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Wednesday November 11

The Week in iPhone Cases: Catalyst launches... new designs for Speck's CandyShell Inked, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you cases with clever ways to take photos and carry your earbuds, plus a variety of basic shell cases for normal use… with or without flare. Read on!CaseologyThe Wavelength Series (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus; $14) features a textured fabric exterior over a polycarbonate frame.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Thursday November 12

Yahoo rolls out slick new search results exclusively...

Yahoo’s deal to be the default search engine in Firefox is nearly a year old and over that time Yahoo’s search market share has crept up and down. Now, the company is trying to use exclusive features as a way to entice more U.S. Firefox users to stick with Yahoo.
Anyone in the U.S. searching for items such as movies, songs, and sports from the Firefox Awesome Bar or search box will see a new search layout on Yahoo. The most obvious change is that the top of the results page now has a banner of images and video related to the search.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Google's new About Me page helps you control...

People concerned about how much information is out there about them on Google have a new way to control what everyone can see.
Without any fanfare, Google has begun rolling out an About Me page to make it easier for people to control what others can see about them across Google services.
The page should be welcome news to people concerned about their privacy, according to Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research.
"With this feature, there are no changes to what information people can see, but a way for people to better control what people can see about them across Google services in one place," a Google spokesperson wrote in an email to Computerworld.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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Firefox finally comes to iOS

Nearly a year ago Mozilla said it would bring Firefox to iOS, and earlier in the fall we got our first look at the popular browser on Apple’s platform. On Thursday, the stable version rolled out and is now available on the App Store for devices running iOS 8.2 and up.
Firefox for iOS brings all the standard features you’d expect from Firefox, including sync via a Firefox account for browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs on other devices. The new mobile browser also has the non-syncable reading list feature.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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Castro podcast app goes free with patronage option

The makers of Castro, a popular podcasting app, are throwing their hat in the patronage ring with their new 1.5 release. The app is now free, with an option to pay $1 per month as a nonrecurring 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month contribution to the developers at Supertop. The in-app purchase comes with no extra features.
While version 2 is on track to release in a few months, says Padraig O Cinneide of Supertop, the firm felt it was the right time to switch its business model and ask users for direct support. This follows Marco Arment’s decision with the release of Overcast 2 to move from a two-tier freemium model to making all features available with the option to contribute directly. Many software companies and independent programmers have expressed concerns about the viability of ongoing product development in the absence of trial...

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iPad Pro teardown reveals Apple sacrificed bigger...

The iPad Pro is just a really big iPad, at least from the outside. The intrepid folks at iFixit got their hands on the device, which went on sale on Wednesday, and immediately tore it apart to see if the Pro’s internals match up with previous iPads, or if the new tablet was rebuilt from scratch.
There are a few key difference, the team found, most notably in battery. The Pro devotes far more room to its new four-speaker audio system than the iPad Air 2 allotted to its speakers, which means space that could’ve been used for a bigger battery—and perhaps longer battery life—is instead used for better speakers....

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Hands-on with Facebook Notify, a news app without...

It’s hard to believe people are clamoring for more push notifications from their phones, but that’s exactly what Facebook is delivering with a new iPhone app called Notify.
At its core, Facebook Notify is an app for staying informed. But instead of coming up with a pretty interface for reading, like Flipboard or Facebook’s own Paper, Notify is little more than a vessel for notifications, which pop up on your lock screen or swoop down over whatever else you might be doing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Built to protect

Built to protectThis week’s roundup includes accessories that protect your Mac—and its data—from drops, fire, and water. Read on!BiteMyAppleThe $30 Chatlight can fit either on your MacBook or your iOS device as a light to make sure you’re seen when you do FaceTime chats with friends and loved ones. The battery lasts 90 minutes on a single charge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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4 reasons Logitech's Create keyboard may top...

If you're hot to get your hands on Apple's Smart Keyboard for the new iPad Pro, be prepared to wait. As of this writing, the keyboard won't be in stock for three or four weeks.
In the meantime, I recommend giving Logitech's Create keyboard case the jeweler’s eye. Like Apple's keyboard, it uses the iPad Pro's "smart connector" for its connection and power.
Here are four reasons to consider Logitech’s iPad Pro keyboard:
1. It's available now. You've waited since the iPad Pro's announcement in September to get your hands on Apple's gigantic tablet. And you know you're going to want a keyboard to go with it. Do you really want to wait for the iPad-as-laptop experience?...

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YouTube Music mobile apps launch, with offline...

YouTube is growing into a mansion with many distinct rooms. The latest is YouTube Music, which seeks to capitalize on the video site’s massive music catalogue and convince more subscribers to jump on board YouTube Red.YouTube Music is free and grants you a focused application for discovering music videos, exploring YouTube’s recommendations, viewing your previous favorites, and streaming audio.If you sign up for the $10-per-month subscription, you get ad-free access to the entire catalog of videos and the ability to save them offline. The YouTube Red package also applies to YouTube’s other apps and grants you unlimited streaming with Google Play Music....

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Apple flub leaves users confused over 'damaged...

Mac users who rely on apps provided through Apple’s App Store are facing some confusion Thursday after an error message caused by Apple incorrectly said that they had to re-install their applications.
The problem, as identified by developer Paul Haddad of Tapbots (the makers of the popular Tweetbot client) is that Apple’s Mac App Store security certificates expired Thursday, five years after their original creation. Without a valid security certificate, apps that users tried to open would throw up an ominous message that said an app was “damaged” and couldn’t be opened.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Spotify launches personalized concert recommendations

A new update promises Spotify listeners will never miss their favorite bands whenever they’re in town.
On Thursday, the music streaming service announced a partnership with tour tracking site Songkick to intergrate personalized concert recommendations into the Spotify iOS and Android apps. Found in the Browse tab, the new “Concerts” feature will provide Spotify listeners with a personalized list of upcoming tour dates based on their location and listening habits. Spotify

As with Spotify’s Discover Weekly personalized playlist feature, Concerts will include live shows by artists you love, as well as some new artists that the Spotify algorithm thinks you might like....

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Apple features 'amazing' apps and games...

One day after launching its extra large iPad Pro, Apple is throwing a spotlight on apps that take advantage of the tablet's massive 12.9-inch Retina display, titles compatible with Apple Pencil, "desktop-class" software, games and more.

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Apple to open 26th Chinese Apple Store in Chengdu on...

Pushing closer toward its goal of opening 40 Apple Stores in China by mid-2016, Apple on Thursday announced its newest regional outlet in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, will start accepting customers on Nov. 21.

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Apple showcasing apps & games optimized for iPad...

Following the official release of the iPad Pro yesterday, Apple this evening has launched a pair of new featured sections on the App Store showcasing apps that take advantage of the massive 12.9-inch Retina display the iPad Pro has.

The first featured section showcases games that are optimized for iPad Pro. Apple touts that the size and power of the device takes gaming to a whole new level. Apps featured in this section include Shadowmatic, Geometry Wars, Broken Age, Smash Hit, Lumino City, Horizon Chase, and many more. Apple says the following about gaming on the iPad Pro:
The size and power of iPad Pro let you enjoy gaming on an epic new scale. Get started with games whose breathtaking graphics, spectacular sound, and immersive features...

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Apple to phase out Beats Music service on Nov. 30

An inevitable end of services is about to befall Beats Music, which will officially shut down operations on Nov. 30 after being acquired by Apple and seeing its music curation and playlist generation technology infused into Apple Music.

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Apple shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30,...

Following the launch of Apple Music on Android earlier this week, Apple today has revealed that it is officially shutting down the Beats Music service on November 30th. According to a support document shared on the Beats Music website, all subscriptions will be cancelled on that date, with users being asked to migrate to Apple Music.

In the support document, Apple, of course, touts that all of the features Beats Music users have grown accustomed to are present on Apple Music. Apple also points out all of the new features of its service, including Beats 1 and “even better recommendations.”
The full support document...

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard ship times at 4 to 5...

Apple is already showing stockouts of certain iPad Pro models less than two days after kicking off preorders, while shipping estimates for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, both deemed essential to the iPad Pro experience, have fallen to 4 to 5 weeks.

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Apple's Former Beats Music Service Officially...

Apple's former Beats Music streaming service will be officially shuttered on November 30, 2015, according to a new support document posted today on the Beats Music support site. All existing Beats Music subscriptions will be canceled at that time, with any remaining customers being encouraged to switch over to Apple Music.

Beats Music ends on November 30. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences. Plus, on Apple Music, you'll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.Sonos is also sending out emails to customers letting them know the Beats Music service is ending on November...

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Singles Day sales, Tag Heuer's smartwatch,...

On The Wrap China's Singles Day puts Black Friday to shame, Tag Heuer debuts a luxury smartwatch and Hollywood effects artists help hospitals make training more lifelike.

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Opinion: Apple TV price + app quality make it a...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV has been available for two weeks now and after using it using it exclusively for all my media consumption, I’ve gathered a handful of thoughts. When Apple announced the device back in September, I was perhaps more excited for it than I was the iPhone 6s. And rightfully so. Tim Cook touted the new Apple TV as the future of television, using superlatives that seemed extreme even for Apple. The device had been a long time coming, too, which further contributed to the hype in my mind that surrounded the release.
As someone who had incredibly high hopes for the fourth-gen Apple TV, what do I think of it two weeks later? Let’s discuss…

I’ve always been an Apple TV user. Since the device’s essential “relaunch” in 2010, I...

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Purism's Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek,...

The combination of custom-made hardware and a tweaked Linux OS makes the Librem laptop lineup a unique offering with several innovative security features not offered in any other computer. The Librem line is a work in progress. The OS just reached version 2.0 and comes preinstalled on the hardware built with the modified Linux kernel in mind. LinuxInsider received one of the first available Librem 13-inch units for review. Our hands-on testing shows the hardware/software combo is an impressive display of the power and finesse of Linux.

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iPad Pro contains USB 3.0 controller, hints at ultra...

A day after iPad Pro launched on Wednesday, teardowns and reviews of the gigantic tablet reveal Apple quietly included USB controller hardware capable of supporting high-speed USB 3.0 data connections, suggesting a faster Lightning protocol is in the works.

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Apple Apparently Planning Mobile Peer-To-Peer...

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning peer-to-peer services (paywalled) as an adjunct to its Apple Pay system. The company is said to be in talks with major banks including JP Morgan and Wells Fargo to develop a new framework that could be in place as early as 2016, and which would facilitate payment transfers directly between Apple devices such as the iPhone and the Apple Watch.


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Watchmaker Fossil picks up fitness wearable tech w...

Misfit, makers of popular smartphone-connected wearable fitness accessories, today announced the company is being acquired by watchmaker Fossil Group for $260 million, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Fossil plans to take the technology and integrate it into its traditional watch designs, according to the report:

“We believe it isn’t about function. It is about function and design and branding,” said Greg McKelvey, chief strategy officer and digital officer at Fossil Group. “We see tremendous growth opportunity and that a lot of our jewelry and watches could be connected devices,” he said....

