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Thursday April 21

04:00
Google is bringing TV listings to search results

In its quest to bring more valuable information to search, Google will soon add live TV listings to results, allowing you to find out exactly when and what channel your favourite film or TV show is on next. The new module won't just include cable or...

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03:51
Kool Tools: Dog & Bone waterproof iPhone case

Dog & Bone’s Wetsuit is a rugged,waterproof rugged case for the iPhone 6s/6. Featuring patented direct touchscreen waterproof technology, the 2-piece case is made from silicone, polycarbonate, and rubber, adding a triple layer of shockproof protection.
 
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03:51
Apple's iOS App Store Clobbered Google's...

Even though Google's Play Store enjoyed twice the downloads than Apple's iOS App Store in Q1 2016, when it came to profits it was the App Store raking in twice the revenue...

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03:43
Supply-chain report says iPhone SE taking Chinese...

We’ve been hearing mixed reports about iPhone SE sales in general, but Apple’s latest 4-incher does appear to be a big hit in China. After a previous report claimed third-party retailers in the country received 3.4M preorders before the phone went on sale, a new supply-chain report says that local brands like Xiaomi and Huawei are being hit hard by Apple offering its cheapest-ever iPhone.
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03:33
Cost reduction driving the data center colocation...

According to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com), the global data center colocation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 12% until 2020. To calculate the market size, Technavio researchers have considered revenues garnered from sales of new units in leading geographies.
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03:27
AKVIS ArtWork gets frames with version 9.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has revved AKVIS ArtWork, its photo to painting software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, to version 9.0.
AKVIS ArtWork is a collection of painting and drawing techniques. It lets you create a piece of art from any picture. The software lets a user apply a variety of artistic effects. Each style comes with a number of adjustable presets.Version 9.0 brings new decoration effects and frames, improved innovative interface, and other changes.
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03:21
The VERT app/hardware combo may leave you feeling a...

Do you need/want to know how high you can jump? Do you want to know enough to spend $124.99? If so, the VERT is just what you're looking for. 

It's a device worn near the waist of an athlete either by the VERT training clip or integrated within an article of clothing such as the VERT active waistband. VERT measures your jump and transmits the data to a smart phone or tablet, such as the iPhone or iPad.

To use, you'll need to charge it (two hours for the first time of use), which you can do via a USB plug that comes with the device. After it's charged, setting it up is a simple matter. Well, except for the fact that the small instruction booklet tells you to wear the VERT during "practice or game performance" and, on the very same page says that "VERT CLIP is NOT to be used during practice or game performance." 

Confusing, to say the least. However, I did wear mine while playing pick-up basketball games. If I...

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03:18
Product Builder for OS X gets maintenance update

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.1.1 of Product Builder, a Mac OS X app targeted to developers. It allows users to create packages ready to be transmitted using the Application Loader (by Apple and included with the Developer tools) to the Mac App Store.
Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade. Product Builder costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App store. It requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.

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03:14
Apple applies for patent on headphones that switch...

With Apple widely believed to be planning to drop the headphone socket in the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-connected and wireless headphones, a patent application published today describes how a single set of headphones could switch smoothly between wired and wireless modes without any interruption of playback.
There’s of course nothing new in headphones that support both wired and wireless use – many Bluetooth headphones come supplied...

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03:00
GoodSync is a good back-up/syncing solution, though...

If you want to keep your files safe and in sync, GoodSync is a decent, if not great, option for doing so. Available in Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android versions, it backs up and syncs music, photos, videos, email, text documents and more between desktops, laptops, servers, and external drives -- all without using cloud-based services.

GoodSync -- which costs $29.95 for a single computer license for Mac OS X (which is the version I’m reviewing here)— offers true bi-directional synchronization -- in other words, syncing flows both ways. This means changes to the files at either syncing location are mirrored at the other. Or you can do one-way syncing -- which, basically, is a back-up routine.

GoodSync's interface isn't flashy, but, once you get the hang of it, it's functional. It allows you to quit manually transferring and backing up your data. After configuring GoodSync and creating sync or backup profiles, the...

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03:00
Windows 10 Mobile preview lets you text from your PC

Microsoft is trying hard to unify Windows 10 across devices, so now your PC can act like a phone. The latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview update features an app called "Messaging Everywhere" that lets you send and receive cellular text messages...

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02:06
Facebook Messenger gets group calling with up to 50...

While Facebook is obsessed with bots, it's not the only new feature the company has been working on for Messenger. The app will soon be getting group calls which, as its name implies, allows you to have an audio-based conversation with multiple peopl...

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01:25
Apple Completes their Work with Korea's Fair...

It was reported back in December that South Korea’s antitrust regulator was investigating Apple’s repair policy of iPhones at its local service centers. After months of negotiations with Apple, it's being reported today that Apple Korea Inc., Apple's local unit, has revised its unfair business agreement

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01:25
Scientists design fast, flexible transistor for...

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have devised a cheap method to make impressively fast and flexible silicon-based transistors. Their technique involves using beams of electrons to create reusable molds of the patterns they want,...

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00:56
Apple's iPhone SE is Squeezing Market Share...

We had noted back in late March that pre-orders for Apple's new iPhone SE in China alone had exceeded 3.4 million units which pointed to a roaring start for Apple's third iPhone model that returns the 4" display with upgraded features. Today, a new Taiwan supply chain report states that the launch of the relatively low-priced iPhone SE in China has squeezed ...

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00:55
Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in...

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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00:42
Australian researchers developed a blood test for...

By the time Parkinson's disease makes itself known in humans, it's already too late for treatment. But La Trobe University in Australia has developed a test that detects a biomarker present in blood cells in folks with the disease. The school describ...

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00:00
Bang and Olufsen's new compact speaker packs...

Bang and Olufsen is well-known for its high-end audio gear, but the Danish electronics company has a number of portable devices under its belt, too. Today, the company announced the BeoPlay A1: the company's smallest portable speaker to date. The Blu...

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Wednesday April 20

04:13
Europe files antitrust charges against Google over...

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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09:09
Podcast 504: New MacBooks and WWDC 2016 dates

Sometimes new Apple products are announced with fanfare at a fancy event. Sometimes they just get a new processor and a press release. The first MacBook got an event, and on Tuesday Apple put out a press release about the second MacBook revision, with a processor bump, a new rose gold color, and an extra hour of battery life. Glenn and Susie are a bit underwhelmed by this underwhelming development, but Glenn’s still really enjoying the first-gen MacBook he’s used all year.
Elsewhere, Apple’s encryption tussle with the government has moved to New York, and Apple filed a briefing last week pointing out the weakness of the government’s appeal. And WWDC dates were announced: June 13 to 17 in San Francisco. A lottery is on now for tickets, and hotel rooms are already expensive, so our pro tip is to consider staying in beautiful downtown Oakland and riding BART to San Francisco instead. Can’t wait!...

