 9.7-inch

The Scarlett Sleeve for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro by Peralta is an essential accessory for traveling with an iPad. It’s a protective sleeve that comes in the perfect size to fit the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.
Scarlett is a neoprene sleeve with a water-repellant nylon exterior and fleece liner to keep your iPad scratch-free. The velcro flap is gone, replaced with a slick, magnetic leather closure.

Scarlett includes a sleeve for the Apple pencil, which is notched out of the leather strip on the opposite side of the closure – a nice touch.

If you aren’t into classic black ballistic nylon, Peralta sleeves are also available in two colorful, water-resistant LUNA fabrics – ...

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03:15
Tech companies creating strategic platforms to...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology concept that is currently transforming and redefining virtually all markets and industries in fundamental ways. In fact, IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025, according to “IoT Platforms: Enabling the Internet of Things” a new white paper available as a free download from IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com), a global source of critical information and insight.
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03:14
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates its CNS Query...

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Query 2.0 with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.
This version also brings in CNS Core code updates. CNS Query provides users with functions to work with their data from any calculation and without creating any extraneous relationships.
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03:02
Kool Tools Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One

Epson America’s (www.epsonstore.com) Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One is an ultra-compact, $99 printer designed to meet the printing, scanning and copying needs of busy students, families and individuals.
It’s ideal for those seeking an affordable, robust and quality all-in-one printing solution. Offering a range of mobile printing capabilities, the XP-430 allows user to print on-demand from social channels and the cloud, and scan, copy and create projects seamlessly. It’s a handy tool for today’s busy, on-the-go families.
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02:53
Tidal and Kanye West Face Class Action over the...

Back in February egotistical and angry Kanye West said bye-bye to Apple fans vowing his new album 'The Life of Pablo' would never, ever be on Apple Music or iTunes. Then the following month, Kanye reversed his vow. The contradictory actions taken by Kanye angered one Chicago resident who filed a $5 million dollar class action lawsuit ...

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02:09
Apple's Wins Patent for Advancing Touch...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that allows a touchpad or touch surface to simulate textures and temperatures such as cool metal or hot cement.

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01:25
Ways to Avoid Moving Frauds in Some Simple Steps

Forums: General Xsan TalkIn Indore, you can a lot of professional movers and packers, ready to offer you stress-free relocation services. Relocating from one place to another is always a cumbersome task. As a result, people only look for experienced and professional packers and movers Indore. Considering that Indore is the busiest city with a dynamic crowd, it is necessary to make sure that you don’t get picked up by frauds.
Rising Trends of Frauds in the Moving Industry
In busy cities like Indore, moving frauds are everywhere. There is every reason why customers are fooled by packers and movers in Indore like:
• Customers are unaware of their rights, roles and responsibilities when they are relocating
• There’s a frequent need to relocate, which makes it quite a cumbersome task to research for a company before hiring
• Customers are...

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Monday April 18

10:31
World of Warcraft's Legion expansion launches...

If you thought you were safe from the Burning Legion until at least November, well, think again. On Monday, Blizzard announced the latest World of Warcraft expansion, subtitled Legion, will release August 30.
To recap: Legion is basically Burning Crusade Redux, using the time travel malarkey introduced in Warlords of Draenor to retcon the long-running MMO’s first ever expansion and bring fan-favorite Illidan Stormrage back to life. Which is either “Oh, great news!” or “Damn, Blizzard has run out of ideas” depending on your temperament.

There’s also the requisite level bump (up to 110) and a new class, the Demon Hunter, if you’re looking to change things up after a decade of WoW. Also a new never-before-seen location, the Broken Isles, which should please lore fanatics. It’s...well, it’s another World of Warcraft expansion....

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22:40
US government requested information on nearly 5,200...

In its latest report on government requests for user information released Monday, Apple revealed U.S. law enforcement agencies lodged 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015.

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20:14
Average iPhone user unlocks device 80 times per day...

While reports covered the broad strokes of Apple's conference call on encryption last Friday, bits of information are still surfacing, including an interesting statistic that reveals an average iPhone user unlocks their device about 80 times a day.

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19:03
100th Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The 100th annual Pulitzer Prizes were handed out on Monday, bringing honors to the AP for a series that freed thousands of slaves, a Washington Post database that tracked the number of deadly police shootings in the U.S., and a hip hop Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:53
LaCie and Promise unveil speedy, massive Thunderbolt...

The annual National Association of Broadcasters Convention is usually a good place to find the latest in cutting edge storage solutions, designed to handle extremely demanding workflows like 6K video, and this year's event didn't disappoint with both LaCie and Promise introducing RAID solutions supporting Thunderbolt 3.

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18:10
Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2016:...

After an odd semi-unveil via Siri earlier today, Apple this evening officially confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference would take place from June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco. As in previous years, tickets are being distributed via a random lottery process to eligible developers. Interested in attending? Read on as we break down everything you need to know about WWDC 2016.
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17:44
Rogue Source Code Repos Can Compromise Mac Security...

An anonymous reader writes: Recent Mac versions come bundled with a very old version of Git (2.6.4) that is vulnerable to two security flaws that allow attackers to execute code on the device when the user forks a Git repo holding "malicious" code. The problem is that users can't upgrade this Git repo, they can't change its runtime permissions, nor can they remove it because Apple blocks even root users from twiddling with some system-level programs. "If you rely on machines like this, I am truly sorry. I feel for you," the researcher wrote on her blog. "I wrote this post in an attempt to goad them [Apple] into action because this is affecting lots of people who are important to me. They are basically screwed until Apple deigns to deliver a patched git unto them."

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17:30
Gmail

 April 18, 2016 6:30:00 PM PDTGmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.This issue is primarily affecting users synchronizing email over IMAP. April 18, 2016 3:50:00 PM PDTGmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.This issue is primarily affecting users synchronizing email over IMAP. April 18, 2016 2:50:00 PM PDTGmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.This issue is primarily affecting users synchronizing email over IMAP. April 18, 2016 1:55:00 PM PDTOur team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by April 18, 2016 2:50:00 PM PDT with more information about this...

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16:53
Apple Pay goes live in Singapore with American...

Apple on Monday added Singapore to a growing list of locales that offer support for Apple Pay, with customers in the region now able to conduct touchless transactions and in-app purchases thanks to American Express integration.

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16:47
Official WWDC 2016 invitation emailed to developers

That didn't take long. Just a few short hours after Siri let everyone in on the secret of when WWDC 2016 would take place, developers received the official invitation. A link on the invitation leads to this wonderful registration page:

As noted in the code-like invitation, buying tickets is only possible if a developer registers and is then selected in a random drawing. If you're a dev, get thee to the registration page by Friday for your roll of the dice...

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16:40
Apple's World Wide Developer Conference Keynote...

Apple has made it official. Their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. Will we hear Eddy Cue update us about new content coming to Apple TV?

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16:13
With Amazon set to take Netflix Head-On, is Apple...

Last August we learned that Apple may actually be considering a direct run a Netflix and Amazon Prime by creating their own original content for Apple TV. Many in the Apple community have wondered for years why Apple wasn't trying to create original content or buy a studio to beef up Apple TV. In a new report posted today we learn a little more about Apple's efforts in securing future content for Apple TV.

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16:09
Apple Pay Expands to Singapore Through American...

Apple today updated its website and its Apple Pay support document to note the expansion of the Apple Pay payment service to Singapore. With the addition of Singapore, Apple Pay is now available in six countries, including Canada, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Apple Pay is available in Singapore through a partnership with American Express, first announced by Apple in October of 2015. By partnering with American Express, Apple has brought Apple Pay to Singapore, Canada, and Australia and will expand it to Hong...

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15:59
Apple debuts redesigned developer resources mini-...

In concert with Monday's WWDC 2016 announcement, Apple launched a revamped informational resources section on its developer portal, which includes articles, technical insight and real world examples designed to help new coders get their start on the App Store.

