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Thursday May 12

10:57
Apple denies report it will stop selling iTunes...

UPDATE—May 12, 2016: Apple denied this rumor in a statement to Re/code’s Peter Kafka: “Not true.” The original rumor is below.
Annual iTunes song downloads are projected to hit almost $600 million in sales in 2019. But that figure may not be big enough to keep Apple in the music-selling business.
Apple wants to phase out the sale of music downloads via the iTunes Store in two years, according to a new report by Digital Music News. With the continued decline of music downloads, Apple is foreseeing that iTunes sales will eventually sink to zero. So the company is reportedly abandoning that ship to devote more resources to Apple Music and the growing streaming market. Digital Music News’ unnamed sources also revealed that Apple might also choose to ride the sinking...

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12:21
Apple is approving apps for the iOS App Store much...

Apple is promising developers they won’t have to wait over a week to see their iOS app show up in the App Store.
Apple is quickening the app review process, cutting it down from nine days down to two, in an effort to increase revenue from the App Store, according to Bloomberg. The shortened review process will also allow iOS developers to release upgrades and fix bugs faster, therefore keeping them more committed to Apple’s mobile platform. According to AppReviewTimes.com, the average approval time for the App Store submissions has dropped in the last two weeks, from 8.8 days a year ago to 1.95 days.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20:42
Apple invests $1B in China’s ride-hailing company...

Apple has invested US$1 billion in China's largest ride-hailing company, Didi Chuxing, in a move that could give it an opportunity to participate in the local company's bid to build a data-driven ride-share platform.
Didi, which is already backed by big local players like Tencent and Alibaba, said it has raised the Apple investment as a part of its latest funding round. The investment by Apple is the largest single investment Didi has ever received, it added.
Apple has been indicating that such an investment was coming for some time now, said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. The company has already said that it plans to increase its services revenue and that the Chinese market is a key component of its overall strategy going forward, Moorhead said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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12:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Celebrate summer with...

New iPhone cases for your 6/6s, 6 Plus/6s Plus, and SEThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes fresh styles and colors for Speck’s popular CandyShell Grip. Plus, wallet cases, a running armband, basic, shells, and more. Read on! BelkinThe Ease-Fit Armband (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP or $12 on Amazon) is a sung-fitting workout armband for your iPhone, letting you safely carry it hands-free. Made with flexible materials, the Ease-Fit can be adjusted for the most comfortable fit possible, is handwashable, and gives you unfettered access to your iPhone’s touchscreen through its transparent window.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:57
Low-Metallic NAO Brake Pad Manufacturer

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: Brake Pad FactoryDisc Brake SupplierSemi-metallic Brake PadLow-Metallic NAO [url=http://www.antaibrake.com/]Brake Pad Manufacturer/url These pads are made from an organic formula mixed with 10 to 30 percent of copper or steel to get good heat transfer and provide better breaking.
Although you get better breaking, because of the metal that is added, you get more break dust and...

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22:21
Oklahoma City Apple Store to get 'next...

As part of an international effort to refresh the look and feel of its retail outlets, Apple recently shut down the Penn Square Mall Apple Store in Oklahoma City, Okla., in preparation of a "next generation" renovation.

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19:43
Apple Invests $1 Billion in Chinese Ride-Sharing...

Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing company and Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, reports Reuters. The move is a strategic investment that will help the Cupertino company better understand the Chinese market, CEO Tim Cook told Reuters.

"We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market," he said. "Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well."Didi Chuxing, which has raised several billion dollars in funding, says the investment from Apple is the largest it's ever received. Didi Chuxing dominates the ride-sharing market in China, completing more than 11 million rides a day and owning 87 percent of the market in the...

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19:22
Apple invests $1 billion in Chinese Uber competitor...

Reuters this evening reports that Apple is investing $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing. In a statement, CEO Tim Cook explained that the investment will give Apple a chance to learn more about certain segments of the Chinese market, while it will also deliver a strong return.
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19:20
Apple invests $1B in Chinese ride sharing service...

Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, formerly Didi Kuaiti, on Thursday announced that Apple recently invested $1 billion to become the transportation network's latest big-name strategic partner.

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17:37
Gboard

Rajan Patel, “principal engineer” for Google’s new iOS keyboard:

Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s lunch plans.
They ask you for the address. Until now it’s worked like this: You
leave your texting app. Open Search. Find the restaurant. Copy the
address. Switch back to your texts. Paste the address into a
message. And finally, hit send.

Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that
difficult. With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of
things — restaurant info, flight times, news articles — right
from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can
search with Gboard. Results appear as cards with the key
information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings
and hours. With one tap, you can send it to your friend and you
keep the conversation going.

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17:30
Google Launches 'Gboard' Keyboard For iOS...

An anonymous reader writes: Google launched a new keyboard application called "Gboard" for iOS today that features Google Search built-in to the keyboard itself. In addition, it offers swipe-based typing and access to GIFs, as well as some basic features like emojis and word predictions. The "G" icon in the upper lefthand corner opens a window for you to search Google without leaving the keyboard and launching a browser or the Google app. From there you can search for things like flight times, news articles, restaurant and business listings, weather and more, and paste that information into your chat with a single tap. The information is presented in a card-style layout. "We wanted to bring the best of Google to Gboard, so you'll see Maps, Translate, image and video search, News and others," says Rajan Patel, head of the product team that developed Gboard. "Initially, Gboard will not surface any information specific to you," he added, hinting that a personalized keyboard is in the...

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17:00
Apple patent filing hints at how HomeKit and your...

A recent patent filed by Apple and discovered by PatentlyApple hints at ways in which Apple is planning to make its HomeKit platform smarter. The patent, published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.
more…Filed under: HomeKit Tagged: car, homekit, Patent ...

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16:21
Analyst ties uptick in Apple R&D spend to Apple...

A report this week from noted Apple analyst Neil Cybart relates an increase in the company's massive research and development outlays suggest something big is in the works, but an industry insider says it's just business as usual.

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15:59
One Email Discovered from Android's Co-Founder...

One e-mail sent by Android cofounder Andy Rubin in 2006 may end up costing Google billions in its ongoing legal war with Oracle...

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15:46
Google Gives iOS Users 1st Crack at Gboard App


Google on Thursday introduced Gboard, an app that combines search with a new soft keyboard for mobile devices running iOS. Gboard, which supports glide typing, allows users to perform searches from the keyboard without leaving the application they're in. Once the information is found, they can paste it into their application without leaving the keyboard. Information from searches appear as cards on the screen. With a single tap, the information on the card can be pasted into an app such as iMessage.

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15:08
Apple's iPad Program in 114 Schools is winning...

In Yuma, Arizona, fourth-grade teacher Blanca Rivera wasn't thrilled when she heard that Apple would be providing each of her 31 students with an iPad. She thought iPad's were "just for games," and wondered how they would help students learn...

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14:47
Facebook’s guide to how its ‘Trending Topics’ tool...

Instructions in the documents appear to contradict Facebook’s earlier denials of a Gizmodo article that said Facebook editors directly inserted headlines into the trending news widget. It also contradicts what Facebook told Recode last summer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:45
AWT News Update: May 12, 2016

A trio of fun and/or interesting stories for the day:

  • Apple Music isn't deleting your music... but iTunes 12.3.3 might be!
  • Amazon has Echo, Apple has Siri devices, and Google's now working on a hardware device codenamed "Chirp"
  • Have old Apple devices that work? You can make a bundle selling them on eBay

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 12, 2016.

Recently, some Apple Music users had been complaining that they believed the service had deleted their music. iMore’s Serenity Caldwell has been looking into the issue, and it’s much more likely that it’s iTunes 12.3.3 that is the culprit. Apple Music was accused of...

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14:44
Report: Apple is approving apps more quickly to...


Developers who want to sell applications in any of Apple's App Stores first need to submit their software to Apple for review, a process in which actual humans examine apps to ensure they comply with Apple's guidelines. One of the problems with this method is that it takes time for apps to move through the opaque review process, meaning users can potentially be stuck with bugs for a few days if something goes wrong with an update, even if the developer submits a new build to Apple as soon as the bug is discovered.
Lately, though, that wait time has decreased. According to user-submitted data at appreviewtimes.com, the average review time for iOS apps has decreased from around a week to about two days since this time last year. The reason, according to...

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14:33
Facebook’s bias Is built-in

Farhad Manjoo:Facebook is the world’s most influential source of news.That’s true according to every available measure of size — the billion-plus people who devour its News Feed every day, the cargo ships of profit it keeps raking in, and the tsunami of online traffic it sends to other news sites.But Facebook has also acquired a more subtle power to shape the wider news business.It’s scary how powerful Facebook is these days.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:21
Uber, Lyft leave Austin

Having lost a referendum over whether they would be regulated by the local government, the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft followed through on their threat to effectively fire 10,000 drivers and strand thousands of customers who had come to rely on them for transportation in this hot, spread-out, car-centric city.I love Uber and Lyft. I use both services quite often.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:14
Isaacson: Steve Jobs Thought his Greatest...

Apple, which has really been to the school of hard knocks recently, is more than ever missing the magic of Steve Jobs, said Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling biography of the late co-founder of the tech giant.

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14:06
Building a product vision and roadmap

Very interesting post from Rian Van Der Merwe about building Postmark.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:51
∞ Conan and Slash go guitar shopping

Hilarious!

