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Sunday June 21

04:08
Taylor Swift says ‘1989’ is not on Apple Music...


Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘1989’ will not be available on Apple Music, Apple’s streaming music service launching on June 30th with iOS 8.4. She has written a blog post on Tumblr explaining her position.
We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.
Swift explains that she respects Apple for their innovation but says the terms associated with the Apple Music free trial are ‘unlike this historically progressive and generous company’. Swift says that under the 3 month free trial period, artists and rights holders are not paid at all for the duration and notes Apple has plenty of money to reimburse the artists for...

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04:08
Taylor Swift Criticizes Apple Music's Free...

A couple days ago BuzzFeed reported that Taylor Swift's new album, "1989", would not be available to stream on Apple Music, denying the service of one of the best-selling albums of the last two years. Today, Swift penned an open letter to the Cupertino company explaining her decision. I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.Swift, who calls Apple one of her best partners in selling her music, says that while she is able to take care of herself and her band, crew and management with...

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04:00
∞ Happy Father’s Day

Hope you all have a fantastic Father’s Day. Some corny jokes to share.

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04:00
Speak or read Polish? Get MyApple Magazyn!

The English-speaking world tends to forget that there are a lot of different languages around the planet. You don't need to speak English to be a rabid fan of Apple, and no website we know is quite as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as the Polish language site MyApple.pl. Many of us from the old TUAW crew first met the bloggers at MyApple at past Macworld Expos, and we got to know editor-in-chief Krystian Kozerawski (@mackozer) and the rest of the crew very well. MyApple is expanding big time, and one of its first new directions is MyApple Magazyn, a beautiful PDF-format electronic magazine with an initial audience of about 200,000 readers.

I was honored to be asked by Krystian to write an article for the introductory issue of MyApple Magazyn summarizing the WWDC keynote. The MyApple team is also expanding into another language with the...

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02:42
Review: LifeProof Fre Power turns iPhone into a long...

LifeProof's Fre Power case promises to make an iPhone 6 virtually indestructible, both literally and in terms of battery life -- and in that it mostly succeeds, even if there are sometimes tradeoffs to cope with.

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01:10
Next Apple Watch extremely unlikely to get FaceTime...

A recent rumor claims Apple's next revision of Watch hardware will include FaceTime video calling, and despite offering no actual evidence to back this up, the story has spread wildly. The idea doesn't make much sense though, here's why.

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Saturday June 20

11:45
Iridient Developer 3.0.3 - Powerful image editing...

Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 620 digital camera models.Version 3.0.3: New Features

  • Support added for RAW images from the Nikon D810A.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Panasonic DMC-G7.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Fujifilm X-T10.
  • Support added for exposure blending with multi-shot RAW HDR images from the Pentax K-3, K-3 II and 645Z.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Pentax K-3 II including multi-shot pixel shift and HDR modes.
  • Support added for...

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09:00
Gadget Ogling: Wrist-Saving Keyboards, Resource-...


Here to save all our wrists -- or at least those of people with a spare $299 to spend on a computer accessory -- is a lovely, wood-finished keyboard called "Keyboardio Model 01." Taking its cue from a long history of ergonomic keyboards, the device splits an atypical keyboard in two, dedicating half the keys to each of your hands, and it's set in a gorgeous maple wood construction. The LEDs lighting up the keys are customizable and programmable, which I suppose is great if you'd like to host a mini rave while working in the middle of the night.

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08:01
Pebble Time review: A modern day smartwatch, that’s...


Pebble Time is an interesting smartwatch. This is a bit different from anything else out there in the sense that it’s super low-tech. There’s absolutely nothing flashy about it. As far as smartwatches go, this is as barebones as it gets, but is that bad thing?

I’ve been wearing Pebble Time for about a week now and being an owner of the last generation, this was extremely easy to get used to. Pebble Time’s design is thinner, lighter, and more comfortable to use than its predecessor. It definitely feels like a second generation product, but still feels a bit behind in certain areas when compared to Apple Watch or Android Wear. The materials being used are mostly plastic, but there is a nice metal bezel around the outside (of the inner bezel) and Gorilla Glass...

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08:00
Toys: iPhone 5 refurb + 1 Year Unlimited Talk/Text,...

9to5Toys Specials now has the iPhone 5 (recertified) with one year of Unlimited Talk-and-Text from FreedomPop for $299.99 with free shipping. The deal combines a great phone with generous network service.
With most tier 1 mobile services charging $100/month or more, this is clearly a no brainer as a second iPhone, an iPhone for the parents/grandparents or kids. Or perhaps you need a “burner iPhone for nefarious purposes. No judgement here. Or maybe you are a developer that needs another phone to try out your apps on? Whatever the reason, it is...

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06:16
Ex-Chicago Apple Store Manager Sues for Retaliatory...

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in Chicago by a former Apple Store manager by the name of James Bruno. The case falls under the "Civil Rights: Americans with Disabilities - Employment Jurisdiction." The case involves a number of charges including unlawful sexual discrimination and retaliatory discharge. The latter charge involves the Plaintiff's account ...

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06:00
Caturday: Floyd the gamer cat

Floyd the cat playing Team Fortress. Photo courtesy of Niall Gillespie.

After years of Caturdays, I've finally seen something I thought I'd never see -- a cat who is into gaming. This is Floyd, the sister of Pink and a three-year-old Maine Coon Cat. His human companion Niall Gillespie says of the picture above that "It would appear that my wife has trained him to kill me every time I play Team Fortress 2 on the Mac- he takes great delight in sitting on the keyboard as I frantically scrabble to see around him."

Floyd isn't quite as vicious when Niall is playing World of Warcraft:

Floyd checking out WoW. Photo courtesy of Niall Gillespie

Kinda makes you wonder if Floyd is thinking "Me-WoW!", doesn't it? 

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on...

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05:00
ICYMI: Ramen by drone, creepy robot gloves and the...

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Today on In Case You Missed It: A Caltech research...

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04:00
A Visit to Pandoland, Where Silicon Valley Meets...

At the tech conference Pandoland, Silicon Valley meets Music City. Tennessee native Josh Centers visited to get a behind-the-scenes look at the tech industry. 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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03:51
Google Invents a Camera Related Wearable Device

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent Office published one of Google's latest patent applications that related to a new wearable camera system ...

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03:21
Newt Gingrich reviews the Apple Watch

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now a tech reviewer for Mashable. Read the review here and watch the video below.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:10
Apple pulls iPad mini, all iPads/iPhones now retina...

This ought to help Apple’s supply chain management.∞ Read this on The Loop

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01:40
Default Folder X 4.7.2

Fixes a file dialog bug that affected Photoshop and Illustrator on Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Friday June 19

11:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Looking for practical and...

Looking for practical and functional? STM’s shoulder bag may be your answerThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes many fashionable leather options, a few keyboard solutions for everyday life, and more traditional, but convenient, alternatives.Body GloveManufactured with stain-resistant material, the Racer Sport Folio (iPad Air; $40) features a built-in strap designed to make one-handed use easy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20:56
This week on AppleInsider: iPad Pro features, Apple...

With the end of WWDC the news cycle subsided a little, but was still active with news about Apple's 12.9-inch iPad, behind-the-scenes deals for Apple Music, and the Apple Watch making a long-awaited debut at brick-and-mortar stores.

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20:50
VMware Fusion 7.1.2 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility. Version 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience. The new VMware Fusion 7.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and ready for the latest releases of Windows 8
  • Create...

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16:07
Taylor Swift Bites Apple Music Announcing No Deal...

Last week we posted a report titled "Is the Investigation into Apple Music now Turning to Taylor Swift?" In that report we rehashed the news that New York's Antitrust Bureau Chief Eric Stock was investigating the Universal Music Group (UMG) over their dealings with Apple ....

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15:45
Amplified: I’ll Eat My Own Hand

Jim and Dan talk about how the Apple Watch has changed Jim’s life for the better.Sponsored by lynda (Visit the link to get free 10 day trial access to their 3,000+ courses), MetaCDN (Visit the link and use the code ’5by5′ for a 10% discount for life), and Hover (Visit the link to get the domain of your dreams).∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:29
Right Winger Newt Gingrich Reviews the Apple Watch...

Believe it or not, the right wing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now a tech reviewer for Mashable. His first assignment was the Apple Watch

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15:23
Apple addresses XARA vulnerabilities, says fixes on...

Apple on Friday commented on the discovery of so-called cross-app resource access (XARA) exploits, saying it rolled out a server-side security update earlier this week and is currently working with researchers on additional fixes.

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14:43
Apple ID: Turning off two-step verification for your...

Learn how to turn off two-step verification for your Apple ID.

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14:42
Office 365 News Roundup

When we review recent Office 365 updates and improvements—something we do every couple of weeks as we pull together this news roundup—it’s usually easy to spot a general theme that ties those announcements together. Whether the theme is productivity, collaboration, teamwork or some other aspect of how Office 365 enhances the way people work, it’s rarely hard to find. Looking across the large number of diverse announcements during the past couple of weeks, however, we were stumped! So this week, we’ll keep our introduction brief and get right to the good stuff.
Let’s start with security and privacy. We gave you a closer look at our current and upcoming controls for compliance, security and organizational search that come with our next-generation information protection tools. We also started enabling organizations to...

