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Monday May 11

05:17
News: Daily Deal: OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer & Bottle Opener for only $39 – 26% off the regular price. This all-purpose genuine cowhide leather keychain helps you keep your keys organized in style, holding up to 7 standard keys in one compact package that won’t scratch your iPhone or rattle around in your pocket. A handy bottle opener is also included that fits inside the leather loop perfectly, and a unique…

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05:08
Apple's iOS maintains lead in mobile app...

In its eleventh quarterly Mobility Index Report, Good Technology (www.good.com), which specializes in secure mobility, today announced key findings showing that organizations are mobilizing apps and content at a rapid and accelerating pace. And Apple's iOS maintains its lead.
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05:00
Set Up Your New Apple Watch

You waited. And you tapped your fingers on the desk. And you sat and waited some more, for the UPS person. You stared at your mailbox. And then, after all of that, UPS showed up. And you signed. And then you had that box in your hands. The cardboard box, when opened, gave way to a sweet white box. You opened it by pulling the little tag off, and then you pulled the watch out of the box. You tried on the two bands. And you picked the one that fit you the best.
So now what? Turn on the watch by hitting the button on the side and watch that beautiful Apple logo light up the screen. But now you need to pair the watch with your phone for it to be useable. So what to do? Well, first of all, make sure your phone is updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS. From there, open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

The app will prompt you to start pairing a watch with the...

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04:53
Apple announces new environmental initiatives in...

Apple has announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China.
The new forestland program aims to protect as much as one million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.  Apple’s goal is to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fiber and power all its operations worldwide on 100% renewable energy.
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04:25
Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for...

We want photos on the Mac and on iOS devices to seamlessly find their ways into our photo libraries, but until recently that was essentially impossible. Apple’s Photos for OS X and Adobe’s Lightroom CC include cloud-based options for synchronizing photos among devices, but take different paths to reach that goal. 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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04:21
Apple Set to Expand their Renewable Energy &...

Earlier today Apple announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China ...

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04:06
Apple to manage 1 million acres of forest in China

Apple has greatly advanced its environmental initiatives in China, including the creation and management of one million acres of responsibly-managed forest

The forest project is a partnership between Apple and World Wildlife Fund China, which represents another step towards Apple's goal of having a net-zero impact on the world's virgin fiber

Apple is also building a 40-megawatt solar farm in Sichuan Province, which will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 61,000 Chinese homes.

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04:01
Apple's iOS holds lead in enterprise for Q1 on...

Riding a wave of record-breaking iPhone sales, Apple remained the market leader in enterprise mobile device activations for the first quarter of 2015, but competitors are slowly eating away at iPad's tablet share, according to Good Technology.

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03:52
Good Technology Report: Apple's iOS still...

In February we posted a report titled "A Major Report by Good Technology Shows that iOS Activations in the Enterprise Climbed to 73% in Q4 2014 and Much More." Today, Good Technology released their Q1 2015 report covering the latest data in app, platform and device preferences in the enterprise.

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03:50
Chinese smartphone market shrinks for first time in...

The Chinese smartphone market shrunk by 4 percent in the first quarter of calendar 2015, marking the first time it has seen a year over year contraction in six years, even in the face of huge growth by Apple, IDC reported on Monday.

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03:48
London’s cycle hire scheme finally gets an official...

Cycling is definitely the fastest and most pleasant way to get around central London, and the large-scale cycle hire scheme – informally known as Boris Bikes, after Mayor Boris Johnson who launched the scheme – finally has an official app.
Named after the scheme’s new sponsor, the Santander Cycles App allows users to find the nearest docking station, check availability of bikes and obtain a release code to hire one. Transport for London has long made the data publicly available, allowing developers to create their own apps with limited functionality, but it’s taken five years to create an official app that allows you to hire the bikes.
There are more than 700 Boris Bike docking stations in London, with a total of 11,500 bicycles available. More than 10 million journeys were made by Boris Bike last year. Users pay £2 ($3) for a one-day membership, and...

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03:32
Certified workstation growth disappointing

According to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, the overall certified workstation market experienced disappointing growth in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) after seven consecutive quarters of strong growth.
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03:32
Certified workstation growth disappointing

According to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, the overall certified workstation market experienced disappointing growth in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) after seven consecutive quarters of strong growth.
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03:23
Apple Announces Renewable Energy and Forestland...

Apple today announced a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to protect up to 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests in China, which the company says provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products. The new forestland program is part of Apple's goal to run its worldwide operations on 100% renewable energy. Apple's 40-megawatt solar farm in Hongyuan, China Apple also confirmed plans to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China, three weeks after the company announced a partnership with SunPower Corporation to build two 20-megawatt solar power plants that will provide more than enough energy to power all of Apple's corporate offices and retail stores in the world's most populous country.“We’ve set an...

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03:19
Videobox 4.1.7 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iTunes.Version 4.1.7: Updated

  • Updated fast downloaders
  • Removed YouTube support to comply with new MacUpdate policies
  • Several small bug fixes
  • OS X 10.6 or later (OS X 10.7 or later recommended)

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03:07
DIRECTV’s latest TV adds support for Apple Watch

DIRECTV customers have a new way to control and engage with their favorite shows through the update of its new DIRECTV app for iPhone, which now includes support for the Apple Watch. 
Available at the App Store for Apple Watch, the updated DIRECTV Everywhere App enables users to remotely control the following functions on their HD DVRs. You can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward recorded content on your TV on any connected receivers within the home.
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02:59
China approaches smartphone saturation point,...

China – long viewed as one of the key growth markets for smartphones – is now approaching saturation point, according to data being released today by IDC. The WSJ reports that smartphone shipments fell for the first time in six years, 4.3% down year-on-year in the previous quarter. Other sources say sales are still growing, but at a much-reduced rate.

Experts say the slowdown is largely driven by the disappearance of China’s first-time buyers. Smartphones now have a more than 90% penetration rate in China, said Tom Kang, research director with market-research firm Counterpoint, meaning just about everybody in China who wants a smartphone already has one. “China is now a replacement market,” Mr. Kang said.

While the news may be bad for many smartphone manufacturers, Apple is less...

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02:16
HoudahSpot 4.0.6 - Advanced file-search tool. (Demo)

Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X. It makes Spotlight both more powerful and easier to use. Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Quickly sort through search results. Add columns. Apply filters. Preview files and text matches. If you've ever had a hard time finding a file before, this is the tool you've been looking for.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing...

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Saturday May 9

05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Standalone keyboard and...

Standalone keyboard and protective case? It can be done!This week’s roundup of new iPad’s cases brings you products from Kensington and Vaja designed to play nice with Apple’s Smart Cover, keyboard alternatives from Logitech and Poetic, a catchy design from M-Edge… and much more.KensingtonIf you want more protection but aren’t ready to give up your Apple Smart Cover, the CornerCase (iPad Air; $20) offers extensive corner and side padding for every need.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:26
Google adds pre-registration and alerts for Android...

Starting with Glu's Terminator Genisys: Revolution mobile game, you can now pre-register for apps from the Play store. Now if a developer wants to drum up some interest before an app release, they can stick a placeholder page in the store where users...

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20:37
Cobook 3.1 - Intelligent address book. (Demo)

Cobook Contacts is an intuitive, engaging address book. Solve the problem of contact management with Cobook Contacts and its simple interface and powerful syncing and integration possibilities. Keep your contacts:

  • Organized with tags. A simple tagging system means finding particular contacts is as easy as can be.
  • Automatically up-to-date. Keep your contacts up-to-date by syncing them with Facebook, Twitter, or Xing profiles.
  • Within reach. Quickly access your contacts from the menu bar on your Mac or on your iPhone or iPad with the iOS companion app.

Note: Cobook is free to download, but contains several in-app purchases which significantly extend its functionality, so we've listed it as a demo. Version 3.1:

  • Unlocked all premium features for all users
  • Removed Facebook integration due to API changes
  • Removed LinkedIn...

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20:16
All Apple Stores to begin stocking 12-inch MacBook...


The recently released 12-inch MacBook will be available for purchase at all Apple Stores globally beginning the week of May 25th, according to a memo from Apple to its retail staff issued earlier today. Because of supply constraints, not unlike those for the also recently-launched Apple Watch, sales of the new MacBook have been mostly restricted to Apple’s Online Store…

While Apple hopes to have MacBooks readily available for stores by the end of May, the company also tells employees that “limited” quantities of the MacBook should now be available in “select” Apple Stores in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany,...

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11:31
Killer Deal: Get a Free Apple TV and up to $469 off...

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama have teamed up this week to give away a Free Apple TV and instant discounts of $119 to $469 on nearly 90 different 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations with AppleCare extended protection, all of which also ship free with no sales tax collected in 48 states.

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09:36
Samsung May Launch new Round Smartwatch in September

Yesterday the Telegraph reported that Samsung has reportedly pushed back the launch of its round smartwatch, believed to be called the Gear A, to let the hype over the Apple Watch die down.

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04:00
You Should Play: Tales from the Borderlands serves...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.Telltale Games has had immense success of late turning pop culture smashes into engaging, well-written adventure games, consistently bucking the trend of poor licensed games. The Walking Dead remains its standout smash, using the comic series to spin out a grim, episodic tale in which even seemingly small decisions affect the story ahead. And using the same template, The Wolf Among Us (based on comic classic, Fables) and the current...

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09:00
Peace, Love & Macs: Macstock Conference &...