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10:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Map your photos with the new...

...plus, create your own crossword puzzlesThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps shows off an updated version of HoudahGeo 5, a tool for geo-tagging your photos. Plus, apps for creating desktop backgrounds, crossword puzzles, and more.Cookie 5 - More privacy, better browsing 5.0.4If you’re looking to gain more control over your browser experience, SweetP Productions’s $8 Cookie 5 (Mac App Store Link) offers a solid solution to managing your privacy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:18
Europe charges Google over Android licensing...

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

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17:15
About the security content of tvOS 9.2

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.

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16:32
Samsung to produce 2nd-generation 10nm chips this...

Apple A-series chip supplier Samsung this week announced plans to put a next-generation 10-nanometer chip fabrication process into production later this year, with the new technology supposedly affording a 10 percent increase in efficiency over existing iterations.

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15:39
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus Makes Its Debut


Canonical on Thursday launched Ubuntu 16.04, aka "Xenial Xerus," an upgrade that will be supported for the next five years. The latest version for all desktop, server and cloud editions will be available for download starting Thursday. Ubuntu 16.04 includes four major technology advancements geared toward multiplatform uses. Xenial Xerus is the sixth Long Term Support release for Ubuntu. It marks the first time the platform is supported on mainframes, making it one of the world's largest and most powerful Linux systems, the company said.

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15:00
Global manufacturer switches to Office 365 to...

Today’s post was written by Gary Cantrell, CIO of Jabil.
These are exciting times in the manufacturing industry. Disruptive innovation across many sectors—digital manufacturing, intelligent supply chains, self-optimizing factory machines, new build-to-demand manufacturing paradigms—are all pushing the rate of change exponentially. Against this backdrop, product lifecycles are shrinking while consumer expectations for customized products are growing.
At Jabil, we see these trends as business opportunities. To compete in today’s digital economy, we’re diversifying into new markets, expanding our global supply chain management services and building intelligent factory solutions. And to win these opportunities, Jabil needs an enterprise-grade business productivity platform that tens of thousands of employees can use to collaborate anytime, from anywhere, and on any device across 110 plants in nearly 30 countries. Jabil was an early cloud adopter, deploying Google...

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14:33
Notice: Apple Delays Q2 2016 Conference Call Due to...

Apple is officially moving their Q2 2016 Conference Call to April 26 from April 25 due to the Memorial Service being held for former board member Bill Campbell who passed away this week.

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14:09
Apple delays earnings announcement due to Bill...

Apple is delaying its earnings release by a day due to a memorial service for technology icon Bill Campbell.

The company was set to report after Monday's close. It's now going to post results on Tuesday, April 26, after the closing bell. Apple will hold a conference call webcast to go along with earnings, which is now set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

Buy a Gazelle Certified iPhone 5S 16GB AT&T for less than $12/month with 18 month financing*

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14:00
Trade-in guide: Where to get the most money for your...

The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is when Apple introduces new models, like it did this month with the iPhone SE and 9.7" iPad Pro. Here's a guide to help you sell your old device for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBack World, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services. [Updated Pricing 4/20/16]

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13:48
The 8 best hockey movies ever, in celebration of the...

All of Canada is in mourning because none of our NHL teams managed to make the playoffs this year. You can sooth the pain with some of these. The number one movie is obvious but I highly recommend the surprisingly sweet “Goon”, shot partially in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
Apple pushes Q2 2016 earnings call livestream to...

[UPDATE: Apple has now said that its reasoning for delaying the earnings call is because of the memorial service for former board member and tech icon Bill Campbell, who passed away this week.]

MORE: Apple says reason for delaying earnings report by one day to April 26 is due to memorial service for tech icon Bill Campbell.
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) April 20, 2016

Apple today has updated its investor relations page to reflect that its second quarter earnings call will now take place on Tuesday, April 26th. Previously, the company had said that it would hold the call on Monday, April 25th.
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13:29
Apple reschedules Q2 2016 earnings conference call...

In an update to its website on Wednesday, Apple quietly pushed back its quarterly earnings conference call for the second quarter of 2016 by one day to Tuesday, April 26.

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13:25
Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance,...

Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.
Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

Also of note are early BlackMagic disk speed tests, which have seen write speeds that are up to 80 or 90 percent faster than the write speeds in the previous-generation MacBook. Read speeds are also improved.
Unfortunately, some elements have remained static. A 480p FaceTime camera has met with some...

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12:32
Sony revamps Crackle iOS app with AirPlay &...

Sony on Wednesday updated its Crackle video streaming app for iOS with many new features, including AirPlay and Apple Watch support, while Facebook began rolling out group voice calls for Messenger.

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12:23
Behind the scenes at Coachella

Each April thousands of music fans flock to the Southern California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Now in its 17th year, the event has expanded to eight booming stages and tents where musicians perform. We visited on the first of the event’s two weekends—the second weekend kicks off on Friday—for a look at the personal effects and habits of musicians and others helping to make the festival happen.This was a fun article by Leah Latella at WSJ. Lots of pics too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:17
Khoi Vinh on the Apple Pencil

I’m still having a lot of fun with Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw (see what I made with them last week). Here’s a new drawing, of a young Elvis Costello. I’m not sure if I got the likeness really right, as portraits are not really my thing. But I do know I had a lot of fun doing it.Khoi is a talented guy and I have a lot of respect for him.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:11
Apple: Inspiration for Teachers

Tips, lesson materials, stories, and other resources to help you get the most out of your Apple products and bring fresh ideas to your classroom.I love the sites Apple puts together for education. It’s so important to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:10
Almost Nothing About the 'Apple Harvests Gold...

Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: You may have seen a viral headline floating around over the last few days: Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year, which was extracted from iPhones. Almost none of what was reported is true. [...] Here is the truth: Apple paid independent recyclers to recycle old electronics -- which were almost never Apple products, by the way -- because it's required by law to do so. Far from banking $40 million on the prospect, Apple likely ended up taking an overall monetary loss. This is not because Apple is a bad actor or is hiding anything, it's simply how the industry works. All electronics manufacturers that sell products in the United States are required to do e-waste recycling under laws enacted in 25 states. The laws are different in each state, but none of them require Apple to recycle Apple products. Instead, they usually require manufacturers to recycle a certain amount of pounds of e-waste, which is linked to either their market...

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11:45
Happy Hour Podcast 063 | New MacBooks, future iPhone...