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14:37
DxO One Bridges iPhone-DSLR Camera Divide


DxO, known for its top-notch digital imaging software, on Thursday announced a new compact camera designed to allow iPhones and iPads to capture higher-quality digital images. The DxO One is the first digital camera that plugs into the Lightning connector found on Apple devices and that uses their Retina display as a viewfinder. The iPhone is "great for capturing life's everyday moments," said DxO SVP Kirk Paulsen, and the DxO One will not replace digital DSLRs. It's something "in between the two."

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14:07
Apple spotlights accessibility, featuring iOS apps...

Apple is featuring popular iOS App Store titles making use of the company's VoiceOver screen reader technology, in celebration of its receipt of the Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for its efforts in making products accessible to everyone.

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13:48
Two weeks with iOS 9 and El Capitan: Which new...

It’s been two full work weeks since Apple released the first betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, and I’ve been using the software since day one. With a ton of new features from a revamped Notes app to a completely new Search system and new multitasking tools, both operating systems promise to make your life much, much easier.
But how much of an impact on your daily life can these new features have? I’ve compiled some thoughts after using them to help you get an idea.
Before we jump into anything, I want to point out that the purpose of this article isn’t to focus on the bugs or problems that (obviously) plague beta software, but rather to examine the usefulness of the features added in the most recent updates. For that reason, there won’t be much discussion of stability or other potential issues unless they directly relate to how the features work, and the impact they’ve had on my day-to-day usage.
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13:28
DuckDuckGo Sees Massive Growth In Post-Snowden World

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine, has been around for over six years. But when Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA surveillance in 2013, DuckDuckGo started a period of strong growth that hasn't slowed yet. The search engine has seen a 600% increase in traffic over the past two years, and they're now serving 3 billion searches a year. This shouldn't be a surprise — last month, a Pew survey found that 40% of American adults didn't want their search engine to retain information about them. But members of the general public are notoriously slow to change their privacy-related behavior. DuckDuckGo's growing popularity has led them to double their employee count since early 2014, now totaling 28 people. Their success is beginning to fuel speculation about an acquisition, with Apple a top contender to buy DuckDuckGo.

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13:02
IMAX’s absurd attempt to censor Ars Technica

Ars Technica:IMAX’s letter is part of a disturbing trend in which some companies believe that owning a trademark actually allows them to control any speech about their product. Too many examples abound already of trademark owners that believe they’re entitled to control how movies and TV shows portray their brand. IMAX has taken that to the next level here, believing it is entitled to literally silence someone speaking to a journalist because the name of a corporation happened to slip out of his mouth.Good to see both Ars Technica pushing back against this kind of corporate bullying and IMAX’s apology after they realize how badly they screwed up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
You Should Play: Brickies puts a fresh spin on the...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
How many hits does it take to get to the center of this stage? More than a few, that’s for sure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:03
The original iPad mini is gone, but this non-Retina...

Apple’s original iPad mini is no longer an option if you’re looking to grab a new tablet on the cheap.
As pointed out by Ars Technica, Apple has removed the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which had been selling for $249, from the Apple Store. The least expensive option for a new Apple tablet is now the iPad mini 2, which starts at $299.
Granted, at more than two and a half years old, the original iPad mini is hardly worth recommending at this point anyway. Before its discontinuation, it was the only iPad without a Retina display, and its dual-core A5 chip originally appeared in 2011’s iPad 2. (Apple stopped selling the iPad 2 over a year ago.)...

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08:04
No, Apple won't ban artists from iTunes for...

A firestorm erupted on Twitter this week after Anton Newcombe, front man for psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, accused Apple of threatening him with an iTunes ban if his band didn’t agree to the terms of Apple Music. Apple says it will do no such thing.
The biggest issue musicians have with Apple Music is the free three-month trial Apple is going to offer starting June 30. Apple won’t pay royalties to record labels for songs streamed during that period, which could have a significant impact on indie artists who rely on revenue from downloads. People who have free access to streaming music might not buy as many songs as they used to, and Apple won’t make up the difference with royalties....

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09:34
Twitter is testing an easier way to find and buy...

Twitter has long been a platform for sharing cool finds, and now Twitter is hoping to make it easier to discover this stuff and buy it with a click of a button.
On Friday Twitter announced it was testing a new feature to help brands showcase their products in dedicated pages that includes relevant tweets, photos, videos, pricing info, and the option to buy a product, book a trip, or visit a website related to that product. Twitter product manager Amaryllis Fox wrote on the company blog that this new feature will launch with a small number of products. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:01
More Problems with iCloud Photo Library Uploads

If you use or are considering using iCloud Photo Library, be careful, since the initial download to an iPhone could cause cellular data overage charges, and repairing your Photos library could result in another bandwidth-hogging upload. 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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13:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Warhammer 40,000:...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Yoga Studio; the new Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon game; and an update to WatchList - The Grocery Shopping List on your Apple Watch. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

The Fourth Dimension [$2.99 → Free] The Fourth Dimension is a 30-page interactive book that explains a single mathematical idea in language that anyone can understand.

ClearWeather - Color Forecast [$1.99 → Free] Cool weather station on the big screen. ClearWeather is the only app that shows you temperature by color so you don’t even need to read the...

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12:17
ChronoSync 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent 1.5.3

Brings a variety of improvements to the synchronization and backup apps. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent new, free update, 28.4 MB, 10.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:05
The Problems Apple Music Needs To Fix Before Launch

journovampire writes: In less than two weeks, Apple Music arrives for consumers, but it still has some serious problems. Many in the industry are predicting the biggest digital music launch in history, but Apple hasn't even achieved its primary stated goal of de-fragmenting the music market. To illustrate, the article points out that Apple Music catalog is currently missing the current most popular artist (Adele), the most popular artist of the past decade (Taylor Swift), and the most popular artist of all time (The Beatles). The company is also promising a three-month free trial period. Great for customers, but not great for musicians, who won't see a dime from that trial, regardless of how much their music is being played. Apple has likely made you-scratch-my-back deals with the major publishers, but indies have no bargaining power. They've been hesitant to jump on board, and that only decreases the selection. Add to that the complications by DRM, Apple Connect, and the new...

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11:21
What to play this weekend: Transistor

Transistor from Supergiant Games is a full-fledged RPG for iPhone and iPad. You play as Red, a famous singer whose voice was stolen after being savagely attacked. Now, you and your sentient sword must battle the Process, a robotic army hell bent on overtaking the city. Is a futuristic dystopian future with enough going on to engage RPG veterans. Here's my look at Transistor.

Looks

This game is beautiful. The developers at Supergiant have created an immersive world that sounds as good as it looks. Plug in a pair of headphones for this one.

You play from a third person, top-down perspective, which I enjoy. The world itself is dimly lit and gritty. It's futuristic and the design of the characters, weapons and baddies makes a well-themed world. It's not often that I say "Wow" when seeing a game for the first time...

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11:00
Review: SchuttenWorks’ Wave uses magnets and wood in...

Wood has historically been a tricky material for Apple accessories: it can be challenging to precision-fit to Apple devices, and isn’t always a good visual match for metal and glass. But wood accessories are beginning to enjoy a renaissance thanks to the Apple Watch. Since nightstands are almost invariably made from wood, and Apple Watches need to be left on nightstands for overnight charging, matching wooden Apple Watch stands can blend in to an extent that plastic or metal stands cannot.
Oregon-based SchuttenWorks’ new Wave Apple Watch Charging Stand ($75) arrives on the heels of well-regarded wood stands from Pad & Quill and DodoCase, and is actually a little less expensive — there are cheaper wood options, but they don’t look great and are...

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10:55
If you hear no sound or distorted sound from your...

Can't hear anything from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Maybe you can hear, but the sound is distorted, muffled, intermittent. Or maybe you hear static or crackling noises. If your iOS device has any of these issues, follow these steps.

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10:51
Hyperloop Dreams May Become Concrete


SpaceX this week announced plans to construct a mile-long Hyperloop test track next to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, scheduled for completion by June 2016.
The company concurrently announced an open competition for university students and independent engineering teams to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. Entrants will be able to test their pods on the track. "These tests will provide proof points at a reasonable cost, and will help build support for the project," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

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10:44
Apple Replacing 3 TB Hard Drives in Some 27-inch...

Apple is replacing 3 TB hard drives in 27-inch iMacs sold between December 2012 and September 2013. 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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10:38
Apple announces iMac 3TB hard drive replacement...

Apple has announced a 3TB hard drive replacement program for some iMacs. The company says it's determined that a "very small number" of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between December 2012 and September 2013.
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10:30
Daily Deals for June 19, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured App

Billings Pro [Starting at $5 per user/month] Make invoicing painless with Billings Pro. Now with Apple Watch support.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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10:27
Apple announces replacement program for 3TB hard...


Apple has just announced a replacement program for 3TB hard drives in 27-inch iMacs purchased between December of 2012 and September of 2013—approximately the lifespan of the 2012 iMac, though some of the first 2013 iMacs sold could potentially be affected as well. Apple says the drives "may fail under certain conditions."
Apple offers 3TB hard drives in its larger iMacs as an upgrade option, either as a standalone drive or as part of a Fusion Drive setup. Either way, enter your Mac's serial number on the replacement program page to check and see if you're eligible for a replacement. You'll want to back your data up before replacing the...

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10:19
Apple will replace some faulty 3TB iMac hard drives...

Apple on Friday announced that some iMac owners whose machines are equipped with a 3-terabyte hard drive may be eligible to have their drive replaced free of charge, as those drives "may fail under certain conditions."

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10:02
Apple Announces Replacement Program for 27"...

Apple is announcing that they've determined that a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail ...

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09:52
VSCO Keys 1.2.1 - Powerful keyboard shortcut tool...