Macworld/iWorld may be a thing of the past, but that's not keeping Apple fans down. There are always local gatherings at user groups where you can feel the Apple love, a number of tech conferences like MacIT and the ACES Conference, and then there are regional conferences like the Macstock Conference & Expo. The latter is coming up next month in Woodstock, IL (hence the name) on June 20, with a full panel of speakers from the Mac and Apple podcasting community.

Speakers include Mike Potter and Eric Erickson of For Mac Eyes Only, Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab Podcast, Chuck...

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08:58
Inside Apple Inc in Switzerland: No Watch yet, but...

Switzerland is an affluent country with lots of people who value high quality products and new technology, making it a potential hotspot for Apple Watch--at least once the new product is officially launched in the country, known for its breathtaking mountains and equally breathtaking consumer prices.

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08:32
Apple issued a rare type of Subpoena from "Five...

Late yesterday, an attorney representing the video game designer Scott Cawthon issued a DMCA Section 512(H) Subpoena to Apple in an effort to ...

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06:38
Apple Wins 12 Design Patents for New Display Stands...

Late yesterday Apple was granted a series of twelve display stand design patents in Hong Kong China ...

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06:00
Review: Adobe’s Lightroom CC + 6 let photographers...

Until this year, Mac owners had three major options for organizing large digital photo collections: Apple’s mainstream iPhoto, Apple’s “pro” app Aperture, and Adobe’s similarly professional-grade Lightroom. When Apple discontinued iPhoto and Aperture in favor of an even more basic app called Photos, many people —amateur photographers and professionals alike — had to decide whether to downgrade to Photos or switch to Lightroom. Apple understood that it was ceding at least the professional market to Lightroom, and even helped Adobe to develop Aperture and iPhoto to Lightroom importers. With the writing on the wall, some people switched to Lightroom 5 well before Photos officially debuted last month.
I didn’t; since Lightroom 5 was almost three years old, I wanted to see what Adobe would deliver...

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05:00
Pippin's paws-on review of Petcube

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My name is Pippin, and my human is Steve who you know from this website. I'm a little over a year old and I'm a cat, so Steve asked me to write about this thing called Petcube ($199, affiliate link) that I let him play with. It's a little hard typing by walking around on this keyboard thingy, but Steve said he'd edit what I wrote so here goes...

Petcube sits on Steve and Barb's dresser across from the kitty condo I share with Merry, the stupidest cat in the world. Well, she's cute, but dumb, and I love her anyway. It's a silvery-looking box with a shiny front; Steve called it a cube and said it's four inches on each side, whatever that means. All I know is that it's too heavy (1.3 lbs) for me to move much.

The only time Petcube does something seems to be when my humans are away from my house (I wish they'd take me somewhere, but not to...

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04:00
Gadget Ogling: Virtual Sensations, Radio-Wave...


We're edging ever closer toward a virtual reality boom, with Oculus finally promising its Rift headset will arrive in 2016. Yet what if there were a way to make VR even more immersive? Feelreal has come up with two devices -- a virtual reality mask and a helmet -- that aim to draw users almost entirely into a fictional world. The mask is an add-on, compatible with major VR headsets. The company is seeking Kickstarter funding to develop a commercial model based on demonstrated prototypes. The helmet is designed to work with a smartphone. A prototype is under development.

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04:00
External Link: The Sad State of the Mac App Store

It’s not a big secret among Mac users that the Mac App Store hasn’t lived up to its promise, but developer Sam Soffes has revealed just how bad the problem is. He launched a new app, Redacted for Mac, on 6 May 2015, and it quickly shot to the eighth spot on the U.S. Top Paid list. But the app wasn’t as successful as you might think: on the first day, it only sold 94 total copies, for a total of $452. 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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Sunday May 10

23:50
Fantastical 2.0.4

Brings a number of handy additions to the popular calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.9 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.

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22:48
Apple's new environmental initiative focuses on...

Apple's been vocal about trying to get its global operations running entirely on renewable energy, but the company is now looking to reduce its impact on paper, wood and similar fibers too. Outlining several environmental initiatives for China, the c...

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21:00
Fujifilm's X-T1 camera is getting a revamped...

A notable firmware update is coming to the X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition in June, Fujifilm has announced. With this new version, 4.0, both sleek cameras will welcome a vastly enhanced autofocus system and other under-the-hood upgrades -- all ...

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19:50
ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2

Adds support for package merging to streamline synchronization. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 28.4 MB, 10.3 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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19:02
Apple Watch Hack Adds a Browser For Your Wrist

TechCrunch reports that the Apple Watch now evidently has an tantalizing, but unofficial, feature: a browser, created by the jailbreak developer known as Comex. "Not great" is their headline-level assessment of what it looks like to use, which can't be too surprising: even a large watch face is still a small screen, by comparison to a laptop, a tablet, or even a phone. Venture Beat's assessment is similar: "As you’d expect, it’s an awkward mess." Making hardware do things it wasn't intended to is still a worthy pursuit, though, and TechCrunch notes: Out of the box, running arbitrary code like this shouldn’t be possible — while a native SDK is inbound, only stuff built with Apple’s somewhat limited WatchKit framework is supposed to run on the device for now. Is this a subtle demonstration of the world’s first jailbroken Apple Watch?

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18:17
Apple Watch and Achievements

As with many a wearable that tracks movement, running and the such, the Apple Watch comes with… Badges. Wait, no, they’re called Trophies. No, crap, sorry, they’re called Achievements. You could just call them gamification incentives. Either way, they’re nice, they’re modern, and to me they’re a little bit more meaningful than some of the others that I’ve seen out there. As with the Fitbit, there aren’t a ton of Achievements to be had (for example, as compared to the Fuelband, which has dozens and dozens of them).
There is a unique twist with the Apple Watch Achievements in that many are deferred until you’ve used the device for a few days, a few workouts or a few weeks. This way, you get a little bit of a baseline before you start breaking your own records. One of the smarter innovations, albeit a minor one – shows how much thought was put into minor details on these devices. Another interesting twist is that it primarily uses active calories, rather than just looking at all...

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18:01
Apple to protect 1M acres of forest in China,...

Apple on Monday local China time announced plans to step up environmental protection operations in the region by partnering with the World Wildlife Foundation to create one million acres of responsibly managed forests, while at the same time building out clean energy infrastructure to power its offices and retail stores.

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17:21
Apple announces new environmental initiatives for...

Apple today has announced a variety of new environmental initiatives for its China operations. Through a press release, the company announced a new multi-year praetorship with World Wildlife Fund to increase responsibly managed forests throughout China. Apple also announced that it intends to expand its renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China.

Apple, who launched its first major solar project in China three weeks ago, will parter with Leshan Electric Power Co., Sichuan Development Holding Co., Ltd, Tianjin Tsinlien Investment Holding Co., Ltd, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd, and SunPower Corporation in China on its expansion of renewable energy projects. The effort will generate up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per...

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16:30
Kanye West (unsurprisingly) also has a gold Link...

You can add Kanye West to the exclusive club of celebrities with an all-gold Apple Watch Edition with a gold Link Bracelet. The rapper sported the custom made Apple Watch to the Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game earlier today, and he wore the watch while performing during a timeout. He also recently wore his Watch to a Louis Vuitton event. West is now the third known individual with this special edition device, joining singer Beyonce and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Meanwhile, many customers are still waiting for their non-all...

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12:04
Hon Hai Reports Record Breaking April due to the...

It's being reported by a Taiwan news site today that sales of Hon Hai, the world's largest contract electronics maker, hit their highest level recorded for the month of April ....

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10:53
Apple Stores will begin Selling the New MacBook in 2...

It's being reported today that "The recently released 12-inch MacBook will be available for purchase at all Apple Stores globally beginning the week of May 25th ...

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09:24
How to sync photos to your Apple Watch

Despite it's small screen, the Apple Watch OLED display is bright and images look great on the high resolution screen, making it a perfect canvas for your photos.

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09:09
Bobby Orr: 45 years ago today

Still one of the most famous goals in hockey.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:10
Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of...

AV Club:In 1980, a trio of gentlemen from Wisconsin – Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker – took a cast of predominantly non-comedic actors, put a parodic spin on the disaster-film genre, and created a film which not only made moviegoers howl with laughter but also earned critical acclaim.While it may not be the greatest movie ever made, it probably ranks in the top five of the silliest movies ever made. I loved it as a kid and love it even more as adult. Every time you watch it, you see and hear more gags and funny bits. To this day, if I ever hear someone say, “Surely, you can’t be…” I immediately flashback to the line in the movie.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:30
Developer hacks Watch OS to get a web browser...


Prominent community developer and jailbreaker Comex has posted a video showing a successful hack of Watch OS to get the device running a web browser.
In the video, Comex has managed to get the Google homepage to render on the small Watch display. Apple does not include a Safari browser app on the Watch, for obvious reasons. The video shows that scrolling around even basic web pages on a tiny display is impractical.
More importantly, the video shows that it is possible to get the Watch to run arbitrary code. This could be the first step towards a ‘jailbreak’ of the Apple Watch although Comex makes no such promises to ever release the details of his hack.
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07:01
Video shows first hands-on with $400 gold-plated...

Earlier this week, a few aftermarket services emerged that claimed to gold-plate an Apple Watch for as little as $399. Now, the first users who have taken advantage of the Watch Plate service have started receiving their gold-plated Apple Watch devices back. Among them is YouTuber Keaton Keller of TechSmartt.

The video above shows Keller’s gold-plated stainless steel Apple Watch and it looks remarkably nice. As mentioned before, the process runs $399 and is relatively simple. You simply have to ship the company your own stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate it and send it back to you within 3 business days. The company says it is using 24 karat...