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13:29
Manhattan DA calls on US Congress to support bill...

The District Attorney of New York County is reportedly lobbying members of U.S. Congress in the hope they'll back legislation requiring companies like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following court orders.

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12:43
Data Breaches Chip Away at IT Pros' Confidence...


The daily barrage of data breach news appears to be eroding confidence in security solutions. Fifty percent of IT pros aren't confident about the ability of their security measures to protect their data, according to a survey released last week by Barkly. The high percentage of IT pros with doubts about their security systems caught Barkly CTO Jack Danahy off-guard. "Organizations are investing because they know they should be doing something for security, but their expectations are low," he said.

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10:01
Security Sessions: Unique security challenges for...

In the latest episode of CSO's Security Sessions, CSO Editor-in-Chief Joan Goodchild sits down with Ellen Derrico from RES to discuss some of the unique security challenges that healthcare IT have to overcome. Topics include ransomware, vulnerabilities, BYOD policies and how to better train clinicians in security practices.

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11:54
Small London company makes the world’s most...

I’ve always had a fascination with maps and globes, even though I can’t read a roadmap to save my life. I’d love to own one of these art objects.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:05
As Apple display partner Sharp continues to bleed,...

While display panel maker Sharp continues to lose money, the Japanese company faces a sweeping management reorganization under the thumb of its new owner, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn.

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10:57
Spot Maps 1.3 for OS X scans your network for smart...

With the latest Spot Maps (www.equinux.com/spotmaps) Mac App by equinux, you can create interactive maps of your Smart Home. Version 1.3 scans your network for active Smart Home devices. The network map updates at the click of a button.
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10:53
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 3 for iPhone and iPad

IK Multimedia has announced VocaLive 3 (http://tinyurl.com/gqa7zac), an update to its vocal effects and production suite for the iPhone and iPad. 
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10:49
SuperHot launches on the Mac App Store

SuperHot, the runaway first-person shooter, is now available on the Mac App Store.
Here’s how the game is described: “Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SuperHot is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.”
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10:45
Apple’s approval time for new App Store submissions...

Apple has cut the approval time for new submissions to its App Store from more than a week to less than two days, part of a broader push to increase revenue from services including mobile applications, according to Bloomberg — citing data from AppReviewTimes.com, which analyzes user-submitted data.

While AppReviewTimes.com offers an insight into how review times fluctuate, data from the past two weeks stem from 322 reviews, which is a small proportion of the total approved in that period. It could have something to do with personnel changes. Marketing head Phil Schiller, who has long been responsible for developer relations, took charge of the App Store from Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in December.

“At the very beginning of the App Store it...

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10:31
What headphones will Apple bundle w/ iPhone 7?...

A big question up in the air for iPhone 7 is what Apple will do with its bundled headphones. If this is the first year Apple is to remove the headphone jack from the device as rumored, that means one of a few things for the bundled EarPods that usually come with its iPhones…
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Adapter, AirPods, Beats, Bluetooth, bundled, EarPod, headphones, in the box,...

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10:20
iTunes bug may be to blame for disappearing music...

Based on several Apple Support threads, it appears that the most recent version of iTunes 12.3.3 contains a database error that affects a small number of users, and can potentially wipe out their music collection after the update.Holy. Sweet. Shit.I don’t care if it’s iTunes or Apple Music—this is my music library! Fix this shit.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
British young offenders who brag online could see...

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales today proposed an expanded set of guidelines that courts would have to follow when sentencing young offenders aged 10 to 17. Importantly, for the first time the instructions explicitly mention video, image...

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09:52
Developers seeing dramatically faster App Store...

While there hasn’t been an official policy change or new strategy made public, software developers have been noticing dramatically shorter review times when submitting apps through Apple’s approval process on both the iOS and Mac App Stores. Citing data from AppReviewTimes.com, Bloomberg today highlights the positive trend, while noting that iOS App Store review times currently average just two days turnaround time and just one day for the Mac App Store.
more…Filed under: Developers Tagged: App Store ...

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09:45
It's no surprise that Disney shut down its...

No one should have been surprised by Disney's announcement that it would cancel the Disney Infinity series and shut down its video game business. However, when the news went live, Twitter immediately lit up with shock. My phone buzzed with questions...

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09:35
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air $1,000...

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09:22
IBM developed a 'magic bullet' to combat...

IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore have created a new chemical "macromolecule" that could aid in the fight against a wide range of viral diseases like Ebola, Zika, dengue fever, herpes or even influ...

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09:14
Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature edge-to-edge display,...

The idea of an edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone 7 is a concept at this point.
But it’s a pretty cool concept, you have to admit.
The current rumor has it that the iPhone 7 will sport a very similar look to the iPhone 6s line, an assortment of major form factor changes arriving in 2017. As of late, blogger John Gruber dropped some “scuttlebutt” over on his The Talk Show podcast, the rumors including an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

Gruber offered the following:
“I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard — now this is not really from the rumor mill but just...

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09:00
Apple Music in iOS 9.3

Provide controls for Apple Music within your app. iOS 9.3 now supports playback of any song for Apple Music members. To learn more about the new features, guidelines, and affiliate program, see Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers.

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09:00
Apple Music in iOS 9.3

Provide controls for Apple Music within your app. iOS 9.3 now supports playback of any song for Apple Music members. To learn more about the new features, guidelines, and affiliate program, see Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers.

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09:00
Evernote adds image previews and search for Google...

For many, Evernote is a useful productivity tool for notes, lists and more. Today, the company announced integration with Google Drive that allows you to drop in files instead of simply linking to them. As part of the new feature, those Drive files w...

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08:59
Google one-ups Apple with Gboard iPhone keyboard

Hey, Apple - not only has Alphabet (Google's parent company) just passed you in terms of market capitalization, but they've also outdone you with an iPhone keyboard that is awesome sauce. Gboard (free) is an absolutely brilliant iPhone keyboard that takes the app switching out of searches...and more. Here's a video from Google showing off Gboard:

My personal favorites so far? Being able to search GIFs and emoji. Want an emoji of the Brazilian flag? Tap on the emoji button next to the space bar, type Brazil into the search field, and you're done. 

There's also really decent autocorrect, and you can "type" by swiping between letters on the alphanumeric keyboard. It does a really good job of predicting what word you're trying to type. 

Well played, Google! 

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08:55
Google Again Surpasses Apple as Most Valuable...

With Apple shares dipping below $90 this morning, Google's parent company Alphabet briefly overtook Apple as the world's most valuable company hitting a market cap of $498 billion compared to Apple's market cap of $494 billion. Apple and Google shares continue to fluctuate and the two companies are neck-and-neck for the top valuation, but Google remains in the lead.

Apple's stock has seen steep declines in recent weeks, following its first ever drop in iPhone sales and its first year-over-year revenue decline since 2003. Apple's share price is down again amid rumors of weak demand for the upcoming iPhone 7 and there's no relief in sight as Apple is also expecting a...

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08:39
Google’s “Gboard” for iOS combines a keyboard with...

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The rumors were true—Google just launched "Gboard," an iOS keyboard that combines Google Search with everyday typing. Right inside the keyboard area, users can search for local business results, images, and GIFs to weave into their conversation.
Gboard looks just like a normal keyboard except for the Google icon on the left side of the suggestion bar. Tap on it, and you'll get the familiar Google search bar with suggestions above it. Type in a query and the usual "return/send" button will turn blue and say "search." Results appear in a horizontally scrolling interface in the keyboard area that allows you to sift through search results without leaving your current app. There are tiny tabs on the bottom for normal...

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08:39
Google releases Gboard, a third-party keyboard app,...

Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.
Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.
Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.

The app allows for a swipe functionality, which means you can essentially trace out the word you’re spelling and...

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08:33
Google delays support for Android tech mimicking...

Google has reportedly interally delayed its own equivalent of 3D Touch, the pressure-sensitive Apple technology that allows iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners to take shortcuts through iOS apps.

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08:16
Alphabet again briefly overtakes Apple as America...

Shares hit a 52-week low on Thursday, inching below $90 and allowing rival Alphabet, the parent company of Google, to surpass its market capitalization once again -- at least temporarily.

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08:14
GOOG market cap once again overtakes AAPL, making...

Google parent company Alphabet has once again surpassed Apple in terms of value based on market capitalization. CNBC points out that Alphabet (GOOG) saw its market cap around $498.56 billion during trading today, while Apple (AAPL) saw its market cap down around $496.69 billion.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple, Google ...

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08:07
Deals: Free Apple SuperDrive plus instant discounts...

This week, choose from a variety of Apple's current 15" MacBook Pros and 27" iMac 5Ks that each come with a free Apple SuperDrive, additional cash discounts, free shipping, additional cash discounts, and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a 12" MacBook for 964 with a free LG super drive, Apple USB-C Adapter, and more.

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08:00
60-Second Video Tip: Exporting data from Apple'...

You have your Apple Watch, your Withings connected scale, your Qardio blood pressure cuff, and a number of other devices and apps to capture your health data. At some point, you may need to share years of information with a healthcare professional or trainer, and this video (yeah, it's slightly over 60 seconds long) will show you two ways of doing that:

The QS Access app mentioned in the video can be downloaded here. 

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07:23
Google's new 'Gboard' for iPhone lets...

