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Thursday July 16

15:10
Xiaomi VP lists intrinsic smartphone features in...

In a video interview with Bloomberg published on Thursday, Hugo Barra, vice president of global operations at Chinese mobile hardware upstart Xiaomi, addressed accusations that his company's products are derivative and take more than a little inspiration from Apple's iOS lineup.

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14:44
Xiaomi's Barra Says that they can't Allow...

In trying to justify their smartphone design is rightfully theirs, Xiaomi's Barra fumbled around and told Bloomberg's Emily Chang that "You have to have curved corners ...

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14:00
AWT News Update: July 16, 2015

St. Jude's Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial System

What's the Apple news today?

  • e-SIMS
  • A class action lawsuit against Apple by disgruntled California Apple Store employees
  • The latest accessory for your iPod touch: a spinal cord stimulation trial system
  • Misfit's Flash and Flash Link put the cheap in activity tracking

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 16, 2015.

The lions are laying down with the lambs, or something like that. Archrivals Apple and Samsung are in talks with telecom operator around the world to launch electronic SIMs (or subscriber information modules) to...

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13:58
Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra Defends Against Copycat...

Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra, who came to the company from Google, today did an interview with Bloomberg where he once again spoke out in defense against copycat accusations that have been levied against the company. According to Barra, all of the copycat claims come from a single iPhone 5-style chamfered edge on a Xiaomi device. "Yes, it does look like an iPhone 5 and that chamfered edge, by the way, is present in so many other devices." Xiaomi's Mi Note He went on to say that the accusations were the result of a bias against Chinese companies. "People couldn't bring themselves to believe a Chinese company actually could be a world innovator, could build amazingly high-quality products." When asked if the recent Mi Note looks like an iPhone 6 Plus, Barra laughed it off and said "it's white like an iPhone 6 Plus." He said accusations of copying weren't fair, because these days, every...

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13:00
Apple Watch ads focus on daily life, travel

Apple released four new Apple Watch ads today, all of which continue with the common Apple meme of showing how devices are used rather than expounding of features. The first two seen here, Beijing and Berlin, show how useful the Apple Watch can be while traveling (at least if you've purchased a nice expensive data roaming plan for your iPhone...). Closer and Goals are much more focused on family and exercise respectively. Enjoy!


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12:56
Lawsuit over Apple Store employee bag checks becomes...

A long-running lawsuit over bag searches of Apple Store workers was certified as a class action on Thursday, broadening the potential impact to over 12,000 past and present retail staff.

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12:00
Logitech Logi BLOK designed to protect your iPad Air...

Logitech has a new label — Logi — and logo, and the first products under that new label are some iPad cases. These are protective cases and a shell in the Logi BLOK family, featuring bright colors and a radically new design.

The first product is the Logi BLOK Protective Shell, which will sell for $39.99 and is available for iPad Air 2 and all models of the iPad mini. Available in teal/blue (see image above), red/violet and black, it’s made of a flexible polymer with extreme squared edges — hence the BLOK name. The cases flex, allowing accidental drops from as high as six feet onto concrete with no damage to the iPad.

Next in the lineup is the Logi BLOK Protective Case for iPad Air 2 (image above). It features a similar design and the same colors as the Protective Shell, but also has a cover to protect the iPad’s display...

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11:45
Document collaboration in Yammer just got better...

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
Whether it’s drafting a proposal, updating the quarterly budget, or putting the finishing touches on a presentation, creating great content requires teams to stay on the same page. That’s why the Yammer team has been hard at work building deeper integration with Office Online, bringing the familiar interface and rich capabilities of our Office applications right into Yammer. Today, we’re excited to announce several enhancements to the Yammer files experience, making it easier than ever to incorporate document collaboration into teamwork.
First, the document preview and edit experience for files uploaded into Yammer are now powered by Office Online. When you click the Edit File link in Yammer, a new browser tab opens up with a full-screen view of the document. Make changes and comments directly in the document using Office Online. When you’re done, simply close the tab. Your...

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11:45
Apple patent hints at potential solar cell embedded...


Apple tends to patent every one of its inventions that could possibly be used in a future product, so it can be difficult to read the tea leaves on which ones will eventually translate to product features. A new patent from Apple highlighted by PatentlyApple today, though, describes a technology that would be a very welcome remedy to battery life issues. The patent covers applying solar cells to a touch display surface like a trackpad or iPhone to store power for the device:
Apple notes that “the wireless device has a...

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11:19
New ‘Misfit Link’ app brings iPhone camera control,...




Misfit, makers of the popular Flash and Shine wearables for fitness and sleep tracking, today launched a new iOS app that turns its Flash hardware into a remote control for a connected iPhone’s camera, music functions, and more.

Dubbed Misfit Link, the new app lets you control various functions on your iPhone using the...

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11:12
Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra talks Apple copycat ‘melodrama...


As smartphones grow in popularity in emerging markets, Hugo Barra has very publicly spoken for Xiaomi, the Chinese-based technology company that he left Google to join as Vice President of International in September 2013. Today, he sat down with Bloomberg to talk about many topcis, including accusations that the Chinese company has stolen Apple’s design, Android as one of the best decisions Google ever made, and Xiaomi’s eventual plan to bring its devices stateside…
“So this whole copycat melodrama all boils down to one chamfered edge on one particular phone model which was Mi...

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11:00
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse: an Apple World...

I’ll start this review out with a frank admission: I haven’t used a mouse in years. But if any mouse has made me consider giving up the ol’ Magic Trackpad, it’s the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse (US$99.99). The MX Master’s wildly futuristic design, incredible comfort, and capabilities make it the most impressive pointing device I’ve used in years.

Design

The design of the MX Master doesn’t match the Apple “standard” design meme, but that’s OK. Instead, it features a dark gold and black color scheme with a multi-faceted area where your thumb rests. It looks more like a futuristic spacecraft from the upcoming Star Wars reboot than a computer poinitng device.

For a guy, I have quite small hands so I was a bit concerned that the bulk of the MX Master would make it difficult for me to use. That fear was unfounded. The MX Master fits perfectly in a cupped hand, with a...

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10:51
Apple bag search lawsuit certified as class action

Apple Store employees who sued Apple over bag searches at the iPhone maker's 52 brick and mortar outlets in California had their case certified as a class-action by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o587qwr).
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10:48
FDA approves St. Jude’s iOS-based spinal cord...


St. Jude medical announced today in a press release that its new wireless spinal cord stimulation trial system has been approved by the FDA. The system uses Bluetooth and pairs with iOS devices to provide control to the patient and doctor.

This trial device allows patients to test out spinal cord stimulation treatment before having a permanent device implanted in their back. This helps determine if the treatment will work for them with no invasive surgery.
The trial system uses an iPod touch as its...

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10:47
∞ Four new Apple Watch ads

Four new 30 second ads, all for Apple Watch. Two of them are city themed, with the names Berlin and Bejing. One is about fitness, called Goals. One is about parenthood, called Closer.

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10:45
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for July

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the fifth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
On July 9th we announced the news that Office 2016 for Mac was released. Currently this includes support for Office Add-ins in Outlook, and our engineering team is working hard to support add-ins in Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well. This means if you have written an Office Add-in that works right now with Office 2013 on Windows desktop, Office Online or Office for iOS, it will also work with the Mac version.
On June 24th, we also announced that Office for Android Phone is generally available. Right now, these...

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10:29
New TV ads for Apple Watch focus on tourism, fitness...

Apple on Thursday debuted four new TV ads for the Apple Watch on its official YouTube channel, continuing a strategy of depicting the device in realistic scenarios.

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10:24
External Link: Neil Young to Stop Rocking in the...

Musician Neil Young has declared that he will be removing his music from all streaming services, due to poor audio quality. In a post on Facebook, Young claimed that streaming music sounds worse than FM radio, 8-track tapes, and Compact Cassettes. “Streaming is the worst audio in history,” Young said. In 2014, Young developed a competitor to iTunes, PonoMusic, which offers high-quality audio downloads, meant to be played on the company’s Toblerone-shaped music player, which Ars Technica called, “a tall, refreshing drink of snake oil.” 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...

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10:23
External Link: President Obama Announces Low-Income...

The Obama administration has announced a new initiative, called ConnectHome, that will bring broadband access to over 275,000 low-income households in the U.S. The pilot program will start in 27 cities, including New York, Boston, Seattle, and the Choctaw Tribal Nation in Oklahoma. The federal government is partnering with ISPs such as Google Fiber, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, and Sprint. ConnectHome is being funded by private industry, nonprofit organizations and local leaders; the federal government will not be contributing any more money beyond the $50,000 allocated by the Department of Agriculture to deploy broadband to the Choctaw tribal nation. 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...

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10:22
Employees who Sued Apple in 2013 Over Demeaning Bag...

On June 11 we reported that Information relating to complaints within a current lawsuit against Apple that began in 2013 were ordered by the court to be unsealed revealing that at least two Apple retail store workers complained ...

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10:00
Hours for iPhone announces Freshbooks integration

Hours for iPhone announces integration with Freshbooks for easy time tracking and billing.

Hours is the time-tracking app that I reviewed back in October. It's very well done, with features like smart notifications, multiple timer support, color-coding to keep things clear, and handy reports that you can export to PDF or CSV. It's really a nice app.

Meanwhile, I've been a Freshbooks customer for years and it's quite nice that I can now send billable hours track with Hours directly to Freshbooks. As an existing Freshbooks customer, I can even export existing clients, projects, and tasks directly into Hours.

This is a nice partnership between two great services. Check it out and get to work.

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09:59
Recommended reading: 'The Book of GNS3'

GNS3 is freely available and open source software that allows users to explore router configurations, design and test their own networks, and study for certification tests, all without spending a dime.
Before virtualization, the only way to learn about networking hands-on was to build expensive labs with physical hardware or pay outrageous training fees. No more.
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09:56
Apple Predicted to Beat Expectations in Third...

