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InstaAgent, an app that connects to Instagram and promises to track the people that have visited a user's Instagram account, appears to be storing the usernames and passwords of Instagram users, sending them to a suspicious remote server.
An app developer from Peppersoft downloaded InstaAgent -- full name "Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent" -- and discovered it's reading Instagram account usernames and passwords, sending them via clear text to a remote server - instagram.zunamedia.com.
InstaAgent is also using the credentials to log into accounts and post unauthorized images. Instagram does not permit third-party apps to upload photos to user accounts.
While InstaAgent isn't particularly popular in the United States, it is currently the number one free app in both the United Kingdom and Canada, with...| Read more »
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Google on Monday announced the release of TensorFlow, its second-generation machine learning system, to the open source community. It's offering TensorFlow as a standalone library with associated tools, tutorials and examples under the Apache 2.0 license. Google uses TensorFlow in deep learning, Google Search and other applications. Apps built with TensorFlow can move seamlessly from desktops to mobile phones, and the system is ready for production.
As was widely rumored, T-Mobile has today announced at their UnCarrier X event that customers can now stream unlimited video from certain services without impacting their data caps. The new program is called Binge On (not all too different than the company’s previously-launched Music Freedom in principle), and the list of compatible services includes many favorites like ESPN, Netflix, HBO Now, and more. The company also announced new Simple Choice plans…
Here’s the full list of supported services:
Crackle, Encore, ESPN, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Go, HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, MLB, Movieplex, NBC Sports, Netflix, Sling TV, Sling Box, SHOWTIME, STARZ, T-Mobile TV, Univision Deportes, Ustream, Vessel, Vevo, VUD
While this sounds great, it’s worth noting that T...
iPhone owners will soon be able to get the same convenient offline access to maps, navigation information, and point-of-interest data promised to Android users in a future Google Maps update, the search firm said Tuesday.| Read more »
In addition to several new software betas and new Tech Talks today, Apple has more developer news to share today. Starting today, TestFlight will now support up to 2,000 external testers for iOS and tvOS. TestFlight allows developers to easily share pre-release versions of their apps with a large group of external testers outside of their own development team.
TestFlight was previously limited to 1,000 external testers on iOS and tvOS. Internal testing is limited to 25 team members on 10 devices each. Apple also notes on its TestFlight website that beta periods now last 60 days versus 30 days before.
Since acquiring TestFlight last year, Apple has maintained TestFlight apps on iOS with support for watchOS and tvOS. Apple first announced these changes,...
Now you can invite up to 2,000 users to beta test your iOS and tvOS apps before you release them on the App Store. TestFlight makes it simple to invite testers using just their email address and lets testers easily provide valuable feedback within the TestFlight app. Learn more about TestFlight.| Read more »
Now you can invite up to 2,000 users to beta test your iOS and tvOS apps before you release them on the App Store. TestFlight makes it simple to invite testers using just their email address and lets testers easily provide valuable feedback within the TestFlight app. Learn more about TestFlight.| Read more »
Google on Tuesday announced that it will phase out support for its popular Chrome browser on OS X versions 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, come April 2016.| Read more »
This could come in handy.
Google has announced that its Google Maps application for Android is now capable of storing regional data, especially in cases where you’ll be going into parts of the world without Internet access. By the company’s guess, roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today.
Per the company’s press statement:
Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere today hosted an Un-Carrier X event, where he announced T-Mobile's latest offering, free video streaming. Going forward, T-Mobile customers who watch streaming video will not have the video data count towards their monthly data usage.
That means services like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu will no longer eat up data, making T-Mobile's data plans go further. T-Mobile's lowest-priced plan costs $50 per month and includes just 2GB of data, but T-Mobile is now the only company that excludes video streaming data from data usage. T-Mobile also allows for free streaming music, a perk introduced at an earlier event.
With the new Binge-On free video streaming service, there are 24 current partners, and the program is open to any video streaming product that wants to...| Read more »
Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.
According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.
Tech Talks will be held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and focus on designing apps for tvOS, implementing focus-driven user interfaces, integrating the Siri Remote and game controllers, leveraging TVML for media apps, and enabling On-Demand Resources. A
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Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.
According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register (https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/#9to5Mac) by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.
From the Apple TV Tech Talk web site:The new Apple TV is here, bringing incredible and immersive apps and games to the big screen. Get in-depth technical information on building and designing for tvOS, learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
Experts from Apple will cross the globe in the coming months to help developers make better apps for the new Apple TV and its tvOS App Store, with 11 total Tech Talks scheduled for a two-month span.| Read more »
sarahnaomi writes: Ransomware, the devilish family of malware that locks down a victim's files until he or she coughs up a hefty bounty, may soon be coming to Mac. Last week, a Brazilian security researcher produced a proof-of-concept for what appears to be the first ransomware to target Mac operating systems (Mac OS X). On Monday, cybersecurity company Symantec verified the researcher's findings. "Mabouia is the first case of file-based crypto ransomware for OS X, albeit a proof-of-concept," Symantec wrote in a blog post. "It's simple code, I did it in two days," [said] the creator of the malware.
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Apple typically holds a single developer event each year, WWDC in San Francisco around June, but sometimes uses Tech Talks to bring developer events around the world at other parts of the year. With Apple TV’s App Store launching several months after WWDC 2015 and long before WWDC 2016, Apple has announced that it will host 11 Tech Talk sessions across 10 different cities around the world. Apple describes the sessions as a way to “Get in-depth guidance from Apple experts on developing and designing for tvOS, in a city near you.”
Registered developers can request to attend one of the upcoming Tech Talks with the registration deadline set for this Friday, November 13th at 10 am PT. The first Tech Talk kicks off in Toronto next month on December 7th while...
Comcast is rolling out data caps to more of its cable Internet customers. Josh Centers lists your options for dealing with 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.| Read more »
Apple Music, now on Android.
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If you're an OS X user who rebuffs iOS smartphones in favor of Android yet also invests wholeheartedly in the iTunes and Apple Music ecosystem, Apple has finally strung together a working solution for your smartphone of choice. Tuesday saw the launch of Apple Music for Android, fulfilling the promise Apple made during June's WWDC reveal of the subscription-based app.
Once you sign in with an existing Apple ID or create a new one, Apple Music for Android (for devices on Jelly Bean 4.3 or higher) will ask for a working credit card and offer a free, three-month trial of the service for new users—so long as you attach a valid credit card to your account. If you've used your trial up, you can choose a $9.99/month single-user plan; if...
Apple CEO Tim Cook is warning against a investigatory powers bill that would obligate companies like Apple to help the British government bypass customer encryption protections. The bill would also give British law enforcement the explicit power to hack into computers and bug phones. Cook said of the bill, “Any back door is a back door for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.” 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...| Read more »
One week after the first tvOS 9.1 beta for Apple TV, developers now have access to an updated build of the software update to test. While the initial tvOS 9.1 beta contained no visual changes for users yet, Siri has since been enabled to work with Apple Music on the beta version of the software. Non-developer Apple TV users also recently saw the very first software update for Apple TV yesterday with the release of tvOS 9.0.1, which likely focused on stability and bug fixes as no visual changes were discovered. tvOS 9.1 beta 2 for developers and available to download from Apple’s...| Read more »
In an interview with The Telegraph, Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed that the new iPad Pro will replace PCs. “They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones,” Cook said. Cook also hinted that Apple may release medical apps and/or devices. But Cook said that he doesn’t want the Apple Watch to itself become a medical device, because seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be too long of a process. 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.| Read more »
Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's tvOS beta marks the first major software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV. The first beta of tvOS 9.1 was seeded to developers last week.
