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Tuesday September 22

Troubleshooting Apache, Proxies, and Tomcat in OS X...

OS X Server 5 dropped last week. It’s the first time I’ve seen an OS X Server version drop before an OS release. I’m guessing there was an impetus to get it out the door before OS X 10.11 ships, so that caching and software update servers can facilitate quicker adoption and tools like Profile Manager will work on 0-day. But, there are some funny issues that are popping up. One of these is OS X Server usurping some ports that would otherwise potentially be used by other tools. Notably for Casper administrators, this includes port 8443. So here are some issues I’ve seen with Apache in the latest OS X Server.
Ports are in use that shouldn’t be
This is of particular interest to people running Tomcat sites (e.g. Casper admins). If you have a 3rd party service that isn’t loading, you may find that a port is already in use. For example, let’s say that you’re trying to start a JSS on port 8443. Well, let’s say you run stroke and you see this (when the JSS is...

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Exploding Chip Could Thwart Cyberthieves

Researchers at Xerox PARC have developed a self-destructing mechanism for microchips embedded on a hardened glass surface. The glass can self-destruct upon command and could be used to secure personal data such as health and banking records. It also can be used to destroy encryption keys stored on memory chips in standard consumer, enterprise and government electronic devices. The research is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Vanishing Programmable Resources project.

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Tip of the Day: Saving to PDF in iOS 9

One of the more subtle new features in iOS 9 is that you can now leverage Apple’s built-in iBooks app to save documents and web pages into PDF files. To access this, bring up the normal iOS 9 Share Sheet — the same one you would use to share something to Twitter or Facebook — and scroll over to the right side of the list and a “Save PDF to iBooks” option should appear. Selecting the option will open iBooks and the document or…

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Live Photos Called 'Best New Feature,'...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus include several new camera features that have been highly popular in reviews thus far, but there's also a fantastic update to the way photos are displayed on the two devices. With Live Photos, exclusive to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a bit of motion is captured alongside each photo, enabling short animations that bring each image to life. To enable Live Photos, the iPhone captures 1.5 seconds before every picture is taken and 1.5 seconds afterwards. The motion is then displayed whenever a 3D Touch force press is used on a photo, activating the animation to add a bit of context. With iPhone 6s reviews coming out today, we've learned several interesting details about the Live Photos feature, including some negative aspects that Apple's working to improve. We're also able to get an in-depth look at what the reviewers thought of the feature, giving us an idea of whether it's...

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Mac: Eltima Software Typeeto

With the new keyboard features in iOS 9, external keyboards are now more useful for your iPad than ever before. However, if you don’t have an extra Bluetooth keyboard to spare, Eltima Software’s Typeeto ($10) may offer a more cost-effective solution. This little utility lets you use your Mac keyboard as a Bluetooth keyboard for any wireless device, including your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and even devices like game consoles and Android phones and tablets. Best of all, since this simply emulates a native Bluetooth keyboard, you don’t need to install any special apps on your device.

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Apple's Tim Cook offers internship, new iPhone...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly offering a new iPhone and a 2016 summer internship to a high school student who recently claimed his Apple Watch saved his life.

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Office 2016 for Mac now available outright for $150...

Update (via MacMall has Office Home and Student 2016 for $139.99 ($10 off) or Business for $20  off) with Tax in a few states. After teasing it at the beginning of this year, Microsoft made Office 2016 available for Mac earlier this summer, but only for those that had an Office 365 subscription, which runs […]

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Review: Apple iPad mini 4 Silicone Case + Smart Cover

Apple's new iPad mini 4 is too tall for older iPad mini cases, so we'll be seeing a whole new slew of cases for the device. The first is Apple's own iPad mini 4 Silicone Case ($59). Unlike the company's past Smart Case for iPad mini, Silicone Case is a more basic case. Users can add the sold-separately Smart Cover ($39) to add sleep/wake cover functionality and a stand for multiple viewing angles. The case leaves the left side of the new mini mostly exposed to accommodate the Smart Cover. (Smart Cover can still be used on its own, too, of course.) Both case and cover come in 10 different colors — users can get the same color or mix and match. Our rating will be primarily for the Silicone Case, but with the added functionality of the Smart Cover kept in mind. {/exp:char_limit}

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Apple to Alert Users Who Installed Apps Compromised...

Apple has added an XcodeGhost question and answer page to its Chinese website today that explains what the malware is, how some users may be affected and next steps the company is taking to ensure that developers and end users alike are protected against malicious software going forward. Apple claims that it has no evidence to suggest that XcodeGhost has been used for anything malicious, such as the transmission of personally identifiable information, stipulating that the code is only able to deliver some general information about apps and system information. Nevertheless, Apple says it is working closely with developers and will soon list the top 25 most popular apps impacted by XcodeGhost on its Chinese website. The company will also be alerting users to let them know if they have downloaded apps that could have been compromised. Many...

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Office 2016 for Mac now available for $150 without...

PowerPoint for Mac, via Microsoft

For a lot of people in the corporate world, there's no option -- you have to use Microsoft Office. Well, Microsoft has made that a bit easier to swallow with the announcement today that Office 2016 for Mac is finally available as a one-time $149.99 purchase that does not require a subscription to Office 365. The Office Home & Student 2016 edition comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for Mac and can be used on one Mac in a home. 

Requiring OS X Yosemite or later, the standalone version provides offline storage and 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage. It does not come with Outlook, Publisher, Access, tablet or phone support, or the instant updates and technical support that are included in the Office 365 version. 

For $80 more, Office Home & Business 2016 adds Outlook, but that's it. The subscription-based Office 365 Personal costs $69....

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Apple XcodeGhost Malware More Malicious Than...

An anonymous reader writes: Details were scant when Apple confirmed the XcodeGhost malware had infiltrated the iOS App Store. The company didn't say which specific iOS vulnerabilities were exposed and didn't indicate how its iPhone users were affected. However, a Palo Alto Networks security analyst is reporting that XcodeGhost had been used to phish for iCloud passwords, and more specific details are emerging. According to the Networkworld article: "URLs can be sent to the iOS device and opened. This isn't limited to HTTP and FTP URLs, but includes local URLs, such as itunes:// and twitter:// that iOS can be used for inter-app communications. For example, this could be used to force automatic phone calls to premium phone numbers, which can charge up to $1 per minute in some cases. Some iOS password manager apps use the system clipboard to paste passwords into the login dialog. As another example, the XcodeGhost malware can read and write data in the user's clipboard, which would...

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Tim Cook offers teen who said Apple Watch saved his...

One of Apple’s biggest focuses recently has been the health capabilities of its devices specifically Apple Watch. From the start, Apple has highlighted the device’s health features and it reinforced that message at its “Hey Siri” event earlier this month. Now, a Cape Cod, Massachusetts teen says his Apple Watch saved his life. The teen’s […]

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Promote an Open Directory Master in OS X Server 5

Open Directory has never been so easy to setup for a basic environment as it is in OS X Server 5 (for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite). It’s also never been so annoyingly simple to use that to do anything cool requires a bunch of command line foo. No offense to the developers, but this whole idea that the screens that were being continually refined for a decade just need to be thrown out and started fresh seems to have led to a few babies thrown out along with them. Not often as I’m kinda’ digging most of the new config screens in OS X Server 5, but with Open Directory, it’s just too easy. Features mean buttons. Buttons make things a tad bit more complicated to use than an ON/OFF switch…
Anyway, rant over. Moving on. As with almost any previous version of OS X Server and Open Directory, once you’ve installed the Server app, run the changeip command along with the -checkhostname option to verify that the IP, DNS and hostname match. If (and only if as it will fail...

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Validating Xcode to Eradicate XcodeGhost

The news has been full of concern about XcodeGhost, a counterfeit version of Apple's Xcode development environment that injected malicious code into apps created with it. As a result, Apple had to remove over 5,000 from App Stores around the world. 

Today, the company sent an email to developers reminding them to download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store or the Apple Developer website, and to also leave Gatekeeper enabled on all systems to protect against tampered software. 

In a developer note, Apple also provided a method of verifying the installed version of Xcode as genuine. It's easy enough; launch Terminal, and then type in the following command:

spctl --assess --verbose /Applications/

For developers who have installed Xcode in another directory,...

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Apple tells developers how to validate their version...

Apple has issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode.
"We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software," Apple said in a statement. "We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps."
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Office 2016 for Mac available as a $150 purchase

Microsoft has announced ( that Office 2016 for Mac is now available as a one-time $149.99 purchase without an Office 365 subscription.
Office Home & Student 2016 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for home use on one Mac. It requires OS X 10.10 or later.
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Judge: Samsung must pay Apple $548 million

Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Samsung must now pay US$548 million from the first patent trial between Apple and Samsung has ordered by the Federal Court of Appeals.
Samsung, as expected, is appealing the decision based on a lengthy and ongoing patent invalidation process, saying that because of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examination, the order isn't being performed as required by federal procedure, notes MacNN (
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BeLight giving away Get Backup Pro for Mac OS X for...