Less than one week before Apple's third quarter fiscal results are released on July 21 at 2:00 PM Pacific, multiple research firms and analysts have released earnings previews for the three-month period ending June 30. The consensus is that Apple will report another quarterly earnings beat based on stronger than expected iPhone sales and continued year-over-year growth in China. Apple provided third quarter guidance of revenue between $46 billion and $48 billion, gross margin between 38.5% and 39.5%, operating expenses between $5.65 billion and $5.75 billion and other expenses of $350 million, while the consensus among analysts was an EPS of $1.79. Apple is expected to beat both that guidance, which is purposefully conservative, and street expectations. Wall Street and Silicon Valley analyst Neil Cybart published his 3Q15 earnings preview on...

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09:52
Feeder 3.0 gets a new Yosemite inspired look

Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has unveiled Feeder 3.0, an update to the RSS editor for creating news feeds, iTunes podcasts and appcasts on Mac OS X.
Version 3.0 sports a brand new look for OS X Yosemite, Markdown editing, autosave and a global search and replace for links. Feeder's library can now be shared with cloud services such as iCloud Drive and Dropbox.
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09:49
Labelist 9 for Mac OS X adds new Photos browser, more

Chronos has launched Labelist 9, an upgrade to itslabel-making software for Mac OS X Yosemite. The new version adds two all-new media browsers for integrating with Apple’s iTunes and Photos applications.
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09:42
Apple to Face Class Action Lawsuit Over Off-the-...

Apple will face a class action lawsuit brought against it by retail employees in California who were subjected to ongoing bag checks that often caused them to remain at work for 10 to 15 minutes after their shifts had ended, reports Reuters. Employees allege Apple subjected them to mandatory bag checks that were "embarrassing and demeaning," and were conducted off the clock, leaving them uncompensated for their time. The group is seeking damages for unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, and other recompense. The lawsuit was first filed in 2013 and after some legal hurdles that included a 2014 dismissal, it was granted class action status today by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco. Class members participating in the lawsuit include...

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09:33
IK Multimedia ships the iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia is shipping the iRig PowerBridge, a performance and charging system that lets musicians continuously create music and play with their digital IK Multimedia iRig accessories while sending a stream of conditioned power to keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged.
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09:29
Apple Release Four New Apple Watch Ads Covering...

Today Apple released a new series of Apple Watch ads that covers Beijing, Berlin ...

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09:27
Paragon rolls out Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview. (http://tinyurl.com/pyuyvub). It provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on OS X.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple's OS X El Capitan Preview. All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 when the commercial version is released.
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09:18
iPod nano, iPod shuffle won't sync offline...

Even with Apple Music advertised prominently in the iPod section of Apple's online store, neither the iPod nano nor the iPod shuffle can sync Apple Music tracks cached offline, according to a report.

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09:15
Apple’s latest Apple Watch ads showcase fitness,...


Following the initial launch campaign, Apple is debuting four new Apple Watch ads showing the device in action in several different real-world scenarios. The first video called Goals demonstrates a range of features including the Apple Watch’s fitness and workout tracking apps as well as third-party apps available for the device. Another video called Closer echoes a similar theme of recent Apple ads that show people using Apple’s products to stay in communication and share experiences.
Two other new ads called Beijin and Berlin illustrate the Apple Watch as a travel tool with translation and navigation apps plus more.
The...

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09:13
Intel's 10nm processors pushed back to 2017

During a conference call with journalists to talk about the company's latest quarterly financial numbers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the vendor will add a third 14-nanometer processor—dubbed "Kaby Lake"—to its roadmap, pushing back the timetable for its 10nm processor to the second half of 2017, reports eWeek (http://tinyurl.com/n9w892e).
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09:03
Apple Releases Four New Apple Watch Ads Showing the...

Apple today released a new series of Apple Watch commercials on its YouTube channel, depicting the Apple Watch being used in a number of ways in the daily lives of the people featured in the videos. Each of the four videos centers around people who use the watch's functions while traveling, while working out, and while communicating with and interacting with family. Apple has a knack for creating ads that are informative while being touching and funny, and its four new videos are no exception. Two of the videos, "Berlin" and "Beijing," show the Apple Watch in use as a tool to discover new places to visit while exploring the cities. Two women are seen using the app to get directions to places, look up nearby restaurants, and discover new sights as soft music plays in the background of each video. One woman uses the sketch tool in the Apple Watch to write "SOS" to let her friend know she needs help getting out of a...

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09:00
New IT management controls added to OneDrive for...

Today’s post was written by Reuben Krippner, director of product management for Office 365, focused primarily on OneDrive for Business.
The OneDrive for Business team has been working to deliver the most commonly requested controls by IT admins. Today, we’ll highlight new management options you have to protect and control the flow of your information using OneDrive for Business.
In addition, this week’s Office Mechanics show walks through the new controls and how to implement them as IT admin:

Limiting file sync to domain joined PCs
OneDrive for Business enables users to synchronize their files for offline use across their PCs or Macs. One of the most common requests from IT admins is to have the ability to block sync on unmanaged PCs. Now you can enable file sync to work only on domain-joined PCs (and you can even specify which of your domains you want to allow to sync), thereby blocking file sync on personally owned or unmanaged PCs. Note that using this...

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09:00
Malwarebytes introduces solution for Mac users

Malwarebytes, the anti-malware solution that's been in business since 2004, has acquired AdwareMedic, and as such now offers a solution for Mac users everywhere. 

In a blog post on Malwarebytes' site, AdwareMedic's creator Thomas Reed described his motivation to create security software for the Mac, as well has his decision to join Malwarebytes: 

“AdwareMedic quickly became a hit, even being recommended by countless Apple techs around the world.

Then, in March of this year, I was contacted by Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes.

The timing could not have been better, and I’m pleased to say that The Safe Mac and AdwareMedic are now owned by Malwarebytes, and I’m now the Director of Mac Offerings at Malwarebytes.”

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08:53
GSMA in Talks with Apple over New Embedded SIM...

It's being reported today ... that the GSMA, the industry association which represents mobile operators worldwide, is close to announcing an agreement to produce a standardized embedded Sim for consumer devices that would include Apple and other smartphone makers.

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08:13
Apple releases updated iPod touch, adds improved...



Apple may not have done much with its iPod shuffle and nano models outside of changing the color offerings, but it beefed up the iPod touch in a big way this week.
The iPod touch’s camera is now on par with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, going from 5 megapixels in the last generation to 8 in the new version. Apple also incorporated an iPhone M8 motion coprocessor for better activity-tracking and a new 64-bit A8 chip to make the unit that much faster. A new 1136 x 640 resolution Retina display rounds things out and makes the device that much more robust.

The new version of the iPod touch, which arrives with iOS 8.4 and access to Apple Music, now arrives in a 128GB...

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08:12
Apple, Samsung & carriers working together on...

The two largest handset makers in the world --?Apple and Samsung -- are said to be working with some of the largest carriers around the globe on a new, so-called "e-SIM" standard that would replace traditional SIM cards, and make it easier for customers to sign up for new data plans.

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08:03
9to5Toys Last Call: Bluetooth 4.1 in-ear headphones...

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

  • This USB-C hub adds four USB-A ports to your 12-inch MacBook:...
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08:00
Re-introducing the Office 365 Partner blog series

Transforming the way your organization works isn’t easy. Employees, like consumers, have habits…patterns…favorites…none of which they’re willing to trade for the latest cloud productivity trends. Yet, the important conversations that help you to set your business apart don’t just happen in the office. You need to be where your employees are so you can listen to and learn from their changing needs. Companies report 76 percent* more visibility into other departments and office locations by using Yammer. In addition, companies have seen a 37 percent** improvement in project collaboration by leveraging familiar productivity tools like PowerPoint, Excel and Word in a real-time, co-editing cloud environment. And finally, 93 percent*** of business leaders agree that internal social tools stimulate innovation, leading to business and innovation growth.
Microsoft Partners help you realize your own success with Office 365. As service providers and as Microsoft customers themselves,...

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 054 panel...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to a panel of SharePoint MVPs at SPTechCon Dev Days including Marc Anderson, Andrew Connell, Scot Hillier, Paul Schaeflein and Eric Shupps.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP54_sptechconpanel.mp3
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08:00
Sway Use Case series #3: Small business Sways

As a digital storytelling app, Sway makes it easy for students, teachers, professionals and consumers to bring all sorts of narratives to life in a new and interactive way. This blog series highlights the great examples of Sways made across different categories by all sorts of people to make their ideas shine.
In the last Sway Use Case blog, we got a taste of many delicious and visually delightful Sways that chefs, foodies, and culinary adventurers have created, all centered around food. In today’s post, we’ll get down to business and dive into some of the many ways that small businesses and professionals alike are using Sway for professional storytelling, collaboration and sharing ideas in new ways internally and with their customers. Check out the highlights below!
Swaying potential clients with an event venue brochure
Jonathan Price (London, @JonnoPrice) is the...

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07:59
Tag Heuer's First Smartwatch for Christmas will...

Back in January we posted a report titled "Jean-Claude Biver Revs up the Rhetoric about TAG Heuer's coming Smartwatch vs. Apple Watch." Biver took aim at Apple and confidently ribbed Apple about their poor design ...

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07:47
Apple in 'Advanced Talks' With Mobile...

Apple and Samsung are in talks with mobile standards organization GSMA to introduce electronic SIM cards, according to Financial Times. The talks are happening around the GSMA's impending announcement of the creation of a standardized embedded SIM card for consumer devices, which would involve both Apple and Samsung if the talks go through. Rumors of Apple creating its own SIM card line began in late 2010, when a report from Gigaom claimed the company was working with digital security firm Gemalto to create the custom built-in SIM. The iPhone 4s was even rumored to be "SIM-less," pointing once again to an electronic SIM card pre-...

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07:41
Microsoft’s OneNote iOS app goes universal, bringing...


Microsoft today released a new update to OneNote for iPhone that makes it a universal app, now OneNote for iOS. That means that the existing OneNote for iPad app is being replaced by a single, universal app that runs on both iPhone and iPad.
The benefit, aside from having a single version, is that the iPad app is gaining some recent features introduced in the iPhone app including a OneNote widget in the today view of Notification Center. iPad users will also notice a new “recent notes” section for notes made on either device, and landscape mode on the iPad now presents a column of page...