The second tvOS beta is available as an over-the-air update to those who have installed the first beta. Installing an initial tvOS beta is a more involved process than installing a beta update for iOS or OS X. The update requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.
We don't yet know exactly what is included in the new version of tvOS, as most changes thus far appear to be under-the-hood updates. Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking...| Read more »
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers, just one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks after releasing the first OS X El Capitan update to the public, OS X 10.11.1.
The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.
We don't know exactly what improvements the second update to OS X El Capitan will introduce, as many of the changes seem to be under-the-hood upgrades. It’s likely to focus on bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address problems that have popped up since the release of OS X 10.11.1.
Apple's release notes for OS X 10.11.2 have asked developers to focus on Networking, Graphics...| Read more »
I don't know about most of you, but bloggers and tech writers tend to use screenshots a lot. Other we're writing reviews, how-tos, or trying to just capture fleeting images on our devices. With all of those screenshots, it can be very difficult to keep track of where they are or grab one when you need it. That's where QuickShot 2.0 (US$4.99) for Mac OS X comes in very handy.
Most of the time, you won't even be aware of QuickShot as it's just a little icon sitting on your Mac menubar. When you first set up QuickShot, you're asked to add a folder where you save your screenshots or any other photos for that matter. QuickShot doesn't take screenshots -- there are other utilities like SnapzPro X or...| Read more »
Registered Apple developers can now access third pre-release beta of iOS 9.2, bringing new features like AT&T NumberSync as well as fixes for iCloud Keychain and Apple Watch pairing, among other improvements. The third beta for OS X 10.11.2 and the second for tvOS 9.2 are also available.| Read more »
Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9.2 to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second iOS 9.2 beta and three weeks after releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. As a .1 upgrade, iOS 9.2 will mark the second major update to iOS 9.
The new iOS 9.2 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. Today's beta is also available to public beta testers, and there's also a new version of the Xcode 7.2 beta available.
Earlier betas of iOS 9.2 introduced changes for the Safari View Controller, which is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used in third-party apps. Safari View Controller now supports third-party Action Extensions, allowing apps like 1Password to be accessed in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot.
Safari View Controller has also been updated with the ability to long tap on the Reload button to reload content...| Read more »
Officially, Apple Music won’t get Siri voice controls on the new Apple TV until early next year. But developers can now get a head start with the latest tvOS beta.As reported by iDownloadBlog, the beta for tvOS 9.1 adds full voice commands for Apple Music, letting users search for songs and control playback. Supported commands include “Search for (artist, album, or song),” “Play (artist, album, song, or playlist),” and “Play Beats 1.”Beta versions of tvOS are available to anyone with an Apple Developer account, which costs $99 per year. Apple offers public beta versions of its iOS and Mac OS X software, but has not yet done the same for Apple TV....| Read more »
Apple on Tuesday released a beta version of its Apple Music service for Android users, just the third time the Cupertino company has crafted an application for its rival mobile operating system.| Read more »
Apple launched a beta of the Apple Music app for Android-based smartphones and tablets today, now providing Android users with access not only to Apple Music, but Beats 1 radio and the Apple Connect social network as well.
Requiring Android 4.3 or later, the new app is available in all countries where the iOS version of the app is available -- except for China. Pricing is the same for Android users at $9.99 per month for an individual plan and $14.99 for the family-sized plan. Oddly enough, the beta version doesn't currently have a way to sign up for the family memberships within the app... but it IS a beta version.
TechCrunch had an interview with Eddy...| Read more »
Apple is launching its first major app for Android devices today, expanding its Apple Music platform to Android-based smartphones and tablets. With the introduction of a beta Apple Music app for the Google Play Store, Android users will be able to subscribe to the Apple Music streaming service, listen to Beats 1 radio, and access the Apple Connect artist-based social network.
The new Apple Music app is available from the Google Play store and requires Android 4.3 or later. It's available in all of the countries where Apple Music for iOS is available, with the exception of China. Apple Music includes the same three-month trial for Android users and it is priced the same - $9.99 for an individual plan and $14.99 for a family plan.
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Large corporations should actively wield their power and influence for the good of the planet and its people, rather than sitting back and waiting for governments to take the lead, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a speech at Italy's top business school on Tuesday.| Read more »
Back in the days when there was such as thing as Macworld/iWorld, one of the most impressive booths was that for the FLIR ONE. It's an amazing infrared camera attachment for the iPhone that first came in a version that was an iPhone 5/5s case ($149.99), then a Lightning version that can be used with any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning adapter ($249.99). So the hardware is there, but how do businesses manage large numbers of thermal images? GTI Predictive Technology has introduced an app called ThermoPro (US$79.99) that stores the images and other data in a hierarchical database to allow tracking of points of interest over time.
ThermoPro makes the FLIR ONE incredibly useful to companies that are using the device. In case you're wondering...| Read more »
Last February we posted a report titled "Apple Blocked by the Indian Government to Open Apple Stores." At the time the Indian Government refused to ease the rules that would allow Apple to open their own Apple Stores. Today ...| Read more »
In-Place Archiving for Office 365 offers vast amounts of storage for our customers. Our innovative In-Place approach coupled with a seamless archiving experience has significant adoption in the marketplace with several million archive mailboxes being used actively in Office 365 today.
While our existing archiving solution serves most scenarios, some of our customers are subject to industry-specific regulatory requirements about record keeping. For example, financial institutions such as banks and broker-dealer organizations are subject to Rule 17a-4 issued by the Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) regarding electronic data storage. Rule 17a-4 has specific requirements pertaining to length, format, quality, availability, accountability and many other aspects of record retention. Whether the archiving solution can support Rule 17a-4 requirements is often a key consideration for SEC-regulated customers in technology adoption.
To help these customers better...
The November Power Pivot for Excel 2013 update delivers a better experience when using Power Query with Power Pivot as well as support for Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
These fixes are delivered as part of following updates (there are 32- and 64-bit versions of each):
Apple is unlikely to adopt AMOLED displays for next-generation iPhones in the foreseeable future, according to often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst believes Apple will continue using TFT-LCD display technology for at least the next three years -- and likely beyond.
Kuo claims that Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, is preparing to invest in advanced TFT-LCD production lines in China for mass production in 2018, and coupled with recent comments made by iPhone backlight supplier Minebea, the analyst believes iPhones will continue using TFT-LCD displays in the future.Based on recent comments by Minebea, one of the main iPhone backlight unit suppliers, we believe AMOLED will not penetrate iPhone for the next three years. Moreover, Hon Hai is preparing to invest in Gen-6 LTPS TFT-LCD production lines in Zhengzhou, China for mass production in 2018, suggesting the iPhone line will likely stick with TFT-LCD technology in...| Read more »
Siri is going to start having a stronger presence in Apple’s tvOS and the new tvOS 9.1 beta might be proof of this.
Apple recently confirmed that Siri is coming to Apple Music on the new Apple TV at the beginning of 2016, but a quick study has discovered the virtual assistant can now be used for certain music-related commands on the latest tvOS 9.1 beta ahead of time.
User Jeff Benjamin shared a video demo of Siri being used to search for songs, albums, artists and playlists on Apple Music from the Home screen on the new Apple TV, without needing to open the Apple Music app. Siri can also be used to play and pause Beats 1 radio.
Apple will likely continue...