In this episode, Benjamin and Jeff talk about the newly announced MacBooks, speculate on future MacBooks and iPhone redesigns, as well as the WWDC announcement and early expectations for Apple’s upcoming software announcements for iOS 10, OS X 10.12 (macOS?), watchOS and tvOS. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, iOS, iOS 10, MacOs, OS X,...

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11:44
Poll: Should Apple give its other products the rose...

Yesterday Apple updated its 12-inch MacBook with some refreshed internal components and new a rose gold color. We already heard you loud and clear when we asked if Apple should bring new color options with the iPhone 7, but should it also give its other products and accessories the rose gold, gold, space gray treatment?
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Gold, iMac,...

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11:39
Apple Ended Talks with BMW and Daimler over new...

On Monday we posted a report titled "A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is preparing for Possible Production in 2020," wherein we noted that while Daimler's CEO stated in 2015 that they had no plan to become the Foxconn of Apple, that Magna was hungry and foolish enough to want to get in at the ground level...

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11:30
Rumor: Control of user data railroaded 'Project...

Apple was said to be involved in negotiations with automakers BMW and Daimler, but discussions fell apart because the parties couldn't agree on who would own and protect the data associated with a connected, self-driving car.

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11:23
Typinator 6.9 makes switching from TextExpander a...

For those of you thinking about making the switch, this may help. Typinator is a well regarded piece of software.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:01
Apple Car Talks With Daimler and BMW Fell Apart Over...

Apple has been unable to establish a deal with Daimler and BMW over a possible manufacturing deal for the Apple Car, reports German news site Handelsblatt. Apple is said to be seeking a partner that could potentially help it produce the Apple Car, as Apple has no experience with vehicle production.

Talks with Daimler and BMW reportedly ended because there were questions over who would lead the project and which company would have ownership over data. Apple is said to be holding out for deep iCloud integration.

A Magna Steyr conceptual vehicle from 2012Apple wants the car to be closely built into its own cloud software, while the German carmakers have made customer data protection a key element of their future strategy.

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10:30
Can Switzerland Become a Safe Haven For the World...

An anonymous reader shares an interesting article on Daily Dot which lists a number of reasons why Switzerland should be deemed as the nation for storing all of your data. The article reads: As United States and European Union regulators debate a sweeping new data-privacy agreement, Switzerland is presenting itself as a viable neutral location for storing the world's data thanks to strict privacy laws and ideal infrastructure. The Swiss constitution guarantees data privacy under Article 13. The country's laws protecting privacy are similar to those enacted by the E.U. Swiss data protections are also, in some cases, much stricter than those of the E.U., according to Nicola Benz, attorney at Swiss law firm Froriep. And since Switzerland is not part of the E.U., data stored there remains outside the reach of the union's authorities. [...] The country's tight privacy laws could make the small nation more attractive to privacy-focused start-ups. And it already has that momentum. After...

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10:29
Review: Qwerkywriter, the Bluetooth keyboard that...

I’m old enough to have started writing on a typewriter – albeit, as a kid. I couldn’t imagine going back to one now, but there is something rather lovely about the sound and rhythm of the keys. For creative writing, I actually use an app that creates simulated typewriter sounds, simply because I find that puts me in the right mindset.
So when I spotted the Qwerkywriter on Kickstarter ages ago, I always meant to check it out. A recent post on 9to5Toys reminded me about it. From photos, I loved the look. My questions were whether it would look as good in real-life as it does in the photos, whether it would turn out to be a novelty or a serious keyboard – and whether it could possibly justify that $349 price-tag?
So yesterday I...

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10:21
News: Apple releases second developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released the second developer betas for iOS 9.3.2 and watchOS 2.2.1. As with the prior beta, the sparse release notes and minor version numbers suggest that the betas are primarily focused on bug fixes and performance improvements and do not likely include any new user-facing features. The new betas are available to registered developers from Apple’s Developer Site; those developers who installed the necessary beta configuration profiles…

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10:19
How-To: Create an Apple Music playlist preview widget

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, Apple makes it easy to create an embeddable playlist preview widget via its Apple Music website. All it takes is the share URL from the playlist of your choice, and the widget generator does the rest of the heavy lifting.
The widget is limited to 30-second previews of all of the songs included in the selected playlist. At the bottom of the widget, you’ll find a link to Apple Music, where playlist listeners who aren’t yet subscribers can sign up for a free 3-month trial subscription. more…Filed under:
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06:01
Chatbots land on Skype's Mac client and web app

If you’ve been dying to try out Skype bots but don't have a Windows PC, Android, or iOS device to chat on, you’re finally in luck. Skype recently rolled out bot integration to the Mac client and the service’s beta web app.
There are only six bots to try out right now, which is to be expected since this is still a preview feature. Despite the small numbers, some of the automated services are fairly useful. Give Bing News some keywords such as “Presidential election” and you get three recent headlines for that topic.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:19
Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing Siri of infringing one of its patents.Apple will pay the money to Marathon Patent Group, the parent company of Texas firm Dynamic Advances, which held an exclusive license to a 2007 patent covering natural language user interfaces for enterprise databases. Marathon reported the settlement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

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10:00
watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

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10:00
watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

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09:51
Apple Watch Hermes now available from Apple &...

The special Hermes models of the Apple Watch can now be bought from Apple and Hermes stores in 17 more cities worldwide, on top of the original handful of locations, Apple announced via its website.

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09:50
Article: Filling the Gap: A look at third-party...

Apple’s rollout of HomeKit has been an interesting one — a behind-the-scenes framework introduced in iOS 8 that was mostly invisible until the first HomeKit accessories began to make it to the market, more than a year later. From the beginning, Apple provided no HomeKit app or user interface of its own beyond the most basic Settings options, instead relying on third-party developers — usually hardware makers — to fill the gap by providing…

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09:43
EU Levels Antitrust Charges Against Abusive Android


The European Commission on Wednesday charged that Google breached EU antitrust rules by seeking to maintain and expand the dominance of its Android operating system. "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe," said the EC's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager. "Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules."

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09:35
StorNext FX 5.2.2 clients Windows & Linux

Forums: General Xsan TalkI'm thinking of purchasing one/two client for Windows and Linux to accompany a small Xsan 4.1. setup used for postproduction work.
Would the StorNext-Fx-4.7 license (link below) entitle you to the later versions? i.e. StorNext-Fx 5.2.2 so it's compatible with Xsan 4.1.
https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Quantum-StorNext-FX-v.-4.7-or-later-li...
It seems a relatively simple question but I can't find the answer anywhere.
Thanks in advance
Damien

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09:15
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson releases statement

I feel so bad for Brian.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:07
Apple issues second beta of iOS 9.3.2, restores...