If you're an iPhone owner who has been wishing for a way to involve Google in basically everything you do on your Apple device, the search giant has good news -- an all-new iOS keyboard with Google inside.

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07:16
iPhone decline hits Apple suppliers, say they see no...

Apple’s decline in iPhone sales is unsurprisingly having a knock-on effect on its key suppliers, with the WSJ reporting that Foxconn, Pegatron, Sharp, Japan Display and Sony have all reported falling profits or losses as a result.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple suppliers, Foxconn, iPhone, iPhone 7, ...

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07:16
Apple R&D Spending on Track to Top Record $10...

While much attention has been placed on Apple's first quarterly revenue decline in thirteen years, with some suggesting that the iPhone maker may push deeper into services to combat the slowdown, there is evidence to suggest that Tim Cook and company have bigger plans in store.

Apple analyst Neil Cybart of Above Avalon notes that Apple is now on track to spend a record $10 billion on research and development this year, up nearly 30 percent from 2015 and significantly more than the little over $3 billion per year it was spending on R&D just four years ago.

Cybart believes that the most likely explanation for Apple's increased R&D spending is that the company is looking to make a long-term pivot beyond the iPhone, which currently accounts for nearly...

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07:00
Simplicity Linux Digs Deeper Than Its Puppy Linux...


Simplicity Linux delivers a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. It is derived from Puppy Linux. Two beta versions released in March offer experimental approaches that stray from the distro's standard releases. If you're familiar with Puppy Linux but have not yet taken Simplicity for a walk, you're missing out some interesting Linux computing experiences. Puppy Linux is a unique distro brand made for both new and old home-user computers. Simplicity Linux is more than a Puppy Linux clone.

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06:59
Latest Taylor Swift ad for Apple Music features...

Pop singer Taylor Swift on Thursday posted her latest Apple Music ad on Twitter, using her image and following to sell the service's "For You" playlist recommendations.

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06:43
Android device performance lags behind iOS

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released by Blancco Technology Group. 

Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44%) and iOS devices (25%) during the first quarter of 2016. And out of the 44% of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion's share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending Feb. 29. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the U.S. Europe, China, Japan and Australia....

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06:35
Google at work on Amazon Echo-like voice device...

A special Google team is reportedly developing a device that would integrate its search and voice assistant technology, much like the Amazon Echo.

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06:33
DeviceAtlas report looks promising for the iPhone SE...

DeviceAtlas, a supplier of intelligence on mobile devices, has released its quarterly Mobile Web Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2016, which analyzes mobile device traffic to hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. Not surprisingly, the report finds that Apple and Samsung devices are dominating mobile web browsing and that things look promising for the latest iPhone and for renewed growth of iOS.

DeviceAtlas says that Apple “recently surprised the mobile world by releasing a 4-inch phone, the iPhone SE, which can easily claim the title of the world’s most powerful 4-inch device.” It could be a hit as 4-inch phones are much more popular than 5.7-inch phones in all countries analyzed in the report. 

In 2015 Android was more popular than iOS in terms of web traffic, but the fourth quarter report found that iOS grew faster than Android. Android maintained its leading position and grew its...

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06:27
Google launches feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for...

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards on iPhones and iPads with Microsoft and others offering their own unique options. Google, which has dozens of apps on iOS, is joining in on the action today with its new feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for iPhone. The final product lines up with what was reported a couple of months back.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Gboard, Google ...

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06:14
Taylor Swift dances to The Darkness in latest Apple...

Taylor Swift is continuing her partnership with Apple Music, with yet another ad featuring the singer and the streaming service. The new minute-long commercial features Taylor Swift dancing around to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.
Swift demonstrates using the Apple Music discovery features (via the ‘Friday Night Rocks!’ playlist) to find the track. The ad ends with the slogan ‘Dance like no one’s watching’.  Watch the ad after the jump …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Music,...

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06:13
Future Apple Devices will Automate Home Automation...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an accessory management system and in particular to an automated environment that can implement automated behaviors based on aggregation of individual user routines. Effectively Apple wants to go far beyond just providing users with a simple ABC app ...

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06:13
More Americans would side with Apple than the FBI in...

According to a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai, a data science company, 18% of Americans would rather have a broken bone than gettheir identity and payment information stolen. In the aftermath of the Apple controversy with the FBI, apparently more U.S. citizens would side with Apple when it comes to their data and whom it’s shared with, and when.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans say it’s never acceptable for a company to use or access their personal data without their permission, while 29% say it’s OK if national security is involved. The “Consumer Trust Survey: Data in the Hands of Companies and Government” was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai from April 4-6, 2016 among 2,143 U.S. adults age 18 and older. 

Smartphones topped the list of personal devices Americans think are at most risk for fraud (22%), followed by desktop/laptop (17%), tablet (2%), and standard mobile (2%). Less than one in five (17%) Americans would be...

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06:05
App Store shuffle brings long-awaited speed boost...

Developers are the latest beneficiaries of Apple's ongoing bid to revamp the App Store, with new policies shortening the time it takes to gain app approval from more than a week to fewer than two days.

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05:59
How-To: Create a video record of a fun activity in...

I like to think I’m pretty handy with a camera, but am definitely an amateur when it comes to video. Unlike some of the talented videographers we have here on the team, my idea of video editing is to throw a bunch of clips into iMovie, add cross-dissolves between them, drop in a music track and call it good.
But even that level of video editing can be surprisingly time-consuming, which creates something of a dilemma. I enjoy having a video record of things like fun bike rides, but don’t want to spend hours creating them. So for a group ride at the weekend, I tried a different approach that took hardly any time and seemed to work surprisingly well …
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05:54
Taylor Swift Dances Like No One's Watching in...

Taylor Swift this morning tweeted out a new ad for Apple Music, this time showcasing a playlist called "Friday Night Rocks!" recommended to the singer within the For You tab of the music streaming service.

The new commercial plays out in a way similar to Swift's previous ad, which saw her lip syncing to Jimmy Eat World as she prepared for a night out. This time, however, she dances around her living room alone to the tune of The Darkness' "I Believe In A Thing Called Love."

Dance like no one's watching @AppleMusic @thedarkness...

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05:49
NetShade 7.0 for OS X adds IPv6 compatibility, more

Rayner Software has announced NetShade 7.0, an update to their Proxy and VPN utility app for Mac OS X.
The software offers Mac users the ability to change their computer's Internet address by routing through a dependable VPN or Proxy server. The app offers users a number of benefits, including anonymity, security, additional content access, and more. Version 7.0 brings IPv6 compatibility, a new user interface & backend helper tool, better VPN logging, and more.
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05:42
QuarkXPress 2016 will ship May 24

Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2016, the next new version of QuarkXPress, will ship on May 24. Starting on that day, the new version will officially be available to purchase and pre-orders will be fulfilled.
QuarkXPress 2016 builds on the performance and stability of version 2015 and adds new such new features as:
° The ability to create and export HTML5 publications. Now designers will be able to create HTML5 Publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet and mobile browsers.
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05:36
Patent report: an iPad dock that provides more...

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

Imagine a device like the Logitech Logi Base that not only charges an iPad, but also provides it with more processing power. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160132288) for “using a processing device as a dock for a media player” that, in theory, could make an iOS device function more like a desktop computer when docked.

 

In the patent filing, Apple says that, by integrating multiple electronic devices, it’s possible to increase the functionality of the devices individually. For example, you could improve media...

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05:10
Apple Named World's Most Valuable Brand Despite...

Apple has been named the world's most valuable brand in 2016, according to the latest Forbes rankings, despite posting its first negative-growth quarter since 2003 with declining sales across its iPhone, iPad, and Mac product lines.

Apple's recent slowdown was not enough to prevent the company from securing the number one position in the list for the sixth consecutive year, ahead of rivals Google and Microsoft. Forbes placed Apple's brand value at $154.1 billion, up 6-percent from 2015 and nearly double Google's value of $82.5 billion.

Coca-Cola, Facebook, Toyota, IBM, Disney, McDonald's, GE, Samsung, Amazon, AT&T, BMW, and Cisco rounded out the top fifteen. Apple Watch fashion partner Hermès ranked 48th on the list. Other notable companies listed include Intel (17th),...

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05:00
My Presentation on Evaluating Partners from ACES...

Last week, I gave a presentation on criteria for evaluating partners, managing revenue streams and partner channel programs. The presentation, given on May 4th, is available below.

The file is ACES_Partners
 

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04:58
Tension Software updates AutoMailer for OS X to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer for Mac OS X to version 2.4.

The app allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. You can prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Version 2.4 provides an improved mail send engine and enhanced asynchronous operations.

AutoMailer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $20 and is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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04:58
Consumers who use digital health tools find them...

Seventy-six percent (76%) of consumers who use digital health tools say their health apps/devices have made them healthier. And 59% of consumers who use digital health tools use them at least once per day.
Another 57% responded that using digital health tools has helped to lower their healthcare costs. The results are based on a March HealthMine (www.healthmine.com) survey of 500 insured consumers who use mobile/internet-connected health tools.
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04:39
Check the back of your drawers – your old iPod could...

The discontinuation of the iPod Classic back in 2014 gave prices of used models a boost in the following holiday season, some models selling for up to four times the original price. A Guardian report says that collectors are now paying even more for some models, with special editions selling for as much as $90,000.