VSCO Keys is a powerful keyboard shortcut tool created to drastically reduce image editing time in Adobe Lightroom CC, 6, 5, 4 & 3. VSCO Keys is a superior product at a superior price. VSCO Keys is an economical, time-saving instrument created for photographers.Version 1.2.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Lightroom CC, 6, 5, 4, or 3.

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09:52
Frequently asked questions about iBooks

Learn what you need to use iBooks, how to get books from the iBooks Store, how to organize your library, how to change your settings, and more.

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09:40
Apple Launches 27" iMac 3TB Hard Drive...

Apple has determined that a small number of 3TB hard drives used in late 2012 27-inch iMacs sold between December 2012 and September 2013 may fail under certain conditions and has initiated a replacement program to replaced affected hard drives. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge. Apple is contacting affected iMac owners that provided a valid email address during product registration to inform them about the new replacement program. iMac owners can check if they are affected by entering the computer's serial number on Apple's support website, and visit the Genius Bar, visit an AASP or contact Apple Technical Support to initiate the replacement process. Apple advises that customers who paid to have their hard drive repaired contact the company for a refund. The replacement program covers affected iMac models until December 19, 2015, or three years...

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09:38
∞ This Father’s Day, “Tell Them Now”

As someone with an extremely complicated relationship with his three dads, this video had me in tears thinking about all the things I wish I could have said to them and all the things I wish I could have heard them say.Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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09:33
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

My thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring The Loop this week. Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate...

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09:23
Apple announces replacement program for 3TB hard...


Apple today announced a replacement program for the 3TB hard drive included in some 27-inch iMac models due to a concern that some of the components “may fail under certain conditions.” Apple doesn’t mention a specific product number, but notes that affected machines would have been sold between December 2012 and September 2013, which would apply to Apple’s late 2012 iMac model.
Apple notes that it is contacting iMac owners that may be affected, but users can also...

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09:00
From the Editor's desk: Beats 1

"1,000 songs in your pocket" was 14 years ago.

On June 30, that library of music will expand to include "all the music you could ever want." While the original iPod thrilled us with 5 GB of portable, on-demand music, my iPhone lets me listen to virtually any song I want to hear, whenever I want to hear it. That luxury has fostered a feeling of complete control over the soundtrack to my day. Whatever mood or situation I'm in, the perfect backing tracks are a few taps away.

When Apple's global radio station, Beats 1, goes live, the company will ask customers to relinquish that control and let someone else determine what they listen to.

In part, at least. Apple Music is the streaming service that will replace Beats Music, and continue to offer the all-you-can-eat,...

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08:58
Apple Not Coercing Indie Artists Into Apple Music...

Earlier this week, singer-songwriter Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre took to Twitter to rant about the Apple Music terms he had allegedly been offered by Apple, accusing the company of threatening to take his music off iTunes if he did not agree to the three-month free trial period that's been a sticking point with indie artists. Calling Apple a "satanic corporation," (and mistakenly tweeting at an "Apple Official" Twitter account not run by Apple) Newcombe said Apple offered him a deal that required him to provide his music for free for three months, and when he asked what would happen if he refused, he was told his music would be removed from sale on iTunes. The biggest...

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08:45
Posterino 3.1.4 - Create posters, collages,...

Posterino offers enhanced customization and flexibility including a variety of new, stylish templates featuring grids of identical or odd-sized image boxes. You can customize the size and shape of these boxes at any time. And with a single click, the application will automatically fill those boxes with random images drawn from the photos you uploaded. If you prefer to manually select images, you can simply drag and drop images into the template. Sharing your photos is quick and simple as well. You can directly upload your completed collages to your Facebook, Twitter or Flickr account from inside the app, and export photos to iPhoto and your email. Posterino also lets you create and send custom e-cards with your very own stamps and postmarks. The new features of Posterino 3 are:

  • Improved workflow throughout: Adding, removing or creating image objects now results in an instant re-layout of your document.
  • New and improved content: Expect new...

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08:45
Apple unceremoniously removes original iPad mini...

As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple today quietly removed the original iPad mini from its website and its online storefront. Released in 2012, the first-generation iPad mini was innovative when it debuted, sporting the same internal specifications as the iPad 2, its bigger 9.7-inch counterpart. The loss of the non-retina iPad mini is a transition point for Apple as all of its iOS devices and most of its Mac lineup now sport a high-resolution Retina display.

Our take on the news:
With the next generation iPads possibly arriving later this fall, it is time for Apple to phase out its oldest model iPad mini and clear inventory of the device. And with discounts on the iPad mini 2 dropping the price to below to $299, it's not surprising to see the iPad mini go.

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08:41
Gmail account cannot get or send email in iOS

If you can’t get or send mail with a Gmail account on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps. 

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08:25
Last minute Father's Day gift ideas for the...

It's Father's Day weekend, and time is running short to get a gift. If you need some last-minute ideas, then look no further as we have compiled a handy list of physical and digital presents that you can purchase right away.

Visit your local Best Buy

Best Buy has one advantage over its online competition -- you can walk into a store and come out with an excellent Father's Day gift. It also has a Father's Day sale this week with discounts on popular items such as the iPad mini 3, the GoPro HERO4 Silver, Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 Earbuds and...

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08:14
Apple denies threatening to pull artists off iTunes...

Despite allegations to the contrary, Apple is not threatening to remove artists from the iTunes Store if they refuse to sign up for Apple Music, a company spokesperson said.

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08:05
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $75 off, Monoprice’s...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

  • Get ready to take control of the Batmobile in Batman...
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08:00
Resource Engagements—coming soon to Project 2016

Today’s post was written by Julie Kohler, program manager for the Project Engineering team.
In listening to your feedback, we’ve learned that resource managers and project managers find it challenging to agree on and assign resources for specific projects and tasks. With no clear way to track who is working where, who is over-allocated—and with crossed lines of communication, things can start to break down.
To address these challenges, we are introducing a new capability in the next update of Project called Resource Engagements, which helps align project managers and resource managers on the specific amount of work and time period associated with a project. Resource Engagements are an evolution of the old Resource Plan feature in PWA and all of your existing Resource Plan data will be converted to engagements upon activation or upgrade.
What can project managers do?
As a project manager, in Project Pro you’ll be able to create requests for resources...

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07:54
Change or reset a user account password on your Mac

Use these steps if you've lost or forgotten the password you use to log into your Mac, or if you know your password and want to change it.

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07:25
Apple was one of Five Honorees at Yesterday's...

The American Foundation for the Blind held their 19th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards event was held yesterday and Apple was one of the Honorees. Apple's ...

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07:24
Remove the Link Bracelet on your Apple Watch

Use the steps below to remove your band.

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07:24
Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for...

Congratulations to Apple for receiving the Helen Keller Achievement Award for VoiceOver. The accessibility feature reads what's happening on a device's display out loud, enabling vision-impaired to use Apple's devices more easily and successfully. 

The American Federation for the Blind's vice president, Paul Schroeder, noted the achievement in a tweet published earlier this week:

"VoiceOver came out...and the world changed." --VP Paul Schroeder on #Apple and #accessibility #HKAA

Our take on the news...

VoiceOver is an achievement that benefits many Apple customers. When I read this story, I thought about the Apple Watch in general. With its myriad of input sensors, not to mention Taptic engine and Force Touch...

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07:23
Deauthorize your computer using iTunes

Make sure that you deauthorize your Mac or PC before you sell it, give it away, send it in for service, or make major upgrades.

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07:16
FCC announces plan to block robocalls, spam text...



Maybe the FCC can help put an end to robocalls and spam text messages.
In recent days, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is working on a new rule that would allow consumers to block robocalls and automated text messages if requested. The move clarifies the agency’s interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law that banned telemarketers from making cold calls to consumers. Companies have skirted that ban by using automated dialing machines, prerecorded calls and text messages. The new rule makes it clear that texts are the same as phone calls, and that phone carriers may block robocalls to consumers if asked.

The rule also expands consumers’ ability...

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06:59
How to reset Open Directory on OS X Server using the...

If your DNS isn't configured properly, you might need to use Terminal commands to remove an Open Directory master or replica.

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06:55
XMind 3.5.3 - Popular mind mapping and project...

XMind is the most popular mind mapping tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. It couldn't be easier to get started. A detailed list of features can be found here. XMind is an open source project, which means it's free to download and free to use forever. XMind Plus ($79) and Pro ($129) with more professional features are also available.Version 3.5.3: Fixed Bugs

  • Fixed an issue that causes the Linux 64-bit install package not to work.
  • Fixed an issue that causes some Korean and Chinese fonts can not show normally on the map.
  • Fixed an bug that the width of topic can not be changed in Brainstorming mode.
  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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06:49
Apple quietly pulls first-gen iPad mini from its...



The original iPad mini has disappeared into the night from the Apple online store.
Early Friday, Apple unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.
The company offered no explanation as to why it was pulled and it’s presumed that this cleared out unsold inventory after sales of the tablet tapered off. The first-generation iPad mini is now largely outdated, sporting a 32-bit A5 processor and a non-Retina display.

The original iPad mini was released in October 2012, and has seen multiple...

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06:42
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, designed to...

An image that purports to show a new, "Plus" version of Samsung's S6 Edge handset appeared on Twitter on Tuesday with an expanded footprint that suggests it may sport a display between 5.5 and 5.7 inches while keeping the industrial design largely unchanged.

