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Wednesday July 15

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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Tuesday July 14

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

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22:35
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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

Download Now...

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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

Download Now

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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

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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...

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.
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08:00
OneNote Class Notebooks and a Surface Pro 3 in...

Today’s post was written by Douglas Wills, professor of Economics at the University of Washington.
In the spring term of 2015, I organized the Intermediate Microeconomics course at the University of Washington, Tacoma using Microsoft’s new OneNote Class Notebook. Over 50 students were enrolled for the mathematics-based course. The OneNote Class Notebook created for the class worked exactly as advertised. Each student had a private tab, access to all class material, and the syncing worked flawlessly. Some students used the online version, some the desktop, and virtually all of them accessed the notebook via multiple devices. However, there were three things that made the use of OneNote outstanding and will keep me coming back to it for future classes.
OneNote as the classroom whiteboard
I’ve used the “inking” feature of Tablet PCs in the classroom since tablets first came out over a decade ago. Using programs...

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07:56
Lawsuit targets Apple for directing 'iWatch...

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of improperly using Google ads to guide "iWatch" searches to its page for the Apple Watch, abusing a trademark it doesn't own, a report said on Tuesday.

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07:55
Artists fought against Apple Music’s no-pay...

“‘I can’t support this, you need to pay us from the first stream,’” Borchetta, the CEO of Big Machine Records, says he told Apple execs. “And those conversations led up to the weekend where Taylor posted the blog.”Taylor Swift did a great thing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:45
A Korean Online Payment Service Found that 94% of...

Earlier today we reported that Apple Pay officially went live in the UK and noted that Apple Pay could go live in South Korea, China and Canada this fall (or early 2016). Apple Pay could be a real winner in South Korea as we've learned today that South Korea's iPhone users are more actively ...

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07:26
Yamaha’s portable Bluetooth speaker

I haven’t used this, but Yamaha is a great music company. This may be worth checking out as you look for an outdoor speak this summer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:15
Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox browser as Adobe...


It’s been a rough week for the fate of Adobe’s Flash Player plugin. Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s security chief pushing Steve Jobs’ anti-Flash message and calling on Adobe to announce an end-of-life date for the plugin, and today a major web browser has opted to actually block Flash to protect users from security issues. Mozilla said today that it is temporarily disabling Flash by default until Adobe is able to address recent exploits discovered in the plugin…
While the block doesn’t completely prevent Firefox users from using Flash, it...

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04:00
Which MLB game is this season's iOS all-star?

It’s the all-star break: The approximate midway point of the Major League Baseball season when regular games stop for a few days and most people (players included) pay little attention to Tuesday’s All-Star Game. If you want to see your favorite team in action right now, you’ll have to make it happen yourself—by firing up one of the official MLB games in the App Store.There are all sorts of options, including card-based games and in-depth management simulators—but if you want to swing the bat and toss the ball using real-life rosters, you have a few key options this season. They’re all pretty different in style and execution, and if you’re looking to pick one licensed baseball game to invest your time and money into, there’s a clear winner. Here’s a look at the season’s baseball options, along with our top pick. ...

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07:00
Apple Pay goes live in UK

Just nine months after Apple Pay shook up the mobile payments world in the US, another country has been added to the payment service. Starting today, users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch can pay for goods and services at more than 250,000 locations in the United Kingdom.

Financial institutions that are on board for the launch in the UK include Ulster Bank, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Nationwide, First Direct and American Express. Halifax, Lloyds, and Bank of Scotland are expected to join up this fall. HSBC will be adding support later this month, while Barclays -- which originally said it would only support its own contactless payment system called bPay -- now says it will throw its support behind Apple Pay, although it didn't set a time for the rollout to customers. 

For credit card companies, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are lined up to help. Retailers include Boots, Waitress, Pret, and Transport for London. Now that Apple...

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06:55
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Leaves Legacy of Charm


After more than a decade of shaping fan-forward Nintendo philosophies, President Satoru Iwata died Saturday at 55. Iwata had been struggling with cancer for about a year. The one-time programmer and long-time video game enthusiast worked his way through the ranks of Nintendo until there were no more promotions left. He succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002, which made him the first Nintendo president who wasn't a member of the Yamauchi family. Of the many successes bearing Iwata's signature at Nintendo, none stands out more than the Wii.

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06:52
Rumor: Samsung to launch Galaxy 'S6 Edge+,...

In a move designed to preempt Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" event in September, Samsung will reportedly unveil its latest Galaxy Note phablet alongside a jumbo-sized Galaxy S6 Edge on August 12.

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06:46
NY Post: Apple close to deal on local channel...

Apple is negotiating with the big four networks to get the rights to broadcast affiliate feeds. This has huge potential implications for an Apple TV service if Apple can pull this off.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
Apple’s new Campus 2 aerial shot shows building...

We’ve been tracking the progress of Apple’s Campus 2 expansion project over several months, and today the city of Cupertino and Apple have shared a new aerial shot of the site showing construction on several new sections of the massive spaceship-like building.
Compared to the last official photo shared, the new perspective offers an closer shot of the Campus 2 construction with building construction taking shape on roughly half the circle.
Apple’s official timeline for completing the Campus 2 project says building construction will wrap up by the end of next year. You can see the previous aerial shot below and check out our full timeline of the whole...

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06:32
Talks with major networks for Apple streaming TV...

After being mired for months, talks with major networks regarding an Apple streaming TV service are finally making major advancements ahead of an anticipated launch this fall, according to a new report.

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06:32
T-Mobile launches competitive new Family Plan,...


T-Mobile’s Uncarrier Amped moves are still going strong. Just days after announcing its cross-border ‘Mobile Without Borders’ plan, the magenta carrier has unveiled a brand new family plan.
With the new plan, two customers can get 10GB per line for $100 per month. Each additional line is then $20 per person, each with 10GB data allowance. As a special offer, T-Mobile is also giving customers a fourth line for free. Between now and Labor day, customers will be able to sign up to four lines with 10GB data on each, for $120 per month.
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06:21
Microsoft’s $99 Universal Foldable Keyboard for...


Microsoft’s new Universal Foldable Keyboard, first unveiled earlier this year, is now available to purchase online and through Microsoft stores. The super portable Bluetooth keyboard folds in half when not in use and allows users to connect to two mobile devices at once including iPhones, iPads, Android, and Windows devices.
Microsoft notes that the keyboard has full-size keys, a spill-resistant, water-repellent keyboard and outer material, and a built-in rechargeable battery that will get you around three months of use...