Members of Apple's registered developer program can now get their hands on a second pre-release beta of iOS 9.3.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that also restores the ability to use Night Shift while in Low Power Mode. New betas of watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 are also available.

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09:05
Final Cut Pro X helps small company delight world’s...

When Trim Editing started creating music videos over a decade ago, just paying the rent was a huge accomplishment. Now, the small East London company is crafting award-winning visuals for big brands — like Audi, Nike, Adidas, and Guinness — propelled by the power of Final Cut Pro X. The video editing software’s comprehensive features allow Trim Editing to organize film and audio clips, pull together compelling projects, and make changes on the fly. “When I’m playing back an edit for a director, they’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s go and make those changes I talked about.’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, no, they’re already done,’ and we’ll jump back and watch it again. People can’t believe that I’ve magically done the change before we even finish playback,” says editor Thomas Grove Carter.

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08:57
Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.3.2 Beta to Developers With...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after the release of the first iOS 9.3.2 beta. iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 comes nearly a month after the launch of iOS 9.3, a major update that introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements, and three weeks after the iOS 9.3.1 bug fix update.

The second iOS 9.3.2 beta is available for download over-the-air or from the Apple Developer Center.

Like iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3.2 is a minor update that appears to focus mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and fixes for bugs that have been discovered since the...

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08:57
Using Apple Watch to control Apple TV

I thought this was a great article. I’ll give this a try later today.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:47
Connected 8.0 business accounting software gets...

Accountek Solutions has upgraded Connected (http://www.accountek.com), its cross platform small business accounting and ERP software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) and Windows, to version 8. The upgrade includes a redesigned user interface (UI), over 50 new features, compatibility with the latest Mac and PC operating systems, and integration with the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
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08:46
Mac: WaterField Designs Atelier Folio

WaterField Designs has released the leather Atelier Folio ($109) to compliment the newly updated 12” MacBook. The simple cognac-colored sleeve is created from a single cow hide, lined with red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber and has an invisible magnet inside the leather fastener to hold the case shut. The slim sheath measures 12.25” by 8” and is designed to mold gradually to the shape of the MacBook, providing an even closer fit over time. The Atelier Folio is available for pre-order now with shipments set to begin on May 12.

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08:43
Apple, Google workers among top donors to Bernie...

Google and Apple are among the most common employers of people donating to the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who's vying against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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08:43
iOS 10 Concept Imagines Customizable Control Center...

Federico Vittici of MacStories has teamed up with Sam Beckett to create an iOS 10 concept video covering "wishlist" features Vittici hopes to see in the next version of iOS. Most concept videos we see are fanciful and filled with features unlikely to make it into iOS, but Vittici's vision of the future of iOS is logical and well thought out.

Major features covered in the video include a customizable Control Center with icons that can be rearranged and third-party app integration, a Siri API for third-party apps, and a system-wide dark mode.

Smaller tweaks include searchable emoji and rich previews in Messages, a document picker for iCloud...

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08:25
External Link: Why Apple Stinks at Services

Analyst Ben Thompson takes a hard look at Apple’s organizational structure to explain why the company excels at hardware, but performs poorly with services. Using DuPont’s shaky pivot from gunpowder to paint, Thompson illustrates why it will take a major organizational shakeup for Apple to succeed in services. With its executives indicating that they believe services are important to the future of the company, Apple may have no other choice than to create an entirely new division with a corporate structure better suited for online services, while separately maintaining the existing structure that has been so successful with hardware. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email...

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08:00
OneNote Class Notebook as an e-Portfolio

Today’s post was written by Edita Rabizaite, ESL teacher and ICT coordinator at the Kaunas Kazys Grinius Progymnasium School in Lithuania.
I have been working with kids, teachers and parents since 2012 on the concept of portfolio. A few years ago, I chose OneNote to create portfolios for my students and teachers. Back then, I was looking for a simple solution for kids and teachers to understand. OneNote, which looked familiar to teachers and students (like a digital notebook) proved to be a great tool for portfolios. It was easy for teachers and students to learn how to use. Many tools used for portfolios were technically hard for teachers to understand and for students to find all their work in one place and not scattered. OneNote helped me to create a class portfolio where all students and teachers in one class were connected in one place. It is hard to imagine it now, but in 2014, I created a folder in...

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07:14
Apple adds more than 50 new banks and credit unions...

In addition to adding Apple Pay support to its sixth country, Singapore, recently, Apple added yet another crop of United States banks and credit unions that can add their credit and debit cards to Apple Pay.
The list goes as follows:
Access Federal Credit Union
Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union
Audubon Savings Bank
Bank of Stockton
Barrington Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Beverly Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Champlain National Bank
Community Trust Bank
Connected Credit Union

Country Club Bank
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Englewood Bank & Trust
Financial Horizons Credit Union
Financial Plus Credit Union
First & Farmers National Bank
First Enterprise...

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07:04
News: Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a Dallas company that claims Siri’s voice technology violates one of its patents, Albany Business Review reports. The years-long case alleged Siri was developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, four years before Apple introduced the voice assistant with the iPhone 4s. Dallas-based Dynamic Advances licensed the patent from Rensselaer and stands to gain $5 million from Apple after dropping its…

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07:00
Apple's 'Mac mini' is now a...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for 'Mac mini. Whether Apple will take their Mac mini to the next level this year with new Intel processors as noted further below is unknown at this time.

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06:52
Review: LG’s 34″ UltraWide curved monitor is great...

As someone who uses timeline-based apps such as Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis, horizontal display real estate is incredibly important to me. When it comes to editing video and audio, the bigger the monitor the better.
With the recent popularity of extra-wide 21:9 monitors, I’ve come to understand that width can make a major difference in managing timeline-based editing workflows as well. The extra horizontal real estate is also a nice option for watching movies shot with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
With this in mind, I’ve been looking forward to going hands-on with a 21:9 display. LG’s 34UC98 UltraWide IPS monitor is not only extremely wide at 3440 x 1440, but it’s curved as well. How does this new display fit...

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06:28
News: FBI found no relevant information on terrorist...

The FBI has told CNN that it found no useful information on San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone, but said the lack of information actually provided some answers. At issue was an 18-minute gap during which authorities couldn’t account for the actions of Farook and his wife. The iPhone hack eliminated the possibility that the couple used the phone to engage in communication with a third party, allowing the FBI to rule out…

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06:08
Samsung Said to Supply Apple with NAND Flash Memory...