Apple won't embrace AMOLED display technology in the iPhone in the near future, instead opting to stick with its current LCD panels until at least 2018, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said on Tuesday.| Read more »
In a research note, reliable supply chain analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is suggesting that Apple is unlikely to bring AMOLED screens to the iPhone for many years to come, through 2018 at least, and almost certainly not coming to the iPhone 7.
OLED iPhones have been a long-running rumor but Apple has remained steadfast with investments in better LCD panels for the most part. Yield for OLED panels continues to be a big issue given the incredible scale Apple requires for iPhone shipments.
Apple started using AMOLED in its product line this year with the Apple Watch, which takes full advantage of the deep blacks OLED screens can create in its user interface, blurring the line between bezel and screen wherever possible. In an...
Google Maps already has some offline capabilities, but the company will soon release a version for iOS with full offline support. Right now, using Google Maps offline gives users the ability to see areas on a map but that's about it. The upcoming version will bring full navigation and business information lookup without an Internet connection.
This of course means that you need to do some prep work in advance of going to an area where you may not have internet service. You'll need to download an area for offline use, but then you can get directions, view business hours, and peruse ratings without having to touch your cellular data plan.
Of course, active features such as traffic alerts won't be available when offline, but this will be great for those situations when you know you'll either be in an area with a really bad cellular connection or overseas...| Read more »
Back in September, Sonos unveiled an impressive new feature for its wireless speakers called Trueplay. Using the built-in microphones on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, this Sonos feature lets you fine tune your speaker to the room it’s in while optimizing the sound regardless of placement. Starting today, Sonos users can use try out Trueplay using the latest version of the controller app for iOS.
Trueplay setup is super simple too. Because Trueplay tunes your Sonos speaker to the room and its surroundings, it does require setting up any time you relocate your hardware. But the process takes just a couple minutes and only requires that you pace around the room waving your iOS device up and down enough to catch the...
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A few months following the launches of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has shifted a large portion of its software engineering resources over to development of the upcoming iOS 10 and OS X 10.12. While iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 remain under development, 2016’s mobile and desktop Apple operating systems are now moving forward at full speed, sources indicate.
As indicated by checks of our own Google Analytics data, testing of both 2016 Apple operating systems has picked up...
I remember way back, long ago, before the iPad, and before the iPhone, Apple had official certification training for OS X Server. I think I got my first certification around 10.3. Over time, additional courses appeared. There was an Xsan course, there was an OS X Server course, and there were plans for more. At the height of the Apple certification program, you could get the following for a full on systems administration plethora of acronyms, including ACDT, ACTC, ACSA, and ACMA:
The general consensus about the fourth-generation Apple TV seems to be that it’s a cool piece of hardware, it’s capable of a lot, but it’s got some bugs to work out.
Apple appears to be underway in squashing some of the aforementioned bugs.
On Monday, Apple released its tvOS 9.0.1 update. The update, which can be snagged by going through the Apple TV’s settings, going into System selecting Software Updates, currently includes no release notes, nor does it add requested support for Bluetooth keyboards or Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without losing all your data.
Even so, a number of users have...| Read more »
Lowest Prices Anywhere: For the next 6 days, grab a Free AppleSuper Drive plus 25% to 100% off AppleCare extended protection plans on all of Apple's latest 13- &15-inch MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states.| Read more »
San Francisco-based DODOcase has been making beautiful bound cases for iPads since day one, so it's no surprise that the company has just announced the Multi-Angle for iPad Pro (US$79.95).
The company's signature iPad cases have always used a wood tray to hold the iPad, but the company realized that the larger size of the iPad Pro would make the case too thick and heavy, so they've moved to a polymer tray now. The result is a rather skinny case, just 0.625 inches thick.
For those of you who are going with the Apple Pencil when you get your iPad Pro, there's also an elastic loop to secure the Pencil or any other stylus you use. Of course, all of the DODOcase designs come with a wrap-around elastic to keep the case closed in transit.
The Multi-Angle for iPad Pro comes in four distinct color combinations: black/charcoal, slate/...| Read more »
One of the things Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts said in her interview with Fast Company‘s Rick Tetzei is that Apple had made the decision to back away from Black Friday sales because “being good to your employees will always be good for business.”
Rather than extending store hours for Black Friday events, or just turning the stores into even more crowded places during what has increasingly turned into Black November rather than just Black Friday, Ahrendts decided to give staff a break. That’s great and should be applauded but why not just do an online sale? Do the computers need the time off too?
Even more curious, Apple, who controls US retailer pricing, seems to be letting every US retailer knock huge amounts off of all Apple products...
Apple's CEO Tim Cook stopped over in the UK yesterday and visited Touchpress who is supporting Apple's new iPad Pro and Apple TV with new creative apps. While in London, Cook also gave the Telegraph an extensive interview to pump their latest new products and talk about encryption which is a big issue in the UK.| Read more »
Does anyone have $1,699 they can lend me? If so, I'm going to run right out and spend it on a frivolous purchase, but one that's incredibly cool. The ColorWare iPhone 6s Retro ($1,599) and iPhone 6s Plus Retro ($1,699) harken back to the days of the beige case and color logo of the Apple IIe.
These are a limited edition run; ColorWare is making only 25 of each and they'll be individually numbered. These aren't just cases; ColorWare actually works on the exterior of each device, making something that's not only functional but a work of art.
I think if I were Steve Wozniak, I'd have one of these already. The phones ship in about 3 to 4 weeks and would make a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite tech blogger...| Read more »
After just over a year at Apple, former Mercedes R&D chief Johann Jungwirth left the company earlier this month to join Volkswagen AG as the new ‘Head of Digital Transformation’. Even though his official title at Apple was “Director of Mac Systems Engineering”, the executive was rumored to be working on the company’s electric car codenamed “Project Titan” due to his extensive automotive background and the timing of the hire, which was followed by several other engineering hires with experience in the auto industry.Jungwirth is joining Volkswagen amid the “DieselGate” scandal which is...| Read more »
Best Buy has shared its Black Friday ad for 2015, revealing several deals on Apple products and accessories. The discounts and promotions include up to $125 off select iPad Air 2 models, up to $200 off select Macs, up to $100 off select Apple Watch models, up to $50 off all iPods and more.
Best Buy stores in the U.S. will open at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 26, close at 1:00 AM on Friday, November 27, then reopen at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 27 and remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday, November 27. All times are local and may vary at select locations. Most deals are also available online between November 26-28.
Best Buy will be offering limited doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in stores and online. Thanksgiving Day doorbusters will be available at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. Black Friday doorbusters will be available at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27....| Read more »
Johann Jungwirth has been appointed as the head of Volkswagen's new Digitalization Strategy Department in the company's Germany-based headquarters. In the past, Jungwirth worked for Mercedez-Benz and Apple, where he led the Mac Systems Engineering team.
More specifically, Jungwirth supported Apple's Special Projects Group, a tie that has connected him in the past to Apple's long-rumored Apple Car project. Although the German native could have left Apple solely for a job that brought him closer to home, it's still unclear exactly why he decided to leave the Cupertino-based company -- where he was allegedly working alongside the Apple Car team -- for Volkswagen.
Jungwirth was named Director, Mac Systems Engineering at Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), in 2014. He was responsible for...| Read more »
Pocket Watch has unveiled ActivePrint Pro (http://tinyurl.com/nbnc9ml) for the iPad Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow. With the $4.99 app installed on an iPad Pro (or iPad Air or iPhone), you can print any document or photo to any printer via cloud printing ((iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.).