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06:09
Apple's New TV Bundle Service is Ready and...

Apple’s discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to offer local live TV feeds streamed to any Apple device is going exceedingly well ...

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06:06
iPhone will outperform market expectations, pushing...

Recent struggles for Apple stock are based on unfounded fears out of China, FBR Capital Markets said on Tuesday, telling investors it believes the "speed bump" will be over soon as strong iPhone sales continue.

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06:00
Use ffmpeg to Extract mp3 files from Videos

The ffmpeg command is pretty rad. I’ve written about it before, but now I’m using it to rip the audio out of video podcasts that don’t need video. Extracting an mp3 from video that doesn’t need any video means I can have way more on my iPhone. So here goes:
ffmpeg -i randopodcast.flv -vcodec mpeg2video randopodcast.m2v -acodec copy randopodcast.mp3
The video is pretty irrelevant for what we’re trying to do, but it’s great to have smaller files and more of ’em!

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06:00
Bargain-priced Inateck MP1200 Felt Sleeve protects...

Inateck mp1200 felt sleeve for 12-inch macbook. photo ©2015, steven sande. all rights reserved.

Since Apple World Today launched in February, I’ve had the opportunity to check out some of the wide range of accessories from Inateck. This manufacturer, based in Germany, is making inroads into the accessory world for two reasons: first, their products are pretty solid, and second, the products are all very reasonably priced. Today I’m looking at Inateck’s MP1200 Felt Sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook (US$36.99 MSRP, but just $12.99 from Amazon — affiliate link).

Design

The MP1200 Felt Sleeve is rather plain looking. It’s made of a neutral grey felt material with flannel inside, which will keep the MacBook scratch-free whether you’re carrying it inside a backpack or briefcase, or just using the...

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05:44
Honda to Introduce new Road Hints Service Linked to...

Honda Motor Co Ltd announced late yesterday that it will unveil a new service combining a car navigation system and mobile device at Smart Community Japan 2015, which will take place from June 17 to 19, 2015, in Tokyo.

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05:42
The truth about HackingTeam, jailbreaking and iOS –...


Editors note: Will Strafach (@chronic) runs a mobile security services firm helping enterprises protect their employees and confidential data from mobile threats. Fast and thorough analysis of the compiled binaries found within the HackingTeam dump was possible using their upcoming cloud-based iOS application analysis platform, using highly advanced pattern-matching and heuristic techniques to detect threats and privacy leaks within applications installed on enrolled mobile devices. He can be reached at will@wstraf.me if any readers have further questions or concerns regarding HackingTeam or other iOS malware. 
Written by: Will “Chronic” Strafach
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05:40
Former iAd exec leaves Apple, suggests company...


Winston Crawford, a former advertising executive, has left Apple to join Drawbridge. The move comes at an interesting time given Tim Cook’s recent comments on user data and privacy.
Drawbridge is a relatively new company which helps marketers track user data across multiple mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. He joined as COO to help expand the tracking technology to new areas like offering the ability for retailers to show the same online shopping cart to a single customer across multiple devices.
What’s interesting about this move is Crawford’s comments about Apple’s way of doing ads. Going back to those thoughts shared by Tim Cook about not being in the business of harvesting user data for profit, and...

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05:40
Apple Enlists Networks to Negotiate With Local...

Apple's discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for its much-rumored streaming TV service are gaining momentum, according to the New York Post. The report claims that Apple has enlisted networks to negotiate with local TV stations on their behalf, and the networks are said to be close to securing those rights with affiliate groups such as Tribune and Sinclair. Networks are reportedly telling affiliates that they will be able to share the revenue generated from Apple's streaming TV service if they offer their feeds on the platform. The inclusion of local TV stations is important for the success of Apple's cable-cutter service, expected to launch in the fall for devices including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. The service is speculated to cost between $10 and $40 per month.At CBS, executives are...

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05:37
Apple reportedly moving forward w/ streaming TV...


Apple’s talks with networks for its upcoming streaming TV cable service are well underway, according to the New York Post. The four main broadcast networks are involved: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Apple’s 30% revenue share of the subscription fee remains a point of contention, but the report claims that negotiations are rapidly gaining momentum with Apple targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.
Disney or CBS will apparently be the first companies to sign up with Apple and get the skinny TV package deal rolling. Apple wants to have channels like Disney’s ESPN and Discovery in the mix too. Apple is also interested in getting local live TV as part of the package,...

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05:33
Kool Tools: Fi40 Bluetooth speaker system

Fluance's Fi50 is an elegant, two-way high performance, Bluetooth, premium wood speaker system with aptX enhanced audio that provides undistorted bass, a clear midrange, and transparent natural highs.
The USS$199.99 speaker system merges dual full-range 5-inch woven woofers, coaxial tweeters and a 40-watt amplifier. Additional features include: two finely tuned bass ports to control low frequency and improve efficiency; an adjustable bass and treble equalizer; and sound isolation floor spikes to eliminate vibration and prevent music distortion. 
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05:32
∞ Apple Pay UK launch makes the case for Apple Watch

Apple Pay rolled out in the United Kingdom this morning, and one set of use cases makes the case for the Apple Watch.

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05:23
Pixelmator for iOS gains Dynamic Touch, faster...

A new version of Pixelmator for iOS, released on Tuesday, makes a number of improvements to the app, most significantly introducing Dynamic Touch and a much faster Repair tool.

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05:06
Samsung Reportedly Set to Launch their Next-Gen...

We posted a report last week titled "Samsung will Attempt to Release new Phablets Earlier than Expected to get ahead of Apple's new iPhones." Today, sources within Taiwan-based telecom carriers are saying ...

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04:12
Apple Pay launches today in the UK

Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, will launch in the U.K. today, marking the first time it will be available outside the U.S.
Many major brands and most big banks have signed up to support the offering, with more than 250,000 locations — ranging from subway stations to supermarkets — ready to accept the service. Now Apple is reportedly working on extending Apple Pay to China, South Korea and Canada.

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04:11
Apple Pay Officially Launches in the U.K. Right on...

Apple announced during their developer conference in June that over 250,000 UK merchants would be on board with Apple Pay and today Apple Pay is officially being launched.

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04:00
TiVo’s AirPlay blockade ends as iOS app adds...


One of the long-running complaints among TiVo users has been the company’s decision to block Apple’s AirPlay mirroring feature, preventing users from streaming content from the TiVo iOS app to an Apple TV. That’s all changing today as the company plans an update to the app that enables the functionality for the first time, allowing TiVo hardware owners to stream any content accessible via the iOS app to an Apple TV connected to the same network.
I’ve been playing with a pre-release build of the app, and it works much like you’d expect. The iOS app gives users access to content recorded on TiVo Roamio or TiVo Premiere DVR hardware, and users can now simply toggle on AirPlay mirroring from the...