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06:35
Apple, IBM collaborate on app for teachers

The Coppell Gazette reports that Apple and IBM have been working on a "Student Achievement App" aimed at educators. Representatives from both companies attended a meeting of the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees to discuss the solution, which will provide teachers with "actionable intelligence on a per-student basis." The app will reportedly run on Apple hardware exclusively. 

A pilot program is scheduled to roll out in 2016 and include US school districts, including Coppell, Texas. 

Our take on the news

I've been out of education for about 10 years, but from what I recall, a lot of this information was managed by disconnected spreadsheets. The teachers I worked with were smart folks who would have welcomed a solution that made their job more efficient, effective and successful. Good luck to Apple...

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06:27
New York school district converts 75% of its...

All students in grades 3 through 9 in the affluent Mineola, N.Y., school district have been equipped with Apple's iPad, in an aggressive and ambitious initiative that has converted some 75 percent of its students' instructional days to the touchscreen tablet.

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05:58
First-gen iPad mini vanishes from Apple's store...

Apple on Friday unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

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05:55
Apple Removes Original iPad Mini From Apple Online...

Apple has quietly pulled the original iPad mini from the Apple Online Store this week and removed other references of the tablet from its website, as noted by 9to5Mac. The nearly three-year-old iPad mini was announced in October 2012 as a smaller 7.9-inch version of the iPad, but the tablet has since been succeeded by the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, the latter featuring a Retina display, Touch ID and 64-bit A7 processor. Apple dropped the price of the first-gen A5-based iPad mini to $299 in October 2013 and further discounted the tablet to $249 in October 2014, but the device was a hard sell given the iPad mini 2 starts at $299 with newer features. The original iPad mini remains available in the refurbished section of the Apple Online...

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05:46
Microsoft's Faster and Touchier version of...

Microsoft has just released a better, faster and touchier version of OneNote for iPhone and iPad. Microsoft had been working on this for some time now on things like Lists, Equations ...

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05:40
Apple stops selling original $249 iPad Mini, the...

Last year when Apple announced the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, it also announced that the original iPad Mini would continue to hang around at a new, discounted price of $249. Today, after eight months, Apple has quietly delisted its old, relatively cheap tablet from the online Apple Store.
One the inside, the two-and-a-half-year-old Mini was actually a lightly modified version of the four-and-change-year-old iPad 2, which Apple stopped selling in early 2014. The Mini was the last iOS device Apple sold with a non-Retina display—the rest of the lineup, from the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 to the iPod Touch, is all Retina at this point even, though the Mac lineup is still making the switch.
Even with the price drop, it was...

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05:16
iPad mini disappears from Apple's website

The original iPad mini is no longer listed onApple’s web site, nor can you buy it from Apple's online store, notes 9to5Mac.com.
Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger iPad Air and iPad Air 2, the article notes. Apple continued to sell the 16GB iPad mini as an entry-level model alongside two of its sequels, dropping its price to US$299 in October 2013, then $249 in October 2014.

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05:09
Taylor Swift's '1989' album won'...

1989, Taylor Swift's album that was released six months ago, won't be available on Apple Music, reports BuzzFeed (http://tinyurl.com/pv99758). That's no big surprise, as it's not available on any music streaming platform.
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05:07
Edward Snowden supports Apple’s public stance on...

Josh Constine, writing for Tech Crunch, asked Edward Snowden about Tim Cook’s public statement on privacy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:57
Apple quietly pulls original iPad mini from web site...

Last week, above. Today, below.

The original iPad mini has quietly disappeared from Apple’s web site, and is no longer available to purchase new from the Apple Store. Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger but...

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04:57
iOS 9 iPad keyboard shortcuts

A quick look at some of the iPad keyboard shortcuts currently available in the pre-release of iOS 9.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:48
Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman rants at Apple...


Update: As we suspected, this appears to be a misunderstanding on Newcombe’s part. An Apple spokesperson told Rolling Stone that it is not threatening to remove music from its iTunes store if artists don’t agree to it’s streaming terms.
Anton Newcombe, frontman for Brian Jonestown Massacre, has posted a series of tweets attacking the fact that Apple is paying nothing to artists for streaming their music on...

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04:45
∞ Code like a girl, lead like Tim Cook

Buzzfeed followed five coders, all of them girls, all of them winners of full scholarships to this past WWDC. Simply fantastic.

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04:22
AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 9, security and very...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Daniel Eran Dilger as we talk about the features we're looking forward to most from iOS 9, security vulnerabilities, and some of the problems of having a very large phone. Plus, Daniel discusses Apple Music, how it affects iTunes, and what it means to consumers.

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04:17
Details on OS X and iOS cross application resource...

Details on the XARA cross application resource attack, the latest threat to iOS and OS X.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:59
Apple Files Five Trademark Filings for Stylized...

Earlier this week Apple filed five trademark applications for "Apple Music." We presented these filings in two reports (one and two) covering a total of five International Classes (9, 38, 41, 42 and 45). Apple's trademark classes revealed that they could introduce concerts ...

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03:56
Gartner: smarter machines will challenge the human...

The growth of sensor-based data combined with advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling smart machines to make increasingly significant business decisions over which humans have decreasing control, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
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03:18
Eltima Software releases Typeeto 1.1 for OS X

Eltima Software has announced Typeeto 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/pl4arjk), an update to their keyboard controller for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
Typeeto provides real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices, such as iOS, Android, game consoles and other gadgets. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click. Version 1.1 release boasts a number of improvements.
Typeeto 1.1 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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03:17
Kool Tools: Multi-Host Bluetooth Keyboard

SMK-Link Electronics' (smkusa.com) US$59.99 Blu-Link Multi-Host Bluetooth Keyboard is a versatile, compact keyboard that works with iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, and all Mac and Bluetooth-enabled Windows PCs. Pairing with up to eight devices simultaneously, the Multi-Host Bluetooth Keyboard provides typing input for smartphones, tablets and PCs--switching between them "on the fly."
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03:15
Default Folder X 4.7.2 fixes Yosemite file dialogs,...

St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has released Default Folder X 4.7.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.2 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as addressing issues within Default Folder X itself.
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02:22
Alarm Clock Pro 10.1.7 - Multi-featured alarm clock...

Alarm Clock Pro isn't just an ordinary alarm clock. Use it to wake you up in the morning, send and compose e-mails, remind you of appointments, randomize the iTunes selection, control an internet radio station, and even time your baking! Wake up to the serenity of your musical selection. Put to rest the goofy retro beeps and buzzing of a bedside alarm clock or cell phone. Use Alarm Clock Pro when waking up, as a reminder to take medications, or keep social appointments. At work, schedule follow up appointments with clients, set break reminders, run the office radio, set project timers, or discreetly monitor employee workspaces. Features

  • iTunes Enhanced - Connect directly with iTunes to play a specific playlist or the entire library! Shuffle or play songs in sequence.
  • On-Screen Notifications - Display passive onscreen notifications that serve as great reminders!
  • Built-in Jingles - Select...

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Thursday June 18

16:01
Apple Music couldn't convince Taylor Swift to...

It’s been nearly a year since Taylor Swift released her blockbuster album, 1989, but users on streaming services still won’t know what it sounds like.
Swift’s latest album won’t be on Apple Music launching on June 30, BuzzFeed reports. Apple’s new streaming service will have the singer’s back catalog, however—as do other subscription music services like Rdio, Tidal, Beats Music, and Google Play Music All Access. All of Taylor Swift’s music is notably absent from Spotify because of its ad-supported, free tier. 
“It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is,” Swift wrote about her decision in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. “I...

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08:39
Apple Watch 2 may stand on its own with Wi-Fi chip...

If you’re waiting for Apple to release the second-generation Apple Watch before you finally buy one, well, we don’t blame you. New details indicate Apple Watch 2 will be packed with improvements, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.
It’s the latter that will become a huge selling point for Apple Watch 2. Right now, your watch requires your iPhone to be nearby for just about everything except activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. But according to a Thursday report from 9to5Mac, Apple is working to free Apple Watch from the iPhone for all but the most taxing data transfers and file-syncing by putting a Wi-Fi chipset in the next-gen model. That chip will...

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11:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Check out OtterBox’s new...

...plus, wallet cases and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases from Bellroy, Danny P., and Sewell, battery packs from Wirelessky and Kodiak, a gorgeous armband from Griffin, and more.BellroyThe 3 Card Phone Case (iPhone 6; $65) sports a sleek design that includes room for up to three credit cards and some cash.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:25
Twitter's Project Lightning will showcase event...

If you had to use one word to describe Twitter’s strategy over the last year, that word would be experimentation. Later this year, the mobile app is planning its boldest change to date: a new way to display tweets from big events as fullscreen collections of photos and videos.According to BuzzFeed, Twitter’s super-secret Project Lightning will bring a new button on the Twitter app home screen that will take you to curated feed of events—like Coachella or a riot breaking out in Russia—featuring fast-loading photos and auto-playing videos. You’ll be able to follow event collections to get updates on your Twitter feed without having to follow every Twitter user whose content is featured in the collection. That’s helpful so your feed won’t be cluttered with tweets after the big event ends. ...

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12:20
Meet the DxO One, a tiny DSLR-like camera that...

The iPhone quickly became my camera of choice as soon as I got an iPhone, and as its abilities have advanced, I’ve been happy with its performance. Of course it has limitations—low light photos are always difficult—but the tradeoffs have been worth it for the ability to take decent photos with a small, lightweight, connected device that I’m almost always carrying anyhow.DxO wants to provide the best of both worlds: The convenience of shooting photos with your iPhone, with the image quality and RAW formats of a DSLR. The just-announced DxO One is a compact camera that attaches to your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) Lightning connector, so you’ve got an external lens, a real shutter button, and even space for a microSD card, but you compose shots and tweak settings on the iPhone’s nice large screen.To read this article in...