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06:00
Review: Mobee’s Magic Hub hijacks your iMac’s stand...

USB hubs are often hard to tell apart from one another: the Moshi iLynx 3 I reviewed here in February was the rare hub that actually matched the silver metal and black plastic look of the Macs it was designed to be used with. After an extended post-announcement delay, long-time Mac accessory maker Mobee Technology has finally released an alternative that uses two cool tricks to stand apart from all of its rivals: the Magic Hub ($50).
Five inches tall, 2.6″ wide and around 2″ thick, the Magic Hub is the first USB hub designed such that its physical characteristics are all but irrelevant. Mobee’s concept is to completely hide the Hub behind your iMac, filling the hole Apple left in the iMac’s stand using a screw-on clamp and a pass-through...

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05:26
Fiat's CEO Marchionne Recently Met with Tim...

Marchionne, speaking on the sidelines of the opening of a Maserati dealership near Toronto, said he had met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook ...

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03:30
Fiat CEO meets with Tim Cook, says Apple planning...

Following a recent trip to California, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said he met with Apple's Tim Cook to discuss the tech giant's "intervention in the car," suggesting Cupertino is continuing work on new automotive technologies.

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Friday May 8

15:34
Apple could make Beats Music free -- for a little...

Apple might have tried to convince the record labels to kill their free-tier streaming deals with Spotify, but its revamped Beats Music could let listeners sign up without having to pay a dime.
Industry sources told Re/Code that Apple is currently negotiating with music labels to relaunch Beats Music as a free, unlimited streaming service for a short window immediately following its launch this summer. This trial period could be anywhere from one month to three months.
Apple is also considering other “freemium” alternatives to try to lure listeners away from Spotify, YouTube and other streaming competitors. Those options include having a select number of songs, mainly only the promotional singles, available for free listening. Another option is giving listeners free access to a new version of iTunes Radio where they can listen to different...

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22:40
Skitch 2.7.7 - Take screenshots, annotate them, and...

With Skitch, taking, annotating, and sharing screenshots or images is as fun as it is simple.Communicate and collaborate with images using Skitch and its intuitive, engaging drawing and annotating features.

  • Create a note. Use Skitch's image capturing features to take screenshots, then edit and share these and other images with your collaborators.
  • Make your point. Markup and annotate key components of your images to communicate with others.
  • Share it all. Share your thoughts with your collaborators with streamlined feedback options; share summaries of your notes; share your notes on Evernote or social media with ease.

Version 2.7.7:

  • Bug fixes and miscellaneous improvements
  • OS X 10.9 or later

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20:28
This week in AppleInsider: 12.9" iPad Pro...

This week saw a number of details emerge about Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad, a new Apple TV, and Web search. The company's efforts to relaunch Beats Music appeared to be running into roadblocks however, with word of incomplete deals, and even probes by two U.S. government agencies.

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19:38
Fox officially plans 'Minority Report' TV...

It's official: Fox will bring back Minority Report later this year. Steven Spielberg directed the 2002 movie, and his company Amblin TV is behind the new TV series, set 10 years after the end of "pre-crime" in Washington D.C. The plot details availab...

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02:30
The first 10 Apple Watch games you should play

Watch and playThe Apple Watch is less obvious a gaming platform than the iPhone or iPad, but sure enough, it debuted with dozens of games available on day one. Creating a game for a small-screened wearable device is much different than doing the same for a phone or tablet, as developers told us before the launch, but there are some bright ideas amidst the early lineup. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:14
Early word on ResearchKit apps: So far, a success

Apple offered up the iPhone to medical researchers as a new way to collect hard-to-get health data two months ago, and now we have an idea of how the company’s newly open-sourced ResearchKit initiative is paying off.
Mobile health developers LifeMap Solutions worked with New York’s Mount Sinai to develop one of the first ResearchKit apps, Asthma Health, and LifeMap CEO Corey Bridges has a few takeaways eight weeks in.
Bridges published the first official ResearchKit blog post with answers to ResearchKit questions like whether users would continue to use the app after the novelty wore off and how they would react to the e-consent process needed to participate in the asthma study. To participate in...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

Version 4.0 of Flickr arrivesThis week’s roundup includes a major update to the Flickr photo app, as well as a new hide-and-seek game, an app for ACLU supporters, and more.AddappAddapp takes the input from all your wearables—like Fitbit and Jawbone, along with a whole range of health-related apps—and converts the information into daily, personal insights about what you’re doing to get healthy, and what you can do to improve. It’s not just feedback—it’s affirmation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:45
The truth about Macs in the enterprise

[Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in InfoWorld.]
When I said last week that Windows 10 won’t save the PC, some Windows-addled IT folks said I was secretly suggesting that enterprises replace their PCs with Macs. That wasn’t my intent, but those comments made me think about where the Mac fits in the enterprise and what causes so many IT organizations to be so emotionally opposed to having non-Windows PCs in their companies.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:03
On the Long-Term Viability of Apple’s Customer-First...

Great piece by Jason Kottke, “Asking ‘Who’s the Customer?’”:

This might be off-topic (or else the best example of all), but
“who’s the customer?” got me thinking about who the customers of
large public corporations really are: shareholders and potential
shareholders. The accepted wisdom of maximizing shareholder
value
has become an almost moral imperative for large
corporations. The needs of their customers, employees, the
environment, and the communities in which they’re located often
take a backseat to keeping happy the big investment banks, mutual
funds, and hedge funds who buy their stock. When providing good
customer service and experience is viewed by companies as...

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14:48
Sega to remove games that no longer meet its...

Sega announced in a post on its blog this evening that it is going to remove a number of games from its catalog of apps on the App Store. Sega says that a number of its games on the App Store no longer meet its “high-quality” standards. Sega will also remove the games from the Google Play Store, the Samsung App Store and the Amazon App Store.

Sega says that if you purchased one of the games that it is removing from the App Store, you will still be able to play it on your device and that it will remain in the purchased apps section of the App Store for future download on any of your devices.
While Sega did not specify which games it will be removing from the App Store over the coming weeks, it did note that a few of them may return eventually in...

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14:00
AWT News Update: May 8, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we have a short blast of Apple news for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple begins sending out notifications to the winners of 350 WWDC scholarships
  • Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed has been shipped to developers
  • Patently Apple: more Watches will be sold in the first 60 days than iPhones sold in the first year 
  • A "smart cane" for the blind is developed by students from Birmingham City University

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13:57
SEGA to withdraw older, substandard iOS games in...

Japanese games maker SEGA on Friday said it will soon cull a number of back catalog titles from Apple's iOS App Store in an effort to maintain a level of consistency across its software lineup.

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13:54
Cyanogen Taps Truecaller in Effort to Build a Better...


Cyanogen, best known for its FOSS Android-based OS, CyanogenMod, soon will provide caller ID screening and spam blocking directly from the native dialer on Cyanogen OS, the commercial version of its operating system. These capabilities will be provided through the company's global partnership with Truecaller. They will be baked into future smartphone devices preloaded with Cyanogen OS. "I'm wondering whether Truecaller is addressing an actual need of smartphone users," mused Werner Goertz, a research director with Gartner.

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13:20
Apple seeds Xcode 6.3.2 gold master to developers

Apple on Friday released a golden master candidate for Xcode 6.3.2, brings a number of bug fixes and backend improvements to its coding tool for Mac and iOS developers.

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13:09
As Swiss watchmakers dismiss Apple Watch threat,...

Over the first calendar quarter of 2015, the Swiss National Bank increased its holding of Apple stock by 60 percent to 8.90 million shares, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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13:00
DIRECTV Watch app puts the remote on your wrist

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The ultimate in laziness has just arrived, courtesy of DIRECTV and your Apple Watch. No more do you have to stretch your arm to pick up the remote -- now just a tap on your wrist will control your satellite TV viewing. The DIRECTV iPhone App (free) now has a Watch companion that serves as a remote control that also just happens to tell time and do a lot of other amazing things, too -- like tell you to get off of the couch hourly and move around.

The app does most of the things you'd expect a full TV remote to do, including browsing of channels for movies and shows, checking details of those shows, and even setting them to record on the HD DVR. Once they're recorded on the DVR, you can play, pause, rewind and fast-forward with a few taps on your wrist.

The DIRECTV channel guide, your DVR playlist, and most of the...

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12:33
Apple sends out notifications to WWDC 2015...

Apple on Friday began sending out scholarship notifications for the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, giving lucky winners a chance to get into the event without paying the standard $1,599 ticket price.

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12:21
Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed with bug fixes released to...


Apple today released the Golden Master (GM) version of the upcoming Xcode 6.3.2 to developers via the official online developer downloads center. The current version, 6.3.1, was released on the Mac App Store in late April, and Apple has not indicated when the 6.3.2 will be released on the store. Version 6.3.2 includes the full SDKs for all of Apple’s devices, and introduces bug fixes for the Swift programming language Compiler, the Playgrounds feature, Account Management, and more. The full list of fixes is available below:

Swift Compiler
• Fixed a regression in the compile time of larger projects using Swift...

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12:05
The Quest for Quality: Five of the Most Useful Apple...

While Apple CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed that there are over 3,500 apps available for the Apple Watch, many reviewers and early adopters have complained that many fail to provide useful functionality on the wrist. Despite strict approval guidelines, the App Store for Apple Watch is cluttered with basic or poorly designed apps for the wrist-worn device, likely due in significant part to the apps having been developed before the Apple Watch was available. To help users discover some high quality watch-based experiences, MacRumors reached out to its forum community and skimmed through the App Store to handpick five Apple Watch apps that we've found particularly useful. Some of the useful Apple Watch apps worth mentioning include Workflow, Philips Hue, Things, Calcbot and Clear. Workflow Workflow is an automation tool that enables you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create custom workflows for completing various tasks. You can, for...