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15:21
∞ Apple launches new resources for developers on the...

In addition to launching its WWDC Web site on Monday, Apple also launched a new part of its site dedicated to helping developers get on the App Store.The App Store makes it simple for users around the world to discover, download and enjoy your apps. Grow your business with resources designed to help you create great apps and reach more users.There is just so much I could say about the App Store, but I won’t right now. Another time.

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15:11
Apple confirms WWDC 2016 kicks off on June 13, opens...

Hours after Siri leaked upcoming dates for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, the company on Monday confirmed its 27th annual WWDC will indeed run from June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. Developers can now register to take part in this year's ticket lottery.

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15:05
Apple Launches WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery

Apple today confirmed its annual Worldwide Developers Conference for 2016 will take place on June 13 to 17 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California, the same venue where WWDC has been held for the last 10 years. A keynote set to be held on Monday, June 13 will also take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The dates of Apple's conference were first leaked by Siri earlier today.

Apple's 2016 conference will give developers the opportunity to meet with more than 1,000 Apple engineers and attend hands-on labs, over 100 technical sessions, and more. The event will also be used to unveil new versions of iOS and OS X, likely iOS 10 and...

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15:03
Apple opens registration for WWDC

The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference will be offered by random selection. Register now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to attend. We will let you know your status by Monday, April 25, 5:00 p.m. PDT.Go!∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Make the Most of the App Store

Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide. See how developers approach finding success on Apple platforms and what they’ve learned along the way. Learn more.

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15:00
Make the Most of the App Store

Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide. See how developers approach finding success on Apple platforms and what they’ve learned along the way. Learn more.

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15:00
Get Ready for WWDC16

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 13 in San Francisco. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. Register now for an opportunity to join Apple’s renowned developer community at this year’s conference. Students and STEM organization members can also apply for a WWDC Scholarship to attend. Learn more about WWDC.

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15:00
Get Ready for WWDC16

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 13 in San Francisco. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. Register now for an opportunity to join Apple’s renowned developer community at this year’s conference. Students and STEM organization members can also apply for a WWDC Scholarship to attend. Learn more about WWDC.

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14:55
[Sponsor] Introducing Imprint

Imprint is a curated retailer and lifestyle publication, offering weekly collections of exclusive products for the modern gentleman.

Put differently, rather than selling thousands of different items, Imprint sells only 10-20 core products per month, presented alongside beautiful independent photography and story-telling. And rather than selling flash-sale leftovers, Imprint works with top brands to source, produce, and sell a truly limited and exclusive selection of top notch clothing, literature, coffee, and more.

Last week, Imprint also launched on iOS — both for iPhone and iPad — allowing customers to shop internationally with Apple Pay, consult with our on-demand personal styling service, and more.

For Daring Fireball readers keen to try Imprint — on web or iOS — use the code BASEBALL for 20% off your order. Shipping is free within the...

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14:41
Apple’s foray into Hollywood

Whether true or not, this is a fascinating read. I’m convinced that it’s something Apple is at least looking into.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:20
LXLE Gives Aging Hardware a New Lease on Life


LXLE is an ideal distro for out-of-the-box functionality to handle your everyday computing needs. It's a well-oiled lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support releases for Debian and Lubuntu Linux from a community originating in the U.S. The latest version is 14.04.4, released last month. It runs an optimized LXDE, or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, that has a comfortable look and feel with plenty of system settings to tailor its performance to your way of working.

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14:10
Apple Secretly Pursuing Deep Push Into Original...

In a longer piece covering the streaming television and video ambitions of Apple, Alibaba, Facebook, and Google, Fast Company suggests Apple is covertly pursuing original television programming deals that would establish it as a major player in the entertainment industry.

Apple is said to be seeking deals with "triple A-list" talent to create a full roster of shows to put it on par with Netflix and Amazon, both of which have successfully launched popular original television shows like House of Cards, Jessica Jones, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Sources that spoke to Fast Company say Apple is aiming to run several major shows at once, perhaps as part of a major launch.

At last year's Sundance Film Festival, Apple created an iTunes Lounge where it hosted private invitation-only events for film makers, producers, and other talent...

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13:53
Apple confirms QuickTime for Windows at end of life

I don’t know what this means for Mac users (hopefully, nothing) but it’s sad to see the demise of what, for Apple, was supposed to be its next great platform. Myself and others were encouraged directly by Apple (but behind the scenes) to develop and use QuickTime. Apple sent me a QuickTime Streaming Server (back in the days when there was such a thing) in order for me to broadcast my show using QuickTime 4. But, over the ensuing years, it became obvious that Apple was losing interest in developing QuickTime much further. This issue is yet another sign of that.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:25
Apple rebuts DOJ's appeal in N.Y. meth dealer...

Apple last week opposed the Department of Justice’s renewed demand that it assist investigators in accessing a drug dealer’s iPhone, arguing that the government has not proved the company’s help is required.
“The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary,” lawyers for the Cupertino company said in a brief (PDF) filed with a federal court in New York on Friday. “The government has made no showing that it has exhausted alternative means for extracting data from the iPhone at issue here, either by making a serious attempt to obtain the passcode from the individual defendant who set it in the first place ... or by consulting other government agencies and third parties known to the government.”To read...

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10:23
When is WWDC 2016? Just ask Siri

The official dates for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) have yet to be formally announced by the company. But if you ask Siri, as Re/code’s Ina Fried did, you’ll find out the dates.
Apple hasn't officially posted details of its June developer conference but Siri will tell you if you ask her. pic.twitter.com/sR7QbNAGzc— Ina Fried (@inafried) April 18, 2016

Based on the schedule for the Moscone Center, it’s been speculated by the media and others that WWDC would happen the week of June 13, since Moscone West, the place where Apple usually holds WWDC, doesn’t have any events scheduled. Considering that Apple programs Siri’s responses, this is as good as an official confirmation from...

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12:54
Apple confirms QuickTime for Windows at end of life

After an 11-year run, QuickTime for Windows is no more. Apple has confirmed it will no longer issue updates or patch security holes for the PC version of its multimedia software, meaning those who continue to use the software do so at their own risk .

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12:19
Class action lawsuit attacks Tidal over 'Life...

A lawsuit launched Monday accuses Tidal -- along with rapper Kanye West, and Jay Z's Carter Enterprises -- of intentionally misleading people about West's album "The Life of Pablo," which was initially marketed as an exclusive on the streaming service.

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12:13
Google Calendar Offers Life-Coaching Goals Feature


Google last week rolled out Goals in Google Calendar, a feature designed to help users achieve their personal goals. Users set a goal, such as working out more often, and answer relevant questions, such as how often they want to work out and the best time for them to do so. Calendar then will sift through their schedules and select the best time to allocate for the task. Calendar uses artificial intelligence, so it will get better at scheduling the more often it's used, the company said.

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11:26
Siri says Apple’s WWDC will be held June 13-17

Been wondering when the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will be held? Ask Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant, and you’ll get an answer.

Siri says that the WWDC will be held June 13-17 in San Francisco. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed this, but we’ll take Siri’s word for it. Keep an eye on the Apple Developer website (https://developer.apple.com) for details.

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11:15
Apple brings Maps transit directions to Seattle

Apple on Monday quietly added public transit directions for Apple Maps users in Seattle, Wash., allowing them to navigate the city's various networks without a third-party app like Google Maps.