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22:46
Google, Microsoft join government's disaster...

People hit by storms and other disasters need more than food, clothes or shelter in the days following the unfortunate event. They also need access to working internet or cellular networks to find family and friends who (heaven forbid) might be missi...

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22:33
ScreenFlow 5.0.2 - Create screen recordings. (Demo)

Save 10% with the exclusive MacUpdate coupon code: AFMacUpdate10 Buy now! ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.Version 5.0.2:

  • Fixed a bug that occurs on OS X 10.7 Lion that caused there to be no audio when exporting files using YouTube, Vimeo or Flash publish
  • Fixed an issue that...

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21:51
Apple, IBM to take partnership into education with...

It appears that Apple and IBM have plans to stretch their mobile solutions partnership beyond enterprise and into the classroom, as the companies are co-developing an experimental app that provides teachers with real-time student data analytics.

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19:02
Antergos Linux Lowers the Arch Barrier


Antergos is an Arch-based Linux distribution that offers six desktop choices. This is a distro that Linux tinkerers might well embrace, but it comes with a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative. Its developers created a cute logo that espouses the notion that Antergos is a distro "for everyone." In some ways, that is true. The developers smoothed over some of the tripping points that bog down typical Arch distro entry.

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18:12
Apple takes App Analytics service out of beta, adds...

Apple on Thursday sent out an email blast to developers notifying them of new features added to App Analytics, including data for crashes, number of paying users and a ratios tool for comparing statistics.

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17:07
Apple Music to miss out on Taylor Swift's...

Despite showing up onscreen in an Apple Music demo at WWDC, Taylor Swift will not be making her latest album "1989" available through Apple's upcoming streaming service, a report said Thursday.

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16:54
Apple Explored 4K Video Distribution in 2013

Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures for the purpose of digital distribution and on-demand streaming testing, according to a new document [PDF] released by WikiLeaks from the Sony data breach (via AppleInsider). The document is a materials access letter from Culver Digital Distribution Inc, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, to Apple. It served as a formal agreement between the two companies for the "testing and / or preparing" of 4K content from Sony movies and TV shows. The letter is dated September 26, 2013, hinting that Apple has been exploring distributing 4K content for the past two years. The Cupertino company has been...

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16:48
Apple was licensing Sony’s 4K content as early as...

According to a document leaked as part of WikiLeaks’ latest dump of information form the Sony Pictures hack, Apple has been testing and licensing 4K content from Sony since as early as 2013. The document is signed by Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, and former Sony Pictures exec Jim Underwood (via AppleInsider)

The letter that was leaked is from Sony’s Culver Distribution company, located in Culver City, California. The letter reveals that in 2013, Apple requested and was granted the...

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16:05
∞ Follow-up to how I lost over 40 pounds using...

The emails and tweets about the weight loss I’ve experienced using HealthKit and Apple Watch have been heartwarming, to say the very least. It was probably the most difficult piece I’ve ever written, just because I was putting myself all out there for everyone to see. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would even post it. Finally, I looked at the screen, hit publish, and walked away. [...]

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15:50
Apple expressed interest in 4K video streaming in...

Documents originating from last year's Sony Pictures data breach reveal Apple requested 4K content for potential digital distribution and on-demand services testing nearly two years ago, suggesting the company has been exploring ultra high-definition streaming for some time.

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15:26
Apple Music will stream Taylor Swift’s back catalog...

There has been a lot of speculation regarding what artists will be available on Apple Music. Earlier this week, it was reported that artists signed to indie labels, like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys, had still not signed on to appear on the service. BuzzFeed now reports that Taylor Swift’s hit album ‘1989’ will not be available on Apple Music either. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, though, seeing that ‘1989’ is currently not available from any existing streaming services like Beats and Spotify.

BuzzFeed says that both Apple and Taylor Swift’s label Big Machine Records confirmed that ‘1989’ will not be available and that...

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15:03
Apple launches new App Store page to showcase apps...

Apple today has added a new featured section to the App Store in which it is highlighting apps that take advantage of the iOS VoiceOver feature. Last month, Apple was recognized by the American Foundation for the Blind for its efforts to accommodate users who suffer from vision loss. A gala is being held this evening in New York City by the American Foundation for the Blind to honor the recipients of the Hellen Keller Achievement Award, which Apple received, and to celebrate, the company has added a new App Store section showing off apps using VoiceOver.

In its new section on the App Store, Apple is highlighting apps that take advantage of VoiceOver. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that allows people who are blind or...

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14:34
Use Private Browsing in Safari on your Mac
14:30
Apple highlights apps using VoiceOver

After winning the 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award for VoiceOver, Apple has highlighted some of the popular apps using VoiceOver that are available on its App Store.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:29
Google Takes It to the Streets


Google last week announced the formation of a new company that will develop technology to improve city life for residents, businesses and governments. Google has teamed up with Dan Doctoroff -- former Bloomberg CEO and ex-deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York -- to advance the effort. Doctoroff will be CEO of Sidewalk Labs, which will be based in New York. Doctoroff will contribute his experience in building and managing cities, and Google will provide funding and support.

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14:26
Apple wins 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award for...

AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on the display, and other features that make iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss. Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone.Congrats to all at Apple for thinking of ever customer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:03
∞ Corbis charges hefty fees for freely available...

Petapixel:If you come across any photograph published in the US before 1923, you’re free to use it for whatever purpose you’d like, with or without permission, and with or without attribution. Why? Because its copyright has expired and it’s public domain. Strangely enough, sometimes free public domain photos get sold as stock photos, and those who don’t know any better may pay large sums to use something they could have used for free.Don’t get conned by Corbis or anyone else trying to sell you imagery that is in the public domain.

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13:40
Apple Seeks a Patent for New On-Cell Touch...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they have a new patent pending on-cell touch architecture on record for smartphones ...

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13:22
Apple refines how Apple Watch screenshots are...

Apple this evening appears to have updated the way in which Apple Watch screenshots are presented in the App Store on iOS. Prior to this recent update, Apple Watch screenshots were shown as normal, rectangular screenshots, which looked unappealing and out of place. Now, Apple has added a black border to the screenshots and has given them rounded corners.

These changes make the apps look more realistic and similar to how they actually appear when running on Apple Watch. The refreshed screenshots are showing now on the iOS App Store, while the desktop version of the App Store still shows the original, borderless images.
Below are the new screenshots compared to the new, refined images. It’s certainly not a major change, but one that will definitely be welcomed by users.

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13:09
Today in the App Store, featuring Drylands and Star...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Drylands; the new Star Wars - Heroes Path game; and an update to Swype! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Kapsula [$1.99 → Free] Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones. *WARNING: It's a difficult game, comrade!

Warhammer: Snotling Fling [$1.99 → Free] The Warhammer Old World trembles in fear as Gorbad Ironclaw leads a thunderous Waaagh!

Chromaticon [$1.99 → Free] Chromaticon is a challenging, fast-paced color...

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13:02
What You Need to Know About Recent 'XARA'...

Earlier this week, researchers from several universities published a report exposing a string of security vulnerabilities in iOS and OS X. The vulnerabilities, all labeled as XARA weaknesses, let malicious apps approved on the Mac and iOS App Stores gain access to sensitive data like passwords. The report details several methods that inter-app interaction services can use to access everything from the Keychain and Websocket on OS X to the URL scheme on iOS and OS X, giving hackers access to sensitive data, including information stored within third-party apps like 1Password, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Evernote, and more. Following the release of the report, iMore's Nick Arnott and Rene Ritchie have taken an in-depth look at the XARA weaknesses...

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12:42
Power for Apple Watch lets you check your iPhone...



iOS 9 adds a handy widget to the iPhone that lets you check your Apple Watch, Beats headphones, or other Bluetooth accessory battery levels from Notification Center, but there hasn’t been a way to check the phone’s battery level from the watch.
And because the Apple Watch can catch notifications from the iPhone even at great distances when on the same WiFi network, I often charge my phone in a different room without missing anything important… except knowing when my iPhone is finished charging.
Surenix, best...

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12:34
Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to...

Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday.

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12:30
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for June

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the fourth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep-up-to date with what’s new in Office 365 development. This month has been a busy month of inquiries based on everything we announced at the Build and Ignite conferences, which has kept the team busy.  I encourage you all to engage on the Office 365 Technical Network with us with your questions.
There have been some exciting new things released this month including support for Office Add-ins in Excel on the iPad. You’ll need to update your manifest file to do this to v1.1 and declare that you wish to support that client, which is documented on MSDN.
One other item of note is that the Office Graph on the Unified Endpoint (...

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12:00
IDC: Wearable sales to hit 72m units this year as...


Following the launch of the Apple Watch in April, IDC’s latest estimates for wearables shows the market is set to grow approximately 173% this year as shipments increase from 26.4 million in 2014 to an estimated 72.1 million worldwide for 2015.
The estimate includes both “basic wearables” and “smart wearables”— wrist wear, eyewear, modular, clothing, ear wear, and other— so it’s not just the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches making up the estimate, but also all the fitness trackers, glasses, and other wearable accessories that may or may not include a screen...

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11:34
Apple's new MacBook uses a Patent Pending Metal...

Love it or hate it, the new MacBook packs a design punch that can't be ignored. Apple reinvented the keyboard using a new butterfly mechanism; they added new precision backlighting; they included ...