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12:00
Today in the App Store — DataMan Next, Droplr and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a 50% off discount on DataMan Next, the new Redacted OS X app and a notable update to Droplr. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Amigo Pancho [Now free, down from $1.99] Help Amigo Pancho to get to the Mountains top.

Soviet posters HD [Now free, down from $1.99] A look back at the posters from that era creates a chronicled timeline of Soviet Union’s creation and evolution. Each and every major event in the life of the Soviet people is reflected in the legacy of socialist agitprop.

...

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11:36
Apple begins issuing WWDC scholarships to winning...

With its major developer conference scheduled to kick off in just over four weeks, Apple has started sending out WWDC scholarship notifications to winning applicants. Scholarship recipients avoid the limited lottery system for purchasing a ticket while the $1599 price of the ticket is waived. This year the scholarship program includes 350 slots for student developers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) organization members. In previous years, the scholarship program has been limited to 200 tickets. Apple will reveal the latest versions of iOS and OS X during the WWDC keynote. The conference begins June 8th. You can read the full email below...

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11:36
Bidding intensifies for Nokia's Here maps as...

Whether or not Apple is still in the running to buy Nokia's Here, the digital mapping service will likely sell for more than $3 billion thanks to a bid made by transportation service Uber.

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11:09
It's Hard to Believe, but Apple will sell more...

The Apple community along with its cult component have created a powerhouse movement that's almost impossible to stop.

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10:30
NFTY PL+S wants to be your all-in-one charging and...

One market that seems to be quite saturated with different devices is that of chargers and battery packs for smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, there are still companies that take on the challenge of creating better products and one of them -- designed by many -- is seeking funding on Indiegogo for a new device it refers to as the NFTY PL+S that wants to be "the last charging solution and battery bank you will ever need."

The Miami-based design firm certainly packed a lot of technology into a small (2.25 x 2.25 x 1.15 inch) container. The NFTY PL+S features a 4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack, comes with a car charger, fold-out car charger, USB charger, 4 female USB ports (for charging up to four devices simultaneously), and can be used to add power to your Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad simultaneously.

There's a $55 early-bird level pledge still available, and the campaign has raised about 6 percent of...

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10:28
Apple Inc. shares approach ex-dividend as it gears...

On May 14, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday, May 11, in order to qualify.

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10:26
Hands-on: Apple Watch standalone bands, packaging,...

While the initial Apple Watch launch is still ongoing, Apple started shipping standalone bands to customers this week. We’ve got our hands on both the Leather Loop and Sport bands plus packaging today. Check out our comparison photos and my early impressions of each band and the swapping process below.
Personalizing the Apple Watch by changing the watch faces and swapping bands can give the same model a very different look and feel. Customization isn’t always a strong focus for Apple, but ease-of-use usually is. The band swapping process is very Apple in this regard. No tools required, just a custom quick-release system. You’ll also want to make sure you’re matching your 38mm or 42mm with the same size band.

Just like the stainless steel Apple Watch...

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10:14
You can now bulk download from Flickr: your photos...

Petapixel:Today Flickr launched a number of new improvements to their service. In my mind, the most significant change is that Flickr is introducing the ability for you to bulk download your photos from their site. Now you can fill up that free 1 terabyte (or unlimited terabytes if you’ve got a grandfathered Pro account) with confidence knowing that if you ever want/need those photos back from Flickr you’ll be able to get them back much more easily.One of my knocks on Flickr (a site I’ve used for years) is now moot with this new feature. Really good news for those of us who want additional backups of our photos.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:08
Nike CEO discusses future of Apple partnership,...

Nike+ Running App for Apple Watch
Earlier today, Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with CNBC for a video interview to discuss his company exiting wearable hardware, Fitbit’s IPO, fitness software, a partnership with Apple, and the Apple Watch. Asked where the Nike and Apple partnership goes from here, Parker said “it continues,” and that “we are excited about the potential that the Apple/Nike relationship has.”
Parker noted that Nike already offers the Nike+ app on the Apple Watch and that Nike has over 60 million digital fitness software users. Parker said Nike is “working with Apple” on new software and experiences. He ended by saying there is “more”...

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10:00
Apple to Push Paid Streaming Music Service With Free...

Ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's upcoming streaming music service, Re/code has shared several details on the initiative, sourced from industry insiders. As we've learned previously, Apple will charge $9.99 per month for the service and will not offer a freemium streaming tier as other music services like Spotify do, but the company is aiming to introduce ways to let people listen to some content for free. First and foremost, Apple hopes to offer listeners a free trial period, which lasts between one and three months, letting them sample the music service for an extended period of time before opting for a full subscription. The length of the trial will depend on what Apple is able to negotiate with music companies. Apple is also working on a feature that may let artists and...

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09:54
Apple’s new music service will reportedly feature a...


A new report from Re/code today about Apple’s upcoming music streaming platform reiterated much of what we already know about the service, which is expected to debut with iOS 8.4 at WWDC. iOS 8.4 is already in the...

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09:48
Apple to give the first hit free with its new...

Apple is reportedly planning to entice consumers to sign up for its new streaming music service by offering a number of try-before-you-buy options, including a lengthy trial period and revamped iTunes Radio stations.

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09:43
Nike CEO Mark Parker: More from Nike & Apple to...

CNBC Interviewed Mark Parker, Nike CEO & President earlier today ...

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09:38
How to modify your Apple Watch box into an Edition-...


Apple only includes its fancy charging case if you buy one of the $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition models, so I decided to DIY my own using the box Apple includes with its mid-range, stainless steel Apple Watch collection.
If you bought an Apple Watch model— the entry-level Sport collection comes with cheaper, somewhat disposable packaging— you get a box much like with the Edition minus the charging features and leather shell.
With few drilled holes and less than $10 worth of materials, I transformed my box into a charging case that looks a lot like the Apple Watch Edition charging case.
Here’s how I did it:
1. First I drilled a few holes...

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09:23
Hide and unhide purchases in the Mac App Store

Learn how to hide and unhide your Mac App Store purchases.

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09:00
Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed Now Available

Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed Now Available

Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed Now Available

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09:00
What to play this weekend: Lifeline

The last time I texted Taylor, he was walking towards the plumes of smoke. He estimated they were about an hour away, but depending on the force of gravity wherever he is, that could be off. He said he'll text back when he arrives. In the meantime, I'm thinking about him.

Anticipation is part of the fun of Lifeline, ($2.99, universal, with support for Apple Watch), an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games. You play the as the only point of contact for Taylor, a student astronaut who wakes up in a damaged escape pod, scared, alone and not knowing what to do. The UI is basically spacey-looking text messages that the two of you share. It's part choose-your-own-...

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08:58
Nike CEO 'excited about the potential' of...

The long-standing partnership between Nike and Apple has been beneficial for both companies, and Nike's chief executive hinted on Friday that additional projects were in the works even as Apple encroaches on Nike's territory.

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08:57
No, the Apple Watch does not cost $84 to make

Mobile Forward:The Apple Watch is out, and we’re seeing the first analyst estimates of some of its key costs. The variation in these early estimate is huge. It’s so big that, even if some estimates aren’t perfect, others are, to use a Tim Cook phrase, “in another universe”. From my experience working with product and cost experts at a well-known mobile device company, I can tell you: Apple Watch does not cost $84 in hardware and manufacturing. It costs meaningfully more. Probably more than 2X that. And I’ll tell you why. Maybe I’ll even give you my estimate.Every time one of these “this is what Product X actually costs to make!” articles comes out, I get pissed at the tech media for being so stupid as to believe and parrot the numbers without having any grounds to do so. This article, spelling/grammar issues aside, does a good job of explaining why these estimates aren’t worth the time it takes to type them out....

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08:44
Canalys: counting tablets, Apple is top PC...

The global personal computer [PC] market, including tablets, experienced an annual decline of 7% in the first quarter (Q1) 2015, reaching 115.7 million units worldwide. Apple held on to first place despite a 16% decline in its total shipments (almost all of the decline was in iPad sales), according to the Canalys research group (www.canalys.com)
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08:44
A new website for designers and developers

My thanks to Designer News for sponsoring The Loop this week. A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Designer News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.Click here to visit the...

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08:42
∞ Bob Clearmountain: Recording drums with two mics

This is a must see if you’re interested in recording. Bob Clearmountain is the best in the industry.

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08:23
The Last Apple Watch Review You'll Ever Need to...


If you're thinking about getting an Apple Watch and have been on the fence, this review is for you. Why? The Apple Watch, it turns out, is less about being the perfect smartwatch than it is about being a watch. For the fence sitters out there, these two questions are really where you should start: First, do you want a watch? Second, do you want a digital wearable device you can use to transform your life, pay for coffee, live healthier, and make the rest of the world think you're actually paying more attention than you really are?

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08:20
The Debacle of Google Glass

Great article from Tim Bajarin on the mistakes and lack of understanding Google had with glass.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:06
9to5Toys Last Call: uNu iPhone 6 battery case $40,...