Terapeak, a company which tracks pricing of collectibles on eBay, […] found that classic iPods in their original packaging were priced at collectibles levels – one U2 special edition, Terapeak noted, sold in November for $90,000.

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04:28
Kool Tools: Philips 43-inch Ultra HD display

The Philips UltraClear 43-inch class 4K Ultra HD LCD Display (BDM4350UC)is an expansive monitor designed to give you room to spread out and see all the details in Ultra High Definition.
With a 43-inch class diagonal, this monitor brings vivid imagery to desks and rooms alike, allowing productivity users to navigate many applications at once. Images and graphics come alive thanks to 4K technology and 3840 x 2160 resolution, which delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD.
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04:11
Two Apple Patent Filings illustrate their Fanatical...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for forming an environmental seal around a sensor disposed beneath the button cap of the Home Button on iOS devices. Today we present two of Apple's patent filings that show the level of detail Apple puts into creating their products so that they function just right and always look their best.

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04:06
Apple unable to recover data from iPhone belonging...

Apple has told the families of two teenage boys lost at sea that it has been unable to recover any data from the iPhone belonging to one of them. The families had hoped that content on the phone might have provided clues as to what happened.
14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen failed to return from a boating trip last July, but their 19-foot boat was boat was found drifting 100 miles from Bermuda back in March, and on it was an iPhone belonging to Stephanos. Apple agreed last month to attempt to recover data from the phone, but the SunSentinel reports that the company’s efforts were unsuccessful …
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03:17
Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition...

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

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02:46
Apple Confirms that the iPhone Belonging to a...

Although it was refreshing last month to hear that Apple would do their best to help a Florida family unlock their lost son's iPhone, it was truly a longshot at best. Last night the family lawyer revealed that Apple ...

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Friday May 13

10:07
Qardio's smart medical devices will now share...

The future of health care is wearable devices that transmit our vitals to our physicians. Instead of self-reported data, which is often inaccurate (no offense, but your memory just kind of sucks), doctors will have real numbers to form the basis for diagnoses and treatment plans. In the wake of Apple’s CareKit launch, connected medical device maker Qardio is launching a platform to share health data from its hardware with your doctor.

Qardio

QardioArm is a medical-grade smart blood pressure monitor that can send data to your doctor.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Browse around

Firefox and Opera update their offeringsThe latest roundup brings you two new and updates apps to let you roam freely across the Internet. Read on!Boom: Music Player The free Boom: Music Player app for iOS promises to let you hear your tunes in highest-quality stereo, promising 3D Surround Sound, a 16-band equalizer, an “intensity slider” and more. One warning: It only works for your downloaded music files, not streaming music. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:37
The PCWorld Show Episode 16: Windows 10 upgrade,...

Jon, Brad, and Gordon discuss the week's hot tech topics, including the Windows 10 upgrade offer, the GeForce GTX 1080, and the death of VGA.

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20:59
Study: Amid sea of disposable apps, health and...

Recent data gathered by Yahoo-owned firm Flurry Analytics illustrates a growing interest in health and fitness apps, a category that has skyrocketed in popularity over the past months to become some of the most used digital properties in terms of frequency and duration.

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20:59
Periscope users can start broadcasting from DJI...

You can start streaming videos taken by compatible DJI drones on Periscope. The video streaming team introduced the feature a few days ago, and it's now out on iTunes as part of the app's latest update. You can switch between the drone's camera and y...

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16:52
Appaloosa unloads all Apple shares as other hedge...

Another big investment fund is breaking up with Apple. According to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, David Tepper's Appaloosa Management has reduced its position in the iPhone maker to zero, mirroring a recent move by high-profile investor Carl Icahn.

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16:42
Apple Confirms Music Deletion Glitch, Says Fix...

Apple today confirmed reports of an issue that causes music from personal collections to be deleted, telling The Loop it only affects a small number of users and that a fix is incoming in an iTunes update next week.

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”Last week, debate raged over...

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16:04
Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion...

Apple in a statement Friday said it is investigating reports of a supposed Apple Music compatibility bug that deletes local music files without user permission, adding that an updated version of the media management software is expected for release next week.

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16:00
Apple acknowledges reports of personal music files...

Apple has officially acknowledged community reports of inadvertently deleted music, with users left with missing tracks in their libraries that may never be recovered, in a statement to iMore. The company says that it is pushing an iTunes update next week with ‘safeguards’ to pre-emptively target the issue but it cannot reproduce the bug as of yet in internal testing. This means the exact cause of the bug is still unknown and it is not guaranteed that the forthcoming iTunes software patch will fix the problem.
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15:33
Docker Ramps Up Container Security


Docker this week announced the rollout of security scanning technology to safeguard container content across the entire software supply chain. Docker Security Scanning is an opt-in service for Docker Cloud private repository plans. It provides a security assessment of the software included in container images. It enables detailed image security profiles, continuous vulnerability monitoring, and notifications for integrated content security across the entire software supply chain, Docker said.

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15:31
The limitations of iOS custom keyboards

Some good points here from Viticci, but I can still see why Apple turns off access to the microphone.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:16
∞ Apple comments on iTunes deleting music

Apple on Friday contacted The Loop with a statement regarding reports that iTunes is deleting music from people’s library without permission. [...]

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15:10
Mac Users Reporting Widespread System Freezes With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple's Mac OS. The problem appears to be concentrated on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros (Early 2015) running 10.11.4. Users report that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot. The issue was initially reported by MacRumors forum member Antonnn on March 25, four days after Apple released what is the third update to the Mac OS. In Antonnn's case, the freezes have been occurring "about once a week," first when browsing in Safari, but then also during the use of other Mac apps, including Adobe Photoshop and several third-party browsers. The freeze seems to affect not only the screen and mouse cursor but also the Mac's Force Touch trackpad, which completely loses feedback. Apple Support is...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 13, 2016

Ahhh, another slow news Friday for Apple! What happened on this Friday the 13th? Lots of stuff with cars...

  • You can buy a rather expensive 9-inch CarPlay display for 2011 and newer Jeep Wranglers from Alpine
  • If you own certain models of Kia automobiles that have a built in UVO 3 infotainment system, you'll get CarPlay for free later this year
  • Apple's Wallet app may become much more useful soon, as the UK's DVLA is prototyping a digital driver's license that uses the Wallet

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14:29
∞ Strat vs Tele vs Les Paul: Ultimate Guitar...

Great video showing the tonal differences between some iconic guitars.

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14:07
Samsung's Global VP of Research Reveals his...

Pranav Mistry is Samsung's Global Vice President of Research at Samsung and the head of Think Tank Team. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond. Patently Apple first covered the SixthSense project back in 2009 when it debuted at a TED presentation. Now with Samsung, Mistry is able to ...

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13:56
Google's Chirp May Try to Drown Out Amazon...


Google is rumored to be developing a direct competitor to Amazon's Echo, code-named "Chirp." The device, which might resemble the OnHub router, would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology. Google likely will launch the product later this year, although it's expected to preview it at I/O. The Echo, one of Amazon's biggest product launches in years, combines a speaker with the Alexa personal digital assistant -- voice recognition software that answers questions, maintains lists, controls home automation systems, and more.

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13:25
∞ Living with Gboard

I think Gboard is brilliant and it is now my default iOS keyboard. Here’s why.

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13:09
MacDeployment Early Bird Signups Ending on Monday!

Hey Devops peeps! Got this, so just quoting and posting:
Just a reminder that the Early Bird rate for the MacDeployment Conference ends on Monday (May 16) at 23:59 MT. This applies both to the Conference day (June 16, CAD $75) as well as the Conference + Workshop days package (June 16 + 17, CAD $275). While the conference is meant to serve (and further build) the Mac Admins community in Alberta (Canada), it is open to all. Speakers include Tom Bridge, Luis Giraldo, Tim Sutton, and Teri Grossheim. For further information, visit macdeployment.ca.
You should go.

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12:28
Design Hunt for iOS gains 3D Touch support + general...

Daily design curation and inspiration app Design Hunt has seen a 2.1 version upgrade today focusing on improving overall performance and introducing 3D Touch features to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Today’s update also introduces Design Hunt on the web so users can continue their discoveries on the desktop. Curating content from multiple sources like Designer News, Dribbble, Pinterest, and Fast Co, Design Hunt helps surface some of the best design content and ideas everyday.
more…Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: design, Design Hunt ...

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12:19
As the sun sets on Microsoft's Sunrise, here...

Microsoft announced this week that by the end of August it will discontinue Sunrise, a popular calendar app it acquired. For existing Sunrise users, here are some of the best alternative third-party calendar apps, offering similar functionality and push notifications.

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12:00
External Link: The Right to Bear… Encryption?

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a favorite of gun owners, but could it also provide a constitutional basis for a right to encryption? That’s not as kooky as it sounds. As Motherboard’s Susan McGregor explains, the United States government has long considered encryption to be “munitions,” as was the case for Philip Zimmermann, developer of the PGP cryptographic software, when he was detained at Dulles International Airport in 1994. But if the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to own firearms, it might also support our right to use encryption. However, this line of reasoning opens up a family-size can of worms. For instance, could convicted felons be barred from using encryption? Furthermore, many privacy advocates may not be thrilled to find themselves on the same side of the table as the gun lobby. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet....