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03:52
Barclays Confirms Apple Pay Support in Future, First...

Barclays today announced that it will support Apple Pay for debit and credit cards in the United Kingdom in the future, confirming a MacRumors report that claimed the bank expected "imminent" support of the mobile payments service. Apple Pay officially launched in the U.K. earlier today and can be used at more than 250,000 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A full list of retail shops and apps that accept Apple Pay can be found on Apple's website. We are really excited about the launch of Apple Pay and will bring Barclays debit cards and Barclaycard credit cards to Apple Pay in future.— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK)...

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03:49
Things that were awesome at PSU MacAdmins Conference...

This year many attendees of the Penn State Mac Admins Conference likened the experience to summer camp. I described it as the feeling of gluttony, and as I’m a bit of an enthusiast, I’m still recovering from intellectual overload. It felt different than previous years – personally that may be because I had to do half as much work as I usualy do, since Ben Toms joined me on stage(and yet I still interrupted and talked twice as much as him, but ¯_(ツ)_/¯). One overall feeling was of a lot of folks you’ve seen for years were at once more familiar, and new faces stepping out from the shadows of Slack to make themselves seen and heard made it quite the event. Here’s some of the other things that I got exposed to, or otherwise made an impact on me over the span of the conference:...

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03:37
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports...

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce Illustrator link size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version is compatible with the 2015 release of Illustrator CC.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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03:23
Kool Tools: Vitesse Messanger bag

WaterField Designs' Vitesse Messenger (http://tinyurl.com/oxgls9v) is a classic cycling messenger bag streamlined for multi-functional use.
As more commuters take advantage of bike-friendly cities’ expanded bike lanes and bike-share programs, WaterField has introduced a messenger bag ideal for shifting from bike commuting to professional office environments. The lightweight, comfortable Vitesse Messenger combines water-resistant waxed canvas and naturally-tanned chocolate leather.
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03:15
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering a New Maps...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a new maps app feature, a future vehicle location app and more, including a design ...

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03:01
Mobile is key to fulfilling the promise of Internet...

The Internet Society today released its 2015 Global Internet Report (http://tinyurl.com/oq8zx9c) , the organization’s second annual report on the global state of the Internet. Focused on the impact of the mobile Internet, this year’s report shows that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people.
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02:30
BBC iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android gets...

 

The BBC announced in a blog post this morning that mobile downloads are coming to its iPlayer Radio app just in time for the BBC Proms. For the first time – using the iPlayer Radio app – customers will be able to download radio shows (and the Proms) to listen offline and keep them for up to 30 days.  To make use of this new service, all you need to do is ensure you have the latest version of the BBC iPlayer Radio smartphone or tablet app for iOS, Android or Kindle.

This move will make iPlayer...

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01:40
BBC iPlayer Radio app will soon let you download...

One of the reasons why podcasts are so popular is because, unlike live radio, you can download episodes and listen to them when you don't have a connection. The BBC has long understood their popularity, offering both dedicated podcasts and shows cut ...

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01:26
HSBC bows out of Apple Pay launch as Barclays vows...

It seems Apple Pay's UK debut didn't go off without a hitch on Tuesday, as HSBC customers are not able to use service despite the bank's status as an official launch partner. In a related development, Barclays did an about face and announced upcoming support for Apple's contactless payment solution.

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01:07
Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad adds ‘Dynamic Touch’...


Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad has today been updated to version 2.0.2 bringing even more features to the popular image editor for iOS and Mac. This update adds a new kind of brush stroke called Dynamic Touch, which simulates pressure sensitivity by examining the size of the finger input that touches the screen. Larger surface area produces thicker strokes on the canvas. Similarly, using just the tip of a finger results in fine lines in the app.

The update also ports the ...

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01:02
UK might ban social media to combat the specter of...

British Prime Minister David Cameron's administration is considering legislation that would ban the use of encrypted apps like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and iMessage unless the services included government-accessible backdoors. It's called the Inv...

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00:35
Barclays will support Apple Pay in the UK, eventually

When Apple Pay was first announced for the UK, one bank was noticeably absent from its list of launch partners: Barclays. It was a strange omission, given it's one of the most popular in Britain and Apple Pay already supports its cards in the US. Tod...

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00:33
Future Apple devices might boast personalized Maps...

A pair of patents awarded to Apple on Tuesday illustrates research running the gamut of mobile tech, with one invention detailing an advanced mapping system with customizable and shareable image data, and another covering ways to convert audio data into haptic vibrations for the hearing impaired.

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00:05
As Apple Pay goes live in UK, Barclays bank...


Apple Pay has gone live in the UK today with over 250,000 officially blessed locations (although Apple Pay will work at any standard NFC terminal) and seven banks. In the runup to the launch, the main holdout has been Barclays bank who instead promoted their alternative ‘bPay’ service.
Now, though, they have changed their tune. Over Twitter, Barclays announced that it is actually  ‘really excited’ about Apple Pay and will add support for the service to Barclaycard debit and credit cards in future.
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Monday July 13

23:56
Toyota takes orders for its hydrogen-fueled Mirai on...

If you're fortunate enough to live in one of the California burgs where Toyota will deliver the Mirai this October, you now know just when and where you can pull the trigger. Toyota says that it'll start taking American requests for the hydrogen fuel...

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23:08
Man Arrested After Charging iPhone On London...

An anonymous reader writes: 45-year-old Robin Lee was arrested after he used a socket on a London Overground train to charge up his iPhone. He was handcuffed and arrested for "abstracting electricity". Robin was then charged with "unacceptable behaviour" after "becoming aggressive" when objecting to his first arrest. The Guardian reports: "Speaking to the Evening Standard, Lee said he had been confronted by a police community support officer on the overground train from Hackney Wick to Camden Road on 10 July. The Overground is part of Transport For London’s wider network that also includes London Underground and the buses. 'She said I’m abstracting electricity. She kept saying it’s a crime. We were just coming into the station and there happened to be about four police officers on the platform. She called to them and said: ‘This guy’s been abstracting electricity, he needs to be arrested’.”
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22:51
Real Virtuality shows us what multiplayer VR might...

2016 is shaping up to be the year the world gets virtual -- with immersive head-mounted displays coming from the likes of Facebook, Sony, HTC (and Valve) and Microsoft--but so far we've mostly seen individual, tethered, seated experiences. Can't we d...