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07:38
Apple releases updated iPod nano, shuffle models,...



Despite a three year hiatus between the last update, Apple gave the iPod a major overhaul on Tuesday.
Among these are the revamped iPod nano and shuffle models, which, like the new iPod touch, come in gold, dark blue, and pink colors.
Apart from the new colors, Apple hasn’t upgraded the hardware of the iPod nano since the 2012 rendition. The device arrives with the same 16 gigabytes of storage, but still supports video, FM radio and is available for a US$149 price tag.

The iPod shuffle still offers 2 gigabytes of storage and offers the same features as the previous versions. The unit is still designed for the price/fitness market, boasting no screen,...

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07:35
Apple releases first public beta of upcoming OS X 10...

Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of OS X 10.10.5, following quickly on the heels of a matching developer beta, which was issued on Tuesday.

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07:26
Apple's Force Touch for iPhone Invention was...

Believe it not, Apple's engineers actually began working on Force Touch sensors for future iDevices way back in 2006 in relation to force sensors for the iPad bezel and display. Today a related Force Touch invention for the iPhone and other iDevices surfaced in Europe.

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07:10
Samsung and TSMC Begin Production of A9 Chips for...

Apple manufacturing partners Samsung and TSMC have started volume production of A9 chips for the so-called "iPhone 6s," according to DigiTimes. The report claims Apple requested last-minute changes to the chip layout, requiring both chipmakers to rework wafers, but the modifications are not expected to impact the release schedule of the next-generation iPhone. Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and new iPod touch are powered by the A8 chip TSMC will reportedly begin mass production of A9 chips based on a 16nm process in the fourth quarter of 2015, and is also expected to manufacture fingerprint sensors and audio chips on a contract basis for future iPhones. Conflicting reports have surfaced over the past several months suggesting that Samsung,...

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07:00
OneNote July mobile updates for iOS and Android

This month we’re upgrading your OneNote mobile experience with improvements to iOS and Android.
One app for OneNote iPad and iPhone
You might have noticed that our apps had a “for iPad” and “for iPhone” in the title—that’s because they were two separate apps. This month we did a bunch of work behind the scenes to create one universal iOS app that works on both iPad and iPhone. If you are an iPad user today, you will need to get the new OneNote app from the store. When you open your current iPad app, you will see instructions for getting the app. If you are an iPhone user, you don’t need to do anything—we merged the iPad app into the iPhone app so you already have it.
With the universal iOS OneNote app, iPad users will have some of the recent updates made to the iPhone app, and we’ll be able to move even faster to update the app with new features.
New iPad features...

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06:53
Apple reportedly joins talks with cell providers to...


With the launch of the latest iPad model, Apple debuted its own SIM card that allows users to choose between three different cell carriers and change service on-the-fly. Rumors that such a card could be included in the next iPhone appeared almost immediately, and now a new report confirms that Apple is in talks with cellular carriers and other handset makers to bring this type of system to all cell phones.
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06:51
Rovio's 'Angry Birds 2' to launch on...

Finnish developer Rovio will launch its first official sequel to the ultra-popular "Angry Birds" game on July 30, debuting on mobile platforms including Apple's iOS.

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06:32
Researchers are developing apps to diagnose coughs,...


First pitched by Steve Jobs in 2007 as “an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator,” the iPhone has since evolved into a medical device of sorts as software has gotten smarter and sensors have become more advanced in recent years.
Apple embraced this with iOS 8 and the rollout of HealthKit, a framework which allows medical and health apps to share data with each other and your doctors with your permission. Apple’s open source ResearchKit took it a step further by allowing developers to turn apps into scientific health and medical research tests.
Scientific American...

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06:12
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.5 Beta to Public Beta...

A few days after seeding OS X 10.10.5 to developers for testing, Apple has released the first OS X 10.10.5 beta to public beta testers. With only a few months until the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last significant updates to Yosemite. The new beta can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism through the Mac App Store on Macs enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program. The pre-release software's build number is 14F6a, the same as the OS X 10.10.5 beta seeded to developers earlier this week. It also appears that the first OS X 10.10.5 beta is now showing up in Software Update for developers who were unable to see the pre-release software following its release on Tuesday. OS X 10.10.5 beta includes stability, compatibility and security...

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06:00
UBS forecasts iPhone ASP at $660, pushing Apple...

Investment firm UBS revealed on Thursday that it has high expectations for Apple's gross margins in the just-concluded June quarter, predicting they will reach nearly 41 percent on outstanding sales of the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus.

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06:00
Command Line Firewall Management In OS X 10.10

The tools to automate OS X firewall events from the command line are still stored in /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall. And you will still use socketfilterfw there for much of the heavy lifting. However, now there are much more helpful and functional options in socketfilterfw that will allow you to more easily script the firewall.
Some tricks I’ve picked up with the Mac Firewall/alf scripting:

  • Configure the firewall fully before turning it on (especially if you’re doing so through something like Casper, FileWave, Munki, or...
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05:39
Siri and calling emergency services

Why does telling Siri to charge your phone call the police? Look to India. 

Earlier today The Verge pointed out that, if you use an iPhone to tell Siri, "Charge my phone to 100 percent," it will attempt to call emergency services (giving you a five-second grace period to cancel the call). This is true. DO NOT try it, as the police dislike being summoned to your home for no reason. Some have suggested that this behavior is a bug, while others guess that Apple has created a covert way to summon the authorities, should the caller be in a dangerous situation. That's clever, but I don't think that's what's going on. 

First, it's likely that Siri is responding to the word "phone" followed by a number. Remember, "phone" can be a verb and a noun. For example, if you tell Siri, "Charge my phone to 50 percent," it will attempt to call the number 50. So why does...

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05:24
Samsung & TSMC begin volume production of Apple...

The two principal manufacturers of Apple processors, Samsung and TSMC, have each begun volume production of the next-generation "A9" CPU for use in the upcoming iPhones, according to a new report.

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05:24
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.6 ready for OS X El...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager, DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook, DEVONnote.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents with artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.6 improves compatibility to the public beta of OS X El Capitan and brings further usability enhancements and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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05:12
New iPod nano, shuffle won't sync Apple Music...

Our friends at iMore have pointed out that the new iPod shuffle and nano won't sync your Apple Music tracks. Only the latest iPod touch will do that. Why hinder the nano and shuffle this way? iMore's Serenity Caldwell makes a very likely guess:

"It's probably a record label requirement: In theory, you could sync an iPod shuffle or nano up with Apple Music tracks, then cancel your Apple Music subscription and continue rocking out to those 'copied' tracks forever."

I was surprised by this update because, frankly, I don't think the iPod is long for this world. The touch might have a little life left, but the nano and shuffle, well, don't. 

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05:11
It’s official – Angry Birds 2 is coming on July 30th


It seems an age since Angry Birds first rose to prominence as the best-selling mobile game going. After countless spin-offs and movie tie-ins, it’s about to get its first proper sequel. Rovio announced in a blog post this morning that Angry Birds 2 will officially launch on July 30th.
With 3 billion game downloads, millions of fans across the globe, multiple mashups and spin-offs, collaborations with A-list celebrities and much more, we’re really proud that Angry Birds is the mother of all mobile game apps. And now we’re proud to announce the mother of all sequels – Angry Birds 2!
Rovio hasn’t announced exactly what to expect or which platforms it’ll be available...

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05:07
Misfit introduces Flash Link multifunction wearable...

Misfit on Thursday announced price drops for its existing fitness wearables --?Shine and Flash --?to make way for a new model called the Flash Link, and breathed life into older Flash models with the new Misfit Link app for iOS.

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04:35
Apple's new iPod touch, iPod nano, & iPod...

In a world of iPhones and iPads, iPods nevertheless continue to have a place at Apple, and Wednesday's update of the iPod touch -- plus new colors for the Nano and Shuffle -- raise the question of which iPod, if any, a person should buy.

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04:10
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.0.1.7 - Adware removal...

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (was AdwareMedic) helps you get your Mac experience back. Is your Mac running slow? Annoying adware--such as pop-ups, or malware--could be the problem. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scans for and removes code that degrades system performance or attacks your system. Making your Mac once again your Mac. What It Does

  • Removes adware, such as Genieo, VSearch, and Vidx
  • Removes malware, including Trojans
  • Scans quickly
  • Simplifies program management through a clean, lean interface

How It Does It

  • Anti-adware
  • Anti-malware
  • Light footprint
  • Simple interface

Version 1.0.1.7:

  • Change of developer, change of name
  • Consumer (home) use only (commercial version to be released soon)
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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03:52
LightTable 2.2.1 is now available at the Mac App...

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced LightTable 2.2.1 for Mac OS X.
It's an image cataloging application that lets users perform image comparisons and inspections on a virtual canvas. Users can move image items around just like actual prints on a physical light table. The 2.2.1 update improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides full screen and high-resolution drawing support.
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03:45
ExpanDrive 5.0.7 - Access cloud storage just like a...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC

Version 5.0.7: Note: Now requires OS X 10.7 or later. Note: ExpanDrive 5 is a paid upgrade of $24.95. If you purchased after 1 May 2015, your key has been upgraded for free. New

  • Amazon Cloud Drive support
  • Dramatically improved performance
  • Complete rewrite of most drive types
  • Hybrid online-offline mode
  • Support for Windows 10
  • New icon
  • Transferring status...

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03:28
Wearable medical devices market to be worth $5.8...

In its latest report, Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com) states that the global wearable medical devices market was worth US$2 billion in 2012, and is estimated to be worth $5.8 billion by 2019. The research group's study also indicates that the global wearable medical devices market will register a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 16.4% during the forecast period of 2013 to 2019.
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03:27
Kool Tools: the Boa saddle

Booq's (www/booqbags.com) US$195 Boa saddle bag boasts a utilitarian design, lightweight materials, genuine leather accents and a laptop compartment that can carry a MacBook Pro or PC up to 15.6 inches.
If you travel, you know how quickly briefs fill up with documents, chargers and other gadgets. The Boa saddle was designed to maintain a mid-sized profile, but provide an interior that offers a huge amount of storage space. The Boa saddle isis 10% lighter than its Boa brief counterpart.
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03:23
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.6 - Knowledge base, information...