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While Apple's CEO Scoffs at the Future of the...

A new CNBC video report today has Lenovo's EMEA President, Eric Cador saying that "First of all, (the PC market) is not dead. I mean 260 million units shipped per year, you cannot say it's dead."

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Fossil spends $260M on wearables startup Misfit to...

In a bid to address the growing smartwatch market, established consumer wristwatch maker Fossil on Thursday announced an agreement to acquire wearables firm Misfit for $260 million.

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Apple shuts down iPhone and iPad screen brightness...

Yesterday we shared that the popular automatic screen brightness adjusting app Flux had found a way to make it from the Mac to iPhones and iPads on iOS 9. This afternoon the developers behind Flux announced that the app will no longer be available on iOS at the request of Apple. In a blog post sharing the development, the developers behind the app said that Apple contacted them to say that the app violated Apple’s Developer Program Agreement. While the app was unofficially supported on iOS 9 as a sideloaded app and not an official App Store app, Flux did use Xcode signing to work properly on iPhones and iPads.
Flux on iPhones and iPads with iOS 9 was originally made possible due to...

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iPad Pro's Lightning Port Supports USB 3.0...

Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro includes a Lightning port that's capable of supporting USB 3.0 speeds, according to both an iFixit teardown and several sources that have spoken with Apple. When taking apart the iPad Pro, iFixit discovered a Fresco Logic FL1100 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller, pointing towards support for USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

In its recent iPad Pro review, CNET also mentioned the tablet will support "USB 3-level speeds with forthcoming adapters," which reviewer Scott Stein confirmed was information that came directly from Apple. Photographer Jeff Carlson also claims a source has told him the Lightning port on the iPad Pro is capable of transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds.

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Samsung again claims 'leadership by following...

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its new Exynos 8 Octa chip, combining its first custom 64-bit ARMv8 CPU core with the company's proprietary mobile baseband in the same package. But while claiming leadership, the new chip trails Apple in performance.

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AWT News Update: November 12, 2015

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Big iPads, subscription apps, PDF Expert goes Mac, and errors on OS X:

  • iFixit tears down the iPad Pro, and they find big speakers!
  • Castro for iOS has gone the patronage model
  • Readdle introduced PDF Expert for Mac today, and makes PDF Expert for iOS free for a while
  • Certificate expiration errors galore

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 12, 2015. Just a reminder, if you happen to run a company that’s looking for advertising or sponsorship...

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Password-pilfering app exposes weakness in iOS and...

Highlighting crucial weaknesses in Apple's and Google's processes for admitting new titles into their competing app stores, both companies have ejected a third-party Instagram app after discovering it probably pilfered user passwords and pictures.
InstaAgent, as the app was called, marketed itself as a program that tracked people who visited a user's Instagram account. It had between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads from Google's Play Store and was in the top charts of the iOS App Store. But behind the scenes, an app developer said earlier this week, the app sent users' Instagram login credentials to a server controlled by the InstaAgent developer. Google was the first to pull the app. Apple later followed.
According to a blog post published Thursday by the iOS developer:

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Analyst: iPad Pro’s A9X CPU poses a threat to Intel

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Acuri says the A9X CPU found in the iPad Pro poses a threat to Intel as it surpasses the Intel Core M processor (the one used in the new 12-inch MacBook).

The CPU also compares favorably to the Core i5 processor used in the baseline Macbook Air, although it’s still far behind the Core i5 and i7 processors used in higher-end Macbook Pros, the investment firm analyst notes. Acura says the A9X outperformed all Apple laptops that use integrated Intel graphics, registering a three-to-four-times improvement in frame rate of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

The iPad Pro processor also posted an improvement of as much as 40 percent over the Intel Iris 5200 integrated graphics featured on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. However, he points out that what remains to be seen if developers can and...

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'We take your security seriously'

Anyone who has even the slightest amount of contact with the internet is familiar with the scenario: An email or actual piece of mail arrives from a company who apparently handles some part of your connected life. The letter calmly identifies its a...

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Mozilla releases Firefox for iOS

If you’ve been hankering for the day Firefox would be available for iOS, it’s finally here.
Mozilla has announced that its Firefox browser is now available for iOS and can be used on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Until today, Firefox for iOS was available as a public preview, and only in New Zealand. Launching first in New Zealand has become a common practice for testing new apps and features on the Web — companies use the country as a test market because it has a small population and English is the primary language.

Over the course of its preview launch in September, Mozilla stated it would expand to “a few more” countries prior to its launch. The company seems to have jumped ahead to a...

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Google introduces YouTube Music app, Facebook adds...

Two web giants released major updates for iOS users Thursday, with YouTube announcing a brand new music discovery app and Facebook adding support for 360-degree video in its existing iOS app.

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Apple, Google remove InstaAgent app after password-...

This is the joy of the war against malware.
Both Apple and Google have removed the InstaAgent app from their respective app stores after it was discovered that the app was storing users’ Instagram usernames and passwords in an unencrypted form, before sending them on to unknown servers.
InstaAgent, which tied in with Instagram, had become a popular download in the App Store’s free software section.

Google responded quickly to the revelation, removing the app from its Play Store, but Apple took a little longer to kill any mention of InstaAgent from the App Store, finally removing it a few hours after the first tweets indicated its malicious intentions...

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Video conferencing nightmares and how to avoid them

No matter what industry you’re in, you’ve probably experienced at least a few video conference calls. While these calls require slightly more equipment than audio conferencing, they fill a need for face-to-face time that can’t quite be met without in-person gatherings. In fact, the popularity of video conferencing has exploded in recent years and that is for a number of reasons.
First, video conferencing saves time and money. According to a study by PGi, companies that regularly use video conferencing find a 30 percent dip in the cost of travel overall, which includes hotel, airfare, gas, taxi, car rentals and food stipends. In addition, video conferencing can lead to higher efficiency and productivity—it holds attention longer than a regular call (35 minutes compared with 23 minutes,...

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Checkout the iPad Pro iFixit Teardown Video

For the longest time iPads has been criticized for being "just a big iPhone." But Apple is looking to change that reputation with their latest iPad model called the 'iPad Pro' with an improved processor ...

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Horace Dediu on iPad Pro: It's a desktop...

Horace Dediu is an analyst with Asymco who always provides some great insights into the world of Apple and mobile devices in general. This video came out yesterday, and it's well worth watching if not just for Dediu cavalierly tossing expensive devices, but for his take on what the iPad Pro really is. Be sure to watch it all the way through to the end.

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YouTube Music Debuts Giving Jimmy Iovine another...

Today YouTube Music finally debuted and is now available as a free download at Apple's iTunes App store. It's a stand-alone app spotlighting the massive YouTube music library, with a different twist than what you'll find on music services like Spotify or Apple Music.

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Readdle brings its best-selling iOS productivity app...

Today, Readdle has launched PDF Expert for Mac. Compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, this productivity app offers a multitude of PDF editing tools including text annotations, customized shapes, multiple signatures, and “smart tools for filling forms.” Support for Apple Continuity and Handoff allows you to work without interruption when moving between different devices. Readdle is positioning PDF Expert as being a more powerful solution than the built-in Preview app and more cost-effective than Adobe DC.
PDF Expert for Mac is now available on the Mac App Store for $19.99. As part of a limited time launch promotion, PDF Expert for iOS is now free on the App Store (down from $9.99).

When it’s time to edit, all the...

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Episode 071 on the PNP Partner Pack with Paolo...
Notable apps and app updates for November 12, 2015

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 for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

If you've ever watched the weekday recording of the AWT News Update online, then you already know about Periscope. It's a Twitter product that lets you watch live video, catch videos that have been made within the past 24 hours, and even broadcast your own videos. The app got a huge update a few days ago that adds features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus -- one can use 3D Touch to start a broadcast, search for broadcasters, or teleport to a location in the world... You'll have to load the app on...

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BBEdit 11.1.4

Rearranges font options in the Printing preferences for improved clarity. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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iPad Pro Videos: 4K Video Exporting, Cases and Apple...

Apple launched the iPad Pro yesterday online and in stores, and early adopters are now receiving their deliveries around the world. The trio of videos below provide a closer look at the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Silicone Case accessories and a comparison between Apple Pencil and Surface Pen tracking.

YouTube creator Jonathan Morrison shared a video called My First Day with the iPad Pro, proving how powerful the iPad Pro's A9X processor and 4GB of RAM are by exporting 30 seconds of 4K video in around only 38 seconds. He also provided a quick rundown of the 12.9-inch tablet's tech specs, benchmarks and camera.

Despite his 4K video test, Morrison concludes that the iPad Pro's hardware is mostly unutilized, due to the lack of true professional apps like Final Cut Pro X that take advantage of the processing power. Those apps could...

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iPad Pro: The Thrill Is Gone

Apple this week began selling its iPad Pro, but the newly introduced device is failing to evoke the enthusiasm the company's line of tablets traditionally has seen. Reviewers gave the device high marks for its battery life, screen, speakers, light weight and Pen, but panned the keyboard, the lack of a touchpad and 3D Touch, its long charging times and its price. They compared it less than favorably to Microsoft's offerings and to the MacBook Air.

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Hands-on: Inboard M1 skateboard is fast, fun &...

With a unique design that places its motors inside the rear wheels, plus connectivity with the iPhone and Apple Watch, the forthcoming Inboard M1 electric skateboard promises to be a ride unlike any other. AppleInsider has tested the company's latest prototype ahead of an early 2016 launch.

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9to5Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Best picks for the Apple...

If you own an iPhone or Mac, you’re probably a photographer — either with your iPhone’s camera or a standalone camera you connect to your Mac. Just as iPhoto’s simple editing and storage tools helped Apple sell iMacs, photography has become a major marketing focus for iPhones, empowering people to capture increasingly beautiful images and videos with the one device they’re always carrying.
Over the past year, I’ve reviewed some of the very best hardware, software, and services available to Apple-loving photographers. And I’ve spent the last month adding new choices to the list. So just in time for the holidays, I’ve put together 9to5Mac’s Holiday Gift Guide with top photography picks, at price points ranging from $2.99 to $2,200. From basic accessories to smart photo backup solutions to amazing photo-to-wall art printing services, there’s something for everyone inside…

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OneNote in November—Embed video, record audio,...

It’s been a big month for OneNote with updates across our web app to mobile devices to desktop. We’re excited to announce that we added a lot of great capabilities including some of our top education and OneNote Online requests—the ability to add audio and file attachments to your notes!
Audio recording
Listen up. Whether you’re preserving a lecture for posterity or practicing your accent, a recording is the natural way to capture it. With the addition of audio recording to the web, iPhone and iPad, you’ll always have the right tool for the job at hand.
To start recording on the web, click Insert and then Record Audio. Once you’re finished recording, click Stop. You can play the file by selecting it and then clicking the Play icon that appears.