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22:17
Apple Pay has gone live in the UK with support from...

Apple UK:Apple Pay has officially launched in the UK. Users will be able to useApple Pay at more than 250,000 retailers with support from eight banks UK banks. The service is currently supported with credit and debit cards from American Express, Visa, Mastercard, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank.Good news for our friends in the UK but the downside is purchases will be limited to a £20 cap that will expand to only £30 in September. So no buying big ticket items just yet. The £20 will just cover two pints of lager and a packet of crisps.∞...

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22:00
aTV Flash (black) 2.5 - Supercharge your second-...

aTV Flash (black) supercharges your 2nd generation Apple TV, empowering it to do things you never thought possible! All new features are installed alongside the normal Apple TV features, so things like movie rentals, Netflix, and AirPlay will remain unchanged. Installing aTV Flash (black) requires that you first jailbreak your 2nd Gen. Apple TV which can be done easily, and for free with Seas0nPass. Learn more about jailbreaking your Apple TV and installing aTV Flash (black) here. Featured in aTV Flash (black) are tons of exciting new features, including an all-new Media Player, WebKit based browser, Last.fm radio, Weather, RSS feeds and more! Expanded media support with all the extras: The new Media Player included in aTV Flash (black) empowers you to go beyond iTunes and play most popular...

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21:45
How to join NASA's festivities as New Horizons...

In a few hours, at 7:49 AM Eastern time, the New Horizons probe will fly 7,750 miles above the surface of Pluto, something no other spacecraft has accomplished before. Unfortunately, we can't fly with the probe as it swoops in on the dwarf planet, bu...

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21:27
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 update



If you were hoping for an iTunes update that resolved some of the recently-introduced bugs, this is it.
Late Monday, Apple released iTunes 12.2.1. The new version, a 232.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.

- Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers.
- Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1.
iTunes 12.2.1 can be located and downloaded via OS X’s Software Update and/or App Store features and requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried...

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20:40
Apple Pay goes live in the UK: Here's how to...

It's been a while coming, but Apple Pay is now live in the UK. If you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or an Apple Watch connected to an older iPhone, you now have the option of paying for purchases without cards or cash. But how do you set it up, where can ...

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19:48
Canadian company is developing a 'breathalyzer...

With cannabis now legal in some form or another in nearly half of the US, states and private companies alike are scrambling for a means of adapting DUI legislation to weed. To that end, Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc is developing what is ...

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19:19
Facebook researching human-powered personal...

With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.

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18:12
Facebook reportedly developing Siri competitor...


After taking on messaging, cash transfers, and more, Facebook is preparing to challenge Apple in the virtual assistant arena. The social company is in the process of developing a Messenger-based Siri competitor called Moneypenny, a new report indicates.

Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but...

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16:18
Stringent Apple HomeKit certification cause of slow...

According to a report on Monday, the slow pace at which devices compatible with Apple's HomeKit are trickling in can be attributed to last-minute security changes, including a modified hardware certification process and tweaks to the networking ecosystem.

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16:16
[Sponsor] MailChimp

Over eight million businesses around the world use MailChimp for email newsletters, A/B testing, and marketing automation.

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16:00
Announcing the 2015 Office App Awards winners


After weeks of judging, the 34 best Office add-ins and apps of 2015 were announced today at a celebration party at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando.
Top partners such as Nintex, DocuSign and Smartsheet snared a combined 13 first-, second- or third-place awards across 13 categories in the second annual contest.

Many smaller and emerging partners captured prizes as well. They included polling company Mentimeter; expense-software provider Ivero; HR specialist Kirkness Associates; forms provider Ardevia Software; and SharePoint specialist SkyLite Systems—all of whom captured first place awards of their own.
In all, Microsoft judges considered 110-plus top productivity...

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15:44
Apple Pay Officially Launches in the United Kingdom...

Over the past several days, banks and merchants in the United Kingdom have been gearing up for the launch of Apple Pay, and as of today, Apple's payments service will be officially 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. According to Apple's UK Apple Pay site, banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch include American Express, First Direct, HSBC,...

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15:38
It’s official: Apple Pay goes live in the U.K. today

As we reported would happen, Apple Pay will be going live in the U.K. today. The service launches in the country with support from more than 250,000 stores, including Waitrose and Transport for London on its transportation networks. Currently, 8 U.K. banks support Apple Pay. Those banks are American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Notably missing from that list is Barclays, who is said to still be in negotiations with Apple to support the platform.

Apple Pay launched in...

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15:21
Apple Pay launches in UK with 250K stores, 8 banks...

Nine months after its release in the U.S., Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users in the UK on Tuesday, local time, with support from more than 250,000 retail locations and eight major banks.

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 13, 2015

PHOTO: ALAMY, via The Telegraph

Here's what's new in the world of Apple today:

  • Apple's giving Greek iCloud users a free month of service
  • Rumors abound about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • ResearchKit is finding a home in big pharmaceutical companies
  • British man arrested for plugging an iPhone in for a charge... on a train.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 13, 2015.

Things haven’t exactly been a...

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13:56
Ad business startup Drawbridge snags iAd Marketplace...

Former head of Apple's iAd Marketplaces Winston Crawford left the company earlier in July to take on the role of COO at Drawbridge, a startup that provides advertisers with granular cross-platform user engagement statistics.

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13:48
CleanMyMac 3.0.3b1 - Delete files that waste your...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.Version 3.0.3b1:

  • Compatible with OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"
  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now

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13:31
Mangaka Is an Artful Blend of Simplicity and Style


Mangaka is a nontraditional Linux distro with a gorgeous look. After gaining traction among fans of the manga and anime communities, Mangaka fell dormant in December 2009. Developer Animesoft International regrouped, and the latest Release Candidate version came out on June 20. The Mangaka Project -- the name means "love" in Japanese -- started out with the code name of "AngelOS." The unusual desktop environment and design may not tickle everyone's fancy, but the stunning artwork built into the background images will evoke smiles in some users.

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12:57
Personal journaling

Ben Brooks’ post on the problems keeping up with a personal journal resonated with me. I’ve tried this over the years too and could never keep it up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:39
A Colossal Overreaction to Slice Intelligence's...

A few weeks ago we posted a report titled "Apple's High-Tech Spin on the Razor-Blade Business Model is Paying Big Profits with Apple Watch Bands." In that report we covered data collected by Slice Intelligence that indicated that Apple was making a killing on Apple Watch bands. We also noted that Slice Intelligence reported that as of mid-June, Apple Watch sales were approximately 2.79 million units.