Samsung is once again set to begin supplying Apple with NAND flash memory chips in 2017, ending a five-year hiatus dating back to the debut of the iPhone 5 in 2012, according to ETNews. The reason for the dissolution of the original supplier relationship is given as Samsung's unwillingness to comply with Apple's electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding requirements via packaging changes or special coatings on the memory packages themselves.

This new claim comes on the heels of an report earlier report, also by ETNews, suggesting Apple was looking to individually shield more parts inside its devices for performance and EMI compliance reasons.

The earlier article claimed the impetus for this change was the use of multiple diverse systems such as 3D Touch along with the presence of...

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06:07
Apple hires former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering...

Porritt was a former Chief Engineer at Aston Martin, certainly a solid hire for Apple, not a “Tesla Graveyard” pick.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:56
News: Web previews popping up for some Apple TV apps

Apple has started making preview pages for some Apple TV apps viewable in iTunes from a web browser, finally making it easier to share links to interesting apps with friends, or on social media. While iOS and Mac apps have been visible in iTunes web previews for years, this is a new development for tvOS — it should solve a big problem for developers trying to link to their apps from their own websites or social media pages. First spotted by Twitter…

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05:40
External Link: Apple Joins Tech Giants to Call Anti-...

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have proposed a bill that would punish companies like Apple that refuse to comply with decryption orders. Now the Reform Government Surveillance Coalition, which includes Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, has published an open letter calling the proposed legislation “unworkable,” saying that it would “weaken the very defenses we need to protect us from people who want to cause economic and physical harm.” So far, there isn’t much cause for alarm, because the bill is only a draft; it’s still a long way from even reaching the Senate floor, much less becoming law. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has vowed to filibuster the bill if it reaches the Senate floor. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and...

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05:00
Run a script directly from github

There are a lot of scripts stored on github. And you can run them directly by curling them into bash. To do so, you’ll need a link to the raw script (using the github page with the URL of the script brings in all the cruft, so you’ll need to find the raw text). To grab that, click on the page with the script and then right-click  on Raw, as seen here:

Then, throw out a bash command followed by < and then the URL you just copied into your clipboard in parenthesis:
bash <(curl -Ls https://github.com/krypted/resetsoftwareupdate/raw/master/resetsoftwareu...)

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05:00
News: Daily Deal: iRig Mic Field: Audio & Video...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the iRig Mic Field Audio & Video Recorder for only $74.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This handy mic lets you capture high-quality audio on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, with digital audio quality via the built-in Lightning connector and an integrated headphone port for immediate and real-time audio monitoring. You can rotate the microphone 90° for optimal audio pickup and the multicolour…

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04:57
Apple Locks out the Apple Watch Accessory Port...

Reserve Strap announced late on Monday that Apple had made the decision to remove all functionality from Apple Watch's accessory port thereby blocking Reserve Strap's ability to charge the Apple Watch.

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04:54
Apple, others pen letter opposing the anti-...

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition — which includes Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo! — have written a letter to the two Senators behind the anti-encryption Burr-Feinstein bill explaining why it’s a very bad thing.

Among its many provisions, the draft bill mandates that tech companies make all of their online data "intelligible" when presented with a court order. The bill defines intelligible as "decrypted, deciphered, decoded, demodulated, or deobfuscated" to "the Government of the United States and the government of the District of Columbia, or any commonwealth or possession of the United States, of an Indian Tribe, or of any State or political subdivision thereof.”

This bill — proposed by Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California (both pictured) — would make us all less safe. t would force American companies to keep...

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04:32
Apple employees among the top contributors to Bernie...

Funding data published by the Federal Elections Commission reveals that the largest donors to Bernie Sanders’ election campaign PACs were employees of tech companies. Employees of Google parent company Alphabet donated the most, at a little over a quarter of a million dollars, while Apple employees collectively donated $85k.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Bernie Sanders, Election, PAC ...

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04:00
MIT Researchers Forge New Weapon for Code Warriors


MIT researchers have developed a fast, accurate system for identifying security flaws in Web apps written in Ruby on Rails, according to news reports published last week. In tests the researchers -- MIT Professor Daniel Jackson and Joseph Near, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley -- performed on 50 popular RoR apps, they uncovered 23 previously undiscovered security flaws. What's more, the longest amount of time it took to analyze any one program was 64 seconds.

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04:00
IDC: ‘ultra-thin, portable’ products will become...

Good news for the iPad Pro: a new analysis from the...

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03:52
Typinator for OS X gets improved support of...

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 6.9, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.
It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 6.9 offers improved import of TextExpander snippets, an extended DOuble CAps exceptions set, support for the Sogou input methods for Chinese, and more.
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03:50
Apple agrees to pay $24.9M to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9M to settle a long-running lawsuit alleging that Siri violated a patent owned by a New York institute and exclusively licensed to a company in Dallas. The patent predates the launch of Siri by four years.
The Albany Business Review notes that Apple was sued not by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which holds the patent, but by Dallas-based Dynamic Advances, which licensed it. The company reportedly receives $5M now, and the balance after meeting unspecified conditions. In return, Apple gets a license to use the patented technology for three years.
The settlement means that the patent trial, due to take place in New York next month, will no longer proceed....

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03:43
Insights for Mac OS X upgraded to version 5.0

KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 5.0 for OS X. It’s an update to its alternative and supplemental tool to established confirmatory science based modeling approaches.
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03:30
Apple comes in fifth place among ‘100 Most Authentic...

Cohn & Wolfe has published its inaugural Authentic 100, an annual index of global brands ranked by consumer perception of authenticity. Among the top 10 brands are Apple (number five on the list), Disney (number one), BMW (number two), Microsoft (number three), Amazon (number four), Intel (number six), Audi (number seven), Samsung (number eight), Adidas (number nine), and Lego (number 10).

The 2016 study by the a global communications agency on authenticity defines what consumers believe are the individual attributes of authentic behavior and whether a brand displaying these attributes will affect the actions of consumers. The study identifies a large "authenticity gap" between brands and consumers, with 75 percent of nearly 12,000 consumers surveyed across 14 markets indicating that brands and companies have a credibility problem. Key findings of the study include:

  • High global cynicism: Consumer cynicism...
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03:19
IDC: cloud environments will drive IT infrastructure...

According to the International Data Corp. (www.idc.com) total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.9% in 2016 to reach $38.2 billion.
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03:15
Tech Coalitions Express 'Deep Concerns'...

A week ago today the 'Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016,' or Anti-Encryption Bill, was Officially Circulated. CNN observed that the new act was basically "an order to decrypt on demand." Today we learn that four tech coalitions (Reform Government Surveillance; Computer & Communications Industry Association; Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2C) and The Entertainment Software Association) representing major companies like...