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Upthere cloud service launches first Home and Camera...

Two weeks ago Upthere, the cloud company co-founded by former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, officially launched after several years of stealth development. Details were still sparse on what exactly Upthere would offer aside from being a different kind of cloud service option for your data. Now Upthere is officially launching its first products in beta: Upthere Home and Upthere Camera.
The idea behind Upthere is that data connections are plenty fast for a lot of people but local storage is a growing issue. Cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud tackle different areas of the problem is different ways, but Upthere believes keeping everything on the server then bringing it to your device on demand is the suitable approach. I got the chance to try out each of the new apps overnight, and while my data is spread across iCloud and Dropbox right now, Upthere’s new apps make a good first...

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IK Multimedia ships iRig Acoustic

IK Multimedia is shipping iRig Acoustic (, an US49.99 guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, it’s a compact, patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.
iRig Acoustic features miniature microphone technology. It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.
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Apple's iPad Pro & powerful A9X CPU pose...

Investment firm Cowen and Company has a bullish outlook for Apple's new iPad Pro, citing performance benchmarks that show the device is capable of replacing many mainstream laptops running an Intel processor.

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Game Creators release Game Kit 2

The Game Creators have released App Game Kit version 2 ( App Game Kit lets developers use BASIC or C++ to create games for mobile devices. The version 2 release adds new features including animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms and apps can be deployed cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux. The “pay once, royalty free” price has been reduced to US$79.
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Deals: $10-$30 off iPad mini 4, $99-$124 off iPad...

Gold and Silver iPad Pros are in stock at MacMall, while B&H's iPad sale knocks up to $30 off iPad mini 4, $70 off iPad Air, and $200 off iPad Air. There's also 24 hours left to save up to $350 on 2015 MacBook Pros. Or grab a brand new iMac 5K with AppleCare for $1,699 ($269 off).

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You can fit an original iPhone display between the...

Dennis Munsie pointed out yesterday on Twitter the immense size of the iPad Pro screen by noting that the distance between app icons on the new tablet's display is wider than the original iPhone display. That's 324 pixels (on the Pro) compared to the width of the first iPhone display at 320 pixels.

Here's another way of looking at it. Original iPhone screen in the empty space between the apps on the iPad Pro.

— Dennis Munsie (@dmunsie) November 11, 2015

One thing I thought was a little odd about the iPad Pro is that Apple didn't try to reduce the spacing of the app and folder icons on the home screen to fit more of them in. Instead, there's enough space there to... well, almost fit an original Mac display in between the icons. 

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PSA: Have ‘damaged’ Mac App Store apps today? A...

The Mac App Store noticeably experienced some problems last night / early this morning with downloaded apps. Upon opening affected apps, the system would say that the app is ‘damaged’ and cannot be opened, just like the examples from Graham. It certainly seems scary at first glance.
The error message recommends reinstalling your apps individually. While this will fix the problem, it’s a pain to do and isn’t necessary at all: your apps are fine, but the error message makes the situation sound far worse than it is. To simply fix the problem, just reboot your Mac, running OS X Yosemite or El Capitan, and the problem will ‘magically’ go away.
The more interesting question is, why did this happen at all?

The bug arose because the Mac App Store...

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Google takes on Apple Music with standalone YouTube...

YouTube has taken another jab at Apple and finally debuted the music streaming app it announced last month. The app helps users find new music to enjoy by allowing them to select from pre-made stations or create their own based on their musical tastes.

The app will launch straight into a customized home page based on your previous YouTube viewing habits, allowing you to mostly skip the process of telling Google what music you like in order to get things started. Videos you’ve liked will be saved and used to further tune the playlists, and a setting on these stations will allow you to determine how much variety should be added to the artist lineup.
Much like...

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Certificate problems causing app authentication...

Many Mac owners have found themselves forced to delete and re-download Mac App Store apps after what appears to be a certificate expiration error caused the operating system to mistakenly identify the apps as damaged.

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App Store Free App of the Week: PDF Expert 5 goes...

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30 feature updates to “Get & Transform” in Excel...

This week we’re pleased to announce a new set of features for “Get & Transform” in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in for Excel 2013/2010. This update is packed with lots of new features that have been requested by many customers. We expect that you will find this update extremely useful.
How can I get this update?
For Excel 2016: Install the latest Click-to-Run update for Excel 2016.
For Excel 2013/2010: Download and install the Power Query add-in for Excel 2013 and Excel 2010.
Data connectivity
Updates to data connectivity include:

  • Support for SharePoint Lists from non-English sites.
  • Enhanced support for the Exchange connector.
  • Automatic column type detection when importing .XLS files via the Excel Workbook connector.
  • A new “Select Related Tables” option when connecting to...
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Air Canada—flying high with a connected, global...

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Air Canada soars into the cloud with Office 365

Air Canada has spent billions of dollars modernizing its fleet, upgrading airport lounges and enhancing the customer experience. This includes offering the latest digital services for customers, such as mobile travel apps, online reservations and check-in and flight status verification. The smart...

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Pages 5.6.1, Numbers 3.6.1, and Keynote 6.6.1 for Mac

Maintenance updates for Apple’s trio of iWork apps fix issues that prevented Pages and Numbers from opening Microsoft Office documents. ($19.99 each, free updates) 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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Mozilla's Firefox browser now available for...

Mozilla on Thursday released a version of its popular Firefox browser for iOS, giving Apple users an additional option for browsing the Web over iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

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Rumor: Apple looking to create person-to-person...

Apple could be moving Apple Pay into the person-to-person payments market.
The current word on the ground is that Apple has spoken with J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bancorp about the system. It’s not clear how far those talks have progressed, and many technical details remain unsettled.

Apple is thought to be considering multiple avenues for implementation, including a partnership with existing P2P transfer network clearXchange. That would allow for a speedier launch, as the bank-backed service is already live for most U.S. mobile banking customers.
The fees, of course, are apparently a sticking point in initial...

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External Link: T-Mobile Not Limiting LTE for Some...

T-Mobile has announced a new Binge On service that allows customers to stream unlimited amounts of DVD-quality video over its LTE network from select providers like HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and VUDU. iTunes and YouTube are not yet included. It’s available to all Simple Choice subscribers on qualifying plans for no additional cost. Given that it only allows some providers to bypass T-Mobile's LTE data quotas, we wonder if this service violates the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules. 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-...

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Some Mac App Store apps ‘damaged’ due to...

I’ve experienced this first-hand, albeit without the “damaged” dialog. Hopefully, this gets resolved quickly.∞ Read this on The Loop

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iFixit completes teardown of iPad Air, posts findings

Without question or delay, the coolest of felines over at iFixit tore the new iPad Pro down and posted the results.
And there’s some pretty cool stuff in there.
The teardown process found the following components within the unit:
– A 38.8 watt-hour battery split into two cells.
– Four self-balancing speakers with accompanying enclosures.

– Two Broadcom BCM15900B0 units
– An NXP Semiconductors 8416A1 controller for Touch ID
– Parade Technologies’ DP695 display timing controller
– A Texas Instruments TPS65144 thought to be used for LCD biasing.
– 8 megapixel rear-facing camera.
– 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.

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Apple Apologizes to 6 Black Students & their...

Apple has officially apologized to six schoolboys asked to leave one of their Apple Stores in Australia, in what the students described as a racist incident.

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Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled...

Apple recently began equipping its retail stores with advanced tables that allow hidden power and data ports to be exposed with a simple hand gesture, and a new patent filing details the technology behind it, as well as other potential future implementations.

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External Link: The Mac App Store is Breaking Apps

Security certificates have expired for many popular Mac App Store apps, preventing them from launching. This issue affects 1Password, Acorn, Byword, DaisyDisk, and Tweetbot, among others. It’s up to Apple to provide a fix, but some users have reported that a reboot solves the problem. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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∞ Finding Dory

Finding Nemo ranks up there with my favorite Pixar movies. Here’s hoping that Finding Dory lives up to expectations.A solid start, bringing back Ellen and Albert Brooks. The core is intact. The video is embedded in the main post.

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First impressions of the iPad Pro

iPad Pro (back), iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2. Photo©2015, Steven Sande

It was a bit of a surprise to me yesterday when I went to order an iPad Pro and found out that I could pick it up at my local Apple Store. After an abortive attempt to get the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version in Space Gray, I was able to get that model in silver. So, does it fulfill the expectations everyone had for the biggest iPad yet?

It's definitely an iPad, and the size will astound you. The photo at the top of this post shows an iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch display honestly makes the Pro seem huge by comparison, but the weight of the large unit really doesn't feel that bad. Even with that display, the iPad Pro weighs just 1.57 pounds for the Wi-Fi edition, adding just .02 pounds more for the cellular modem. If those weights sound heavy, just remember that the original 9.7-inch iPad in the Wi-Fi + 3G edition from 2010 weighed 1.6 pounds.

The screen is pretty...

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The Rising Tide of Mobile Devices in Small Business...

The articles continue, on this site and others. Just did an article on The Rising Tide of Mobile Devices In Small Business for Re/Code. It’s available here. 

And in case you’re curious, the reason I post a link and clip of them here is so I have all the articles in a central location to go back and reference… I don’t post links to the Bushel ones I write, ’cause they’re already centralized in one place. Although I have considered an auto-slug based on the RSS feed of my author page there… But that’s something I’ll look at one day when I have a little free time…

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Apple Store employees allegedly profile black...

A group of black high school students were asked to leave an Apple Store in Australia after security became concerned that they "might steal something," prompting the store manager to issue an apology.

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Firefox finally comes to iOS

At long last, Firefox has come to iOS. Rather unusually, this is the first version of the Firefox browser that does not use the Gecko layout engine, instead using iOS's built-in WebKit-based layout engine. The app is available as a free download from the App Store.
Way back in 2010, Mozilla released an app called Firefox Home for iOS. This app didn't include a Web browser; rather, it just used Firefox Sync to pull down your browsing history and bookmarks from your desktop installation of Firefox. Home was retired way back in 2012—and then... there was nothing for a very long time. In December 2014, Mozilla finally announced that Firefox would be coming back to iOS—and this time, it would actually contain a Web browser.

Firefox for iOS has a pretty rich...

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Upgrade Devices And Apps Using Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator has always been able to upgrade devices. But it can also now upgrade apps that are on devices. To run an upgrade, first open Apple Configurator 2.

Once open, right-click on a device and click on the Update… option.

You can update all assets on the device concurrently, using the default option. Here, we’re going to select to update only the items we need to in the drop-down menu.

Select Only Some Apps and then you’ll see a list of each app that needs an upgrade on the device. Check the box for the apps to be updated and then click on the Update button.