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12:08
Haters Force Leadership Change at Reddit


The haters have won at Reddit, forcing the ouster of interim CEO Ellen Pao and her replacement by cofounder and former CEO Steve Huffman. Board member Sam Altman, who led a $50 million investment round in the firm, on Saturday announced Pao's resignation and Huffman's appointment, lashing out at the campaign against Pao.
It was "sickening" to see some of the things Redditors wrote about Pao, he said.
Disagreements are fine -- death threats are not, Altman continued, apparently referring to death threats some Redditors made against Pao.

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12:03
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world'...

Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.
Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.
Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.

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12:02
Comcast unveils upcoming live TV streaming package...


While Apple’s rumored Web TV service is expected to launch with new hardware and software later this year, Comcast has shown its cards on what it describes as an “experiment” to offer live TV streaming to its Internet subscribers without cable packages. Stream, a $15/month Xfinity add-on, will allow Comcast Internet...

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07:19
Apple's smartphone profits are staggering, at...

Apple sells about 20 percent of the world’s smartphones and makes 92 percent of the industry’s profit, a staggering imbalance that reflects the premium prices Cupertino can ask for its phones compared to competitors like HTC and Samsung.
The latest numbers come from investment bank Canaccord Genuity, which estimates that Apple’s share of the market is growing exponentially even eight years after the original iPhone’s debut. In the first quarter of last year, Apple took home 65 percent of the smartphone industry’s profits. Samsung’s share is about 15 percent compared to Apple’s 92 percent. (Other companies lost money, which is why Apple and Samsung make up more than 100 percent of profits.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
Led by enterprise sales, global tablet use predicted...

Though annual tablet sales have largely plateaued and aren't expected to see reignited growth in the near future, devices like Apple's iPad will continue to grow in use in corporate environments, Forrester Research believes.

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12:00
AWT Health Club: Lark, a conversation about your...

Readers of the AWT Health Club column know that one of my pet peeves is entering data into health apps. Whether it’s trying to enter Weight Watchers Points into their app (I gave up), entering calories eaten into any number of other apps, or trying to figure out much activity I’ve engaged in, it’s a pain in the gluteus maximus and I don’t like it. Well, a new app called Lark - Personal Weight Loss Coach and 24/7 Nutritionist (free) wants to change all of that.

Lark carries on a conversation with users about what they’re doing in terms of eating, sleeping, and activity. And when I say “conversation,”, I mean exactly that. After a quick setup that links Lark to the Apple Health app, Lark begins a set of short conversations with you. It will ask what you had for breakfast, chide you gently for not moving enough (it’s actually quite nice about it…), give you tips on what you ate that’s good...

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11:45
iPod shipping times slip ahead of Apple's...

Shipping times for some iPod models -- mostly for the iPod touch -- have lengthened at Apple's U.S. online store ahead of an anticipated refresh on Tuesday, during which Apple is expected to add new colors and upgrade the Touch's internals.

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11:40
Apple Constraining iPod, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air...

Insider inventory constraint information from major retailer Target hints at some possible end of life timelines for various products like the iPod, iPad mini 2, and iPad Air, many of which may be discontinued in the near future following the launch of new products. According to a screenshot of an internal inventory system shared by a Target employee, all models of the iPod are currently constrained by Apple ahead of a rumored update that could come as soon as tomorrow. Images of unreleased iPod touches, nanos, and shuffles were first discovered hidden within iTunes 12.2, and a rumor has suggested the iPod touch could receive a processor upgrade and new color options while the nano and the shuffle might be available in new colorways. As for the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air, replenishment of existing stock is currently constrained, with Target aiming to have 1 color in stock at each of its...

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11:31
The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Polka Band...
11:20
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.
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10:46
How-To: Fix iTunes 12.2’s iTunes Match/Apple Music...



Apple just released a minor update to iTunes 12, seemingly addressing several issues related to Apple Music’s debut in iTunes 12.2. One major problem — automatic switching of certain iTunes Match songs to “Apple Music” status, along with the unwanted addition of Apple’s Fairplay DRM — is mentioned in iTunes 12.2.1’s release notes. Apple says the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music,” and lets you restore non-DRMed files to your library.
But unless you follow a specific procedure spotlighted in a new Apple support document, the fix could create even bigger problems for your library. Apple notes that if you download 12...

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10:41
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.2.1, GraphicConverter 9.7.1, LaunchBar 6.4.1, Skype 7.9, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:41
ExtraBITS for 13 July 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, The Verge compares the audio quality of Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal; Philip Michaels examines Taylor Swift’s influence over Apple at Six Colors; and Apple’s Eddy Cue says that the company is working to bring back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:31
With Apple's annual back to school sale playing...

Apple appears to have mothballed its long-running back to school promotion -- which traditionally paired hardware discounts with iTunes or Apple Store gift cards -- but parents and students will have another option for Apple deals this week in Amazon's first-ever Prime Day.

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10:25
What’s new: June 2015

It’s summer and the improvements keep coming! Office for Android phone is here, the Wunderlist app is now part of Microsoft, and Office Online, OneNote, and Office Mix are better than ever. For business users there are new Box integrations and a new Office 365 web experience, and admins now have a better way to stay informed during service incidents, plus workload-specific control over data access. Security and compliance updates include the new Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection plan, Compliance Search, RMS departmental templates, and new capabilities for Outlook on iOS and Android. Educators now have easy access to OneNote Class Notebooks, and Office Mix for online lessons now supports LTI and is integrated with LMS providers. There’s lots of news for developers too—from documentation and code samples to podcasts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see...

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10:00
Apple’s 20% global smartphone market share...

Photo ©2015 by Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Apple may only sell two out of every ten smartphones sold worldwide, but the company captures the vast majority of operating income in the global smartphone industry. That’s the word from Canaccord Genuity, which showed that Apple grabbed 92 percent of the total operating income of the top eight smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2015. That’s up from 65 percent last year.

Given that many of the thousand or so manufacturers that make smartphones either broke even last year or lost money, Apple and Samsung — which pulls in another 15 percent of the profits — account for more than 100 percent of industry profits.

A number of signs point to this continuing for the foreseeable future; the iPhone sells for a global average price of $624, compared to $185 for Android smartphones. Apple is expected to put in a record order for the rumored iPhone 6s to be released this fall, while Samsung manufactured too many...

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09:58
iTunes 12.2.1

Attempts to resolve issues experienced by current and former iTunes Match subscribers. (Free, 222 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:47
Toronto road rage incident caught on camera, in...