For a limited time, BeLight Software is giving away ( Get Backup Pro, the company's backup and disc cloning software, for Mac users preparing to migrate to OS X El Capitan.
The software lets users clone their Mac's HD and SSD to get a backup disk that can be booted up and used in case of a crash or accidental data loss that may happen during migration to the new OS. Get Backup Pro will remain free until Sept. 30, when El Capitan is due for release. The regular price is US$19.95.

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iOS 9: The state of CarPlay in 2015 + what’s new

Until Project Titan develops into an actual Apple Car and hits the road, Apple will award “the best iPhone experience on four wheels” title to its CarPlay infotainment feature which it says offers “a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car.” Available on a growing number of vehicles from select manufacturers, CarPlay lets you connect your […]

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3DWeather storms onto the Mac

Idea2Inspire ( has introduced 3DWeather 1.0, a personal weather assistant developed for Mac OS X. Depending upon the weather condition, the US$2.99 app prepares 3D animated atmospheric scenes in a small widget with basic climate status.
3DWeather comes with three themes featuring different scenes, places and atmosphere. It will change its look with the passing of time. You can change the scenes from the Locations under preferences.
3DWeather requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Weather category.

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iFixit posts fourth-generation Apple TV teardown

The cool cats at iFixit have done it again, this time performing and posting a full teardown of Apple’s new fourth-generation Apple TV.
The teardown discovered a dual-core, 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.
The list of components includes the following:
– Apple A8 APL1011 SoC

– Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module
– SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller
– Apple 338S00057 custom memory controller...

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus getting a lot of review...

The rest of us have to wait until at least Friday, September 25 to get our hands on an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, but some of the big names in tech have now published their reviews of the next-generation iPhone and things look good. Here's a sampling of what the writers are saying:

“Do not be fooled into thinking that it’s a toy. 3D Touch is a major innovation. The 96 embedded sensors underneath the screen measure the flexion of a new kind of glass at an incredibly small scale to determine pressure.”

— Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch (

“Another big gain: improved cameras on a phone that I believe already had the best. And boy is this new iPhone fast. All without compromising battery life...

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News: Apple posts note to developers about...

In an e-mail to developers and a post on its website, Apple has laid out the proper process for downloading Xcode after hundreds of apps were found to be using a malware-laden version of the IDE. Apple states that Xcode should always be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Apple Developer website and validated by Gatekeeper to ensure the downloaded software hasn’t been contaminated. For those wanting to test a version of Xcode they’ve…

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DataMan Complication updated for watchOS 2, offers...

This could be useful.
DataMan Next has just been updated for watchOS 2.
The new version shows a Smart Forecast icon, meaning a tick icon means “safe” and you’re not at risk of overage. This feature works along with DataMan Glance, which gives you a quick way to get your usage stats quickly from your watch face.

DataMan Next has also been updated with customizable fonts, retails for US$1.99 and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version of DataMan Complication and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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Xsan 4 instalation problems, clients not mount

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XsanXsan4clientsHi!
I work in an University in Barcelona Spain, we have a xsan network with one Promise 20Tb, two xserve (10.10.5) and 10 clients (10.10.5)
We work until now with xsan 3 and no problems, now we need update to Yosemite and Xsan 4 because we need final cut 10.2.2.
I formated the servers and clients and installed 10.10.5 in both.
Follow the instructions in:

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Use SSH, ARD, SNMP, And The Server App Remotely on...

SSH allows administrators to connect to another computer using a secure shell, or command line environment. ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) allows screen sharing, remote scripts and other administrative goodness. You can also connect to a server using the Server app running on a client computer. To enable any or all of these, open the Server app (Server 5 for El Capitan and Yosemite), click on the name of the server, click the Settings tab and then click on the checkbox for what you’d like to enter.

All of these can be enabled and managed from the command line as well. The traditional way to enable Apple Remote Desktop is using the kickstart command. But there’s a simpler way in OS X El Capitan Server (Server 5). To do so, use the serveradmin command. To enable ARD using the serveradmin command, use the settings option, with info:enableARD to set the...

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Mossberg Reviews the iPhone 6s and Thinks that it...

Today the reviews on the iPhone 6s are flooding in prior to the release of Apple's new smartphones this Friday. Earlier today we covered the review by Bloomberg Businessweek that also linked to other reviews by USA Today and TechCrunch. Now the Grand Daddy of reviewers is stepping in.

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Hyper launches Indiegogo campaign to create world’s...

This could turn into something cool.
Hyper, the makers of the HyperJuice battery, have put together an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise US$50,000 to create a HyperJuice battery that will effectively charge Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with a USB Type C power adapter interface.
The Magic Box units being worked on will allow conventional battery packs to charge the notebook at 29 watts and will allow you to safely charge the 12-inch MacBook at 12 watts with any USB battery, sending the right current along without risk of damaging the battery over time.

The IndieGoGo campaign has raised over US$13,000 of its US$50,000 goal in one day...

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Data Rescue 4.2 - Powerful hard drive data recovery...

Use Data Rescue to recover:

  • crashed, corrupted or non-mounting hard drive
  • deleted, damaged, or lost files
  • reformatted or erased hard drive

One powerful new feature found in Data Rescue 4 is BootWell. Your Mac's main hard drive (sometimes referred to as the Main HD or Boot Drive) is where all of your computer files are stored. When there is a problem with this hard drive it can be very difficult, frustrating and time-consuming to get those files back. BootWell is an all-new feature that makes recovery of your main hard drive painless, fast, and easy.

  • Works on all Mac hard drives even if they fail to mount or only partially operate
  • Recovers digital pictures from your camera media even after it has been erased or reformatted
  • Recover your entire Mac hard drive or just the files you need.
  • Recovers all file types from any HFS/HFS+ formatted hard drive
  • Tuned for all modern OS X...

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Apple Outlines Steps for Developers to Validate...

Following last week's disclosure of new iOS malware called XcodeGhost, which arose from malicious versions of Xcode hosted on third-party servers, Apple has outlined instructions for developers to ensure the version of Xcode they are using is valid. When downloading Xcode from the Mac App Store, or Apple's website so long as Gatekeeper is enabled, OS X automatically checks the app's code signature and validates it against Apple's code. If you must obtain Xcode elsewhere, follow these steps:To verify the identity of your copy of Xcode run the following command in Terminal on a system with Gatekeeper enabled: spctl --assess --verbose /Applications/ where /Applications/ is the directory where Xcode is installed. This tool performs the same checks that Gatekeeper uses to validate the code signatures of applications. The tool can...

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iPhone 6s Puts Focus on Its Cameras With Higher-...

With the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus a few days away, the first reviews for the new devices have begun appearing online today. Many reviewers touted Apple's inclusion of the new 3D Touch technology and the overall performance enhancements that were brought in thanks to the A9 processor. One of the biggest points of attention given in a number of the reviews, however, was the 12-megapixel camera, which has the ability to capture Live Photos and shoot 4K video. In one of its two in-depth reviews on the iPhone 6s, The Verge simply called the new smartphone's camera, "the best camera most people will ever own." Still, the site thought that the overall camera improvement from the iPhone 6's 8-megapixel offering was a "mild" update in the grand sense, given that most customers probably...

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External Link: Josh Centers Discusses iOS 9 on...

Managing Editor Josh Centers, author of “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” joined host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to discuss his new book and some of the exciting new features in iOS 9. Along with iOS 9 itself, Josh also discusses some of the challenges of documenting iOS (and they aren’t necessarily a bad thing for users). 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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Ad blocking and the future of the Web

Jeffrey Zeldman:Advertisers don’t want to be ignored, and they are drunk on our data, which is what Google and other large networks are really selling. The ads are almost a by-product; what companies really want to know is what antiperspirant a woman of 25–34 is most likely to purchase after watching House of Cards. Which gets us into issues of privacy and spying and government intrusion and don’t ask. And in this environment of sites so cluttered with misleading ads they are almost unnavigable, Apple looks heroic, riding to the consumer’s rescue by providing all the content from newspapers without the ads, and by blocking ugly advertising on websites. But if they succeed, will media companies and independent sites survive?This issue is far from over. We have no idea how this is going to shake out, who will adapt and survive and who will fold. I do believe it is an issue ad publishers have largely brought on themselves. But it’s a shame there is and will continue to be a lot of...

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Griffin Ultra Thin Case and Survivor Tactical Case...

Griffin ultra thin case shiny silver

Now that you've upgraded your Apple Watch to watchOS 2, there's even more of a reason to keep that shiny smartwatch looking new -- you'll want to keep it for years. Fortunately, a lot of companies are coming out with Apple Watch cases, and one of the more popular accessory manufacturers -- Griffin -- has just released two different models. The Ultra Thin Case (US$19.99) is actually a 3-pack of thin and stylish cases for the Watch, while the Survivor Tactical Case ($29.99) provides not only impact protection for the Watch body, but scratch protection for the display as well.

Ultra Thin Case

Available in sizes for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch, each Ultra Thin Case purchase provides you...