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:

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08:00
11 updates to Power Query

This month’s Power Query update includes 11 new or improved features including:

  • Support for all Excel 2013 Desktop SKUs
  • OData V4 support
  • Unified Options dialog
  • Option to disable the Native Database Queries prompt
  • Support for custom ADFS Authentication Services
  • Updated Facebook connector due to Facebook API changes
  • Support for Fixed Decimal Number type
  • Alternate Windows Credentials
  • Online Search is now Data Catalog Search and in a new ribbon location
  • New transformations
  • Additional performance improvements for loading medium and large datasets.


Continue reading below for more details about each feature.
Support for all Excel 2013 Desktop SKUs
With this update, we’re making Power Query available to all Excel 2013 Desktop SKUs. There are some...

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08:00
Daily Deals for May 8, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured Deal

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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07:53
Uber bids $3 billion for Nokia’s mapping service

Uber has submitted a bid for Here, the main competitor to Google Maps, for as much as $3 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the offer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Here is owned by Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, which announced last month that it was considering selling the business.Makes sense for Uber, but there’s stiff competition to purchase the mapping service.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:51
About SMS phone number verification for AppleCare in...

Learn how AppleCare uses SMS phone number verification to help verify ownership of a phone number in some support cases. This article applies to Canada and the United States.

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07:45
Printopia 2.1.10.4 - Share Mac printers with iOS...

Run Printopia on your Mac to share its printers to any capable iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Printopia will also add virtual printers, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac and send to apps.

  • Wireless Printing To Your Mac's Printers - Whether you have an inkjet printer plugged into your Mac, a laser printer plugged into your router or even a network printer, if your Mac can print to it, Printopia will share it. Printopia even supports many password-protected printers.
  • Easy, Instant Set-up - Ecamm puts ease of use first. Double-click to install Printopia, and within seconds see most any connected printers on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You'll also see Printopia's "Send To Mac" and "Send To Dropbox on Mac" virtual printers. That's it!
  • Serious Security For Privacy and Peace of Mind - With the addition of password protection for your printers, Printopia is a great solution for a...

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06:55
Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/...



The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”
Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the iPhone...

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06:50
Nintendo plans to release 5 smartphone games within...

Legendary video game maker Nintendo plans to take a "less is more" approach with its entrance into the smartphone gaming market, revealing this week that it only plans to release a handful of games within the next few years.

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06:31
How accurate is the Apple Watch heart-rate monitor?...

If you were wondering whether the sophisticated heart-rate monitor in the Apple Watch does actually generate more accurate results, the answer appears to be a pretty resounding ‘yes.’ Software engineer and SonoPlot founder Brad Larson extracted the raw data from his Apple Watch and compared it to that generated by a dedicated heart-rate monitor. The results can be seen above.
The comparison device, a...

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06:24
Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be...



Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.
After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

The two wearables each use optical sensors that measure reflected light to gauge blood flow. Larson noted that the sensor on the Watch takes a reading every 5 seconds while in...

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06:13
Nintendo's First Smartphone Game Due This Year...

In Nintendo's financial results briefing posted today, which relays the company's past fiscal year ending in March 2015 and looks ahead to the future, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata provided a few more details regarding the company's future release plans with mobile gaming partner DeNA. Essentially, the first game in the lineup will launch "by the end of this calendar year," with the current long-term plan to release five games in total by the end of the company's next fiscal year ending in March of 2017, just under two years away. Iwata promises that while that estimation for a release schedule seems low, the company hopes to retain its well-known degree of polish and customer satisfaction when transitioning to mobile, and taking a quality over quantity approach is its way of doing that. You may think it is a small...

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06:05
Samsung Continues their Apple-Mirroring S6 Ad...

On Monday we posted a report titled "Samsung just can't Resist Mirroring Apple's Design Master's Style." We noted how Samsung's new ad campaign promotes the Galaxy S6 using a video style first created by Apple. Today ...

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06:02
iPhone share of US market grows to 42.6% in March...

Apple slightly increased its lead as the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S. during the March quarter, while Samsung and Motorola lost ground, according to new data published on Friday.

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05:25
Keeping Up with the Snoops X 10.0

A lot has happened since our last installment. Several key bills are being debated in Congress, a new surveillance program has been revealed, presidential candidates have offered their input, the snoops are moving on Silicon Valley, and a high-profile leaker had his time in court. 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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05:10
There’s good news & bad news for Nintendo fans:...

We learned back in March that Nintendo would finally be creating games for the iPhone and iPad, featuring Mario and other popular characters – though not in their original games, as we’d predicted. Today brings a mix of bad and good news …
The bad news is that Nintendo announced in its financial results presentation that it is planning to release just five games by March 2017.

Regarding the number of the titles, you may want to know that we will release approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year, which is the end of March 2017.

The company...

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05:07
Apple is top smartphone manufacturer in March

comScore (www.comscore.com), which specializes in digital media analytics, has released data from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for March. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.6% OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market share.
Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52.4 % platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.
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04:58
Ericsson sues Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom...

Ericsson (www.ericsson.com) has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands after failing to reach a global licensing agreement with the company over standard-essential and non-standardized patents.
The company claims that Apple doesn't currently have any license for Ericsson's technology, but continues to sell products such as the iPhone and iPad, for which its licenses have expired, "on a global scale."
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04:55
Ericsson turns patent royalty spat with Apple into...

Months after taking Apple to court in the U.S., Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has filed separate but related lawsuits in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands accusing Apple of using Ericsson patents without a legitimate license.

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04:43
FunBITS: Google Takes You to Abbey Road

Google’s interactive tour of London’s Abbey Road Studios pulls back the curtain on one of the music industry’s most-storied spaces… without being too much of a hard-sell. 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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04:26
Fission 2.2.3 - Streamlined audio editor. (Shareware)

Fission can crop and trim audio, paste in or join files, or just rapidly split one long file into many. It's streamlined for fast editing. Plus, it works without the quality loss caused by other editors, so you can get perfect quality audio even when editing MP3 and AAC files. If you need to convert formats, Fission can do that too! You can rapidly export or batch convert files to the MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV formats. Key Features:

  • Edit MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, and AIFF files with no quality loss
  • Quickly split a long audio file into smaller files
  • Remove unwanted content, such as commercials, from your audio file
  • Re-arrange audio in a single file, copy audio from one file to another, or merge with a quick drag and drop
  • Create great-sounding MP3 or AAC ringtones for your cell phone.

Version 2.2.3:

  • A minor problem with ALAC files has been corrected.
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04:20
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch sales in...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Daniel Eran Dilger sharing his experiences from Colette, one of the few fashion boutiques selling Apple Watches. We also discuss the latest 'iPad Pro' rumors, and special guests tech journalist Georgia Dow and Dell UX designer Jim Young join us for a talk on the Apple Watch.

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04:15
comScore Ranks Apple as the Top U.S. Smartphone OEM

According to a new report by comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.6 percent OEM market share ...

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04:04
Ericsson Extends Patent Lawsuit Against Apple to...

Ericsson has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany, United Kingdom and the Netherlands after failing to reach a global licensing agreement with the company over both standard-essential and non-standardized patents. Ericsson claims that Apple continues to sell the iPhone, iPad and other products that infringe upon its patented technologies, some related to 2G and 4G LTE standards, even though its licensing agreement expired in January. Ericsson has been attempting to license its standard-essential patents with Apple on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), but the two companies have failed to reach an agreement following over two years of negotiations. Unable to resolve the situation outside of the courtroom, Ericsson has since filed patent lawsuits against the iPhone maker in the United States, and now Europe, for...

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03:53
Kool Tools: StretchLink for Mac OS X

StretchLink 1.0 (http://stretchlinkapp.com) is a new URL utility for Mac OS X. It was developed exclusively for expanding shortened URLs, removing redirects, and cleaning out referrer junk so that you can share URL without any baggage.
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03:34
Ericsson escalates their war with Apple and Files...

Today, Ericsson has gone beyond their U.S. lawsuits and have asserted their patents against Apple in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.

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03:30
Ericsson sues Apple in Europe over alleged patent...

Ericsson is continuing its allegations that Apple has infringed on a number of its wireless patents, filing lawsuits against the company in Germany, Netherlands and the UK, reports Reuters. The patents concern basic mobile phone technologies, including both GSM and LTE.
The company previously asked the ITC to block iPhones from sale in the US market in respect of the same patent claims. The ITC agreed in March to investigate the claims.
Should Apple lose the cases in Europe, the sums involved would be relatively small, totalling between $240M and $725M according to analyst estimates.
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03:01
iPhone slightly increases lead as most popular...

Apple has further increased its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer in the US, the iPhone increasing its market share by one point from 41.6% in Dec 2014 to 42.6% in March 2015, according to comScore. There was no change in the rankings, with Samsung in second place at 28.3% – a fall of 1.4% – followed by LG, Motorola and HTC.
Android remained the most popular platform, with 52.4% of the market against iOS at 42.6%. Windows, Blackberry and Symbian were all also-rans, totalling just 5%...

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00:00
Office 365 news roundup

Everybody enjoys getting together with friends. Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with thousands of our friends—developers, IT professionals and business decision makers—at two of the most important conferences of the year. At both gatherings, we had a lot of great news to share.
At Build last week in San Francisco, we announced a new wave of capabilities for the Office platform, such as the new Office Graph API. These new capabilities will help developers create integrated experiences to enhance productivity for more than a billion Office users worldwide.
This week, at the Ignite enterprise technology conference in Chicago, we showed how Office 365 is continuing to redefine productivity to keep pace with the modern workplace...

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Thursday May 7

13:50
More than 1 million people made video calls with...