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10:25
News: Siri announces WWDC to be held June 13-17

It appears that Apple has announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference through Siri. Asking Siri “When is WWDC?” gets the response, “The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. I can’t wait!” It’s possible this response went live earlier than expected, as Apple hasn’t updated its WWDC website yet to reflect this year’s dates,…

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10:11
WWDC 2016 runs June 13-17, according to Siri

Enlarge / Siri! Shhhh!! (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple hasn't officially announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference yet, but Siri seems to blab if you ask. Apple's personal assistant says that WWDC will run from June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco. The location hasn't been confirmed, but the conference has historically been held at the Moscone West event space downtown.
The official WWDC site hasn't been updated with the new information and there's no way to register to buy tickets yet, but if Siri is telling people the date, we'll probably get more information soon.
Apple has historically used its opening-day WWDC keynote to show off new OS X and iOS versions, and watchOS was added to the rotation last year. We may see a next-...

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10:09
WWDC to Be Held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco

As we reported in January, Apple plans to hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco, at the Moscone West convention center where the conference has been held for the past several years.

The official WWDC dates have leaked courtesy of Siri (via 9to5Mac), who, when asked when WWDC will be held responds: "The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco. I'm so excited!"

While today's information counts as official confirmation that the conference will be held from June 13 to June 17, the dates in question were...

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10:06
∞ Siri says WWDC will be June 13-June 17

Nothing official from Apple, but this is what Siri says.[[Via

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10:02
With new Macs and OS X 10.12 on deck, WWDC 2016...

The 2016 edition of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference may be later than usual this year, as the company gears up for OS X 10.12 and a wide-ranging refresh of its Mac lineup.

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10:01
News: Longtime Apple board member Bill Campbell dies

Bill Campbell, a trusted mentor in the tech world and a longtime member of Apple’s Board of Directors, has died, Re/code reports. Campbell’s death comes after a long battle with cancer. Campbell resigned from Apple’s board in 2014, and was replaced by Susan L. Wagner. A 2014 Fortune interview with Campbell, which came as he was stepping down from the board, details his relationships with past and present Apple CEOs John Sculley,…

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10:00
BlackBerry Comments on Canadian Police Eavesdropping...

Last week, a report, citing court documents, claimed that Canadian police have had BlackBerry's global decryption key since 2010. Today BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially commented on the report. In a blog post, Chen reiterated that his company remains committed to doing what is "right for the citizenry," without confirming if the Candian police have the "global encryption key." "I have stated before that we are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good," Chen wrote, adding that the company's cooperation with the Canadian police resulted in shutting down a criminal organization. He adds: Regarding BlackBerry's assistance, I can reaffirm that we stood by our lawful access principles. Furthermore, at no point was BlackBerry's BES server involved. Our BES continues to be impenetrable -- also without the ability for backdoor access -- and is the most secure mobile platform for managing all mobile devices. That's why we are the gold standard in...

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09:23
EU confirms antitrust probe into Android apps, News...

The European Commission and global media giant News Corp. on Monday confirmed separate actions against Google, with both factions suggesting that Google may be violating European regulations.

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09:20
Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Passes Away

Former Intuit chairman and Apple board member Bill Campbell has passed away following a prolonged battle with cancer, reports Re/code. Known as "The Coach" around Silicon Valley, Campbell was known for providing sage advice to the leaders of some of the Bay Area's biggest companies, including Apple and Google. At one point, he was even assisting Apple and Google at the same time, something Steve Jobs wasn't happy with. From a 2014 interview with Fortune:"Steve would say, 'If you're helping them you're hurting me.' He would yell at me," recalls Campbell, whose normal banter typically needs to be sanitized for most publications. " I'd say, 'I can't do HTML, come on. I'm just coaching them on how to run their company better.'A longtime friend of Steve Jobs, Campbell first joined Apple under John...

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09:16
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.2.1, Retrospect 13.01, LaunchBar 6.6.2, and Delicious Library 3.5.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:16
ExtraBITS for 18 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, it turns out that the FBI hired hackers in the San Bernardino iPhone case, a new authentication protocol has been proposed to make USB-C safer, and AirPlay comes to Android on the new HTC 10 smartphone. Amazon has announced a new high-end e-reader, the Kindle Oasis, and is adding monthly payment options for its Amazon Prime service. Finally, in Apple news, the company has ended its iTunes Allowances program and its App Store reviewers have been feuding with developers of Reddit clients. 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...

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09:15
Change Xsan 4 sanName

Forums: TroubleshootingHello,
Is it possible to "properly" change the SAN name of an already configured Xsan 4 ?
When I change the sanName in the config.plist of /Library/Preferences/Xsan/ of a MDC,
the Server app is not recognizing the SAN. I think I have to change it in the SAN OD users com.apple.xsan...
If it's too touchy I'll do with the bad name...
Thank you

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09:15
The EU Commissioner who is determined to Pursue the...

It's being reported today that the European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers ...

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08:58
What the Traditional Car Companies Don't Seem...


Two interesting events took place this month. Tesla announced its Model 3, a relatively affordable electric car, and it attracted around 180K preorders on the same day. That was before the company actually revealed the car. There were more than 250K preorders in the first 36 hours. Oh, and the run rate is about 1,500 per hour of pre-orders for this car right now. Ford opened preorders for its new Ford GT, and only 500 people actually will get to buy this $400K car -- and as of right now, you still can order one of those 500.

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08:35
Former Apple board member Bill Campbell dies

Bill Campbell — who garnered the name “The Coach” for the sage advice and counsel he gave numerous tech leaders from Apple’s Steve Jobs to Google’s Larry Page to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — has died.My condolences to his family and friends.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:32
Best Buy Pulls 12-Inch MacBook, Fueling Hopes for...

Electronics retailer Best Buy has quietly removed all 12-inch MacBook models from its U.S. online store this week, fueling anticipation that Apple will refresh the ultra-thin notebook lineup in the near future.

The authorized reseller now lists all 12-inch MacBook models as "no longer available" on its website, whereas some remained available for purchase or in-store pickup as recently as this weekend.

Select MacBook Air models are also on sale for $150 off, potentially signaling that a broader Mac refresh could be imminent. Most current machines are historically due for an update, and appropriate...

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08:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin Surge Protector w/ USB...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
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08:26
∞ AC/DC name Axl Rose as new singer

Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses on stage for a couple of songs over the weekend.

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08:22
Microsoft Invents an IBM-Like TrackPoint Feature for...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Microsoft patent application last week for a next generation low profile notebook pointing stick, very much like the IBM or Lenovo TrackPoint.

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08:20
Silicon Valley's Legendary 'Coach'...

Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: Bill Campbell, who garnered the name "The Coach" for the sage advice and counsel he gave numerous tech leaders from Apple's Steve Jobs to Google's Larry Page to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has died. He was battling with cancer. News of his passing popped up on Facebook early this morning and many prominent tech players also confirmed the death to me, which came after a long battle with cancer. It is a big loss for Silicon Valley, given the impact a man who said he did not even know how to do HTML had by virtue of wisdom alone. But he was not without tech chops. Campbell ran companies like Intuit and worked in key jobs at Apple, Claris and Go, and also served on a plethora of boards, including Columbia University, Intuit and Apple. He has been a longtime adviser to Google execs including Page and Eric Schmidt -- and really just about every major tech executive you could think of at some point.VentureBeat interviewed Campbell in 2011, in which he shared...

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08:16
TidBITS Turns 26: Thoughts on Apple’s Evolution

On our 26th anniversary, TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst muses about the kind of company into which Apple has evolved. It’s not the Apple of Steve Jobs anymore. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:14
Longtime Apple advisor, board member Bill Campbell...

Bill Campbell, a legendary figure in Silicon Valley and a major part of Apple's history, has succumbed to cancer and passed away on Monday at the age of 75.

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08:02
‘GoPro VR’ mobile app launches for 360-degree &...

GoPro is today launching a new GoPro VR mobile app where anyone will be able to view 360-degree and virtual reality content uploaded using its new Omni and Odyssey camera rigs also announced today.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 360 degree, app, GoPro, iPhone, Odyssey, Omni, vr...

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08:00
Expanding FastTrack to help Office 365 customers...