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight. DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office. Use it as your document...

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03:18
Apple Invents a Way to use Added Solar Cells to...

Keeping our MacBooks and other devices charged is always a priority and Apple has a new invention that could use solar cells integrated into trackpads, the Magic Mouse ...

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02:21
Apple investigating solar-powered wireless mice and...

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals continued research into alternative energy solutions, specifically as it applies to a lineup of wireless computer peripherals with embedded solar cells.

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01:58
Apple Breathes New Life into their Headset Display...

Earlier this year we posted a report titled "Apple is definitely working on a Top Secret VR Project." The report pointed to Apple's string of job posting for a Sr. Display Systems Engineer related to VR Environments. Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they've breathed new life...

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01:34
Housing Shifting on Restricted Fund

Forums: B4M FORKTags: Packers and Movers GurgaonHousehold moving almost always is an expensive matter too apart from as being a time-consuming along with intricate practice. It could possibly horribly affect your budget along with finances. It might come up with a major ditch within your wallet. However you will discover certainly a number of methods to go about make non commercial separation on a constrained funds. In the event that you’re relocating with a minimal finances there are many approaches to work with you reduce move charge, cut costs whilst still being transfer your property safely and securely to your brand new property.
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01:33
Home Shifting or Home Relocation Made Uncomplicated

Forums: B4M FORKTags: Packers and Movers In BangaloreArranging before you decide to go on to another dwelling
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• Give ideal see to your landlord if you are at the moment moving into a leased house.
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01:31
About Specialist Packers & Movers

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00:56
How to Get Best Locum Jobs

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: locum jobslocum agencyIncreasing demand of medical sector creates shortage of hospital staffing, so it's very difficult to find best medical professionals to fill the demands. So that hospitals and healthcare centers, contact with locum agency for their medical staffing and medical specialist. Medico Partners are one of professional medical recruitment agencies who are well experienced in medical staff recruitment. Simply register your health agency for medical staffing and get best medical professionals.
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Monday July 13

10:02
Fix your iTunes Match music with iTunes update 12.2.1

This could be a good way to start a Monday, especially if you're an iTunes Match user: Apple has released the iTunes 12.2.1 update. If you have iTunes Match, upgraded to iTunes 12.2 and had problems, this might be the update you need.According to the company’s release notes, 12.2.1 corrects a problem where iTunes Match music is labeled as Apple Music instead of Matched. It also, “Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match Subscribers.” There are also minor bug fixes for Beats 1 radio.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Tuesday July 14

02:30
Hands-on with Safari 9 in El Capitan: Little changes...

Safari’s major overhaul occurred when Yosemite was released last year. By comparison, the changes to Safari are just a few, but they will have an immediate effect on how you browse the web.
Jason Snell covered the major changes to Safari 9 in his first look of the El Capitan public beta. Here, I’ll take a closer look at those changes, as well as a few others. As Jason mentioned in his first look, El Capitan is currently in beta and changes to how these features are implemented can happen between now and the final version that will be released in the fall. This article will be updated appropriately.To read this article in full or...

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06:26
Apple Pay goes international with UK launch

Apple is finally taking its mobile payment service worldwide, starting with the British rollout of Apple Pay on Tuesday.Apple announced its UK expansion plans at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Seven financial institutions are supporting Apple Pay at launch, including American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, and Ulster Bank. Notable holdouts include Barclays and, surprisingly, HSBC. HSBC was expected to be one of Apple Pay’s launch partners, but the bank announced that it won’t support the service until the end of July. Barclays has its own contactless payment service, bPay, but reversed its opposition to Apple Pay on Tuesday with a supportive tweet....

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15:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Encrypto makes sharing private...

...plus apps for graphic design, STEM education, and more!In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find an app that keep your secrets secret, a bit of science for every occasion, and software that makes capturing your screen as easy as pie.Affinity Designer 1.3Serif’s $40 popular Affinity Designer (Mac App Store Link) brings professional-grade vector design at a budget price to your Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:10
Rumor: Apple to launch 'end-of-life' iPad...

A questionable report out of the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple will announce a larger 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and refreshed iPad mini by the end of 2015, but will not introduce a follow-up to the iPad Air 2. Further, the company is supposedly planning to end-of-life iPad mini after this year's revamp.

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22:58
Property Shifting or Residential Move Made Effortless

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: packers and movers bhatindaOrganizing before you decide to move to another property
• Give correct detect for a landlord if you are at this time surviving in the leased house.
• Create a listing off ones stuff along with residence belongings you genuinely wish to move in your completely new dwelling. This will also enable you to learn exactly what you ought to begin relocating.
• Moving house is surely an ideal moment to get rid of rubbish objects in addition to outdated things that you just don’t want to bunch and also transfer. Eradicate your crap objects as well as aged things that you cannot make use of as well as don’t want to use within the potential as well as don’t wish to shift on your fresh residence....

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22:35
Concerning Expert Packers & Movers

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: packers and movers karnalGood quality packers in addition to movers are usually supplying entrance to doorway providing as well as shifting strategy to support his or her clientele from entrance methods. They're giving total comprehensive solution to all your moving as well as transport requires on your belongings. They make sure for right providing of products and protected vehicles ones to the completely new desired destination door phase. Many people wrap up products appropriately making use of supreme high quality providing supplies in addition to durable cardboard boxes.
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21:25
Sketchy Report Claims No New iPad Air in 2015, One...

With Apple said to unveil its long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro in November, many assumed that both the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 would see refreshes as well. However, a new report from Economic Daily News [Translation] (via Macotakara [Translation]) says that no new iPad Air will be revealed. While the iPad Air 2 may not see a refresh, the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro will see introductions. Liaoxian Li, investment advisor at Fubon Hardware, tells Economic Daily News that Apple may...

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19:59
Adobe Acrobat Pro 15.008.20082 - Powerful PDF editor...

Acrobat Pro DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

  • Access powerful print production and digital publishing tools. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files.
  • Work anywhere. Create, export, and sign PDFs from your computer or the Acrobat DC mobile app.
  • Take your files with you. Use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents -- as naturally as any other file.
  • Make last-minute changes....

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19:59
Adobe Acrobat Reader 15.008.20082 - View PDF...

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web,you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window. Acrobat also makes printing much more practical, by guaranteeing that the printout will look exactly like it does on your screen.Version 15.008.20082: Note: For the Adobe Reader DC Classic Track update, see Related Links.

  • This update provides new features, security mitigations, feature enhancements, and bug fixes.
  • OS X 10.9 or later

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19:59
Adobe InDesign CC 2015 11.0.1.105 - Professional...

InDesign CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe InDesign CC 2015 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.Version 11.0.1.105 (2015): Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later. Fixes

  • Font menu
  • Screen-refresh bugs
  • Launch-related issues...

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19:59
Adobe InCopy CC 2015 11.0.1.105 - Create streamlined...

InCopy CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InCopy customer). InCopy CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe InCopy CC 2015, ideal for large team projects involving both written copy and design work, provides copywriters and editors with a powerful tool to style text, collaborate through track changes, and make simple layout modifications that integrate effortlessly with InDesign.Version 11.0.1.105 (2015): Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor. Fixes

  • Font menu
  • Screen-refresh bugs
  • Launch-related issues
  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 2...

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19:59
Google Chrome 43.0.2357.134 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 43.0.2357.134:

  • Critical update to Adobe Flash Player (18.0.0.209)
  • Fix for a full screen casting issue.
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:52
Apple, other big businesses eye Iranian market after...

Just hours after the U.S. and five world powers entered into an agreement with Iran to remove sanctions in return for a reduction in nuclear weapons capability, companies like Apple are actively looking for inroads into the starved market.

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08:00
Wish snatches up top Android app Locket to help you...

Locket, a beloved Android app that serves up content you want to read right on your lock-screen, is bringing its recommendation tech to one of the most popular iOS e-commerce apps.Wish, one of the top 10 lifestyle apps in the App Store, snatched up Locket, which Google Play picked as one of its best apps of 2014, to power recommendations for its shopping platform. Locket founder and CEO Yunha Kim, who is joining the Wish team, said there are no plans to shut down Locket at the moment, but that the technology that fueled the Android app’s tailored lock-screen content picks will be baked into Wish.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:06
The New U.S./Iran Nuclear Deal Could Open the Door...

While today's announcement of a nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran won't open the doors to trade immediately, it’s a known fact that Apple wants to be able to compete with Samsung in Iran ...

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15:39
Apple's Japanese R&D center to tap into...

Alongside an expanding retail presence, Apple is building out research and development operations around the globe, including a facility in Yokohama, Japan that will reportedly focus on materials, vehicle and health segments.

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15:22
Google Introduces Eddystone, an iBeacon Competitor

In an effort to challenge Apple's iBeacon, Google has officially launched "Eddystone" ...

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15:13
TA15-195A: Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows...

Original release date: July 14, 2015 | Last revised: July 15, 2015
Systems Affected
Microsoft Windows systems with Adobe Flash Player installed.
Overview
Used in conjunction, recently disclosed vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with system privileges. Since attackers continue to target and find new vulnerabilities in popular, Internet-facing software, updating is not sufficient, and it is important to use exploit mitigation and other defensive techniques.
Description
The following vulnerabilities illustrate the need for ongoing mitigation techniques and prioritization of updates for highly targeted software:

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15:05
The Apple iWatch doesn’t exist, but a legal fight...


Remember earlier this year when Apple released the iWatch?
What's that you say? There's no such thing as an iWatch?
Don't tell that to Irish software studio Probendi, which owns a trademark on iWatch, and has filed a petition with a court in Milan saying that Apple is in violation of it, according to Bloomberg.
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14:05
Report: Android Wear Smartwatches to Get Together


It's rumored that the next version of Android Wear, reportedly scheduled for release in August, will bring tap gestures and watch-to-watch communications. The update initially was scheduled for launch on July 28th. "For now, these features simply bring parity between Android Wear and watchOS," said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani. These new features "ultimately lay the groundwork for future messaging platforms," but neither platform "offers a compelling use case or killer app, as they're both essentially first-generation products," he added.