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Manage The Adaptive Firewall Options In OS X Server 5

OS X Server 5 (El Capitan 10.11 or Yosemite 10.10) has an adaptive firewall built in, or a firewall that controls incoming access based on clients attempting to abuse the server. The firewall automatically blocks incoming connections that it considers to be dangerous. For example, if a client attempts too many incorrect logins then a firewall rule restricts that user from attempting to communicate with the server for 15 minutes. If you’re troubleshooting and you accidentally tripped up one of these rules then it can be a bit frustrating. Which is why Apple gives us afctl, a tool that interacts with the adaptive firewall.
The most basic task you can do with the firewall is to disable all of the existing rules. To do so, simply run afctl (all afctl options require sudo) with a -d option:
/Applications/ -d
When run, the adaptive firewall’s rules are disabled. To re-enable them, use the -e option:

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Validating Your Version of Xcode

We recently removed apps from the App Store that were built with a counterfeit version of Xcode which had the potential to cause harm to customers. You should always download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store, or from the Apple Developer website, and leave Gatekeeper enabled on all your systems to protect against tampered software.When you download Xcode from the Mac App Store, OS X automatically checks the code signature for Xcode and validates that it is code signed by Apple. When you download Xcode from the Apple Developer website, the code signature is also automatically checked and validated by default as long as you have not disabled Gatekeeper.Whether you downloaded Xcode from Apple or received Xcode from another source, such as a USB or Thunderbolt disk, or over a local network, you can easily verify the integrity of your copy of Xcode.To verify the identity of your copy of Xcode run the following command in...

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Validating Your Version of Xcode

We recently removed apps from the App Store that were built with a counterfeit version of Xcode which had the potential to cause harm to customers. You should always download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store, or from the Apple Developer website, and leave Gatekeeper enabled on all your systems to protect against tampered software.When you download Xcode from the Mac App Store, OS X automatically checks the code signature for Xcode and validates that it is code signed by Apple. When you download Xcode from the Apple Developer website, the code signature is also automatically checked and validated by default as long as you have not disabled Gatekeeper.Whether you downloaded Xcode from Apple or received Xcode from another source, such as a USB or Thunderbolt disk, or over a local network, you can easily verify the integrity of your copy of Xcode.To verify the identity of your copy of Xcode run the following command in...

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Apple Files Trademarks for 'Works with Apple...

While Apple has long ago filed for the HomeKit trademark, today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for the logo associated with 'Works with Apple HomeKit' as noted in our cover graphic.

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Apple Watch heart monitor saves teen’s life

“At the hospital, they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles, and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there” – Good thing he had an Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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New Apple TV Teardown Provides Closer Look at A8...

iFixit has posted a hardware teardown of the new fourth-generation Apple TV, providing a closer look at the set-top box's A8 chip, flash storage, redesigned power supply with a larger heat sink and other logic board components. The website also provided a teardown of the accompanying Siri Remote. Under the hood, the new Apple TV features a dual-core, 64-bit Apple A8 chip with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller. Apple TV 4 Components List

  • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC
  • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module
  • SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller
  • Apple 338S00057 custom memory controller
  • Texas Instruments PA61
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    External Link: Teen’s Life Saved by Apple Watch

    Paul Houle Jr., a 17-year-old football player from Massachusetts, experienced a rapid heartbeat, along with back and chest pains, after a practice. Houle took a nap, and woke up to discover that his Apple Watch was still reporting a heart rate of 145 beats-per-minute. Houle went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which had caused heart, liver, and kidney failure. Houle credits the Apple Watch with saving his life, and his father, who was skeptical of the watch, has now purchased watches for his wife and himself. Apple CEO Tim Cook has reached out to Houle to offer him a new iPhone and a summer internship. 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...

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    Apple Watch "add a friend" support page:...

    Apple occasionally works Easter eggs into its products, and we get to hear some fun (or awful) jokes at the company's product announcement keynotes. The latest trick from the company is subtle and might be over looked by a lot of people, but not Ewan Spence at Forbes, who found that an Apple Watch support page contained a rickroll

    Getting instructions on how to add a friend to your Apple Watch sends you to this page. Take a close look at the initials of the friends on this Watch:


    Still don't see it? Reading the initials clockwise, we get: NE VE RG ON NA GI VE YU UP


    That's not the first time the support pages have rickrolled users in search of help....

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    PSA: If your Apple Watch upgrade to watchOS 2 fails...

    It seems I’m not the only person to have experienced issues upgrading my Apple Watch to watchOS 2. After swearing at it for its insistence that it needed both more than 50% power and to be on charge (it refused to play even when on 100% power), it finally agreed to update itself and then stalled overnight […]

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    News: Apple giving automatic refunds for Peace ad...

    In a rare move, Apple is providing automatic refunds for users who bought the Peace ad blocker for iOS 9, according to developer Marco Arment. The app was pulled from the app store by Arment shortly after its launch, prompting more than 13,000 users to request refunds through the manual process. Arment said Apple contacted him to say the company was going to issue proactive refunds to everyone who bought the app, which he said “effectively never…

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    Spigen’s newest iPhone 6s + 6s Plus cases start at $...

    Spigen’s first round of affordable new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus cases were ready to order even before Apple’s September 9 special event. Now that the iPhones are about to hit stores, Spigen has a new collection of slim protective cases ready, and you’re going to love them. The lineup starts with a minimalist sub-$10 case that can magnetically attach to your car’s dashboard. Next, […]

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    This is why the new Apple TV is bigger than the last...

    As usual, our friends over at iFixit have started the teardown process for Apple’s new lineup of products introduced earlier this month and it’s kicking things off with the new 4th generation Apple TV hardware. While the new Apple TV, which introduces upgraded hardware alongside a newly revamped software platform dubbed “tvOS”, doesn’t officially go […]

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    News: Customer’s iPhone 6s delivered ahead of...

    Not sure how this happened but my #iphone6s arrived early @ATT @apple— Adrienne (@MoonshineDesign) September 21, 2015 Twitter user @MoonshineDesign received her rose gold iPhone 6s a little early, sharing pictures of the new phone and its capabilities in a series of tweets. She ordered the phone through AT&T, and in a tweet of its own, the company congratulated the new owner and didn’t seem to mind they had…

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    China Unicom offers iPhone 6s mobile service for as...

    China Unicom, a Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator, will offer a mobile service for Apple’s iPhone 6s handsets for CNY 76-596 (about US$12-94) a month, reports reported, citing Internet posting on the prices.
    Customers have to sign a 30-month contract for minimum CNY 396 ($62) a month to get a free iPhone 6s with 16 GB, says (as noted by, a global investment newswire). The contract for a free 64-GB iPhone 6s or 16-GB iPhone 6s Plus will cost minimum CNY 596 a month for 24 months.
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    Businessweek and USA Today Give the iPhone 6s Two...

    While nothing looks different on the outside, a lot has changed on the inside of the new iPhone 6S. Bloomberg's Sam Grobart reviews the Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and notes that the A9 processor is ludicrously fast.

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    Office 2016 for Mac Now Available as One-Time $150...

    Microsoft has announced that Office 2016 for Mac is now available as a one-time $149.99 purchase without an Office 365 subscription. Office Home & Student 2016 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for home use on one Mac. Office 2016 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. The standalone version of Office 2016 for Mac features offline storage and 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage, but lacks Outlook, Publisher, Access, tablet and phone support, 60 minutes of Skype calling, instant updates and technical support included with the Office 365 version. Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac is also available for $229.99 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook on one Mac. Comparatively, subscription-based...

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    Lyn 1.6 - Lightweight image browser and viewer. (...

    Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs. Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings. The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette. Features:

    • Progressive display, on single- or multiple-monitor configurations, of images of virtually any size.
    • ...

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    Apple Watch prices will start at US$725 in Brazil

    Apple plans to start selling its smart watch in Brazil in October, according to InfoMoney, a web portal based in Brazil that covers financial and business news. However, it's going to be expensive.

    The least expensive Apple Watch, the 38mm-case aluminum Sport edition, will start at BRL 2,889 (approximately US725), according to InfoMoney (as noted by, a global investment newswire). Apple’s most expensive Apple Watch in the country, the 38mm 18-Karat gold case with a modern buckle, will cost a whopping BRL 135,000 (that's about $33,560).

    In other Apple Watch news, KT Corp., a South Korean integrated wired/wireless telecommunication service provider, will release the smartwatch this week at 12 of its major outlets in Seoul, the company said in a press release. KT will be the first Korean carrier to launch the smartwatch in the country. The Apple Watch Sport and a...

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    Former GM Boss: Apple Car “a gigantic money pit”

    I love, love, love this sort of quote, though this one is made in a very thoughtful way. Bob Lutz has a lot of experience in this market, is the former Vice Chairman of GM, knows the industry inside and out. But he doesn’t know Apple, hasn’t see the disruption up close and personal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Starbucks completes U.S. rollout of ‘order ahead’...

    If you haven’t got time to stand around in a Starbucks queue to place your order, the good news is that the company has completed the U.S. rollout of its ‘order ahead’ service, which allows you to place and pay for your order on your iPhone before reaching the store. The service started as a test in Portland before gradually […]

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    News: Daily Deal: SkyHub Cloud 1TB Backup Lifetime...

    Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to SkyHub Cloud 1TB Backup for only $49.99 – 88% off the regular price. Designed to safely house all of your data, this SkyHub subscription provides 1TB of automated backup for up to four computers, and includes advanced encryption security and the ability to view your backed up files from the web, or on your iPhone or iPad. Get a Lifetime Subscription to SkyHub Cloud 1TB Backup…

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    iPhone 6s Reviews: 'Performance Beast'...

    With the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus just three days away on September 25, the first round of reviews for the new smartphones have begun showing up online. Most sites have been able to experience the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for about a week, and have largely come away with positive impressions of the devices that bring in some notable improvements to the line, in spite of its "S" generation designation. The Verge was one of the most positive on their review unit of the iPhone 6s, noting that if it's Apple's job to create a reason for customers to upgrade to a new iPhone each year, they've "done it again" with the new iPhone. Although they note the premium pricing and odd storage tiers, the site believes that 3D Touch will become as necessary as pinching and zooming, and adds to an experience that overall feels like "the best version ever of the best smartphone on the...

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    Number of XcodeGhost-Infected iOS Apps Rises

    An anonymous reader writes: As the list of apps infected with the XcodeGhost malware keeps expanding, Apple, Amazon and Baidu are doing their best to purge their online properties of affected apps, malicious Xcode installers, and C&C servers used by the attackers to gather the stolen information and control the infected apps/devices. China-based jailbreaking Pangu Team claims that the number of infected app is higher than 3,400, and have offered for download a free app that apparently detects the Trojanized apps.


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    Apple wants to 'advance the art of note-taking...

    Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,141,698) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a semantic note-taking system that could be a competitor to the popular Evernote app. Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. 

    Apple's patent is for a semantic note taking system and method for collecting information, enriching the information, and/or binding the information to services is provided. User-created notes are enriched with labels, context traits, and relevant data to minimize friction in the note-taking process. 

    In other words, the invention is directed to collecting unscripted data, adding more meaning and use out of the data, and binding the data to services. The patent also mentions services to allow private thoughts to be published to a myriad of different applications and services "in a manner compatible with how thoughts are processed in the brain."

    User interfaces and semantic "skins" are...

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    iPhone 6s review roundup: 3D Touch is ‘fun and...

    The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are launching in just four days time and right on schedule the embargo on reviews have been lifted. Apple is touting the new phones as major updates over the 6 and 6 Plus, with 12-megapixel camera and 4K video recording, ‘3D Touch’ pressure-sensitive display to enable quick actions across the OS, […]

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    Together 3.4.7 - Store and organize all of your...

    Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface. Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability. Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized. Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and folders, add color-coded...

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    Foxconn Seeks Funding from Apple to Buyout Sharp...

    According to a new report this morning, Foxconn Electronics is looking to buy Sharp's LCD business and is also looking to seek funding from Apple to make the move ...

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    ∞ Review: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

    Many people look at the “s” model of the iPhone as a less significant release than the years Apple does a full design change, but that’s just not the case. This year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is full of new features and is probably the strongest “s” model iPhone Apple has ever released. I’ve been using the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for about a week and a half, having received the devices from Apple two days after the September 9 keynote. [...]

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    The $1 million iOS bug bounty is bad for security...

    The public perception of the black-hat hacker is of a lone person sitting in a dark room creating malware and unleashing it on the world and reaping the profits of their exploit. The reality is a bit more complicated and far more financially lucrat...

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    iOS 9 privacy settings you should change immediately

    Wether you just purchased a new iPhone or you selected “set up as new phone” while restoring you’ve essentially got a clean or “new” iOS install, just as Apple intended.
    In its default configuration iOS 9 will share your device’s location and other data when you might not want it to. Luckily it’s easy to turn off may settings that control the flow of your personal information on the Internet.
    Here’s our list of the most important iOS 9 privacy settings that you should check right now, especially if you are using a new or restored device.

    [1] Turn on Limit Ad Tracking
    To turn on Limit Ad Tracking on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    Go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising....

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    Malware Jumps Apple's Garden Wall

    Developers who unknowingly used a malicious tool to code their programs uploaded hundreds of malware-infected apps to the iTunes App Store, China-based iOS developers reportedly discovered last week. Security researchers around the world have analyzed it. Called "XcodeGhost," the malware is hidden in an unauthorized version of a program Apple distributes to create iOS apps. "XcodeGhost is an example of compiler malware," said David Richardson, iOS product manager for Lookout Mobile Security.

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    beaTunes 4.5.3 - Organize your music collection. (...

    beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections. How well organized is your music Library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM? beaTunes can easily fix this and other problems with its unique inspection feature (license required for applying one-click solutions). Could your last mix CD's song order use some improvement? Let beaTunes re-arrange your playlist for you! Always wondered how you could take advantage of the BPM (beats per minute) field? Let beaTunes fill in the blanks and help you while DJ'ing at your next party. Here are some more examples of what you can do with beaTunes:

    • Navigate in songs semantically, i.e., segment to segment.
    • Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute).
    • Automatically determine the musical key your songs are in.
    • Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other.
    • Create matchlists, i.e., playlists based...

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    Kool Tools: EPIK Apple Watch Kit

    LUNATIK's EPIK Apple Watch Kit offers rugged protection for Apple's smartwatch. Whether navigating the slopes, meeting new business prospects, or hiking with friends, its design allows users to push the limits of their lifestyle.
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    Global mobile media to approach $425 billion

    Consumer and advertising expenditure on handset-based mobile media will rise 12 percent in 2015, and approach US$425 billion by 2021, according to Strategy Analytics (
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    DeepClock is a decorative, handy replacement for Mac...

    The built-in clock of Mac OS X is pretty cool, but it's a bit obscure for some folks. If that includes you, try DeepClock, an US$0.99 app available at the Mac App Store.

    It's bigger than the default OS X clock, which can help keep you focused when time is of the essence. DeepClock can be set to launch when you boot up your Mac. You can keep the it in standard, floating view or have the utility sit atop all applications (even in full screen mode). 

    One of DeepClock cool functions is "Events," which allows to add small reminders that can be displayed on your desktop to remind you of important events. The app is extremely customizable. It sports 15 styles of clock face and eight calendar styles in an appealing interface. You can also set the app to vanish when the cursor goes over it so it doesn't block what's underneath. 

    If you're...

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    Volkswagen thinks emissions scandal could cost it $7...

    After admitting it had altered software to misreport the emissions of its diesel cars, Volkswagen is allocating some serious money to help it save face. The company said today it's set aside a whopping $6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to "cover th...

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    Default Folder X 4.7.4 - Enhances Open and Save...

    Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views. Features

    • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
    • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
    • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a...

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    Apple Granted an Alternative Headset Connector...

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a headphone connector invention and design that may already be dead in its tracks. Another 2014 granted patent supports Apple's MFi program's choice of connector which is the lightning connector for future audio.

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    Xiaomi will sell a flagship Android phone for $204

    Xiaomi has somehow put one of the best processors on the market into a smartphone that costs just $204. The Mi 4c is a Xiaomi's China-only version of the company's Mi 4i, but it's updated some of the internals to keep things fresh. The two big chan...

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    Apple company store collectibles should be offered...

    Apple’s redesigned company store opened this past weekend in Cupertino, California. Among the changes — according to MacMagazine — the store will sell, for the first time, the iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple Watch along with a new collection of Apple-branded merchandise including clothing, mugs, and other collectibles.

    These collectibles are available only at the One Infinite Loop location. But why?

    Apple should make the clothing items, mugs, etc., available online. Lots of folks would certainly wish to own some of them without making a pilgrimage to Cupertino.

    After two decades-plus of covering various trade shows (ah, the days of the Macworld Expo when Apple attended — you are missed) I have enough T-shirts to last me the rest of my life. But I'd certainly pick up a few new items branded by Apple itself.

    T-shirts and golf shirts are naturals, but there are...

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    The new Office is here

    Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.
    It’s here! Today is the worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows. This marks a milestone in delivering new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on collaboration, apps that work for you, a perfect pairing with Windows 10, and security features businesses will love. It also marks a new model for delivery, where subscribers can expect to get more frequent updates with new features and improvements. Along with Office 2016 for Windows, today we are also releasing Office 2016 for Mac as a one-time purchase option, along with several new and enhanced Office 365 services.

    The new Office—takes the work out of working together

    Collaboration is the way we get things done in the workplace, but the process itself...

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    Apple Granted 26 Patents Today Covering the Apple...

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the Apple Watch magnetic mechanism and the Mac ...

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    Apple prepares for thinner iPhones with slim...

    Apple has patented a shrunken-down headphone connector that shaves precious volume off existing 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack standards by reshaping the plug, thereby removing -- albeit temporarily -- an inevitable limiting factor in its quest for perpetually thin smartphones.

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    Monday September 21

    Everyone who bought Peace gets their $3 back

    If you bought Marco Arment’s iOS 9 content-blocking app Peace, you’re about to get your three dollars back—even if you haven’t requested a refund. Arment says Apple is “proactively refunding all purchases of Peace.”
    Arment launched Peace on Wednesday, the same day iOS 9 officially exited its beta period. It quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the Top Paid Apps charts, but Arment pulled the app from the App Store just two days later. He encouraged customers to ask Apple for a refund, and said the app would continue to work for the people who bought it, just with no maintenance or updates.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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    Sports Illustrated lands pre-release iPhone 6s Plus...