One of the more common tasks performed in Apple Configurator is to create a backup of a device and restore that backup to multiple devices. This backs up the icon placement on screens, the settings on the device and anything not stored in the operating system or secure enclave of a device. Once you’ve created a backup, you can assign that backup to a blueprint or deploy the backup to individual devices.
To create a backup, first open Apple Configurator 2 and tether a device to the computer running Apple Configurator.
Next, right-click on a device and then choose the Back Up option.
The Alchemist Guild has announced TaskCard 2 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the app for writing outlines, taking notes, to-do lists and organizing projects.
Version 2.0 offers full support for sticky notes, integration with Mac events, simple bullet lists with row numbering and tabbed cards and more. According to the Alchemists, the new version was designed from the ground up to be a totally unique experience on the Mac while taking full advantage of the latest features OS X.
TaskCard 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is US$15.
WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corp., is utilizing its WD My Cloud OS3 device in conjunction with the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation and the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform to provide developers a flexible platform to support advanced analytics and data application services.
While it shouldn't come as a surprise, it's now official: China will censor online streaming music from Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and others that will no doubt include Apple Music in 2016.| Read more »
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The U.S. National Security Agency is getting a collective side-eye after posting what it characterized as proactive information: the fact that it discloses 91 percent of security vulnerabilities that pass through its internal review process. While the agency appears pleased with its newfound transparency, it's being called out en masse for the things it's not reporting -- primarily, the other 9 percent of vulnerabilities. In fact, the NSA's revelations have raised far more questions than they've answered.
There are several cool docking stations for the Apple Watch, but the Griffin WatchStand Powered Charging Station has an advantage in that it works with both the Apple smartwatch and an iPhone. It’s a new, powered version of Griffin’s WatchStand Charging Dock, which was released earlier this year.
It's a dock that lets you showcase the Apple Watch and iPhone’s good looks while they’re charging thanks to two USB ports. The ebony pedestal looks classy on a desk, nightstand, or tabletop and allows you to power up the smart watch in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Conveniently, it works with all types of Apple Watch bands (from the Sport model to semi-flexible ones), as well as any iPhone with a Lightning port.
The WatchStand houses the MagSafe charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch (there's no cable included with the Griffin product). To get started you...| Read more »
New data from Secunia Research (www.flexerasoftware.com), a provider of software vulnerability intelligence, reveals the state of security for PC users in a total of 14 countries, including the US.
The report shows that: one in 20 applications on private US PCs are end-of-life; 12 percent of Windows operating systems are unpatched; and for the first time in four consecutive quarters, Oracle Java isn't topping the list of most exposed programs – Apple has purportedly taken the lead. Findings in the US Country Report include:
Since many modern Macs come with limited internal storage, it can be handy to move space-consuming items like your OS X Photos library to an external drive. Thankfully, it’s easy to do this. Quit the app, attach an external drive to your Mac, and then:
Make a copy of the Photos Library by dragging it from the startup volume on your Mac’s hard drive to the external drive.
When the library is copied, hold down the Option key and launch Photos.
When you see the above message pop up, click on delete incomplete items.
In the Photos app, go to Preferences and under General, click Use as System Photo Library.
Then go to System Preferences > iCloud > Photos > Options, Select iCloud Photo Library to turn that back on.
Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.
Voila. That’s all there is to it.
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Carbon Technologies’ "El Capitan Server - Foundation Services," written by Reid Bundonis, is now available in the Apple iBookStore (http://tinyurl.com/nkqtdk6) for US$12.99. The essential field guide for Mac system administrators and home enthusiasts alike, it’s a procedural deployment guide to ensure OS X Server is built properly from the ground up
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patents covering their iPhone models with front and back glass surfaces ...| Read more »
Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel was a world famous daredevil who attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and, in 1974, a canyon jump across Snake River Canyon (which failed) on a steam-powered rocket. During his career he suffered more than 433 bone fractures, earning him the dubious honor in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime.”
If you’ve ever wanted to try his stunts but have no interest in matching his bone fracturing record, Barnstorm Games’ $1.99 Evel Knievel game (http://tinyurl.com/o62tjdc) for the new Apple TV is probably as close as you can safely get. As Evel, you’ll jump rattlesnakes and lions while you work your way up to Knievel’s 13 London buses and the famed fountain jump in Las Vegas.
You’ll use the Siri Remote to negotiate a series of obstacles...| Read more »
... plus, the leather Sena Vettra for the iPad Pro, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a sling pack from Incase, a messenger bag from Brenthaven, and more fashion-forward picks.Acme MadeThe Skinny Cover (iPad mini & mini 2, iPad Air & Air 2; $40) sports a water-resistant cover that doubles as a stand for viewing or typing in landscape orientation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
China this week announced plans to ratchet up its Internet policing policies and will soon impose strict rules that require online music service providers -- which as of September includes Apple -- to filter out "harmful" content prior to streaming.| Read more »
The Guardian:Apple’s chief executive has sharply criticised surveillance powers proposed by the British government, warning that allowing spies a backdoor route into citizens’ communications could have “very dire consequences”. “You can just look around and see all the data breaches that are going on. These things are becoming more frequent,” Cook told the Daily Telegraph. “They can not only result in privacy breaches but also security issues. We believe very strongly in end-to-end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails. “Any back door is a back door for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.”The proposed UK law would require ISPs and phone companies to keep records that would track every website visited for a year. The authorities would not need a warrant to access...| Read more »
Fast Company:At Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president for retail and online stores, discussed the customer experience beyond selling products, uniting Apple’s online and offline stores, and her experience as one of the top executives at the world’s most valuable company.I love these talks Apple execs give that allow us a little bit of insight into their thinking. And maybe these kinds of events can put to rest the meme that Ahrendts isn’t “involved” or “public” enough.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
We've been telling you about Time Warner Cable's plan to test streaming TV for its internet-only customers since before it was officially announced, but now customers can actually sign up for it. If having a cable box is part of what you hated abou...| Read more »
Apple:There’s a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It’s the largest iPad ever and takes your creativity and productivity to an epic scale.Apple’s new ad for the iPad Pro. Damn that thing looks huge.| Read more »
Apple took the wraps off its long-rumored super-sized tablet, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, back in September, but would only say its release would happen sometime in November. The company announced today that the Pro will go on sale this Wednesday online only, but will arrive in stores “later this week” (usually Apple code for Friday).
The Pro starts at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model and goes all the way up to $1079 for a 128GB version with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The tablet comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The tablet will be available in 40 countries at launch, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Russia.To read this article in full or to leave a...
Tag Heuer debuted the $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected on Monday, the first Android smartwatch from a Swiss watchmaker. In development for a year, it started with one instruction to the designers.| Read more »
The new Apple TV is already getting an update.
On Monday, Apple released the first software update for tvOS, version 9.0.1. Fourth-generation Apple TV owners can manually download and install the over-the-air update through the Settings app by going into System and Software Updates. If you have enabled your new Apple TV to get automatic updates, your set-top box will get the new software update...automatically.
The release of tvOS 9.0.1 was first reported by 9to5Mac, which notes the lack of new features that this update brings to the Apple TV. There are no 9.0.1 release notes included, meaning that the update is most likely meant to improve performance and get rid of any bugs that plagued the initial release. According to 9to5Mac, tvOS 9.0.1 still doesn’t support Bluetooth keyboards nor Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without...| Read more »
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Just a week after Plex released its official app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, popular media player VLC has today announced that it is looking for beta testers for its app. Details on the app’s features are still sparse, but we can only assume that it will let you play all sorts of media formats on the device.