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11:54
UK working on putting your drivers license in Apple’...

It looks like drivers in the UK could soon be able to store their driver’s license within Apple’s Wallet app on iPhones as CEO of the country’s Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) today shared the image of the work in progress feature above.This is pretty cool.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:47
Alpine debuts new 9-inch CarPlay display, Kia...

Aftermarket upgrade specialist Alpine on Friday launched a new, 9-inch dash display with support for Apple's CarPlay, while Korean automaker Kia further detailed plans to support CarPlay in the 2016 Optima and 2017 Sportage.

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11:45
iClipboard 6 for OS X gets interface makeover, more

Chronos Inc. has rolled out iClipboard 6, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X (10.11 and later). According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, new features include:
° A streamlined interface makeover;
° Support for long (instead of abbreviated) text clippings;
° An overhaul of plain text pasting so it's faster, easier, and not a global setting;
° On-the-fly text transformations instead of global setting;
° Clipping info shown directly in Shelf;
° An overhauled Shelf resizing to be less complicated;
° Improved performance.
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11:31
Opera Browser Sips Laptop Juice Rather Than Slurping


Opera on Thursday announced a dedicated power-saving mode in the developer version of its Web browser. Tests showed it extended laptop battery life by up to 50 percent against Google Chrome, the company said. The browser will suggest that users enable the power-saving mode when their laptop battery has 20 percent of capacity left. Clicking on the battery icon after a laptop is disconnected from its power cable activates it. "To some degree, this is about allowing savvy browser power users to kick the tires," analyst Al Hilwa said.

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11:07
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 3

VocaLive lets you create amazing vocal effects by chaining up to 4 effects procesors into a single effects chain, just like you would in the studio. Use VocaLive on stage as your own personal controllable vocal effects processor adding lush reverbs, delays, multi-part harmonies, creative effects and more, all at your fingertips. VocaLive also lets you record up to 8 tracks of audio simultaneously and is perfect for tracking vocals with multi-track class compliant USB audio interfaces.IK makes some great software and hardware for iOS and Mac.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:06
UK shows off prototype of digital iPhone driving...

It looks like drivers in the UK could soon be able to store their driver’s license within Apple’s Wallet app on iPhones as CEO of the country’s Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) today shared the image of the work in progress feature above.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple, Drivers License, iPhone, UK, wallet ...

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10:29
Billion-dollar Didi deal seen as sign Apple's...

As rumors of an "Apple Car" continue to grow, the company's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride hailing company Didi Chuxing has further driven speculation that Apple's interest in the automotive market goes far beyond improving its Maps service.

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10:24
After LAUSD iPad program failure, Apple’s help spurs...


In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) shuttered a $1 billion program to give an iPad to every kid in the school district. There were improprieties in the way the bidding process was carried out, the school said, and a year earlier, students had “hacked” their iPads (really just deleting profile information that imposed limits on how the kids could use the tablets).

That failure, which resulted in an FBI probe and an SEC...

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10:23
Apple's $1 Billion Investment in Didi Chuxing...

Apple announced yesterday that it has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, but CEO Tim Cook refused to elaborate on the reasoning behind the move, beyond saying that it will help the company better understand the Chinese market and "deliver a strong return" on its invested capital over the long term.

Nevertheless, a pair of new reports suggest that Apple's ambitions behind its investment in the Uber rival could relate to its oft-rumored electric vehicle plans and broader push into the automotive industry.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that Didi Chuxing is "not only an important ally in a key market, but also a rich data...

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10:19
Apple’s shorter app review times

Apple Inc. has cut the approval time for new submissions to its App Store from more than a week to less than two days.Phil Schiller.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:18
With Gboard, Google Unveils a Great iPhone Keyboard

It has taken almost two years for a great iOS keyboard to appear, but Google has done it with Gboard, which integrates Google search, glide typing, easy emoji entry, and other neat features into a well-made keyboard. 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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10:15
Gboard is private and some other features

Some interesting notes that Gruber found in Gboard’s privacy policy—it seems it is private, which is great. The emoji tip is awesome.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:46
Alpine ships its giant 9-inch CarPlay display for...

Alpine unveiled its 9-inch aftermarket display with CarPlay support back in January, and starting this week the giant screen is now available for purchase. Alpine’s i109-WRA Restyle dash system isn’t cheap, however, as the 9-inch CarPlay screen retails for $2500 and only works with 2011 and newer Jeep Wranglers. Kia is also making news in the CarPlay space this week as the auto company detailed upcoming availability on three of its 2016 and 2017 model cars.
more…Filed under: CarPlay Tagged: CarPlay ...

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook $850, Motorola...

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09:18
Dan Lyons, Fake Steve Jobs: Silicon Valley has a...

Daniel Lyons was a senior editor at Forbes magazine and a writer at Newsweek and was the man behind the Fake Steve Jobs character ...

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09:08
Itemcycle is new website for selling used Apple...

Eric Ditmer has launched the website Itemcycle (http://www.itemcycle.com), which is designed to makes it easy for people to sell their used Apple devices.
The site aggregates offers from other buyback companies (Gazelle, NextWorth, SellYourMac, etc.) and calculates a larger payout for the device. After accepting an offer, you're given a prepaid shipping label to mail in your device and get paid.

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09:06
Apple invests $1 billion in China’s Didi Chuxing

Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, a move that Apple CEO Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market, according to “Reuters” (http://tinyurl.com/gm23k6u). He said in an interview that he saw opportunities for Apple and Didi Chuxing to collaborate in the future.
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09:01
Apple invites WWDC 2016 scholarship winners to June...

People who won a scholarship to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June are now being invited to attend a special orientation session on the Sunday before the conference, June 12.

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08:55
Awa is a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X

Stahl Labs AB has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice. 

According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says.

"Our goal is to create the most intuitive assistant for Mac that understands what and when you need things done," says Joacim Sthl, founder of Awa. "The first version of Awa featuers the basic commands and integration you could expect from an Mac assistant. We are not stopping there, more features and commands is added daily."

Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the...

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08:53
Stahl Labs releases new AI voice assistant for Mac...

Stahl Labs AB (http://stahltechnologies.com) has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice.
According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says.
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08:47
Default Folder X for OS X sees improvements, bug...

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.
It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. With version 5.0.4 the toolbar can now be aligned with the top of file dialogs as well as the middle
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08:36
23% of smartphone owners also own a smart home device

New Parks Associates research (www.parksassociates.com) hows that 23% of U.S. smartphone owners also own a smart home device and over three-fourths of those consumers use their smartphone, tablet, or PC to control their smart home devices at least once per month.
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08:33
Booq releases Slimsuit 13 sleeve

Booq (www.booqbags.com) has released the $40 Slimsuit 13, a slim profile sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro.
At only 0.6 lbs, Slimsuit 13’s ultra-thin design makes for lightweight carrying with no extra bulk. The sleeve’s polyurethane exterior features a durable, all-welded design.
A zipperless magnetic closure allows carriers to quickly slide their laptop in or out of the sleeve. The exterior design protects laptops from everyday bumps and scratches, and the interior’s microfiber offers an added layer of protection, safeguarding MacBooks from scratches.  

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08:27
Kia launches Apple CarPlay with UVO

Kia Motors America (KMA) says the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility when the vehicles arrive at Kia retailers during the second quarter.  

Additionally, customers who have previously purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3 will be provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com that will be available beginning in the third quarter. Currently on sale, the 2017 Sorento is the first Kia vehicle to be offered with CarPlay support and other models in the Kia lineup eligible for the CarPlay update will be announced at a later date. 

CarPlay gives drivers the ability to access the iPhone’s user interface through Kia's UVO infotainment system. By connecting the smartphone into the USB port, users are able to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages,...

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08:22
Apple schedules WWDC 2016 scholarship winner...

After issuing WWDC scholarships to winning applicants earlier this week for its upcoming developers conference in June, Apple has now invited winners to a WWDC 2016 orientation on Sunday, June 12th.
more…Filed under: Developers Tagged: Apple, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, June 12, scholarships, worldwide developers conference, WWDC...

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08:21
Here’s a reason Apple wants/needs a video streaming...

Here’s a reason why Apple is almost certainly working on its own video streaming service: The video streaming market is estimated to grow from $30.29 billion in 2016 to $70.05 billion by 2021, according to Research and Markets.

The market is expected to grow at an “impressive” compound annual growth rate of 18.3% because of the rising usage of online streaming, notes the research group. Users have started adopting pay TV and OTT (over-the-top) solutions for streaming videos. In broadcasting, refers to delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content. Examples are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

The online streaming has provided many advantages to users such as ability to skip advertisements, access to episodes anytime, and ability to watch events and shows with flexibility in time. The online...

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08:06
Apple Store at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma to get $...

The Oklahoman reports that renovations to Oklahoma City's only Apple Store at Penn Square Mall will top $2.5 million, according to building permits filed Tuesday in Oklahoma City. 

The mail is centrally located in the heart of Oklahoma City's popular Business and Tourism District, Penn Square. It’s home to over 140 specialty shops and restaurants. 

The Apple store closed April 18 for renovations. A temporary store has opened on the upper level of the mall in the Macy's wing while the renovations are underway.