    Apple's latest iPhone 6s family isn't slated to reach the public until Friday, but Sports Illustrated obtained an early access 6s Plus to shoot a preview of high resolution shots at San Francisco Giants baseball games at AT&T Park.

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    Freemium Field Test: Just pay for Pac-Man 256's...

    Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). It’s been an unexpected time of resurgence for good ol’ Pac-Man on the App Store—assuming you can ignore the terrible Pixels movie game. Pac-Man Championship Edition arrived in July, and while the iOS version arrived a few years later than the original console incarnation, it put a fun, modern twist on the...

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    iOS 9 on track to become Apple's most popular...

    iOS 9 has been out for less than a week, and even though some reported problems installing the upgrade right out of the gate, Apple says more than 50 percent of devices have already adopted the latest version of iOS.
    That means iOS 9 is on track to become Apple’s most popular software upgrade of all time. Apple announced the adoption rate in a Monday press release about iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability, which is also expected to break records. The phones will go on sale at 8 a.m. local time this Friday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    Report: Apple’s electric car to hit the road in 2019...

    Apple is “committed” to having an electric vehicle on the road in the next few years, according to a new report.
    The Wall Street Journal (paywall) is reporting that Apple has internally labeled their electric car effort a “committed project” and is looking at shipping the first fleet of vehicles in 2019. In order to expedite the project, codenamed Titan, Apple is growing the team working on the electric car by threefold, to about 1,800 employees. The rumored iCar will reportedly combine Apple’s expertise in design, batteries, sensor technology and hardware-software integration. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    Customer receives rose gold iPhone 6s days before...

    An early iPhone 6s preorder customer got a surprise on Monday when her brand new rose gold handset unexpectedly arrived at her doorstep days ahead of Apple's official public launch, currently scheduled for Friday.

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    Lucky Customer Receives Rose Gold iPhone 6s Nearly...

    A visual designer named Adrienne from San Diego, California is among the first customers to receive the brand new iPhone 6s, nearly a whole five days before the latest smartphone launches in the U.S. and eleven other countries. Adrienne shared photos of the new iPhone 6s on her Twitter account on Monday afternoon, noting that her pre-order from AT&T arrived much earlier than expected. The all-new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus officially launch September 25. Apple each year requests that couriers like UPS and FedEx hold new iPhone deliveries until the same day the smartphones become available in stores, but a few lucky customers often receive their devices ahead of time due to logistical error. Adrienne also shared unconfirmed Geekbench 3 screenshots that show the iPhone 6s has a single-core score of 2292 and a multi-core...

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    This week's sponsor: Bushel

    Our sponsor this week is Bushel, an incredibly easy-to-use cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s all wrapped into one seamless, online interface, so you can manage your Apple devices whenever you want, wherever you are. Bushel is targeted to those organizations that may not have a dedicated IT staff, instead relying on individuals who take on the mantle of responsibility to keep Apple devices up-to-date and safe. Free for the first three devices and just US$2 per month per device above that number, here are some of the features of Bushel:

    • Device inventory lets you see your capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
    • Automatically configure email on all of your devices. Users can get up and running quickly, and anyone can ensure ongoing management for these devices, using Bushel.
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    “Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine” — An Apple...

    Huffington Post:it really bums me out that The Man In the Machine makes little attempt to portray someone who was, by most accounts, a complex, iconic, but all-too-flawed man who, over the course of his career, could be both inventor and thief, monk and businessman, brat and sage, tyrant and beloved leader, and managed to use those conflicting traits to both change the world and create the most valuable, influential, and admired company on the planet. Instead, The Man In the Machine is focused largely on the thesis that Jobs was always and only a jerk, that people who enjoy Apple products and admire Jobs are idiots and cult members, and that the computer revolution that was born of Jobs’ vision must inevitably contain the same ugly darkness Gibney feels is Jobs’ defining trait, despite any evidence to the contrary.This review of the documentary tracks with how I felt about it. Not only was it simply inaccurate in places, it seemed to have its premise in place long before the facts...

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    Rose Gold iPhone 6s shows up at customer’s home...

    While the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren’t supposed to start arriving to pre-order customers until this Friday, at least one lucky AT&T customer got a surprise today. A Twitter user by the name of @MoonshineDesign based in San Diego today received her iPhone 6s in the new Rose Gold color variant. According to her […]

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    FlightAware Once Again Offers Tool to Track iPhone...

    Apple began shipping iPhone 6s and 6s Plus pre-orders on Saturday and now FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has once again begun offering a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after they receive their tracking number. FlightAware also offered the tool last year. FlightAware says that users who have their UPS tracking number can use their tool to match their "departure scan" with one of the departure times listed in their tool to determine which flight their iPhone is on. The tool will be updated as FlightAware learns more about Apple's shipping strategy for the new phones. Currently, many flights are on their way to Louisville, Kentucky's Worldport, which is UPS' worldwide air hub. Additional flights are on the...

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    [Sponsor] Mapbox iOS SDK

    Meet the Mapbox iOS SDK, our newest open source framework for making your app location-aware. It comes with beautiful vector maps for any scenario: detailed streets for navigating cities, terrain for adventuring, and satellite imagery for seeing the world up close.

    You can even find out how users interact with your map. The analytics dashboard provides a continuously updated view of your user base, from places where your app is popular to better metrics around uses of your app.

    Start developing with the Mapbox iOS SDK for free today.

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    Apple gives London's Roundhouse an eco-friendly...

    For 2015's Apple Music Festival at the Roundhouse in London, Apple is giving the event's 168-year-old venue an unprecedented makeover in line with the company's environmental message, with changes to include both temporary and permanent structural enhancements.

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    Apple to give annual Roundhouse Apple Music Festival...

    Apple’s annual Apple Music Festival is taking place at the Roundhouse in London this week and this year, the company is going a step further in its activities at the venue. As announced in tweet by Apple’s VP of Environment Lisa Jackson, the company is giving the Roundhouse an “environmental makeover.” Apple says it is making […]

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    Microsoft to Launch their Microsoft Band 2 in...

    Today we learned that 2 leaks show that the Microsoft Band 2 shows a more friendly wearable that's likely to debut on October 6. We also learned today that Microsoft has invented next-gen skin-sensors for future wearables in a patent application that came to light via the U.S. Patent Office.

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    Security firm pledges $1 million bounty for iOS...

    A broker of software attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in widely used software is placing a $1 million bounty on critical iOS bugs that allow hackers to remotely commandeer iPhones and iPads.
    "Apple iOS, like all operating system(s), is often affected by critical security vulnerabilities," officials with the Zerodium bug broker said in blog post published Monday that announced the hefty reward. "However, due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple's iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS. But don't be fooled, secure does not mean unbreakable. It just means that iOS has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation and here's where the Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty comes into play."
    Under the program, Zerodium is prepared to pay a total of $3 million for remote iOS exploits that give...

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    External Link: Oyster Ebook Service to Shut Down

    The Oyster ebook subscription service is shutting down operations over the next several months. Current subscribers will soon receive emails with details of the shutdown and what it means in terms of their subscriptions. There have been reports that the company owning Oyster has been sold and that the new owners elected to close down the subscription service.
     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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    AWT News Update: September 21, 2015

    It's Monday, and not only did we get an Apple Watch update, but a lot of news, too:

    • The Apple Car project has apparently been green-lighted for a 2019 debut
    • Use your iPhone as a radar gun? Check out this Kickstarter project
    • Sports Illustrated photographer gets a chance to use the new iPhone 6s Plus at a baseball game
    • Unless you've already reserved an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus for pickup, you're probably not going to get one this Friday.

    Text edition is below! No video until Periscope fixes the issues with the iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 9.

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    Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 21, 2015. Our sponsor this month is MacPaw, developers of CleanYourMac, Gemini, Hider 2, and...

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    Apple refunding all purchases of Peace app

    Marco ends up with zero, jumped through many hoops to do what he thought was right. Any complaints?∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Apple exhausts launch-day iPhone 6s, 6s Plus...

    Apple on Monday officially ran out of online stock for people wanting to get an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on launch day, Sept. 25, though some orders may still ship relatively quickly.

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    Setup DNS Server Running OS X Server 5

    Under the hood, OS X Server has a number of substantial changes; however, at first the Server app (Server 5) appears to have had very few changes. The changes in the Server app were far more substantial in the El Capitan version (and Yosemite for that matter) of OS X Server. All of the options from OS X are still there and using the new command line interface for managing the service, there are far more options than ever before.
    The DNS service in OS X Server, as with previous versions, is based on bind 9 (BIND 9.9.7-P2 to be exact). This is very much compatible with practically every DNS server in the world, including those hosted on Windows, OS X, Linux and even Zoe-R.
    The first time you open the DNS Service click on the DNS service in the ADVANCED section of the list of SERVICES.

    Then, click on the cog wheel icon below the list of...

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    Apple creates mysterious 'eye in speech bubble...

    The upcoming iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1 updates will include a new Apple designed emoji descriptively called "eye in speech bubble," though its meaning and intended use is not yet known.