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NetNewsWire Updates Solid But Fail to Impress

NetNewsWire was the king of Apple-centric RSS readers long ago, but has lately been overshadowed by the likes of Feedly and Reeder. Now, publisher Black Pixel has revived the newsreader app for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even the Apple TV. But these apps feel like also-rans in their current forms. 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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Sideloading is a way to deliver apps to people without going through Apple’s official distribution mechanism. Interesting piece from Federico Viticci.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Some Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Due to...

A growing number of MacRumors readers and Twitter users have been experiencing an issue with some Mac App Store apps displaying a "damaged" error when opened since late Wednesday. The issue has affected popular apps such as 1Password, Acorn, Byword, DaisyDisk and Tweetbot.

Mac App Store apps with a "damaged" error (Image: Graham/Twitter)

Mac users are prompted with this error message when opening Mac App Store apps:“App Name” is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete “App Name” and download it again from the App Store.Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad tweeted that the issue appears to be related to security certificates that expired on November 11, 2015, and he further speculated that the receipts now using SHA256 encryption may be causing problems with older OS X versions.Wonder if the receipt now being SHA256 is causing problems with old OS...

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Analogy of the day

Lovely bit of writing by Stephen Hackett. Nailed it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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HoudahSpot for Mac OS X lets upgrade and French...

Houdah Software ( has announced HoudahSpot 4.1, an update to the file search utility for OS X.
The tool builds upon Spotlight and adds a criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot 4.1 brings new features and a French localization. HoudahSpot is now availble in English, German and French language versions.
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AKVIS Neon for Mac OS X gets faster with version 1.5

AKVIS has announced a free update of its Neon software. The program creates glowing lines effects, transforming pictures into shining drawings. The new version (1.5) increases the processing speed and new hi-res printing options.
With Neon, you can create a glowing landscape or an extraordinary portrait, or just slightly outline edges making a picture more interesting and expressive. Version 1.5 now renders images two times faster. It also improves the Print dialog with new options to print super high res images on multiple pages
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Future water resistant Apple devices could force...

Apple is working on water resistant (if not quite waterproof) OS X and iOS devices according to a new patent filing (number 201503269659) at the U.S. Patent & Trademark office. The invention, dubbed “liquid explosion from an orifice,” would expel water from speaker and microphone cavities using varied electric charges and acoustics. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, typically, at least some portion of the cavity or chamber of a portable device’s acoustic chamber is exposed to the external environment to allow acoustic signals to be transmitted to or received from the surrounding medium. However, because the cavity or chamber is exposed to the external environment, liquid or moisture may accumulate or become trapped in the cavity or chamber, which may impair the performance of the acoustic module. Apple wants to alleviate that problem in its iPhone, iPad, and Mac laptop lines.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “...

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Benchmarks: iPad Pro versus Surface Pro 4

Apple is packing a lot of muscle in the iPad lineup. Use cases aside, the iPad Pro certainly has a laptop class processor.∞ Read this on The Loop

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EyeFi acquires popular photo sharing service OkDoThis

EyeFi, the company behind the popular SD cards that carry WiFi support, has today announced that it has acquired OkDoThis. OkDoThis is a popular photography app on iOS that aims to inspire photographers to take a taking pictures daily and offering a platform on which they can share and discuss photography. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a press release, EyeFi explained that the acquisition of OkDoThis allows it to more directly engage with photographers. With the OkDoThis team on board, EyeFi will be able to work to integrate social features into its own apps and products.
OkDoThis is a widely praised app on iOS that has amassed nearly 400 ratings and has a 4 and a half star average. Most recently, it was updated with iPad support and 3D Touch support...

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Outback Solo offers stylish protection for a 12-inch...

WaterField Designs has served up another elegant carry case with the Outback Solo for the 12-inch MacBook. It's a handsome, practical US$109 case made of waxed canvas and premium leather.

Not only does it hold your MacBook with style, it’s great for carrying an iPhone and iPad mini, as well. Two front pockets hold a smartphone or smaller tablet, items such as wallets and keys, and a charger for an overnight trip. An optional strap ($19) transforms the case into an over-the-shoulder bag. I’d recommend springing for this as it's extremely handy when you’re hoofing it.

The Outback Solo is durable and offers substantial protection. It cradles the MacBook Air with two layers: neoprene enveloped in highly water-resistant, tan waxed canvas. If you need a Mac Book case that's both stylish and rugged, the Outback Solo fills the bill.

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Saturday November 14

The week in Apple news: iPad Pro arrives, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 13, 201The iPad Pro is here. and the early reviews tend to say that the iPad Pro is a niche product since it doesn’t run OS X, which limits its power and usefulness. Macworld is working on a review, so look out for it. In the meantime, catch up on all the important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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The Big Picture: A psychedelic portrait of Pluto by...

No, you're not tripping. This is really Pluto -- it's just dressed in hues much more exciting than its usual cream, white, gray and copper. Think of this color scheme as the dwarf planet's mardi gras outfit, and the tamer ones as its office suits a...

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Solving the mysterious failure of Apple's iPad

Across Apple's fiscal 2015, annual iPad unit sales fell by an astounding 19 percent while iPad revenues fell 23 percent, a plunge from fiscal 2014 of just over $7 billion. The tech industry pundits love to talk about the failure of Apple's tablet business, but are short on the specifics of what's happening. Here's why.

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B&H's holiday sale slashes 2015 MacBook...

Delivering the lowest prices ever on numerous models, B&H's holiday sale knocks $300 off 15" MacBook Pros (2015), $200-$300 off 13" MacBook Pros (2015), $170-$200 off 12" MacBooks, $100-$170 off 11" & 13" MacBook Airs (2015), up to $30 off iPad mini 4 and up to $70 off iPad Air 2.

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Turkey blocks Reddit through its internet censorship...

The Turkish government's eagerness to censor the internet isn't letting up any time soon. The country's officials have blocked Reddit under the guise of Internet Law 5651, which lets Turkey ban sites it suspects of hosting 'scandalous' content lik...

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UFC doesn't want you posting Ronda Rousey...

The running joke about a Ronda Rousey fight is that you can fit the whole thing into a 15-second Instagram video, if not a 6-second Vine -- she's so good that her opponents usually crumble in seconds. You may not see many of those bite-sized clips...

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Translogic 188: Defiant EV3

Translogic drives the Defiant EV3, a boutique three-wheeled electric roadster designed by Shockwave Motors founder John McMillian.Host Jonathon Buckley hops behind the wheel of the Defiant EV3 on this episode of Translogic. This three-wheeled roa...

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Android Wear can do a whole lot more using your wrist

That big Android Wear update isn't just about allowing cellular data on smartwatches -- it's also really helpful if you don't have a hand free. Google has quietly revealed that Android Wear 1.4 has a ton of new wrist gestures beyond the usual flic...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 14, 2015

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 for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Marvel Contest of Champions (free with in-app purchases) lets you collect the favorite Marvel heroes and villains, assembling a team of champions to fight against evil. The in-app purchases can be pricy -- anywhere from $1.99 for a collector's booster pack to $99.99 to all-father Odin's vault -- but bring the power to really move ahead in the game. 

Like to blow things up? Boom Beach (free with in-app purchases) is from the same folks who brought you Clash of Clans. The description says it all: "Fight...

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Steam Machines are slower gaming systems than...

The whole point of a Steam Machine is to get PC-like gaming in your living room, but do you actually get PC-like performance? Not so much, if you ask Ars Technica. It recently ran benchmarks comparing the performance of SteamOS and Windows 10 on...

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The iPad Pro's chip is not a big deal

The iPad Pro is here, and it comes with a lot of promises. The most-repeated is that its A9X chip is a desktop-class processor that fits inside a tablet. Initial benchmark results confirm that this is by far the most powerful chip Apple has ever pu...

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Tech has a diversity problem, and that problem is...

I've heard it before and so have you. We need more women in tech. We need more minority engineers. Everyone from Jesse Jackson and even President Obama has made a call for more inclusive policies in tech companies. But it still hasn't happened. You...

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Gadget Ogling: Comfy Earbuds, Barking Bots, and USB...

If you're a human being who listens to music using earbuds, chances are you've run into some issues along the way in keeping the infernal things nestled into your ear canal. Manufacturers have tried to find solutions, such as offering different-sized rubber molds, but we're still hewing to a few-sizes-fit-all model. Enter Revols, a company that might have the answer. Fully recognizing that we all have a unique ears, Revols has equipped its earbuds with gel-filled ends.

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A car up on cinder blocks: the disappointing launch...

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To begin with, let me say that this post is definitely about a first-world problem. Given the horrific events that unfolded in Paris last night, there are much more important things to think and write about. That being said, this isn't a world news or political site, it's a site about Apple and its products and this post was planned prior to the Paris attacks.

Last night I had a Twitter conversation with an Apple World Today reader in which I described the launch of the iPad Pro without the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil as making the iPad Pro an "expensive grand piano without strings." Here's a better analogy -- let's think of the iPad Pro as a car. 

Before you buy the car, you check out the specs online, gaze through the beautiful brochures, choose your color and interior/exterior options, and build...

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What goes up

Daring Fireball:Arguing that Apple is in trouble because the iPhone is so popular is like arguing that the ’90s-era Chicago Bulls were in trouble because Michael Jordan was so good. It’s true Jordan couldn’t play forever — and the iPhone won’t be the most profitable product in the world forever. But in the meantime, the Bulls were well-nigh unbeatable, and Apple, for now at least, is unfathomably profitable. Just like how it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, it’s better to have tremendous success for some period of time than never to have had tremendous success in the first place. Right?This is a typically well written and thought out piece by Gruber, taking down the ridiculousness of the Apple doomsayers. They have zero basis for their prognostications and yet, rather than being spiked by their editors as posts that have no basis in fact or shouted down by the media in general, they are lauded for their “prescience”....

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Beats Music To Shut Down November 30

UnknowingFool writes: After November 30, Beats Music subscriptions will be cancelled and no longer work, according to Apple. Subscribers can use Apple Music, which has many of the same features. This shutdown was not unexpected when Apple purchased Beats last year for $3 billion, as Apple has a history of buying companies for various reasons other the products. Many former companies have been absorbed into Apple in one form or another in this manner: the technology of Fingerworks peripherals was the start of multi-touch for iPhones; PA Semi and Intrinsity personnel were the core of Apple's internal chip design teams; and AuthenTec made biometric technology that became the backbone of Touch ID.


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Apple Configurator 2 Guide

Apple Configurator 2 is a great new evolution in iOS initial and configuration management. And there are lots of great options. And to help you wrap your head around all this new fun stuff, I’ve written up a quick and dirty guide for using Apple Configurator 2.

It’s not completely done, but it will be shortly. Hope this help someone. Enjoy!

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Apple Faces Twitter Storm Over Mac App Security...

Apple faced the wrath of legions of Mac users after it reportedly allowed a security certificate to expire, leaving customers unable to use some apps. The expiration appeared to impact a number of apps, including Acorn, Byword, Daisy Disk, Tweetbot and 1Password. It's likely that the incident occurred due to problems with the security certificate management system. "The big firms, providers of applications and services, want to maintain control of the services and software they are selling," noted Ian Trump, security lead at Logic Now.