AppleInsider notes that the build cost suggests Apple intends to include the mammoth 37-foot TV display that sits as a centerpiece at some newer Apple Stores. Custom built, the gigantic installation is estimated to cost about $1.5 million, and was first...

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07:56
Didi received $1 billion investment from Apple

Didi Chuxing announced on May 13 that Apple has invested $1 billion in the Chinese car hailing company. Didi claims the investment will see Apple involved in both its technology and product strategies, but further details about this have been scarce.

For Apple, the investment in Didi highlights the strategic importance of China and the services segment for Apple’s future strategy, according to Jack Kent, director, Operators & Mobile Media at IHS Technology. The past quarter’s results show that Apple’s iPhone business is slowing and expansion in China had been one of its main growth drivers in recent years. 

As its hardware business has slowed, Apple has been keen to drive growth in its services revenues. This move shows how Apple is increasingly focused on services, such as Apple Pay, App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iCloud, says Kent.

 The Didi Chuxing car-hailing app has more than 87% of the market in...

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07:48
The two finger iPad gesture when using an external...

This is brilliant. Just tried it. External keyboard in place, type, type, type. Then, reach over and touch the screen with two fingers, slide around, and the cursor moves as advertised. Love this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
Who pays writers?

Are you a writer looking for a gig? Trying to get a sense of who pays what? Here’s a great resource.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:27
Opinion: Apple badly needs to fix App Store search,...

We heard last month that Apple has a team of around 100 people working on revamping the search functionality in the iOS App Store. If true, it’s long overdue because App Store search is a truly terrible experience. You know it, I know it, developers know it, everyone in the world knows it – except, it had always appeared, the Apple execs in charge of it.
If Apple is actually going to fix App Store search so that it works, that’s excellent news. But one part of the report sounded distinctly less encouraging.

One of the methods that Apple is considering is paid search. Essentially, developers and companies could pay to have their app shown more prominently in search results.

That gives the impression that Apple is more focused on generating additional revenue than delivering a great user experience …
...

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07:23
Google’s GBoard for iOS adds search right into your...

A very clever idea from Google, a keyboard plugin that brings search right to the keyboard in any app. Watch the embedded video to see this for yourself.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:23
Intel Invents a New Hybrid 2-in-1 Notebook Hinge...

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two Intel patent filings that cover a new kind of hinge designed for hybrid 2-in-1 notebooks.

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07:22
Some 2015 Retina Display MacBook Pro owners...

Well, this is sort of a mess.
A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple’s Mac OS.
Hundreds of users have posted to a dedicated thread discussing complete system freezes on the early 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook running OS X 10.11.4. Users have reported that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

Many users have reported similar freezes after updating to 10.11.4, with some 15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2015) owners also experiencing issues. One potential cause has been identified from crash logs as a system framework or an...

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07:13
Apple's iCloud Mail & Notes services hit by...

Two iCloud services, Mail and Notes, suffered server-side problems on Friday morning, leaving some people unable to send or receive email, or create and sync any notes online. [Updated]

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07:06
Apple reporting ongoing iCloud Mail and Notes outage...

[UPDATE: Apple’s system status page says the issues are now resolved after four hours.]
If you’re currently experiencing issues with iCloud Mail or Notes, then you’re not alone. Apple is currently reporting an ongoing iCloud outage affecting a small percentage of users (which is probably still a lot of people at Apple’s scale) when sending and receiving email with iCloud Mail or using iCloud Notes.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Friday the 13th, icloud, Mail, notes ...

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07:05
Apple patent points to smarter, more automated...

This could turn into something interesting.
A recently published patent filed by Apple indicates as to Apple’s intention for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.
As an example, Apple points to the idea of a heating system being enabled at a particular time or when a particular temperature is met. Apple refers to a central “controller” being used to detect these factors, such as an Apple TV remote or other mobile devices. The devices being controlled are referred to as “accessories” in the filing.

The patent also suggests the idea of a light being controlled by a given amount of ambient light, the light level itself...

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06:51
Jason Snell’s 2016 MacBook review

If you are considering the 2016 MacBook, definitely read this review. It focuses on the product itself, rather than a comparator between the new MacBook and the previous model (though there’s some of the latter as well).∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:43
AppleInsider podcast talks HGTV Smart Home 2016 and...

Carley Knobloch, HGTV's SmartHome 2016 consultant speaks with AppleInsider about the products in the HGTV SmartHome, what products are in her home, and what goes into making the choice to buy a smarthome accessory. And Mikey Campbell joins the call to talk about the latest in 'iPhone 7' and 'iPhone 2017' rumors.

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06:42
∞ New Apple Music / Taylor Swift ad, this one a lip...

Solid song. The overall concept is repetitive. Feels like a deal was made to deliver x number of these. Video embedded in main post.

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06:25
Didi Chuxing president says Apple deal closed in 22...

Apple's surprise $1 billion investment in Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing was forged in just 22 days, and the two companies are now in talks in several fields, a report said on Friday.

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06:07
Apple invests $1 billion in Didi, China’s version...

Lots of interesting facets to this deal. The whole thing happened in 22 days, an incredibly short span for such a large investment. Shrewd move on Apple’s part.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
151 Awful Computer Jokes

It all began with: “There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.” It’s awful. But these days, there are soooooo, sooooooo many awful computery jokes to choose from. Such jokes. All the laugh. I’ve been collecting silly nerdy jokes about computers in a sticky for years. Now, you can read some of them! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Enjoy!
What did the computer have at lunchtime?
A byte
What do computers snack on?
Microchips
There are no shortcuts in life, unless you right click and find one…
Why was there a bug in the computer?
Because it was looking for a byte to eat
Program, noun: A magic spell cast upon a computer to enable it to turn input into error messages.
Don’t anthropomorphize computers. They hate that!
One day, a prince goes to a lair to kill the dragon. The prince cuts off his head but two new heads appear. The prince cuts off the two heads and four appear, after...

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05:00
Battlefield 1 Balances Gaming Fun With WW1 Realism


The latest title in the long-running Battlefield series made its debut last week. Instead of another near-future setting with the latest high-tech body armor and assault weapons, DICE and Electronic Arts are putting players in the trenches of the First World War and outfitting them with bolt-action rifles, horses and gas masks. The series, which launched in 2001 with the World War 2-themed Battlefield 1942, has moved forward in time up to now, with a sequel set during the Vietnam War and subsequent follow-ups set in the modern day
or even in the future.

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05:00
Hi-Res Music initiative expands to include music...

Music streaming is officially going high resolution. The industry’s official logo mark for Hi-Res Music – previously applicable primarily to high-quality digital download services – will soon be available for adoption by music streaming services such as Apple Music as well, according to an announcement today from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its member companies.

The Hi-Res Music logo and accompanying definition, originally announced in June 2015 by the RIAA on behalf of its member labels, primarily focused on the various types of digital files and download services which met the definition’s requirements. This program, which has been adopted by nearly a dozen download services offering high-resolution music, is now being expanded to cover streaming services that utilize new technologies that meet the quality standards set out in the original Hi-Res Music definition. These technologies ensure that the listener hears music that preserves, without...

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04:51
Almost entire Sharp board will be replaced as...

Following the on-off-on-again acquisition of display-maker Sharp by Foxconn, the company has announced that 12 of the 13 board members – including CEO Kozo Takahashi – will step down once the takeover process is complete. The WSJ reports that the announcement follows deepening losses at the company.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple suppliers,...

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04:46
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for OS X

Tension Software has announced CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for Mac OS X.

The app lets you create and edit “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
CryptoEdit 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).

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04:32
AMOLED growth is a bright spot for the display...

Active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are rising fast, thanks to lowering costs, wider use in end-market consumer electronics devices and the ramp-up of new manufacturing capacities.
While liquid crystal display (LCD) technology is still the dominant technology in the display industry, AMOLED display shipments will grow 40% year-over-year year, to reach 395 million units in 2016. AMOLED display revenue is expected to increase by 25 percent, to reach $15 billion in 2016, according to IHS (www.ihs.com).
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04:30
Today is Friday the 13th; celebrate accordingly

Today is Friday the 13th, so I’m serving up a list of three iOS apps to “celebrate” the big day (sorry, OS X fans, but I couldn’t find any such apps at the Mac App Store).

Friday the 13th from Pocketkai is a free app that calculates all Fridays the 13th for the next 50 years. (Every year has one to three Friday’s that fall on the 13th.)

Do you really believe that Friday the 13th is unlucky? An estimated 17-21 million folks are afraid of the date. Friday the 13th — How Unlucky is It is a free app that lets you tell if the most recent Friday the 13th was lucky or unlucky for you.

A lot of folks in Canada don’t fear the day. Friday the 13th Port Dover is the largest independent gathering in Canada. Over 200,000 people get together each Friday the 13th to celebrate...

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04:24
Best Friendship Quotes With Explanations

Forums: General FCS Discussion
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together" - Woodrow Wilson
Because an incredibly long, the entire entire world ended up being obsessed with power and also the subjugation of fellow humans. Frequent enmity with the other person had led to devastating conflicts who have killed hundreds of thousands. Camaraderie may be the strategy that could undoubtedly make your community a greater location to live in. Fellow sensation for each other makes us recognize how essential it can be to coexist in serenity and are living in equilibrium.
"Friendship needs no words." - Dag Hammerskjold
The standard primary behind an authentic camaraderie is finished understanding that exists in between the folks. This strengthens during a period of efforts and small things in regards to the other individual opens...