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    TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

    Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6, Fission 2.2.5, Boom 2 v1.3, and iTunes 12.3. 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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    Apple Allegedly gives Green Light to Triple Project...

    Asked last week by late-night talk-show host Stephen Colbert about Apple’s interest in a driverless car, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said: "We look at a number of things along the way, and we decide to really put our energies in a few of them." No one at Apple will comment on whether Apple is making a car but somehow the Wall Street Journal is able to magically find sources pointing to 2019 or thereabout for launch time frame.

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    iTunes Match uploads raised to promised 100K song...

    The upload limit for iTunes Match may have finally been raised to 100,000 songs, as Apple originally promised in June, some users are beginning to report.

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    Apple issues first OS X 10.11.1 public beta ahead of...

    Days before Apple is scheduled to debut OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company on Monday issued the first public beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan maintenance update to those participating in the program.

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    No Walk-in iPhone 6s Sales at Apple Stores in 4 U.S...

    While Apple has ended launch-day pre-orders and in-store reservations for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the company is suggesting that those customers still intent on purchasing one on launch day visit an Apple retail store Friday for a chance at scoring some of the remaining launch-day stock at those locations. But for customers in four U.S. states, China, Japan, and Hong Kong, these walk-in sales are not an option, notes The Oregonian. The disclosure was made in a footnote on Apple's press release this morning making a final announcement about Friday's launch plans and reporting record adoption of iOS 9: "iPhone is available by reservation only in China, Hong Kong, Japan and US stores in tax-free states." The four U.S....

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    Apple Releases First OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Public...

    Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after first releasing the beta to developers and roughly a week and a half before OS X El Capitan will be released to the public on September 30. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is also in testing. Beyond new emoji, there have been no other outward-facing changes discovered, suggesting OS X 10.11.1 is a minor update that will bring bug fixes and performance enhancements. According to Apple's release notes, the beta offers stability, compatibility, and security improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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    Apple aims to finalize an electric car by 2019, Wall...

    This is just CarPlay. Its final form could be an electric vehicle.


    Sources with knowledge of the matter have told The Wall Street Journal that Apple is moving ahead with efforts to build an Apple-branded electric vehicle, which it intends to deliver to the market by 2019.
    After a year of feasibility studies, the group within Apple in charge of the electric vehicle project has been given permission to triple its staff, which currently employs 600 people, the Journal reported.
    Rumors about Apple's potential expansion into the automotive industry are several months old, but news of the company's approval for a significant staff increase, as well as...

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    Patched Android Lockscreen Still a Threat

    Google recently issued a patch for Nexus mobile devices to fix an Android Lollipop vulnerability that lets hackers bypass the lockscreen and gain control of mobile devices. However, it could take weeks to months for manufacturers and service providers to roll out the patch for other Android devices. University of Texas security researcher John Gordon discovered the vulnerability, dubbed "CVE-2015-3860," and posted details and a video showing the how the lockscreen is bypassed on a Nexus device.

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    Apple Canon Printer Drivers 3.3 - For OS X 10.7 or...

    Apple Canon Printer Drivers installs the latest software for your Canon inkjet printer and scanner. Click here for a list of supported Canon printers and scanners.Version 3.3:

    • Installs the latest software for your Canon printer and scanner
    • OS X 10.7 or later

    Download Now

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    WSJ: Apple targets 2019 for its first car

    Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California. Leaders of the project, code-named Titan , have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.This would be such a huge deal. Apple’s designers would undoubtedly come up with something great, and it fits with the company’s commitment to make the world a better place.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    About the security content of watchOS 2

    This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.

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    News: Apple plans to ship its first electric car in...

    Apple is setting 2019 as the target for shipping its first vehicle, an electric car, The Wall Street Journal reports. Project leaders “have been given permission to triple the 600 person team,” sources said. Though much talk has surrounded the company’s plans to create a self-driving car, this new report claims an electric car is the first step, with a self-driving car being part of a larger, long-term plan. It’s also noted…

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    iPad mini 4 display catches up with Air 2 in color...

    The iPad mini 4 uses a display far superior to those of earlier Mini models, both in terms of color reproduction and how much ambient light it reflects, according to testing and calibration firm DisplayMate.

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    Apple Car Development Speeds Up, 2019 Launch Date...

    Apple is speeding up development on its electric car project, reports The Wall Street Journal, giving it a "committed project" label and targeting 2019 as a prospective shipping date. To facilitate a faster launch, Apple will be greatly expanding the number of people working on the car.The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California. Leaders of the project, code-named Titan , have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.Apple has already been aggressively hiring for its car project, poaching employees from companies like Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Volkswagen, and more. Many of its recent hires have expertise in...

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    Art Text 2.5 - Create high quality headings, logos,...

    Art Text is an OS X application for creating high quality textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, Web site elements, and buttons. Thanks to multi-layer support, creating complex graphics is no sweat. Use the result with Apple iWork, iWeb, Microsoft Office, BeLight applications, and various other text-editing and Web-design programs. Take a quick Art Text video tour. If you're creating a website for a business or for your personal needs, Art Text has all of the tools you need. The 250 editable materials and 600 supplied vector icons and shapes will give you a quick start to getting your site up and running, or create your own Web graphics effortlessly with the help of multiple layers. Why use Art Text?

    • Headings and other text graphics created with Art Text will make business presentations catchy.
    • Attractive buttons and cool titles will make your...

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    The iPad mini 4's display shrugs off ambient...

    Apple’s latest iteration of the iPad mini is a thinner, lighter, mulitasking machine, but it’s also sporting a major improvement in display quality. At first glance, the iPad mini 4 has the same 7.9-inch, 2048-by-1536-resolution display as its predecessor. What sets this device apart from the mini 3, however, is its superior color accuracy and low screen reflectivity, according to DisplayMate Technologies.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    Apple pulls infected apps after malware strikes App...

    Apple just pulled a slew of iOS apps from the App Store after security researchers discovered malware in some of the store’s top apps.
    It’s unclear just how many apps were infected with malicious code. Palo Alto Networks, the security firm that discovered the breach, estimates 39 apps were affected. Most of the apps are hugely popular in China, like messaging app WeChat, Uber rival Didi Kuaidi, train ticket app Railway 12306, business card scanner CamCard, and stock trading service Tonghuashun. A Chinese security company is pinning the number of infected apps at 300+.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch

    The time has come: watchOS 2 just launched, bringing with it a whole suite of new features to make your Apple Watch feel like new.
    The next-gen watch operating system gives the gadget a major overhaul. Native apps alone will make the watch more useful on its own. The first version of watchOS required the watch to mirror iPhone apps instead of running directly on the watch, which limited their capabilities and slowed down loading times. WatchOS 2 apps can also tap into the watch’s sensors, so the Taptic Engine, accelerometer, heart rate sensors, and Digital Crown all come into play. We can’t wait to see what developers have in store.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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    Apple has target ship date of 2019 for electric car...

    Apple and its "Project Titan" team are reportedly reportedly working feverishly toward a planned 2019 launch of an electric vehicle, but the first model apparently will not be a self driving car.

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    Apple Ends Launch Day Online Pre-Orders and In-Store...

    With four days to go until the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple is no longer offering launch-day delivery of any iPhone 6s or 6s Plus models ordered online and is no longer allowing customers to make reservations for in-store purchases, including through Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program, on Friday. While shipping estimates for iPhones 6s Plus models in particular quickly slipped to 2-3 weeks or longer following the start of pre-orders on September 12, many iPhone 6s models remained available for launch day delivery until today. Customers looking to place online pre-orders for iPhone 6s models that had until recently remained available for...

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    DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Swift Publisher 4

    If you’re looking for an easier way to create standard print pieces, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Swift Publisher 4. 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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    Enable Push Notifications In OS X Server 5

    Push Notifications can be used in most every service that OS X Server 5 (for El Capitan and Yosemite) can run. Any service that requiring Push Notifications will often provide the ability to setup APNS during the configuration of the service. But at this point, I usually just set up Push Notifications when I setup a new server.

    To enable Push Notifications for services, you’ll first need to have a valid AppleID. Once you have an AppleID, open the Server app and then click on the name of the server. Then click on the Settings screen and click on the checkbox for Notifications.

    At the Settings screen for your server, click on the check-box for Apple Push Notifications (APN). Next, click on another screen and then...

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    Apple's watchOS 2 now available

    Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for the Apple Watch. It allows developers to take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs [application programming interfaces] to build new app experiences, according to Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology.
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    ∞ Review: watchOS 2

    I picked up my Apple Watch with watchOS 2 from Apple in the days following the September 9 keynote presentation in San Francisco. I hadn’t installed any of the watch betas, so I was really looking forward to giving the new operating system a try.In case you’re wondering why I hadn’t installed any of the watch beta updates, it’s because the watch is too important to me—I didn’t want to take a chance of not being able to track my fitness goals. With that said, let’s start with what’s new in health and fitness in watchOS 2.Health and FitnessMost people know just how important the health and fitness aspect of the watch is to me these days, but there is always room for improvement.Apple is giving developers of fitness apps access to the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, speaker, and...