Today’s post was written by Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Office Marketing.
Microsoft FastTrack, the customer success service for Office 365, is designed to help you move to the cloud and realize business value faster. It has rapidly evolved over the past year from a one-time onboarding benefit for our largest customers to an ongoing customer benefit available for free to customers with 50 seats or more of eligible Office 365 plans. FastTrack lets you discover what’s possible with Office 365, plan for successful rollouts and enable new users and capabilities at your own pace.
FastTrack has already helped thousands of organizations—of various sizes and complexity—move to the cloud and...

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07:50
Apple’s iPhone image sensor producer Sony details...

Sony Corporation has issued an official news release in regards to the status of their manufacturing companies in Japan after the Kumamoto earthquakes. Having confirmed the safety of their employees in the affected regions, Sony has listed out a few details of the manufacturing sites that have been impacted as result of the earthquake.
Sony’s semiconductor factory in Kumamoto, which primarily manufactures image sensors for cameras, had seen its production halted after the earthquake and has yet to be started again. According to Sony, damage to the site is currently being evaluated, but the timeframe for resuming has yet to be confirmed. Sony’s main facility for smartphone image sensors in Nagasaki and its sister-site, Oita Technology Center, had its operations suspended but production had resumed on April 17th.
Currently there is no news as to how or if this will affect Apple’s current or future product line-up, specifically...

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07:36
iPhone SE Remains in Tight Supply at Apple Stores...

Nearly three weeks after the launch of the iPhone SE in the U.S. and eleven other regions, availability of the new 4-inch smartphone remains limited.

iPhone SE continues to be out of stock at Apple Stores in a number of major U.S. cities, including most or all locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Apple's web-based Personal Pickup tool shows that the smartphone remains in tight supply in many other international cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Paris, Rome, Sydney, and Toronto. Most models are currently available on a ship-to-store basis only.

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07:23
Apple's 2016 MacBook refresh inching closer as...

The wheels seem to be in motion for Apple to begin updating its MacBook offerings during the second quarter of 2016, with resellers holding firesales on all 2015 MacBook Airs while Best Buy has halted sales of current-generation 12" MacBooks completely.

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07:05
Apple working to promote Apple Music with superstar...

Apple's marketing strategy for its nascent music streaming service is inspired by the music industry itself, the company revealed on Monday alongside a new one-minute spot featuring pop sensation Taylor Swift.

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06:43
Rumor: Apple looking to shift from aluminum to “all...

When KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers a research note, people tend to listen.
Recently, Kuo offered a report stating that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This corroborates a previous report offering hints of a fairly radical redesign to be seen in the near term.
Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.

Kuo did note elaborate as to whether the next-gen iPhone...

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06:42
IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic: More Twang for the Buck

IK Multimedia’s iRig Acoustic is an inexpensive, highly portable way to record an acoustic guitar on your iOS device — just be careful you don’t drag your iPhone or iPad onto the floor! 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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06:39
Apple salvaged 61 million pounds of recyclable...

During its fiscal 2015, Apple managed to recover over 61 million pounds of reusable material out of the almost 90 million pounds in electronics it took in through its recycling programs, according to the company's most recent Environmental Responsibility Report.

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06:21
Council claims that Apple’s proposed Irish data...

Apple's proposed Irish data center could increase electricity consumption in Ireland by 8.2%, according to a document obtained by Business Insider and which can be accessed through Galway County Council's website.

The article says Galway County Council received a detailed letter from a man named Allan Daly last May expressing a number of concerns he has over an €850 million (£599 million) data center that Apple wants to build in a forest near Athenry, on the west coast of Ireland. The Cupertino, California-based company planned to start building the €850 million data center on a 500-acre site before the end of last year, but a decision won't be made until the summer, a local councillor told the publication. 

This computer-generated image of Apple’s proposed data center is...

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06:18
News: Rumors swirl around German facility thought to...

In the latest round of speculation around Apple’s car project, German website Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claims that the company’s secretive Berlin facility is staffed by 15 to 20 “top-class” employees of the German automotive industry. Sources familiar with the matter said the small team operates the lab as an incubator for ideas on future vehicles, after leaving traditional car companies where they were held back by management....

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06:12
Japan earthquakes not expected to affect Sony’s...

Sony said a factory producing image sensors for smartphone makers such as Apple will remain closed while it assesses the damage from two deadly earthquakes which hit southern Japan, reports Reuters. The quakes measured up to 7.3 in magnitude and, tragically, killed at least 42 people.

The company said it will extend the closure of its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, which is in the southern island of Kyushu, after major trembles on Thursday and Saturday rocked the key manufacturing region. Sony added that operations at its image sensor plant in Nagasaki, also in Kyushu, will be partially suspended and it does not yet have a timeline for full resumption of operations.

“We are not expecting any immediate supply disruption as we have some inventories right now," a company spokesman told Reuters. "We will make an...

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06:00
Music Industry Sees First Big Gains in 20 Years...

Thanks to subscription-based music streaming services, the music industry is seeing a significant growth for the first time in nearly two decades. According to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an industry trade group, the global music sales rose 3.2 percent last year, also surpassing those from all physical music formats. The important tipping point in 2015 saw digital services account for 45 percent of recorded music revenue. According to the report, Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming services brought in about $2.9 billion in revenue. The findings are in line with Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)'s estimates from last month. IFPI also noted that music on free streaming services such as YouTube has also grown quickly, creating a panic among record labels and artists alike. Billboard elaborates that aspect: In criticizing ad-supported services, the IFPI joined a growing list of trade bodies and music company executives to...

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06:00
It's complicated: A film examines our...

In a world of status updates, indie filmmaker Kerith Lemon categorizes her relationship with modern technology under the "It's complicated" banner. And with good reason. Lemon, whose short film "A Social Life" casts a harsh light on our addictive ent...

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05:55
Apple Files for Figurative 'Add to Apple Wallet...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for the figurative logo 'Add to Apple Wallet' that was originally filed on April 13. Apple discusses the use of the Apple Wallet and how to 'Add to Apple Wallet' ...

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05:52
Japan earthquake halts some iPhone camera production...

An earthquake centered near Japan's Kyushu island has forced Apple supplier Sony to close its Kumamoto image sensor factory -- which supplies components for use in the iPhone -- indefinitely, but the company does not believe deliveries will be affected.

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05:43
TrendForce: iPhone sales unlikely to see turn-around...

In a new report, TrendForce reports that the worldwide smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2016 totaled 292 million units, down 18.6% from the previous quarter and a year-on-year decline of 1.3%. The decrease was mainly attributed to market saturation. 

Leading brands such as Apple and Samsung no longer have the same growth momentum as before, so the overall shipments depended on contributions from Chinese brands and rising demand in India and other emerging markets, according to the global market research firm. Avril Wu, TrendForce smartphone analyst, said the combined shipments (including exports) from Chinese brands in the first quarter reached 125 million units, surpassing the combined shipments from Apple and Samsung for the first time. Chinese brands accounted for 42.9% of the global smartphone shipments, up from 41.5% in the previous quarter.

TrendForce opines that Apple is unlikely to make a...

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05:43
News: Report predicts all-glass body for 2017 iPhone...

In the latest report from KGI Securities, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doubles down on his earlier prediction that Apple will move to an all-glass body for its 2017 iPhone. The report said Apple is moving to adopt the all-glass body to keep the iPhone looking modern, ahead of competitors who are beginning to adopt its current aluminum design. The new iPhones are expected to feature OLED screens, a claim bolstered by the Korean Herald’s report last week…

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05:34
G-Technology offers new network attached storage...