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04:11
Kool Tools: TableEdit for Mac OS X

The CoreCode team’s TableEdit is a free spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.
TableEdit features an Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies.
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04:09
International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files? 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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04:01
Unified School District credits $42M iPad program...

The best-known Unified School District program to provide an iPad to every student may have ended disastrously, but a similar program elsewhere appears to have been rather more successful.
In LA, Apple ended up repaying $4.2M to settle a claim by the LAUSD following a failed program that led to a federal review concluding it had been doomed from the start – and corruption investigations by both the FBI...

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04:00
Fashion Friday: the eWorld T-shirt

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

Today’s T-shirt is from the launch of Apple’s eWorld, an online service that Apple operated between June 1994 and March 1996. The services included email, news, and a bulletin board system (old-timers will remember those).

eWorld is from the distant past. So distant that you had to install it from a set of two floppy disks.

Apple previewed eWorld at the 1994 Macworld Conference & Expo, where they invited attendees to become beta testers for the service. On June 20, 1994, the service went into full operation. 

eWorld was based around a "town hall" metaphor where each of the service’s branches was an individual "building". Over 400 media and technology companies created information products...

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03:08
Mac Users Reporting Widespread System Freezes With...

A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple's Mac OS.

Hundreds of MacRumors forum members have been posting to a dedicated thread to discuss the issue, which spans 20 pages at the time of writing. The problem appears to be concentrated on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros (Early 2015) running 10.11.4. Users report that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

The issue was initially reported by MacRumors forum member...

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02:42
Apple Invests $1 Billion in China's Largest...

Investors are eagerly watching to see whether Apple will enter the automotive business, especially after the news about Apple secretly working on a partnership with Magna. Apple continues to hire a wide range of automotive experts, and the company is exploring building a self-driving car. Late last night the news broke that Apple had invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service called Didi Chuxing.

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02:00
Deal of the Day: Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C...

After years of making a big deal about the safety of the MagSafe power connector for the various models of MacBooks, Apple totally ignored the connector in the 12-inch MacBook design. That opened the slim laptop to being dragged to the floor if someone happened to trip over the power cord. Fortunately, Griffin Technology created the BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable to bring back the safe breakaway capability, and you can get it for 12% off the usual price through the Apple World Today Deals Shop

The BreakSafe is usually priced at $40, but AWT readers can pick it up for just $34.99 with free shipping. For anyone who owns the 12-inch MacBook, this is inexpensive insurance! But hurry, because this...

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00:18
The demand for stockings made of cotton

Forums: ResharingTags: Knitting Stretchy FabricKnitting fabricHot Selling FabricI am a writer and artist with a broad spectrum [url=http://www.knittingfabric.cc/]Polyester Fabric/url of interests.
I began sewing when I became frustrated with the options in stores for my body type and tastes.
I realized that I could use my artistic abilities to create wonderful designs for myself in colors and fabrics...

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00:00
Apple Invests $1 Billion In Uber's Chinese...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi, making one of its biggest bets on software and services and dealing a blow to Uber Technologies Inc.'s ambitions in the country. The iPhone maker will help Uber's largest rival build up a ride-sharing platform that handles more than 11 million rides a day and serves about 300 million users across China, Didi said in a statement on Friday. Executive Officer Tim Cook has highlighted higher-margin services as a growth area and suggested he would use some of its $200 billion-plus cash hoard for investments. The investment in one of China's largest online companies will allow Apple to forge alliances in its single largest market outside of the United States. Didi, incorporated as Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc., is in the process of raising more than $2 billion at a valuation of about $25 billion, people familiar with the matter have said. It operates in 400 Chinese cities and...

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Saturday May 14

03:00
The Full Nerd Episode 0: GeForce GTX 1080,...

This week Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman fawn over the GeForce 1080 and debate whether to build an LGA1151 or LGA2011 v3 rig.

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05:00
Assassin’s Creed Coming To A Theatre Near You
03:25
Yahoo Email Support Contact Number

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: Yahoo support numberYahoo help phone numberYahoo email is a reliable medium for instant communication, where quick connection is established between sender & receiver. Yahoo email also plays a vital role for logging into social accounts like Facebook, Flickr etc. This even makes it more important for users to ensure strength on Yahoo mail password, so that one can continue with hassle-free log in process into various social accounts. To get hold of an unbreakable password & strong email security, one can directly get in contact with Yahoo email...

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01:13
Some Things To Consider When Designing A Kitchen

Forums: SoftwareEveryone wants their home to be the most beautiful, and to achieve that goal they are willing to go any height. If you truly want your home to be beautiful then you will have to make sure that you kitchen looks gorgeous. There are many things to consider when you are designing a kitchen and here you will find some of them. Kitchen design is not something that is easy, but if you follow the simple steps then you can achieve your goals.
The Layout:
When you are designing a kitchen, then deciding the layout should be the first thing that you do. When you are deciding the layout of your kitchen then your top most priority must be efficiency. With beauty on one side, you have to keep in mind that you kitchen might become useless if you are not able to work their efficiently.
Lighting And...

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Wednesday May 11

22:04
Apple unable to repair iPhone of teen lost at sea

A team of Apple engineers worked "around the clock" to return missing Florida teen Austin Stephanos' iPhone back to working order after it was submerged in sea water for some eight months, but on Wednesday the device was deemed unrepairable.

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22:00
Elgato Eve Energy: Keeping tabs on energy use with...

Our sponsor of Apple World Today this week is Elgato Eve Energy.

We’re all concerned about our energy consumption, and being able to switch power-consuming devices on and off with a simple Siri command is one way to keep electrical usage under control. But Eve Energy goes one step beyond that, providing information on just how much energy each connected device is using.

Through Apple’s HomeKit framework, Eve Energy easily connects to your iPhone or iPad with Bluetooth Smart. There’s no need for a expensive and quickly-outdated hub; just plug Eve Energy into an outlet, plug in your lamp or appliance, and set up the device in the Eve app. 

Now turn your lights or appliances on and off with a quick command to Siri, and if you have an Apple TV, use it as a...

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21:00
FBI Has Sights On Larger Battle Over Encryption...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bloomberg: FBI Director James Comey said the FBI is exploring how to make broader use of the hack, used to access a San Bernardino terrorist's encrypted iPhone, while bracing for a larger battle involving encrypted text messages, e-mails and other data. The tool could "in theory be used in any case where there's a court order" to access data on an iPhone 5c running Apple's iOS 9 OS, Comey told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. However, accessing content on a phone, known as "data at rest," is only part of the challenge that encryption poses for U.S. investigators. Software applications and other services that encrypts texts, e-mails and other information in transit over the Internet, known as "data in motion," are "hugely significant," especially for national security investigations, Comey said. He said criminals are increasingly using services that encrypt data in motion, and he didn't rule out litigation against companies such as...

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14:21
New Siri sibling Viv may be next step in AI evolution

With the creators of Siri offering up a new personal assistant that won't just tell you what pizza is but can order one for you, artificial intelligence is showing a huge leap forward.
Viv is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform built by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, the creators of the AI behind Apple's Siri, the most well-known digital assistant in the world.
Siri is known for answering questions, like how old Harrison Ford is, and reminding you to buy milk on the way home.
Viv, though, promises to go well past that.
Earlier this week during an onstage demo at Disrupt NYC, Kittlaus showed off Viv. This created an online buzz about the assistant's ability to not just answer questions or fire up a timer on a smartphone, but to answer complex questions and to interact with third-party services as well as online businesses....

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18:44
FBI director says legal war on encryption far from...

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL.

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17:47
Apple will not stop selling music on iTunes

“This is not true,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr told to BuzzFeed News, rebutting to a Digital Music News report claiming the company “is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store” in two years — or possibly “the next 3-4 years.”Not a big surprise. I don’t know why people thought it was true.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:08
Apple debunks rumors that it will stop selling...

Apple issued a rare statement on Wednesday debunking rumors that claimed the company has plans to discontinue iTunes music downloads sometime in the next four years, ostensibly in favor of an all-streaming service powered by Apple Music.

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16:52
Happy Hour Podcast 066 | iPhone 7 + iOS 10 rumors,...

This week Zac and Benjamin talk about some juicy iOS 10 and iPhone 7 rumors. Along with that, we’ll get into some Apple Music changes and a powerful Siri competitor called Viv. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, iOS 10, iPhone 7, Podcast, rumors...

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16:42
FBI director says debate over encryption is far from...

Even though the FBI’s battle with Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone is essentially over, FBI director James Comey today explained that the case is just the beginning of litigation over accessing smartphones and other devices. As reported by Reuters, Comey explained that there will be more litigation between the FBI and manufacturers over accessing locked devices, noting that encryption is “essential tradecraft” of terrorist groups.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, FBI, James...

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15:08
Apple again rumored to turn LA landmark into retail...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple looking to build a new Apple Store at the Tower Theater site in Los Angeles, a designated historic-cultural monument in the city's famed Broadway Theater District.

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15:03
Apple Considering the Historic Tower Theater in L.A...

Apple has been known to restore old building for Apple Stores and they were given the New York preservation award for repurposing historic buildings back in February. One of their next projects for a classic Apple Store could be the historic Tower Theater in Los Angeles...