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    ∞ Apple releases watchOS 2

    After a slight delay last week, Apple has released watchOS 2 to the public. You can download the update by going to the Watch app on your iPhone.

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    After delay, Apple releases WatchOS 2.0 to the public

    People who haven't already installed the older, bugged version of WatchOS 2.0 will see a much larger update than this.

    Andrew Cunningham

    WatchOS 2.0 was supposed to be released last week alongside iOS 9, but a showstopping "bug" held the release up. Apple has apparently fixed it because the final version of WatchOS 2.0 is beginning to roll out to all editions of the Apple Watch today. To install the update, open the Apple Watch app, go to General, go to Software Update, and then follow the instructions.
    Developers who installed the earlier "Golden Master" build of WatchOS 2 should also check for an update—my 42mm Apple Watch Sport is getting a 12.4MB patch that should include the fixes in the general release. It should also be noted that installing WatchOS 2 requires...

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    watchOS 2 is now available -- time to update your...

    watchOS 2 just became available, which means that millions of eager Apple Watch owners are now racing to update their watches. 

    In case you've forgotten how to run a watchOS update (perhaps you purchased your Apple Watch after the one and only "dot update"), we have full instructions here

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    Apple releases fixed watchOS 2 for Apple Watch with...

    Apple on Monday officially released watchOS 2, following a brief delay caused by the last-minute discovery of a critical bug. The newly released software gives users access to native third-party apps, a new Time Travel function, custom photo watch faces, nightstand mode, and more.

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    News: Apple releases watchOS 2

    Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for its Apple Watch. The 515MB update was delayed last week, missing its launch date last Wednesday due to a bug. The list of new features and capabilities within the update is lengthy. Users can update to watchOS 2 from the Apple Watch app on the iPhone paired to Apple Watch. To download and install the update, the watch must be in range of a Wi-Fi connected iPhone and connected to its…

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    This is what happens when a developer ignores an app...

    Most apps I use are updated on a regular basis. That's great, since Apple's annual update cycle for iOS adds a lot of features and enhancements, and it's nice to know that my investment in an app is being protected. But what happens when you buy an app, grow to love it, and the developer seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth?

    That's the situation I have with a game app I purchased eons ago -- I think it was back in 2011 or 2012 -- called Astraware Word Games. It's still on the App Store for $2.99, and it’s been a favorite for years. There are five different word games that vary in difficulty, most against a clock, and your score on daily games is compared to others who play the game.

    That last point is why I love this game despite some huge problems. I play the Spellmaster game in Astraware Word Games almost every day, in which you select the correct spelling for a word from four choices as quickly as possible in...

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    Apple Releases WatchOS 2 With Native App Support,...

    Apple today released watchOS 2 to the public, making the first major update to the watchOS software available to all Apple Watch owners. The update requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. watchOS 2 was originally scheduled to launch on Wednesday, September 16 alongside iOS 9, but Apple delayed the launch in order to address a major bug that was found shortly before the software was set to debut. As the first significant update to watchOS, watchOS 2 introduces a lot of new features to the Apple Watch, mainly through new developer tools. watchOS 2 brings native apps that run on the watch itself instead of the iPhone, and it lets developers access several sensors and hardware features including the Taptic Engine, heart rate monitor, microphone, and accelerometer. The new time-lapse watch faces in watchOS 2...

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    iPhone 6s Plus Has Smaller 2750mAh Battery

    Apple's iPhone 6s Plus includes a 2750 mAh battery, according to images shared by Taiwanese site AppleClub [Google Translate]. That means the battery in the iPhone 6s Plus is smaller than the 2915 mAh battery found in the existing iPhone 6 Plus. We've already learned the iPhone 6s has a smaller 1715 mAh battery because it was spotted in a video Apple created to highlight 3D Touch, but there's been no visual confirmation on the iPhone 6s Plus battery until now. Ahead of the debut of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, rumors suggested both devices would...

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    Apple's iOS 9 Breaks VPNs

    An anonymous reader writes with a report from The Stack that researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in the latest version of iOS 9: it breaks VPN connections to corporate servers. According to the linked piece, "The flaw was first detected in the iOS 9 beta, and has not been fixed in the released version. Neither has the bug been removed in the current iOS 9.1 beta." The workaround might not be what you want to hear, either, if you've happily upgraded to the latest version: it's to downgrade to iOS 8.4.1.


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    DMV Meeting Revs Apple Car Rumors

    Apple executives reportedly met with officials from California's Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the company's plans to test an autonomous vehicle. Mike Maletic, senior legal counsel for Apple, had an hour-long meeting in August with California's autonomous vehicle experts, including the cosponsors of the state's autonomous vehicle regulation project. The California DMV team reportedly consisted of Deputy Director Bernard Soriano; Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning; and Chief Counsel Brian Soublet.

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    Apple Releases watchOS 2

    watchOS 2 is the first major update for the Apple Watch, and it brings some massive changes that will be welcomed by users. 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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    Rounding up some of the best protective cases for...

    In anticipation of this week's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus debut, which is shaping up to be Apple's biggest launch ever, AppleInsider has compiled a round up of cases from Apple and our retail sponsors that are built to protect, enhance and show off your new handset.

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    At AON, collaboration is key

    AON is using Microsoft Office 365 to help its global workforce connect and collaborate in fun and meaningful ways. But it’s not all fun and games—AON clients also benefit from knowledge-sharing and collaboration.
    AON, one of the world’s leading providers of risk management and human resources solutions, has 66,000 employees working for clients in more than 120 countries. As a globally dispersed company, AON knew the importance of finding a strong communication and collaboration solution that was not limited to email. “We needed an open, real-time, knowledge-sharing platform where information could be broadcasted transparently and dispersed swiftly,” says Neeru Arora, chief knowledge officer at AON.
    The company decided to deploy Microsoft Office 365 to enable powerful employee connections and robust knowledge-sharing. Employees now use Office 365 productivity tools to share best practices, form dynamic teams and collaborate and communicate with colleagues across...

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    Teeny Tokyo munches photos, saves bloggers from...

    Blogging is more than just writing a bunch of words. Sure, bloggers try to do their best to produce content that is intelligent, concise, and that teaches the reader something she didn't know before. But one under-appreciated aspect of blogging is adding photos that can draw a reader into a story, explain some aspect of the post, or just provide amusement or wonder. Adding photos to blogs is an art unto itself, something that a new Mac app from award-winning indie developer John Saddington (Desk) makes a lot easier. Teeny Tokyo ($9.99, launch sale of $4.99) is an OS X app that every blogger, amateur to professional, will want in his toolkit.

    What does Teeny Tokyo do? Basically, you drag and drop image files onto a space on the app (or on the app menu bar icon) and they are resized,...

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    News: New Apple TV supports Bluetooth headphones,...

    The new Apple TV supports the use of Bluetooth headphones and speakers, 9to5Mac reports in a hands-on look at the device. While the new model’s Bluetooth capability has already been mentioned in regards to game controllers, the ability to link wireless headphones and speakers will appeal to a broad group of users who want to listen to music or view movies without using their TV’s speakers. Apple has yet to announce a firm release date…

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    50 of our best

    The new York Times:We’ve chosen some of our best works or collections of works that have appeared since we began offering digital subscriptions in 2011. While certainly not exhaustive, the list demonstrates the breadth, creativity and impact of The Times.One of the things the NYT does really well is these long-form, investigative articles. “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” was a heartbreaking look into the life of a hockey player I was a big fan of during his playing days.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    XcodeGhost Exploits the Security Economics of Apple’...

    XcodeGhost is a new piece of malware that uses modified versions of Xcode to insert malicious code into popular iOS apps. This appears to affect only Chinese apps, because bandwidth limitations in China are what prompted developers to download modified copies of Xcode from unofficial sources, rather than going straight to Apple.  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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    Setup DHCP In OS X Server 5

    DHCP, or Dynamic Host Control Protocol, is the service used to hand out IP addresses and other network settings by network appliances and servers. The DHCP Server built into OS X Server 5, installed on El Capitan or Yosemite is easy-to-use and fast. It’s pretty transparent, just as DHCP services should be. To install the service, open the Server app and then click on the Show button beside Advanced in the server sidebar. Then click on DHCP.

    At the DHCP screen, you’ll see two tabs: Settings, used for managing the service and Clients, used to see leases in use by computers that obtain IP address information from the server. You’ll also see an ON and OFF switch, but we’re going to configure our scopes, or Networks as they appear in the Server app, before we enable the service. To configure a scope, double-click on the first entry in the Networks list...

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    New USB-C Batteries to Charge Retina MacBooks at...

    Apple's Retina MacBook uses a brand new USB-C connector for power, which means that it's able to be charged by external USB battery packs much like an iPhone or an iPad. But because of its higher 29 watt power requirements, there aren't any current battery packs that pump out enough power to charge the MacBook at full speed. Instead, most USB battery packs used with the MacBook today just keep the battery steady, without adding additional power. That's set to change, however, as companies are starting to debut accessories and battery packs that will let the Retina MacBook charge at its full 29 watt rate. As of today, Hyper, known for its line of external battery packs designed for Apple's notebooks, is launching a Indiegogo project for the HyperJuice...