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14:00
AWT News Update: July 14, 2015

Photo illustration ©2015, Steven Sande.

Today's Apple news in less than five minutes; that's the AWT News Update!

  • Betas of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.4 appear in the Apple Developer Center
  • Apple's being sued by an Irish firm over its alleged misuse of the "iWatch" trademark in the EU
  • The New York Post says negotiations are moving along nicely now for Apple's planned streaming TV service for cable cutters

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 14, 2015.

Another day, another set of betas. This time it’s the betas for OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and iOS 8.4.1. It appears that the new version of OS X won...

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13:59
Chevron rolls out first gas pumps with Apple Pay...

More than six months after promising to support Apple Pay touchless payments at gas pumps, Chevron rolled out the service at a station across the street from its headquarters in San Ramon, Calif.

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13:30
A unified scheduling engine and API in Project...

With Project Server 2013 and Project Online, we replaced our server-side scheduling engine with the Project Calculation Service (PCS), bringing the power of the Project Professional scheduling engine to the browser. This new service also powered our new cloud-ready Project API, also known as the Client Side Object Model (CSOM). However, the transition to PCS and CSOM wasn’t quite exhaustive. There are still elements of Project Web App (PWA) and our legacy API, the Project Server Interface (PSI), which rely on the old server-side scheduling engine. Discrepancies between the two engines are a problem for our customers. To resolve these issues, the legacy server-side scheduling engine will be fully removed from Project Server 2016 and Project Online, along with the Project class methods of the PSI. CSOM is the future of PWA extensibility, and we will continue to make improvements to CSOM based on your feedback to ensure parity with legacy PSI scenarios.
What’s changing?
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12:45
Twitter for iPhone adopts native iOS share sheet...


Twitter has quietly added support for iOS 8’s native, customizable share sheet, replacing its own limited share menu previously used. Custom share sheet support enables users to send URLs and other items to various apps and services on iOS without ever leaving the Twitter app.
This multitasking feature has long been adopted in third-party Twitter clients on iOS including...

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12:13
Apple says recruitment of women & minorities...

Efforts by Apple to improve recruitment of women and minorities in its workforce are slowly paying off, the company has revealed, as it hopes other corporations will follow its lead in diversity and transparency.

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12:11
Chevron Debuts Apple Pay Gasoline Pump Pilot Program...

Chevron has kicked off an Apple Pay pilot program in the Bay Area that allows customers to use Apple Pay to pay for their gasoline directly at the pump, according to the company's Twitter account. Apple Pay can currently be used at a Chevron location in San Ramon, with a second location in Cupertino becoming available in the near future. @kevinkeitai 18060 San Ramon Valley Blvd in San Ramon accepts NFC including Apple Pay at the dispenser now. Cupertino coming soon!— Chevron (@Chevron) July 14, 2015 Chevron first announced plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in late 2014, but company did not have a clear timeline for the rollout of Apple Pay at the pump. Following the pilot program testing, it's likely...

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12:00
App Store updates and notable new apps for July 14,...

Apple World Today is happy to provide its readers with notification of significant App Store updates and notable new apps each and every day.

Updates

Pixelmator (iOS) version 2.0.2

We’ve redefined the performance of the Repair tool, added Dynamic Touch to all Retouch tools, improved the Photo Editing extension, and more.

• The Repair tool is now up to 5 times faster and even more precise.• Dynamic Touch lets you adjust the stroke size of all Retouch tools by simply using the tip of your finger to create thin strokes and a larger surface area of your finger for thicker lines.• Lots of improvements to the Photo Editing extension and more.

Desk (OS X) version 1.4.1

Hey, hey, hey!...

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11:43
Google unveils platform-independent alternative to...

Google on Tuesday announced Eddystone, an open-source beacon platform that may provide competition for Apple's iBeacon standard used by some businesses and attractions, including Apple Stores.

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11:40
Taylor Swift's Apple Music Letter Surprised Her...

Ahead of the launch of Apple Music, Taylor Swift made headlines when she wrote a scathing open letter to Apple, criticizing its decision not to pay artists for their work during its three-month free trial. Her letter, combined with pushback from indie labels, led Apple to reverse course and opt to pay artists during the three months that customers can listen for free. Record label exec Scott Borchetta, who serves as the head of Big Machine Records and signed Swift when she was 14, recently spoke at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference and shared some backstory on...

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11:34
Taylor Swift’s label exec talks behind-the-scenes...

The controversy surrounding Apple Music’s launch thanks to Taylor Swift made for an excellent way to drum up some extra attention for the service’s debut late last month. First, Swift, who was already vocal in the past regarding streaming services, penned a blog post knocking down Apple’s decision to offer a free, three-month trial without paying artists for streams during that period. Apple responded to Taylor’s decision to hold back her music from the service and it was thought the blog post eventually inspired Apple to reverse its decision. Swift responded to Apple’s decision positively and announced her latest record would be available on the service, all in the days...

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11:23
External Link: TiVo Adds AirPlay Support

TiVo has added AirPlay support to its iOS app, allowing owners of Roamio and Premiere DVRs to beam content to their Apple TVs. To try it out, bring up Control Center, activate AirPlay, select the Apple TV, enable mirroring, and then play a show from the My Shows section of the TiVo app. 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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11:21
Follow NASA's historic mission to Pluto with...

NASA's New Horizons space probe is set to begin transmitting the first ever high-resolution images of Pluto back to earth later today, and you can follow the exciting progress on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch with the official New Horizons app.

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11:06
Google announces a Bluetooth beacon platform to...


Google today announced a new beacon technology called Eddystone along with APIs that together it hopes will make it easier for Android and iOS-powered devices and beacons in close proximity to communicate with one another. Unlike iBeacon, Apple’s take on the Bluetooth-based protocol, Eddystone is open source and designed to be easily extendable, compatible with any device which supports the use of beacons. A new API announced alongside Eddystone, compatible with iOS and Android devices and available to Android developers today (iOS support forthcoming), uses inaudible sound emitted from device speakers and heard from other devices using their microphones to determine when other smartphones and tablets ...

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11:04
A Detailed Look at How the Apple Watch Functions in...

Apple is cautious with its Apple Watch and doesn't market the device as waterproof, instead giving it a water resistance rating of IPX7. Apple says it's fine to wear the watch in the rain or while washing your hands, but the company doesn't recommend submerging the device. Many Apple Watch owners have tested Apple's water resistance claims, coming to the conclusion that the Apple Watch is more water resistant than Apple claims. It's survived submersion in a bucket, laps in a pool, lengthy swim tests, and even a 10m dive with no damage. Image via Craig Hockenberry iOS developer Craig...

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10:04
Things 2.5.5 - Elegant personal task management. (...

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun. Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without ever switching...

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10:00
Week of Apple Watch Stands: WATCHme on Kickstarter

This week I'm looking at some Apple Watch charging stands; this started yesterday with the Griffin WatchStand and I'll be reviewing the new Nomad Watch Stand tomorrow. Today I thought it would be fun to take a trip to Kickstarter, where a young French designer is looking for funding for a humorous and completely different take on the Watch charging stand: WATCHme

The chubby little WATCHme is the brainchild of Vivien Muller, and it's unlike any other Watch charging stand I've seen. It looks like a short and stout little monster with a large "eye" where the disk of the Apple Watch charger sits. Pop your Watch onto the WATCHme, and it gets even more fun. If WATCHme reaches a stretch goal, Muller plans to hire a developer to create an app with a mischievous little eye that...

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09:54
Taylor Swift's letter on Apple Music was...

A blog post by pop signer Taylor Swift criticizing Apple Music royalties was preceded by talks with Apple by her record label, Big Machine Records -- but the singer wrote the post independently, according to an executive with the label.

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09:45
Mozilla temporarily disables Flash Player...



If you haven’t updated your version of Adobe Flash Player lately, now might be the time to do it.
The developers at Mozilla, having noticed that the staff at Hacking Team had three working exploits for Adobe Flash, decided to block all versions of the Flash Player plugin up to version 18.0.0.203 on Windows. Mozilla said Flash would remain on the Firefox blocklist until Adobe fixes all known vulnerabilities.
Since the announcement, Adobe appears to have updated its Flash player to version 18.0.0.209, which is not blocked.

Earlier in July, hackers breached the systems of Italy-based Hacking Team and published 400GB worth...

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09:05
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.4.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just two weeks after releasing iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service to the public. With iOS 9 already in the works and on track for a fall release, iOS 8.4.1 will likely be the last significant update to iOS 8. Today's beta, build number 12H304, can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. It is not yet clear what changes will be introduced with iOS 8.4.1, but as with past betas, it's likely to include bug fixes, performance enhancements, and minor tweaks to the operating system. We'll update this post with any new features or tweaks that are found within the new update. iOS 8.4.1 follows on the heels of iOS 8.4, which introduced an entirely revamped Music app along with the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Aside from music updates, iOS 8.4 included only...

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09:04
Apple releases beta versions of OS X 10.10.5 and iOS...


Apple has just published two new software betas for developers on its Developer Center. The new betas cover both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, with what appear to be bug fix releases on each platform. You can find the change logs below. We’ll also include a running list of changes.
Apple recently distributed iOS 9 beta 3 to developers and beta testers, and OS X 10.10.4 to the general public. iOS 8.4 was ...

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09:04
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Coming just a few months ahead of the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last significant updates to Yosemite. The new beta, build number 14F6a, can be downloaded fro the Apple Developer Center. It is not yet clear what's new in the OS X 10.10.5 beta, but like 10.10.4 and earlier betas, it likely includes bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4, the current version of OS X Yosemite, introduced multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements, including the removal of the problematic Discoveryd...

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09:03
Power Hungry iPhone Users will do some of the...