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11:23
Daily Deals for June 18, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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11:18
Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can...

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

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11:02
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to feature Wi-Fi chipset, front...



The rumor mill will always be alive, vibrant and speculating.
And it has plenty to say about the next generation of the Apple Watch.
Sources have supplied details as to the Apple Watch 2, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.
As of now, the Apple Watch needs to be synced with your iPhone for almost all of its functions, save for activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. This may be changed via a Wi-Fi chipset in the Apple Watch 2 that will allow the devices to use Wi-Fi networks to transmit data as needed...

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10:46
FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income...

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.

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10:34
Routers Becoming Juicy Targets for Hackers


Most consumers pay as much attention to routers as they do to doorknobs. That's not the case with Net marauders. They're finding the devices ripe targets for mischief. "We've seen a big increase in malware designed for home routers," said Incapsula researcher Ofer Gayer. "Every week, we see a new vulnerability in a vendor's routers," he said. "They're low-hanging fruit if you're a hacker. They're a very soft target." Home routers are the soft underbelly of the Internet, observed Andrew Conway, a threat researcher at Cloudmark.

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10:16
Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps...

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.

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09:43
The Apple Watch's Digital Crown Patent Comes to...

On June 18, 2015, the European Patent Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their invention related to the Apple Watch's Digital Crown. The patent reviews an input Friction Mechanism that provides the Digital Crown with its haptic feedback and more.

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09:16
Red Bull barnstorming

Red Bull:Leader Paul Bonhomme and Wingman Steve Jones have been flying together for 17 years, and needed every ounce of that experience to pull off this amazing feat of aviation. The Red Bull Matadors pilots hurtled straight through a hangar at Llanbedr Airfield, north Wales, at a speed of 160 knots (185mph), just one metre off the ground.Brings new meaning to the words, “sphincter tightening”. Amazing skill and courage of these two guys. “If we get it wrong, we hit a building”. Indeed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:16
Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores

After limited initial supplies, many Apple Watch models and bands are now available to purchase in retail Apple Stores. Feel like picking up a new watch on your lunch break? It might be waiting for you. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:02
Citizens oppose Apple's proposed data center...

A group of local citizens is opposing Apple's proposed €850 million data center near Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland, according to The Irish Times (http://tinyurl.com/olvyfw2).
Energy use concerns, impact of noise on a local primary school and on bird life, and the potential for a "greenway" cycle route are among the issues raised in a number of submissions on the project lodged with the Galway County Council by residents of Lisheenkyle, near Oranmore in Co Galway. The governing body was supposed to reach a decision on Apple's application on Thursday, but is now seeking "further information."
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02:30
Trick out your Apple Watch with these 20 third-party...

Bands beyond AppleDon’t get me wrong—Apple’s Watch bands are pretty sweet, and very well designed. The Sport band, for example, is ultra-comfy and doesn’t look as casual as you might expect. But that doesn’t mean I want to spend the rest of my life wearing a white fluoroelastomer strap around my wrist.Luckily, Apple has built change right into its Watch design—just press a small release tab on the bottom of the Watch face, and you can slide your band right out and replace it with a new one. And while Apple may have had the market cornered when the Watch first came out, it doesn’t anymore: Here are 20 quality third-party Apple Watch straps to consider before you drop $450 on the Link Bracelet....

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02:45
The best launcher apps for iOS

iOS navigation has matured to the point where it doesn’t matter where our apps are hiding anymore—with a swipe and a few taps we can navigate through the deepest of folders in just a few seconds. Power users can manipulate iOS to do their bidding: We can launch apps, make calls, and send messages without needing to jump through a single home screen hoop, thanks to a little help from the Notification Center, Siri, and even Spotlight.Launcher apps take this concept to another level. Where Apple’s solutions add up to little more than secret passages and hidden shortcuts, launchers provide a centralized place where we can manage and organize our favorite apps and everyday tasks into a single, contained system. While they’re not quite as powerful or convenient as the ones on our Macs (mostly due to the lack of keyboard shortcuts), launchers on iPhone are little gems of efficiency, condensing series of actions and complex taps into literal easy buttons, and saving our fingers from their...

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06:46
Rough Apple Watch sales estimate: 2.79 million units

In just two months, the Apple Watch has reportedly taken a commanding lead in the smartwatch market with an estimated 2.79 million sales.
That's according to Slice, a company that offers e-mail receipt tracking to consumers and turns the data into market research. Slice's Apple Watch sales estimate is based on a panel of 2 million people, more than 20,000 of whom purchased an Apple Watch by mid-June, Reuters reports.
Nearly one out of five buyers Apple Watch buyers are also picking up a spare band to go with their $350-and-up smartwatch purchase, Slice estimates. Apple's black Sport band is supposedly the most popular choice—both as the pack-in band and as a $49 add-on—while the $149 Milanese loop came in second place. Not surprisingly, the basic Apple Watch Sport has been the best-selling model in...

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08:51
Samsung asks court to review damages in legal battle...

Samsung has asked that a full bench of an appeals court should review a damages award in a long-standing patent infringement dispute with Apple, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/o2q4luj).
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08:49
Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels...

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.

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08:40
Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about...

Some residents in the area of Apple's planned Irish datacenter have filed objections with the Galway County Council, arguing that the company's Environmental Impact Statement is "inadequate" and doesn't address a range of concerns, a report said on Thursday.

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08:35
Apple begins accepting submitted publications into...


iOS 9 introduces Apple News, which replaces Newsstand as the default way to read news publications and blog content on the iPad and iPhone. Apple is automatically including many famous partners automatically with smaller publications having to request inclusion. We explained how to submit to Apple News a few days ago.

Now, it seems Apple has begun the approval process for these submissions. It has started sending out emails to let people know they have been accepted into Apple News.
The email includes a link to view your channel in the Apple News app on iOS....

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08:29
Kickstarter find: Meezy Cube

Here's a clever would-be product on Kickstarter that deserves a little attention. It's called the Meezy Cube and it's meant to protect your MagSafe adapter's power cube and prevent cord fray. It's the latter that I'm excited about. Not that fixing a cable with Sugru isn't effective and fun, it's that preventing damage in the first place is even better. 

The cube itself is made of six pieces of ABS plastic that snap into place, covering your adapter's brick. The nice part is the extended tube of plastic that protects about the first inch of cable coming out of the brick. Since that's the spot where stress typically causes fraying, it's quite helpful. 

I got a 3D-printed demo unit to play with and it's pretty neat. Far from the finished product, of course, but I can see how it protects the...

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08:27
LibreOffice Now Available On Apple's Mac App...

sfcrazy writes: It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time. There are two editions of LibreOffice available on the Mac App Store: LibreOffice from Collabora and LibreOffice Vanilla. While the Vanilla edition can be downloaded free of cost, LO from Collabora has a price tag of $10.

"Free through the App store" is an implicit endorsement that plain old "free" can't beat, even taking open-source licensing out of the picture.

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08:21
EFF names companies who have your back

Apple earns five stars in this year’s Who Has Your Back report. This is Apple’s fifth year in the report, and it has adopted every best practice we’ve identified as part of this report. We commend Apple for its strong stance regarding user rights, transparency, and privacy.Congrats Apple.EFF’s evaluation of Google (three stars):Google should take a stronger position in providing notice to users about government data requests after an emergency has ended or a gag has been lifted. Furthermore, Google should provide transparency into its data retention policies.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:12
Set up and use iCloud Tabs

iCloud keeps the tabs you have open in Safari up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. 

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08:09
9to5Toys Last Call: car jump starter/power bank $60...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

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08:07
Review: The Duo joins your Apple Watch and a...


An upcoming product called The Duo will let you wear a traditional watch and the Apple Watch at the same time.
The company behind the product, watchmakers Original Grain, sent one over and I’ve been playing with it for the last week. So I decided to share my thoughts for those considering contributing to the crowd funding campaign launching today.
I love my Apple Watch. Even more so than I expected leading up to the device’s launch. But despite wearing it everyday since I received it in early May, I’m...

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08:06
Twitter is preparing to curate news in its iPhone...

Buzzfeed render of upcoming Lightning feature
Just as Apple is preparing to enter the news curation space with its News app in iOS 9 and Facebook has launched native news content with Instant Articles, Twitter appears to be working on its own news product for its mobile app. Buzzfeed’s Mat Honan reports that Twitter is currently developing a news-focused feature for its app under the name Project Lightning (no, not Apple’s connector) that will make it possible to follow events in your timeline rather than only following Twitter users sharing about the...

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08:00
BYOD with OneNote Class Notebooks—classroom learning...

Today’s post was written by James Gill, grade 6/7 teacher in SD43, Coquitlam, BC.
I began my journey in Office 365 because I had a vision. I wanted to move my students’ work online because it would improve some things in their practice and allow me to improve some things in mine.
I wanted students to be able to work online so that they could access their work from both school and home. Ideally they could access it anywhere. I wanted to take advantage of spellcheck for my many students for whom English is not their first language. I wanted to make editing their writing something that could be accomplished easily, especially for my students with learning disabilities. I also wanted to make it possible to take advantage of the many resources on the Internet, while at the same time teaching students how and why they need to cite their sources.
But in order to accomplish this I had to tackle a few questions:
What do I do when not every kid has a device?...

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08:00
Lists, equations, paper styles and sign up updates...