Need to send a message, make a call or start a video chat? There’s now a Facebook app for all of that.
Facebook Messenger introduced video calls in late April, and the company recently told Mashable that more than a million people had used the Messenger app to make a face-to-face video call during the first two days the feature was available. 
Over 600 million people have downloaded Facebook’s standalone messaging app all over the world, but the voice call feature was only introduced in 18 countries, including the U.S., the U.K, Canada, Mexico, and France.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Dodocase's Clutch...

Mix and match your cases, from wireless charging to studded designsThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features intriguing options for your iPhone 6—including extra power to increase your talk time, customizable cases for a truly personal experience, and fancy designs for a unique look.AirchargeWhen charging cables become your worst enemy, the Aircharge (iPhone 6; $40) offers the convenience of wireless charging while protecting your iPhone 6 from drops and other hazards.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:08
Beats Music relaunch drama: FTC may be probing Apple...

Apple is gearing up to relaunch Beats Music as the streaming service to beat at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, but the Cupertino company is already taking heat from competing services and the feds over its negotiating tactics with record labels.
Apple is working to secure deals for exclusives from some of the world’s most popular artists, like Florence and the Machine, so it can successfully compete with Spotify, the dominant streaming service. But not only does Apple not have those deals locked down yet, the company is now under a Federal Trade Commission investigation for reportedly using iTunes’ position as the No. 1 digital music storefront in the world to get more juice out of labels. The Department of Justice is also looking into Apple's tactics,...

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19:59
Apple Safari 8.0.6 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by opening App Store.app and clicking on the Updates tab. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience. Note: Safari 7.1.6 (for OS X 10.9) and 6.2.6 (for OS X 10.8) are also available, but only through Software Update in App Store.app.Version 8.0.6: Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update. Note: See...

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16:33
LifeMap Solutions reports success in post to Apple...

In the first third-party post to Apple's ResearchKit blog, mobile health provider LifeMap Solutions reports seeing high rates of consent and participation due in large part to iOS and iPhone app "stickiness."

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15:37
Restart or reset your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to turn off and on (restart) and reset your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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15:30
ResearchKit Asthma app developer praises framework...

Apple’s ResearchKit platform debuted earlier this year alongside iOS 8.2 and has been gaining traction ever since then. Today, LifeMap Solutions, a company taking advantage of ResearchKit, posted the first official entry on Apple’s official ResearchKit blog. In the post, the company discussed its launch of Asthma Health, which was one of the inaugural apps built on ResearchKit.

The goal of Asthma Health is to gain greater insight into what causes the disease and help those who suffer from it live with it and prevent it from worsening. LifeMap Solutions says in the post that the decision to use ResearchKit was an easy one and that it has greatly paid off. For one, the company says that over half of...

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15:01
Voyager-X Will Take You on a New Xfce Journey


Voyager-X 10.14.4, released in March, is based on Xubuntu/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This new Voyager-X is one of the first distros to use the new Xfce 4.12 desktop. Ubuntu has yet to implement it, and few other Linux distros have put the new update into play. Thus, the latest Xfce desktop is considered "experimental." However, it is a fully functional upgrade. Voyager-X adds to this the Linux kernel 3.16, for a faster and more responsive OS that is optimized for better performance and offers much improved hardware support.

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 7, 2015

This week's AWT News Updates are in part sponsored by Rage Software, makers of the great EverWeb website development tool for Mac. Get a 20% off special offer by clicking here. Today's news:

  • The TestFlight beta-testing platform has been down since Wednesday, causing problems for developers who use the system
  • Flickr for iOS has been updated, making the service easier to use and adding some new automated features
  • A Las Vegas hotel will soon start accepting Apple Pay
  • And a look at closed captions for Apple TV

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14:30
Daily Deals for May 7, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured Deal

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

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14:19
Amplified: Warm for a Canadian

Jim and Dan talk about Beats Music’s relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, the new Apple TV remote’s probable touch pad redesign, Microsoft’s emoji additions, the Reserve Strap, Apple’s launch of the ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third-party band program, and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:13
Applebot

Learn about Applebot, the web crawler for Apple.Interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:08
RIP David Morgenstern

Among many other things, David Morgenstern was a long time Mac journalist. He was also a friend. Rest in Peace, David.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:05
DirecTV app updated w/ support for using Apple Watch...

DirecTV has announced an update to its iOS app today that adds support for Apple Watch. With the DirecTV app on Apple Watch, users can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward recorded content on any connected receiver directly from their wrist.

In addition to controlling playback of content, users can also navigate throughout on-screen guide, playlists, and menus with their Apple Watch. Finally, DirecTV customers can also view titles, channels, and episode details of TV shows and movies via Apple Watch and set DVR recordings.
The update is available now via the App Store for free. DirecTV notes that the latest version of its iOS app requires HR20, H21 and above connected HD DVRs. The full release notes for the update can be seen below. You can read...

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13:56
Fitbit files for $100 million IPO, warns of Apple...

San Francisco-based fitness tracking device maker Fitbit on Thursday announced it is preparing for an initial public offering that it hopes will raise at least $100 million.

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13:20
Apple Watch's heart rate sensor on par with Mio...

The heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch is nearly on par with Mio's Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate tracker also worn on the wrist, a new comparison of the two devices has found.

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13:10
Splatoon: Nintendo Hits You With Its Best Shot


Nintendo has invited players to paint the town red -- and green and blue and a palette of other colors -- in Global Testfire events over the weekend for Splatoon, a new game launching May 29 exclusively on the Wii U. The Testfire events will provide three hour-long windows to try out Splatoon and provide Nintendo with the server stress-testing the game will need for a successful launch. The first Testfire event takes place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT on May 8. Two more tests -- 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. PT, and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PT -- are set for May 9.

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12:55
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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12:46
Fitbit warns against highly competitive factors like...


Earlier today, fitness tracker hardware and software company Fitbit filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. Since the regulatory filing went public, observers have been scouring the paperwork for information on Fitbit’s financials, sales numbers, and notes about the competition. The Financial Times‘s Tim Bradshaw noticed that that Fitbit cites Apple and the recently-launched Apple Watch as the top billed competitor in the IPO Risk Factors section:

For example, Apple has recently introduced the Apple Watch smartwatch, with broad-based functionalities including some health and fitness tracking capabilities. We also compete with a wide...

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12:44
'Matrix' directors' Netflix show...

If you're all out of Daredevil, there's another geeky show coming to Netflix soon: Sense8, a new sci-fi series from the Wachowskis and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. We've been excited about the project since it was announced, but now we'v...

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12:39
Talking watches with Tony Fadell

Tony made the iPod and worked on several versions of the iPhone before leaving Apple. This is when he founded Nest. I have a ton of respect for Tony and his thoughts on products. Note that this interview was done before the Apple Watch came out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:24
Downcast 1.1.10

Adds settings for skipping intro/outro sections of a podcast and a button for opening 1Password to access protected podcast credentials. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.9 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.

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12:24
Use FileVault to encrypt the startup disk on your Mac

FileVault helps prevent unauthorized access to documents and other important data stored on your startup disk.

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12:14
Apple Watch S1 processor uses older 28-nanometer...

Nearly two weeks after the product’s official release, Chipworks has updated its earlier Apple Watch teardown to note several significant details, most notably that Apple’s latest processor uses a 28-nanometer building process that has already been leapfrogged by newer technology. The discovery reveals that the S1 — believed to be roughly equivalent in processing power to Apple’s A5 processors — can be readily evolved using the smaller 20-nanometer process used in Apple’s current A8 processors, as well as the cutting-edge 14-nanometer process that’s reportedly being used in the upcoming A9. This is good news for next-generation versions of the Apple Watch, as they will be able to easily fit faster or more power-efficient processors in the same space as the S1.
As highlighted in separate...

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12:08
Reduce screen motion on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...

If you have iOS 7 or later, you might notice screen movement on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can reduce this effect using Reduce Motion.

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12:04
Apple cash reserves greater than those held by most...

The $178 billion in cash reserves Apple held at the end of 2014 was more than aggregate of every other non-financial U.S. industry sector, excluding the technology and medical industries, according to a Moody's Investors Service study released on Thursday.

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12:01
SMARTReporter 3.1.6 - Hard drive pre-failure warning...

SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of some hard disk drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard disk drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending hard disk drive problems. SMARTReporter can notify you of impending hard disk drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your hard disk drives is always displayed through the customizable menu item. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of OS X, it only supports ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives, if you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard disk drive, send feedback to Apple. Please note that a S.M.A.R.T. alert doesn't mean that your HDD will completely fail for sure, nor can S.M.A.R.T. catch all...

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12:00
Today in the App Store — Goat Simulator GoatZ, Toca...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Toca Nature, the new Goat Simulator GoatZ game and a notable update to PhotoSync. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

BTT Remote [Now free, down from $1.99] BTT Remote (BTT stands for BetterTouchTool) is a great remote control for your Mac.

Peek Calendar - Simple & Minimalist Cal [Now free, down from $2.99] Peek is a quick and simple to use calendar for your iPhone. It is designed to be glance able and intuitive.

2-bit Cowboy [Now...

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11:48
Print from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to print from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to an AirPrint-enabled printer.

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11:48
See your iTunes credit balance

If you have a credit balance on your iTunes Store account, you can see your balance on your iOS device in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store, or on your computer in the iTunes Store, the Mac App Store, or the iBooks Store.

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11:45
If you need help with your Wi-Fi password

Learn how to tell if a network requires a password. You can also learn what to do if you don’t know or can’t remember your Wi-Fi network password. 

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11:39
Worst-case scenario from Irish tax changes could...