Power hungry iPhone users will do some of the craziest things to keep them charged. I originally thought that the Samsung ad called "Wall Huggers" was the craziest Samsung ad to date. Yet a couple of recent cases I've read about had me laughing and realizing that there may be some truth to that Samsung ad after all.

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

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08:40
Parallels Mac Manger revved to version 4.0

Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Macs.
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08:26
Apple Pay launches in the UK



As of today, Apple Pay has officially come to the United Kingdom and are available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

The banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch currently include American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank. Additional banks like Barclays,...

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08:07
Rumor: Apple making progress in negotiations with TV...



Apple’s apparently still in negotiations with the networks for its upcoming TV streaming service.
A recent article in the New York Post has Apple talking with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox with Apple’s 30 percent revenue share being the point of contention. Still, rumors have it that Apple is targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.
The current word around the campfire is that Disney or CBS will apparently be among the first to sign onto the deal. Apple also seems interested in getting Disney’s ESPN and Discovery channels folded in along with local live TV.

Apple is getting ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to handle...

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08:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 $230, SanDisk...

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Wednesday July 15

06:53
Apple is reportedly 'close' to securing...

After some earlier setbacks, Apple may once again be firming up plans for its long-rumored streaming TV service.
Sources tell the New York Post that the major broadcast networks are “close” to agreements with their local station affiliates, allowing the networks to negotiate with Apple on the affiliates' behalf. This would remove a major obstacle for Apple, as it wouldn't have to go around the country striking deals with every affiliate to carry channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:20
Report: More Americans are getting their daily news...

Facebook and Twitter are increasingly becoming a source for front-page news.A new report released on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation found that 63 percent of American Facebook and Twitter users rely on the social networks to get their daily news. The last time a similar survey was conducted in 2013, 52 percent of Twitter users and 47 percent of Facebook users said they used social media to get their news fix.This increase is not just attributed to younger generations, Pew clarified. The growing trend of using Facebook and Twitter as predominant news sources was seen in Americans of all ages, gender, races, education levels and incomes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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20:01
Popular video app Flipagram's new music deals...

Even if you’ve never heard of or used Flipagram, you’ve seen products of the social app scattered around your social networks. That flipbook of vacation photos that your old high school best friend posted on Instagram? That’s Flipagram’s work. Stitched-together video clips from camp that your kid shared to Facebook? Flipagram. But now the 1.5-year-old app wants people to see those video moments on its own turf, so it’s adding a new feature to lure you in: music.Flipagram just inked deals with the major record labels and publishers to let its 30 million monthly active users add soundtracks to their videos. Universal, Sony, Warner, and coalitions like Merlin and The Orchard have all opened up their catalogs to Flipagram, so users can search for the latest and great song clips to attach to their ’grams.To read...

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20:37
Pixlr 1.1.0 - Easy addition of stunning photographic...

Pixlr makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Whether you're applying a quick fix to your photos or adding your personal touch with effects, overlays, or borders, Pixlr has everything you need to make your moments beautiful. Getting started with Pixlr is free and easy - install the app to discover the magic of Pixlr today. Features

  • Powerful features in a simple and easy-to-use interface.
  • Apply quick fixes to your photos with features such as crop, straighten, resize, and more.
  • Auto fix feature balances out colors and adjusts for poor lighting conditions in a simple one-click fix.
  • Easily modify different elements of your photo and adjust its color, contrast, resolution, and texture.
  • Merge two images with the Double Exposure tool.
  • Erase imperfections with heal and red-eye tools.
  • Make your photos pop by adding or removing color from select parts of your photo with the Color...

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20:10
Apple's new Hong Kong store to open on July 30

Apple will open its fourth Apple Store location in Hong Kong on Thursday, July 30, the company announced through its retail website, with the three-story Canton Road outlet expected to be one of the largest in Asia.

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20:03
Apple’s Canton Road retail location in Hong Kong to...


Apple today updated its website to reflect that it will open its fourth retail store in Hong Kong on Canton Road at 9:00 AM local time on July 30th. We first saw photos of this store under construction back in February. The store is located at 100 Canton Road in the southern portion of Kowloon in the high-end retail area Tsim Sha Tsui. Plans for the store were announced all the way back in 2013.
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07:25
Apple overhauls iPod touch, adds new colors to iPod...

Apple has no plans to kill the iPod, despite three years without a major upgrade. On Tuesday the company refreshed the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle, though only the touch got a big overhaul.
All three iPods will now come in gold, dark blue, and pink, but the iPod touch is the only model to get new features under the hood. The touch will come with iOS 8.4 and access to Apple Music, which isn’t surprising, but the new version also adds a 128GB model to the lineup for the first time for $399. A 16GB touch will run you $199, a 32GB for $249, and a 64GB for $299. All models are available in-store today, with Apple throwing in two-day shipping for free if you’d rather buy online.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Speakers to amp up your...

More for your musicThis week’s roundup includes several new speakers for your iOS device—a couple of Bluetooth units, to be sure, but also a “natural induction” device that amplifies your iPhone’s natural sound.CreativeThe $100 Sound Blaster Free is another portable Bluetooth speaker—this one fits comfortably into the water bottle holder on your bike, and contains two passive radiators to create a deep bass sound.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:38
Neil Young to remove music from streaming services...

Another day, another artist who’ll soon be missing from your streaming playlists.On Wednesday morning, Neil Young posted a message on his official Facebook page announcing that he’s pulling his music from streaming services.“Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans,” the artist wrote. By the time of writing, however, Neil Young’s music was still available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.While the music industry has vocally criticized streaming services for paying low figures back to copyright-holders, Young claims, “It’s not because of the money.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:47
Is the new iPod touch a harbinger of a 4-inch iPhone...

So after three years, we’ve finally got a new iPod touch. After kicking around with iPhone 4S-era speed, the iPod touch has leaped right over the iPhone 5 and now sports the A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. And at $199 for a 16GB model, it grants access to demanding apps and games for a very good price.The new iPod touch, for all its advancements, still sports the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c. And it makes me wonder if maybe, just maybe, it’s the first hint that we’ll be seeing an updated 4-inch iPhone–let’s call it the 6c–this fall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:35
A Hulu intern just made a clever Apple Watch app

Hulu has come up with exactly the right kind of Apple Watch app, one that turns the wrist-based computer into a simple remote control.The new app doesn’t try to do too much. You can’t browse the Hulu catalog from the watch, but the assumption is that you’ll want to use a proper remote for that anyway. Once you have a video stream up and running, the Watch app lets you pause the current video stream, rewind in 10-second increments, and toggle closed captioning.For now, the app supports Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Chromecast, and AirPlay streaming to Apple TV. A prompt to select the playback device appears at launch and can be changed at any time through the app’s settings menu.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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19:59
MegaSeg 5.9.7 - Professional DJ and Radio Automation...

MegaSeg is a complete solution for pro audio/video DJ mixing, radio automation, and music scheduling with rock-solid performance and an easy-to-use design. Mix with visual waveforms and Magic Trackpad cue and sync. Preview tracks with optional audio outputs and MIDI control. Enjoy fast access and elegant management of your iTunes library, including iTunes Match. Segue or beat-mix between songs or music videos, trigger sound effects via hot keys, note requests via color-coded request lists, cue and preview tracks via multiple sound outputs, create dynamic scheduled playlists, program automatic playlist events, and more...

  • Full iTunes library and playlist integration, including iTunes Match.
  • Visually sync beats in real-time with the waveform viewer.
  • Use Multi-touch trackpad gestures for cue-scrub, pitch shift, and sync.
  • Kick back on autopilot with automatic segues.
  • Change the font face, color, and size.
  • Preview...

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16:48
Ship times for all non-Edition Apple Watch models...

Following severely constrained supply at launch, Apple has gradually built up Apple Watch stock for online and in-store sales, and is now showing ship times of one business day for all aluminum Sport and regular stainless steel models.

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16:47
Java updates available for OS X on July 15, 2015

Java updates address a recently identified Java web plug-in vulnerability.

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16:29
How to reset your Apple ID password

With Apple ID responsible for iCloud, two-step verification, email preferences and basically all Apple Internet services, forgetting your password can be disastrous. Luckily, Apple built in a password reset method that involves only a few simple steps.

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15:30
Poll: After today’s updates, what lies ahead for the...

Earlier today, Apple released a refreshed iPod touch with a faster processor, improved cameras, and new color and storage options. The iPod shuffle and nano also saw minor refreshes with the two devices now being available in dark blue, pink, and gold variations. Apple’s overdue iPod refresh, however, has prompted many users to wonder if it’s even worth it for Apple to continue investing energy and time into the iPod line of products.

Seth noted earlier today that it seems Apple is very much still interested in the iPod touch market, but not so much the nano and shuffle arena. With that said, various...

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14:23
Apple Watch to launch in New Zealand on July 31

Following an imminent mid-month expansion to sales, the next destination for the Apple Watch will be New Zealand, which is getting the device on July 31, according to an updated product page in the Apple Store iOS app.

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14:12
Apple Introduces Best iPod touch Yet

Apple has introduced the best iPod touch yet and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink, and blue. The iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor. “iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store, and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product Marketing. “With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8-megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, and movies.”

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14:01
Apple's new iPod touch debuts underclocked but...

Wednesday's iPod touch release marked a number of firsts for Apple, including two major modifications to existing technologies in an underclocked A8 system-on-chip silicon and a communications package boasting the Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification.

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13:48
AWT News Update: July 15, 2015

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Even on this slow news day for Apple, there's plenty to hear about:

  • The new iPod touch brings 6x better performance than its predecessor, as well as new colors and capacities
  • Apple Watch will show up in New Zealand on July 31
  • A Hulu intern makes a cool Apple Watch app
  • I hope Neil Young will remember, Apple Music don't need him around anyhow...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2015.

One day after all of the tech...

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13:34
Social Networks Funneling More News


News consumption on Facebook and Twitter has increased significantly in the last two years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation.
Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of Twitter and Facebook members surveyed said they got news from those social networks. For Twitter, that's an 11 point increase from 2013, when 52 percent of its members said they got news there. For Facebook it's a 16 point jump since 2013, when 47 percent of its members said they looked to it for news.