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    Skype users impacted by major sign-in problems,...

    Many Skype users are suffering from a glitch preventing them from signing in to the service or seeing other contacts as online, effectively blocking them from making voice or video calls to each other, Microsoft acknowledged on Monday morning.

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    Apple security updates

    This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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    News: Apple confirms walk-in availability for iPhone...

    Apple confirmed that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units will be available at 8 a.m. local time Friday in Apple retail stores, but recommends getting there early to secure one. Apple notes that those living in tax-free U.S. states will have to make a reservation for their phone, as will residents of China, Hong Kong and Japan. Other U.S. customers can line up and take their chances Friday morning or make an online reservation for in-store pick up starting…

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    Review: Apple iPad mini 4

    Apple’s iPad mini 4 ($399-$729) occupies a strange place in the company’s expanding lineup. While the company’s most recent event introduced the super-sized iPad Pro, a new Apple TV, and new iPhones with 3D Touch tech, Apple spent roughly 30 seconds of its keynote on the new iPad mini 4. Not even Apple could get excited about the new mini. Caught in between the iPhones and the larger iPads, it’s tough to see exactly who the…

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    Apple scrambles after 40 malicious “XcodeGhost” apps...


    Apple officials are cleaning up the company's App Store after a security firm reported that almost 40 iOS apps contained malicious code that made iPhones and iPads part of a botnet that stole potentially sensitive user information.
    The 39 affected apps—which included version 6.2.5 of the popular WeChat for iOS, CamScanner, and Chinese versions of Angry Birds 2—may have been downloaded by hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, security researchers said. The programs were infected by a tampered version of Apple's legitimate iOS and OS X app development tool called Xcode. A repackaged tool, called XcodeGhost, surreptitiously inserted malicious code alongside normal app functions that...

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    XcodeGhost malware affecting hundreds of iOS apps,...

    This is where things get a bit messier.
    Apple has admitted that it is App Store integrity was compromised as apps were secretly infected by fake Xcode tools before submission to the App Store. The company has now officially acknowledged the problem and is now removing apps affected by the malware from the App Store.
    Developers were inadvertently submitting malware by using counterfeit versions of Xcode, Apple’s development software, to submit apps. The fake Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost, would inject malicious code into otherwise-legitimate apps during the submission process.
    The malware seems to have infected hundreds...

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    News: Sprint to sell Apple Watch starting Sept. 25,...

    Sprint announced it will be selling the Apple Watch starting Sept. 25, and T-Mobile might not be far behind with CEO John Legere tweeting that the watch is coming, but not offering a firm date. After experiencing strong sales, Apple is expanding sales of the Apple Watch to all Best Buy locations this month, with more retailers and cellular carriers likely to be added to that list in the weeks to come. [via 9to5Mac]...

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    Palo Alto Networks cites XcodeGhost malware’s...

    Well, this is kind of a mess.
    Research associate Palo Alto Networks has posted an analysis on a novel malware XcodeGhost that modifies Xcode IDE to infect Apple iOS apps. The report mentions that at least two popular iOS apps were infected. We now believe many more popular iOS apps have been infected, including WeChat, one of the most popular IM applications in the world.
    The malware itself seems to stem from the fact that some iOS developers use crowd-sourcing techniques which adds to their apps being more vulnerable.
    As last count, roughly 39 iOS apps were infected, some of which are extremely popular in China and in other countries around the world,...

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    Apple: iOS 9 on more than half of all devices,...

    iOS 9 doesn't significantly slow down older iDevices like the iPad 2, one possible reason for the faster adoption rate.

    Andrew Cunningham

    Apple announced this morning that iOS 9 has been installed on "more than 50 percent" of active iOS devices since it was released last Wednesday. The company says that this is the fastest adoption rate ever for a new operating system.
    This is certainly a change from iOS 8's adoption rate a year ago. After around three weeks of availability, that operating system's share had stalled out at around 47 percent. Two months after that, it had grown to 63...

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    Apple's share of Japan's smartphone market...

    Apple, the Japanese market leader, saw its share of Japan's smartphone market, drop from 51.1 percent to 39.1 percent in the second quarter, reports MK Daily Economy, a daily newspaper based in Seoul. Meanwhile, Samsung's share of Japan’s smartphone market hit 12%, up from 5.2 percent in the first quarter.

    Samsung’s stronger results in the second quarter were due to the company’s use of “metallic glass, embedded batteries, and double-sided edges” in its phones, claims MK Daily Economy (as noted by BrightWire, a global investment newswire).

    Sony came in second with 14.9% of Japan's smartphone market, and Sharp third with 13.2% of the smartphone market. The stats based on data from the IDC market research firm IDC.

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    The many ways I avoid ads

    Kirk McElhearn addresses the ethical issue of ad blocking. Good, solid read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    News: XcodeGhost malware infects hundreds of iOS and...

    Apple is trying to rid the App Store of hundreds of apps containing a malicious program called XcodeGhost, Reuters reports. The flaw was brought to Apple’s attention by several cybersecurity firms last week, including Palo Alto Networks, which claims that popular apps like Angry Birds 2 and WeChat have been built with a counterfeit version of Xcode downloaded from Chinese servers. The malware’s primary function is to collect information…

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    Jason Snell’s new, hypnotic, six color nav bar

    Subtle and hypnotic. Take a look.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Sprint confirms plans to sell Apple Watch this...

    Sprint will begin selling the Apple Watch this Friday, Sept. 25 -- the same day as the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the carrier has confirmed.

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    Apple’s mysterious “eye in speech bubble” emoji

    A mysterious new emoji has shown up in the developer previews of iOS 9.1 & OS X 10.11.1, and nobody knows what it is, or why it exists.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    iOS 9 and facedown detection

    All about iOS 9 and facedown detection (great battery saving feature) and why it doesn’t run on all iOS devices.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Baso Labs releases Occasions for Mac

    Baso Labs has introduced Occasions 1.0, an app that lets you store and combine events, gifts, and people along with notes, photos and more. It offers integration with iCloud contacts.
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    ∞ Safari and nil

    Interesting issue with Safari. No big deal, but I did find it interesting.

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    Three Korean telecom companies to start selling the...

    Three Korean telecom wireless telecom communications operators — KT, SK Telecom and LG Unplus — will soon start carrying the Apple Watch, reports News1, a Seoul-based news agency. KT will start selling the smartwatch as early as this week. Timing for the other two telecom companies hasn't been confirmed, adds News1 (as noted by BrightWire, a global investment newswire).

    The Apple Watch has only been distributed in Korea so far by the online Apple Store and the company’s premium reseller Frisbee. Apple appears to have recently expanded the supplies to the carriers on consistent demand, says News1.

    An SK Telecom official declined to reveal which models of the Apple Watch will be sold. KT and LG Uplus said they will officially announce the release later.

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    iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus Arrive on Friday,...

    Read the press release. Amazing to me that iOS 9 adoption is already at more than 50%. And that was as of Friday. Remember, the launch was Wednesday.∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Developer eBays Apple TV 4 development kit, claims...

    A developer who won two Apple TV 4 development kits on both developer accounts is ebaying one of them, claiming in the ad that a loophole allows them to do so despite Apple’s no-resale clause. The auction has a starting bid of $300, well above the $149/199 retail price when it goes on official sale next month. It […]

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    iPhone 6s, 6s Plus due Friday as iOS 9 gets off to...

    Apple says that, as expected, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8a.m. local time on Friday, Sept. 25 at Apple’s retail stores. What's more, in a press announcement,  Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, says that "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history."

    The retail stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers. Apple encourages you to get their early if you want to scarf one up before supplies disappear.

    Both models will also be available this Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.

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    News: Daily Deal: Mpow 4-Port USB Wall Charger

    Today in iLounge Deals you can get the Mpow 4-Port USB Wall Charger for only $21.99. Four USB outlets in a single wall plug let you charge up to four devices at once, with exclusive X-Smart Technology that intelligently optimizes each port to deliver the quickest, safest charge possible for whatever device is connected. 36 watts of total charging power is provided, with up to 2.4 amps per port (7.2A total), so you can charge a combination of iPads,…

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    Apple's iOS 9 on Track to being the most...

    Apple's senior VP of Worldwide marketing Phil Schiller announced this morning that "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start ..

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    iPhone 6s, 6s Plus arrive on Friday, Sept. 25

    Apple has announced that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Sept. 25 at Apple’s retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early.
    Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.
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    iPad Mini 4 Display Has Improved Color Gamut and...

    DisplayMate has tested the iPad mini 4 display and found that its colors and color accuracy are on par with the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with an improved 101% color gamut. All previous iPad mini models had 62% color gamut with poorer color saturation, according to the company's analysis. iPad mini 4 also has a record-low 2% screen reflectance, compared to 6.5% reflectance for the iPad mini 3 and and 9% reflectance for the original iPad mini. This gives the iPad mini 4 a contrasting rating in high ambient light of 225, which in layman's terms means the tablet has improved readability in real-world viewing conditions. DisplayMate Technologies President Ray Soneira:But in terms of real-world viewing conditions, the record low 2.0% screen Reflectance actually makes a bigger visual difference for the image colors and...

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