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Review: Aukey wireless sport earphones will stay in...

Aukey is a Chinese company more commonly known for producing charging accessories like in-car chargers and multi-port USB stations. But, it also builds headphones. I’ve been testing the wireless Bluetooth earphones while out running for a few months now. For $25, it’s really hard to argue against the Aukey Sport Bluetooth Headphone

It’s important to note, for me, buying wireless earphones was about fitting a couple of specific needs. I use on-ear and over-ear headphones...

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iOS 9 How-To: Use the updated multitasking interface...

Ever since Apple made the move to a more ‘flat’ design with iOS 7, the multitasking interface has changed in either a minor or major way with each iteration. With iOS 9, the interface has changed yet again. While the change is not hugely radical, it does take some adjusting to…

When you double tap the Home button (or 3D Touch with pressure on iPhone 6s/Plus), it takes you out of the app that you were using and shows you a fullscreen thumbnail preview of the app and the most recent apps you have accessed. The apps are presented in a fanned-out card-like interface. If you want to see the rest of your recently used apps, you just swipe left to right or right to left to browse through them all.

If you want to...

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Ford to Test Autonomous Vehicles at Mcity

Ford on Friday announced that it will be the first automaker to test its autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a full-scale simulated urban environment that was developed as part of the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center. The site will allow Ford to take advantage of the diverse roads and neighborhoods Mcity offers. "The key element in testing at Mcity is the fact that you can create situations that our engineers would rarely encounter through public road testing," said Ford spokesperson Alan Hall.

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Sunday November 15

iOS 9 How-To: Quickly delete multiple images in...

When you send pictures, videos, audio messages and other attachments in Messages on iPhone and iPad, it stays on the device by default taking up memory. For a lot of people, Messages is the second biggest app on their device in terms of storage, with Photos often being the biggest, because of the fact that the photos they share from Photos actually gets stored twice on the device: within Photos and within Messages. In this How-To article, I’m going to discuss how to delete multiple images in Messages very quickly.

First open up the Message app, and select the conversation that has the pictures that you want to delete and get rid of.

Then you are going to press on Details in blue in the upper right hand corner. Scroll down until you see the Attachments.

Then you are going to tap and hold on one of the images...

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Add Profiles To Blueprints In Apple Configurator 2

One of the tasks you’ll need to perform in Apple Configurator 2, is to assign Profiles to iOS devices in order to set them up with features or restrict the device from using certain features. I cover creating a profile here. To get started applying a profile to a device, bring up the Blueprints screen.

Choose a Blueprint and right-click on it. Choose Profiles…

Browse to the profile and then click on Add Profile.

The profile is then applied to any devices that the Blueprint is applied to. For more on Blueprints,...

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Apple Files Multiple Trademarks for 'Apple News...

On Friday, Apple filed for several 'Apple News' related trademarks in Europe while filing a single trademark filing for the 'iPad Pro' in Hong Kong. Apple News was introduced with the iPhone 6s under iOS 9 in September and only in limited markets. Earlier this week a report ...

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Xsan 2.2 VessRaid 1840f

Forums: HardwareHi ,
I know it's old but I must backup my old full of errors 48TB Xsan 2.2 on 10.6.8 .
I want to build a new volume beside the current faulty one for backup and then rebuilt it .
I own a promise VessRaid 1840f for this situation .
will it work ? does xsan 2.2 worked on any vendor storage like the new xsan does ?
any help will appreciated
kind regards,

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Review: SteelSeries Nimbus is the best gaming...

Comfortable, competitively priced and featuring a Lightning port for recharging, the SteelSeries Nimbus is the best iOS-compatible gaming controller we've ever tested, and it's the best option to pair with your new fourth-generation Apple TV. But without a clamp to hold an iPhone, it should be the go-to choice for Apple TV and iPad gamers only.

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Friday November 13

Microsoft OneNote picks up video embeds, new iPhone...

As part of its massive November update cycle, Microsoft on Thursday pushed a smorgasbord of new features to its OneNote notetaking software across a wide variety of platforms.Users of OneNote Online and OneNote for iOS can now record audio into a note straight from the web and mobile app. It’s an extension of similar capabilities already available on OneNote for Mac and OneNote for Windows.That said, the implementations aren’t equivalent. Recording or playing back audio in a note on the iPhone blocks input on the rest of the screen until users have stopped recording or playback. OneNote Online appears to be limited to recording audio in 90 second chunks, which is fine for capturing short snippets of speech, but not great for taking down an entire lecture. ...

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Apple's dropping Beats Music at the end of the...

Apple is pulling the plug on Beats Music on Nov. 30, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.The company is now encouraging both Android and iOS users of Beats Music to transition to the Apple Music streaming service, which was launched by the company in June.After the launch of the Apple Music app for Android phones, it has become easier for Apple to do the inevitable - shut down Beats Music, transition Android users and focus on Apple Music.“All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences,” wrote executive Dale Bagwell on a Beats support page. “Plus, on Apple Music, you’ll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.”...

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Apple HomeKit gets its first smart smoke detector

Apple’s smart home platform keeps growing with the arrival of the first HomeKit-enabled smoke detector.The Onelink smoke and CO detector ($110 at Lowe’s) from First Alert connects to iOS devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, letting users test the alarm and get remote notifications, even outside the house. The companion smartphone app can call 911 directly, and uses voice and location to help get occupants to safety. If more than one detector is installed, they can talk to one another and sound alarms in unison.Instead of using replaceable batteries, Onelink’s detector has a battery pack built in. It should last about 10 years, at which point users will need to buy a new detector. (As The Verge notes, safety agencies...

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Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are in short supply

Apple is pitching the iPad Pro is the ultimate work machine, but not just because of its extra screen real estate. The Pro pairs with the new Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, giving you a set of tools to get more done. But while iPad Pros abound, good luck finding a Smart Keyboard or Pencil to round out the bundle.Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing 4- to 5-week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Fresh, new cases for the..., Logitech’s competitor to Apple’s Smart Keyboard, and moreThe iPad Pro is here, and so are the accessories! Feast your eyes on iPad Pro cases from Apple, DODOcase, Targus, and more. Read on!AppleBecause the iPad Pro is a work machine, you’ll likely want to grab a keyboard to use along with it. Apple’s own Smart Keyboard (iPad Pro; $169) features a full-sized keyboard/case combo that seamlessly connects to your iPad Pro through its Smart Connector, and starts working right away without the need for pairing or additional setup.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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iPad Pro innards pave the way for USB 3.0 transfer...

Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t currently bring any major improvements in transfer speeds over previous iPads, but that could change with the arrival of new adapters.
A teardown of the iPad Pro by iFixit revealed that Apple’s jumbo tablet includes a 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller. In theory, this should allow for USB 3.0 transfer speeds through the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.
But as MacRumors reports, using a standard Lightning cable only transfers data in the 25 MBps to 35 MBps range. USB 3.0 allows for speeds beyond 60 MBps, up to a theoretical maximum of 640 MBps....

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Report: Apple Pay's Venmo-like feature could be...

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a Venmo competitor, but iPhone users might not need to install a new app to use it.
According to Quartz, the Apple Pay extension into peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers could be integrated into the Messages app for iOS. Because it’s a native app for iPhone users, Messages is already extremely popular, especially with younger people which tend to make up most of the Venmo crowd. TechCrunch recently reported that 60 percent of teens use Messages as their preferred messaging app....

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Google Chrome gets new iOS beta program

Google is now letting iPhone and iPad users take a cutting-edge version of its browser for a spin. The company on Friday quietly launched a new Chrome for iOS public beta program, which leverages Apple's TestFlight system to give users the chance to try out a new version of the browser.
Users can sign up by going to Google's Chrome Beta page on their iOS device, and they'll then be taken to a form where they can enter their name, email address and agree to Chrome's terms of service. After that, Google will send an email to confirm their email address. 
Opting into the beta program ought to give users access to a version of the Chrome app that will have features before consumers get access to them. According to a post by 9to5Mac, that includes a new app icon that takes advantage of the 3D Touch capabilities built into the iPhone 6S...

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Review: Apple's iPad Pro with A9X CPU and 12.9-...

The iPad Pro is Apple's most fully realized example yet of the future of computing, with a workhorse of a processor and a beautiful 12.9-inch Retina display packed inside a svelte, ultraportable design. Current limitations with iOS apps prevent it from being a PC replacement for the most demanding tasks, and at $799 it won't appeal to casual users, but we are confident the iPad Pro will carve out a niche in the high-end market.

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Hands-on: Apple Pencil unboxing with iPad Pro [...

Tonight I won the Apple Pencil lottery at my local Apple Store. I made the two-hour drive over to New Orleans to pick up an iPad Pro that I’d ordered online for Personal Pickup in store, half because I wanted avoid shipping delays and half because I want to take a chance on iPad Pro accessories being in stock. That paid off thanks to some dumb luck, and now I’ve officially had some hands-on time with the iPad Pro’s digital stylus.
But first, the story of how I caught one of these rare unicorns in the wild…
Apple Pencil currently shows 4-5 week wait times for delivery when ordering on, and the Specialist that greeted me and called up my iPad Pro pickup...

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What Goes Up

This piece by Bryan Clark for TheNextWeb caught my eye last weekend — “We’ve Reached — Maybe Passed — Peak Apple: Why the Narrative Needs to Change”:

Last month, Apple’s latest earnings call announced its “most
successful year ever.” The numbers were reported, the stories
were spun and Wall Street basically anointed Apple the god of

They’re all wrong.

Apple wasn’t wrong — fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, by the objective measures of both revenue and profit. I suppose you can decide to define “most successful year ever” in terms of something else, like percentage growth or stock price gains, but revenue and profit are a pretty fair measures.

I missed it where “Wall Street basically anointed Apple the god of capitalism”. All I noticed was that Apple’s stock price went up...

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Pope Francis: Don't use your phones at the...

Know who's not cool with you poking at your phone at the dinner table? Your friend who's scowling while you Instagram your food, your mom/dad/significant other shouting at you to put your phone away... and Pope Francis. Maybe it's because the curre...

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The best photo inkjet printer

The Wirecutter:After 76 hours of research and side-by-side testing with four different models, we found the $800 Epson SureColor P600 is the best photo inkjet printer for most people. It delivers professional-quality color prints, as well as black-and-white photographs that are as close to traditional darkroom prints as you’ll see from any digital printer around. Its prints also last longer than anything you’d get from a typical online photo service. The P600 can print on a wider variety of media than the competition, and its LCD touchscreen control panel makes setup and maintenance easy.I’m a big proponent of printing some of your photos. There’s nothing like holding a physical representation of a memory. I have an Epson R2000 and I love taking some of my better photos and printing them out and putting them on my own walls or giving them to friends....