The VLC team originally teased its tvOS app back in September, offering up very few details other than confirmation that it was in fact coming. On iOS, VLC allows playback of a variety of different file formats. Files can be played from services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, iTunes, GDrive, and more. It’s likely that the tvOS client will support many, if not all, of the same services as its iOS and Mac companions, making it a powerhouse of an app for...
When a dentist says the word "cavity" a lot of people sweat thinking about painful injections and relentless drilling. But scientists in Britain have developed a new procedure dubbed EAER, or "Electrically Assisted Enhanced Remineralisation," that...| Read more »
Used to be that if you wanted to fire off a few high-velocity rounds with an electromagnetic railgun, you'd have to land a commission aboard the USS Ponce. That is, until YouTuber Ziggy Zee went ahead and built one from scratch -- no 3D printing re...| Read more »
This week's big release is Fallout 4, which takes gamers back to its familiar post-apocalyptic setting. There's also a new StarCraft II entry with Legacy of the Void, and Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on Xbox platforms. Netflix has a new series f...| Read more »
Popular movie ticket service Fandango has today updated its iOS with a highly requested feature. Bumping the app to version 7.1, Fandango for iOS has added support for Apple’s mobile payment solution, Apple Pay.
Fandango’s Apple Pay integration works just the same as it does with other third-party. When you go to purchase a ticket, you can now choose Apple Pay as a checkout option, significantly expediting the process.
Fandango’s addition of Apple Pay comes just a week after the iOS App Store added a new Shopping category to showcase apps like Fandango. Fandango’s support for Apple Pay has been a long time coming. Apple and Fandango have seemingly had a solid relationship thus far. Fandango powers database powers Siri’s support for movie times and reviews, so...
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, speaking at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on Monday, pulled back the curtain on Apple Store, revealing a few interesting tidbits about the company's current operating philosophy and future goals.| Read more »
Finding the right earphones is tricky business. Your options are basically limitless and everybody has their own favorite brand or shape. The only problem is, where half the world might love a particular kind the other half could hate it. Startup R...| Read more »
At Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York, Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president for retail and online stores, discussed the customer experience beyond selling products...| Read more »
Ahead of the launch of the iPad Pro, Apple executives have been doing a series of interviews to drum up excitement and interest in the device. Earlier today, The Independent published an interview with Tim Cook where he shared his thoughts on the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro's target market.
This afternoon, The Telegraph published a second interview where Tim Cook spoke further on his vision of the iPad Pro as a PC replacement and how tablets are subsuming the PC market. According to Cook, the iPad Pro will serve as a replacement for a notebook or desktop computer for "many, many people.""I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?" [...]
"Yes, the iPad Pro is a...| Read more »
Our blood-brain barrier is a highly selective membrane specially designed to only allow very specific molecules access to our grey matter while keeping everything else out -- regardless of whether they're invading foreign bodies or potentially life...| Read more »
Ahead of Apple's iPad Pro preorder kickoff on Wednesday, the company released a new TV spot highlighting the advantages of a gigantic touchscreen, including split screen views in iOS 9 and Apple Pencil markup support.| Read more »
Car makers like Volkswagen should have an even tougher time cheating on emissions tests than they first thought. The Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that it'll include considerably more real-world diesel emissions tests as part of its...| Read more »
After months of Jean-Claude Biver Revving up the Rhetoric about TAG Heuer's coming Smartwatch vs. the Apple Watch, the day finally arrived for the new TAG Heuer smartwatch called the 'Connected Watch.'| Read more »
Ahead of the device’s availability on Wednesday, Apple today has shared the first video advertisement for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. In a video entitled “A Great Big Universe” shared on its YouTube channel, Apple shows of the benefits of the device’s larger form factor, as well as apps that are optimized for it.
The ad is heavily focused on the galaxy and using the iPad Pro to explore it with apps like Sky Guide Pro and Star Walk. Apple also shows off the split-screen multitasking capability of the device, as well as using the Apple Pencil to annotate maps and images. “Introducing the biggest iPad ever,” is how Apple wraps up the ad before simply displaying “iPad Pro.”
There’s a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It’s the...
Apple today launched a new ad for the iPad Pro, entitled "A Great Big Universe." The ad depicts a gorgeous and detailed close up of the solar system, which zooms out to show that it's actually being displayed on the iPad Pro's Retina display. According to The Verge, the ad will premiere on TV tonight during Monday Night Football.
There's a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It's the largest iPad ever and takes your creativity and productivity to an epic scale.The new iPad Pro ad comes just two days before Apple will began accepting orders for the device. This morning, Apple announced orders would begin online on Wednesday, November 11, with the iPad Pro available in stores later in the week.
Pricing for the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only...| Read more »
Apple pushed out a batch of bug fixes with the latest version of its Xcode development software on Monday, addressing critical issues discovered in Interface Builder, debugging and user interface testing.| Read more »
Ahead of her appearance at Bloomberg’s ‘Year Ahead’ business summit tomorrow, Apple’s SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts has today made an appearance at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York City. Ahrendts sat down with Fast Company Editor at Large Rick Tetzei to discuss her role at Apple since joining the company in 2014…
Ahrendts first noted that when she originally joined Apple, she spent the first 6 months on the job visiting the company’s retail locations in 40 markets and listening to the thoughts and opinions of retail employees. Ahrendts said that more than...
If you thought Facebook was already in hot water for its web tracking, you haven't seen anything yet. A Belgian court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop violating the country's privacy law by following non-users with a web cookie. If it doesn't,...| Read more »
Google isn't giving up in its bid to improve Hangouts' call quality any time soon. It just introduced a redesigned web calling experience that, on top of a simpler interface, improves quality across the board. Video chats should not only look bette...| Read more »
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BlackBerry on Friday released its Priv smartphone, its first Android-based device. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop slider is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and an Adreno 418 GPU. It's stocked with 3 GB of low-power RAM and 32 GB of storage. There's an 18-MP shooter on its backside and a 2-MP chat cam on its face. BlackBerry tactfully denied the existence of the device, with CEO John Chen famously saying that the company wouldn't release an Android-based device unless it found a way to secure it properly.
Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.7, OmniFocus 2.3.1, Postbox 4.0.8, Voila 3.9.2, Evernote 6.2, and TextExpander 5.1.3. 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.| Read more »
In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Managing Editor Josh Centers weighs in on the Apple TV with the MacJury, we explain why the FBI won’t help you with ransomware, and Microsoft severely limits its OneDrive cloud storage service. 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.| Read more »
Three weeks after the release of Xcode 7.1 to developers, Apple today has released Xcode 7.1.1 to the Mac App Store. The update brings about a handful of under-the-hood fixes relating to the new features added with the more significant 7.1 update last month.
Apple says that Xcode 7.1.1 improves the overall stability of the app, making for an improved developer experience. Apple also says the update fixes “critical issues” in the Interface Builder, debugging, and UI testing.
Last month, Xcode 7.1 added support for the new Apple TV’s tvOS, as well as storyboard support for 3D Touch gestures, a new workflow to add a devices for development and testing, and a handful of other minor changes.
Xcode 7.1.1 is available now from the Mac App Store.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his press tour in support of the upcoming iPad Pro on Monday, touting the tablet's workstation and media consumption capabilities in an interview, but also dropped a hint about potential work on a health product unrelated to Apple Watch.| Read more »
Today in Apple news on the AWT News Update:
As usual, text is below and video is right here.
Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 9, 2015. Our sponsor this week has been Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive...| Read more »
On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:
Takeoff360 has announced Takeoff360 1.0. The free private jet chartering app lets you book charter flights directly from your iOS devices. Takeoff360 compares rates for various types of charter jets, with no subscription or initiation fees. No subscription is required.
RoGame Software has released Mozart 2 Pro. It’s a $7.99 a tool designed to help musicians of all kinds improve their music reading skills in an entertaining casual game and has been around since the early days of the first...| Read more »
IK Multimedia has announced Miroslav Philharmonik (www.philharmonik.com), its expressive orchestral collection for Mac OS X and Windows.
Made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1,000 new sounds that include strings, woodwinds and brass in both solo and ensemble forms. In total, Miroslav Philharmonik offers a 55GB-plus content library with over 2,500 instruments sampled in high-resolution audio with multiple articulations plus over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and more.
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Concurrent with the announcement today by Apple that the iPad Pro will be available for order on November 11 and in stores on November 13, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue have been making the rounds and getting the PR engine revved up for the release.
Cook was in London today, visiting educational software vendor Touchpress and talking to The Independent. Cook told The Independent that the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is the first real replacement for the sketch pad, and even commented that the Pencil isn't a stylus:
Well, we didn’t really do a stylus, we did a Pencil. The traditional stylus is fat, it has really bad latency so you’re sketching here and it’s filling the line in somewhere behind. You can’t sketch with something like that, you need something that mimics the...| Read more »
BGR:Once Tesla rolled out its new Autopilot software a few weeks ago, it wasn’t long before we started seeing videos of Model S owners engaging in some downright foolish and dangerous behavior. Say what you will about the guy shaving in the Model S while zooming down the Autobahn, at least he had the good sense to stay in the driver’s seat.This is idiotic – not only on the part of the driver but also on the part of Tesla. It’s completely irresponsible to put this software out in the wild without proper controls in place.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
Macworld:You may not need to read this column for yourself, but read it nonetheless and help those with less wariness take better heed: Don’t download software for OS X from anywhere but the developer’s own website or Apple. Period. But the experience last week of a user noticing that a download of Skype from MacUpdate was wrapped in an installer that contained adware and trialware reminds me to run the flag up the pole again to remind folks who weren’t aware—and to ask all of you who understand the issue to help your friends, colleagues, and family avoid these risks.We old-timers remember the days of lots of sites to download software. Sadly, those days are long gone. Tell your friends and family about this article and warn them about downloading software from any place other than the Mac App Store or the developer’s own web site....| Read more »
Believe it or not, we’re only a little over two weeks away from Black Friday. Over at 9to5Toys we’ve been tracking a steady stream of Black Friday ad leaks, reveals, and news since last month. While we haven’t seen every retailers’ deals yet, we have seen enough to get a good idea of what types of discounts top Apple products will be getting this holiday season:
There’s no shortage of iPad Air 2 deals. Most notably, Staples will be offering the 16GB Wi-Fi model for $374, while Sam’s Club...| Read more »
A mysterious California company believed to be used to mask the development of Apple's rumored electric car has been spotted at an automotive industry conference, strengthening the ties between the self-styled "market research" firm and vehicle manufacturing.| Read more »
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A new feature in Facebook Messenger is now rolling out that scans photos added to your camera roll in search of your Facebook friends, and suggests that you send them to the people it finds. It’s a pretty nifty feature, if you feel comfortable with Facebook looking at every single photo you take on your device and constantly processing data on the friends you’re hanging out with…
When you first enable the feature, Messenger will go searching for a recent photo on your phone that contains a Facebook friend to show you how it works. After this, you’ll notice that a notification will pop up on your phone within seconds of taking a photo telling you to send it to friends that Facebook sees within. In the current version for Android, you...
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Microsoft on Monday announced that 104 catalog titles for the Xbox 360 will be fully compatible and playable on its "new" Xbox One video game system, which hit store shelves two years ago. The list of Xbox One backward-compatible games includes notable hits such as the complete Gears of Wars catalog, Assassin's Creed II, Fallout 3, Borderlands and Castle Crashers, among many others. These games will be playable on the Xbox One beginning on Nov. 12.
CNNMoney's Brian Stelter got an exclusive look at the new iPad Pro from Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and earlier today Tim Cook visited the UK headquarters of Touchpress and tweeted two photos that are presented below.| Read more »
When the iPad Pro goes on sale later this week, Apple won’t be the only retailer carrying the massive new tablet. Ordering from Apple.com may be the most convenient way to ensure your new iPad is delivered on day one, but Apple Stores and authorized resellers including select carriers will be selling the iPad Pro as well. Here’s what we know so far:
While we haven’t heard from every major US carrier just yet, two major carriers have already confirmed that they will be offering the iPad Pro when it goes on sale later this week.
Unlike the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, only the highest storage capacity model of the iPad Pro will be available with built-in...
Just for those that didn’t see this: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2015/11/has-macupdate-fallen-to-the-a...
Supposed to be 80.1MBs, downloads a 1.8MB DMG
MacUpdate has decided to sell out their good name and lie down with the scummiest hijackers on the internet by allowing downloads to be delivered as an app instead of the actual payload. I guess Skype was too big a product to hijack, and so they’re only doing it for every other app, like, say, the little-known Firefox web browser. Which the don’t show as the first search result, which they sold to Chrome.
What happens when you try to download Firefox? It instead delivers a ‘MacUpdate Installer’ app, white-labeled from a...
Following today's announcement that iPad Pro online orders begin November 11, with in-store availability later this week, CNNMoney and The Independent have published interviews with Apple executives Eddy Cue and Tim Cook respectively about the new 12.9-inch tablet.
Cue described the iPad Pro as great for consuming content, such as emails, news and websites, and spoke in general terms about how Apple pushes itself to "create tools that let people solve incredible problems." He also praised the tablet's new four-speaker design that delivers stereo sound. "One of the things with the iPad Pro...| Read more »
On a tour to promote this week's launch of the iPad Pro, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the new 12.9-inch tablet, as well as the iPhone, paired with an Apple Watch, are the only products he is traveling with.| Read more »
Last week Apple World Today took a look at the Samson Meteorite, a small ball-shaped USB microphone that did a surprisingly good job of capturing sound in our review. This week we're looking at an even smaller USB microphone from Samson -- the Go Mic Direct ($64.99 MSRP, available for $29.99 from Amazon affiliate link). Why would someone plug one of these into a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when that device already has a built-in mic? Well, the Go Mic Direct supposedly works with Samson's Sound Deck Software to provide noise cancellation, which is usually helpful if you're recording in a noisy environment.
The design of the Go Mic Direct is actually quite interesting: the microphone itself is on a swivel mount on a tiny L-shaped stand with a push-...| Read more »
Apple today released the first software update for tvOS, taking the 4th-generation Apple tv to version 9.0.1. Apple didn't supply release notes for the update, so it's unknown for sure what was in it. Generally early updates of this type include "bug fixes and performance enhancements."
If you're not thrilled about installing the software update because of how long it used to take the first-though-third generation Apple TVs -- which didn't run tvOS -- to update, take heart. Users are reporting that the entire process takes less than five minutes.
Just open Settings on the Apple TV and the update is available for download and installation. The next "point release" of tvOS is expected soon, as tvOS 9.1 has been released in beta form to registered developers.| Read more »
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Lytro last week announced its Immerge concept, a virtual reality camera system that promises to plop people right in the center of an experience the company calls "six degrees of freedom." Lytro's Immerge harnesses the potential of light field technology, the same tech behind the clandestine Magic Leap augmented reality headset. Light field enables Immerge to capture data from all points, and viewpoints, inside any given volume of space, the company said.