G-Technology has announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide.
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05:29
Kronos releases OpenCL 2.2 provisional spec

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of hardware and software companies, has announced the availability of the OpenCL 2.2, SYCL 2.2 and SPIR-V 1.1 provisional specifications.
OpenCL 2.2 incorporates the OpenCL C++ kernel language for enhanced parallel programming productivity. SYCL 2.2 enables host and device code to be contained in a single source file, while leveraging the full power of OpenCL C++. SPIR-V 1.1 extends the intermediate representation defined by Khronos with native support for shader and compute kernel features to fully support the OpenCL C++ kernel language.
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05:26
LinkedIn today launching Tinder-style swiping iPhone...

The LinkedIn profile of the typical student may look a little empty at this stage in their career, but the company believes its network can still be useful. It’s today launching an iPhone app to help students identify companies and job titles that might be suitable for them, as well as pointing to live job postings that may be of interest.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: LinkedIn, LinkedIn app, LinkedIn student app, Tinder ...

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05:24
Snippery 1.1 for OS X released; adds Markdown support

Javier Rodríguez (AprendeXojo.com) has released Snippery 1.1 for Mac OS X (10.7 and later).
This release adds Markdown syntax support; PDF, Word, RTF and HTML export support; improves data security and access; expands filtering options; and offers support for Retina Display. Snippery provides features from a snippets manager app mixed with editing features and more.
Slippery 1.1 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $18.

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05:07
External Link: Amazon Expands Prime Subscription...

Amazon Prime has always been billed annually, with a current price of $99 per year. For that fee, you get a bundle of benefits, most notably free 2-day shipping on many items and an ever-expanding lineup of Prime Instant Video selections. For those in the United States who have trouble with the yearly pricing, Amazon is now offering two monthly subscription options: just Amazon Prime Instant Video for $8.99 (a dollar less than Netflix’s most popular plan) or the full Amazon Prime service for $10.99 per month. However, neither option is preferable to the $99 per-year price, which equals $8.25 per month. 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...

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05:06
Rumor: Apple to use Austrian-based Magna to...

German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine claims Apple may be planning to use Austrian-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna to manufacture the Apple Car. The publication — as noted by 9to5Mac -- also says that Apple has created a “secret lab” in Berlin where it has head-hunted a small cross-disciplinary team of 15-20 upcoming engineers from a number of German car companies.

Magna is a global automotive supplier with 305 manufacturing operations and 93 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. The company has over 139,000 employees focused on “delivering superior value to our customers...

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05:00
Scripting The OS X Caching Server To Cache Updates

The Caching Server in OS X is a little bit of a black box. But, it’s not all that complicated, compared to some things in the IT world. I’d previously written about command line management of the service itself here. When you enable the caching service, the server registers itself as a valid Caching Server. Nearby devices then lookup the closest update server with Apple and register with that update server using a GUID:
/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin settings caching:ServerGUID
Then, each time the device looks for an update, it does so against http://mesu.apple.com/assets/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/...

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: Maxboost 3100mAh Battery Case for...

Today you can pick up the Maxboost 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s for only $29.99 in our iLounge Deals. This case will keep your iPhone charged and protected from unexpected falls in one sleek and modern design. The 3100 mAh battery provides up to 125% extra juice, and handy cutouts allow you to sync your iPhone to your computer without needing to remove the case. Get the Maxboost 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s now for only $29.99...

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04:57
Taylor Swift features in another new Apple Music...

Taylor Swift and Apple Music have today launched another commercial on Twitter promoting Apple’s $9.99 streaming music service, featuring song ‘The Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World. It is unclear if the minute-long ad will be exclusive to online promotional channels or also be shown on TV.
more…Filed under: Apple Music, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: ad,...

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04:53
Jean-Louis Gassée takes on the Burr Feinstein Senate...

Jean-Louis does a terrific job. The whole post is right on, top to bottom.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:18
A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany...

In March we learned that Apple had leased an old Pepsi bottling plant in California speculatively for Project Titan. Today the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine' news site in Berlin is reporting that Apple is pushing ahead with the development of its own cars in Berlin ...

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04:04
How to Pack Home Appliances?
04:00
German report claims Apple Car could be manufactured...

German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine is reporting that Apple may be planning to use Austrian-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna to manufacture the Apple Car. The publication also says that Apple has created a ‘secret lab’ in Berlin where it has head-hunted a small cross-disciplinary team of 15-20 upcoming engineers from a number of German car companies.
Magna specialises in making limited-edition models for major car manufacturers, having made the Mini Paceman and Clubman for BMW, as well as the BMW X3. It is expected to make over 100,000 vehicles for BMW over the next 6-7 years …
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04:00
Here’s a secret keyboard shortcut for the iOS Emoji...

You use Emoji on your iPhone/iPad all the time. You know Emoji, right? They’re those little picture/icon thingies —

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03:30
The Ultimate SleeveCase protects your iPad when you...

You have your iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini — and you certainly want to carry it with you wherever you go. In which case you should check out the $59 iPad SleeveCase from WaterField, which offers great on-the-go protection.

The messenger style bag is cushioned with neoprene and wrapped in tough ballistic nylon shell with a "screen cleaning" Ultrasuede lining. It also sports an impact-resistant, screen protecting insert. The iPad SleeveCase functions as a stylish stand-alone case or can be inserted into another bag. With it you don't have to take your iPad out of its compartment when going through airport security, as the SleeveCase is TSA Checkpoint Friendly.

The Ultimate SleeveCase for iPad also has a convenient side pocket where you can stash earbuds, a cleaning cloth, etc. It's available in a choice of grey Indium or brown, naturally-tanned, leather trim. All this combines for a professional, elegant look....

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03:26
Kool Tools: iConnectAUDIO2+

iConnectAUDIO2+ is a next-generation interface for Macs, PCs, and iPads. Inside, it's a lot more than the 2-in, 6-out audio interface with MIDI it appears to be.
Do you use Macs, PCs, and iPads, or do you collaborate with other musicians who bring theirs over? iConnectAUDIO2+ supports two computer devices at the same time, routing lots of audio and MIDI channels between them with ease.
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03:16
Apple Reportedly Running Secret Car Lab in German...

Apple is operating a secret vehicle research and development lab in the heart of Berlin, claims a report published in a German news outlet this morning.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (also known as F.A.Z.), Apple's clandestine facility employs between 15 and 20 "top class" men and women from the German automotive industry, with backgrounds in engineering, software, hardware, and sales.

The workers at the car lab are described as "progressive thinkers" in their respective fields who agreed to work with Apple after their ideas for innovation were stifled by the more conservative outlooks of their previous employers.

The article goes on to repeat previous speculation surrounding Apple's rumored vehicle research, noting that the company's first car will be electric, but also ventures...

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03:12
Consumers seeking higher value for home IoT

Network entertainment applications are the stepping stone to a broader home Internet of Things (IoT) experience, even as consumers remain skeptical of the value proposition behind the home Internet of Things, wary of their cost and uncertain of their utility, according to a recent survey of U.S. consumers by International Data Corporation (www.idc.com).
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03:08
Hackers use Congressman’s iPhone to demo ability to...

Apple may take iOS security so seriously that it’s willing to do battle with the FBI over it, but German hackers have demonstrated that all phones – even iPhones – are susceptible to a mobile network vulnerability that requires nothing more than knowing your phone number. Armed with just that, hackers can listen to your calls, read your texts and track your position.
60 Minutes invited the hackers to prove their claims by giving a brand new iPhone to Congressman Ted Lieu – who agreed to participate in the test – and telling the hackers nothing more than the phone number. The hackers later replayed recordings they’d made of calls made on that iPhone …
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03:03
Excel releases QLRT Xcode 3.0

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 3.0 for Objective-C and Swift developers creating Mac OS X software.  
QLRT Xcode is a static library containing the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management. Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation methods and advanced licensing features.
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03:00
This is National Karaoke Week so celebrate...

This is National Karaoke Week, so we’ve rounded up some apps to help you celebrate. And don’t worry; neither Steve nor I will sing.