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 11, 2016

LA's Historic Tower Theatre - Image via Wikimedia (CC_BY_SA3.0)

iPhone 8 rumors, translator updates, a new Apple Store in a historic building, and crazy App Store statistics - they're all part of today's Apple news:

  • Apple is looking at the historic Tower Theatre in LA as the location for a new Apple Store
  • Just 1% of the monetized apps in the iOS App Store account for 94% of the revenue generated
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber says the 2017 iPhone will look radically different
  • Google Translator can now be used to translate text offline

The text of this podcast can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple...

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14:09
Exodus of original Siri team continues at Apple

Almost all of the talent Apple acquired from the original Siri team has reportedly left the company, with a pair of key departures having taken place in recent weeks.

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14:08
Report: Apple could shutdown iTunes music downloads...

[UPDATE: Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr has denied this report in a statement to Recode, simply saying it’s “not true.”]
A report from Digital Music News today citing sources close to Apple claims the company is currently considering a plan that would see it shutdown its iTunes Store music download business within two years. The move would mean the company would stop selling downloads of music from iTunes and instead focus entirely on monthly subscriptions to its Apple Music streaming service.
However, on top of the rather fast two year timeline quoted for exiting from the downloads business, the report does add that a 3 to 4 year timeline is also something being considered by Apple executives:
...

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14:02
Forbes Crowns Apple the Number One Brand of 2016

Despite the gloom-and-doom sentiment surrounding Apple's first bad quarter in over a decade, Forbes saw through the smoke and mirrors of the media and market bears and still found Apple to be the most valuable brand ...

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13:45
Report: Apple to open new retail location at...

According to a new report from LA Business Journal, Apple is in the process of securing real estate space for a new store in Los Angeles. The store will reportedly be located at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, which could help revitalize the area’s retail business as a whole.
The Apple Store would be located at 800 S. Broadway, although specific details regarding the size of the store are still unclear. Additionally, it’s unknown how much Apple is paying for this retail space. Currently, there is over 250,000-square-feet of vacant retail space on Broadway between First Street and Olympic Boulevard, so Apple likely isn’t paying an extraordinary amount of money for the space.
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13:44
Ending music downloads on the iTunes Store would be...

I don’t think this is true, but if it is it’s one of the dumbest moves Apple could make: Apple is preparing to end music download offerings on the iTunes Store, perhaps within two years.

This is from Digital Music News, quoting unnamed sources “with close and active business relationships with Apple.” The article says that discussions are now focused “not on if, but when” music downloads should be retired for good.

The reasoning: streaming music is on the rise (Apple Music reportedly has 13 million subscribers with that number growing), while song downloads are on the decline (an estimated -25% or -30% this year). Also, according to Digital Music, folks are confused and don’t understand the difference between Apple Music, iTunes, iTunes Match, iTunes Cloud, etc.

Chart courtesy of Digital Music

“By 2020 [Apple’s] download business...

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13:30
Smanos brings home security to the Apple Watch

Smanos is a company that markets wireless smart home and security devices, and today the company announced that the iOS apps for its L020, W100, and W020 systems now work on the Apple Watch.

Smanos L020 app on an Apple Watch

The W020 is a $149 Wi-Fi alarm system that hooks to a WI-Fi router, then connects to sensors and accessories like door and window switches (two included), keypads, sirens, webcams (one included), and gas and smoke detectors. The $129 L020 does away with the webcam, but features the switches and can use all available accessories, while the $199 W100 adds an HD camera, a motion detector, and a touch panel to the mix.

Regardless of the...

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13:25
Notable apps and app updates for May 11, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.

The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.

Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.

Corel has debuted ...

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13:15
Diced: My favorite new anti-productivity tool

I'm not much of a game-player. I don't have a console, I don't buy role-playing games, and I'm much more apt to play a word or number game than any other genre. Lately I have been spending way too much time playing a simple new game that has me hooked. Diced ($0.99, universal) from Agile Tortoise is an incredibly easy game to learn and can be both captivating and frustrating. 

Diced has no ads and no in-app purchases, which makes it a bit of a unique game. Instead, you pay a buck and you've got the app. What's the point of the game? A series of dice appear in random order at the bottom of the game. With the dice, you attempt to gain points and clear dice from the 5 by 5 game matrix by creating combos of five of a kind or five in a row (straights). So for example, putting a 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 die...

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13:12
Nutty Rumor: Apple to Dump iTunes Downloads within 2...

In February we posted a report titled "Profitless Spotify Cruises Past the 28 Million Paid Subscriber Mark." While Spotify loves to have their great subscription numbers blindly repeated in the press, the fact is that they make no money ...

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13:11
Apple Aiming to End iTunes Music Downloads in Two...

Apple allegedly has an aggressive plan to "terminate" music downloads from iTunes within two years, reports Digital Music News citing sources with "close and active business relationships" with Apple.

Apple is also rumored to be considering a three to four year timeline for the shutdown of iTunes downloads, but overall discussions with Apple executives are said to focus on "not on if, but when" the company should retire music downloads. Termination of music downloads could be staggered by country based on the popularity of streaming content in different regions.Back to the story, the sources indicated that a range of shutdown timetables are being considered by Apple, though one executive noted that "keeping [iTunes music downloads] running forever isn't really on the table anymore." Also under discussion is a plan to "ride the [iTunes music download offering] out...

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Instagram’s New Look

Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram:

The question then became, how far do we go? If you abstract too
much, the glyph doesn’t feel tied to the history and soul of
Instagram. If you make it too literal, it’s hard to justify
changing from what we currently have.

After a lot of refinement, we landed on a glyph that still
suggests a camera, but also sets the groundwork for years to come.

Instagram seems like a “measure twice, cut once” sort of company. Deliberative, almost to a fault. Even you disagree with the direction in which they’ve taken their brand today, do not think for a second that they did this on a whim. They stuck with the old skeuomorphic camera icon for years after everyone else went flat. Now they’ve gone with something very different, and very abstract. I like the idea, but I’m not sure I...

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11:43
Rumor: Apple's 2017 iPhone will be radical...

With this year's "iPhone 7" expected to have a similar design and form factor to the current iPhone 6s, rumors continue to point toward a major overhaul in 2017, with one well-connected insider suggesting Apple is working on an edge-to-edge display that will conceal components and sensors under the screen.

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11:39
iPhone 7: Everything We Know So Far

New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus blueprints point towards no headphone jack and no stereo speakers, along with a dual camera, a Smart Connector, and 3GB RAM limited to the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus. New rumors also suggest Apple is working on a single dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus model, nullifying past rumors suggesting both a single-lens and dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus could launch.

Make sure to read the rumors about the iPhone coming in 2017 at the bottom of the roundup - it's rumored to have features like an edge-to-edge display with embedded Touch ID...

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11:30
Reddit Tech Forum May Ban Sites That Circumvent Ad...


A forum on Reddit, /r/ Technology, on Monday announced it was considering blocking links to websites that require visitors to turn off their ad blockers before viewing content on the site. "It has come to our attention that many websites such as Forbes and Wired are now requiring users to disable ad blockers to view content. Because Forbes requires users to do this and has then served malware to them, we see this as a security risk to you, our community," said creq, the moderator of the site.

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11:15
DIUx gets a new reserve unit led by Apple VP for...

Doug Beck, via Apple

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - AKA DIUx - is getting a new, first of its kind reserve unit that will be led by an Apple executive. Doug Beck is the Apple Vice President for North America and Northeast Asia, and just happens to also be a US Naval Reserve Commander.

Mr. Beck served from 2006 to 2007 in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit CItation. At Apple, Beck reports directly to CEO Tim Cook. From 2010 to 2014 Beck was based in Tokyo and led Apple's Northeast Asia businesses. 

The formation of the reserve unit was announced today by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who spoke at DIUx Headquarters in Mountain View, California on the future of the organization. According to Carter's prepared remarks in an article...

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10:58
Instagram updates iOS apps with 'flat'...

Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday launched a cosmetic overhaul of its iOS apps, while Google updated its Translate app with support for offline translation in 52 languages.

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10:48
A look at Instagram’s new icon

I always find these types of deep looks into design very fascinating.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:37
Suite for Pixelmatr now available at the Mac App...

Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.
The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.
Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hmqucea) in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.

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10:29
Feds to Take a Hard Look at Mobile Device Patch...


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a joint investigation into the issue of mobile device security updates. The FTC issued an order requiring eight mobile device manufacturers -- Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC America, LG Electronics USA, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics America -- to provide information about how they issue security updates to address mobile device vulnerabilities. FTC members voted unanimously to issue the order under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act.

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10:29
Corel debuts AfterShot Pro 3

Corel has debuted AfterShot Pro 3 (www.AfterShotPro.com) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version of the photo editing and organization software adds a highlight recovery algorithm, watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever. 
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10:26
Safari Technology Preview 4 released with fixes to...

Apple has released the fourth update to Safari Technology Preview today with fixes in connecting to the 1Password extension and watching videos on Netflix. The update primarily focuses on general bug fixes including networking, media, JavaScript, CSS, web APIs, Web Inspector, rendering, and accessibility. Safari Technology Preview is available as a download through the Apple Developer Center and subsequent updates will be received through the Mac App Store.
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