The Swiss watch industry fired its first significant shot across the Apple Watch's bow with the Monday revelation of TAG Heuer's Connected smartwatch, sporting a classic design, a titanium case, and a $1,500 price tag.| Read more »
Apple today released the first update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 9.0.1 is a minor update that likely includes bug fixes and performance updates to address issues discovered since the launch of tvOS on October 30.
The new 9.0.1 update can be downloaded over-the-air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System --> Software Update.
Apple has not provided release notes for the tvOS 9.0.1 update, so the exact details on what's new are not yet known. Any discoveries we make will be added to this post.
tvOS 9.0.1 comes as Apple is testing the first major update to the operating system, tvOS 9.1. Apple has thus far seeded one beta of tvOS 9.1 to developers, with release notes for that beta pointing towards...| Read more »
Adam reports on MacTech Conference 2015, focusing on a new external storage solution, an application that anyone managing projects should investigate, and the trend toward proactive support. 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.| Read more »
Ireland’s finance minister thinks European Union regulators will issue a decision on the country's tax deal with Apple before the end of 2015, which could force the Cupertino, California-based company to pay a hefty amount of back taxes, notes Reuters.
The European Commission (EU) has already ordered Dutch authorities to recover up to 30 million euros (about US$32.23 million) from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg to do the same with Fiat Chrysler for their tax deals.
The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. At 12.5...| Read more »
“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores the first wave of Apple TV apps to see how things are shaping up, what works, and what doesn’t. 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.| Read more »
Apple recently confirmed that Siri is coming to Apple Music on the new Apple TV at the beginning of next year, but iDownloadBlog has discovered the virtual assistant can now be used for certain music-related commands on the latest tvOS 9.1 beta ahead of time.
Jeff Benjamin shared a video demo of Siri being used to search for songs, albums, artists and playlists on Apple Music from the Home screen on the new Apple TV, without needing to open the Apple Music app. Siri can also be used to play and pause Beats 1 radio.
MacRumors was able to replicate this functionality on the new Apple TV running tvOS 9.1 beta in the United States, but Siri...| Read more »
Your eyes can see a lot more than your camera sensor can, and high-dynamic range photography, or HDR, is a popular technique that attempts to overcome those limitations by bringing out detail in both the light and dark areas of a photo. HDR is especially popular for travel photos, like landscapes, but getting it right can take careful shooting and skillful editing. To help photographers of all skill levels achieve flexible HDR results, Macphun tapped HDR photographer and Stuck In Customs founder Trey Ratcliff to co-develop a new app called Aurora HDR.
“It was as tight a collaboration as we can have short of his putting fingers on the keyboard,” Kevin LaRue, Macphun’s vice president told Macworld. “Trey has been involved with the naming conventions, the workflow, and the order of tools on the right-hand side of the interface.” In addition, the software will sport signature custom presets and textures straight out of Ratcliff’s shop....
Tired of digging around for the file you want to attach when you were just working on it earlier? Tired of later trying to sift through emails to find links shared with you? With the Windows release of Outlook 2016, attachments just got a whole lot better. You can now skip the hassles associated with finding and sharing files, regardless of whether you were working on them on your computer, phone or tablet.
The next time you go to attach a file to your email, the first thing you’ll notice is a list of recently accessed documents under the Recent Items. The Recent Items list is comprised of documents on your local hard drive as well as OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint—making it simple to pick files you have accessed across any of your devices.
If you can’t find what you were looking for in the Recent Items list, we make it easy to...
One of the common tasks to perform when doing some larger iOS deployments is to restore an iOS device as part of setting the device up for users. Restoring a device will retain a few things like icon placement on a device. To restore a device, we’ll first create a backup, described here. As of Apple Configurator 2, you can use iTunes and Apple Configurator 2-sourced backups of devices. You can also now assign the restore task to a Blueprint or do so manually.
To get started with restoring a device, first plug in a device and open Apple Configurator.
Right-click on a device and then choose the Restore from Backup… option.
You’ll then be prompted to verify that you...
One of the primary use cases for Apple Configurator 1 and Apple Configurator 2 is to get apps on devices. Even with MDM, you can use Apple Configurator 2 for app deployment. The value here might be that you end up transferring 10 gigs of apps over a USB cable, rather than over the air in larger deployments. Here, we’ll look at a basic app deployment using Apple Configurator 2.
To get started, first download the app and get it in iTunes. This can be accomplished by copying the .ipa file for an app onto a device, or syncing an iOS device with iTunes that has the app installed. Take care that the Apple ID associated with the app will be applied on the device. Then, open Apple Configurator 2 and choose a Blueprint (View -> Edit Blueprints) you’d like to apply, or deploy, this app to. Once uploaded and assigned, any device that you apply the Blueprint to will receive the app. Right-click on the Blueprint and click on Add and then choose Apps in the submenu.
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This three-part webcast series will help you learn about the industry’s most innovative productivity suite. Today, with Office 2016 and Office 365, there is no one else who takes such a broad view of productivity. We think about productivity across individuals, teams/groups and organizations. Explore how you can take...
It doesn’t make the news every day, but it’s a useful app to have on hand.
Paragon Software’s NTFS, which allows full OS X read and write access to NTFS volumes, has just hit version 14.
The new version introduces new volume management functions for NTFS volumes, and it supports all versions of NTFS. Paragon has no limit for the file or partition sizes it can handle, and the software supports NTFS functions such as resource forks, reading and writing hardlinks, symlinks, and file permissions.
Paragon says that its transfer rate for file operations on NTFS partitions is “just as good” as for operations on native HFS partitions, and that users won’t need...| Read more »
Well, this is straight from the equine’s mouth.
Late last week, Apple announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The 12.9-inch tablet will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.
The iPad Pro retails for US$799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at US$1,079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan.
The iPad Pro accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, will also be available for sale on Wednesday, November 11th. The Apple Pencil will retail for US$99 and...| Read more »
Tepid interest from moviegoers has led Universal to pull the Danny Boyle-helmed film chronicling the life of Apple's late cofounder from more than 2,000 theaters, leaving the picture on only a few hundred domestic screens.| Read more »
Recently, I had my third Fitbit in a year break. I decided to pick up a Jawbone UP3 instead. But I got to missing my Fitbit friends and some of the other features that are great on the Fitbit. So I looked into using the Fitbit app without a Fitbit device. And I was in luck; I found that the Fitbit app has a feature called MobileTrack. MobileTrack allows you to use your iPhone as a Fitbit, in a way.
To setup MobileTrack, install the Fitbit app from the App Store and login with your FitBit account. From the Fitbit app, tap on the “Account” icon in the icon bar.
You’d normally add your Fitbit at this screen. At the Account screen, tap on “Set Up a Device”.
At the list of device types, you’d normally select the tracker that you’re installing. At this point, tap on “No...
The Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows. It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.
Enlarge / Big iPads all in a row. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)
Apple has officially announced that the new iPad Pro and its accessories will go on sale this Wednesday, November 11. Online orders can be placed Wednesday, and the tablet will arrive in stores "later this week" (this usually means Friday).
The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the accessories, Apple obviously intends the iPad Pro to be a...
PowerProduction Software, a developer of visualization software for film and video production, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for video editors, have announced that the Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows.
It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.