At the Mac App Store, you may want to check out KaraokeTube if you’re a serious karaoker. The $11.99 app has a streaming library of over thousands of songs with lyrics.

For fans of Disney’s Frozen movie, there’s Disney Karaoke: Frozen. The $7.99 app allows you to sing along with your favorite Frozen songs, record your voice with the original instrumental tracks, create a gallery of your performances, and share your recordings with others.

Instalyrics is a free app that’s good for other things besides karaoke. Click its icon and it will use Safari to find lyrics to a song playing in iTunes. Instalyrics will automatically refresh the Safari tab with the lyrics to the next song.

At the Apple App Store, there’s Sing! Karaoke, which lets you sing your favorite songs with sound effects — or “duet” with featured...

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02:12
Fantastical 2.2.1

Improves reliability of Exchange account setup and fixes other Exchange-related bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.2 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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01:14
Apple runs secret car lab in Berlin with 15-20...

Adding to rampant rumor and speculation surrounding Apple's "Project Titan" automotive initiative, a new report claims the company is operating a secret car lab out of Germany's capital city tasked with imagining, and realizing, vehicles of the future.

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00:01
Video streaming race heats up, Amazon now offers its...

Rumors of Apple’s entrance into the video streaming arena have been swirling for a couple of years now, with Apple wanting to launch a skinny bundle streaming internet cable TV service, however news on the progress of this project has died down in 2016. It is unclear if it is still on the cards, various outlets reports talked had stalled with the television networks. However, Amazon and Netflix continue to battle it out.
Today, just as Netflix customers are forcibly moved to more expensive monthly plans, Amazon has announced it will offer its streaming video service as a standalone monthly subscription for the first time. Priced at $8.99/per month, the plan is a dollar cheaper than Netflix’s most popular offering. Until today, the only way to get Amazon Prime Video through a...

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Sunday April 17

23:12
Retrospect 13.01

Maintenance update improve log reporting and fixes several bugs with the Mac client. ($119 new, free update, 183 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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20:12
LaunchBar 6.6.2

Fixes an incompatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 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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20:12
Delicious Library 3.5.1

Updated to utilize Apple’s latest iTunes access framework and fixes several bugs. ($25 new, free update, 78.2 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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12:40
The 30 best TV theme songs of all time

I’m sorry but I’d have to put the Spider-Man theme number one if only because it was the only song my brothers and I ever sang at the top of our lungs every time it played. Drove my mother nuts.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:31
Google's Android N OS Will Support Pressure-...

An anonymous reader writes: In the latest Developer Preview 2 of Android N, Google introduced new "Launcher shortcuts" to the beta OS. It allows developers to "define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker." It's reminiscent of Apple's "3D Touch" feature found in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which can allow for specific parts of an app to be displayed in a pop-up menu when users forcefully press on an icon or other miscellaneous piece of information developed with the feature.

As mentioned in Phandroid's report testing the "setDynamicShortcuts(List)" feature, Google offered four different scenarios where Launcher Shortcuts make sense: Navigating users to a particular location in a mapping app, sending messages to a friend in a communication app, playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app, or loading the last save point in a gaming app.
"Google says that the manufacturers who build Android devices wanted this...

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10:30
OWC’s Aura SSDs are a good way to add storage to...


Andrew Cunningham

OWC's Aura drive for newer MacBook Airs and Pros.

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MacBooks (and iBooks and PowerBooks before them) have never been renowned for their repairability, but post-2010 MacBook Air models have been particularly bad. RAM is soldered to the motherboard. Drives use proprietary connections. The Retina MacBook has no user-serviceable parts on the motherboard, which is so tightly integrated that it’s more like an iPad motherboard than a Mac.
There’s not much you can do about parts that are soldered to the motherboard, but when it comes to proprietary connectors, the folks at Other World Computing are pretty...

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09:29
Apple expected to ditch aluminum, release glass-...

Apple reportedly plans to shake up the materials used for the iPhone in 2017, abandoning the aluminum casing it has used for years and returning to the glass chassis championed with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.

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07:01
Apple to Release iPhone With Glass Casing and AMOLED...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report that predicts Apple will switch to non-aluminum casing, with glass being the most likely candidate, for the majority of new iPhone models starting in 2017. If accurate, the design change would not apply to the iPhone 7 expected to be launch this September.

Specifically, Kuo believes that in order to differentiate iPhone from an increasing number of competing aluminum smartphones, Apple will return to iPhone 4s-like glass casing next year to allow for an all-new form-factor design. The switch would allow Apple to again "enhance the competitiveness" and innovation of iPhone.If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Apple’s (US) competitors are...

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06:22
KGI Securities Reiterates Claim of an All-Glass...

Last month we posted a report titled "Apple may push the Design Envelope with a Curved Glass iPhone." Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities was noted as stating at the time that Apple's 2017 iPhone will feature a completely new form factor ...

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05:55
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 7, Conduct...

When you just want to have a quick word with someone or see what sort of food your regular lunch group wants to get, a direct message conversation is often easier than a setting up channel. In this chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains everything you need to know about direct message conversations, which, admittedly, isn’t all that much. 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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05:55
Chapter 7 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Slack channels are great for holding messages on particular topics, but what about when you just want to have a quick chat with a few people? That’s what direct message conversations are for. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains how conversations work. 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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05:29
KGI: Apple to drop aluminum iPhone casing in 2017 in...

In a new report by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst claims that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This follows on from another of Kuo’s reports in late March, where he first suggested Apple will return to an iPhone design akin to the iPhone 4. It does not seem like the iPhone 7 for 2016 will be seeing such a major overhaul, breaking Apple’s tick-tock pattern of a significant chassis redesign every other generation.
Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.
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04:56
Apple Wins Design Patent for Large Swing-Out Glass...

On Friday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a design patent for their next generation Apple Store glass doors. The Large swing-out styled glass doors are being implemented in new and upgraded Apple Stores.

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01:51
iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6: How Apple's cheaper,...

Although they're still on sale, and potentially tempting, there's really no reason you should be buying an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in early 2016 -- even if you're not interested in the iPhone SE.

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01:15
China's realistic robot Jia Jia can chat with...

The University of Science and Technology of China has recently unveiled an eerily realistic robot named Jia Jia. While she looks more human-like than that creepy ScarJo robot, you'll probably still find yourself plunging head first into the uncanny v...

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Saturday April 16

21:24
Extra-thin LEDs put a screen on your skin

Eventually, wearable displays might be so thin that they effectively blend into your skin. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an optoelectronic skin whose polymer LEDs and organic photodetectors are so thin (3 micrometers) that they prac...

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21:16
Thіngѕ To Do When Visiting Stаtе Cоllеgе,...

When уоu thіnk of State College, thеrе’ѕ a gооd сhаnсе thаt one thіng соmеѕ tо mіnd: Pеnn Stаtе fооtbаll. And while thе tеаm іѕ a bіg drаw for thе rеgіоn, thеrе are рlеntу оf оthеr grеаt thіngѕ tо dо іn State Cоllеgе аnd the rеѕt of Cеntrе Cоuntу. Thеrе аrе mаnу оutdооrѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn Cеntrаl Pеnnѕуlvаnіа. Cеntrе Cоuntу has several rесrеаtіоn сеntеrѕ аnd facilities for уеаr-rоund fun, іnсludіng сусlіng, fіѕhіng, hiking, саmріng, golf, ісе ѕkаtіng аnd more. Whеthеr уоu lіvе іn Stаtе College, Bеllеfоntе, Boalsburg or Phіlірѕburg, аttеnd Pеnn Stаtе University, оr аrе vіѕіtіng Central Pennsylvania fоr business оr рlеаѕurе.
Sоmе оf thеm, like thе All-Stаtе Museum оr thе Pеnn Stаtе Creamery аrе wеll known. Hоwеvеr, оthеrѕ mіght bе a bіt оf a ѕurрrіѕе fоr еvеn thе mоѕt knоwlеdgеаblе оf residents аnd аlumnі. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе the thіngѕ уоu can dо whеn vіѕіtіng State College, Pеnnѕуlvаnіа In Lаtе Junе:
Drink Crаft Beer
Aѕ a соllеgе town, уоu might thіnk that...