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First Apple Store 'feature bay' accessory...

It seems that select Apple Store locations are organizing accessories into collections called "feature bays" to enhance the in-store shopping experience, with the first arrangement advertising iPhone photography products.

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Apple updates App Store search algorithms to display...

Apple, after unveiling a new Shopping category last week, appears to have now made more enhancements to the App Store. According to a report out of TechCrunch, Apple has improved its search algorithms to return more relevant and intelligent results when a keyword search is performed.

The change in algorithms appears to have begun on November 3rd, with the most notable changes being noticed yesterday and today. While Apple in the past has focused most on algorithms for the Top Free, Paid, and Grossing apps, these changes affect how apps are returned when a user performs a search.
Apps that are returned in search results are now ranked based on a mix of contextual...

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Apple hit with second class action lawsuit over Wi-...

Apple was hit with another class action lawsuit over iOS 9's new Wi-Fi Assist feature on Friday, with plaintiffs seeking a jury trial for damages in excess of $5 million.

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Multiple injuries reported as tour bus crashes into...

At least eleven people were injured, five critically, on Friday after a double-decker tour bus slammed into cars, protective barriers and scaffolding before coming to a stop at the construction site of Apple's upcoming flagship store in San Francisco on Friday.

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Office 365 news roundup

Providing our customers with world-class productivity tools sometimes requires both innovation and acquisition, a combination of all the features and capabilities our best minds can develop and those we choose to add through the strategic purchase of technology that others have created.
Microsoft recently announced two new business deals that demonstrate the value of using thoughtfully acquired technology to help build, improve or enhance superior products.
The first is the announcement last week that Microsoft has acquired Mobile Data Labs, an innovator of intelligent productivity solutions for mobile professionals, including the MileIQ app that automatically calculates business miles and makes it easier for users to file accurate tax deductions. With the new insights available from Office...

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Apple updates App Store search engine algorithms,...

According to a report on Friday, iOS app developers have noticed a change in the App Store's search algorithms that appears to return more relevant results for direct app searches by going deeper than title and assigned keyword metadata.

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Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your...

Ars Technica:Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses inaudible, high-frequency sounds to surreptitiously track a person’s online behavior across a range of devices, including phones, TVs, tablets, and computers. The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can’t be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.And the ad industry wonders why we hate them and happily use ad blockers....

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The Woz says he doesn't like being in the Apple...

The Woz came out earlier today and said he's not a big fan of the Apple Watch and that he's still a laptop guy more than an iPad user.

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Why you should set up Medical ID on your iPhone

Intego:Did you know that you can set up something called a “Medical ID” on your iPhone? This can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options, and it can display things like name, date of birth (DOB), emergency contacts, medical conditions, and even blood type! It can be managed by clicking on the little “Health” app that comes default on the iPhone. The Medical ID is important because, in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone.This only takes a few seconds to set up but if the EMTs on scene know about it, they can quickly access important medical information or your emergency contact....

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Apple sneaks a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port...

The iPad Pro's Lightning port will apparently support USB 3.0 transfer speeds. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Our full review of the iPad Pro covers a lot of ground, but there is one small item that escaped our notice. When iFixit tore the device apart, it found a USB 3.0 controller, and Apple has confirmed to us that the new iPad Pro will in fact support USB 3.0 transfer speeds over its Lightning port. USB 3.0 supports theoretical transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, a little over 10 times faster than USB 2.0's 480Mbps.
But those faster transfer speeds will cost you. The Lightning cable that ships with the iPad Pro is a standard USB 2.0-speed cable, and you'll need to purchase USB 3.0 cables separately when they're released at some undisclosed point in the future. The cables may be physically different from the current USB 2.0 models,...

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How Apple is giving design a bad name

Fast Company:Once upon a time, Apple was known for its ease of use, for computers and applications that were understandable, powerful, and could be used without reference to any manuals. All the operations were discoverable (the power of menus), all could be undone or redone, and there was considerable feedback so you always knew what had just taken place. However, when Apple moved to gestural-based interfaces with the first iPhone, followed by its tablets, it deliberately and consciously threw out many of the key Apple principles. No more discoverability, no more recoverability, just the barest remnants of feedback. Why? Not because this was to be a gestural interface, but because Apple simultaneously made a radical move toward visual simplicity and elegance at the expense of learnability, usability, and productivity. They began shipping systems that people have difficulty learning and using, getting away with it because people don’t recognize such problems until it is too late,...

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Beware of scams regarding the App Store snafu

The Apple App Store’s failure to renew cryptographic certificates on Macs caused some applications to fail on Wednesday. While Apple quickly renewed the certificates, some users have been prompted to provide their Apple ID. 

Thomas Reed, Director of Mac Offerings at Malwarebytes, warns users to beware of possible tech support scams that have become more frequent, and offers advice on how to stay vigilant. He’s just published a blog about this issue.

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Exploratorium’s app rethinks time itself

Discovery:Besides having one of the best names in the museum business, San Francisco’s Exploratorium is widely considered to be among the most beautiful and well-designed educational institutions on the planet. Its oddball, hands-on exhibits are considered a model for the modern participatory museum. The Exploratorium has famously been termed a “mad scientist’s penny arcade.” It turns out the Exploratorium makes apps, too. The latest from the museum team is called How Many Saturdays? and it’s a lot of fun.San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a wonderful “participatory museum”, was always one of my favorite places to go when we had any extra time at a Macworld Expo. This app typifies the Exploratorium – quirky and weird but in the best possible way....

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Tim Cook’s email about the black teens barred entry...

Buzzfeed:Earlier this week, a video surfaced of three black teenagers from Sudan and Somalia being barred from entering an Apple store in Melbourne, Australia, because an employee thought “they might steal something.” The company subsequently apologized. In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, Tim Cook weighed in on the situation, calling it “unacceptable.” “What people have seen and heard from watching the video on the web does not represent our values. It is not a message we would ever want to deliver to a customer or hear ourselves,” Cook wrote in the companywide email. “None of us are happy with the way this was handled.” It is unclear if any disciplinary measures were taken against the manager involved in the incident, but multiple sources familiar with the situation say the employee hasn’t been at the store since.Nor should they be. While this is yet another embarrassment for Apple this week, I think we can all agree that, as Cook says in the email, this doesn’t represent the...

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Screen Real Estate And The Beauty Of Web Clips On iOS

The new iPad Pro is pretty much the most ridiculously luxurious device I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s huge. There are still many of the same limitations as on an iPad. The lack of browser plug-ins keeps us from accessing certain types of content. There isn’t access to the Finder as with OS X. But the screen is ridiculously massive and provides a whole new way to view data. It’s a beautiful, marvelous piece of technology. When we were looking at Bushel and the blog on on it, we suddenly found the top and bottom bars of Safari to be just a bit too much lost screen real estate. And it made me think of yet another benefit of Web Clips: getting more screen real estate.
Click Here To Read More On Web Clips And iOS on the Bushel Blog

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Device Management Requirements for Financial...

Financial services is an interesting business when it comes to what you need to do to meet your regulatory requirements. With so much data and the services that enable you to access data moving to the cloud, it can be hard to keep up with how solutions meet any regulatory requirements you might have. At the end of the day, you’re primarily concerned about customer data leaking out of your environment and making sure that you can report on every single thing that happened in an environment. Whatever help we can provide in this article, make sure that you vet anything against what the individuals that review your regulatory requirements say.
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Apple Improves App Store Search Algorithms

Apple appears to have made some significant improvements to the way App Store searches work in recent weeks, returning more relevant, intelligent results whenever a keyword search for an app is conducted, reports TechCrunch.

Several developers, including Tapbots' Paul Haddad and Contrast's David Barnard began noticing changes to App Store search results starting in early November, with a major algorithm update occurring on November 12.

App rankings for search results now appear to take into account factors that go beyond simple keyword listings, like partial keyword matches and competitor brand names, somewhat de-emphasizing the keywords that developers enter manually. As an example, a search for "Twitter" now brings up relevant apps like...

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Hands on: Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S can shoot cool 360-degree photos and videos for $350.

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The best ways to send money to friends and family...

Apple Pay might soon let you send person-to-person payments, but you don't need to wait on Cupertino to split the cost of a pizza without cash. AppleInsider took a look at some of the most popular money transfer apps available now for iOS.

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Apple Store in San Diego hit with pricing accuracy...

Apple Store, UTC in San Diego has been hit with a “Notice of Failed Inspection” through the county’s Price Accuracy Inspection Program for charging customers a higher than advertised price.
The notice, which Apple has to display in the window of the Apple Store for ten days through November 22, reads:

“This establishment has been fined for overcharge violations found during an inspection on 9/1/2015.
Charging higher than the lowest posted or advertised price, is a violation of Business and Professions Code Section 12024.2.”

We spoke with an employee at the Apple Store, UTC who told us the pricing discrepancy wasn’t related to pricing on Apple’s own products, but rather a third-party accessory. The employee couldn’t confirm the specifics of the violation or pricing blunder.
The program is managed by the...

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Tim Cook responds to 'unacceptable' Apple...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Friday told employees that the incident at an Australian Apple Store earlier this week -- in which a group of black students was asked to leave for fear that they might be thieves -- calling the situation "unacceptable."

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AWT News Update: November 13, 2015

Merry (left) and Pippin at the AWT HQ office. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

Happy Friday the 13th! While we're playing with black cats, smashing mirrors and working under ladders, we found this news for today's podcast:

  • A new Chrome beta is out for iOS, featuring some nice new goodies that are especially useful on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • Fossil Watches bought fitness and activity tracker maker Misfit
  • The iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 controller built in, a first for iOS devices... but will it ever be able to use USB 3.0 transfer speeds?
  • 128GB iPad Pros seem to be sold out, 32GB models are available, and no sign of Smart Keyboards or Apple Pencils

Text is below, watch the dashing Steve Sande on video here.


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Here’s what’s happening with the Mac App Store and ‘...

iMore:Earlier this week Mac App Store (MAS) apps, on launch, were showing up as “damaged” and couldn’t be opened. The old MAS security certificate seemed to have expired and a new one, at first, didn’t seem to be showing up. Here’s my current understanding of what happened.Some consider this just a minor mistake on Apple’s part while others see it as endemic to the Mac App Store situation. Regardless, I’m told Apple is working hard on a fix and will have something “soon”.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Tim Cook in company-wide email: Melbourne Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to all of the company’s employees today addressing the situation at Apple’s Melbourne, Australia store that saw a group of teens booted from the outlet by management due to their race. The incident was captured in a video that appeared online this week.
In the email, which bore the subject line “Apple is open,” Cook calls the handling of the situation “unacceptable” and says that no one in Apple’s leadership was happy about what happened. He also said that store leadership teams worldwide would be required to re-take certain customer service training.

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Tim Cook Reminds Employees 'Apple Is Open...