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03:10
Kool Tools: QuickLicense 8.0

QuickLicense 8.0 from Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) is an update of the tool for protection and licensing of Mac OS X, Windows and Linux software. The new release adds major enhancements for spreadsheet protection, application usage statistics, end-user interface enhancements and improved developer tools.
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03:10
Apple joins Google, Microsoft and others in an open...

Just a day after a prominent legal expert described the proposed anti-encryption Burr-Feinstein bill as unconstitutional, unenforceable and harmful, Apple has called the proposal ‘well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable.’
The description is in an open letter from the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, of which Apple is a key member, alongside companies such as Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. The letter, addressed to the two Senators behind the proposed bill, explains why it would be harmful to the interests of both the U.S. people and American businesses …...

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03:07
Tension Software announces release 2.1 of My IP for...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.1 of My IP for OS X.
It’s a utility app to see with which public IP address you are connected to the net (different from your IP address inside your LAN). MyIP can work also in background and can optionally show the current IP in the menu bar.
Version 2.1 now has a log included in the main window. It also offers an updated log format and bug fixes.
My IP is available from the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store. It costs $0.99.

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03:07
Network Security Diagrams Solution announced for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new Network Security Diagrams solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
It’s designed to assists organization in diagramming potential security scenarios as well as descriptions of future changes to an organization's IT infrastructure. Network Security Diagrams contains samples, templates, and scalable vector library objects for quickly producing professional results.
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03:03
Remote Buddy 1.1 for Apple TV lets you control your...

IOSPIRIT has cooked up Remote Buddy Display 1.1 for Apple TV. It’s an update of the solution for your Mac remote control needs.
Version 1.1 allows users to see, hear and control their Mac from their Apple TV using the Siri Remote with Remote Buddy's free tvOS companion app. Remote Buddy Display also now includes support for audio and Bluetooth keyboards. A new Audio menu inside the app provides users with the ability to select a different system audio output, as well as to control volume.
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02:37
The Unlocked iPhone 5c clarified that no other...

In February the war between the FBI and Apple really began. What's been on the minds of many following this case is what was on the iPhone 5c that was worth going to court over. In-part, we learned late yesterday ...

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Wednesday April 13

13:30
Facebook open-sources developer tools for iOS

Facebook’s annual F8 conference in San Francisco is geared toward developers, but the company’s biggest announcements so far have been way more focused on new stuff for Facebook’s users to dig into, like a camera that shoots 360-degree video, Messenger chatbots, and a Save to Facebook button for reading articles later. But the company also shared some developer news, like tools that make iOS apps easier to build.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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Thursday April 14

06:35
Imagining Apple Car: How hardcore car enthusiasts...

Cars have always had a high-tech story to tell, but now automobiles and consumer electronics are on a collision course of seismic implications. That big bang in the distance is the Apple Car, currently code-named “Project Titan” according to knowing insiders. It’s not a fait accompli, but all signs point to Apple working on something in the car space.And just in case an Apple Car does see the light of day, the editors at Motor Trend want to be prepared. For a story published in the June 2016 issue (you can find the online version here), the Motor Trend editors enlisted a brain trust of automotive experts to whiteboard what an Apple Car might look, feel, and drive like....

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06:36
Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, Vista, and...

Chrome is giving up on XP two years after Microsoft ended support for the aging operating system.

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Saturday April 16

05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Meet Pad & Quill's...

...plus, Catalyst's new waterproof case for the iPad ProThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes the latest from Pad & Quill. Plus, new folios, leather sleeves, and more.AlveantThe Sleeve (9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air/Air 2; $99) combines protection and style with a fashionable leather exterior wrapped around a foam-padded interior.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Monday April 18

05:48
HP wants to turn your Mac into a 44-core Windows PC

If your Mac isn’t fast enough to edit 3D video, HP has a workaround to make it possible.
HP’s new remote graphics tool will allow Mac users to tap into the massive computing power of HP Z workstations, which can have up to 44 CPU cores.
The Remote Graphics Software (RGS) turns the Mac into a remote desktop tuned for graphics. A “sender” plugin on the HP Z links to a receiver on the Mac, allowing the computers to share screens and applications. 
“HP is upgrading your Mac,” said Christian Jones, worldwide product manager for remote desktop software at HP.
The Mac receiver is being released as HP announces new workstations with the latest CPUs and GPUs. The high-end HP Z840, equipped with Intel E5-2600 v4 chips and Nvidia Quadro GPUs, can outperform any Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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07:51
The nightmare of rogue USB-C cables and adapters...

The wave of rogue USB-C products that poses risks to PCs and mobile devices hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the USB Implementers Forum has taken steps to eradicate the issue once and for all.
A new specification announced by the USB 3.0 Promoters Group, which is part of USB-IF, aims to eliminate rogue cables, ports and chargers. The USB Type-C Authentication protocol will verify and ensure a USB-C connection won’t fry a port or damage a device.
A host device like a smartphone or PC will first verify the authenticity of the cable, charger or power source before any data is transferred. If everything checks out, a connection will be established.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:36
Apple confirms WWDC June 13-17, opens registration...

After Siri provided a sneak peek at the dates for Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, the Cupertino-based company confirmed the event by launching its WWDC 2016 website.
WWDC starts on Monday, June 13, and runs throughout the week until Friday, June 17. WWDC actually takes place at two venues. Monday, the day of the keynote, will be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week will be at Moscone West, where WWDCs in recent past have been held.
The keynote on June 13 starts at 10 a.m. PT, and according to the WWDC website, will be streamed live on the web. Apple will also stream select WWDC sessions and post videos of all the sessions....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19:03
100th Pulitzer Prize winners announced

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

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

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

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

After an odd semi-unveil via Siri earlier today, Apple this evening officially confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference would take place from June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco. As in previous years, tickets are being distributed via a random lottery process to eligible developers. Interested in attending? Read on as we break down everything you need to know about WWDC 2016.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, iOS,...

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17:44
Rogue Source Code Repos Can Compromise Mac Security...

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

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

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

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16:47
Official WWDC 2016 invitation emailed to developers

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

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

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Tuesday April 19

02:30
5 Gmail hacks that help you master your messages

A while back we looked at several hacks for getting more out of your Gmail account. But as with all of Google’s services, there are always more tricks and features to uncover. Here are five that will help you better manage your messages.Hit the ‘mute’

Who hasn’t wanted to run screaming from their monitor after the 13th “Welcome aboard!” message to the new hire? Gmail provides a means to tune out distracting email conversations like these: muting.
Muted conversations bypass your inbox and go straight to your archive. They only return to your inbox if a new message is addressed solely to you or you’re added to the “To” or “Cc” line in a new message. To silence the noise, select the conversation and click the More button above your messages, then select Mute. You can also use the keyboard shortcut M....