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21:16
mysql command switches

Mysql command options:
–auto-rehash Enable or disable automatic rehashing
–auto-vertical-output Automatically display output of commands vertically rather than horizontally
–batch Do not write to the history file
–binary I use this when I have large results timing out due to blobs being in there
–bind-address Specify a network interface when connecting to the server
–character-sets-dir Indicate a custom directory where character sets are installed
–column-names Output column names when running queries
–column-type-info Show metadata
–comments Enable or disable commenting when sending statements to the server
–compress Compresses data sent to/from client and server
–connect_timeout Seconds of inactivity before a ...

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19:54
My Latest Appearance With The MacVoices Podcast

Love working with Chuck Joiner. It’s great to record these podcasts, and always have a blast hanging out with Chuck. This episode is covering my latest book on OS X Server. Stoked to get the chance to do this again! To check out the book, click here!

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19:38
The first 'Dark Souls 3' add-on doesn...

Given that plenty of folks went to impressive lengths to play FromSoftware's latest game early, I'm betting the following Dark Souls 3 news isn't going to sit well with them. Why? Because you'll have to wait until this fall to play anything beyond wh...

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18:06
Ancient apps leave 3.2 million PCs open to...

Criminals are relying on some particularly insidious ways to spread ransomware. Cisco's Talos group has discovered that intruders are taking advantage of vulnerabilities in old versions of Follett library management software (specifically, the assoc...

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15:30
Snowden Predicts Global iPhone Hack, Records Song

Edward Snowden criticized the FBI for leaving open security holes found in the iPhone, predicting the hack will now become globally available by the end of 2016. "Personally, I think we'll see it by the end of August," he wrote to his two million followers on Twitter, where one British newspaper reports Snowden was also "recently invited into a Twitter private group chat with a lot of teenage girls who didn't know who he was." (Snowden asked them to call him "Ed," and warned them that if they messaged him, the NSA would read their messages.) Friday Snowden also tweeted a 2013 article about the U.C. Davis police officer who used pepper spray on protesters, writing that the officer was later awarded $38,000 "for his 'pain and suffering'." But Snowden has also been collaborating with French electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre, contributing samples of his voice to a six-minute track to be included on an upcoming album. "Technology can actually increase privacy," Snowden says on the...

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10:15
21 tiny design features that show Apple’s incredible...

Apple has always had this obsessive attention to detail. I love that some of these are so subtle you’d never notice them but Apple went to the effort to create them anyway.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:40
How-to: Quickly rename multiple files on your Mac...

Renaming multiple files can be a tedious process when doing so manually, but the Finder in OS X can make it easier to rename a batch of files at once on your Mac. Instead of relying on a third party app, use this handy tip to quickly rename a batch of files without breaking a sweat. more…Filed under:
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09:24
This week on AI: Apple Watch 2 an 's'...

Some focus returned to the second-generation Apple Watch and the Apple Car -- two products shrouded in mystery -- but the encryption debate continued to flourish, particularly with news that the FBI has yet to find useful information on the iPhone of dead San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

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09:00
Windows Users Warned to Dump QuickTime Pronto


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday issued a warning to remove Apple's QuickTime for Windows. The alert came in response to Trend Micro's report of two security flaws in the software, which will never be patched because Apple has ended support for QuickTime for Windows. Computers running QuickTime are open to increased risk of malicious attack or data loss, US-CERT warned, and remote attackers could take control of a victim's computer system. US-CERT is part of DHS' National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

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08:32
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7, the future of...

In this week’s top stories, attention turned from the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7 to what’s coming next from Apple, as stories surrounding the iPhone 7 and the future of Apple’s MacBook lineup rounded out the most shared articles of the week. But not far behind was Zac’s review of the iPhone SE followed by analysis of the new iPad Pro’s 9.7-inch display showing record mobile display performance and possible hints at what’s to come from iPhone 7 this fall.
As always, we have the easy links to those stories and the rest of this week’s most shared news and videos below:
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08:30
Apple Expects Users To Replace Their iPhone, Apple...

Apple says it expects its users to replace their iPhone and Apple Watch after (more like, every) three years. The company adds that it expects a Mac user to replace their computer after four years. The iPhone maker shared the expectations in a recently released document as part of its latest environmental push. In the document, Apple underscores how much its products contribute to the greenhouse gas lifecycle. The Guardian reports: Within a new question and answer section Apple said: "Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for OS X and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices." That assessment doesn't take into account the recycling of devices, their reconditioning and their resale, of course, but when you buy a new iPhone 6S for $649 (starting price, off-contract), Apple expects it to last three years, something many suspected. Apple has been accused of intentionally slowing down iPhones every time a new one is released,...

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02:00
The week in Apple news: MacOS rebrand rumor, iPhone...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 15, 2016The buzz this week didn’t come from Apple, and it certainly wasn’t news. It came from Motor Trend and their awful attempt at designing the rumored Apple Car. Motor Trend’s piece just proves that it’s really, really difficult to design a car. For real news, check out the headlines in this slideshow. Click the link to get more info.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:12
Jony Ive creates unique iPad Pro items for ‘Time for...

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, has created a one-of-a-kind range of iPad accessories, which will be sold at the upcoming “Time For Design” auction, proceeds of which will go towards the new Design Museum in Kensington, notes Wallpaper

Pictured from left to right are a custom designed 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a unique “Smart Cover,” Apple Pencil and holder. Donated by the Apple Design Team, the items have an estimated value of £10,000 – £15,000.

Co-curated by Deyan Sudjic, the director of the Design Museum and Alexander Payne, worldwide director of Design at Phillips, Time for Design is both a live auction on April 28 and an online-only auction from April 7 to May 2. All profits from the sale will be donated to the Design Museum's capital campaign for its new home in Holland Park.

The Design Museum is a museum founded in 1989. It covers product, industrial, graphic,...

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07:00
Apple asks judge to deny DOJ’s latest iPhone...

On Friday Apple asked a New York federal judge to reject the U.S. Justice Department's latest attempt to force the company to unlock an iPhone, saying the government has "utterly failed" to prove it needs such unusual technical support.

As noted by The Mercury News, Apple's lawyers renewed their defense of the company's need to protect the security of iPhone users. The attorneys accused the FBI of seeking to force Apple to unlock a smartphone in a Brooklyn drug case solely to set precedent across the country that threatens its strong encryption in iPhones.

Apple also maintains the Justice Department's request is questionable since the FBI initially insisted it needed Apple to unlock an iPhone in the the San Bernardino shooter case, then ditched the request when it it worked around Apple’s lack of cooperation.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn want a court order to require Apple to...

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06:25
Apple is Considering the Government as Part of their...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Malware on Android Continues to Embarrassingly Grow Exponentially in Comparison to iOS," wherein we showed the number of cases of malware that have been found on Android vs. iOS. The contrast was amazing. Apple's security team is obviously doing a great job and yesterday they spent time talking to a limited number in the press about the depth of their security. One thing is for sure, it may soon be time to include the government in Apple’s threat model, right alongside the hackers."

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05:00
EBUB Viewer helps Mac users juggle EPUB files

If you deal at all with EPUB (electronic publication documents), EPUB Viewer for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) from Enolsoft is a tool worth checking out — IF you need lots of bells and whistles. A demo is available for download, and you can buy the utility for $2.99 at the Mac App Store.

What's EPUBL? It's a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Files have the extension .epub. EPUB Viewer for Mac is an EPUB eBook reader that lets you open and read non-DRM protected EPUB formats on your Mac.