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13:05
Apple Watch Arriving in New Zealand at the End of...

The Apple Watch is finally coming to New Zealand. After its initial launch in nine countries in April, followed by seven more late last month ...

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12:44
Apple releases Mac mini EMI firmware update to fix...

Apple on Wednesday released an EMI update for Mac mini, addressing an issue that could in some cases prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized when waking from sleep.

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12:42
Apple Updates iPod touch, Recolors iPod nano and...

After nearly three years, Apple has updated the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. The iPod touch receives updated innards and six new colors, plus a 128 GB model, whereas the iPod nano and iPod shuffle remain unchanged other than the new colors. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:35
Fortune Interviews Apple's VP of Human...

A video interview by Fortune senior writer Michal Lev-Ram has surfaced with guest Denis Young Smith, Apple's VP of human resources talking about Diversity at Apple.

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12:35
Apple issues Mac mini EFI firmware update 1.8 to...

 

Apple today released a firmware update for the Mac mini to address a USB keyboard-related issue. Labeled Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.8, the update is intended for Apple’s previous Mac mini generation (late 2012) released before the most recent hardware refresh.
Specifically, Apple says the update “addresses an issue that may prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized after the system wakes from sleep.” Owners of the late 2012 Mac mini desktop computer can find the firmware update available in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. The file measures in at just over 4 MB and requires a system restart or...

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12:32
∞ Neil Young and the quality of streaming music

When I posted earlier today about Neil Young pulling his music catalog from streaming services because of poor quality, I kept wondering why he would do that. Neil is right, quality does matter, but not at all costs. [...]

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12:24
Apple Watch release date for New Zealand scheduled...


After its initial launch in nine countries in April, followed by seven more late last month and a handful of other countries launching later this week, Apple Watch will arrive for customers in New Zealand for the first time on July 31st. Apple has quietly made the announcement on an updated product page within its Apple Store iOS app, as pictured above.
The launch in New Zealand will follow a few countries going live later this week...

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12:22
Notes on the new iPods: Bluetooth 4.1, skipped...

As expected, Apple updated its iPod lineup today and I just wanted to add a few notes on the new hardware.
The iPod shuffle and nano lines got new colors but otherwise are the same internally with the 2GB and 16GB storage inside and same skeuomorphic UI for the nano. To me this is Apple saying the long goodbye to these products the same way the iPod classic was ushered out. Expect these to last as long as whatever inventory Apple decides to build.
The new iPod touch is much more interesting. It got the same new color palette and otherwise is the same externally – except losing the unpopular Loop strap. However, internally it gets supercharged with...

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11:48
At Least a Quarter of Households own both iOS &...

A new report makes the claim that basically 1 in 4 households are device loyalty-neutral. The defining technology platform battle of the age – Google v. Apple – is often seen in black-and-white ...

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11:46
New iPod Touch’s A8 CPU running at 1.1GHz, includes...

The new iPods that Apple announced this morning were outed a couple of weeks ago, but the insides of the new iPod Touch were still a surprise: Apple put an A8 in the new Touch, the same SoC that powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The iPod Touch is quite a bit smaller than either iPhone, though, and preliminary benchmarks suggest that the chip's speed has been reduced somewhat to keep the temperature down and the battery life up. Geekbench tests run by TechCrunch say the A8 in the Touch is running at about 1.1GHz, down from 1.4GHz in both iPhones. They also confirm that the A8 includes 1GB of RAM, the same amount as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The scores in that Geekbench run suggest that the slowed-down A8 is ...

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11:34
New iPod touch vs. iPhone 5s: Apple's latest...

Apple surprised on Wednesday by including its latest-generation A8 processor in the latest iPod touch -- a decision that makes it a formidable and highly affordable opponent to the company's mid-range iPhone 5s.

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11:30
New A8 iPod Touch Clocks in at 1.10GHz, Includes 1GB...

The new iPod touch with an A8 processor and upgraded 8-megapixel rear camera just launched this morning, but TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino already has one in hand and has run some benchmarks on the device. According to early testing, the A8 processor in the new iPod touch appears to be running at 1.10GHz per core, which is slower than the 1.39GHz per core the iPhone 6 runs at, presumably to manage battery life. In Geekbench 3, the iPod touch scored 1379 on the single-core test and 2440 on the multi-core test right out of the box. The previous-generation A5 iPod touch scored 215/410 on Geekbench's single and multi-core tests, so the new sixth-generation iPod is six times faster and a massive...

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11:29
Flash Furor Grows Despite Adobe's Latest Fix


Three new vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player have been reported over the past two weeks, triggering a storm of protest and leading Mozilla and Google to ban the plug-in from their Firefox and Chrome browsers. "It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day," Facebook CSO Alex Stamos tweeted Sunday. Flash "currently poses a huge risk to security -- these latest events are a perfect example of that," said Kasper Lindgaard, director of research and security at Secunia.

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10:46
Apple's Annual Back to School Promotion Still...

For many years running, Apple has offered a Back to School promotion for students and educators, providing discounts on Apple products ahead of the coming school year. Back to School promotions have kicked off on the first Tuesday of July for the last two years, so when July 6 came and went without a Back to School announcement, many people began wondering when Apple would launch the 2015 promotion. We've been receiving questions about the Back to School program for several weeks now, and in mid-July, there's still no sign of an imminent launch. Some have wondered whether Apple is canceling the program all together, but it's too early to say. It may be late in the month, but there are still several weeks to go before kids and teachers begin returning to classrooms. Apple's 2014 Back to School Promotion Historically, the latest Apple has launched a previous Back to School program was July 2, and that was in 2013. From 2006 to 2012, Back to School kicked off in May or...

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10:45
Smart camera warns you when guns enter your home

Anxious that you might face an armed home invasion, or that your kids might find the key to the gun cabinet? NanoWatt Design thinks it has a way to give you that crucial early warning. Its crowdfunded GunDetect camera uses computer vision to detect f...

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10:22
Killer iMac 5K Deal: Free Apple TV, Free Canon PIXMA...

AppleInsider this week is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV, a Free PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint Printer (or your choice of other accessories) and $40-$170 in instant discounts with each iMac 5K order, plus free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY & NJ.

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10:20
Seven of the world's weirdest green vehicles

By Cat DiStasio

Green transportation is advancing by leaps and bounds. In just the past few months, we've seen a solar-powered airplane complete historic flights, self-driving vehicles hit the streets and cars make astounding achievements in fuel ef...

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09:55
'The Last Starfighter' is getting a TV...

The Last Starfighter tested the limits of early computer-generated movie graphics, and it's about to explore uncharted waters once again. Original writer Jonathan Betuel is developing The Starfighter Chronicles, a related TV series (about alien law e...

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09:01
The Korean Tech Press Rejoice in Apple's...

At the end of June we posted a report titled "As Apple Fans Wait for the Next Hot iPhone Model to Arrive, Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Catches a Break." As Apple's new iPhones are scheduled to begin in August it's natural that iPhone fans around the world are holding back new iPhone purchases as they await the new ones scheduled for September. That tiny lull in iPhone purchases gave the Korean press ...

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09:00
U.S. Air Force selects Office 365

Last week, the United States Air Force announced it has selected Office 365 to power productivity and collaboration for more than 100,000 active, civilian and reserve personnel. Through deployment of a Department of Defense (DoD) dedicated version of Office 365, Service members will have access to the comprehensive and integrated set of productivity capabilities Office 365 provides, including email, Skype for Business calling and meetings, real-time document co-authoring, and other collaboration tools.
The agreement is one of the largest commercial cloud contracts in DoD history, and is expected to help the Air Force significantly reduce costs over the next three years. No organization deserves a more enterprise- and security-ready approach than the Air Force. Read more about its selection of Office 365 over on the...

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09:00
Week of Apple Watch Stands: Nomad Stand for Apple...

Nomad stand for Apple watch. photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved

This week Apple World Today has reviews of three Apple Watch charging stands: the Griffin WatchStand, the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, and Fuse Chicken’s Bobine Watch. Today I’m focusing on the US$69.95 Nomad Stand for Apple Watch.

Design

Of all of the Watch charging stands I’ve looked at, the Nomad Stand is certainly one of the sleekest. It’s a single piece of aluminum in either a silver or space gray finish (sorry, no gold…), with a circular notch for the Watch charging puck and a channel in the back of the swoopy piece to hold the...

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08:44
Apple introduces a new iPod touch

Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.
The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
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08:41
Google, US government launch plan to bring Fiber...

Google is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring its Fiber Internet service to public and affordable housing projects, the company announced on Wednesday.

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08:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: the best Prime Day deals,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Prime Day hub: all of the best deals from Amazon’s huge 20th Birthday sale
...

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08:00
6 updates in Power Query for Excel

This month’s Power Query update includes six new or improved features including:

  • Improvements to ODBC Connector
  • Navigator dialog improvements
  • Option to enable Fast Data Load versus Background Data Load
  • Support for Salesforce Custom environments in Recent Sources list
  • Easier parsing of Date or Time values out of a Text column with Date/Time information
  • Unpivot Other Columns entry in column context menu


You can continue reading below for more details about each feature.
Improvements to ODBC Connector
We improved the ODBC Connector by making the SQL statement optional instead of required. Now users can simply provide the Connection String for their ODBC source and navigate the list of tables available from the data source, pick up the ones they want to import, and apply...

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07:41
Apple Launches their Colorful New Line-up of iPods...

This morning Apple has introduced their best iPod touch to date by unveiling a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue. The ultra-portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera for beautiful photos ...

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07:40
Apple updates iPod touch line: 64-bit, 8MP camera,...

Apple surprised nobody today by updating the iPod touch line. As we reported late last week, an iPod update was widely expected yesterday, but apparently the company chose to make fools of all Apple bloggers. While the changes to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle were strictly cosmetic -- they now match the revised colors for the iPod touch -- the internals of the iPod touch were definitely given an update.