CBC:A CBC News crew was interviewing an Ontario police officer as a road-rage incident was happening right behind them. CBC’s Neil Herland was speaking with OPP Const. Graham Williamson about a fatal collision on Black Creek Drive in Toronto on a nearby overpass, but shouting interrupted the interview, which was quickly captured by CBC camerawoman Tyna Poulin. “Hey! Get back in the car,” Williamson yelled.Less “road rage” and more, “road slightly peeved off”. No punches thrown, no gun fire, no horns honking – yeah, so Canadian.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:39
∞ Apple releases iTunes update

Apple on Monday released an update for iTunes supposedly fixing some issue with iTunes Match and Apple Music. You can download the update by launching the App Store on your Mac and clicking Update.

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09:36
Apple doubters in a feeding frenzy

Observatory:Sometimes I wonder if people understand how organizations like Slice work. They make money by selling their services to client companies, and they attract new business by sending out press releases that become “news.” The more shocking the story, the more PR they get — and, in theory, the more new clients they can reel in. In this case, Slice got exactly what it hoped for. Its name was attached to one of the biggest stories of the week. But, in the absence of any numbers from Apple, just how believable is the story?As someone who is forced to read this stuff for a living, watching this particular feeding frenzy is simultaneously frustrating and unsurprising. While the general public’s lack of critical thinking when it comes to the media is slightly understandable, when the media itself is guilty of the inability to look at press releases and see them for what they actually are – simple promotion – it’s particularly aggravating. We can’t expect the consumer to think...

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09:27
Apple Music job listing seemingly confirms in-house...

Apple is hiring a video producer to work on original content for its new Apple Music streaming service. The position will see an experienced producer oversee the creation of all original video content for both iTunes and Apple Music and hints that Apple will be collaborating with artists on branded music videos.
The job listing seems to confirm a recent report from Pitchfork that Apple is making original music videos in-house for select high-profile artists. 
An excerpt from Apple’s job listing:
We are looking for a video producer and project...

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09:19
Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.1 With iTunes Match Fix

Apple today released iTunes 12.2.1, a minor update that introduces some much needed bug fixes for iTunes Match and other features introduced with Apple Music. Apple Music was first released two weeks ago, but included several major bugs with iTunes Match that caused the deletion of entire music libraries and other issues, such as an inability to sign up for Apple Music for former iTunes Match subscribers. The iTunes 12.2.1 update is available immediately from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. - Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music. - Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers. - Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1. Today's update fixes the iTunes Match issue that caused iTunes to incorrectly label songs from Matched to Apple Music and it will...

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09:18
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 w/ fixes for Match and...


Apple has released a maintenance update to iTunes 12.2 that addresses issues related to Apple Music, iTunes Match, and Beats 1. The release specifically mentions resolving an issue where songs from iTunes Match would become classified as songs from Apple Music, which would result in unnecessary DRM being added.
The update also promises better performance for streaming the Beats 1 online radio station. the launch version included issues with dropped streams during playback which required quitting and relaunching iTunes to resolve.
iTunes 12.2...

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09:00
Create 10,000 Empty Directories for Testing

The mkdir command is used to create directories. Sometimes, in testing, you need to have a lot of directories. So, you can use the following command to create 10,000 5 digit directories, named 00001 to 10000:
mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})

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08:51
Tech Tools to Make Your Next Move Less Painful


My wife and I just completed a move from California to Oregon, and it was far less painful than it could have been, thanks to technology. It used to be incredibly painful to move. While a lot of the pain is still there, technology has advanced a lot since we last moved -- about 18 years ago -- and at least some parts of the process now are far easier. For instance, with a little foresight, you actually can take your home phone numbers and saved programs with you. There is one Web service that will move all of your magazines and affinity cards.

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08:06
Facebook’s security exec pushes Steve Jobs’ call for...

Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, echoed a message first delivered quite memorably by Steve Jobs in 2010: it’s time for Adobe to kill Flash. Addressing Apple’s position of not supporting the plug-in on iOS and instead pushing HTML5, security was just one key point in Jobs’ epic Thoughts on Flash essay when the iPad launched.
We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now.
Five years later, our dependence on Flash has greatly diminished on the desktop, but security issues continue to be an issue with the plug-in. In 2010, Jobs used more than 1600 words to explain Apple’s reason for not adding Flash support to iOS. In 2015, Facebook’s security chief pushed the message in...

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08:00
DORMA delivers access to innovation for 7,000 global...

Today’s post was written by Matthew Boyd, public relations and communications executive for BrightStarr.
In October of 2014, DORMA, the trusted global partner for premium access solutions and services for enabling better buildings, approached BrightStarr with the goal of investing in the way they innovate into the future. DORMA has built its success over the past 100 years on innovation enabling them to provide the very best solutions for their clients. Today, with 7,000 globally distributed employees spread across over 50 countries, their intranet is the vehicle for driving that innovation, empowering staff with the digital tools they need to ideate and achieve success.

When DORMA partnered with BrightStarr, they had a rapidly approaching internal International Group Conference and the BAU Trade Fair. These two...

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08:00
Apple Remains the Number One Target of Patent Trolls...

New statistics were released recently that point to patent litigation in the U.S. being expected to hit an all-time high this year, and the cases are largely being initiated by non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls. Not surprising is the fact that Apple remains the number one target of patent trolls in 2015.

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08:00
Letter from the publisher: Advertising, revenue, and...

We tried. We really, really tried.

When Apple World Today was launched five months ago, we were confident that we’d be able to keep ads off of the site thanks to our sponsors and our backers. Sadly, we’re not making enough income from the sponsorships so we’re going to be experimenting with ads.

However, we’re not going to just flood the Apple World Today website with banners, pop-ups, and the crap you associate with some other Apple sites I won’t mention here. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see the sponsor block in the sidebar replaced with a slightly smaller ad block. We’ll also add one or two standard-sized 728x90 banners. That’s it.

The company we’re using to sell the ads (not Google AdWords) gives us complete control over the advertisements. If we don’t like them or they aren’t relevant to our audience, we won’t run them. All of the ads will be images — no animations, no movies, and nothing that’s going to take forever to load.

Note that...

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07:59
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 3 $300, maxed out 13″...

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:

The Lemunati CS1...

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07:52
“Staingate” controversy gains traction, cites Apple...



This is pretty much the digital version of the local peasantry showing up at your front door with torches and pitchforks.
A small number of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their notebooks after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed “staingate.”
The problems manifest themselves in the form of blotches, streaks and other anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook’s display surface. The origin of this “staining” is unknown, though some have speculated a...