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04:00
Did you take your pills? The PillDrill medication...

This innovative device could lead to better medical outcomes while reducing family friction.

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18:08
Dearth of new data from San Bernardino iPhone...

Law enforcement sources on Tuesday said that while an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings has yielded no actionable intel, the dearth of new information has actually helped the FBI investigation into the terror attack.

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17:24
Lawsuit asks Justice Department to reveal decryption...

Do you want to know whether or not US officials have ever forced a company to decrypt data to aid in an investigation? So does the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The civil liberties group has sued the Department of Justice to make it reveal whethe...

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16:36
Apple’s tribute to Bill Campbell
16:24
Report: While no new data was found on the San...

CNN today reports that while the FBI did not find anything new on the San Bernardino iPhone 5c that it unlocked without Apple’s help, it has “produced data the FBI didn’t have before.” Essentially, not finding anything new on the device is what the FBI needed to know in order to answer some of its remaining questions regarding the case.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Encryption, FBI, iPhone,...

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16:23
Apple actviates web previews for select Apple TV apps

As part of ongoing efforts to build out its new tvOS App Store, Apple on Tuesday activated iTunes web previews for fourth-generation Apple TV apps, allowing potential buyers to browse current offerings without turning on their television.

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15:50
Piper Jaffray: Apple's services business saw...

Pulling data from Apple's December 2015 earnings report, investment bank Piper Jaffray estimates gross margins on the company's rarely discussed services business could be above 60 percent. And that figure is expected to grow.

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15:47
FBI Tells Congress It Needs Hackers To Keep Up With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed: A high ranking technology official with the FBI told members of Congress Tuesday that the agency is incapable of cracking locked phones and devices on its own, even with additional resources. Amy Hess, the agency's executive assistant director for science and technology told a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that encrypted communications continue to pose a challenge to the American law enforcement, and to the safety of the American public. But when asked by lawmakers to provide a practical solution beyond the FBI's talking points, she said that the cooperation of technology companies would be necessary. According to the New York Times, "The FBI defended its hiring of a third-party company to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year's San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, telling some lawmakers on Tuesday that it needed to join with partners in the rarefied world of for-profit hackers as technology...

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15:32
Remembering Bill Campbell

This is a great piece from Adam Lashinsky. Take a minute and read it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:31
Here’s how Apple’s refreshed 12-inch MacBook...

Earlier today, Apple took wraps off of a refreshed 12-inch MacBook just over a year after the line was first introduced. While Apple is touting that this MacBook is faster and offers longer battery life than last year’s model, the company is notoriously vague when it comes to sharing under-the-hood details on its product pages. We’ve done some digging, however, and will attempt to break down all of the differences between last year’s 12-inch MacBook and this year’s upgraded model.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, comparison, MacBook...

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15:29
Apple will introduce a new GPU for Macs this Year...

Do you remember in early March when Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey bluntly said that the Oculus Rift would come to the Mac if Apple ever released a good computer. Luckey added that "It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs." Well ...

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15:26
Apple slowly rolling out ability to preview fourth-...

At long last, Apple today has started rolling out web links and iTunes web previews for tvOS apps, similar to how links to iOS/Mac apps and iTunes content has worked for years now. As reported by MacStories, users will now be able to easily share links to fourth-gen Apple TV apps on their computer and subsequently be able to view app details, as well.
more…Filed under: Apple TV, Apps Tagged: App Store, Apple TV, Apps, iTunes...

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15:14
Apple's MacBook Refresh Draws Tepid Response


Apple on Tuesday announced a refreshed MacBook with some incremental improvements but nothing likely to dazzle even the staunchest Mac fans. The improved battery life and fanless design got the attention of Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Battery life is always top of mind for consumers," he said. However, he was "a little disappointed" that there has been no improvement to display resolution, as "more PC OEMs are going to 4K displays in this price tier." The MacBook starts at $1,300.

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15:00
New Office 365 Project Portfolio Dashboard apps are...

The Project Portfolio Dashboard apps announced last fall are now available in the Apple and Office app stores! These apps come pre-configured with powerful dashboards allowing business leaders, portfolio managers and project managers to gain insights into areas such as resource utilization, project portfolio performance, costs, active risks/issues and key milestones.
Project Portfolio Dashboard web app
While the rich, out-of-box reports are designed to be immediately useful for many customers, the web app also allows customization of your portfolio dashboard to help meet specific organizational needs. Choose from a variety of project, task and resource-based reports, including issues/risks/deliverables reporting. Choose from several filtering options, including filtering by custom fields. Reports...

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14:58
Killer Deal: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $...

For the next 48 hours, AI readers can grab the lowest price ever offered on remaining inventory of Apple's 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) at $799, with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Or pick up the new baseline model with 8GB of RAM for $979.

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14:40
iPhone Hack Answered Questions About San Bernardino...

Breaking into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook yielded no new leads in the FBI's investigation, but it did help answer remaining questions about the attack, reports CNN.

According to anonymous U.S. law enforcement officials, the iPhone did not contain encrypted messages or evidence of communications with other unknown ISIS supporters, but it did confirm the shooters did not have outside help as there was no evidence Farook made contact with a third-party during an 18-minute timeline gap.

The FBI has also concluded there was data on the phone it did not have access to previously, an unsurprising find because the iPhone was in use for several weeks after the last iCloud backup. Apple was able to provide data from iCloud backups to the FBI, but the FBI pursued the iPhone unlocking because there was...

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14:22
The Ever Eroding PC Market Forces Intel to Pull the...

On April 4 we posted a report titled "Shake-up: Two Top Intel Executives in Charge of PC's and the Internet of Things Abruptly Leave," wherein we noted that Intel had just revealed that two of its most prominent executives had decided to leave the company. Today Intel's news only got worse. While the axe may have started at the top with Kirk Skaugen and Doug Davis weeks ago, today 12,000 Intel employees were cut ...

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14:14
Apple Pay support expands to over 50 more US banks...

Following a market expansion into Singapore, Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Pay integration with 59 new U.S. card issuing banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of supported domestic financial institutions to 1,199.

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13:36
Apple conferences offer discounts in response to...