The new iPod touch uses the 64-bit A8 microprocessor, and there's an M8 motion coprocessor built in as well. The rear camera has a full 8 megapixel resolution, and the device is available in capacities of 16, 32, 64 and an all-new 128GB. The 16GB model is just US$199, with the 32GB weighing in at $249, 64GB at $299, and 128GB at $399. 

The devices ship with iOS 8.4 and Apple Music, making it possible for the...

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07:15
Cloud 3.5.3 - File sharing from your menu bar. (Demo)

Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard that you can give to a friend over Twitter, IM, email, or smoke signals. While other applications make sharing a chore, CloudApp stays out of your way adapting to your specific needs.

  • Share files and links (Drops).
  • Upload by drag-n-drop or using global keyboard shortcuts.
  • Share Drops using private or public links.
  • View a history of your Drops right from the menubar.
  • Re-copy the link to a Drop from the menubar.
  • Toggle the privacy level for a Drop from the menubar.
  • Delete Drops from the menubar.
  • Rename Drops from the menubar.
  • Personalized upload notifications.

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07:10
The iPod lives! Mid-year bump adds new colors and...


The iPod lineup hasn't gotten a significant hardware update since 2012, if you can believe it. For the Shuffle and the Nano, this isn't a big deal; dedicated music players stopped evolving pretty much the minute the iPhone started to go mainstream. For the iPod Touch, it was more unfortunate—it's a fully-fledged iDevice and one of the cheapest entry points into the ecosystem, so saddling it with the same Apple A5 SoC as the iPhone 4S for three years was rather unfortunate.
That changes today. Apple has just updated the entire iPod lineup, including new colors for the (essentially unchanged) Nano and Shuffle as well as a significant internal overhaul for the iPod Touch. It picks up a 64-bit chip and an 8MP camera, both of which should make it run iOS 9 and future versions much better than the previous Touch.
All the new iPods come in Space Gray, silver, gold, pink, blue, and red enclosures. The gold color, new to the iPod lineup, looks like...

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07:07
New gold, dark blue and hot pink colors come to...

All three devices in Apple's existing iPod lineup --?the iPod nano, shuffle and touch --?gained three new color options on Wednesday. And while the iPod touch's internal components were overhauled, the iPod nano and shuffle specifications remain unchanged.

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07:06
While minor Hiccups occurred during Yesterday's...

Yesterday Apple Pay officially launched in the UK right on schedule. Though like any technology product launch, there were a few hiccups.

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07:03
Apple launches new iPod touch with 64-bit A8 CPU,...

Apple on Wednesday overhauled its iPod touch lineup for the first time in years, debuting a new high-end $399 model with a 128-gigabyte capacity, while giving all versions a 64-bit A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor, and 8-megapixel rear camera.

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07:00
Apple Launches A8-Based iPod Touch With 8MP Camera,...

Apple today introduced the sixth-generation iPod touch with a 4-inch display, 64-bit A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor, 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and new colors: blue, pink, silver, space gray, gold and red. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models are available through the Apple Online Store starting today for $199, $249 and $299 respectively, while a new larger 128GB model was introduced for $399. The new iPod touch also features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, no longer has a loop attachment and comes with iOS 8.4 preinstalled for access to Apple Music and Beats 1. The 128GB and (PRODUCT)RED models will be sold exclusively through Apple, while all other colors and storage capacities should be available through authorized resellers such as Best Buy and Walmart in the near future. Apple also updated the...

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06:59
Chevron announces first Apple Pay-compatible gas...



The very first Apple Pay-compatible Chevron gas pumps have arrived.
The company announced via Twitter that gas pumps that accept NFC payment support – including Apple Pay – have been installed at a gas station on San Ramon Valley Blvd., meaning nearby iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners can pay at the pump without reaching for their wallet. More locations will follow suit, but Chevron did not offer a rollout timeline. The company’s tweet did say, “Cupertino coming soon!” in reference to Apple’s nearby campus.

Chevron first revealed plans to incorporate Apple Pay into gas pumps back in December. At the time, Chevron said it was working directly with Apple on the project...

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06:59
Apple releases new, faster, iPod touch with 8MP...

 

As we reported this morning, Apple has today launched a new version of the iPod touch, featuring a 64-bit A8 CPU. This breaks a long run of neglect for Apple’s cheapest iOS device, which last received an update way back in 2012. It will be a huge leap in performance over the previous iPod touch which featured an A5 SoC. Both the front and back cameras have been improved, with the back shooter now featuring 8 megapixels of resolution.
The new iPod touch is also available for the first time in gold matching the iPhone and iPad in addition to new dark blue and pink case options. The iPod touch is also getting a storage bump at least at the higher end — there is now a $399 128 GB model. The base $199 iPod touch remains the same with 16...

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06:43
Apple Store down, new iPod models expected today



As of early this morning, the Apple Store web site is down.
The reason for this is most likely iPod-related.
The current rumor is that Apple will be launching its new iPod units. The new models are expected to feature an A8 processor, 8 megapixel camera and arrive in new dark blue, pink and gold colors available across the lineup.

The new models were leaked last week when resources within iTunes 12.2 were studied. It is expected that the iPod touch will get a storage bump with a new 128 GB option for $399. The base iPod price is expected to remain unchanged with the 16 GB SKU priced at US$199. Also notice that the Loop wristband is not visible in the corner of the iPod touch...

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06:17
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure

To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.
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06:00
Don’t Use bless To Change Startup Disks Any More In...

For a long time, we used the bless command to startup systems to a specific volume in OS X. Back in 2009 I started using the systemsetup command for more and more tasks. These days, I’m being guided to replace all of my bless options in scripts to systemsetup. The easy way to configure your startup volumes using systemsetup is to list the available volumes, set one as the startup volume and then check to see which one is the current volume. The first task is to list the available startup volumes, using the -liststartupdisks option:
sudo systemsetup -liststartupdisks
You can then set the disk as one that was listed by the above command:
sudo systemsetup -setstartupdisk /Volumes/HAVOKMELTDOWN
You can finally check the current startup disk as a sanity check in your script to verify the desired disk is the startup volume using -getstartupdisk
sudo systemsetup -getstartupdisk

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05:53
Amazon Prime Day kicks off with $49 Kindle, $79...

As a part of Prime Day, an attempt to spur Black Friday-level sales from Prime subscribers, Amazon on Wednesday discounted a number of electronics, including several Kindle readers and Kindle Fire touchscreen tablets.

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05:51
Seagate launches hybrid cloud data protection...

Seagate Technology has announced new and updated Hybrid Cloud Data Protection solutions that enable customers to manage explosive data growth and increasingly complex security.
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05:46
Malwarebytes releases Mac product, acquires...

Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/p3e3r7z), its first product dedicated to the Mac. The product is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), capabilities that have been repeatedly requested by customers.
Additionally, Malwarebytes has announced the acquisition of AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac. AdwareMedic creator and owner, Thomas Reed, will join the company as Director of Mac Offerings, leading a growing team of Mac developers and researchers at Malwarebytes. 
 
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05:36
Over 40% of thermostats sold in 2015 will be smart...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds smart thermostats taking a larger portion of the market this year, accounting for over 40% of the nearly 10 million thermostats sold in the U.S. The research group estimates smart thermostats will account for over 50% of the total market by 2017.
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05:28
Samsung Resorted to Publishing an Anti-Semitic...

A Samsung company on Wednesday removed online cartoons attacking a U.S. hedge fund's founder as a ravenous, big-beaked vulture after Jewish organizations protested similar smears in South Korea's media.

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05:24
HSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's surprising absence from Apple Pay's UK launch earlier this week will not last much longer, the bank has confirmed, with final testing under way and availability said to come within two weeks.

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05:02
Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of Expected iPod Refresh

The Apple Online Store was taken offline moments ago ahead of an expected refresh to the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle lineup of portable media players. The sixth-generation iPod touch will likely feature a 64-bit processor, new colors and other hardware improvements, while the iPod nano and iPod shuffle are expected to be released in new colors only. iPods discovered in unreleased colors (left) and Apple Store down (right) iPods in unreleased colors were first spotted in iTunes 12.2 earlier this month, including a darker blue for the iPod touch, a new gold color for the iPod nano and a brighter pink color for the iPod shuffle. MacRumors subsequently discovered a full lineup of six new colors for the iPod touch, nano and shuffle hidden within iTunes...

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04:38
The Apple Watch is misunderstood

Ron McElfresh, writing for Mac360, addresses criticism of the Apple Watch in this thoughtful post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:30
Apple Watch, water and workouts

Great, informative article from Craig Hockenberry on the affect of water on your Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:22
Former iAd exec leaves Apple for being too...

A strong anecdote that shows Apple’s true feelings about privacy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
Google Photos Backup Keeps Collecting Until You Make...


Uninstalling Google's Photos app doesn't turn off backup sync, meaning photos taken with Android devices could be saved to the company's cloud storage, even if the user doesn't intend to store them there, Google acknowledged on Tuesday. The issue came to light last week, when a BizJournals editor reported finding hundreds of family photos he had deleted from his phone stored in Google Photos -- even though he had uninstalled the Google Photos app.

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03:42
Image2icon 2.0 released for OS X

Shiny Frog (http://www.img2icnsapp.com) has launched Image2icon 2.0, an update to its r icon creation tool for Mac OS X.
Image2icon lets users create their own Mac icons, as well as customize folders and files. Version 2.0 introduces new features such as icon templates, background removal, image tuning, icon restoration and nine different export options.
Image2icon is available on the Mac App Store for free. Howevr, it does offer in-app purchases.

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03:25
Kool Tools: iVisor for the MacBook

The iVisor (http://www.moshi.com/ivisor-12#black), Moshi's best-selling screen protector, is now tailored for the new 12-inch MacBook, offering protection for the diminutive laptop. It installs in seconds and is guaranteed to be 100% bubble-free.
Using a new multi-layer construction, the $39.99iVisor features clarity and sharpness while reducing glare to effectively relieve eye strain. A patented adhesive that allows for bubble-free installation is also washable and reusable.
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03:22
Worldwide semiconductor sales predicted to reach $...

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to reach $348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, but down from the previous quarter's forecast of 4.0 percent growth, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
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