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07:41
Do Less Typing with “Take Control of TextExpander”

Tired of typing the same thing over and over, or of making the same typing mistakes repeatedly? Smile’s TextExpander can speed your typing on both the Mac and iOS devices, and Michael Cohen’s new ebook “Take Control of TextExpander, Second Edition” explains how to make the most of TextExpander’s many features with approaches that will appeal to people who need effective, practical solutions — and to those who need a faster way to insert wombat photos. 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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07:30
Apple makes 92 percent of all smartphone profits


Three years ago, Apple made 73 percent of all profits in the smartphone sector, despite just having nine percent of global handset sales. But these days, Apple’s profits have soared to new heights.
As the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a new report by industry research firm Canaccord, in the first quarter of 2015, Apple took in 92 percent of the total operating income of the world’s eight largest smartphone makers. That figure jumped up from 65 percent during the same period in 2014.
Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer as measured by units sold. According to market...

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07:29
Spotify 1.0.9.133. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue. The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.

Version 1.0.9.133.: Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor. Note: The download is actually version 1.0.8.59., but Spotify will then inform...

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07:27
Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory...



Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.
And Apple will help you with that.
A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.

It’s also been reported that accessory makers such as Incase, LifeProof, Logi, Sena, Tech21, and others will ultimately be taking part in the initiative, and indeed Apple itself is expected to change some...

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07:13
Report shows Apple taking 92% of smartphone industry...



There’s market share and there’s profits.
And Apple seems to be gobbling up 92 percent of the latter.
A report released by Canaccord Genuity indicate that Apple takes 92 percent of the profits for the entire smartphone industry despite accounting for only 20% of sales.

In the report, Samsung reaped 15 percent of the profits despite selling far more units than Apple.
Canaccord CEO Mike Walkley said that at the time Apple first entered the smartphone market in 2007, Nokia was taking around two-thirds of the profits. By 2012, the profit split was around 50:50 between Apple and Samsung. Since then, he said, the “high-end tier has really shifted...

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06:52
Berkeley Breathed returning to “Bloom County” for...

Comic Book Resources:After 25 years, Berkeley Breathed is returning to his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, “Bloom County.” Breathed announced the new incarnation of the politically-minded strip via a post on Facebook that featured him working on a new comic with the words “Bloom County 2015″ at the top. “Bloom County” originally ran from December 1980 until 1989, just two years after he won the Pulitzer. The characters, such as Bill the Cat, Opus the Penguin, Hodge-Podge the Rabbit, Milo Bloom, and Cutter John, lived on in the Sunday-only strip “Outland” from 1989 to 1995, as well as “Opus” from 2003 to 2008.Along with “The Far Side” and “Calvin and Hobbes”, “Bloom County” was always one of my favorite comic strips. For those of you who know me, you’ll know how excited I am to have Opus back. Thanks to my friend Sly for the link and Donald Trump...

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06:31
If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not likely a profitable...

ZDNet:While some smartphone makers chase market share, Apple is pulling away when it comes to profits: For every dollar of operating profit in the smartphone market, Apple is nabbing $0.92, leaving the others fighting for scraps. That estimate comes from Canaccord Genuity as noted by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. Considering that Apple’s iPhone sales globally account for roughly 20 percent of all smartphones sold, the situation for its competitors will only get worse.Android users and vendors can and do brag about market share. I’m sure Apple is very happy with profit share and wouldn’t have it any other way.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:26
We’re going to reach Pluto for the first time in...

Business Insider:If everything goes according to plan, a NASA spacecraft, called New Horizons, will fly by Pluto at 7:49 am ET. New Horizons is the first spacecraft in history to ever visit Pluto, and it’s been a long time coming after 9 years in space. NASA will stream live countdown coverage of the event starting at 7:30 am, followed by a briefing on the mission from 8:00 to 9:00 am ET.It’s more than a little mind boggling to think that something we flung into space nine years ago is now about to send us pictures of the tiny little planet.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
News from WPC—invested in Partner growth

Today’s post was written by John Case, corporate vice president for Microsoft Office.
I’m in Orlando this week, where more than 14,000 attendees are gathered for our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). It’s a week of networking, sharing, learning and celebrating the incredible work Partners do every day. Our CEO Satya Nadella took the stage this morning to talk about our company ambition to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. And I have the privilege of speaking on stage about the evolution of our channel and the investments we’re making to help Partners transform and grow their businesses in the cloud. As we innovate and deliver new experiences in Office, Azure, Dynamics CRM Online—and across all Microsoft products and services that enable people to achieve more at work—Microsoft Partners play a critical role in helping organizations across the globe to realize tangible business value.
So today we are providing...

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06:00
Week of Apple Watch Stands: Griffin WatchStand

Griffin WatchStand. 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 we’re getting started with a look at the US$29.99 Griffin WatchStand (affiliate link).

Design

Like all of the stands we’ll be looking at this week, the Griffin WatchStand is designed to hold your Apple Watch while it’s charging. The stand is 6.8 inches (17.3 cm) tall, standing on a weighted base that’s about 4.2 inches (10.7 cm) on a side. The entire assembly, without the Watch charging cable, weighs about 14.9 ounces (.42 kg). It’s finished in a...

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05:57
NASA’s Mac (and PC) app lets you join New Horizons...


The low bit-rate forced by the extreme distance of the New Horizons spacecraft from Earth means that live video isn’t feasible, but a new Mac and PC app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers the next best thing. The app provides a simulated view of what New Horizons is doing, and allows you to preview the flypast.
While the view is simulated, it uses realistic data to show you what it would be like to track the spacecraft in real or accelerated time, including a “live” mode to show you what New Horizons is doing right now.
Visit the Eyes on Pluto page to install the helper app, then return to the page and click the Launch button to open it. It opens in live mode, and you can click...

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05:56
Apple is the only Tech Company Making Smartphone...

There's an old saying in business that 80% of your profits come from 20% of your customers. It's the 80/20 Rule of Sales. Apple has taken that rule to a whole new level.

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05:44
How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall...


Your digital photos were never intended to remain trapped on your computer’s hard drive. Apple’s original 2002 version of iPhoto proudly included physical book and photo printing services, adding new books and various types of cards every 2-3 years. Since early digital cameras took low-resolution photos, Apple’s services focused primarily on small prints. But over the past decade, cameras have really evolved: there are now 36-Megapixel Nikons, ...