We’re proud to announce the release of a better, faster and touchier version of OneNote for iPhone and iPad. We’ve been working hard on this release, and we’re excited to share it with you today.
Here are the details on what’s new:
Updated lists on iPhone
We received feedback that lists worked best with a keyboard, mouse and screens even the largest of cargo shorts couldn’t accommodate. Accordingly, checkboxes for ants have been replaced with checkboxes designed for humans.
Quickly create a list from anywhere in the app by tapping the + button and selecting List.

You can add new items by tapping Add Item or tapping return after you...

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 050 on the...
08:00
Sway helps design firm Potion create and collaborate...

Today’s post was written by Phillip Tiongson, creative director at Potion.
Potion is a design firm, first and foremost. We believe that good design integrated with technology has the power to amplify humanity. We strive to express ourselves by bringing story, art, design, architecture and computation together to deliver memorable and empathetic interactive experiences for our clients. The experiences we create range from beautifully designed mobile applications, to site-specific interactive installations in museums, cultural centers, healthcare, retail and hospitality environments.
We specialize in creating interactive experiences rooted in storytelling. Unlike traditional services and software consulting companies that create products for any context, we challenge ourselves to make every experience that we build for our clients a bespoke...

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07:54
∞ The Hello Project

Spencer WynnThe Hello Project was born of a love of story telling and curiosity. All too often people pass one another, head down and only interacting with their mobile devices. This is an attempt to use the power of social media to reconnect people in the oldest way possible … by saying Hello.This is sort of the Canadian version of the famous New York city project and it brings home a thought I’ve always had – most of us have stories to tell but no one to tell them to. I love the idea of street photography but am often too reserved and shy (too Canadian) to approach people. I think this way of doing it will inspire me to try my own photographic experiment along these lines.

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07:41
Developers currently unable to submit Watch apps due...


 
Update: The problem should now be resolved. Watch apps should upload as normal once again.
Developers are flocking to Apple’s developer forums today as the iTunes Connect submissions process is currently experiencing a glitch which makes it impossible for developers to submit apps that include Apple Watch extensions.
Rather than continuing submission process as normal, the system is incorrectly flagging up misuse of an Apple private framework called SockPuppetGizmo. Naturally, this is causing frustration in the developer community at the moment because it prevents apps from being submitted to the App Store.

Before apps reach...

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07:20
“Burrito,” “Sign Of The Horns,” and 35 other emoji...

The Unicode Consortium finalized version 8.0 of the Unicode standard yesterday—the latest iteration of the spec that helps our computers and phones keep all their special characters straight. As with any Unicode update, the 37 new emoji are probably the most entertaining things to look at. The folks at Emojipedia have the full list, but a few of our favorites include "Burrito," "Unicorn Face," "Nerd Face," "Face With Rolling Eyes," "Sign Of The Horns," and "Crab."
You can see some sample images over on the Unicode Consortium's site, though companies generally design their own versions of these icons to use in their software to keep things visually consistent.
Unicode 8.0 also includes the skin tone modifiers...

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07:19
Apple Watch 2 Said to Feature FaceTime Camera,...

Apple is planning a second-generation Apple Watch with new features including a front-facing FaceTime video camera, expanded Wi-Fi capabilities and possibly additional models based on new materials, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims the so-called "Apple Watch 2" is likely to be introduced in 2016 following the release of WatchOS 2 and native Apple Watch apps in the fall. The new FaceTime camera will reportedly be built into the Apple Watch's top bezel and enable users to make and receive FaceTime calls on their wrists. Apple previously announced at WWDC that WatchOS 2 will have a new FaceTime Audio feature for Wi-Fi-based calling, and the new software also enables Apple Watch users to answer or reject FaceTime video calls through a paired iPhone. A new Wi-Fi chip inside the Apple Watch 2 will expand the wrist-...

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07:13
AT&T found guilty of data throttling, lack of...



Maybe this is the slap on the wrist that AT&T needs to deliver what it offers.
Following up on thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, the FCC has issued wireless carrier AT&T a US$100 million fine for throttling data speeds. AT&T was found to have violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule with the two violations as follows:

(1) using the misleading and inaccurate term “unlimited” to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and
(2) failing to disclose the express speed reductions...

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07:00
New Intune capabilities for Outlook on iOS and...

Last month at Ignite we showcased new mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) capabilities in Outlook for iOS and Android. Today, we are happy to announce that customers using Outlook for iOS and Android can now use built-in MDM for Office 365 or Microsoft Intune to secure email data on mobile devices within their organization. Combined with our recent update to enable OAuth and add support for Multi-Factor Authentication, Outlook now offers the leading set of controls for protecting corporate email and calendaring data on mobile devices...

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07:00
App Store highlights popular VoiceOver-enabled apps

As Apple World Today accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen can tell you, one of the features that makes Apple devices so usable by those with impaired or no vision is VoiceOver. Apple is currently highlighting apps that support VoiceOver with a special section on the App Store. The apps include:

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06:58
Tidy Up 4.1.1 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility. With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes. Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power. Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-...

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06:52
Apple Watch sells estimated 2.79 million units,...



You may think the Apple Watch is silly, but it’s selling.
And a fair number of its buyers are snagging a second watch band.
Research firm Slice Intelligence, which analyzed mail receipts from two million people, extrapolated that an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watch units have been sold since the device launched in April.

Of those customers who purchased Watch, 17 percent picked up more than one band.
According to Slice, Apple’s black Sport Band was the most popular model, both for aftermarket sales and as configured with device. The Milanese loop came in second, but comparative metrics were not provided. The...

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06:51
More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple...

On Thursday one of Jawbone's more advanced fitness trackers, the UP2, appeared at the online Apple Store, following a brief and still unexplained removal of most of the company's product line.

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06:38
Apple Advances Touch and Hover Sensing Technologies...

Way back in late 2011 Apple was granted a patent for a display system that would recognize and/or detect hovering gestures. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on this feature.

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06:36
Showing off the Apple Watch

A fun little anecdote that should feel familiar to folks who own an Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-...


Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device’s debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple’s considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model. According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is planned to gain a video camera, a new wireless system for greater iPhone independence, and new premium-priced models. Interestingly, it will also feature similar battery life to its predecessor…
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06:15
Full Video of Jeff Williams Interview at Code...

Re/code has shared the full video and transcript of Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams speaking with journalist Walt Mossberg at Code Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes last month. Williams reflected on a number of topics during the half-hour session, ranging from the Apple Watch and wearable technology to running Apple's supply chain and overseeing the development of ResearchKit. Williams also fielded questions from the audience about the changing need for physical storage and processing power on an iPhone, health-related monitoring systems on the Apple Watch, entering new product categories such as the car, vertical integration within Apple and the company's responsibility to advancing technologies and bringing jobs to the United States as a U.S. corporation. Your browser does not support iframes. Williams...

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06:12
The value of the round smart watch face

This is an interesting read, good food for thought. Apple Watch is square, and that works really well. But there is one advantage to the circular watch. Read on.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
Hacked Apple Watch runs Flappy Bird

Ridiculous. And awesome.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Jason Snell on family tech support

Jason Snell writes about using Apple tech to troubleshoot for remote family members.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
DxO introduces DSLR-quality camera that attaches...

DxO has introduced the DxO ONE, a compact camera that delivers DSLR image quality and which attaches directly to an iPhone.
At 3.8 ounces and 2.65 inches tall, the DxO ONE fits in a pocket, yet features a f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6-blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor. Made of aluminum, the DxO ONE that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad in mind; it attaches via the Lightning connector, turning the Apple smartphone display into the camera's viewfinder. The camera swivels 60 degrees in either direction/
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05:54
Image of a well bearded man

Check out the picture at the top of the post. Great!∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:51
External Link: Apple Remains on Top of the EFF’s “...

For the second year in a row, Apple has scored a perfect rating on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which ranks companies on five factors related to how they comply with government information requests and stand up for user privacy. The other companies with perfect scores are Adobe, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Wikimedia, WordPress.com, and Yahoo. Google and Microsoft, which each had perfect ratings last year, have plummeted to three stars. However, it’s difficult to compare this year’s ratings to last year’s, since the EFF has changed the parameters and reduced the maximum rating from six stars to five. 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,...

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05:45
Re/code interview with Apple SVP of Operations Jeff...

This interview happened a month ago, but re/code just released the complete video and transcript. I actually enjoy reading a transcript. Let’s me focus, undistracted, on the words.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Study: Nearly one in five Apple Watch owners...

Slice Intelligence analyzes emailed receipts to estimate how many of a specific item have been sold. While the market research firm's technique is proprietary, it provided information to Reuters estimating that 2.79 million Apple Watches have been sold so far. That may add a nice bit of change to Apple's bottom line, but sales of accessory bands may be far more profitable. So far, Slice estimates that 17 percent of Apple Watch owners have purchased at least one more band for their device.

Slice's chief data officer Kanishka Agarwal noted that while the black sport band is the most popular band purchased with the device and as an accessory, the $149 Milanese loop band is the second most popular. That means that many Watch purchasers might be using the sport band for practical day-to-day wear, but buying the luxury band to wear for special occasions. 

Bands are...

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05:24
Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9...

The native Music app in Apple's iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas was updated on Thursday with access to a new "Radio" tab, including a preview of the company's new live, flagship radio station Beats 1.

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05:01
Beats 1 puts in its first appearance (and sound) for...


The Beats 1 radio station that forms part of Apple Music has put in its first appearance for iPhone and iPad users running the beta version of iOS 8.4 and iOS 9. Users are seeing the station logo and hearing pre-roll audio from Zane Lowe when it is clicked.
It’s just a demo at this stage, with pre-recorded audio, but is one step closer to the launch of the streaming music service which launches on June 30 via an all-new Music app … ...