Being in San Francisco for WWDC is getting expensive. Really expensive. For many people airfare + hotel in 2016 will cost twice as much as it did in 2014: upwards of $2,000 USD. That’s more than the price of getting into the event itself (assuming you’re lucky enough to win a ticket)! Already tons of our friends have said they have to skip this year and might not be back.But it’s OK: the iOS and Mac community isn’t limited to San Francisco once a year.The high cost of hotels, etc. certainly isn’t Apple’s fault, but it’s nice to see some of the independent conferences come together and offer users an alternative.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
AWT News Update: April 19, 2016

Here's your daily dose of fresh news from the world of Apple:

  • Apple testifies in front of Congress about encryption
  • Intel, which makes processors for Macs, will lay off 11% of its workforce
  • Pinterest updates its iOS app with a little help from the original Mac icon designer
  • Apple Pay expands to its sixth country and adds more US banks and credit unions
  • Picking up a new MacBook tomorrow? There's an update for it already

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 19, 2016.

Apple recently released figures showing that the company received over 30,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies in 2015 to turn over user...

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13:26
Apple Pay adds support for 61 new U.S. banks

You can see Apple’s full list of supported banks and countries. I love Apple Pay.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:19
Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips...

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

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13:15
EU antitrust chief expected to charge Google

Europe’s antitrust chief is expected to hit Google on Wednesday with anti-competitive charges concerning its Android mobile phone operating system, two people familiar with the matter said.Google is already in a battle with the EU over promoting its shopping service in search results.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:09
Notable apps and app updates for April 19, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Upspace has announced Upspace 1.0.1 for OS X. It’s an update to their menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day. 

Just choose a file and drag it to the menubar. Ups pace provides you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Version 1.0.1 includes various bug fixes.

Upspace 1.0.1 requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity...

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13:03
Sources: Data from San Bernardino phone has helped...

A question many outside security experts will ask is, what took the FBI so long? Supposedly, the phone had been unlocked a couple of weeks ago.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Speedify review: Faster, more reliable internet for...

Speedify offers granular control over cellular data connections to avoid exceeding your carrier’s monthly allotment.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:21
Apple updates MacBook line with new processors, adds...

Apple on Tuesday updated its laptop offerings with a new version of its 12-inch MacBook. The company upgraded the processor and graphics subsystem, boosted battery life, and expanded the color choices.
Apple offers two standard configurations of the new MacBook with Skylake processors that are an upgrade over the Intel Core M Broadwell processors in the previous MacBook. The $1,299 model comes with a 64-bit 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz, 4MB L3 cache, and 256GB of PCIe-based onboard flash storage. The $1,599 model has a 64-bit 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache, and 512GB of PCIe-based onboard flash storage.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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06:48
Viber joins WhatsApp and Apple with end-to-end...

Not wanting to be left behind in the pursuit of enhanced user security, Viber is adding end-to-end encryption (E2EE) following WhatsApp’s E2EE roll out earlier in April. Viber announced on Tuesday that E2EE would roll out to its users globally over the next two weeks. The new encryption will cover text, voice, and group chats, and will work across mobile and PC versions of Viber.

Viber with end-to-end encryption.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
This electric bike is made for Imperial Stormtroopers

Zeitgeist's carbon-fiber electric bike will go up to 100 miles on a charge and looks like it was built for the Empire.

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09:18
Outdated Git version in OS X puts developers at risk

The OS X command line developer tools include an old version of the Git source code management system that exposes Mac users to remote code execution attacks.
The Git client allows developers to interact with source code repositories. It is not installed by default on Mac OS X, but it is included in the Command Line Tools package for Xcode, Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE).
Software developers who create applications for OS X or iOS are likely to use Xcode and to have Apple’s Command Line Tools package installed on their Macs. The latest version of this package includes Git version 2.6.4, released in December.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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12:44
A Surprising Revelation Surfaces that China Demanded...

According to a new published report, Apple had been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday.

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12:41
Apple Says it rejected Chinese demand for source code

Apple will continue to get these request from both foreign and domestic governments which is why they are working hard at locking down security in iOS so these requests become moot.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:38
Apple settles Siri lawsuit with Rensselaer, Dallas...

Is it just me (and this feels weird to say) but does $25 million seem like not a lot of money to settle this lawsuit?∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:34
YouTube Wants You to See the World From Every Angle


YouTube on Monday announced the rollout of live-streaming 360-degree video and spatial audio, part of the company's push to boost its reach in the growing market for immersive video and virtual reality. The company has provided support for 360-degree video for more than a year, but it has been working with content creators to push the technology even further to bring fans into live events when they cannot be there themselves, Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said.

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12:33
Intel announces “restructuring initiative to...

The press release is typical marketing speak. Bottom line is a lot of good people lost their jobs today.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Ten One Design Blockhead: A surprisingly intelligent...

Ten One Design Blockhead (left). Photo by Steve Sande

There's always been a design problem with most MacBook AC adapters: when you just use the adapter and unfold the prongs to plug it into the wall socket, the adapter sticks straight out, making it difficult to plug into sockets located behind furniture. Sure, you could always use the extension cord included with a lot of MacBooks -- you just pull off the "duck head" piece with the plugs, and plug the extension cord in -- but who wants to carry that long extension cord everywhere? This problem has a good solution now in the form of the Ten One Design Blockhead (US$19.95 or $34.94 for two). 

Design

The idea of Blockhead is simple; it replaces the duck head on your standard Apple AC adapter with one that has the prongs at a 90° angle. What that means is that when the adapter is plugged into the wall with Blockhead installed,...

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12:29
Sports Fans and Social Media, Part 1: It's a...


Twitter and the National Football League are betting that a partnership announced this month could help refine the roughly defined relationship between social media and the world of sports. The NFL set out to reclaim fans who chewed through their cable TV cords and strayed from the flock of football faithful, while Twitter's motive in agreeing to stream 10 gridiron games during the 2016 season was growth and retention. The NFL fielded offers from Facebook, Amazon and others, but Twitter's reach and relevance to fans of the game won it over.

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12:00
Apple denied Chinese government requests for source...

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15% to 18% Faster CPU Performance

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

Primate...

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

Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

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

Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even though nobody has gotten their hands on the new 12-inch MacBook released today, Apple has already gone ahead and released a new software update. The update focuses on bluetooth compatibility with third-party devices. Weighing in at 157.8 MB, it will be a relatively small update to download once configuring your new machine.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, Mac OS X, MacBook,...

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06:46
WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery Now Open

With the lottery for Apple’s WWDC 2016 tickets now open, developers can sign up for the opportunity to pay $1599 for a ticket — and the rest of us can anticipate the keynote address. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:44
Samsung may Re-Enter NAND-Flash Business for the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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05:32
Upspace for OS X revved to version 1.0.1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The faster stats will (...

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05:00
Enable Apple Configurator Debug Logs

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

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

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

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04:54
Apple updates its MacBook line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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