It has zoom-in, zoom-out, bookmark, scrolling, print and other features. You can also use it as a Mac EPUB to PDF Converter to convert an EPUB document to a PDF document. Converting EPUB docs to the PDF format conveniently retains the original elements, including layout,...

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01:32
Jony Ive designs one-of-a-kind iPad Pro, Smart Cover...

To help raise money for the relocation of the prestigious London Design Museum, Apple has submitted a very special lot to be sold at auction. Jony Ive has designed a one-of-a-kind iPad Pro and set of accessories, labelled ‘Edition 1 of 1’. The lot includes a 12.9 inch iPad Pro with a custom yellow-gold anodised finish, a blue leather Smart Cover and an Apple Pencil case cover — an accessory that Apple doesn’t sell at all today. It’s a small carry case for the Pencil, made with orange Italian calf leather. To denote the exclusivity of the products, an ‘Edition 1 of 1’ label has been engraved into the iPad Pro and underside of the Smart Cover.
Given its special edition nature, the auction is expected to sell for a tidy premium over Apple’s normal iPad Pro pricing …
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Thursday April 14

07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Catalyst launches...

...plus, other waterproof cases, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you Catalyst’s latest case for the iPhone SE, and a couple of other waterproof, rugged cases. Plus, see-through options, colorful patterns, and much more. Read on!AlveantThe Card Case (iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $49 to $59) is an adhesive leather cover for the back of your iPhone, finished with hand-painted edges for a smashing look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Friday April 15

03:30
Microsoft Word Flow keyboard launches private iPhone...

Microsoft has its own mobile operating system, but that hasn’t stopped it from opening a public beta for a new iPhone keyboard. That’s right—Microsoft’s Garage incubator began the private beta for its Word Flow keyboard on Thursday, allowing users to sign up for access to the application as it’s being refined. Users who get access to it will be able to install an app that replaces the iOS software keyboard with one made by Microsoft. The Word Flow keyboard’s leading feature is a one-handed typing mode that curves the keyboard around one bottom corner of the screen or another, so that it’s easier for people who have another hand full to fire off a quick text message. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:01
Uninstall now! Apple abandons QuickTime for Windows...

Yet another program is joining Java 6 and Windows XP as big-name software you do not want running on your PC. Security firm Trend Micro and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are advising all Windows users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime as soon as possible. (The advisory does not affect Mac users.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Get healthy!

Healthy app-roach!This week’s roundup includes a new app that tracks data from your Apple Watch to help you meet your fitness goals. Read on!Activity++Activity++ is a $3 app designed to collect the data from your Apple Watch and help you make sense of it all—you can see a timeline of your progress toward fitness goals, track your streaks (how many days in a row you reached 10,000 steps, for example), and get detailed view of your activity on individual days.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:54
Apple might’ve let “MacOS” rebranding for OS X slip...

Evidence that Apple will rebrand OS X to MacOS is starting to pile up, with the new name appearing briefly on Apple’s own website.
As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple’s Environment page got an update on Thursday, and for a short time it included a reference to MacOS. “Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices,” the page said. (Apple has since reverted the name to OS X.)
This isn’t the first time the potential name change has slipped out. Last month, an Interface Builder document inside the OS X system folder included a file named “FUFlightViewController_macOS.nib” (emphasis ours). Still, 9to5Mac noted that the name could have been...

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08:17
Report: Apple might charge developers for App Store...

Get ready for some controversy: According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is considering big changes for the iOS App Store, including paid search results a la Google.
That means developers who want to be surfaced to the top of the App Store’s search results for specific keywords would have to pay for the privilege.
That’s just one of the App Store revenue opportunities that Apple is reportedly considering. The company has put together a 100-person “secret” team—isn’t it always a secret?—made up of the remnants of its folding iAd department.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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15:50
Tengami’s laid-back approach to puzzles makes this a...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.The opening scene of Tengami takes place in a tatami room, a traditional Japanese style consisting of matted floors. Tap ‘New Game,’ and the camera zooms in, onto a table that holds a thick book. Your first task is to open this book, because the entire game takes place inside this ornate pop-up book.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:47
Genetically modified mushrooms cleared by the USDA

While the ethical debate rages on about genetically modified human embryos, the United States Department of Agriculture has cleared its first CRISPR-modified organism. CRISPR, in case you've forgotten, is an editing technique that can alter the genom...

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21:11
Lockheed Martin's school bus takes you on a...

Lockheed Martin's Generation Beyond initiative aims to "inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers." And what better way to spark young students' curiosity than to give them ride on a bus that...

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09:48
Facebook may add news sections to its app, just like...

Facebook experiments with changes to its layout and News Feed all the time, but this is pretty major: The social network confirmed to Mashable that it’s experimenting with adding extra news sections to the main mobile apps for iOS and Android, kind of like Facebook Paper.
We already love Facebook Paper on iOS for having virtually no ads and letting you send and receive Facebook messages inside the app, instead of booting you out to the separate Facebook Messenger standalone app. Facebook definitely isn’t about to take the ads out of the main Facebook app, or add messages back in, so we hope that Facebook Paper sticks around even if these changes roll out to the main app....

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19:31
Apple's Recycling Initiatives Recover $40...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple released its latest annual environmental report yesterday with numbers detailing how much the company has been able to recover from old devices. Business Insider notes that Apple was able to recover over 61 million pounds of steel, aluminum, glass, and other materials from its computers and iPhones. This includes a total of 2,204 pounds of gold worth $40 million at current prices ($1,229.80 per troy ounce of gold). Cult of Mac ran the figures quoted by Apple through today's metal prices, and came up with individual figures for copper ($6.4 million), aluminum ($3.2 million), silver ($1.6 million), nickel ($160,426), zinc ($109,503), and lead ($33,999). Last month, Apple unveiled an iPhone recycling robot, named Liam, that salvages old parts.

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19:27
Outlook arrives for Android Wear devices

Microsoft is putting Outlook on the wrists of Google fans. The email app now has support for the Android Wear platform. With it, you can check any notifications that pop, pore over messages, and use pre-set responses or voice dictation to bang out a...

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18:37
Canada's prime minister schools reporter on...

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, paid a visit to the Perimeter for Theoretical Physicals in Waterloo earlier today. There, he encountered a sassy reporter who seemingly didn't expect him to know much about quantum computing. But, as it turns...

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17:34
Uber, Lyft drivers will need a business permit in...

Uber and Lyft drivers in San Francisco will have to register for a business permit if they want to continue earning money from giving and sharing rides. City Treasurer Jose Cisneros has begun sending out letters to 37,018 drivers in the city letting...

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16:35
Apple's Jony Ive donates one-of-a-kind iPad Pro...

An auction in London is featuring a custom 12.9-inch iPad Pro and accompanying Smart Cover, Apple Pencil and holder as one of its lots, as donated by Apple SDO Jony Ive and his design team.

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16:34
Jony Ive Designed a One-of-a-Kind Yellow iPad Pro...

Jony Ive's design team has created a one-of-a-kind 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Pro Smart Cover, and Apple Pencil holder that will be auctioned off as part of a fundraiser for the London Design Museum, reports Wallpaper.

The iPad Pro has been anodized with a bright yellow dye, making it unique among Apple's standard color lineup of Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. Compared to the Gold iPad Pro, it's a much brighter, more vibrant shade of yellow.

Unique and exclusive customised design by the Apple Design Team for Time for Design.

Jony Ive showed a prototype mobile phone at the Design Museum in 1990, long before he started working for Apple. He was winner of the museum's first 'Designer of the Year' award...

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16:10
Verizon will reportedly launch its next-gen TV...

Massive multimedia conglomerate Verizon is reportedly looking to overhaul one of its key consumer offerings. According to Variety, the company is preparing a next-generation "IP TV service," with a planned launch in one of its existing FiOS markets l...

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