If the European Commission were to levy a 12.5 percent tax on all of Apple's earnings that run through Ireland, it would reduce the company's annual earnings by just under 10 percent, a new "worst-case scenario" analysis has found.

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11:34
Analysis of Apple Watch's S1 chip reveals 30...

A deeper inspection of the S1 system-in-package that powers Apple's new wearable reveals a plethora of parts packed into an impressively compact space, including a new Apple-designed application processor alongside components from Broadcom, Skyworks, and NXP.

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11:31
Apple Watch Uses 28-Nanometer Samsung Processor

Since the Apple Watch was released on April 24, several teardowns from iFixit, Chipworks, and ABI Research have divulged information on the inner workings of the device, detailing everything from battery capacity to the manufacturers who created the miniaturized parts for the device. A report last week took a deep look at the S1 chip that runs the Apple Watch, pointing towards 512GB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, and today further investigation from Chipworks (via ...

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11:17
Apple Watch Leather Loop band ship times improve...

Earlier this week the first standalone Apple Watch bands began shipping to pre-order customers including Link Bracelet and Leather Loop, and today shipment times for both sizes and all four colors of the Leather Loop band have improved from sometime in June to 2-4 weeks suggesting new purchases could be delivered as soon as late May.
Both sizes of all six variations of the Sport band now show promised ship dates of 2-4 weeks rather than the more general May delivery date. The 38mm and 42mm Classic Buckle band has also changed from May to 2-4 weeks. Unlike Leather Loop’s change, however, Sport’s and Classic Buckle’s change is likely to due with standard fluctuation as we go further into May.
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11:14
iFFmpeg 5.5.0 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 5.5.0:

  • Added option ‘Set Major Brand’. For example to encode to MP42 (MP4 v2 ISO 14496-14) instead of ISOM.
  • Added 192000Hz sample rate for all supported audio codecs.
  • Added support for AJA Kona 10-bit Lossless Codec (for MOV container)
  • Added EAC3 audio codec to the MPEG container.
  • Added ‘Avid 1:1 10-bit RGB’ support (MOV container).
  • Added ADPCM support (FLV container).
  • Added FFmpeg option ‘LPC coefficient precision’.
  • Added FFmpeg option ‘Impulse block bias’.
  • Partly rewritten core code for FFmpeg handling.
  • Audio Time offset can now hold negative times too.
  • Color range...

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10:30
With Apple on the Verge of Blasting into the...

Spotify is working on a video-streaming service that will complement its music platform as the battle for dominance in digital content heats up.

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10:27
How-To: Safely shrink your Mac’s giant photo library...

I’ve focused a lot over the last few months on helping readers to speed up and optimize Apple’s Macs — everything from adding RAM to recovering hard drive space and upgrading old hard drives to faster SSDs. Today’s How-To is focused on something very specific but with a lot of optimization potential: trimming down your Mac’s photo library.
Particularly after installing OS X 10.10.3 with Apple’s new Photos app, you might be surprised to learn that you’ve lost a lot of hard drive space, and that there are suddenly tons of duplicate photos on your Mac. After installing OS X 10.10.3, the new Photos app converted my 90GB Aperture library into a 126GB Photos...

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10:14
Identify your iPod model

Find out which iPod model you have by its model number and other details.

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10:09
AT&T eases up on throttling of grandfathered...

AT&T has relaxed its policy of throttling users of its grandfathered unlimited data plans, and will now only impose slower speeds only at times or in places with high network congestion, a small update to the carrier's website revealed on Thursday.

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10:00
Xiaomi's Mi 4i Spreads in Asia


Chinese wunderkind smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is taking its flagship Mi 4i smartphone to Hong Kong and Singapore, with availability slated for next Tuesday. Designed especially for emerging markets, the Mi 4i has been wildly successful in India, where it launched two weeks ago and reportedly sold 40,000 units in less than 15 seconds. The Mi 4i is the first Xiaomi phone to run Android 5.0, aka "Lollipop," albeit with MIUI 6, Xiaomi's custom skin for the OS.

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09:20
External Link: Apple’s Networking Kerfuffle

Many Apple users have experienced networking problems, and developer Craig Hockenberry explains the cause in a profanity-laced tirade. The discoveryd service, introduced in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, is the root of the problems. Unfortunately, the more Apple devices you have on a network, the more likely it is that you will have networking issues. So far, the only fix seems to be to reboot all of your Apple devices. If you have both an Airport router and an Apple TV, then you should turn off the Apple TV, reboot the router, and then turn the Apple TV back on. 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...

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09:03
'Redacted' Hits Number 8 Spot in Mac App...

App developer Sam Soffes today published a blog post detailing the early monetary performance of his new app Redacted [Direct Link], which allows users to easily obscure sensitive information on personal photos. Screenshot of Redacted's image obscuring features After launching the app earlier this week, the $4.99 Redacted app quickly broke into the top paid app lists on the U.S. Mac App Store. Specifically, by the end of its launch day on May 5, Redacted was eighth in overall paid apps and first in top paid graphics apps. After some friends began questioning him about his expected profit, Soffes realized he hadn't really even begun to think about the possible profit the photo-obscuring app would rake in for him. Yesterday, Soffes...

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09:00
Throwback Thursday: Claris CAD

Poor Claris. The company was a 1987 software spinoff from Apple tasked with developing apps for Mac. At first it took over control of MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw and MacProject from the parent company, then started stretching its wings by upgrading the former Apple apps to a "pro series" and purchasing FileMaker from developer Nashoba Systems. 

One of the lesser-known members of the family that I don't remember anybody ever using was Claris CAD. The app came out in late 1988 as a drafting application for the Mac, ostensibly to let the Mac compete with the fledgling AutoCAD on the PC platform. Of course, AutoCAD for Mac came out about the same time, and Claris CAD never really took off. 

This two-page ad from the June 1989 MacUser magazine shows a typical ad for Claris CAD, complete with a host of products that in reality were probably either designed by traditional hand drafting or with AutoCAD...

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08:40
Apple's TestFlight still inaccessible to...

Apple's TestFlight beta-testing platform for iOS has been inaccessible to developers since late Wednesday, with no hint as to when the service might be restored, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/prm3e8b).
Trying to install apps through the official TestFlight app, for instance, will trigger an error message saying the service is "currently unavailable." Apple hasn't updated its System Status page (http://tinyurl.com/a3swxz2) with any mention of the problem.
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08:28
These Apple Watch settings make me less annoying

Apple isn't doing enough to tout the Watch's greatest feature: it makes you less annoying.

I'm nearly two weeks into Apple Watch ownership and exactly what that entails is taking shape. It's an effective iPhone sidekick, and a shiny piece of jewelry that seems to be off most the time, which is weird. It has made me more aware of the physical activity I get during the day and the oddly comforting thwack of the Taptic Engine is becoming less odd all the time.

Best of all, the Apple Watch has made me easier to tolerate. To explore why, we must look back at the iPhone.

For years, the hardest part of buying a phone was selecting the model you were willing to look at every 30 seconds for the next two years. It's a habit that makes people crazy. "There he goes, looking at his phone again." The incessant beeping and buzzing is also irritating. You can engage Do Not...

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08:27
∞ Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 12-string acoustic version of...

Wow, just wow.

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08:15
Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6

Updates to the three versions of Apple’s Web browser with WebKit-related security patches. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:00
OneNote Class Notebooks have redefined the...

Today’s post was written by Christina Hansen and Kristen Messer, teachers from the Manteca Unified School District.
I’ve seen “Send to OneNote” as a print option for over a decade. But until just over a year ago, it meant nothing to me. That is when the school board approved funding for the Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) Going Digital initiative, a year-long process of taking our District 1-to-1. But we did not just jump on the “1-to-1 bandwagon” our 1-to-1 initiative goes far beyond just getting a device into the hands of every student. It is a plan to make our students college- and career-ready by teaching them the 21st-century skills they need to succeed, and we are doing this by changing the relationship between teaching and learning. OneNote has been a major player in our plan—from the first planning stages of Going Digital to teacher collaboration before the 1-to-1 rollout, to teacher and student communication in class.
In Manteca Unified,...

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 044 on Ignite...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Andrew Salamatov about the Outlook announcements at Build and Ignite along with a two hackathons that were run in New York and Chicago.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP44.mp3
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08:00
Making email archive migration easier with the...

Large migration projects are never simple and it has always been challenging to move email archive data to the cloud. Two years ago we released the PST Capture Tool, which makes this process easier by locating PST files scattered across your organization, collecting them into one place, and then uploading the contents directly into Exchange Online mailboxes. But no matter how you cut it, moving dozens or hundreds of terabytes across your existing Internet connection is going to be a costly and lengthy process. We have consistently been approached by customers and partners asking for help with migrations that could easily take multiple years to complete, because of the time required to move data across the wire.
But no longer! We are thrilled to announce the public preview of the new Office 365 Import Service, which provides two new options for speeding up the process of importing PST files into Exchange Online mailboxes.

  • Option 1: For smaller...
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08:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin/Kensington iPad Keyboard...

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:

  • Apple-Certified MFi 6′ braided Lightning cable:...
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07:53
Apple reveals their Invisible Light Technology that...

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to the transmission of invisible light and, more particularly, to the transmission of data using invisible light via a display assembly of an electronic device like an iPhone, Apple Watch or other future devices. The technology is already working with the Apple Watch ...

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07:43
This is Nifty: Medium offers secure, self-...



This could be pretty interesting.
Medium’s Confide, which has surfaced for the Apple Watch, allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages that delete themselves forever as soon as they’re read.
The app also works with iOS’ Handoff, allowing you to edit your messages between iOS devices before sending with customizable notifications alerting you to new messages as they arrive.