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05:00
MacPhun’s new Tonality 1.2 brings beautiful black...

Even though it’s known as “black and white photography,” balanced grays are what make monochrome images striking or flat. Today, MacPhun released Tonality 1.2 ($18) and Tonality Pro 1.2 ($70), tools designed specifically for making the best possible black and white images from color photos. Both versions work with popular photo library management tools, newly including the Mac version of Apple Photos. The Pro version now plugs into Adobe’s new Lightroom CC, and adds RAW support for both new cameras and Lightroom.
Like MacPhun’s excellent noise-removing app Noiseless, Tonality uses a super-simple interface to let you preview potential changes to your images. The window’s bottom initially scrolls across 13 “Basic” presets, ranging...

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04:47
Apple's Latest Invention Introduces us to an...

During Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote Craig Federighi showed us that in iOS 9 we'll be able to finally use real multitasking on our iPad. Federighi presented us with Picture-in-Picture, Split ...

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04:40
Apple Watch U.S. Sales Estimated at 2.8 Million,...

The latest data from Slice Intelligence, a digital commerce research firm that tracks email receipts, estimates Apple Watch sales at 2.79 million in the United States nearly two months after the wrist-worn device launched, according to Reuters. Slice Intelligence previously estimated 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 and 2.5 million orders processed through late May. The report claims that about 17 percent of those Apple Watch customers proceed to spend hundreds of dollars on extra bands for the smartwatch, enabling Apple to make a profitable double dip into customers' wallets. While the Sports Band starts at $49, for example, technology research firm IHS estimates the 38mm fluoroelastomer band costs Apple just $2...

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Québec airport using Apple Watch for operations...

Apple Watch running SITA app. Image via Skift.com

Duty managers at Québec City John Lesage International Airport are now receiving operational alerts on their wrists. Skift blogger Marisa Garcia reports that the airport is the world's first to use a wearable -- in this case, the Apple Watch -- to keep things running smoothly.

According to Marc-André Bédard, VP of Information Technology for Aéroport de Québec, 

“Wearable tech is one area of interest to us and with the Apple Watch and SITA’s Airport Management solution our duty managers will receive important notifications at just the right time to take action as needed.

For example, they may get an alert to say that two planes are arriving simultaneously and have been assigned to the same gate or that there is a delay at a certain gate. Previously, they would have...

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03:53
New Radio Tab With Beats 1 Demo Appears on iOS 8.4...

With less than two weeks until the launch of Apple Music in over 100 countries, the latest signs of the streaming music service continue to appear in iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas. A number of users running the pre-release software versions have shared screenshots showing a new Radio tab in the Music app that displays a Beats 1 demo alongside a list of other stations and genres. The new Radio tab and Beats 1 pre-recording by DJ Zane Lowe have gone live for users in the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and select other countries, although it remains unclear if all features of Apple Music will be available worldwide on June 30. The search feature in the Radio tab is working as of now for some users, but Beats 1 and other playlists cannot be listened to yet. The curated...

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DriveDX now supports Yosemite's dark mode

BinaryFruit has announced DriveDx 1.4 (http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), an upgrade of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring.
It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get advanced warning before their drives fail.

Version 1.4 supports the "dark mode" of Mac OS X Yosemite. The user can now turn off the S.M.A.R.T attribute (health indictor) raw value alert and more.
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03:35
321 Software releases EasySplitMerge 2.0.1 for Mac...

321Soft (www.321soft.com) has released EasySplitMerge 2.0.1, an update of the file splitter and merger for Mac OS X.
It lets you split a large file into multiple chunks, then rejoin them. EasySplitMerge supports most types of files.  
A demo version is available for download. A single user license is available for US$19.95. EasySplitMerge requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher

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03:32
Latest Slice estimates put U.S. Apple Watch sales at...


Slice Intelligence, which tracks online orders by scanning the email inboxes of more than 2M panel members, estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M Apple Watches in the USA, reports Reuters. The estimate does not include sales in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong or Japan.
Slice last month reported that around 1.5M U.S. orders were placed on the first day of pre-orders, with sales tailing off rapidly after this. KGI is estimating worldwide sales of 5-6M Watches in Q3, 20-30% down on earlier...

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Kool Tools: AppProtect 4 for Mac OS X

Excel Software's (www.excelsoftware.com) AppProtect, protection software for Mac OS X and Windows, has been revved to version 4.0, which has been enhanced for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming, according to the folks at Excel. It supports MAX MSP 5, 6 or 7 music applications or Unity games. AppProtect works with OfficeProtect to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.
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02:55
Apple's High-Tech Spin on the Razor-Blade...

With Apple Watch, Apple has put a high-tech spin on the razor-blade business model, in which a company sells a product for a modest price and then profits from sales of accessories.

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02:30
Audio Hijack 3.1.1

Brings several tweaks and bug fixes to the popular audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 15.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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01:52
Intel to Unveil Skylake Processors at Gamescom in...

A new supply chain report has surfaced that indicates that Intel's 14nm Skylake processors and 100-series chipsets for desktops are expected to be unveiled in early August at Gamescom ...

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01:33
Default Folder X 4.7.2 - 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

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Wednesday June 17

02:55
Fallout Shelter stays true to Fallout's spirit...

In the wake of Bethesda’s Fallout 4 announcement at E3 2015 on Sunday, the developer surprised fans by releasing its very first iOS game: Fallout Shelter. Even more exciting was that it launched the same day as the announcement—players could download and start grinding away at this resource management game right away, while waiting for Fallout 4 to launch this upcoming November.
In Fallout Shelter, you play as an Observer, controlling a virtual ant farm or “vault” that contains a growing number of dwellers. Your dwellers all resemble Fallout’s iconic mascot “Vault Boy,” and have similarly 1950s-esque boundless enthusiasm for their tasks… despite living in a post-apocalyptic bunker. Premise aside, Fallout Shelter gives us a very different take on the...

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09:24
It's time: Apple Watch now available at the...

It doesn’t seem like it should be news that the Apple Watch is rolling out to Apple Stores, but here we are. The company announced earlier this month that it had nearly caught up with the backlog of orders, which meant that some Apple Watch models would be available for in-store purchase within two weeks. Now that day has arrived, complete with special Apple Watch shopping bags being given to customers. (Be careful with those things, OK?)

@apollozac The special bags for the Apple Watch pic.twitter.com/NL2G6dJsSOTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:22
Adele's record label backs out of Apple Music...

When it launches this month, Apple Music is promising three months of free, unlimited, on-demand music streaming without having to listen to ads, but for Adele fans this is simply too good to be true.
The music industry on the other side of the pond is fighting back against Apple Music’s free three-month trial because record labels won’t be paid royalties during that time. The Telegraph is reporting that British record label XL Recordings, home to Adele, Radiohead, Jack White, and M.I.A., has...

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10:37
Apple reportedly yanks Monster's MFi license in...

Monster, the audio accessory maker, just lost its MFi license for making Apple-compatible accessories. The company says its Made for iPhone, iPod, and iPad certification was revoked after it sued Apple earlier this year, and that Apple will not allow Monster to sell MFi-licensed accessories after September.
While Apple isn’t commenting on Monster’s MFi license or the lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company’s head legal counsel told Monster’s general counsel that the accessory maker would be losing its certification, and a spot on Apple Store shelves, because the lawsuit would “destroy the working relationship” between the two companies and that it wasn’t “mutually beneficial” to continue that relationship....

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10:58
Podcast: Extra, extra, hear all about the News app

What’s the news about the new News app? First, Newsstand is dead, but standalone news apps remain alive. Second, there’s so much unknown about whether the iOS 9 News app, announced at WWDC, will affect consumption of news and how publications produce it.
Joining Glenn Fleishman on this podcast are Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors and former editorial director at IDG, who knows from news sites big and small, and Tom Standage, deputy editor of the Economist, where he heads up the periodical’s digital strategy. The *Economist* was a launch partner in the News app. (Tom’s also the author of several fine books.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:34
Zero-day exploit lets App Store malware steal OS X...

Security researchers have found major flaws in OS X and a single one in iOS that open the door to malware. The exploits allow malicious apps that have made their way into the App Store to bypass or ignore sandbox and other security protections to grab passwords from others apps’ keychain entries, steal data from other apps’ private data storage, hijack network ports, and masquerade as different apps to intercept certain communications.
Apple’s review process for the App Store—both for iOS and OS X—is supposed to prevent malware from entering its system. If that bulwark fails, the company relies on sandboxing, which prevents apps from accessing data and files other than that managed by the app, except through very tightly defined channels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:44
Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers...

Although Apple has yet to release official Apple Watch sales numbers beyond being "thrilled" about its launch, research firm Slice Intelligence says the company is raking in big profits from Apple-made band accessories, as can be expected.

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21:39
FX Photo Studio Pro 3.1 - Creative filters &...

FX Photo Studio Pro's broad palette of effects and features helps you bring boundless creativity to your photography projects. Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, this powerful post-processing photo editor takes your images to a whole new level of clarity, brilliance and style. Features:

  • Includes a mind-blowing variety of over 170 photo effects & filters
  • 20 categories for different styles of photography
  • PRO image editing tools and color controls
  • Masking and Color splash tools
  • Possibility to apply multiple layers to one image
  • Access to your iPhoto and Aperture albums
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Sharing via the most popular social networks

Version 3.1:

  • This update brings a number of bug fixes and performance updates
  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now...

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