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05:43
Bix now available at the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Bix for OS X, a movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback.
Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.
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05:38
∞ The Star Wars Comic-Con reel. A real gift.

This is a real gift from J. J. Abrams and company.

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05:36
External Link: Comparing the Audio Quality of Apple...

The Verge compared the sound quality of three music streaming services: Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. In 29 percent of the tests conducted with an iPhone 6 Plus and Sony MDR-7506 headphones, listeners couldn’t detect a difference between the three. And in some tests, Tidal, which claims to have the best streaming quality, fared worse than Apple Music and Spotify. 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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05:34
List of stuff announced at WWDC

This is just terrific. A detailed list of things, both small and large, announced at last month’s WWDC.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:32
GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma considering use of...

Pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma want to use Apple’s open source ResearchKit platform for gathering medical research data via the iPhone, according to BuzzFeed News (http://tinyurl.com/qj2pttv).
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05:30
Astonishing imagery of the Earth from space

This vivid, moving imagery is riveting, breathtaking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:26
Apple Music, your listening history, and the divide...

Your Mac and iOS device are not communicating where Apple Music is concerned.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:25
FunBITS: Her Story for iOS and Mac

Her Story for iOS and Mac gives the interactive movie another chance. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:39
Internet’s new addressing system now mainstream,...


With the Internet running out of standard 32-bit IP addresses (known as IPv4), the switch to IPv6 – which offers 128-bit addresses – has been quietly underway for some time. Apple says this work has now progressed sufficiently for IPv6 to be considered mainstream, and it is prioritizing the use of the new addressing system in the public betas of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.
What both operating systems previously did was to try both old and new addressing systems and use whichever responded fastest. Both platforms now prefer IPv6 even if it is slightly slower, explained Apple CoreOS Networking Engineer David Schinazi in an Internet Engineering Task Force...

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04:03
12.9 inch ‘iPad Pro’ reportedly set for release in...


The always-doubted sometimes-accurate Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release the long-rumored iPad Pro in mid November this year. The ‘iPad Pro’ is expected to feature a large 12.9 inch screen with stereo speakers and targeted at business and education uses. Digitimes says that Apple has asked suppliers to ramp up in late September which should mean a November debut, with manufacturing by Foxconn.

November would not be unusual for an iPad refresh, with Apple typically holding announcement events in October for iPad updates. The company is reportedly ‘cautious’ in placing orders which seems to imply a low initial stock...

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04:00
Accessible Apple - VoiceOver Remote Control and...

Campers at Camp Bowen. From The Camp Bowen Story

As many of you may have noticed, I've been awfully quiet up here at Apple World Today. But, before we get down to talking about what I've been up to, I'd like to take the opportunity to reassure you, my readers, that the Accessible Apple and Think Different Thursday columns will be returning to Apple World Today on a normal schedule within the week.

So, now, what have I been up to? First, I've been very busy over at Camp Bowen. We've got some really cool retreats planned for this summer and I look forward to spending time with the team and all of our great campers. For those of you who don't know, Camp Bowen is a summer retreat program for people with visual impairments. We run educational and recreational programs for campers of all ages.

Second, and perhaps of most interest to Apple World Today...

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03:56
Kool Tools: Fileloupe for Mac OS X

Corduroy Code's Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, fast app. It can easily handle thousands of files.
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03:45
Worldwide devices shipments to grow 1.5% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, a 1.5% increase from 2014 and down from the previous quarter's forecast of 2.8% growth, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). 
End-user spending on devices will total $606 billion in 2015 and will show, for the first time since 2010, a 5.7% decline in current U.S. dollars, according to the research group.
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03:45
New Rumor Points to the iPad Pro debuting in November

The iPad Pro has been a long standing rumor. With iPad sales on a continuing slide, the debut of a new iPad model could breathe some new life into this sector. Today a new supply chain rumor is stating that ...

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03:37
Apple Opens Public Betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan...

Apple has released public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. Josh Centers explains how to get them, but recommends caution if you choose to install them. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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03:37
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.8 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe. Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar. Optimization....

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02:55
Apple Watch Sales Estimated at 3 Million Through...

Apple Watch online sales in the United States are estimated to have totaled 3,039,353 at an average price of $505 through July 10, exactly three months after Apple began accepting pre-orders for the wrist-worn device, according to the latest data from market research firm Slice Intelligence obtained exclusively by MacRumors. The entry-level Apple Watch Sport has been the most popular model among early adopters by almost a two-to-one margin, with an estimated 1,950,909 units sold at an average price of $381 since April 10. Meanwhile, stainless steel Apple Watch sales are estimated at 1,086,569 units to date, at an average price of $695. Apple has also sold 1,875 Apple Watch Edition models to date, at an average price of $13,700, according to Slice Intelligence. The 18-karat gold Apple Watch models, seen on the wrists of celebrities such as Beyonce, Drake, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, cost between $10,000...

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01:45
SyncTwoFolders 2.1.3 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done. Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).Version 2.1.3:

  • Added ability to run as admin (read FAQ).
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00:00
Choosing Office 365 over Google Apps for more than a...

Today’s post was written by Mauricio Oliveira, IT infrastructure and technology manager at Kroton. 
Kroton is the largest private education provider in Brazil, serving more than a million students of all ages across our vast country. As a leader in both distance learning and on-campus education, we have always believed in the power of technology to transform and improve learning. Giving our students familiarity with the latest tools is also critical to their ability to successfully position themselves for the latest job opportunities.
When we merged with Anhanguera in 2014, we realized it was an opportunity to start with a clean slate and standardize on the productivity tools that would best support our students and organization going forward. Kroton’s staff was using Office 365, and everyone...

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Saturday July 11

10:50
FTC ponders App Store's 30% take from streaming...

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you already know that Apple takes a 30-percent cut of all purchases made through the App Store and in-app purchases. While that setup has worked out reasonably well for both Apple and third-party developers, it’s raising some eyebrows in Washington, DC in the wake of Apple Music’s launch.Reuters reported Friday that the US Federal Trade Commission may open an investigation into whether that 30-percent cut gives Apple Music an unfair edge over rival streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio. Streaming company executives tell Reuters that it’s difficult enough to make a profit at the customary $9.99 monthly subscription rate, and Apple’s 30-percent policy doesn’t help matters anyway.To read...

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Sunday July 12

22:11
OnyX 2.9.8 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.Version 2.9.8:

  • Deleting the Internet cache improved
  • New version integrated 3.8.10.2 of sqlite3
  • New option: Show/hide the Shutdown dialog when the Power button is pressed
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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