Confide is available for free and requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the app and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.
Via...

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07:42
TestFlight beta-testing platform down since...

Apple's TestFlight beta-testing platform for iOS has been inaccessible to developers since late Wednesday, with no indication thus far of when the service might be restored.

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07:41
Use iMovie (2014) with iCloud Drive

Learn which files can be used with iMovie and iCloud Drive.

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07:33
The price of nice nails

The New York Times:Once an indulgence reserved for special occasions, manicures have become a grooming staple for women across the economic spectrum. There are now more than 17,000 nail salons in the United States, according to census data. The number of salons in New York City alone has more than tripled over a decade and a half to nearly 2,000 in 2012. But largely overlooked is the rampant exploitation of those who toil in the industry. The New York Times interviewed more than 150 nail salon workers and owners, in four languages, and found that a vast majority of workers are paid below minimum wage; sometimes they are not even paid. Workers endure all manner of humiliation, including having their tips docked as punishment for minor transgressions, constant video monitoring by owners, even physical abuse. Employers are rarely punished for labor and other violations.Awful story of the treatment of these women. Pass this along to anyone you know who is “going to get my nails done”....

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07:28
Appeals court deals blow to NSA bulk data program,...

The National Security Agency's controversial metadata collection program --?which indiscriminately siphons up billions of phone records -- was not authorized by the Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, though the court stopped short of ordering the program to be suspended.

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07:23
Apple’s iOS devices, ResearchKit being incorporated...



The iOS is being used for some pretty neat DNA studies.
A series of five new apps based on Apple’s ResearchKit, including one called ‘mPower”, has allowed researchers to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as help recruit thousands of study participants in a few days.
“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

The article, written by Antonio Regalado, can be found over at MIT’s Technology Review web site, focuses on Apple’s collaboration with researchers to create the...

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07:15
Apple's invisible display concept would show...

Future iPhone displays could transmit invisible but valuable information, such as barcodes for coupons or even advanced facial recognition, according to a proposed Apple invention.

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06:46
Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas now accepts Apple...



You will soon be able to lose a great deal of money in Vegas with Apple Pay.
Or at least pay for the hotel/casino in which you lose a great deal of money.
The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or your Apple Watch.

It’s currently unknown as to whether you’ll be able to use Apple Pay to gamble directly, as most casinos limit chip purchases to cash-only transactions. In cases where...

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06:25
Apple edges closer to offering in-store pickup for...



You might be able to pick up an Apple Watch from an Apple Store location in the relatively near future.
Following a change to its web site, Apple is apparently preparing to have the Apple Watch available as an in-store item that can be picked up in the United States and other launch countries. The option has been revamped to “available soon” on the Apple Online Store and within the Apple Store app. The news is mixed, as the option remains grayed out on Apple’s website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple’s Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live.

In the short time the Apple Watch has been available, orders for the unit...

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06:21
Yahoo & Localytics extend their analytics...

With more than 3,000 apps for the Apple Watch already on the App Store for Apple’s new device, two major analytics platforms today announced support for Apple Watch apps through their respective SDKs.
Yahoo shared that its Mobile Developer Suite has added support for Apple Watch app analytics for developers at no cost through Flurry Analytics, the platform it acquired almost a year ago. By implementing Yahoo’s analytics system, developers of Apple Watch apps gain access to several metrics…
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06:15
Apple Patent Reveals a Current Overview of Apple Pay

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for authenticating financial transactions conducted by electronic devices via wireless communication. In short, Apple's patent provides us with an overview of Apple Pay in its most current state.

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06:13
AT&T Scales Back Throttling of Grandfathered...

AT&T has quietly updated one of its policies to reflect that it will now only throttle customers that are connected to a cell tower experiencing network congestion, reports Ars Technica. The carrier previously throttled all grandfathered customers with unlimited data plans that exceeded 5GB of 4G LTE data usage in a single monthly billing period, regardless of network congestion. The updated policy reads as follows:"As a result of AT&T's network management process, customers on a 3G or 4G smartphone or on a 4G LTE smartphone with an unlimited data plan who have exceeded 3 gigabytes (3G/4G) or 5 gigabytes (4G LTE) of data in a billing period may experience reduced speeds when using data services at...

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06:09
Apple, Samsung tie in tablet satisfaction study

Apple and Samsung tie for the highest rank in overall satisfaction with a score of 826 each in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1 (www.jdpower.com). Both brands perform particularly well in features and styling and design. Amazon (818) and Microsoft (815) follow closely in the rankings and each performs well in the performance factor.
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05:51
Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite now provides analytics...

Yahoo says the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite (https://developer.yahoo.com) now includes analytics for the Apple Watch.
Just weeks after the debut of the Apple Watch, Flurry Analytics has made it possible for developers to better understand how users interact with their apps on the smallest screen, says Brad Jones, director, Product Management at Flurry from Yahoo. Like Flurry Analytics always has, Yahoo is making analytics for the Apple Watch available to developers for free.
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05:36
Latest low-cost iPhone medical accessory can prevent...

One of the things I find most inspiring about the iPhone is the way it can be adapted to create very low-cost versions of what would otherwise be very expensive medical equipment, unaffordable in many parts of the world. We’ve previously seen this approach taken for things as diverse as HIV tests, skin cancer detection and eye injury diagnosis.
The UC Berkeley has just added blood parasite detection to the list, using a 3D-printed case, Arduini board with Bluetooth module...

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05:35
Apple operations head Jeff Williams to speak at 2015...

Apple's senior vice president of Operations, Jeff Williams, will be interviewed later this month at the second annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the event's organizers announced on Thursday.

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05:29
TestFlight Experiencing Extended Downtime for Many...

It has not been a good week for Apple's developer services. Less than a day after iTunes Connect experienced a lengthy outage that lasted several hours, TestFlight is now unavailable for many developers. The beta testing service for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps has been returning a "currently unavailable" message since as early as Wednesday afternoon around 6:00 PM Pacific. Because hardly a day can go by without #itunesconnect or #testflight screwing up. pic.twitter.com/682GTFEm5g— dhcmrlchtdj (@dhcmrlchtdj) May 7, 2015 Apple has yet to update its system status page for developers to reflect the outage, although the company has historically been rather delayed at doing so. The outage has been confirmed to be affecting developers in the United...

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05:28
Prepare Apple TV for use in the classroom

An Apple TV can be a fantastic classroom tool, as long as you tweak the settings just right. Tony Vincent explains exactly how -- and much more -- in this terrific post at Learning in Hand.

He begins with a description of AirPlay, and then has a slew of configuration settings to review, including: 

  • Disabling movie poster thumbnails
  • Re-arranging channels
  • Hiding unwanted channels

He also goes on to describe how to use the Apple TV as a bulletin board for students, enable conference display mode, use a keyboard, security concerns and more.

The only thing I would add is instructions on enabling closed captions. Close captions can help not only deaf students, but also students who have language barriers.

This is one of those articles that inspires such jealousy in me; "I wish I had written that!" It's very well done....

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05:16
Apple's Jeff Williams to speak at Code...

Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, will be a speaker at the second Code Conference (http://recode.net/events/code-conference/). The conference will be held May 26 to 28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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05:10
LibreOffice 4.4.3.2 - Free, open-source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork. Many different language versions are available here.Version 4.4.3.2:

  • This is the third bugfix release from the 4.4 branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. Just like LibreOffice 4.4.2 before, 4.4.3 already contains the fix for CVE-2015-1774.
  • OS X 10.8 or later

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05:08
iPhone as blood parasite detector could help many

Scientists at UC Berkley believe that a blood parasite detector comprised of an iPhone, a 3D-printed box, an Arduino, some software and other simple parts could benefit may people in the poorest parts of Africa. 

The group has been working on a project to identify blood parasites within minutes. The way the "CellScope Loa" works is rather simple: the iPhone sits in the box and records brief video of a blood sample. A companion app than analyzes the video, searching for signs of a certain type of blood worm that can cause river blindness and elephantiasis.

The researchers plan to expand current trials to about 40,000 people in Cameroon. Good luck to all of them; this is an incredible project. 

 

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04:58
Flavours 168 - Create and apply themes to change the...

Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes. Classy Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes! Easy Unleash your creativity and make your very own flavour with ease! Fast Create a new unique flavour in minutes, personalize your Mac in seconds! Get more Download more flavours from the online store and share your own masterpieces! Editor Explore the endless style possibilities of the powerful editor with live preview built-in! Retina Stunning pixel-perfect details for Retina displays! Version 168 (2.0): Note: Flavours 2 will be a paid upgrade from version 1, but is free to try during its sneak peek. Note: Flavours 2 requires OS X 10.10 or later.

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite support
  • New UI
  • New theming engine
  • Light...

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Wednesday May 6

14:49
Snapchat wants to break the news of who is elected...

Where will you be when we elect the next President of the United States? Some are hoping the answer could be “on Snapchat.”
With a massive built-in mobile audience and quick-fire messaging capabilities, Snapchat has the potential to be a major player in breaking news and getting stories to circle the globe in seconds. The app is starting to expand and lay the groundwork to become a formidable news source by the time the 2016 presidential campaign trail rolls around.
This week, the popular photo-sharing and messaging app introduced a sharing tool, giving users the option to send stories from its Discover page. Users can share stories with their friends and personalize them with comments and emoji. First launched in January, Discover is Snapchat’s in-app content platform that hosts exclusive videos, photos, and stories from media partners including National Geographic, Yahoo, People...

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