Earlier this week, a group of black teenagers were asked to leave an Apple Store in Australia by employees who were concerned about theft. The exchange was caught on video and has since gone viral, leading to a series of apologies, from the store's senior manager and from Apple.

Image via The Sydney Morning Herald

Apple has released two statements on the matter, one from Apple CEO Tim Cook who said he wants "every customer visiting our stores or calling for support to feel welcome," and a second general statement clarifying Apple's core values."Inclusion and diversity...

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Horipad Ultimate is the second Lightning-...

Horipad Ultimate, a new Apple-licensed gaming controller for both iOS and the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for purchase, sporting a built-in Lightning port for recharging its internal battery.

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Verizon Gets Green Light on FCC Waiver Needed for Wi...

Verizon Wireless is the only major carrier in the United States that has not introduced Wi-Fi calling, but it appears that could change in the near future as the FCC today approved the company's request for an FCC waiver [PDF] that will allow it to move ahead with its plans.

Like AT&T, Verizon applied for an FCC waiver to delay implementing a teletypewriter (TTY) service for deaf and hard-of-hearing people until December 31, 2017. Verizon plans to use real-time text (RTT) as an alternative and the waiver will allow it to avoid offering a TTY service until its RTT technology is deployed and operational.

On its website, Verizon says it plans to support Wi-Fi calling "in the future," but has not specified when Wi-Fi calling could be implemented. When AT&T was approved for Wi-Fi...

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Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple’s Current...

If you’ve ever found yourself stymied in trying to use Apple’s current apps, a Fast Company article by design gurus Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini lays out some of the mistakes Apple is making. 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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Quanta Reportedly Developing Next-Gen Apple Watch...

Quanta Computer is reportedly working with Apple on development of the next-generation Apple Watch, according to Chinese-language website United Daily News [Google Translate].

The report is based on recent comments made by Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam, who allegedly said development of Apple's next wearable device is underway. Quanta assembles the current Apple Watch.

UDN claims the new Apple Watch will launch late in the second quarter of 2016, with volume shipments beginning in...

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Valve's Steam Gaming Hardware Hits Home

Valve this week rolled out the hardware phase of its road map from bedrooms and basements to living rooms and lounge areas with its long-awaited video game controller, PC link box and Steam boxes. Valve's road map to the living room began with Big Picture mode in 2011, continued with in-home streaming in 2014, and now includes the new Steam hardware. The Linux-based Big Picture mode formatted the Steam digital distribution platform for living room TVs, offering an experience similar to Xbox Live.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 13, 2015

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 for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Here's something new: Thingthing Keyboard (free) is an iOS 9 keyboard that lets you share photos, documents, your calendar and just about anything else without switching apps. It does this by adding a "keyboard" above the usual iOS keyboard that lets you add the services that you use -- Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Calendar, and Pocket as examples. 

When you're doing something like writing an email or text, just tap on...

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Report claims some publishers are unhappy with...

Apple says its Apple News app for iOS 9 devices already has close to 40 million readers. However, some “publishing execs are unhappy about everything from the traffic they’re getting from the two-month-old news aggregation app to the user experience to the data Apple’s giving them,” according to a Digiday report.

The article claims that many publishers are disappointed with the traffic they’re seeing. They’re also allegedly unhappy with the data Apple is providing. 

Apple is providing weekly data reports including basics like the volume of page views and shares, but publishers want a dashboard that they can use to analyze data on demand, and more demographic data on users, says Digiday. To appeal to publishers, Apple was supposed to let them count the views toward their traffic and let...

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Stop Tossing and Turning on Your Sad Old Pillow

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. A hot, flat pillow can wake up even the deepest sleeper. Soft traditional pillows often collapse under the weight of your head which can cause strains in your neck and shoulders. They also retain body heat, which can make sleep hot and uncomfortable.Have You Ever Slept on a Buckwheat Pillow?They’re totally different than the soft spongey pillows you’re used to. A buckwheat pillow is sort of like a beanbag for your head. Their unique and firm support simply can’t be matched by traditional pillows; it will perfectly conform to your head and neck. Buckwheat pillows also allow air to move freely, preventing uncomfortable heat build up. Sleep on the cool side of the pillow all night long! Give our buckwheat pillow, Hullo™, a try for 60 nights. If it’s not for you, ship it back to us it for a full refund....

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Quanta chairman says Apple Watch 2 will ship next...

In what isn't exactly a surprise -- Apple seems to put product releases on an annual schedule -- Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam was quoted by Chinese Media Source UDN as saying that Apple would make initial shipments of the second-generation Watch in small volumes during the second quarter of 2016. Quanta is one of the manufacturers of the Apple Watch, and Lam's comment could mean that the device should ship as soon as June. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result, although expected changes to Bluetooth in 2016 will also provide better range and increased...

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short...

The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.
The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.
Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.
Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

“Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart...

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No one minding the store

Michael Tsai:I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails from customers reporting that my apps wouldn’t launch. This included new customers who had just purchased from the Mac App Store as well as people who had purchased long ago, hadn’t made any changes, and expected that things would just keep working. The Mac App Store is supposed to make things easier, but it’s also a single point of failure. Not only is it neglected, but sometimes even the existing functionality stops working. In short, the system is broken on multiple levels, and there is no evidence to suggest that things will get better.Tsai is the developer of SpamSieve, among other apps, and he reflects the frustration many developers feel towards Apple and the way the App Store works – or, as in the case a few days ago, catastrophically doesn’t work. This is a huge embarrassment to Apple (and one they haven’t explained or apologized for) as well as being a giant pain point for developers. After all, when your app stops...

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Apple Watch 2 development reportedly underway ahead...

Apple is reportedly planning to ship the first successor to the Apple Watch sometime next year around the second or third quarter, according to Chinese media source UDN. The report cites comments made during a meeting with Barry Lam, chairman and founder of Quanta Computer, an Apple Watch manufacturer. While it’s no surprise that Apple would be planning to introduce the Apple Watch 2 in 2016, a third quarter release would mean a launch two years after the first model was introduced and roughly a year and a half since it went on sale.
The report does mention initial shipments in small volume during the second quarter, meaning...

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f.lux side loading workaround dubbed a violation of...

It’s a useful app, but Apple doesn’t think much of the way it installs onto your iOS device.
Apple had contacted f.lux Software to say that the f.lux for iOS download is in violation of the Developer Program Agreement, the criticism focusing on the way f.lux uses a sideloading technique to install.
f.lux, in return, stated that the updated Xcode signing allowed use of side loading, although Apple indicated that this wasn’t the case.
F.lux is a free program that changes the lighting conditions of your screen depending on the time of day and the light available around the device, thereby helping to promote better body rest and sleep functions.

For users still...

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The evolution of PowerPoint—introducing Designer and...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
Office 2016 hit the market just two months ago and over the coming weeks we’re rolling out the next wave of monthly innovations for Office 365 subscribers. This month, PowerPoint leads the way with game changing tools that make it simple to build designer grade layouts and transitions. With this month’s feature update, we’re also introducing Office Insider, an ongoing preview program available to Office 365 subscribers.
Taking presentations to the next level
PowerPoint Designer and Morph are new intelligent tools that work for you by automating the creation of slides and presentations, helping everyone get more out of Office. With a cloud-powered recommendation engine and smart animation technology, these new PowerPoint capabilities help anyone create polished slides and captivating...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: PDF Expert 5 for iOS goes free...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

App Store Free App of the Week: PDF Expert 5 goes free...

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The ‘Amazing Fantastic Incredible’ life of Stan Lee...

NPR:Stan Lee is a legend. Along with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee helped populate the Marvel Comics universe with heroes like the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. The man who dreamed up lots of backstories for Marvel characters has now put out his own origin story: A memoir, Amazing Fantastic Incredible, in comic book form.Even if you’re like me and have only a passing familiarity with comic books, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Stan Lee. I think it’s entirely appropriate that his memoir is in the format he is so well known for.∞ Read this on The Loop

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A New Security Study States that iOS is no Safer...

According to a new study conducted by Israeli cyber-security start-up Checkmarx, sixty percent of all smartphone apps, have "high" or "critical" security problems in several of seven security protocols studied. The Israeli report specifically added that "iPhone owners needn’t be smug about the results ...

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Google launches Chrome beta for iOS through Apple’s...

Google has quietly launched a Chrome beta for iOS through TestFlight, the beta distribution service Apple acquired last year and integrated into its own developer services. Google has yet to make an official announcement for the beta release, but users can already sign-up and download the beta when visiting Google’s Chrome beta download page on iOS.
Google has long had beta and other development channels available to all on its other platforms including Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, making iOS one of the last of the platforms Chrome is on to get access to in-development, beta features.
Unless Google will limit the number of...

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A designer’s take on the iPad Pro

The Verge:The reviews are out on iPad Pro, and they address how big it is, whether it’s worth the price, and whether it can or can’t replace a laptop for average consumers. But as a design director at Vox Media, I was more interested in whether I could run all of the apps I normally use on it. In a lot of ways, the computing devices I use have to feel like extensions of me. I’m always sketching, creating, and ideating on my MacBook Pro. And I don’t regularly use an iPad for work, so the promise of iPad Pro as a device for creatives was particularly intriguing. I had high hopes that this new iPad would transform me into a rockstar designer. I mean, something this big should be life-changing… right?There’s lots of discussion of the iPad Pro and where it fits into various workflows. This is an interesting take from the point of view of that group of people a lot of us think will be big buyers of the iPad Pro....

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Apple’s 2015 Gift Guide

Apple:The person on your list is a music lover. Gamer. Photographer. Whiz. Workout devotee. Nomad, even. No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday, you’re sure to find a great gift.Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved gift guides and dreaming about the things I’d like to get for myself and now, as an adult, what I’d like to buy for others. Apple’s Gift Guide is the first in a long line of lists I’ll be perusing over the holidays. Do you plan on getting anything from this list?∞ Read this on The Loop

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External Link: Verizon Wireless Rolls Out Better...

Verizon Wireless customers no longer have to purchase separate, overpriced plans when traveling abroad. With TravelPass, Verizon customers pay a flat daily fee to access their existing talk, messaging, and data plans: $2 in Canada and Mexico, and $10 in other supported countries. 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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External Link: Comcast Testing a New Streaming TV...

Comcast is testing a new $15 per-month streaming TV service, called Stream TV, but so far it’s only available in the Boston area to Xfinity Internet customers. It will include all the major broadcast channels, as well as HBO and others. The first month is free and there are no contracts required. Comcast says that it will expand the service to all of its areas in 2016. If you’re in the Boston area and have had a chance to try it out, let us know what you think! 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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iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the...