Apple’s big iPad Pro goes on sale Wednesday, along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories. 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.| Read more »
TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined Bart Busschots, Jeff Gamet, and host Chuck Joiner for a special session of the MacJury on the MacVoices podcast to evaluate the new Apple TV, including its launch, the Siri Remote, and apps. The verdict? It has a number of rough edges, but is still an improvement over the old model. 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.| Read more »
Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
FarmAway! from Futureplay Games is a farming app in which players tap and swipe to cultivate cute animals, crops and virtual riches. The game plays on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It’s also one of the first games released for the fourth generation Apple TV, and it’s that platform on which I tested it.
FarmAway!’s visuals and sound effects are polished and cartoonishly (that’s not a criticism) vibrant. Gameplay is simple: the more advanced your farming/crop growing strategy, the more money you’ll rack in. You’ll need to upgrade the farm, discover new plants and animals, and exchange harvests at the market for special seeds that boosts your next harvest season. Farm buildings can be upgraded for profit boosts with diamonds gained for free by leveling up or purchased with in-app purchases (parents, be warned).
You can also control the weather. Make it rain and make the...| Read more »
I’m a big fan of Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. However, there’s one feature it lacks that I really want: the ability for the app NOT to sync certain photos and/or folders to iCloud.
iCloud Photo Library was introduced with iOS 8, but with the launch of the Photos for Mac OS X, it’s now available on the Mac. It lets you sync all of your images across all your devices and to iCloud.
However, it’s the “all” part I don’t like. I want the ability to only sync select photos to my iCloud Photo Library. Hopefully, Apple has something like this in the works for the future.| Read more »
You'll want to lug Lenmar Enterprises' $159.99 ChugPlug with you when you travel. It's a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro that provides up to four extra hours of juice for the former and three for the latter.
The ChugPlug is the same height and weight of Apple’s 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power brick. Previous portable battery/charging solutions such as the Sanho HyperJuice meant you had to do a bit of hacking on Apple's power plug. Not with this baby; the Lenmar gadget plugs into your laptop's power adapter. Your MacBook's power brick attaches to the right side of the Chug Plug. It charges the external battery pack even as you use your laptop.
The ChugPlug has over-charge protection, but you should unplug it once it's fully juiced up. Leaving it, or any battery plugged in after it has completely charged, can...| Read more »
A survey in which Siri, Google Now and Cortana users were asked to rate their satisfaction with their respective intelligent assistants found that Siri got the highest scores, with 81% of users declaring themselves satisfied compared to 68% for Google Now and just 57% for Cortana.
Survey participants were also asked to try out seven different requests and report on how well their service performed, as well as to note how many times they were asked follow-up questions. Siri had the lowest percentage of incorrect answers, and also asked fewer follow-up questions before it was able to carry out the task or answer the question.
Siri is definitely a feature that polarises users – some (like me) extremely...
We first reported two years ago that Intel was likely to power a new Tag Heuer smartwatch in 2015 and in March 2015 we reported on Tag Heuer's new smartwatch powered by Intel and Google for later this year. Well today is the day ...| Read more »
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As we reported last week, Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The ‘epic’ 12.9 inch device will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.
The iPad Pro costs $799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at $1079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan …
The iPad Pro accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus accessory, will also be available from Wednesday, November 11th. In the US, Apple Pencil costs $99...
Apple today announced that its much-anticipated larger-screened iPad Pro will go on sale at Apple Stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers in the U.S. and over 40 countries starting later this week, with online orders set to begin on Wednesday, November 11.
While Apple will not begin accepting online orders until Wednesday, November 11, other retailers have already begun allowing customers to place orders for the iPad Pro. Sam's Club was the first to accept pre-orders but quickly sold out, while MacMall and Staples are still accepting orders. Ordering from one of these sites...| Read more »
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Boy, we really have gone full circle on tablets -- and not just once. Back when the Windows tablets first came to market, a whole bunch of us predicted it wouldn't be long before they replaced all of the notebooks. I don't think they even made it to 10 percent before the tablet market collapsed, and the pre-existing forms reclaimed their shares. Then the iPad launched, and a whole bunch of new folks claimed that tablets were the future and laptops were dead. Now Apple is reporting a year-over-year decline at 20 percent. What happened?
Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has announced that its Android Wear-based Carrera Connected smartwatch, launching today in New York, will have “almost the same functions as an Apple Watch.”
TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver told Le Matin Dimanche that he didn’t want to reveal too much ahead of today’s official unveiling, which takes place at 11am ET …
Our watch will have almost the same features as an Apple Watch, but I don’t want to say too much.
The watch, which is based on the company’s traditional Carrera watch (above right), is made from titanium and will offer a choice of...| Read more »
Every successful company, at some point or another, faces the dreaded moment where their existing business model no longer works, where the world has changed around them and they need to pivot or die.Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for MondayNote, lays out some notable examples. Great read.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
If you’ve ever been browsing Pinterest and spotted a lamp you really like in a shot of someone’s living room, or a bag you love in a street shot, the iOS app now has a tool designed to help. Just tap the search tool in the corner of the photo, highlight the object of interest and the app will search its product database to try to identify it …
Pinterest says that it has so far indexed a billion of the 50 billion images posted to the service, and in time aims to index them all.
While the new feature will be useful to users, it’s of course also designed to help the company monetise the platform. It added Buyable Pins back in June, together with...
Improves recognition of the Time Capsule data volume and Recovery HD. ($29.95 new, free update, 21.4 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.| Read more »
Macphun creates a lot of photography apps for Mac, and today the company announced a new member of its complete line of software. Aurora HDR (US$39.99 intro price, $49.99 afterward) will be available on the Mac App Store starting on November 19. A Pro edition is available for pre-order now; Aurora HDR Pro has an introductory price of $89.99 (normal price $99.99), and pre-orders can be made from www.macphun.com and www.stuckincustoms.com.
If you recognize that last web address, then you're obviously one of the many fans of Trey Ratcliff. Ratliff is considered to be one of the world's leading experts in high dynamic range (HDR) photography and has been working with Macphun for the past year to bring what he considers to be "the ultimate HDR software" to market.
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Fixes several bugs for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 25.1 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.| Read more »
Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 6, 2015Everybody’s wondering, will the iPad Pro ship on November 11? Only the folks at Apple know, though Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue showed off the iPad Pro at a recent conference.We’ll see what happens next week. In the meantime, catch up on all the important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
For the next 4 days, B&H Photo and AI have teamed up to offer the lowest prices ever on Apple's early-2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 8GB, 256GB) at $1,349 ($150 off) and Mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro (2.8GHz, 16GB 1TB M370X) for $2,849.00 ($350 off). Also $100 off iMac 4Ks and 5Ks with no sales tax outside NY.| Read more »
Makes several improvements to the popular email client. ($15 new, free update, 25.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
Bloomberg:Apple Inc. persuaded a judge to throw out a lawsuit by employees of the company’s retail stores in California seeking back pay for time spent in “demoralizing” security searches when they left work for the day. The ruling by a San Francisco federal judge Saturday releases the company from having to compensate as many 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few dollars a day for time spent over a six-year period having their bags and Apple devices searched at meal breaks and after their shifts.I’m sure this is very disappointing to the workers. Having worked in this kind of environment, it is not a fun thing to have to do, especially during a rush. You can waste a lot of time waiting for a security droid to check bags. But the writing was on the wall last year when the Supreme Court ruled against Amazon employees in a similar case....| Read more »
Adds compatibility with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and requires El Capitan users to re-install the audio device. ($29.99 new, free update, 32.9 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.| Read more »