I posted my first impressions of the iPad Pro yesterday, and having spent much of the past 24 hours mostly using it rather than my MacBook, I now have more of a sense of why Tim Cook thinks it could be a laptop replacement.
While most reviewers dismissed that, and I would certainly join them in doing so when thinking of you or I, it’s easy to forget that we are not normals. We want the power of pro apps, and the ability to do plenty of multitasking. We’re a very different user case to the average non-tech user who rarely ventures further than email, web, chat and a bit of light photo-editing.
I’ve said before that when non-tech friends ask me for advice on which laptop to buy, I quiz them on what they want to do with it and often end up recommending an iPad and keyboard instead. With the increased screen size...

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CNN's Review of the iPad Pro Includes an...

Back in 2014 Patently Mobile covered Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in context with the use of their digital pen for art, specifically art by Phil Galloway. While the artwork was very nice, it wasn't the kind of artwork that demanded fine details. Flash forward to the present and CNN's review of the iPad Pro included ...

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Pad & Quill makes the unboxing video we didn...

Both Dennis and I were too busy this week to do unboxing videos, so Brian Holmes of Pad & Quill did the video we couldn't do. Enjoy!

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch on track for launch by...

Apple supplier Quanta is said to be preparing for the debut of a new Apple Watch by the end of the second quarter of 2016, which would place its launch slightly later in the year than the first-generation model.

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iPad Pro Guidebook released for iPad Pro, Air, mini

Tap Guides has published the iPad Pro Guidebook (, an US$2.99, 281-page eBook available in the iBookstore. It's packed with tutorials and tips about the iPad Pro, its apps, user interface and settings.
You'll learn about the history of the iPad, how the Apple Pencil can be used to draw and write, how to stream music via Apple Music, edit photos, troubleshoot common problems and more. Topics include:
° Discover Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard;
° Learn how to edit photos and videos;
° Enable and capture 1080p video footage;
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Logitech K760: A Wireless Keyboard with No Strings...

The Achilles heel of wireless keyboards has traditionally been the burden of battery management. While Apple’s newly announced Magic Keyboard begins to address this issue, a solar-powered Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech solves this dilemma once and for all. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Apple highlights iPad Pro, new Apple TV alongside...

Apple has some helpful tips for consumers who are having trouble deciding on gifts for their tech-savvy friends and family, launching a new edition of its annual holiday gift guide featuring the latest from Apple and its favorite partners.

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Review: Logitech’s Create for iPad Pro gets the...

I’m on the record as loving Logitech’s Apple accessories, having been a very early champion of the K811 Easy-Switch Keyboard, and fan of its cleanly-designed Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac. The company also thrilled a lot of people with its Ultrathin series of iPad keyboards, which weren’t cheap or perfect, but worked well while looking and feeling nice. And many of...

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You’ll be waiting 4-5 weeks for that Smart Keyboard...

If you want a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, you’ll be waiting awhile. They’re now showing a 4-5 week waiting time for availability. 

What’s more, Apple has sold out of most 128GB models (both the Wi-Fi and cellular versions). Availability of specific super-sized iPads at specific retail stores varies from location to location, some have the 32GB model in stock, though the both the Wi-Fi and LTE 128 gigabyte variants are harder to find.

Regarding the situation Apple told Mashable this: “Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit for online availability and delivery dates.”

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Apple launches holiday gift guide

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide website. It features HP computers, Android phones, and the Microsoft Surface. Just kiddin’. 

It spotlights Apple’s hardware and software products, The holiday gift guide has six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Don’t be shocked but Apple highly recommends its own products (the Apple TV, iPhone, the Beats Pill +, Apple Watch, the iPad, MacBook, etc.) as well as third-party peripherals and suggested apps.

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Manage Profiles To Control Settings On iOS Devices...

Enter Apple Configurator 2, a free tool on the Mac App Store. This tool basically fixes most setup challenges for iOS, but does so over USB. This means that Apple Configurator is not necessarily a replacement for MDM. In fact, you can deploy Trust and Entrollment profiles for MDM and automate the MDM enrollment for a device through Apple Configurator 2. Instead, Apple Configurator 2 is a tool that can either help to manage iOS devices during a mass deployment and do so in a manner that is easy enough that you don’t need a firm background in IT to manage devices on a day-to-day basis.
Here is what Apple Configurator can do:

  • Update iOS devices to the latest version of iOS.
  • Rename devices using a numbered scheme (e.g. iPad 1, iPad 2, etc).
  • Erase (wipe) iOS devices.
  • Backup and Restore iOS devices.
  • Deploy profiles/policies (e.g. no Siri for you,...
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Beats Music closing at month’s end; Apple wants you...

Beats Music, which is owned by Apple, is closing down at the end of this month, according to an announcement on its website. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

Apple bought the steaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics — which makes the  Beats headphones, speakers and audio software — in 2014. Apple acquired the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for up to six people in a household. There’s a three-month trial period.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new iPad Pro, talks...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil reviews the iPad Pro and talks about the Logitech Create keyboard. Mikey talks about SixtyEight Research and its connections to an 'Apple Car.' Rumors say no AMOLED before 2019 for iPhones, and the Steve Jobs movie gets booted out of theaters.

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Apple releases holiday gift guide featuring iPhone,...

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide microsite today, featuring Apple products and accessories targeted at a wide variety of audiences. The list is separated into six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Naturally, Apple prominently features its own devices in the recommendations (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, Beats headphones) alongside third-party accessories and suggested apps.
For example, in the Photography category of its gift guide, Apple lists the brand new iPhone 6s as the ‘world’s most popular camera’ alongside silicon cases, the...

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Samsung Working on New OLED Display Contract with...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display has been recently in negotiations with Apple about supplying OLEDs for iPhones.

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ShopKeep sees ‘significant linear growth’ in Apple...

In a report send to Apple World Today, ShopKeep says that Apple Pay acceptance with SMBs (small to medium sized businesses) is the single biggest opportunity to drive the universal ubiquity of this payment method. SK has been seeing “significant” linear growth in the number of Apple Pay sales on its registers that’s approximately 8.4 times faster than the rate of all credit card transactions being processed. 

ShopKeep has a month-over-month Apple Pay adoption rate of 10 percent for new merchants taking their first Apple Pay transaction. In February 2015, only 2.5 percent of the platform’s merchants had executed transactions with Apple Pay, but by the end of September, that percentage was up to 26 percent. What’s more, ShopKeep is seeing approximately 20 percent month over month growth among our merchant base who use Apple Pay at least once daily. 

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Apple Shares 2015 Gift Guide as Free Shipping Begins...

Apple has posted a holiday gift guide on its website featuring the new Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple Watch, Retina MacBook, iTunes gift cards, apps, accessories and more. The buying guide is split into six categories: gaming, photography, music, fitness, learning and travel.

The gaming section is centered upon the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, iPod touch, and related apps and accessories available for each device, including the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice controllers, Guitar Hero Live, Beats Studio wireless headphones and more. Apple also features a trio of drones by Parrot and Sphero.

The photography section features the iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Retina MacBook and accessories like the Olloclip Active Lens, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Video tripod, MeFOTO Sidekick360 adapter, Shure MOTIV MV5 microphone...

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Kool Tools: iHealth blood pressure monitor

iHealth Lab’s ( iHealth Ease Blood Pressure Monitor (BP3L) is a full-featured, FDA-approved blood pressure testing device. With an manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$39.99, advanced app features, and free, unlimited data storage, iHealth Ease makes the most-advanced monitoring technology broadly available to consumers for tracking and managing high blood pressure—one of the early indicators of cardiovascular disease.  
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Output Factory for InDesign update improves batch...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.40, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory lets users print and export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning and more. The new version improves batch processing reliability in situations where large volume of InDesign files or layers are being exported to PDF and other formats.
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DEVONagent 3.9.3 gets new scripts, updated for El...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool, DEVONagent. Available in three editions, it’s a smart internet search agent.
DEVONagent queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version adds new Safari scripts for DEVONagent Pro, plays videos fullscreen, and updates two plugins. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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How to remove a band from an Apple Watch

According to a report from Wristly Apple Watch band ownership is increasing, going from about 1.4 bands per user to nearly two bands per user. If you’re going to own multiple Apple Watch bands, you should know how to change ‘em. 

Before you change your band, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it. Make sure the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

Never force the band into the slot. If you don't feel or hear a click, slide the band...

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Online eSports audiences expected to exceed 310...

New data from Juniper Research ( has found that online eSports services, such as Twitch, will grow to over 310 million by 2020, increasing from 133 million this year and bringing in almost $1 billion in revenues from subscriptions alone. By comparison, 2020 will see eSports audiences surpass the levels of the NFL tournament and approach that of Formula 1/
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Apple considering using iMessage for its person-to-...

Quartz report citing banking sources says that Apple is considering the use of iMessage to handle its expected person-to-person service to complement Apple Pay.

One way Apple might add money transfer services to iOS is through iMessage, the proprietary messaging service, according to people who have discussed the program with Apple. It’s already one of the most used default apps on iPhones and is especially popular with the younger crowd.

Apple is reported to be in talks with banks to agree terms for the service. It’s believed that Apple wants banks to act as the payment processors so that it can steer clear of the...

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Lux Bands offer elegant, but affordable, Apple Watch...

Since I’m a runner, I’m a big fan of the Sports band for the Apple Watch. Its custom, high-performance fluoroelastomer build with a pin-and-tuck closure is great for sweat-related activities. However, it’s nice to have other bands when you want a bit more elegant look.

X-doria’s Lux Bands for the Apple Watch are classy, real leather bands designed with chrome hardware to match the world’s best-selling smartwatch. They’re easy to install/uninstall (no tools are required) so you can switch among them quickly — assuming you want to buy more than one; they’re $49.99 each. They’re available in black or brown pebbled leather or white or black crocodile finish color options for the 38 MM or 42 MM Apple Watch

The Lux Bands are lightweight and provide a secure, comfortable fit. The Sport will...

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Apple responds to month-long wait for iPad Pro...

With both the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil showing availability of 4-5 weeks, and neither available in-store, Apple has issued a brief statement to Mashable acknowledging the issue and promising ‘regular shipments.’

Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit for online availability and delivery dates … 


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Mini-review: Logitech’s Create is the iPad Pro...

Andrew Cunningham

Logitech's Create keyboard case for the iPad Pro.

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I received an iPad Pro early last week, and, throughout that week and into the weekend, I primarily used Apple’s Smart Keyboard to “dock” the tablet. As I said in our review, I liked it well enough—the feel of the keyboard is easy to get used to if you don’t absolutely hate the new low-travel switch mechanism and layout Apple introduced in the Retina MacBook. I could wish that the stand part of the cover allowed you to tilt the screen...

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Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Following...

An anonymous reader writes: A slew of complaints are emerging against Apple after users were forced to delete and re-install Mac App Store apps in the wake of a major security management error. The problem manifested with the apparent expiry of security certificates which validated the apps, but even after the certificates were updated yesterday to expire in 2035, the problems were not resolved; some users were unable to verify the new certificates, and others could not even connect to the internet. In some cases the programs had to be reinstalled from scratch, deleting the user's existing settings.


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